Yola Website Builder
Just recently Yola website builder has hit a huge milestone – they now have around 9 million users worldwide! This is undoubtedly a huge achievement that indicates the platform’s power and popularity. Because so many people chose Yola as their site building partner, I decided to avail the benefits of this website builder personally and write a thorough review of this site builder. So, join me test driving Yola and remember to share your own experience and thoughts in comments :).
Ease of Use: Similar to Wix and Weebly, Yola has a very intuitive interface that maximally simplifies the site creation process. Once you’ve registered, you’ll have to pick a website category: Organizations & Non-profits, Health & Fitness, Food & Restaurants etc. Afterwards, you’ll get access to the admin panel of your future site. It’s very easy-to-navigate, simple and usable – most important buttons and links always remain at your fingertips. Most operations can be done through simple dragging and dropping gestures. No coding required.
Flexibility: Yola is a rather flexible platform that can be used for creating various website types: portfolios, corporate websites, blogs and even web stores. Yola has its own eCommerce platform that is also very easy-to-use. It’s integrated with over 20 payment gateways, optimized for mobile viewing and allows you to track all you inventory from a single Yola account.
Custom domain: Custom SLDs are available only for premium users. You can use an existing domain, or get a free one from Yola with your first yearly subscription. You can’t use an SLD within their free plan.
SEO: In terms of SEO, Yola stands out among its rivals. In addition to the standard SEO pack (the ability to specify meta tags: keywords, description, title), Yola offers an advanced Traffic Builder that covers SEO errors scan, month-to-month reporting and feedback on your keyword usage. To enjoy the benefits of professional SEO monitoring, you have to upgrade your account.
Designs: There are free and premium templates. They are nice, but not as beautiful as those offered at Squarespace or Wix. Anyway, the way you get them from Yola is just a beginning. Yola themes are highly customizable, so you can literally rebuild any chosen theme from the ground up to get the desired look.
Technical support: Yola offers a very extensive knowledge base. It includes tours, training webinars, help center, community forum and a bunch of other useful links. You may also contact their support directly via email.
Pricing: You can create and publish a website using Yola subdomain free of charge. To get access to advanced features (like the aforementioned Traffic Builder or Premium designs) you have to upgrade your account. Premium Yola accounts cost $5.95-$24.95 per month. Yearly plans are cheaper. You can add Yola store to any package at $10 per month.
Possible drawbacks: Yola templates are a bit outdated. Running a web store on Yola can be expensive for small businesses (around $25 per month).
The strongest side: Yola is super easy. If you have a blueprint of your future website, you can create a website using Yola in one sitting.
Yola is a popular website builder for making simple, informational websites and e-shops. It competes with Wix, Weebly and other drag-and-drop site constructors that target non-tech-savvy users.