Virb.com is a website building service based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 2004 and bought by Media Temple in 2012. But in 2014, when Media Temple was acquired by GoDaddy, Virb was sold back to its founder.
Focusing on beautiful themes and complete simplicity, how can this website builder stack up against the competition? Find out, in this Virb review.
A First Look at Virb
When I began my Virb website builder review, I was impressed with the comprehensive feature set on offer.
- Responsive Themes: Sites adapt for mobile devices
- SEO Analytics and Google Tools: Helps you to increase site visitor numbers
- Cloud Hosting: Website hosting divided between multiple physical machines
- CSS & HTML Editors: Excellent for advanced users
- Social Media Integration: Promote your accounts on other services
- Document Storage: Securely store files in the cloud
- Store Page: Build an eCommerce website
- Content Delivery Network: Speed up your site for global visitors
In short, Virb has everything you need to create a fully-functional website. The only thing you'll need to purchase separately is domain registration. Accounts do come with a subdomain though, such as 'www.example.virb.com'.
Up To Date Themes
Because of its chequered past, in this Virb review, my primary concern was whether or not this platform was properly maintained. I'm happy to report that Virb's themes and demo sites are on a par with other modern site builders, with 20+ different templates that look great on mobile and desktop browsers.
You can check out some example websites created using Virb in its website's 'Showcase' section.
Good For Beginners and Developers
I found the Virb site management tool to be easy to get to grips with.
Function buttons are placed in intuitive locations, and a navigation bar at the top of the window allows you to easily switch between a site analytics view and the page editor.
And while the standard page editor could hardly be more straightforward, web developers can easily enter an HTML editing mode to change finer site details.
That being said, the editing experience could be a little bit more simple. Compared to the competitors, such as Wix or Weebly, Virb.com website builder is a little bit more complicated.
The drag and drop capabilities are limited. Instead of getting a preset page and getting to intuitively edit it, you'll be given a blank page and with the help of installation wizard will be able to choose the necessary pages.
Easy to use? Yes - but could be better.
$10 is slightly more expensive than some comparable website builders, but considering that the plan includes unlimited bandwidth and storage, I consider Virb to be an affordable service.
You don't have to pay extra for any of the features mentioned above. Prices are also billed monthly rather than annually, which is nice to see.
The package includes a 14-day free trial, giving you plenty of time to test out Virb's services prior to committing to a contract.
During my Virb review, I tested my site load times through Bitcatcha.
Results were acceptable but not very good. It's not a speed demon - but readers shouldn't have a problem loading Virb websites.
Virb Review: Final Thoughts
Overall, this is a simple but well-rounded web building package. Virb isn't as large a company as competitors such as Squarespace, but it's nearly as fully featured. At $10/month for unlimited storage, it's also extremely affordable.
The only legitimate Virb.com issue is its ease of use. Compared to the competition,
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- Extremely easy to use
- Simple pricing structure
- CDN Included for better page load times
- Good for beginners and advanced users
- Load times could be faster
- Not as many add-ons as competitors