PROS / You get unlimited pages and a free custom domain with the hosting plan.
CONS / The dashboard feels outdated and is difficult to use.
VERDICT / Yahoo SiteBuilder has a good hosting plan, but the software isn't as robust or intuitive as the other applications we reviewed. Still, it has most of the features needed for a useful website.
Yahoo offers website hosting that includes its website design software, SiteBuilder. While it advertises this as a free program, SiteBuilder only works with the Yahoo host. The hosting program offers three different plans. We reviewed the Advanced plan that offers unlimited pages and a free custom domain.
Yahoo SiteBuilder has one of the most outdated interfaces of the website builders we evaluated. As a result, it is more difficult to use this website design solution than competing products we evaluated. While Yahoo has the design tools and marketing features we looked for, like design templates, mobile-friendly websites and SEO tools, we had trouble finding them due to the program's cluttered interface.
Although it claims to have a drag-and-drop feature, SiteBuilder just isn't as robust as that of other software we evaluated. You must edit your pages using a standard Windows toolbar. While it boasts 380 templates, they aren't industry specific and lack the modern look and polish of those offered by more up-to-date web design solutions.
The templates also are not responsive to mobile devices, making it more difficult to edit your website for desktop and mobile use. In fact, you must purchase a plan from Duda to even make your site mobile friendly. If you don't, Google and other search engines will penalize you for not having a mobile friendly website.
SiteBuilder offers helpful marketing and SEO tools, including metatags and social media integration. You can add eCommerce features, but not easily, and Yahoo charges extra for the proprietary shopping cart. You can bypass this by creating your own shopping cart using PayPal.
While Yahoo falls short in many areas, this software offers numerous analytic tools to help you thoroughly evaluate what parts of your site are working and which parts need changing according to your audience. In addition to Google Analytics, this web design software has proprietary analytical tools it employs that help you create and maintain a successful website.
In terms of storage, SiteBuilder's Advanced plan provides a free domain and an impressive 500GB of storage. While you can only create one website per a domain, the software does not limit the number of pages you can have. You also can create 500 emails specific to your domain.
Yahoo's customer support leaves much to be desired. The company never responded to our email inquiries. Phone support representatives did not have all the information needed to answer our questions about the web design software as its focus lies in the hosting. Your best bet for resolving issues is to seek help using the knowledgebase.
Yahoo SiteBuilder has as many negatives as it does positives. It has the tools you need to create a website, but the interface is difficult to navigate and the support inadequate. Despite the relatively inexpensive hosting and numerous analytic tools, this website creator may not be the best choice for you if you are inexperienced in website design.