Everything feels easy and within arms reach in Ucoz. There’s a real coherence to the product— it’s thoughtful and intuitive.
The body of a page is built by dragging and dropping individual widgets (text, photos, buttons etc.). The header and footer are more structured— they let you select between a preselected elements (social icons, logo, navigation) that can be toggled on and off. I find this structured approach to headers and footers sensible (it’s similar to Weebly— though Weebly allows for a much more flexible footer).
The Space widget is dropped into pages for adding padding and space around elements. At first using this didn’t feel completely intuitive but after a few minutes I got the hang of it. (And surprisingly, the spaces translate pretty well to mobile).
One confusing aspect: I discovered inconsistencies between templates. For example, Blocks are collections of pre-built templates that you can drop into a page (for example a contact form block). Unfortunately, some blocks are only available on some templates— so it takes some guess and testing. Additionally some templates have variety of footer options while others are severely limited.
You can create a “News” page that essentially acts as a blog. You can customize the post permalink, add comments, set a post image, add a “Read More” link, schedule posts in the future and more. Solid. Show Screenshot
Ucoz allows you to embed an Ecwid store on your website. Unfortunately Ecwid is a third-party tool so it never feels like a perfect integration— it tends to feel half-baked. All the features are there, it just always feels like something added on top of your website, rather than something that totally integrates (such as Weebly, Wix or Squarespace’s integrated ecommerce features).
I’m a bit torn. The form builder only allows you to add text fields (no radio buttons, check boxes or file uploads) which is really limiting. But on the other hand, it has everything else you’ll need: you can customize the success message, send to multiple email addresses and even add Google Analytics goal tracking (awesome). Show Screenshot
(Ucoz does have a My Sites app but it is a separate app. It does not allow you to edit your website.)
Uploaded images displayed sharp and crisp on retina screens.
There’s a handy element for Mailchimp newsletter sign-ups. Show Screenshot
There is a Soundcloud widget but embedding Soundcloud tracks but no official Ucoz audio player.
No way to create a podcast feed.
Ucoz has a large amount of themes but they all look very similar. Most follow a somewhat similar structure for the header— a horizontal header with logo, navigation and optional contact info and social media icons. Fortunately all themes are responsive— which is excellent.
Theme customization is very limited. For example, you can’t change anything about the font type of any text. You’re locked into the font, size of the text and any other stylings (such as uppercase). You’re also limited to 3 different colors— with no option for setting a custom font color on individual elements.
I was able to cancel my Ucoz subscription using a web-based form.