Review of Intuit Website Builder
Everyone wants, and needs, to have a good looking and well functioning website for their idea or business. These days, having an online presence is a must for any idea or business large or small, but not everyone wants to necessarily pay an arm and a leg to have a website built. That’s where website builders can come into play and one that is worth a look is Intuit website builder.
Getting started with Intuit website builder is a fairly straightforward process. Intuit offers a free 30-day trial which gives you access to all the bells and whistles that you would have with a paid account. Once the free trial offer is over, you can decide to continue on with eh service for as little as $4.99 per month or you can stop and owe nothing.
Of course the price only starts at $4.99 a month and if you want a bigger website, you will have to pay for it. Intuit has three major plans that all come with different levels of service and you should look carefully at all of them to be sure you are getting everything you will need from Intuit should you decide to use them.
Within a few minutes you can be working on your website with Intuit. All you need to do to get started is to provide them with some very basic information that will include your name, an e-mail address, a user name, a password, a security question, and finally what type of website you want to launch. You then have to put in payment information in the form of a credit card and you are all set.
Remember, the free trial is for 30-days and if you do not let them know that you don’t wish to continue, they will automatically charge your credit card, so be sure you know what you want to do before the free trial is over. After three weeks of using the program, you should have a good idea if you like it or not and that will leave you enough time to make the decision that is best for you.
Choosing Your Design
Intuit offers over 2,000 templates for you to select from for your website design. The template is sort of like a house that has no furniture in it yet. You decide on a design you like and then fill it full of everything that is yours.
The templates are separated in several different ways. You can browse according to website topic, business type, and more. This makes finding a base template to use very easy and allows you a solid foundation to work with.
Once you have selected your template, you can mess with it however you see fit. You can change some colors around and even some of the style. This is good to do as it will separate your website from anyone else’s who might be using the same template, but try not to get too carried away with the process as it is easy to get lost with your customization efforts.
Filling in the Blanks – Two Interfaces
Intuit offers you two separate ways in which you can ‘fill in the blanks’ that the template will leave. When you fill in these blanks, you are simply putting in all the information about your idea or business that will make the actual website your website.
The first type of interface is one that is easier for the everyday person to use. Referred to as ‘SiteBuilder Lite,’ it is much more user friendly and requires very little technical knowledge to use. SiteBuilder Lite is the default interface that you will automatically be sent to when you use Intuit as the majority of people are apt to feel less intimidated with it.
SiteBuilder Lite is basically a point and click application as well as drag and drop. Working with both text and using some of the free stock photos that Intuit provides, the average person should be able to shape their website in very little time with minimal effort. While there is not much to get confused about, Intuit does have video tutorials should you need any help along the way with SiteBuilder Lite.
The second, and much more advanced, interface offered by Intuit is called ‘SiteBuilder.’ This is the full version and in order to get it, you have to download the software onto your computer. While the download is free, you cannot download it if you are using a Mac, which comes as one of the drawbacks with using Intuit website builder.
The full version of SiteBuilder is similar in many ways to the ‘Lite’ version. For example, there is still the ease of drag and drop as well as point and click. However, the main difference is that you are able to take advantage of many powerful tools including:
• Hit Counter
• Guest Book
• Chat Rooms
• Background Color Modification
Both interfaces work well, though beginners should probably stick with the ‘Lite’ version, at least at first. As you can try the service for 30-days free, you can easily use both interfaces and see which one you think will work better for you.
Help With Intuit
Intuit offers various ways for you to solve any problems you might have along the way. The best way to solve a problem that crops up is by searching through their vast frequently asked questions, or FAQ, section where you will find many answers to common questions, maybe even yours.
You can also try looking at their video tutorials for help and see if there is one pertaining to your particular problem. Additionally, you can access their customer support team via a toll free phone number, even with the free trial. The number does eventually get you to a real live person and is limited on the automation.
Intuit offers a wide range of extras that can help you take your website to the next level. While the extras will help you with your website and its visibility, they will also cost you. So, you need to weigh out what you do and do not need in the way of extras. Some of Intuit’s helpful extras include:
• Ecommerce: You can use an add-on with Intuit’s premier plan called ‘SimpleStore,’ but be warned. As the name implies, this is only a simple store and is not very good if you have a lot of items to sell. If you only have a handful of items to sell though, it is handy to have and not all that difficult to use.
• Web Listings: For an additional charge, Intuit will make sure that your website gets listed on Google Maps, Yahoo Local, and other similar places. While this is not all that hard to do yourself, it may be worth it to you to have the work done for you for a little bit of money.
• E-Mail Marketing: E-mail marketing can be a great way to stay in touch with your e-mail list and if you have a list that needs attention, Intuit offers you a relatively affordable way to give it the attention it deserves. While the company says it handles everything in the legal manner, and there is no reason to believe otherwise, the price is not all that much lower than some other e-mail marketing companies that only deal with e-mail marketing.
• Design Service: If you look on Intuit’s website you will see that they also offer to design your website for you. While the price is not cheap by any means, it is cheaper than what most ‘pros’ would charge, by far. However, if you view some of the sample sites that their designers have put together, some are good and some are just average. It really seems as though they only go through the process of using SiteBuilder for you, but for the price, you are probably better off doing it yourself. With the ease of use and lots of support, there is no reason you can’t.
Intuit Web Builder in Review
If you have an idea or business that you want to get online and you want to do so in a fast and affordable way, then you definitely want to go with a website builder. Intuit website builder is a service that seems to have a lot more to offer over other comparable website builders, such as more templates to choose from and many free stock photos, and their prices are in line with the average price in the industry.
What makes Intuit appealing is their 30-day free trial. This allows you time to actually dive in feet first and begin to tinker with all that the service has to offer. Once you have tried it out for an honest amount of time, you can then decide if Intuit website builder services are the right choice for you or if you should continue to look elsewhere.