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SnapPages Review

Here's something you like to see as a user: I've been following Snappages for a couple years now, and they continually work on their product. While other website builders begin to get stale, Snappages just keeps pushing new releases.

My work is supported by affiliate commissions. Last Updated Apr 30 2018


User Experience

Snappages has an interesting approach to website builder— rather than having one unified interface for everything, you navigate through an admin before editing pages in the page editor. It almost feels more like a really CMS than a website builder in this sense.

Right: Snappages 3

Pages are built by stacking sections on top of one another. Sections hold blocks— for example, text, images or forms. Snappages includes 21 section templates to get you started. This is still less than other section-based website builders (and Snappages newest editor has been around for over a year now— so you'd expect more). But on the upside, Snappages does give you significant control over sections— so unlike some website builders, Snappages sections aren’t cookie cutter.

Sections

Right: Sections

Everything works well. The drag and drop is quick. The text editor is sharp (with a nice pop-in animation). There are a few things that could be improved— for example, there’s no way to reduce the spacing between sections and the photo gallery could use more display options. But over all, Snappages has provided the basics.

The photo gallery could use a few more display options— for example, a thumbnails grid.

Right: The photo gallery could use a few more display options— for example, a thumbnails grid.

In the past I’ve criticized Snappages for keeping interfaces in separate parts of the app (rather than having one, unified editor). Snappages 3 fixes that. It's easy to get around— now the seperation of parts of app feels more like a feature than a bug.

The blog editor is a separate editor from the page editor.

Right: The blog editor is a separate editor from the page editor.

Features

  • Blog

    Full blog functionality. You can schedule posts, create categories & tags, set excerpts, moderate comments and more. There's even a sidebar editor that lets you drag and drop to customize the sidebar to your needs.  Show Screenshot

  • Ecommerce

    No. 

  • Form Builder

    Full form builder. There's a wide selection of fields: radio buttons, checkboxes, phone, email, text areas etc. When a form is submitted the results are sent to your email— just don't delete this email as it's form submissions aren't saved anywhere else!  Show Screenshot

  • iOS & Android Apps

    No. 

  • Retina Ready

    Images display sharp and crisp on retina devices.  

  • Newsletter

    No. 

  • Membership System

    No.  

  • Design from Scratch

    No.  

  • Multi-lingual

    No.  

  • Restaurant Menu

    Snappages includes a simple menu editor that lets you add and remove menu items. There's no customization or style options included— pretty cookie cutter.  Show Screenshot

  • Donations

    There is a Paypal donations element but unfortunately that isn't a full donations system (I consider a full donations system to allow on-site checkout and email customization).  

  • Audio Player

    No.  

  • Podcasts

    No.  

Themes

Snappages includes 12 templates to choose from. This is not a huge selection, but the themes are fresh, modern and— most importantly— responsive (meaning they are mobile-ready).

Right: Theme example

You can swap between themes by adding a new one (similar to Squarespace) while you’re building your website to get a feel for which one is right.

Right: Theme example

Customization is pretty restricted. You can’t customize individual font sizes— you can only set a global font size. And while you have the opportunity to choose a color palette— you don’t have the option to choose how your color palette is applied throughout your website. For example, your website buttons will inherit a color from the color palette but there’s no way to set a custom color for individual buttons.

Color customization

Right: Color customization

You do have the option to upgrade to the ‘Advanced’ plan and that lets you add additional palettes that you can apply to elements but it really doesn’t unlock much editing power (additional palettes is a bit difficult to understand). At an additional $5 / month, the advanced plan doesn’t feel like great value.

Not Ideal Billing Practices

In the past SnapPages allowed you to cancel accounts through a web-based interface. But now they force you to contact their support— lame.

It sucks that they would choose an option that make users lives less convenient rather than easier.