After months of design and development (and many gallons of coffee), I'm pleased to announce the launch of vFlyer Sites 2.0, the first major upgrade to the website service we launched one year ago. With Sites 2.0, we completely rebuilt the service from the ground up. We redesigned the user interface, making it more efficient and intuitive; added new core functionality, including an undo/redo feature and advanced page templates; streamlined processes to improve load time and reduce latency; and notably, we introduced a free plan, Sites Personal, that allows users to publish a free website.
The new design includes an editing toolbar that's displayed when you mouse over a module, with easy access icons for editing, adding, and removing content. There's also a new toolbar for adding a page, changing page settings, and editing the site theme. In addition to the undo/redo button I mentioned above, we also now allow users to add unique content to a page rather than using the content from the page template; this gives you all the benefits of page templates (uniformity, ease of making changes across the site) with added flexibility.
As for the new free plan, it will allow users to publish a site with up to 10 pages and a personalized vsites.com URL. We're still offering our premium Sites subscription plans, which allow for more pages, more storage, and the use of a custom domain name. Sites subscriptions start at just $7/month when bundled with a vFlyer Marketing subscription.
vFlyer Sites 2.0 is a major step toward our goal of helping more people build and manage their own websites. In talking with vFlyer users over the years, I found that a surprising number of them a) didn't know how to update their websites and thus relied on a webmaster to do that, b) built their own site using a website builder but still didn't know how to update it or just didn't like it enough to put time into updating it, or c) simply didn't have a website. In many cases, their vFlyer listings were the only online content that they themselves kept current.
The fact is, most website builders out there focus solely on the creation of the site and neglect the ongoing management of it. Making updates to the site is often difficult and confusing, and in many cases, the changes you make are immediately pushed to the live site; rather than being a convenience, this makes it impossible to experiment and try different things on the site without the world seeing it. Our focus with vFlyer Sites is the full life cycle of the website. This means fast, easy site creation, but also simple, point-and-click procedures for adding and editing content, templates that facilitate uniform changes across the site, and a preview environment that lets you make changes and view them without affecting the live site.
With the improvements of vFlyer Sites 2.0 and the addition of the free Sites Personal plan, we're psyched that many more people will be able to create and manage their own websites. We're also excited about the fact that a lot of site creators so far already had a main website that they continued to use, but created auxiliary sites for their listings or other aspects of their businesses using vFlyer Sites. It's gratifying to see more and more people taking charge of their own websites, and vFlyer is thrilled to be a part of it.