Strikingly Review

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When it comes to building your website, planning ahead and deciding how it’s going to be built is very important. For a lot of people, especially small businesses, hiring a professional designer and developer is simply too expensive. That’s where website builders come in. Founded in 2012, Strikingly offers a quick and easy solution to website building.
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Building a website with Strikingly is extremely easy, and they made sure to make the entire process with as few steps as possible. While there aren’t many templates to choose from, each template looks highly professional and they are all different in structure and layout. All of the templates are responsive, which means your website will look great on any device and on any screen size. Design customization is very easy, but it is limited. You can change colors, images, texts, and even layout, but you do not have complete control over the full design so it is important to choose a template that is as close as possible to what you want.

Pros & Cons

Good-looking templates – There may not be a lot of them, but the 20 or so templates on offer are uniformly good-looking and distinct from one another. Limited number of templates  – If you want hundreds – even thousands – of distinct, industry-specific templates to choose from, there are other options out there for you. Strikingly focuses more on quality than quantity.
Takes very little to time to create a site – You won’t be agonizing over lots of minute design decisions with Strikingly. This is a website builder that tries to do most of the heavy lifting for you. For the most part, it succeeds. Few customization options  – In line with most aspects of the Strikingly website builder, you won’t be able to endlessly tinker with every design element. Options are kept limited to ensure a smooth and speedy process.
Easy optimization for mobiles and tablets – You need a mobile site if you want your site to get noticed. Luckily, Strikingly makes it as easy as could be, with all templates completely optimized for all device sizes.
Ideal for – Building a website is very fast with Strikingly and the results look pretty professional, so we recommend it to anyone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of time and money on a website, or people without technical or design skills.

Ease of Use

Once you’ve chosen a template, you’ll be sent to the website builder itself. You can’t drag and drop items around the screen, it’s more like “click and edit”. You can also click the layout button to rearrange the items in each section until you find a layout you prefer. Each section on the website can be clicked and edited, including changing colors, backgrounds, texts, and images. It is very fast and straightforward. The main menu on the left is clear and easy to understand, and building a standard website can take less than an hour if you have all of your content ready.
Because of its ease-of-use, Strikingly website builder is excellent for people who don’t want to spend a lot of time or money on their website, or don’t have a technical or design background. Because of the lack of flexibility and customization it’s not really suitable for anyone who wants a totally unique website, or for designers that may have something specific in mind. On the other hand, if you have zero design experience, you really can’t “mess up” the look of a template.

 

Plans & Pricing

Strikingly offer three main subscription plans: Free, Limited, and Pro. The Free package is very limited – it doesn’t include all of the features and you can’t connect a custom domain. The Limited package includes more features, such as additional bandwidth, 5 products in your eCommerce store, and up to two websites. The Pro package includes unlimited bandwidth, 20 store products, advanced features such as HTML and mobile actions, and it’s for three websites. You can purchase a monthly subscription, which costs $12 for the Limited and $20 for the Pro, but if you pay on a yearly basis, you’ll pay $8 for the Limited and $16 for the Pro, and you get a free domain and email.
Either way, you can test out any plan with a 14-day trial if you’re not sure what suits you best.

Features

Mobile Optimization All of the templates on Strikingly are responsive, so there is no need to work on a mobile and desktop site separately. It is still a good idea to check after every design change how your website looks on different devices. This can be done by clicking the preview button and choosing tablet, phone, or desktop in the preview modes. There are also a number of premium mobile features that allow you to add actions like calling, texting, emailing, or getting directions on your website.
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Seo Tools & Marketing: The Settings section of the website builder allows you to edit the basic SEO parameters of your website. This includes the title and meta-description. Additional features include verifying your website in Google, adding image alt texts, and monitoring your website’s stats via the analytics section.1_25
Social Media Tools: In the settings, you can add an image for Facebook shares, which is a great way to control how your website is viewed when shared on social networks. You can also enable a “Twitter Card” so that an image appears when your site gets tweeted. Additional social features are available when adding new sections to your website. You can add social feeds from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to display your most recent posts.1_25
eCommerce: The free Strikingly package already includes a shop, but you can only add one product. If you’d like more, you’ll have to choose one of the premium packages based on the number of products you plan on adding and the features you need. Managing your shop is very simple. The main shop management screen includes adding new products and managing existing products, viewing and managing orders, and editing the shop’s settings. In the settings, you can edit your payment details, shipping information, and even customize email notifications.
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Apps and Plagins: Strikingly doesn’t really have apps and plugins like other website builders, but “Sections” that are very similar in how they work. When adding a new section, you can choose between the different types of sections available to you. This includes basic sections, like buttons, texts, columns, etc., and advanced sections like a blog, shop, social features, and even HTML. Clicking a section will automatically add it to your website. Once you have the item on your page, you can click it to edit and customize it.

Design and Templates

Strikingly lets you choose from 20 different templates. While that may not seem like a lot, they are all very different in how they look and in their layout, and since you can customize the colors, fonts, and images, the layout is all you really need when choosing a template.
Each template has different color schemes, so you can easily change the template colors to customize it to your brand. While the templates are divided into categories like Business, Personal, Portfolio, and Store, there aren’t many and it is easy to simply click “All” and view all of them in order to find the one that is best for you.
The templates look very professional, and each one looks like it was created by skilled designers. The quality of the templates is very impressive and the fact that they are all responsive is a huge advantage. We tested out a few to see how they look on mobile phones and tablets, and the design still looked very high-end.
Once you choose a template, you can easily make a few changes to customize the website to your brand. From the Style section in the main menu, you can change fonts and colors. Color schemes are available and you simply click them to see how they look before saving. You also have the option of adding a custom scheme if there are specific colors that you want. This feature is only available to pro users.
Changing the template is simple and you don’t have to build your website from scratch in order to try different templates. In the Style menu, you can simply click Change Template and you’ll be shown thumbnails of all of the templates you can choose from.

 

Support and Tutorials

 

Support is pretty straightforward. You can visit the “Knowledgebase” to search for questions and answers, and if you still need help with something more specific, you can send them an email directly from the website and they get back to you pretty quickly. We tried it and got an answer within an hour.

Another way to get help is to access their chat service, which can be found on other pages of the website as a question mark at the bottom of the page. You’ll also find that question mark icon at the bottom of the website builder, so if something comes up while you’re working on your website, you can simply click that icon to open a chat window with Strikingly’s support team.

One additional thing that they’ve added, that’s actually pretty neat, is the Idea Forum, where you can post your own ideas and suggestions for the site builder and it may just be added as a new feature.

The Final Word

Overall, this is a great website builder for people who either don’t have any technical or design background, or anyone who just doesn’t want to spend a lot of time and money on building a site. The templates are fully responsive and mobile friendly, and editing the site is pretty simple and fast. Even if you get the most expensive package, it’s still a lot less pricey than hiring someone to build a site for you, and the end result is a pretty good-looking website. You can try out the free version or sign up for a premium package for more advanced features. All of the plans offer a 14-day free trial so that you can easily find the package that is best for your website needs.

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We made every effort to ensure that this review was accurate and fair, but we’re only human. If you think we’ve got something wrong, or that the review does not reflect your own experiences with the product, we’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below, send us an email, or write your own review in the Customer Reviews section.

 

Kelly Lewis
Kelly is mostly known for her analytical abilities, as well as excellent written and verbal communication. Kelly posses vast experience in the following: AJAX, JQuery and Entity Framework. Kelly loves to contribute her pearls of wisdom to the Top 5 Website Builders blog on a regular basis.
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