What features does WordPress.com offer for free?

Sidebar widgets

WordPress.com offers many widgets and sidebars. For example

  • Flickr to show the thumbnails of your latest Flickr photos
  • a Badge to show your Facebook profile or your latest status updates
  • display your latest bookmarks from your del.icio.us account
  • Twitter to display your Twitter feed
  • RSS to display post from other blogs
  • Tag Cloud to show a list of all the tags you’ve assigned to your posts

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Languages

The wordpress.com Blog is available in more than 50 languages.

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What features does Wix.com offer?

You will need a premium account to use your own domain name and remove the WIX.com footer on the page.

Languages

The www.wix.com website builder is available in English, Portuguese, French, Spanish and German.

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What features does Weebly.com offer for free?

See all features on www.weebly.com

With a pro account you can use video and music players, password protection, a custom footer message, embedded documents, increase the file upload to 100 MB, have 10 different websites and more.

Languages

The www.weebly.com website builder is available in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Chinese, Portuguese and Dutch.

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Define the features

1. Define the features your website should offer.

It’s important to do this step before you start creating the website. The tools I will show you in the next chapter offer a variety of features. Your feature list will help you find out which of these tools fit your needs.

 

2. Pull out the core features your site really needs

These should be 1 or 2 features, not more.

3. Prioritize the other features by focusing on users’ needs

Ask yourself: Is this really necessary, or just nice to have?
Avoid including features that are nice to have but irrelevant for your users.
Your site will appear confusing if you include too many features.

4. Put all other features on a “nice to have” list

Put this list into your “Idea Box” and forget it. I know it’s hard but you should not touch this list any more till your site has launched.

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