Over the last few years, we’ve seen many top web hosting companies add mobile-first website builders into their packaging plans, with top brands like FatCow, Webs, and many others choosing GoMobi as their preferred platform.
For anyone paying attention to modern web use trends, this should hardly be surprising.
At some point in the last few years, mobile overtook desktop as the primary method of accessing the Internet for most people, so it makes a lot of sense to focus on mobile design when creating a new website.
Yet while all of those are solid options, we’ll today be focussing our attention on GoMobi, which sets its stall as a good option for anyone looking to create gorgeous, fully responsive websites without forking over huge sums of money to professional web developers.
In the following review, we’ll take an in-depth look at GoMobi mobile website builder, weigh up its pros and cons, and determine whether or not it’s the best option for your new website.
Optimize an existing site or build from scratch
Much like Impress.ly and other mobile website builders, GoMobi presents you with two options when you first sign up.
Either start building a brand new website from the ground up, or pull text, graphics, and other media from your existing website in order to convert it for mobile.
This latter option will certainly prove useful for those of you who find that your desktop-orientated website doesn’t exactly offer the best possible experience when visitors logon through their phones or tablet devices, and once your data has been migrated over, you have just as many customization options as you do if you were starting from scratch.
If you do decide to build an entirely new site, this is no more difficult than entering your name and email address, naming your website (you can always change the name later), and selecting from a range of pre-designed templates.
Design and Templates
GoMobi offers almost sixty mobile-responsive templates for you to choose from.
At first glance, I confess to being a little disappointed with the platform’s templates.
A good number of them do leave a lot to be desired, either because they’re too cluttered or simply fail to live up to the standards of those I’ve seen on other platforms.
That said, if you’re willing to spend a bit of time plowing your way through the options, you will find at least a handful of templates that are as good as -if not better- than anything provided by GoMobi’s competitors.
So, whilst there’s definitely room for improvement, once I do find a template I’m happy with, I have no doubt that GoMobi are set to live up to their claim of helping me create a very professional-looking site.
The good news, is that I can customize just about every aspect of my design, from font style and size to the color scheme, images, and general layout.
As with everything else, this is pretty straightforward to do, though it takes a little more getting used to than with other website building tools.
Another issue I find with GoMobi is that, though you can customise the fonts, the pre-loaded options are pretty limited, and with one or two notable exceptions, leave your mobile website looking more than a little ugly.
Ease of use
Though I’ve certainly used more intuitive platforms, GoMobi does make it relatively easy to build your site.
The editor is divided into two columns, with a live preview on the right and three menus for design, features, and tools, on the left.
Everything you could want to do -or add to- your site is easy enough to find, though my biggest problem is that GoMobi doesn’t provide a full-screen interface, with its main website header occupying a sizeable amount of screen real estate.
As such, I found there was a lot of scrolling back and forth to see both editing options and how they affected the live preview.
It’s a small gripe, and maybe I’ve just been spoiled by the full-screen interfaces offered elsewhere, but it did get a little frustrating after a while, and rather put a damper on the enjoyment of building a new project.
On the whole, GoMobi is rather disappointing and -in this writer’s opinion- fails to live up to the hype bestowed upon it by a number of website building authorities.
With many top hosting companies offering the platform for as little as $2 USD per month, it’s certainly one of the most affordable options out there for creating mobile-optimized sites, I really do think that you get what you pay for, and if your budget can stretch a little further, I’d certainly recommend exploring other options before signing up to GoMobi.