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Strikingly is for building one page websites. One page websites have become popular in the last couple years. These websites typically have clear, simple information sections and large photos.
Most website builders aren’t well-suited to create one page websites. Some, like Wix, allow you to build one-page websites but it’s confusing. But since Strikingly exclusively builds one-page websites, they have the best interface for building one-page websites— by far.
You build your website by adding sections. Sections are large content blocks that break the page up. Building sections is easy and intuitive. You’ll get the hang of it quickly. Here’s an example “Hero” section:
One odd thing I noticed was that each theme had its own individual set of sections. For example some themes had the option for a feature listing section while others didn’t. Some themes included options for a project listings section while others didn’t. And there wasn’t any way to know which sections would be included in which theme, so I had to guess to figure it out (which can be painful, because switching themes causes you to reset your entire website).
Some of the sections can end up feeling a bit cookie cutter. Even the Make Your Own section (which allows you some freedom to design a section) requires you to have both a title and subtitle— and there’s no way to add any columns to the layout.
The blog editor is a section you can add to your homepage— it lists posts and links to individual pages. The style of the individual pages is not tied into your template— instead individual pages have their own style (it’s the same style irregardless of your template). Over all this is not a conventional blog organization— so that might bother some users. You can add comments to your blog and integrate with Disqus (no Facebook comments though). You can also create drafts of posts (but can’t set posts to publish on a future date). Show Screenshot
Simple ecommerce— you can set product variations, set shipping options and create coupon codes. Unfortunately the coupon code editor is very simple— you can only set % discounts (so no $10 off shipping coupons) and it you cannot set coupons for only a certain product type or category. There is no product categories, digital products or tax system. While you can preview the email notifications your customers receive, you can’t customize them in any way. Show Screenshot
There is a contact form you can drop into your website but it doesn’t allow you to add new fields— you can simply choose from Name, Email, Phone and Message. Submissions are sent to your email address (and also saved in Strikingly in case you delete the email).
Fully functional iPad and iPhone apps which let you edit your website and view analytics.
No. Images did not display sharp and crisp on retina devices (such as iPhones and Macbooks).
There is a newsletter signup form but it doesn’t integrate with any mailing list providers (such as Mailchimp). Instead it just sends the form results to your email address (which will make for painful data entry). Show Screenshot
Strikingly offers 11 themes to choose from (two years ago I remember they they had 13 though— so it’s not a good sign for the theme count to be dropping). The themes are fresh, contemporary, and skew towards startups and freelancers.
I really like these one page websites. For the right business I think they make a great fit. Here’s another example theme:
There is serious lack of meaningful customization options for theme styles. You can set one custom color for the website (if you upgrade to Pro) but you can’t customize font colors, font sizes, border colors, background images etc.
I was able to buy and cancel Strikingly with ease.