Sitejet review

At the beginning of the 21st century, people who wanted to create a website on their own had a limited choice of website building tools. Over the years, however, the website building world has become overcrowded.

In only two decades, these tools have moved from an emerging market to a fully developed one. To help you narrow down your choices, our team of experts has put together the list of 18 internet’s most popular website building tools. An in-depth Sitejet review has found its place on this list too, so if you want to learn more about it, read on.

Before we start analyzing Sitejet’s essential components and areas that the site building tool could improve upon, we want you to know that this review is a result of our expert team’s thorough research and a series of tests.

We built two example sites with Sitejet to explore all the ins and outs of this website builder, in addition to comparing its performance to the best website builders out there. Here’s what we discovered.

Ease of Use

Creating an account on Sitejet is quite simple and similar to creating an account on other website building platforms. Plus, even if you’ve never built a website before, Sitejet will welcome you with a brief video tutorial about how the site building tool works.

Intuitiveness

Finding your way around the Sitejet website editor has a steep learning curve. It has a wealth of editing options, which can be a lot to take in at once – especially for beginners.

On the other hand, those looking to create and customize their site to the smallest details will be spoilt for choice. Apart from adding basic page elements, the Sitejet editor allows you to add premade groups of elements too.

Additionally, the builder combines site development and project management tools. Sitejet’s primary focus is not on the average user, but on professional web designers. With that in mind, Sitejet falls into the category of advanced website building tools.

On the other hand, builders such as Wix are far more oriented towards the average user. They offer plenty of features for advanced users too, but the emphasis is on users that are just starting.

If we compare Sitejet vs Wix, Wix would be an absolute winner based on how long it takes to become fluent with each of these two builders. So if simplicity is the deciding factor for choosing a website builder, our advice is to read our comprehensive Wix review and see if this website building tool is a better fit for your website development plans.

Drag and Drop

Sitejet is a drag-and-drop site editor, which allows you to easily add, edit, and move site elements around. Additionally, the Sitejet editor features a myriad of keyboard shortcuts.

That said, apart from the drag-and-drop functionality, you can copy and paste site elements, find matching presets, access website settings, etc. – all from your keyboard. To explore Sitejet’s keyboard cheatsheet with about 50 shortcuts, simply press CTRL and K simultaneously.

If you’re not a fan of keyboard shortcuts, you can also edit site elements by double-clicking or right-clicking the element you want to edit. The Sitejet CMS uses the breadcrumbs menu located at the very bottom of the page, which helps locate the elements you’re currently editing.

On top of it all, if you have some coding knowledge, the website builder offers the option to edit your site in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Image Editing

Sitejet image editing tools offer simple editing options. The cropping tool allows you to set the image size based on predetermined dimensions, i.e., 16:9, 1:2, etc., while keeping the aspect ratio. You can also enter the image width and height manually.

One of the fields where Sitejet is falling behind is the absence of an image editor. This means that adjusting image brightness and contrast settings are not available with the builder.

When it comes to effects, Sitejet only offers the option to blur an image on a scale from 1 to 5, as well as convert it to greyscale.

You can, however, add borders and various animations to your images. Additionally, you can tick off the option of loading retina images and sizes optimized for smartphones.

Lastly, with Sitejet presets, you can choose between different gallery layouts. However, unlike many other builders, Sitejet doesn’t offer an image library with royalty-free stock images.

Instead, users should first connect their existing Fotolia and Shutterstock accounts with Sitejet, and then find images that are free to use.

Content Editing

Sitejet’s content editor doesn’t offer any unique features that would separate it from the competitors. The editor supports standard formatting options. You can choose between different text styles, sizes, and colors.

The option of adding hyperlinks is available too. However, these are all basic content editing features, which you’ll find with nearly every other website builder.

A website builder quite similar to Sitejet is Duda website builder. This site builder is also an advanced builder, and if we compared Sitejet vs Duda based on the content editing options they support, the results would be pretty much the same.

However, based on Websitebuilder.org user ratings, Duda website builder performs slightly better when it comes to user-friendliness. Again, if this is the most important factor for choosing a website builder, we advise you to review other builders too. Perhaps it would be a better idea to pick another one in this case.

Sitejet Templates

Number of Themes

Sitejet offers some 80 themes. However, the builder adds new templates regularly. At the time of writing, Sitejet works on adding four more members to its template family.

The list of all available themes can be found under the Templates tab, but there are no filters to help you narrow down your choices to industry-specific templates or select a specific template outline.

The builder also doesn’t divide themes into free and paid ones. You can use any theme you want for free after you select one of Sitejet’s paid plans.

One of the features we really liked is the option of starting with a blank template, which offers a lot of room for creativity and customization. Additionally, you can modify the existing templates and save them as presets for future use, which is an excellent feature for web designers.

The option of switching themes is available too. However, at the moment, there is no option to use a different template without losing the existing content on your site.

Mobile Responsive

When it comes to optimizing templates for different devices, Sitejet has gone one step further than its competitors.

Firstly, the builder’s templates are compatible with desktop, tablet, and smartphone devices. Secondly, with tablets and smartphones, you can choose between two viewing options —  landscape and portrait.

Thirdly, apart from viewing your site’s template on a smartphone, you can further adjust your view to a specific smartphone including iPhone X, iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy 9, etc.

Another thing we have to mention in this Sitejet review is that the website builder allows you to choose which elements will show up on different devices. So if you have an image that you don’t want to show on smartphones, you can adjust visibility for that element accordingly.

All in all, the Sitejet team has done an exceptional job at making Sitejet-powered sites compatible across multiple devices.

Features

We researched the essential features Sitejet supports. The lack of an App Market is a big minus, but the builder supports essential site features which you’ll find with most website building tools today.

Blog

The blogging options with Sitejet are quite limited. The builder doesn’t have a built-in blog. So if you want to start a blog using this website building platform, you can add it as a subpage on your site.

Creating a Sitejet blog this way, however, excludes all standard blog options such as tags, categories, authors, and URL customization for individual blog posts. Our recommendation would be to always go with a builder that has integrated blogging functionality.

SSL

Sitejet’s hosting packages include an SSL certificate along with CDN and DDoS protection. Unlike Weebly and Wix, both of which offer the option of activating an SSL certificate with a free plan, Sitejet offers paid plans only.

The only way to publish your Sitejet website and to actually see which connection it is using for serving your site’s content, is to purchase one of the three platform’s plans. Whichever plan you choose, however, will have the option to add SSL encryption to your site.

Email

As far as email hosting goes, Sitejet allows you to set up an email account once you’ve registered a domain with the builder. Additionally, you can register a domain with domain providers other than Sitejet.

If you choose this option, you can still use Sitejet email by setting the MX record in the DNS settings. Sitejet also allows its users to use webmail via Roundcube webmail.

Form Builder

Another essential aspect of our Sitejet review relates to options the website builder offers when it comes to form builders. The Sitejet form builder allows you to create website forms featuring anything from text and number fields to radio buttons and checkboxes.

One of the things Sitejet does differently is that it separates form elements from the form container. So when building a form, you should first add a form container and then use the drag-and-drop functionality to add form elements to that container.

Other website building tools already have a pre-built form which you can customize to your own preferences, but this is an area where Sitejet has a slightly different approach.

Menu

There aren’t many menu options available with this builder. Each template comes with a default menu. The two options are a horizontal menu at the top of a website or a hamburger menu that expands over the entire screen once you click on it. Additionally, Sitejet will automatically switch a horizontal menu to a hamburger menu to adjust it to tablet and smartphone screens.

Integrations

The default elements you can add to your Sitejet website include Sitejet Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, and Maps elements, among other options. The builder also supports two integrations — Mailchimp and ecommerce.

On the other hand, the builder doesn’t have an App Market at the moment. You can still add content from third-party developers to your site though. All you have to do is add the HTML element to your site and paste an embedded code from the tools and plugins you want to add to your website.

Ecommerce Functionality

Sitejet users can create an online store with this website builder via Sitejet’s built-in ecommerce functionality. Sitejet online stores use the Ecwid platform, so before you can add a store to your site, you’ll have to create an account with Ecwid. After that, you can start adding store elements.

Sitejet supports four elements you can add to an online store — products, categories, cart, and search elements.

Customer Collaboration Tools

One of Sitejet’s strong points is that it is not just a CMS-based website builder. The platform also supports various customer relationship management tools. The Sitejet CRM customer platform allows customers to manage their basic information and email accounts, as well as upload files, leave feedback, and edit selected areas of their profiles.

If we compared Sitejet vs WordPress, on the one hand, we’d have a site builder with a powerful CRM toolset, and on the other a content management system that requires installing multiple CRM plugins for supporting the same CRM functionalities.

With that in mind, if you want a website builder that has an excellent CMS system combined with CRM tools, Sitejet might be a perfect choice.

Performance

To analyze the loading speed of Sitejet sites, we ran a couple of speed tests using GTmetrix and Google’s PageSpeed Insights tool. For these tests, we used Sitejet’s homepage.

The results from GTmetrix showed that Sitejet page speed was above average (82%). The only area where Sitejet could improve was leveraging browser caching. For comparison purposes, we also ran a speed test for Wix’s homepage, and it had the same page speed score as Sitejet.

However, we got slightly different results when we tested Sitejet’s homepage using Google’s PageSpeed Insights tool. The desktop version of Sitejet’s homepage got a score 85/100, which qualifies as average performance. The mobile version, on the other hand, had a significantly lower score — 40/100.

But if we compared these results with a Sitejet alternative, Wix, we’d see that Sitejet’s results weren’t as low as they first seemed. Wix scored 62/100 for the desktop version and only 24/100 for the mobile version of its homepage.

Desktop Loading Speed

Mobile Loading Speed

SEO Performance

Sitejet SEO features give the builder’s users a wealth of options to optimize their Sitejet-powered site for search engines. They can add keywords, page descriptions, and meta tags. It also supports multi-language functionality, and it generates SEO friendly URLs for websites in languages other than English.

To increase the overall site speed, Sitejet compresses images within its CMS system. Additionally, the builder generates sitemaps automatically. The default tool for traffic evaluation is Matomo Analytics, and the option to use Google Analytics is available too.

Sitejet Pricing

Plans

The option of using Sitejet for free is not available. However, the builder offers a 14-day free trial for the Team plan, which is one of the three paid plans. The other two plans are called Professional and Agency.

The Professional Plan: $7/month (monthly), $5/month (annually)

With the Professional plan, users get access to Sitejet’s website editing tool, as well as simplified CMS platform for customers. This plan includes hosting services for one website, while every additional site has a hosting fee of $5/month.

Additionally, Automatic Website Generator and Customer Website Feedback tools are also included in the Professional plan.

The Team Plan: $25/month (monthly), $19/month (annually)

This plan is Sitejet’s bestselling plan. It includes everything from the Professional plan and three more features. The Team plan also supports website export and white-label functionality, as well as adding up to three members to your team with the option of assigning permissions and roles to them.

The Agency Plan: $99/month (monthly), $89/month (annually)

The Agency plan is very similar to the Team plan. The only difference is that instead of adding three members to your team, you can add up to 10 users to your team.

If you decide to purchase any of the plans, you’ll have the option to enter a Sitejet coupon code. One of the codes currently valid is SHARE10, and it will give you a 10% discount.

As far as domain pricing goes, Sitejet’s offers range from $7.82 for the .de extension to $55.91 for the .io site domains. Other domain extensions are available too, including com, info, biz, co, org, net, etc.

Other Sitejet Offers

In 2018, Sitejet launched a new and improved version of the website builder. To promote their website building solution, Sitejet partnered up with AppSumo. The special deal available through AppSumo included free access to Sitejet’s Professional plan and five hosted websites for 12 months.

However, the Sitejet AppSumo deal was available during January 2019, and it is no longer valid.

Billing Practices

Sitejet allows you to choose one of the two subscriptions — monthly and yearly. By opting for an annual subscription to any of the builder’s plans, you’ll get a better price. So instead of paying $7 every month for the Professional plan ($84/year), with a yearly subscription, you’ll pay $60 for this plan.

Payment Methods

When it comes to payment options, users can purchase any of the plans using either a credit card or PayPal.

Customer Support

The Sitejet customer support is available via email, phone, and live chat. One of the things we want to emphasize in our Sitejet review is that the builder’s live chat representatives are very professional and knowledgeable.

We reached out to them several times and received a helpful response every time within a short timeframe. The live chat functionality is not available around the clock, but between 9 am and 6 pm CET.

If the Sitejet team is out of the office, users can send them an email, which they typically respond to in a few hours during the office hours. Additionally, you can contact the Sitejet team via phone.

The builder also has a comprehensive knowledge base that features a wealth of learning material, including articles and video tutorials. So there are a lot of options, and it’s up to you to choose the one that suits you best.

Conclusion

From a web designer’s point of view, Sitejet is undoubtedly one of the best website building tools out there. However, from a perspective of someone who’s never used a website building tool, Sitejet can be overwhelming.

Additionally, there are still some aspects that could be improved, such as integrated blogging and image editor functionalities. An app market would be a nice addition as well. Although the user interface is clean, it’s still somewhat confusing with all the features available.

One of the things we discovered while writing this Sitejet review is that Sitejet team is working hard to improve their product. They also value customers’ feedback, and they are constantly making improvements based on it.

For now, however, we wouldn’t recommend this website builder to beginners who want to create a simple website and establish their online presence. Wix and Weebly might be a better fit in this case, while Sitejet has a great potential to become the next best thing in the web designers sphere.

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