A Fresh New Design – Introducing Our Site Builder

For as long as I can remember, we’ve been using RVSiteBuilder as our integrated / free site builder. While serviceable, and definitely not behind the times a few years ago, there has been a push in the hosting market over the past few years to help SMBs create an online presence. With that push comes professional, easy to use, and affordable site builders. These mom and pop type shops don’t have the deep pockets like a Fortune 500 firm to hire professional designers, but they realize the lost opportunity of not having a web presence. We’re extremely excited to announce the release of our brand new, professional, and affordable site builder. The ability to create a professional looking website is now at the fingertips of every customer.

Success!

Success!

What took you so long? It’s 2013!

We’re aware (painfully so) that for a very long time we’ve been unable to compete when it comes to offering a modern site builder. We’ve been focusing on a number of other areas of our company, and while we’ve made a lot of progress there, something was always missing. Nowadays, everybody wants a website. Your local pizzeria, the village barbershop, even your dear grandma may want a place to show off what she spent the last week knitting. Your options used to be limited, either pay a professional designer or use a less than stellar site builder to create an “okay” looking site. With our new site builder, we’re eliminating the need for a third party and allowing anyone, even your grandmother, to create a website some professional designers couldn’t create.

What makes your site builder better than everyone else?

A Demo Website

A Demo Website

There are a number of factors that separate our offerings from our competitors. It’s cheap, it’s easy to use, there are an unbelievable amount of features (we’re still learning how to fully utilize all of them!), and it’s integrated right into your account. You get a 30 day free trial to see how much you like the product, and trust me, you will. Check out this page for a breakdown of costs + what’s included, but we’ll expand on some key features below:

  • Pre-built Sites: Choose from nearly 20 pre-built sites that fit your business or interests. There are sites available for artists, musicians, restaurants, educators, athletes, and much more. If you don’t fall into any of these categories, or you’re more of a hands on type person, you can create an entirely custom site from scratch.
  • Templates: Choose from over 100+ premium templates, each with their own unique touch and feel. If you’re an artistic person, let you creativity flow with one of the more modern templates. Maybe you’re building a site for a 100 year old business looking to keep the old time feel while entering the modern age. You can do that to. If you can imagine it, our site builder can help you create it.
  • Professional Image Library: Choose from over 3,000 professionally shot, fully licensed, and free to use images. We’ve got pictures of plants, clouds, cars, books, people, an arch built by rocks, the Eiffel tower, and much, much more. You’re not required to use our images though, they’re just there as a courtesy. You can upload your own images and integrate them right into your site.
  • CSS Support: For those of you with a background in web development/design, or who know a friend or colleague handy with CSS, this feature should excite you. Having the option to modify/create your own CSS adds an even deeper layer of control over the appearance and behavior of your site.
  • Go Mobile: No surprise, we’re in the age of smart phones and tables. People spend more and more time each day browsing the web from their mobile devices. If your website isn’t built for mobile, you’re losing traffic, money, and return visitors. Our site builder natively turns your website into a mobile friendly version, providing your visitors with an enjoyable browsing experience even from their brand new iPhone 5c!
  • Social Media: If you’re reading this blog post, there is a good chance you were referred either from Facebook or Twitter. If you weren’t, and you haven’t already liked or followed us, you should do that now! Back on topic, our site builder allows you to integrate your Facebook page, Twitter account, G+ account, Flickr account, etc. You get the idea
  • Language Support: You have the option of 6 different languages for the site, and we’ll have more coming over time. Choose from English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, or Portuguese (Brazilian).
  • Nifty Widgets: They’re not officially named the ‘Nifty Widgets’, but that is the best word I could come up with. Here is a short list of widgets you can embed right into your site, though this is far from an exhaustive list of options:+ Your business location with Google Maps+ Google Translate and Google AdSense
    + Paypal Catalog, Donation, or Product (or all 3)
    + YouTube Video
    + Tumblr Blog
    + Flickr Gallery and Flickr Search
    + SmugMug Gallery
    + Metacafe Video
    + MP3 File
    + Ready to use contact form
  • Web Hosting: Our site builder comes with shared web hosting as well. You’ll be able to host your brand new site any of our 6 locations, receive 24/7/365 support, and be guaranteed 99.9% uptime. A professional site isn’t worth anything without professional web hosting to back it up.

Anything else we should know?

First off, don’t just take my word on how awesome this site builder is. I’m not lying to you, but I want you to see for yourself what our product is capable of. You can start a 30 day free trial at any time and have absolutely *zero* obligation to give us a cent. Create a site, destroy it, create it again, and then don’t touch it for the next 29 days. We don’t mind. Our system will remove your work and we won’t come knocking on your door for a bill.

Of course, if you like the site builder (or the site you created) so much you want to pay us, you can do that too. We’ve built the trial so when that when it ends, if you want to go to a paid version, you can take your existing work/site and move it right into the paid product. We don’t want you to waste your time learning the site builder for a product you can’t keep!

Also worth noting, some features are only available on the higher tier plans. If you’re on the ‘Standard’ site builder plan, and there is a feature you absolutely must have on the ‘Premium’ plan, you can upgrade at any time and have instant access to those features. We don’t want your 3AM design and creativity session to be interrupted by our poor design.

Lastly, here is a gallery of a few more images of the site builder:

If you’re ready to get started, just click on this link to start your trial. Any questions can be addressed directly to our sales department, just submit a ticket through our helpdesk!

We sincerely hope you’re all as excited about this site builder as we are. We’d love to hear any comments, feedback, suggestions, or criticism you may have. Don’t be shy!

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5 Responses to A Fresh New Design – Introducing Our Site Builder

  1. This kind of site builder is just awesome. It was different from the older counterpart. Keep moving, Hawk!

  2. lkajsflkj says:

    Hawkhost has a great hosting price and provides optimal bandwidth for the dollar. That is their core edge over all the competition and hopefully they’ll never lose it.

    I’ve found their support fairly bad, but as long as my sites just sit and run that’s generally OK. The price of this site builder – $99 per year for anything usable – is extremely non-competitive. There are good free site builders out there and even go-daddy customers (who are OK with being overcharged for junk) still only have to pay a couple dollars a month for a site builder. If Hawkhost can make a little extra money off this, good for them but I doubt it has much popularity with their customer type.

  3. Tony Baird says:

    Hello,

    Could you explain how our support is bad? We respond to most tickets within 15 minutes and resolve them at exceptional speed. I would be interested in ticket ID’s of issues you believe were handled poorly.

    We continue to offer a free sitebuilder for all users in the form of rvsitebuilder. This offering is a premium site builder which competes with services like wix, weebly, yola etc. These services charge more than us and don’t include email accounts, enterprise email filtering and numerous other services we offer for free. They also don’t allow for you to run a WordPress in one location a phpBB in another under their offering. Looking at the Godaddy offering ours is also cheaper than theirs once you look past the first year price.

  4. T G says:

    This thread is a few years old, but relates to a question I have:

    Is RVSiteBuilder still on offer?
    I know you recently added Weebly, but what about RV?

    I have two domains, on different HH servers in different locations.
    On one of them I see “rvSiteBuilder” in cPanel in the Software section
    (between Select PHP Version and rvSkinThemeChanger, the 13th item in that section).
    But on the other domain, it is absent, and there are just 12 items in the section.

  5. Tony Baird says:

    We still continue to offer RVSitebuilder on our servers. If it’s not showing up it’s most likely due to some bug with the it showing up on the servers feature list. Our support team should be able to easily resolve the problem.

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