Cubender is a user-friendly builder that stays competitive by maintaining an affordable and intuitive platform for novice website owners
Founded in 2009, Cubender offers a robust website-building experience with its easy to use and intuitive editor. In a matter of minutes, you can set up beautiful, responsive website, even if you do not have any coding skills.
From eCommerce to blogging tools, Cubender offers valuable features that will get you up and running in no time. You will find a decent number of stunning and responsive themes here. Nonetheless, you can build your website from scratch using innovative content blocks, which are arguably one of Cubender’s best features.
All websites built on the Cubender platform will look fantastic on any device, whether on a desktop or on mobile. The available preview feature lets you see any changes you’ve made during the building process.
Cubender does not offer a custom domain. If you need a unique domain, you would have to buy one from a domain registrar and you’d also need another vendor in case you want to use your domain as your email address. These are things you would have to do on your own, so it is worthwhile to bear this in mind.
The creators behind this builder claim that the personal support they offer their customers is what really sets them apart in a competitive market, and in some ways, they are right.
Stunning Themes Albeit with Limited Customization Options
Modern themes: Compared to other site builders, Cubender offers a limited number of templates, but all of which are modern and professional. You will certainly find a theme that fits with your brand regardless of your business niche.
Responsive: All Cubender’s themes are responsive. Instead of automatically optimizing your website for mobile, it lets you rearrange sections, so you can control how your site looks on a mobile device. But even without making these manual edits, the inbuilt reflow engine ensures device compatibility no matter what.
Customizable: You can tailor your website to your liking simply by dragging elements around and applying stylistic features such as custom backgrounds, fonts, and colors. Using the responsive controls, you can also customize the look and feel of your website for different devices.
Basic Features That Still Get You a Functional Website
Blog: While Cubender has its own blog builder function, this site builder is not a full-fledged content management system (CMS) and, therefore, lacks some elements of an advanced blog. Nonetheless, the blog builder works just fine and lets you easily create a blogging space onto which you can post chronological entries and integrate Disqus and Facebook for comments.
E-commerce: Cubender’s eCommerce function is only available on the most expensive plan, so you would need to upgrade if you want to set up a digital storefront. With your online store, you can manage inventory and display products. On the downside, the only way you can accept payment is through Stripe integration—this is obviously limiting because customers may need to pay using other methods.
SEO: This builder offers basic search optimization to help make your website visible on popular search engines, including Google and Bing. You can also integrate social media elements on your site and for marketing and communication purposes, build a powerful submission form using the form builder tool.
Ease of use
Stunningly Simple Editor
Right from the get-go, Cubender was built with simplicity in mind. Like most modern site builders, it features an easy to use editor that does not require programming experience. There’s also an intuitive dashboard that really takes the hassle out of setting up your website. With just a few clicks, you can complete an array of website-building tasks—creating your blog, managing your store, or setting up your custom domain.
Set Up a Functional Site in Minutes
Adding elements such as images, social media widgets, tables, icons, audio, and content boxes only requires you to drag the element from the design panel to your preferred location on the website. One of the features that make Cubender a user-friendly site builder is the idea of Blocks. These are elements grouped together to make the process of building your website incredibly easy.
I was able to build a website in less than an hour just by dragging and dropping three blocks containing the elements I needed the most on my website. I only needed to edit the content in the blocks, and my site was all set! Building a fully functional website doesn’t get easier than this.
The best part is that most of the blocks feature predefined styles, so you don’t need to fret about any back-end work, layout, or design issues—it is all done for you.
Fast Response but More Immediate Support Is Needed
Cubender claims that its personalized tech support and customer service is what sets it apart from other website builders. The tech support team can be reached using a contact form available on their website. When I contacted Cubender, I received a response in less than 24 hours, which was quite impressive.
Even then, Cubender’s so-called personalized service is not very apparent, given that the only way to reach them is through the contact form. Customer support channels such as phone, live chat, and email are now the norm among site builders, but these options are sorely missing on Cubender.
Unfortunately, Cubender’s social media profiles on Twitter, Facebook and Google don’t seem to be regularly updated, so these may not be the best ways to contact them.
On the upside, there is a comprehensive self-help knowledgebase with tutorials, articles, and answers to common questions to get you up to speed with the builder.
Great Features at Pocket-Friendly Prices
Cubender offers four paid plans. Venus is the entry-level plan, which comes with a branded Cubender URL, 500MB storage, unlimited bandwidth, and a completely ad-free website.
The Earth plan gets you up to 1000MB storage, unlimited bandwidth, and a blog, and you can connect your own domain.
The third tier is Saturn, which comes with everything on the Earth plan, plus 2000MB storage and a form builder.
Lastly, upgrading to the Jupiter plan gives you access to all the features of the Saturn plan plus 5000MB storage and an online store, if you are looking to sell products on your website.
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