Many people are using the internet with their smartphones these days. If you are a blogger or a business owner who is stuck with an old site, trying to reach out to more mobile audience, it’s time to make your website more mobile friendly. DudaMobile is a platform that provides such service. But is it the best way to build a responsive website? Let’s find out.
What Is DudaMobile?
DudaMobile is a publishing software founded in 2010 by two innovative entrepreneurs, Itai and Amir who were searching for a better browsing experience among mobile users. It is used by web professionals and small businesses to create responsive websites without the need for coding knowledge.
DudaMobile currently powers more than 5 million websites and has won several accolades in the past years for its creative technology.
How Does It Work?
DudaMobile offers three types of products to help you get started on building a mobile site.
This software is your typical WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) kind of website builder. What it means is that what you see on the back end of the editing is what you get on the front end of the website appearance. Something like a drag and drop website builder if you will.
To get started, you’ll need to choose a template which allows you to preview the design in different mobile devices. On the dashboard, you can edit any premade elements – colors, text box, images and pages – according to your preference.
DudaMobile also comes with a cool personalized feature called InSite which can be used to capture readers’ attention or cater certain action, such as making a special offer or welcoming first time visitors. This premade tool is easily applied and edited to suit your business needs.
This particular software helps to convert an existing website to a mobile friendly site. Even with a responsive template, a customizable mobile appearance can provide advantageous features such as bigger buttons and intuitive navigation.
Take the mobile appearance of my website for example; I can switch the default responsive look to a more mobile friendly layout (image on the right; notice the bigger buttons?).
There are several other mobile designs available so you can choose to experiment with them until you find the right one.
This software also comes with a feature that is similar to InSite (in DudaOne) that allows you to add click-to-action buttons easily such as making a phone call or appointment scheduling for the mobile users.
If you are a website designer, this software will help you create multiple professional looking websites for your clients using advanced editing tools. You will have access to CSS editing, optimize websites for SEO and create robust eCommerce sites on the Duda platform.
How Much Does It Cost?
Duda offers several pricing plans in which the higher the plans, the more features you’ll get in terms of site backups, technical support, and advanced editing tools (please visit the official website for more details). Here’s a quick rundown of the plans for each product.
- DudaOne – Free/ $7.50/ $14.25/ $22.50 (per month)
- DudaMobile – Free/ $7.20 (per month)
- DudaPro – Free Trial or $249/year
Let’s Hear What Other People Say about Duda…
If you haven’t noticed, navigating mobile sites can be pleasantly addictive. It sure does for me. But how is it like to create one with Duda?
For starters, the website builder is fairly easy to use. There’s absolutely nothing technical about it.
The InSite feature is a great tool to capture more traffic.
And the ‘click-to-action’ button really stands out as a convenient factor for mobile users.
However, the software seems to lack when it comes to running bigger websites.
And the limited (or rather selective) customer support goes to show that they don’t offer much help to beginner users (which I think deserve the most guidance).
If you have a quick glance at their pricing plans, you’ll find that you’ve to pay more as the need of your business expands.
So, Is Duda Worthy of Your Time?
Generally, I think Duda offers a great collection of software in terms of building mobile websites.
Prior to DudaMobile, I never knew that you can actually customize mobile sites in such fancy ways. On the flip side, I do agree with the last comment about the up-selling strategies which can create some hesitance with the beginners.
A better and more cost-effective way to create a responsive website is actually to start with a responsive theme from the very beginning. Google is now putting more weight on this criteria as part of the page ranking factor, so it’s really something you want to be doing now than later on.
At WordPress, there are a ton of mobile-friendly themes that you can use for free. To get access to these themes, simply create a website using SiteRubix here and you are ready to go. I hope this article has given you a better idea on how to create a responsive website effectively. If you need any help getting started, simply leave me a comment below and I’ll get back to you.