Zoho Launches Zoho Sites, Website Builder for Businesses (with video)
Posted on 16-May-2012 08:49
Filed under: News
Zoho today announced the launch of Zoho Sites, its easy-to-use website builder. The move extends the company’s suite of online applications with a tool that lets businesses quickly create polished, professional websites in minutes — no coding required.
“We want our users to run their entire business on Zoho,” said Raju Vegesna, Zoho evangelist. “Building a website is typically the first step for any business. That has been one of the missing pieces from our portfolio. With Zoho Sites, customers can create and host their websites on Zoho. As a next step, they can host their email in Zoho Mail, customer data in Zoho CRM, financial data in Zoho Books, etc. Websites built using Zoho Sites will be the face of a business, while all the backend data is managed using our other business applications.”
Zoho Sites lets just about anyone design a professional-looking website without writing a single line of code. Users just need to select a theme from the gallery; drag and drop desired elements such as text, images, videos, etc.; and then publish the site with the push of a button. Making changes is just as easy and fast. Unlike other standalone website creation tools, Zoho Sites is integrated with plenty of third-party applications and also with Zoho’s very own business and productivity apps.
Websites are automatically optimized for access on mobile devices, eliminating the need to create a separate mobile website. Visitors are automatically redirected to the mobile-optimized website when accessing on mobile devices.
Zoho Sites simplifies frequent content updates by storing all content in the Zoho Creator database. Whenever content in the database is modified, the corresponding webpage is automatically updated. Zoho Creator powers the form builder, allowing users to create website forms for various purposes like managing contacts, support requests and much more — without writing any code. Forms can also trigger automated email notifications and other custom workflow.
Pre-integrated YouTube, Google AdWords, Google Maps, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Picasa elements can be embedded on websites easily using the drag-and-drop interface. Other third-party elements can also be embedded.
Zoho Sites is integrated with Google Apps and is available in the Google Apps Marketplace. Google Apps customers can now create and publish websites under their domain.
Zoho Sites is available in both free and paid editions. The Zoho Sites Free Edition includes two websites, with each website containing two forms, one blog and unlimited pages. The Professional Edition is priced at $39 per year and includes six websites, each website containing 10 forms, a blog and unlimited pages. The Professional Edition also supports Google AdSense and complete rebranding.