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Build-your-own-website service Wix.com adds HTML5 support

Monday, drag and drop website builder Wix.com launched its HTML5 website builder, which builds websites with video and animation for devices that don’t support Flash.

Creating a website these days is extremely easy. Drag and drop website builders for the coding inept are all over the Web, from Wix.com and Moonfruit, to Breezi and Basekit. Even popular content management systems such as WordPress and Blogger will hold your hand and help you personalize your website or blog, even if you can’t tell HTML from CSS.

Wix.com is hoping to give customers a more widely compatible website building experience by offering HTML5 features. HTML5 is important because many mobile phones and tablets, including the iPad, can only access video and audio embedded with HTML5, not Flash. If you’ve ever seen the little blue box that looks like a Lego block on a website while on an iOS device, you know that Safari on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch doesn’t support Flash. Wix.com is the first drag and drop website builder to offer HTML5 support, but expect others to follow.

Wix.com’s new HTML5 builder allows people to build websites with video and audio embedding, along with animation, such as moving images. The HTML5 support is meant to make it easier for the average person to add more complex features to their website. Wix.com claims that with its HTML5 builder, you can add customized text input, search capabilities, and location tracking to sites built using its service.

No details on what the HTML5 builder will cost, but Wix.com offers free and premium plans that range from $4 to $16 per month, so it will likely follow those pricing plans.

Wix.com is based in Tel Aviv, Israel, with offices in San Francisco, New York, and Dnepropetrovs, Ukraine. The company has received funding from Insight Venture Partners, DAG Ventures, Mangrove Capital Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, and Benchmark Capital.

HTML5 image via Flickr user DavidMartynHunt

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