GoodBarber and MobiLoud are both solutions for creating mobile apps – but they are very different.
In this post we’re going to look at why that is, and help you to decide which is best for you.
Then we’ll take a look at the pricing, customer reviews and highlight the key similarities and differences.
- Recap – GoodBarber vs MobiLoud
Ultimately we’ll see that:
GoodBarber is good for you if:
- You want to build a PWA or a mobile app yourself using a drag and drop builder
- You’re happy to use their existing app templates
MobiLoud is right for you if:
- You’re an established digital publisher
- You want your app to be built, published, and maintained for you by a Done-For-You service
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What is GoodBarber?
Used by non-developers and agencies, GoodBarber is an online development tool to help you put together a mobile app relatively quickly thanks to various templates and pre-made widgets.
You build your mobile app with GoodBarber’s pre-designed themes that you can choose, then customize to your liking.
You can integrate your app with a range of features like push notifications, analytics, and ads. Publishing content to your app is simple with GoodBarber’s own Content Management System that lets you publish content directly to your app.
When everything’s built and you can either pay a $50 fee for GoodBarber to publish your app for you, or handle it yourself. They don’t have customer support accessible by phone, but you can reach the company through an email form.
You can create a range of apps with GoodBarber, such as:
- Fitness apps
- Tourist guides
- Restaurant apps
- Sports club
- Blog and News
Let’s take a look at how it works.
An important feature of GoodBarber is the fact that they have their own built-in CMS.
This is useful for building an app completely from scratch if you don’t have a blog or existing solution to publish content through.
Some of the best parts of GoodBarber include:
1) Over 50 Themes to Choose From
You can choose from more than 50 rich themes, which can be customized extensively from the settings panel to fit your brand and desired style. All popular navigation modes are available for you to choose from, like: swipe, slate, grid, tab bar and several more.
2) The GoodBarber CMS
You can add a wide range of content to different pages on your app, such as:
- Custom pages
- Photos and videos
You can use the GoodBarber CMS to create your articles in the text editor, organize your content into drafts, and publish content to your app. Like other popular CMS’, you can improve the reader experience by categorizing, sorting and highlighting content as you see fit.
GoodBarber also integrates with most web content management systems, including WordPress, Dailymotion, Youtube and more – so you can link your app to your other web properties to get your most recently updated content.
3) Access to Popular App Features
Although GoodBarber is an app builder, they don’t skimp on features,
You’ll be able to use features including:
- Push Notifications to communicate with your users and increase engagement
- Advertising – turn your traffic into revenue by integrating with third party ad networks
- Loyalty programs & coupons – to drive sales and grow your brand
- Analytics – understand your users better by using GoodBarber’s own analytics tools or connect to external solutions like Google Analytics and Flurry
GoodBarber has a wide range of features, and you can check out the full list here
GoodBarber seem to provide a solid app-builder tool – there’s a wide range of features and customization options, and they’ve published over 30,000 apps successfully up to this point.
However, If you’re are a complete beginner with no experience building apps then it might be quite unintuitive. Zero-code doesn’t mean zero-work when it comes to app builders, and people who aren’t familiar with how an app’s UX should work may struggle to create a great experience.
Once you sign up to a subscription you’ll be expected to do all the work to get your app designed, built, and published. With some determination and patience though you can definitely succeed. GoodBarber also offers a 30-day free trial on its app maker.
Overall, GoodBarber customers are happy with the platform as noted in the Capterra reviews below.
Justine M, the director of an Education management company writes that GoodBarber “walked me through both the design and the publishing, which I still don’t even fully understand”.
It wasn’t always easy for her – she continues that “It was still somewhat tricky to figure out how to design the app and get through the process. You have to be patient and determined especially if you aren’t tech savvy.”
Thea E, an IT manager, called the platform “so easy to use once you get used to it, it’s pretty and the free trial is helpful”. She was able to make a PWA and commented that the software is “very cost effective considering how pretty it looks”. She did have some reservations however: “They don’t have very good documentation, so you have to work harder to learn it yourself. It’s not so hard though.”
Ceyhun B, and entrepreneur in the media space gives a rare negative review, centering on GoodBarber’s service, which we’ve seen operates through an email form.
He states that while the platform is generally good, he “would not recommend this app builder platform to anyone because customer support is dead”.
He explains that “one deadly bug cost my business a huge amount of time and customer discontent because it took one month to be solved. We would like to quit now but cannot because lots of our customers have paid yearly for our app service. Very very disappointed!”.
As you can see, they have many happy customers. However, due to the customer support not being available over the phone, it can take time to resolve any issues, so it may not be the best option if your app is a critical part of your business..
We encourage you to read through all the full reviews on Capterra.
Progressive Web App Pricing
MobiLoud is for digital publishers, news organisations and professional bloggers who’ve already built an audience through their WordPress site.
We take your existing site and content and convert it into a powerful native app, so your readers can enjoy your work on their iOS and Android devices.
Unlike an app builder, we provide a completely Done-For-You service designed for high-traffic digital publishers.
The process begins with a chat between you and one of our app experts – going over your vision, requirements and addressing any questions you have.
Once everything is clear, we get to work on building your app, and will provide you with test versions within 5-10 days. Once you approve of your app, we’ll publish it on the Google Play and iOS App Store for you too.
We’ll provide ongoing maintenance and app updates to make sure your app is always running smoothly on the latest devices.
Your app will be integrated with your WordPress site and whenever new content is published on your site, it will be automatically updated in your app, and you can send out engaging push notifications to notify readers about new content.
All your existing plugins will work seamlessly in your new app and you can manage everything through your existing WordPress admin panel.
Our personalized, round the clock support will be there to quickly deal with any tweaks, updates or maintenance you need going forward.
Past clients love our apps and how we’ve helped them to:
- Boost traffic, pageviews, and engagement, growing their brand
- Grow ad revenue as readers don’t adblock in the app
- Get a custom app at a fraction of the cost and time of a traditional app development agency
1) Get a custom app for the fraction of the time and cost
If you’re in the market for a custom mobile app with a traditiaonal app development agency or considering building it in-house, you’ve already found out that it’s going to cost at least $50,000-$100,000 and take 4-6 months to build.
With MobiLoud you get a completely custom app for your content site at a fraction of the time and cost.
2) Fully integrated with WordPress
If you’re already using WordPress to power your website, then MobiLoud is for you.
Our solution was built with WordPress in mind, and all of your existing plugins for managing advertising, subscriptions, related posts, and comments, will all work within your mobile app.
Content in your app will be organized in line with your existing categories, and whenever you make updates on your site to content, the in-app content will update too.
3) Completely Done-For-You
One of the main differences between MobiLoud and GoodBarber is that with GoodBarber you need to create your app yourself.
With MobiLoud, our team of experienced developers handle all of the work involved in building, testing, and launching your mobile app.
We’ll make sure you can send engaging push notifications to your readers thanks to our integration with OneSignal (a leading push notification service), and any other key features you need are setup for you to succeed.
Let’s take a look at our customers say.
We looked at customer reviews of MobiLoud on Capterra to provide a fair review of our service.
Writing on Capterra, Stephan recalls:
“MobiLoud was all about getting content out of WordPress and into a native app specifically branded for us – this was by far the most important thing for us”.
We keep our clients happy by providing this exact solution. John, co-founder of a digital media company and longtime MobiLoud user, agrees:
“It just works. We can use our existing WordPress install and have our material presented in a beautiful way on both iOS and Android… We worked for a year trying to create our own app – and then decided to go with MobiLoud and haven’t looked back. We’ve been happy customers for over three years and our readers love our iOS and Android apps”
Others love how easy it is to manage their new app. Josh, a digital publisher, says: “it’s simple to navigate the backend, great at sending alerts and notifications”.
He goes on to explain how he “needed a bit of help on some advanced customizations – however the team was extremely easy to work with… EXCELLENT customer service. They made sure I was totally satisfied which I appreciate”
A high performance app can also help you grow your revenue:
Walter, a web designer in the publishing industry explained that “it has also grown our advertising revenue as we can use the app with Adsense and that has become our top performing advertising platform via the app“.
As far as our support – it’s personalized, fast and never leaves your side. If you check out our reviews on Capterra you’ll notice that’s a common thread.
Stephan, a Vice President of Client Services was happy with our service standards – calling them “amazing” and adding that our team “work tirelessly to ensure you are happy with your apps. We can’t recommend MobiLoud enough”.
MobiLoud operates a tiered pricing structure.
Different price plans include different features for higher traffic news apps such as:
- Monetization through subscriptions and in-app ads
- Integration with third party SDKs for advertising and analytics
- CDN and caching
- Support for higher or even limitless traffic
- Priority support for launch, promotion and monetization
There’s no risk with our 60 day money back guarantee. Price includes all development, configuration, publishing and maintenance.
For more detailed information on MobiLoud pricing click here.
Although GoodBarber and MobiLoud can both be used to create great mobile apps for your business, they are very different solutions.
GoodBarber is a platform for building the app yourself – MobiLoud is a full service that handles everything for you from start to finish.
MobiLoud is specifically for news organisations and digital publishers, rather than a range of businesses like GoodBarber.
GoodBarber has you build the UI yourself – MobiLoud uses your existing website to build a custom app, so you can keep all your existing plugins and features
MobiLoud offers personalised support by phone and email, whereas GoodBarber’s operates on an email ticket system.
GoodBarber has you manage your app through their own CMS. MobiLoud let’s you manage everything through your existing WordPress admin panel.
We’ve seen that both are great solutions for customers with different requirements.
GoodBarber is best for bringing an app idea to life from scratch. If you have an idea for an app and want to create it yourself through a relatively simple visual builder, GoodBarber is a great choice.
MobiLoud is the right choice if you’re a WordPress based digital publisher and want to convert your blog or new site into a powerful native app, giving your readers a better experience and grow your brand.
If this sounds like you – get in touch today for a demo and let’s build something great.