Weebly – ‘Easy as pie’ website builder

Ever wanted to head into website development with your students, but just felt that you did not have the skills (nor the patience!!) to help them actually create their site?  The great news is that there are some fantastic resources on the internet that can help you achieve your objectives.

Recently, I found a site called Weebly.  Weebly is an extremely easy to use website builder that allows you to host your sites with them for FREE!  Easy website creation is their passion…… and when they say easy, they mean it!

Weebly was named one of TIME’s 50 Best Websites of the year in 2007 and they’ve since made our service even more powerful, while keeping it simple. They have 3 million customers who would likely agree that there’s really no better place to create a website online. 

Some of the most beneficial features for schools include:

  • Powerful, Drag & Drop Website Editor 
    Our core advantage is our stunningly easy drag & drop website editor. Videos, pictures, maps, and text are added by simply dragging them to your website. We love it when new customers are totally surprised at how straightforward it is to build a website with Weebly – no HTML or technical skills required!

  • Hosting Included – No Restrictions
    We provide the hosting so you don’t need to pay for a hosting provider. We don’t impose arbitrary bandwidth restrictions, storage caps or limits on the number of pages allowed, either. Going to be featured in the New York Times? Great! Our hosting infrastructure is backed by an army of servers that provide reliable stability for your websites – all for free!
  • A Variety of Content Elements
    If you can imagine it, you can do it with Weebly. Add pictures, videos, music and audio, documents, maps, and photo galleries. Sell products, accept online bookings, create a contact form, or arrange your pages in multiple columns. Drag on slideshows, files, forums, games, RSS feeds, or any other HTML embed code — all by simply dragging and dropping.

and best of all??

  • No Advertising
    We don’t place advertising on your site, and never will. Some “free” website providers force advertising to be placed on your site, but you won’t find that around here. In fact, we’ve even integrated with Google AdSense to allow you to easily enable advertising – as simple as entering your email address – letting you earn money from your site!

The site does require login, but it is a very quick and easy process.  The thing I like about this site is that it is clear and easy to use.  Students should have no problems creating their own websites.  Please add any site addresses you create using Weebly to the comments section – I’d love to see what others can create.

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Posted on 27/05/10, in ICT, Web 2.0. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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