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Here it is the second day and another blog entry. I might just have to make this a routine. :)
As you saw from our previous post, we have been playing around with a new website generator. The site is created from Weebly. This is currently in their free section until we decide to upgrade, they lock out some cool features, have a *.weebly.com URL, and get to place ads on the page. Once we are happy with the site, we pony up a few bucks a month, and the unique URL is applied. The template is pretty easy to navigate and build a site that you want. There are limits to which part of the sandbox you can play in, but, overall, I like how it is coming together. Thanks to Mike Valenzuela for turning us on to this vendor.
I have worked with templates in the past. When Mike mentioned it during a meeting last week, I cringed. My perception from history was the speed of interaction was not there, the ease of manipulation was also not there, and they were easy to pick off as a template. Well, I am happy to say this is not the case.
Even the blog page is amazing. I added an image from the Weebly website, then tossed together a slide show of some stock images I had in the resource folders. I dragged a button over to the page and assigned a link to my current portfolio page. Pretty simple and very smooth.
Take a quick spin around this Beta. I have yet to fill in some of the pages. I did overload the portfolio section however. Even in my current website, it is slow to load. I have more than tripled the number of images on this test site, with a slideshow mind you, and it opens up quite well. Stunning.
I also found it really easy to swap from mobile device view to computer view. This allowed me to make minor tweaks to the layout, specifically my phone number and logo, and see how it works. I am still finding limitations in the programming and placement, but, hey, this is a free website after all.
So, what do you think? I like it...