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Voog Review

Good for multilingual websites.

My work is supported by affiliate commissions (more info). By Steve Benjamins Updated Jul 12 2017

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Review Updates

  • Mar 15 2016 New review published.
  • Oct 25 2016 Review updated and checked for accuracy.
  • Jul 12 2017 New review published.

User Experience

Voog’s editor is sparse and mostly easy to use. There is a horizontal bar on bottom of your screen that covers most functionality. All other functionality is in small buttons that are embedded in your website. Pages are built by dragging and dropping elements from the bottom bar into your page.

Personally I am not a fan of those little editor buttons on the website— I find it gets in the way of seeing your website unobstructed.

Right: Personally I am not a fan of those little editor buttons on the website— I find it gets in the way of seeing your website unobstructed.

You can choose layouts for pages, but they’re often inflexible. For example, this homepage layout (right) is a nice two column layout— unfortunately it's very cookie cutter. For example, you can't add anything below it (if you try adding an element it will be dropped into the footer).

There is no way to add text here— you’re locked into the two column layout.

Right: There is no way to add text here— you’re locked into the two column layout.

On blank page layouts, you’ll find there is no way to organize your page into columns. Instead all elements simple vertically stack on top one another.

Elements stack on top of one another, and there is no way to put them side-by-side in columns.

Right: Elements stack on top of one another, and there is no way to put them side-by-side in columns.

One part of the interface that I think will confuse users is the workflow for adding a single image to a page. Rather than having an image element, you need to add a text element, then upload your image under the Files tab and drag the image into the text box. This feels confusing at first.

Drag an image into your text box if you’d like a single image.

Right: Drag an image into your text box if you’d like a single image.

There are nice parts of Voog’s user interface. For example, the interface is often pleasant to work with. It’s clear and clever. For example, if you need to delete an element, you simple drag it and a clever garbage bin pops in from the side:

Drag this element into the garbage bi in order to delete it.

Right: Drag this element into the garbage bi in order to delete it.

Features

  • Blog

    Post editor is beautiful (see screenshot). You can edit slugs, create drafts and set publish dates in the future. Readers can add comments but unfortunately there is no integration with Disqus or Facebook comments.  Show Screenshot

  • Ecommerce

    Voog has a simple way of adding ecommerce to their websites— and it’s great. I especially like how they designed the shopping cart. Basically you create “Add to Cart” buttons that hold all product information. From there, you design product pages around that button. This gives you a lot of flexibility around design. This system will work best for stores with a small amount of products— large stores may get find it frustrating (this approach means you don’t have an automated way of handling product categories.) One annoying downside: you have to contact support to add payment processor— why?! Also you’re limited to Paypal and MakeCommerce— no Stripe option.  Show Screenshot

  • Form Builder

    You can add a variety of form fields— text, multi-line text, radio buttons, checkboxes, file uploads and jumpboxes. You can customize the submit button text, set forms to submit to a custom URL and receive form submissions at an email address (unfortunately form submissions aren’t saved anywhere else, so make sure you don’t delete those emails!).  Show Screenshot

  • iOS & Android Apps

    No. 

  • Retina Ready

    All images displayed sharp and crisp on retina screens.  

  • Newsletter

    There is no newsletter signup element that integrates with popular mailing list services such as Mailchimp.  

  • Membership System

    No. 

  • Design from Scratch

    No. 

  • Multi-lingual

    Voog is the best multi-lingual website builder— but strangely they don’t advertise their multi-lingual features much. Your website has a flag icon (see screenshot). Users click the flag to change the language. Each language represents a completely different version of the website. There is no automatic computer translations— but people who’ve had to build multi-lingual websites know that you can’t automate translation. Instead you have to create different versions of every page. Voog’s multi-lingual support will be super helpful for a small percentage of people. For example, in Canada, multi-lingual websites are a requirement for some organizations (French and English). For those types of organizations, Voog is the best website builder option.  Show Screenshot

  • Restaurant Menu

    No. 

  • Donations

    (Technically you could use Voog’s ecommerce to accept donations— but it’s not an actual donation system. For example, it would add donations to your “cart” and your donors wouldn’t be able to specify a donation amount.)  

  • Audio Player

    No. 

  • Podcasts

    No. 

Themes

There 16 themes— each one is strong and fully responsive.

Example theme

Right: Example theme

Here's another example theme. Themes are strength for Voog.

Example theme

Right: Example theme

As I discussed in the User Experience section, themes only come with two layouts— front page or common page. The front page layout is usually pretty inflexible and common pages don’t have the ability to organize elements into columns.

No way to add any text here.

Right: No way to add any text here.

Voog’s recently added an excellent Design Editor for making customizations. It allows you to customize every font, content widths, background colors, button styles and a lot more. It’s great.

Design Editor

Right: Design Editor

Good Billing Practices


I was able to buy and cancel Voog with ease.


Written By Steve Benjamins

I founded Site Builder Report in 2012 to help people find the best website builder. My work is supported by earning an affiliate commission when readers choose a website builder based on my reviews.

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Last update: Jul 12 2017

Keep in mind that Voog may have changed since then. If you believe something is out of date in my review, please let me know.