BoldGrid Review

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Overview

In a website builder market saturated with me-too brands that bring nothing new to the table, BoldGrid aims to be usefully different: to bridge the gap between drag-and-drop website builders and the ever-popular WordPress CMS.
Offered through InMotion Hosting, BoldGrid gives you all the benefits of a Hosted WordPress Site with full drag-and-drop site creation and customization.
WordPress CMS is the most popular website management tool on the market, providing the backbone for millions of websites, big and small. But despite its relative simplicity, it does require some technical ability to get the most out of, and can be quite intimidating to first timers. That’s why website builders have exploded in popularity – they make creating and maintaining a website possible for anyone.
The problem is that website builders, as powerful and flexible as they have become, have unavoidable limitations. Easy design tools inevitably lead to insurmountable limitations, the all-in-one hosting package provided by website builders can be quickly outgrown, and it’s impossible to move your website to a new host.
So, the question is: does BoldGrid succeed in marrying the approachability and ease-of-use of a good website builder with the power and possibilities of a hosted WordPress platform? Let’s find out.

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Design & Templates

BoldGrid has divided site creation into two distinct stages – Inspiration and Customization.
The inspiration phase begins with choosing a theme – the WordPress version of a “template”. You can kick off your site with any theme you like, although it’s recommended to choose a theme that corresponds to your industry.
That’s because the theme you choose provides a basis not just of design, but also for page types, functionality, and – interestingly – content. BoldGrid’s themes are filled with real marketing copy, which you’re free to use as you wish.
All themes are fully responsive and you can explore how they will appear in tablet and phone view.
Once you’ve chosen your theme you will be asked to choose a page set – basic, five page, or ‘kitchen sink’, which provides you with all pages available for the particular industry you chose. It’s probably better to start off with the minimum though, as everything is fully customizable and can be added or deleted later
One thing you won’t be short of with BoldGrid is design templates. The creators have created a number of BoldGrid specific themes, as have third-party developers. In addition you have access to all of the 10,000+ WordPress themes available on the WordPress marketplace. Although these haven’t been designed specifically for BoldGrid, the developers claim that most should work fine. Even if that’s only half true, the size and popularity of WordPress as a CMS, means you will have access to thousands of themes – both free and paid-for – to choose from.
This is just one example of the benefit of using WordPress as a basis for a drag-and-drop website builder.
Once you’ve set up the foundations of your website, it’s time for the customization phase. Clicking on the customization tab will take you out of the familiar WordPress CMS view to something more akin to other website builders, with a menu on the left and a preview window on the right, where you can view the changes you make to your template.
You can jump in straight away to start customizing every aspect of your chosen theme to your needs, add your logo, alter fonts and sizes, adapt the colors to your brand, add your own background images, adapt your menus, and customize widgets. There is also an advanced section that allows you to dive deeper, and even add custom html, CSS and JavaScript code – another of the advantages of the WordPress skeleton that lies underneath BoldGrid.
Adding pages to your website is an easy process. It will be familiar to anyone who has ever used WordPress, but with one key difference: GridBlock. This is a powerful drag-and-drop page editor that allows you to tinker and customize to your heart’s content. Again, you can also create and edit pages in the traditional WordPress view, so if you ever start to feel limited by GridBlock you have the option to break free and doing pretty much anything you can think of.

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Features

Hosting – BoldGrid is currently available through InMotion Hosting, and offers the same hosting functionality as their regular WordPress Hosting Packages. Aside from the speed and uptime benefits that you get with a leading hosting company, you also get the advantage of complete site ownership. You can upgrade your hosting package as your needs evolve, and it’s easy to move a website to (or from) InMotion.

Free Marketing Content – Unlike with templates on other website builders, you are free to use any of the industry-specific marketing copy that comes preloaded with any of the BoldGrid themes. Obviously this may not be the best long term solution but it’s a good way to get started quickly.

Staging – This is an advanced tool that you don’t get with other website builders. Staging allows you to work on a website separately from the active website that the world can see. This is really useful if you’re bringing an existing website over from another host, or if you want to get up and running quickly with a basic website while you work on something more comprehensive.

The WordPress Connection – One of the standout features of BoldGrid is the freedom you get to utilize any of the themes and plugins available at WordPress.org. There are thousands to choose from, giving you the potential to include the kind of functionality that just isn’t available with other web builders.

eCommerce – If your plan is to set up an eCommerce site, then you won’t have any issues with BoldGrid. There are thousands of WordPress Plugins, from carts and payment processors, to product catalogs and shipping tracking.

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Value for Money

BoldGrid offers three pricing plans: Launch, Power and Pro – starting at $5.99, $7.99 and $13.99 per month, respectively.
All packages include a free domain, unmetered disk space and free advertising credits. Launch allows you to have up to two websites, Power gives you six websites, and you can have an unmetered number of websites with the Pro option.
The only other difference between the packages is in the number of Copyright Coins. These can be used to purchase copyrighted images directly from within the BoldGrid platform.
All of the plans come with a generous 90-day money-back guarantee.

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Support

Getting started with BoldGrid is straightforward thanks to the clear, succinct tutorial videos available within the platform itself.
BoldGrid offers all customers 24/7/365 support by NEED MORE INFO – Phone, email, live chat? There’s also a categorized support center on the BoldGrid website, along with a community Q&A forum.

Conclusion - Website builder review

Conclusion

BoldGrid is still in its early stages, and it will be interesting to see how it develops. But one thing is for certain, it succeeds in bringing something new to the website builder space. If you think that a traditional website builder might limit you as your site grows, but you don’t feel ready to dive into the WordPress CMS, then BoldGrid is definitely worth your consideration. You get all the benefits of a hosted WordPress site with the easy drag-and-drop tools of a website builder – what’s not to like.

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Share Your View

We made every effort to ensure that this review was accurate and fair, but we’re only human. If you think we’ve got something wrong, or that the review does not reflect your own experiences with the product, we’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below, send us an email, or write your own review in the Customer Reviews section.

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Kelly Lewis
Kelly is mostly known for her analytical abilities, as well as excellent written and verbal communication. Kelly posses vast experience in the following: AJAX, JQuery and Entity Framework. Kelly loves to contribute her pearls of wisdom to the Top 5 Website Builders blog on a regular basis.
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  • JohnTK

    Kelly
    I have existing wordpress sites I would like to update and enhance. Can Boldgrid help me do that quickly? Are there good tutorials available to help me cut through the clutter and be productive?

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    • Kelly

      Hi John,
      BoldGrid is built on the WordPress CMS, so it should be straightforward for you to continue to build or manage your existing sites using BoldGrid. If you already have a hosting package with InMotion, simply speak to them about adding the BoldGrid plugin to your WordPress Hosting account.
      If you have a different hosting service, or have yet to choose one, you can transfer your current sites to an InMotion BoldGrid Hosting package.
      We found BoldGrid to be extremely easy to use. There are video guides provided for beginner and advanced users, but once you understand the concept you’ll find it very intuitive.
      You can find out more about BoldGrid – and signup for a plan – here.
      Good luck!
      Kelly

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      • JohnTK

        Kelly, I noticed in the tutorials they show how to install a theme. I believe they are all BoldGrid supplied themes. Are outside WP themes allowed to be installed using BoldGrid also?

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        • Kelly

          Hi John,
          Absolutely. All WordPress themes and plugins are compatible with BoldGrid. That’s one of the main reasons we recommend it.
          Kelly

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  • Giulia

    I ‘d like to advertize in US a new B&B that I created in Italy. I’m thinking of create a website with you, but don’t know if it’ll help find customers/take care of reservations etc. How much that kind of package’d cost?

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    • Kelly

      Hi Giulia,
      BoldGrid is a really interesting new website builder that’s easy to use but very flexible. It’s built on the WordPress platform, which is used by millions of businesses, big and small.
      There are thousands of plug-ins, like modules you can add to your site, so you can add forms for bookings, payment processing, SEO and email marketing. All of the tools you need to find customers and take care of reservations are easily available, and often free or very inexpensive.
      Even better, BoldGrid comes as part of an inmotion hosting package, which is very fast and reliable – perfect for a growing business!
      You can find out more about Inmotion/BoldGrid packages here.
      Good luck!
      Kelly

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      • Giulia

        Hi Kelly,
        Is there any way that Boldgrid would be able to synchronize by reservations from Booking.com as well?

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    • Kelly

      Hi Giulia,
      BoldGrid is compatible with any plugin designed for the WordPress CMS platform, and there are several designed to synchronize your website with Booking.com in a variety of ways. In terms of cost, they range from free to $30 or so. You can browse the full range of plugins at WordPress.org.
      Kelly

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  • Katherine

    WOW! This product is awesome and those who created it are my super heroes! I never heard about Boldgrid before I visited your website. The idea to connect a DIY website builder with WP features is really great. Thanks for the up-to-date info! Keep it up

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    • Kelly

      Thanks, Katherine! We think BoldGrid is a really innovative new direction for website builders too. We’re very interested to see how the platform grows as people get to know about it.
      Kelly

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