We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of a brand new, sleek and absolutely newbie-friendly Site Builder.
It will replace the ages-old Site Studio and is designed to help you build super cool, modern-looking websites from scratch with just a few clicks.
The new Site Builder is integrated into the Web Hosting Control Panel and you can start using it right away.
Read on below for more details about this cool tool.
What is the new Site Builder about?
Website builders have been trending for more than a decade as an easy solution that takes away all the hassle and upfront costs and helps users to create beautiful websites.
Both individuals and businesses can easily build anything from a single-page site all the way up to professional e-stores.
With the advance of web technologies, website builders now offer multiple opportunities to exploit with a focus on intuitiveness and responsiveness.
The new Site Builder that has been built into the Control Panel reflects the latest progressions in website design.
You can find it in the Web Tools section of your Control Panel:
It is designed to be lightweight, super easy to work with and, most of all, to help you create websites that can look cool on any device.
Literally anyone can build a nice-looking, responsive website within minutes with this tool.
And it can be really fun doing so!
You can forget the plethora of confusing settings that are usually associated with website development.
The new Site Builder will handle them all in the background.
All you will see is an easily recognizable point-and-click and drop-and-down layout with content controls.
You will be able to edit the layout of your website, apply styles, add new content in real-time and view all changes on the go.
New Site Builder – key highlights
The new Site Builder is designed to be newbie-friendly.
Absolutely no website building experience or HTML coding knowledge is required to work with it.
A Personal Assistant will be with you from the very start helping you find your way around easily:
You will see the core contents of a website such as a menu bar, banner area, text areas, etc. organized in easy-to-work-with modules (content blocks).
This empowers you to apply your own style to key elements of your website with a click of the mouse.
Here is an overview of the advantages that make the Website Builder a really worthwhile choice for your website:
A content block based site structure
The Website Builder offers easy-to-work-with content blocks for paragraphs, headers, features and more.
Each block supports layout and style controls which allow you to adjust the look and feel to your liking.
You just need to select a predefined content block and update it with your own text and photos.
Also, you can easily add new contents which are separated into 3 types: popular items, text blocks and modules/apps.
Easy control over your website
As mentioned above, the Site Builder requires no technical skills to use.
The intuitive Personal Assistant will make sure you are on the right track every step of the way:
You just need to move your mouse over the content block you want to edit and a handy toolbar will show up with the key editing features such as:
- an option to easily edit block’s contents
- move a content block to a desired position
- add new content such as text and images to a selected content block
A variety of fully responsive website designs to choose from
The Website Builder offers a wide selection of fully responsive website themes to choose from:
Each theme supports hundreds of customization features and options such as:
- 6 base theme layouts (with sidebar, with menu on top, with different styles)
- 6 base menu layouts
- 13 menu/logo aligns
- 60 color schemes
- over 150 professional fonts provided by Google
Site Builder – a few more standout features
Drag & Drop functionality
You can easily arrange most of the website contents with simple drag & drop options.
All layout changes made will be reflected across all devices accordingly with no broken elements as with some other drag-and-drop editors.
An easy to use File Manager
With the in-built File Manager you can easily upload your own files from your computer or access over 500 000 professional photos for free from one location:
A multi-menu structure
If you run a more complex website with more pages, you can easily organize its contents with the help of menus.
You can easily create separate menus for certain parts of your website, drag & drop to arrange the subpages in a specific menu and even create drop-down submenus.
Also, you can add individual menus to any part of a subpage with a predefined vertical or horizontal layout.
Along with the site creation functions, the Website Builder also comes with in-built SEO features such as custom meta tags and SEO-optimized menu links, etc. that will help you make your new website popular across search engines like Google and Bing.
With the Site Builder, you can easily add a sitemap to your website as well.
A wide range of useful apps and add-on modules for your site
When ready with the base of your website, you can easily add bells and whistles by making use of the integrated apps:
Here are some of the most useful apps website owners should consider for their particular site:
You can add a blog to your site and expand your audience! The Website Builder offers a simple, intuitive and hassle-free blogging platform that will make starting your own blog a breeze.
You can create a gallery for your site to display your photos in a more visually appealing way to your audience on all types of devices.
You can easily upload new photos from your local computer and arrange your images in the desired order via simple drag and drop actions.
You can add a contact form to your website so your customers can easily get in touch with you. You can easily switch ON/OFF certain fields such as (message subject, phone number, fax number, captcha code, etc.)
You can add a live chat service to your site and communicate with your customers in real-time. You can utilize unlimited chat conversations, automatic messages, and a 14-day chat history. Custom chatbox designs are available as well.
You can make a stronger connection with your audience by adding a forum to yo site with the in-built discussion board module, a lightweight and responsive design.
The in-built e-commerce module will help users sell goods like eBooks or photos to their own customers. It supports various payment gateways such as PayPal and 2Checkout and it can be used to create a product catalogue with categories and separate per-item subpages.
You can create a calendar of events and embed it on your site for your visitors to keep track of all important events relating to you or your company. You can create one-time events as well as events which repeat weekly, monthly or even yearly.
You can ask for quality feedback from your audience. Using the Vote Poll module you can ask your visitors questions with predefined answers
You can easily add any YouTube video to your website – you just need to enter the respective YouTube Link and the video will be automatically embedded onto your site.
Options for advanced users
You can add your own scripts and meta tags in the header area of your website as well.
An “Include PHP Code” option is available as well. It empowers website owners to add PHP code to any page content and connect their website to existing databases or forms.
Also, advanced users can customize any of the available design themes on their own with HTML and CSS.
Built-in Help Center
The Website Builder offers readily integrated help along the way.
Once you launch a new website in your dashboard you will see a short video preview of the tool.
Apart from that, there is a video library that covers the main functionalities of the Website Builder in detail:
In the website menu, you can find a help section with a knowledge base and a personal assistant:
How to start using the Site Builder?
Once you logs into your Control Panel (section Web Tools), you can start working with the Site Builder right away.
First, you will need to select the host where your new website will be located.
An option to select the default path where the website will load is included too.
Then, you need to click on the “Choose a template” button. This will load a list of sleek design themes to choose from:
You will be able to select another theme if you change your mind about the selected one later on.
Once you hit the “Install” button of the selected theme, you will be instantly redirected to the site builder’s dashboard.
In there, you will be welcomed by a quick site setup wizard that will, in turn, leave you “in the hands” of the newbie-friendly, super-intuitive Personal Assistant mentioned above.
Will Site Studio be discontinued?
We’ll keep supporting websites created with Site Studio.
If you have already activated Site Studio in your account, you will be able to access it from the Site Builder (LEGACY) link under Web Tools.
This way, we’ll give Site Studio users enough time to get used to the new Site Builder and move to its user-friendly site creation platform when they feel ready for that.