Although the digital landscape is changing rapidly, there are a few companies that have managed to keep up with the times and who continue to deliver competitive services.
Founded in 2005, uCoz has been in the business for quite a long time. But can it keep up with the times? Or is it a relic of the Internet's past?
In this uCoz review, I'll try to find the answers.
A Streamlined Experience
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with the level of service that the uCoz website builder offers. As an older website builder, I thought that the user interface would be outdated and perhaps a little buggy.
I was completely wrong.
uCoz builder includes features that are up there with some of their largest competitors.
Modern uCoz builder templates
The modern experience presented by the uCoz website builder was a true highlight of my experience. It makes it easy to change the design of pretty much every part of your website.
Choose from a vast range of attractive templates to get started, and customize them to your heart's content. Also, I'm certain a lot of people will benefit from easy access to their site's code.
However, this isn't the only thing uCoz does well - keeping prices low is another of their major strengths:
Each of the six web builder plans that uCoz offers have unique features. Plus, their monthly costs are quite competitive when compared to some of the industry giants, such as Wix.
You can even benefit from a 50% discount if you pay for 12 months at a time.
One of my favorite things about uCoz is their transparency. There are no hidden fees, and the pricing structure is very clear. There is no money-back guarantee, but the comprehensive free plan means that you can try everything before you commit to a paid plan anyway.
In the business, where charging $20 a month for a personal plan isn't out of the question, it's a refreshing sight to see uCoz lowering their prices.
Plans in More Detail
I found it very difficult to decide which plan offers the best value for money. The best deal really just comes down to your own personal needs. My favorite out of the bunch, however, was the Optimal plan. You get a free domain, automatic backups, and an impressive 10GB of storage. A pretty solid deal for $7.99/month.
It's also worth noting that the Free plan offers features that not many free plans do, including the ability to add your own custom domain.
It will display uCoz ads, though - so that could be a dealbreaker to some.
Here are all of the plans, displayed in full detail:
|How many website templates?||269||269||269||269||269||269|
|Can you connect your own domain?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|How many websites can you make?||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|Are there builder's own ads on your website?||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||No|
So far, the uCoz website builder is standing up pretty tall. But how does its performance shape up?
Speed is perhaps where uCoz could use some improvement. The response times for a website made with uCoz simply weren't all that great.
Same goes to uptimes and reliability. While the downtimes weren't tragic, from time to time, the website I created was unavailable.
uCoz Review: My Conclusion
Overall, uCoz is quite a solid website builder. It does the basic things exceptionally well. And while it lacks in a few departments, it still holds its own.
There's no live chat function, so customer service is lacking slightly - that might be an issue for some. Luckily, there are just about enough guides to provide information to the beginner users.
But what did you think? Would you use uCoz for your website? Or maybe you did, and have a review of your own? Let me know in the comments below.