If you’re looking for a website builder with easy to moderate skills that is designed directly for small businesses, you’re in luck. Yahoo site builder has many features designed to create a website that matches your niche. There is a free plan available that you can use for an unlimited time, which includes SEO.
If you need more help building your site (beyond traditional hosting), you can sign up for web design services. This provides a team of experts who will create your website for you. You won’t have to waste time on the details and can focus on the big picture. Whatever your needs, you will find ways to improve your small business and start sharing your ideas and products with the world.
Packages and prices
There are three plans available. As mentioned above, one of them is free. The other two offer additional services.
The free is known as Entrance. It’s designed to help small businesses get online right away, and you don’t even have to provide your credit card details to access it. As a bonus, all models are available. This plan includes a free yahoosites.com domain, 3 GB of storage, unlimited website pages, and an SSL certificate. Best of all, this free version has no time limit.
Then is Basic. It includes more features and starts at $ 6.66 per month when paid annually. You’ll have access to a custom domain (free for the first year), 5 GB of storage, an email inbox (with the ability to set up multiple aliases), and unlimited bandwidth. This plan also includes the Yahoo Small Business app, where you will receive updates on website activity and manage your site more easily.
Finally we have Professional. It is aimed at small businesses with a slightly larger team. This service will set you back $ 11.16 per month when paid annually and includes the entire base plan, plus 10GB of storage, five email inboxes, and a private domain registration.
You start the process of creating your site by choosing from one of the 33 templates. To help you find the one that is best for your business, they are categorized, such as Services, Photography, and Weddings. As an added bonus, you’re not limited to thumbnails to make your decision – a preview option is available, letting you see the template as it would appear on a desktop or mobile device. Choose your favorite by clicking on ‘Edit’.
Like so many other website building services, this one uses the concept of blocks. To add a block, hover your mouse over your site until a blue line with a ‘+’ appears. Click on it to choose the type of section you want to insert. All available options are divided into categories. The interface is a bit confusing because you can’t see them all at once – you have to scroll through your options by clicking the left or right arrow next to the block being previewed. What’s confusing is that the animation that takes you to the next preview goes up or down depending on whether you click the left or right arrow. Use your mouse or trackpad to scroll up or down to just scroll the page, not the templates. It’s a strange visual decision.
Fortunately, there is an icon represented by four small squares at the top right of the window that turns the large individual thumbnails into rows of smaller ones. This allows you to see all the available versions, but then the preview is too small to know exactly what you are getting, and clicking on one adds it to your page.
On the other hand, the editing of the sections is nice and elegant. Click on any item for a small expandable context menu. Click on a text box for text formatting options; click on the background to access filters and color effects, as well as the ability to swap the image for another.
When there are too many commands, or it is inconvenient for them to appear near the item, a sidebar is displayed to the right of the window. Everything is very intuitive and easy to grasp in a few minutes.
You will find a blogging section, which you can fill out post by post. The design process is the same as for other pages: add sections and create your post. We couldn’t find a way to schedule the posts though. It seems like you have to go the old fashioned way and manually publish them when you’re ready. We also couldn’t find any tools for readers to add comments.
As you might expect, you can add your own images and photographs, but if you’re short on it, you have access to Yahoo’s Media Center. It’s research driven. Type ‘dog’ for example, to be honored with a handful of photos you could use. Alternatively, you also have a few categories to choose from, such as People, Nature, or Animated GIF.
Once inserted into your page you have a few filters, you can change the opacity and even choose a background color for your photo, but your editing options are quite limited. Parallax is good, but it’s nothing new these days.
The right sidebar contains many options, like the ability to add items to any selected section (like icon, button, subtitle, … select it here and a default version will appear on the page ready to be edited). You can change the layout of any section and the alignment of the elements it contains. You can add animation effects to introduce some vibrancy when a visitor scrolls the page.
General settings are called up via a menu on the left. From there, you can choose the layout of your site’s navigation menu, the overall style of your page (this is where you set your site’s font preference for example), including the inclusion of various widgets (the social media sharing widget may be the most useful of the small selection).
Google Analytics and Facebook Pixel are integrated into the service – just add your respective Yahoo ID to start sending them the relevant data. Those who are familiar with the code also have the option of adding HTML code to the site header.
Yahoo website builder offers a good service focused on small business. There’s room to easily grow your online presence – you can set up your site right away for free, or speak with professionals to get you started. Overall, the interface makes it easy to build your pages once you get used to some of the quirks.