Funnel 360 Review: The Best Content Builder Around? Truth or Hype?
What you’re about to read is a comprehensive review of one of the most popular page builders around: Funnel 360 . Why are we so into webpage builders recently, you ask? Well, just about anyone who is anyone appears to be getting fed up with the constraints of the default WordPress content editor — the one you normally use when editing a post or page.
So what are they using instead? Something with more functionality?
The answer, it appears, is a new wave of drag-and-drop page builders that permit you to do all kinds of handy modifications to posts and pages. Indeed, many would go so far as to state page builders could be the next huge thing for content creators!
Funnel 360 is a feature-rich drag-and-drop content builder that is meant to make all your content creation efforts in WordPress as hassle-free as possible.
This means in practice is:
- You can build customized posts and pages by simply dragging and dropping elements on to a canvas
- You do not need to code anything by hand, and HTML knowledge isn’t required
- It works together with your current WordPress theme (although there’s a framework theme included in the package to make your work even easier)
- It supports full front-end editing, so you get to see the results of your job straight away.
All the above means Funnel 360 should come in handy for the vast majority of users, site owners, and WordPress developers — with the major selling point being that it makes working with website content (and even creating websites from scratch) much faster and more effective.
Funnel 360 really simplifies one of the main problems with WordPress as a platform: The fact that it is not overly friendly towards users who have no experience with websites — especially those who want to create great content on their own.
The core of Funnel 360’s offering can be split into two parts: (a) the material builder plugin, and (b) Funnel 360 Theme — a specially developed theme that is optimized to work with the Funnel 360 plugin, which makes it even more functional.
Here are some of the more significant features:
- You can organize text and pictures on your pages freely, with drag-and-drop.
- You may edit posts and pages.
- You can build column-based layouts that would not be otherwise supported by your WordPress theme.
- There are more than 30 ready-made page templates available (for landing pages, in addition to various content pages).
- There is a Funnel 360 Theme, which gives you a range of predefined styles when building your website from the ground up.
- It’s full front-end editing, which means you are effectively working on the last version of the page your visitors will see.
- Funnel 360 works with any WordPress theme.
- All content you produce with Funnel 360 is optimized for mobile viewing.
- Anything you build with Funnel 360 will remain looking great even if you deactivate the plugin sooner or later.
- Funnel 360 content is optimized for SEO.
- There’s WooCommerce compatibility.
There really is a lot waiting for you under the hood with Funnel 360 , but the great thing is none of it is difficult to grasp. The features don’t all jump right at you, but instead sit quietly in the background waiting to go to work when you need them. We’ll talk more about that in one of the upcoming sections, but, in the meantime, let us look at the pricing.
Let us get the elephant out of the room: Funnel 360 is not cheap.
Here is the official pricing table:
The fantastic thing, though, is you can use Funnel 360 on unlimited sites, regardless of the plan you choose. This isn’t always true for the competition.
In my honest opinion, the plans that makes the most sense are either standard or expert. The agency plan appears to only provide you additional white labeling features, which I do not see as all that valuable generally.
The major selling point of the pro plan is Funnel 360 Theme. This may be useful if you’re intending to use Funnel 360 as the foundation for client sites you are building from the ground up. However, for existing sites — or your own site — which already use a fantastic theme, standard is really going to be enough.
Regrettably, there isn’t a free trial, but Funnel 360 does provide a nice presentation, available here. And there’s also a lite version of the plugin, available at WordPress.org. In comparison with the premium programs, it doesn’t include these:
Also, keep in mind that despite the premium programs, you only get support for one year (that may be extended later on).
Okay, let’s proceed to the next part in our review:
How to set up a handsome page with Funnel 360
We’ll stick with the Funnel 360 plugin for now, not the subject.
- Pick from among the available page templates
- Proceed to your wp-admin, open any post or page (or create a new one), and in the editor switch to’page builder’
Going with method No.1, you can choose from Landing Pages and Content Pages
Generally speaking, landing pages are used for marketing and sales purposes (e.g. for your homepage, product page, other sales pages), while content pages allow you to make nice looking about webpages, team pages, contact pages, portfolios, and so on.
The landing pages come nicely labeled for different purposes, and you may find many templates for small companies, programs, fitness, online magazines, classic sites, photography portfolios, restaurants, agencies and even law firms.
Once you select your template, or if you’re starting from scratch, then it is time to build/edit the structure of the page. This is what we’re going to focus on next.
Here is how content organization functions in Funnel 360 (excuse the hand drawing):
As you can see, there’s some structure here, and it is all supposed to make your page easier to grasp when you go back to it after a while.
- Each row can be divided into any number of columns.
- Each column can have any number of content blocks.
- Each content block presents one instance of a piece of content
The best news when building a webpage is that rows and content elements are drag-and-drop supported. This means you can take any row or individual content block and realign it somewhere else
Adding new rows and fresh content blocks is equally simple. All you do is go into the sidebar menu:
From there, you can select from:
- Rows (this is also where you choose how many columns you want each row to have)
- Basic content modules (audio, buttons, headings, photos, text, videos and much more )
- Advanced content modules (calls to action, accordions, contact forms, galleries, maps, testimonials, social buttons and much more )
- WordPress widget content (you can use any widget you have enabled on your WordPress site, and this means that Funnel 360 works with content generated by other plugins).
Last but not least, you can fix the template you’re working with or even change it completely at any point without losing any of your own content.
When you finish your job, just click’completed’ in the upper right corner, and Funnel 360 will print the changes.
Overall, editing content in Funnel 360 works really smoothly and with no glitches — surprising, considering the experiences I have had with competitor tools. What’s more, interacting with the builder is really enjoyable, and you can easily get results that would otherwise cost you heavy cash if you were to hire a designer.
An important thing I wish to point out is that if you are using Funnel 360 with your existing theme (not Funnel 360 Theme), there are slight limitations as to what Funnel 360 can do. That being said, if your theme is responsive, it won’t cause you any trouble in most cases.
USING FUNNEL 360 THEMES
Aside from editing your articles via the Funnel 360 plugin, you can also get Funnel 360 Theme (accessible with the expert plan), and use it to build — or rebuild — your website from the ground up.
With the theme, you can customize the overall look and feel of your website via the WordPress Customizer, and then tune the individual pages within the Funnel 360 plugin.
The Funnel 360 section in the WordPress Customizer gives you a handful of options: Preset
First off, you have to pick a preset for the overall design:nDefault
There are only some small differences between them, but that’s a good thing. The presets are only supposed to give your website a specific feel, not enter the individual elements too much.
Then click on the’general’ preferences panel and proceed to’layout’ settings, where you can select whether you want to use a boxed layout (standard nowadays online ) or a full-width edition.
In’overall’ settings, you may even set the likes of this background (colour, image) for the whole site, accent colors, headings typography, and body text typography.
I will not describe every element in the Funnel 360 Theme’s customization panel — that would require a how-to post of its own — but I will briefly mention a few of the more important things, including:
- Options for header customization (along with layouts, styles and logo settings)
- Content choices (backgrounds, blog design and individual post design)
- Footer settings (widgets design and style)
In general, it is apparent that the main goal for Funnel 360 when creating this motif wasn’t to make the subject itself massively feature-rich, but to make it massively compatible with the Funnel 360 plugin.
The theme itself isn’t special on its own. I really don’t see a reason to use it if you’re not going to use the Funnel 360 plugin with it. That having been said, when working together, the theme and plugin combo is just perfect.
Who’s Funnel 360 Best Suited For?
- People who manage their own websites, and want to have the ability to produce great-looking content all on their own.
- Designers and developers building websites for customers.
Funnel 360 is quite strong in the ease-of-use department, and this makes it really beginner-friendly. Odds are, even if you know nothing about managing or building websites, you’re still going to be able to create amazing content with Funnel 360 ‘s drag-and-drop capabilities.
On top of that, how Funnel 360 interacts with the consumer is actually intuitive. Funnel 360 offers true front-end editing, which means working on your content pages or landing pages is much like working from a Word document — what you see is what you get.
Then we have the next group of users — designers and developers working on customer projects. Here, Funnel 360 ‘s pro bundle can be the most useful. With Funnel 360 Theme and the Funnel 360 plugin together, you can construct new original sites really quickly.
In other words, you no longer need to worry when clients request changes and new elements, because there’s no need to redesign anything with Funnel 360 — you can just drag and drop things into place. Really cool!
In a nutshell, get Funnel 360 if you:
- Want to have the ability to create great-looking content without any coding knowledge
- Need something with no learning curve
- (optionally) want to be able to build client sites quickly.
Funnel 360 review conclusion: Is it the best drag-and-drop builder around?
That’s a tough question.
As an example, if you’re looking for something free, you can get either Live Composer, or, a long-time pioneer in this space, SiteOrigin Page Builder, which has a community behind it and also plenty of third-party widget bundles available.
With some money to invest, you can try out the most popular solution in the marketplace — Visual Composer — or the excellent MotoPress.
That last one is really Funnel 360 ‘s most important competitor, in my opinion. Both Funnel 360 and MotoPress offer excellent features and really friendly user interfaces.
Which is the better overall plugin, and therefore also the ideal drag-and-drop builder plugin?
Sorry, but in my opinion they’re equally excellent. Note: Funnel 360 includes a great user-friendly interface, and offers you everything you may need, although it’s also a bit more pricey.
- It lets you tweak/create your website content in a visually stunning way.
- It’s really simple to use — there is no learning curve in any respect.
- It has full drag-and-drop support and front-end editing.
- You can use widget content within Funnel 360 ‘s content blocks, which means that you may use content generated by other plugins.
- The content you produce with Funnel 360 will stay the same even if you decide to stop using the plugin at some point. This is a very valuable feature, and not necessarily something you find with the contest (in many instances, if you deactivate a drag-and-drop plug, your content gets messed up).
- Just one: It is rather pricey. Unless the lite version is sufficient for you, in which case it’s $0.
Finally, of course, the choice is yours!
Used/using Funnel 360 ? What do you think of it? Or maybe you have questions associated with this Funnel 360 review.
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