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Not being a coder, I’m always on the lookout for easy ways to build beautiful websites that require no coding skills, and just over a year ago I discovered Breezi. A new service at the time, Breezi caught my attention for both its ease of use and abundance of features, and proved itself a reliable and stable solution for building websites.
Since then, Breezi has developed and changed, and added new features such as PlaceIt — a brilliant service for creating product shots with realistic hardware and your own images. So, checking it out every other became a sort of habit for me. But nothing prepared me for the awesomeness that’s the new Breezi, which now boasts something it calls “the world’s first design engine”.
Don’t worry, Breezi is still all about creating websites, and if anything, it’s even easier to use. All you have to do is pick your favorite design elements, mix them all together, shake well, and publish.
What In The World Is A Design Engine?
I know, it sounds like yet another meaningless buzzword, and these were my thoughts exactly when I headed over to breezi.com to see what the noise was about. Turns out that Breezi’s new DesignBot is just what it claims to be: a design engine for picking your favorite website design out of 60 billion unique possibilities (no, I didn’t count, but it sure looks like a lot).
Tell Breezi’s design engine what your website is about, and watch as it spits out a variety of colorful designs for you to choose from. There are 27 different layouts, over 200 basic colors, and 3 different fonts styles (each including numerous different fonts) in Breezi, so before you do anything, the options are already pretty much endless.
So there are plenty of templates to choose from, according to the website you’re building. That’s nice, but it’s nothing new, and it’s definitely not a “design engine”. So what makes Breezi’s idea different from other website-making services?
Get Breezi’s DesignBot To Give You a Perfect Design
Breezi is ridiculously easy to use. You do not need to have any coding skills, and it requires no knowledge at all about building websites. Start by giving your website or service a name, and picking one of the available website categories. The category you pick will affect the suggestions you get, but you can change this at any time during the design process.
You now get to browse some sample websites offered by Breezi, which encompass all relevant layouts and every possible color scheme and font style. Sounds general? It’s time to narrow it down, and there are several ways to do this. The easiest one is to simply pick a design you like, and tell Breezi what you liked about it.
That’s the beauty of Breezi’s design engine — the design you start with doesn’t have to be perfect from the word go. Do you like just the layout? Only the color scheme? Tell Breezi what you like, and the engine will adjust its suggestions accordingly. Follow this process until you have something you’re truly happy with in terms of colors, layout, content, fonts, and backgrounds.
Alternatively, and especially if you have a better idea of what you like, you can use the top menu to choose your favorite base color, layout or font style, and help Breezi along with its suggestions.
If you feel like you’ve made a wrong decision and locked in a design element you don’t actually like, you can always remove the tick mark from that element, and go back to getting randomized results. You can also start everything over from the Info menu on the top right.
Once your design is set, click the Pick This button, choose a URL for your website (name.breezi.com) and you’re on your way to creating your perfectly designed website!
Making The Website Yours
According to your chosen category and name, Breezi tries to fill in the gaps with text that makes sense. You’re still might want to change that, as well as the images, font sizes, etc. Editing elements in your new Breezi page is as easy as clicking on them. Type in your new text, swap your images around (use the built-in image editor to enhance your pictures), and drag and drop elements around to change their position.
If you’re feeling more confident about the process, Switch over to “Content mode” where you can edit the entire website from a cleaner, more centralized interface. Click on any element and choose “Edit content” to switch to this mode, or click on “Content mode” in the bottom toolbar.
The layout and style you’ve chosen are not there to limit you, but to help you. If you want to change things around, there are plenty of ways to do this. Aside from dragging elements, deleting them and duplicating them, you can also add numerous apps to your page such as an image carousel, your Instagram feed, Facebook Page, maps, videos, and more. Some apps, such a a mini shop, framed slideshow and social sharing buttons are not free, and will cost you several dollars each. Most of the apps on Breezi are free, though.
Every element on the page is completely customizable through the Styles tab, and if want, you can also apply skins to your website, although it should already be to your liking after using the design engine. If you’re building a multiple-page website, the Pages tab is where you can add additional pages. Any new page you create can be a copy of your already existing page, or include only some elements from it, as you wish.
All in all, using Breezi at this point is a very similar experience to the one I wrote about a year ago, so check out that review if you need more details.
Once you’re done, hit the Publish button, and you’re live! Breezi websites are mobile friendly, and the preview feature shows you exactly what it’s going to look like on a mobile screen. Check out the sample website I made in 5 minutes for proof on how easy it is.
Who Is Breezi Good For?
In one word, everyone. My favorite thing about Breezi is that it suits almost any skill level, from total beginners to experienced users. The design engine makes it even more friendly than it used to be, enabling anyone to choose a good-looking design and publish a website in minutes, without dealing with color matches, layouts, etc.
For the more experienced user, Breezi includes fine-tuned controls for most details, and paid users ($9/month) can use their own domains and get rid of the small Breezi branding at the bottom of every page. If you’re looking to build a beautiful website for free or for a very affordable price, do give Breezi a try.
What’s your favorite way to build websites without coding? Let us know in the comments!