For a website builder that brands itself as ‘The Easy Website Builder’, we should expect a smooth, intuitive platform that practically anyone could use without difficulty.
It even claims to offer the ability to ‘Create a Website in Minutes’.
In this Jigsy review, I'll be putting these claims to the test.
Upon landing on the Jigsy homepage, I wasn’t particularly impressed by their web design. Although it functions well, there are elements that look rather amateur and unimpressive.
For a website-building platform, you’d hope they’d have built themselves a good site, wouldn’t you?
As for their features, however, they seem to offer plenty. They state that they have a drag-and-drop editor, hundreds of templates that ‘can be fully customized’, and mobile optimization.
They also offer a free plan for those who are just looking to test the waters and decide whether they’d like to upgrade later. It only permits a 5-page website, though, so it won’t serve the average website too well.
After having a play around with their free version, I found that their ‘drag-and-drop editor’ wasn’t really as convenient or as easy-to-use as it should be.
In reality, you can only place specified elements in specified locations. This significantly reduces your flexibility when you’re creating your own website.
It’s not a fantastic start to my Jigsy review, but let’s see if their pricing options can sway my verdict.
Jigsy Pricing & Plans
At the time of writing, Jigsy offers four plans: free, starter, basic and premium. The prices are reasonable, but is the value?
The Jigsy Free plan is well suited to people who want to experiment with building their own website, but it has very limited storage (25MB), a five-page maximum and no custom domain option.
In all honesty, I wouldn’t waste my money on the Starter plan. At $3.99 a month, you’re pretty much paying for a bit more storage, an extra 5 pages, and the ability to use a custom domain.
If I was to become a paying customer, I’d take the Basic plan. You get 2GB storage and you can create up to 99 pages, which can be spread across three individual websites.
Although this is the most expensive option, it’s also the best for value. Its regular price is $15.99, but at the time of writing, it is on offer for $9.99. It gives you 5 GB of storage, the ability to create unlimited pages, and up to 10 websites.
These seem like fair deals until we compare with other website-building platforms — WordPress offers a free plan that provides 3GB of storage, while its $9.50 plan comes with 13GB.
Quick tip: Although a lot of people (including myself) may prefer to pay monthly, you can save yourself 10%, 20% or 30% of the price if you pay in bulk for 1, 2, or 3 years respectively.
How Does Jigsy Perform?
Jigsy is by no means the fastest platform available. However, it does provide speeds that are more than acceptable. The website response times fell into the excellent category (300 ms or less) for every location tested except for Bangalore.
However, my experience didn’t agree with these results.
I found their website and website builder to be quite slow and jerky, which can be highly frustrating at times. (And no, I’m not based in Bangalore.)
Jigsy Pros and Cons
Let's summarize our Jigsy review with some pros and cons.
- You get hundreds of themes to choose from
- Plans can be paid monthly
- Thanks to the Free plan, you can test most features before you buy
- Great response times in the U.S.
- The ‘drag-and-drop’ website builder is not nearly as flexible as I would have liked
- The website builder and the website itself can be fairly jerky
- Mediocre design
- Templates all look rather similar in terms of design taste
- There isn’t something for everyone
- Their website itself is basic and lacks general visual appeal
- Customer service isn’t great as there is no live chat feature
Final Thoughts from My Jigsy Review
At first glance, I was quite excited to play with the Jigsy website builder, as it claimed to be a number of things that appealed to me. I love simplicity when it’s done correctly.
However, their drag-and-drop website builder doesn’t offer nearly as much flexibility or customizability as I would have liked. I agree that you can ‘Create a Website in Minutes’, but not one that is truly your own.
I wouldn’t recommend it for its value either, as the other website builders offer much more bang for your buck. Although, there’s no harm in taking the free version for a quick test drive. That way, you can make a more informed decision.
While it’s not something I’ll be pursuing further, I do agree that it’s an ‘Easy Website Builder’. So, if you’re looking for a simple, no-frills website builder to create a basic website, Jigsy could be a good choice for you.
If you do try it out, be sure to let me know how you get on. Your experience and opinion could be totally different to mine, so please leave your own Jigsy review and experiences below.
- Free Plan
- Mobile friendly
- SEO tools
- Mediocre features
- No live chat
- Drag-and-drop not very responsive