Carbonmade was designed in 2005 for personal use by a group of creatives. And since then it has built over 1.5 million online portfolios.
Is there much more to see behind the funny graphics and not-so-serious approach to the website building?
That's what I'll try to find out in my Carbonmade review!
A Peep Inside the Carbonmade World
Signing up takes less than a minute with this bold but very friendly homepage. Once you're in the control panel, you can review system updates and access its simple portfolio builder. And believe me, it's really simple and responsive.
From here, there is a handful of templates to choose from. Although there aren't many, seven in total, each one is beautifully designed and retina-ready. For users who want to build an unbranded website, there is the option to upgrade your account at any time.
Unfortunately, the free trial has its limits when customizing. In fact, there are only two backgrounds to choose from and two fonts. This didn't bother me too much, as you get a good idea from their themes.
Upgrading to the Okay plan - as they call it, will mean you can upload your own favicon and logo. Carbonmade offers priority email support to its customers, which I found to be prompt and helpful. There are how-to articles, too.
I tried both the free trial and the Okay plan, finding both to be a fairly pleasant experience.
If you are looking to build a tidy, fun looking website in one sitting, then Carbonmade is just for you. However, If you are looking to build something completely unique and more complex, you may feel limited with Carbonmade's features.
Carbonmade offers its clients two subscription options: monthly, and annually. It's logical to choose the annual subscription unless you think your website will only hold for a couple of months.
The per month price plans range from $6.00 to $18.00, depending on which package you choose. Paying annually will save you 20%.
Plans in More Detail
|Number of Templates||7||7||7|
|Number of Projects||10||50||Unlimited|
The OKAY plan is priced at $6.00 month-to-month, and it is basically just an extension of the free trial. The WHOO! plan is the best value for money, priced at $12.00 month-to-month. Its key features include domain blinding, statistics feature, and an unbranded website.
The unlimited package - or the LASER WHALE is priced at $18.00 month-to-month. This plan will suit experienced photographers that need unlimited pages and the highest priority support.
Also, Carbonmade has a very simple free plan with which you can build a portfolio, hosted at yourdomain.carbonmade.com
To complete my review of Carbonmade, I ran a speed test on Bitcatcha to see how it performs.
These are rather average results from Carbonmade. While it isn't a strong point for Carbonmade, it shouldn't cause any problems, unless your business is based around the region of India.
Carbonmade Review - Final Thoughts
Carbonmade offers a unique service that is not suited to everyone. But if you are a fan of the creative style on offer, you can benefit from three low-cost price plans and a great selection of beautiful themes.
Carbonmade is a great place to build an exciting website in one sitting. If you are looking for a completely unique design, then Carbonmade is not for you. But if you want a fun, user-friendly experience with no hassle, then look no further.
If you do try Carbonmade, please feel free to leave your own Carbonmade reviews and experiences below.
- User-friendly and all-around cute looking
- Easy to set up
- Free plan on Carbonmade domain
- Fair and transparent pricing
- Customisation limitations
- Only 7 templates
- No eCommerce