Moonfruit Review: Tools & Features (3 stars)
A Few Solid Features, but Not Lots
Moonfruit doesn't have a ton of features. There are a few page types you can add like a directory, event calendar, message board or a gallery/photo page. All of which are well laid out, easy to manipulate and excellent features to add to any site.
There are also some additional features you can add to any page like a chat tool, polling box or even an Ask Jeeves search. We liked the polling box design as you can change the questions whenever you want and have an unlimited amount of answers to each question. These tools can add to a web page's design and function.
Here is a list of its features:
- Can create animation with Flash files
- Automatically compresses large images to save disk space
- Ask Jeeves search tool
- Polling booth
- Chat tool
- Directory page
- Calendar page
- Message board
- Blog/ News page
- Photo album
- Can add music
- Multiple user access
- Site counter
One of the Only Builders with a Blog
Moonfruit has a Blog page which few other website builders have. It's easy to set up regular articles and posts by date. Visitors can browse headlines or search for keywords in any article. It's handy for people setting up personal websites.
Blog Page is a Nice Bonus
Great for Flash Animation
Moonfruit makes is easy to create animation. It uses any Flash software that outputs .swf files (file format produced by Macromedia Flash software). Some builders can't support this but Moonfruit was designed for it.
If you like music on your site you can do that too. You can add it to individual pages or across your entire site. Use the jukebox setting so it can be turned off; it's cute at first, but starts to annoy visitors after about 2 minutes.
All the interactive features are found in the same file section as the images so it can be hard to find them. You'll probably have to refer to the FAQ's. Once you find them they're easy to figure out.
Keep in mind that all images and files you upload will take up disk space. Luckily Moonfruit has thought of this and automatically compresses larger images. Another great no-brainer.
Access for Multiple Users
There doesn't seem to be any password protection but they have a page permission feature. This is useful if you'd like others to have access to your site for editing but only want them to access certain pages.
Give People Permission to Edit Certain Pages
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