September 2012Redirect tab has been added in the editor, allowing you to quickly place links in the navigation of your site to any web page.
July 2012New template design variation added: 'sketch Moss'.
New template design variation added: 'Subtle Stripes Candy'.
A new content editor has been added to Freesites!
This is the latest version with great new features and it's now even easier to add youtube videos, images, tables, create link styles and easily apply drop shadows and borders to your images and more! Also, select any font you want from the Google Font range and use them right in your site, with the new editor.
A new FREE "form creator" add-on has been added. Now you can create and show any number of forms and fields on your website.
New template design added: 'Beach Idyll'.
New template design added: Squareberry' (4 variations).
New template design added: 'Paquin' (4 variations).
NEW FEATURE! - You can now password protect any page on your website.
Two new template designs added: 'Vintage Brick' and 'Arcadia'.
Two new template designs added: 'Paper Stitches' (3 variations) and 'Broadsheet'.
NEW FEATURE! -You can now make use of discount codes in the shop add-on! You can choose between $ and % value and can also make them one time use for times when you need to discount a special customer.
NEW FEATURE! - Added "additional categories", a useful feature which lets you show the same product across many categories without having to add it in each.
A new page editor (v5.4) has been added. It's faster, includes a number of new features, and works more reliably in the latest browser versions.
New template design added: 'Sports Rugby'
NEW FEATURE! You can now use bank deposit and cash on delivery payment methods in the shop add-on.
NEW FEATURE! Shop search: visitors can now search your shop for products.
Three new template designs added: 'Marle stone', 'Orthogon' (2 colour variations) and 'Lumina'.
New template design added: 'Carbonated' (5 colour variations)
You can now upload multiple photos in one go to your gallery!
Two new templates designed and added -
We’re excited to announce that we’ve completed our long-anticipated system upgrade. This means you can now use Freesites to sell online with Paypal, using our built in shop add-on (+$10 per month on your hosting fee), and run a blog from inside your site! Log in to your account for more details, and to learn how to take advantage of these great new features.
Here is a list of 20 random current users of the Freesites system. Refresh this page to see others.
Freesites system features
A comprehensive list of features available in the Freesites system. To check any of these out in action, see the demo.
- Completely free* website, meaning you don't pay for the design and development of a custom website.
- Use the domain name of your choice (subject to availability). Either use your own domain, or order one through us.
- Absolutely no contracts — stay with us for a month, a year, or a lifetime, whatever suits you!
- From $12/month, we provide the cheapest high-quality Australia-based hosting around! Our servers are located in Sydney, Australia, which means lightning fast load times for Australian visitors to your website. (There may be cheaper hosts running off overseas servers, even including PHP and MySQL access, but sites load much more slowly, and the customer service is usually notoriously bad!)
- Free Content Management System (CMS), giving you access and control over your website content 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.
- Dedicated help through our support forums. The support forums are integrated into the Freesites interface, giving you a snapshot on your account home page of any topics you've been participating in. You can also easily view and post in the main forum in the Help section.
- Create, edit, save, preview and delete unlimited pages. You can also organise your pages into sections, using subpages and sub-menus. Just set your site up the way you want it, and the site menu will automatically update.
- You can upload your own images from your computer into your private online image bank, then use them in any of your pages.
- A growing selection of professional website designs to choose from. Click here to view the current range of templates available. Feel free to make a suggestion via the Forum! We're always open to new ideas.
- Change designs at the click of a button, as often as you like!
- Custom designs are available on request. If you love how the system works, but none of the templates look quite right, we can modify an existing design, or create a design to suit. If we can share the new design with the Freesites community, there's no charge. (If it's for your exclusive use only, we'll provide a quote first.)
- Unlike some companies offering free websites, we don't run any advertisements on your site — that would just spoil the professional look!
- You can control your own title and keywords for every page of your site to optimise your site for search engines.
- Extra features are all available under the "Add-ons" area. Some we are able to provide for free, and others we offer at amazing value for money.
We're always on the lookout for new ideas, so if there's anything you'd like to see added
to this list, please let us know through the forum!
- Image galleries (Free) — add as many images as you like! You can also organise your images into categories.
- Online contact form (Free) — the best way to let people email you via the website, without exposing your email address to "spam bots"
- Blog (+$5/month) — with all the usual blog features, but with the benefit of having your blog right there inside your site!
- E-commerce (+ $10/month) — the cheapest way to start selling your products online! Integrates with your Paypal account for processing payments.
- FAQ (+$2/month) — if you have a lot of information to share, this automated expanding/collapsing FAQ system could be just what you need.
- Gift registry (+$1/month) — add all your items, and let your friends and family tick the purchased items.
- Plus more! Log in to the demo to view the full list.
- Something missing? If you have any requests or suggestions, we're all ears — just drop us a line in the Forum!
So why not give it a go? Even if you're not sure, but you have decided you are going to get a website, why not start with Freesites? You would have to register a domain and pay for hosting anyway, so there is nothing to lose!
The actual website is free, meaning that you don't have to pay for the design and development of the website itself. We also provide the Content Management System (CMS) to you at no charge. There are a couple of other associated costs with having a website however, which we have endeavoured to provide as cheaply as possible; namely the hosting (from $12 per month), and the domain registration (eg. yoursite.com.au, $60 for 2 years). There are optional extras such as email boxes, template customisations, and some add-ons which will also incur extra costs, but we will always advise you of these before proceeding.