Has anybody used a free website creator?

Started Apr 25, 2012 | Discussions
corella45 Regular Member • Posts: 109
Has anybody used a free website creator?

I used to store my images online with Picasaweb and Imageshack, now I need to build a personal website. I decided to start with a free website creator and, depending on how things will go, may later turn to a professional service. But right now I am in an urgent need of free website builder (not a photohosting like, for example, 500px). I googled and found dozens of them but, unfortunately, don't have time to thoroughly analyze and compare their features, as the website must be up-and-running before May 8. I found Weebly is relatively good but may be there is something better around?

If somebody had already used such tools, could you please recommend your best choice? I'll need an unlimited number of uploaded images up to 1MB each.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

tkbslc Forum Pro • Posts: 11,888
Re: Has anybody used a free website creator?

What do you want the site to do, just store pictures? If so, that's pretty much what Smugmug and Zenfoliio specialize in. Why reinvent the wheel.

Zone8 Forum Pro • Posts: 17,240
Try this freebie!

Softpedia produce some excellent freeware. This should suit your needs with a little effort.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/WEB-Design/HTML-Editors/BlueVoda-Website-Builder.shtml

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OP corella45 Regular Member • Posts: 109
Re: Has anybody used a free website creator?

I store my pictures with Picasaweb and Imageshack. I am talking about personal website, not just picture storage.

OP corella45 Regular Member • Posts: 109
Re: Try this freebie!

Thank you Zone8!

RSColo Senior Member • Posts: 1,224
Re: Has anybody used a free website creator?

I use CompoZer. It is free and I find it easy to use.
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OP corella45 Regular Member • Posts: 109
Re: Has anybody used a free website creator?

Thank you Reid. I just visited your website. Looks good and this is what I am trying to build too - commercial-oriented web representation.

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Re: Has anybody used a free website creator?

Thanks, for the comment on my Web site. And you're welcom for the reference.
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KCook
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Re: Has anybody used a free website creator?

Pagebreeze is fairly painless. But "commercial" implies a shopping cart. For that, there is not any free "builder" that I would recommend. Lots of free HTML editors of course, that do not hold your hand on building up the site, or even individual pages. The builders will be Ok for a static site with a few pages. If your site plans are at all ambitious, that will rule out the free builders.

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DuaneV
DuaneV Senior Member • Posts: 1,350
Re: Has anybody used a free website creator?

You ever think about buying an inexpensive WYSIWYG (wissywig) program? There are a LOT out there that do a fine job and can be had for under $60 bucks.

And what about buying a site name through godaddy or something similar and using a free template to start and get the page up and running? Getting a program later and starting from scratch is easy enough when youre already up and running. Uploading to your FTP or whatever is simple enough. You can get your page up FAST and cheap, then make it better when you have the time and upload the new site in like a couple hours some night.

tkbslc Forum Pro • Posts: 11,888
Re: Has anybody used a free website creator?

DuaneV wrote:

You can get your page up FAST and cheap, then make it better when you have the time and upload the new site in like a couple hours some night.

If you throw up (pun intended) a terrible website, nobody is going to come back a second time to see those improvements. A website is the new business card and storefront. Make a bad first impression and it sticks.

OP corella45 Regular Member • Posts: 109
Re: Has anybody used a free website creator?

Weebly allows to add a shopping cart.

OP corella45 Regular Member • Posts: 109
Re: Has anybody used a free website creator?

Thank you Duane! That's very helpful.

OP corella45 Regular Member • Posts: 109
Re: Has anybody used a free website creator?

You're absolutely correct! And I have a habit to do things right from the very beginning. What I need now is something simple&fast to learn and use because I have time constrains, yet I don't want to end up with a slack job. I am about to present my artwork to one publishing company and need to quickly build something decent-looking.

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camperbc Senior Member • Posts: 2,072
Look at Clikpic...

I suggest that you stay clear of the freebies... they're free for a reason. Check out Clikpic. This is what I use for my own website; costs only $87 per year. Easy to use templates, shopping cart, etc. Clikpic has excellent customer service; are always very quick to respond to any questions/problems you may have. Highly recommended.

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DuaneV
DuaneV Senior Member • Posts: 1,350
Re: Has anybody used a free website creator?

I didnt say anything about "throwing up" a terrible website. Let me explain for you:

Get your "Home Page" up and running. Put a few photos on it, have a "Contact Page" and an "About Me" page and you have a site. That might, MIGHT take 30 minutes and nothing about it has to be "terrible". You can always add to it when you have the time or simply work on making the site bigger and uploading it when youre ready. Its pretty simple reeally, unless you want a web site like LL Bean or someplace.

tkbslc wrote:

DuaneV wrote:

You can get your page up FAST and cheap, then make it better when you have the time and upload the new site in like a couple hours some night.

If you throw up (pun intended) a terrible website, nobody is going to come back a second time to see those improvements. A website is the new business card and storefront. Make a bad first impression and it sticks.

OP corella45 Regular Member • Posts: 109
Re: Look at Clikpic...

Thank you Glen. I just visited your website. Well done!

Glen Barrington
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NetObjects. . .

Yes it is a commercial product, but they have a free version. It's a marketing plan similar to Serif's NOT a timed tryout, but a reasonably full featured, non crippled version. You can actually produce, publish and manage a website with the freebie. Then they have several upgrade options allowing you to purchase the additional tools you want or need. Everything from some convenience items for a few dollars to a powerful super professionals package costing several hundred dollars.

Best freebie i've found.

It uses an approach very much like the old FrontPage. I would say this is the closest you could get to the FrontPage experience without getting sued.
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OP corella45 Regular Member • Posts: 109
Re: NetObjects. . .

Hi Glen,

I liked your photos of the water lily

What I noticed about NetObjects - it allows to put website elements only in the middle of the screen leaving wide empty spaces along the sides. Many freebies have this limitation. I want to use the screen space to its maximum so the users don't have to scroll down too much.

KCook
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Re: NetObjects. . .

That is more of a blog trait. General purpose page builders should not do that. Pagebreeze doesn't, I used Pagebreeze for this -

http://needsabeach.com/Albums/CityPark/

If you are still seeing wide margins to the sides for my site, it's because I specified a fixed width for the page. You can make that width anything you want.

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