The last 4-5 years have seen the rise of open, free and popular CSS+HTML5+JS frameworks like Bootstrap, Foundation Zurb and Ink for creating mobile responsive apps for a variety of SPA-Single Page Applications to larger multi-page websites. It should not be a surprise that each of these free frameworks have generated a number of libraries of free and premium themes and templates to give your app development a quick start. Shown below is the StartBootstrap library:
There are similar themes/templates for Foundation Zurb. Ink and other JS frameworks. These theme libraries are very similar to WordPress or Joomla theme/templates. So it should not be a surprise to see a tool like Mobirise appear which in effect delivers a Bootstrap IDE. This tool allows you to build your own theme template and website in drag and drop fashion with immediate frontend WYSIWYG feedback. This reviewer can testify Mobirise certainly delivers very fast website design and development.
Like other CMS and JS frameworks, Mobirise provides basic free and premium templates which web developers then cut/paste to modify:
There are benefits to each development method. The frontend, interactive method favors development speed and immediate design resolution. The traditional approach gives finer control over both the the UI component functionality and refinement of the UI styling. But the Mobirise template approach certainly delivers fast results. The following photo-promo website was designed and delivered using Mobirise in less than a day including all the photo refinements:
So if you need to deliver a small to medium size website, Mobirise can help deliver quick results that can be refined in the traditional tools like NetBeans or WebStorm. So the question now is how far can Mobirise take you and at what cost
First and foremost Mobirise is a free, standalone app that runs in Windows and Mac and delivers responsive, mobile apps using Bootstrap 3 and 4 codebase.. And the free app has 2 free theme templates which provide a core set of blocks including hero image, image slider, text block, and image testimonial blocks. To get the full range of blocks for Mobirise, users can buy a selection of individual blocks or packages of several blocks as seen in the screen shot below:
The prices roughly correspond to those paid for premium WordPress plugins and themes. But the big difference is that these themes and extensions can be used in an unlimited number of personal and commercial websites. Support is through a forum and updates to the themes and extensions may incur an added cost. See the video below to see the full range of themes and blocks available: