CityMax Review: Design (3.5 stars)


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Design Options That Handle The Usual Business Needs

CityMax provides for all the needs of a standard business owner. All the design considerations keep the most important thing in mind: clean website layouts that are easy to navigate and don't confuse the eye. There are no flash animation creators or sound libraries, but these are considered by most to be unnecessary and annoying.

Our only wishes would be for an easy way to integrate a logo into the template and more ways to easily customize templates to suit your business.

Wide Range of Templates that Are Easy on the Eye

There are over 1500 templates to choose from with 38 categories so you're sure to find one that suits your needs.  They all look good and are easy to navigate. A few of the designs are a little outdated and boxy looking but these are exceptions. 




Over 1500 Pre-Designed Templates

 

Template Customization Covers the Basics

You can customize your chosen template to some degree to suit your business.  You can change the basic layout of your site like where the buttons and header are located, the background image & color, page width & alignment, and the border & margin size.

There are also options for editing the index (i.e. menu).  You can customize the button layout by changing the button alignment, spacing, border, width and font.  You can add a background image to the index. All the colors of the index can be changed too (background, border, buttons, active button, and text).  The body of your website can also be customized in much the same way. 

There is, however, no way to change all the pictures and graphics of the template to suit your business. CityMax does allow you to edit the header though. You can add an image to the right of the template header or you can upload your own header or you can tile (repeat) an image across the header.

You can't switch your own images into a template or move around the various design elements like you can in some WYSIWYG ("what-you-see-is-what-you-get") editors. For that level of customization, they provide a design program.


Customizing Your Site

 

Professional Design at a Reasonable Price

If you would prefer to have someone else design your site, for a very reasonable $249 you can hire CityMax's design team.  They'll create a custom 5-page website that incorporates your own photos, company logo and colors.  We don't usually like having to pay extra, but it's a good deal for high quality work and it saves time and effort. Note that this is the cheapest of the builder design programs available.

Adding a Logo Should Be Easier

There is no simple tool that lets you add a logo or text to the templates. This is something many businesses might want if they decide to use a template rather than hiring the design team. The only option is to add your logo to a colored background.  There's a workaround mentioned in the documentation, but you'll need to use a design program like Photoshop.  With all the other design options in the builder this seems like an oversight.

A Big Image Library, but They're All the Same Size

If you want to use photos to liven up your site, there are lots to choose from if you don't have your own.  The image library is made up of 33 categories with over 1700 images.  They're all high quality images, but they all come in the same size.  If you want to change the size, you'll have to use a design program outside the builder.


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