Nowadays, all businesses rely on the internet. If you are not present online, you don’t exist, or at least, you miss on a lot of opportunities and potential customers.
Building a website is no longer a tedious and daunting task, only reserved for the high skilled professionals. Almost anyone with basic IT skills can create a website, with the proper tools at their disposal. Technology made everything so much easier for us and the market is full of website builders which allow you to create a site within minutes, using drag-and-drop editors.
There are various types of website builders out there and you can categorize them based on several criteria: required skill level, paid or free, online or offline.
Online website builders are the most popular and for good reason. They are also known as SaaS (software as a service) and they are provided by hosting companies. In order to be able to use them, you have to sign up for one of their available plans and pay a monthly fee.
Online website builders have a lot of advantages: most of them are free, they are very user-friendly, you can create a website with them in literally minutes, so they are time efficient. When you sign up for a plan you also benefit from the tech support offered by the company and you don’t have to bother with bugs and functionality issues, because that’s your hosting provider’s problem. Of course you get free hosting with most of them and even free domain names in some cases.
There are also offline builders out there, but they require you to download and install the software on your computer. They are mostly suited for professionals, as they are more complex and less user-friendly, but you can use them without being connected to the internet. They can give you more freedom in creating your website, but you do have to have solid HTML and CSS knowledge and they are significantly pricier than online builders. You also have to solve the hosting problem yourself and you don’t get tech support.
Sitey is a relatively new website builder, only launched in 2014. It is very straightforward and has an attractive interface. Sitey is great for users who are less tech savvy and help even amateurs to create a website in the shortest possible time. Sitey has recently been acquired by Endurance International Group.
There are four plans you can choose from with Sitey: a FREE plan, Starter, Pro and Ecommerce.
The Starter plan is $4.61/month, billed annually.
Pro is billed at $6.14/month, billed annually.
Ecommerce is $9.99/month, billed annually.
You can also opt for monthly billing.
Starter - $4.98/month
Pro - $6.49/month
Ecommerce - $12.49/month
All the plans include free hosting and the drag-and-drop builder.
There are hundreds of templates you can choose from and they are highly customizable. They are also mobile friendly.
If you opt for the free plan, you will have to deal with annoying ads, but the paid plans eliminate that problem. With each of the paid plans you also get a domain name included, ad credits and website statistics.
There are over 20 categories to choose from with Sitey, depending on your needs: computers and technology, music and entertainment, hotels and travels, blog, restaurant and eateries, sport and leisure, photography, business and consultant and more.
The website elements are divided into several blocks or ‘sections’ and you get the popular and simple drag and drop editor.
You also get social media integration and image library with all plans.
There are also useful SEO tools included: you can add and edit tags and meta tags and increase the number of visitors on your site.
If you are in need for ecommerce features, you have to sign up for their most expensive plan (‘Ecommerce’), to be able to add an e-shop to your website.
You can choose between the grid, row or column options for image galleries and you can position them anywhere on the site.
Statistics are available through Google Analytics, but are not available for the free plan, only for the paid ones.
Sitey offers 24/7 customer support via e-mail or live chat.
All in all, Sitey is an intuitive, straightforward website builder. It has a modern, attractive interface, it comes with a free plan and has a generous number of templates to choose from.