WebNode - Easy Website Creation
Website Magazine has covered website creators such as SiteKreator in the past
but I came across another I had never heard of previously named WebNode.com and
thought I'd put it through its paces. While their is no substitute for designing
and developing a site on your own, it's obvious that it can be cost prohibitive
and time consuming. Creating a website with tools such as WebNode or SiteKreator
is a great substitute especially if you're just getting your virtual feet wet.
Signup was simple (even though the activation email hit the junk mail folder). After filling out some simple information (site name, slogan, language), users are able to select from a nice set of templates (much more visually appealing that other services I have seen).
WebNode comes with a super-simple Website builder to help users customize the layout of their webpages, insert and use media, add articles, news, etc. During some basic testing of the system, I found the site editor incredibly robust, intuitive and elegant. While it will take a little work to get a site through WebNode looking and acting like you want it to (which is no different that any other site) it took me just a few minutes to get everything live. Editing the text areas of the site was simple as was adding images. Users can quickly add polls, articles (and entire categories), lists, photo galleries and an an incredibly impressive list of widgets. Those widgets may convince many to give the free service a try. Some of the widgets available include Maps from Google, Live and Yahoo, video from YouTube and SoapBox (MSN), photosharing from Flickr and PhotoBucket and even PayPal and Google Checkout integration.
Just a note, webNode clients are given 1GB of bandwidth and 100MB of storage which is impressive in its generosity. Another interesting aspect of the WebNode service is that they enable you to link existing domains to your WebNode website. Overall, I'd give the service a major thumbs up. Worth your attention if you don't already have a website? You bet!