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OVERALL RATING 4.8 / 5.0
★★★★★
Features 4.9 / 5.0
Ease of Use 4.7 / 5.0
Pricing 4.8 / 5.0
Reliability & Support 4.5 / 5.0
Customer Reviews 2 reviews
Laura Stamey

Laura Stamey,

Hosting Expert:

The first website builder to harness the awesomeness of WordPress, BoldGrid makes the world's most popular CMS accessible to all. BoldGrid is a drag-and-drop tool that helps beginners and experts get a beautiful site online in a snap. Boasting tons of templates and customizations, BoldGrid is a site-building game changer.

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4.8
★★★★★

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Laura Stamey

Laura Stamey (HostingAdvice.com):

“No matter how simple website builders are made, people still flock to content management systems — especially WordPress — by the millions. BoldGrid, an innovative platform created by InMotion Hosting, seeks to merge the two popular systems into one incredibly easy-to-use tool for producing vibrant, professional websites.

Now forging their own path, the BoldGrid team is fine-tuning and growing a platform that introduces drag-and-drop simplicity to the limitless power and functionality of WordPress.

Unlike other site builders, BoldGrid is free. Because it integrates with WordPress, you'll need a separate hosting account. Currently, you must be hosting your website on one of BoldGrid's approved partners (we recommend InMotion) to use the full platform. Fairly experienced WordPress users hosting elsewhere, however, can download a somewhat limited version and installation instructions.

BoldGrid quickly shows newbies and experienced pros the path to website inspiration with a plugin that steers you to the right design, features, and content you may need. That's right — instead of nonsensical dummy content, BoldGrid gives you the images and text relevant to your industry, goal, or idea.

From there, you have free rein to make the site your own. Customize colors, fonts, menus, and more with a WYSIWYG (or, What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get) builder interface that's as simple as any of the more established platforms. BoldGrid provides SEO tools and even a staging area to ensure your site is absolutely perfect before you publish.”

  • One-of-a-kind WordPress builder
  • Good for beginners or professionals
  • Drag-and-drop, WYSIWYG editing
  • Built-in staging environment
  • 200+ FREE themes
  • Get started on BoldGrid now.
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90 days
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Unlimited
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FREE (1 year)
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Laura Stamey

Laura Stamey (HostingAdvice.com): This rating is not available yet. We haven't evaluated BoldGrid for the "Cheap" option yet as they do not currently offer this type of hosting service. We're always working to keep our reviews up-to-date so check back later!

Does BoldGrid already offer the "Cheap" option? Let us know.

Laura Stamey

Laura Stamey (HostingAdvice.com): This rating is not available yet. We haven't evaluated BoldGrid for the "Dedicated" option yet as they do not currently offer this type of hosting service. We're always working to keep our reviews up-to-date so check back later!

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Laura Stamey

Laura Stamey (HostingAdvice.com): This rating is not available yet. We haven't evaluated BoldGrid for the "VPS" option yet as they do not currently offer this type of hosting service. We're always working to keep our reviews up-to-date so check back later!

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Laura Stamey

Laura Stamey (HostingAdvice.com): This rating is not available yet. We haven't evaluated BoldGrid for the "WordPress" option yet as they do not currently offer this type of hosting service. We're always working to keep our reviews up-to-date so check back later!

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Website Builder Rating

4.8
★★★★★

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Laura Stamey

Laura Stamey (HostingAdvice.com):

“After taking the BoldGrid suite of plugins for a test drive, we experienced how they make WordPress more accessible for beginners and much more efficient for professional developers.

Because BoldGrid requires a separate hosting account and WordPress installation, it is a little more challenging for wide-eyed beginners to get started than it is for other website builders. However, by signing up with a reputable host — we recommend BoldGrid partner InMotion Hosting — you'll be equipped with a helpful support staff to lead you through the setup process.

BoldGrid themes are beautiful, modern, responsive, and come with usable content out of the box. Choose from pre-made page layouts or create your own using GridBlocks, which create clean, modular designs without any coding. Simply drag and drop each element to adjust its position and size. Unlike most other site builders, BoldGrid generates pristine code that is friendly to SEO and developers who want more control.

The two features most appealing to us, however, are the staging environment and editing capabilities for mobile and tablet views. The lack of a staging area has long been one of the few complaints about WordPress, and BoldGrid has solved that issue with aplomb. Use it to test new looks, plugins, or updates before you deploy them to the active site.

Although many other site builder themes boast mobile-optimized responsiveness, BoldGrid is one of the few platforms that give you control over exactly how your site will look in tablet or mobile modes.”

  • Integration with Fotolia and Flickr image databases
  • Pre-built and customizable content with GridBlocks
  • Responsive themes with tablet and mobile editing views
  • Generates clean, efficient, and compliant HTML
  • SEO, gallery, and forms plugins
  • Get started on BoldGrid now.
Money Back Guarantee
90 days
Disk Space
Unlimited
Domain Name
FREE (1 year)
Hosting Plans

Features

(4.9 / 5.0)

Be Inspired With Responsive Themes

  • Organized by categories for photographers, real estate agents, designers, and more, BoldGrid's Inspirations plugin comes with more than 200 responsive looks.
  • Themes come with pre-installed plugins that add functionality, along with usable text and images — no more dummy content.
  • Each theme is designed with multiple color schemes in mind, and BoldGrid will even recommend colors for a palette you started to create yourself.

Unlimited Customization With Intuitive Builder

  • GridBlocks provide pre-built layouts to give you a head start on adding pages and content. You can use these to insert galleries, forms, text, and images without using shortcodes.
  • Intuitive drag-and-drop functionality lets you accomplish clean column- and row-based layouts without having to code.
  • API integration with Fotolia and Flickr gives you direct access to millions of stock photos. Search and select images from within the WordPress dashboard.

Plugins for SEO, Forms, Galleries, and Staging

  • In addition to generating SEO-friendly code, BoldGrid comes with a plugin to boost your search rankings. Set page titles and meta descriptions as you build your site.
  • Preview changes on your staging site before publishing. The BoldGrid staging environment lets you try new plugins, themes, and updates to make sure there are no problems.
  • Forms and photo galleries plugins add interactivity to your site. Easily create, manage, and customize how your forms and galleries appear and function.

Collaboration With WP Core and Community

  • BoldGrid's mission is to make WordPress competitive with other top website builders. Developers contribute to WordPress Core code, tickets, and tracks. WordPress and BoldGrid pros help with support in community forums, videos, and how-tos.
  • BoldGrid sponsors WordPress conferences and shares the same public license that allows users to run, share, and modify the software.
  • Executive Advisory Committee of WordPress community experts will guide the BoldGrid president as he plans the site builder's future.

Ease of Use

(4.7 / 5.0)
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WordPress can be a complicated system for first-time site owners, and BoldGrid does an admirable job helping users get the best design in a short amount of time. After putting BoldGrid's various features to the test, we really enjoyed the pairing of a user-friendly WYSIWYG site builder with the familiar WordPress interface.

Pricing

(4.8 / 5.0)

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"Power" Plan

"Pro" Plan

The BoldGrid software itself is free and pairs with the hosting plan of your choice. We strongly recommend InMotion Hosting, whose engineers originated the platform. Their shared hosting plans aren't the cheapest you'll find, but the benefits are more than worthwhile: ultra-fast SSDs, reliable 24/7 support, and automated BoldGrid installations.

Reliability & Support

(4.5 / 5.0)

Similar to WordPress, BoldGrid fosters a passionate community of users and developers to build support and awareness for the product. They offer plenty of how-to guides and videos, but we wish BoldGrid could distinguish themselves from other builders by having a complete support solution. The growing community will get there as more people discover BoldGrid, but it's still too young. That's why having hosting through an official BoldGrid partner, such as InMotion, makes the most sense.

BoldGrid Includes

Knowledgebase, Video Tutorials, and Community Forums

Does Not Include

Dedicated Support Team

Customer Reviews (2)

★★★★★

Review by Dr. Uchechukwu Eke from WebHostingHero.com

I stumbled on Web Hosting Hub when I was presented with the choice of picking a company to host my domain. When I chose Web Hosting Hub for the first time I did I not know what to expect. Somehow I was attracted by all you promised to offer including your web builder BoldGrid. I am glad to say that I am proud I chose Web Hosting hub. Your services are excellent. Your support is super excellent. Your BoldGrid web builder makes building a site a breeze.

★★★★★

Review by James Taylor from WhoIsHostingThis.com

I have to admit I am always very skeptical of any kind of "chat help" and usually use it only as a last resort. I am very new to website design and was using BOLDGRID and I made a big mistake modifying my site and also in backing it up and pretty much lost all of my work. So I hit the tech support chat button and was quite surprised when an actual person responded in less than 20 seconds! So I figured I'd get the usual scripted questions with typical scripted and often not very helpful answers. But I was wrong. The person (actually its been 3 times now I've needed help so all three people) were very helpful, knowledgeable and eager to help no matter how long it took or how late at night. It was much different from other chat tech support I've received from other companies. So I was very glad they could help me (at the HTML code level) out of my troubles and seeing my site and all my work back up and running.

The Rundown

Laura Stamey

Laura Stamey

Hosting Expert:

To recap, here's a rundown of what BoldGrid has to offer

Among the newest of website builders, BoldGrid made waves by becoming the first solution to effectively merge the popularity, flexibility, and power of WordPress with a more intuitive, efficient, and inspirational design process. Some will knock BoldGrid for not including eCommerce or analytics functionalities, but those are easily integrated with any number of free plugins found in the WordPress community. We're impressed with the robust, young platform already — excited to see how it continues to grow.

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Overall Rating

4.8 / 5.0
★★★★★