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    need to find most appropriate website builder for the need...

    Hi,

    I have made a load of short videos of myself reading poetry. (Including an entry into a national competition, currently awaiting the judging, which doesn't mean I am always that good, but good enough at independent video production to know my own limits and potential.) And I have purchased the domain names www.matildaswaltz.com and www.matildaswaltz.net (I used to also own www.matildaswaltz.com.au but went through a voluntary deregistration process recent, and do not currently qualify for the dot com au website).

    My experience of website building software is with the free versions of word press about ten years ago, and free wix just a few years ago.  Now I do not remember the free version of wix enabling me to embed any video, (although I was not looking for a theme able at the time), but clearly the Artist in me, wants my website to have embedded videos.  Everybody knows there is no money in poetry, and so the question of whether this is possible, maybe irrelevant in most people's online context, but there are good examples out there, of what can be achieved.

    It comes to mind that I could study interactive website development myself, and I have already made a few enquiries in this direction, because it maybe the only way to get exactly what I want.

    However, if anybody knows which website builder software (via go daddy or via wix ....I bought my domain names with go daddy and prefer to stay with go daddy, but before I buy a plan, I need know whether it will do what I need), will better be able supply a "theme" or any other kind of template (and perhaps one of my son's friends will write the code if necessary), that can be used for a website similar to the ones in the links below, then let me know.

     

    http://www.sbs.com.au/cronullariots/  (sad topic, but great website)

    http://www.sbs.com.au/theboat/ (another sad topic, but good seeing a tv station making a graphic novel online)

    http://www.sbs.com.au/goahippytribe/ (overt repackaging of a documentary, . . . my process is to be thinking along these lines, at the outset of production, with only a script and poetry reading videos up my sleeve)

     

    Now obviously SBS have a decent budget for enabling such neat websites, and my question is, how to do something similar on a lower budget; and in particular, does anybody know what go daddy will offer in the way of themes, that can be crafted into a similar user experience.

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    Hey Matildaswaltz!

     

    Those are some crazy high-budget websites, and look pretty complicated to reproduce. Unfortunately, none of our site builders will provide you with functionality to make websites that are animated like that. Wordpress would be my first thought, but even still, nothing will be native and you'll need to expand it with themes or plugins to get animation.

     

    In all honesty, you might want to look at Microsoft's Sway, which comes in new Office 365 packages for 2016+. Click here to see Sway's website, or you can view some examples here:

     

    https://sway.com/aasJ_CLRUzF23dG2

    https://sway.com/universe_cheatsheet

    https://sway.com/red_panda_presentation

     

    While it's not technically a "website builder," it is a super powerful tool for creating presentations, which it sounds like is your real goal. Check it out and see if it'll work for you!

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    Hey Matildaswaltz!

     

    Those are some crazy high-budget websites, and look pretty complicated to reproduce. Unfortunately, none of our site builders will provide you with functionality to make websites that are animated like that. Wordpress would be my first thought, but even still, nothing will be native and you'll need to expand it with themes or plugins to get animation.

     

    In all honesty, you might want to look at Microsoft's Sway, which comes in new Office 365 packages for 2016+. Click here to see Sway's website, or you can view some examples here:

     

    https://sway.com/aasJ_CLRUzF23dG2

    https://sway.com/universe_cheatsheet

    https://sway.com/red_panda_presentation

     

    While it's not technically a "website builder," it is a super powerful tool for creating presentations, which it sounds like is your real goal. Check it out and see if it'll work for you!

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    OK thankyou, I will test drive the new microsoft software.

     

    I have a few options, for example, the Queensland State Library have an Adobe Dreamweaver course they run cheap, and their Mac Lab is available for me to use for free, with the full Adobe Suite, and access to Lynda lessons in.  There are a whole variety of courses available in fact, and I think I need traverse the avenue of learning more before I make my choice.  It will be a whole array of choices in the long run, no doubt.