WordPress went off the air last week, for the second time this year. But, since WordPress is a free site service, I felt it was not really appropriate to whine about it. Nevertheless, I am not inclined to accept assurances that it won’t happen again, and this has led me to consider alternatives.
One of the reasons I was drawn to WordPress initially was WordPress’ stated policy of limited, or no ads – “At WordPress.com, we sometimes display discreet AdSense advertisements on your blog to help pay the bills.” Recently however, it seems every article on my site has advertising attached to it.
I have no problem with helping to “pay the bills”. But, I do have a problem with becoming a profit center for someone else. The situation reminds me of what my father said years ago – “If you work for nothing, you’ll never be out of a job”. So, now I had two reasons to research alternatives to WordPress.
There are more than a few sites on the Internet that offer similar free services , but frankly; most of them suck. Who needs a website that looks like it was created with an old version of MS FrontPage? Who needs a website so filled with advertising that your page content loses focus?
I need a website that looks highly professional, and polished. A website where I control the advertising – assuming, that in fact, I want advertising on the site.
As luck would have it, as I was going through this decisions, decisions, process, I received a “check me out” invitation, from a new player on the block Neosites, which offers both a free service, and layered fee services.
According to Neosites there approach is “a revolutionary on-line tool that lets you build and manage a website quickly and easily. You can create a professional looking site in just a few minutes.”
So, being the adventurist type, I jumped right in.
The following screen captures illustrate just how easy it is to work with Neosites.
Choose your plan
Choose your theme
Work through the Setup Wizard
Then, manage your site pages
Choose a design from our gallery of over 2000 templates. They can be modified at any time and all the content will adapt to the new design.
Instructional wizards allow you to build a professional website without technical know-how. Edit the homepage with just a few clicks while you navigate the site. In minutes you can have your site up and on-line!
Neosites offers SEO tools that let you position your site inside browsers, send promotional e-mails to your contacts, and integrate your contacts into your Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.
Online shopping! Make sales through your site with different payment options. Receive payment on-line from credit cards, cash, or money transfers.
Upload a logo or start from scratch with our flash logo editor. The image editor allows you to select and edit images that will always fit right into place no matter what design you chose.
Make the site more dynamic by adding effects to your images. If you lack a photo for your site, browse our image bank of more than 1500 images.
Create pages that incorporate images and video.
Make sales through an on-line shopping catalog and shopping cart.
Show off your portfolio with our image gallery.
Receive orders or subscriptions with our customizable forms.
Instigate debates with forums.
Display videos organized into albums.
Have visitors download files from your site.
Measure your site’s web traffic and effectiveness by analyzing number of visits, page hits, location and source of your visitors.
I’ve only been testing this new service for a few days, but I like what I see. It’s too early to tell if I’ll choose this route, or even if I’ll make the switch from WordPress, but should I do so, Neosites is at the top of my list of alternatives.
If you’re looking to create that first web site, including web hosting, using a WYSIWYG visual website creator, and you want to do it for free, (or as in my case, using the fee based plan), then this service from Neosites will fill the bill admirably.
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