Menu
Photography Website Builders Try Carbonmade
Carbonmade icon

Carbonmade Reviews

Reviews from 129 real-life Carbonmade users.

84% Customer Satisfaction

  • I have been using Carbonmade for over a year now. It is a good platform for someone who cannot or doesn’t want to have the hassle of maintaining their own html pages. I was in design school when I started publishing on Carbonmade because a. They had the layout style I was searching for and b. I didn’t have enough time to code myself and set up things (I could have done that by now but you see procrastination lol). It is user friendly and their Dashboard is pretty simple. Uploading or deleting or editing hasn’t been any issue for me. I wish they had better formatting options for text just like we have in wordpress or wix. Its just me because I have used those earlier and know about the flexibility these platforms offer. If you are on a time crunch (like i was) and looking for an easy, minimalist and aesthetically appealing, user friendly space for your portfolio then carbonmade could be your base. Professionals with higher graphic and web design abilities might find it a bit basic. But I like it. 😊

    Flag
  • Not really. I'm about to redo it using wordpress. I don't feel the templates great for my needs. Customer service is just okay.

    Flag
  • I'd recommend it for a quick portfolio build-up. But it is not particularly customizable.

    Flag
  • Easy to set up, reasonably priced, and the site serves me well.

    I'm not nearly as pro-active as I should be, so I'm sure it could be more useful than it is.

    Having said that, I get occasional inquiries without any promoting, so it must sit well on the net.

    Flag
  • I like Carbon made because it seems to cater to visual websites...in other words a lot of their layout themes center around displaying art or graphics.

    I not good at HTML...so Carbon made is easy for me to use and reuse. I just redid my website a few days ago and it took me about three hours. So it was fast. I like that because I can play with ideas for a bit and see immediate results on screen. Maybe you can do this with HTML...not sure.

    So for an artist that wants to display his work...I really like Carbon made. I would recommend it to someone who wants to build a nice website without having to learn a lot of coding.

    Flag
  • I'm really happy with my carbonmade site. I think I'm on the $119 annual subscription. It was really easy to build and fairly simple to put all the pieces together. I also used the free design website www.canva.com to customize image sizes or combine different images into one tile - pretty easy.

    Bottom line, yep, I'd recommend it. Check it out on a mobile phone - that's what sold me. Their mobile interface is beautiful.

    Flag
  • I do recommend Carbonmade. The pro is the usability and the com the lack of themes.

    Flag
  • Carbonmade is a good, affordable solution for a simple portfolio.

    There's a limit to how many projects you can publish on the free and paid versions, but you can archive as many as you like. I tend to keep the free version up and running, then switch to paid when I'm actively looking for work. With the paid version, I unarchive projects I want to feature, add new ones, and customize the domain. The available layouts are limited, but they're responsive, and I can add my logo and customize the color scheme to match my brand. It's also really quick and easy to set up and maintain... a big benefit for a busy professional.

    Flag
  • it has worked good for my needs.

    Flag
  • I love it. It's mainly for the creatives who want to display portfolios but other than that I am very satisfied with the pricing and service.

    Somethings I would like for them to do is increase the quality of the photos we display. They get compressed like Facebook does to their photos and it hurts the color and quality of our work.

    Flag
  • It's not a bad site. Easy enough to use. I haven't compared it to others though.

    Flag
  • In my opinion it is very easy to use and has a great layout. The designs are really nice and it is always very fast. Using other website builders previously, I have found that Carbonmade works the best with my creative style and has great accessibility.

    Flag
  • I do like Carbonmade quite a bit and would recommend it. I do think that Wix is better for small businesses, however. What I like about Carbonmade is the ease of use. What I don't like is the template choice, as there is currently only one template that I like.

    Flag
  • I really like Carbonmade, don't really have any issues with it. They offer other little stats that are useful like views per page, and so on. I would definitely recommend it to anybody trying to publish their portfolio. The only thing I can say is that it does not offer a lot of choices for templates or layout customization as wix would.

    Flag
  • All I know is a friend set this up for me and I've been taking care of it ever since. By that I mean that I pay the fee monthly and occasionally upload stuff there. That's about it. The beginner level" that I'm using doesn't offer much liberty as far as the layout goes, you just pick one of the many templates and change fonts and colors, not much else. I think it's a nice entry level platform, at least the cheap, basic version that I'm using. Pretty user friendly and clean.

    Flag
  • I am quite happy with Carbonmade and have had good reactions to my site. I've used them since 2008, so there may be more updated offerings out there, but I'm still happy with Carbonmade. Also, anytime I've had an issue, they've responded quickly.

    Flag
  • I would recommend it! It's so easy to use, and it's sleek and professional. The only downside is you need a paid membership to upload HD videos and also to link a domain to it (so if you own a domain that you want to auto-direct to your carbonmade, you need to have the paid membership to link them together). So I only use my carbonmade when I'm looking for work- I reactivate the membership so my demo reel is high quality and then link it back to my domain. And when I'm secured with employment I just cancel the subscription again.

    Flag
  • I am indeed using Carbonmade for mendydraws.com! I often recommend Carbonmade to friends/colleagues who are looking to build a portfolio site. While I haven't truthfully done a deep dive into other portfolio builders (haven't actually heard the best things about squarespace which I think most people go gaga for), I have had Carbonmade for almost 10 years (good lord) and it has been sufficient for what I need with easy upload/organizing, displaying my art and contact information clearly, is affordable, and able to be customized without having to be a code monkey or UI designer.

    Flag
  • I'm happy with Carbonmade as a platform for my portfolio. I'm not particularly tech-savvy but it was easy to set up. When there were any issues, their customer service was helpful, prompt and courteous. It has a free option for basic needs, but I pay about $150 a year because of the scope of my work (including video). So, yes I would recommend it.

    Flag
  • The free version is very limited ... I prefer wordpress, I am working on my new portfolio with wp.

    Flag
  • I've been using Carbonmade for years, I do like it. I can't give you a list of pros and cons, I haven't tried any others out there,

    Flag
  • I love carbonmade. It’s super easy and looks clean. I’d definitely recommend it.

    Flag
  • I’d recommend it. Straight-forward with very few glitches that I am aware of - I have had a problem with visibility on android, but I think that is fixed now.

    Flag
  • I would definitely recommend it. I've had it for almost 6 years now. At first i didn't love it and was thinking about switching to Square Space but they updated their service a few years back and now it's perfect. Super easy to use. I even got my current job off of it (a recruiter reached out to me though the messaging portal).

    Flag
  • I do recommend it! I've been using it for several years now. I think it offers what I need, which is a place to display my work and an easy way to manage it.

    Flag
  • I would definitely recommend carbonnade. Easy to use, great customer service, and great compression.

    Flag
  • It’s easily to use but a bit on the pricy side

    Flag
  • Yes

    Flag
  • I really like Carbonmade and would definitely recommend it. As a non-designer/artist (I'm a writer/game designer), it's super simple to set up and maintain.

    Flag
  • I'd definitely recommend it. Very easy to use and looks good.

    Flag
  • It's definitely a very good portfolio site, with plain but very effective layouts! Only the page update breaks sometimes when viewing the audio section, if you try to show more than 4 to 5 audio files on one page. That's why I took it out. Otherwise, I am very satisfied.

    Flag
  • It’s just been a temporary thing for us to use as a portfolio and very basic functional website. It’s been great and we have a new one in the works. Will hopefully be releasing that from wix next month.

    I really like carbon made. The price is great the functionality is fantastic and it just works beautifully on all platforms.

    Flag
  • for free features i thunk carbonmade works fine. because of a lack of options though i will most likely be upgrading to a paid portfolio somewhere else.

    Flag
  • It's easy to use and is generally a good site for illustration and photography type of portfolios, but I wouldn't recommend it for those that want to upload videos since you'd have to start paying and it doesn't seem as worth it since you are still limited in customization.

    Flag
  • It's really easy to use and pretty affordable so I like it, but it's been a little annoying that some minor layout tweaks are not available. Once you pick a design it's not entirely flexible. I would say for a simple portfolio or someone who's main focus isn't design it's a great choice but for too much tweaking or mucking around setup it's not top, top.

    Flag
  • I highly recommend it because it is so easy to use! The support staff is great. I am not tech savvy and did not want to spend a lot of time building a site so finding carbonmade has been great. It is easy to update my work and the preset layouts are clean and modern. I know a few of my colleagues who also use it.

    Flag
  • Yes! Love it.

    Flag
  • I started using Carbonmade about 10yrs ago and throughout the last couple years there’s newer and better Creative Website host sites.

    But I continued to stay with Carbonmade because: - it’s super easy to make the site your own - nice choices of type and custom colors. They have just enough without making it too overwhelming for options - I can post large video files (most site are very restricted) - the site runs smooth and fast even with my large video files - it’s reasonable cost - site works superbly both desktop and mobile

    Ived been thinking about using “Squarespace” as my New main website but have yet found any of their templates that can fulfill my needs. Squarespace has more tricks in their templates with all kinds of transitions and navigations but less on how I can display my creative work large scale with descriptions.

    I know most creatives uses Cargocollective and I find that site too plain.

    Flag
  • Carbonmade has been pretty nice. I'm pretty annoyed with them not allowing me to modify my layout to show my social media links as an anchor on all pages (premium offers very limited upgrades), but the system is pretty straightforward with only minor issues when I'm uploading my work. I'm overall happiest that the images don't take forever to load unlike wix. I'm actually considering hopping over to squarespace but I've yet to check the site out.

    Flag
  • It’s an ok site. Not easy to make changes and edits.

    Flag
  • I'd recommend it 75%. Pros, speed of loading, ease of use, reliability and easy to update. Cons, video must be uploaded to their site and less options for control and tracking when compared to YouTube or Vimeo. I wish there was more customization options but it seems carbonmade doesn't update their platform often if at all.

    I was on wordpress before and it was constantly a headache trying to update and prevent hacking. I looked at wix and squarespace but like that carbonmade was specifically for portfolios.

    Flag
  • i would definitely recommend it. Its very easy to use. But for some people who needs lots of customization might find it limiting. I love the platform cause of its clean look and very intuitive menus. The only downside I could think of is probably the monthly fee.

    Flag
  • I'd recommend giving it a try. It works well for my needs and is fairly customizable. I'm using the lowest priced version but you can upgrade and will likely come with more bells and whistles.

    On the subject of portfolios, I've been researching suitable free website templates for my brother and WIX also has a decent selection.

    Flag
  • I actually would recommend it. I've never made one before and it was super easy. I have never used a square space so can't compare, but it totally did the job for my first portfolio ever.

    Flag
  • I think it is a great website for portfolios. It is tailor-made for that purpose, and it really feels like it. Adding projects is a breeze, whether you want to use videos, GIFs, or images to show off your work. Adding your resume is also rather easy.

    A few gripes I had are the cost for premium is pretty much necessary as you are limited to the project number, and it is not cheap. I spent over $100 on mine for just this year, plus the custom domain. I also think they should add more file support (like Excel spreadsheet files), but that is minor.

    Overall, I'm happy I chose Carbonmade as it was easy to great a nice looking website in a short period of time (I'm a student so I don't have a lot of it) and it helped me earn a job at Microsoft, so the result served me well!

    Flag
  • My partner and I choosed Carbonmade because one of the templates allowed us to scroll from left to right instead of top to bottom.

    That said, I would recommend Wix if you really want to build something that looks like you. Squarespace is also a very good option with loads of templates.

    Flag
  • It left very little impression on me, which might be considered a good thing. However, it has very limited functionality, which might suggest the opposite.

    Flag
  • I´ve been using it for quite some years now, I always had the 12$ plan so I could upload more works and have my own unique domain etc. Only recently my current boss told me though he doesn´t like it much, because all the images of a certain project are hidden behind one thumbnail and there is no way to customize the Carbonmade themes, which is a downer. There isn´t a great variety of themes either... I was actually thinking about switching to Artstation Pro, because it´s able to show sketchfab or marmoset plugins for viewing 3D stuff. I don´t think Carbonmade can do this, at least I couldn´t figure out how. The support at Carbonmade has always been nice and fast but I do think, after my current jobhunt is over, I´ll switch.

    Flag
  • CM is easy to use. However, it is very limited. And a few dollars more a month isn't a factor. Big cartel is a little better. As it gives you more options. I also have another site with square space which is definitely more expensive however, it has been excellent. But then again I have a store on it and then all the other stuff too.

    CM it's cheap and easy and if you need something just to show on the quick. It's good for that. You can always change things up later if need be.

    Flag
  • seems fine for me. Had no problems with it.

    Flag