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Hosted Sitebuilders by Liesl Barrell -  Montreal Girl Geeks 28042011
Hosted Sitebuilders by Liesl Barrell -  Montreal Girl Geeks 28042011
Hosted Sitebuilders by Liesl Barrell -  Montreal Girl Geeks 28042011
Hosted Sitebuilders by Liesl Barrell -  Montreal Girl Geeks 28042011
Hosted Sitebuilders by Liesl Barrell -  Montreal Girl Geeks 28042011
Hosted Sitebuilders by Liesl Barrell -  Montreal Girl Geeks 28042011
Hosted Sitebuilders by Liesl Barrell -  Montreal Girl Geeks 28042011
Hosted Sitebuilders by Liesl Barrell -  Montreal Girl Geeks 28042011
Hosted Sitebuilders by Liesl Barrell -  Montreal Girl Geeks 28042011
Hosted Sitebuilders by Liesl Barrell -  Montreal Girl Geeks 28042011
Hosted Sitebuilders by Liesl Barrell -  Montreal Girl Geeks 28042011
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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.

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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  • 1. Montreal Girl Geeks – April 2011<br />1<br />Hosted Sitebuilders<br />
  • 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. 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. How to Choose a Solution<br />Strategy Features Budget<br />Barrier of Entry<br />Learning Curve<br />Maintenance Investment<br />Interface Bias <br />
  • 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. Quick Tours<br />Weebly - 2006<br />Learning Curve: Low<br />Free or Pro (different subscriptions, same features)<br />Custom domain starts at: $2.99/month <br />Password Protection (global)<br />HTML & CSS editing <br />Easy e-commerce integration (Paypal or Google Checkout)<br />Global Publishing<br />Mobile site version<br />Archive download & Style export<br />Solid in-line previews<br />Proprietary<br />
  • 7. Quick Tours<br />Squarespace - 2003<br />Learning Curve: Med<br />Cost: No free option (trial only) 3 plan levels<br />Discount for multiple sites (15-25% off)<br />Up to 6 audiences with granular permissions <br />Granular & scheduled publishing (default is disabled)<br />Great previews & bulk ZIP photo upload to galleries<br />Sophisticated theme editing, page-specific themes/headers<br />Mobile app for editing & stats<br />Strong customer support<br />Proprietary, export options only for journal & CSS<br />
  • 8. Quick Tours<br />Drupal Gardens - 2010<br />Learning Curve: High<br />Cost: free or 4 paid options for more features & own domain<br />Export entire site, including users, content & style<br />Easy multi-site management with duplicate function ($)<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. 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. 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. Thanks!<br />

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