On the surface, Sitelio appears to be a great place to grab a professional looking website for your small business or blog. However, upon further investigation, there are several questionable things about this company you should be aware of before deciding to host your first site with them.
What is Sitelio?
Sitelio is a website builder and hosting platform that offers tons of customizable templates. Unlike traditional hosting platforms, Sitelio provides their own unique drag and drop editor, which I have to admit is pretty cool. It is similar to services provided by companies like Wix and Weebly – which are more well known and trusted.
The templates are great, the editor is relatively intuitive (at least much more so than platforms like WordPress) so where’s the problem?
Sitelio isn’t just Sitelio…
This company goes by tons of different names – Sitebuilder, Website Builder, Sitey, and SiteBlog.
As you can see from the email signatures this is Owen, their account manager:
Each of these companies offers pretty identical services with slightly different pricing. Having personally signed up to each one, I can tell you that their drag and drop website builder, the features and their customer support are all the same.
Why would this company go by so many different identities?
One of their aliases – SiteBlog – ran some very shady advertising campaigns claiming if you signed up for their services, you could easily start earning $10,000+ per month without a job. They also went so far as to advertise themselves as a “free” service but made it extremely difficult to even find a free option. This misled a lot of customers and they ended up paying for services they didn’t even want.
It’s true you can make money with a website, but SiteBlog (and the others) are not training platforms for this. They are simply a drag and drop website builder and hosting service. If you want to make money with a website, you need more than this.
Honestly there’s hardly any information out there on this particular company. Aside from their reviews on top10websitebuilders.com (which is obviously owned or at least affiliated with Sitelio and the others) I haven’t been able to dig up much else. Their Facebook page only has 61 likes, and there’s only one comment on any of their posts, which is actually accusing them of being a fraudulent company.
All of these “top” sites are really the same company, offering nearly identical services:
However, there are plenty of reviews on their aliases, so we can address those here. If you read the reviews over at Trust Pilot, there are nearly 60 on SiteBuilder…
Every single review addresses their horrendous customer support, hidden or unauthorized credit card charges and very poor hosting service. in my opinion, it appears that they are nothing more than an attractive front to stealing money from people’s credit cards.
While you can sign up and create a free account with Sitelio, you’ll need to upgrade if you want to use your own domain and want access to any real features.
Sitelio offers 3 service packs – Simple, Captivating and Outstanding. While it appears relatively inexpensive at first glance, a closer look reveals this is actually the price for signing up for a 2-year service contract.
Notice the price jumps up to $9/month if you sign up for just the first month of service:
The $168 for 2 years, which is what you’d be spending up front, is a pretty big commitment to make if you are totally unfamiliar with the company. They want to lock you in so they can squeeze as much money out of you as possible. I haven’t met a single person that was actually satisfied with any of their services, though, and many complain they don’t always honor refunds. Be careful!
Alternative website and hosting options for your business
While Sitelio may appear like an excellent pick for a website builder and hosting platform – it definitely isn’t. They have horrible customer service, offer an inferior hosting service and don’t seem to care about their customers. There are much more legitimate options out there, so there’s no need to involve yourself with them.
If you’re looking for an alternative easy drag and drop builder – check out services like Wix or Weebly.
If you’re looking to learn how to make money with a blog, check out Wealthy Affiliate.