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November 29, 2012 / carlispina

Create a Website with Weebly

Weebly LogoWeebly is the latest in a long line of options for creating a website using WYSIWYG tools that don’t require any knowledge of HTML or CSS. Whether or not you have experience with web design, such tools can be perfect for projects that require a quick website. This is clearly the use that Weebly’s designers anticipate for the service. When you first start setting up your site, Weebly will ask you for information on the type of site that you are setting up, including choices for business, education (there is even a specific version of Weebly for education), portfolios and wedding site, which are all types of sites that lend themselves to quick creation and easy maintenance even if this comes at the expense of complete control over the elements of the site. You can easily incorporate a blog into any Weebly site, though it is not a requirement for users who prefer a more static website template.

Weebly seems to be aimed at offering options for as many potential users as possible. There is a wide range of default themes available for users, including some that are intended for specific niche uses, such as business, wedding, education or religious sites, which can be helpful in sifting through the available options for one that works for your site. All of the basic features that you are likely to want to add to your site are also easily accessible. You can customize your own contact form, embed a Google map, display an image gallery, add an audio player, include video and select alternative layouts, including multiple columns, for different sections of your page, all on a single Weebly site, to name just a few of the available options. If all of these options down’t cover your needs, you also have the option to add your own custom HTML if you are comfortable with writing code. A Weebly site can be as simple as a single page or as complicated as you would like to make it and each account can have multiple sites if you decide to use the service for multiple projects. If you are collaborating with a group, Weebly also offers the option to allow multiple users to edit a site. For those who are using the site for professional projects, there is also a pro version with additional options.

Weebly is a great option for users who want to have a lot of options to customize a site to their own specifications using only drag-and-drop elements. The user interface is nicely designed to let users create a professional looking site without technical knowledge while also providing more advanced options for those who prefer more control. And, to make the process even easier, Weebly offers a help section that includes step-by-step instructions and videos to explain how to make modifications to Weebly sites. If you are looking for a way to create a quick site, whether for a personal or professional project, Weebly is well worth a try.

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