Cubender has recently come out with its Fifth Version, showing the world what website builders, and drag and drop editors should look like. If you’ve never heard of Cubender, it’s a full-service website service, offering hosting, themes, quick editing and publishing, all for surprisingly low rates.
What Makes Cubender Special?
Drag and drop editors don’t always work as advertised, but Cubender changes that jaded view I have of the industry.
In fact, a Cubender user has as much style control as if they were coding CSS by hand. It’s pretty remarkable, since the elements and widgets move around gracefully and snap into place whereever you want.
Not to mention, Cubender delivers hosting, pre-built themes and the ability to create a membership or eCommerce site. All of this is packed into a single service, and the pricing maxes out at $28.95 per month.
The Best of the Best Cubender Features
The Sleek and Stylish Drag and Drop Editor
Companies often struggle with cramming all of the drag and drop elements into their respective spots. Cubender does a wonderful job by including a scrolling elements and blocks area at the top of the editor.
Drag an element from the top and drop it wherever you want. There’s not much else to it.
The Instant Mobile Builds
You don’t have to worry about whether or not Google will discount your site because of mobile friendliness, because Cubender generates automatic mobile sites so your website shows up on tablets, phones and computers. They even provide previews for each of these formats.
Creative Widgets and Blocks for Customization
The blocks and widgets are the core of designing your website after you choose a theme. You get to select from dozens of elements, ranging from social media buttons to radio buttons, videos to image galleries.
Blocks consist of pre-designed areas such as mobile app signup forms, contact areas, service showcases and more.
Full Hosting, So You Don’t Need to Worry
One part I dislike about using WordPress for my websites is the hosting. It requires a completely different company, and each hosting company has their own methods for installing WordPress.
Cubender is unique in that it includes hosting without you having to think about it. Choose a domain name, and don’t even worry about a hosting account, since everything is built on the Cubender servers.
Create a Full eStore
If you opt for the Jupiter Plan, Cubender cuts out the need for complex eCommerce themes or plugins.
Easily generate your own eStore with connection to the Stripe payment processor.
Tell Me About These Themes!
Themes are always the most exciting part to talk about, since they are the platform in which you use to customize your website.
In short, the Cubender themes don’t disappoint. The bright colors, large images and unique niches make it easy for you to brand your site and start from a point that isn’t too intimidating.
How Much Can You Expect to Pay for Cubender?
I recommend testing out the 14-day free trial to get a feel for what Cubender is all about. After that, choose from four separate plans that are all quite reasonable in terms of pricing. Let’s take a look.
The Venus Plan
It all starts with the Venus Plan, which is an interesting option for those who want to pay $9.95 per month and not have access to a custom domain. It’s not the worst thing, since you get a Cubender domain, but for branding purposes I would assume you want a custom option.
The Earth Plan
The Earth Plan is where you can start using your own custom domain, and it only costs $13.95 per month for the entire package. Included with this plan is 1GB of storage and the ability to run your own blog.
The Saturn Plan
Along with everything from the Earth Plan, the Saturn option provides 2GB of storage for $18.95 per month. It’s the most popular package from Cubender, and frankly, all you need for making a stunning website. Additional tools include Cubender’s form builder.
The Jupiter Plan
Finally, for $28.95 per month, you can make an eStore. All other features are the same as the Saturn plan, but keep in mind that this gives you all the tools needed to start selling products online, like Stripe. You also get a little additional storage, with 5GB.
Can I Rely on Cubender Customer Support?
The short answer to this question is yes. Cubender is known to reply to almost all messages within 24 hours, making the company a valuable partner in your journey to building a website and publishing it online.
It all starts with phone and email support, which is available through the Cubender website. You also receive a forum, blog and knowledge base for searching articles and conversations about the website design system.
The Bottom Line
Overall, Cubender is perfect for those who don’t have the time or experience to generate a nice-looking website. Not everyone can pay thousands of dollars for a dedicated web design team, and I would argue that forking over that cash generally gets you the same results you would find with Cubender.
Keep in mind, that the Cubender team offers multi site discounts, so I’d say it’s a solid deal for those web designers interested in using the system for their freelance or small business needs. Even people interested in an eStore have the tools to get started, considering the product uploads are fast and you have access to Stripe for collecting payments.
If you have any questions about Cubender Version 5, drop a line in the comments section below.