Successful WordPress sites have great looking themes. Artisteer lets you have that amazing theme with no hassle, no fuss, and best of all, you don’t need any coding skills to use it.
Artisteer works with several platforms, including Joomla, Blogger, WordPress, and Drupal.
Unlike many tools WordPress users are used to, Artisteer is not a plugin that is added to a blogging platform installation. Instead, it is a standalone computer program designed for Windows and Apple operating systems. While it shares many features with WYSIWYG html editors, it is a unique piece of software that hides the HTML and focuses on pure visual design, allowing even non-coders to create professional-looking templates.
- Create unique themes based on a database of professional templates
- Handle WYSIWYG template creation
- Create W3 compliant HTML code
- Create templates compatible with all modern browsers
On the other hand, Artisteer does not…
- Allow modification of themes created outside of Artisteer
- Offer full functionality when using the trial version or the Home & Academic version
- Create complete websites
Like many premium themes, Artisteer is not free. While there is a trial version, it is significantly limited in what it can do and what you can do with the templates that you create. While you can export the templates to limited platforms, you cannot save the design for further modification.
Once you install the program, using Artisteer is very simplistic, which is excellent for those who are inexperienced with HTML design and creation.
This is the heart and soul of the program. You have several ways to work with Artisteer, ranging from the common commands found on the home screen to editing the colors, fonts, general layout and background patterns of the theme you are building.
However, the magic of Artisteer is in the Suggest Design function. Creating a unique, interesting, and professional WordPress theme is a major challenge. Artisteer uses an innovative system that allows it to make unique, good-looking themes by customizing a series of common themes in its database.
In short, it can suggest a site design for you. You can then decide whether or not you want to build from the design it offered you, or if you want to try a new design. Unlike other WYSIWYG software programs, you start with an attractive base that you can then customize to match your site, your business, and your design ideals.
Once you have selected the basic design you want to work with, you can start making modifications. Unfortunately, you have to work with themes that are native with Artisteer. If you have created a heavily-modified WordPress theme that you like, you won’t be able to use it as a foundation for a new theme.
On the other hand, Artisteer offers so many different unique themes with its Suggest Design feature that creating a new and attractive theme is extremely simple.
Trial users may only export to limited platforms. Home & Academic users can export to XHTML-CSS, Blogger, and WordPress. Standard Edition users are the only ones who can export to XHTM-CSS, Blogger, WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and DotNetNuke.
While trial users can get by – barely – with the software, upgrading is a bit of a necessity for anyone who wants to see the full power of this program. The basic level, the Home & Academic version, costs around $50.00, offers free upgrades for one year, supports the Suggest Design feature, and can export to XHTML-CSS, Blogger, and WordPress. It only has access to approximately 75% of the available gradients, textures and extras compared to the Standard edition, which limits its complete functionality.
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The Standard Edition costs $129,95, offers free upgrades for one year, supports the Suggest Design feature, includes export options for all available format types, and includes access to special plugins, several customization dialogs, and complete access to Artisteer’s database of colors, textures, gradients, fonts, and extras.
For those who want to save time on theme development, there are few applications that have the strength and versatility of Artisteer. While the standard edition is a little expensive for individuals, it is affordable for businesses and offers enough extras compared to the home & academic version to be worth the additional cost for those who require that functionality.
Artisteer does not offer refunds on license purchases, so make certain you check out the trial version prior to purchasing any level. If you use the latest versions of WordPress, you will likely have to upgrade every year in order to maintain compatibility with the latest versions of your blogging platforms.