Onepager is really simple— and it’s not just that it limits your website to one page— it goes beyond that. There’s simply a lot that you can’t do with Onepager. From what I can tell that simplicity is a design choice: Onepager is designed to make it stupidly simple to make a small business website. It’s like bumper bowling for building a website.
There’s a certain logic to keeping things simple. Many small business websites drown in content. I have a theory that it’s because most small businesses are unsure of what content to include (or leave out), and so they just put everything on the website. The problem? There’s a trade-off—including everything makes it tough to find anything.
Unfortunately, after using Onepager I realized that it’s far too basic. When you want to add content, you have a choice of 15 elements— which sounds like a lot, but some of these elements are really redundant. For example, Services, Hours and Contact are simply lists that can be easily replicated using the Text element.
The Button element lets you create a button with custom text that links to a URL— but that’s it. You can’t customize it’s size, border or color. That’s really basic.
The Social element let you add icons for up to 15 social media profiles, but there’s no way to know which social media profiles Onepager supports until you add all their social icons (a weird workflow). There’s also only one set of social icons to choose from. So, whether or not they suit your layout, you are stuck with these default icons:
No blog support. (You can add a Feed which aggregates posts from other blogs— but you can’t create a blog on Onepager.)
No ecommerce support. (You can add a Paypal button that sends your visitors to Paypal to make a payment— but that doesn’t count as ecommerce as it misses important features such as on-site checkout and email customization.) Show Screenshot
Form builder is very basic. You can only add two types of fields: inputs and textareas. That means you’re missing checkboxes, radio buttons, file uploads— all important parts of a form builder. There is also no way to edit the success message when form is submitted. Form submissions are sent to an email address and fortunately there is a database where all form submissions are saved— important in case you accidentally delete an email! Show Screenshot
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Onepager hosts it’s own newsletter service. So you can add a simple newsletter signup form— but you’re forced to use Onepagers newsletter service to send newsletters. That’s unfortunate because their newsletter service is way too basic— it even lacks the ability to send an email preview to your own email address! It would really nice if they could integrate the newsletter signup form with a newsletter service such as Mailchimp or Constant Contact. Show Screenshot
I’ve been following Onepager for several years and one reason why I wouldn’t recommend them today is that Onepager has received almost no updates. They had 16 themes two years ago and they still have 16 themes today. Hmm.
Unfortunately the themes aren’t that nice. They feel a bit old and amateurish (for example, most have a patterned background, which is an outdated web design trend).
Customizations is way too simple. For example, text size is changed using a slider that does not indicate the size of the text in pixels (you don’t know if you are using 12px or 16px fonts). This leaves you unhelpfully having to eyeball font-sizes.
We were able to buy and cancel Onepager with ease.
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