Zoho Sites Website Builder ReviewDec 15
Zoho Sites is a powerful but incredibly easy-to-use online website builder launched by Zoho Corp., a recognized software development company. This product has filled the missing hole in the wide assortment of Zoho’s business-related tools. The web service gained popularity pretty quickly, mainly for its excellent collaboration solutions and intuitive interface. So, let’s take a closer look at this website builder and see if it’s the optimal solution for your case.
Ease of Use
You can see the system in work and check it yourself simply by visiting their homepage: the ‘Create a Website’ line is customizable (see the screenshot). It allows you to change the font, color and size of the letters. Everything is done directly in your browser, in the What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get editing mode.
The system itself is very user-friendly. After creating an account with Zoho Sites (no credit card data required) you’ll get access to the Dashboard. It will help you effectively manage all your Zoho websites (view statistics, purchase domain names, add new collaborators) as well as configure your business mail settings. As for the editor itself, it employs drag-and-drop tools and requires no coding at all.
There’s a library of free templates. You can browse them by industry: Fashion, Florist, Gift Shop, Portfolio and others. Each template is fully customizable: you can replace images, change background, fonts (there’s an impressive fonts gallery which is constantly updated), insert your own logo and favicon. Each default template can be completely rebuilt, so the way it looks when you get it from Zoho is just the beginning :). By the way, there’s an HTML/CSS editor allowing professional users to customize default themes to pixels.
Business-specific tools are definitely the strongest side of Zoho Sites. You can integrate any third-party service into your website nearly effortlessly. Just enter the widget code into the required box and save changes. Among ready-to-use tools, the system offers Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Social Media widgets. You can also easily integrate various Google products: Google Custom Search Engine, Analytics and even AdSense.
Each Zoho-based website is optimized for mobiles and tablets. To see the mobile look of your website just switch to the Mobile Editor. If needed, you can make changes to the mobile version of your website manually.
Zoho Sites is an all-in-one website builder, as it offers both building and publishing capabilities. If you already have a domain name, you’re welcome to use it. If not, you can purchase and register a new one via Zoho Sites.
You can try Zoho Sites free of charge. Using their free plan you can create a basic website (it will have a Zoho Sites ad in the footer) which will look exactly as expected thanks to the theme customization capabilities. To add more functionality to your creation, you need to get a Pro plan ($39/year). It will unlock many handy options, such as website sharing (multiple contributors), PayPal checkout, flash banner, password protection and many others.
You may also read Zoho Sites Review by Howard Steele, if you still can’t decide whether or not this website builder is worth your time and investment. Comments are welcomed!