The DudaOne website editor kind of throws the kitchen sink at you. It can feel disorganized and overwhelming— not the easy, unified experience you’d find in other website builders like Strikingly and Weebly. It will take most users time to wrap their head around it.
You provide structure to your website by adding rows and columns and placing individual elements inside of them (this contrasts a blank canvas editor which lets you drag elements anywhere).
Widgets can be moved anywhere within their row or column— but unfortunately this is not obvious. In fact I doubt many users even realize you can move widgets by dragging the little white squares.
You can also add Sections to your website— basically pre-designed templates of columns, rows and widgets. Unlike columns, rows and widgets, Sections are not added through the sidebar. Instead you hover between rows and click Add Section. This might not be immediately obvious.
There are many tiny, hidden menus throughout Dudaone. It’s hard to keep track of all these menus and what they do. For example, in order to download responses to your form, you need to open the form element, click a gear icon and click Form Responses. Users may stumble upon this feature but I imagine most will never know it ever existed.
The blog editor covers a good amount of features: permalink editing, RSS feeds and both Facebook and Disqus comments etc. You can't set posts to publish in the future but just about everything else you’ll need is included. Show Screenshot
DudaOne uses Ecwid, a third party store builder, for ecommerce. Ecwid works well enough— it's pretty easy to use and flexible— but my problem with it is that it never fully integrates with your DudaOne website because it's a 3rd party store. If you're serious about building an online store I would recommend finding a website builder who hasn't outsourced their ecommerce features. Show Screenshot
Excellent form builder. You can choose from a variety of field options: text, dropdowns, checkboxes, file attachements, emails and more. You can edit success messages, error messages, send the user to another page and even add tracking codes (which gets really, really helpful when running ad campaigns). Forms also integrate with Google Sheets, Mailchimp, Constant Contact and Webhooks. Show Screenshot
No iPhone or Android apps.
Images were sharp and crisp on retina screens (example: iPhones, Macbooks).
The excellent form builder integrates with Mailchimp for creating sign up forms.
You can erase most of your theme settings and design it from scratch.
A wide selection of templates to choose from. Templates are strong: fresh and contemporary. Just make sure you choose your template carefully: once it’s chosen you can’t swap between templates— so you’re locked in.
All themes are responsive and work nicely on tablets and mobile devices.
When I reviewed DudaOne last year, I complained that there was no way to adjust global design settings (for example: a way to set the default paragraph font size). I’m happy to report that you can now adjust global design settings (and you can always override the default if, for example, you’d like to adjust one single paragraph).
I was able to downgrade my plan to a free plan with no hassle.
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