|4.8 / 5.0
|Ease of Use
|4.9 / 5.0
|4.6 / 5.0
|Reliability & Support
|4.8 / 5.0
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In an effort to curry favor with the most technology-averse customers, many site builders opt for ultra-simple designs and tools that appeal to the mass market or first-time site owners. MotoCMS, however, wraps complex flexibility and functionality in a platform that is extremely easy to use and navigate. The end result is a website builder that is intuitive enough for beginners while also giving more experienced developers a chance to extend their website's functionality without starting from scratch.
We particularly loved how seamlessly MotoCMS integrates online store management with the rest of the website builder platform. Store owners can quickly view analytics, manage orders, and update product listings with just a few flicks, meaning MotoCMS truly provides a one-stop-shop for all website management needs.
Customers can expect to spend around $200 for a template license and the MotoCMS site builder, although the company frequently slashes prices to less than $150. Yes, the one-time fee seems steep, especially when considering you'll also need to purchase a separate hosting plan and domain name to house your site. However, the one-time fee lasts as long as you want to use that particular theme and includes a year of technical support and free updates. In addition, customers can try out templates with a 14-day free trial to see if MotoCMS is worth the investment.
Similar to WordPress, Joomla, and other popular content management systems, you will need to purchase a separate web hosting plan to use MotoCMS. The company recommends InMotion Hosting and Bluehost, two titans of affordable and reliable web hosting. Although we love both of those hosting options, customers can shop around to find even cheaper options. MotoCMS requires support for PHP versions 5.4, 5.5, and 5.6, Zend Guard Loader, and MySQL databases.
Major improvements to the MotoCMS server base a few years ago now enable the company to pledge the standard 99.9% network uptime guarantee most hosting customers will find with providers across the industry. Uptime with MotoCMS ensures a stable environment in which to customize your templates and websites, along with always-available access to the administrative control panel for managing an online store, boosting the site's search engine optimization, and studying traffic metrics and behaviors.
To track uptime, MotoCMS equips customers with an available uptime monitor subscription that tracks site availability and notifies customers by email when something is amiss or running slowly. Customers can then use the notification to alert their hosting provider, and MotoCMS will let the site owner know when everything is back online. Uptime monitors cost $1 per month for one website, up to $4 per month to monitor unlimited MotoCMS sites.
Overall, we were impressed by the number of resources available to customers, including engaged community forums and several helpful knowledgebase articles. The template and builder come with a year of engaged live support through tickets, live chat, or phone callbacks, which we appreciate and wish the company would extend longer, but we imagine most users will fare perfectly well after the introductory period.
MotoCMS provides an interesting, visually appealing alternative to site owners and developers wanting to look beyond the likes of the open-source content management systems or full-service website builders, such as Wix, Weebly, and Squarespace. The company provides the intuitively usable and headache-free creativity tools on par with most drag-and-drop editors, while adding more impressive theme options. With dedicated platform technical support and the ultimate hosting flexibility, MotoCMS even outshines the likes of WordPress and Joomla. Users certainly pay a bit of a premium for the level of support and design, but businesses that need more help getting off the ground will appreciate the extra assistance.
Overall Rating4.7 / 5.0