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Webnode Review 2 0

Promising— but not many options for customization.

2.0

By Steve BenjaminsLast Updated Sep 2 2016

Webnode Review Updates

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  • Feb 15 2016 — New review published.
  • Sep 2 2016 — Review updated with new screenshots and information on the Webnode form builder and mailing list signup widget.

User Experience Info

Webnode recently launched a new version that is dramatic update to their old version. This new version lacks many of the features of the old version but the UI is a hugely improved. (While Webnode still offers their old version to customers, this review will focus on the new version. )

Website Editor

Right: Website Editor

Webnode pages are broken up into Sections. Sections can hold individual elements. This way of editing works well for creating a specific type of modern website— one that focuses on simple text and strong photography.

Sections

Right: Sections

There are 16 preset Sections that are act as templates. For example, there’s a Contact section that is useful for creating a contact page. These preset sections are handy— but a little cookie cutter. There’s not a lot of room for customization here. (And for comparison, similar website builders such as WebsiteBuilder.com have a much wider selection of presets.)

Preset Sections

Right: Preset Sections

Sections are made up of content widgets. Unfortunately, there are very few content widgets. As you’ll see in the Features section of this review Webnode does not offer widgets for blogs, forms, audio players, ecommerce and more. It’s very simple.

See those two faint grey circles in the top right corner of the widgets? That’s to reveal more widgets— it’s way too faint though!

Right: See those two faint grey circles in the top right corner of the widgets? That’s to reveal more widgets— it’s way too faint though!

Features Info

  • Blog

    Not supported in the new version of Webnode. (You can create a blog using the old version of Webnode but I wouldn’t recommend it. The old version is quite outdated. )  

  • Ecommerce

    Not supported. (You can do ecommerce using the old version of Webnode but I wouldn’t recommend it. The old version is quite outdated.)  

  • Form Builder

    A good amount of form field options— inputs, radio buttons, checkboxes, file upload fields, dates and more. You can also customize the forms success message or send the user to a specific page after success. (Note: Webnode does not save your form submissions in a database— so make sure you don't delete the confirmation emails!)  Show Screenshot

  • iOS & Android Apps

    No iOS or Android apps available.  

  • Retina Ready

    No. While the default theme images appeared sharp on retina displays— uploaded images were not optimized for retina displays and would appear blurry.  

  • Newsletter

    Webnode does include an email sign up form— unfortunately it doesn't integrate with email marketing services such as Mailchimp or Constant Contact. This means you'll have to manually add every email address that signs up for your newsletter— which will become frustrating if your newsletter is a success!  Show Screenshot

  • Membership System

    Not supported. 

  • Design from Scratch

    Not supported. 

  • Multi-lingual

    Great multi-lingual support. You can create several different language versions of your website and write them as you need. It will require some extra upkeep (if you add a page on one language site, you’ll need to re-add the page on another language site) but that’s pretty typical of any multi-lingual website.  Show Screenshot

  • Restaurant Menu

    Not supported. 

  • Donations

    Not supported. 

  • Audio Player

    Not supported. 

  • Podcasts

    Not supported. 

Themes Info

Webnode offers a nice selection of 34 themes. The themes all look fresh and contemporary. They’re all great choices.

Example Theme

Right: Example Theme

All themes are also responsive— so they work great on mobile devices.

Example Theme

Right: Example Theme

Sounds great right? Here’s the thing: there’s no way to make style edits! You’re sort of locked into whatever these beautiful templates set for you. So for example, there is no way to manually set what color the navigation is for the pink theme example to the right. That’s really too bad!

Not Ideal Billing Practices


Unlike most website builders which offer monthly billing, Webnode requires you to pay for a year up front.


Pricing


Monthly Plans Annual Plans
Plan Term Domain Name Total info
    • Webnode does not offer monthly plans.
    • Mini $71.40 / year $18.95 / year. $7.53 per month Total: $271.05
    • Standard $143.40 / year $18.95 / year. $13.53 per month Total: $487.05
    • Ecommerce Standard $239.40 / year $18.95 / year. $21.53 per month Total: $775.05
    • Ecommerce Profi $479.40 / year $18.95 / year. $41.53 per month Total: $1,495.05

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Steve Benjamins I founded Site Builder Report in 2012 in order to help people choose the right website builder. I also make music (you should check it out!). You can also follow me on Twitter here.