Webnode Review: We put Webnode through its paces

Whether you need a simple website or a complete online store, Webnode does it all. It has two core components:

  • a website builder (for both personal and business websites)
  • an online store

The difference between Webnode’s personal and business packages lies mainly in the number of designs you have to chose from. There’s a wider range of templates available for business websites, along with some pre-filled industry-specific content. But there’s no real difference aside from this, which means you might want to consider building your business website on one of the more affordable personal plans.

In fact, Webnode has powered WebsiteToolTester for more than 3 years. We even spent a long time on the free version before we upgrade to Standard and then to the Profi package.

See it in action here

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Webnode in Detail

Criterion Rating Comment
Ease of use
Sophisticated editor with a wide range of functions.
Choice and flexibility of design (templates)
Can look dated, but are functional and include access to CSS. (See Templates for Advanced Users: English version via Google Translate). Features a smartphone-friendly website version.
Advertisement-free yes In 'Standard' plan. Free version puts a link and a small button banner in your website's footer.
Languages
Webnode is available in more than 20 language variants. A great plus is the multilingual feature that supports different language versions of your website!
Your own domain name (e.g. .com or .net) yes Register a domain via Webnode or re-direct your existing domain.
Depth of navigation
Seemingly unlimited sub-navigation (we were able to continue adding levels below six).
Widgets (small tools to add extra functionality)
Video (YouTube), social media (Facebook, Twitter), images (photo galleries, Flickr) and more.
Monetization yes Google AdSense integration, but code has to be inserted into a separate section, i.e. not embedded inside a text block.
E-Commerce
Limited options on the personal and business packages. The dedicated e-commerce packages offers more sophisticated functionality (not reviewed).
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Page titles, meta tags, URL fields and image ALT tags are all freely editable - excellent!
Blog
Does the job but is too basic for dedicated bloggers. Commenting can be improved with Disqus.
Visitor statistics
Looks very good. Google Analytics can also be added.
Contact form yes Flexible form builder that supports multiple choice fields as well as file uploads next to standart text entry fields.
Password protection yes In paid plans. Allows you to set up protected areas with individual user logins.
Newsletter tool no You can integrate external newsletter systems like Mailchimp or Aweber easily.
Add HTML code yes Allows you to add other widgets and tools.
Storage space 100 MB+ Upgrade to 5 GB with the paid version. Large files can be uploaded using the Upload Manager.
Forum no "Forum" option is actually just a commenting feature.
Support yes Email, forum and knowledgebase. Technical support questions answered quickly but not always to our full satisfaction. Help files are not very comprehensive.
Fun Factor
Wide range of features certainly encourages experimentation.
Overall Rating
4/5
Webnode offers a powerful website builder that features quite a few interesting options particularly suited to larger websites.

Conclusion

Webnode has some great strengths in a couple of key areas: the editor offers top-class drag and drop functionality, and no other website builder makes it so easy to create a multilingual website. Webnode also makes it possible to truly optimize the pages of your website, so they can be easily found by search engines.

Its weaknesses lie in its template designs which won’t be to everyone’s taste and are not easy to customize. But it’s still worth having a look to see if you can find one you like. More designs were added recently, although unfortunately not for the eShop.

The eShop package offers very sophisticated features but could be confusing for beginners. Webnode’s knowledge base is very limited and doesn’t help much. Saying that, we still recommend both the free and paid versions of Webnode’s personal website package.

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Webnode Example Sites

Alternatives to Webnode

Weebly
See review
Squarespace
See review

FAQ about Webnode

Does Webnode offer a backup feature?

Yes, you can backup your entire website and roll it back if you need it. You won’t be able to back up individual pages.

Why does WebsiteToolTester.com not use Webnode anymore?

We were using it ourselves for more than 3 years and were very happy with it. As WebsiteToolTester.com grew larger (luckily!) we came to the point that we needed to switch to a CMS (WordPress) that allows us to use a database for our review data so we are able to structure the information. We still use Webnode for many of our other projects: ChatToolTester.com and Creadores-PaginasWeb.com are two examples.

Review Updates

15 Jul 2013 – A couple of smaller updates
13 Mar 2013 – We’ve added information about password protection
21 Feb 2013 – New form creator feature
22 Nov 2011 – We have tested Webnode’s server performance.
16 Aug 2011 – New look and functionality for the editor
30 Mar 2011 – General update
16 Jan 2011 – The free plan now features a small Webnode banner button. So it is not really ad-free anymore, contrary to Webnode’s claim on its website.
11 Jan 2011 – Update of all reviews: Webnode hasn’t released any new features for a couple of months now.

Last updated: 15 Jul 2013 | Robert Brandl

Your opinion and user reviews:

 
  • Marie

    Hello Robert, I own a small travel agency and I would like to create a new multilingual website, so I guess webnode’s multilingual feature is a reason to choose this provider. But I find the templates quiet boring and I am wondering if it is easy to use galleries and slide shows as it seems to be with weebly for example. So my question: Can you recommend any other website builder which has a good and easy multilingual feature? Or is it easy to change the templates of webnode as much so that it looks more modern like templates of squarespace?

    • http://www.tooltester.net/ Robert (Tooltester Network)

      Hi Marie, I hear you. Unfortunately it’s a bit hard to find good
      templates with Webnode. There is one I really like that looks very
      modern (see screenshot). They also have it in different colors. I use it
      for one of my sites (with some
      minor adaptations that my programmer did for me). Other than that Edicy
      is supposed to be pretty good with multilingual sites:
      http://www.websitetooltester.com/en/reviews/edicy-review/

  • Sarah Clibourne

    I just created a website
    http://www.bustanirose.webnode.com
    and having issues with the shipping methods. When I finally found how to set one up I feel a little dull because I don’t understand it. Is the shipping name just anything I want it to be? And what is the VAT and do I need to set that up? Also anyone know about the sales tax portion. Do I have to set those up with different rates? Any helps is greatly appreciated.

    • http://www.tooltester.net/ Robert (Tooltester Network)

      Hi Sarah, don’t worry. So the Shipping Name is simply what your visitor will see. Give it any name you want, e.g. UPS, DHL, Self-Collection etc. The VAT means the value-added tax that you might need to charge. The rate depends on the country and sometimes also the state that you are in.

  • Bits

    Hello. I am looking to build a website for my trading company. Webnode seems like a good fit especially with the language transition options. I was wondering do they also provide email addresses for customers with websites?

    • http://WebsiteToolTester.com/ Armin

      Hi Bits! Yes, if you choose a paid plan you’ll get 3 (Mini), 20 (Standard) or 100 (Pro) email addresses. You can use the Webnode email interface or any other email client via POP3.

      • Bits

        Wow thank you so much for the quick response and for the information!