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The editor throws a lot of buttons and menus at you and it's a bit overwhelming for beginners.
There is a free plan available and paid plans start at $4.95/month. You need to pay $9.95 to get rid of the Yola branding in the footer and more importantly a mobile-ready website, which should really be included in every package by now.
Yola tries to upsell you at every corner and it's not always useful stuff either, like an SEO package that consists of a bunch of tools you could find for free with the help of Google.
The templates look two decades old, enough said.
- On the plus side, they have a small dialogue pop-up in the corner where you can enter a query like "How can I ad a map?". For the most common questions it seems to find answers automatically, but for the more complex ones you'll need to go to Chat or Email. Email was the only option available for me during testing. It didn't help that they asked for my name and email while I was already logged in.
- Yola tries to squeeze some dollars (29.95 monthly to be exact) for SEO optimization, which is just a SEO scanner with suggestions. You can find many good ones for free online, so this seems just a way to make a quick buck from less technical users.
- The editor feels unstable and the interface consists of throwing together random buttons together, adding to the confusion of a first-time user.
- You can add an online store to your site, which has some decent options but nothing to write home about.
Overall Yola seems a bit confusing, backward but stable solution to build a site. I wouldn't recommend starting a new site with Yola now, given the fierce competition they have in the likes of Squarespace or Weebly.