A Small Digital Island | Simvoly Review

Last updated on October 24, 2017 @ 2:24 pm

Simvoly was founded in 2016 with a single goal: to create a unique digital experience. In a world where website builders are a dime a dozen, however, this aim is loftier than it appears.

Can Simvoly really shake things up or is this just typical marketing jargon? I signed up to find out.

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  1. Pros and Cons
  2. Getting Started
  3. Ease of Use
  4. Template Selection
  5. Blogging with Simvoly
  6. Simvoly Premium
  7. Conclusion

Pros and Cons

Pros

  1. The Simvoly builder offers an all-in-one solution with features like analytics, internal messaging, and membership.
  2. The blogging platform is one of the best I have ever used.
  3. The templates are modern and elegant.

Cons

  1. Simvoly’s template selection is somewhat limited compared to other builders of this caliber, with only 50 options.

Getting Started

Simvoly enables users to get started without the need to sign up or provide a single detail. Simply click the ‘Get Started’ button on the homepage and you will be directed to select a theme.

You may also opt to use the Magic Website Wizard, which can build your website for you based on information you provide, much in the same way Wix’s AI assistant does. This was an unexpected surprise, especially for a new company to provide.

After selecting the building method that suits you, you will be required to create an account using your name, email address, and password. From there you will be led to the Simvoly website building software where you can begin editing your selected template. The process is only slightly different if you use the magic wizard.


Ease of Use

The Simvoly platform relies on a sidebar from which users can add or remove pages, add widgets like images, a store, a blog, and forms, and change the settings of their site, including fonts, layouts, headers, and even the favicon.  Because there are so few buttons, it’s hard to get lost and the system is quite intuitive.

Simvoly is a drag-and-drop page builder. That means that you can choose elements and simply drop them wherever you desire on your page. You are bound by a grid, however, so don’t expect much flexibility in terms of where you can place things… But I guess it ultimately benefits the aesthetics of the site as well as the viewer.

There is also a separate area for managing your eCommerce store, in addition to settings like analytics, members, messages, contributors, and more. Simvoly is clearly striving to be an all-in-one solution and I appreciated the additional features that are not often found on even the top website builders.


Template Selection

Simvoly offers almost 50 different templates. They are simple, modern, and elegant and conform well to the standard seen all around the internet today. You can select a theme from the complete list or filter them into categories like store, art, photos, services, and fashion.

Users can preview how their theme will look before selecting it for their site. Simvoly’s templates are responsive, which makes them look good on every screen size and every device. You can even preview how they will look in their more compact tablet and smartphone forms.


Blogging with Simvoly

The Simvoly platform is clearly built with bloggers in mind. Everything one would expect to find in a blogging tool is there, included some less common features like tags, categories, and summaries. You can even choose fonts, font sizes, and line heights. These are features that blogging champions like WordPress don’t offer by default.

The Blog List enables you to quickly add and delete posts, see your published work, and save drafts. If you plan on using your site primarily for blogging, I would go so far as to say that Simvoly is one of your best options. A good blog is a feature that is often overlooked, so it’s especially great to see it done so well by this young company.


Simvoly Premium

Simvoly is a trial-based service. This means that after 14 days you will be required to pay up to continue using it. I always recommend this, because, without a domain, a site lacks authority and trustworthiness.

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There are three paid tiers you can select from:

Personal

A personal account costs $12 per month or $9 per month when you commit for a year. It includes up to 20 pages, 5GB of storage, 10GB of bandwidth, a free domain and hosting, and 0% transaction fees on sales.

Business

Upgrading to the business account, which is also the most popular, costs $18 per month or $14 per month when you commit for a year.  It includes unlimited pages, storage, bandwidth, and contributors.

I recommend this plan for anyone who doesn’t want to have to worry about outgrowing their plan.

eCommerce

If you want to use the service to create a serious store with massive room for growth, it will cost $26 per month or $22 per month when you commit for a year.

[box type=”tick”]Simvoly provides free websites and special discounts to NGOs.[/box]

They also plan on releasing –

  1. Image editor and free image repository.
  2. Mega menus builder addon.
  3. E-commerce up-sell capabilities.
  4. SEO Tracker and Analyzer that will give detailed insights on your website and how you can improve.

Conclusion

Simvoly may be wet behind the ears, but the company has come out swinging with a product that is good enough to contend and even beat some of the fiercest players in the field.

I highly recommend this website builder to any user looking to create a website quickly and easily on an all-in-one platform.

David Brandon

David Brandon

I'm a web developer & blogger enthusiast, helping novice users with the principles of site creation.

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