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Ratings
 
Templates Quality
8/10
Ease of Use
9/10
Features
8.5/10
Customer Support
8.5/10
90%
Overall Score

Yola website builder was created in South Africa in 2007, and now has a worldwide presence, including over 6 million users around the globe and 60 employees based in Cape Town and San Francisco, California. Further showing its international scope, Yola website builder is available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish (multi-language support is also available). Yola offers clients the opportunity to build a website absolutely free – no third-party advertisements – within 30 minutes. It’s a fast, flexible hosted website builder designed to grow with your business or organization.

Product Introduction

Yola website builder works straight from your browser – there is no need to download or install any software. It is ideal for the absolute beginner: after sign up, Yola will bring you through a step-by-step process to choose your layout, try out different styles, and introduce you to key widgets. You can change anything at any time; advanced users (those who sign up for the premium package) also have access to the CSS for additional editing.

You can try Yola for free; a free Yola account offers access to their excellent drag-and-drop editor, a range of layout and style options, and plenty of widgets to help you build the site you want, with photos, videos, maps, forms, text, and more. When you’re ready to publish, you can choose to purchase (or transfer) a custom domain name.

Yola also aims for flexibility: when you’re ready to grow, upgrade you account to silver or premium, and/or add on premium features you want, such as domain management, a web store, hosting, email, and much more. Pay for the extras you want – not those you don’t need.

Feature Set

  • Fast drag-and-drop website creation and management
  • Reliable hosting with 99.9% uptime
  • Add rich content: videos, images, galleries, slideshows, more
  • One-click website publishing on the web, Facebook, and mobile phones
  • Custom domain names available
  • Site statistics included
  • Set up an online store: accept PayPal and credit cards, manage inventory, and track orders
  • Google Maps integration
  • Mailing list management through email marketing tool
  • Social sharing features
  • Reliable and secure hosting included
  • Search-engine friendly HTML coding
  • Full access to CSS code for silver plan holders
  • Much more

Templates

Yola takes you through the website building process, step by step. One of the first things you will be asked to do is select a website category. Yola will then offer you a starter layout pr-populated with key widgets likely to be useful for your type of site. You can change anything, any time, including the layout – there are 9 layouts (including a blank page) to choose from, and many styles. Each can be customized with widgets and the drag-and-drop editor.

It is not currently possible to upload your own template to Yola.

Customer Support

Yola email support is available 24/7 to all clients; most questions are answered within a few hours – all questions within 48 hours. Yola Silver and Premium account holders have access to telephone support 8 a.m.-6 p.m. EST, Monday to Friday. Yola’s customer support forum is also an efficient place to go to receive answers from Yola representatives and other Yola users.

Yola also offers a huge library of tutorials, a searchable knowledgebase, FAQs, and webinars on Yola.tv.

Summary

Yola is a top option for those looking for a fast-track to an active website. Their option of building an ad-free free site is an excellent way to test the product and see if it will work for your needs. There may not be as many ready-to-go templates as some other website builders, but the options are clean, well-built and extremely easy to alter to suit your needs.

With great learning tools and high marks for reliability, it’s easy to see why Yola has gained such popularity around the world.