Today I’ve prepared an in-depth Enjin website builder review for you. Enjin is a website builder that intrigued me as, unlike most of its competitors, Enjin is not trying to deliver everything to everyone. This website builder focuses on gaming, and with such a specific target, it doesn’t have many competitors.
Now, my goal was to try Enjin out and see how well this site-building engine performs. What I mean when I say “good performance” includes everything from how easy Enjin is to use, the range of customisation tools it offers, and much more. Before we continue, let’s go through some quick facts about Enjin.
Enjin is an information technology business that offers various products to its customers. Apart from being a website builder, the company also has a mobile cryptocurrency wallet, Enjin Wallet; a blockchain game development platform, Enjin Coin; a lightning network for gaming, Efinity; and a blockchain explorer, EnjinX.
It was founded by Maxim Blagov and Witek Radomski in 2009. Today, 20 million gamers from around the world call Enjin home. Now, let’s see how easy it is to set up a website with this gaming website builder.
Ease of Use
There are seven types of websites you can create with Enjin, whether it’s a guild site, fan site, clan site, eSports team site, Minecraft server, or a website entirely unrelated to gaming. You can also go with the “other” option that will let you create a website community of any kind. Whichever option you choose, you’ll need to provide a community name and your site URL. For this Enjin review, I’ve decided to create a non-gaming site.
Is Enjin Editor Intuitive?
Once I entered all the details necessary to create a website and open an account with Enjin, I decided to log in. Enjin automatically redirected me to the Dashboard area. Based on my first impression, everything seemed a bit cluttered, nothing like other site builders. I saw a lot of quick links to help me get started with Enjin, as well as my activity log.
In my opinion, finding your way around Enjin does take some time, and it’s not as simple as with some of the best website builders I tested before. However, once you go through the basics, the site-building process is pretty much straightforward. If you’ve used any content management system before, it’ll be easier for you to start with Enjin.
Drag and Drop Feature
So what I want to discuss today is how to make a free Enjin website. Everything you need to start customising your Enjin site is located under the Admin tab in the upper left corner of the website builder. Here, you’ll find quick links to modules and pages, and that’s basically everything you need to create a website. If you want to customise your site further, you’ll find Enjin themes and site settings, among other quick links under the same tab.
After you’ve selected the type of website you want to create, Enjin will automatically create a pre-made set of modules and pages. So you won’t have to build your site from scratch, but you can customise a pre-set layout to your liking. The editor has a drag-and-drop functionality that helps you organize site modules in a preferred order, while the point-and-click system will allow you to add different elements to your site.
As I mentioned earlier, at first glance the Enjin website creator can look messy and cluttered. Still, if you give this site builder a chance, you’ll see that Enjin actually follows quite a logical layout and allows a lot of room for customisation and creativity.
Image Editing Options
One of the many modules Enjin supports is the Image Box. This module allows you to add a single image to your site. If you, on the other hand, want to add more images, you can use the Gallery Slideshow module. If you want to add a slideshow to your site, you can use the Showcase module.
When it comes to editing images, there’s not much you can do. Changing the image title is as far as you’ll get with Enjin image editing tools. The lack of an image editor that can crop the picture, for example, is a bit of a letdown.
Adding new content to your Enjin site is one of the tasks that doesn’t require too much effort. Whether you have a guild or a clan website, you’ll be able to add content to it with ease. To launch the content editor, you should first add a News/Blog module or HTML module. Enjin features several more content-building modules such as Text Slider or a Wiki module that can add a Wikipedia-like layout to your site.
To get all the features of Enjin’s content editor, you should use the HTML module, since with the News/Blog module you won’t have access to all of them. So basically, you’ll be working with the WYSIWYG editor. The Enjin website creator is quite simple to use, and it will help you add various types of media to your content, including videos and images.
Enjin is home to 343 layouts. All of these layouts are divided into two main categories – official (300) and community (43) layouts. There are also three types of themes depending on the plan you’re using. By selecting Premium themes, you’ll get access to 159 different designs. The Advanced plan allows you to use all 343 layouts, while the Free plan offers 57 of them.
If you’re not sure which theme you should use for your website, there are several theme categories that will help you narrow your choices down. Namely, you can browse through themes that predominantly use dark colours. There are also transparent and tech themes, and for Enjin guild websites, there’s a separate category – guild-fantasy.
Enjin allows its users to edit themes, as well, to a great extent. With the website builder’s theme editor, you can select one of the existing themes as your base theme, and turn it into something entirely different. Once you’ve selected your base theme, you can change your site’s background colour and images, as well as fonts, buttons, and icons, among other site elements.
Do keep in mind that the theme editor is one of the features available for the first 14 days of opening your account. After that, your trial period will expire, and with your plan downgraded to a free plan, you won’t be able to change so many things in your site’s design.
The option of experimenting with your site’s design is one of the things I must emphasize in this Enjin review, and the themes offered are of decent quality. However, there’s a problem with Enjin themes and their mobile friendliness. Namely, the website builder is still working on making their templates mobile-friendly. It currently allows site admins to enable a mobile mode for site forums only. Check out the mobile speed test results!
On the plus side, Enjin has built native apps for both Android and iOS devices, which makes managing your communities on the go a whole lot easier.
With the Enjin website creator, you can easily create a Blog page. You should simply drag the News module to your blog page. Once you’re ready to add content to your site, you can launch the content editor from the blog page by selecting New Post – it’s as easy as that.
Within the post settings, there are various tools to help you keep your content organised. You can add tags to your content, enable or disable comments, and schedule your posts. Customising your post’s URL is not available though.
One of the things I really liked about Enjin that I wanted to point out in my Enjin website creator review is that it automatically installs an SSL certificate on your site. You can later choose to disable it. You can always go to the HTTPS/SSL tab in your site settings and check if a secure connection is enabled on your site.
Furthermore, the website creator doesn’t charge any fees for SSL certificates. All certificates from Enjin are valid for one year and have to be renewed after that, but Enjin promises to renew them automatically 30 days before their expiry date so that your site doesn’t experience any glitches or downtime during the renewal process.
Unfortunately, Enjin does not provide email services. If you want to configure your email address so that it includes your domain name, you won’t be able to that with Enjin. The website builder recommends using Google Suite.
At the time of writing this Enjin review, 2018 is nearly over. Perhaps next year, the Enjin team will decide to offer email services. They’ve been online since 2009 and implemented a lot of changes over that time. With that in mind, they might add webmail to their list of features in the future, but for now, G Suite is the best way to go.
If you want to build a form, Enjin will provide you with two types of forms – application forms and general forms. Application forms are quite useful for those who want to create a guild website, as this type of form allows them to select players to join their teams. To enhance the application process, the Enjin team implemented a variety of game-related questions into the application forms.
General forms, on the other hand, are different from application forms because your website’s users can submit a general form as many times as they like. These forms are used as contact forms and can be customised to a great extent. You can add questions and elements to your form using the Form Builder settings.
When it comes to membership systems, I’m pleased to say that Enjin allows only members of your site to access it with the Enjin accounts feature. To make that happen, simply use the Login/Register module. If you don’t want to use this feature, you can limit user access by setting a site-wide password.
Another great thing about Enjin is that you can tag users on your site. The website creator comes with several pre-set tags including Regular users and Admins, but you can also create your own custom tags.
At the time being, Enjin offers three types of menus, but users cannot add one of them, namely, the Menu Bar System 2.0. As the Enjin team explained, they are still testing this menu to see if it’s ready to be a live module.
Until that issue is resolved, the Enjin website creator encourages users to use the other two menus available. This leaves you with the option of creating either a horizontal menu bar with submenu items or a vertical (side) menu.
If you want to create a website with the live chat functionality, Enjin’s got your back. The site builder’s module called Chat Room v2.0 allows users to create multiple chat channels. This all, however, depends on the plan you’re using, and Free plans, sadly, cannot use this feature. Advance plan users can create two chat channels, whereas Ultimate plan users can have up to ten channels.
The chat module comes with several useful features, allowing you to, among other things, ban or kick users from the chat, as well as mute a channel or change its topic.
Ecommerce features are one of the fields where Enjin stands out. It is one of the few site builders that allows free plan users to create an online store. You can choose between a generic store and a store designed specifically for Enjin Minecraft websites. With the EnjinStore, you can create an online store with just a few clicks, as well as receive payments via different payment processors and set shipping charges.
In addition to running an Enjin store, you can also accept donations. The Group Pay module comes in handy as well, allowing your site’s users to pay for your site’s plan. A user can add days to the Enjin plan you’re using at that time, and if you’re on a free plan, adding days will automatically switch you to the Advanced plan. Another user-led initiative is the TeamSpeak Group Pay module that can help you add slots or time to your voice server.
One of the things that separates Enjin from other website builders is that, apart from creating a website, you can create a forum. As a matter of fact, you don’t even have to create it, as it comes as one of the pre-made modules with Enjin sites.
To start interacting with your community, all you need is the Forum Board module. After adding this module to your site, you’ll open access to the Forum Manager. Here, you can adjust general forum settings and manage forum labels, among other things.
Another feature I couldn’t leave out of my Enjin website builder review is the Voice Server feature. Enjin site owners can select one of the two voice server integrations, namely the TeamSpeak 3 and Mumble voice server. This feature is a paid one and, taking the Enjin focus group into account, a logical one.
Under the Voice tab, you’ll find the option of selecting your server location, as well as server size. Moreover, if you’re on a paid plan, Enjin will grant you five free slots with the Advanced plan, and twenty free slots with the Ultimate plan.
Minecraft community websites hold a special place in Enjin’s heart. Although the option of creating a Minecraft site is not exactly a feature, it’s still one of the things that deserves to be emphasised. The website creator has everything you need to create a Minecraft website and store, and with this option available, Enjin is like no other website builder.
Enjin Minecraft websites have access to DonationCraft, which allows Minecraft users to sell items and ranks on their server. Voting for rewards is also enabled on Minecraft sites in addition to various other cool features. Since Enjin doesn’t provide Minecraft server hosting services, you can select a provider from the website builder’s list of Top Server Hosts.
As far as Enjin integrations go, this website builder equips the different types of sites it offers with a vast number of features and modules. This means that if your quest is to create, for example, a clan site, you probably won’t have to go around looking for different apps and add-ons to achieve this. Instead, Enjin will provide you with almost everything you need to create the best clan website.
At the time being, Enjin users can integrate Slack and Twitch with their site. Slack integration requires the Ultimate plan subscription, while Twitch is available to all plans.
When creating your site with a site builder, it’s essential to check how it performs in terms of how long it takes for a site to load. Research has shown that a slow website will not only drive your users away, but it will also push your site down on search engine results pages (SERPs).
To get this question out of the way, I decided to test Enjin with GTmetrix and Google’s PageSpeed Insights. Instead of taking an Enjin example website, I decided to check the speed of Enjin’s homepage.
Is Enjin SEO Friendly?
In the main settings of your newly created site, you’ll find everything you need to optimise your content for search engines. The SEO tab will allow you to add global meta descriptions and meta keywords that will be applied site-wide. The Enjin website builder also lets you add meta descriptions and keywords for each page separately.
You can link your Google Analytics account to your Enjin site to evaluate your website traffic more efficiently. On top of that, as soon as you create a site and add content to it, Enjin will automatically create and submit a sitemap to search engines. They’ve really done an excellent job of introducing Enjin-powered sites to search engines!
Enjin offers three different plans – Free, Advanced, and Ultimate. As soon as you start building your website, you’ll get the trial plan. The Enjin trial plan gives you access to all the features of their Advanced plan, but for 14 days only. Once the trial period is over, you can go back to the free plan or upgrade your account to the Advanced or Ultimate plan.
With the Free Enjin plan, you can create up to 20 modules, and one of those modules is DonationCraft, which will help you launch your online store. You’ll also get one Minecraft server slot, and the Forum Board module will help you create website forums.
Your free Enjin site will run on an HTTP/2 protocol and have basic DDoS protection as well. There’s no limit to how many pages your site can have, which is another neat feature of Enjin’s free plans.
Now, let’s see what you’ll get with the paid Enjin plans. With the Advanced paid plan, your site can feature up to 50 modules, whereas the Ultimate plan lets you add an unlimited number of modules.
If you have a Minecraft server, you can sync it with your Enjin site. Now, the Advanced plan will provide you with three Minecraft server slots, and with the Ultimate plan, this number goes up to 30. Next, with the Advanced plan, the file storage limit is set to 5GB in addition to 25GB of file bandwidth. The Ultimate plan raises these values to 50GB and 150GB respectively.
An aspect praised in every Enjin website builder review is that paid plans provide your site with DDoS protection, with the Advanced plan getting the Premium protection and the Ultimate plan Enterprise protection. Both paid plans will give you access to the Domain and DNS manager, website logs, and Enjin’s API. The only difference is that with the Ultimate plan you’ll have more freedom.
Paid plan users are also entitled to a free domain name if they meet one condition, and that is purchasing a one-year subscription.
There is one thing you can do with all the plans, and that is create free Minecraft forums. If this feature is what you’re looking for in a website creator, then Enjin will surely be a perfect match for you. On the other hand, there is one thing that’s guaranteed to Ultimate plan users only: priority support.
Enjin offers you the option of paying for website plans on a monthly basis, as well as purchasing a three-month, six-month, or twelve-month subscription. The Advanced plan renewed on a monthly basis is $8.99, whereas the price of the Ultimate plan for the same period is $29.99.
A three-month subscription will save you 5% off the regular monthly price, while six-month and yearly subscriptions offer even more savings. So if you purchase a six-month Advanced plan, you’ll pay $8.09 instead of $8.99. The annual subscription will save you 20% off the regular price.
If you choose one of the paid Enjin plans, you’ll have the option to either Subscribe or Prepay a plan of your choice. With the Subscribe option, you can use PayPal and credit cards as a payment method, while the Prepay option will give you two additional payment methods, namely, Enjin Coin (ENJ) and TrialPay. If you opt for Enjin Coin, you’ll get an extra 25% off the plan of your choosing.
Before concluding my Enjin website builder review, I wanted to discuss Enjin support. The only way to get in touch with the support team is via support ticket. From my own experience, this is not the most effective communication channel, especially since free plan users don’t have priority support.
The first time I submitted a ticket, I received a reply within seven hours, which is not the best response time, but still good. I tried contacting them once again, but this time I waited for more than 30 hours.
While I do understand that they have a massive user base and that the paid plans have priority support, I wish they’d allow users to contact them via live chat. It’s easier, more efficient, and, above all, necessary.
Apart from the ticketing system, Enjin also has a good knowledge base where you’ll find how-to articles and video tutorials. Here, among other answers, you’ll find a quick guide on how to delete an Enjin website if you decide to try your luck with another site creator.
Wrapping it up
So, the question is, would I recommend Enjin? The answer is both yes and no. If you want to build a gaming site for free, Enjin is probably one of the top picks on the market. The free plan comes with a lot of customisation options, and you don’t have to invest a dime to have your site up and running. Forum modules are a big plus, as well as Enjin’s ecommerce functionality.
The lack of image editing software is a letdown, as well as the lack of live chat, which I previously mentioned in my Enjin website builder review. If the Enjin team decides to improve upon these problematic areas, they just might become the perfect site builder for gamers.