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Strikingly Review

Until recently, I hadn’t any opinion about Strikingly. I even heard nothing about it before I’d read Strikingly review by Howard Steele. That review motivated me to test this platform in order to show you my own thoughts about Strikingly website builder. So, let’s begin.

Web designers are constantly exploring new, better ways to deliver content in a fast, clean and simple way. With web users bombarded with so much info every time they browse the web, more and more designers strive to develop less overwhelming user experiences, resorting to minimalist approaches to website design, and one of these is creating sites. Thanks to the latest innovations in technology, creating beautiful websites with nifty transactions and effects has been made easier, and thanks to Strikingly site builder, it has been made even more convenient.

The platform has recently introduced its Strikingly 4 edition featuring some updates and new options to customize your future website. They include:

  • A Selection of New Templates;
  • A Tool that lets you easily switch between various themes simultaneously;
  • A new system for the Layout section;
  • Simple Store and Social Feed feature.

Although moving to a new Strikingly version is not automated, current website owners will hardly face any difficulties, The procedure is pretty simple.

Today we’re taking a closer look at Strikingly, a dead-simple website builder for creating stunning, elegant websites in a stress-free way.

Ease of Use

It’s very user-friendly. Excellent navigation, intuitive editor, plain language.

Strikingly Editor

General interface looks the same as many other website builders. At the same time Strikingly developers show their product as the easiest one. Well, I agree with them but only for 50%.

If you’re a complete newbie in web development and know nothing about the way of creating website, you should spend some time learning Strikingly interface and website’s options.

Flexibility

Good for creating simple brochure-like websites. Isn’t a good candidate for those who plan to create content-loaded websites that will be updated with new info on a regular basis. Perfect for temporary promo-actions, presentations and creating ‘online business cards’.

Custom domain

Strikingly gives a custom domain as a gift if you purchase a yearly subscription plan. You can also connect a domain that you already own, if you’re a Pro user. Free Strikingly websites are published under the company subdomain (www.yoursitename.strikingly.com)

SEO

As with any site builder, with Strikingly you can specify the most important meta tags: Title, Description and Keywords. There’s also a native tracking application. Google Analytics is only available for paying customers. In terms of SEO, websites are a bit lacking, since there’s only one page you can link to, there’s only one set of meta tags you can specify (while with standard sites you can supply different titles, descriptions and keywords on a per page basis).

Strikingly Examples

Designs

There’s a nice collection of trendy templates optimized for mobile viewing from the very beginning – your website will look and perform excellent on smaller screens without you lifting a finger. It’s important to note that there’s no way for you to make any big changes to the template design except for your content, fonts, backgrounds and some other options.

Technical support

There’s a well-structured knowledge base covering various actual topics, a handy ‘Pre-Publish’ checklist and email support.

Pricing

There’s a free version of Strikingly and two paid plans: Pro and Limited. Pro account ($16/mo) unlocks the Strikingly App Store, lets you integrate mobile action buttons, embed HTML/CSS/JavaScript and enjoy some other add-ons, while their Limited plan ($8/mo) comes with broader bandwidth and ability to connect domain name.

Possible Drawbacks: Possible drawbacks associated with Strikingly are mainly tied with the structure of the end websites. One-page sites aren’t the best option for SEO.

The strongest side: Simplicity. Beautiful designs. All-in-one solution.

Conclusion

Strikingly has a very clear positioning statement, simple editor and many happy customers. While my own handpicked collection of Strikingly-powered websites is on the go, I recommend to look at these Strikingly website examples – you can see with your own eyes what are websites, built with this platform. If you’re looking to create a one-page or full-stack website, Strikingly is probably one of the best candidates. Check it out yourself to see whether or not it’s right for you. It’s free!

At the same time, Strikingly is something more than just a simple editor for newbies. It has proved to be a good platform not only for bloggers who can benefit from its features made it simpler to add and manage blog categories as well as hide/show different sections but also for those who look for a chance to build a professional looking site of any type.

The platform provides a bunch of easy tools to customize your pages as well as add and manage new categories. Once you have published the article all chosen categories will be displayed as a link that takes your reader to the page with all posts related to this particular category. It results in better user experience and overall impression of your website.

3 Responses

  1. Ralf Hemfrie says:

    Hi Malcolm
    The post is very helpful, but there are lots of one-page site builders more interesting than Strikingly.

    • Hi, Ralf,
      Thanks for your comment. Of sure, there are lots of website builders, but each product has its audience and I think its incorrectly to say that ‘that’ website builder is better than ‘those’.

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