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. Their latest release— Snappages 3— is their best yet.
Pages are built by stacking sections on top of one another. Sections hold blocks— for example, text, images or forms. Snappages includes 13 section templates to get you started. This is significantly less than other section-based website builders. But on the upside, Snappages does give you significant control over sections— so unlike some website builders, Snappages sections aren’t cookie cutter.
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.
In the past I’ve criticized Snappages for keeping interfaces in separate parts of the app (rather than having one, unified editor). This release fixes that for the most part— though some exceptions remain. (For example, the blog editor is not accessible from the page editor. In fact, nothing will happen if you try to click your blog in the page editor navigation… which is disorienting).
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
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
Images display sharp and crisp on retina devices.
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
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).
Snappages includes 10 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).
You can swap between themes while you’re building your website to get a feel for which one is right.
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.
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.
In the past SnapPages allowed you to cancel accounts through a web-based interface. But now they force you to contact their supportäóî lame.
It sucks that they would choose an option that make users lives less convenient rather than easier.
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