The rapid creation of the main pages of the future site and the convenience of filling them with informative content is present in almost every intuitive website maker, but upon closer inspection, uKit has a more functional part for administration and beautiful design of templates. Affordable price for ready-made templates and constant informational support are also very attractive.
This website builder is primarily focused on business promotion and does everything to facilitate your work. All of this is a logical continuation of the successful work of uCoz. This website builder is very popular amongst users and allows you to create websites without the help of programmers. You might be wondering: “How does uKit has to do with it?” Well, the answer is simple, because uKit was created by uKoz developers, so you can be sure that this website builder was written by experienced people.
Most often, this constructor is used to promote products and services, relying on demo content, structure and various tips for creating such small pages as:
- Site card;
- Catalog of goods and services.
uKit owners have taken into account all the needs of the customers who do not know the basics of layout, photoshop and other programs that require special knowledge. A user who wants to create a website does not need to think about choosing a font color or adjusting the size of visual information. Any errors made by the user will be corrected by the designer. It is almost impossible to distinguish uKit sites from the expensive work of experienced programmers.
Pros and Cons of Ukit
- WYSIWYG visual editor;
- Intuitive drag-n-drop interface;
- Quick adaptation of templates;
- Professional technical support;
- You don’t need a lot of time to study everything and adapt;
- A great number of templates;
- The ability to integrate a considerable number of different types of services: from social networks to music streamers;
- Nice interface and convenience of the control panel;
- 2 store creation options - via the built-in widget or the Ecwid plugin;
- A handy tool for assessing the readiness of the site for indexing by search engines;
- Free SSL;
- The ability to quickly create backups;
- The system itself prevents errors made by users by automatically correcting them;
- Regular updating of the system's functionality by developers (templates, widgets, options, tools);
- Regular optimization of the speed of the sites created in the system (positively affects the position of pages in the search results and behavioral factors of the audience);
- Frequent promotions with great deals;
- Ability to create your own store;
- Availability of detailed training materials;
- Acceptable cost even at advanced rates;
- A lot of templates look pretty monotonous
- Not the best option for big online stores;
- Limited possibilities for working with fonts (you cannot change the type and size of the font in blocks and headings, there is no underlining of the text, only bold and italics);
- When placing a finished text (for example, copied from an MS Word document), its formatting is completely lost. You will get a set of words in one line as a result;
- Speed of pages can be very slow at times if you place a lot of pictures;
- A limited choice of colors in the detailed setting of the blocks (only 4 options, with a very modest color scheme;
- There is no possibility of copying and duplicating the modified blocks to other pages;
- You can not set anchor links to specific sections of the page (allowed only on the web-page entirely);
- It is not allowed to make multi-level navigation.
Simplicity of Use
uKit is very well known for its ease of use, allowing people to create a business site as long as they know how to use the Internet. To start working with the service, you need to register or log in with your social networks. Right after this, a window for selecting templates will appear, where you can create your own site with Facebook. If you select this option, all content from the selected page will be transferred to the designer, and you will only have to configure it.
uCoz comes with an intuitive and simple website editor that makes all its components available. Components can be dragged and deleted individually or they can be added as a group of widgets for a particular theme. It's great that uKit offers both approaches to creating a website. In other site constructors, you can either add a group of elements at the same time, or add one element at a time.
In addition to the standard undo / redo buttons, uKit offers the added benefit of allowing you to back up your website so you can restore it at any time without losing the content.
Although most site designers give you the ability to view your site on both computers and mobile devices, uKit allows you to view portrait and landscape views of your site on all devices.
All configuration steps are performed in the visual editor, which is divided into 3 tabs:
- Pages - edi the site structure;
- Constructor - control widgets and blocks on the pages;
- Design - customize the appearance, change the template and color scheme.
There is also a SEO-bloc in the parameters of the pages, in which the address, title, description and keywords are indicated. The page will be indexed in the search engines according to them. Therefore, there are no problems with the promotion of the site. All you have to do is correctly fill in all the parameters.
Each block and widget added to the “Designer” section has settings: you can change the structure of its contents, replace the image, specify the height, align several elements, etc.
As a result, even without minimal skills in web design, you can create an attractive website that will look like it came out from under the hand of a professional.
Like any website builder, the basis of which is drag-and-drop, uCoz has a toolbar containing various web design elements and widgets that can be dragged onto a page. These include content blocks, headers, sliders, pop-ups and images.
If you want to create two or more pages with a similar layout and a set of blocks, you can use the "Duplicate page" function.
In addition to creating pages and adding elements, uKit offers many dynamic functions: a blog, e-commerce and various interactive widgets, such as LiveChat.
uKit provides an easy way to add a blog. When adding a new page, simply select the “News” type instead of “Page”. It will give you pure blogging.
The blog editor allows you to show and hide the date and name of the author, the “read more” button, include comments and social networking buttons for individual posts. In addition, you can select the number of records displayed on the page.
After adding a blog, you can access some interesting features, for example: postponing a publication, the ability to add the author’s name, SEO settings, integration of social networking buttons, adding videos and images to publications and the ability to leave comments through Disqus. All this together creates a reliable blogging tool.
For each post, the system allows you to change automatically generated URLs to your own, that more friendly to search engines, as well as specify the page title, keywords and description.
If you have little time to focus on introducing your blog, uKit offers an auto-posting feature that allows you to schedule blog entries and automatically publish them at specific times.
You can create an online store of small or medium size in less than 10 minutes. Simply drag the “Product” widget from the control panel to any location on the site. Then configure the payment options, and that's it - the online store is ready. This is the simplest solution among all of the website builders.
The uKit team does not have its own e-commerce function, but supports easy integration with Ecwid, a powerful e-commerce platform. You can choose your store layout from the uKit website builder, but all other e-commerce features, such as customer management, inventory, and delivery methods, can only be done using Ecwid. There is also a simple PayPal widget. You will need to have the Pro tariff, to be able to add the code of the widget PayPal.
The partnership allows users to sell anything they want worldwide with support for multiple currencies, over 40 payment options and support in 45 languages. Ecwid and uCoz are easy-to-use platforms. They provide convenience, power and flexibility for small businesses.
uKit website builder also offers various widgets that you can enable by simply dragging them onto the page.
Although uKit has a lot reliable marketing tools, it lacks in-built site statistics. Therefore, you will need to integrate your website with Google Analytics. Although Google Analytics offers comprehensive data, reports are usually provided a day later, while on-site statistics are usually provided in real time. uCoz has a neat built-in setup wizard that shows you whether your site is properly optimized using the available SEO tools, which is a pretty unique option.
This widget perfectly complements the online store or any other site, given the time to any event. For example: the expiration date of the advertisement, the beginning of the discount, product launch, etc.
This is an important element for any business site, allowing you to quickly solve the problems of visitors, increasing interaction and sales.
You can use this widget to create feedback. All requests are sent directly to your mobile phone as a text message. You can set up a feedback form so that visitors provide the information you need. Information about the time zone is taken into account by default.
This widget allows you to easily add sound tracks and allows visitors to use SoundCloud features through the site.
MailChimp is intended for e-mail distribution and creation of registration forms on the site.
You can add a SlideShare presentation by dragging the widget. Select a widget, drag it to where you want to see the presentation and add a link to the selected SlideShare post.
This widget allows you to add to the site a working calculator with a button in seconds. Usually programmers take a lot of money for such, so this function is extremely useful.
In addition to the existing functionality for creating simple tables, uKit has a widget that lets you fine-tune the appearance, copy and combine cells.
Working with it is based on the usual many principles of setting up tables in Excel or Google Docs. It is enough to select the necessary cells and click on this area with the right mouse button to configure them or merge them into a single cell.
The appearance of the table is configured using a large number of various options:
- merging and decoupling cells
- arbitrary color setting of any table element
- presence / absence of caps
- presence / absence of borders
- margins and indents
- cell content style
Integration with SendPulse will allow users to display push notifications on the site. In order to connect, select the appropriate widget and enter the account ID registered in this service in the account setting (link to the connection instructions in the same place next to it). After that, you can configure the display of notifications.
Timeline and Stages
Both of these widgets will help to beautifully display information about any sequence: the schedule of the event, the order of actions to achieve the result, the poster of the event. The difference between them lies in the orientation of the content - vertical or horizontal. Settings allow you to choose the appearance of the icons for designating stages, delimiters, signatures and everything else. Such elements look very organic on business sites, because people love good infographics.
Other widgets include Google Maps, Instagram, email forms and more.
Some other noticeable features:
An important advantage of the service is unlimited storage for files, as well as automatic optimization of user photos. Few beginners understand the need for image compression for use on the site. After all, photos with 6 MB will simply destroy the performance of the pages on which they will be placed. For search engines, page loading speed is a ranking factor. That is, slower sites will be shown at the very end. Pictures, as a rule, are the heaviest elements and make up the bulk of the page in megabytes. After uploading a photo, uCoz makes several copies at once (using Progressive JPEG and Progressive PNG algorithms) of different sizes under the Boostrap columns for loading in different resolutions and on different devices. The system automatically optimizes images, which can easily speed up tge page loading by 2 times or more. Thus, one of the most common problems among novice developers is solved by itself. The site will work quickly, regardless of the power of your camera;
A great feature of the service is the activation of the site version for the visually impaired. You can do it in one click. This option can be found in the “Design” section. It will suit those who need to create an educational website (school, university, etc.) or a project for any other type of public institution. The letter of the law makes specific requirements for such sites: they must have a version for people with poor eyesight;
You can draw a 404 page (Pages / Utilities), turn on block animation when scrolling (smoothly showing content as you scroll) or set a large number of tags on the map (up to 10) if your company has affiliates. The possibility of copying and adding to the “Favorites” will significantly speed up the work on the design of the same type of blocks on different pages. It works like this: choose a block, click on the arrow on its parameters tab, then select the page where you want to place it;
There is an ability to set the logic for the appearance of pop-up windows. In the "Pages" menu you need to select "Pop-up window", which can appear with a click on the button, by timer, when scrolling (after scrolling 75% of the page) or when closing the page. You can invest in popup promotional offers, advertising and more;
uKit website builders gives you a possibility of integration with AmoCRM, which can be found in the root level of options of the control panel. AmoCRM is a simple and clear accounting system for potential customers and transactions, which will help to control and increase your sales. To start data synchronization, you need an account that you need to create on the official website of the service. It will help you conduct more effective advertising campaigns. The system will collect data about each client (name, address, mail, phone), sending notifications about new events to the mail. This thing is synchronized with the forms in the pop-up windows, feedback and store widget. You can view statistics through mail or centrally in the AmoCRM control panel. It’s a great feature, especially for store owners;
You can grant ecosystem temporary rights to other users of the uCoz to manage your site. The maximum term is 999 days. All it takes it to enter your email and your site will appear in person’s “My Sites” menu. He will be able to edit the design, widgets, content, customize SEO, etc., but will not be able to delete the site or pass on access to it to a third party. It is noteworthy that when issuing rights, the system automatically creates a backup copy of the site. If something goes wrong, you can restore everything in 1 click.
The uKit editor allows you to customize the font pairs for the site and crop the added images. The user can manually select 2 fonts (for headings and everything else) and adjust their display in rather detailed manner (line spacing, size, font type, spacing between letters). All this is available in the “Design” section. The main thing is not to be distorted with the extreme positions of the setting sliders. With this tool you can transform the look of the site in a couple of clicks - fonts greatly change the perception of pages.
About domains. Initially, your site will be assigned a free subdomain like mywebsite.ukit.me. It is suitable only for use during the period of familiarization / testing of the system. Of course, you will have to change it if you decide to continue to remain on uKit and further develop your site.
Domain name purchase
After switching to uKit Premium plan, you can connect any domain you have or buy a new one through the designer interface (in the .ru, .com, .rf, and other areas). This will require a few clicks in the “Control Panel”. Once you fill in the application, the domain will change in 15 minutes.
You can also attach an SSL certificate to your domain for free. Just go to the control panel, select the appropriate widget and domain from the list for HTTPS connection. Then in about half an hour you will receive a notification of the successful completion of the process. In general, all you have to do ispress 2 buttons, and your site works on a secure HTTPS protocol.
SSL is primarily required for sites that accept online payments. For example, the Google search engine already marks sites without this certificate as unsafe. Also, the presence of HTTPS protected protocol affects the ranking (site position) in the search engine and how much the website is trusted. It’s really cool that you can do all of this absolutely for free.
uKit’s Bonuses and Promotions
uKit offers a fixed of discounts on tariff plans. The longer the period for which you purchase a subscription, the greater the discount:
- 5% - if paid for three months;
- 10% - if paid for six months;
- 20% - if paid for twelve months;
- 30% - if paid for two years.
Get 30 days free for each friend you invite. When a friend registers and purchases a subscription, the rate for your site will automatically run, and the friend will receive an additional 30% discount.
In order to get the bonus, you need to go to the “Bonuses” section of the uKit control panel.l You can share your personal link with friends on social networks or send by email. A friend needs to register by your link and pay the tariff plan.
In addition, they hold various promotions and provide additional discounts from time to time.
Designs and Templates
First of all, the variety and quality of templates is striking. All of them are distributed in 40 themes and areas of activity, which contain more than 400 adaptive templates for every taste. The appearance of each of them is not final. You can rebuild, create and delete ready blocks, change pictures in the sliders, colors of any elements, fonts, menu order, put video on the background in sections and so on. If necessary, you can completely change the selected template to any other.
uKit has stylish responsive templates for any type of business:
- Finance and Insurance;
- Architecture and design;
- Cafes and restaurants;
- Advertising and design;
- IT services;
- Organization of holidays;
- Clothes and shoes;
- Safety and security;
- Many-many others.
The appearance of each of them is presented in several colors. Customizing the color scheme includes choosing the color of the buttons, background, menus, and other key elements. You can choose them by colors, themes, novelty or popularity. A convenient preview mode will remove all of your doubts about the correctness of the choice.
Optionally, you can change the template in the process. It is interesting that from whatever category you take a new design, it will receive demo data of the initially selected instance. Conveniently, you will not break anything in the subject of the site, even by putting a construction template on the photographer's site. It is also an additional reason to immediately choose a design from its category.
The design of any template can be customized manually for PCs, tablets and phones. Select the blocks you want to hide in the mobile mode, change the backgrounds, the number of columns for different widgets (galleries, for example). By the way, in the mobile version you can completely remove the header and footer, if necessary. Background and stuff will change depending on the device used by the visitor.
In the background settings you can activate the effect of parallax. This will give the site a more elegant look. A piece is simple in its essence, but beautiful and quite common. You can also quickly customize the color scheme of the site - a set of shades for all key elements (buttons, menus, highlight colors).
Background settings are available in each individual block. Remarkably, you can even put a map from Google, Bing or Yandex as a background. The settings for the overlay (color overlay) and transparency will allow you to adjust the map to match the design of the site and ensure good readability of the text on such a specific background.
Also for each block you can customize the structure by selecting the gear on its tag in the upper part. You can choose to stretch the height of the screen, content, set the alignment for the cards and the type of block - rubber, borderless or with fields, as well as a simple container.
Editing Template Design
You can individually configure the desktop, tablet and smartphone version of the design. You can hide the blocks, that are inappropriate in the mobile version. The background of the block and the number of columns in them can also vary depending on the type of device from which you entered the site. uKit allows you to separately optimize page design for all types of user devices.
Editing the Mobile Version of the Site
There are no cardinal ways to change the appearance of templates in uKit. But it is for the better. In stock, they look great, and the available settings are extremely simple to use. Since the platform is focused on newcomers to site building, it’s not a fact that they all possess the taste or skills of working in graphic editors. Therefore, a small set of settings looks like a defense against incompetence. The site will receive the main share of individuality due to its structure - a unique set and arrangement of blocks of various content. Also, note that you are free at any time working on a project to change the template to another. So you can experiment with design as much as you like.
For advanced users who are well versed in HTML and CSS, you can switch to a PRO plan, that provides access to HTML code and custom color schemes. These functions will allow even deeper tuning.
There are no secrets with uKit website promotions: the same principles apply for all other platforms. It is clear that unique, SEO-optimized texts play the main role in business cards.
You can open up Yandex Wordstat, select 3-4 key phrases for each of the pages of the site and write texts under them. Same goes for the pictures: delete the standard ones, put your own ones, prescribe names for them and fill in the alt tag values.
Do not forget about the headlines (H1, H2, etc.), as well as the filling of meta tags for each page (title, description, keywords). You can find these settings in the “Pages” menu by selecting “SEO”. Fill in relevant to the page content and used keywords. This will be crucial for you in the future. Here you can also prohibit the indexation of any page, except for the “Main”. This may be necessary during the development period.
Among other things, you can resort to the "Promotion" section, which you will find in the control panel. You will be clearly shown the current statistics of search engine optimization: what is the percentage of unique texts and what your site lacks to improve positions in search results. Experienced people already know all this, but they are very useful for beginners.
You should also use advanced systems for collecting statistics, such as Yandex Metrica and Google Analytics. It might be a bit difficult to use them at first, but eventually you get used to it. They will become the main sources of understanding the status of your site and developing strategies for its further development. You can connect them in the "Statistics" section.
If you cannot set up SEO parameters yourself, you can assign this task to uKit specialists. The cost of the service "SEO-site optimization" starts from 15 dollars. The specialist will compose the semantic core for your site, work with the CNC and fill in everything as it should be. This will help you promote the site and bring more customers, and, consequently, profits.
There is another big plus that has a huge impact on the success of promotion of sites created in uKit - systematic optimization by the developers of the engine code. The average speed of loading pages in uKit is 3 seconds with a rating of 80 points and higher in Google Page Speed - these are excellent indicators that will help bring your website to the top much easier than you would expect. What does this give? In short - a favorable attitude of search engines and visitors to your site. All of this gives you improvement of behavioral factors (pages load quickly, people don’t have to wait and won’t leave), higher positions in search results.
uKit provides its customers with technical support via email and live chat. They usually respond within 3 hours. In addition, there is a good knowledge base and a blog with educational materials on working with the site builder.
After you register, you will receive a free seven-day trial period to see the system in action.
All of the paid rates are very profitable. If you pay in advance immediately for 3 months, 6 months, 1 or 2 years, a good discount of -5%, -10%, -20% and -30% is provided.
There are four tariff plans in uKit:
- "Premium" ($ 5 / month or $ 48 / year) - all the necessary features of the website builder without advertising, unlimited number of pages, server space and visitors;
- Premium + ($ 10 / month or $ 96 / year) - extended statistics and unlimited access to premium templates;
- “Store” ($ 12 / month or $ 115 / year) is an online store with all the settings - delivery, basket, currency selection, receiving online payments (Yandex.Money, PayPal, Wallet One, etc.);
- “Pro” ($ 15 / month or $ 144 / year) - additional creative possibilities and html-code integration for professionals. Store functionality is also available.
If you do not have time to create a business website on your own, you can order a ready-made website created by the uKit team with your business in mind for as little as $ 50.
For this you will need to:
- Have funds on your account;
- Fill out the order form with your wishes;
- Discuss order details with a personal contractor by email, Skype or Viber;
- Describe web design settings.
In 3 days you will receive the first copy. After viewing it, you can either approve it or suggest changes. After 2 days, you will be given a second copy, improved according to your suggestions. As a result, you will receive a full-featured website associated with Google Analytics, a domain and all the necessary widgets. In addition, you can independently update the site, adding new content, while not resorting to professional services. If you have any questions, the support service will help you.
In general, if you pay a Premium rate for the year and order a ready-made website, the launch of the entire project will cost you $ 98. Besides, you won’t have to waste any time at all, which is a very attractive offer for business.
Reviews of Customers Who Have Tried Ukit
I tried a lot of different website builders, but I had to look for a long time to find a convenient, fast and visually beautiful one. After long comparisons I decided to try uKit. My delight knew no bounds. I created the entire structure of my site in one evening! Everything turned out to be so simple, convenient, and logical when building a website. It’s absolutely understandable for everyone. uKit is only team from my experience that always answers politely, even if you haven’t paid your Premium plan, and most importantly it’s absolutely obvious that it is tuned to people. Working with uKit website builder feels like as if you are working not with a faceless tool for creating a website. I am glad that I finally found what I was looking for so long. Apparently, all of this was worth the wait;
- domain purchase;
- ecwid online store;
- call back / live chat;
- templates and color settings
haven’t found any
All in all, this is a very solid website builder. Particularly pleased with how you can create a website right from Facebook and it in just a couple clicks.
Domain can be purchased directly in the control panel. The price is acceptable. You can embed widgets for callback, live chat and even free up to 10 ecwid store products with online purchase from landing page;
Having a lot of experience with WordPress, I can say that uKit is a breath of fresh air comparing to it in terms of usability and accessibility. In my opinion, WordPress is a dark forest for a beginner. Yes, you can find a million instructions, but why waste time on it? UKit has its own FAQ, but I never even had to look into it, because there was no need. The biggest advantages for me are: convenience, a friendly interface and a clear understanding for whom and why sites are being built;
The first thing I Iiked was the drag and drop system, where you can drag any widget with the mouse cursor to the right place. It also scales automatically. Simply a paradise for a perfectionist.
There are also many designs, adaptability for phones and tablets, a reasonable price, operational support service.
The only thing I didn’t like was Ecwid, does not suit me very well. However, I was assured that there will be alternatives in the future. I
I have a website built on the Yukit platform. Since I am far from programming sites, I did not try to make one myself. There is a service on this website builder called "Website from a professional”. I paid for this service and they made a quite decent site, after asking all my wishes.
Every month I pay the simplest Premium tariff, which costs $ 5. You can also save some money with promotional codes.
I never had any problems with the site. I also enjoyed chatting with the support, because it always responds quickly and answers all questions.
How to add google analytics to uKit?
It’s very simple and can be done in seconds. Follow the instructions:
- In the uKit control panel, open the “Statistics” section and click “Connect to Google Analytics”;
- Select a Google profile (just log in to Gmail);
- Allow the uKit application to perform actions;
- Create an account with Google Analytics;
- Fill in your account information and click "Get Tracking ID";
- Click on "I created an account” in the control panel.
Does uKit have e-commerce?
uKit does not have its own e-commerce system, but you can add Ecwid storefronts. To start selling, open the Ecwid widget, enter the ID and customize the appearance of the store. If you do not have an Ecwid account, you can create it without leaving the control panel.
One of the significant advantages of Ecwid is that it allows site visitors to view products and place orders directly from the site, without being redirected to third-party platforms. The advantages of Ecwid include:
- Over 40 payment systems;
- Over 45 supported languages;
- Responsive design - you can sell on any device;
- Easy check - customers can create profiles for faster transactions;
- Smart delivery calculator and more.
A free plan is fine for selling up to 10 products, but if you want to sell more, you will have to get one of Ecwid paid plans.
Ecwid fees are charged from the monthly fee.
What audience is the website builder oriented at?
uKit is a modern, easy-to-use website builder that will help you realize your idea or business on the Internet with minimal effort. With a collection of templates sorted by category, uKit is an excellent choice for independent professionals and small companies - in almost any direction. Website builder is especially popular for photographers, stylists, models, and local businesses.
uKit is a completely free platform offering a clear drag-and-drop interface that allows you to visually create a website without coding.
The panel on the left is a row of page elements (text, image, button, slider, separator, etc.) that you simply drag to the place you need. uKit is ideal for beginners, but not for web professionals who want to make changes at the code level.
Is it free?
No, uKit is not free, but the system allows you to try its services for 14 days (credit card information is not required). After the trial period expires, a banner ad will appear at the bottom of your site.
Can I customize uKit templates?
Yes. However, you should be aware that uKit does not offer full customization. The developers believe that the more freedom users receive, the less well-designed the site is.
The designer offers enough ready-made design options for each template. Users can choose from ready-made color palettes, but cannot change individual colors. This approach helps to avoid unpleasant situations, such as inappropriate fonts and inappropriate color combinations.
uKit is a top website builder, there is no doubt about it. They have all the necessary functionality to create a corporate business site, personal business card site, portfolio, small store or a bright landing page. The service quickly gathered a huge army of fans including young entrepreneurs and experienced business owners, that are eager to expand their business on the Internet.