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Reviews and expert opinionMOBIRISE

Ari DenialAri DenialWebsite 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 2021, 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 Squarespaceoffers much better features – and hosting, a domain name, and everything else you need are all included in Squarespace’s plans.

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Anand M.
India
April 29, 2021
3rd class software - bugs and have no support

I created 1-2 hrs of pricing table and it stopped editing. When contacted support they say to recreate the pricing table and try. They have no answer on the video screenshot shared and they have no clue why the software failed to edit its own created pricing table. Very bad support service. Unfortunately that I lost my money on 3rd class software.

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anonymus
Germany
March 22, 2021
It was good, now it's scam.

I used Mobirise back in 2019-2020 where many templates were free and nicely designed. I was able to publish a website, which I closed after few months again. Now I wanted to start a new kind of website, but the new Mobirise from 2021 has nothing left, which is free of charge. For every single template you want, you have to pay 49$, which is ridiculous, I shall say. The only free template you have is the blank one. Basically "have fun trying to cook something up" is what Mobirise thinks

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Adrien Gilles
Belgium
January 11, 2021
Mobirise is simply awesome

Mobirise is simply awesome. That is what anyone has in mind when thinking about how to create websites "ideally". The only issue I experienced is a limiting factor that breaks the philosophy (drag and drop) of the software.. I was trying to organize the contents of a course as a website instead of just folders with images and videos on my PC. Ideally, to build this website quickly, Mobirise would be able to use a tree-structured organization of contents. Otherwise, it is kind of "tedious" an error prone having 300 "pages" all in the same "level-of-hierarchy". I would also consider Mobirise to have a "self-simulation" of the behavior while editing the website. I mean, if I have a button that links to another page, with left-click I should go to the linked page while with the right-click I should modify the settings of the button. This would also significantly help to test the website while editing as the web becomes more complex. I think these two enhancements can make Mobirise website builder more scalable cause now it's not that easy to manage like hundreds of pages.

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anonymus
USA
January 02, 2021
What if Mobirise closes

I like Mobirise. It has its limitations and certainly isn't nearly as powerful as Wordpress but you can knock out quick websites in Mobirise that look pretty good. My big concern is what happens if Mobirise closes. This happened to me before with a program called Sitegrinder. When Sitegrinder went out of business, the software was rendered useless.

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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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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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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 DenialAri 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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