Tilda is a design-centered website builder that focuses on helping people create sites that offer beautiful typography, images, and colors without the need for any prior coding or design knowledge. It achieves this through a foolproof, block-based interface that enables users to simply stack pre-made block elements onto a page.
But Tilda is far from the only company that offers this kind of builder. That is why we signed up for the service to see how it stacks up against the competitors.Beauty and brains? A review of @TildaPublishing. Click To Tweet
- Pros and Cons
- Getting Started
- Ease of Use
- Template Selection
- Blogging with Tilda
- Tilda Premium
Pros and Cons
- Tilda is easy to learn and use.
- The block system is intuitive and allows for some really expert-level features.
- The template selection is great, especially the cover pages.
- Tilda is not a good platform for professional bloggers.
- The service is expensive, especially for what the premium packages include.
New users can create a new account by providing a name, email address, and password. This streamlined process leaves the more personal information for when you sign up for a premium account.
Once you enter your detail, you are thrown right into the website building process. You will be required to choose a template (which can be changed later) and can begin editing from there.
If you stop in the middle, you can save your progress and access it later from the dashboard. The Tilda dashboard also allows you to build additional sites and even create email campaigns (on a paid account).
Ease of Use
The Tilda editor is built using a block system. This means that each section of each page of your website is divided into pieces that are stacked to create a complete site.
The blocks library consists of covers, about cards, titles, text boxes, images, galleries, features, and much more, thus reducing the process into a very linear task. When using the design software you will begin thinking about even basic elements as separate from one another. This can be either good or inconvenient, depending on how you see it.
Adding a block takes just a couple of clicks to add to your page, can be customized to your liking, and you can even create your own blocks if one of the many options in the default catalog doesn’t suit you. Keep in mind that some blocks are only available with a premium account.
Although Tilda isn’t as free as other companies that offer a drag-and-drop interface, there is a lot to be said for the ease of use of the block system.
Tilda offers more than 100 themes. They are sorted into three categories, including business, editorial, and cover page.
The templates are modern, professional, and very well designed which makes it clear that Tilda is built for the design-conscious. Each offers a responsive design and demos that can help inspire your site and its content.
Once you choose a theme you have to stick with it, so make sure to do a preview first. If you want to change themes, you will have to build a site on the new template from scratch, just like with Wix.
Blogging with Tilda
While Tilda is great for creating business sites, making portfolios, and even online CVs, we would not recommend it for those who will use it primarily to blog. This is because Tilda doesn’t offer any particularly powerful blogging options, instead opting to turn the process into the same piecemeal, block-centered experience the rest of the site builder relies on.
This means that an average blog post might be built from a number of different blocks, instead of a simple blogging platform like that offered by WordPress. This also means that you can’t sort your posts into categories.
A basic website on Tilda is free and includes one site with 50 pages and 50MB of server space. If you want to access all of Tilda’s blocks and create a customized domain, it’ll cost you.
A personal account costs $20 per month annually or $15 on a per-month basis. It includes one site, 500 pages, and 1GB of server space, in addition to a domain and the complete collection of blocks.
A business account costs $20 per month annually or $25 on a per-month basis. It includes five sites, 500 pages for each site, 1GB of space, and the ability to export the source code.
This pricing puts Tilda on the high end of website builders and for that much money, we would have expected to see higher server space.
There is no doubt that Tilda can help you create a sleek and modern website for your personal and business needs. It is easy to learn, easy to use, and offers a great selection of templates.
If you want a premium plan (and you should), however, you may need to find some better reasons to justify the high cost of the service.
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