There are two Duda products you can choose from: DudaOne builds responsive websites (websites that work on desktop and mobile computers) and DudaMobile builds mobile-only websites. It’s a bit odd— I'm not sure why anyone would prefer a mobile-only website over a responsive website. Either way, this review will cover DudaOne.
DudaOne pages are built by stacking rows on top of each other— but working with the rows never felt intuitive. The rows always felt invisible— I’m doubtful that many users will even grasp the concept of row stacking. A better example of how to create a UI around row stacking could be found in websitebuilder.com (though they call them sections).
When trying to increase the width of my navigation I kept hitting the edge of a row container (note to Duda, the “row” actually behaved more like a “column”). The problem is the row container was essentially hidden to me— so it took some guessing and testing to figure out what was going on. This happened to me a couple times: I would try to edit an element only to find it had a parent container constraining it.
Clicking any element on the page reveals an edit menu— but these menus often have confusing language. For example, most users will not understand what Select Container and Set as Anchor will do.
When registering for DudaOne, I was asked whether I was a “web designer building a website for a client” or “building a website for myself”. This question tells a lot about DudaOne: it feels like it was designed more for web designers than anyone else (too many design options presented in an unintuitive way).
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DudaOne uses a third party store builder called Ecwid. 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.
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).
No iPhone or Android apps.
Images were sharp and crisp on retina screens (example: iPhones, Macbooks).
There is no newsletter signup widget— though DudaOne promises that a Mailchimp integration with the form builder is "coming soon."
You can erase most of your theme settings and design it from scratch. (Though style settings are set for individual elements— rather than globally— so setting a custom look and feel will get tedious.)
I counted about 87 themes that you can choose from— most of them are nice. They feel simple and up to date. Plus all themes are responsive (which is huge). Here’s an example theme:
Once you choose your theme it’s locked in— if you want to choose another theme you need to begin your website from scratch again.
There are plenty of design options for each individual element. For example, I loved that buttons have hundreds of icons options to place inside— little things like this go a long way. (You can also customizing the buttons padding, margin, background color, text color, drop shadow and more.)
I was able to downgrade my plan to a free plan with no hassle.
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