No, we're not here to talk about nutrients! B12 isn't just the name of a vitamin, it's also a unique, artificial intelligence (AI) powered website builder and hosting service.
But is this service a gimmick or does it really allow you to build a functional website in 60 seconds, as its website claims? Find out in my B12 website builder review.
Straightforward to Set Up
Signing up to B12 is easy. This is one of the most user-friendly website builders I've used. A free plan is available, so I justed clicked 'Get Started' to open the site creation wizard.
It asked me for information such as:
- An old website address
- Social media profiles
- Website category
- Brand personality tags
After that, I selected a site theme and customized it with my own font and color palette. The final stage was to schedule a call with a design consultant to discuss my new website.
AI Designed with Human Assistance
With B12, a lot of the design work is done for you before you begin editing your site: After you've given the AI assistant your information, it automatically imports site content for you to use. A human designer then checks the robot's work before handing over the controls to you.
In my case, the AI did a good job of finding appropriate information for my B12 website.
An Intuitive Interface
AI doesn't make the entire site for you so, once it's finished finding content, you can modify the site yourself. I am pleased to report that the editor was simple to get to grips with.
However, it felt underpowered compared to alternatives such as Wix. Disappointingly, you have to pay for a lot of add-ons that normally come standard, like video uploads. So, the vision of your dream site may very quickly be shattered by a paywall.
Responsive Customer Support
The free plan doesn't include customer support but all paid packages include live chat assistance. I tested this service and received quick responses from support staff.
However, as other users have reported, they were more interested in selling me upgrades rather than addressing technical issues.
B12 offers five different plans, ranging from free to $249/month. Each paid plan also requires an unlisted one-off set up fee and includes unlimited storage and bandwidth.
B12 Plans in More Detail
Let's look at how those plans stack up against one another:
|Free||Get Online||Get Integrated||Get Found||Get Found Pro|
|Support||None||Live Chat||Live Chat and Phone||Live Chat and Phone||Live Chat and Phone|
|Third Party Apps||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
The $29/month Get Online package offers the best value as it includes unlimited bandwidth and storage. It's a shame it doesn't come with phone support, though.
And comparing the pricing to the competition, well - B12 is expensive. Very expensive. And while there's a free plan, you'll have to pay if you're serious about your website.
B12 Website Builder Review: Performance
I tested my B12 site load speed using Bitcatcha.
Results were acceptable in the USA but disappointingly slow for visitors located in Asia.
I was impressed by the efficiency of B12's website designer but felt let down by the premiums charged for features that are free with alternative website building services.
Putting everything together - B12 website builder is simply too expensive. You can much more for the same money - and quite frankly, you should.
Although I didn't experience problems, other B12 reviews have mentioned serious customer service issues. I, therefore, recommend testing the free B12 plan before signing up to a premium contract.
What do you think? Post your own B12 reviews below!