For Mac users who want to create a professional looking website quickly and easily, the only choice is Sandvox. With Sandvox, you don’t need to be a web genius to build a stylish, feature-rich, standards-compliant website that’s functional and user friendly. Sandvox’s drag and drop interface lets you watch your website take shape and come to life as you build it. And, once finished, you can upload your site to your favorite host. Whether you’re a new website creator or a seasoned professional, you can use Sandvox to build the website of your dreams. New users can build a professional looking website in minutes and professional users can build an advanced, multimedia-rich site in no time at all.
“★★★★ This is a well-designed web page creation program. It is easy enough for the kids to use and is WYSIWYG, so you see what your page looks like before uploading it to your server. There are plenty of features to create an interesting site.”
Watch a demo video of Sandvox in action.
Sandvox Websites Get Noticed.
It’s not just important to us that you build your website with ease, but that it gets the visitors it deserves. That’s why Sandvox was created with search engines in mind. Create a web site on Mac using Sandvox and follow our suggestions to optimize it for top search engine placement. When you do, you’ll begin building your audience and you’ll start getting top rankings on search engines like Google and Yahoo.
How does Sandvox compare to iWeb?
Apple’s free iWeb is fine if you want to create a simple, personal website on your MobileMe account — a few pages with text and pictures.If that’s all you need, Sandvox probably isn’t for you.
However, iWeb has some serious flaws when it comes to building serious websites. If you want people to find your iWeb website with Google or other search engines, you need to perform several tedious steps, each time you update your website, to modify the HTML of the published iWeb website. Not so with Sandvox!
With Sandvox, creating and maintaining a website has never been easier.
Add text, images, movies, and more Forget tedious uploading. Drag and drop content and watch your site grow.
Edit and review changes simultaneously Hate jumping from edit to preview? You don’t have to: It’s all in one place in Sandvox.
Enhance sidebars with pagelets Personalize your site
with Flickr, YouTube, Amazon lists, contact forms, and more.
Blog, podcast, or video blog You focus on the content, Sandvox takes care of the rest. Sharing news, audio, and video is easy.
Publish to any host with the Publishing Assistant
FTP, SFTP, MobileMe, WebDAV… the choice of how and where to publish is yours. Use one of our recommended hosts
or choose your own.
Some feedback from Sandvoxers:
I LOVE Sandvox! It is fair to say that it has played a major part in helping grow my business. I own it! I really own my whole site. – Annie Jenkins, Palo Alto California USA
The customer support is exceptional. It is as if you have joined a new family. – Timothy Donovan, Fairfax, Virginia USA
I love everything about Sandvox! It was so easy to put together all the information we wanted in our website. When I came across some troubles with how i wanted to do something, the help tool was indeed very helpful. – Rozalynn Warburton, Mercer Island, Washington USA.
[Sandvox] has an amazing range of features packed inside an easy to use interface. I can go crazy with features, or just do a quick and easy job with it. It is very intuitive to use and has few quirks. Plus, the support and communication from the folks at Karelia is outstanding! – Ty Sayman
My favorite thing about Sandvox is how simple and quick it is to use. This software gives me what I need in a website in an easy-to-use and inexpensive product. – Donny Bailey Seagraves, Georgia USA
I appreciated the emails that Karelia sent to me after my purchase with many tips for using Sandvox and getting my site noticed on the web. - Mike Boyd, Arkansas USA
I’m a middle school teacher who doesn’t have a lot of time to maintain a quality website for my class. Sandvox is the perfect tool for me because it allows me to quickly and easily provide my students with all the information they need to stay successful in my class and it really looks great. – Chuck Dresel, Napa, California.
I can’t say enough about Sandvox. It’s easy, fast, fun and you can build websites very quickly that look polished and professional without having to fight with HTML (although you can when needed). The support is fabulous as well. I’ve actually become addicted to domain buying and building because of you guys! – Annette Yen, the Midwest, USA
I was dreading rebuilding my website. But with Sandvox, building a website was fun. I created it, added new content and published it in one evening. I love everything about Sandvox. – Kathie Compton, Marfa, Texas USA
Sandvox is always improving and offers more than one would think at first glance. There is an increasing number of themes being offered by third parties, and the program gets better and better with each update. – Graham Hind, Chingola, Zambia
The same reason I chose Sandvox remains to this day. No coding if you don’t want to code, but HTML can be inserted if you want it to be. I remain a fan of the contact forms and I think the templates are different and creative. – Gayle Howard, Melbourne, Australia
Sandvox, from Karelia Software, requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or higher. Certain features require Mac OS X 10.5 or higher; we recommend you use 10.5 or higher for larger sites. More Info.
Join the growing community of individuals, businesses, and organizations who use Sandvox for sharing their news, words and images with new and wider audiences. Try Sandvox today, and start getting noticed.
ZOT Interview with Dan Wood of Karelia Software
Karelia Software is made up primarily of three developers (shown left to right): Terrence Talbot, Dan Wood, and Mike Abdullah. We caught up with Dan Wood, original founder of Karelia, to ask him about Sandvox:
What’s the most unique, useful feature of your product?
I think where Sandvox shines the most is how easy it makes building websites that not only look great but are very Google friendly. Unless you’re building a website just for your friends and family, to whom you personally tell the URL, one of the most important things you can do for your site it to make sure it gets properly indexed by Google and the other search engines. We spent a lot of time working on how to improve searchability of websites, with features directly in Sandvox for this and behind-the-scenes in how Sandvox structures the sites it creates for you. None of our competitors really do this.
A close second is the way that Sandvox handles groups of pages — what we call collections. At the start of Sandvox’s development, and to this day, the dominant approach in other website builders to treat a blog as a special kind of page that you would add entries to, usually with some sort of table-based view. That felt awkward to us, so Terrence and I designed Sandvox so that any group of pages living in the same collection (like a folder) could be treated as a blog. Really, a blog is just an index to a collection of pages presented in chronologically reverse order, often with an accompanying RSS feed so you can subscribe to the contents from a website/service like Google Reader or an app like NetNewsWire. This mean you can have a photo album that’s really a blog, or a series of audio or video segments that become a podcast. Building your website this way is very powerful — and distinctively Sandvox.
Why did you create Sandvox?
Originally, we saw a great gap in the universe of Mac applications: There was no website building application that was as elegant and simple as the iLife and iWork apps but that still had the power to create complex sites.
What is most interesting to you about developing software for the Mac platform?
Interesting in the challenging sense is simultaneously keeping up with Apple’s updates to the operating system’s capabilities while try to stay ahead of Apple in terms of ideas for product features. Interesting in the enjoyable/intriguing sense is being a part of a thriving independent developer community — online, mostly via Twitter, and in-person, mostly during conferences.
How does your development team work together?
Our core team is geographically dispersed — I’m in northern California, Terrence is in southern California, and Mike is in the U.K. — so we coordinate our coding and conversations to be as efficient as possible. We each bring different talents and perspectives to the table, and that’s helpful for Sandvox and for us as developers.
What features should a prospective buyer look into during a trial of Sandvox?
That varies from person to person, so we recommend diving in, creating content, and building a site. Whatever is important to you, whether it’s showcasing your photos, creating text entries, putting up audio or video… just pick a design that matches your taste and get started. Even the Sandvox demo allows limited publishing capability, so if a prospective buyer wants to test the publishing process and already has a host, they can do that, too. Many Sandvox users find that the fun part is generating content: Sandvox just takes care of the rest.
What are the answers to some common questions people have about your app before they buy?
I’ve seen some people wonder if it’s possible to to build a website for a particular use. Often, the answers can be found out pretty quickly. There is a directory of sorts of Sandvox websites that users have submitted for publication, so it’s easy to go visit SandvoxSites.com and browse through the tag cloud to see what kinds of sites other Sandvoxers have listed. For instance if you are an author and you want to build a website, you might click on “author” or “book” or “writing” and look at what others have done. Really, though, you can just try things out for yourself with the demo.
When evaluating Sandvox, a Mac user needs to decide if they are going to need the regular edition of Sandvox or the Pro edition, which gives you access to raw HTML coding, and also offers some additional integration with Google. (This MacZot sale is for the regular edition, so if you decide you need Sandvox Pro, you can upgrade your license, immediately or later, from our online web store, for an additional $49.)
We have a list of FAQs here <http://www.karelia.com/sandvox/faq/> as well.