AngelFire provides users with another way to create a website. Recognized as one of the older website builder tools, AngelFire provides users with many simple, convenient features that are intended for users of all skill levels, from the novice internet user to professional designers. The website builder interface utilizes a drag and drop system. Users can choose between over 150 site templates to customize. No HTML or other coding knowledge is required. Users are also given a free domain name with their AngelFire plan. Users can protect their AngelFire website with SiteLock, which protects visitors and customers from spam, viruses and hackers. Users can also set up an online shop or business website that accepts Paypal payments. A newsletter manager is included that allows users to keep customers and visitors up to date on recent developments. Each member automatically receives access to Gamesville, which is an online gaming community that allows users to win real money.
AngelFire was one of the earliest website builder tools. The application was officially launched in 1996. The original version built websites and provided medical transcription services. During the early days, each change made to a member’s website had to be manually approved by a moderator. WhoWhere purchased AngelFire in 1997 and the following year, Lycos acquired WhoWhere. The application has undergone extensive renovation since the 1990s. The current version was released in 2010 and helped improve the way people build websites with AngelFire.
AngelFire provides many helpful website building tools. Perhaps the most notable part of AngelFire is its age. The application has been around for over a decade, offering users website building tools from around the time that the first became available on the web. Today the site still serves the same purpose, with many convenient improvements.
The AngelFire website welcomes users with a bright color scheme that features cheerful blues, greens and reds. The red AngelFire logo is accented by a flaming ball of fire to its right and the site name to the left. The site’s background uses whimsical images of scenery, such as a sprawling hill with houses and windmills. The user interface is kept as simple as possible, with a drag and drop system that allows anyone to build an eye-catching web space.
A new user can begin building sites with AngelFire by clicking the blue “Register” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The following page gives the user four login options. The first three can be accessed by the buttons that run across the top of the form and allow the user to log in with an existing Paypal, Facebook or Google account. Users who prefer to create a new account can fill in the form below, which requires a website URL, password and email address.
Users can create an account for free. There are no subscription fees for doing so. AngelFire offers users four package options. The first is a free plan which includes access to the builder tool, a free Gamesville account, 20 MBs of storage space and 1 GB of monthly bandwidth. The Entry plan costs around $12 per year and includes the web shell editor, FTP access, 40 MBs of storage space and 2 GBs of monthly bandwidth. The Basic plan costs around $33 per year and includes up to 100 MBs of storage space, 5 GBs of bandwidth per month and no advertisements on the user’s site. THE Plan costs around $110 per year and includes up to 5 GBs of storage space, 1 TB of monthly bandwidth and the site builder shopping cart tool.
AngelFire is a tool for anyone who wants to build a website. There are better website builders available.