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Ari Denial
Ari Denial
Website Development Expert

Most website builders are web-based, but Mobirise is different. With Mobirise, you download and use an offline app – available for both Windows and Mac – to design and publish your website. While this setup can be nice if you have an unreliable internet connection, it’s not as convenient as working online. All in all, Mobirise isn’t bad for a free website builder, but there are definitely better options out there like Wix. Read on to find out more.

Overview

MOBIRISE

If all you need is to get a simple, personal website online quickly, Mobirise can get the job done. But if you want a serious website for your business, you’re better off with a professional website builder like Squarespace.

Mobirise is unlike any of the website builders we tested, and not necessarily in a good way. First of all, if you’re a Mac user, beware: If you’re running MacOS Catalina (10.15) or later, you might not be able to install the app. When I tried, I received an Apple notification that the app couldn’t be installed because it couldn’t be scanned for malware.

There are some downsides to Mobirise that you need to know about. First, there are only five free website themes with Mobirise. That’s a tiny number compared to website builders like Squarespace, which offers over a hundred templates. On the plus side, all Mobirise themes are mobile responsive, so they do look good on smartphones and tablets.

Also, while Mobirise uses a drag-and-drop editor and content blocks and it doesn’t require any coding skills, the app is not really beginner-friendly. For example, new pages are not automatically added to your site’s navigation menu; you have to add them manually. If you forget this step, visitors won’t be able to find your new pages. That’s bad for all kinds of reasons, including SEO issues.

Because Mobirise is an offline app, there are additional problems. With a web-based website builder, you can edit your website from any computer, anywhere in the world. With Mobirise, you can only edit your site on the computer where you installed the app. The only way to get around this problem is to copy the projects folder from the application library on your computer, and then manually import it into the Mobirise app on another computer (after you install the app there, too).

If you regularly use multiple computers, you’ll quickly get very frustrated by this process. It really disappointed me to discover that there’s no way of synching versions, either. You have to re-import the project into each computer’s app every time you switch machines. Huge hassle. In 2020, there’s really no reason to be working this way.

Mobirise has several publishing options, including publishing to a [yoursitename].mobirise.com subdomain. However, custom domain hosting isn’t provided, so you’ll need to buy this service separately from a web host. Mobirise’s premium features are simply themes and extensions, not hosting plans. Other website builders offer you a one-stop-shop for all your website needs.

Ultimately, Mobirise isn’t a terrible builder, but unless you prefer to work on your website offline, using an app instead of an online builder isn’t worth the headaches. The web-based Squarespace offers much better features – and hosting, a domain name, and everything else you need are all included in Squarespace’s plans.

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5.0
Jeff Benson
USA
November 26, 2020
Best website builder to start with

Hello,I stumbled upon Mobirise 2 weeks back while searching for an online tool to create a QUICK, LIGHT but yet IMPACTFUL HTML package for learning content that my startup organization is creating.I was actually exploring for something with which I could HTML package my FIRST product (attractively enough) so that I could hit the market and test the ground. While I mention all this I must admit that I'm not a Web developer or software engineer, I'm only a Mechanical Engineer with strong industry domain experience. So HTML and webpage development coding is NOT "my piece of cake". Hence, obviously "Mobirise" is an instant savior for me. Thanks to Mobirise for being thoughtful to create something so wonderful.I want to thank Mobirise once again for this wonderful product and all that it has helped me with.

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5.0
Alex Azaroff
Great Britain
yak-aviation.com
October 28, 2020
I've been using Mobirise for years

Mobirise continues to evolve in the right direction. Would love to be able to change templates once started but in reality, Mobirise has been brilliant and did and does exactly what I wanted. We rely on it for our aircraft and parts business and totally happy with it as our choice for simple modern and effective website development. I hear the negatives out there and agree with some of it, in reality, you need to be a little advanced to get the most out of it and over the years, I've become quite advanced and remain happy that Mobirise is taking me on the journey. Nothing is perfect.

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Brett A. P.
USA
October 15, 2020
Poor service. False Advertising.

When purchasing Mobirise it was shown to be a one time purchase. Every year my credit card is charged and when having problems logging into my account, they will not help. It appears English is not spoken or computer-generated emails. A good product, but starting over with another software. Can't get help!

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anonymus
USA
September 12, 2020
inept OSX version

Looked like really intuitive and fast, however got so disapointed when after a restart lost all my work. so sad, after days of work, lost everything on a restart...there is a lot of work to be done to make this usable correctly, I will never look at mobilize again.

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5.0
Hudson Reid
USA
September 02, 2020
Surprised by Mobirise

I am so surprised by the quality and convenience that Mobirise offers! I just found out about it this weekend and I'm still struck how innovative your application and service is! Based on decades teaching technology at the university level, your software tool is the best and cheapest(!) way to design and develop online content.Mobirise is wonderful!If I ever meet any of the founders in the future, beers are on me!In the near future, I'll use my endowment to purchase the premium features Mobirise offers.

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5.0
Olivia Richards
USA
July 14, 2020
I like Mobirise

I started using Mobirise not long ago.And am seriously enjoying it. Its simplicity and well documented sections make it easy to use even without tutorials.I just feel like a pro web designer.I however will rate Mobirise above all if there was the flexibility of repositioning cards or buttons on the section templates.For instance, the only options available is to align a button on a section either left, right or center.How about if users can position it at any place by dragging the element or button or card to any position... I think this functionality will make Mobirise the BEST!Overall, I love Mobirise! Good job done.

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Bottom line on MOBIRISE

Mobirise isn’t necessarily a bad choice, but there are better choices out there that offer greater value with fewer limitations.

You can use Mobirise to create something simple, like a landing page or a one-page website, but don’t expect this builder to satisfy any website need you may have. If you’re thinking of building an online store, for instance, or if you’re in need of email marketing and SEO tools for your website, Squarespace can offer you much more.

In terms of value, Mobirise isn’t the worst website builder on the market, but it’s definitely not the best. The basic site editor is free but includes a very limited number of themes. To get more, you have to purchase each theme individually or subscribe to a yearly plan for access to all of them. 

Mobirise does have a few pros: it’s beginner-friendly, its themes are all mobile-responsive, and you can edit and customize your site with relative ease. Still, you can say the same thing about many other website builders, so the fact that these are Mobirise’s main selling points isn’t that exciting. Meanwhile, Squarespace gives you access to all its themes, in addition to a ton of other useful features, with its most basic plan. 

I wouldn’t recommend getting started with Mobirise before you check out the other top website builders that are available. You don’t want to end up having to rebuild your site from scratch.

Ari Denial
Ari Denial
Ari is passionate about web hosting and design and has been building websites with WordPress for over ten years. When he’s not testing web hosts, you’re likely to find him trying (in vain) to train his three beagles (who are better at training him than he is them!)

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