A few years ago, building an HTML website required a lot of coding knowledge. Then, visual HTML editors with drag-and-drop builders appeared and completely changed the website building game.
Now, you don't need any coding experience to create a visually stunning and responsive website.
Novi Builder claims to offer effortless drag-and-drop builder to make site creation a breeze. But is this the right tool for you? Find out in this in-depth Novi Builder review.
What is Novi Builder?
Novi Builder offers two services: an HTML/CSS editor and an HTML template subscription service. In short, it allows you to create or modify HTML templates and offers a selection of pre-made HTML templates for you to modify.
What sets Novi Builder apart from the majority of visual HTML editors is that it allows you to import existing HTML sites.
NoviBuilder requires access to an Apache web server, so I followed its comprehensive installation instructions to get started.
Yes - this builder is not a web builder like Wix or Weebly. It requires a separate hosting account to get started - so keep that in mind.
Once loaded, however, I found Novi Builder very easy to use. It only took a couple of clicks to upload my current website's HTML file.
Next up - I played around with the visual editor.
What I liked the most is that adding and editing content blocks was very intuitive. Additionally, it allows you to fully edit HTML/CSS/JS on the same page.
If you don't want to import your site's HTML code (or you simply don't have one yet), you can use dozens of free HTML templates. All the templates I've played around for this review are very aesthetically pleasing and responsive on all devices. When building or editing a page, all templates are conveniently placed on top for easy changing.
When you sign up for a Novi Membership, you get access to dozens of high quality and industry-specific templates.
Some of them are specifically created for startups, medical professionals, advertising agencies, universities, and more. However, almost all of them could be custom-tailored to fit your personal needs and business direction.
Comprehensive Feature Set
Novi Builder comes with everything you need to create a fully-functional website. The following features are all included:
- Social media plugins
- Media library
- Subscriber plugins
- Source code and style editor
- Icon manager
- Multi-device preview
The Novi customer service team is accessible through a ticket service. It's a shame no live chat or phone support is offered. However, I'm happy to report that the Novi agent who responded to my ticket was very helpful and evidently knowledgeable about HTML development.
Questions are also rapidly responded to on the Novi Website Builder Facebook community page.
Novi Builder Pricing
Novi Builder offers three plans:
- Startup package: $29/year
- Advanced package: $49/year
- Developer package: $149 one-off fee
Each includes the same core features but offers access to a different number of pre-made templates. A more limited license that only includes 6 months of technical support can also be purchased for $16 from a third-party vendor.
Novi Builder Plans in More Detail
|Number of Templates||1||20+||Lifetime access to new templates|
|Visual HTML Editor||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Updates||During subscription||During subscription||Lifetime access|
|Support||During subscription||During subscription||Lifetime support|
|Money back period||30-day||30-day||30-day|
The plans differ only in the number of templates you can get. And looking at that, Novi Builder's pricing is affordable: plans cost roughly what I'd expect to pay for a good HTML template.
Since you're paying once a year, the price might look high at first. But some providers charge that number monthly!
For a one-time website modification, the Startup plan will be most suitable. But, if you want to build a site from scratch, the Advanced plan is a better option as it includes multiple pre-made templates.
Furthermore, if you are a professional site designer, then the Developer plan will be best because it offers lifetime template access.
Novi Builder Review: Final Thoughts
Novi Builder itself is extremely easy to use. It's an excellent choice for designing an HTML website if you don't have a lot of coding experience. It's not as straightforward to use as many other website builders, but it can be a great tool for many developers.
To make the building easier, there will also be plenty of templates for you to choose from. And the business-specific template gallery is a very thoughtful addition.
Different Novi Builder packages are suited to very distinct use cases. Think carefully about which suits your needs before signing up.
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- Easy to use
- Impressive template gallery
- Range of plans to suit different user needs
- No hosting support