This post will consist of a comparative review of four free website building sites which include WordPress, Weebly, Tumblr and Blogger and what communication tools each site uses.
The first free website building site being evaluated is WordPress. On this site, it enables sharing of blog and images. Posts can include lengthy written text, video, audio including music tracks can be embedded and imported from other websites (WordPress 2018b). The platform has professionally designed templates in place for professional websites. WordPress has own analytics tool and there is an option to add in plugins externally, however, only with a paid business plan as a disadvantage to the site. WordPress also does not have an instant ‘chat’ capability, however, there are options for comments to be left below a post or emailed directly to the account user.
Videos from YouTube and Vimeo platforms can be embedded onto a WordPress blog post page for free (WordPress 2018).
Overall, WordPress has a large range of communications tools available on the free website building plan for the user to utilise.
Weebly is a user friendly website building platform which can host professional websites.
A disadvantage would be that the user would have to purchase a ‘Pro’ plan to allow the user to upload HD video and audio, where as the free plan has no upload capability for videos and audio (Weebly 2018). Additionally, there is no ‘chat’ capability available.
Advantages include Weebly have their own analytics, images can be uploaded and edited and apps can be embedded to the website at both a free and premium paid capability.
In comparison to WordPress, although Weebly has many similar features to WordPress, Weebly is limited on it’s capability and has limited communication tools on the free website building plan for the user.
The free website building platform ‘Blogger’ has basic communication tools available for the user, which includes the capability to add images, links, an RSS feed, and enables analytics monitoring. Additionally, it allows videos with audio to be uploaded and embedded on a post.
A disadvantage to the free website building site is that it is very basic which limits communication capability. You can create a widget, however, you have to know the codes to enter on the blogger website building sites.
The final free website building platform is Tumblr, looking at the communication tools capability. As the image below shows, on a Tumblr post plain text, audio, video, photos, quotes and photos can be added. Additionally, enabling a chat feed which can be linked to the free website being built (Tumblr 2018). Tumblr is set up to be a quick easy upload process for a post and with minimal text which can be a limiting factor for some account users for a professional website.
Free website building site comparative review summary
Overall, when comparing the four selected free website building sites for this comparative review, they are all very similar and vary slightly with communication tools capability when considering building a professional website. WordPress is the standout between the four platforms, however, as it can offer the most communication tools which is available for the user when building a professional website.
Blogger (2018), Blogger basic settings page, digital image, viewed 26 August 2018, https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=1920805270793018403#othersettings
Blogger (2018), Blogger post with video, digital image, viewed 25 August 2018, http://amandansteph.blogspot.com/2018/09/blog-post_11.html
LogoJoy (2017), Weebly website building site logo, digital image, viewed 25 August 2018, https://logojoy.com/weebly_logo_logotype/
Tumbler (2018), Tumbler free website building screenshot, digital image, viewed 25 August 2018, https://www.tumblr.com/login
Soto (2018), WordPress logo, digital image, viewed 26 August 2018, https://www.gosoto.co/install-wordpress/
Weebly (2018), Weebly website builder pricing, viewed 24 August 2018, https://www.weebly.com/au/pricing
WordPress (2018), Vimeo example, digital image, viewed 23 August 2018, https://en.support.wordpress.com/videos/vimeo/
WordPress (2018a), Google Analytics plugin example, digital image, viewed 23 August 2018, https://wordpress.com/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/amcommsblog14.wordpress.com
WordPress (2018b), WordPress homepage, viewed 26 August 2018, https://wordpress.com/create-website/