If you are reading this post, chances are you want to build a website, and it’s safe to assume that you consider using a Do-It-Yourself website builder. So, we won’t need to tell you that your options are almost endless.
The web building industry has recognized the need of the novice to create websites without coding pretty quickly and spawned a whole new generation of DIY web apps. One of the latest players on this field is Mozello, a service of Blumentals Solutions SIA, a small privately held software company based in Latvia, Europe.
#1 Ease of Use
Signing up for Mozello only requires a few details: email, password, desired URL and website type. Once you’ve logged in you’ll have to choose a template (you can change it later without losing any of your content). This will take you to the website builder itself. Now, all you need to build your site is your content. Personalization settings are simple and well-organized.
Mozello does support inline editing, but it doesn’t support drag-and-drop. You can rearrange your content through changing content layout styles and designs, but you can’t change the position of individual elements. This restriction allows Mozelllo users to switch templates anytime without breaking the website.
#2 Feature Set and Flexibility
Each Mozello site is comprised of different page types, each doing a different thing. Specifically, when you want to add a new page, you’ll have to choose between Normal Page with Text, Front Page or Special Page, Picture Gallery, Blog or News, Web Form, Catalog or Store, or Link to Other Page. Each page type has its own preset settings. Let’s take a look at some of these:
Front Page or Special Page. This page type has a range of predetermined layouts that can be switched anytime. Each content block on the page is customizable – you can change copy, images, add various widgets and also inject your own HTML code snippets. However, you can’t rearrange these blocks – they’re fixed on the canvas.
Blog or News. Mozello comes with a lightweight blogging system that can become a great way of getting your site visitors updated. On your Blog page you’ll see a small black button that allows you to create new posts. You can either publish your post immediately or save it without publishing. Unfortunately, there’s no way to schedule your posts. The Mozello blog comes with a native commenting system, but you can also set up DISQUS simply by specifying your username in the corresponding box.
Catalog or Store. Mozello has its own eCommerce platform. Of course, it isn’t as feature-rich like Shopify or Volusion, yet it still allows you to keep your items organized, manage your orders and display your products the best way.
We wish Mozello had a feature list on the homepage. We had to discover all of the aforementioned features ourselves. The good news is that they do offer an introductory video, but it doesn’t cover all Mozello features.
Mozello has a decent library of beautiful themes. You can switch them anytime. For finer customization, developers can take advantage of the Custom Code option. Premium users can insert additional code into the Head section.
From a non-tech-savvy user perspective, Mozello templates are barely customizable – at best, you can change color settings and layout. Mozello offers a great choice of ready color schemes to help users avoid mismatching colors.
All Mozello themes are responsive from the start. However, you can’t edit your site’s mobile view. We checked our test Mozello website on a smartphone, and we must say it worked really fast. It looked nice, though it didn’t feature the ‘hamburger menu’ (see screenshots).
#4 Customer Support
For urgent questions, there’s email support. Other than that, there’s a support center that contains answers to the most common questions. We wish it was more extensive and had a search button.
#5 Pricing Policy
Mozello is a freemium website builder: you can create an account and publish your website for free and keep it free as long as you wish. Free websites display a Mozello link and are published on a subdomain (sitename.mozello.com). Free sites include eCommerce and let you add and sell up to 10 items.
In order to increase your storage to 50 GB, remove the Mozello link and connect a custom domain name, you have to choose between the Premium ($6/month billed annually; $7/month billed quarterly) and Premium Plus ($14/month) plans. The Premium plan is designed for small stores with up to 100 items, while the Premium Plus subscription lets you sell unlimited products.
If you’re looking to set up a small webstore, then Mozello could be a great option – for only $6/mo you’ll get a nice-looking website with a shopping cart. But if you want to create a business site, a blog or a portfolio, it makes sense to look at the competition. With Weebly, for instance, you can build and publish an ad-free site at only $4 a month.
Mozello doesn’t support user management – you can’t create community websites with it. Design customization options appear to be limiting, compared to what is offered by the competition.
Mozello Review: Conclusion
Overall, we really like Mozello because we like companies that keep things simple. It’s easy-to-use, affordable, and very fast – both on desktop and mobile devices.
Of course, Mozello loses ground to the established platforms like Wix, uCoz, and Weebly in some aspects, yet there are many people who are looking exactly for what it offers. Traditionally, we highly recommend that you check the site builder yourself, as our opinion may differ from yours. Once you have checked it – drop a few lines in the comments! Happy site building.