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 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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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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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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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 to train his three beagles.

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