WordPress is a well-known platform with a lot of Page Builders such as Elementor, Visual Composer, King Composer, Divi which allow non-tech professionals to easily build websites. With the page builder, building and editing a website has never been simpler, just drag and drop, and change the content. Unfortunately Shopify themes only support “sections” that allow editing and the relocating of the sections, instead of an easy and intuitive page builder like Elementor and King Composer in WordPress.
That’s why I tried looking for page builders in the Shopify app store with the phrase “Page builder” and it was surprising to see nearly ten page builder apps. I have tried to install these apps one after the other and have had quite interesting experiences. In this article I will evaluate the LayoutHub application, which is quite new but quite prominent in the list of long-standing Shopify Page Builder applications.
The first thing that made me install LayoutHub is that this app has an average rating of 5.0 / 5.0 out of 406 reviews. Perhaps this app supports the customer quite well and makes them happy. I want to try their service even more. This app was released in late 2019, I can see the oldest review on December 16, 2019, so after 7 months they achieved 400 reviews with an average of 5.0. A 5.0 average is quite impressive!
Next I will install and evaluate the application on the following criteria:
1- Backend UI
2- Customer Support
1- Backend UI
This is the APP after installation, it’s quite similar to Shopify’s design style and as far as I know they’re following Polaris’s design. Perhaps they identify with the simple fact that customers using page builders are often new people, so designing it in Polaris style will make users quickly understand how the application works. Most users are already familiar with the Shopify backend, so after launching LayoutHub, they will not feel uncomfortable or intimidated, or at least it won’t take much time to learn how to use LayoutHub.
Let’s create a new page. This is what I see, they allow to hide or show the Header / Footer. It’s hard to understand why this option is available, I would think most users would want to show the Header / Footer?
I’m on the free plan so I can only create standard pages. (I will try to upgrade after experiencing the standard page).
After choosing to allow the header / footer, a popup appears with a lot of interfaces about the Landing page, About, Article, Blog, Collection, Product … that look great. I understand a little how it works and realize now why there is an option to hide the Header / Footer . You can see there are many landing pages here and one of the characteristics of a landing page is that there is no header / footer. I see they are especially targeting customers who want to build their own landing page…Interesting !!!
Let’s choose a design and see what’s next.
It reminds me of a Shopify theme, quite similar and familiar. I can imagine how to use it by clicking on each section and changing the content. So what is the difference? How is it different from a Shopify theme?
I accidentally clicked on a piece of text and the sidebar showed all the options for it including editing the text and changing everything. You can also type directly on the text to change the content or easily change the space between each block.
After configuring this page, we can click to SAVE PAGE and a popup will show.
LayoutHub allows you to add useful SEO information like page handle, meta description and social sharing image … great. This way you can easily configure the information as you like by entering the handle, description containing the ever so important keywords and your social sharing image.
Look to the left, another great feature I just discovered is that LayoutHub allows you to use all stock images for free, I don’t know the source of these images but it’s free and you can use it. . How wonderful it is!!!
Now press publish page (do not select “Make as home page?” if you are not sure, (because it will overwrite your homepage). Now I have a professional looking landing page after only about 15 minutes of editing the content.
In the free plan, you can see a lot of amazing features like:
- Change layout
- Duplicate section
- Section visibility on separate devices (Desktop, Tablet, Mobile)
- Page revision
- Integration with an Email Marketing Platform
- Connect to Google Analytics
- Integrate other apps like Product review, Wishlist, Quickview
2- Customer Support
LayoutHub supports customers via live chat inside the app, you can see it in the lower right corner. I see they have about 8 people who are always online to help customers, it seems like this is a pretty big team.
Okay, I’ll try asking them some questions.
Look, they responded in seconds, pretty fast and friendly. I asked them a few things about the features and they answered them quickly and in great detail, now I can understand why they get so many reviews.
You can see the price lists above and that they are basically the same as the other Page Builder applications, but the strength of LayoutHub is in the free plan support that allows customers to experience up to 3 basic pages. For customers who want to create landing pages, the free package can easily meet their needs. Of course we should not expect too many features from a free package. The purpose of the free package is to help users experience the application. If you find it worthwhile you can upgrade to the Basic plan.
This is just a rough review of LayoutHub. I will continue to update the LayoutHub experience after upgrading to a plans such as Pro or Premium, but I’m basically quite satisfied with this application. It provides eye-catching themes and your job is to add and edit content. You can also add pages to other themes and mix them into a new one according to your own ideas.
I omitted the Product and Collection page because the free plan does not allow me to use these features. I found LayoutHub’s advantage is that it is very easy to use (perhaps because of Shopify’s Polaris-designed interface) and the page customization is also quite user-friendly. For half a year, LayoutHub has occupied a high position in the page builder portfolio of Shopify beside PageFly, Shogun, and Gamepage. This is certainly due to LayoutHub’s easy to use features and superb customer support. I can see that they are very seriously developing their products. Hopefully LayoutHub will update more skins and bring even more improvements and new features to help store owners.