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When love and skill work together, expect a miracle. John Ruskin

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Website Creation In A Matter of Minutes-Another

There is just no excuse for those that so desire to not have a presence on the Internet via a blog or website no matter their level of technological expertise.  Another website creation tool has been mentioned more than once and has been on my list of sites to try, WeeblyWeebly was named one of TIME's 50 Best Websites of 2007.

It's easy to sign up for this free application.  Enter in your full name, email address and a password.  After signing up you are directed to a page where you are asked to enter in a name for your site and select the type of site, personal, business, group/organization, education, wedding, portfolio or other.  Weebly is for users 13 years of age or older.

Upon completion this screen asking you to choose your website domain pops up.  I elected to skip this and come back later.

Next you are directed to the workspace for creating your page.  Across the top are tabs labeled elements, design, pages, editors and settings.   The headline image can be replaced, by one from your computer, by searching the Weebly files, from your favorites or with an image URL. Text can be added to the image.  Cropping, rotation, opacity, fading, color and edging are all changes that can be made to images. Once the headline image is to your liking it can be saved for that page only, all pages or selected pages.

Drag any wanted elements to the page.  Images can placed to the left, center or right of the page, a link to a website URL, a page on your website, a file on your website or an email can be attached to an image and a caption can be included.

When working with text a tool bar appears which allows for making it bold, in italics, underlined, the color changed, altering the font size and removing the format.  A link can be added to the text with the same options as an image.  There are four alignment options.  In creating paragraphs the text can be bulleted.  Of course, undo and redo is available.

There are more than 100 designs from which to choose depending on the theme of your web page. Any number of pages may be added as well as adding a blog to the site.  By listing email addresses others can  become editors of  your web page.  Other than the settings these are the basics of your Weebly website.

By clicking on the multimedia tab on the left a user can add, without cost, images from the photo gallery, a slideshow which Weebly makes for you from images you upload, a file, flash, Google maps based on an address entered or a YouTube video.

When you have your site started click on the Publish button in the upper right hand corner.  You are taken to the domain selection options. Once a domain is found your page is on the web.  At any time it can be edited or removed.

There is also a Weebly for Education site.  Only teachers can register for using this site specifically for educational purposes; creating a presence on the web for their students and parents.  Student accounts can be added and monitored.  Signed parental permission is still required for those students under 13 years of age.

More polished and sophisticated than Instablogg and Page O Rama which I have previously reviewed, Weebly is for those wanting an edge but still wishing to not face technological road blocks.  My website designed at Weebly, still in its infancy, is linked here.

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