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Rose Holman

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Rose Holman is a writer, blogger, and educator from Portland, OR with an MA in Teaching from Western Oregon University. She enjoys educating SMB owners about the complicated (and notoriously sketchy) world of payment processing. Since starting at Merchant Maverick in 2016, she has also added eCommerce software to her areas of expertise.
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    Mehran Khan

    I am not clear on how to optimize websites for mobile using their site builder, the section on mobile optimization was very short.

      Jessica Dinsmore

      Hello Mehran,

      Namecheap’s knowledge center has many resources available. This particular post may be what you are looking for.

        Cliffton

        Organization Name: Department of Approvals, LLC

        Hi Rose, thank you for your Namecheap review. I just finished building my company website using NameCheap’s website builder that I started in early October and can share my thoughts. From reading articles online, I get the feeling that I may be one of only a few people that ever made an operational site using Namecheap’s website builder.I completely agree with your assessment of Namecheap’s website builder program. After working with the website builder over the last month, I ran into many of the same issues that you describe in your article. I learned some ‘rules’ to follow through trial and error and can share some of what I learned through my time using the program. 1) The “Undo” button in the toolbar is definitely something to avoid. I found it is usually better to close the tab without saving, and re-opening website builder to fully undo a move (and I got used to doing this automatically after many hours of frustration). 2) Also, I agree – avoid the “Auto layout” button to make a mobile page. After creating the desktop version of a webpage, I learned that you need to allot an equivalent amount of time to adjust everything for mobile. Everything will need to be resized and relocated to fit on a mobile screen. Also note that every image, button, and text that you place on the computer version of your webpage will also appear on Website Builder’s mobile version as well; images and buttons that looked great for a computer can look terrible on a mobile page as I quickly found. Fortunately, there is an option to hide elements between computer and mobile, but it gets complicated fast as you begin to hide dozens of objects between versions. 3) Note that the default mobile version is sized for an iphone 6 screen. Only after publishing the site, I realized that my webpage had strange borders on an iphone X and android devices, even though they looked great on the website builder. I would recommend using an emulator to see how your website will look on larger phones as you build your site.4) If you need to add a map to your site, avoid using the default map button on the toolbar. If you use the default map button, you will need to jump through hoops to get a key code from google and even then, you can only add a single location to your map, and then, even after following all the correct steps, it does not make a professional map. The easier and faster option is to make a map using google maps and then copying the code that google generates directly into Website Builder’s HTML button on the toolbar and you will get an ‘instant’ map. It will come with an ugly header, but that can be trimmed using code found on the web5) Working with text sizing is quite a process. Make sure you only edit text using the Edit Styles property screen. I initially tried to edit text on the fly (i.e. changing text size and fonts like one would do like on powerpoint), but working with text on Website Builder is more akin to exclusively using Heading Styles in microsoft word Final thoughts: Even with a lot of trial and error and manual work-arounds, I feel I had to really push namecheap’s website builder to make a relatively simple site… but it can be done through enough almost irrational determination. I ran into many more other issues that I won’t go into here, (i.e. getting forms to send to my email, images to be clear (uploaded pictures get compressed and very pixelated by Namecheap by default), making buttons to look like they have shadows, etc.), but most can be fixed with … extreme patience and creativity. At one point, I had to hit my mouse button, I-kid-you-not, several thousand times to adjust RGB colors on buttons in my website by increasing/decreasing each RGB number incrementally by one (website builder has a bug when it comes to button colors), but it can be done. My experience with the Namecheap support team is generally a failure to find a solution. Most of the conversations ended with a suggestion to use Wix or Squarespace, or a statement (as noted in this blog) that the features are not available yet and will be taken into advisement for an indeterminate future update. My experience is that the website builder may have more features than they know they have and can work for you if you are willing to be the first person to figure out how to do it. If you get it to work, you can join the extremely, extremely small community of people that are running a fully operational website for dollars a year.My website is http://www.NYCDofA.com for those interested in seeing a working company site made using only Namecheap’s Website Builder.

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        Luke

        Your website looks nice! Have you heard from anyone since then using the Website Builder, or what have been your own experiences with it since then?

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