Thursday, September 10, 2015

Online site builders and plans

Choosing one online site builder isn't easy. I collected information from several site builders so I can pick one, but so far I haven’t made my mind. I have a small site created on Yola many years ago. It’s kind of just a portfolio and résumé. So it works. But now I need another product. I am tight on budget or I would ask a professional to do it! Am I wrong? Can these online site builders do the trick? Probably they will. But for the moment I’m experiencing a lot of boredom every time I sit in front of computer. So I really need something that’s not expensive and that’s easy to use. Most of these site builders offer a free base with the option to upgrade to an advanced premium option so we can try it and get the feel of it. It’s good but it will take me time. Again, more time spent in front of the computer. But I can’t have it all, can I? Many site builders advertise as free. But you know the thing. Nothing is free in this world. So, where are the hidden costs? I also don’t have a credit card. I can ask a friend to do it but I rather have the possibility to use Paypal. I also have to consider fulfilling payment on a monthly or yearly basis; this will allow me to save some money. So it all starts with the question money!! And then the user friendly appeal. Currently I am not in the mood for high learning curves. So I need to pick a builder that’s straightforward in use, “Drag and Drop” technology is just what I want. Just give me widgets I can edit, move and resize! Widgets’ functionalities are amazing. If you’re old enough you’ll remember the time when there were no widgets! It’s the difference between a desert and a garden, really! I think I can put some extra effort in what concerns getting nice images so I can create a nice theme for it. But probably there will be a nice palette of colors available already and professional themes tailored to fit my needs. Usually I go for “keep it simple” rule and this time it will not be different. Another thing that’s important is to get a site where SEO configuration is easy because your site must be found on the net. If your site does not rank well in search engines you are done, your business is done. I have to edit title tags, meta tags and so in an easy way. To consolidate my online presence I also need to use social media networks so the site needs to be social media integrated. I want to be able to publish to other sites and integrate Twitter, Facebook and G+ in a comfortable way, that sort of thing. And at last I have to think about the responsiveness of my site because everyone is using smart phones and tablets. And the list continues. But these are my immediate thoughts. The print screens are very helpful also. Have you any experience with any of these site builders you want to share?

https://www.yola.com/pricing

https://www.squarespace.com/login

http://www.wix.com/


http://www.webstarts.com/pricing


http://www.webs.com/plans
https://www.websitebuilder.com/compare
https://www.sitey.com/compare

https://www.ehost.com/

- a web hosting service
- lots of templates
-free domain

https://www.ideahost.com/

- good editor
- good price
- lots of templates

https://www.sitebuilder.com/

- allows you to choose a free domain, a free template and use their editor for free. 
- ease-of-use editor, drag and drop system, 
- lots of templates

http://www.weebly.com
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