Sunday, November 29, 2009

A website in four steps

After the demise of Yahoo’s Geocities earlier this year, the free Airtel website builder seems to be the easiest way to get your webpage up and running, all in four easy steps.

The website builder, now limited to users of Airtel’s broadband service, has a vast array of topics on which you can host your website. Once you have selected the theme, you can click on the template you like from the many listed. The users can then edit the elements on the template and replace it with their own content. While this process is easy, the website has prompts to help the technologically challenged among us.

The final step is to select a website address, after which you just have to click the publish button. The page address will appear as—they could have thought of a shorter host name.
Users can return to the pages created by them through the website manager, which appears very similar to Blogger's dashboard. The manager also allows you to add counters, guestbooks and other apps to the page. Airtel even gives you the option of creating a mobile website using the website builder.

However, Airtel has made it mandatory for users to send a signed copy of the Terms and Conditions along with a photo ID and address proof to the company before they make the account fully functional. It would have been a great help had the company made this process online too.

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