Starting an online business without any technical skills? What just a few years ago sounded like a dream has now become a reality. One of the companies willing to make building and maintaining website simple and user-friendly is Pixpa.
But can their offer provide them with enough competitive advantage to make it the best option for your business? Let’s find out in this Pixpa review!
What Is Pixpa?
Pixpa was founded in 2012 by Gurpreet Singh - a creative director of a multi-disciplinary creative agency IdeazInc. During that time, his work involved collaborating with other creative people such as designers, artists, and photographers from all around the world.
You may be wondering - why is this important?
Because the experience and insight from that time allowed Gurpreet to suit his own platform for people he previously worked with. Today, Pixpa markets itself as an all-in-one platform that integrates all products necessary to build an online presence of a creative professional.
Services Offered By Pixpa
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 Products||3||10||50||500|
Surprisingly, even the basic LITE plan comes with integrated eCommerce. In fact, the main difference between the plans comes down to the number of products that you can sell, inventory management, abandoned cart recovery, and integrated cloud storage. How does the pricing compare to those features?
Pixpa Pricing & Plans
The company offers four different packages with different pricing for yearly and monthly contracts:
Below you can see how the prices differ between plans and the length of contracts. Specially for this Pixpa review, I've also calculated your savings should you decide to go the yearly route:
On top of the four plans, the company offers client-proofing only platform, which allows you to create private and public client albums with the ability to sell your images as prints or downloads. Just like with the standard plans, there is a small difference between the monthly and yearly plans:
Additionally, the company offers a special discount for students – STUDENT STARTER plan which comes at a price of 50% of the Pixpa standard STARTER 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.
A Short Pixpa Review Test Ride!
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, 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 three different categories based on what you want to edit – your site design, your store, and your portfolio. Naturally, you can have all three 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. Sure, 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), including MailChimp, which you can use to send the said newsletters:
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.
Here's how Pixpa did:
Overall - a good result. Response times in Pixpa servers are pretty good all over the world.
The uptime is also pretty nice: as a matter of fact, the monitors show the servers to be 100% up most of the time.
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.
Let’s start slowly summarising this Pixpa review. What are the things that I could recommend Pixpa for?
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 Creative Person 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.
All Plans Have the Basics Included
On top of that, you can run that site for as little as $6 per month (or $5 if you pay upfront). 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 profit, you might get stuck and your options of growing the site will be limited.
Pixpa Review Summary – to Sign up or Not to Sign up?
The platform is created with very specific customers and goals in mind. You won’t find many huge eCommerce entrepreneurs or big enterprises here. But if you run a small creative business and would like to create a portfolio website, a gallery of client work or would like to experiment with creative eCommerce – you might just give it a shot.
In the end, that’s exactly what Pixpa is all about.
- Good Pricing Plans
- Student Discount
- 15 Day Free Trial 30-Day and Money Back Guarantee
- Excellent Uptime and Performance
- Limited Features
- No Uptime Guarantee