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SiteZulu Review

Simple website editor that can get confusing at times.

My work is supported by affiliate commissions. Last Updated Jul 4 2017

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User Experience

The SiteZulu website editor is a simple drag and drop editor. Elements in the sidebar are dropped into either the footer or the body of the page— from there the page can be structured through column elements. It's simple and easy to understand.

Website editor

Right: Website editor

I found the editor to be a bit confusing at times. When hovering elements on the page, lots of different icons will pop-up but it’s seldom clear what each element does. (It turns out there are several different icons that all “edit” the element. The editor would be less confusing if the same edit icon was used consistently.)

Four icons popping out.

Right: Four icons popping out.

There are a number of other unpolished things I noticed, for example some elements (such as text boxes) can’t be moved (unless you click their icon first). Also the editor could be very slow at times (pressing undo once would take about 5 seconds to process— and sometimes wouldn't actually undo anything). Overall, SiteZulu’s website editor is simple but unpolished.

Website editor

Right: Website editor

Features

  • Blog

    No.  

  • Ecommerce

    You can pay to upgrade to Professional which they claim includes ecommerce but the upgrade only gets you a Paypal button (which you could embed for free using Paypal's free embed code äó_ ). Asking people to upgrade to use Paypal is a bit lame: Paypal is not ecommerce, it's just a simple pay button (full ecommerce means on site checkout, product variations, customizable email receipts etc.).  

  • Form Builder

    Full form builder that lets you add a variety of fields, including: date, email, password, checkbox, multiple choice, paragraphs, text inputs and more. Email submissions are sent to an email address, but not stored in anywhere else (so make sure you don't delete those emails!). While you can customize the submit button text, you can't customize success messages, error messages or what page is shown after a successful form submission.  Show Screenshot

  • iOS & Android Apps

    No.  

  • Retina Ready

    Uploaded images were not sharp and crisp on retina screens (ie: Macbooks, iPhones).  

  • Newsletter

    No.  

  • Membership System

    No.  

  • Design from Scratch

    No.  

  • Multi-lingual

    No.  

  • Restaurant Menu

    No.  

  • Donations

    Technically you can add a Paypal donation button but this is not a donation system— a full donation system should include checkout and email receipt customization.  

  • Audio Player

    There is a Soundcloud element but no audio player. 

  • Podcasts

    No.  

Themes

There are 35 themes to choose from. Themes are pretty nice. They don’t look outdated, but they're not as contemporary as themes from website builders such as Weebly or Squarespace.

Example theme

Right: Example theme

This theme is pretty typical of SiteZulu themes:

Example theme

Right: Example theme

There is a large amount of theme customization that you can do— that’s great. You can set global styles for just about anything— paragraphs, headings, navigation and more.

One thing I’d love to see— being able to set a specific header height.

Right: One thing I’d love to see— being able to set a specific header height.

Themes are not responsive. Instead there is a mobile theme that shows for every SiteZulu theme. Unfortunately I found the mobile theme to be buggy— in this screenshot my header is all messed up!

Mobile

Right: Mobile

Good Billing Practices

I was able to pay and cancel Sitezuluäóî although cancellation requires you to send an email to their support instead of allowing you to cancel in the admin area.



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By Steve Benjamins

I'm the writer, designer and developer for Site Builder Report and over the last four years I’ve written over 100 in-depth reviews of website builders. Today over 60,000 people every month use Site Builder Report to choose a website builder.


Review History

  • Mar 4 2016 New review published.
  • Oct 5 2016 Review checked for accuracy and updated.
  • Jul 4 2017 Review checked for accuracy and updated.

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