Strikingly Review

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Releasing beta platform in August 2012, Strikingly is a easy-to-use website builder that helps customers create one page mobile-optimized websites in just a few minutes. Famous for mobile optimized websites, Strikingly takes a mobile-first approach, making it possible for users to create websites that are enhanced for viewing on both desktop and mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

It is the first Chinese founding team to graduate from the YCombinator seed accelerator.

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Strikingly is a website builder that helps users create reliable one-page websites within just a few minutes, even for those who have little or no technical skills. It is also the first Chinese founding team to graduate from the YCombinator seed accelerator.

Focused on one page sites, Strikingly promises to offer users with simple creating, easy-to-use and mobile-optimized websites of all kinds.

Pricing

Strikingly provides both free and premium paid plans. By signing up on the official website of Strikingly, customers could have a try on its free plan with a 5GB monthly bandwidth, unlimited free sites and a Strikingly domain.

However, Strikingly premium paid plans offers more rich features at affordable prices. The company’s Limited plan charges $12/mo, including 2 limited sites. And Pro plan adds unlimited bandwidth, mobile action buttons, embed HTML/CSS/JavaScript and Strikingly app store at a monthly price of $20.

If customers choose yearly plan or 2-year plan, they will have more discounts. Limited plan charges at $8/mo for a one-year plan and Pro is $16/mo, both saving $48 off. By simply contacting Strikingly support center, customers are able to upgrade or downgrade their plans, or changing from monthly to yearly.

All the plans offered by Strikingly come with a risk free 14-day free trial, enabling customers to get a full refund if they are not satisfied with the services within the first 14 days after they purchased Strikingly plans. What’s more, both premium plans provide the removal of all ads and a custom domain, by which customers could connect their own domain to their Strikingly sites.

Features

As an exclusive website builder for building one page websites, Strikingly helps customers create simple one page websites with clear information sections and large numbers of photos.

Some of the company’s outstanding features are stated in the following:

  • Concentrating on building one page websites. As one page websites are very popular, this easy-to-use website builder requires no technical skills by just dragging and dropping sections on the intuitive web pages. Facebook users could sign up with their Facebook account and start up by just one click. However, the texts on the webpages could be edited but the colors and the positions are all locked, making the customers feel constraining;
  • Automatically mobile-optimized. Strikingly provides customers with a automatically built mobile version of their sites, which is mobile friendly on mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets;
  • Basic sections as well as an app section, allowing customers to choose from third party apps such as Google Map, Ecwid, Wufoo, Soundcloud and more;
  • Able to customize HTML, CSS and JavaScript with the premium paid packages, offering more customizable freedom to users with programming and coding skills;
  • More than ten kinds of fresh responsive templates to choose from, all of which looks elegant and excellent on both desktop and mobile devices;
  • Search Engine Optimized, allowing users to type in their own keywords and meta tags so that their websites could be easily searched by search engines, improving the rankings.

Template Library

Strikingly offers more than ten kinds of professional and responsive templates for customers to choose from, unlike many other website builders with a large template library of hundreds of templates which are available for all kinds of themes in different fields. For personal use, these fresh and contemporary templates intended for starters could be enough with their good looking and fast response speed.

But there is a lack that the font colors and sizes for the templates could not be changed. Customers are only able to choose from three or four reset color patterns and fonts for the entire website, limiting the freedom of customization options. What’s more, all the templates have their own individual set of sections, resulting in the fact that customers have to reset the entire websites once they switch the templates from one to another.

Third Party Apps

Strikingly provides third party apps for users to extend the functionality of their websites. Some of the apps are free to use while some are only available to Pro plan users. And customers could add the apps selected by Strikingly or copy and paste html codes to their websites.

The third party apps mainly add unique features such as Google Maps, PayPal to donate or pay and social media options such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. Besides, Wufoo form helps website visitors to add information and login to their own account. And Facebook Comment enable Facebook users to leave comments.

Customer Support

Strikingly offers help through a message box on their official website, promising to give responses to customers within 24 hours. The message box provides attachment blank, where customers could add files such as pictures to describe the problems in detail.

Online knowledge base is another option to figure out the problems. Hot topics and categories are displayed on the website for customers to locate what they want to know in an efficient way. What’s more, Idea forum makes it possible that Strikingly users could discuss their opinions and problems.

However, there is no capacity for live chat or phone call help on the website.

Conclusion

Strikingly is a very outstanding special website builder who only offers mobile-optimized one page websites. As it has many blocks and limits, users with technical skills who want to have full control and fully customize the websites are not their targeted customers. Users who want to create one page website with easy to use editor are recommended to have a try on Strikingly.

For more information about Strikingly, please visit Strikingly.

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