Yola have taken and refreshing and modern approach to website building, with a unique editor and help at the click of a mouse. It’s a good mix of everything, not necessarily the best we’ve reviewed but certainly a good option for beginners.
Like most other services, Yola offers a free account option, however this comes at the cost of Yola branding on the site and hardly any features in the editor, less than you’d expect when comparing to free accounts on other services. The ‘best value’ upgrade is to ‘Yola Silver’, which includes 25 sites, custom domains, but unfortunately no SEO options, which are very important when trying to get your site on more people’s screens. This comes in at £8.95 a month, which is relatively expensive, but when you take into account the custom domains that come with the package it’s quite a good deal, assuming you want multiple domains.
The editor is certainly original, but not necessarily in the best way. We found theediting space to be intruded by the chunky feature bar and the ‘Instant Help’ tab, which really affects the possibilities for the user to create a fresh, clean website. It causes the editing space to be minimal, something that is the complete opposite on many other services, and for good reason. Although, there are a few great sides to it, the feature bar is packed with simple and useful features, all of them easy to access. This marginally makes up for the intrusive design.
This is where Yola really falls short of market standard, with only 10 templates for the user to choose. Granted, they are very modern and aesthetically pleasing, but with there only being 10 chances are the user is going to use the blank template option, and they’ll have their work cut out for them.
The majority of the features on Yola you have to pay for, but they are certainly worth the price. We really liked the all of the media features which can be translated directly onto your website, for example Tumblr blogs and MP3 Players, very useful and seldom seen on the cheaper end of website building services.
As mentioned in the editor section, the somewhat intrusive ‘Instant Help’ tab is available throughout the user experience, which is extremely useful and I haven’t seen help given this quickly very often at all. The smart search is very quick at understanding problems and will get you on your way in no time, couldn’t praise it more.