If websites had personalities, SiteCube would be the outgoing car salesman who’s always trying to get you to add extra features. Okay, GoDaddy would be too, but this isn’t a GoDaddy review. What else do we make of SiteCube’s flashing buttons, attractive woman flash videos and plethora of exclamation points?
Keep reading to find out!
Sorry, I got caught up in SiteCube style for a second. The truth is that underneath all of the instant pizazz, SiteCube just has more layers of…well, pizazz. They want you to sign up and create website flash intros. They want you to be overwhelmed by their thousands of “site possibilities.” They want you to add music to your site, just in case someone forgot that they typed in your domain in the address bar.
But there’s nothing wrong with all of that as long as that’s what you’re going for. And if you always wanted to create a site like SiteCube, which looks like this…
…then you’re probably excited enough about signing up for SiteCube that you could type a few exclamation points of your own! Let’s just back up and use this SiteCube review to see if all that pizzazz is worth the price.
What Does SiteCube Actually Deliver?
The very first thing I look at in an article like a SiteCube review is the price. Unsurprisingly, SiteCube is just as unique here as it is in its overall presentation. How so? Well, there are no free options on SiteCube except for a 10-day free trial. You can locate this free trial on the main page by looking for the…well, just follow the flashing exclamation points and you’ll figure it out.
Ten days? Really? That’s all I get? uCoz.com lets me have a free trial, um, forever. Homestead.com gives me thirty days. Ten days sounds something like a used car salesman would push on me because I’d forget to cancel the trial after a week and a half. Then again, I forgot which web site I was at.
If you’re satisfied with a ten-day free trial, go ahead and sign up. You’ll find exactly what you expect to find: flash intros, music integration, as well as all of the typical sitebuilding features you’ve grown accustomed to. In other words, SiteCube isn’t really reinventing the wheel at all; it’s just adding some sparkly rims.
Advancing further into the dark recesses of SiteCube, we find out what life is really like after your ten-day trial is up. It’s not all pretty. As you can see at their pricing page, there are four (count ‘em – four) pricing tiers ranging from “lite” to “premium store.” It sounds like they’re selling beer, but what they’re really doing is unnecessarily cutting up their pricing tiers into complicated groups. Why not just go for the premium option and pay the $12.95 a month? If you really want a web presence with pizazz in the first place, all of the big features should come with the package you order.
It goes without saying, then, that the “lite” option is like lite beer: watered down and less flavorful. If you can’t even create a simple contact form using the “lite” package, then you might as well just spring for all of the options off the bat. Why does this still sound like you’re buying from a used car dealership?
Is the Quality Worth the Cost?
Since we can instantly disqualify SiteCube.com from the realm of the free sitebuilders, we’ll have to ask ourselves a simple question: are the features worth the cost? Since I recommended you go with the “premium store” option off the bat, let’s take a look at those features and see what we get.
Even if you go for the most – the most, mind you – you can buy at SiteCube.com, you can only sell 240 products at your online store. That’s not a big deal if you don’t have an online store to create, but if you’re serious at all about creating a legitimate presence for your online business, having a limit at all is something you’ll want to avoid. If you’re paying them decent money, why not sell as many items as you want? It’s not as if it means extra labor for the people over at SiteCube.
As for the other features, you’ll find some decent ones: heck, if you want a flash intro, SiteCube might be the exact website builder for you. You can also transfer or register a new domain with SiteCube, though it doesn’t mention anything about throwing in a free pine tree air freshener to sweeten the deal.
Is SiteCube the Right Sitebuilder for You?
If it’s just me and my credit card, I spring for something more suitable to an online business like Intuit. Of course, I wouldn’t really be “springing” for anything, since Intuit is cheaper than all of SiteCube’s options and has a longer free trial to begin with.
But I can recognize that there are probably a few people out there who are looking to create a flashy site like SiteCube and simply want to go straight to the source in order to accomplish that. More power to you. It’s just not my cup of tea – heck, if anything, SiteCube is more like a glass of beer. There’s never any accounting for taste.
At the very least, SiteCube is kind enough to offer a free trial so you can find out whether this site is really the one for you. If you’re all about experimenting, you should at least give SiteCube the courtesy of exploring their free trial and seeing if you really do have the kind of fun their website seems to promise. If not, you can always cancel the trial, start your car, and drive off the lot. Sometimes all the pine tree air fresheners in the world aren’t enough to make things smell right.