We are excited to announce a new addition to our broad application portfolio; Zoho Sites. This new application is a website builder aimed at simplifying website creation, including mobile websites. Users can create websites easily just by dragging and dropping elements, without having to write even a single line of code.
There are hundreds of Website builders available in the market already. Then, why are we launching Zoho Sites now?
At Zoho, we want to offer a broad set of business tools, so that you can run your entire business on Zoho. If you look at our portfolio today, we host your email on Zoho Mail, your documents in Zoho Docs, your customer data in Zoho CRM, Accounting data in Zoho Books, Support through Zoho Support….you get the idea. Obviously, website hosting was one of the missing pieces from our portfolio. Until today.
As you’d expect from Zoho, we created an easy to use drag-and-drop website builder to create your website. We added good number of themes you can build on top of, or customize. We built various widgets (like Google Maps, Google AdSense, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Picasa etc) that you can include in your web pages. Zoho Sites offers ‘one-click’ publish to your existing domain or a new domain. And every website that you build on Zoho Sites will automatically be optimized for Mobile devices.
This is just the beginning.
The application comes with great set of features unique to Zoho. You can create powerful forms such as Contact Form, Feedback, Survey etc…. The form builder is powered by Zoho Creator which lets you collect data from the visitors, without writing any code.
The pre-integrated Zoho Creator backend also powers the Dynamic Content feature. It populates the web page content from the Zoho Creator database bringing advanced features with a simplified interface.
You can collaboratively work on websites with other users by sharing your site with appropriate permissions. You can also add a blog to your site with the built-in blogging platform, analyze your website traffic with the available Google Analytics integration.
If you are a Google Apps user, Zoho Sites is also integrated with Google Apps and is available in Google Apps Marketplace.
Zoho Sites is available in both free and paid editions. The paid edition is priced at $39/year that lets you create up to 6 websites, 10 forms, unlimited pages and offers rebranding along with some advanced features. The free version lets you create two websites, two forms, unlimited web pages and is ad free.
Want to look at a sample website created using Zoho Sites? Check out our Zoholics website. If you access it from your mobile device, you’ll notice that the website is optimized based on your device.
You can get started by creating your website @ http://zoho.com/sites
The launch of Zoho Sites is an important milestone. Moving forward, you can expect tighter integration with our backed systems like CRM, Support etc. Meanwhile, we would love to hear your feedback on Zoho Sites.