29. Easy site builders for specific markets. Weebly is a good, general-purpose site builder. But there are a lot of markets that could use more specialized tools. What’s the best way to make a web site if you’re a real estate agent, or a restaurant, or a lawyer? There still don’t seem to be canonical answers.
Obviously the way to build this is to write a flexible site builder, then write layers on top to produce different variants. Hint: The key to making a site builder for end-users is to make software that lets people with no design ability produce things that look good—or at least professional.
My Idea – MixNMatch Site Builder
Anyway, I think you get the idea. As far as execution goes, the user would start with a blank homepage at the bottom of the screen, and a wizard-like series of steps across the top. Users would go through the various steps (e.x. Choose the number of columns, choose the color scheme, choose the font, etc..) and as they went along, the blank homepage would begin to get populated. After the shell of the site was created, users could drag-and-drop in basic html elements like text blocks, images, bulleted lists, etc.. You could also create links to other pages, which would inherit the basics of the home page, but could be tweaked as needed.
What do you guys think about this one? Only one more idea left – stay tuned for tomorrow’s grand finale…along with a special surprise… 🙂