Given how crowded website builder market is, it’s a brave move indeed to step up and offer yet another website building tool. In this Sitejet review, we will describe one such service.
Led by founder Hendrik Köhler, Sitejet is a brand new website builder launched in 2018. It’s marketed as an ‘all-in-one’ platform, offering a wide variety of features covering CMS and CRM solutions.
Despite the relative youth of the product, the developers aren’t afraid to state their ambitions — they want to go right after WordPress, and they want to win. They’re not particularly subtle about this either — there’s a massive page on their website specifically called ‘Sitejet vs WordPress!’
That’s a lofty goal indeed, but it’s also an exciting proposition for web developers. Can Sitejet back up their big talk with even more significant results? There’s only one way to find out.
(Note: this review is based entirely on my own experiences with Sitejet).
While it’s a wide-ranging website builder, Sitejet isn’t necessarily targeted at ‘everyone,’ as opposed to something like Wix, for example. In fact, it’s specifically stated on the home page that the Sitejet website builder is ‘built by web professionals, for web professionals.’ Of course, web professionals prefer to have a user-friendly, intuitive interface too, whenever possible.
Getting started with Sitejet is extremely easy, and I’m pleased to say that you can try out the platform without spending a penny, courtesy of its 14-day free trial. To do so, you simply go through a registration process which takes less than a minute to complete.
Log into your user area for the first time, and you’ll be greeted with an 8-minute long introductory video. It is exceptionally well made and covers all of the major features of the Sitejet site builder. The video also shows you how to navigate the site.
I must say that this creates an excellent first impression, and shows that welcoming newcomers is a clear priority for Sitejet.
This user-friendliness continues basically throughout the entire website builder. As you progress into the builder itself, you’re shown continuously useful tips to help you along, and there’s a wizard to guide you through the CMS the first time you access it.
The entire process of creating a site for your client (it’s assumed that you’re a web developer) is even broken down into eight stages for you, from ‘Preparation’ all the way to ‘Publish’ and ‘Done.’ You truly get the impression that Sitejet is doing everything possible to help you along.
The actual website builder is certainly more complex than others out there, and you’ll undoubtedly want to check out the aforementioned tutorials before you get started. Again, if you’re going to make a comparison Sitejet vs Wix, for example, you might be inclined to embrace the latter because of its simplicity. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll actually find a pretty intuitive builder here.
You can add new features using drag-and-drop functionality (which does feel a little clunky at first), and you’re given a fantastic range of ways to edit your website’s elements. You can either use the ‘what you see is what you get’ on-page editor to do so, or delve into the more detailed side of things.
Editing both text and images using CSS is easy to do, for example, and you can also create your own preset settings for new elements.
Overall, the Sitejet website builder isn’t something that a complete newbie will be able to pick up and start using. Invest a little time in learning how things work, however, and you’ll get an extremely powerful and well-designed builder.
With Sitejet, you’re given access to a tremendous collection of templates right off the bat. There are over 70 to choose from in total, all of which are fully responsive.
These have been designed to cover a wide range of categories — gardening services, gaming, restaurants, building companies, etc. Generally speaking, while many website builders’ templates are variations of a single theme, the Sitejet templates have genuine variety.
Even within a broad category — restaurants, for example — you’ll find themes with sleek, modern colour schemes suited to higher-end bistros, and others catering for fast food joints via a brighter, funnier appearance.
All of the templates are included when you sign up for Sitejet, and you can try out any of them as part of the aforementioned 14-day free trial. If you prefer to create your own themes and export them, that’s also easy to do.
Sitejet might be a new addition to the website building scene, but make no mistake here – this is already a fully-formed package. There’s an excellent range of features which are easy to implement and use thanks to the copious amounts of help you receive.
There really is a hefty amount to pick from, but here are a few of the most noteworthy ones.
The less tech-savvy or the more visually-oriented amongst you might prefer using drag-and-drop functionality. For those with the requisite knowledge, though, the team has made it extremely easy to create Sitejet websites using coding.
This one will be music to the ears of the heavy duty web designers out there. With Sitejet, you don’t have to worry about encroaching on your storage limits. In a generous and welcome move, Sitejet offers you unlimited storage space for every single one of your projects.
While it’s certainly easy to incorporate Google Analytics into your project, Sitejet also provides its own analytics for you to use. From minutely tracking the revenue your site is bringing in to mapping the locations of your users, this useful set of tools makes it easy to assess how your website is doing and make adjustments where necessary.
This is obviously a factor for every website owner, and Sitejet does a good job of taking some of the worries out of it for you. All users are automatically given SSL, CDN, and DDoS protection, regardless of the price package they sign up for.
As mentioned earlier in this Sitejet review, this is very much a product targeted directly at professional web developers. Few things support this claim more than the fact that the entire system is open to white labelling. You can import your own logo, colour scheme, domain name, and so on, meaning that the whole platform can essentially be used as ‘your’ product.
While Sitejet is a German company, the platform can be used to suit users from all around the world, thanks to the multi-language support.
As elsewhere, Sitejet makes this nice and easy to do (you can read about the process here). It will even automatically adjust the language tags of your URL – website.com/en, website.com/de, and so on – which is a great touch.
Many website builders out there are happy to leave their initial features set a bit light, and subsequently, bulk it out by inviting you to install lots of plugins. By contrast, it’s fair to say that Sitejet’s developers aren’t exactly the biggest fans of plugins.
On their lengthy page detailing why the Sitejet CMS is better than WordPress, they list a whole series of reasons for this.
It’s therefore understandable why Sitejet doesn’t feature the broadest spread in this department. That’s not to say, however, that you can’t integrate anything on your pages. In fact, many of the most popular plugins you’ll find elsewhere – including Google Maps, Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, and Captcha – are present and working perfectly.
Adding them via drag-and-drop functionality and subsequently editing them visually is easy to do within the builder.
Another noteworthy thing to touch upon here is e-commerce. While there isn’t a fully-fledged Sitejet e-commerce solution, it does integrate brilliantly with Ecwid. Basically, all you have to do is sign into your Ecwid account through Sitejet, and the rest of the store setup will be handled within the platform.
I probably won’t surprise you if I say that the faster your site loads, the more successful it will be. In today’s super fast age of on-demand content, people simply can’t be expected to wait for a page to load.
Accordingly, it’s important to investigate within any review of Sitejet whether this platform creates sites that load fast enough.
To do this, I used Google’s handy PageSpeed Insights tool. I evaluated a cross section of five sites made using Sitejet, across different degrees of complexity, and one major trend became clear – the desktop versions of these sites comfortably outperformed their mobile counterparts.
The former received an average score of 73/100 – which is pretty good – while the latter only managed a poor 37/100. This test suggests that, while Sitejet’s themes might be responsive, they don’t actually respond all that well, especially when it comes to mobile versions.
This is something that good web developers should be able to fix on their own.
As with the previous section of this Sitejet review, this is another thing a knowledgeable website creator will be able to boost by herself. At the risk of going overboard in my praise for Sitejet, I have to say that this is another area which it absolutely nails.
All of the usual basic SEO-related features are present, including the ability to add meta titles and descriptions, alt text, and keywords. On top of these, though, you will find some far more intriguing options. Sitejet’s integrated website checking tool will automatically detect broken links, check your metadata, and a lot more besides.
SEO tools are a frequent omission from website builders. Sitejet pleasingly breaks this trend by offering you a range of useful options, without having to use any extra plugins.
Given that this has been an indisputably positive review so far, you’re probably wondering what the costs for all this good stuff might be. It gives me great pleasure to report, therefore, that the pricing plans are quite reasonable indeed, even if you don’t find a Sitejet coupon.
There are three pricing plans which neatly relate to the three levels of usage — Professional, Team, and Agency. These cost $5, $19, and $89/month, respectively, when you pay for a whole year in advance, or $7, $25, and $99/month when you pay monthly.
Generally speaking, the only differences between these packages is how many people can use the service within the same plan. Professional only gives you one login, Team allows three users to design and maintain sites, and that number rises to 10 for agencies.
In addition, there are two other notable differences. Team and Agency plans get access to white-label tools, whereas Professional does not, and it’s the same story with exporting your sites ready to upload on another server.
Those aside, all plans include the same features, which is obviously great. Most notably, these include one hosted website (extra sites are $5/month each) and full access to the builder, CMS, and templates.
Any reviews of Sitejet worth their salt should obviously evaluate the quality of its customer service, and this one’s no different.
Sitejet’s direct customer support certainly isn’t as outstanding as the other areas of its offering, but it’s solid nonetheless. There are two main ways to contact the team – via live chat and email – but I’d appreciate a little more transparency on both.
There are no listed contact hours for the live chat and no expected response times for emails. However, based on my own experiences and what I’ve read in other Sitejet reviews, the replies are both friendly and helpful when they do arrive.
By far, the most impressive element of Sitejet’s customer support, though, is the indirect help I fawned over earlier. Aside from the brilliant video guides, wizards, and tutorials, there’s a very good FAQ section in place too.
The knowledge base isn’t the biggest I’ve seen, but I’m really just being picky there – I’m sure it’ll be developed with time, and there’s already more than enough impressive help on hand.
It’s rare to see a website builder that’s this well-rounded. When you consider it was only launched in 2018, this feat becomes all the more impressive.
Simply put, I found very few weak points of this website building tool. The only real contenders are the direct customer support options and a slightly clunky drag-and-drop feature. And neither of those is even close to being bad.
If I turn to the positives, though, I could talk about the affordable Sitejet pricing, range of features, the helpful SEO tools, the white-label options for developers, and all the rest. But honestly, most important of all is the atmosphere which Sitejet creates.
It’s one which feels truly welcoming, with the creators having gone out of their way to explain everything as clearly as possible in the greatest detail and generally make life easier for developers.
Sitejet is an absolutely outstanding offering, and I hope this Sitejet review convinced you to give it a try, especially if you’re a web developer. There’s a 14-day free trial, so what are you waiting for?!