To think they used to say that one couldn’t do real work or create content on the iPad… Enter Weebly for iPad, a native application by the popular web-hosting service which allows users to create websites in minutes by dragging and dropping various elements in its web interface.
Although it’s been available on iOS since May 2012, Weebly was iPhone-only until todays update which has brought out native iPad interface with full editing capabilities, unlike the iPhone and iPod touch version.
The iPad edition of Weebly supports full editing capability: you can create websites from scratch on your tablet by taking advantage of the drag-and-drop interface optimized for the touchscreen. Specifically, Weebly lets you choose beetwen a wide range of text, media and design elements, control and customize fonts, colors and background images and even upload your own images from the photo library.
There are over a hundred ready-made templates to choose from and your work is synced between desktop and mobile. The iPad version supports offline editing so you can make changes to your websites without an Internet connection.
Check out the promotional video below.
Last but not least, Weebly for iPad lets you manage your website’s SEO right from the tablet.
Weebly for iPad features include:
- Create a website from scratch
- Intuitive drag & drop experience designed specifically for touchscreen
- Maximize creativity with a wide range of text, media and design elements
- Control and customize fonts, colors and background images, even upload your own logo
- Browse and upload images directly from your photo library
- Choose from over 100 beautiful themes
- Offline mode captures updates made without an internet connection
- Manage your website’s SEO right from your iPad
- Save and sync work across devices so you can pick up where you left off on desktop or mobile
The team cautions that users, stats, blog and store functionality “for previous iPad users” will be available in a future update. On the iPhone and iPod touch side, Weebly’s app has received several bug fixes and support for iOS 8.
As mentioned before, the iPhone and iPod touch edition of Weebly lacks the full range of editing options available in the iPad version, which makes sense considering the iPad’s spacious canvas. That said, Weebly for iPhone does make it easy to start new blogs and edit posts on the go, respond to blog comments, apply custom filters to photos and share them on social media.
You can even use the app to start a new webstore and begin selling products online (payments are processed through Stripe), check your site analytics and more.
I guess this app flies in the face of everyone who diss the iPad as nothing more than “a media consumption device”.
To give Weebly for iPad a whirl, download it free in the App Store. Note that the latest version requires iOS 8.0 or later.