Choose a tool

Features and prices are from September 2012.
There may be errors and omissions.

Tool Weebly.com Wix.com WordPress.com
Ideal for Information website Animation website (HTML5 and Flash) Blog
Contact form x x x
Google Maps x x x
With custom HTML code from Google Maps
Calendar Tool x
With custom HTML code from Google Calendar
x
Google Event Calendar App
x
Calendar widget or custom HTML code from Google Calendar
Photo gallery x x
You can upload your own images or choose one of the Wix gallery. There’s also a Flickr gallery app
x
Slideshow gallery
x x x
Audio Player x
Pro account necessary
x
SoundCloud App
x
Insert an audio shortcode to an already existing audio file (.mp3, .m4a, .ogg, .wav) somewhere on the internet or upload your own audio files with a Space Upgrade starting from $20.
Upload videos x
Pro account necessary
x
VideoPress upgrade for $60 necessary.
Embed videos from a third party video stream x
YouTube
x
YouTube and Vimeo
x
YouTube, Vimeo, Hulu, Flickr, DailyMotion, Viddler, Blip.tv, TED Talks, Videolog
Upload Flash x x
Flash App

SWF is not supported
Embedded Documents x
Embed .doc, .pdf, .xls, .ppt files (via Scribd) with pro account
x
Documents from script.com , Google Docs and Excel on Microsoft SkyDrive
RSS Feed (Reader) x x
HTML AddOn
x
RSS Widget
Forum x
Tal.ki
x
With custom HTML code
Online Poll x
PollDaddy
x
With custom HTML code
x
PollDaddy
Survey x
With custom HTML code
x
With custom HTML code
Chat x
With custom HTML code
x
RumbleTalk App
Jabber XMPP Network can be used with Psi, iChat, Pidgin, Adium. A chat can not be embedded in the blog.
Social Media
x
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, RSS
x
Facebook, Twitter, Google +1, LinkedIn, YouTube, Tumblr, Blogger, Vimeo, Flickr, RSS
x
Sharing buttons: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, Pinterest, Digg, Stumbleupon, Reddit, LinkedIn, Press This, Email, Print
GoogleAdsense x
Advertisement is not allowed
E-Commerce x
Google Checkout or PayPal shopping chart
x
PayPal button and Donate button. Pro account necessary for shopping chart
x
PayPal Donate button
Online Bookings x
BookFresh
Blog x
The HTML5 editor doesn’t support blogs
x
Customized HTML Code (iFrame)
x x It’s not possible to embed external HTML code on your posts but you can use customized Code for the Widgets.
Password Protection Pro account necessary Not the entire blog, but posts can be public, password protected or private
Website statistic x
Own website statistic.
Google Analytics is also possible
Pro account necessary Own blog statistic.
Image editor x x x
Basic editing options (crop, rotate, flip, resize)
Download the entire site
x
as .zip
x
as .xml
Search engine optimization x Title, site description and keywords No keywords and site description. But the tags, categories and the words in the content are relevant for search engines. You can use Google Webmaster Tools.
Domain registration x
.com, .net, .org domains for $39.95 a year
x
.com, .net, .org, .biz, .info, .co.uk. domains for $27.90 a year
x
.com, .net, .org domains for $18 a year
.me domain for $25 a year
Use your own domain Pro account necessary Pro account necessary Upgrade for $13 a year necessary
Storage Unlimited, but each uploaded file can be no more than 5MB in size Not specified, but not more than 500 MB. 3 GB
You can buy more space starting with $20
Personalize design template x x x
For total personalization a custom design upgrade for $30 a year is necessary.
Remove all advertisements (also in the footer) Pro account necessary. Pro account necessary. For $30 a year.
Mobile Sites x x x
Pro account $47.88 a year $194.04 a year
(+125$ voucher)
No pro account but you pay for premium features.

x = yes
– = no

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What’s WordPress.com?

www.wordpress.com is a hosted blogging service. It’s the little brother of the open source WordPress blogging software which can be downloaded and installed on a web server. WordPress.com is less flexible than the software but it’s easier to use. You can start a blog in seconds without any technical knowledge and you will never need to think about things like a hosting account, database, FTP etc. And WordPress.com is not just a blog. It allows you also to create web pages.

How it works

  1. Sign up for a blog
    Choose a WordPress.com address http://www.yourblog.wordpress.com (you can switch to your domain name later) and define a title for your blog. You can also add an image to represent your blog.
  2. Define the design by choosing one of over 190 free themes.
  3. Customize your template by changing the background and the header image.
    If you want to change the fonts and the colours you will need to pay for it.
  4. Add widgets (features) to your sidebar
    You can drag and drop new elements on your sidebar and place a Flickr photo stream, tag cloud, post archive, Facebook “like” button, Twitter tweets and so on.
  5. Insert pages
    In addition to your Blog you can insert web pages such as “about me”
  6. Publish your site
  7. Write your first post

Who’s behind WordPress.com?

www.wordpress.com is powered by the open source WordPress software. It’s under active development and runs as a freemium model by Automattic. WordPress.com was created in 2005 to bring the WordPress experience to a larger audience. In September 2010 there were already 13.9 million wordpress.com blogs.

The WordPress software (www.wordpress.org) was released in 2003 by Matt Mullenweg. It’s the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world and everything was created by and for the community.

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Choose a website type

1. Define your goals

Write down the goals you want to accomplish with your website.

For example

2. Define your users’ needs

Put yourself in your user’s shoes and write down your user’s needs.

  • Why are they coming to your website?
  • What do they want to do?
  • What are they looking for?

For example

3. Define your content

Match your goals and the users’ needs.
Define what content you want to provide to serve both needs – yours and the users’.

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How to provide daily or weekly posts on a website

Blogs are websites that contain individual news stories. Usually a blog is maintained by an individual with regular entries, for example comments on various topics, descriptions of events or other material such as images or video.

A blog is a collection of posts that are displayed in reverse-chronological order.

Other people can read and comment on your posts, quote what you write and link to your blog. They can also subscribe to your blog to be informed when your write a new post.

Who can blog?

Anyone can be a reporter or publisher of personal news with a blog.
You can write about things that are going on in your life. You can also write about a topic about which you are an expert.

Go with a blog when:

  • You want to publish new content frequently.
  • You want to share ideas, thoughts, knowledge, experience or your life story.
  • You will write in a humorous, honest and personal way.
  • You want to build a relationship with the readers and let them comment on what you have written.

Advantages

  • Easy to create a blog and post articles with blog software, or online applications.
  • Helps to build a relationship with the readers and other bloggers.
  • Can help you to make a name for yourself.
  • Allows discussion of ideas and getting feedback from customers.
  • Allows users to post their comments and interact with each other.
  • Allows sharing of knowledge.
  • More content oriented; the design is secondary.
  • Disadvantages

  • The audience expects frequent (daily or weekly) updates.
  • Easy to start but hard to maintain.
  • Good blog writing is a time-consuming task.
  • If your blog is not useful to your audience nobody will read it.
  • Mistakes are immediately “live“.
  • Spam can be inserted in the comments.
  • Daily monitoring of the blog.

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