In this article, we'll give you a brief overview of GoodBarber, how it works, and the pros and cons. We'll compare it to 5 different GoodBarber alternatives including our own platform, MobiLoud, which we believe is the ideal choice for serious businesses to convert web stores to professional eCommerce apps.
What is GoodBarber?
GoodBarber is a no-code platform for creating native apps and PWAs, featuring a drag-and-drop interface and customizable templates. It caters to individuals and businesses seeking to build mobile apps without programming knowledge.
GoodBarber's eCommerce platform is based on the same drag-and-drop builder, and has features like features like multiple payment options, product import/export, sales optimisation tools, push notifications, a blog, discounts, loyalty program, and more. The platform allows users to create functional shopping apps with some minor degree of customization.
Now let's take a look at GoodBarber's pricing.
GoodBarber offers different pricing plans for Content Apps, Shopping Apps, and Resellers. You can choose to pay monthly, yearly, or make a one-time payment.
Content Apps has 4 pricing tiers:
- Standard: €36/mo
- Premium: €70/mo
- Pro: €135/mo
- Agency: €280/mo
Shopping Apps has 4 pricing tiers:
- Standard: €50/mo
- Premium: €90/mo
- Pro: €180/mo
- Agency: €380/mo
Reseller plans have 2 pricing tiers:
- Reseller Content: 280€/mo
- Reseller Content + eCommerce: €380/mo
Getting the Standard plan gives you basic storage space, push notifications per month, and basic features. The Premium plan is just a minor boost. The downside of getting both Standard and Premium plans, however, is that you'll have to pay extra monthly if you want to have abandoned orders, delivery slots, and product import extensions in your app. If you need more storage space, unlimited extensions, and max out your push notifications per month, then you'll need to have either a Pro or an Agency plan. The good thing about these plans is that they have fully customizable designs, and offer real human support from the GoodBarber team.
The Reseller plans are pretty much self-explanatory. If you're a reseller and want to develop content apps for your clients, you can pick the Reseller Content plan. On the other hand, if you're the type of reseller who wants to develop both content and eCommerce apps for your clients, then the Reseller Content + eCommerce plan is for you. Both of these reseller plans also include fully customizable designs and real human support by the GoodBarber team.
GoodBarber Pros & Cons
GoodBarber's eCommerce platform is well-built and capable of creating functional apps for the App Store, Google Play, and PWA (Progressive Web App). It is easy to use and starts at a low price.
However, it will only allow you to build simple and basic apps. You will not be able to replicate your web store to any meaningful degree - since you'll be limited to GoodBarber's pre-built themes, widgets and templates. If you want to actually convert your web store with all its existing plugins and features into mobile apps - you'll need something more powerful.
Now we've had an overview of the tool, its pricing, and its pros and cons. It's time to move on and start looking at some GoodBarber alternatives, starting with our own site-to-app platform, MobiLoud.
GoodBarber Alternative #1: MobiLoud
MobiLoud powers thousands of top apps, and allows you to convert your site into native eCommerce apps in just days, for a fraction of the cost of custom development.
Our eCommerce app platform integrates with any CMS - whether it's Shopify, WooCommerce, PrestaShop or any other - and let you reuse every plugin, feature and functionality from your main web store.
MobiLoud is the best way to convert your web store into native eCommerce apps for iOS and Android, as well as the best alternative to GoodBarber.
There are several key reasons why:
- No templates, no blocks, no APIs - we don't restrict you to our pre-built front-ends, we allow you to convert your web store completely, and to reuse all your existing plugins, themes, and tech stack.
- Keep what works - you already built your ideal site for the web, tweaking it endlessly for conversions and sales. With MobiLoud you can translate that directly into m-commerce native apps, without needing to reinvent the wheel. You already did the hard part, we handle the rest!
- Easy Management - many app builder platforms like GoodBarber gives you an extra CMS to manage, adding work for you and your team. Since MobiLoud apps sync with your web store in real time, this work is eliminated, you just need to keep managing and updating your store as usual, and if you want to change something specifically for the apps, use our easy no-code UI.
- Done for you - there's no need for you to fiddle, drag-and-drop, or waste time trying to set the apps up. You just need to tell us any special requirements, add some key information, and our team handle all technical aspects of the app build including submissions to Google Play and the AppStore.
We have two standard pricing tiers:
- Startup - For fast launching and validation: $170/month
- Growth - Perfect for more established businesses: $382/month
We also have custom, corporate plan for more demanding projects. Read more about our pricing here.
The difference between MobiLoud and GoodBarber is clear.
With MobiLoud, you can go way beyond the simple apps that are possible with GoodBarber, creating unique apps that leverage everything you already built for the web.
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Now we've blown our own trumpet, here are a few other GoodBarber alternatives that you're likely to see around the web.
GoodBarber Alternative #2: Mowico
Mowico is another block-based app builder that allows eCommerce brands to create their own apps without coding. It works well with Shopify and WooCommerce and will soon support PrestaShop, BigCommerce, and Wix. It offers seamless integration with helpful features like Smile, Langify, and Judge.me, as well as pre-set functionalities like push notifications and AR shopping. However, it has its limitations. Although Mowico can build a basic eCommerce app showcasing your products and logo, it cannot fully replicate the advanced features, design, and plugins of your web store. When they say they "integrate" with Shopify, it means they can access some data from it. You will still be restricted to their pre-built integrations, which is highly restrictive compared to the web and MobiLoud.
Mowico has three plans for each eCommerce platform. For Shopify, they have:
- Startup - basic features - $79/mo
- Growth - everything from Startup plus enhanced features - $399/mo
- Enterprise - premium features, custom feature integrations, and tailor-made development - custom
The pricing may vary for each eCommerce platform but keep in mind that, the more costly the plan is, the greater benefits you get.
GoodBarber Alternative #3: Vajro
Vajro is a Shopify-focused app builder known for its affordability and appeal to smaller eCommerce ventures. Using templates and drag-and-drop widgets, they create branded apps that connect to Shopify through API. Nonetheless, users will find limitations in precisely recreating their web stores, even on higher-tier plans.
Vajro has four plans:
- Starter - basic features and integrations - $99/mo
- Core - advanced features and integrations - $249/mo
- Premium - premium features and integrations - $499/mo
- Plus - premium features, integrations, and priority support - $999/mo
The more costly the plan is, the better app functionalities and benefits you get.
GoodBarber Alternative #4: Shopney
Shopney is an easy-to-use app builder designed for Shopify eCommerce stores. It's known for its integrations, themes, and features. If you're after a simple app that replicates your product catalog, it could be a good fit. However, being a template-based builder, it can't convert your site fully into iOS and Android apps or make full use of all your plugins, themes, and features. For unique and complex businesses, this will be a limitation, compelling your store to fit their pre-existing templates.
Shopney has four plans:
- Silver - basic features with flexible design - $99/mo
- Gold - basic features with flexible design with 20 elements - $199/mo
- Platinum - advanced features and unlimited design elements - $499/mo
- Enterprise - premium features and functionalities and a dedicated success manager - starting from $999/mo
GoodBarber Alternative #5: Plobal Apps
Plobal is an another Shopify-focused app builder, allowing users to design and build apps through a drag-and-drop interface. It's a good platform with many integrations, but it's not without its shortcomings. The main one is the inability to reuse your web store's features, themes, and plugins. You'll have to work with their pre-built integrations, and if they don't cover your needs - that's unfortunate...
Plobal Apps Pricing
Plobal Apps has three plans:
- Growth - basic features with 4 standard integrations - $199/mo
- Essential - enhanced features with 7 standard integrations - $499/mo
- Enterprise - premium features and unlimited advanced integrations - starts at $1199/mo
The more costly the plan is, the more customizability and benefits you get.
Let's Build Your eCommerce Apps
We've looked at a few GoodBarber alternatives, and given you some key information about each.
As we've seen, many of these tools share the same fatal flaws. On the one hand - their reliance on blocks, themes, templates, and pre-built widgets does allow you to build and launch (some kind of) eCommerce app fast, affordably and easily compared to custom development. On the other, this same reliance puts you and your brand in a straightjacket.
It means that you will only ever approximate your web store, and you'll be forever at the mercy of whatever pre-built features they have as well as whatever data they can fetch via API (which can change). The apps will be a branded shell with some of your data pulled in and not much more.
While this is OK for simple stores is basic and small product ranges and features, this will almost always be a deal breaker for serious eCommerce brands. You probably have a finely-tuned tech stack, along with all the plugins, third-party integrations, and custom features you need to drive sales and revenue optimally. To discard all this hard work for cookie-cutter apps with your logo on will rarely make strategic sense.
That's why, although we're biased of course, we believe MobiLoud is not only the best GoodBarber alternative but a superior alternative to every eCommerce mobile app builder on the market.
The first key reason: we allow you to reuse everything from your site in the apps.
If it already works well on the mobile web, it'll be even better as iOS and Android apps. It makes no sense to ditch that winning formula and those painstakingly chosen tools just to compromise with restrictive templates. That's too much of downgrade from what you've already built, and with MobiLoud - unnecessary. Keep what already works.
The second core reason: it's so simple to manage MobiLoud apps.
Platforms like GoodBarber will often add hours per week to your workflow with effectively a new CMS to manage. In contrast - MobiLoud apps sync in real time with your site. There's no need to manually add new product lines, update pricing, or worry about keeping the apps up to date. The apps will reflect changes and updates to your site instantly.
This goes for any core changes you make to your site too. You can switch out plugins, pull off a major rebrand, or build whatever custom functionality you choose. It doesn't matter what it is - it'll work straight out of the box in the apps, which can grow with your brand into the future.
On top of this, our team handle any ongoing updates and maintenance needed as part of our service, along with all fiddly aspects of the app build and bringing them live to Google Play and the AppStore. We work with you to ensure your apps are a success, and we're only ever an email or phone call away.
MobiLoud allows you to combine the best of the web with the best of native apps. It's a winning formula, check out the success these eCommerce brands have had:
Over 1000 other businesses have used MobiLoud to build winning apps - and you can too.
Unlike with GoodBarber, there's no risk. We don't do long-term contracts and we'll refund you if you're unhappy with the apps. If you're like most of our eCommerce customers - the apps will pay for themselves almost immediately.
It all starts with a call with one of our app experts, where we go over your exact requirements for the apps and answer your questions.