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Updated: June 07, 2019

2019. Zoho Sites gets new Style Editor



Zoho Sites is taking customization to the next level with a tool that rolls design, flexibility, and simplicity into one. With our new Style Editor, the developers have ensured every element comes with its own set of customizable design tools, empowering you to take full control of your site design. Initially, this level of design customization could only be done using the CSS editor, which requires technical knowledge. But unless you have a web designer on staff, it doesn’t make financial sense to hire one to tweak only a couple of elements. Now you don’t have to depend on anyone but yourself to create the most intricate style customizations. The Style Editor provides options to customize the background, typography, border, shadow, and spacing of every element on your page.


2018. Website builder Strikingly raises $10M



Website building platform Strikingly has raised a $10 million Series A+.  When Strikingly launched back in 2012, it set itself apart from other website builders by focusing on easy to build, but polished-looking mobile responsive sites. Now mobile responsive sites are de rigueur for any website builder, but one of the things that continues to differentiate Strikingly from its competitors (a partial list includes Wix, Weebly, Squarespace and WordPress) is its ease of use. The company claims that the average time to launch a new website with Strikingly’s editor is just 10 minutes.


2018. GoDaddy site builder integrates with Google My Business



Website hosting and small business marketing firm GoDaddy has done an integration with Google that largely automates the process of setting up and verifying a Google My Business (GMB) profile. GMB registration and submission is integrated with the company’s GoCentral website builder. Business data from the website is uploaded to GMB and verification is compressed from weeks to days. The GMB integration is included with the Business Plus and Online Store hosting plans. Claiming and populating a GMB profile directly on Google is free. GoDaddy will also report on GMB-driven traffic and related actions: profile/listings views, calls, directions requests and website visits. Interesting that Google own service Google Sites isn't still integrated with GMB.


2018. Zoho Sites adds pre-built website sections



Zoho introduced the new version of its website-builder Zoho Sites. It feautures new UI and some new features. Pre-built website sections like layouts and templates can help you quickly find design solutions. New page elements, like content containers, icons, and dividers give you more creative tools for experimenting with page design. And the new Element editor expands the customizations available in the product. You can now add videos and parallax images to the background of your web pages. Besides, you can make your website private, restrict its visibility even within your organization, and publish websites solely for intranet usage.


2018. Wix integrates with Instagram



Website building service Wix no allows to share your Instagram photos and videos on your website. With the new Instagram Feed App, you can also add links to your individual Instagram posts - sending visitors directly to your site. You can choose from different layouts to showcase your Instagram photos, customize colors, fonts, easily add links to any photo or video in your feed. It’s a great way to attract new followers or to promote a product in your Wix Stores collection, for example.


2016. Duda introduced new responsive website builder



Duda has rebuilt its responsive website builder in a way that would make site building faster, the user experience more intuitive and, ultimately. The new builder has been engineered using React, an open-source JavaScript library for building user interfaces. This Facebook-developed technology means the platform is much more robust and flexible. The drag-and-drop functionality feels smoother the editor now loads up to 40% faster than before.  The new features include new layouts options, more color overlays, a new Icon Widget, 22 more fonts, interpage anchors, custom backgrounds per page, video backgrounds on columns and popups, Open Graph support, more flexible Photo Gallery.


2014. Website building service Zoho Sites goes completely free



With Zoho Sites, you can now create, edit and host beautiful websites, for free. With this update, you have all the tools you need to create your personal web-space: unlimited pages, storage, bandwidth, galleries, mobile and desktop and much more. In comparison, other site builders, like Squarespace, Wix and Weebly, are pretty good, if you have the necessary fat wallet. So where is the catch? Zoho developers say that are not going to spend millions on advertising, nor they are going to advertise on your website. But thus they move to a completely crowd driven marketing. If you are reading this news - their marketing really works.


2011. Adobe launched website building tool Muse



Adobe's newest product, Muse, hopes to make life even easier for designers–specifically ones working in more traditional mediums who are being tapped to take on more web-based projects–as an ultra-simplified, graphically focused tool for making websites. Muse’s biggest selling point is that designers don’t have to learn code like HTML, CSS, or Javascript to break through the barrier of designing for the Internet. Adobe's another website builder Dreamweaver is more functional than Muse as it allows creating any website element by means of code adding and editing. However, this requires coding skills. Muse is quite another matter. It can be used by people with no programming skills at all or by those, who are aware of web design basics. It’s much simpler to reach decent result here, which makes Muse efficacy much hire for 90% of users. Both systems come with the in-built FTP manager, which makes it possible to upload the readymade website to the hosting.