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Jason Vissers

Jason Vissers

Jason Vissers is a writer and cereal chef from San Diego. He graduated with a Political Science degree from San Diego State University in 2001. He's been writing about website builders, crowdfunding sites, online lenders, and credit cards for Merchant Maverick since 2015. Additionally, Jason can't eat raisins.
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    Bryan Hughes

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    I have used Moonfruit for many years on a number of different projects and to be fair, in general my experience has been positive. Many critics (not yourself), I believe unfairly, go on about the use of Flash and often say it affects search engine’s ability to read the site. This has never been my experience and there has always been a dual Flash/ html system and Google has never had a problem reading or indexing my sites, I think many just totally misunderstand the way it works. In any case, as of May last year Flash is no longer used at all for responsive sites. I still prefer the tradition editor being honest but maybe that’s because I am familiar with it. In a nutshell Moonfruit is perfect for someone who just wants to bash out a basic, good looking site with lots of features and knows little or nothing technical about building a site. Once you become a website Guru you find it can be a bit technically restrictive but having looked at other providers that seems to apply to all of them in one way or the other. As for pricing and the number of sites your package can support. That seems to change monthly since it was bought out by Yell a few years back. I think they are still playing around with trial and error on pricing and packages.

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    bentje

    Moon fruit claimed my artwork was deleted, but is still visible. It seems I will have to pay to see my own artwork after that, and my artwork is COPYRIGHTED. Any suggestions for what looks like my own artwork being taken away from me for *their* benefit?

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      Jason Vissers

      Yikes! Might be time to call a lawyer…

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        I used to love moonfruit’s ease of use but was very disappointed to receive a curt email a few months ago stating that, with only three weeks’ notice, all plans would become paid plans or else everything would be deleted. So, I paid for a year’s web hosting and just yesterday renewed my domain hosting, which is handled separately. However, today (still four days from domain expiration) my site seems to have been deleted and under moonfruit’s Billing page I’m told I need to now pay for my domain. Huh? Considering I have a receipt number for yesterday’s payment, and my bank statements shows the funds are paid, I think I need to cut my craptastic losses. As to five years’ worth of site content suddenly gone, well, that’s just one more disappointment from moonfruit.

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          Max

          I have been with moonfruit for the past 7 years and was very disappointed that they gave us a such a short notice to let us know that free plans will be discontinued. It was a cheap shot to their loyal customers and an attempt to pressure free users to upgrade or lose it all. This will be a short term monetary gain but in the long run they will lose a lot of customers that will not forget how they were treated. We only had 3 weeks to figure out what to do with our sites. I think it would have been fair if they gave us at least 3 month notice so everyone can take time and figure out what to do. I expected them to maybe put more limitations to free plans but didn’t think they would wipe them out all together. All other click and drag builders still offer free plans and even moonfruit still advertises it’s self as a free web site builder which starting September 1st is not true any more. This seems to be false advertisement on their part. To be fair, they did offer 50% premium plan for old users (for the first 12 months). I took advantage of that deal but will be actively looking at other options over the next year. I loved moonfruit’s free plan, it gave me all I needed for my site. Easy to use builder , ability to fully customize my site’s appearance, very limited moonfruit ad that was in the footer, and best of all I was able to integrate my custom domain purchased elsewhere. To my knowledge moonfruit was the only builder that lets you connect your domain even if you are on the free plan. All other builder’s you have to upgrade to paid version before you can use your custom domain. Unfortunately moonfruit’s regular pricing is a bit more then I am willing to pay , their cheapest paid version only gives you 5 pages which is ridiculous. So I will be most likely moving my site once 12 month promotion expires. I will definitely miss the old days when my site cost me only 15 dollars a year (price of the domain). I doubt I will find a free plan that lets you use your domain again, but finding a cheaper paid plan shouldn’t be that hard. First obvious choice seems to be Wix.com

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            John

            Both my wife and I have had the same experience as Katy, above. Moonfruit have been pretty draconian about it. Given the way my data disappeared never to return from their servers I have no confidence in actually paying for their service.

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              Katy

              Update: I’ve had two websites hosted by moonfruit since early 2007. Moonfruit has just decided they’ll no longer host existing free websites, which is fair enough. But the way they’ve gone about notifying customers is via an email giving 3 weeks’ notice that free sites will no longer be accessible or visible to the public. Sites will be deleted a short time later unless customers take up a low cost option which cuts in half the previously allowed number of pages/mgbs. So thanks to a very kind WordPress license holder I’m about to jump ship, say goodbye to Flash and moonfruit’s old-style look! Moonfruit used to be fantastic but this is no way to encourage advocacy from former customers.

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