Sitejet Review: A Website Builder and CMS For Web Designers

Here at WPLift, we share a lot of tutorials and tips to help you build websites with WordPress.

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However, despite its popularity, WordPress is not the only way to build a website, and there are plenty of viable alternatives.

In my Sitejet review, I’ll look at one of those alternatives.

Sitejet is a content management system and website builder that helps you create a custom website. However, it’s a bit different than other website builders like Squarespace and Wix.

Rather than primarily targeting end users (e.g. regular people who want a website), Sitejet is mostly focused on helping web designers create websites for clients.

If you build sites for clients, Sitejet has some unique features – like an easy way to involve clients in the process and time tracking – that you might like. Unlike Squarespace and Wix, Sitejet also lets you export websites to use on your own host. So you won’t be locked into using a hosted service forever, and you have the flexibility to move things around as needed.

In my Sitejet review, I’ll take a deeper look at this tool and help you decide if it’s right for you.

Sitejet Review: A (Quick) Look At The Features

Sitejet offers a visual, drag-and-drop website builder interface, as well as access to all the underlying HTML, CSS, and JavaScript code.

When you launch a new site, you can choose from the many included templates or build something from scratch yourself.

You’ll also get a lot of features that help you work with clients, including:

  • An easy way to share a website preview (including a way for clients to give feedback, kind of like InVision)
  • A dedicated client dashboard that gives them stripped-down access
  • Time tracking

Once you want to make a site live, you can either have Sitejet host it for you. Or, on the Team and Agency plans, you can export all the HTML, CSS, and JS content and host the site on your own server.

There are also a lot of smaller features that you’ll see as I take you hands-on with Sitejet.

Hands-on With Sitejet

Alright, now it’s time to go hands-on and show you how to build a website with Sitejet.

Creating A New Site

To create a new website, you just click the + Website button in the Sitejet dashboard – simple enough, right?

create a website sitejet

 

From there, you’ll give it a name. Then, you get the option to choose a template for your new site (or continue without a template):

 

At the time that I’m writing this Sitejet review, Sitejet has 63 different templates to choose from. These templates are spread across a good range of niches.

For example, you have templates for:

  • Restaurants
  • Events
  • Generic businesses
  • Tattoo studios
  • Automotive
  • Etc.

Once you choose a template, your new website will show up in the list of websites. It will also be given a “Project Status”. This is a handy feature that lets you figure out where you are in each website.

For example, you could mark a website as being in the revision process when you’ve sent it over to your client for revision requests:

 

To further edit a site, you just click the Edit Website button to launch the design tool.

Designing Your Website With Sitejet’s Website Builder

If you’ve ever used a WordPress page builder plugin, you should feel right at home in the Sitejet website builder tool.

Here’s what it looks like:

Website builder

Let’s start with the basics…

To edit text, you just double-click and type:

Edit text

Similarly, you can use drag-and-drop to rearrange elements in the template:

Drag and drop

If you want to edit how a module looks, you just double-click it to open a sidebar where you can control various styling options:

Style options

One unique thing about Sitejet in comparison to other tools is that it lets you go much deeper into the underlying code than your average website builder or WordPress page builder. In this respect, it reminds me of the Oxygen WordPress site builder plugin that I reviewed.

For example, you can use hotkeys or a drop-down menu to quickly access a full code editor to edit/add:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript

Edit code directly

So if you ever feel limited by the visual builder, it’s simple to just jump into the code to make tweaks.

Sitejet also includes this helpful tool at the bottom that makes it really easy to find the relevant CSS selector:

Or, you can also right-click on any element to copy its ID.

Adding New Content

If you need to add new content to a template file, you’ll use the Add Content drop-down. This lets you insert a:

  • Preset – e.g. a header, footer, menu, layout, etc.
  • Element – generic element blocks.
  • Forms – various types of form fields.
  • Store – eCommerce functionality powered by Ecwid.

There are also a bunch of keyboard shortcuts to help you quickly add new content (or manipulate existing content):

Creating Responsive Designs

To help you control how your site looks on different devices, Sitejet includes handy responsive design controls that let you design your site using live previews for a variety of devices:

Editing Site Data (Like SEO)

The Website settings sidebar lets you access important behind-the-scenes information like:

  • Title
  • Favicon
  • Structured data
  • SEO metadata

Editing Other Pages

Obviously, your website is more than a single page. One thing I like about Sitejet is how easy it makes it to edit those other pages.

First, you can use the Pages sidebar to view a list of other pages. Then, you can click the Arrow icon to open that page in the editor:

Page list

Here’s the cool thing, though:

Rather than opening a new browser tab, Sitejet opens a new tab within the same interface:

Pages

This lets you quickly switch back-and-forth between different pages on your site.

Special Features For Web Designers

In the beginning, I told you that Sitejet was focused on web designers. Here are some of the unique features that make life easier for web designers…

Time Tracking

Sitejet offers built-in time tracking for the different stages of your project. For example, when you’re building a site, you’ll see time tracking in the top-left corner of the website builder interface:

You can view this time tracking from your Websites list. It automatically divides the time by the different phases of the project:

Time tracking

To-Do Lists

Need to keep track of your to-dos? You can click on your live website to create to-dos that are tied to your actual website design, complete with their own deadlines:

To-do list

Share Websites With Clients

Once you have something you want to share with a client, SiteJet lets you share the site with your client in a few different ways.

First, there’s Presentation Mode, which shows a live preview on three different devices:

Presentation mode

You can either invite clients to view this mode by sending an email or by generating a share link.

Or, you can give them an interactive feedback view, where they can leave feedback by simply clicking on the live preview of the website:

Client suggestions

Business Dashboard

Beyond the time tracking I showed you, you also get a dedicated Business Dashboard that lets you see important stats for your business as a whole, as well as manage website change requests through a dedicated ticket system:

Business dashboard

Dedicated Client Dashboard

To let your clients access their site without breaking things, you can give them access to a stripped-down client area where they can manage emails, form submissions, etc. without needing to have full access:

Client dashboard

Sitejet Pricing: How Much This Will Cost You

Sitejet’s plans start at $5 per month for basic features and range up to $19 per month (teams) and $89 per month (agencies).

Those prices get you access to the features and a single hosted website. If you want to host more websites with Sitejet, you’ll pay just $5 per month for each extra website.

On the team and agency plans, you also get the option to export a site’s files to use on your own server:

sitejet plans

 

Final Thoughts On Sitejet

I don’t think Sitejet is a viable alternative for all types of WordPress sites. Here’s why I say this:

It doesn’t seem like there’s any flexibility to serve up dynamic content from a database. For example, you can’t create a website for a realtor and dynamically list all the available houses, while WordPress makes this quite easy with custom post types.

Additionally, there’s currently no built-in blogging functionality, though it is on the product roadmap and should be added soon.

However, I do think Sitejet is intriguing for more static types of sites.

I think the integrated workflow is what’s most appealing. Sitejet makes it very easy to collect suggestions from clients, manage to-dos, etc.

I also like that the editor gives you full access to the underlying code, which makes it easy to customize things as needed.

Additionally, you can still connect to external databases/tools with webhooks, so you can accept data via a form and stick it somewhere for safekeeping.

Overall, if you primarily build mostly static websites for clients and feel like WordPress limits you or takes too much time, give Sitejet a look:

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Colin Newcomer

Colin Newcomer

Colin Newcomer is a freelance writer and long-time Internet marketer. He specializes in digital marketing, WordPress and B2B writing. He lives a life of danger, riding a scooter through the chaos of Hanoi. You can also follow his travel blog.

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3 thoughts on “Sitejet Review: A Website Builder and CMS For Web Designers”

  1. Can WordPress sites be imported into SiteJet, and vice versa? On the importing side I’m thinking of simple sites, not highly complex ones.

  2. Thanks for sharing all the great information on this builder, it is good to know there are other options and how they compare to WordPress. As someone who is an avid fan of WordPress, I am not sure I would give up the flexibility and plugin options with WordPress, but there is a tool for everyone! We build a membership site plugin for WordPress – https://accessally.com , so it would be a big stretch to see many change to this but love that there are options out there for folks!

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