What's different between Sitebuilder Classic and Sitebuilder+

While Sitebuilder+ comes with the same Analytics and Online Store that you that you're already familiar with, the platform has a wide range of new features to help you modernize your online presence. In this article, we will review the most vital differences between Sitebuilder+ and Sitebuilder Classic and compare them.

Block structure

Our Sitebuilder Classic offered widget structure, where you had to drag and drop widgets to your page and baffle around with padding, margins and widget placement. Creating Sitebuilder+ we wanted to make things easier and implemented a new block structure. Now you can craft a website entirely through stackable pre-designed blocks.

These blocks already contain different elements inside them (images, text, video etc.) so you do not need to configure them manually. For example, if you want to place a text piece next to an image, you no longer need to add two separate widgets. Instead, pick a block with such a layout and fill it in with your own content.

 

The benefits of this new design structure are twofold: 

  • It makes it easier than ever to craft a stunning website even if you don't have technical or design experience.
  • It drastically decreases the time it takes to build a professional website, allowing you to focus on what truly matters – running your business.

Blocks are movable and duplicatable, so you can customize your website in a couple of clicks. 

 

In addition to an entire library of pre-designed building blocks, each block comes with a range of settings, allowing you to change the appearance, add background overlays, photo filters, drop-shadows, and more.

Automatic mobile optimization

Mobile responsiveness is one of the biggest issues on the websites created with Sitebuilder Classic. Because we launched Sitebuilder Classic before the mobile browsing era, it wasn't intended for such functionality.

Sitebuilder+, in its turn, automatically optimizes your website's mobile view. Blocks were designed to fit the size and format of any device.

Your website design will automatically resize to the size and orientation of any device, including tablets and smartphones.

Modern templates

As opposed to Sitebuilder Classic which offers older site templates designed many years ago and no longer comply with current internet standards, our Sitebuilder+ offers modern templates and gives your site a truly professional look.

Moreover, Sitebuilder+ templates are sorted into categories, so now you have an even easier choice of selecting a site template:

Choose a visually appealing template that looks visually appealing and start filling it in with your own content; we have already taken care of the site structure.

Smart interface

Not every business owner is design-savvy. However, with Sitebuilder+ smart interface, you don't have to be. Yola’s Sitebuilder+ was built with design automation to help ensure your website always looks great. Here are some of the smart interface features Sitebuilder+ offers:

    • Responsive design: Want to add or remove content? No problem. Our smart interface automatically adjusts your template design to best fit your content.
    • Intelligent color filters: Yola’s Sitebuilder makes it easy to adjust background colors while ensuring fonts and icons always remain legible.
    • Website animations: One of the easiest ways to make your website more visually appealing is to add subtle movement. You can add website animations that appear when visitors load a page or scroll through your site.

 

Access from any device

Our Sitebuilder Classic was only available on desktop devices, yet, with Sitebuilder+, we moved from desktop-only to a mobile-friendly interface. You can manage your website anytime and anywhere (with an internet connection). Moreover, no app downloads or software updates are necessary.

Website backups

Backing up your website means protecting, saving, and archiving your content in several ways at regular intervals; this ensures that your content is safe at all times.

A catastrophic event when your Yola site suddenly vanishes is never welcomed, yet, with Sitebuilder Classic, there was no option to secure yourself from it happening. However, with Sitebuilder+, site backups are a built-in functionality anyone can use.

There are two types of backups available in the Sitebuilder+: manual and automatic. By default, Sitebuilder+ will automatically back up your site without any extra thought on your part during the following events:

  • When you save the website for the fifth time
  • When you publish your website

In addition to that, you can create a site backup any time you need it. Review this article to learn more.

Multilingual site functionality

If you offer products or services to an international audience, a multilingual site will help you reach your target audience and explore new global markets. When using Sitebuilder Classic, you would have needed to create two separate websites in different languages. However, with Sitebuilder+, you can maintain a single site while enabling different site versions.

The benefits of creating a multilingual site include:

  • Increasing your reach by speaking to a wider audience
  • Creating unique content for language-specific segments of your audience

Read more about this functionality in our dedicated tutorial.

Additional features

In addition to the listed features, our Sitebuilder+ offers much more, including group image resizing, a true What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) interface, undo/redo functionality, etc. Review this table to learn more about additional features Sitebuilder+ offers:

Feature Sitebuilder+ Sitebuilder Classic
Wizard-driven site setup Yes Yes
Build from any device Yes No
Tap-to-tailor editing Yes No, traditional drag-and-drop design
Library of pre-designed building blocks Yes No
Professionally designed color palettes Yes No
Smart interface Yes No
Website analytics Yes Yes
Mobile optimized Yes No, only some templates
Custom code editing Yes Yes
Undo/redo functionality Yes No

 

We hope this guide helped you. If you’ve any questions left, please contact our Support Team

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