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Moonfruit

Website Building Design Tool


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Published 09/25/2010 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Moonfruit provides software to assist in the creation of websites. Moonfruit was specifically designed to assist users who have no prior web building experience, so they offer software with an easy to use drag and drop interface. This enables users to easily add content such as message boards, shopping carts, and chat rooms.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Founded in August of 1999, Moonfruit’s vision is to provide the means for users to share their passions online, regardless of any previous web development experience or skills. Moonfruit is used today by millions of users to create their business and individual websites. Organizations such as the UK’s Channel 4 have used Moonfruit to create online communities. Moonfruit has received awards such as BBC2’s “Best Online Design Award” it’s first year of existence, “Most Innovative Online Business” by Revolution, and “Best Application Award” from the Flash Film Festival in 2005.

What are the differences to other apps?

Moonfruit creates a community of friendly intended to encourage customers to interact with each other and provide support in order to learn the web-building process using Moonfruit’s tools. Moonfruit’s flash based website building tool enables users to quickly and easily create websites using any platform, which makes it the only major website builder using this technology. The best part of Moonfruit for new users is definitely the focus on the ease of website creation. Their goal was to make website building more accessible to those without experience, and clearly that goal was accomplished.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Moonfruit’s website is very professional looking, and well designed. Users wishing to get more information on the product will have no problem navigating the site to find it. The color scheme is essentially simple blue and black on a white background, which works quite well with the fonts and graphics they’ve chosen to use to provide a clean and professional feel to the site in general.

How does the registration process work?

In order to register for Moonfruit, new users will need to navigate to the homepage, and then click on “Build your free site!” located in the top graphic on the website. The process starts out by permitting users to build a basic template for their website first. The user will first need to choose whether they’d like to use a person, professional, or user-submitted design style and colors, and then choose which they like best from the list and click “Next”. Following this, users repeat the same process for a site template. After those steps are complete, users will enter their desired subdomain, website name and search engine description and click “Next”. After which users are required to enter username, password/confirmation and a valid email address, confirm and then agree to the terms of service on the next window by clicking “I agree, launch my site”. After this is complete, users are now ready to begin.

What does it cost to use the application?

New users are given a 14-day free trial, after which they can choose to either keep the site free with 20 MB of storage space and up to 15 pages, or they can choose from various monthly plans, starting at around $5 per month and ending at around $25 per month. The paid plans provide users between 50 MB and 1.5 GB of storage space, unlimited pages, and increasing bandwidth usage starting at 6GB and ending at 60GB.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Moonfruit provides the tools for both individuals and businesses both large and small to easily create their web presence with minimal effort and no prior experience in web design. Utilizing a simple what you see is what you get interface; users are left not with endless lines of code, but instead can spend time tweaking the design of their site and ensuring that it serves their purposes perfectly.

  • Certain paid plans offer mailboxes for users to host their own email accounts
  • Free domain names are included in certain paid plans, up to 2 for the most expensive monthly plan
  • All membership plans come with video players, picture galleries, MP3 jukeboxes and a widget library
  • Paid monthly accounts come with a free Google AdWords voucher
  • Vast template database for all plans, including over 4000 templates


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Moonfruit pricing

FREE - Permanently free version
Cheapest plan (per month) : €33.99
Most expensive plan (per month) : €186.99
Free storage space (mb): 20

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