Reviews and expert opinion MOBIRISE

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. Read on to find out more.


Overview

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
Julie Eastwood
USA
June 25, 2020
In love with Mobirsie

I just tried Mobirise 4.12 and I already fell in love with it! Great piece of Software! I tried to develop some simple site demos and it's really as fast as the light and very intuitive. So, I want to go Premium and download all the themes and extensions. Anyway, I found a "missing" feature, only one, but it's very fundamental to me, I need my image galleries to be scrollable ( being able to drag images to right / left with the mouse to slide them, in addition to using the left and right arrows ). Nowadays the most important gallery systems does have this, because it's a very useful and important improvement to the UI and for the user's navigation experience.

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5.0
Karen
Great Britain
June 16, 2020
Mobirise rules

I totally love Mobirise; the themes are gorgeous, the websites are easy and simple to create and manage, and their customer support is awesome. I have three websites using Mobirise and I get compliments on my sites all the time. Mobirise rules!

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5.0
Vishnu
India
June 15, 2020
Free version covers most of my needs

Dear Sirs,My name’s Vishnu and I’m from India. Mobrise is very popular here in Bangalore – Silicon Valley of India, and I use it very often for my projects and client's ones. I know, there are many nice paid themes for Mobirise, but I'm still on the free version because it covers most of my needs. In case if the client needs some special things - you can always fine tune the site HTML in Notepad++, after exporting from Mobirise - w/o paid Code Editor. I have a Gig "I will create a site using mobirise in 24 hours" on Fiverr and already had some orders from it. Great! Probably I'll consider buying the full Mobirise arsenal kit in the future if I earn enough. Yes, Mobirise has some minor problems, but in general, it is a fantastic system.Thanks and Regards, Vishnu

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5.0
George
Russia
June 10, 2020
Super user-friendly

Super user-friendly, so simple and easy to create a beautiful website today! The most exceptional thing about Mobirise is its themes, professional and attractive templates for different businesses. I would highly recommend mobirise!

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5.0
Daniel
Great Britain
June 01, 2020
Happy with Mobirise website

Very good platform for my business. They are very fair with pricing, the themes are affordable. I wonder where all the negative comments come from. Mobirise support is helpful, I got help every time and my issues got fixed. Happy with my Mobirise website

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Claus
Austria
May 29, 2020
I've earned good money with Mobirise

I myself run a webdev agency and have already created over 3 hundreds pages with Mobirise. All different, all with contact forms, many with connection to databases, calendar, chat functions etc. I use Mobirise as a basic starter framework and for that it is unbeatable cheap, good, simple... You can't seriously claim that Mobirise offers too little! It always depends on what you do with the app, how you use, operate it. If you don't know anything about design, colors, layout etc., you will never get a good site even with the best pro software. No matter how hard you try, it will still be normal, most pages that will all look the same. I am certainly not the advocate of Mobirise, but after more than 20 years of marketing I can say that a "handmade" webpage via CSS, HTML, etc. does not correspond to reality anymore, or is no longer affordable. I am not talking about major customers like Mercedes/Adidas they have their own web agencies. I am talking about me, my company. I can't program anything at all, I know nothing about that. My pack can do that, I don't need to be able to do that, I say: the customer wants to have that, he wants to pay for it. Please move it, just do it. With Mobirise it works, responsively, and it can't be done manually anymore, it has become too expensive. That's why the weaving web builder kits will get the upper hand, of course not always without mistakes, at least not immediately. I think Mobirise is a good website dev kit and I've earned good money with it.

noamwsp
June 01, 2020

We're glad to hear you liked Mobirise! The review reflects our reviewer's experience with the platform, in relation to other platforms they've tested. It's always good to read different experiences from different types of users. Thanks!

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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 alternatives. You don’t want to end up having to rebuild your site from scratch.

Ari Denial
Ari Denial
Ari is an experienced copywriter, editor, and digital marketing consultant. A creative at heart, Ari has 14 years’ industry experience and always aims to keep abreast of current trends and developments. He lives in the UK with his three beagles Zeke, Hope, and Sandy, who always make life interesting.

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