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By Hanleigh Daniels 10 November 2010

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MAGIX Xara Web Designer 6 is an all-in-one software solution that will enable budding web designers to create their own websites and enhance existing ones. All this without the need for you to know any HTML programming at all.  
 
Web Designer 6 allows users to easily design their own websites using the software’s flexible templates. The latest iteration of the software now includes 25 complete websites with five subpages, as well as 300 objects such as photo galleries, speech bubbles and icons to use in the design of the webpages. It also sports ‘Stretching Buttons’, which are buttons and frames that will automatically adjust to the text length - a handy addition to ease page layout problems. 
 
 
Web Designer 6 comes with a free website hosting offer from MAGIX, allowing users to publish their websites as part of Magix-Online world.? This offer includes 500 MB of storage as well as the user’s own web address (http://yourname.magix.net).  
 
The Xara software, with a pricetag of around R600, does seem a bit stiff compared against some free online website building and even hosting solutions. Some of these, such as www.webs.com and www.webnode.com, are dead easy to use, employing an easy WYSIWYG editor and design templates, without requiring any HTML knowledge. Some of them also offers hosting for free. 
 
Web Designer 6 however is a more professional tool though integrating such advanced features like quick and simple Flash animations, offering more design variety and a lot more online storage for your pages. You also do not require an internet connection to use the software, only to publish your webpages. 
 
MAGIX Xara Web Designer 6 is available for R595 from Edumall.

Pro

Easy to use, comprehensive web designing toolset and free online hosting offer.

Con

There are free options available, so the pricetag of almost R600 might be a bit steep for some.

PROS
Easy-to-use, comprehensive web designing toolset and free online hosting offer.
CONS
There are free options available, so the pricetag of almost R600 might be a bit steep for some.
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