Serious web projects are best created on reputable CMS or self-written engines, sharpened for specific tasks. This is true, but in some situations this approach is too long, expensive and labor-intensive. With the WordPress, you need to deal a few weeks. If you have the time and desire to learn the subtleties yourself or the means to pay for the services of a specialist – is excellent. Otherwise, you can use visual designers. This is not a panacea, there are projects that can not be implemented without the participation of designers and programmers. Such services should be used for:
- visualization of the idea in order to subsequently transfer it to the developers;
- quick launch of small and simple projects;
- creating one-page traffic with contextual and targeted advertising;
- testing ideas to understand whether to spend time and money on development;
- non-commercial sites “for the soul.”
Choose a constructor based on specific tasks. Some do an excellent job with Landing Page, others are suitable for creating multi-page sites, and still others are well advanced in search. Let’s compare popular services in order to understand in which situation it is better to use a particular product.
When choosing a tool for creating a website you need to take into account many parameters. They depend on the type of resource and the tasks that it must solve. Let’s compare services by such parameters:
- Types of sites – what resources are designed for functionality (business website, landing page, shop, etc.)
- User level – experience in development: novices, advanced users, professionals.
- Adaptability of templates – the presence of mockups adapted for mobile devices in the catalog.
- Number of ready-made templates – how many in the catalog are ready layouts for which you don’t have to pay separately.
- The level of customization of templates is the ability to change elements and the design as a whole: high, medium, low.
- The ability to create a website from scratch – is it possible to open an empty layout and collect pages from blocks and widgets.
- Training materials – information base for the use of the designer.
- Ability to edit and add code – add your own elements and edit styles via HTML and CSS.
- Free tariff – the availability of a free tariff. The limitations are spelled out in a detailed overview of each constructor below.
- Trial – availability of a test period with extended functionality.
- Technical support – language and ways to support users.
- Minimum tariff – the cost of the minimum tariff.
- Payment methods – options for payment of tariffs and additional services.
- Integration – connecting to third-party services to expand the functionality of the site.
- Domain – the ability to connect your domain at a free rate, as well as the conditions under which it is provided for free.
- SEO – site optimization opportunities.
- Import / export of goods – ways to load a large number of goods in the catalog.
- Integration with CRM – connect to CRM to automatically import orders from the site.
- Integration with analytics systems – the ability to connect to third-party analytics services.
- Online payment – payment systems that can be connected to the site.
- Integration with social networks – buttons, widgets and comments.
If there is no time and desire to read the entire article, go directly to the website builder of interest.
Tilda is an intuitive site builder. Suitable for creating small projects – information and corporate resources, Landing Page and online stores with dozens of different positions. Although there are more convenient solutions for the latter, over the last year Tilda has added many features for this type of site. There was a full-fledged basket with delivery and payment options, blocks of product cards with embedded popups, which display enlarged photos and an extended description, hit labels, action and others for visual highlighting of goods. In addition, the site integrates with multiple payment systems, Internet acquirers and CRM. Applications can be tracked in the built-in constructor tool, exported to Google Sheets or Telegram.
Tilda’s functionality is focused on the spectacular design of longrids – stylish typography, many blocks for combining text, visual and video content. Opportunities are not limited to ready-made templates and blocks – both can be developed independently from scratch using constructors. For those who do not have the time and desire, in the catalog there are about 200 designs that can be customized foryourself with the help of 450 blocks. There are ready-made layouts for pizzerias, antikafe, beauty salons and other niches. To visualize individual elements of the site, Tilda’s designers created an entire library of icons for various business areas, which is regularly updated.
- Large selection of ready-made templates.
- Convenient intuitive interface.
- Opportunities for customization – colors, fonts, indents, transparency, animation.
- Stylish responsive patterns.
- Ability to separately adjust indents for mobiles and desktops.
- Ability to create your own unique layout from scratch.
- Large selection of modules – text, blocks of benefits, application forms and feedback, surveys, online booking, etc.
- UTM tag generator.
- Educational articles and video tutorials on working with the service.
- Good typography, you can connect fonts from Google Fonts, Typekit and your own collection.
- The ability to add your own elements using HTML, CSS and JS.
- Integration with CRM, callback services, online chat rooms and electronic payment systems.
- The site can be transferred to another hosting or own server, as well as integrate pages created on Tilda with projects on Bitrix, WordPress and others.
- Built-in analytics, connecting Google Analytics and Yandex.Metrics.
Tracking the number of clicks on buttons, filling out forms and other events in the “Metric” and “Analytics” by default, without setting goals.
Buttons for sharing materials in social networks and setting up the appearance of posts.
- Connect to the Instagram site posts with automatic updates.
- Personal data processing policy builder.
- The ability to save and use for further work your own templates.
- HTTPS connection in the designer interface.
- Functional multilending – you can create dynamic content so that the appearance of the site and the information are adjusted to a specific user.
Integration with popular online banks to accept payments and get money into the current account.
- The functionality for the layout of email-mailings with the subsequent sending via MailChimp, UniSender or any other service using the export code.
- High price.
- For a good result it requires a certain knowledge in web design.
Understanding the interface is easy for anyone who is at least a little familiar with web technologies. However, to create a cool unique layout, design skills will not be superfluous, at least – taste. Work on the site is better to start with a clean slate. All templates are composed of those modules that are in the catalog, and the demo content will still have to be changed. When opening an empty layout, the service offers to see a video review of the functionality. Frequently used blocks are placed in the horizontal menu: cover, title, lead paragraph, text, keyword phrase, image, photo gallery and separator line. When you click on the ZERO button, a block editor opens in which you can create your own modules. To see the entire catalog, you need to click on “All blocks”. They are divided into 27 categories – about the project, direct speech, benefits, columns, menus, rates, basement, forms and buttons, reviews, stages and others. Each with 15-20 design options. For navigation and operations with the entire page using the top menu. The item “My sites” opens the page where all resources are displayed, “My project” – the list of pages of the current site. You can switch between them or create a new one by clicking on the arrow. The remaining items allow you to undo the latest changes, turn on the preview mode and publish the page. Meta tags are registered in the settings, the appearance of the post is edited for sharing in social networks and displayed in the search results. Help button opens reference information. In the “More” drop-down menu, you can edit the profile, turn on the block map and go to the tariff page.
To edit the text, you need to click on a specific fragment. A horizontal menu appears at the top of the screen, with which you can change the boldness, style, color, font, size, line spacing and alignment, as well as add a hyperlink. When you hover the mouse over the block, buttons for customization appear on top. Clicking on the first, you can switch between different design options within the same category, while maintaining the already entered content. The content of the settings section depends on the type of module. They change the alignment, the number of columns for each element, height, background color, scrolling effects, filters, animation elements, the appearance of frames, fields and buttons, and much more. When you click on the “Content” button, the window for editing the contents of the block opens. Through it, videos and images are loaded, paragraphs, headings, titles and hints are entered for fields in forms, inscriptions on buttons and much more. Another way to edit the content is to click on the desired item. The group of buttons on the right serves to copy, delete, hide and swap blocks. Clicking on the arrow opens an additional menu – cut, copy, paste or select an entire module.
On each project page there are settings in which the fonts and colors change for the entire site, the main page is selected, the domain, analytics systems and panels of the Google and Yandex webmasters, payment systems are connected.
At the base rate there is 1 website with 50 pages and 50 MB of server space. It is impossible to connect your own domain (only the third level of the form moto.tilda.ws) and use some modules, in particular, forms and functionality for online stores.
The service offers 2 tariff plans – Personal (15$ per month) and Bussines (25$ per month). The first allows you to create 1 site (maximum 500 pages), the second – 5. Both options include all the functionality, including a complete collection of blocks. The exception is the export of the source code and the ability to disable the label “made on Tilda” – they are available only at the maximum rate. When you pay an annual subscription – you ge the domain as a gift. After registration, you can connect to the Personal tariff for 2 weeks for free to test the functionality and see if it is suitable for a specific task.
LPgenerator is a powerful service for developing one-page sites. Narrow specialization is more than paid off with a multitude of possibilities and integrations. Not suitable for creating a business website, blog, information portal or online hypermarket. It is possible to connect to the one-page storefront, but this tool is rather an additional one. But the landing with proper skills will get what you need. Service is focused on professionals. Developers are interested in creating beautiful and conversion sites on their platform. This says everything – from the cost and content of tariffs to the level of support and training new users. LPG has everything for creating unique professional sites – a lot of beautiful modern templates, coupled with extensive customization options, building a block layout from scratch and access to HTML / CSS code. But the main difference from other builders is in additional tools for promotion and earning on landings – CRM and work with leads, detailed and detailed analytics, managing traffic sources and much more.
- Powerful functionality to create and increase the effectiveness of selling pages.
- Large selection of beautiful, modern, responsive templates.
- Ability to build your unique website from the blocks.
- Deep customization of the appearance of elements.
- Access to HTML and CSS.
- Functional visual editor.
- Testing multiple page options.
- Integration with MailChimp, UniSender, Dropbox, ClickFrog, Yagla, Megaplan, Bitrix24, Jivosite, CallBackHunter and others.
- Help manager, educational materials and a course on the creation and promotion of landing pages in the “University of lead generation.”
- Responsive tech support.
- Center optimization conversion.
- The ability to add your own scripts to the site.
- Powerful analytics – traffic source conversion, ROI, conversion funnel, and more.
- Set up online payment in accordance with 54-FZ.
- Telephony for calling customers from the admin.
- Lead management system, in fact – built-in CRM.
- Backup landing page in 1 click.
- much more.
- High price.
- Short trial – 7 days is not enough to test all the features of the system.
- Complex interface – you need to learn and understand. For beginners, it will not be possible to blind a suitable site in a couple of hours.
The administrative panel contains all the tools that are not related to the appearance of the site. The Pages tab displays all the Landing Page generated. When you click on the “Actions” button, a menu opens through which you can go to the visual editor, the Optimization Center and the view mode, and also copy, archive or delete the page. In the “Leads” are all the tools to work with potential customers. Here you can see a list of those who left the application or otherwise showed an interest in the proposal, as well as assign them statuses, call and track the interaction history. In the “Store” section, the functional is assembled for creating online storefronts, working with products and orders. On the account page, you can set up system alerts and lead notifications, security settings and quick login through social network accounts. In the “Domains” section you can buy, link or pick up an address for the site. A UTM constructor is used to track and control traffic sources. In the Services tab, you can order an individual design, layout, etc., and on the Payment page you can find out information about tariffs and connect the appropriate one.
When you first look at a visual editor, you will not get used to it without a habit for many functions, tools, panels and buttons. However, all this is quite logically grouped, you get used to quickly. But it will take time to figure out and test everything. On the left, when clicking on the arrow, a list of all page elements opens – titles, images, buttons, forms, etc. Click on any and the visual editor switches to it, and on the right a settings panel appears. You can change the size, location, alignment, styles, borders, and more. On the Advanced tab, the CSS code is edited.
The narrow panel on the left contains buttons for adding various elements to the site. In the section “designer” there are ready blocks for the site header, module of benefits, lead-forms, etc. The “Store” button opens a window for adding a display case with goods. You can also connect a timer, popup, gallery, video, feedback slider and card, as well as download additional fonts and set up online payment. The top panel is visually divided into 4 parts. The first contains save buttons, preview mode, undo and redo the last action, next contains tools for adding several more elements – texts, images, buttons. You can upload your HTML code. The third block of buttons is used to control the individual elements – copy, delete and move to the foreground or background. In the last block, you can fill in the meta tags of the page, connect your js script and set up conversion goals. Information on goals will be displayed in the Conversion Optimization Center. At the very top there are two more interesting buttons. The first is used to manage the design options, the second – to go to the Conversion Optimization Center, personal account and CRM.
The basic version is limited to a 7-day trial. There is no full free rate.
The developers offer a choice of 4 tariffs – Basic, Advanced, Unlimited and Corporate. They differ in the number of available domains (from 1 to infinity) and pages (from 10 to infinity) and the limit of visitors. On the first two tariffs, domains and domain mail are tied for an additional fee, on the “Basic” page LPgenerator branding is displayed on the pages, and at the maximum you can have up to 15 client accounts.
WIX is one of the most powerful and functional builder. Opportunities enough to create forums, sites, business websites, landing page, shops, blogs. However, on closer examination, there are cheaper and more flexible solutions for shops, and for blogs, WordPress is better for blogs, in my opinion, so far nothing has been invented. Users are attracted by a simple intuitive builder and a large selection of bright stylish templates – in the catalog there are more than 500 ready-made layouts divided into categories – business, restaurants and food, hotels, events, landing pages and others. Developers regularly add new options for different areas. This also applies to the functional – they are working on the service, updates are coming out, features are being added. In the app store, you can connect over 250 different widgets to the site. True, such growth has a downside – for newcomers, the WIX becomes heavy, the administration panel is overloaded. However, the increased functionality is still not enough for professionals and serious business. This is all the same constructor, you only get what is provided by the developers. Even despite the fact that the builder supports the addition of own html-code.
- Large selection of bright and beautiful layouts.
- Sites are quality in terms of design and usability.
- Presets structures to create a page from scratch.
- Mobile and desktop versions are edited separately.
- Good customization – you can upload your own fonts, change the color, size, contours and other parameters of buttons, forms, galleries, menu items and boxes.
- Convenient intuitive interface.
- There are many additional widgets and applications that can be connected to the site – form designers, chat rooms, social network buttons, analytics services, payment systems and much more.
- Opportunities for creating stylish slide shows, photos and video galleries.
- Built-in photo bank with thousands of images.
- Vector collection of more than 3000 icons, logos and illustrations.
- Built-in calculator and form designer.
- Ability to add to the site feed from Instagram and broadcast video from Facebook.
- Built-in CRM to track orders, manage contacts, registered users and subscribers.
- Ability to create closed pages with access settings.
- The performance of the site is not limited only to the “Unlimited” tariff, on the rest of tariff – from 1 to 10 GB.
- Connecting your own domain is available only at paid rates.
- Beginners find it hard to figure out the admin panel that is overloaded with functionality, you need to get used to it.
- By phone, tech support only speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese. It took me about 10 minutes to find a form for communication with experts.
- You will have to pay for the connection of a Gmail mailbox with your address separately.
The editor interface consists of three panels – horizontal and two vertical. The “Pages” button in the upper left corner is used to switch between pages. In the “Site”, you can save the project, turn on the preview mode, go to the mobile version editor, publish, link a domain, etc. For some actions there are quick buttons on the same panel – save, publish, cancel or repeat last action, change the scale, mobile version editor and preview mode. The “Tools” item connects additional controls and navigation – rulers, site borders and the panel on the right, as well as color lines that appear when dragging blocks with the mouse to align with the overall composition. In the item “Help” you can get help on working with the editor. And the “Connect premium” button is nothing more than a call to action – a call to switch to a paid rate.
To edit the site, add and edit items, use the vertical panel on the left. Using it, the background changes, blocks, boxes, buttons, text, headings, form lists and more, widgets and applications are added, fonts, photos, videos, audio and documents are loaded, configurable blog and online posting form. In addition, when selecting an item, another panel appears above it. It is used to customize the appearance – you can choose a color, shape, turn on animation, etc.
Clicking on the button in the left pane opens the list. For example, all the elements that can be added to the site hide behind the plus sign. We select the “List” item, and the editor offers us various design options. An additional category navigation appears on the right. The latter comes in handy given the large selection. You can change the appearance after adding to the site. Behind “More” hides the ability to embed html-code, flash or the whole site, login forms for admin and user registration, functionality for creating anchor menu and document icons.
At the starting rate, you can use all the templates and create an unlimited number of sites, only space for data storage is limited – up to 500 MB. Connecting your own domain and Google Analytics is not available.
The service offers 4 premium rates – the Connect Domain, Combo, Unlimited and eCommerce. They differ in performance (from 1 GB to unlimited), disk space (from 500 MB to 20 GB) and functionality. For example, connecting a normal domain is included in the price of any paid tariff, and you can create an online store only at the maximum, WIX ads are disabled starting from Combo.
uKit is a relatively new development of uCoz. Unlike his great-grandfather, uKit is intuitive and modern. The creators position their product as an easy-to-learn and service that does not require special knowledge for small and medium-sized businesses. Although there is a functionality for creating online stores – own and from Ecwid – the builder is still more suitable for business websites, landing pages and other projects with a small number of pages. Ukit is aimed at entrepreneurs who want to quickly launch a stylish and functional resource, with no experience in development and not wanting to invest in it. The service copes well with this task – the sites are beautiful, it takes a couple of days to launch. The main difference between uKit and similar products is a serious limitation when setting up a design. The user simply will not be allowed to do what is not provided for by the developers, if he does not switch to the PRO tariff. This serves as protection against possible errors and poor results. However, those who clearly know what they want, and how it should look like, can be scared away.
- Modern adaptive templates.
- Constantly updated, new features appear, bugs are fixed.
- Restrictions of user actions when editing – protection against errors.
- Parallax effect, anchor menu, timer widget and other useful features.
- The template can be changed at any time.
- Postponed publication of news.
- On the trial, you can connect the human domain, bought in uKit.
- Domain at a free rate.
- Tools for SEO – meta tag editor, built-in statistics, Yandex.Metrics connection and Google Analytics.
- Branded mailbox based on Mail.ru.
- The ability to create forms in accordance with the law “On Personal Data”.
- Integration with amoCRM.
- Built-in functionality for adding different popups to the site.
- Built-in graphics optimizer for fast loading site.
- There are few templates in the free directory and they look alike. To make a unique resource, you will have to pay for access to premium templates, order a site from uKit specialists or pay the maximum tariff and edit the code yourself.
- Serious restrictions on editing – completely unique template will not work.
- The product is young and not yet debugged – users complain about errors and bugs: incorrect display of sliders and headers in the mobile version, spam through the feedback form, glitches and hangs, lack of functionality. With all the difficulties and responses of representatives of uKit can be found in the discussions of the official VK group.
- There is no possibility to separately edit the mobile version.
- In the process of working on the site, errors regularly occur and the builder restarts.
Unlike uCoz, the uKit toolbar is used only for payment, domain binding, tracking statistics and optimization parameters. The “Settings” section is extremely concise – we change the favicon, close the unfinished resource from indexing, set up redirects and demolish the site. The remaining manipulations are done through a visual editor. The vertical panel on the left has three editing modes – the Design tab, Designer and Site Pages. The remaining buttons are used to go to the control panel, preview, cancel or repeat the last action, create and view backups and publish.
In the “Design” mode, you can choose or create your own color scheme and change the background. Working with fonts involves choosing one of the four font pairs provided by the creators of the layout – for titles and main content. You can also create your own pair of fonts. In the “Advanced” section, the “Up” button, the animation of the appearance of widgets and the version for the visually impaired are turned on and off. Item “Template” is used to switch to another layout, if this does not suit you.
In the “Pages” mode, the order of the menu items is edited, pages are deleted and created, the CNC is shaped and the meta tags are filled. The user gets the most freedom of action in the “Designer” section – blocks, text, images are changed, new elements are added, etc. It is divided into two parts – “Blocks” and “Widgets”. All sites on uKit consist of blocks to which widgets are added. You can place an empty section on the page by writing text, pictures, galleries, buttons, etc. There are also special blocks for content, headlines, product display case, price list, advantages block, reviews and contacts. Available widgets are divided into 8 categories:
Each item has additional settings. For blocks, you can set the structure, height and alignment, for text widgets – style, color, alignment, style and other parameters. Almost everywhere the background changes. Additional settings are opened by clicking on the item.
There is no full free rate. At the start, 14 days trial is given, after which you need to select a tariff and pay. When the test period is over, without payment you will be able to enter the control panel and edit the site, but it will not be available to visitors.
Be careful: when you first pay, a subscription is made and money for the tariff will be automatically debited from the card in the future. If you have not yet decided whether you will use the constructor further, cancel the subscription after payment.
At the starting rate, creating a full-fledged site on your own domain is available. At the bottom of the page an advertising banner displays . The limitations of the functionality are – inserting your code, setting goals in statistics, the built-in widget of the online store and adding unique palettes.
There are 4 tariffs – Premium ($ 3.50 per month), Premium + ($ 7 per month), Shop ($ 8.40 per month) and Pro (10 , $ 50 per month.) They differ in functionality – at the minimum, technical support in live chat, statistics goals, own palettes and code, an online store widget are not available. In addition, the price does not include premium templates. Creating a storefront is available only at the tariffs “Store” and “Pro”, and the change in the color scheme and site code – only at the maximum.
In a world where everything moves so fast that it’s hard to keep up, Google Sites remain simple and accessible.
Google has gained a reputation for creating better products for consumers, which can often compete with paid services. In continuation of this trend, Google Sites provide a free and accessible platform for creating and hosting websites. If you have a Gmail or Google account, you already have a Google Sites account. Log in to your account, select the site name, template, theme, and this will be enough to start.
The real strength of Google Sites is its full integration with other Google products. You can access all your files from Docs, Drive, spreadsheets, etc., as well as your Google contacts and use them in your website. Despite the fact that this service is not suitable for creating websites for large companies, Google Sites is still the right choice for those who do not have the budget and do not have the skills to create websites, and those who just need their own website or blog.
In this review, we will look at Classic Google Sites. This platform has been around for quite some time and is available to all users. Although now there are New Google Sites – as part of the Google G Suite productivity tools – Classic Google Sites continue to work independently.
Choose from a variety of themes and templates to create a unique interface look.
As with the entire platform, the themes and templates available in Google Sites are simple and look somewhat outdated. Recently, several rather stylish and modern ones have appeared. However, it still seems that the basic themes and templates are designed to help users quickly and easily build a website, rather than create innovative projects.
Most projects are designed to create websites about school events, interest clubs, or for small business ads. In principle, anyone who may need a website as an organizational tool, but without a large budget or design experience, can take advantage of this tool.
Before you start creating a website, you need to understand how Google makes the difference between themes and templates, as this can be a bit confusing.
Templates define the niche or purpose of the site, as well as the organizational structure. For example, a football team pattern includes elements you need for a football team site, such as schedules or results, announcements and match statistics. Each template also has a default style or theme.
Then you can choose a theme for your template. The theme defines the colors, images and other graphics that are used on the page. For example, if you choose a football team theme, then you can select a laptop template to apply the laptop background and the appropriate fonts. Or you can choose the Schoolhouse theme, which will look as if the information was displayed on the board.
This approach allows you to come up with some unique combinations and overcome the limitations associated with having only 53 themes and almost as many templates. Once you have created your site, the page template editor will suggest changes between a web page, ads, lists, or file markup.
As for the setting itself, you naturally do not need any programming experience or design knowledge. The interface is very similar to the interface of other Google products, such as Docs and Spreadsheets, and will be familiar to users. Since the templates and themes themselves are relatively simple, it will be very easy to exchange images, edit and format text, change colors, change layouts, choose a different column structure and add or remove simple elements.
In general, themes are not very adapted for mobile devices, however, it depends on certain topics.
For a free platform, Google Sites has a huge list of features.
Google Gadgets: Google Gadgets This is their answer to plugins or extensions on other sites. These are fairly simple (but necessary) widgets, such as calendars, news feeds and calculators. Gadgets can be created by anyone and are available to other Google Sites users.
Google Analytics: With a free Google account, you can also set up Google Analytics and easily add it to your website located on Google Sites.
Ability to add custom scripts / HTML: You have the ability to add custom HTML blocks to your pages or write scripts to automate certain processes (for example, email lists, etc.) to expand functionality on your website.
Google Webmaster: Google automatically checks site URLs at sites.google.com. Even if you have your own domain, Google Sites make it easy to customize the crawl of your website.
Templates and Themes: Use a combination of templates and themes to quickly and easily set up a website that fits your niche or goal and has the desired look and feel. Although the settings are simple, you can optimally customize your template / theme.
Integration with your Google Suite: Google Sites is a little-known part of Google’s G Suite. In general, you can specify links or add content directly created or saved in other programs, such as Docs, Drive, Google+, Maps +, etc.
Despite the simplicity of the platform, integration with other Google products is probably the best opportunity that Google Sites can offer. Some functionality can be added using additional extensions, plug-ins or paying for additional features on other platforms. Although you should not expect premium features such as advanced eCommerce features.
Good in use
Create an individual website without wasting time
To create your website, you enter a name, choose a template and a theme, confirm that you are not a robot, and BOOM, you have a website. In fact, you do not need much action. This may lead you to the fact that you will not be more convenient to use the familiar interface. Further setting up your site so that it is ready for launch is as simple as working with a text editor or replacing new images. To launch your website, simply click the Share button.
Work with a simple and intuitive interface.
Google, deliberately, deliberately, tried to keep the interface similar to the interface of its other products. Anyone who has spent enough time working with Google Suites products knows how easy it is to switch between editing a document to set up a spreadsheet to create a slide show. Now you can add your website creation to this list.
Take advantage of Google’s product integration
For Gmail and Google Drive users, an excellent option is that you can import content from these products directly into your website. The same can be said for other Google tools, such as Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools. Adding the appropriate API keys to your site is easily accomplished by managing site settings. You can also share content easily and create additional permissions for your Gmail contacts, which is especially convenient if it’s a collaborative project.
You can rely on the same extensive and structured Google documentation you are used to.
Unfortunately, the service does not have any kind of support or staff if you run into a Google Sites problem. However, Google remains Google, and they have a huge amount of documents available where you will find answers to all your questions about Google Sites, as well as a help forum with millions of other users.
You may think that the information is not so much, until you first refer to the reference documentation. The Sites reference platform was divided into information fragments, each of which consists of a brief information section and a step-by-step guide on the use of the corresponding function.
For example, I wanted to add a few Gadgets to my site, the addition of social network icons was especially important. So I searched the Gadgets in the documentation and came across this page. As you can see, there are short, step-by-step instructions for adding gadgets, scripts, etc., as well as, if necessary, links to additional documentation.
For example, I knew that there was some way to view websites on mobile screens, but I could not find a suitable setting. Actually, I was looking for a solution to this problem and immediately found the appropriate discussion thread on the forum. It turns out that this is a fairly common problem for new users. After studying more than one answer, I was able to accurately understand where to find this parameter in the site settings and apply it.
Nevertheless, it is still somewhat depressing that the only way to communicate with the staff is to report the problem and hope that they will correct it when the time comes.
Do not pay a penny for hosting with Classic Google Sites
The best thing about the Google Sites platform is that it is absolutely and unconditionally free. There are no additional features that you may need (or you just need to choose them) that you have to pay for. If this seems too good for you to be true, just remember all the other free Google products: Gmail, Docs, Spreadsheets, Google+, Maps, Drives, etc.
Google is not (and never was) a model of a company whose services are provided on a subscription fee basis. The company earns its money, being one of the world’s leading information giants, perhaps the largest user base.
Recently, Google presented a new platform, Google Sites. This platform is part of the G Suite, the cost of which the monthly fee for the use of which is based on the number of your users and the version of the product. To help users upgrade to the new version, you can simply convert your site to New Google Sites. At the same time, there is a free version if you use no more than a certain limit.
Cancellation and refund
Since the payment for the use of the product is completely absent, you will not need to apply for a refund. You will also technically always have a Google Sites account if you already have a Google account. You can delete the site yourself by managing the information in the taskbar. You can then permanently delete your site from the Deleted Sites basket to free the URL. However, if you delete your Google account, you will lose access to all of your sites.
The first notes of impressions from Weebly evoke associations with Jimdo, Wix and uKit. This is a Western designer, which exists and develops since 2007. Positioned as a convenient and simple tool for creating beautiful business cards and shops.
Well, let’s take a closer look at what is hidden under the packaging.
Designs and work with templates
When you first look at them, the eyes run up. A similar impression inspires and Wix. Choose quickly does not work, you want to see more of it. There is a grouping by styles and colors. The color scheme can be selected for each template, in the presence of 5-10 options, the change of which is immediately displayed in the preview.
Patterns are truly diverse and evoke a sense of respect for the designers who paint them. This quality is rarely seen. They have different structures, appearance, all the miniatures are filled with high-quality demo data. The work done is impressive.
Your initial choice of a template, unlike the same Wix, is not final. At any time during the construction of the site can be changed. In general, on this point, everything is very good, Weebly pleased.
After a quick run through the options, I make sure that the positive impression of the engine will continue to grow. Initially, it was proposed to choose the type of site – business website, blog or store. I stopped at the last version due to the desire to see the maximum of the functional. And I saw everything that I assumed. And even more.
It seems that not only uCoz boasts flexibility and lots of possibilities. There is everything that can come to mind when creating a site.
The admin structure is logical, simple. The design is beautiful. All features are grouped into 5 horizontal menu tabs:
1. “Create” – here is 80% of the functionality that you will have to use most often. Divided into 5 more sub-items:
- Key – Insert text, images, galleries, slide shows, maps, contact forms, or your own code;
- Structure – allows you to insert delimiters, buttons and search bar;
- Multimedia materials ”- adding video, audio, documents and flash to the page.
- “Commerce – adding products and setting up Adsense;
- More – social networks, polls, forums, orders, RSS feeds.
2. “Design” – changing the template, color scheme, fonts and background.
3. “Pages” – add pages and customize their content / display.
4. “Store” – there is absolutely everything for the comfortable organization of a decent store. Acceptance of payments, delivery, import of goods from the tables, currency / tax settings, order management, window dressing … It makes no sense to list the basic functions. In general, there is everything.
5. “Parameters” – general settings like site name, passwords, users, registration and SEO (connecting analytics, meta tags, redirect). You can also select a text editor and fine-tune the blog by analogy with the store.
Weebly’s functionality is exhaustive. Everything works on drag n drop. On this point, everything is also great – comfortable, powerful and beautiful.
Domains Here everything is organized like the majority of colleagues in the workshop. By default, you will get a level 3 domain of the form creative.weebly.com.
It is possible to buy a domain here in .org, .net, .com zones, but you should not do this, because the issue price is $ 40 / year. To put it mildly, expensive.
One option is adequate – to delegate a domain purchased from a third-party registrar. There is no problem.
Weebly Pricing Policy (Tariff Prices)
Weebly has only 3 tariff plans, where the functionality provided is significantly different.
- Starter ($ 49 / year) – an unlimited number of pages, connecting your domain, technical support, deleting Weebly copyright, downloading your favicon.
- Pro ($ 99 / year) – password protection of pages, advanced players, site search, title slideshow.
- Business ($ 299 / year) – connects user registrations, advanced e-commerce capabilities (unlimited items, coupon codes, digital goods, shipping calculators, taxes, and a basket placed on your domain)
It is worth noting that in the first two tariff plans, 3% will be charged from each sale (transaction fee). By the way, payment for the first two tariffs can be made for a period of at least 6 months in advance. Only the latter will allow you to pay monthly.
- Good templates and the ability to download your own design in the form of code;
- Convenient control panel;
- The ability to insert your own HTML-code into the body of the page;
- Availability of built-in application store.
- Half of the apps from the local store are useless;
- The high cost of storagee tariffs and charging sales fees.
Conclusions and recommendations
As a constructor Weebly performed at a high level. There are minor flaws, but they fade against the background of the overall power and convenience of the platform. Judge for yourself: the convenience of the admin panel and the beauty of the Wix / uKit templates are combined with functionality that is very close to uCoz. Almost perfect. Competitors will find it hard to beat it – it has no significant shortcomings, except for one. It’s about the cost of creating a store. With a serious attitude to sell, it makes sense to take only Business tariff. The first two tariffs are limited by the number of added goods (10 and 25) and sales commission. It is unlikely that you will be pleased.
On the other hand, even at 1st fare you can make an excellent business website (portfolio, landing, corporate). Some platforms have the most affordable tariff plan present formally – huge restrictions do not allow using it. Here the process is organized more honestly. In our opinion, it makes sense to purchase either 1st or 3rd subscription, if you need a store.
General verdict – Weebly is worthy of attention. Definitely, this is one of the best SaaS platforms. You will pay for quality, convenience and pleasant impressions from the development. The sites on it are very strong. And making them is easy. Recommended, it is worth the money.
Mobirise – a program for creating business websites, landing pages, portfolios and stores with responsive design. Free, including for commercial use. Works on Windows, Mac OS and Android. It stands out from the competition with practicality and convenience. A great option for beginners and not only.
Like? Well, read on our review, first things first.
The target audience
Mobirise is a free offline application for creating websites adapted for mobile devices. Many surf the Web from smartphones; for Google, mobile site adaptation is an important ranking factor. Therefore, the direction, the emphasis on which is already laid down in the sitebuilder’s name, has been chosen very correctly. This program allows you to create sites that are in demand from both technical and user points of view.
Mobirise is suitable for beginners who need to test their strength somewhere, to be convinced of their ability to work in this niche. Very comfortable environment with a painless entrance. A great start to a developer’s career – the program will not kill the enthusiasm of an uncertain person on the very first day. The result will be obtained exactly. The interface is really extremely simple and friendly. Even more than other platforms with similar work mechanics.
The program can be installed on an Android smartphone, it is not necessary to sit at the PC. The mobile version is practically the same as the desktop version. Have an idea, but no time to implement? You can create a cute site, sitting in the park on the bench. Or in the subway. Or at lunchtime, sketch out a layout, pick up a photo, add texts. The ability to work from a mobile phone expands the audience of this sitebuilder.
With Mobirise, you can create business websites for companies and individuals, portfolios, and even stores. Experienced developers can use it for quick layout of simple client sites – this is advantageous in time and money. In the basic version coding is not required, but access to it can be unlocked and create with layouts anything. If needed. Don’t have to do that. The platform has no contraindications, like many.
Mobirise is definitely one of the easiest site builders we tested. Registration in the system is necessary to receive news and update notifications, which, by the way, happen very often and are noticeable. The control panel is very clear. Even if you have never dealt with site builders before, it will not be difficult to understand Mobirise.
The interface is nice and functional. It is based on a drag-n-drop WYSIWYG editor. There is nothing superfluous here. Creating the structure of a future site without content will take no more than 20 minutes. In general, you can create impressive business websites or landing pages in a day without coding skills and experience with site builders.
After installing Mobirise on your PC, you will be taken to the visual editor. The administrative panel consists of as many as 4 points. Also at the top there are buttons for previewing the site on various devices (desktop, tablet, smartphone) and its publication. Uploading is possible to a local folder, to an FTP server (hosting) or to Google Cloud, Amazon S3, Github cloud storage. This will allow access to files from any PC. This may be convenient when detached from the main place of work: installed software in a new place, downloaded the project, updated the information and published it on the hosting. But you have to update and copy in the cloud to save the latest changes. Not very convenient, although there is nothing difficult about it.
Let’s look at the contents of the control panel menu:
- Pages – adding new pages, creating their duplicates, setting the URL type and SEO settings for each page;
- Sites – here all active projects of sites are displayed. Choose the right one and work. In the settings of each of them, you can select the site name, configure the path for its export (local or cloud drive, hosting), load favicon and activate animation when scrolling pages;
- Login – login form via e-mail. Registration is required to access system updates and its extensions, templates, and access to the help section;
- Extensions and Themes – a panel for installing extensions and templates. Among them are paid and free samples.
- Help – feedback form with developers.
In the lower right corner there is a red round “+” button. It is through this that various content blocks are added to the site. After clicking, the sidebar will open with a list of available functional elements. They can be added by simply dragging in any order. Immediately, we note it: below we describe the list of blocks of the standard template, for paid users it will be very noticeable.
The blocks are divided into categories:
- Menu – choose one of two menu formats;
- Headers – 9 options for headers for your site. With videos, images, sliders, captions and slogans arranged in different ways .;
- Sliders – add sliders and galleries of various formats;
- Media – video player, posters, galleries;
- Content – notes, tabs;
- Articles – headlines, texts, map, gallery, slider, video;
- Information – tabs with buttons that can serve as links to something;
- Reviews – blocks with customer reviews, decorated in various ways;
- Social – Share and Go Panels;
- Prices – blocks for the presentation of the tariff plans of your service;
- Forms – feedback forms and subscriptions to the newsletter site;
- Maps – connect Google Maps;
- Footers – various layouts of the lower site block.
In general, blocks can be divided into 5 types: menus, caps, cellars, content for articles and content for the rest of the site. There is simply no place.
Any of the added blocks can be customized. You can enter the parameters by clicking on any of the blocks in the visual editor and clicking on the gear. For clarity, I will give examples of a set of settings for several types of those.
Example 1 – header. Here you can turn on / off the display of the title, buttons, text, arrows, parallax effect (nice!) And align the content. Separately, I note the possibility of inserting any video on the background in addition to the usual pictures, as well as the activation of shading in the range of the selected color (the degree of transparency can be adjusted).
Example 2 – feedback form. Here you need to set the email address for incoming messages from users, a picture or background color, and also choose which fields will be displayed (name, email, phone). No server settings are needed – everything works out of the box.
Example 3 – a block with video. Set the background (color, video, picture), select the position of the video and the set of displayed elements (title, description, text, buttons.)
In addition, other things, you can customize advanced settings by clicking directly on the selected item. For example, for text it will be alignment, insertion of links, color, size and font type (Google fonts are available). You can start editing any text by simply clicking in the box with it. For a video, you need to enter a link to the source and a picture that will be displayed in the inactive player window. You can also assign autoplay and looping video. Well, and so on.
Believe me, the settings are enough to get a pleasant result. There is nothing superfluous, although within the framework of the issued functional (blocks) there was no lack of them. Only necessary, pleasant and important.
In the “Pages” menu, you can adjust the SEO parameters for each individual page of the site (title, description). You can create as many pages as you like.
After that, you need to add links to them in the menu items of the main page (called as index.html), the number of which is also unlimited. But the nesting of menu items here is not provided.
Through “My Sites – Sites” you can put a favicon in the settings, set the site name and export the project along the selected path. The default is to hard disk.
Also through the “Extensions” you can connect to the site the ability to comment through Facebook, Soundcloud online audio player and Google Analytics. Also available is the ability to purchase for $ 69 code editor. After the acquisition, a button will appear in each of the blocks, giving access to the HTML / CSS editor, which will make the engine much more flexible. A one-time purchase is not a periodic monthly fee. Whether it is necessary – you decide.
The functionality of Mobirise is quite enough to create an attractive business website (portfolio, company website, online resume, etc.) or landing (product or service promo page). That is a small bright site. Some templates allow you to create a shop – showcase, basket, payment and other things. In general, the functionality of the program is largely determined by the set of available blocks. That is, templates available to you. Their number is constantly growing, therefore, the scope of the designer is expanding. The conclusion is simple: you need to buy the All-in-One Kit and use all the chips to its fullest. It’s worth it.
Mobirise copes with the tasks for which its functionality is sharpened. The builder was pleasant and even managed to surprise with some things: outrageous simplicity, the ability to insert video in the background, a solid set of templates, parallax and convenient access to Google Fonts. Mobirise is the best program in its class, worthy of use.
Connect a domain. The domain name for the site on Mobirise must be purchased separately. Preferably with hosting for convenience. The engine has no limitations in this regard. In addition, you can publish your site in 1 click, using the free subdomain .mobirisesite.com. That is, the application provides the same opportunity as cloud platforms. It is not necessary to mess with the hosting to show the created website to a friend, specialist or friends. This option greatly simplifies the process of test publishing sites. Very convenient and easy to do, bravo.
Designs and work with templates
Mobirise templates are not only responsible for the design of the pages, but also for their functional load. They are an extensive set of ready-made sections, the number of which is constantly growing. Initially, the software contained only a couple of such templates. Now there are three dozen. Each template is a set of blocks reflecting some theme – portfolio, law, shop, education, sports, restaurant, business and so on. We note support for AMP – Google technology that accelerates the loading of pages on mobile devices.
Differences in patterns are significant. They are expressed in sets, arrangement of elements and functionality. And the number of sections is different everywhere. Note that the quality is very decent – it is immediately clear that it is not for the sake of quantity that new patterns are stamped. Some templates have more than 100 profile sections! Moreover, they do not copy those of the neighboring templates – the content feed is different, the optimal adaptation to the subject shines through everywhere.
You have to create a website from the blocks that reflect one or another system functionality (headers, footers, content, sliders, galleries, forms, etc.). The process of assembling pages is similar to working with the Lego designer. Dragging them onto the workspace in the desired order, you will make a website for yourself. Location options are unlimited. Design can be customized by changing the fonts, backgrounds, images and the order of the blocks.
Paid templates far exceed the number of available blocks, and to some extent, the quality of design, too. That is, if you want your site on Mobirise really look rich, buy some paid template. You pay not only for appearance. If desired, you can see the demo of paid templates in the extensions. You will immediately feel the difference with the usual, because it is huge.
I note that all the blocks have an adaptive design. The platform perfectly displays their contents on any type of device, which is a huge plus. The decoration of the blocks is very modern, attractive. Yes, the means for customization are small, since the variability of design created in Mobirise sites is limited by the appearance of the finished blocks, but the result is quite nice. We at least liked it.
You can change colors, fonts, backgrounds (video can also be set), add parallax effect when scrolling, select elements displayed within a specific block, adjust indents, transparency and stuff like that. Each block has its own settings, which leads to a logical thought: since the set of patterns and the variety of blocks are more extensive for paid templates, there are more appearance settings. Separately select a solid set of vector icons that can be used anywhere. They are free, although for a fee you can get even more impressive graphics package. In general, Mobirise allows you to design a website simply, clearly and with taste.
Mobirise is free (!) For both personal and commercial use. The program contains a wide range of paid templates and several additional extensions. To pay for them or not is a business. It is not necessary to pay, the capabilities of the basic version of the editor are full-format. But, if you want more templates, sections, or, say, to accept online payment, then you have to invest some money.
The total cost of a site on Mobirise comes down to the cost of purchasing a hosting and domain when publishing a ready-made site. Intermediate and test versions can be laid out on a free company hosting with a system subdomain.
After registration, you can optionally purchase some paid extensions. Let’s take a closer look at them:
- WOW Slider ($ 29) – an adaptive and beautiful image slider with a lot of settings;
- PayPal Shopping Cart ($ 29) – the extension will allow you to sell products online through your website;
- Icons ($ 29) – a large package of icons (over 6600 pieces) in high resolution, which you can add to any parts of your site;
- Code Editor ($ 69) is an extension for advanced webmasters who wish to manually edit the HTML / CSS code of the pages.
After acquiring, new features will appear in the panels and settings. You can also purchase the All-In-One package for $ 149, immediately getting everything for money for Mobirise. You will receive all the extensions that are in the system at the time of purchase. They will stay with you forever. In addition, they will add all the new templates and other things that will enter into the system within 1 year. That is, it is a subscription to updates for 1 year, with all that was in the extensions section at the time of purchase.
If you want to receive further updates (templates, etc.) after the expiration of the one-year period, you will need to renew your subscription by paying $ 149 again for fresh buns next year. In our opinion, this is an adequate cost. You will be able to create an arbitrarily large number of sites on quite a decent functional base. Judging by the dynamics of the program, this is a profitable investment. It is not necessary to renew each year – now there is enough material in the system for successful work.
Advantages and disadvantages
Pros of Mobirise:
- The system is absolutely free. Paid modules are optional, without them you can also work efficiently.
- Simplicity – perhaps this is the easiest website builder we’ve seen.
- Beautiful adaptive templates in a wide range.
- Large selection of blocks and flexible ability to customize them.
- The program is ideally suited for creating new mobile sites.
- A set of extensions will allow the system to be used by designers and experienced webmasters with greater efficiency;
- The possibility of fast and free publishing sites on the company subdomain;
- The presence of a full-featured application for Android-smartphones.
Cons of Mobirise:
You will have to buy and set up a hosting yourself, as well as connect a domain.
The process of updating sites is simple, but will require the availability of project work files. Cloud control panel in Mobirise sits is not there.
Despite the good customization possibilities, the site design is still of the same type because it is impossible to change the format of the blocks of one or another template. Partially this problem is corrected by the purchase of the Code Editor.
Yes, Mobirise is not perfect because of the type of platform and the particular approach to creating websites. But it still does not affect the simple fact: it is the best product of its kind.
Conclusions and recommendations
Mobirise is a great offline website builder that allows you to publish small and medium-sized websites for beginners in a short time, such as business websites and portfolios. There are tools for SEO-optimization, a great potential for the quality of displaying visual content and means of synchronization with popular social services. The platform is equally well suited for creating regular and mobile sites.
Sites created in Mobirise look modern, but somewhat of the same type, although when using a paid template (for example, ColorM), no one will ever guess with how little effort you have achieved such a high quality of the material feed. By purchasing the template (s), you will be able to offer clients the services of creating business websies and portfolios without any remorse of conscience – they will look very impressive. Many people will like this format, the money will quickly return.
This is a rare and quality product. We were pleasantly surprised. Sitebuilder is definitely worthy of attention of novice developers. It will be the perfect start. If you like it, we recommend to look at the paid set “All in One”. This will untie the hands, providing the best in its class (site builders) tools for creating websites.
To work you will need to choose a hosting provider and buy a domain. The most difficult moment for beginners is setting up an FTP server for publishing a site on the web. In this regard, the system is inferior to cloud solutions in ease of use.
Also, do not forget about regular updates, which are extremely important for this kind of platform. Developers like Mobirise do not care about the general fashion for online sitebuilders and CMS. They persistently bend their line, updating Mobirayz about once a month. Moreover, the changes, in addition to the bug fixes, often contain really interesting functional additions. In general, the sitebuilder shows promise, becoming more and more functional.