Ucraft is a free website builder that also offers several premium plans. It is designed for people who want to quickly and easily build a professional looking website without having to understand HTML, CSS, etc. It’s drag and drop, which is always a good thing.
The big questions are how easy Ucraft is to use and what the end product looks like. This is what this review wanted to find out.
Ucraft is a multi-functional website builder. You can use it to create a standard website, eCommerce site, blog, or a combination. Obviously, the free plan limits what you can do, but I’ll talk more about the plans in a moment.
All websites are responsive to look great on mobile devices. Plus, the entire platform is drag-and-drop, so no coding experience is needed. The features are clearly laid out, so you know what to expect before you start. Some of the main features are mentioned below, but feel free to browse the complete list:
- Over 80 predefined templates
- Over 100 layouts to create your site
- Add custom codes to further personalize your site
- E-commerce with over 70 payment and shipping methods
- Password protect sites for memberships
- Create custom landing pages
- Create your own logo
- Multiple integrations with other services, such as Google Analytics, LiveChat and Disqus
- Create and assign layouts to specific locations, device types, user groups, and more.
- Over a million royalty-free images for a more engaging site
- Add animation effects
- Free SSL encryption
- Multilingual site support
- SEO, analysis and marketing tools
- 24/7 customer support
- Hosting included with Google Cloud
- Free domain name with premium plans
- Over 2 million vector icons
One thing that immediately impressed me is that the website Ucraft created looks modern and professional. It is also incredibly easy to navigate.
Plans and prices
Ucraft is mainly aimed at small and medium brands. Their price reflects this with affordable options. You have the choice between four plans:
All plans include:
- SSL security
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Connect a domain
- Google analytics
- 24/7 assistance
- Basic design elements / blocks
- Visibility settings
- Password protection
As you might expect, the free plan is an extremely clean offering. However, you can easily upgrade whenever you want. You can also connect an existing domain for free, which many free website builders don’t offer unless you upgrade to a premium plan or add-on.
As it is free, your site will carry the Ucraft brand logo but no advertising. Many free plans also have at least a few ads, so that’s another plus. There is a limit of 15 pages. For a basic site that doesn’t sell anything, that’s great.
The only thing I wanted included was a blog element, but you need to upgrade to the Pro website plan before you can access blogs. However, you can still add a newsletter subscription and send short messages to your subscribers.
If you blog primarily without selling a lot, then the Pro Website Plan is perfect. You’re limited to fifteen products, only accept payments from Stripe and Paypal, and you don’t get the abandoned cart saver feature. Also, you don’t have any of the e-commerce data management tools.
If you are planning more of an ecommerce site, you will need to upgrade to the Pro Store or Unlimited plans. The main differences are that the Pro Shop plan limits you to 1,000 products, a digital file size of one gigabyte, and no Square POS integration.
Try before you buy
Ucraft has something that I love. You can try before you buy with no obligation. Access any premium plan for 14 days without a credit card. Just create a basic account and sign up for the free trial. The following is taken from the Ucraft FAQ:
The only downside is that you can’t really downshift. Therefore, if you are using the features of a premium plan and decide that it is not for you, you will need to recreate your site as part of the free plan. However, Premium sites are offline if you don’t pay.
Cancel the free trial and / or a paid subscription at any time. Turning off the auto-renew option under Billing in your account will stop your plan until you’re ready to re-subscribe.
Click “Get Started” on the home page to get started. The site I am creating is a portfolio and CV site. It means that I can use the free site without any problem.
The choice of a model is as follows. Categories make it easy to choose the right type of template. I chose personal for my site, but scrolled through some of the other categories and the templates look clean and professional.
When you hover over a model, you can preview to see how it all works. I opted for the Olivia Brooks model.
The next step is to choose a subdomain. The subdomain is in the format “site_name.ucraft.site”. Change the name at any time or change it to your own custom domain. Then I just had to create an account and verify my email address.
That’s when I ran into a little problem. I couldn’t build a website without signing up for a 14 day free trial. Instead of being redirected to my free site to begin with, I kept getting invited with no way to ignore it.
I figured it out was because I had chosen a premium model (at least I think so, as there was no explanation), although there is no indication of this in the model selection tool. However, by going to the Pricing page and clicking “Get Started” under the free website plan, I was able to build a free website without any pressure to try the free trial. The free trial did not require a credit card, however.
Free templates aren’t as feature rich, but are still professional. In my second attempt, I chose the David Yan model.
Create a website
Building a website with Ucraft is surprisingly easy. Clicking on an item allows you to edit or delete it. You can also rearrange the items. The editor saves the changes in real time. Plus, I could preview the whole site at any time. The toolbar on the left is easily accessible without being in the way.
By the way, I also tried the Free logo maker. You can use it without a site, but Logo is an element to add in the site builder. A PNG file is free, but the higher quality SVG file costs $ 7. I have to work on sizing, but if not, it’s not bad for free.
Easily preview the look of your site on desktop, tablet and mobile.
Ucraft is an easy to use website builder. I’m still tweaking my site because there are so many options even in the free version. However, once you change a few things, the process works the same for everything else. You can get started quickly or take your time to really customize everything.
My only gripe is the pressure to sign up for a free trial, even if you’re not ready yet, and premium features aren’t clearly marked when signing up or using the publisher (unless you hover over them first). In the dashboard part of the editor, the premium features are however marked.
Otherwise, it’s great for building professional websites for personal and business sites. Try it yourself to create your own site using the Ucraft Free Website Builder today.
This is a sponsored article and was made possible by Ucraft. Actual content and opinions are the only views of the author that maintains editorial independence, even when a sponsored article.
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