Online site builders
Each modern person may need to create a website. The goals can be very different – to make money on the Internet, to promote goods and services, to publicly present their creativity, and so on and so forth … Moreover, not all people want to dive into the jungle of web development or pay money to professional developers. But neither one nor the other is completely optional today.
As a rule, most sites are of a typical nature – for example, a typical business card site or a typical online store – and so that another such project appears on the Web, it is not worth reinventing the wheel. It’s easier to use one of the online designers that allow you to put together a ready-made website and breathe life into it for free on their own site.
Among such services in RuNet, uCoz, Yandex.Narod and Jimdo are the most successful. To decide which one to choose, get to know each one better.
uCoz is a dynamically developing project from a team of Russian developers. More than a million sites work on its basis, and for good reason. The system has wide capabilities for creating modern resources of almost any type. It includes more than 20 such modules as the “Catalog of articles”, “Forum”, “Online games” and others.
How to create a website on uCoz? You choose a design template and connect the necessary modules so that the site has all the necessary functionality. Further, through the control panel, general parameters are configured, how each module should work, how to arrange site blocks, etc. Understanding web technologies, you can completely change the appearance and functions of the modules – the system provides access to both the site files and the template code.
Filling a resource with content – articles, photos, videos, etc. – occurs on the pages of the site. Moreover, you can determine to whom the display of materials will be available – to you alone, to a separate group of people or to the whole world. And most importantly, what should be the behavior of users on the site – passive or bustling in the spirit of Web 2.0.
If you wish, you can connect your domain to your site and make it look like a completely independent resource. True, you will have to pay for this – then you can remove ads, uCoz copyrights from the pages, and also increase the size of disk space and downloaded files (by default, 400 MB is given, and no more than 15 MB is the size of one file).
In general, the system gives users a lot of room to implement their own ideas. Whatever site you would like to launch, it will be possible with uCoz. This platform is used not only by beginners, but also by quite advanced webmasters, as well as studios that make sites to order.
This is a bright and stylish service made by three young people from Germany. It is available in eight languages, including Russian. His slogan is “Pages to people.” Here you can create beautiful, unusual pages and fill them with information.
Managing a Jimdo site is extremely simple. They consist of a navigation menu, the main page space and a side column with copyright and advertising. All we need is to customize the template and styles, create a list of pages and fill each page with content.
The main page space consists of information blocks located one after another. Blocks can be created, deleted, shifted up and down. When creating a new block, its category is selected. There are quite standard ones – “Text”, “Image”, “Table” and others. There are technical ones – “Uploading files”, “Form”, “Guest book”. There are blocks of the online store – “Product” and “Product Catalog”. There are blocks for various purposes – “RSS Feed”, “Google Maps”, “Twitter” and others. By mixing these blocks, you can imagine a variety of page contents.
Jimdo works in three versions: Free, Pro and Business. In paid editions, you can use your own domain, e-mail, hide advertising, provide more space (500 MB is given in the free version), expand opportunities for selling goods, and more.
The service is very convenient for creating small information pages. In addition to the unusual way of creating content, it has another advantage. Since Jimdo did not find such popularity as uCoz or “People” in RuNet, the templates available in it (and there are very beautiful ones) did not manage to get used to it properly, and the design of your site will make a pleasant impression on the public.