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SiteBuilder.com Review

Top10.com Staff

In a Nutshell

SiteBuilder provides you with all the basics you could need within an interface that’s very easy to use. That’s why it’s an ideal website builder for novices or learners who want a straightforward website builder that includes hosting.

pros

  • Free custom domains for the first year
  • Over 1,000 templates to choose from

cons

  • Pricing isn’t clear when you start building and lots of upselling
  • No Ecommerce options on basic plans

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Design Features

With over 1,000 website templates to choose from at SiteBuilder, you’re sure to find something that meets your business needs. There’s also a great image library that will enable you to further customize your site with rich media. You can do all of this without spending a dime, as the free version of the website builder gives you access to all of these great web templates and images. A blog can also be integrated at the touch of a button as another free feature of SiteBuilder’s website building services.

Mobile-optimized sites are available, but you have to upgrade your site to get this. However, once you have, you’ll be able to view your site as a mobile one, adapting the design to suit your tastes. All of these features and add-ons are very easy to manage with the site drag-and-drop interface that’s very self-explanatory. However, if everything is a bit too much for you, you can speak to the designers at SiteBuilder who will build a site for you, but this might come at an additional cost.

Marketing Features

Google Maps and social media buttons are free for all users and are easily integrated using the links on the left-hand side of the interface. You have the freedom to move these wherever you want on the site, which gives you great flexibility with your design.

You do have to upgrade to the Premium or Ecommerce Plans to get search engine optimization (SEO) tools. However, you can alter your site meta tags, site header and footer HTML through the free plan, which is a huge bonus. Analytics are also an upgrade-only feature, but are worth investing in if you want to drive plenty of business to your site. If you’re an online store or you want to sell a few products online, you will need to upgrade to the Ecommerce plan, because no shopping features are available on the other plans.

Hosting Options

A free custom domain is available to you if you upgrade your website building plan with SiteBuilder. If you’re using the free version, you’ll be able to choose a domain but it will have “.myfreesites.net” fixed on the end. However, this won’t be an issue if you’re just using the site as a portfolio, blog or basic site for your business.

Storage is not limited in any way, which is great for larger Ecommerce stores or photographers, for example. You’ll also get a free email address when you sign up for the paid plans, with each additional email priced at $5 a month.

Pricing

When you first go onto SiteBuilder, you can start building your website for free by just entering your email address. However, when you start looking to see how much upgrades cost it isn’t made very clear. Before you can see the pricing, you have to choose your custom domain, which is free with all of their plans. This can be a little disconcerting when you don’t know what prices you’re going to be faced with. Once getting through this, the plans are visible, but are presented with over 5 pop-ups before the plans can be viewed in full. A little bit too much up-selling for most.

Once you have waded through all of these promotional pop-ups, you will find that the pricing is very reasonable. They do regularly run promotions, such as 50-70% off several of the website building plans for a limited time, which lowers one plan’s price down for the first month. Normal monthly prices are as low as $9.98/month with the Ecommerce plan costing $24.98. These prices can drop a bit per month when signing up for the 12- and 24-month plans. Additionally, $375 worth of advertising is offered for free, which is a huge help when you’re trying to launch your site or online business.

SiteBuilder Pricing Plans


1 Month
12 Months
24 Months
Pro
$9.98/month
$9.22/month
$7.68/month
Premium
$12.98/month
$12.29/month
$11.98/month
Ecommerce
$24.98/month
$19.98/month
$18.45/month

*Prices last updated April 2018

Statistics and Analytics

SiteBuilder offers an impressive slate of analytics, beginning with its free version. Simply by clicking the "Stats" button on the drag-and-drop editor, you can gain access to the key statistics that are likely to interest you, such as:

  • Page views
  • Total visits
  • Unique visits
  • Average visit duration
  • Bounce rate

Those subscribing to paid plans will also have access to advanced statistics, such as:

  • Percentage change from a previous period
  • Line graphs
  • Visitors map
  • Page by page statistics
  • Traffic sources
  • Regional statistics
  • Devices

Ecommerce

The simplicity of building a site with SiteBuilder's drag-and-drop editor translates to its Ecommerce offering as well. Those who have opted for the Ecommerce plan can set up an online store in 3 simple steps.

The first step is to add products to your store, which you can do manually, or by using SiteBuilder's import function that lets you use a Google Sheet, Excel, or CSV file. The second step is to enter your address details, which is necessary for calculating taxes and invoicing.

Thirdly, you must ensure that customers can pay you. This process is made much simpler because a PayPal account will automatically be set up on the email address used to create your Sitebuilder.com account. You can also add other payment methods in addition to PayPal.

You can publish your site and your store will be active after having completed these 3 steps. A Store Page with all of your products will automatically appear in your pages menu and all of your products that you have added will have product pages that customers can click on for further information. These pages will have an "Add to Shopping Cart" button on them. Your store's shopping cart will also be accessible from your site's main header and from the header of each page.

The store page, product page and shopping cart are all customizable with various design options.

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Customer Service

There’s an extensive customer support section on SiteBuilder. This features the answers to a number of questions that you may have as you start building and maintaining your site. If you can’t find the answers you’re looking for, you can email the team, chat with a representative live or call them with your questions. This service is available 24/7 with telephone support for those in the US/Canada, UK or Australia.

Conclusion

SiteBuilder might not come with all of the additional frills that other website builders do, but what it offers is something that’s simple and easy to use. That’s why it’s a recommended site builder for individuals or small businesses who want to get their site live with minimal fuss or hassle. What’s more, the templates and features that are offered are well made, so you can really make your site look sleek and professional.

Top10.com's editorial staff is a professional team of editors and writers with dozens of years of experience covering consumer, financial and business products and services.

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2 years ago

It worked well and was pretty and easy to use. We were not used to working with web sites and this was good for us.

2 years ago

Easy to use and navigate. Had a lot to choose from and they offered a lot of options. Nice design as well.

2 years ago

I had a great experience with SiteBuilder and don't have any complaints about it. It was very easy to use for a new website.

2 years ago

I find SiteBuilder very easy to use to build a website. I am satisfied withhave a website with SiteBuilder specifically for Diabetic People who need a little advice.

2 years ago

Gives every resource you need and they give you everything for your money and treat customers great.

2 years ago

SiteBuilder came already setup with HostGator. This was another reason I gave host gator high ratings. It was very easy to use.

2 years ago

They were overall totally solid, delivered as promised for the most part. I feel some aspects looked a little outdated ,but not enough so to pitch a fit. Would recommend

2 years ago

It was basic but still challenging to use. Wanted a little better-more advanced website.

2 years ago

I was able to easily create my own website and decide what I wanted and where. The navigation was easy.

2 years ago

Enjoy the ease of building a very professional website with minimal effort and maximal results.

2 years ago

It has helped me create websites for my business, as well as for a school project. Worked well for both.

2 years ago

Ease of use and the ability to build from scratch. Ian able to build a site that is unique and very challenging.

2 years ago

Because their site was easy to maneuver, was able to purchase package and get everything squared away in a hour or less

2 years ago

Makes it easy for a person who wants to start a site to make a nice and simple one. Great deal

2 years ago

I like mostly everything about it. It is very easy to use especially for those people who aren't too good at things like that.

2 years ago

The made it very easy to get my site up and running but after it was running they left me hanging.

2 years ago

It was easy to design website...a few clicks from the options. Templates offered variety of good options.

2 years ago

I used it for my homemade candies. I loved that it was easy to use and add pictures. My customers also don't have problems getting to me anymore.

2 years ago

Very easy to use, ease of access was great. Didn't like you have to pay for it bit it isn't that expensive.

2 years ago

I feel like Site builder is a really good, and easy to use website. I used it to make a mini portfolio and it worked great.

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