Duda Review - Are their Paid Plans worth it?
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Duda Review – Are their Paid Plans worth it?

Introduksjon

Duda was founded in 2009 as a web design platform for companies that offer web design services to small businesses. Today, they operate out of 5 offices across the globe. And, they offer a suite of tools focused on streamlining website development workflows in a self-branded, white-label environment.

To date, over 450,000 businesses have used Duda to build over 14 million sites. And, sites on Duda generate over 100 million visits a month. It’s n

What are the Pros & Cons of Duda?

Pros

  • Fantastic, pixel-perfect live page editor
  • Powerful shipping and tax tools
  • Extend website features with widgets, APIs, and professional business apps
  • High-quality, attractive, and modern business website templates.
  • No bandwidth, storage, or page restrictions on any plans.
  • Website creators can self-brand the white-label dashboard for clients.
Ulemper

  • E-commerce capabilities cost extra
  • No free plan and higher-than-average pricing
  • Lackluster blogging and CMS capabilities

Egenskaper

In many respects, Duda is not your average website builder platform. It’s aimed at freelancers and web design teams that build websites for clients on a regular basis.

It offers all the basics, like domains, unlimited storage & bandwidth, SSL encryption, templates, apps, and a highly reliable hosting environment. However, it also offers tools to work in teams or with clients effectively.

Samarbeid

Duda allows you to create up to 5 user accounts and assign each unique permissions. This is great for web design or development teams to allocate work and ensure cooperation. You can even share access to marketing materials or templates with other users. And, even hire certified professionals to help you through the Duda platform.

Marketing and Memberships

Duda offers a wide range of ready-made marketing material templates that you add custom branding to. The white label dashboard feature lets you fully brand it according to your company’s style, including colors, logos, and favicons. Other marketing tools include membership registration, built-in multi-language support, and custom email (for Agency users).

Webutviklerverktøy

Duda is an extremely web developer-friendly platform. First of all, you can completely white label the Duda dashboard and assign accounts to your customers. This gives you the opportunity to showcase your work, demo your client sites, get feedback, and handover sites to clients.

It also offers various tools to help you quickly generate new pages (or entire sites) based on existing data.

Widgets, API, and Integrations

Duda gives you plenty of freedom to extend your site’s capabilities or integrate with third-party apps. You can create custom widgets using the dedicated visual builder, integrate Duda with your existing business services using the API, or connect the Zapier App for nearly limitless possibilities. There is also an official App Store with a huge number of high-quality business, marketing, social, and SEO apps.

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Brukervennlighet

Duda is a no-code website builder platform that aims at making building a professional online presence as easy as 1, 2, 3. It’s certainly very quick to get started. All you need to do is register an account, choose a template, and you can already start building your site.

Unfortunately, Duda just provides a welcome video instead of an interactive in-editor tour. However, the editor itself is extremely intuitive and easy to use while still being pretty powerful:

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The main dashboard area is also kept really clean and minimal so it’s not overwhelming:

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Some of Duda’s ease of use features are aimed at streamlining workflows for professional website creators or teams. For example, you can feed all your customer data from an existing site to a new one with just a few clicks. And, manage your team members’ accounts with role-based access.

Priser

As a professional website builder aimed at entrepreneurs and online businesses, Duda, unfortunately, doesn’t offer a free plan. Instead, you can try out any of their betalte planer for free with a 14-day trial.

For the same reason, Duda’s pricing starts slightly higher than the average website builder. Its cheapest plan is $14/month (billed annually) while most others start at less than $10/month. That being said, Duda’s higher-tier plans are still pretty much on par with its competitors.

However, the good news is that none of Duda’s plans have any storage or bandwidth restrictions.

planer

As the name suggests, Basic is a simple plan for individuals with a single website. You’ll still have access to most of the tools to build and design your site. However, you’ll miss out on advanced widgets, design elements, client management, collaboration, and account management features.

You unlock more of these features with the Team and Agency plans. There is also a custom plan designed for enterprises or customers with specific needs.

However, if you want e-commerce, you’ll need to buy it separately at an additional $7.25 – $39/month. If you take that into account, Duda is definitely significantly pricier than average.

How fast is the website created on Duda?

Duda certainly talks a big game when it comes to the performance of its platform. It is pretty impressive that they host their services on Amazon Cloud, one of the largest cloud providers in the world. And, websites are served to users across the globe via Amazon’s Cloudfront CDN. What’s more, Duda provides built-in DDoS protection.

So, it’s no surprise that Duda offers an outstanding 99.99% uptime SLA.

That also means websites hosted with Duda should load really fast. So, we tested it for ourselves:

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As you can see, Duda performs really well across the board. Not only is there almost no server latency, but the pages are clearly well designed with a stable structure. Duda have clearly done their job when it comes to performance optimization.

How good are Duda Templates?

Duda gives you access to over 120 full website templates to base your site. Most of their templates are aimed at professionals and businesses across nearly all industries. You’ll find templates for blog, restaurant & food, portfolio & resume, event, and many other types of sites.

There are even blank templates for those that want to start with a clean slate.

Duda is also in the process of launching a new generation of “Flex” templates that are even more customizable.

Duda: templates

Generally, we were impressed with the quality of the templates. They all felt really polished and well-thought-out for what they are meant for. While they are mostly for professional use, some have exceptionally creative designs:

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All templates are also fully responsive out of the box.

E-commerce: Selling Online with Duda

With Duda, e-commerce is not a standard feature but a paid add-on. The cost depends on how many products you want in your store catalog and the features:

  • Standard: 100 products at $7.25/month
    • 100 MB digital downloads
  • Avansert: 2,500 products at $19.25/month
    • 1 GB digital downloads
    • Produktvariasjoner
    • Scheduled pickup
    • Sell on marketplaces
    • Email marketing and remarketing ads
    • Forlatt vogngjenoppretting
  • Ubegrenset: Unlimited products at $39/month
    • 10 GB digital downloads
    • volumrabatter

Advanced is probably the best value-for-money plan with the most complete features at the lowest price. You can also fully manage your online store, including orders, from the mobile app.

Adding a New Store

You can add a store to your site from right within the live editor with a click of a button. Once you’ve done that, Duda will guide you through setting up a store with a step-by-step wizard:

Duda: store-setup

Adding New Products or Services

Duda will pre populate your store with sample products. This will help you understand how inventory management and product creation work:

Duda: inventory management

The bulk edit, import, and export tools are quite useful for streamlining inventory management.

Creating products is a really straightforward process. Duda guides you were possible, for example, by providing example product gallery images:

Duda: create product

Unfortunately, though, you need an Advanced store plan to create and manage product variants.

Publikum

Duda doesn’t really offer proper market segmentation tools. However, you can manage and create customer profiles. However, they do offer other useful marketing tools, such as:

  • Sosialt salg
  • Automatiserte e-poster
  • Facebook and Google ads
  • Forlatt vogngjenoppretting
  • Rabatter og kuponger

Duda: marketing

betalinger

Duda makes it possible to sell with an extensive variety of over 40 payment options. Some are supported in over 200 countries, like PayPal, BitPay, and 2Checkout. There are even options for crypto payments, such as BitPay.

There are some competitors that offer over 100 payment options. However, Duda’s selection is better than most and should allow you to safely and conveniently sell in every country.

Frakt og avgifter

Duda’s shipping and tax tools are pretty exceptional. They offer:

  • Real-time shipping quotes for leading carriers (UPS, USPS, FedEx, etc.)
  • Custom third-party order tracking
  • Location-based delivery charges
  • Configurable shipping and tax zones, rules, and rates
  • Automatic tax calculations for US, Canada, UK, EU & Australia

Duda shipping

Hjelp og støtte

All Duda customers get free 24/7 support from their in-house support team. Basic plan members only get email support while Team and Agency members also have access to phone and chat support. Agency and Custom users get priority and 24/7 dedicated support, respectively.

Unfortunately, website migration is offered as a paid, custom service only.

Duda has a huge amount of support resources. There’s documentation, video tutorials, online courses, a community forum, and Duda Experts.

To contact support you’ll need to go through a Chatbot first. I tried out the email support, and they initially said a response will take 1-2 days. However, I got one within less than an hour, from a courteous and helpful support rep named Jem:

støtte

Kundeservice

inspirasjon

inspirasjon

inspirasjon

Oppsummering

If you’re a professional website creator or agency, Duda is worth your attention. It will help streamline your workflow by offering simple, yet effective, tools to collaborate and create sites for clients while building your own brand.

It’s also a high-quality and intuitive tool for building attractive, modern business websites. It’s just unfortunate that it doesn’t offer a free plan and that e-commerce capabilities cost extra. You can find many other totally gratis nettstedbyggere that may be more suited to those on a budget.

Still, with its powerful shipping and tax tools, it makes managing an online business a breeze. So, it may be well worth the extra cost.

Spørsmål og svar

What does Duda do?

Duda offers a website builder and hosting service for those that want to build websites with no design or coding experience. Websites are hosted on Amazon Cloud infrastructure and delivered worldwide through AWS CloudFront.

Is Duda free?

Unfortunately, Duda does not offer any free plans during this time. However, they offer a 14-day free trial of all their paid plans.

Is Duda a WordPress website builder?

No, Duda has created its own unique website builder platform. It features a no-code, live page editor with built-in e-commerce and marketing tools. It’s a simpler alternative for those looking to create a no-code website.

How do you use Duda?

Duda is extremely easy to use. You can launch a website in less than 5 minutes by signing up, choosing a template, and publishing your site. Duda also provides tools for professional web designers to collaborate or hand over websites to clients with a white-label erfaring.

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