It may sound like The Lion King’s main character or dance style, but Simbla is actually a drag-and-drop website builder that’s so easy to use that you can start publishing within minutes.
Today, we take a look at Simbla website builder, one of the freshest specimen of its kind, to see if it brings anything new to the highly-saturated market of website builders.
#1 Ease of Use
Simbla requires only a few fields to get started: email, password and location. After creating an account, you choose a template and name your site.
Simbla’s interface is clean and easy-to-navigate: from the top bar you can manage pages, configure site settings and add elements.
Though the builder is quite intuitive, we highly recommend that you take a quick introductory tour before making any clicks – it will take you less than one minute to complete it. The tour will show you the basics of working in Simbla and help you save lots of time and effort in the future.
#2 Feature Set and Flexibility
Like most of its competition, Simbla lets you create new pages and populate them with various site elements and widgets simply by dragging those to the page. The list of draggable elements includes headers, sliders, text elements, galleries, flash files, videos, maps, anchor links and also predesigned modules that contain multiple nicely organized site elements.
When managing your pages, you’ll notice the Master page option. Master pages house the elements you need to appear on all pages, such as logos, footers and navigation. That’s a clever way to fix a common problem. Well done guys.
Simbla has two working modes: Easy and Pro. Both modes provide a total WYSIWYG editing experience, but the Pro mode comes equipped with advanced editing options, – see screenshot.
With Simbla, you can begin with a ready template or from scratch. Simbla’s templates have a fresh, modern look, so even if you are a pro designer, you might want to check them out for inspiration purposes.
All templates are responsive, and you can preview your site’s mobile and tablet look from the control panel. However, there’s no way to alter the autogenerated mobile look of your site.
#4 Customer Support
Simbla has a simple knowledge base that covers all the stages of website creation with this software, and a contact form for those who couldn’t find the answer browsing the support center.
#5 Pricing Policy
You can opt for a free plan and never pay a penny (you can pay with a Facebook Like or retweet 😉 ). However, you’ll be limited to 300 MB space, and the Simbla URL will tell you.
If you want to connect a custom domain and also gain more space, you need to go for a paid plan. There are four paid plans differentiated based on the storage and bandwidth. All Simbla plans come equipped with the same features.
Note that in order to remove the Simbla link (located in the footer of all Simbla sites), you need to go with the Basic ($12/mo) or a higher plan.
Ad-free Simbla sites start at $12/mo, and that’s a very high price for a newcomer. Weebly’s ad-free Starter plan, for instance, is three times cheaper and has more to offer for that price.
I wish Simbla had a blogging engine and an eCommerce solution.
Simbla Review: Conclusion
Well, Simbla looks very promising. It does offer enough tools to get you online quickly and with minimum effort, yet it lacks some important features, such as blogging and eCommerce.
All in all, I have mixed feelings about this website builder. On one hand, it has some unique capabilities you won’t see in the average site builder, but on the other, it has a decent amount of room for growth. See for yourself: