BuildFire is among the fresh entries in the world of “codeless” DIY app builders. The vision the founding members had while building this platform was to help individuals, non-profit organizations, and small businesses build their own apps without the need of hiring any programmer. BuildFire has included some really amazing features in both the free as well as paid versions, features such as plenty of templates, amazing customization options, and plethora of other usability features. However, BuildFire is not perfect. So it’s time to test this app builder and see how it performs on various parameters. Read along for our Buildfire review…
The simple click and edit interface of BuildFire lets you create striking apps without writing even a single line of code. Apart from this, you also get a smooth, crisp and spontaneous navigation. Plus you also have the facility to export your apps to HTML5. BuildFire also allows you to publish your apps on the two major app platforms, Apple and Android from one place. You don’t need to go here and there to publish your apps on each app market separately.
Buildfire allows you to select a template based on your activity and integrates demo features inside of it based on what you might need. For instance, there are templates for restaurants, public figures, churches, real estate… However, these templates are not that customizable, which brings it down a bit.
Buildfire is only available in English, so you and your clients better speak English or you will quickly get into trouble to build your app… That’s a shame.
You can integrate your Shopify and WooCommerce accounts with the apps built on Buildfire. But that’s about it! These features don’t let you do much. But they are planning to include more features in near future.
With its patent “SmartPush” technology, BuildFire allows you to categorize several user groups onto your apps and also send push notifications regarding events, updates and other business related stuff directly to them, category wise.
You can also integrate many Social Media networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Slack…
Since this tool is all about making apps, there will always be someone who will need some sort of technical assistance every now and then. Alas! There is no chat option available. So, in case any app creator needs technical assistance, all they can do is drop an email and then wait for a reply.
However, the documentation is complete and should allow you to build your apps without any problem if you don’t want to achieve something very complicated.
We really liked the overall user experience of BuildFire. Special mention goes to the “click and edit” interface and easy navigation. But in the end, all the app makers offer something more or less similar…
Buildfire doesn’t support Windows and Blackberry phones as for now. Like most of the app builders available in the market, BuildFire is more inclined towards Android and Apple.
BuildFire offers 3 plans providing different features:
- Basic ($19/Month):
This plans offers Android and HTML5 apps, five thousand downloads, and 20 plug-ins. The only downside is that this plan doesn’t offer push notifications.
- Premium ($59/Month):
Apps for iOS, Android and HTML5, twenty thousand downloads, 50 thousand push notifications per month, unlimited plug-ins, user management and tagging, and analytics.
- Professional ($89/Month):
iOS + Android + HTML5, 100k Downloads, 500k Push Notifications per month, Unlimited plug-ins, User Management, User Tagging, Analytics, Add Custom plug-ins, Offline Mode, iOS + Android Tablets, RSS Based Push Notifications, Restrict App Content Based On User Tags.
Buildfire is quite a disappointment to us. Everything started really well and and in the end we feel like there’s too many important features or integrations missing…
The best part is that you can actually publish your apps on App Store and Play Store using the premium and professional plans, while basic plan offers Play Store subscription at no extra cost. With that said and done, you can try this app builder once and let us know how you feel about it, but we do not feel like it is the best app maker in town at the moment, even though it deserves to be followed in the future to see how it will evolve.