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DudaOne Review 3 0

Tricky to get a handle on but lots of responsive themes.

3.0

By Steve BenjaminsLast Updated Jul 8 2016

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User Experience Info

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.

Duda offers two website building products

Right: Duda offers two website building products

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).

A row

Right: A row

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.

Trying to increase navigation width

Right: Trying to increase navigation width

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.

Confusing language in edit menus

Right: Confusing language in edit menus

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).

DudaOne Website Editor

Right: DudaOne Website Editor

Features Info

  • Blog

    Blog editor covers a good amount of features: permalink editing, RSS feeds and both Facebook and Disqus comments etc. Unfortunately you can't set posts to publish in the future.  Show Screenshot

  • Ecommerce

    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.  

  • 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).  

  • iOS & Android Apps

    No iPhone or Android apps.  

  • Retina Ready

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

  • Newsletter

    There is no newsletter signup widget— though DudaOne promises that a Mailchimp integration with the form builder is "coming soon." 

  • Membership System

     

  • Design from Scratch

    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.) 

  • Restaurant Menu

     

  • Donations

     

  • Audio Player

     

  • Podcasts

     

Themes Info

I counted about 76 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:

Example theme

Right: 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.

Example theme

Right: Example theme

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.)

Choosing an icon for buttons

Right: Choosing an icon for buttons

But customizing elements can also turn into a big pain because there’s no way to set a universal color scheme— instead each element has to be styled individually. This gets really annoying if you’re trying to create a consistent look and feel across your website.

Element styles are set individually— not globally

Right: Element styles are set individually— not globally

Good Billing Practices


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


Pricing


Monthly Plans Annual Plans
Plan Term Domain Name Total info
    • Business $19.00 / month Domain names must be purchased seperately. Expect to pay an additional $14.95 annually. $19.00 per month Total: $684.00
    • Business $171.00 / year Domain names must be purchased seperately. Expect to pay an additional $14.95 annually. $14.25 per month Total: $513.00
    • Business + Ecommerce $29.00 / month Domain names must be purchased seperately. Expect to pay an additional $14.95 annually. $29.00 per month Total: $1,044.00
    • Business + Ecommerce $270.00 / year Domain names must be purchased seperately. Expect to pay an additional $14.95 annually. $22.50 per month Total: $810.00

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Steve Benjamins I founded Site Builder Report in 2012 in order to help people choose the right website builder. I also make music (you should check it out!). You can also follow me on Twitter here.