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Voog Review

Good for multilingual websites.

By Steve BenjaminsLast Updated Oct 25 2016

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Review Updates

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

User Experience Info

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.

Website editor

Right: Website editor

You can choose layouts for pages, but they’re often inflexible. For example, the homepage layout (right) gives you a nice two column layout. But unfortunately there is no way to add any text below it.

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.

If you choose the common page layout, you’ll find there is no way to organize your page into columns. Instead all elements simple stack on one another— some users might find this inflexible.

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 interaction feels needlessly confusing.

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 Info

  • 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

    No. 

  • 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

    Unfortunately some images (such photo gallery thumbnails) did not display sharp and crisp on retina screens (such as MacBooks and iPhones).  

  • 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

    No. 

  • Audio Player

    No. 

  • Podcasts

    No. 

Themes Info

There are only 13 themes— which is not a wide selection compared to other website builders. But each theme is really strong and fully responsive.

Example theme

Right: Example theme

Here's another example theme:

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.

Unfortunately there is also no way to customize the style of themes without jumping into code so you’re stuck with the default themes. This is unfortunate when there are only 13 themes— it’d be nice to have ways to distinguish your website from every other Voog website.

To customize your theme styles you'll need to use the Voog code editor.

Right: To customize your theme styles you'll need to use the Voog code editor.

Billing Practices: Good


I was able to buy and cancel Voog with ease.



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Pricing


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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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