About SimpleSite

Category: Website Builders
SimpleSite is one of the oldest players in the website builder space. SimpleSite is a straightforward platform that is ideal for individuals and small brands who need to get online fast. The simple interface, essential features, and ability to take payments online make it a solid DIY choice.

Company: SimpleSite

SimpleSite is one of the oldest players in the website builder space. It was founded in 2003 by brothers Morten and Jacob Elk. Since its inception, it has grown to be one of the top 10,000 websites in the world serving over 26 million users from every corner of the globe.

In-Depth Analysis

0 Overall
Price 4.0
Ease Of Use 3.5
Features 4.0
Support 3.0

Pros

  • It’s free to get started and use the platform
  • SimpleSite is easy to understand and build a website with
  • There’s eCommerce functionality even on the free plan
  • Support is available around the clock

Cons

  • There’s not much design flexibility and you’ll have a hard time creating a unique website
  • The themes only allow you to change the color of the website and not the layout

SimpleSite Comparisons

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Plans & Pricing

The platform has a simple pricing structure that’s determined based on the features you’d like to take advantage of. You’re able to start with a limited free plan then upgrade as your needs increase. 

SimpleSite has a relatively expensive entry level premium plan when compared to other website builders but the eCommerce plan is comparable to what other platforms charge. For the features offered, it is a bit more expensive than other tools. 

Basic
$0
/mo
Pro
$15.49
/mo
FREE trial
E-Commerce
$30.49
/mo
FREE trial

Basic

The Basic plan is free and allows you to start exploring the website builder so you can decide if it’s right for you. It comes with up to 15 pages, a few design options, and the ability to add up to five products to an online store. There are also ads for SimpleSite services that’ll be shown to your visitors. 

Pro

The Pro plan expands on the basic features and costs $15.49/mo. You get a free domain for the first year, unlimited pages, unlimited images, unlock all the design options, and up to five email addresses mapped to your domain. SimpleSite ads are removed but you’re still limited to only five products in your online store. 

E-Commerce

The E-Commerce plan costs $30.49/mo. It has all the same features of the previous plan but allows you to sell an unlimited number of products through your eCommerce shop. 

Ease of Use

One of the major things that SimpleSite has going for it is an intuitive interface. When you register, it takes you through a multi-step wizard that helps you configure your most important settings. After that, it walks you through where the major options are and what they do. This takes less than five minutes.

Adding pages is straightforward and setting up your website is also something a complete novice can handle. A small website should take no more than a few hours to complete.

Customer Support

SimpleSite offers help and support in a variety of ways depending on what you need. There’s a basic FAQ, tutorial videos, and email support. The response times are slow but the team is knowledgeable.

Additional customer support:
Blog
The blog focuses on news related to the brand and how to build your web presence.

Email
Email
Email support is provided for both free and paid customers
Video Tutorials
Video Tutorials
There are numerous video tutorials on YouTube
FAQ
FAQ
There's an FAQ section to help you get started
Features & Functionality
Design

SimpleSite doesn’t have what we’d refer to as templates, instead, it has themes. These pre-built themes control the colors used on your website and allow you to skip the hassle of finding the perfect color combination. They’re not categorized based on any specific use case, you’ll just have to scroll through the list to find them. 

You can change the layout, position of sections, fonts, footer, etc. and it’s easy to switch between themes. The challenge is that all of the designs look more or less the same so you may have to do major tweaking to create something unique. 

Features
  • 100+ Templates
  • Add HTML Code
  • Blog Templates
  • Portfolio
  • Drag & Drop Editor
  • Multi-lingual Website
  • Fully Customized
  • Mobile-friendly
Marketing
Features
  • SEO Tools
  • Social Media Integration
  • Widgets + Apps
  • Newsletter Tool
  • Monetization
  • Visitor statistics
Hosting
Features
  • Multiple Sites
  • Free Custom Domain
  • Unlimited Space
  • Unmetered Bandwidth
Multimedia
Features
  • Free Stock Photos
  • Video Plug-Ins
  • Audio Plug-Ins
Good For
Features
  • Blogging
  • Online Stores
  • Automatic Website Building
Verdict

SimpleSite was founded in 2003 as a platform to help nontechnical users and small brands get online with the least amount of friction possible. Over the years, it has accomplished this and now has over 26 million users. There are a number of features which include an online store, a simple page builder, the ability to easily switch between themes, and more.

SimpleSite lacks robust design flexibility and deep features like editing the HTML content of your pages. This is a major drawback if you’re an online-first business that needs to stay on the cutting edge of web design to attract customers. It’s ideal for you if you just want to get online but don’t have complicated customization or branding needs.

Daniel Ndukwu
Author: Daniel Ndukwu
Daniel is a small business owner at large helping his peers navigate the challenges they experience on a day to day basis. His philosophy is simple, if it isn’t broken you can still make it better.

SimpleSite User Reviews

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Derrick A
11-50 employees
Used for: 6-12 months
20 Mar - 2021

Inexpensive domains & a free website

- It only takes a few minutes to register and choose the main layout of your website - The eCommerce tools are simple but get the job done if you only have a few products

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Leo J
11-50 employees
Used for: 1-2 years
14 Feb - 2021

The basics done right

SimpleSite isn’t for you if you want a lot of bells and whistles or pixel-perfect design. It is meant for people who do not want to deal with too many options and endless screens before getting their website online. For that, it is a perfect choice and wh

Pros

With a few clicks I was registered and almost done setting up my website

M
Michael P
11-50 employees
Used for: 6-12 months
08 Apr - 2021

The name says it all

I have seen many website builders that claim to be simple. Some tried and almost made it and some failed horribly. None have come close to the simplicity of SimpleSite.

Pros

- There’s absolutely nothing complicated about this software
- Very user friendly
- Just enough features to get my website online

M
Molly W
11-50 employees
Used for: 6-12 months
14 Jan - 2021

I’ll pass

For me, SimpleSite was that example of what I want to avoid in the next website builder I choose. When it was time to leave, I could not point my domain to another service because they don’t seem to control it.

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Louis K
11-50 employees
Used for: 1-2 years
13 Mar - 2021

It’s great for me

This isn’t my first web hosting software. The first two took a lot of learning before deciding they were not for me. I was able to figure out SimpleSite immediately and I have not looked back.

Pros

- Easiest web host I have used
- Excellent customer service

Cons

it feels too simple