Website constructing platforms are real godsends for those who strive to state their individuality, launch a business, or share ideas. Most of them are completely free and very easy to use. However, in addition to obvious benefits, they may have significant drawbacks that can restrict your freedom of action or even damage your image (annoying, clogging banners, for instance). That is why I highly recommend checking the characteristics of the platform before using it for your business purposes.

In this post I’m going to describe the obvious benefits and probable drawbacks of using Yola, one of the popular modern sitebuilders. So, let’s start with the positive aspects of this platform.

Benefits

Ever since its launch Yola has gained an image of a very reliable and safe constructor. This is mainly due to its excellent customer support and high level of safety. Yola does care about its customers, as it offers 24/7 technical support in the form of:

  • Quick and effective phone support (accessible even for new users).

  • Introductory videos and Yola Guides.

  • Yola TV and Yola Blog: interviews with the company’s leaders, news about Yola updates.

  • Community Forum: online service where more experienced users can share their knowledge with novices.

As we can see, Yola puts its customers’ experience first. And it’s definitely one of the biggest advantages of Yola over its competitors.

In addition to the excellent support, Yola can boast the following advantages:

  • Ease of use: similarly to other platforms, it is oriented on customers who have no HTML knowledge; it has user-friendly navigation; it features popular ‘drag-and-drop’ utility.

  • SEO Configuration: Yola cares about how search engines treat your website; it offers customizable meta tags, description, URLs and titles.

  • Extra functionality. Yola offers a vast array of widgets aimed to improve the functionality of your website, such as social media buttons, for example.

Disadvantages

Yola is undoubtedly a reliable platform that can offer you a great variety of tools to create a unique and protected product. However, it can quickly empty your pocket. Comparing to other popular site constructors, Yola’s prices are steeper. Besides, its free package is very poor in comparison with other sitebuilders. In fact, all the advanced features are accessible to premium members only.

Another significant drawback of this platform is its template design. Users claim that Yola’s templates can be effectively used for primitive websites only, since they have many structural limitations.

Summary

As for me, I have very mixed feelings about this platform. On the one hand it is simple, and interesting to work with. It has a great customer support and a great selection of widgets. But on the other hand, it is not the best financial deal: many features offered on Yola for extra charge are completely free on other sitebuilders. Thus, before putting all eggs in one basket I recommend weighing all pros and cons of using this sitebuilder.

I hope this post will help you make the right decision. Don’t forget to share this post with those who may find it interesting. If you have any questions on this topic, please contact me via Facebook, Twitter or G+. If you want to share your experience about sitebuilding on Yola don’t hesitate to leave a comment!

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