Get our rare newsletters
Contact GoalEuropeIf you have questions or need a consultation, get in touch.
Having taught myself Dreamweaver, and later WordPress CMS, I must admit I am not a sophisticated website developer. Give me something that works and looks good and I am happy.
For designers however preformatted skins and themes, based on tables are often too restraining, according to Sandijs Ruluks, a Latvian designer who is based in the Netherlands.
This is why he and his team created Berta.me, the website builder for the creative people, who know the basics of HTML coding.
Berta.me is good for those who use images extensively and who do not like structure. The interface is drag-and-drop, so that the website developer can see the results of the design immediately on the screen. There is even a messy template, which allows things to stay on the screen exactly where the designer left them.
For photographers the layout works beautifully, and you can see plenty of examples here. Alas, for a blogger berta.me does not yet have intuitive text editing and positioning. I have attempted to create a website with some content from GoalEurope, but struggled with the text editing functions and I haven’t figured out how social sharing buttons can be integrated into the layout. Yet, this Prague Cabaret appears to have used berta.me to its full capacity (including a Facebook page link), and it does stand out. (If cabaret is too much, check out this minimalist-style site).
The website builder is free, and hosting costs Euro 19 per year. Additionally there is also ecommerce functionality which costs Euro 9.99 per month. An experienced HTML coder can modify the original source code, and some basic html can be built in the sections of the website. Font size, templates, slide shows, background images can be customized but one will require a couple of days to find his or her way around it. Here is a more detailed review by a blog which specializes in reviewing open source products.
Apparently, berta is actually “a constant beta”, with “r” in the middle. The user interface does look a little raw, but then again the drag-and-drop approach to website building is rather new and it was developed with a seed investment grant (from the Latvian organization Atspēriens, translated as “Springboard” if you must know).
+44 (020) 3290 3544
vita at goaleurope dot com