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Cindr Review

Too limited.

By Steve BenjaminsLast Updated Nov 24 2016

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  • Nov 24 2016 Review published.

User Experience Info

Cindr websites are built by stacking "blocs" of content on one another. Example blocs include Photo Gallery, Resume, Text, Forms and more. This stacked content approach has become popular in newer website builders (including WebsiteBuilder.com, XPRS, Webnode and others).

Cindr stacks blocs like this on top of one another.

Right: Cindr stacks blocs like this on top of one another.

Unfortunately the blocs are way, way too simple. There’s almost no customizations you can make. For example, you’re not able to add another photo or heading to this bloc (right). You also can’t re-arrange elements (for example, if you wanted to move the image beneath the text). This fill-in-the-blanks approach is too simple and will frustrate many users.

Want another to add another photo or heading to this bloc? You can’t do it.

Right: Want another to add another photo or heading to this bloc? You can’t do it.

You also have no options for the spacing and size of the bloc— other than a “big” or “small” option.

You only two options for spacing: big and small (pictured).

Right: You only two options for spacing: big and small (pictured).

When Cindr does work, it’s easy to use. For example, customizing the background images of blocs has a great interface. It’s easy to change the image and adjust the tint by adding a color overlay.

This is a handy tool for adjusting the background.

Right: This is a handy tool for adjusting the background.

But over all, Cindr is just too simple. For example, there are no meaningful customizations you can make to contact forms. There are no options for additional fields, no options to re-arrange the fields (or to rename the fields), no way to adjust the confirmation messages and strangest of all— no way to change what email address the form is sent to!

The contact form is way too simple.

Right: The contact form is way too simple.

Cindr only has one trick in its bag: blocs. Unfortunately, there are many other website builders with a similar approach who allow for far more customization. Sure, Cindr is easy to use but simple things are usually easy to use. The real trick that great website builders (Squarespace, Weebly) pull off is making something sophisticated and powerful seem easy to use.

Cindr Editor

Right: Cindr Editor

Features Info

  • Blog

     

  • Ecommerce

    There is a Paypal bloc that directs customers to Paypal to send a payment to you— but this is not ecommerce (full ecommerce means a checkout on your website, collecting customers information etc.).  

  • Form Builder

    There is a contact form bloc, but it has no ability to add new fields, to rename current fields or even to adjust the email address that the form is sent to!  

  • iOS & Android Apps

     

  • Retina Ready

    Yes. Images appear sharp and clear on retina screens.  

  • Newsletter

    There are two Mailchimp blocs that allow you to collect email subscribers— this is a full integration, where emails are automatically added to your mailing list. Nice!  

  • Membership System

     

  • Design from Scratch

    While you can delete all blocs and begin your website from scratch, the blocs themselves allow for almost no customization.  

  • Restaurant Menu

     

  • Donations

     

  • Audio Player

    While there is a Soundcloud bloc, there is no 1st party audio player.  

  • Podcasts

     

Themes Info

There are no themes in Cindr— instead each bloc provides it’s own style that you can make limited adjustments to.

Unfortunately, customization options remain a problem. The only thing you can customize is the font, the alignment and the color. You can’t customize font-size. You can’t set a font type globally (so if you want to change the font you have to do it to each text field individually!). You can’t style buttons on forms.

You can’t adjust the style of this form button— it’s locked in.

Right: You can’t adjust the style of this form button— it’s locked in.

The bright spot? Cindr websites are responsive. So your website will automatically shrink down nicely for mobile users.

Billing Practices: Not Ideal


Cindr has a support document explaining that you need to get in touch with support in order to cancel. They've suggested to me that they hope to launch web-based cancellation in summer 2017.



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By Steve Benjamins

I founded Site Builder Report in 2012 to help people find the best website builder. In my spare time I make music (check it out!). You can also follow me on Twitter here.

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