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GoodBarber
4.5

GoodBarber, an app builder based on the island of Corsica, prides itself on allowing users to create beautiful looking apps without any prior experience. Many app makers are focused primarily on features, while GoodBarber’s approach is to put design and user experience front and centre.

This does not mean that GoodBarber skimps on features, though. In fact, there are numerous content integration options available within most categories, such as: social networking, news/articles, calendars, audio/video, and eCommerce.

Even within these integration options, GoodBarber’s aesthetic imperative is ever-present, often allowing you to select from several different layouts for each section. This, combined with the choice of more than 50 different templates (each with their own colour scheme and font style), creates a vast amount of flexibility within the design of your app and can lead to some very unique creations.

So from the outside, it’s a beautiful machine, but what’s happening under the hood? Let’s have a look:

 

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$16/mo

Standard

Includes 5,000 push notifications a month, but lacks advanced options such as maps, team management, advanced push notifications.

$32/mo

Full

Includes most advanced features, apart from special user features such as chat, community features and login, and no iPad responsiveness is included. Up to 500,000 push notifications a month.

$48/mo

Advanced

Includes everything, as well as up to 500,000 push notifications a month.

Choice of design templates:

Not only great looking, original templates, but the fact that they’re all highly customisable, with hundreds of fonts and feature layouts, means you can truly create a unique app to call your own.

Ease-of-use:

The combination of simplicity with well thought-out user experience design and a step-by-step guide create an enjoyable experience.

Team management:

GoodBarber gives you the option to add anyone to your project, inviting them via a simple email. This is really useful, and with this system you can also thoroughly customise their access.

Features:

Surprisingly, GoodBarber also does well with the range of features they offer, which they call ‘connectors’. At first glance, it might not seem like a lot, yet when you delve further into most connectors you find several integration options for that type of content.

Source-code editor:

There is no way to edit the source code of the templates, which some other app makers offer.

App submission costs:

Some app makers include the submission process to the iOs and Google Play store within their pricing, yet GoodBarber charges an extra for $50 per app.

No email marketing integration:

Other app makers have this available (normally at an extra cost) yet there is no option available for GoodBarber at the moment.

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Ease of use

One of the most user-friendly app makers out there, with a good editor. The editor could still do with a few tweaks, but it doesn’t detract too much from the experience. A nice addition is that once your trial period has ended, they offer you the chance to extend it if you’re still working on your app.

Design, flexibility and templates

GoodBarber really shines when it comes to their choice and design of templates. The editor also handles changes to the template mid-way through your project very well, without losing content. There is a great choice of connector layouts also.

Languages

The builder and site are available in 6 languages, while there are 18 app languages available to create your app in, more than most other app makers.

Platform Support

iOS Android Blackberry

Windows

iPad support

Ok

HTML 5 App

Ok

App features

Ad support

Ok

Ad support is available on both ‘Full’ and ‘Advanced’ plans. There have been issues experienced with AdMob for some users.

Push notifications

Ok

Available on all plans, but limited to 5000 p/m on the ‘Basic’ plan and up to 500,000 p/m on upper tier plans.

Location-based Services

Ok

GoodBarber have recently added a plugin, on both the ‘Full’ and ‘Advanced’ plans, that allows for Geofencing (a way to send push notifications to people when they move into an area defined by the app maker).

E-commerce

You can choose from Amazon, Shopify or Etsy integration. If you don’t have one of these, though, unfortunately you can’t create your own store/catalogue from scratch.

RSS feed options

Ok

An RSS connector allows you to add a custom feed, otherwise Blogger and WordPress are also available.

Adding your own HTML code

Ok

Goodbarber have a HTML connector in which you can link to a URL or input your own code for a customised page.

Social media integration

Yes, apart from Facebook-, Twitter- and Instagram-dedicated connectors, you have many other photo and video social integrations available.

Loyalty features

Ok

GoodBarber currently offer loyalty and club card features, as well as discount coupons, and these are offered as an add on with an additional yearly cost.

Newsletter tool

Close

No newsletter integration available.

Advanced Features

Team Management

Ok

GoodBarber is one of only a few app makers that allow you to add team members with different access levels to an app project, and it’s very useful. Not available on the ‘Basic’ plan.

iBeacons

Ok

This is a newly introduced add-on available on the ‘Full’ and ‘Advanced’ tiers. Possibly the only app maker I’ve tested so far that offer it.

API available

Ok

The GoodBarber API option is included in the ‘Advanced’ plan, or you can pay $4 per month to include it within the other plans.

Testing

Ok

There is a mobile app viewer available, MyGoodBarber, as well as a in-editor live previewer.

Analytics

Ok

On ‘Full’ and ‘Advanced’ plans GoodBarber offer their own analytics, as well as offering the choice of integrating Google Analytics.

Reseller Program

Ok

GoodBarber’s white label app builder allows you to create unlimited apps for clients for only $200 a month, which is a pretty good deal. The GoodBarber branding is hidden from your projects, they don’t take any commission, and each app has all the benefits of their advanced tier.

Support

There is a useful online help centre, and you can send questions to support. The help centre is thorough and the support staff are very helpful but can be a little slow at getting back. The GoodBarber blog is also a great resource.

Fun Factor

The fun comes via the fact you can make something that looks really great in a short amount of time.

Overall rating

4.5/5

GoodBarber really is top of its game in so many areas: the range of integration, flexibility of design, ease of use, and the price is on par, if not cheaper, than most of the other app makers out there. They are also keeping ahead of the game by regularly adding new features. One of the best app makers on the market at the moment.

GoodBarber’s design ideals have paved the way for an enjoyable, and surprisingly flexible, app-making experience. Allowing for team management is a nice addition that I’m surprised isn’t more common with other app makers.

As mentioned above, no one editor is perfect, and even though GoodBarber’s is one of the most user-friendly, there are still some tweaks that could be made to make it even smoother.  For example: allowing smoother navigation between ‘adding sections’, ‘section layout’, and ‘section design’ without having to go back to the main menu each time.

GoodBarber, with their flexibility, are great for a wide range of app types too. For example, if you want to create any kind of digital publication, they have some of the best features out there. Perhaps I’d try another app maker, though, for ecommerce.

There are still a couple of features that GoodBarber lacks, yet they are always adding new features and improving on their design engine, so it will be interesting to see what they do next.

GoodBarber really has the perfect mix of aesthetic-driven, user-friendly focus and a robust list of features, making it one of the best app makers out there at the moment.

 

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steve lamattina
Steve's an avid app user, and content manager by trade. His career has spanned across areas such as film, digital media and literature, with the tech and mobile world remaining a personal passion. Now he’s interested in sharing that passion with mobile app makers at the beginning of their journey, through honest reviews and content.
Oh, and he’s Australian...but don’t hold that against him.
  • Thanks for the review. I have tested it and the userbility is better than in shoutem but I have been missing some functions like user pinboard and check in with geo locations.

    • Steve

      Hi Dimitri, thanks for your message. And yes, it’s true, no two app makers are the same 🙂 it really depends on the kind of features you need within your app!

      • Ian Nicholas Sharma

        Hi Dimitri. For check in feature, you can add their loyalty add ons. This gives the option for users to check in to a specified location to get certain rewards set by you. I had this done for a client of mine who owns a bar.

  • HILDER BEAST

    I have read that GoodBarber has no native tablet app for Android devices. Being a newbie not sure how to interpret this . Does this mean the layout will not auto-size to screen size of tablet and remain only in the smartphone range etc. Sorry if this is an ignorant question just learning

    • Steve

      Hi Hilder, yes all the Android apps I’ve used in the past seem to resize to fit the tablet screen. While sometimes they might not look 100% the same, they usually all work well still. Hope this helps!

  • Ian Nicholas Sharma

    Any idea on Goodbarber’s roadmap. They are pretty secretive about it even though Im a reseller. Im hoping they would include features such as a social wall or even a public chatroom. Also to expand more on their loyalty program.

    • Steve

      Hi Ian, sorry unfortunately we know as much as you! But let us know if you find out anything 😉

      • Ian Nicholas Sharma

        Thanks Steve. Will keep you posted as soon as I have news.

    • Chris

      Worth it?

      • Ian Nicholas Sharma

        Well I think to each his own. Ive tried alot os other online app builders and though others pack alot more features, GoodBarber still provides the best tool for me with a good mix of design ui, features, flexibility and tech support. So far Im happy so long as my clients are happy. They will roll out their Open Project soon which will give designers and developers full access to their core API. This means there is no limit on what you can create when that happens.

        • Chris

          Looked into their pricing. Seems like they take a hefty charge on new features while advertising a flat fee for resellers. Pretty sneaky.

        • Chris

          As a reseller do you pay add-on features ( like loyalty and coupons) on a per app basis or a per account basis? Is there no discount from regular prices offered to resellers?

          • Steve

            Hi Chris, as a reseller you get access to the highest tier of services, which includes those add-on features you’ve mentioned. It’s just a flat rate of $200 per month for unlimited apps for all your clients, including the addition of these features to each app.

          • Chris

            Are you sure? They told me differently in an email and I am trying to confirm with them, but it takes time. Just loyalty and coupons adds an extra cost €18 per month per app according to their pricing and apparently there is no discount for resellers. So the flat fee is just a marketing trick to lure you in. Advanced features come extra. Imagine with each new advanced feature I would have to raise prices for my customers. How is that going to work?

          • Chris

            OK, I could confirm that the following costs for advanced features are added on top of the reseller fee for each app and per month. To me, that results in an absurd amount of pricing uncertainty, especially if more of exclusive features should be introduced in the future.

            * 0.05€/1000 supplemental push notifications
            ** 6€/month 25 additional Geofences
            *** 12€/month 25 additional Beacons
            **** Loyalty card: 8€/month ; Loyalty card + Club card: 12€/month Couponing: 6€/month

            http://www.goodbarber.com/pricing/

          • Steve

            Ok thanks for pointing that out Chris. I guess technically they’re still correct in saying that it’s advanced features with the reseller program, as all the costs and add-ons associated with the advanced plan are the same. But I agree that it’s not great to have new features being charged as add-ons constantly. It appears that Jerome has mentioned that this won’t happen with every new feature (see link below).
            http://blog.goodbarber.com/index.php?action=article&numero=761#comment-2734289935

          • Ian Nicholas Sharma

            Hi Chris
            As a reseller. I dont pay add ons. My clients do. I charge it to my clients without taking a profit. Should my clients decide to remove that service it will be easier to manage.

          • Chris

            OK, that may work as long as the number of addons is small, but each time the company introduces new payable features, you will find yourself renegotiating with existing clients over price increases rather than winning new clients. They basically dictate you a step-up fee business model. Until your clients find the monthly costs prohibitive and jump ship.

  • Greg Kushnick

    Hi Steve,

    So I see that a directory might be possible with Good Barber, but what about user-generated reviews? Is that a complicated add-on? Thanks.

    • Steve

      Hi Greg, the only way I think you could do this would be with the article pages feature, as they allow comments or a disqus plugin…not exactly what you’re after perhaps, but could work. Might be best to ask them, as another user may have needed this in the past.

  • Kai

    Dear Steve,

    Can I ask if Goodbarber would be able to create an app beyond the basic usual shop/display apps?

    Not something complicated, but involves peer-to-peer communication.

    Something like this:
    Sports activities app
    Features:
    1) Register a user
    2) Create a group/team
    3) Sign up to existing group/team
    4) Send request to other groups to play a match

    Thank you very much!

    • Steve

      Hi Kai, you could do a very basic version of this using GoodBarber’s social features I think. But I’m not sure you’d be able to ‘sign up’ to teams per se, rather you’d just create chat walls and such to see if people would like to play a match. So, probably to have all the features you want, and to work well, app makers might not be the best option I’m afraid. Get in touch with GoodBarber, though, as they might have some more ideas!

      • Kai

        thanks Steve!

  • Glenn Steers

    Steve,

    I own a traditional website company & social media management firm and want to resell mobile apps to my customers. I’m looking for ease of use and full feature white label options. Do you have any input on this? I’m currently considering Good Barber, AppMachine and Bizness Apps. Thanks!

    • Steve

      Hi Glenn, to be honest for the price it’s really hard to go past GoodBarber’s white label option. It’s unlimited apps for only $200 a month!
      I haven’t personally tested all app maker’s white seller programs, functionally, but based on my experience with their backends I still think GB is a good bet. I’d suggest you chat with them about it if you have any questions at all. If they don’t seem to be a perfect fit, then perhaps I’d try out Bizness Apps next.

  • Kim

    Hi Steve,
    Great site. I’m new to this idea. Do you only need to pay the monthly fee for as long as it takes to make the app or do you have to continue to pay a monthly fee after your app is completed so that you can continue to update it? Thanks.

    • Steve

      Hi Kim, thanks! You will need to continue to pay the monthly fee for as long as you want your app in the stores, as the app makers are, in a way, hosting the content of your app. And, as you mention, so you can continue to update it too.

  • Brad

    Hi Steve! Your reviews are extremely helpful. Thank you for your hard work! I’m doing research on DIY app builders for a social app. I have to include the following features. Right now I’m considering GoodBarber, AppMachine, AppInstitute, or BiznessApps. I have seen most of these features in your reviews for a few of the apps. My main concerns are an attendance tracker, group chat, and the option for users to send invitations to their friends to create an account. What do you recommend?

    Create calendar events
    Track attendance
    Integrate Instagram feed
    Ability to call/text users
    Direct message
    Group chat
    Analytics
    Flexibility to customize look/feel of app
    Create/customize profile
    Ability for users to send invitations to their friends to create an account
    Video updates for users (not live, I read the limitations article)

    • Steve

      Hi Brad, thanks for your message, glad you’re finding the reviews useful.
      In regards to your features, I think most should be possible with GoodBarber, except you may have issues with the following:
      Calling/texting users – this one I’m not sure if you’re referring to you being able to do this, or users. But either way, unless you gathered this information directly, then this is not possible, and definitely not possible between users. Of course you can send push notifications to your users though.
      Profiles – now this is possible, but you need to understand there is quite limited customization options available for profiles, and this is the case across all app makers we’ve reviewed.
      Send invites – this one I’m actually not sure of, so you’d have to ask GoodBarber, but I think this can be solved by adding a ‘sharing’ link within an ‘About’ section within your app.
      Video updates – I’m not sure I understand exactly what this is, do you mean video uploads from users? If so, this may be possible with GoodBarber, but only by them sending them directly to you and you uploading them on their behalf. I don’t think it’s possible for them to post videos to walls or chat.

  • sundep

    I have tried the Goodbarber for some time now, and I like it. It is easy to use, but there are some important function that I need to have in my APP.

    I have started a small business company that deliverer different crafts service to clients. Each client’s needs to be updated on work progress by PDF reports and pictures. The report will be uploaded by each craftsman or
    service engineer on each workplace to google drive or similar. Reports will be sorted under each clients. The APP needs to have an ability, or function thatlet each client get access to their reports, with a chosen password, and download reports or see project progress.

    I haven’t find out how I can solve that in the Goodbarber. I hope I can get some help?

    Thanks

    • Steve

      Hi Sundep, I think that there is a function available in GoodBarber that allows you, the publisher, to contact the users individually via chat. I’m pretty sure you can send them files, but I think setting every single user up with a separate password protected area might be a little too difficult with GoodBarber, and also a LOT of work for you as a publisher to keep track of. I’d suggest getting in touch with GoodBarber support though, as they may have a solution for you that I haven’t thought of. Good luck.

  • Carla Pinto

    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for yourgreat review.

    In terms of monetization how is it supported? Will the options of paying for a monthly or annual subscription or pay per use (ex. music tracks) be available?

    Portuguese is one of the 6 languages available?

    thank you,

    Carla

    • Steve

      Hi Carla, yes Portuguese is one of the languages available!

      In terms of monetization, this can be a bit tricky with app makers. You can make your app a paid download, of course, but subscriptions, and in-app purchases don’t work with most app makers, GoodBarber included. So if you want to monetize your app, you might need to think about it another way. Perhaps you have a free version which let’s you stream the music, and then a paid version which gives you access to download the music tracks?

      Also feel free to get in touch with GoodBarber themselves, as they may have some more ideas on monetization!

      • Carla Pinto

        Thank you Steve for the prompt reply!
        So none of the reviewed app makers will work for subscriptions or in-app purchases, correct?
        Your suggestion is good, but if I understood correctly it means having two similar versions of the same app with different features. Thank you once more, great work!

        • Steve

          Yes that’s correct Carla, although I’m not saying there aren’t ANY app makers out there that don’t offer this, just not the ones I have reviewed and have experience with, that I’m aware of.
          But yes, my suggestions would require two apps. BUT there may be a way to do this with a paid/password protected section in one app, but I don’t know so much about this with GoodBarber. But they could help you with an answer for that!