Website options table

Emma Yench Uncategorized

 

F&T School hub

Site123

Weebly

Wix

WordPress.com

WordPress + hosting

             

Summary

Not a full website option, but an easy place to start if you only need a journal function. You can control the visibility of your posts, and you can export them to other WordPress installations when you leave.

Very quick and easy, free version will do everything needed for a student site.

No mobile app, so updating on mobile is not ideal.
Upgrade advertising quickly becomes annoying.

Generally functional and usable. Free version will do everything needed for a student site except upload video.

Can’t organise files which makes reuse more difficult, but otherwise acceptable option for getting started.

Well regarded, used by several staff.

Free version will do everything needed for a student site. Other than prominent ad, free version is very functional and good option for getting started.

The most widely used website software in the world, therefore plenty of scope for support and extension. Free version will do everything needed for a student site, and best option for blog posting, very easy. Otherwise, set up and navigation less intuitive than others and some experience with website building is an advantage.

Good free first option if you think you’ll want to scale up your website in time

The most widely used website software in the world, therefore plenty of scope for support and extension. Hosting and site set up requires more time and expertise than other options.

Good option to move to when you’re ready to scale up your website. Very extensible.

Price

Free

Free version

with upgrade option. Cheapest annual plan: AUD$14.42/mth

Free version with upgrade option

Cheapest annual plan: AUD$7/mth

Free with upgrade option

Cheapest annual plan: USD$10/mth

Free with upgrade option. Cheapest annual plan:

USD$4/mth

Free software, paid hosting

Reclaim hosting personal account – USD $30/year

https://reclaimhosting.com/
shared-hosting/

Set up

No set up required. Blog functionality only

Super easy – no template choice

Easy. Theme selector based on the purpose of the website

Easy. Theme selector based on the purpose of the website

Reasonably easy, limited theme choices

Moderate.

Easy to find a host, many have WordPress already installed. Some familiarity with WordPress an advantage

Advertising?

No

Site ad in footer

Email and Pop up notifications are relentless

Fly out ad at bottom

Prominent ad at the top of the page

Yes. Site ad in footer, sometimes in blog posts

No

Ease of Use

Very easy for posting. Not suitable for building web pages. Some page layout options available. No theming available.

Very easy. Page builder

Easy. Page builder

Easy. Page builder

Moderate.

Rudimentary Page builder Not overly difficult, but not as intuitive as others.

Moderate.

Domain

Default: N/A

Custom: Not available

Default: terrible

5e2540f48bb5e.site123.me

Custom: Included in plan cost for 1st year.

Default: ok

yoursitename.weebly.com

Custom:

Included in annual plans for 1st year.

Default: not great

youraccountname.wixsite.com/
yoursitename

Custom:

Included in plan cost for 1st year.

Default: ok

yoursitename.wordpress.com

Custom:

Included in plan cost for 1st year.

Default: N/A. Default depends on webhost selected

Custom:

Often included in plan cost for 1st year.

Extensibility

No

Not much with free site. Extensible to e-commerce on plan

Yes. Free and paid apps available to extend functionality

Yes. Free and paid apps available to extend functionality

Not on free version

The world is your oyster if you have the skills to claim it

Portability

Yes – to other WordPress installations

no

no

no

Yes – to other WordPress installations

Yes – to other WordPress installations

Privacy

Can restrict views to only logged in, certain groups or one or more individuals. Public posts can be password protected.

Can hide blog page from users but linking doesn’t work unless the blog link is available somewhere.

Can hide blog page from users but still send links to blog posts

Can hide blog page from users but still send links to blog posts

Can make password protected posts.

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Storage

Limited

Free version: 500MB

Free version: 500MB +

10MB per image

Free version: 500MB

Free version: 3GB

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File/asset organisation

Yes

No file manager. File organisation and storage must happen offline

No file manager. File organisation and storage must happen offline

File manager. Buildable file/folder structure

File manager function. Not fully configurable

File manager function.
Not fully configurable

Support

How to Videos

Chat function. Convenient, but thinly disguised advertising

Knowledge base

https://www.weebly.com/
app/help/us/en

In-editor knowledgebase and step by step videos

Knowledgebase, video tutorials etc.

https://wordpress.com/help

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mobile friendly?

For viewing. Wouldn’t edit that way.

No app.

Posting via mobile browser is possible, but painful

Yes. App for iPhone and Android

Yes. App for iPhone and Android

Yes. App for iPhone and Android

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Upload of video

Yes but video really always should go to streaming Service

Yes

Only on paid plans

Yes

Yes

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Post tags /categories

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Submission of URLs to Canvas

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Examples

fashionandtextiles.education

https://www.site123.com/
website-examples

https://www.weebly.com/au/
stories

https://www.wix.com/explore/
websites

http://studioouam.com/en/

https://www.protest.eu/en/rw/

http://10×17.co/

https://99percentinvisible.org/

stuff

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