Today’s website builder tool review is of a tool I haven’t heard of before, Webs.
Claiming over 42 million sites built with its tool, I am sure interested in learning more.
If you don’t know what website builder tools are, see my brief explanation here.
No. Like Weebly, Webs claims to have oodles of simple, clean website templates that can be used for any business type. I had to dig a little, but there is a link in their footer to example sites.
Webs offers a totally free account, and three other paid-for tiers. Please note that if you go to their pricing page, you will see prices based off of a 2-year contract. I haven’t studied it yet, but I am super duper happy to see that below the prices is a features chart (Hey, Weebly, you might want to take a clue). They mention that their highest tier lends itself to e-commerce.
Webs encourages you to sign up for free and then upgrade as you need.
There doesn’t appear to be a setup fee.
Would you like some free help preparing for your site? Cool. Here’s a free download I created just for you.
Yes. Webs has mobile and they have it for the free account! Your website automatically syncs to mobile. There are a couple extra mobile features if you decide to pay for the highest tier package.
In What Browser Does the Website Builder Work?
Webs doesn’t specify that their website builder tool is best if used in a particular type of browser. Again, just like Weebly, we’re going to assume it works in the most modern browsers.
Search Engine Optimization?
Don’t know what search engine is? There’s a brief explanation in the Weebly website builder tool review.
Webs does have search engine optimization capabilities. If you don’t opt in to the most expensive tier to start, you lose out on their seo booster tool. But you can add in meta information in all of the tiers except the free tier and you can purchase just the seo booster tool if you don’t need the top tier. You also will have access to web analytics; I have a little bit of a concern because Webs doesn’t outright say that you can use Google Analytics. I am pretty dedicated to Google Analytics, so if I can’t insert actual Google Analytics tracking into the site, you’ll lose me on this point alone. Yes, I think Google Analytics is THAT good and I also think it is super important to have your website tracking information available to you at a third party. It would be terrible to lose your tracking data upon switching website providers. It does say that you can use Google Webmaster Tools, but it doesn’t specifically state Google Analytics. If I were truly considering this tool for my own use, I would need to clarify this point before getting into actually building a site.
Blogs and forums are supported with Webs! I can’t tell if all tiers have the blogging capability, but we know it is a possibility.
Ease of Use
There’s no demo animation or video showing the tool in use. But it promises that “if you can use Word, you build a site with Webs.” It promises drag and drop ease of use.
Use Your Own URL?
You can use your own URL with a Webs account.
My Initial Impression
Just because Webs has a super-friendly pricing page and features page, I am hopeful that their product might be just as friendly to use. We’ll see how it stacks up throughout the month against the other contenders. At this point, I’m expecting it to making towards the top of my list.
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Even though I made it for people who are getting ready to hire a web pro, 80% of it will help you if you are building your site on your own.