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Published Nov 14 2018 · #1 of 16 in Photography Website Builders.

  • Despite having to get around a couple of hurdles for the look I wanted, it was the best solution I could find for my portfolio. It's not too expensive at about $9 per month. So as far as recommending it, I would— but given the simplicity of what I was after, none of the theme platforms had done a great job because they were all trying too hard to be funky. They overlook simplicity and ease of build for something that they think we actually want… so as far as I’m concerned they all have a way to go with regard to portfolio websites.

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  • I do use Format and yes I’d recommend it.

    Straight forward to use and setup. I initially had a technical difficult with web diversion from my domain name but they gave me the settings I needed to sort it. Also easy to upload photos to my site direct from Adobe Lightroom, very impressive.

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  • It is great for artist portfolios and they have excellent customer service. The back-end gives the user a lot of control over how they want their pages to look. I think the price is fair too. I got the recommendation to build my site with Format from a photographer friend, and I definitely recommend it for other graphic artists. I have also used Weebly but I like Format better.

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  • I’ve been with Format since they started out and I couldn’t be happier. Do I wish it would have more functionality?: Yes, but the cost-benefit balance works perfectly for me. I would highly recommend it.

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  • I do use Format, although I haven't spent a great deal of time with it.

    It's ok and relatively intuitive to use, but it has it's foibles as they all do. I probably would recommend it.

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  • I love Format. I found them through an ad in Computer Arts (UK) and their themes offered what I was looking for. I think if you like to personalize every part and detail of your website, Format's options might be too limiting but for me it does what it needs to do.

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  • I highly recommend it as a portfolio builder! Super easy to use & great themes.

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  • Yes, absolutely. A good number of templates, but they are releasing new ones that cost a premium, so that should be noted.

    Customer service is top notch, with replies within the hour most times.

    Very easy to manage.

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  • I would recommend Format for portfolio use. It has been working quite fine for me.

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  • Format is super easy to use, its affordable and they are always quick to reply if you have any questions or problems.

    Its good for creative people who like to modify their own content often.

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  • I'm using Format for my portfolio website and so far I like it. I wouldn't mind it been a little more customizable though, their templates are a bit rigid at times. Other than that I would recommend it! They have really good tools especially for photographers, such as proofing pages for clients.

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  • I love using Format! I actually need to update it and it was on my list of things to do. So thanks for the reminder. When I was looking around, I tried out weebly, wix, squarespace, and I also have a half-built cargo collective, but the others were a bit frustrating for me, and Format was the most aesthetically pleasing and also the easiest/most intuitive" to use for me- being a highly visual person! I actually started teaching myself to code, as well, so I could go into the back end and change some things there and also in tumblr, where I keep a visual/poetic journal.

    I had found Format through one of my favorite photographers who uses it in Australia.

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  • As far as my needs go, I’m satisfied with it. Although I don’t have much experience using other platforms in order to compare. But as far as Format goes, its very simple to get up and running and their theme selection is not bad. I believe the price for the service compares to similar web platforms. There are some limitations in terms of number of images you can upload with a basic plan. But it works for me and would recommend it for someone looking for a simple portfolio platform.

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  • I’ve been using Format for about 4 years now, and I haven’t had any problems with it. I’ve updated the theme 3 times, and it’s always been easy to customize the colours and fonts. I believe there’s an option for coding your own template, but I’ve always been satisfied with the pre-made templates offered.

    It seems like they are constantly trying to improve, as most times when I log on, they’ve announced new features.

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  • I like it and would recommend it. They are very friendly and helpful. Plus they reply to messages and questions quite fast and even added some features I asked for in the time Ive been using the website. I use for couple years now and am satisfied.

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  • Format was recommended by a photographer friend of mine. There were several design styles available to choose from at the time. I found the site easy to use to set up and use for my catalogue style presentation. As you know customer service is vital to every end user and the team at Format were very helpful with advice and feedback.

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  • I would definitely recommend Format, it's very simple to use and I love all the different designs that you can choose to personalise your portfolio.

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  • I definitely would recommend Format to anyone looking to build a portfolio website. The features and builder are very easy to use, fair pricing and they have great and quick customer service for any of your needs.

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  • I'd definitely recommend them. I have two websites through them actually. There are sometimes some glitches (like the watermark tool wasn't working for awhile on one of my sites) and I wish I was able to add a stat tracker to each page, but by and large I'm very happy using them.

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  • I would 100% recommend - easy to use, cheap pricing and lots of choices for layouts depending on what you want. I believe it comes off very professional.

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  • I'm extremely happy with it! It's very user friendly and the price can't be beat. It has a bit less functionality than Squarespace, but if you're looking for a simple web site, Format is perfect.

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  • I use Format to build my portfolio because it's really easy to use. There is a lot of cool templates. The most important point is the low price (8€/month)— which allows us to build a cool portfolio with a custom domain. I definitively recommend Format.

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  • This is my photography website builder and the very first one I'm satisfied with (Livebooks was my worst experience). It is really comfy, easy to use and provides almost everything I need. To share some letdown with you - Format mobile app sucks, you're not able to add a post on your blog from a mobile phone. That's pretty much it though.

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  • I like Format but it has some limitations on in depth SEO and mobile devices (according to my SEO people). For myself, It is easy to use for a non web guy and they keep styles current. Their staff are very helpful when needed. I would give them an A" my SEO people would give them a "B-". My SEO team will be moving my sites over to Wordpress later this year.

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  • For me it’s great. I wanted something very simple and easy to add content to. I’m not a ‘techy’ person, so even the options and capabilities of something such as Wordpress was too daunting for me. I also like their clean, well designed templates. I don’t know if it would be the best choice for someone who wants a lot of bells and whistles, like analytics tracking, e-commerce options, etc., but for a straightforward portfolio for showing imagery, I think it’s perfect, not to mention very reasonably priced!

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  • Unfortunately I don't love Format. They've gotten better over the years but I'm currently in the process of designing a new Squarespace site that will replace this one when it's completed.

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  • I looked at a few alternatives to Format.

    The first one I looked at was GoodGallery. It had a great front end, however the back end was horrific and it didn’t offer a blog. You also would have to create a sub domain to show examples of work so... it wasn’t really for me. I simply couldn’t achieve some basic things.

    Then I tried Squarespace.. which in all honestly is the ultimate website builder! I wish they had a tiled service I would have happily moved my site there. Unfortunately at the time the didn’t offer any template with a tiled look.

    I then finally found Format which offered what i wanted, in look feel and to be honest additional facilities to add my own parts to the site. The only one problem is I can’t do direct links to photos...

    Otherwise super happy with it!

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  • I have been very happy with Format, and would recommend it to others.

    For me it came down to either Format or Squarespace, and I chose Format because their relatively clean, minimal aesthetic complemented my work, and there were not too many templates choices. (While it is good to have options, sometimes too many can get overwhelming.)

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  • 10/10 I would recommended Format. I previously used PortfolioBox, which was a good service.

    When my subscription expired for PortfolioBox I looked at other web services such as Wix, Squarespace, but it didn’t offer all the amenities I wanted as a photographer.

    With Format, I have access to a proofing page, shop page, and creating page. Making your own domain through format, or bringing your own is available.

    Lastly, the customer service replies in a timely manner and are extremely helpful.

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  • I really like format. The interface is super easy and intuitive to use. The themes are all really well designed and responsive across all devices. The best feature of Format is it's ability to integrated directly to Adobe Lightroom. It makes proofing and sharing photos with clients super easy as well as updating your portfolio.

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  • I've been using Format for about 7 months now, and so far so good, I haven't encountered any issues. It's user friendly and got really good templates for designers and photographers. About a month ago my domain stopped working because of an issue with the domain provider i think, but they fixed it after a day I reported the issue, so they are listening and helping their customers also. So yes, I'm happy with format and I recommend it.

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  • I would definitely recommend Format. I've been using it for a couple of years now and as someone who is not very tech-savvy and not able to build a website from scratch I've found it really helpful creating my website this way. 😊

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  • I’ve been with Format for a year or so and I came over from Livebooks. I find the Format back-end much easier to use and it offers a lot of template options. For me the issue has been that since making the move my SEO performance has dropped off a cliff. I get very few hits. Format support has offered some tips but I can’t say I’ve fully implemented them all since I plan a total re-do of my site soon. I remain optimistic that things will get better.

    As it is I would recommend it based on ease of use and value.

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  • Highly recommend it. I’ve been with them for several years now. Migrated over from Squarespace.

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  • I do use Format for my portfolio website and headshot website. I would absolutely recommend it to any creative needing to build a website. It's very easy to use and their templates are very well designed.

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  • I completely recommend it. Before Format I've enjoyed building custom sites using Wordpress, Indexhibit, Tumblr, carbonmade.com, cargo collective. I've used Squarespace as well but Format feels easier for me. I can just focus on the content instead of the coding. Also, the support team is active and quick to respond to questions and suggestions—their proofing pages is based on one of my feature requests.

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  • I would recommend it! I prefer it to other platforms I've checked out. I think they have been moving slow on good updates though. I know they will come eventually, but simple things like adding SSL, some more custom options, adding easy mailchimp integration, etc. would be cool.

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  • I love Format a lot. This is coming from someone who has been on Squarespace, Cargo, Wordpress, built 2 sites on Dreamweaver and even tried Bootstrap (coding my own site from scratch).

    The deal is that all these platforms are seemingly great when they first launch and then lose their steam. Format has been solid for me for the last 2 or so years. They have solid updates, are user friendly on the front and back end and also allow for private and client galleries which I use a lot in the editing process.

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  • I'm quite happy with Format. Their user interface is easy to use and every time I had a question they were quick to answer and give solutions. My only comment is the limited amount of images you have on the basic subscription, which is 100, it would be nice to have a bit more. To get 1000 images I'd have to upgrade to a subscription which is double the price, which I find a bit much.

    As a general feel, I would definitely recommend using the website :)

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  • I like Format, it's really easy to use for people who don't want to code anything themselves. Plus the templates are clean and simple to set up. With that said, the variations are a bit limited, you need to pay extra for more templates. Also one thing to note is that they have a limit on the amount of images you're allowed to upload, I'm approaching my limit with 65.

    Other than that, it's great, I'm happy with them overall as a host.

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  • Very easy to use, nice templates

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  • i do have a format web site. in fact i have about 4 or 5 of them. i think four published now and working on a fifth. all for my art and photography. i looked at a very large number of portfolio builders and format was the winner hands down.

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  • I would recommend it it's simple to use looks great and editing is easy and it's cheap. Does the job for what I need it to do.

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  • I use 4ormat about 5 years. I haven't been using any other platforms like this so I can't compare it to anything else. But I think 4ormat is very easy to run, very useful, have a lot of themes and options within each theme and I think it looks modern, fresh and minimalistic, which I like the most. I haven't updated my portfolio for year or two so probably there are some upgrades that I don't know about. But generally I recommend it.

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  • it's ok, I find website platforms really limiting and annoying tbh but I've tried wix and big cartel and I like format the best so far :) it's definitely easy to use... with more freedom than big cartel I guess x

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  • I would recommend Format for anyone looking to build a solid portfolio site. It’s very easy to use and I like the free themes. They also offer some paid themes as well. Even for a CMS, Format let’s you change the CSS as well.

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  • I love Format. I think there is a review or interview from them published around their website. It is very functional for me. Easy to use and understand. Very helpful, as you know, for visual portfolios.

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  • i like Format very much. Like all photographers im still rearranging my portfolio and need to exchange some of the photos :-)

    The Proofing part i like a lot, and use it weary day.

    Has not come around to use the shop option yet but im planning to set up a small shop in there too.

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  • I use format because it's really easy - I am no good with tech stuff, and found this easy to use. son in that case I love it.

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  • I use Format and would recommend it to anyone. In fact, I have in the past.

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  • I would recommend format for showcasing your work. The ease of use and great templates make this easy. However, I will say that the services for selling your work is very limited.

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  • Format is shot i moved to squarespace

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  • Would definitely recommend it :) Clean and simple to use

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  • I would as it looks good, it’s reasonably priced and the support service is very good. My only negative is that the blog system does not support RSS.

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  • It is very easy to use and enough for me with just it's basic applications.

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  • I’ve been using them for years and love it. It’s inexpensive, easy to use, and has great themes.

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  • My website use Format, and it’s ok.

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  • I would not recommend format. I mean it’s definitely user friendly but you hardly get any options to change anything. And for the layout I’m using I don’t have the option to click on the photo and enlarge it, which as an artist I feel is super important. I’ve been meaning to change website builders but have been busy. But if you’re looking for something that’s super easy to use, and are okay with not being able to customize much than totally go with Format. But if you want to use some creativity I would definitely not go with them.

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  • I would highly recommend it. It's reasonably priced, incredibly user-friendly and the support team are great.

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  • I have used them for 5 years and they are a great platform - highly recommend them for anyone looking to build a portfolio website or anyone who deals with a lot of image as it’s quick to load on most connections and allows easy uploads.

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  • I absolutely recommend it

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  • I have 5 format sites and are very pleased with the easy handling and seo.

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  • yes

    Really good

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  • I would recommend it for photos. It's nice and simple and although limited in free templates, suites me well for a scrolling site.

    I switched my video one to square space however as format doesn't have much for video backgrounds etc.

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  • I am using a Format page and while it's been awesome so far I am still getting the feel of it as I only just started working with it again.

    The look is great and the back end of the site is pretty intuitive so based on that I think it could be great for a lot of people.

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  • it’s quite clean and user friendly. And affordable

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  • Format is really good. Totally recommend it.

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  • I really like it and would recommend.

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  • I would because of the support they provide and the the easy-to-use editor. Prices are fair as well. They are a growing company so I expect even more from them in the future

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  • I would recommend it.

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  • I am and for a photographer/film maker/designer, I would definitely recommend it, it simple to use and you can create a good looking portfolio.

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  • I would definitely recommend it. It's very user-friendly and not complicated, also at a really good monthly price!

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  • I would recommend Format. They have nice designs, you can change the template anytime and it's easy to use. The only issue I don't like is that you can't upload more then 100 images with basic abo.

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  • Yes a would recommend format. There are a few companies doing the same sort of thing. But format seems to have a nice and easy to use platform.

    Cargo collective are a good one also.

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  • I used to recommend Format a lot, but to be honest after using it for more then 5 years I am about to stop. It was a stable and efficient platform for my website but I don't utilize all the advantages that it offers, so I was about to find a cheaper option.

    I think it's a good platform to build your website, but a bit overrated.

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  • I am reccomending it and I am using it for 3 websites.

    I would like to have some improvements from them and I am communicating with them as well.

    I find Format very easy to set up quickly.

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  • I recommend using format. Easy to use and very good customer service!

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  • Sure I would

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  • Can give a +1 for Format. Although, I'm patiently waiting them to support https for custom domains.

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  • I am using Forma, and I would also recommend it.

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  • yes, there are some things I don't like about it, but I still use it.

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  • I do recommend Format.

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  • I would and I do- recommend .

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  • I like it just fine.

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  • I am 100% happy with Format and already recommended it to fellow photographers. Also I started using Format based on a recommendation.

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  • I like format. Very easy to use. Great variety of templates.

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  • I would recommend Format. It's super easy to use.

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  • Yes absolutely for someone that isn’t tech savoy . It’s easy to use and simple

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  • I would recommend them.

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  • Format is really good, tried several ones before that, format for me is the ideal solution

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  • I’m using Format and I love it. It’s pretty simple to use

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  • I like it. It's improved a lot over the years.

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  • I like it . I started on Sqarespace and changed when 500pix had a sale on for post on 500 px and format , lightroom and photo shop at a @@@@ of a deal which i hope is coming up in the spring.

    both 500 pix and Format or out of Toronto is my understand. When set up my site Format was great in helping , when I need info in a very timely way. Ask for online help and there was one there ( 5 min) and very helpful. You can change things around if you want. They seem to be adding new things all the time. Some thing I did not find or use with SQspace.

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  • i like the site it is easy to build and update which is perfect for me

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  • I would recommend Format. It is very user friendly, easy to update and edit. And it is inexpensive! :)

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  • I'd recommend it for sure. Great services and the ease of use is outstanding.

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  • I really like Format. It's easy to use and looks good, and it's pretty inexpensive for what you get. I'd definitely recommend it.

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  • I would recommend Format. Once you figure out how to use it, it’s pretty good. Really everything you need is on there.

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  • I would and have. I love it but there are a few draw back for myself

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  • Ive been using it for years and its great, easy to use and decent monthly pricing.

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  • I would recommend it . Easy to use with good results . Easy to update and customize too

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  • I love it would change a couple things. But its working well for me.

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  • Format is great. Easy to use, good support and you can start for free if you don’t mind their domain in your url.

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  • its not bad, its easy to use, but a bit limited. But over all pretty good

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  • I enjoy format! I’ve been a user for 3 years now.They upgraded their interface within the past year and it’s very nice. Easy to use, navigate, update my website.

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  • Yes I do!

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  • I would strongly recommend it it is very easy to use.

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  • I am using Format and would recommend them.

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  • I am indeed using format for my portfolio website. I’ve tried Squarespace and a few other builder type websites before settling on Format. I have and would absolutely recommend format to anyone looking to build a site.

    In terms of usability I find Squarespace and Format to be the best and easily accessible for the general public but I enjoyed the look and customization of Format’s pages better so I’ve been sticking to them for a few years now.

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  • I am using Format and would recommend it 100%.

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  • I'm very happy about the website and the contacts it contains

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  • Yes I will.

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  • I use Format and would recommend it to anyone. In fact, I have in the past.

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  • It's great for my purposes- photography. The customer service is similarly on-point.

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  • I use format for its price. I think squarespace is a lot more powerful and it’s default templates are way better! but it’s almost double the price

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  • I've used Format for a few year. I would most certainly recommend it.

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