Saturday, May 23, 2009

Two more free "drag and drop" website builders

A few months ago I posted about three easy-to-use free web hosts that use "drag and drop" website building tools. I believe that Weebly, Webnode and Yola (formerly Synthasite) are fantastically liberating, since they enable you to build impressive looking websites quickly without any technical knowledge. While they won't put professional web designers out of business, they must be causing them a bit of consternation.

I don't think this is entirely a bad thing, since there are many web designers who take advantage of people's lack of knowledge for financial gain. Some of them charge huge money to build pages that aren't that great. And since websites inevitably grow and evolve over time (particularly business-related ones) they often receive ongoing payments for simple site tweaking and editing. Personally, I don't think this is fair.

Simple "drag and drop" tools make the whole site building process available to anyone, and are therefore hugely empowering. A business person, say, who wants to build a site now has complete control of the whole process - as well as it being far less expensive.

No wonder the above mentioned sites are so popular. And there are others that have similar functionality. Two I found recently are 350 Pages and Spruz.

I'm sure others will pop up up before too long. I'll post links to them when they do.

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