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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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What’s Wix.com ?

www.wix.com is a website creator which provides a simple drag & drop editor to create Flash and HTML websites, mobile sites and Facebook pages.

Promotional video from Wix on YouTube.

How it works

  1. Customize the design
    Once you have selected a design template from the template gallery, you can customize every design element within the template. Both, the Flash and the HTML5 editor allow you pixel perfect control of your design. You can edit design elements directly within the editor and add new page parts such as menus and buttons.
  2. Insert content
    You can drag and drop new elements on your site and place text, photos, maps, music and video files on your site as you like.
  3. Animate your site
    WIX makes it easy to add effects and animations to your pages. Click on an element and add the effect or animation you like. 
Use animations sparingly and take a look at How to use multimedia on the web.
  4. Make it search engine friendly
    Flash-based websites are usually not search engine friendly. This is why WIX.com puts an HTML code behind your Flash website, so the search engine crawlers can read your content. You can manage the keywords, descriptions and meta-tags for the search engines in the editor.
  5. Publish your site
    You will get an URL Wix.com/username/documentname. You can change the document name and your username. To use your own domain name you will have to update to a premium account.

Who’s behind WIX.com

WIX.com is a small but growing start-up based in New York, San Francisco and Tel-Aviv. It was founded in 2006. The founders solved their own challenge with Wix.com. They wanted a way to create high quality Flash websites and other web content in a faster, easier and more search engine friendly way. In 2012 Wix introduced the HTML5 editor. www.wix.com offers its own wiki, online video tutorials and webinars.

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What’s Weebly.com?

www.weebly.com is one of the easiest website builders you will find on the web. It creates static websites and provides website creation simply by dragging and dropping elements on the site.

Promotional video from Weebly on YouTube.

How it works

  1. Customize the design
    You can choose from more than 70 design themes, customize them and adjust the header image on the website editor.
  2. Fill in the content
    You can add new elements such as titles, paragraphs, pictures, videos, music and audio, documents, maps and photo galleries simply by dragging & dropping new elements on your site.
  3. Publish your site
    You can create a free sub domain or register your own domain directly within www.weebly.com. It’s possible to configure an existing domain name that has been registered elsewhere. But it’s a complicated task to redirect an already existing domain name.

Who’s behind Weebly.com?

Weebly is a San Francisco, California based company that was founded in 2006 with the mission to help people put their information online quickly and easily. It has a big and active community with about 3 million people. www.weebly.com was one of the TIME’s 50 Best Websites of 2007 and their service is excellent.

www.weebly.com posts regular updates about what’s coming up and they let you test new features, if you are interested in them. The website editor is going to evolve, too. Weebly.com is developing new requested features without losing the focus on the simplicity of the application.

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