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ShowIt: Drag & Drop Website Builder [Tip Tuesday]
Episode 884th October 2022 • Coffee Powered Systems • Miranda Merten
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Today’s tip is: ShowIt: Drag & Drop Website Builder

From their website: Create a website that books the clients you love

I stumbled upon ShowIt sometime last year and although I thought the websites were very pretty, I was very used to my WordPress sites and was not in the mood to switch anything up.

Fast forward a few months and I was looking for someone to redo my website and that’s how I came across Emma Troy— but she specialized in ShowIt sites... so I took another look and here we are.

Join me today as I chat about ShowIt!

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Welcome.

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Coffee powered systems equipping women with actionable steps to overcome

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overwhelm and streamline business and life.

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So grab your favorite drink and come hang out with me.

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I'm your host, Miranda Merten.

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Welcome back to Tip Tuesday, where I gave

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you skinny on an app or a tool that could be useful for your personal productivity.

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Today's tip is Show It, a drag and drop website builder.

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From their website, it says, Create a website that books the clients you love.

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Now, I stumbled on Show It sometime last year, and although I thought the websites

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were really pretty, I was really used to my WordPress websites.

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And if you have been around here long enough, you know that I use WordPress and

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an outside host, and I was not in the mood to switch anything up at that time.

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Also, if you've been around here long

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enough, you know that I don't like Squarespace.

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So the term drag and drop builder was giving me a whole lot of Squares vibes,

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and so I decided to keep it moving and fast forward.

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A few months later, I was looking for someone to actually redo my website, and

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that's how I came across Emma Troy designs, and she specialized in

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Show at sites, which obviously I did not have.

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So I took another look because I really loved her designs, and this time I was

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more intrigued and decided to give Shout a trial.

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I think when Show It first came out, the

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concept was geared mostly towards photographers, wedding photographers, but

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I think it's gaining a little more in popularity.

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But it still caters, I think, to more like the creative types.

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If you're on my email list, I'll be sending out an email later on with my

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experience, my before and after photos for my website.

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And what I like about Show It is that the designs are really pretty.

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And if you find a designer that sells

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templates, then there are some really creative ones out there, and you can end

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up with a website that's super different from what you normally see for most drag

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and drop builders out there without having to hire an actual designer.

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Even if you can't afford a designer or one of the pricey premium templates, the free

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templates that Show It provides on their website are actually still very good.

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They say drag and drop, but really you can drag and drop things anywhere.

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You're not stuck to put things within a box.

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Like a lot of builders, you can customize each page separately however you want.

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So unlike the new Squarespace themes, where you have a set design for your

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colors, your fonts, you can actually change anything on any page.

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So it's similar to building on WordPress.

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But the thing that really made me want to switch is that I was tired of having to

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update and back up my site and worry about if I added a new plug in, if it would

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break the whole thing so I decided to give the trial a chance.

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It's a 14 day trial.

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You don't need a credit card.

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You can play around with everything, create a new site.

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Keep in mind there is a learning curve.

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So 14 days might not be long enough for

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you but if you send an email to their support saying that you need a little more

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time, they will actually give you a little more time.

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I think I ended up getting an extra two weeks.

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So it's very generous with the time they

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give you to trial it out and then you can purchase when you are ready.

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If your trial runs out, your site still

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stays there until you're ready to purchase.

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So you don't need to freak out that you are waiting for a budget or waiting for

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something to come in before your trial runs out so it'll still be there.

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All you have to do is activate your

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purchase and then everything will be ready to be edited again.

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So the price for Show It includes your hosting price, includes all like they do

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all the updates and everything and the backups and everything saved for you.

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So that's one of the things I really love is that you don't have to worry about

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doing all the backups updating your plugins, wondering if your

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plugins are going to work with this version or if they're going to break it.

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If you have a blog though, you do still blog on WordPress.

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So that concept was a little bit funky to me.

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It's still kind of weird, but I'm used to it now.

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It wasn't a deal breaker.

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So once you get used to how some of the

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things work with Show It, you kind of get over it pretty quickly.

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The learning Curve like I said, there is a

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bit of a learning curve and I'm still learning and discovering nuances about it.

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There are some things that I don't like.

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For instance, the mobile and desktop are

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edited separately so if you change something after you build

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out the initial page, it's not automatically responsive.

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So you have to make sure that the mobile window also looks great if you're changing

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it on the desktop side, which kind of works.

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It's kind of like a double edged sword because if you want to get something done

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really quickly, you got to make sure you go to the other

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version and check out and make sure the pages still look good.

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But along that note, you can change the

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images or colors or font sizes or types on one like the mobile version and not have

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it affect the corresponding desktop version which is really cool.

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So if you wanted to use, say, a beach scene on the desktop but you wanted a

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forest scene on mobile because the picture just looks better, you can totally do that

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and then it would not affect the other side of it.

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There are a lot of features that I could

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go into, but I don't want this to get super long, so I'll write a blog post

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later this week with more details going into it.

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The pricing starts at $19 a month, billed annually.

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So that's $228 a year if you don't already

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have a blog or if you're not using the blog portion.

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And then if you do have a blog and you're

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migrating from WordPress or Squarespace, the highest price, there are three tiers,

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so the highest price goes up to $408 annually or $34 a month.

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So the range is in line with about a good

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host, which will run you about $300 a year.

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So keep that in mind.

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And then if you want to check out my

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current site that's built with Showit, you can go to MirandaMerten.com. That site

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currently that you see there is built with a Showit website.

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And if you want to grab a trial for Show it, you can go MirandaMerten.com/

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Showit and that will take you directly to their site.

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That is all I have for today.

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I will see you next time. Thanks for listening.

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