BoldGrid is a website builder a little bit different as it is built exclusively for WordPress - content management system, dominating the market.
It's not a secret that nowadays you don't have to be a programming and design guru to create a passable website on your own. And that's where the website builders, like BoldGrid, come marching in.
In my BoldGrid review, I will take a look at this powerful drag-and-drop website builder to find out how well does it suit the user's needs. So stay tuned!
What Is BoldGrid?
BoldGrid is a premium website builder, created by the InMotion Hosting company. It comes packaged with any hosting plan from InMotion Hosting and is based around WordPress with the main goal - to make the most popular CMS less daunting for non-web professionals.
Keep in mind that BoldGrid is an addition to the hosting plan and not vice-versa. That means you can test your newly created WordPress site on BoldGrid WordPress platform and then transfer your masterpiece to a web hosting provider of your choice.
You can get it for free from any of BoldGrid approved partners as it's included in their web hosting plans:
Also, if your web host offers access to Softaculous or Plesk control panels you can just download and install it manually on your existing web host. Just keep in mind, that high-level support is included only if you buy web hosting packages from their partners.
But is Boldgrid good to work with? To make up your mind you should take a look at the features included. So let's move on with BoldGrid review.
BoldGrid is quite bold with plans. There's just one plan with the costs of $60/yr. But also, you can get the free option as well!
The Free plan offers a website builder with theme library and backups. This one allows only one website, however, that can be sufficient just to start a website.
With the Premium plan, you get a lot more. Take a look at the additional features you can unlock:
- Unlimited sites
- Premium support
- 200+ Themes
- Built-in SEO analysis tool
- Automated and secure updates and backups
- Advanced customer access
- Additional content blocks (when using Post and Page Editor plugin)
The paid BoldGrid plan allows you to customize and improve multiple websites. Also, it has advanced tools to improve your websites marketing and analyze the traffic.
For a detailed BoldGrid review, let's see how this website builder functions.
Building a Website with BoldGrid
To test the possibilities of BoldGrid I've signed up for a free trial. This was really easy, just email is required. After signing up you are asked for some information about your website - what is the purpose of it and what products are required.
This information will be used to pick the themes that are the most relevant to you.
Also, this builder allows you to create a website without having hosting. Of course, that comes as a subdomain, making you address to look like youraddress.boldgrid.com. But if your website needs to look more official with a personal domain, you can consider Boldgrid's cloud hosting, or just check out other best web hosting providers.
Now for the dashboard, Boldgrid has a nice looking one.
It's intuitive, and you'll easily find all the features of your website.
Going to the website editing itself, you find a usual WordPress interface. But Boldgrid doesn't leave you alone here - you get informative tutorial videos along the way.
The customization menu is on your left and you can preview your website in a separate window.
This website builder offers 200+ themes. Boldgrid calls them inspirations as you can customize all of them to your liking.
The designs are not repetitive so you'll probably find something very specific to set up your page.
Although there is one thing making this process difficult - lack of search function. The themes are sorted to categories but still, they are rather abstract and it would be more comfortable to have a search tool where you can find themes based on a keyword.
For example, I would like to find a nice flower-based theme, but to do that I need to scroll a variety of Inspirations and categories. Just using a keyword like "flowers", "books", "gaming" etc.would be way easier.
After choosing the theme, time to set it up. In the content tab, you can find different pages of the website, select the preferred page set, enable the blog option.
If you're working with the free version, the stock images aren't the best option. These images will have watermarks that can be removed only when coins are purchased. Of course, you can use your own images and make your website free. But it's unfortunate that Boldgrid offers these watermarked stock images as they are basically unusable for an actual website.
But nonetheless, the website builder works and the themes respond without problems.
Customization of BoldGrid Templates
Boldgrid allows you to modify the placing of boxes, gadgets, colors, fonts and so on. The templates have their boundaries, however, you can move things around a lot. To choose objects, you can find them in the menu bar or just simply move your cursor above various sections for shortcut icon to appear and guide you to edit that section.
There are plenty of features and tutorial videos will guide you step-by-step to almost everything you can customize, so I highly recommend not skipping it if you're new to the website builders and WordPress.
And when you are making changes to your website, a really cool feature is a website preview on the right of your panel. You can see how all the changes will look before going live.
However, there are quite long loading times when you make changes. Even making the smallest corrections takes time to preview and that becomes annoying when you are working on the basis of your website. Especially when knowing, that there are lots of website builders having way better loading times.
Generally, Boldgrid offers a simplistic way of building a WordPress website. It has an easy interface but also gives you a lot of freedom for customization. And the designs are fully responsive on mobiles.
The time has come! Now I'll summarize my BoldGrid review and give you some insight about good and not-so-good characteristics that I've noticed.
Built exclusively on WordPress
It can be seen as a Con but believe me, it's not. WordPress is the most popular CMS in the worlds not without a reason. With BoldGrid you'll be able to get full advantage of WordPress and choose a professional design from their gallery.
Drag & Drop customizer
You can customize designs with easy-peasy drag & drop customizer. Just point and click on any item to edit properties. It's as simple as it sounds.
This feature allows you to test your website and see how it looks before going live on your actual website. A very useful feature when you want to make sure that everything will look perfect on any device.
Ability to test WordPress
Boldgrid allows you to try out any WordPress plugins and themes without a web hosting service. So you can look around how this platform works for you and that is entirely for free.
Friendly for newbies
It's beginner friendly and with the help of the step-by-step tutorial, it'll be a piece of cake to create a functional website for your needs. This is a perfect way for those trying to learn WordPress - you get that simple way to create a website along with the powerful flexibility of WordPress CMS.
Lack of eCommerce
Themes are not suitable for eCommerce. You can install a lot of extra plugins for eCommerce but this can appear too complicated and not worth the time while you can choose from other website builders more suitable for online shopping.
No dedicated support
Support is only for customers who buy BoldGrid with a web hosting plan, for example from InMotion Hosting. For others, there's a ticket system and forum. For my ticket response, I waited for 5 hours. So it's possible that you will not solve issues instantly.
No hosting options
There isn't an option to get a website builder and the hosting services all in one. You'll need to find a web hosting provider separately. It's not a big deal, but to have everything in one place is always more convenient. Especially if we're talking about the customer support - those will be separate for hosting and for the website builder. And sometimes issues are not so easily separable...
Long loading times
As I mentioned before, the time for testing pages to load was too long and irritating.
BoldGrid Review - Conclusion
BoldGrid is a really decent website builder with one condition - it's for WordPress. But if this CMS suits you and you decide to buy web hosting services from their partners, go for it! You'll get a rich collection of themes, and pre-configured parameters, which will save you the trouble of doing everything on your own.
Useful tutorials will hold your hand and lead you through the website building experience. And if you already are a professional you can save lots of time by jumping to the features that are really important to you. I would definitely recommend at least trying it!
- Built Exclusively for Wordpress
- Drag & Drop Customizer
- Easy to Use
- No Hosting Options
- No Live Support
- No Integrated eCommerce