Webnode Review: We put Webnode through its paces
With more than 18 million websites created, Webnode is one of the larger players in the website creation arena. Next to an easy to use website builder, their core competency is clearly languages – they support more than 20. Surprisingly, they also offer support in all these different languages.
What’s more, you can also create a fully multilingual web presence. In fact, this is why we used their services for more than three years before recently switching to a more powerful solution (we still use Webnode for some of our medium-sized projects).
Looking at their pricing, you will notice that a basic website is free. The difference between Webnode’s personal and business packages lie mainly in the number of designs you have to choose from (including some pre-filled industry-specific content). Aside from that, there is not much difference.
Now let’s dive right into our Webnode review and take a look under the hood:
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Webnode in Detail
|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.|
||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) 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.|
||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!|
||Does the job but is too basic for dedicated bloggers. Commenting can be improved with Disqus.|
||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 standard 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.|
||Wide range of features certainly encourages experimentation.|
|Webnode offers a powerful website builder that features quite a few interesting options particularly suited to larger websites.|
Webnode has 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. Optimization is also one of Webnode’s upsides. This will enable you to truly optimize the pages of your website so they can be easily found by search engines. Moreover, Webnode is one of the few site creators that let you create backup copies of your website.
On the downside, we noticed that beginners might find it a little more difficult to use than some of their competitor’s products. Also, Webnode’s template designs won’t be to everyone’s taste and are not that easy to customize, but it’s still worth having a look to see if you can find one you like. All in all, it’s a very solid product.
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FAQ about Webnode
Does Webnode offer a backup feature?
Yes, you can backup your entire website and roll it back if you need it. However, 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 three years and were very happy with it. As WebsiteToolTester.com grew larger (luckily!), we came to a point where we needed to switch to a CMS (WordPress) that allows us to use a database for our review data. We still use Webnode for many of our other projects: ChatToolTester.com and Creadores-PaginasWeb.com are two examples.
05 Jun 2014 – Text updates & revision
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: 05 Jun 2014 | Robert Brandl