Hosted Sitebuilders by Liesl Barrell - Montreal Girl Geeks 28042011

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Slides from Liesl Barrell's talk on Hosted Sitebuilders for the Montreal Girl Geeks on April 28, 2011 at Twist Image.

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Hosted Sitebuilders by Liesl Barrell - Montreal Girl Geeks 28042011

  1. 1. Montreal Girl Geeks – April 2011<br />1<br />Hosted Sitebuilders<br />
  2. 2. Intro<br />CMS Delivery Models<br />Choosing a Solution<br />Quick Tours<br />Flavours.me<br />Weebly<br />Squarespace<br />Drupal Gardens<br />Conclusion<br />
  3. 3. CMS Delivery Models<br />DESKTOP PUBLISHERS<br />HOSTED SITEBUILDERS (SaaS)<br />PLATFORMS<br />InDesign<br />FrontPage<br />Sitebuilder<br />Drupal<br />Joomla<br />WordPress.org<br />eZ Publish<br />…+100s <br />Weebly<br />Squarespace<br />Drupal Gardens<br />WordPress.com<br /> …+12s <br />
  4. 4. How to Choose a Solution<br />Strategy Features Budget<br />Barrier of Entry<br />Learning Curve<br />Maintenance Investment<br />Interface Bias <br />
  5. 5. Quick Tours<br />Flavours.me Aggregator<br />Learning Curve: None<br />Free or $20/year for own domain & more features<br />Simple feed aggregation & style-editing<br />98% Dynamic content<br />Easy interim solution <br />
  6. 6. Quick Tours<br />Weebly - 2006<br />Learning Curve: Low<br />Free or Pro (different subscriptions, same features)<br />Custom domain starts at: $2.99/month <br />Password Protection (global)<br />HTML & CSS editing <br />Easy e-commerce integration (Paypal or Google Checkout)<br />Global Publishing<br />Mobile site version<br />Archive download & Style export<br />Solid in-line previews<br />Proprietary<br />
  7. 7. Quick Tours<br />Squarespace - 2003<br />Learning Curve: Med<br />Cost: No free option (trial only) 3 plan levels<br />Discount for multiple sites (15-25% off)<br />Up to 6 audiences with granular permissions <br />Granular & scheduled publishing (default is disabled)<br />Great previews & bulk ZIP photo upload to galleries<br />Sophisticated theme editing, page-specific themes/headers<br />Mobile app for editing & stats<br />Strong customer support<br />Proprietary, export options only for journal & CSS<br />
  8. 8. Quick Tours<br />Drupal Gardens - 2010<br />Learning Curve: High<br />Cost: free or 4 paid options for more features & own domain<br />Export entire site, including users, content & style<br />Easy multi-site management with duplicate function ($)<br />Based on OSS with strong development community<br />More internationalization (but not perfect)<br />Sophisticated theme editing<br />Dynamic content previews limited<br />Publish/unpublishoptions but no auto-publish at future date<br />
  9. 9. Want Options?<br />17M Wordpress<br />6M Webs.com4M Wix.com <br />3M Weebly.com1M Squarespace.com450k Webstarts.com350k Yola.com300k Moonfruit.com130k Webnode.com40k Drupalgardens.com<br />30k Snappages.com30k Virb.com30k Doodlekit.com20k Sitekreator.com? Sites.google.com<br />? Homestead.com<br />? Jimdo.com <br />? Virb.com<br />? Bandzoogle.com <br />? Edicy.com <br />? Webnode.com<br /> ...and many more!<br />
  10. 10. Coming Up…<br />More Facebookification (Like, FB Comments)<br />More design/styling options<br />More widgets, plug-ins, apps & customization<br />App stores<br />Better e-commerce solutions<br />More mobile & tablet support<br />Site management on-the-go<br />Front-end mobile versions<br />More sophisticated internationalization<br />Watch out for Drupal Gardens & Edicy<br />
  11. 11. Thanks!<br />

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