Moonfruit Review 2012: Still the Best Free Website Builder on the Web

Review of: SiteMaker Live
Website Builder:
Moonfruit
Version:
5.0
Price:
FREE

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4
On August 21, 2012
Last modified:August 21, 2012

Summary:

An in-depth Moonfruit review for 2012: Moonfruit SiteMaker is one of the oldest website building tools on the web. Moonfruit offers a simple and effective way to build a professional website and online shop with minimal effort.

This is a non bias review of the website building tool SiteMaker Live provided by Moonfruit.

What is Moonfruit?

Moonfruit is a flash based online website building tool that was founded back in 2000. The site is one of the oldest site building tools on the web, having survived the dot-com bubble, today there are more than 5,000,000 small businesses using Moonfruit to reach out to their audiences, including myself.

In this review I will properly highlight some of the pros and cons of using Moonfruit and what it can offer the small business owner. Does the old veteran of site building tools Moonfruit still have a place in the in a modern internet world where technology is continually evolving? Let’s find out…

Moonfruit Review

Moonfruit Review 2012

User Interface

Moonfruit uses a point-and-click interface and drag-and-drop templates, to provide its users, (users with zero website building experience), the power to create a stunning professional website in a just a matter of a few hours and not months. The idea of paying for a premium monthly fee for a professional website, complete with hosting, your own domain and ample of web space, appeals to many individuals looking for an easy and affordable way to get their business online.

User Interface Moonfruit Review

You see the problem is that not everyone is a tech savvy web designer. Running your business is one challenge in itself, learning how to build a website is another. This is where Moonfruit comes in… Moonfruit SiteMaker offers a clutter free self explanatory UI; giving you the complete freedom to move things about on your pages with just a few clicks of the mouse.

Absolutely anyone can create the website of their dreams with this type of editing power.

Plus Points

  • Clutter free
  • Easy to use
  • UI Cross browser compatible

Negative Points

  • Heavily dependent on flash
  • UI a little dated compared to many interfaces of other site building tools
  • Loading times can get a little long, depending on your connection and the amount of objects you have served on your web page, even though Moonfruit site’s are now served from CDN’s

Design Tools

Moonfruit SiteMaker has a vast library of pre-design templates for you to choose from alternatively you can start from a complete blank canvas. Customizing your Moonfruit site really is limitless, the options available to you is overwhelming at the best of times.

As I mentioned earlier Moonfruit SiteMaker uses a point-and-click interface and drag-and-drop templates, which can make designing your website fun. Aligning objects on your page can prove quite challenging at first; however there are a few keyboard shortcuts, tips and tricks that can help you achieve perfect alignment for anything on your page. For example using the outline of a box shape as a guide can really be of great help.

Plus Points

  • A vast library of design elements, shapes, effects, fonts, titles, social tools, ecommerce tools plus much more at your disposal
  • A vast library of pre-design templates to choose from
  • Upload your own images, videos, PDF’s etc

Negative Points

  • No grid means aligning objects can prove challenging in design

Mobile & Social Integration

Moonfruit’s software automatically creates a mobile optimized version of your site. You can also edit how your site looks on devices via the Mobile Editor Interface; Moonfruit will also push your entire shop into your Facebook page with easy Facebook integration options in Shop settings.

Plus Points

  • Customizable mobile version of your site
  • Integrate your shop into your Facebook page

Support

Moonfruit offers a FAQ page and support via ticket. The support is quite responsive as on two recent occasions they responded within 24 hours of submitting a query. There is also a blog and community forum where you can find answers to your queries most of the time.

Conclusion

Whilst Moonfruit is still dependent on Flash I would love to see them steer towards HTML5, but for now that’s not likely to happen. However having said that Moonfruit still offer exceptional tools and features to the novice website builder and at good value for money too, even in 2012.

Whilst there are other options for building a website on the cheap, Moonfruit is still one of the best in the field. I have been using them for the last 8 years so it’s hard for me not to recommend them to someone looking to build a website on the cheap and without too much technical knowledge. I’ll leave you to decide. Check out the video below -

An in-depth Moonfruit review for 2012: Moonfruit SiteMaker is one of the oldest website building tools on the web. Moonfruit offers a simple and effective way to build a professional website and online shop with minimal effort.
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Comments

  1. Though I have never used MoonFruit it certainly seems to be a good tool for website building. The Flash usage does seem to be a little on the negative site but still could be pretty useful for people who do not know coding to still come up with some great looking websites. None the less I still prefer WordPress for all my website needs.
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    • Hey Shiva, Moonfruit is generally an all round website building tool for the less competent internet user. I guess not everyone who wants a website is going to be a tech geek or WordPress expert, so Moonfruit is perfect for those who are just looking for something very simple to use. Everything is in house so there is no faffing around with hosting and domain registration and installing this theme and that plugin and what ever else. Of course myself I much prefer WordPress because I’m familiar with just how powerful it is. Thanks for stopping by buddy :)
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  2. Mirela says:

    WOW! This is an awesome tool for website building! THANK YOU!

  3. Aditya says:

    Moonfruit has lots of feature but the one i like is it automatically creates the website version of the site,now that’s what i can say is fruitful.
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