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WebSite X5 Start 17.1.2 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — WebSite X5 Start 17.1.2

You'll be amazed how fast you'll be able to build your first website.
$19.99 EXPIRED
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WebSite X5 Start 17.1.2 was available as a giveaway on June 8, 2021!

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When you want to bring a great idea online, the most important part is getting started. WebSite X5 Start has all the essentials to guide you, and our Drag & Drop Builder helps you add content to your pages even if you don't know how to code. All the basics for publishing your first project online are included, making building a website easy and fun.

  • Websites of up to 25 pages.
  • 50 customizable templates.
  • Desktop visualization.
  • No coding necessary (Drag & Drop Builder).
  • Privacy.
  • FTP for online publishing.
  • 1 license for 2 PCs.

System Requirements:

Windows 7/ 8/ 10; 2 GB RAM; Min. video resolution 1024x600





File Size:

142 MB

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Reply   |   Comment by Geoff  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

How do you tell if the program is registered? It told me it was activated but I don't see any place to confirm that when I run the program and when I click on check for updates I get an error saying it was not possible to connect to the internet try again later.

Reply   |   Comment by Jerry  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Started installation. It asked for my mail address--OK. Then it asked for my mail address and password--impossible, as I've never set up a password with them.


Reply   |   Comment by cmp@ivanberger.com  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Review from Tech Radar.

An interesting web design tool, let down by interface inconsistencies, and an inability to preview your work as you’re editing it.

- Responsive interface
- Offering many options
- Best for simple page formats

- Windows-only
- Not a WYSIWYG interface
- Blogging & e-commerce are paid-only upgrades

Reply   |   Comment by William  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Nearly 5 hours later, still no e-mail received (including as "spam"). I do get a pop-up box message displayed by Incomedia WebSite X5 Start:

"It was not possible to connect to Internet or to the Incomedia Server. This could be a temporary problem: we suggest you try again later."

I have, several times.

Reply   |   Comment by HMarx  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)


To clarify:

Upon 1st-time program launch, I entered my "...valid email during the installation to activate your copy of Incomedia WebSite X5.

You'll be sent a confirmation letter to complete the account creation procedure."

...which I what I'm still waiting on. Basically I'm stuck at "Project Selection / Create a new Project / Create a new project from an existing template"

However, no templates are displayed as, presumably, I need to have created the GOTD-related account on their website via the e-mail I'm still waiting for.

Reply   |   Comment by HMarx  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)


Good grief. The right-pointing "forward' step arrow was grey (the left-pointing "back" arrow was white), so I assumed it was not active until I saw some templates to choose from in the blank lower panel. Since it was blank I thought perhaps that was due to having not yet created an account.

I just tried clicking on the right/next-step arrow and, voila!, another window pops open with lots of templates to choose from.

So, what's the "account creation" for that's in the e-mail? Perhaps I'll find out if-and-where it's needed if I continue with the steps...

I think more information to clarify what to expect and how to successfully proceed could have been posted either on this web page or detailed in the Readme.txt file .

Reply   |   Comment by HMarx  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

HMarx, Lots of templates? The last time this was offered there were 15 templates that you didn't have to purchase to use.

Reply   |   Comment by Jake  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

first - none of the pages made by this "fabric" will be validated by the W3C, it leaves so much garbage from the page that will fall apart completely - the default browser is Internet Explorer, so you can only guess how far back in development the developers are
secondly - creating a page is not intuitive, you have to sweat a lot to find a bug in the code, because the file affiliation itself is pointless and devoid of any order
Do you want to play with this program?

Reply   |   Comment by thomas  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

No option to select the install location. Cancelled the install.

Reply   |   Comment by Alexander Priest  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Alexander Priest, that's not correct... if you click the 'Preferences' button on the Licence Agreement screen then you can install wherever you like

Reply   |   Comment by Carol  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

Alexander Priest,

I agree - don't software companies know that with the advent of SSDs, most of us have limited space on our "C" drives, it's most annoying.

Reply   |   Comment by Shane J  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

Shane J, I installed this software onto my 'D' (secondary) drive with no problems at all.

Reply   |   Comment by David  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Shane J, .....the advent of SSDs....Software companies do not want to know that, they only want to sell their product.

Reply   |   Comment by Paul Nathan  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Hi again, now the activation mail came and is installing

Reply   |   Comment by Dirk  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

hi, after installing the start activation program is not sending activation to my email though i have typed it in and checked many times

Reply   |   Comment by Dirk  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

I think this version was offered here a year ago

Reply   |   Comment by EDDIE  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

EDDIE, Yes, the exact same 17.1.2 version was offered here 26 May 2020.

Reply   |   Comment by Aaron  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

EDDIE, was also offered here 2,5 years ago (Dec. 3, 2018).

Reply   |   Comment by M. H.  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Because of the lack of information in the description I went to the manufacture's own website. There I found a link stating "Discover all features". Clicking on the page provided a 404 error, and the explanation: "Something Went Wrong. We're sorry, the page you requested cannot be found."

It makes me question the validity of this product.

Reply   |   Comment by hott2@protonmail.com  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+35)

Hi, I see what you mean, in fact that was the only thing on there that was clickable.

Hi Chris thanks for your response, however, I really wanted a reply from those offering the giveaway. Afteral I too could take a punt and guess the answer. Which may or not be correct!.

So in view of no show from those giving it away and the 404 error, I think I'll pass on this one.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)


When you say..."Strictly non-commercial usage", are you meaning that this 'web building software' can't be sold'? Or are you meaning we can't use it to advertise something we want to sell?

I'm an artist, would I be able to show some of my previous work on this website, with a view to taking commissions?.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

I'd imagine its the standard boilerplate text used in that most software can't be used in a commercial environment (eg, a workplace) rather than not using it for your own use.
So yes, you could use it to create a portfolio website to show off your art.

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Everyone likes building websites, but it seems no one can build good websites.
Ignoring the pandemic, generally every business needs a website, from 'Jack the plumber' to 'Acme Global Supplies Inc'. As soon as disaster strikes - washing machine breaks, or the shed needs a new roof, most people hit the social media sites to ask for recommendations. "Aah, Jack is good - you can email him on jackdoesroofsandmachines5432_new at gmail dot co dot UK - no hang on - or was it hotmail?" I'm shocked at the number of small businesses who use long complicated email addresses rather than snappy domains. But I digress. They don't tend to have websites either - just long email addresses from throwaway email providers.
Building a website used to be difficult. Create a page, save it as HTML, then copy and paste chunks to create another page. Save it. Then upload it to FTP. Then curse as some pages where .HTML and not .HTM. Then they had to be case sensitive. And why wasn't that image loading? Then adding a contact form.
Wordpress has taken a lot of the headaches away from this, but you need proper hosting for it. Again, years ago, when you signed up for an ISP, you got some webspace thrown in too. Not much, but enough to throw up some pages of animated GIFs and marquee text. Pretty.
This software goes back to those 'static HTML' days. If you create a website using this and want someone else to maintain it or amend it, then they'll need the software too. They can't just download the HTML file, tweak it and upload it. Well, they can, but no one wants to edit HTML manually - it's a nightmare.
The software is easy to use - from pre-prepared themes, create pages, add text, images, position nicely and upload.
The issue comes when you want to create a mobile site, or instead of a large desktop site, tweak it for an iPad. You have to do a lot of this fiddly positioning manually. Very time consuming and error prone. There are far better 'auto responsive' themes out there which do this for you.
Then we come into plugins. There are loads of extras to use, but each one uses 'credits'. A lot of sites use FontAwesome, as they use a 'these are our services' or 'these features make us great - service, customer focus, blah blah' with icons. FontAwesome is usually free - just connect to the glyphs, add some code, and you're away. Not here. 45 credits please. Oh, want to add Google Maps? 45 credit please. Want to add a slider? Aah that's free. What do you mean it's no good? Well, we do have this other one. Only 45 credits. When you start seeing this 'store' (and of course the emails from Incomedia every weekend/weekday/hour with their next 'sale') you realise how much Wordpress has to offer for free. Yes, there are rubbish free plugins with expensive options, but there are also a wealth of good quality free ones. The X5 store is approved expensive plugins only.
The software itself is very unintuitive in some aspects - how do I change this row? There doesn't seem an option to change it? No right-click - no button - how do I change it? I know I can do it - I was in it earlier .... aah yes - double-click. Now how do I change this bit? Nope - double-click doesn't work - have to click that button right over there with no tooltip with a picture of a cog. What?! Guess it was written by two different people and squished together. I mean, it works, but not fluidly. You're bouncing from fixed screen to fixed screen - you can't keep the template window open with the content, for example.
Last time this was offered, there were comments along the lines of, 'I'll try this and if I don't like it I can always use something else'. This isn't like an MS Office alternative - if you don't like it, you can open your document in another application and carry on editing that document - then open it in another application and have that same document open. This isn't like that. You have to invest a lot of time and effort to get a working website. If you then find its pants and want to move to Wordpress, or Mozello (a free online builder) you have to start again. There is no common 'export' and 'import' procedure.
In the long run, Wordpress is still king of the website creators, while there are alternatives nibbling at his heels. Unfortunately due to the high cost of items in the store, the confusing way of editing content and general limitations, I don't believe this is a viable alternative. You soon find this 'Start' version has limitations and you need to upgrade to the 'Go' version, only to then find you might need the 'Pro'. Wordpress is just one free product with either free or relatively cheap plugins. But then we come onto the second 'why?' here. This product is clearly aimed at the home market and to get 'bob the builder' or 'bill the plumber' online with a quick n simple e-commerce presence. Ooh, that reminds me. The store side of this is pants compared to the decent offerings in Wordpress - have a query with WooCommerce? You're going to find a huuuuuuge community out there with years of experience, compared to eight people who've struggled with X5. But again I digress. Bill the plumber. Is he really going to struggle for a month to build a website using this? Has he got time for that? It's far better to throw 100 GBP to a proper designer or website company who can build it for him, and keep it maintained. Yes, it'll cost more than this 'free' product (which won't end up being free...) but the end product will be far better and more professional.
I've used this software a lot, tried to build websites in it and even upgraded to the 'Pro' version, so this 'review' isn't just a bashing article and a 'get Wordpress!!!11' recommendation. It's built on a desire to not see you struggle and to give you a far better, more professional outcome. You don't use Notepad to write letters - it's not the right product. I wouldn't recommend this - it's not the right product. Wordpress hosting is cheap (and you're still going to need hosting if you use this software anyway) but far better to get someone to build you a Wordpress website. Just ensure its regularly maintained. There is a great advantage of using static HTML files over an old dusty Wordpress install - they can get easily hacked and you don't want your website to suddenly become a phishing website (this is what seems to be happening a lot now - and you only find out when your website is taken down by your ISP due to complaints!)

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  2 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
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