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Onepager Review

Simple one page websites— unfortunately too simple to recommend.

By Steve BenjaminsLast Updated Apr 30 2017

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Review Updates

  • Feb 24 2016 New review published.
  • Sep 7 2016 Review updated and checked for inaccuracies.
  • Apr 30 2017 Review updated and checked for accuracy.

User Experience Info

Onepager is really simple— and it’s not just that it limits your website to one page— it goes beyond that. There’s simply a lot that you can’t do with Onepager. From what I can tell that simplicity is a design choice: Onepager is designed to make it stupidly simple to make a small business website. It’s like bumper bowling for building a website.

Website editor

Right: Website editor

There’s a certain logic to keeping things simple. Many small business websites drown in content. I have a theory that it’s because most small businesses are unsure of what content to include (or leave out), and so they just put everything on the website. The problem? There’s a trade-off—including everything makes it tough to find anything.

Some small business websites (like this one) drown in content. (This is not a Onepager website!)

Right: Some small business websites (like this one) drown in content. (This is not a Onepager website!)

Unfortunately, after using Onepager I realized that it’s far too basic. When you want to add content, you have a choice of 15 elements— which sounds like a lot, but some of these elements are really redundant. For example, Services, Hours and Contact are simply lists that can be easily replicated using the Text element.

There are 15 elements you can add

Right: There are 15 elements you can add

The Button element lets you create a button with custom text that links to a URL— but that’s it. You can’t customize it’s size, border or color. That’s really basic.

Customizing the button element

Right: Customizing the button element

The Social element let you add icons for up to 15 social media profiles, but there’s no way to know which social media profiles Onepager supports until you add all their social icons (a weird workflow). There’s also only one set of social icons to choose from. So, whether or not they suit your layout, you are stuck with these default icons:

Social icons

Right: Social icons

Onepager doesn't even allow you to add custom HTML (other than iFrames), which means you can’t add 3rd party plugins to cover missing features. Jeez!

Over all, Onepager set out to make a website builder that’s simple. Unfortunately it ends up being too simple.

Adding an iFrame

Right: Adding an iFrame

Features Info

  • Blog

    No blog support. (You can add a Feed which aggregates posts from other blogs— but you can’t create a blog on Onepager.)  

  • Ecommerce

    No ecommerce support. (You can add a Paypal button that sends your visitors to Paypal to make a payment— but that doesn’t count as ecommerce as it misses important features such as on-site checkout and email customization.)  Show Screenshot

  • Form Builder

    Form builder is very basic. You can only add two types of fields: inputs and textareas. That means you’re missing checkboxes, radio buttons, file uploads— all important parts of a form builder. There is also no way to edit the success message when form is submitted. Form submissions are sent to an email address and fortunately there is a database where all form submissions are saved— important in case you accidentally delete an email!  Show Screenshot

  • iOS & Android Apps

    No. 

  • Retina Ready

    No. Images appear slightly blurry on retina displays.  

  • Newsletter

    Onepager hosts it’s own newsletter service. So you can add a simple newsletter signup form— but you’re forced to use Onepagers newsletter service to send newsletters. That’s unfortunate because their newsletter service is way too basic— it even lacks the ability to send an email preview to your own email address! It would really nice if they could integrate the newsletter signup form with a newsletter service such as Mailchimp or Constant Contact.  Show Screenshot

  • Membership System

    No. 

  • Design from Scratch

    No. 

  • Multi-lingual

    No. 

  • Restaurant Menu

    No. 

  • Donations

    No. 

  • Audio Player

    No. 

  • Podcasts

    No. 

Themes Info

I’ve been following Onepager for several years and one reason why I wouldn’t recommend them today is that Onepager has received almost no updates. They had 16 themes two years ago and they still have 16 themes today. Hmm.

Theme example

Right: Theme example

Unfortunately the themes aren’t that nice. They feel a bit old and amateurish (for example, most have a patterned background, which is an outdated web design trend).

Theme example

Right: Theme example

Customizations is way too simple. For example, text size is changed using a slider that does not indicate the size of the text in pixels (you don’t know if you are using 12px or 16px fonts). This leaves you unhelpfully having to eyeball font-sizes.

This is the extent of your customization options.

Right: This is the extent of your customization options.

One bright spot for Onepager’s themes is that they’re all responsive (which to be honest isn’t that hard to do considering how simple Onepager websites are).

Mobile sites

Right: Mobile sites

Billing Practices: Good


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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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