I'm happy to say, the
second half of this page is now obsolete!
Sitesell has spent $3.5 million developing a brand new state of the art
video below to see me use the new site builder to select a
template and modify it.
This video isn't a tutorial, it's to show you how the site designer
works so if you have been thinking about getting Site Build It, you can
see what it's like to use and make up your own mind about it. it's a 13
minute video because it's hard to show it very well in a 5 minute video.
In the video you'll see me first first log into Site Build It, opening
onto Site Central, the hub page leading to all the various sections of
Site Build It. I then go to the site builder, have a look at the
template section, and open a template similar to this website
You can watch as I:
center the template
add a page background color
remove a navbar background graphic I don't want
change the font, text color, font size, letter
show the various help sections
resize the gap between paragraphs and headers
insert borders, and round the corners
Change the callout box background color, and
add shading around the box
You can also watch site Build Its video of the new page builder. Go to this page
and watch the video at the top of the page.
And, despite the development costs, the cost of the Site Build It!
subscription has not changed.
of this page describes the old
block by block page builder. Of course, the new page builder still has
the advanced features like the page analyzer.
This is a review of the Site
web page builder including a
description of how it works, pros and cons, who
it's for, features, how easy it is to use, and the learning curve
Site Build It
(SBI) contains a lot more than just a page builder. It is a complete
suite of website building tools and website marketing advice.
created by Ken
Evoy, whose team is constantly updating and improving it.
The Site Build It page builder uses a unique approach.
the various parts of the page including page information that goes in
the meta tags, navigation options and actual page content are entered
Users follow the prompts so the technical know-how needed is kept to a
example, if you want to insert an image, in the graphic block you're
prompted for the image file (that you've already uploaded into a
graphics library), the image alignment (none, left, center, right), and
If you want the image to be a link, you're prompted
for the page to link to, also the mouseover text (to be shown
the status bar at the bottom of the web page), and whether or not the
link should be shown in a new window.
Every block works the
same way with a series of text boxes and prompts to enter the needed
information. The entire web page is built up block by block.
The Site Build It page builder has some advanced features.
There is a template library, where the user can choose a template and
customize it they want to.
very useful feature that I haven't seen integrated with any other web
page builder is the page analyzer. This checks that the page is
optimized for the search engines by checking the main keyword for its
frequency and position on the page.
If the keyword isn't used
often enough, or too often, or it's not included in the right places
the user is prompted to make changes. This is an important part of
getting free traffic from the search engines.
The page submitter
is another unique feature. Site Build It automatically submits pages to
the four major search engines in accordance with their submission
guidelines. It is a convenience and a time saver.
It's also easy to add RSS and social bookmarking links so visitors can
subscribe to your feed, or share your pages.
Who It's For
Build It as a whole is for newbies and veteran web site builders alike.
The page builder is mainly for newbies. Experienced
can use their favorite page building software and upload those pages to
Site Build It.
Having said that, some experienced users still
like to use the page builder because they can stay more focused on the
all important content creation.
How Easy Is It?
The first time I used wysiwyg page building software it took a
while to learn about web page building and how to use the software.
There was a considerable learning curve, and I spent a lot of time in
the help files.
By contrast, I found the SBI page builder quite straight-forward to
use. It was more like follow the dots. Of course I did have the
advantage of already knowing how to build web pages by then, but I do
believe a first time web site builder will find it considerably easier
to learn and easier to use than a wysiwyg software program.
What's good about the page builder?
It's easy to learn, and easy to use.
You don't need to be a techie to do the
technical bits of page building.
It teaches the basics of good web page design
to suit visitors and search engines alike.
It produces search engine optimized pages.
It automates the tedious parts of web page
It saves time.
There is an abundance of helpful information
included, plus access to the forums.
It is regularly improved.
Minimal learning curve required.
Nothing is perfect, so what's wrong with the Site Build It page builder?
It's a little bit clunky, like riding a bike
with training wheels.
You do need a small amount of HTML knowledge,
though I'd say less than you'd need even with a wysiwyg website
You can't use virtual includes, however it's
still easy to do most of the things you'd want virtual includes for.
Maybe an over-abundance of information. I'd say
stick to the action guide and only refer to the other info when
Just what do you get in Site Build It's page builder? Here's a review
of what's included.
Block by block page builder
Automated Page submitter
Automatic notification to Search engines of
Domain name parking
Automated XML site map maker
Easy insertion of RSS and social bookmarking
Quality site building information
Access to SBI forums for more help
Many of the technical Site Build It page building features are
automated so that minimal time and technical knowledge are
needed for them.