WebStarts - Review


I had found WebStarts to be among the most effective free Online website builders, believe me I am a fussy person even to my own likening and will literally spend days to make a site appear and perform precisely the way I want it to be. In a time period from about 6 to 8 months I had gone through a round about every online site builder I could lay my hands on, and most of them have one thing in common. A lot of builders will provide you with easy drag and drop, link building and professional templates, other builders will grant you more apps and options for SEO and so forth. But get this for a whatsoever strange reason, it's difficult to find oneself an online site builder that actually provide everything you need into one builder including the hosting packages and email options. Sometimes you'll find a great builder but the hosting will go for a laugh - get this 1gb space and 10Gb bandwidth, okay wow see this can’t possibly handle a good amount of traffic downloading a free product.

Web Starts are the closest site-builder that I could find that provide most of the online demands in building an online business. Weebly would actually be my first option for they deliver a better hosting plan and builder BUT make sure to double check their terms and conditions first before using them. I had used them in the past to build a site called “Beginners Online” teaching newbie’s how to generate an online income  - basic selective information with only 3 affiliate links. After about 3 weeks my site was removed from their database and with investigation I had discovered that you're not permitted to build profitable sites or sites that promote products. Webs.com equals them, but with a few limitations when creating mercantile sites, and the loader takes a bit too long for my liking.

Below is a snapshot including a few terms from Weebly, they are useful to read before building a site.


But let’s get back to WebStarts and the reason I recommend them. WS is a useful builder for anyone who's wet behind the ears; it allows you to basically build a professional website with an easy to use interface. The drag and drop builder have loads of features that's all grouped on one toolbar, you are able to add video, audio, slide shows, custom text, HTML code forms and nice widgets like your social links and feeds. What I like most is the option to build upon a blank page meaning I don’t have to choose a template that restricts my creation. You're presented with the selection to add a forum or a blog to your site, something several other site builders do not include. Blogging had become a must online and nowadays you need one to make a decent impression online with continued posts to keep your audience well informed. I prefer the WordPress blogging platform, but this website makes it genuinely easy for new bloggers to get going, and it's a great alternative if you would like to combine your website with your blog on one interface without being forced to go back and forth working on them separately, meaning you will save loads of time and money. Let me be honest; aside from all the tools and nice goodies that they offer, I must confess that I had used them because for some odd reason Google likes them a great deal and they have a really nice SEO tool.

If you subscribe to the pro hosting you'll get $300 in free Google advertising, now if you're clever and have a strategic plan this alone can compensate for the hosting fee in itself. Also your site will be submitted into the engines and you will have access to 10 email addresses, unlimited pages and a 100 GB of bandwidth with the option to upgrade to a higher amount when you need it (trust me when you kick out more than a 100 GB bandwidth you will be able to afford the upgrade). But fear not they have a free option as well for beginners or those who simply prefer to test drive for a while. WebStarts offers the domain and hosting and you get custom email addresses with your domain names. They had customized their subscription plans in such a way that it will suit anyone from the beginner to the more business like guru who wants to make an impression online. The technical support is outstanding but I had to test it to make a point since I had never found the need to provoke their attention in the past. I had sent them an email to inquire about a better bandwidth deal for future choice and they had responded within a total of 8 hours, good enough for me.







Update : 19 August 2013

I had worked with Webstarts in 2012 and had no problems whatsoever with the platform. However it seems that their upstanding service has deteriorated over the last year. Too many individuals are complaining about the customer service and the functionality of the platform itself, therefore I would not recommend it. 

WordPress is the future and more and more individuals are choosing it. I would recommend to download the software for free and host it with a reliable hosting company like Hostgator or Dreamhost - It will work out much cheaper than Webstarts. Alternatively you can use the free Wordpress blogging system.

Feel free to read my updated review on WordPress. 

http://www.christene-marketing.com/2013/05/wordpress-review.html










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23 comments:

  1. Hi.. I just want to say that it was a nice reading material. I hope you come out with more interesting posts, because I bookmarked your website. All the best.
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  2. Thanks Brian dearly appreciated, my online activities keep me so busy, although the thanks is a bit late, I dearly appreciate the comment. This is still a new site and reviews are not added too often for I make a point to test the programs myself first before publishing. but it will pick up more regularly within the coming weeks.

    Have a blessed day!

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    1. Hi Christene. Thank you for the honest and detailed review on Webstart. I am a retiree trying to find my way in the internet marketing and affiliate marketing "jungle". So far, I have been scammed and have spent much more money than making any. I am still trying. There should be more people like you pointing to newbies, like myself, the true and honest ways to achieving a reasonable income from the internet. Maybe you would start a club or group for people like us, who are looking for honest service providers and product vendors. I would like to be sponsored by you into Webstarts, if it is o.k. with you. Thank you once again. If you want to contact me , may I give you my email ?

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    2. Thanks for the comment Edwin, First of all I would need to know a little about yourself for I can't just sell you a product blindly without knowing your skills or interests. Blogging with WordPress is my favorite method of building an online income and will also works out cheaper than Webstarts for you in the long run.

      Feel Free to mail me at ; christene.swanepoel@gmail.com and I will gladly assist you in making the right choice that will work for you.

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  3. I have been using webstarts for about three years and have seen it go from a good product and with good service to a very bad experience. Webstarts now has constant tech issues resulting in my website(s) being down. When I call, they say 'we are working on it' but never have an answer as to when the issue will be resolve and seem irritated at my inquiries. I am currently seeking other services as it is unprofessional when consumers can access your site and you can't tell them when it will be resolved!

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  4. Thanks for the comment Jim, I had also been with them for quite some time, but moved away towards WA because of the unlimited option. I am not sure what had caused the service to have technical issues, but will sure ask around a bit to get to the root, thanks for the heads up.

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  5. After reading positive comments regarding webstarts, I set up an account with them. While their websites are user friendly in that a novice can set up a website , their support is so inattentive that I can not recommend them.

    My issue is that the navigation menu would not work in preview mode, nor when we tested it as a 'customer mode' The only time the navigation menu worked was in 'edit mode'. I sent many emails to the customer support team, only to be met with silence. I called their support number only to be put on hold for vasts amounts of time sans no answer. This issue, after over a month is still unresolved and ignored by this hosting company.

    I have repeatedly contacted them regarding the fact that the navigation window never worked and as such our website is useless for our customers to no avail. Yet, while all our attempts for customer support are met with silence and indifference, this company sends us daily emails, pressuring us to upgrade .the final insult was their email threatening us with removal of our account due to inactivity . ... yet, the irony of this situation is that we can not use this site due to the fact that the navigation bar does work, has been repeatedly brought to their attention, only to be ignored.

    My review . .... pass on this site, no good. We have given up on this hosting site are are going with another site due to their very poor customer service and their daily emails pressuring us to 'upgrade' with the final straw being their threat to delete us due to non activity. .. yet, they have ignored all of our emails in addition we have spent untold time on the phone on hold with never an answer.

    We do not recommend this site for your hosting needs.

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    1. Thanks for the valuable update on Webstarts, I had been using them quite a while back without encountering any problems at all. I will most defiantly check out the problems and make a point to update the post.

      Straight forward comments like these help us to keep on top of sites that had turned into a problem for users.

      God Bless

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    2. Do you people expect Webstarts to work for free! Give it a break..webstart employees need to make a living too. They probably prioritize their customer service for the people who actually pay for their services and free web hosting. I am one of them and I have only been a customer for a short time but they have been great and very professional and have always replied to my questions.

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  6. I have sent numerous e-mails to this company over the last two weeks but not one has been answered. I am not prepared to hand money to them until they answer a number of simple questions. I have given up on them. What a crap way to run a company.

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  7. As another customer of WS, I signed up with them because of their simple web building for a novice. I have been with them for about a year.
    I had a problem within the first few weeks and using their online contact form explained the issue and sat back awaiting an answer. A week went by, then 2, then 3, I sent another message, to finally get the answer which was we don't provide email for free anymore you have to pay... When I signed up this was included in what you got for the price. They ignored me after that. I recently signed up for their email extra, it doesn't let me set it up, and continual errors appear. So I sent another email. Guess what I'm still waiting for an answer. It feels like I’ve just given them 'free' money and get nothing back but problems, which they as a company don't appear to care about. As was mentioned before there seems to be no problem with sending continuous pressure emails, telling me that I have to upgrade by midnight tonight otherwise I'll miss out on X,Y and Z, to only see the same e-mail or advert on their site for weeks at a time. If they don't sort their customer service out then I will be jumping ship. I live in the UK and am not going to spend large amounts of time on an expensive international call to the States. Is it a one person show or are they actually a large company all I know is they need to sort their email support out!

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    1. Thanks for the comment - too many complains had surfaced around Webstarts lately. I had done a bit of research and call up some customers - The negativity overrules the positive aspects. I had inclose an update and will write a full update within weeks after I tested it myself again.

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  8. My name is Tony Barber. I am 70 years old, live in Australia and am an artist/inventor with two of my own web sites, (artristic.com and tonyspapercrafts.com) that I built myself with WebStarts and I can't praise them enough on all levels. I am now using this web site builder to teach artist friends over the phone in America and Australia that have very, very basic computer skills and no confidence, how to build and manage their own art web site like I did. I can see what they see on their computer screen and together we make changes instantly and I guide them through the whole process. Its all done in under 2 hours and they off and running operating, changing and adding stuff to their own website. I could not do this without a web site builder like WebStarts. Its the best for artists that for sure.

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    1. Hey tony, I'm looking at setting up an online business, is it definitely an alright site to use? I'm also in Australia but after reading some comments here, it sounds kind of dodgy.

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    2. I had been with this platform myself a year ago and could not find one flaw. Lately too much complains had come to the surface from all over and that alone is a red flag. I would rather recommend that individuals use the free WordPress platform or download it to a secure hosting company. I have absolutely no issues with my WP blog.

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  9. I built 2 pro plus accounts for business using WS and my little concern is as of last year, WS no longer offers free custom emails with pro plus account -- sad :(

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  10. Thanks for your article. May I ask if you use their email system?

    I use gmail to receive emails from webstarts and it has been causing some problem.

    I eamiled Steve and Adam and all I get is auto reply.

    I don't think they have the best customer service though

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  11. Do not, I repeat, do not sign up with Webstarts. I did 8 yrs. ago and stayed with them for abt. a yr. Tool was erratic and very limited so moved on to SimpleDifferent. I've begged them almost to quit sending me e-mails. got another one today. Baad news organization. No regard for customers..at least this one.

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  12. Webstarts are just a bunch of guys who have no idea of how to treat their customers and that overcharge for services you can get elsewhere. I dealt with them for too long and when I terminated my contract they didn't send any sort of communication to explain how the other services (that had been set up by them as a black box and never disclosed) would have been affected. Result: all my emails were lost thanks for their unprofessional customer management. Stay away from them!

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  13. Hi
    Great post. Thank you for having taken your time to provide us with your valuable information. Please keep on sharing the new updates you get.

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  14. BE CAREFUL; WITH WEBSTATS.COM... THEY CAN RIP YOU OFF BIG TIME JUST THEM TO MAKE MONEY...AND LEAVE YOU IN THE DUST.
    I must say I was very disappointed with webstarts.com outcome.
    I subscribed Pro Plus that my website will be on google live everyone to see it. Webstats.com took the money US$95.87 but what I got was just to wait and I will see my website online on google. It never happened. After 3 weeks of WHY and WTF where is my uploaded webpage webstarts.com informed me again to wait and wait although they could not give me Google's contact info nor their customer service department to find out WTF happened to my website already paid for and I got nothing so far.
    I told webstarts.com to refund my money fully since it seemed to me I paid for a DREAM and waiting vs. end result my site up and running on google.
    They took the power and refunded 1/2 of my US$95.87 and kept the other 1/2 claiming they don't want to suffer financial loss.

    BE CAREFUL; WITH WEBSTATS.COM... THEY CAN RIP YOU OFF BIG TIME JUST THEM TO MAKE MONEY...AND LEAVE YOU IN THE DUST.

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  15. anyone knows how to post my text on google pope, to see it?
    email me at; frumble39@gmail.com

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  16. CORRECTION; anyone knows how to post my text on google people, to see it?
    email me at; frumble39@gmail.com

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