ZOHO sites is a complete simple online application that can be used by everyone. Even if you don’t know anything about HTML or any other web coding languages, you can still make your planned perfect website into reality. ZOHO sites has one of the easiest to use user interface to web designs there is. The design philosophy of ZOHO sites is having everything done by drag-and-drop. Whether it would be videos, images, map widgets, or anything you want to embed on a website, even up to your own self-created flash content or animations. Every website that is built using ZOHO sites is automatically and professionally optimized by experts to look great on both large computer screens and any mobile or tablet devices. In addition, not only does it publish in great beauty to all devices automatically, you still have the ability to fine tune every detail of your site, whether it’s the layout for normal computers or the mobile version.
Zoho Sites has an online forms and surveys system that could be anything from contact details to event-registration: literally anything. Like building the Zoho Site itself, the form user interface is also a drag and drop concept.
Zoho puts every created forms/surveys into a database and analyzes which survey/forms are used most. After they gather this data, they create a handful of the most commonly used surveys/forms to be used for the application users. And of course, every design can be customized to the user’s liking.
The bane of any online application tends to be the concept of the template: there always seems to be a lack of “flavor” when using applications ranging from wikis to blogs. It appears obvious that there is some sort of template that is reused constantly. Yet what makes Zoho Sites so exceptional is the personalization. It gives one a variety of options to design a website, especially two things: logos and banners. Simply upload the logo design, change the optimum size, and select where to put it. Banners allow one to promote certain ideas on the website for maximum coverage.
Zoho Sites is a very simple system and it wants to stay that way, by being user friendly and by helping you along the way as much as possible. This is why the creators of Zoho have developed the Theme-Gallery. The Theme-Gallery is categorized into business verticals, and each has a bunch of themes. Pick the category that best defines your business, select a theme you like and get started. It makes everything so simple. Let’s just say you owned a flower shop. Then you would just go into the Theme-Gallery, search up the category of your business, click a theme that best suits your flower shop and in just a few steps you would have a wonderful theme to kick start your website.
In some ways, Zoho works just like any layout program such as MS Publisher or Adobe InDesign when it comes to page layout customization. Zoho Sites supports multi-columned websites with the ability to mix and match images, text, videos, and other types of content on each of the columns. On the other hand, if you are proficient in HTML or CSS, you should try the built in HTML editor. Even if you got started by installing one of the ready-made themes, you can customize them anyways you like down to the very last code.
Built in Blogs
A blog is one of the best ways to voice your opinions and ideas, initiate interactions, and engage a like-minded audience. From a business perspective, it is also a very powerful medium to draw more visitors to your website. Zoho Sites has a blog-platform built into it that you can customize just like your web page layout. Also, it has social media sharing, comment box and moderation of comments. On your own website, if you had any questions or threads you would like your viewers to participate in, Zoho Sites has everything you need. In the end, blogs have the potential to make your website into a more interactive and dynamic community.
Zoho sites is a complete solution that also works with all your Google applications. As Zoho Sites also comes with Single Sign-On, you only need to sign into your Google Apps account, and you’ll have access to ZOHO Sites right on the universal navigation bar. In addition, your contacts and lists of registered Google Apps users will be available to administer and create together on your websites, which works in the same way as Google Sites.
Social Media Widgets
Social media is so prevalent that a website without one as a consumer foundation would be crippled. Using Zoho, you can utilize social media platforms to your liking to increase your customer base. After all, it’s about making your website preferable to search engines like Google, so that when a potential buyer searches for the service you offer, Google will suggest your site first. The more optimized your site is, the more likely your site would is to appear on a Google search.
For instance, using the Facebook widget on your website is like having your entire Facebook fan page attached to your website. This not only makes it easy for your visitors to be updated, but also it makes it easy for them to spread the news about you to their network, and to interact with you without having to leave your website. Twitter is also another social media widget that ZOHO allows you to utilize. The twitter widget on your site lets you display your recent tweets, favorite tweets and comments of other people talking about you on twitter. In addition, you can include a tweet button on your web pages so that visitors can recommend you to their followers right from your website.
Another aspect to consider when building an audience, is to take in consideration the importance of your content to a web search engine like Google. One way that Google analyzes your website is by the number of accumulated +1 it has from Google+ users around the world . Thus by including the Google+ infrastructure into your website, you are gaining a better reputation for it in search engines.