I know what you are thinking. You want to build a website easily, without having to set up anything sophisticated, right? Fortunately, web technology has invented the drag-and-drop feature that is fast becoming popular these days and SnapPages is a good example of such website builder. Let’s see how it works and if it is the right platform for creating a site.
What Is SnapPages?
SnapPages is a do-it-yourself software created in 2008 by Steve Testone. The idea behind the product is to make website building a useful, simple and awesome experience for the users.
How Does It Work?
To get started, you must first create a domain (or subdomain) name. Next, choose a theme that you like from the 20-over modern designs available in the theme library. Right after that, you can start to edit your website content.
Here’s a quick peek at how SnapPages works behind the scene.
On your user dashboard, you’ll see something like this;
- On the left side of your user dashboard, you have some pre-built pages for the main menus.
- The theme section where you can change themes whenever you like.
- The blog section for publishing posts.
- The apps feature which allows you to upload photos, store files, organizes events and create HTML emails to your subscribers.
- The website settings that enable mobile responsiveness, SEO setting descriptions and keywords, and 3rd party plugins such as social sharing and Google Analytics.
To the right of the user dashboard, you have the help desk and descriptions for each of the features.
For content editing purposes, you’ll have to click on either pages or blog which will then bring you to another user dashboard. Here’s where you get to use the drag-and-drop feature to construct your content from anything text to design layouts.
Whenever you hover a pre-built column, the dashboard will respond intuitively by showing you the type of command in which you can edit. Whether it is text or images, the editing process is fairly simple to work on. Once you are happy with all your website content, simply save as draft or publish it online.
If you wish to build an online store, SnapPages allows easy integration with eCommerce solutions such as Shopify, PayPal and Square. All websites are cloud-hosted by RackSpace so that your web content is more secure and will load faster online.
And there you have it – a new website built with a few simple drag-and-drop feature.
How Much Does It Cost?
You can try SnapPages for free for 14 days, in which you are only limited to publishing 5 pages on your website. To make the most out of your website, you should consider the paid plans which are the Pro and the Dev (short for Developer).
The main advantage of the Dev plan is that you get to change the theme’s layout by tweaking the HTML/CSS code (if you wish) and manage multiple websites for your clients.
If you want to upgrade, the price varies between Pro and Dev plans, according to the duration of your subscription.
Pro Pricing Plans
Dev Pricing Plans
* Custom domain will be charged with a separate fee.
SnapPages Is Great…
If you are completely new to website creation. The intuitiveness will give you an idea on how to navigate a website from a user’s perspective. The free trial doesn’t require any credit card information so you are free to explore the functions to see if you are comfortable using this tool or not.
However, SnapPages Isn’t That Great…
If you are serious about creating a dynamic website. So, for small business, a big project or a platform that requires a lot of reader engagement, SnapPages will fall short because;
- It has limited marketing tools.
- It doesn’t allow addition functions for more customization.
- It lacks certain SEO functions to improve website traffic.
- It is a flash based website builder which means older web browsers might have problem ‘reading’ it.
If you are using it for monetization purposes, SnapPages will take 50% cut from your revenue *ouch!*(This no longer applies. Read Steve’s explanation in the comment below)
So Is SnapPages Worthy of Your Time?
If you are planning to grow your online presence – whether it is personal or business related – then you should look at something more reliable and customizable like WordPress.
While WordPress isn’t your typical drag-and-drop website builder, it is definitely the leading content management system software used by many small to large organizations and worldwide. This powerful tool is also available for free and you can actually create one easily with SiteRubix.
Simply create a domain name below to launch your own WordPress website now.
“Quality is the best business plan.” – John Lasseter
Do you have any thoughts or questions about creating a blog or a business website? Just leave your comment below and I’ll get back to you.
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