A few questions before I take the plunge with Synthasite:

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A few questions before I take the plunge with Synthasite:
Can one add Adsense within body copy?
Can one add rotating banners?
Can one do site-wide updates (eg add Analytics to all pages automatically?)
Can one have a newsletter subscription button - is there a backend database to handle signups?

Synthasite seems really impressive. It would helpful to know what it CANNOT do maybe?

Many thanks.

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synthaprospect

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Marije, Official Rep

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Hi synthaprospect!

Welcome to SynthaSite, to answer your questions:

1. You can add Adsense to the body of your pages
2. If by rotating banners, you mean different ones to different pages? Yes, you can
3. Unfortunately adding Analytics site-wide is not yet available (but something we're working on)
4. To add a newsletter subscription you can use one of our form widgets (like Wufoo or Form Assembly) or you can use another external service like Aweber and add the embed HTML code provided.

Please feel free to ask any other questions, or let me know if I haven't answered any correctly?
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synthaprospect

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Hi Marije,

Thanks for your reply - you mostly answered my questions. Just to be sure I understand, if one wants to, for example, change one's footer across the site, one would have to go into each page and do it individually, rather than use an 'include' to do this?

With banner ads, I meant that I would like to be able to rotate them on a page after say a certain amount of impressions. Would I be able to measure this with the stats of the site? Maybe I could do this with Google Analytics, though?

Would I be able to offer a Comments feature on pages?

I am looking at building a site using SiteBuildIt (SBI!). This is a pay service, but other than that, I would love to see some sort of comparison between the two. You would be able to get a LOT of business if you could show how Synthasite compares to SBI and maybe some other CMS's.

Many thanks in helping me make what is a big decision. I would hate having to move onto something else half way through building the site.

Thanks in anticipation!
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Ruth

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Hi synthaprospect,

You can rotate you banner ads at any time. The content of your site is entirely up to you.

You can add a comments feature to your page. We have a number of options available with Widget Box and Google Gadgets to make it easier for you to do this. If you don't like any of those options you can source a comment box from elsewhere as long as you can get the HTML code for it.

Each page does at this time need to be adjusted manually, to have an apply to all pages is something that we are working on, but I don't have a timeline for its delivery at this stage.

I'll have to do some research and get back to you on the comparison between SiteBuildt and SynthaSite.

Unless one of our users who has experience with both would like to jump in?
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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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Hi synthaprospect

I have been following this thread. Ruth and Marije have mostly answered you. I would just like to highlight a few points. I appreciate the fact that you are taking the trouble to find out what the limitations of SynthaSite are before you make a commitment.

The biggest restrictions to SynthaSite at the moment that you should be aware of are that:
1) Changes need to be made to each page. This applies to any tracking code you might add as well as features like banner headers, favicons, edits to page heading text etc. We do not have an "apply to all" feature yet, as Marije mentioned. If this is going to be a significant problem to you then you need to consider this carefully before making a commitment. Hopefully we will address this issue in future as we understand the importance of this functionality.
2) The SynthaSite styles: Our current styles offer a degree of flexibility. You can change the colour palette and banner image on some of the styles. The body region of the page is also fully customizable. However, certain aspects of the style are fixed, such as the header type face, the menu link colour and position and the footer. Once again we are working on adding more and better styles with more customization options. But you would need to consider how much of a frustration our current styles would present with the project you have in mind.
3) Back-end database. We do not have this functionality at the moment. There are workarounds available with services like Wufoo and aWeber. It is also possible to use any other service that provides HTML embed code. However, your data would be stored in your Wufoo or aWeber account, or the account of whatever service you elected to use.

Something you will find useful:
1) SEO tools: SynthaSite allows you to add metatags and Google Webmaster code. We also have some active discussions on SEO in our forum where you can get help for your site. Some of our active community members have achieved very good results with their sites.

My advice to you would be to sign up for a free SynthaSite account and play around on a small test site. This will enable you to find out quickly what you can and cannot do so that you can make a decision as to whether SynthaSite is the right choice for the project you have in mind.

Please note that SynthaSite is still a beta product. This means that when we release a new feature we make sure that it is carefully tested. We pursue excellence in everything that we do. However, SynthaSite is by no means a finished product and we have many new features still to come. So while we might not have everything you need right now, we are very responsive to our community and we appreciate hearing from you about new features you would like to see. We have some exciting ones lined up in the next few months, so keep an eye on us!