Zoho Launches Zoho Sites
Zoho Launches Zoho Sites
(Thursday, May 17, 2012 10:20:44 AM)
Thursday, May 17, 2012:
Helping people work online, Zoho today announced the launch of Zoho Sites, a new addition to their growing application portfolio. Zoho Sites, an online website builder, is aimed at simplifying website creation for the non-technical user. Creating and hosting websites can now be accomplished by simply dragging and dropping elements, according to one's preference, without having to write a single line of code.
Zoho Sites comes fully-loaded with in-built options that allow users to collaboratively create websites, frequently update content, create and publish different kinds of forms and choose personalized themes or page layouts. Zoho Sites also comes with an integration of various elements like YouTube, Google Apps, Google AdSense, Google Maps, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Picasa.
A video tour of Zoho Sites is available at YouTube.
Zoho Sites highlights:
Mobile website - Websites are automatically optimized for access on mobile devices, eliminating the need to create a separate site for mobile users. Mobile visitors are automatically redirected to the mobile-optimized website.
Dynamic content - 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.
Powerful form builder - Powered by Zoho Creator, the form builder lets users create website forms for various purposes like contact forms, support requests and much more - without writing any code. Completed forms can trigger automated emails and other custom workflows.
Zoho Sites for Google Apps - Zoho Sites is integrated with Google Apps and is available in Google Apps Marketplace. Google Apps customers can now create websites and publish websites under their domains.
Collaborative website creation - Users can invite other users to serve as authors or moderators of select pages or the entire website.
Domain registration and hosting - Users can register a domain on Zoho Sites and host their website on that domain. All Zoho Sites websites come with free, reliable hosting.
Zoho Sites is available immediately in both free and paid editions. The Zoho Sites Free Edition is free of charge and includes two websites, with each website containing two forms, one blog and unlimited pages. The Zoho Sites Professional Edition is $39 per year and includes six websites, with each website containing 10 forms, one blog and unlimited pages. The Professional Edition also supports Google AdSense, and complete rebranding.
Commenting on Zoho Sites, Raju Vegesna, Zoho Evangelist, said, "We want our users to run their entire business on Zoho. 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."