Back To School SALE!

Back to school sale

We are having a Back To School Sale: 10% off all UltimateWB software and 10% off all UlitmateWB web design packages.  Just use coupon code back2school10 on the view cart page before checkout to get your discount.  You don’t have to be a student to get the discount!  Sale ends Monday August 21.

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Which website builder companies use their own website builder for THEIR website?

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If the website builder is the best, then the company selling it should use it too, right?  Well, sometimes that is just not possible because of the website builder software limitations.  How many companies do you know that stand by their product as a user too?  We found only six website builder company websites that are built using the website builder they have created and are promoting: Ultimate Web Builder (yeah we do!), WordPress, Drupal, Joomla,  phpBB, and osCommerce (props guys!).  We can say that we don’t just sell this website builder software, we are customers too, and we truly stand by the product. …And the product is actually fully customizable and flexible.

Which website buider company websites did we check?  The list of website builder companies that opt to not use their own website builder software that they are selling is long…

BigCommerce
GeoCore
GoDaddy Website Builder
Google Sites
Jimdo
Magento
Moonfruit
Ning
PhotoShelter
phpFox
PrestaShop
Shopify
Squarespace
SMF
SocialGo
vBulletin
VistaPrint SiteBuilder
uCoz
Volusion
Webs
Weebly
Wild Apricot
Wix
Yahoo SiteBuilder
Yahoo Store Builder
Zen Cart
Zenfolio

 If you have any website builders to add to either list, let us know and we’ll update the lists!

Which website builder do you want to use?

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We have redesigned our website!

artistUltimate Web Builder makes it fun and easy to redesign your website.  A few clicks and your website can look totally different.  You can get your artist on!

So what’s new on UltimateWB?  As mentioned in our latest upgrade release announcement, we have a new non-scrolling top menu bar – a feature recently added in the built-in Styles Manager of all UltimateWB software versions!  Scroll down the page a bit on ultimatewb.com, and the menu jumps to the top and stays there for easy access.  We have also reorganized our pages/layout.  We made a few clicks on the Ultimate Web Builder CMS (content management system) and the “Demo” page is now available under the “Resources” drop down menu, and the “Affiliates” page is now under the “Contact” drop down menu.  Side note – did you know all UltimateWB software versions includes the ability to create drop down menus easily?! Yes, really!

If you checked out our homepage recently, you probably also noticed we did some redesigning there too, and added some content.  The homepage now gives a great overview of our software and services and answers the question “Why UltimateWB?”.  The answer isn’t just “why not”, it’s more like, “Ultimate Web Builder is the most powerful website, the most flexible – you can create any type of website with it”.  As our tagline goes, “Do MOREFASTER, EASIER, & BETTER!” with UltimateWB!  We have also made it clear on the ultimatewb.com homepage what features are included in ALL UltimateWB software versions.  And of course this info is still also available in chart form on the UltimateWB comparison chart.

Happy surfing!

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Software Sale! 25% off UltimateWB Promo & PromoU!

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We are kicking off the Ultimate Web Builder 4.7 upgrade with a sale on our Promo and PromoU software – 25% off through Monday!  Use coupon code uwbpromo25 to get your discuount.

Not sure which software to get? Compare the 5 versions of Ultimate We Builder software on our comparison chart.

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Non-scrolling top menu feature released in UltimateWB 4.7

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Ultimate Web Builder software 4.7 upgrade has been released and is for all versions.

With all versions of UltimateWB software you can now create a non-scrolling top menu bar – choose when to jump your website menu to the top of the page after scrolling x number of pixels (px) down the page.  With the Essentials+, Lite, and Full versions, you get the added option to add sections before/after the menu and to change the percentage width of the menu content in the Non-Scrolling Top Menu.

We have updated our website here with this non-scrolling top menu feature, so you can check out how it works!  As you scroll down the page on ultimatewb.com, the top menu bar jumps to the very top of the page and expands to 100% width for the content space.  Also the UltimateWB logo gets added to the left side of the menu, and the shopping cart icon gets added to the right side of the menu.  This also works automatically with the Responsive app – decrease the size of your browser window, or check out ultimatewb.com on your smartphone or tablet to check out this exciting feature for your websute too! No coding necessary! With one click of a button you can turn the non-scrolling top menu feature on and make your website even more user friendly for users – your important website links are always available on top – easy access – for your website visitors.  Easy peasy!

Another responsive menu option has been added in this upgrade for all versions. You can now choose to apply menu wrapper stylings on the responsive menu button, without any coding necessary – it’s just a click of a button.

Ultimate Web Builder Full 4.7 upgrade also includes an E-commerce Coupons App upgrade.  Coupons may now be added before or after adding the items.  And a  “Remove” coupon button has been added.  You can actually check this out on our website too, on the UltimateWB view cart page.  A coupon code you can test out is uwbpromo25 – and yes it works too!  Use this coupon code to get 25% off UltimateWB Promo software and UltimateWB PromoU software. Sale ends Monday.

Download UltimateWB 4.7 today!  If you are hosting with UltimateWB, email us if you would like us to install the updates for you.  Take a test drive on our demos.  Check out what’s new in each upgrade on our What’s New page.

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What is a matching mobile site and how to get one easily?

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NOTE: If you are here looking for a dating site to use on your mobile, this isn’t the topic, but we know a great one for you, Friends Match Me!  It’s built on UltimateWB software, with iPhone/iPad and Android apps, and it is the 100% totally free dating app!

First there was the desktop, then the laptop, and now the go-to is the smartphone.  Not just now, but more like from a couple years ago the trend has been going strong.  Use of smartphones for the internet is at such a high that if you have a website for your business, organization, cause, or hobby – if you want your website to be found and be used – you need to make sure you have a “matching mobile site”.  Short answer on what this means is that it is a mobile version of your website, for visitors to your website that are on their smartphones, rather on a desktop, latop, or even tablet.

Google Top Search Engine Ranking FactorsA couple of years ago Google announced that it would favor mobile friendly websites in its search algorithm.  So there’s one good reason right there to have a matching mobile site: to make sure you get a top Google search engine ranking and get found.  A really, really good reason for a mobile version of your website, and also really the reason for Google’s announcement, is that you want to keep your visitors on your website to interact – not to leave right away because they can’t navigate on their phones due to the menu not being mobile friendly, or the font being too small to read on their smaller screen size without zooming in/out and scrolling from side to side.

The easiest way – and best way – for your website to have a matching mobile site is to make it mobile friendly and responsive, with fluid design.  That means that your website design and formatting changes automatically depending on the user’s device, more specifically their screen size.  Ultimate Web Builder makes this easy with the built-in Responsive App.  Having a responsive website is so important that the UltimateWB Responsive App is available in ALL of UltimateWB software versions.  With this app you can customize when your website menu collapses to a single menu button, when left/right side contents expand to a 100% width, when fonts should display larger…and more, with suggestions on the configuration setting values to use.  With many of the websites built on Ultimate Web Builder software, with one click on the Styles Manager to turn the Responsive App on, without changing any of the default settings, your website can be responsive and ready for the mobile users!  Matching mobile site, check!

You can test out how your website looks on various devices on our Responsive Check Tool, available under the Resources section!

 

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All-in one website builder, all the apps you need in one

With the additions of the Auctions app and Instant Chat app recently, it is even more true now than ever that UltimateWB is the ultimate all-in-one website builder.  You can add third party plugins to all versions of UltimateWB software, but why do it for the main functionalities of your website?  No reason to, but lots of reasons not to.  A shout out to our article from a few years ago, The benefits of an all-in-one website builder like Ultimate Web Builder.

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Got a new feature request?  We’re open! Post a comment below or on our Request Features page!

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Website builder with Lifetime Software License and one-time fee

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Having to just pay once and getting to use the software as often and as long as you want – i.e. a lifetime software license – is the best combination for a website builder…and that’s just what you get with Ultimate Web Builder!

The advantages of the lifetime software license with the one-time fee vs subscription-only based software:

1) You don’t have to worry about increased prices that you can’t afford or don’t want to pay – once you buy the software it’s yours to use for as long as you want.

2) It ends up a whole lot cheaper.  UltimateWB software is comparable in pricing to other software and it’s only a one-time fee with a lifetime software license – plus with UltimateWB you actually get to choose a compatible web hosting company/server to use it on…we would say UltimateWB web hosting is the best!

3) You don’t really own your website with subscription based website builder software if your website doesn’t run without the software – once you end your subscription, your website doesn’t run anymore, and also you lose all of its content.  The term for this type of website builder software would be hosted solutions.

If you want the ease of use of a “hosted solution” where everything is set up for you, ready to go with no installation process, we would say the best option is to go with UltimateWB software with UltmiateWB web hosting – that way you get the benefits of the lifetime software license with a one-time fee as part of the downloadable softwware, and you get the free setup/install service!

All UltimateWB software come with 1 year free of software updates.  After that, you may choose if you would like to buy a software updates renewal package for a low fee, or you can just continue to use the software as is.

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Best website builder for photographers, artists, designers

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UltimateWB Lite and UltimateWB Full are the best website builders for photographers, artists, designers.  You can do a quick side-by-side comparison of what you get with UltimateWB vs other portfolio website builders on the comparison chart here.  We believe it’s pretty clear that UltimateWB is the winner, and that you will agree too after checking out all the features you get with UltimateWB that you don’t get elsewhere!

Let’s go through some of the points:

With UltimateWB you get pretty & clean URLs – that means that your pages will have a path that is user friendly and also SEO friendly – important for gaining traffic and being on top of search engine rankings.  It’s a very simple concept which all website builders like PhotoShelter or Zenfolio don’t embrace for its customers.

UltimateWB is downloadable software that you can choose to host at UltimateWB (and get free software installation!) or choose to host elsewhere.  Other portfolio website builders like Squarespace, PhotoShelter, or Zenfolio do not give you that choice.  What does this mean and why should you care?  Being forced to use a certain web hosting means that if you want to continue with your website, keep your SEO, search engine ranking, you are stuck with their company and services – even if they choose to increase their pricing or you find that you are not happy with their services.  You choose to change your web hosting with them, you choose to close down your website.  That is why they are called hosted solutions.  Photos and other media like video can use up a lot of disk space as your portfolio grows, so you don’t want to be at the mercy of a pricing structure that doesn’t work for you.

Same goes for the number of pages that a hosting plan allows – with UltimateWB you get unlimited pages, but with the other website builders, your web hosting plan can dictate how many pages and disk space you can use for something.

All versions of UltimateWB also come with a Responsive App because it is so important – so many website visitors browse on the internet on their smartphones or tablets that you need your website to be user friendly on a wide range of devices and screen sizes.  Not being user friendly means losing your customers.  With Squarespace and PhotoShelter you have to make sure to choose a responsive template if you want it to be responsive, and with Zenfolio you don’t get a responsive website.

Flexibility is a big thing at UltimateWB.  You can create your web portfolio with multi-level drop down menus, create and use multiple headers/footers/side sections, and create your own style/templates with the built-in Styles Manager – none of which you can do with Squarespace, PhotoShelter, or Zenfolio.

The UltimateWB Full/Lite photo gallery and slideshow app has so many options for sizing, formatting, thumbnails, controller display, photo ordering, and even the photo animations.  Ease of use is super important too – you can individually add photos or batch upload – and even batch watermark your photos automatically with the image of your choice!  There is no watermarking app on Squarespace or Zenfoolio, and on PhotoShelter you can only watermark on a sitewide basis, or gallery basis, which can take up to 24 hours to take into effect. Yikes!

UltimateWB Full also comes with another unique organizing of your photos – the mosaic grid, where you can create dynamic photo/text collages.

A really good reason to go with UltimateWB Full is if you would like to sell your photos as digital downloads securely, and/or create members only/client areas.  The other portfolio website builders use expiring download links that anyone can access instead of using secure access.  You cannot create members only/client areas with Squarespace or PhotoShelter, and you can only do it on Zenfolio with a premium account.

UltimateWB is really one-of-a-kind, different from other website builders in one more big aspect – the number of built-in apps and featuers it comes with!  There is a lot!  Check out the full list in the portfolio website builder comparison chart, or on the UltimateWB Features page.

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