• Ready-made templates
• Add a blog
• Simple to use
• Limited design and customization options
• Complicated plans
Site2You offers less in terms of value for money but this online web builder is easy to use and understand.
Anyone can create a website with the tools provided by Site2You, whether they are a small business, online retailer or individual with a personal site. It’s all included in the package – website builder tools, hosting and website maintenance. We looked closely at the package offered by Site2You to find out about the advantages and disadvantages of this particular online creation offering.
The pricing plan is not as simple here as with other providers – we found it initially difficult to see exactly what you get for your money. The first plan Site2You offers is the 1.0 Anti Crisis plan - $24.95 a month with 10GB hosting, domain name and as many email boxes as you want, and assistance from the webmaster for up to 10 hours. The first month is a steep $199.00, however, which Site2You says pays for those webmasters hours.
The second plan is the Premium Plan, which is $49.95 a month for 10GB hosting space, domain, emails and three hours of webmasters time a month. There’s no set-up fee for this package. Or you can choose to pay annually for the Turnkeys 2.0 plan. Turnkeys 2.0 is $139.95 a year which includes the source files and a year-long licence for using the editing tools. Turnkey Facebook Template is $50.00 a year.
Find a template for your site from the gallery of ready-built designs. It’s easy to pick a style for your website with the search feature – search by category, type, colour or keyword. Once you have chosen your template you move into the editing stage but there are not many customization options. Only with the higher-priced plans can you get access to the library of stock photos. Only if you choose the Turnkeys 2.0 plan do you have control over your own website – with this plan you can update the CMS and if you don’t extend your licence after one year you don’t lose everything.
We didn’t find a lot to get excited about in terms of widgets and add-ons on Site2You. However, you can add a blog using the basic blogging platform and use it to update your visitors on the latest news and views. Add an MP3 player, YouTube videos, play-lists or podcasts.
Ecommerce –Make your site ready for accepting payments by adding the “buy now” PayPal button. The Site2You system also includes the option of a shopping cart for purchasing multiple items.
SEO –The site’s HTML, meta tags and page names are ready set up for easier indexing and searching by the search engines. You can add a meta description to help people find your website more easily.
Hosting & domains
You’re limited to the Site2You domain name unless you opt for the more expensive Turnkeys 1.0 package. Here you can choose your own domain name (depending on availability) included in the price. Sites are hosted by Site2You.
Ease of use
While Site2You is reasonably easy to use it is not the simplest or the least stress-free on the market. Sometimes the changes take a long time to kick in, and waiting for the desired change results in quite a lot of downtime. You need to reload the page many times in order to arrive at your final end result. The system is a little fiddly although the interface is well laid out and clear to read.
Help & support
No 24-hour, seven-day-a-week support is available although you can contact the team during the week using a ticket system or the online chat service. FAQs and other resources are rather limited although the answers are detailed and everyone we were in contact with was responsive and helpful. The webmaster support (which you need to pay for) is designed for customization issues, web design, general queries and optimum functionality.
Having to pay extra for webmaster support that you may not have needed had the system been easier to use acts against Site2You. We don’t think the product is the best value for money, although it does have its good points.
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