2019 October 2nd
Pixpa aims at making the website building process hassle-free. With an easy to use website editor, Pixpa keeps professionals in mind - from students and designers to writers and engineers. It focuses on creating a platform, that allows the professionals to easily create their portfolios.
But professional portfolios is not all Pixpa claims to be capable of. It also has eCommerce features, so even small business could use the services of the website builder.
But does Pixpa have a competitive advantage to make it the best option for your business? Let’s find out in this Pixpa review!
What Is Pixpa?
Pixpa is a relatively new website builder founded back in 2012 by Gurpreet Singh - a creative director of a multi-disciplinary creative agency IdeazInc. He designed Pixpa so that professionals of all kinds would have a place to showcase their works. Originally, Pixpa is a portfolio website builder.
But during the time, the website builder evolved. eCommerce features were added as well as new templates.
Now, Pixpa can be used to create not only professional portfolios but also small business websites. And the company keeps students in mind too, offering them big discounts.
Talking about the discounts, let's see if Pixpa is affordable in the first place.
Pixpa has designed 5 plans for professionals and put them all into 3 categories: website, eCommerce, and Client Galeries, starting at $5/month.
Website plans will cost from $6/month, and eCommerce options are more expensive - costing $15/month.
All of the plans will get you a drag-and-drop website builder with responsive templates included, unlimited bandwidth, free domain for a year, and SSL certificates.
So, what's the difference?
- The Start plan for $6/mo allows you to upload up to 200 images and sell up to 3 products.
- The Grow plan for $9/mo allows unlimited image uploads and up to 10 product store.
- The Plus Store plan for $15/mo gets you unlimited images, products, and eCommerce features like abandoned cart recovery.
- The Plus Images plan for $15/mo offers eCommerce integrated image galleries, unlimited products, and other eCommerce features.
- The Client Galleries starting at $5/mo gets you storage for any kind of image galleries and gallery creation tools.
Paying yearly, you save around 25% as with monthly plans, the pricing increases,
Fortunately, Pixpa is transparent about that and you won't see any surprises in the shopping cart. In the table, you can see pricing differences:
|PLUS STORE||$20/mo ($240/year)||$180/year||$60|
|PLUS IMAGES||$20/mo ($240/year)||$180/year||$60|
|CLIENT GALLERIES||from $6/month||from $60/year||from $12|
Client Galleries pricing depends on the storage you need. While 10GB of storage costs $5/month paying yearly, 10TB will cost $80/month for the same period.
Additionally, the company offers a special discount for students. If you prove your student status, you get 50% off of any plan.
Now that it’s clear that the company is targeting creatives (including students) who are focused on creating beautiful art rather than coding and technical stuff, let’s see if the platform is really that easy to use for newbies.
The company offers a complete range of online services necessary for every person that wants to build their online presence – from blogging tools to integrated eCommerce solutions.
Of course, this doesn’t tell us much. Let’s see if all of their packages include those services:
|Cloud Storage (Portfolio files)||1GB||3GB||10GB||25GB|
|Money-back guarantee||30 days||30 days||30 days||No|
|Easy SEO Manager||Included||Included||Included||Included|
|Social Media Widgets||Included||Included||Included||Included|
|Number of eCommerce Products||3||10||50||500|
Even the most basic plan gets you some eCommerce features, a free domain, and SSL. Seems like a good value to me!
You can also try Pixpa for 15 days without entering credit card details, so you know if the product meets your needs.
Pixpa Website Builder First Impressions
To include the actual registration process in my Pixpa review, I’ve signed up for their free trial and created a new site from scratch. It lasts 15 days and no credit card is required.
Once you log in, you will be asked to pick a theme. You can choose one from 38 modern, responsive and overall really good-looking themes:
All themes support all services (eCommerce, portfolio) and it's completely free.
Next, you will be taken to the main dashboard which looks very intuitive. All settings are divided into 3 different categories based on what you want to edit – your site design, your store, and your portfolio. Naturally, you can have all 3 on your site at the same time:
Let’s see how to add content – to do that, let’s click Add Content (who would have guessed?). You will then be taken to a menu where you can select what to add to your site:·
After clicking Blog I was asked to name it:
Then, I was asked to choose a layout:
After hitting save I was taken to the blog management panel where I could add posts, navigate between different website settings and view my blog:
The blog post editor itself is quite similar to other website builders – which is definitely a big plus, as it can be used by someone who has never coded anything (and it doesn’t need coding at all):
Next, I jumped to proofing. The process of adding an album is very similar to that of adding a blog post so I’ll skip it:
Instead, let’s see a quick overview of eCommerce settings.
Naturally, these are not as robust as you could expect from a typical eCommerce platform.
But I like that they include an easy way of managing your taxation rates and abandoned carts. You'll also see options for discounts, shipping, and payment options.
Pixpa does not charge anything for the sales you make.
Sure, all this is available only on the Plus plan, but for the features you get, the price is very low.
And what about the settings of the site itself?
As you can see, it has everything you might need to run a small but successful website:
You can manage newsletters, change SEO settings, add a domain name (before you do that, your site is available on a Pixpa subdomain) and add external integrations.
And there are plenty of those (46).
You'll find integrations like MailChimp for email newsletters or Google Analytics to track your success.
All of them offer one-click installs, so even if you're new to web development world, it will be as easy as installing an app on the phone.
All these settings and integrations look great and prove that Pixpa is a platform on which you can easily create a professional online presence for your creative business. Now - let's see if this platform is a complete package, let's have a look at the performance.
Let’s see if Pixpa’s performance matches all the available features. In the end, creative people (who are the primary platform users) often host huge image or video files that require fast and stable bandwidth. And for all the users, it's much nicer to browse in a fast, responsive website.
Pixpa server was rated B. And overall, it's not a bad result. Response times in the US are amazing - 50 to 80ms. Europe and some of the Asia locations were good as well. However, Sao Paulo and Japan lagged behind.
Overall - a good result. Though if you have a website for Japan audiences, I would try to find another option or contact the support so they can optimize the server.
We've also set a monitor to see Pixpa uptime results. And they were great. Pixpa was up for 99.997% of the time during the last 30 days.
According to our Uptime Calculator, considering their average performance for the last 30 days of 99.997%, the site was down for just about 2 seconds on a daily basis – and 1m 18s during the whole month. That is a very, very strong result - most companies can't match that.
So in terms of performance, Pixpa is an example for other small website builder platforms.
Overall, Pixpa looks great - pricing is affordable, it's relatively easy to use, plans are well thought-through.
Here is the summary of the pros:
Easy to Get Started
Enter your name, email, password and you are done. The dashboard is quite easy to use and everything is clear so it shouldn’t be overwhelming for people who have never created a website before.
And if you have any questions, you can just contact their customer service or access help center directly from the dashboard:
Features Creatives Might Need
While I wouldn’t recommend the platform to someone who wants to run a demanding website with tons of features, Pixpa has everything you need to run a successful portfolio site.
In the end, that’s exactly what the platform is designed to do.
And you can even sell your works with the eCommerce features that are included.
Each Plan Has All the Basics Included
Each plan has all the basics included - from security to eCommerce. On top of that, you can run that site for as little as $6 per month.
Because there are very little differences between the plans, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to set up a simple site. Instead, you can focus on growing your creative business.
I like the fact that the company wants to help those who usually aren’t earning that much or are still struggling financially.
Setting up their first website could help students learn a lot about the marketing of their services or even skyrocket their carriers.
Sadly, Pixpa is not a perfect site builder. And while there are not many cons that I’d like to list in my Pixpa review, those that I included are quite serious.
Not Much Freedom
Having a closed environment is a great thing for beginners. But if you ever decide to expand your website beyond what is offered on the platform, it might cost you a lot more than what you saved by signing up for it in the first place.
Considering that Pixpa is a jack of all trades, but can't really a master of one. If your business becomes a serious company using eCommerce or blogging to make big profits, you might get stuck and your options of growing the site will be limited.
Pixpa Review - the Verdict
Pixpa is the website building platform created with very specific customers and goals in mind. You won’t find many huge eCommerce entrepreneurs or big enterprises here.
But as we found out from this Pixpa review, its fast and reliable hosting is perfect for professionals wanting to showcase their works. It includes all the basics you need to create a portfolio and even sell some of your products.
In the end, that’s exactly what Pixpa is all about.
- Good Pricing Plans
- Student Discount
- Excellent Uptime and Performance
- Limited Features
- No Uptime Guarantee