Zoho Sites Website Builder
Zoho Sites is an offshoot of Zoho.com, a huge international corporation offering powerful cloud office suites to more than 8 million customers worldwide. Zoho developers know how to make complicated business processes easy, and they seem to pose serious danger to other website builders in the market. Zoho Corp has received numerous awards for their innovative technologies used in app development (InfoWorld 2009 “Product of the Year”; PC World “25 Most Innovative Products Award”; 2007 TechCrunch “Best Enterprise Start-up.”), and they don’t seem to slow down :). Join me reviewing their Zoho Sites site constructor.
Ease of Use: Their admin panel is very intuitive. All the essential buttons always remain at your fingertips and most of the work can be done simply by dragging and dropping visual objects in your design.
Flexibility: Because Zoho Sites give their customers access to the widest array of business apps and widgets, this site builder can be used for building different website types, from simple informational blogs to eCommerce websites. There’s also a Mobile Editor which allows users to customize their websites’ mobile view using the same easy-to-use tools.
Custom domain: In terms of domain configuration, there are three options: use their subdomain; your previously purchased web address or buy a new domain (through your Zoho account).
SEO: Zoho Site allow you to configure your website’s major SEO settings, such as meta tags, robots txt, Google tools and also sitemap.
Designs: Their library isn’t huge, but still you can find a decent template there. Anyway, in order to create a personalized product you’ll have to substitute the default imagery with your own logos and unique pictures. Use their Theme Visual Editor to upload your own pics, change the background, alignment, fonts, link color and other elements.
Technical support: In case you face any issues when using this web service, you can contact their support team directly through your dashboard. Technical support is available via email and in the form of a knowledge base.
Pricing: Zoho Sites is a very affordable web service, as their yearly package is only $39. There’s 15-day money-back guarantee for their Pro package, so in fact, you risk nothing when upgrading your account. There’s also a free version. You are free to use as long as you need.
Possible Drawbacks: I think their templates collection could be richer. They also lack live support. However, these minor downsides are fully compensated with their wide assortment of handy apps.
The strongest side: I would single out their affordability, transparent pricing policy (I love site builders offering two plans only 🙂 and also ease-of-use. Zoho Sites is a great candidate for the novice.
To my mind, Zoho Sites is a very competitive website builder. No coding required (unless you want to inject some code yourself). I would recommend it to anyone looking for an affordable, easy-to-use, drag-and-drop website builder.