If you’re currently using Sandvox and have recently been on to their User Forums, you’ll no doubt be aware that there’s a complete lack of user support or information about the future of Sandvox from its publisher Karelia. There’s been no update to Sandvox either, except for macOS compatibility purposes, since 2017!
It’s a sad state of affairs and whilst Sandvox is undoubtedly a good product, even loyal followers are now looking for an alternative.
The Sandvox/EverWeb Comparison
If you compare EverWeb with Sandvox, you’ll find that the user interface experience of both products is in many ways similar. If you transitioned over from iWeb to Sandvox in the past, the move from Sandbox to EverWeb should be a similar experience. Whilst there is no direct way to convert a Sandvox website to another website building product, it should be straightforward to do with EverWeb.
EverWeb includes about 200 professionally designed Theme Templates for you to choose from, whilst Sandvox includes only 60 designs. You can, of course, create your own design using a blank template in both products if you prefer. As with Sandvox, EverWeb is a drag and drop website building product and you can also easily add HTML code and CSS classes in to your site if you want to. You’ll notice though that with Sandvox you can’t move objects freely around the canvas. You’re limited in this respect to moving objects within its template grids. With EverWeb can move objects anywhere on the page giving you complete design freedom.
Responsive Web Design
Creating a Responsive website in EverWeb is also easy as there are dedicated, feature rich theme templates and widgets (which are in some ways similar to ‘Objects’ in Sandvox) that do the hard work for you. This allows you the freedom to concentrate more on your site’s design and features! Using EverWeb’s Responsive design capabilities, you only need one page design that can be used on any device. Sandvox does not seem to include in-built support for Responsive design at all.
Adding E-Commerce To Your Site
If you want to add e-commerce to your site, EverWeb makes it easy. The built in PayPal widget is fully customizable allowing you to design the online shopping experience that you always wanted. As with other EverWeb widgets, the PayPal widget takes the hard work out of building your store so you will rarely need to go to PayPal itself to configure the features that your online store needs. If you don’t want to use PayPal, you can integrate other e-commerce providers if you want.
Social Media Support
Sandvox has a curious mix of social media tools, many of which appear to be years out of date. EverWeb, however, has a great mix of social media widgets and buttons. Easily add Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest and many other social media tools to your EverWeb site.
Adding SEO To Your Site
Many websites want good SEO for better search engine results from a Google search. SEO is baked in to EverWeb. If you want to tune your SEO, just follow the EverWeb SEO video course!
Hosting Your Website
Both Sandvox and EverWeb include hosting options and this is a sensible to take up as it makes integration and ease of use a lot easier. EverWeb, for example, includes hosting specific options within the product itself. If you host with EverWeb you can add a Favicon to your site, setup a ‘404 page not found’ page, 301 page redirection, password protection for your website and the pages within it and there’s also an option to end to end data encrypt your website too with just a mouse click!
If you want to use your existing hosting provider that’s also no problem either. You can purchase EverWeb with or without hosting. The choice is always yours.
As I stated at the top of this post, Sandvox has been languishing since 2017. There have been no new feature additions added since that time. Sandvox’s core toolset and interface are way out of date. If you use EverWeb, you will enjoy new and updated features throughout the year. There’s always something new to improve your website and keep it always up to date with today’s technology.
You can try EverWeb for free. The demo version of the product is the full version except you can’t publish at all. If you decide to purchase you also have a 60 day money back guarantee built in. EverWeb is not a subscription service. When you buy, you get a year of product updates and 24×7 support. If at the end of the year you do not want to renew your product update and support plan that’s fine. You still keep the product that you originally purchased.
EverWeb’s also due to get a massive update in a few weeks with many new and exciting features, so now is a great time to try it out for yourself!