Monday, January 15th, 2007

Weebly: Online Website Creation Tool using Ajax

Category: Showcase, UI

David Rusenko told us about his product Weebly, a web site creation utility written with copious amounts of Ajax utilizing an easy to use drag and drop interface.

We’re trying to make a tool that’s easy enough for the majority of web users to use, and guides the user towards creating a complete compliant web site (not just an online word doc).

Weebly is now funded, has moved to the bay area, and we should expect some interesting news coming out from them soon.

Check out the video below, which tells the story better than a few words here. This is the latest of a set of tools that aim to get the average joe to a point where they can have a wysiwyg website editing experience.

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:02 am
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Is today Terrible Names Day or something?

Comment by Dean Edwards — January 15, 2007

Interesting…while this doesn’t have all the features of a lot of existing CMS’s, the easy-to-use factor is really nice. I could see this getting snapped up by a big ISP, or maybe a commercial CMS like Jot (which I know was already snapped up). Or maybe sucked into Google’s web site editing tools.

You say this is funded?

Comment by Ben Strackany — January 15, 2007

looks pretty swish! i like.

Comment by Dougal Matthews — January 15, 2007

It uses Prototype and Scriptaculous.

Comment by Mario — January 15, 2007

And the name weebly, sounds like weewee when they say it fast in the instructional video.

Comment by Mario — January 15, 2007

Looks pretty cool to me. And I don’t like the Internet, or Internet related activities.

Comment by Dan — January 15, 2007

And the name weebly, sounds like weewee when they say it fast in the instructional video.

..or NintendoNintendo

Comment by kentaromiura — January 15, 2007

demo video is in flash, and the weebly thing seems to be a plugin itself – yawn.

Comment by carmen — January 15, 2007

Wow, how wrong are you! Its a web app. And if you sign up you would know that.

Comment by Mario — January 15, 2007

yep sorry, guess i should have installed flash to realize that the broken plugin boxes all over their site were actually demonstrating an AJAX GUI.

Comment by c — January 15, 2007

I donno what to tell you. The main page has ONE flash video on that. The about page is all images. The signup tab pops up a little js modal. When you sign up, the tools are all javascript, its powered by Prototype and Scriptaculous. Sorry you cant grasp that. 8(

Comment by Mario — January 16, 2007

Hmm.. Drag n Drop still lacks performance in browsers. We must investigate solutions to make it better instead keep using whats currently available. The poor performance make this feel a bit like a rollercoaster ride. The author of this project has all my respect for his effort but until the perfomance issues in scriptaculous aren’t solved it will always be not-so-cool-after-all.

Comment by Kjell — January 17, 2007

its nice, but one thing – “any one can create a site like that ”
there is no need off software engineers / web developers a 7th standard boy also make his own site……….. what else in that.

Comment by manjunath — February 7, 2007

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