SiteW is a relatively unknown (among English speakers) website builder that has produced over one million websites to date. Based out of France, the builder is accessible to all, with language options for French, German, Spanish, and English.
The company has recently seen an uptick in traffic and with hundreds of websites designed every day, they must be doing something right.
We signed up for SiteW to explore everything this builder has to offer.
- Pros and Cons
- Getting Started
- Ease of Use
- Template Selection
- Blogging with SiteW
- SiteW Premium
Pros and Cons
- Signup is a breeze and in just a few clicks you will be designing a new site on a website builder is easy to learn and use.
- SiteW provides options that appeal to more advanced users.
- If you want to use the platform to blog, you will have to pay up.
- There are limited templates available.
Getting started with SiteW is a breeze. To create an account, all you have to provide is an email and password.
Once you sign up, you can begin creating your website by choosing your website title. Although the title can be changed later, SiteW helps you choose by defining some details about yourself, including whether you are an individual, a company, or an association.
After a title is selected, you can choose a website theme from one of 23 designs, including a simple light and dark template. From there you can choose to sit through a two-minute tutorial or get started on your own.
Ease of Use
The SiteW web design platform relies on an easy to learn drag-and-drop interface that uses big, bright icons to conveniently represent content elements like text, maps, images, videos, music, and more.
Many elements include their own pop-up menus, enabling you to customize them exactly as you see fit. When you insert an image, for example, you will be prompted to upload a photo.
Advanced users will like the ability to add Flash files, as well as edit the CSS stylesheet.
It is worth noting that some of the English translations are not strictly accurate, but we never had any difficulty understanding what any given feature or pop-up demo was trying to convey.
SiteW offers users a choice of 21 free templates. This is not an overwhelming number, but there are many themes that are generic enough to work with and customize to cater to any site.
You may also opt to create your website from the ground up, which we found to be extremely simple using the website builder tools.
The website themes are optimized for mobile with both mobile-specific sites and a responsive design. You can even choose exactly how your site will appear on smartphones and tablets, with device specific page designs.
Blogging with SiteW
Creating a blog on your website requires that you sign up for a premium package. This is somewhat prohibitive, but an understandable decision from SiteW. You can still create an amazing website without a blog.
A paid account will also provide other interactive features like a contact form, comments, forums, and a newsletter.
The blogging platform is straightforward to use and can be applied to any page you want. You can even customize your posts to create visual interest.
We would not recommend SiteW if your site is primarily used for blogging, however. There are simply too many better options out there.
A basic website on SiteW is free. If you want more premium features, you can opt for a Premium or Pro account.
A premium account costs $9.33 per month on an annual basis (or $13.99 when billed monthly). It includes unlimited pages, 3GB storage, removal of SiteW ads, blogging and forum functionality, and specialized customer assistance.
It includes unlimited pages, 3GB storage, removal of SiteW ads, blogging and forum functionality, and specialized customer assistance.
The pro plan is aimed at online businesses and costs $26.66 per month on an annual basis (or $39.99 when billed monthly).
It includes everything found in premium with the addition of 20GB of storage and an online store builder tool, which enables quick stock management, billing tools, a payment gateway, coupons, and ZERO commission charges on purchases.
This might be seen as a strong selling point for the pro plan, despite its high up-front cost.
SiteW is a good option for anyone looking for an easy-to-use website builder that can create pages with basic functionality for their personal or business website.
Its clean interface and intuitive design will have your site ready to go in no time, but you will need to pay to receive some services that are free on other platforms.