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Creating your own website has never been so easy. With your own website by 1&1 you gain access to loads of designs, layouts, graphics, and fonts, making it so easy to create stunning results. It’s a fantastic way to capture memories and keep friends and family up to speed with what’s happening in your life. With stacks of features available, you can create a website that interacts with its audience rather than just being a static library of information and imagery.
Some of the key features and tools available through 1&1 are summarized below. Further information on the various packages available and all the technical stuff can be found online by visiting website.1and1.com.
With millions of design combinations available, a truly individual theme can be achieved to reflect any personality. Layout, style, colors, fonts, and navigation can all be manipulated and interchanged to achieve the desired layout and feel. This doesn’t require any special IT skills or special software either; all the design tools are accessible online. What if you change your mind or fancy a makeover? The design can be changed at any time, and new content can be added via the online tools.
Consistent Web and Email Addresses
A unique web address can be created or an existing web address can be transferred to 1&1 websites. From this, it is possible to create personal email addresses that match your web address. If you don’t want to change your existing email address, you can also set up a simple redirection to your website email address.
A Massive 10GB of Storage
With 10GB of storage, you can create an unlimited number of pages without worrying about running out of space. In addition, you can upload images, videos, and documents to the site to increase the websites appeal and interactivity with its audience and truly bring the whole thing to life.
Allow visitors to the site to easily access and download documents in a variety of formats such as PDF, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint files.
Integrate Media Files
Bring the website to life by embedding flash video files. This could be a YouTube video, a personal video clip, or even mini games to enhance the audiences experience with the website.
Create a Guestbook
Allow visitors to the website to post feedback and comment on your posts. Again, this makes the website far more interactive to its audience and creates a two-way relationships with its visitors.
It’s no good having a fantastic website if nobody sees it! Know exactly how many hits the website receives by creating a visitor counter to accurately track viewing figures.
The world of social media has had a massive impact on society, and you can utilize its power to grow your profile and increase your audience by including social media widgets on the website. This will allow people to recommend the website to others and get people talking about it.
Widgets and RSS Feeds
There are a whole host of other smart widgets which can be incorporated into a website to inform and interact with visitors to the site. Why not include RSS feeds? These are live feeds that update automatically to keep your audience informed on a variety of topics. This could be the weather, current news headlines, currency rates…the list is endless.
Create exclusive access to parts of your website that can only be viewed by certain people.
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