Homestead.com is one of the most well-known and recognizable names in the field of website builder service and hosting. They always seem to offer members a full suite of great features and services, at very affordable prices. A free trial is included.
The easy-to-use site builder software allows anyone, beginner or experience with website design, to create a new site in just a few minutes. Best of all, everything you need is included right in one place. Choose from hundreds of fully customizable web templates, add in text and/or images from their huge library of over 250,000 royalty free images.
|Website Design Features||Publishing Features|
|WebSite Design Features||Publishing Features|
|Drag & Drop Editor||Free Domain|
|Hundreds of Design Templates||Extra Space|
|Custom Website Design||Website Stats|
|Easy Content Management||Professional Web Hosting|
|250,000 Images To Choose From||30-Day Free Trial Offer|
The simple drag-and-drop editor makes customizing a chosen template (there are hundreds to pick from) as easy as using your favorite word processing program. Actually, this is probably easier, since Homestead includes proper instructions.
The site also has a huge gallery of over 250,000 royalty free images. Pick any photos you like and easily add them to your new site.
A number of other widgets add an additional array of functionality to your site. There are facebook 'like' buttons, a video tool and even the ability to add/create a blog. For those familiar with HTML, you may even add your own code.
Except for the starter package, a number of free additional options are included. A domain name is included, as is professional site hosting. You will also receive a site statistics package, so that you can track the numbers of people who visit and use this data to make improvements and adjustments.
You will also have the ability to build a functional e-commerce site. Integrate with the PayPal system to collect payments, and consider adding-on a package to build a shopping cart or storefront. You may monetize your site through Google Adsense ads. Add banners ads and even edit meta tags.
There are three different pricing plans available at HomeStead, ranging in price from just $4.99/mo to $59.99/mo. None of the plans include any set-up fees and all come with a free 30-day trial (and money-back guarantee).
The starter plan is very solid, but basic. You are allowed a 5-page site with 5GB of bandwidth. A good options for those just starting out.
The other plans provide extra space and services. Build either 3 sites (up to 100 pages) or an unlimited number (with the Business Plus plan). Add blogging, logo design and even ongoing website consultation, depending on your specific plan.
Customer support is one of the strongest things about Home Stead. Every customer, no matter which plan they have chosen, is offered unlimited toll-free phone and email support.
Not only are these options excellent, the staff is actually responsive. This is one of the few companies within this niche that actually seems to put a premium on customer service. Emails are answered quickly, and the responses are actually helpful (unlike many other companies using standard cut-and-paste email responses). Using the phone is a joy; you will speak with friendly and helpful people without being subjected to numerous menu options or frequently holding.