In this review, we will be looking at the online page builder Pagecloud. Does it have what it takes to compete with other page builders on the market and what kind of features does it pack in its online drag and drop editor?
Getting started with Pagecloud
A credit card is not required to register, so you won’t need to remember to cancel after the trial period. You do need to subscribe after the trial period if you want to keep building your website or want the site to go live.
After registration, you’re instantly requested if you want to use a ready-made template, wireframe, or a blank slate. Each of these is free and there are no hidden fees or requests for extra payments.
You can also preview the templates a lot closer before selecting one so choosing the one you wish to use is very easy.
The templates (by our eyes) looked pretty basic though there are more modern ones available as well. But again this comes from a person who’s been designing and creating not just a few but a lot of websites over the years. For a business owner or a person just starting and wanting to create their very first website, the templates are a great starting point.
Drag and drop builder
The drag and drop builder might seem simple but it’s actually much more robust and the more experienced users can get a lot more out of it. There are some restrictions to the builder though. For example, it’s much more layout-restricted than you would first think. For example, you can’t just throw a form to the left of the buttons (in the image) unless you create an area for it first. This is not a bad thing since we need to consider HTML and its layout as well even when though we are not editing HTML directly.
Another thing that was surprising is that you would think there are buttons to click to remove elements (some do have this option), but you are expected to use your keyboard a lot more than it first seemed.
For example, I tried to find a button to remove a picture but didn’t find one. After a few minutes of staring at the builder like an idiot, I tried pressing “Delete” and the image was removed.
There are pros and cons to this approach which are:
- Makes your work faster after you master the keyboard + mouse commands
- Leaves only the most important features in the “PopUp”.
- Makes everything less cluttered
- Takes time to learn all the tricks in the editor
- Not as clear what to do as a visual editor could be, especially if you’re not familiar with building a website with this builder or are not as tech-savvy as Pagecloud might assume.
Another great thing about Pageclouds page builder is it allows you to use “site-wide colors”. This makes it easy to change the colors on the page as long as you’ve set the color as a “Page wide” in the page styles.
If you’ve created an awesome section but feel like it should be placed somewhere else on the page Pagecloud has made it easy to move these sections. This is something that comes really handy if you want to test up few different layouts with the same sections, without actually changing the whole page.
When it comes to eCommerce it’s never easy to build a great buying experience and creating eCommerce is sometimes a real drag. Pagecloud has made creating an eCommerce fairly easy and optimized.
You can simply click “Create a store” and it generates you the storefront, product page, and check-out pages. Each of these can be edited to an extent though they are still a bit locked and I would guess this is to ensure you don’t go and break it instantly.
One thing to note is that this is still a fairly new feature for them and I am sure there will be more features and upcoming updates to smooth the editing experience.
Pagecloud and SEO
Something a lot of the other page builders and SaaS we have reviewed seem to forget is SEO. Though they might be easy to use and also include a drag and drop interface, they seem to forget SEO for some reason. Again this is not a big deal if you are simply creating a landing page or a page to collect leads, but something that would be appreciated if it was a thing for them as well.
Pagecloud offers some SEO settings like the meta titles and description settings for each page, but not much after that.
Unfortunately, we did not get to test if it places schemas on the pages automatically.
Good thing is that Pagecloud at least gives a good amount of general SEO tips for anyone interested to optimize their page and that they promise that the pages are SEO optimized from the technical side.
Integrations and apps
Pagecloud has quite a few integrations set up which include for example AWeber, Mailchimp, Google Docs, Google Analytics, Facebook, etc. Meaning you should be able to connect it to the most popular services out there.
As for the “apps” as they call them there are apps to integrate Spotify songs and podcasts, Pinterest-like buttons, and even apps for scheduling.
Pagecloud has three different pricing options for you to choose from.
- Small Businesses for one site, 100 pages and 2 team members
- Business for one site, 200 pages and 10 team members
- Pro for 5 sites, unlimited pages but only 3 team members
Each pricing tier has its pros and cons but for most users, the Small Business or Business subscription is the best because you’re probably not running more than one site for your business at a time.
Who would we recommend Pagecloud? From a professional point of view, we would recommend Pagecloud to anyone who is looking for a bit of a more robust page builder and is thinking of creating a webpage for their business.
The builder itself is not the easier one to use instantly and it might take a bit longer to get the hang of it but overall Pagecloud works great. It’s fast, it’s easy to use after getting a hang of it you might be even able to create a webpage faster than with some other tools out there.
They also bring some SEO editing capabilities to their mix that some other SaaS have completely missed. Though not as extensive as some might hope, it’s still a step in the right direction.
If you require an integration they got you covered with the most popular services.
All in all a solid SaaS that anyone thinking of creating a webpage for themselves, business, or starting and eCommerce should at least try before turning to some other tool.
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