When I first reviewed GYBO (Get Your Business Online) two years ago, it was a web service managed by Google in cooperation with Homestead, Intuit’s site builder. In my opinion, that cooperation didn’t provide the streamlined workflow aspiring entrepreneurs were looking for. Today, it’s even more complicated.
GYBO is now partnering with StartLogic which in its turn utilizes the Weebly drag-and-drop editor and eCommerce system. Pretty complicated. Anyway, there are people who rely on GYBO to create and manage their websites. Intrigued, we decided to review the new version of GYBO.
#1 Ease of Use
With the exception of the complicated arhcitecture of the web service, GYBO is quite easy-to-use. By clicking on the Get Started button you get two options: Get on Google and Build Your Free Website.
The first option is meant for gathering your biz information for Google Maps and your company’s Google+ page. You can skip this step and get back to it later.
The second option redirects you to Site Express by StartLogic. First, you’ll answer a set of questions for the system to tailor the content of your website. Then, you’ll choose the industry that will determine your future site’s design. Once these steps are complete, you’ll be able to customize your ready site: upload images, arrange content and more.
#2 Feature Set and Flexibility
As I see it, the intent of GYBO is to get your business attached to Google’s services. Its key purpose is to create a Google profile for your business.
By signing up to GYBO you’ll get access to your Google My Business dashboard. The dashboard contains cards to manage your company’s online presence, including Insights, Reviews and AdWords among others.
Speaking about the builder itself, it offers three plans depending on how in-depth you’re going to customize your website. See the full list of features at http://www.startlogic.com/startlogic/index.html.
You can create a unique look using the drag-and-drop editor or use one of the ready templates. You can also hire the StartLogic team to design your custom website for you for $499. Please note that they’re going to use the same drag-and-drop site builder to create your custom site, ‘to empower you to easily update and manage it on your own when it’s finished, at no additional cost’.
#4 Customer Support
There’s a knowledge base, user guide and 24/7 customer support via live chat. Luckily, many tutorials are illustrated with video waltkthroughs. Based on numerous user reviews I found on the web, StartLogic support staff is mediocre.
#5 Pricing Policy
Technically, GYBO is free, but you have to pay for the web building software. StartLogic plans range from $4.50/mo (Express) to $8.99/mo (Supercharge). These are promotional prices that work for the first term only. The regular rates are $7.49-$12.49/mo.
Labyrinthine and unnecessarily complicated. There’s no free version – you can’t access the builder without entering your credit card information. It’s not clear which support staff you should address when you face any issues – GYBO’s or StartLogic’s.
GYBO Review: Conclusion
You can certainly create a website using GYBO. However, it doesn’t seem like a brilliant idea with so many less complicated website builders out there.
GYBO user? Tell your story in the comments!