Cloud host and domain registrar Gandi has launched Gandi BaseKit website builder

Cloud Host Gandi Launches Gandi BaseKit Website Builder

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Cloud hosting provider and domain registrar Gandi announced on Thursday that it has launched Gandi BaseKit, a website builder built with UK-based BaseKit.

According to the press release, Gandi BaseKit allows compatibility with Apple iOS devices so its customers can create sites that are optimized for iPads and iPhones. With the announcements made by Apple this week about its latest iteration of iOS, this feature will be even more critical as end-users embrace iOS 6 in the fall and purchase the accompanying mobile devices.

Gandi BaseKit allows customers to create websites using HTML5 and CSS style sheets, essential to supporting the display of sites on iOS devices which do not support Flash. Prior to offering Gandi BaseKit, its customers had to set up either a PaaS or IaaS system to achieve comparable iOS functionality.

“To adapt to the massive influx of iPads and iPhones in the browser pool, Gandi is enhancing its services with tools for customers to respond to that market need,” Thomas Stocking, VP of US Operations, said in a statement. “Internet browsing is increasingly done via smartphones or tablets, and now it is more important than ever that sites not only display well on these devices, but are built with these devices in mind.”

Other web hosts that have partnered with BaseKit in the past few months include Host Europe, HostGator and Netcetera. Most web hosting providers offer website builders as a free value-add to their hosting plans.

Founded in 1999, Gandi has offices in Paris, Baltimore and Vancouver. It manages more than 1.3 million domain names and 163 extensions.

According to the press release, Gandi says its new website builder features a WYSIWYG interface for beginners, but also provides tools that allow experts to directly edit the HTML and CSS code for their sites.

Gandi BaseKit also includes tools that allow drag-and-drop installation of links to the most popular social media sites and the Google CheckOut Widget to enable e-commerce functionality.

Gandi will offer a free BaseKit version to all of its customers, but offer three additional tiers for a monthly price.

In April, the WHIR spoke to BaseKit customer Freedom Studios about its white-labeled website building platform using BaseKit called Berrry. Freedom Studios CEO Graham Holshausen says he looked at a lot of website builders, but ultimately chose BaseKit because of its design and simplicity.

The WHIR included BaseKit in its list of five popular website builders for web hosts to offer customers in February.

Talk back: Have you white-labeled a third-party website builder? Do you charge your customers, or offer it for free? Let us know in a comment.

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