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).
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.
You also have no options for the spacing and size of the bloc— other than a “big” or “small” option.
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.
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!
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.
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.).
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!
Yes. Images appear sharp and clear on retina screens.
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!
While you can delete all blocs and begin your website from scratch, the blocs themselves allow for almost no customization.
While there is a Soundcloud bloc, there is no 1st party audio player.
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.
Cindr did not allow me to cancel using a web-based form. There was also no support document explaining how I could cancel my account.
So I got in touch with their live chat support and asked them to cancel my account. After trying to talk me out of cancelling, they told me I needed to send an email to support. I asked if the cancellation could be processed immediately. They said no and promised it would be processed the next day.
Five days later I logged into my Cindr account and my account had not been cancelled! I got in touch with the live chat and demanded they cancel my account for real— which they did.