You may or may not like website builders, but you can’t but agree that these tools are probably the easiest and the fastest way to provide yourself with a website. Despite all criticism they get from web developers and professional designers, website builders sell their paid subscriptions pretty well. And this is for a reason – they do help us build websites nearly effortlessly.
In addition, they help me make a living :D. So, website builders are cool. But not all of them. It takes time to narrow down the overwhelming choice. So, join me reviewing uCoz, one of the most popular website builders.
A Bit of History
uCoz was launched in 2005 as a free web hosting with an inbuilt CMS. It was one of the first Do-It-Yourself web building services in the market, so it gained thousands of customers in a blink of an eye. As of today, uCoz serves more than 1,000,000 active websites in 16 languages localizations. Just recently they’ve launched a localization in India.
Functionality and Ease of Use
uCoz is probably the most multi-faceted website builder. It supports many complicated options that aren’t even in beta on other site creators. For instance, on uCoz you can build a very complex forum, sites supporting user management, powerful e-shops, galleries and other kinds of web presence. In others words, highly recommended tool, my friends. However, when it comes to usability… uCoz control panel can’t boast a pure ‘drag-and-drop’ interface. It’s rather complicated, I would say. Developers will get used faster I think, but the novice may have hard times investigating the meaning of each button. Anyway, I think it is worth it. Millions of users have managed to build websites with uCoz, and so can you :). You may check out my collection of websites powered by uCoz to see them yourself.
To tell the truth, their free, default templates (250+) are a bit outdated. However, this flaw is compensated with the ability to integrate a third-party template or use their Template Builder. There’s also an official templates store where you can get a good-looking, modern template at a reasonable price ($15 on average) or free.
uCoz sticks to the Freemium model: you can sign up to the system free of charge and even attach your own domain name without spending a dime. However, in return you’ll have to display a pretty noticeable third-party banner ad on your website. To get rid of it you have to upgrade your account (ad-free packages start at $3.09 per month). $3.09 is a rather reasonable price, to my mind.
uCoz offers multi-lingual tech support via email (English, French, German, Ukrainian, Romanian, Spanish, Russian, and Arabic). They also have an impressive knowledge base (videos, step-by-step guides etc.). There’s also a Community Forum where you can meet fellow uCozzers.
uCoz is a good choice if you’re looking for an all-in-one website builder with wide functionality. However, it isn’t the easiest site maker in the domain. I would recommend it to professionals and those who have some webmastering experience.