Since Apple got rid of iWeb, I lost my web site hosting. And frankly, GoDaddy doesn’t need any more of my money. I researched some different options for building/hosting my website…I tried a few sites. If they required a CC for a trial I didn’t go any further.
RapidWeaver: $80 or so, mac only. not all that user friendly. I’m a computer programmer and user friendly-ness is important. This wasn’t all that user friendly.
Squarespace – reasonable. struggled a bit with the free trial and the embedded images. couldn’t figure out how to easily manage a portfolio and rearrange images, resize. I spent an entire Saturday morning with this and did fall in love. A website could be built quickly. Templates can be reapplied without losing content.
VisualServer – really easy to use. limited templates and not all that much of a difference between them. I picked the cheapest option as a trial. Easy user interface.
I ended up picking Squarespace. I really warmed up to the interface. I did sign up for the Developer’s site, where templates can be altered and all that jazz – it makes the geek in me happy. I do think that, eventually, I will pick up a copy of Dreamweaver – it satisfies my need to be in complete control.