Online website builders are becoming more and more popular. Online Website builders enable the average HTML-Challenged person to build (dare I say…cool) websites online without having to code a thing. These time saving tools come with some features built in, such as forums, link exchanges, password protected member areas, RSS feeds and more.
1. VeryVip at [http://www.VeryVipHosting.com:] This host offered three options. One standard everday hosting option and two online site building options. Prices started at $14.95.
2. The WebWizard at [http://www.Probuildertool.com:] This host offered three options. All included the online site building option. Prices started at $9.95.
3. HomeStead at Homestead.com: Offered 4 options all including online site building. Prices started at $9.99 (you get you first three months at $4.99).
Each vendor had their strengths:
Homestead had a large selection of designs.
VeryVip offered built in RSS feeds.
Probuildertool offered free forums and
link exchange pages.
Ultimately as a programmer I had to go with the tool that
VeryViphosting.com was nice, but for a product that has been on the market for a couple of years, it offers very little in the way of templates. You cannot use third party templates unless you use the hosting only option.
Homestead had nice designs, but the designs demonstrated by the customer sites they listed were very…well…generic. In addition, you had to download the editor (how that makes this an online site builder is beyond me…)
Probuildertool.com had several templates, though the 180 templates is actually more like 70 templates and a combination of color and graphics changes. The one thing that this site offered that was lacking with the others, was the ability
to truly build a community site and grow from there. Neither Homestead nor Vip offered a forum in their lower level packages, while probuildertool offered it on the very first level.
Homestead didn’t offer an option for creating a newsletter at all at any level, while VeryVipHosting offered it only on their top level. Probuildertool offered it on their mid level package.
Email a friend links could be placed on any page in Probuildertool without typing in any code. This was not available with VeryVipHosting or Homestead.
Multimedia support (i.e. flash movies, music, etc.,) was available for Homestead and Probuildertool, but not on VeryVip hosting.
Homestead, based on the customer sites, was not what I was looking for. They have been in the online web building business since 1998 (according to their website) and won awards for their product, but honestly the designs were a little bland.
Most likely because the users didn’t use the software to its fullest potential.
Conclusion on Homestead: This is a very strong product and is obviously geared toward people who have never had a web presence but need to create on quickly or those that may already have a brick-and-mortar presence.
I’ve got give it to George Little and the people over at VeryVip. If you are trying to start a business online and you are just getting started, their option is the choice for you. If you read any “internet guru” book, ebook, website or
email course you will find everything they recommend that you have on a website as an option on VeryVipHosting. RSS display, RSS publishing, Ad management, content, content, content.
Conclusion on VeryVipHosting: A solid product for the beginning online entrepreneur.
within a few minutes I was up and running.
Conclusion on Probuildertool: Offers a lot of options and flexibility. Great price and gives the experienced web designer enough freedom to create a really unique site.
If you are just getting started on the web or just need a web presence quickly any of these tools can, honestly, do the job. I just found more flexiblilty with probuildertool, but that’s my opinion. I encourage you to check them all out and
based on your needs choose the one that is right for you.