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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 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. With their latest update, they are also giving users the ability to use their app as a website with their Progressive Web App, complete with SEO descriptions and responsive design for all browsers.

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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Try GoodBarber now for free!

$15/mo

PWA Standard

One progressive web app with 100GB of storage.

$25/mo

PWA Full

One progressive web app with 200GB of storage and advanced add-ons.

$32/mo

Android Standard

One progressive web app and Android native app.

$48/mo

Android Full

Same as Standard, but with access to Advanced add-ons.

$96/mo

iOS Premium

Same as Android Full but with the extra option to publish to iOS.

Note: prices are for yearly subscriptions.

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.

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. You can find anything from Loyalty rewards to user chats and video players.

Progressive web app:

In other words, your app works as a fully-functional website with its own domain, including SEO keywords and sitemaps. They are responsive and mobile-friendly, and we have to say we are quite impressed with the results.

Overwhelming editor:

The editor can be confusing at first. Because there are quite a few concepts to understand, such as the Home section, it is slightly less intuitive than other app makers’.

Paid add-ons:

You have to pay extra for certain add-ons. For example, adding a Loyalty Card to your app will cost an extra $80 per year.

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Ease of use

The editor is responsive and fast, but slightly confusing. It can take a while to understand where you edit the content, and how to edit your Home section. You should spend a couple of hours playing around with it for it all to make sense.

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

PWA

Due to Apple’s new guidelines, GoodBarber’s offer for iOS is quite expensive as it takes manual review into account. You need to buy have an Apple developer account ($99 per year), and pay an extra $290 for 4 app submissions (initial submission + 3 updates).

Their progressive web apps are quite impressive though, so this could be a good cheap option if you want an app / website combo.

App features

Ad support

yes

Ad support is available on all plans.

Push notifications

yes

Available on all Native plans. For PWA, they only come with the PWA Full and Reseller plan.

Location-based Services

yes

GoodBarber have a plugin that allows for Geofencing (a way to send push notifications to people when they move into an area defined by the app maker). Only available on Native apps and limited to 3 for Standard and 6 after that.

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

yes

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

Adding your own HTML code

yes

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

Loyalty features

yes

All loyalty and club card features are available as add-ons: Loyalty Card ($80 / year), Loyalty Card + Club Card ($120 / year), and Couponing ($60 / year).

Newsletter tool

no

No newsletter integration available.

Advanced Features

Team Management

yes

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

yes

iBeacons are limited to 3 on the Standard plan and 6 after that. Only for native apps. Possibly the only app maker we tested that offers it.

API available

yes

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

Testing

yes

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

Analytics

yes

On Android Full and iOS Premium, you can get GoodBarber’s analytics and Google Analytics.

Reseller Program

yes

GoodBarber’s Native Reseller allows you to create unlimited apps for clients for only $200 a month, but you need to pay a submission fee for each iOS app. There is also a Reseller plan for PWAs only at $150 per month.

Read more about their reseller program here.

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

It takes a little while to get your head around the platform, but once you do it feels fun to play with.

Overall rating

4.5/5

GoodBarber really is top of its game in so many areas: the range of integration, flexibility of design, 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 a 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 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. The Home menu can also be confusing at first, and editing your content isn’t as straightforward as with other app makers.

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.

We’ve reviewed a few GoodBarber versions so far, and they are consistently adding new features, which means we think they show great promise for the future. Still, for now, they offer a great balance of aesthetic-driven, user-friendly focus and features, making it one of the best app makers out there.

 

Try GoodBarber now for free.

Yes, you can do this from the GoodBarber back office, once you’re signed in. You basically just click a button and leave a comment as to why.
There are no charges associated with cancelling your account.

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Yes, the prices are per app. But you can publish this app to multiple platforms such as iOS, Android or the web.

 

If you want to create multiple apps (for yourself or to sell them), have a look at the Reseller option.

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florian
Florian is a fan of great design, particularly when it comes to websites, games and apps. A technical writer by trade, he has worked with renowned tech startups and today helps people launch their own smartphone applications with the perfect app builder.
He’s also a father of two, so that’s his excuse for the peanut butter on his keyboard.