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DudaOne Review

Overall 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.

My work is supported by affiliate commissions. Last Updated Mar 8 2018


User Experience

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.

Website Editor

Right: Website Editor

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).

Right: Dudaone is a structured website builder.

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.

Right: You can move widgets around your column or row— but it's not obvious.

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.

Right: Sections are not added through the sidebar.

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.

In order to download responses to your form, you need to open the form element, click a gear icon and click 'Form Responses'.

Right: In order to download responses to your form, you need to open the form element, click a gear icon and click 'Form Responses'.

One neat, unique feature in DudaOne is Rules. It lets you personalize content for visitors based on certain rules. For example, you can display a map if the person is from a specific city. Or you can have a marketing bar that advertises your happy hour if it’s between the hours of 4pm-6pm.

Choosing a rule

Right: Choosing a rule

Features

  • Blog

    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

  • Ecommerce

    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

  • Form Builder

    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

  • iOS & Android Apps

    No iPhone or Android apps.  

  • Retina Ready

    Images were sharp and crisp on retina screens (example: iPhones, Macbooks). 

  • Newsletter

    The excellent form builder integrates with Mailchimp for creating sign up forms.  

  • Membership System

     

  • Design from Scratch

    You can erase most of your theme settings and design it from scratch.  

  • Restaurant Menu

     

  • Donations

     

  • Audio Player

     

  • Podcasts

     

Themes

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.

Right: Example theme

All themes are responsive and work nicely on tablets and mobile devices.

Right: Example theme

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).

Right: Setting global text options.

There’s a wide variety of style options. It can be difficult to wrap your head around them all though— some are in hidden setting menus, for example, this is the Row menu. It provides esoteric options like Set as Anchor and Clear Padding.

Good Billing Practices

I was able to downgrade my plan to a free plan with no hassle.