Website Builder Apps for iPhone – Our Review

We made this review for you with 3 questions in mind.

Can you build an entire website with an iPhone ?
What can a site builder on an iPhone Do ?
What are the limitations of these Apps ?

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Smartphones are by far the dominant way to access the net globally. It can still be difficult to be productive on an iPhone, but the makers of the apps reviewed here have made great efforts to get around the limitations of small screens. If they continue to succeed many people around the world who’ve never owned a laptop may never need one.

SimDif

Available on the App StoreiPhone, iPadAvailable on the Android MarketTablets, PhonesComputersFree App / Free Starter Sites / Pro Sites $3.33 month (39.99 yr)

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  • With SimDif you actually feel like you’re making a website as you make it, which raises the chances that you’ll finish your website.
  • It’s the only app that can build websites from start to finish on all devices – iPad, iPhone, Android and computer.
  • You can make websites for all platforms, not just mobile sites.

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Simpl

Available on the App StoreiPhone, iPadFree App / 15 Days Trial / Hosting $4.99 month ($59.88 yr)

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  • It would be harder to imagine an easier way to build a basic website on an iPhone.
  • Great for a basic web presence or small online shop, but lacking customization of design.
  • Easy to start and complete a website that looks great on mobile devices but just okay on desktop screens.

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Webr

Available on the App StoreiPhone (iPad compatible)ComputersFree App / Free Sites

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  • Webr is a quick and easy tool for creating websites on an iPhone.
  • A great app for creating fully featured blogs or portfolio websites on the go. Missing some features for businesses or professional use.
  • Websites look great on large screens and you can also now edit your site on a computer browser.

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GoDaddy GoMobile

Available on the App StoreiPhone (iPad compatible)Free App / Hosting $3 month ($36 yr)

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  • GoDaddy GoMobile has an intuitive interface that’s fits the iPhone perfectly and is very easy to use.
  • Great for creating mobile only websites with enough functions to serve small business or professional use.
  • Limited design possibilities, and websites look poor on desktops.

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Jimdo

Available on the App StoreiPhone, iPadAvailable on the Android MarketTablets, PhonesComputersFree App & Free Websites / JimdoPro $7.50 month / JimdoBusiness $20 month

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  • Nice environment to work in and easy to use.
  • Very few of the features of Jimdo for desktop are available in the app, and some of the themes are incompatible.
  • Jimdo hope we’ll use their browser based website builder to fill in the gaps. I would just use another app.

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Weebly

Available on the App StoreiPhone, iPadAvailable on the Android MarketTablets, PhonesComputersFree App / Upgrades from $4 month

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  • Well designed and easy enough to use for what it can do.
  • An online store manager and blogging assistant missing almost all of the features of Weebly desktop.
  • Not a website builder.

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Conclusions

A much tighter race than for the iPad apps, pretty much neck and neck between SimDif and Simpl. SimDif is improved for the smaller screen by the recent addition of a shortcuts menu and the redesign of some other elements, but the app is not as easy to use as on iPad. Simpl is fantastically easy to use and has improved it’s help files and capabilities, although it still lacks customizability. SimDif is still the only website builder that can be used to make websites from iPhone, iPad, Android tablets and phones, and desktop computers. You can access the same websites and the same features from any of these devices. That’s huge, because it means you don’t have to rely on any one phone or computer always being with you to make a quick update to your site. Also, it’s the only app that offers rich content layout possibilities within a completely beginner friendly environment. These last two points give SimDif the edge over Simpl, although both are great and either one might be more suited to your particular needs.

Webr is also a fantastic app, although for more specific purposes. It’s easy to use and can produce beautiful blogs and portfolio sites. The well designed themes and styling options make it very hard to go wrong design-wise with Webr. The drawbacks are the lack of Paypal, Google maps and other features that small business and professional users require.

For ease of use combined with a strong set of features GoDaddy GoMobile offers a lot to those who need a mobile website and want to use only their iPhone to create it. The biggest drawback is that you can’t really create content that looks like a full website on larger screens. GoDaddy GoMobile have tried to make this possible by making published sites adapt to the screen size, but the results are mixed. The navigation works better than in earlier versions, but the layout looks very poor on large screens and I found many abandoned or half finished websites among the dozens of websites published with GoDaddy GoMobile that I looked at. This last change has happened since GoDaddy bought M.dot. Let’s hope they don’t further undermine the efforts of the original M.dot team.