Thursday, October 15, 2009

Free Websites at Weebly

Funny how the best free web page creators that I have found thus far, have both been at the "W" end of the alphabet. These being "Wix" and "Weebly".

(See previous blogpost at all about "Wix").

To see the above "American Muscle Cars" website full size, click on the following link:

Weebly is an AJAX website creator that allows us to create pages using template skins and content widgets. Users can easily drag-and-drop content widgets like pictures, text, video and Google Maps in WYSIWYG-fashion. They also have a new blogging platform that can be added to the navigation bar of your personal Weebly web page.

The following three YouTube videos cover how to use Weeble to set up your own website.

It is suggested that you watch them in the order they are given here.

This first video does not have ultra clear screen views, but does show how to make a Homepage and a "Contact Us" page .

This next 3 minute video is a good follow-on to the above video.

The following 8 mins 30 seconds video shows how to use custom HTML to add UStream, Twitter, and YouTube, and a Contact page that connects to an email address that you specify.

Here at Passy World we have built a basic website with Weebly, that contains brief information about American Muscle cars. For a free application Weebly was ok, but we did encounter the following difficulties:
  • On quite a few occassions the navigation or toolbar items would not display, and we would have to right click on them ad then click "show picture" to make them appear on our screen.
  • We also found that Weebly was sometimes incredibly slow at performing certain tasks, but at other times did the exact same tasks at very acceptable speeds.
  • We need to keep going to "Page" and Save all our pages every 5 minutes or so, to get the best results.

The following PDF document details "How to Use Weebly" based on our experiences, and will show you how to build a site like our American cars one.

If you would like to have your own full size copy of this PDF, then simply click the save disk icon button on the PDF viewer, and you should be able to save it to your own hard disk.

Alternatively, you can view or save the full size PDF by clicking the link below:

So Weebly is free, and simple to use once you know how to fix glitches and find your way around it. Websites made using it seem to perform quite ok, and cost zero $ to create.

So if you have a simple little website you'd like to do, then Weebly could be the tool for you.

Big Passy Wasabi

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