Mobirise.com finally took the wraps off its offline application for creating websites in a drag-and-drop interface. The long-awaited software is now available for Windows, Mac, Android devices, and our review!
As its name suggests, Mobirise was developed with the multi-screen world in mind. The platform works out-of-the-box and requires minimum expertise to build and edit sites. But what makes it unique?
Having reviewed over fifty website builders of all possible kinds, we can confidently state that Mobirise’s offering is quite unusual. Join us testing this new product.
#1 Ease of Use
Unlike the majority of site builders that work in your browser, Mobirise is an offline program that you need to download and install on your computer. Though the process is fast and intuitive, it can still be a roadblock for those preferring building websites in the cloud.
Being a downloadable app is both an advantage and a disadvantage. For instance, Mobirise lets you work offline on your site from any place; no Internet connection required. What’s more, with Mobirise you’re not limited to just one service provider – you’re free to publish your website whenever you want. But on the other hand, this approach makes it difficult to work collaboratively on your site, as there’re no online accounts, like in Wix or Weebly.
Other than the offline issue, there’s nothing to worry about. The platform has a user-friendly WYSIWYG editing environment that makes the process of website creation a matter of drag-and-drop.
If you don’t feel like downloading the software right away, here’s a brief video that shows what to expect from Mobirise in terms of ease of use:
#2 Feature Set and Flexibility
Mobirise is designed to build small/medium websites, landing pages, portfolios, promo sites for products, events and services, so it’s more focused on the visual side of things, rather than heavy functionality.
Thus, the builder lets you easily create beautiful web pages using ready blocks and elements, such as contact forms, image galleries, sliders, Google Maps, social media buttons, and menus, among others. Additional features include parallax scrolling and the Articles feature, which is in fact a simple way to add a blog to your site.
# 3 Designs
Users start with a blank page that can be populated with any sort of content. When you drag a content block to a page, it automatically adds functional site elements to your site. You can then edit, remove and add new elements to the page. Users can customize fonts using the Google fonts feature.
All Mobirise sites are mobile-ready from the start. The preview bar lets you see what your site looks like across various devices.
#4 Customer support
Other than twenty video tutorials and some general articles, there’re no categorized support materials available. You can contact Mobirise devs directly via email or a social media channel. We noticed that Mobirise are especially active on their Facebook account.
#5 Pricing policy
Mobirise is free, for both commercial and non-profit use.
The platform is easy-to-use, but it still requires at least basic knowledge on how to find a hosting provider, get the right hosting plan and publish your site online.
Mobirise review: Conclusion
Mobirise lets you build a small/medium refined-looking, mobile-friendly website in no time for free without being tied to a particular service provider. Once your website is ready, you can decide where to host your website (while with most site builders you can’t move your site from their servers). It’s free, give it a try 😉 .