I’ve recently created a couple of websites for my short stories. These websites were free at Yola.com and Webs.com. I made http://treesongbydawnross.yolasite.com/ from Yola.com for my short story titled “Tree Song” and http://celticdragonbydawnross.webs.com/index.htm from Webs.com for my short story titled “Celtic Dragon”.
Of the two sites, I much prefer Yola.com. Why? Because I hate the ad on Webs.com. As far as I can figure, there is no way to alter that ad. Also, the ad changes and sometimes the ad is misleading. One of the ads indicated that it was a video. So people who visited the site clicked on it thinking it was a video for my short story. And guess what? They got an error message from their firewall advising that the link was potentially harmless. AWFUL!
The other thing I don’t like is that I have a hard time entering code. With Yola.com, I was able to easily add my Google Adsense code. And since I can easily add the code, I can put it anywhere I want and not have it interfere with or mislead my site. I can also choose which ads I do not want.
As far as usability goes, both Yola.com and Webs.com are equally simple. They are different but I did not find one more difficult than the other. And both have an equal varied assortment of templates.
If it were not for the misleading ads, I would have a difficult time choosing between Yola.com and Webs.com. But since Webs.com has the ugly ads, I will not use them again or recommend them to a friend. I’m sorry, Webs.com, if this is your means of making money. I choose Yola.com.