Nicepage is an interesting option for web designers who build sites for multiple clients. If you’re not a professional designer, you should know that this website builder is more complicated than most, and doesn’t offer all the features or customer support you’d expect. If you need to quickly create a simple website, you should check out Wix, which is much easier to use.
It’s a Website Builder for Designers, but Can Anyone Use It?
Nicepage is a new website builder that claims to be different from other popular builders on the market. It aims to give creative freedom back to web designers, with an advanced drag-and-drop editor that gives you maximum creative freedom.
The idea is nice, but does Nicepage really measure up to the major website builders on the market in terms of ease of use and comprehensive features?
You can use Nicepage in two different ways: either purchase the software for a one-time fee and install it on your computer, or sign up for a subscription to the online version of the builder. Only the second option includes website hosting.
Once you build your site with the desktop software, you can export it to HTML code, or WordPress or Joomla format.
If you’re looking for an all-in-one solution for your website, where you don’t have to worry about exporting to other formats, I’d recommend a simpler, more established platform like Wix or Squarespace. Nicepage does have a few interesting features to offer, though. Read on to find out if it could be right for your needs.
There are over 3,500 mobile-friendly templates available on Nicepage. The template gallery is broken down into three sections: HTML, WordPress, and Joomla. The designs are mostly the same in each category, but it’s important to choose according to the format you’re going to be using.
Within each section, the templates are divided into 19 categories, including Business and Law, Food and Restaurant, Real Estate, Wedding, and more.
Nicepage has a huge selection of templates
If you’re after a specific design element, you can browse by block function – for example, templates that include image grids.
The templates are built as one-page, self-contained websites. You can add more pages to your website, but there are no templates for additional pages. You’ll need to modify the main template or use another template. This can be a considerable drawback if your goal is to create a website quickly, since you’ll need to reformat the entire template to fit additional pages, like a blog or an About Us page.
Once you’ve chosen a template, the only way to switch to a different one is to add a new page and select a different template for it. However, you have plenty of options to modify each template. The downloadable webpage editor has a drag-and-drop interface, and you’re not limited to where you can place elements on the page. You can also modify images, add and remove blocks, and change design details like colors and fonts.
Overall, Nicepage has a great collection of diverse website templates. However, the lack of additional pages in the templates makes it more challenging to create a website with multiple pages.Explore Nicepage Templates
Nicepage’s Site Editor Gives You Total Freedom, but Is That Enough?
Nicepage doesn’t work like most other website builders. If you choose to purchase the Designer App Pack, you begin by downloading a desktop app to work on your site’s design. This means you can’t work on your website from other devices, which is a bit of a disadvantage.
Instead of just clicking a Publish button to get your website online, you’ll need to export the file as HTML code or WordPress or Joomla format.
Considering that Nicepage’s primary function is to create sites to be hosted by other services, there aren’t as many features as you might expect. Notably absent are features like e-commerce tools, apps and integrations, video uploading capabilities, and marketing and SEO tools.
However, the Nicepage editor does have some great features of its own:
Some website builders limit you on where you can place elements on your page. With Nicepage, you can move boxes out of designated areas and even arrange elements in layers. You have full control over exactly where and how you want every detail to appear.
You can grab visitors’ attention by adding animations to your existing text boxes and images. Simply set them to slide, zoom, or fade when a user scrolls through a page.
Template Block Sections
If you don’t want to build a section from scratch, you can drag and drop entire ready-made blocks to your website.
Does Nicepage’s editor make up for the lack of typical website builder features? That depends on what you’re using it for. If you’re comfortable with uploading your design to a platform, like WordPress, you’ll have access to all the features there. Otherwise, you can sign up for one of the online builder plans, but keep in mind that you will have to pay for an annual subscription instead of just paying a one-time fee for the software.See full list of features
Ease of use
Nicepage’s Site Editor Looks More Intimidating Than It Actually Is
At first, I was worried about using Nicepage’s downloadable site editor. It didn’t look similar to any other website builder I’ve tested. However, after a few minutes, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to modify a template and even build my own page from scratch.
The drag-and-drop editor is highly intuitive, so it’s easy to customize your page and place elements wherever you like.
Here are a few other features that make Nicepage easy to use:
An interactive “personal assistant” greets you as soon as you open the software, and shows you how to perform different tasks. The guide will walk you through how to add pages, where to go to add blocks, how to resize elements and move them around, and more. I spent a few minutes completing this tutorial and was instantly more comfortable using the editor.
The video tutorials offer simple explanations to any site action
If you still have questions after finishing the introductory guide, you can check out Nicepage’s video tutorials. This is a great resource where you can get detailed information on how to perform tasks within the editor, including how to use menu items, apply design advice, and make your website mobile-responsive.
Editing for Multiple Devices
You can toggle between different views to make sure your site looks great on any screen size
In the Nicepage editor, you can see what your site will look like on various devices, including desktop, laptop, tablet, and mobile phone. You can make edits in each view to ensure that your website looks good on all screen sizes.
When you are ready to publish your website, Nicepage gets more complicated. You need some level of technical know-how in order to export the HTML, WordPress, or Joomla file and then install it on the platform of your choice. It’s definitely not as simple as website builders like Wix or Squarespace, where you click publish, and you’re done.
The only way around that is to choose one of the online builder plans, which include hosting.
Nicepage’s editor gives web designers the advantage of greater artistic freedom, but the average user might not want to deal with the extra work involved in purchasing a hosting plan and installing an additional platform.See if Nicepage is Right for You
Nicepage’s customer support leaves much to be desired
One area where I was particularly disappointed was Nicepage’s customer support. Currently, there are limited channels to contact Nicepage when you need help.
The main way to get in touch with the support team is to ask a question on the forums. You can post an “open question,” which anyone with a Nicepage account can answer. If you’d like an official Nicepage support staff member to answer, you can post a “closed question.”
Receiving answers via a customer support forum has its pros and cons. Anyone can answer your question based on their previous experiences with the product. The advantage is that you get multiple solutions from different users. You can also browse previously asked questions that are related to yours. However, who’s to say that the answers from other users are accurate or present the most efficient way to solve your problem?
When I submitted my questions on the forum, I got an answer in about 12 hours, which seems standard. The answers I received were mixed. The answer to my first question was satisfactory, but the answer to another question wasn’t helpful at all, and it seemed the rep didn’t even understand the question.
I was frustrated by the fact that there’s no live chat option or even a phone number for customer support. The premium Pro Plans come with premium support, but there’s no indication if this means there are more ways to reach Nicepage with this paid plan.
I also reached out to Nicepage on their Facebook page, although it isn’t an official channel for customer support. I got a reply the next day, but again, my question wasn’t fully answered.
Overall, I was disappointed with the lack of ways to contact Nicepage. Adding even one additional channel, like live chat, would significantly increase the level of service in my opinion. Furthermore, though my questions were always answered, they weren’t answered particularly well.
Nicepage offers free plans (for both the downloadable software and the online version) and a wide variety of paid plans geared towards different needs.
With the free plan, you can download and use the website editor for an unlimited amount of time. You can build one website of up to 5 pages, create an online form, and receive up to 10 submissions. You’ll have access to a limited selection of features, like templates, sections, blocks, and gallery grid styles. You can also access tons of free stock photos, which is nice.
The Premium Plans all allow you to create an unlimited number of websites. You’ll gain access to a wider variety of templates, section designs, and grid layouts than with the free plan. Free stock images are available to download in different sizes and at a higher daily quantity.
The Pro Plan, which is the top plan, comes with priority customer support and allows you to build pages with WooCommerce or VirtueMart products in WordPress and Joomla.
The Online Builder plans follow a similar structure, with hosting service included.
Nicepage accepts payments via most major credit cards and PayPal.
Cancellation and Refunds
The only way to cancel your Nicepage account is to log into the forum and post that you’d like to cancel your license.
It’s worth noting that payments and refunds are handled by a third party, PayPro Global Inc., therefore any issues with refunds are redirected to this company. According to a PDF document on PayPro’s website, refunds can be requested within 30 days of purchase.
There is a huge collection of pre-designed blocks and web pages. Almost everyone can find a good idea to build a website. The search for a design by theme and functionality is especially helpful. Also Nicepage automatically generates styles for mobile views of the website, saving a lot of time and effort.
A total beginner here impresssed with this product.
I would say for a new user seeking to create a personal website Nicepage has ompressed me. Better priced than many, versatile, quite broad in functionality. I tried many others before I settled on this, some deliver a similar philosophy but fall short on ease of use. I will concede I was also looking for low cost as I anticipate making a few small sites at most. Not selling anything. I paid $US83 for two years.
While designing websites, it usually takes a lot of time to find the right images, icons, etc., graphic content, in general. Nicepage has its STOCK with the integration, and the top free stock images, besides. So, only with this, you will save all the money spent on Nicepage.
I have been using Nicepage for a year now for my projects. And it is delightful that feature updates and bug fixes come regularly, and I get a minimum of 2 updates per month. It inspires my confidence! And they also have promotions and discounts often!
I've moved from Adobe Muse. Very very intuitive DnD and all UI.
A very large collection of finished block designs and entire pages.
Almost everyone can find a suitable one for themselves. Especially convenient Search for designs by theme and functionality.
I think Nicepage is the best alternative of Adobe Muse.
Nicepage is not your typical website builder. I think this product is best suited to web designers who are looking for a platform to quickly build customized sites for multiple clients.
For the average user, Nicepage won’t be the easiest to use. The limited amount of extra features, lack of adequate customer support, and the need to export your site to an external platform make this a more complicated website builder than most.
After working the 9-5 at a marketing company in Tel Aviv, Alicia decided to trade it all in for the digital nomad lifestyle. You can usually find her in cafés around the world, writing up new articles about marketing, business, and travel. When she's not glued to her laptop, she's wandering around a new destination that most likely includes sun and a beach.