Duda Website Builder Review – Responsive Site Creation Made Easy?
When the first iPhone made its mark on the world, Duda’s founders had an idea of how important mobile websites might become as a result. Founded in 2008, this company has specialized in, you guessed it, mobile websites.
However, Duda’s Responsive Website Builder, the product we are going to focus on in this review, is not primarily about mobile websites. Obviously, responsive websites are part of the deal, meaning your website visitors will see an optimized site whether they are looking at it on a computer, a tablet, or a smartphone. But Duda wants to be much more than just another website builder.
Not only is there a feature that will help you create multilingual websites, there is also a unique website personalization tool (formerly called inSite). This enables you to send your visitors customized offers based, for example, on their browsing history or the city they live in.
All of this comes at a price, however – compared to their competitors, Duda’s Website Builder is not exactly cheap. Nevertheless, you can try it out risk free – there’s a trial period, which is completely free and comes with no strings attached. And if you should really like it, there’s a plan for life available. That’s a unique offer amongst all website builders that we’ve tested so far.
Our overview will give you an idea of how the website builder did in general and whether it’s worth its price.
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Duda's Website Builder in detail
|Ease of use||
||The menu is simple and intuitively structured. The editor mode offers an immediate preview, including well-thought out previews for desktop, tablet, and mobile screens.|
|Choice and flexibility of design (templates)||
||A large number of modern designs are included. Advanced users can take an empty template and start from scratch. All designs are optimized for smartphones and tablets, making them responsive. The editor offers previews for every type of device.|
|Advertisement-free||yes||No DudaMobile ads are shown in paid plans.|
||Additional languages can be added through the language feature: this is one of Duda's greatest strengths! It uses a folder system and is SEO-friendly (unlike a lot of competing products). It supports all major languages (including Asian characters). Available from BUSINESS+.|
|Your own domain name (e.g. .com or .net)||no||Domain names and email hosting aren't included. You can either register a domain through Duda or link an existing one to your Duda website as well. SSL encryption is available in all paid plans. Find more information in our FAQ.|
|Depth of navigation||
||You can go up to three levels deep. This should be sufficient for most use cases, but it may be restrictive for some projects.|
|Widgets (small tools to add extra functionality)||
||There is no app store, but the editor offers a wide range of useful features. You can also use the Website Personalization Tool to add interactive elements: an information bar, pop-ups, special offers, etc.|
|Monetization||yes||Yes, you can insert advertising (e.g. banners).|
||This ecommerce solution is based on Ecwid’s online shop system. The ECOMMERCE 2500 plan includes the sale of digital products, too.|
|Search Engine Optimization (SEO)||
||Any and all relevant settings can be adjusted to match your needs. Google will be especially receptive to your SSL encryption. This can give you an edge with website rankings.|
||Easy to use: Just a single click to add, and it automatically includes RSS. Unfortunately, comments are only available via Facebook.|
||An analysis tool is included. However, you can use Google Analytics just as well.|
|Contact form||yes||A wide variety of customization options.|
|Password protection||yes||While individual pages can be protected by a password, you cannot create user accounts.|
|Newsletter tool||no||Not included. You will have to use another provider – more information on that can be found here.|
|Add HTML code||yes||You can always add HTML code. Beyond that, you can edit the template itself when purchasing the BUSINESS+ plan or above.|
|Storage space||Unlimited||Duda offers unlimited storage space.|
|Backups & Restore||yes||It is possible to backup and restore your Duda website. Every time your site is published, a backup gets created automatically.|
|Support||yes||Comprehensive FAQ and email support are available. There are also a few videos you can check out.|
||The editing process is flexible and fast. It doesn’t take long to figure out how everything works.|
|Duda have put together a well-engineered website builder with a wide variety of features. Especially interesting for anyone with a multilingual project.|
From our perspective, Duda is ideal for small and medium-sized website projects. The design templates are not only nice to look at, but anyone can customize them – even without programming skills. The only that we don’t like is that you cannot pick a different theme once you have made your initial choice. However, if you want more control than that, Duda has you covered: Just switch into “Developer Mode” and start experimenting!
Duda’s Website Personalization Tool is especially interesting. It lets you customize your visitors’ user experience even further – you can show first-time visitors a welcome video, for example, or provide offers tailored specifically to visitors from certain cities. The possibilities are almost endless because you can create your own actions.
We do have to deduct some points for the shop. When compared to Shopify or Weebly, the prices are just a bit too high. An app store would have been nice as well – Weebly and Wix both have one. This makes adding new features much easier.
Where Duda truly shines is languages: it’s our top recommendation for multi-lingual websites. No other site builder makes it as easy (and SEO-friendly) to serve international visitors.
Overall, we can say that Duda hits all the right notes – unless, of course, your main goal is to create an online store.
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FAQ about Duda
How do I cancel Duda?
Duda offers a free trial you can check out with no strings attached. Should you be using a paid plan, you can cancel it within the first 30 days in order to get your money back. Should you cancel the plan after the first 30 days, it will terminate as detailed in your contract.
Is there a cheaper way to get a domain / email hosting for my Duda website?
Yes! Instead of signing up with Google Domains, you can also opt for a plan at Namecheap that already includes email hosting. Namecheap is 100% compatible with Duda.
What is DudaPro?
DudaPro is for agencies, developers, and resellers who want to offer their clients fully customized websites as a product. It gives them full control over a website project. Each website created with a DudaPro account will receive a rebate.
17 Jan 2017 – Backup & Restore category added to the table
09 Jan 2017 – Duda updated its editor. It’s faster and has a new interface now.
05 Jan 2017 – Name change: DudaOne is now called Duda Responsive Website Builder.
11 Nov 2016 – Review added.
Last updated: 17 Jan 2017 | Armin Pinggera