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Cargo Collective 111 Reviews From Real-Life Cargo Collective Users

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Published Nov 14 2018 · #5 of 16 in Photography Website Builders.

  • I would definitely recommend Cargo. The new interface is very simple. It allows to manage the design and the text of the site a little like on Adobe Muse (in simpler). Once you have chosen a template, it's very fast.

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  • I highly recommend Cargo Collective to build a portfolio website. I used Squarespace in the beginning and I found it very confusing to use. Personally, I find Cargo user-friendly and unique because there are a lot more templates to use.

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  • I am using Cargo Collective and would recommend it. Their customer service and tutorials are solid and their upgraded Cargo 2 interface is one of the more user friendly I’ve come across

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  • I would personally recommend it as it is very simple and easy to set up. Most of the templates are clean and easy to navigate. The only downside is it is somewhat limited in design layouts, and serious customization is not easy, especially for beginners.

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  • I switched to use Cargo Collective for my photography portfolio last year, and I would recommend it for anyone who wants to build a simple, artistic, and customisable website.

    After choosing a preferred template to start with, users can do desired changes and adjustments in the customisation page. It gives me freedom to actually design how my website will look.

    However, with full customisation, there is complexity. It was quite hard to master how everything works on Day 1. I wish there were some tutorial/ guide to follow.

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  • my website is build on Cargo Collective 2. For me it works fine, so I would recommend it if you are interested in having simple and easy to modify website that you can update yourself. Before this I had the older Cargo but modded it from scratch with html/css but it was a bit too messy. This new one is fine for now but later I might hire a web designer to make me a new website.

    So, for simple use for portfolios and especially those who want to (or have to budjet-wise) manage it themselves, I think Cargo is a very good tool. With this new cargo2 you don't even have to learn css/html.

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  • I haven’t used any other platforms like Squarespace or anything before, so I don’t have much to compare Cargo to.

    I am not too experienced in HTML or CSS coding, so I’m just using a premade layout template with a little bit of tweaking.

    Overall I feel that organizing and uploading content onto my site is pretty easy because the user interface is straightforward (all of the sections for adding content/making adjustments are clearly labeled and organized into seeded categories) and they have lots of support pages for users, including tips on how to make your site more appealing. I also really like browsing other featured cargo sites of other artists.

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  • Recently cargo collective switched to a new interface. It took some time for me to get the hang of the CSS and website build compared to the old cargo, which was much easier to navigate.

    I would say if you’re a fresh grad or an individual just starting out with building your portfolio and are tight on budget, then trying out with cargo would be ideal. I’m talking in terms of subscription fees as compared to another similar portfolio-building site like squarespace.

    I haven’t tried my hand at navigating around squarespace yet but I heard that the interface has lots to play around with, and has a much simpler layout and easier navigation. Also there are more variation of themes to choose from. I’m actually thinking of switching to squarespace myself, but probably only at the end of the year.

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  • I do like Cargo and have recommended it to friends in the past. (I don’t know if it still works this way, but they used to operate through referrals only, so you would need an activation code from a friend and then get 5 to offer people.) I’m not ready to say it’s the best on every account or is for everyone though, as it has a specific vibe to it.

    I was previously on Cargo, which had okay themes, but recently made the switch to Cargo 2 when they launched and enjoy it way more. It just has slightly edgier options, which I like. (Not that my website is edgy at all!) I think I will eventually switch to Squarespace when my needs grow, but for now Cargo is super simple and easy to use.

    I feel like Squarespace is super approachable and even how the elements are animated feels user-friendly to everyone, to a point where you can attribute a certain standard of quality to it. It feels like what a good website should be, and accommodates most needs.

    On the other, Cargo has a ‘paper’ feel to it. It’s super flat and shockingly simple. It feels more print design-oriented in a way. Perhaps this creates a distance for a certain audience, which may be the desired effect (paired with the initial philosophy of invite-only subscriptions.)

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  • its very simple and easy to navigate around. I would recommend it foe both if youre not good or good in coding. You can do both. Im not good with any coding so without you canessilh make a page like I did.

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  • I personally think it's brilliant and allows a way deeper stretch of options and the templates are of much better visual aesthetic than many other web-building sites. Plus it's pretty easy to navigate.

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  • From my personal experience I’ve found cargo to be quite easy to use. I am very new to website building so I have never experienced other site building portfolios and be able to strongly say that i would recommend cargo over others, but without having to read up on much instructions I was able to use cargo effectively. I think the page/folder system is quite good. The reason I chose it is because of the available template and feel of the graphics fit my preferences than other sites do. However cargo has cargo and cargo2 which cargo2 has less templates and I hope they would transfer between the two.

    Overall the interface is pretty easy to use but from my perspectives allows limited flexibility on additional coding (to create hover links etc.) for beginner users. And they lack interaction with social media platform eg. connection go instagram feed that i’ve learned some other platforms do. I would recommend it for people building basic portfolio sites. They also have a good collection of cargo portfolio library that could be really useful guidelines for ideas to build your own site.

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  • Highly recommended. Was on Cargo1 previously and switched to Cargo 2. Very easy to use, great technical support ( pretty reactive ). Cargo 2 pushed the envelope in the way you can build your portfolio from scratch and completely custom build it vs. tweaking existing template.

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  • would recommend Cargo, it's pretty great, i've had it for about 4 years now? It's super easy to use, the people who run it are really helpful, and it gives you templates that you can change up for what you need. If you have just a little knowledge about websites but can't straight up build your own, it's an easy platform to get things done.

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  • As I am a designer with absolutely no coding or html knowledge, I was looking for a simple platform to help me build a portfolio quickly. I used cargo for the first version of my website a few years ago and I changed the design last year. It's been really quick and easy all the way and the new features include responsive design which was essential for me.

    So yes I would recommend it if you're looking for a simple, clean looking portfolio.

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  • The new Cargo2 is way better that the first version. Its easy to use but if you want to write some extra code in it you will go crasy. (for example, i didn't liked the menu and to personalize-it, it was a nightmare.

    But if you dont need that touch of personalisation, it's pretty cool.

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  • I would recommend it, its quite user friendly, with very little html coding knowledge you can build a nice site. Cargo templates are well designed, out of the box you get something nice looking.

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  • Cargo is amazing. I am currently experimenting with my own way of transmitting my work. So its not structurally a portfolio right now.

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  • it’s buggy but it’s ok for now. for a super simple 1 page website that was the best option. i might ask my friend to make a “copy” of my current layout for me, because it’s so simple to do and then i wont pay for cargo forever.

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  • i would totally recommend it! it was a bit confusing to use at first, but after spending time looking at the FAQs and trying stuff on my own i got the hang of it :) i dont really want to use any other platform again! i used to pay for my domain and hosting through GoDaddy but i made a good choice of switching over to cargo collective, i just pay for my domain and its more affordable for me.

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  • the interface was a bit confusing at first. i come from designing websites in dreamweaver. there's not the same level of detailed control of positioning etc. unless you are an intermediate to advanced coder that can figure out how to manipulate their proprietary system.

    in other words, if you are going to sign up, you should be happy with the templates provided, as designing" beyond them is not for beginners and can be frustrating.

    file management is pretty minimal and overlooked, file names are arbitrarily renamed to {image xx} making for a frustrating experience to add any custom html.

    no intelligent linking system (that i've found). so if you change the order of your "feature" page, any of your "next page" type navigational systems have to be manually re-linked.

    I still haven't been able to figure out how to upload video files (mp4 etc.) although they claim you can, it's always greyed out at the upload window.

    no ftp access, which means dropbox etc. no mail. these last two things explain the pricing, which would be $20 / month for space/mail service with most other server services (media temple, etc.)

    the main reason i went this route is that i started setting it up for free, and realizing how much faster and easier it is now to update and change

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  • I would recommend it, yes. It is pretty simple to use and also the design editor is really intuitive and easy to use (at least for a designer). I enjoy the service, I also had the chance to test their customer support and everything was good!

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  • I wouldn't really recommend it, as it doesn't have the newest more interactive, nicely moving features. AND - more importantly - at the end I got totally stuck, as one dóes have to know quite a bit of programming to sort it all out. I don't - at all. For me it wasn't clear. And it's costed my nephew (who is a pro in this field) at least a day to sort it all out, and get my mess" organized rightly.

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  • I’d highly recommend it to creatives looking looking for a quality-built platform with highly customizable templates at a good price point. I actually used squarespace prior to switching to cargo. I still recommend squarespace to most people I know, most people being ones that don’t have time to tinker with the design aspect and need the shortest road possible to a polished-looking end product. The reason I switched to cargo was honestly that Squarespace was more than I needed, felt less customizable (though still pretty), and was slightly more expensive. I liked the utilitarian but clean feel of cargo, and enjoyed that I could play around with customizing it functionally (I am not a programmer). And I LOVE the cargo2 line they came out with. Truth be told I also switched because I noticed many of the creatives I look up to use cargo so I guess I wanted to be part of the club.

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  • I love Cargocollective… it makes exactly what I need..

    It has cool templates and it’s responsive…

    I really love cargo… It’s a cool tool especially for photographers I think also for designers!

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  • my site is a portfolio site for my graphic design work. I would recommend cargo because I notice a lot of graphic designers using it for their sites, which is why I decided to use it. I like that the templates are different and super minimal. It is not a mainstream web building site like Wix and Square space. I do recommend that people should know a little bit of code to really customize it, because it isn't as user friendly as builders such as Wix, but once I figured it out it was pretty easy. It was also hard for me to configure my own domain but they have a service that can do it for you.

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  • I'd recommend it. I've been using Cargo for 7 years and never had any problems. They recently launched Cargo 2.0, with lots of new functionalities, templates, etc. The only problem for me is that the e-commerce integration doesn't support Brazil.

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  • I'd recommend the website. I've been using it for almost 8 years now and I still like it. The style's good, with the headers and everything. It's quite easy to upload and manage the files. There is an inbuilt tracker that gives you some statistics on the traffic. Works great on mobile too. The only thing I'm not using is the exhibitions tab in the about page, you have to type them in individually which seems like an hustle to me, compared to plain text, but that's just me being lazy I guess.

    I did try to hire a developer once for my website but it's really not worth the effort to sit down and have meetings about something basic like that. And you'll need to ask them about everything constantly... uploading is a mess, you need upgrades to keep up with the browser and ios tech, etc. This is way easier and you can still get help from the company when you need it.

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  • I like Cargo a lot because it has a really good mix of customization and presets that I can apply. I also feel that the front end runs very smoothly (I did a few websites on WIX and the Interface to build as well as the front end feel super sluggish in comparison).

    Cargo has a few restrictions that are a bit frustrtating, like the logic on what ends up in a menu. But in the end I decided to go with cargo because its simple enough but allows really good looking sites. And some of the restrictions might be actually a blessing since you don’t get lost in overthinking things.

    They recently also added Stripe integration as a web shop solution and I used it to sell a calendar. It works really smoothly and was a big plus in the decision making.

    I like that their templates are also more on trend, and you are encouraged to think outside the box when creating a page.

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  • I am in fact using it for portfolio showcasing and would recommend it!

    I like how the templates look way less like other services templates and the ease of redesigning them and managing the content.

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  • I did use Cargo. Ehm, it was kind of okay to use it. Thanks to my HTML-nephew who helped me out finally, I must say.

    I wouldn't really recommend it, as it doesn't have the newest more interactive, nicely moving features. AND - more importantly - at the end I got totally stuck, as one dóes have to know quite a bit of programming to sort it all out. I don't - at all. For me it wasn't clear. And it's costed my nephew (who is a pro in this field) at least a day to sort it all out, and get my mess" organized rightly.

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  • I am using Cargo Collective and I really love it. I've used a number of other platforms from Wordpress to Squarespace to Format and, while it's definitely not for everyone, I think Cargo allows for the most individuality and creativity in design. And the price point is excellent.

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  • I would recommend it. Especially their latest version of it, Cargo 2, has really been a step up in terms of being able to customize it quite easily through their user interface. And you can still access the HTML/CSS and change things there which really nice!

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  • I would totally recommend it, the new platform is easier than cargo1 to use, and it’s also a network in which you can follow other creatives, it all kinda falls into the same aesthetics I like so I always find cool people :) Also linking my domain was super easy and now I think they offer hosting too.

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  • i think Cargo is best for artist or designer,for business,i am not sure~~ , we use cargo because,we do not have much choise.for china,u know that some website is been blocked, sometime Cargo is blocked too, i am realy interest the squarespace, if china not ofthen block it,i will use that~~. honest,Cargo is a little hard to learn, squarespace is more easy.~~

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  • I’ve actually just launched my new site using Cargo 2.0.

    I found it to be super easy to setup as someone who doesn’t code so well. Nice use of fonts and a very visual way of designing a site.

    I’ve used cargo for many years now and love how customisable it is.

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  • It’s good. Similar to squarespace probably. Their new templates v2 are good. Fairly intuitive. Helped me re-build my site plus doing some custom css. They don’t have 24hr support though. But it’s artist centric and the price was right at the time. I have a separate registrar.

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  • i could recommend it. This second series of templates they released, still might have some bugs...but i am confident they are gonna fix them. Support forum is also not available as before since they entred this new phase. Thats a pity. However for artistic arch and design portfolio cargo is very good in my opinion.

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  • i would recommend it! It's a great intuitive site builder.

    Both Cargo Collective and Squarespace are equal favorites.

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  • Yes would highly recommend!

    Takes much longer to build than other website builders, but on a graphic design level, more custom and innovative.

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  • I was actually using Cargo 5 years ago for portfolio purposes and switched to Tumblr. I recently started my account again as I was applying for grad school and urgently needed to improve my site and update my content. In this scenario cargo proved to be quick, but generally it's not worth it imho.

    My undergrad studies was in CS, and what you can do with cargo can easily be done using a git repo and the lovely GitHub Pages functionality. Furthermore there are many static site builders like Gatsby and Jekyll with a lot of control.

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  • I went back and forth about how and where to host my site. For years actually. I first sketched how I wanted the site to look and function, and Cargo had a template that matched my sketch pretty well. It also will take care of paying for your domain name and hosting. And it's relatively easy to tinker with the CSS and HTML.

    Those were the primary points in my decision making process and, through that realm of consideration, yes, I'm happy with Cargo. But I guess it depends on what you need and what skills you're good at / want to highlight.

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  • i'm not sure about recommend it, just for building portfolio it's pretty good, works almost exactly like new google sites, but when it comes to CEO it's a bit poor. Personally for me it's a good one, because it simple and good looking quality images instead of google sites. Before Cargo Collective i have wix.com, then flawors.me.

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  • I found cargo really simple to use and quick. I highly recommend it, however from my case i would say that I am not able to connect my website with webmaster of google, then I can’t manage my website for the SEO and that’s an issue for me. Also I would add to my template a “contact me” form, but probably It’s kind of diffuse to add to it unless you know how to coding.

    For the rest, I am very satisfied.

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  • I would definitely recommend using cargo. It has a great back-end/front-end" interface & has a wide library of template/effects. In addition, the support is very responsive. For a simple portfolio website, it is meeting all my needs.

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  • I’d recommend it for portfolio use, as it’s pretty easy to get a good looking site using the the existing templates, with little modification.

    I actually had a friend of mine who’s a web designer code my site to be a totally custom design, so mine is a little different than most.

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  • I can recommend it. I don't have much to compare, though. It's easy, especially for a simple portfolio use because the galleries are made trendy, variable and images animate on a scroll.

    The only thing I miss is a possibility for a hover effect. Also, during building, it's hard to see how the design looks in reality so you have to go back and forth from a design view to full-screen view.

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  • If you just want to use a template, then it's OK.

    So I would recommend it, but a basic knowledge of html/css is necessary if you want some changes in the design.

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  • I do like Cargo 95% of the time. The five percent is that they do not support IE, which as a mac user I didn't realize until I had a company tell me that my portfolio was all broken and asked me to supply a pdf version. Understood that even Microsoft is not supporting it, but given the amount of users - and potential employers - that still use it, a little support or pop up notifying the viewer would be appreciated. Other than that I really have no complaints. When I am stuck their support is quick and the community forum is robust. The functionality is pretty intuitive and the templates are really beautiful. Its nice how seamlessly you can flip between hand coding and their UI.

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  • I do enjoy using Cargo Collective - I’m not sure I’m the best person to ask as I don’t have as much experience in coding but CC offers many features for those of us with little experience in HTML. I would certainly recommend for artists looking for a portfolio hosting site that offers a lot of flexibility for a reasonable rate.

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  • I’ve used it for years along with Behance, custom sites, etc. I recommend it because it’s quick and easy to keep updated, not so difficult to customize and works on desktop and mobile. I spend most of my time working for clients so I don’t have a lot of time to devote to fiddling around with my own site so quick, easy and professional solutions are ideal.

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  • it's the best. This is the premier portfolio builder. Elite creatives prefer to use Cargo for its sophisticated design. These guys really know what they're doing. Squarespace is often ripping ideas from Cargo ~

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  • I think it's great if you're very tech savvy. Cargo is great, but can be very rigid in terms of how easy it is to work with. I actually am in the process of changing my website to a wix site I created, because I felt that wix was just easier for me to work with than cargo. Nonetheless. There are still many options available to you through cargo collective :).

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  • I would recommend it if you want to have more freedom/ less rigid/less slick website. I’ve used both Cargo and Squarespace... but I come back to cargo because of the smallness of the company, their commitment to the creative community (feels more underground) they foster and the overall aesthetic of the company.

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  • So, I'm a UX Designer with a Fine Arts background and to be honest... I got so so tired of trying to find a *portfolio* template that I could easily customize, without looking like everyone else. All of these super minimalist, parallax-heavy templates have made the universe of design portfolios one homogenous ocean of templates that begin to make everyone look the same. Now, I see someone using these templates and I'm like, wow I have no idea who you actually are from looking at this. It's clearly a box you paid for. And, if you choose to use one of these templates- as soon as you begin to customize it beyond the template's tightly formed boundaries, the process becomes very messy.

    With Cargo, I find a sort of 'brutalist' web design aesthetic that by definition says 'whatever' to the world of cookie-cutter floating templates - it's almost like the design community is slowly migrating to living in the suburbs - like you grow up and get a real job and a real portfolio with parallax just like everyone else. It's the white picket fence of personal web design and it's such a bore. SO Cargo gives me the flexibility to make the pages what I want them to be, without locking me into a template that only does one thing really well- be that template.

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  • i will recommend it. Templates are very good looking and easy to build and you have still options to code yourself.

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  • A bit of learning curve. tutorials could be better. once you get it its a bit easier.

    price is cheap. under $80 for the year

    I haven't got around to adding shop yet and other stuff.

    Not convinced but haven't finished yet.

    chose mainly for price. probably will change in the future once i start adding products.

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  • It’s the best platform I’ve used.

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  • its being very simple and easy to customize, customer support is great, they always answer fast to any question or problem, I choosed cargo because its focused on designer and artist, so yeah i would defenetly recomend it

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  • I've been using Cargo for years and would definitely recommend it.

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  • I’d recommend it. It’s really flexible and easy to use.

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  • I really like cargo, yes! I found it very easy to use and allowed me to create exactly what I wanted.

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  • Yeah it's great!

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  • I totally recommend it. It's very easy to use. No errors and stuff.

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  • I would definitely recommend it. Easy to customise, kept well up to date, nice, varied and original templates to choose from.

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  • I would recommend it. I am busy doing school work recently, so I haven't update my website for a while.

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  • i’d definitely recomment cargo.

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  • I recommend.

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  • I am recommending it! very comfortable and easy to use!

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  • I would absolutely recommend it! For the following reasons; - very very easy to use - it is a quickly growing platform; in the few years I have been using it many new features have been added

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  • it's a good one! Their probably not as good as Squarespace but cheaper.

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  • I would. CC gives easier access to custom HTML & CSS than other template sites I've used previously.

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  • I would! I find it much more flexible than other platforms (eg squarespace) and it’s also pretty affordable.

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  • Cargo is great. Especially with their new version Cargo 2

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  • It's great! I love it!!

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  • I can highly recommend Cargo!

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  • I will, the interface is straightforward to use. It's easy to write your own code with if you want something other than the generic template.

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  • I would definetly recommend it!!

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  • I think its pretty good. It has a lot of really great themes and the ability to go in and add custom HTML. I would recommend Cargo or Squarespace.

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  • we'd like to recommend because easy to use(for modifying templet, uploading work), and don't need to worry about the traffic amount.

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  • I would recommend it. I used to use Portfoliobox and transferred to Cargo because it allows me to make the site look how I actually want it to look like without stressing out about code or limited options. It works great for me, for now :)

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  • I would recommend it, but more for research portfolios than flashy design portfolios, if that makes sense. I am hosting my design portfolio that is visually intensive and laconic with words on adobe portfolio.

    Otherwise, galleries and editing are indeed easy in the cargo 2 and it allows divergent layouts to the traditional grids. Global style helps keep consistency but for those that like to tweak every little item, it won’t be flexible enough.

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  • I recommend it because I am studying graphic design so for me was a bit easier. The truth is that i dont really know about another plataforms systems to compare.

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  • I can reccomend it. But actually I have no comparision. I just tried cargo collective and stuck with it.

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  • well, its no the best friendly portfolio builder… but, if you’re focused in to graphic design portfolio, yes, i would recommend.

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  • Cargo it´s very easy and a good platform to make and update your portfolio.

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  • It’s pretty easy and full of options for layout!

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  • I would recommend it!

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  • It works well for me! Yes, I recommend it.

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  • I would totally recommend it, although, I´m sure I could take more advantage of the Cargo Plataform.

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  • I would certainly recommend it. I am very happy with them.

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  • yes but there are not many templatesc.

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  • it’s a great back office & offers perfect possibilities.

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  • i am happy with the cargo website, it fits perfect for this.

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  • I’d totally recommend Cargo. It’s very well thought and easy to use. Their support is good too!

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  • I think it's great!

    Cargo is very easy to use and really flexible. :)

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  • I will, I think it is fun to play with Cargo's templates, also if you have time it is better to watch the tutorials and get some more information. I think some designers/artists made amazing cool stuff with it.

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  • Absolutely love Cargo! Tried a lot of different platforms, but Cargo was the cheapest + functional around! Only con's is that you ahve to have a very basic knowledge to do the deeper modifications, but nothing that cannot be found on the internet!

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  • I’d recommend it. But I wish there was a dashboard for page views.

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  • it’s actually really easy and free to work with it!!! When you understand the platform it’s fluid!

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  • I would totally recommend them!

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  • I'm recommending it all the time.

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  • It’s not the most perfect but it gets the job done.

    And at fair price point.

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  • I really like Cargo. Easy to use and great price. Good for artists. :)

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  • I think it was nice designed for html/css beginners. But it costs too.

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  • I can definitly recommend it ! It’s super easy, you built up your page very fast, everything is responsive and they have a very helpful Support.

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  • I'm actually using it as a plan B while I'm coding mine (coming soon). But for now I think it's a pretty good tool and a powerful one.

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  • 100% recommend.

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  • I would, it is the best portfolio website around in terms of both aesthetics and adaptability. Also the best professionals in the creative industry use them.

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  • Easy to use. Easy to customize. The right mix of WYSIWYG with coding. The CSS editor is amazing. Customer support is great.

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  • I think it is a great tool. It allows me to configure different possibilities depending on the available content, plus it handles device formats. It is nice and clear in the user interface and has good media integration.

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