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ClickFunnels Review – Is it Better Than LeadPages for 2017

I have been obsessed with landing page builders lately as you tell from my most recent posts over the last couple of months.

Well today, I’m going to take a deep-dive into yet another landing page product called ClickFunnels.

I’ve been using it for more than a month on a client project of mine, and I am starting to think of it as LeadPages on steroids.

ClickFunnels Review
With its ability to create complete sales funnels and its easy to use and powerful editor, ClickFunnels provides a clear challenge to LeadPages’ place as the best landing page builder.

That’s not to say that it’s perfect, and in this ClickFunnels review, I’m going to show you how I’ve been using it and how it compares to Leadpages and SamCart.

By showing you the strengths and weaknesses of each, I hope it will help you make the best decision for which one to adopt in your own business.

What is ClickFunnels

ClickFunnels is now a fairly mature service developed by Russell Brunson and his team. It’s now been up and running for more than 3 years at the time of this review.

Unlike competitor products which allow you create single standalone pages, ClickFunnels is all about building different types of marketing funnels.

A funnel is basically a series of pages your visitors go through to reach a certain goal and it might look like this.

A simple Lead Capture Funnel might consist of 2 pages which collects a visitor’s email address and then sends them to a Thank you page when signing up.

ClickFunnelsReview-LeadCaptureFunnel

 

Or you could have more sophisticated sales funnels which are made up of multiple pages which sell to a visitor through each step of the funnel.

With ClickFunnels you can easily create:

  • Optin/Lead Capture Funnels – Used to capture email addresses of your visitors and grow your mailing list.
  • Sales Page Funnels – Create this to sell products and services, with the ability to add any upsells/downsells to your sales process.
  • Webinar Funnels – Useful for helping people register for your webinars.
  • Membership Sites – Generate a recurring income by creating a full blown membership site.

ClickFunnels comes with its own distinctive set of templates for each of the different funnel types it allows you to create.

ClickFunnelsReview-OptinTemplates

 

Or you can start from scratch and build pages directly using the ClickFunnels editor.

The editor is where ClickFunnels really shines.

It enables you to easily put together different pages in your funnel through an easy point and click interface.

No coding is required and really, anyone can use it to whip up something nice. Everything is live, so all design changes you make can see in real-time.

ClickFunnels gives you quite a bit of flexibility in creating your pages. For example, you can easily move elements around and place them where you want, which is something the Leadpages editor does not allow.

Getting Started with ClickFunnels

I was immediately impressed by the ClickFunnels onboarding process. They do a really smart thing where they offer you a free ClickFunnels t-shirt just for watching the introduction training videos.

ClickFunnelsOnboarding

 

It takes about 10 minutes, and the training videos do give you a good overview of how ClickFunnels works.

Creating your first funnel is easy. Click the Add Funnels button and you are taken to a screen showing all the funnel types available.

If you are unclear with what each funnel does, there’s an embedded video you can watch which explains how it works.

Pick the Funnel you want and click the Create Funnel button. You will be asked to give your funnel a name.

ClickFunnels will then generate a set of pages for you based on the funnel you’ve chosen. So for a sales funnel you would get:

ClickFunnelsReview-SalesFunnelWorkflow

Pages can be removed from the funnel by hovering and clicking the giant ‘X’ next to the page.

For each page in your funnel, you can select from the available templates. Each template is professionally designed and there is a good selection to choose from. Plus, more are being added all the time.

If you don’t see a template that matches your current vision, I’ve found that it’s just as easy to start from scratch. This can be done by picking any template and then quickly deleting each of the sections on the page.

The basic building block of a ClickFunnels page is a section. A typical funnel might have a header section, an above the fold content section and a footer section.

A long form sales page might also have a section for highlighting specific features or a section for testimonials.

ClickFunnels is flexible enough to support all types of designs.

Sections are then further divided into column rows. You can pick from a single column to up to 6 columns and any number in between.

Finally, inside each column is where you insert various ClickFunnels elements.

 

Basic widgets include Headline, Image, Text, Button, Input forms and Video elements.

ClickFunnelsReview-Elements

But you can also include more advanced elements like:

  • SMS Signup
  • Survey
  • Pricing Table
  • Video Unlocker
  • Facebook Comments
  • FAQ Blocks
  • Countdown Timers
  • Custom HTML

As you mouseover any section, row or element, it will get highlighted and clicking slide in the contextual editor from the right-hand side where you can change its properties.

Background colors, margins, fonts, alignment can all be changed as well as element specific properties like a specific image url for the Image element.

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It’s all quite intuitive to use once you’ve played around with things a bit.

The editor is quite impressive and strikes a nice balance between flexibility and ease of use.

If you are selling a product, then you want to integrate with a payment processor.

ClickFunnels directly supports Backpack CRM, InfusionSoft and Clickbank.

if you don’t use any of those services, then I recommend using the Stripeintegration since it is free to signup for and use.

I didn’t have any experience with Stripe until I tested it with ClickFunnels, but I found that it’s an extremely simple way to take credit card payments.

Once you have created your Stripe account, just follow the simple instructions to link it to your ClickFunnels account and you’re all set.

Whenever anyone goes through the Order Page form of your funnel, it will automatically be used to collect payment from your customer.

Tracking

In addition to helping you create each of the pages in your sales funnel, ClickFunnels also helps you track how each page in your funnel performs.

At the top of each page, you can see in real-time the total number of visitors for each page in the funnel, how many visitors clicked on the next button of the page, and the conversion rate.

You will also see a graph showing your stats over a specified time period.

ClickFunnelsReview-Tracking

 

Split testing is also baked into ClickFunnels which is essential for helping you optimize the conversion rate of your funnels.

If you click in the Split Test tab, you can see the stats of all your existing split tests. Plus you will see the button to create a New Split Test.

Setting up new split tests is quite easy. The best way is to clone an existing page and then tweak it from there.

Unfortunately, ClickFunnels does not have a lot of advanced split testing features that I’ve seen implemented in other products like Thrive Leads.

For example, there doesn’t seem to be a way to automatically rotate your split tests. And I would love to see ClickFunnels pick a “winning” split test after a statistically significant amount of data has been collected.

Actionetics and Backpack

When it was first released, ClickFunnels was all about creating…well funnels. But Russell had even bigger ambitions for the product and that’s how Actionetics and Backpack came about.

Actionetics

Actionetics aims to be a replacement for your favorite email service provider.

With Actionetics, you can see everyone who has opted into your lists through your ClickFunnels in the Contact Profiles page.

What’s cool is that each of your leads is given an Action Score, which is based on recency, frequency, monetary value and social scores. It basically gives you an idea of which leads are more likely to buy from you.

You can use Actionetics to send email broadcasts and the email builder allows you to design nice looking emails. And Action Funnels are Actionetics way of creating autoresponders with some limited marketing automation features.

While some of its features are interesting, Actionetics still can’t compete with a full fledged email service provider like ActiveCampaign, Drip or ConvertKit. Personally, I just prefer a standalone service where I’m not tied into an all-in-one solution.

Backpack

One of the best ways to boost the sales of your product is to have a great affiliate program that attracts some top affiliates.

That’s what Backpack can do for you. It’s essentially a complete affiliate platform for ClickFunnels that you can attach to any of your created funnels.

Inside Backpack, you can add everything you need for affiliates to promote your product including affiliate links, email swipe copy, and banner ads. You can also setup your affiliate payouts and see how well each of your affiliates is performing.

There’s even support for 2nd tier commissions which are an extremely powerful incentive.

Pricing

Over time, ClickFunnels has evolved their pricing plans. In the beginning, they had 3 different pricing tiers, but it now been consolidated into 2.

The cheapest ClickFunnels plan is $97 a month. On this plan, you get access to all the funnel creation tools, but you are limited to creating 20 funnels, 100 pages, and 20,000 visitors. Unfortunately, you don’t get access to Actionetics and Backpack with this plan.

For that, you’ll need to choose the Etison Suite plan. It includes everything, including Actionetics and Backpack. You also get unlimited funnels, pages, and visitors. However, this will run you $297 a month which is quite steep.

Both plans also have a 14-day free trial so you can test things out before you buy.

ClickFunnels Pros

  • Super easy to create complete funnel workflows
  • Editor balances ease of use with flexibility
  • Integrates with major email and payment providers
  • Nice looking templates for each type of funnel
  • Good training materials and ongoing weekly webinars
  • New features being consistently added
  • 2-tier affiliate program
  • 14-day free trial

ClickFunnels Cons

  • Comparatively expensive, especially the Etison plan
  • Limits on the number of funnels, pages and visitors with the standard plan
  • Lots of things to learn, steep learning curve
  • Split testing is very basic

ClickFunnels vs LeadPages

If you are reading this review, you are probably wondering how ClickFunnels compares to LeadPages.

At this current point in time, LeadPages is the dominant leader in this landing page builder space.

You can easily tell who is using LeadPages because their templates are so recognizable. Many of the top marketers are using it, and you will no doubt see many people using their landing pages.

ClickFunnels hasn’t been out as long, but it does have the marketing power of Russell Brunson behind it.

Russell is gearing ClickFunnels to become his flagship product, so what you see now is just a taste of what the product is going to look like in the future.

The strength of ClickFunnels is its easy to use editor. It is far more flexible than the LeadPages editor although Leadpages has caught up with their new drag and drop editor.

Limiting flexibility is not necessarily a bad thing. Because it makes constructing pages fast! And that’s where LeadPages really shines.

The most effective strategy for growing your email list right now is using content upgrades. By creating targeted lead magnets to your most popular posts you can get opt-in conversion rates that far surpass your standard pop-up.

LeadPages is the best service for implementing this strategy with its LeadBoxes, 2 step opt-ins, and automatic lead magnet delivery. This is why LeadBoxes are the most popular popup you will see today.

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However, some people want more control to create pages to their exact specifications. That’s the power that ClickFunnels gives you. But with great power comes great complexity. ClickFunnels certainly has a higher learning curve than LeadPages does.

The other main advantage is that ClickFunnels creates complete sales funnels for you. And all your stats through each stage of your funnel are tracked.

With LeadPages, you can only create single pages. So creating that initial sales page is simple.

But what about adding on an order form? Upsells and downsells? LeadPages can’t do that, while ClickFunnels can.

ClickFunnels vs SamCart

Another ClickFunnels alternative you may have heard of is SamCart. SamCart is a product that allows users to create beautiful, high converting checkout pages. Which gives it a lot in common with ClickFunnels.

SamCart is geared towards getting you up and selling your product fast. It supports both Stripe and Paypal and it comes with 17 different checkout page templates which you can customize.

In terms of flexibility, there is no comparison between ClickFunnel’s drag and drop editor and SamCart’s. ClickFunnels is infinitely more powerful in that you can design any checkout page you can dream of.

But again, there is a big difference in learning curves. Are you someone that wants to fiddle around with creating the perfect design, or are you someone that just wants to use a proven template to start selling right away?

SamCart comes with a lot of ways to increase the value of each customer in your funnel. You can add order bumps, which allows you to present an additional offer on your checkout page.

Or you can easily add upsells (or downsells) to your funnel that gets presented to your customer after they purchase your primary product. You can also easily create coupons for your products which is another great way to increase conversions.

If ClickFunnel’s Backpack affiliate system looks appealing to you, SamCart also offers its own affiliate center as well. Both products offer everything you need to create a great affiliate program.

One big advantage of SamCart is the fact there are no restrictions attached to any of their plans. ClickFunnels has these annoying limits on the number of funnels you can create and the number of visitors to them.

With SamCart, there are no such limits. You can sell unlimited products in your account and send as much traffic to your checkout pages as you want.

Final Thoughts

Which way you go should depend on the requirements of your business.

If you don’t mind the learning curve and want an all-in-one solution to sell your own product and be able to customize every step of your funnels then ClickFunnels is certainly worth a look.

If you’re not that technically savvy or just want to start selling something fast, then I would suggest giving SamCart a try.

However, if all you want to do is collect opt-in emails via pop-ups and landing pages, then I would go with LeadPages or Thrive Leads instead. While you can do the same with ClickFunnels, I don’t think you can justify the high monthly price tag if you are not using its more advanced features.

In the end, I would just recommend trying out ClickFunnels to see how you like it. They offer a 14-day free trial, so you can test out all the features and see how it works for you.

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Clickfunnels Review

In this review I walk you through the new online system Clickfunnels.

As I’m writing this, it is still in closed beta, so some of my points might change as the product goes out of beta.

ARTICLE UPDATED WITH INFORMATION FROM THE PUBLIC 2.x RELEASE!

I’ll have to test out the new system and I will update this review in a short while.
The background for me writing this Clickfunnels review is that I’ve been a customer since the beta and using the system for almost four months. So this is not just some quick at a feature set and an affiliate link.

What is Clickfunnels

Since Clickfunnels does so many things, it’s hard to difficult to articulate just what it is in just one word.

Is it a landing page and sales page designer/editor?

To start out, it’s an easy to use page designer, like we know from other systems like LeadPages. Just like LeadPages, they offer a long list of templates and let you change any content you like, however, confined to the fields that the template provides you with.

This gives you some awesome looking pages without you having to be a designer or developer (or even pay for one).

Over the past couple of years we’ve seen a lot of these page designers, some offer more freedom, like the Optimize Press 2.x plugin that is more a drag and drop designer, and in the other end of the scale LeadPages which it’s based on templates.

I might sidetrack a bit, but I was really disappointed with OptimizePress 2.x when it came out, because it was slow and I really just wanted some nice looking page templates for my landing and sales pages.

And then I’ve jumped on the LeadPages bandwagon and done a bunch of landing pages on their platform. Most of the time getting a 40%+ conversion even without me is being a professional copywriter.

Clickfunnels is a lot like LeadPages when it comes to the designer.It’s intuitive, easy to use and they offer a lot of cool templates.

They are still adding templates and they are also starting a marketplace where you can upload your own templates and even sell them (just like LeadPages I might add).

But wait there’s more….

But now the similarities to other systems stop. Because, as the name implies, the core of Clickfunnels is not the page itself, but the sales funnel that it is a part of. Clickfunnels know that a landing or sales page will never stand alone, it will always be a part of any part of the funnel.

So besides the page designer, you can create your entire sales funnel inside the system.

But that is not all; Clickfunnels comes not only with page templates but alsofunnel templates. Want to make a funnel with a landing for a webinar registration page? That leads to a thank you page? That includes a live webinar page? That has a page for the replay? That leads to a sales page?
No problem, Clickfunnels has you covered.

Actually, you can do webinars and membership sites directly from Clickfunnels. No need to use other systems. I know that LeadPages also have some templates for webinars, but they do not have the option to send out emails to different segments, like “send email to all who did not participate” or “send email to all who watched but didn’t see the offer“. Clickfunnels can do this!

Heck, I’m currently using the Easy Webinar Plugin and it can’t segment emails like this.

Another thing to note is that Clickfunnels even does billing right inside the system. You can in a few minutes link a Stripe account with your Clickfunnels account and bingo! You can now make sales directly from inside your sales pages in Clickfunnels.

What I like about Clickfunnels

So why am I really excited about Clickfunnels?

First off I like its focus on the entire funnel! More expensive CRM systems like InfusionSoft typically have a focus on the lead/customer and how their behaviors are, over time, and can also setup processes that people get through, however, they do not have a page designer that is as easy to use (with top converting templates), and also don’t have all the add-ons like webinars and membership sites.

Second, I actually like that it is “self-contained”. This one system will literally be able to replace 3-4 other systems I’m currently using (like my webinar system, billing system, split testing system and page designer).

It really has enormous potential.

What I don’t like about Clickfunnels

While it was in beta, there were still a bunch of minor glitches in the templates. The designer works really well, but the actual templates are quite faulty. Also, I found several templates where you could not change all texts, which is kind of a show stopper for me when I want to use it for the Danish market (and I can’t change the English words).

This has improved a lot with the public version 2.x release.

Also the price point might turn some people off. Right now the price point is $97 per month, which is more than a system like LeadPages. However, if you look at what you’re actually getting and all the other systems you can replace, I think it’s a quite fair pricing.

Since I’m the one that is using WordPress for pretty much everything, I kind of miss the awesome WordPress integration that LeadPages has. Sure, you can embed something on your site using an iFrame, but that’s just a “hack”.

So instead of having the landing page directly on your site, you will typically create a subdomain and point that to Clickfunnels. That means that if your site was called “awesomeness.com”, you could create a “flow.awesomeness.com” and point that domain to Clickfunnels and have all your Clickfunnels pages being served from that.

When you try to do everything, you might not do the individual thing as well as others who are specialized in this. I haven’t tried the membership part of Clickfunnels, and I probably won’t replace my WordPress and Wishlist Membercombo out anytime soon.

Who else wants an integrated system for landing pages, sales pages, webinars, billing and more?

If you don’t receive any technical skills, don’t require paying a designer each time you need a page, but still want top converting landing and sales pages? Then Clickfunnels should be something you would want to check out.

I have been a satisfied customer with LeadPages up until now; however, I haven’t seen anything like Clickfunnels to date. No other product tries to integrate the entire sales process like Clickfunnels does.

Clickfunnels Review: Powerful Ways to Use the System

I’ve literally passed a vast measure of time on this review and using Clickfunnels so I’m fairly sure I’ve had enough experience to insure a portion of ground here.

But in case you think I must have lost something or would like to take me for anything else, please permit me know in the comments or email me. I will be more than happy to answer questions you might have about Clickfunnels.

A Quick Overview of the Benefits of using Clickfunnels

  • It’s super easy to use
  • The only system to give you a full sales funnel overview together with an outstanding page designer
  • You can create an unlimited number of sales funnels, webinars, membership sites, landing and sales pages.
  • You can do split testing easily without external tools
  • Tracking conversion throughout your entire sales funnel has never been easier
  • You pages look awesome on tablets and smartphones with full responsive design
  • Control your brand 100% – from domain to the emails being sent
  • Fantastic support

 

So here’s how to setup an automated webinar inside Clickfunnels

I have recorded a video that shows you the entire process. You can watch it right here:

* I recommend that you watch the video in full screen mode! NOTICE THAT THE VIDEO IS OF THE BETA 1.x VERSION OF CLICKFUNNELS

The video will show you how to:

  • Use an automated webinar funnel template
  • Use the page designer
  • Created targeted emails to your webinar participants
  • Setup split testing of the webinar registration page
  • Set up the webinar funnel directly on your own domain

Below I have also highlighted the most important steps.

1) Select the automated webinar sales funnel template

Clickfunnels comes with a lot of different funnel templates. These are basically “done for you funnels” where you just need to change the text.

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In this example, I simply choose the funnel called Automated Webinar, however there are many more funnel templates like the “Launch Funnel” that gives you a complete Jeff Walker style launch funnel complete with optin page, three free value video pages and one sales page.

Below is a broad list of the funnel templates at the time of writing (some of them just consisting of a single page like the “404 Error Pages”)

  • Optin funnel
  • Webinar funnel
  • Automated webinar funnel
  • Invisible funnel
  • Launch funnel
  • Membership funnel
  • Sales video funnel
  • Two step funnel
  • Micro continuity funnel
  • Youtube pages
  • Tripwire funnel
  • Blackbox funnel
  • Thank you pages
  • Affiliate center pages
  • Presell pages
  • Podcast pages
  • 404 error pages
  • Prelaunch pages
  • Sold out pages
  • Double opt in pages
  • Squeeze pages

Wow, right? I think you get an idea of the enormous potential of Clickfunnels from this list.

2) Select the page templates

Next comes up the template wizard where we need to select a template for each page in the funnel

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This is super simple to do, and remember that split testing is built in, so you can quickly test two different templates against each other. In the automated webinar, you have to select templates for the following pages:

Webinar registration
Webinar confirmation
Webinar broadcast room
Webinar replay room
Those are the actual pages in the wizard; however I typically also add a sales page to the end of the funnel (since I want to sell something on the webinar 😉)

After the wizard the funnel is displayed nicely as a list of pages where I can track the conversion from each step to the next.

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3) Write the copy for the pages

Next I go into each of the pages and change the copy so it’s relevant to my webinar.

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The Clickfunnels editor is super easy to use. I didn’t think it could be much easier than LeadPages, but I have to admit that the Clickfunnels page editor works extremely well. It’s easy and quick to change all the texts and images, and it’s also easier to jump between steps in the funnel right from within the editor.

4) Select automated webinar times

Right now at the entire automated webinar feature in Clickfunnels 2.0 is limited to two daily webinars (at fixed times), however I’m sure they’re working on letting you customize this.

Also notice that you can of course still do live webinars at a specific date and time using Clickfunnels, it’s only the automated once that are a bit limited functionality (and I believe that this will change once the platform matures).

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5) Setup the email sequence

In the last step I edit the automated emails that go out to the webinar participants.

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Clickfunnels can target different audiences among the webinar signups.

  • Everyone
    As the name implies, it targets all who sign up to the webinar
  • Missed webinar
    People who sign up, but didn’t see the webinar
  • Attended but missed offer
    People who observed some of the webinar but did not beat around until the offer was submitted
  • Saw offer but didn’t purchase
    People who did see the offer but did not decide to purchase
  • Purchased
    People who purchased your product

Each of these segments can be sent at various times based on the date and time of the webinar. So you can send reminders out to everyone before the webinar starts, and you can target people who saw the offer but didn’t purchase 2 days after the webinar.

Pretty powerful stuff.

6) Setup products and up sells

Last but not least, you barely require adding a sales page and any you might want in your funnel. It’s just as easy as editing the webinar pages.

And that’s it, in the video above I go through, all the steps showing you exactly how doing it.

How does Clickfunnels compare to the competition

But as I wrote in the beginning, there are other page builders out there. So how does it match up against these?
(If you want to see comparisons between Clickfunnels and other systems, let me know and I might add them)

Clickfunnels vs LeadPages

Allow me start out by stating that I’ve been really gratified with my LeadPages subscription. They have some awesome templates and a pretty stable system that just works.

Their support is great; however they have a lot of customers so not super quick.

Clickfunnels has an even better editor (in my opinion) than LeadPages and they have a super quick support. But that might be because they are a new service and they don’t have that many customers.

However Clickfunnels really go beyond the whole page designer thing. While LeadPages also has templates for webinars, they are just that simply templates. They look awesome, but do not contain any special webinar functionality. You can sign up and watch the webinar.

LeadPages does however have an awesome WordPress integration and you can even download the raw HTML and stick it on your own server if you wanted to. They also have other features like the LeadBoxes that creates nice popups on your page.

If you wanted to integrate ClickFunnels with WordPress the only way to this, is currently with an “iframe” that isn’t really an optimal way of doing it.

Also one feature I really like about LeadPages that I would love to see in Clickfunnels, it’s the ability to sort the page templates after conversion.

Now this is just my own analysis of the situation, however I think that LeadPages has felt the breath of this newcomer in the neck, because lately LeadPages have had a very aggressive strategy for getting you to either upgrade or extend your subscription for 1-2 years. But again, it’s just good business to bind your customers to your platform for a longer period, so perhaps it’s just an coincidence.

The Clickfunnels version 2.0 is a pretty big re-write from the beta version that I original worked with (and wrote about). So a lot of the “beta bugs” have been ironed out. So they are really working hard on getting the system perfect.

So right now, I’m considering cancelling my LeadPages account.

Clickfunnels vs OptimizePress 2.x

I was never really that fond of OptimizePress 2.x. I really liked OptimizePress 1.x and just wanted more and better looking templates in 2.x. However they created a super slow drag and drop page builder. Now it has probably improved, but there were a ton of bugs when they first launched it. I bought it, but have really never used it for anything other than tests.

Originally OptimizePress 2.x had one advantage over page builders like LeadPages and Clickfunnels, and that was that it was possible to completely change the template. That means adding new items or removing existing. However with version 2.x that is now also possible in Clickfunnels. And it works way better (not to say way faster) than the OptimizePress editor.

I think it’s a deliberate choice from LeadPages (and originally also for Clickfunnels before they changed it), because it’s much easier to give you some rocking templates that are already converting and getting them to convert for you to. So you can’t really mess the template up too much.

However I still think that Clickfunnels has done the right thing by making the editor even more flexible, while still providing some kick ass templates.

What do you want to know about Clickfunnels?

So there you have it, I’m really excited about Clickfunnels.

DISCLAIMER: I hope you have enjoyed this Clickfunnels review. Please notice that any links in this article that links to Clickfunnels will be an affiliate link. That means that if you click a link and decide to buy Clickfunnels, I will most likely be compensated.
(and besides being an affiliate for them, I am also a satisfied paying customer!)

Have I left something out? Is there anything else you want to know about Clickfunnels? Then let me know in the comments below and I’ll add this to the article.

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