Which service is best: Yola, Weebly, Homestead or?

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I am looking for a website for my small business and I want to pay a monthly fee to have my own website address.

I have reviewed Weebly, Yola, Homestead, Webon and Site Kreator. I like Weebly, Yola and Homestead the best, what are the advantages of Yola over the competition that I just mentioned?

Do you know of any other websites I might want to consider for building a small business website easily?

Thank you
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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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Hi Anna

Thank you for considering Yola to build your website! I can see you like to do your research. While I am not in a position to give you detailed information about other website builders, I can tell you about Yola.

Here are a few things Yola offers:

1. Free site building and hosting.
2. The option to publish your site to a free subdomain, a domain bought from Yola (19.95 USD per year) or a domain you already own.
3. We will never place pop-up or banner ads on your site.
4. Build your site quickly and easily - drag and drop or point and click. No HTML knowledge required.
5. Features including: text and image editing, HTML editor, password protection, integration with Flickr, YouTube, WidgetBox, PayPal Shopping carts.
6. Create a website, blog or a combination of the two.
7. Add an unlimited number of pages to your site, or an unlimited number of sites in your free account.
8. Unlimited storage and bandwidth.
9. All features that are currently free will remain free and many new free features will be added.
10. Exciting collection of premium features to be added soon, but these will always be entirely optional.

The above is just a short list of items that may interest you. If you are interested in anything else, please let us know. We are particularly interested in the needs of small business owners, as it is our goal to make it easy for you to create an online presence for your business.

I encourage you to put the same questions to the other services you are evaluating and compare the responses you receive, so that you can make an informed decision about which site building service meets your needs.
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Hi Anna

As I am not familiar with Homestead, Site Kreator or Webon, I can only comment on my very limited knowledge of Weebly.

Really, they are both quite similar in nature. However, where Yola outperforms Weeby hands-down is the forum. I've tried to access help with Weebly - getting very little response and definitely not in a timely manner.

Yola has all the tools you need to create a small business site. They are continually making upgrades and from what I understand, will be launching a new round of upgrades in the coming weeks.

I suppose the one area that Weebly may outpeform Yola (for now!) is the ability to upload your own templates. However, having said that, I have found no problems in customizing my site by using one of their 6 customizable templates. They have approximately 60 other templates that you can also use but are not necessarily customizable. I know that Yola is working hard to allow more flexibility in this area.

If you want to look at samples of various site, you could visit the following:
http://www.yola.com/featured_sites
http://forsite.synthasite.com

My two sites that I've done are: http://littleus.yolasite.com and http://dejavuapparel.yolasite.com

I do hope that you'll come to join us. Since Yola is free - why not just sign up and try it out? I'm sure that you won't regret it!
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Hey Anna, I'm the blunt one.
You just don't know how lucky you are that you found Yola, girl!
No need to search further....It's all downhill from here ;-)

Now...sign up, change that cupcake avatar, stop browsing and start building.
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Alex

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boomer, i couldnt agree more!

if you are lucky enough to ind Yola (like us) you (like boomer said) stop searching for other site builders
im not very good at website building but yola has made it so much esier for me

Alex
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The best is uCoz ( http://ucoz.com )

1. free
2. unlimited disk space
3. unlimited bandwidth
4. free modules
* Users - managing users of the site;
* Forum - creating and managing forums;
* Blog - creating and managing blogs;
* Photo Albums - creating and managing Photo Albums;
* Guestbook - creating and managing Guestbook;
* Publisher - keeping a catalog of articles;
* Tag Board - creating a mini chat for the website with adjustable design and messages, smileys, automatic bad language replacement;
* Templates - standard designs and site functions that can be added to the site;
* Site News - a news feed on the site;
* Statistics - monitoring and publishing of site statistics;
* File Catalog - a catalog of files added by users;
* Site Catalog - a catalog of sites quoted by users;
* Ad Board - Ads management system;
* FAQ - frequently asked questions section;
* Tests - adding of various tests for users;
* Web Polls - polling of the site users;
* E-mail Forms - creating of a customizable form for email inquiry by site users;
* Search - searching for specific content on the site;

4. free custom templates
5. free custom domain name
6. free FTP
7. unlimited pages and sites per account
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Two negatives about that site though - banner ads and only 300mb of disk space - unless you go pro.
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i liked weebly cause i can remove the footer and it nice builder

but they don't answer emails quickly-- yola is better in the support it is really fast
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Sanja

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Yola's support is amazing! Yola is working on customization of the footer. =)
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Sally

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we really hope they remove the footer for a fee
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Sanja

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I believe this is something they are hoping to do! I don't believe it'll be too long before we see this upgrade.
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Hi Touleen - very soon you will have the option to remove the Yola link!
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Nik

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Yola:

- Custom email costs 20$/yr pkg
- No CSS editor
- No user management
- No access levels
- No unwanted visitors and spam protection
- No comment system
- No RSS import
- No forum, guestbook, calendar, surveys, polls, wiki, statistics, free copyright removal
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and in weebly custom email costs 39.95\y
there is CSS editor
there is comment system
there is forms,guestbook and more
i think weebly is good for busniss
i'm really confused
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Hi Nik

Thank you for sharing with us your opinions regarding Yola. I understand that Yola may not be a good fit for everyone, although Yola is striving to meet those needs. The issues that you brought up above are easily resolved thanks to Yola's HTML widget and some of the programs they're integrated with such as Widgetbox, Google Gadgets, etc... I've been able to successfully create my site.

As for the custom email - the cost is actually for a top-level domain, with it you have access to email.

Yola is working hard to upgrade their site-building tools and we'll see the fruits of their labour coming out soon.

As mentioned earlier, the forum here is amazing and I'm very glad to have found this place. I so appreciate not having ads on my site as well. There is also unlimited storage which is great for those who have a lot of images or files.

I'm sure that we can both go on and on about the pros & cons of both sites. You just have to find the one that is a good fit for you. If the site you mentioned provides that for you, then I'm glad! Thank for sharing with us the features ucoz provides and I'm sure this is something Yola will take into consideration as they continue to build on their great site.
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Sanja

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@Touleen

If you'd like to see some ideas of how people have created their site, please take a look at:

http://forsite.synthasite.com - this shows you what can be done!

http://www.yola.com/featured_sites

My two personal sites: http://dejavuapparel.yolasite.com and http://littleus.yolasite.com
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good that is really good- but can you tell is (very soon) means some days or some weeks or some months, because i wonna start my busniss and i'm between weebly and yola. both of them are nice.
but if yola removed the footer and make the uplouding for file unlimmited it will be the best
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We can't give you an exact date on when footer removal will be available, but we're hoping weeks. You can subscribe to our blog, newsletters or notifications on this forum if you'd like to be notified when this is released.
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KanThaiDecor

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@Touleen....What type of business are you looking to start?
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Sally

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i want to start online shopping
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Nik

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Does yola have a forum ? Show it.
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Sanja

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Hi Nik

Are you talking about a personal forum that you can embed into your site? Many people have used Nabble to embed into their site which blends in seamlessly. Perhaps this may be a good option for you?
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Can you show a good example of yola forum? I don't want to spend two hours and then understand that it wasn't worth it. Give me please url of a good forum on the basis of yola website.
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Hi Nik

Unfortunately, I do not have a list of Yola websites who currently use a forum. I do know that people have implemented them on Yola websites. The main ones are Nabble, Lefora, and YouForum. I would suggest posting a new thread asking for people's opinion on this matter. This way, you will hopefully get a better sense of how the forums work with Yola.
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The discussion looks like a conversation between yola employees who are trying to persuade each other that it's the best service ever. Anna, do you really hope to find an honest opinion here? I am not saying that yola is bad but this discussion leads to nothing more than praising of yola while there are many other alternatives.
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Hi Webgirl

I'm not a Yola employee.. but you're right though... I am more biased towards Yola only because I have tried others web-site building alternatives and have found Yola to have met my needs. Are they perfect? Nope.. but I highly doubt there is a perfect one. You have to decide for yourself what are your main priorities and these will be different for everyone. For me, Yola does cover my main priorities except one - the blogging tool which is not as advanced as I'd like it to be. However, I am so blown away by everything else, that I am willing to sacrifice that especially knowing that Yola does seem to listen to their users' requests and they try their best to implement upgrades. This is never a speedy process but I feel it's worth the wait. The support you receive here is hands down the best!

You are right though.. there are many other alternatives. You just have to go with what works for you.
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@Webgirl....Sorry but did you just join Get Satisfaction to come here to call us liars? Your comment is insulting and uncalled for.Many of us here have been very happy and done well using Yola so of course we are going to be more positive in our answers concerning Yola....That certainly does not mean we are not giving honest opinions.
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Sure there are many alternatives, but you have to take into account what their company vision is. Yola's vision is to bring website building to the people who have no knowledge of the web and certainly no knowledge of any scripting so they can have an online presence for their business or personal site.

Someone mentioned earlier, uCoz and listing some of the stuff they can do that yola can't, but you have to take into account the difference between the two, It's like comparing Ebay to some small merchant who want's to sell a few items. uCoz is more advanced with more advanced features, that need more advanced users. When is someone creating a small website for their business going to need a CMS?

If your happy using something more advanced like uCoz, then go ahead and use it, if you have the advanced knowledge of web building to use it, but if you just want that nice, small, perfect website for your business or personal website without any knowledge of web building then Yola is for you.(And when you start getting to know html, you can do some pretty amazing stuff in yola!).

Connor
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Yola guys banned my screencast about ucoz, and decide to open yola.tv ?
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It would be more appropriate to post your uCox screencast in a forum for uCoz users. Yola.tv has been in the works for a long time and has nothing to do with your latest post.
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I am really sorry to see the way the tone of this thread has degenerated. I would like to invite people to kindly rephrase their posts in a more constructive manner.

For those of you who are new comers here, maybe it would be helpful for me to tell you a little bit about the nature of the community you are posting to, so that you can avoid any unintended misunderstandings.

As a company Yola is committed to open conversation with our customers. We talk about the positive things that our service has to offer, but we also address problems and issues with a view to fixing these and increasing customer satisfaction. Our customers have handsomely rewarded us by being engaged, passionate and authentic Yola evangelists. They give a lot of their time and energy to helping others be successful with their sites. They are volunteers who do this purely for the pleasure of helping others, and they don't appreciate it if their motives for doing so are questioned. Neither do we.

In this forum we welcome new comers. We welcome dissenting points of view. We even welcome open criticism of Yola, provided it is constructive and fair.

We do not welcome personal attacks, link spamming, hawking, crass commercialism etc. We have a social contract that we are committed to enforcing. You can read more about it here: http://getsatisfaction.com/community_...

I would also like to take a moment to remember the person who originally posted this topic, probably with no idea of the reaction it would cause. Anna: thank you for asking your questions openly and candidly. As I did in my original reply, I encourage you to gather information about the different site building services available on the internet and make an informed decision about which one is best for your needs.
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But the the discussion title is "Which service is best: Yola, Weebly, Homestead or?"....

You says "Yola.tv has been in the works for a long time"
Are you sure? Google and Yahoo both says that there are no pages about Yola.tv in their cache (i've used "site:yola.tv" as search request)
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Monique means, It has been in the works behind the scenes for a long time.
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Monique, VP of Customer Support

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@adept: Yola.tv is discussed on a different thread. It is a whole other topic. I am not sure why you are raising it here.
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Interesting conversations going on here. I have a couple of questions though. There is mention that Yola offers unlimited storage in the free account and unlimited sites (point 7 and 8 in Monique's Yola features list above). I thought the storage limit was 5GB and that sites are limited to five with the free account.

Can someone set me straight on this:)
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There was a recent change in this regard. When we launched our Pro package a few months ago, a limit was introduced on free accounts. However, users who already had more than 5 sites and more than 5GIG of stored data were allowed to keep this. I realize that this thread can be a bit confusing if you are new to Yola as the discussion predates the release of the Yola Pro package.
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Randy

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Thanks for the clarification Monique!
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I have a question... I paid to have the yola link removed... don't suppose when you purchase yola pro (which includes the link removal) yola's willing to take the $9.95 already paid off? I doubt it, but I believe this should be an option.
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Hi everyone ,
I had some experience with both Yola and weebly. After , I moved to Yola permanantly.

Here are the basic thumb ups of weebly.

SEO friendly.
Easy to remove weebly footer
enhanced picture viewer
easy to use offline sites.(I meant you can download the site to local machine and test it, in general operating systems )
loads fast.
Has a very nice set of features for photos
blogger-like blogs
email forms
site styles without footers

but, weebly is not the best in,
custome support
page not found advertisements
custom domain support

I use Yola , because of,

excellent customer support.
Easy to use site builder , than weebly.
Custom domain features.

I think that Yola need to improve,

combined services (single sign in for forum,site builder and YEP)
yola's own ticketing system.
At least one unrestricted folder for photoblogs.(/resources is restricted for robots)
low-cost footer removal option.
Monthly payment options
API depend Google apps email creation.
API based Disqus comments or yola's own commenting sys.
Forum intergration through API.(phpbb3 is supported)

finally, if you need to start a photoblog/ your fan site at Yola , chane your mind.

Else, you are welcome to Yola community !
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I know this is an old thread, but I just wanted to say that I think Yola is a wonderful site, very generous with what they offer. Their helpful staff is prompt and dedicated to fully explaining well what novices to web building really need to know.

Thank you Yola!
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Wow, thanks so much for your kind words Lilly. We really appreciate hearing that you are enjoying Yola :)