(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Global hosting company, UK2 Group, has updated its Website Builder to offer fully mobile responsive websites to all small and medium-sized businesses. Available across all customer packages with version 7 of the software, the update enables SMEs to build sites which automatically change the content and layout to fit the device. The all-new preview tool also means that it is now possible to check exactly how the site will appear on a desktop, tablet or smartphone screen.
Last year in the UK, 42% of web pages were served to mobile devices (an 18% rise) and tablets (a 31% rise) while the desktop and laptop PC category fell 12% to 58%. However, despite changing web viewing habits, research such as the Lloyds Bank 2014 Digital Index shows that 50% of small businesses in the UK do not have even a basic website.
John Morris, COO of UK2 Group, said: “There’s no doubt we’re living and working in an increasingly digital world and the importance of having an online presence has become vital for business success. Hiring a web developer is not a financially viable option for everyone but with our new Website Builder, our customers can quickly and easily create professional looking and functioning websites that cater to changing web access habits, whether it is someone using a tablet on a train, or reading content from a smartphone on a sofa at home.”
Hundreds of templates for multiple uses
Designed with first-time website creators in mind, Website Builder version 7 offers a more intuitive user interface coupled with sophisticated features and functionality for more experienced users. It requires no HTML coding knowledge and has a simple drag and drop interface for text, video and images.
Customers can opt for one of 200 site templates, with more designs set to be released every few weeks. The swappable templates offer customised fonts, backgrounds, colours and images to help businesses stand out. Website Builder templates have social media connectivity built in to help businesses to promote sharing across Facebook, twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn.
Since this is a cloud-based web creation tool, users can access work from anywhere they have internet access, and with 24/7 support they can get help any time too.
Pricing & availability
Website Builder version 7 packages are available now on UK2.net. Version 6 customers will be offered the option to upgrade to the new platform.
- Essential costs £6.95 per month and includes a free domain name, 1 email address, 100MB storage, 100GB bandwidth and 5 pages
- Business costs £11.95 per month and includes a free domain name, 5GB storage, unlimited bandwidth and 15 pages
- Unlimited Business costs £18.95 per month and includes a free domain name, unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth and unlimited pages
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 Research by social marketing website, We Are Social
 Lloyds Bank UK 2014 Business Digital Index in association with Accenture
UK2.net is Britain’s local web hosting company and part of UK2 Group, which has hosting brands in the US. UK2.net stretches back almost two decades and as veterans of the industry the company understands web hosting inside out. UK2.net has sold more than 1 million domain names to date to customers from more than 190 countries globally.
About UK2 Group
UK2 Group is the parent company of a global group of web hosting brands which include UK2.net, WestHost, Midphase, VPS.net and 100TB. With head offices in the heart of start-up territory in Shoreditch, London, UK2 Group’s businesses offer a range of services including domain names, website builders, web hosting, VPS and dedicated servers.
Its founding brand, UK2.net, was launched in 1998 and has sold more than 1 million domain names to customers from more than 190 countries globally. The company also hosts thousands of shared and dedicated customers at its state of the art, multi-million pound data centres in both the UK and US.
It is through the company’s combined experience and increased purchasing power that it is able to offer exceptional products at a price that most businesses, whatever size or stage of development, can afford.