50 Web Publishing Apps

Website webstarts.com


WebStarts feels like a relic of the early days of the web with its so-so set of features, ancient-looking admin backend, and bland templates. For a free-standing, paid service, it’s also surprising that WebStarts relies exclusively on WidgetBox for integration with Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other third-party services.

Paid plans include free domain registration
HTML access means some compatibility with third-party designs
File export feature
Changing designs deletes existing content
50 e-mail addresses with top-tier plan
Very poor default designs
No third-party theme ecosystem
Site builder admin UI is dated and frequently unresponsive
Only the top-tier paid plan is ad-free
No free trial for most important features
Multiple-file uploader would not load at all
Limited storage
Link to user forums ends up on an error page
Admin runs on a non-secure server (no SSL)
Signup e-mail contains unprotected password
Sharing news with contacts requires personal e-mail password
Basic plan is free, ad-supported
Paid plans start at $4.89 per month, including free domain