Zoho Sites uses a simple drag and drop editor. You create pages by dropping elements into your website and then editing them in place. Over all it’s easy to use and mostly clear.
You edit your footer by simply dropping elements into the footer. Works well. If you want to organize you can add the columns element. Unfortunately you get this pop-up if you try to remove the “Powered By Zoho Sites” image at the bottom of your website. Pretty tacky.
I was happy to find some unusual, but solid elements. For example you can add a Tab element to your page and simply drag elements into the different tab windows. Handy. (Unfortunately though, while it was easy to work with Tabs it’s not possible to style the Tabs— so you can’t customize that orange bar on highlighted tabs.)
Some elements didn’t feel fully fleshed out. For example, when I changed my photo gallery to be two columns, the images (in spite of being large photos) appeared pixelated.
You write blog posts the same way you create pages— you drag and drop elements (text, images etc.) into a blog post. Posts can be saved as drafts or scheduled for later publishing. Posts can also be tagged or categorized. There’s also a feature to import blogs from Blogger or Wordpress (if you already had a blog on one of those services). There is a commenting and moderation system but it does not integrate with popular commenting systems such as Facebook Comments or Disqus. Show Screenshot
Ecommerce is a paid upgrade but it’s not worth the upgrade. It’s just a simple system where you add products with a price that link to Paypal. This is not full ecommerce— it doesn’t allow on site checkout, you can’t customize email receipts and there are no product variations (to list a few limitations). Show Screenshot
One of the most advanced form builders I’ve seen in a website builder. You can do a ton with it (although I worry it will intimidate some users). There’s a huge selection of fields: single line, date-time, file uploads, drop-downs, currency, URLs and much more. You can also create form rules that set form fields to show or hide and route email notifications. Form submissions are saved in a database so if you accidentally delete your email notifications, you can always go back in find form submissions. Show Screenshot
Images did not appear sharp and crisp on retina devices (such as iPhones and Macbooks).
You can add a newsletter signup form that integrates with Zoho’s newsletter service or Mailchimp. Awesome. (Most website builders with their own newsletter service— such as GoDaddy and Weebly— don’t integrate with 3rd party services. It’s great to see Zoho Sites do what’s right for the user here.) Show Screenshot
Solid audio player— supports Mp3 (but not Mp4’s).
There is a lot of themes in Zoho Sites to choose from— some feel fresh and modern, while others feel pretty outdated. Here’s an example of a fresh theme:
All themes have the option of a sidebar and a header image. There is a good amount of theme customization that you can do— you can edit the styles of menus, links, headings and more. Although I should point out there are some arbitrary limits on things like font size— why can’t I set my font to be larger than 36px?
I was able to pay and cancel Zoho Sites with ease.
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