Sitebuilders Take to the Chrome Web Store

SiteKreator in the Google Web Store

Earlier this week, SiteKreator (affiliate link) announced the release of its Chrome app in Google’s Chrome Web Store. SiteKreator is not the first website builder to do so, it is joining the likes of Weebly (affiliate link), PlisWeb, subhub and Edicy among others. What does this mean for end-users?

Google’s Chrome Web Store is an online portal that lets users purchase and install web applications. Since it’s release in December 2010, the store has seen decent ramp up in traffic according to Compete. And although some say sales of paid applications aren’t exactly skyrocketing, free applications are doing extremely well. At the moment of writing this, all the website builder applications are free.

For end-users, many these website builder web applications so far offer two types of functionality. If you are not already a registered user, clicking on the application’s icon will create a new account. All Chrome Web Apps that we looked at provide this functionality.

A second, more useful function from an end-user point of view, is single-click sign-in to an existing account. The SiteKreator Chrome Web app, for example, does this.

It will be interesting to see how much further website builders are going to take this functionality in the coming months. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the usefulness of web apps in the comments below.

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