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Q: Customizable, easy-to-use mini websites ( Answered,   3 Comments )
Subject: Customizable, easy-to-use mini websites
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: axel2003-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 13 Oct 2005 05:07 PDT
Expires: 12 Nov 2005 04:07 PST
Question ID: 579719
Our organization wants to help 40 small, rural communities to have a
web presence. We need to be able to provide them with very
easy-to-use, customizable websites. They will need to be able to
manipulate the info on the websites themselves, often over dial-up.
The websites can be small - e.g. 6 to 8 pages max. They will likely
not know how to use HTML. Simple, simple, simple is what we're
interested in.

We've started exploring a couple options - like tools available
through or  But the options quickly become
overwhelming and we can't seem to find any assessment of what our best
options are.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 13 Oct 2005 05:34 PDT
Are these groups in the US, or elsewhere?

Clarification of Question by axel2003-ga on 13 Oct 2005 06:29 PDT
All of these communities are in the U.S.
Subject: Re: Customizable, easy-to-use mini websites
Answered By: leapinglizard-ga on 05 Nov 2005 14:40 PST
Dear axel2003,

The very easiest way to put up a web page is to use a hosted blogging
solution, the simplest of which is Blogger. Anyone who has an email
address can sign up for a free Blogger account and, in about ten
minutes, have their very own blog website up and running. This site
will be accessible throughout the Internet at an address such as, where the first part of the address is
chosen by the blog owner. The design of each page is automatically
kept consistent by the preselected blog template, which can later be
changed. The blog owner can allow multiple authorized users to edit
the site content. The free version of Blogger is supported by ads that
automatically appear on each page. After an upgrade to a paid Blogger
package, the ads disappear.

Blogger: Start

The chief drawback of using Blogger is that it restricts the website
contents to a blogging format. This means that its contents consist
primarily of chronologically arranged entries, with the latest shown
first. The Blogger software automatically makes archival pages of
older entries, and allows for non-chronological pages such as "About"
and "Links". The primary thrust of a blog, however, will always be
on chronological information. This makes Blogger ideal for sites that
feature news and views, and less suitable for permanent content.

The chief competitors to Blogger are LiveJournal and TypePad, which offer
greater flexibility in site design and features, though at the expense
of increased complexity. Both services are owned by the same company,
Six Apart. LiveJournal is its free offering, while TypePad offers paid
blog hosting.

LiveJournal: About

TypePad: Pricing

For a more freeform approach to site layout that does not restrict
administrators to the blog format but still offers simple graphical
design tools, you should consider GeoCities and its main competitor,
Tripod. At one time there were many more services that offered free
webhosting with graphical page design, but most of them folded during
the dotcom crash until these two heavyweight contenders, one backed by
Yahoo! and the other by Lycos, remained. What GeoCities and Tripod have
in common with each other is an easy-to-use, step-by-step approach to
website construction that emphasizes consistency and simplicity.

As with Blogger, both services come in an ad-supported free version with
the option of upgrading to an ad-free paid package. Registration is free,
requiring nothing more than an email address. The GeoCities graphical
site design tool is called PageWizards, while the more advanced tool for
HTML aficionados is called PageBuilder. PageWizards users will be able
to select from a number of basic templates, which can later be swapped
for another template or customized. The Tripod system is very similar,
offering a basic graphical editor called Site Builder and a more advanced
tool called HTML Editor.

GeoCities: Home

Tripod: Build & Edit

It has been a pleasure to address this question on your behalf.


Subject: Re: Customizable, easy-to-use mini websites
From: mister4u-ga on 13 Oct 2005 07:40 PDT
Something like might work
Subject: Re: Customizable, easy-to-use mini websites
From: axel2003-ga on 13 Oct 2005 12:11 PDT
Why would someone choose over products like, or
Subject: Re: Customizable, easy-to-use mini websites
From: steam4u-ga on 18 Oct 2005 23:58 PDT
What you need is a Content Management System.
You should try Etomite:
and Limbo:
and decide which one suits your needs.

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