What is SiteBuilder?
SiteBuilder is relatively a fast-growing website building tool on the market. Their main concern seems to be with UI and core functionality. Besides, everything they offer appears to be working seamlessly as a platform.
Like many other website builders out there, they also offer a drag and drop design, an organized layout and lots of templates to work with.
But the question is, do you have to trade-off control to have convenience? Let’s find out in this SiteBuilder review.
SiteBuilder Pricing & Plans
Before we move to the website builder, let's see what kind of pricing plans they have. At present, they only offer three type of packages.
They used to have a free hosting plan with the builder to help you host your site for absolutely free.
However, they don’t offer this facility anymore. Now you only get an option to choose from premium plans. Therefore, I’ll be describing them briefly in this SiteBuilder review.
- Pro: The plan starts at $3.84/mo. You will get a Drag and Drop builder along with different customizable templates. Also, this plan will include website statistics and a free domain name. However, there’s a catch. You will only get this price rate for the first billing cycle. Moreover, the usual rate for this package starts at $7.68/mo. So, you only get one time discount.There's another catch; you would only be eligible for this pricing rate if you go for their 2-year billing cycle.
- Premium: This plan will cost you $5.99/mo. Also, it comes with everything the Pro plan has to offer with only one additional feature; priority support. Thus, if you have any issues with your account, you will get premium support. The regular rate for this plan is $11.98/mo.
- eCommerce: With only additional eCommerce store support this plan will cost you $9.22/mo. This pricing is, of course, is one time discounted price. The regular price is $18.45/mo.
|1-Year Billing cycle||$55.32||$73.74||$119.88|
|2-Year Billing cycle||$92.16||$73.74||$221.4|
Well, at first glance, I have to say the pricing seems ridiculously high. Also, the false advertising of the discounted prices looks a bit shady to me.
Detailed Analysis of the Plans
Let’s dig a little deeper into their plans. I’ve collected all the necessary information in this SiteBuilder review. Why don’t you take a look?
|How many website templates?||250+||250+||250+|
|HDD or SSD used in servers?||Both HDD and SSD||Both HDD and SSD||Both HDD and SSD|
|SSL||Free for their domain||Free for their domain||Free for their domain|
|Can you connect your domain?||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|How many websites can you make?||1||1||1|
|How many email addresses included?||No (Paid Separately)||No (Paid Separately)||No (Paid Separately)|
|Are there builder’s own ads on your website?||No||No||No|
|How many add-ons?||7||8||9|
|A choice for server location||No||No||No|
|Free automated backups||No||No||No|
SiteBuilder doesn't require any billing information to give you a sneak peek inside. That's why I signed up using Gmail and went straight in to have a look, for this SiteBuilder review.
At first, you’ll see a relatively simple CMS (Content Management System), from where you will be able to access and track all your websites. You’ll see an option to create a website. I wanted to check out how their site builder looked.
Therefore, I tried out some of the elements.
First, I was prompted to choose a template from the 250+ collection. Every template is categorized, and you can search them based on their category.
I really liked how they were organized and had quality content. Most of the web builders don’t offer quality templates. However, things were slightly different here. Moreover, you can also “preview” a template before choosing it for further editing. Therefore, when I selected the one I liked, I was taken to the editor automatically.
In a sentence, the editor looked quite organized and straightforward. You would have to drag and drop all the extra elements. Moreover, it's quite easy, and you will get lots of options to choose from.
SiteBuilder provides a mobile view to help you design the website in a mobile friendly way. Once you are done editing all you need to do is to publish the site, and you're done!
SiteBuilder offers a wide range of stock photos to help you out. Also, you will get lots and lots of options, and all of them are categorized just like the templates.
Adding the “Image Gallery” is quite easy. You will get column, row and grid options to choose from. Moreover, you can add them anywhere on the website.
I kind of liked all the variations here; however, nothing seemed up to the mark. Every feature is on the average side.
I had to check out their overall performance which includes response time and uptime for this SiteBuilder review. Their average response time is 570.5 ms. But as you can see they performed the worst in Japan.
I guess you can expect an average level of response time for your websites hosted here. On the other hand, they promise a 99.9% uptime. However, they can provide 99.97%, which is a good output.
Now let’s jump to the next segment of this SiteBuilder Review.
- Good Templates: They have a good collection of templates with quality designs. Even though they only have 250+ templates, all of them have a classy and modern vibe.
- Easy To Use: The Editor is super easy to use. You only have to drag and drop the elements to edit the template.
- Limited Media Support: The media support is barebones. Therefore, you will be able to add only some basic media contents.
- Overpriced: Needleless to say, all of their plans are too pricey. Compared to their prices, the features they offer aren’t enough.
- HTML / CSS Access: Although you can drag and drop the elements, you won’t have any access to their HTML/CSS sheet.
- Lousy Customer Support: Their live chats are the worst. Moreover, the customer representatives can't answer a technical question and seem to be always confused about their products.
SiteBuilder Review: Should You Sign Up?
If you want a no-fuss website, then SiteBuilder might just be for you. However, if you are looking for more competitive website designs, then I can't recommend them. Sure, you will have a clean UI with excellent functionality.
On the other hand, you’ll have to trade-off control and performance. It's a relatively difficult choice, so I would not recommend them for enterprise-level usage. However, they are much suited for beginner level consumers.
If you want more versatility, you should check out other Website Builders that can cover all your needs.
- Easy to use
- Simple user interface
- Quality templates
- No access to HTML/CSS
- Limited Media Support
- Bad customer support