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User Review – uCoz Website Builder

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The following review was generously submitted to us to share with you by CMS Critic reader, Kanat Bektemirov (website):

uCoz is a popular general purpose Software as a Service —includes hosting and CMS— that can be used for a variety of projects. One can create satisfying projects of all types from personal page to blogging, from guestbook to forums, and from news site to online shopping site.

Pros:

  • Free
  • No installation
  • Unlimited hosting (with initial hosting space of 400Mb and it increases every second (similar to Gmail)) and bandwidth
  • 250 offered themes
  • Variety of modules, tools, and features
  • Easy to use interface
  • Cheap plans
  • All websites can be accessed from one account

Cons:

  • Forced ads in free version
  • No personal use of PHP, Perl, ASP etc. scripts
  • Not SEO friendly
  • Not 100% open source
  • Shared hosting

Installation

Nonexistent. Absolutely no installation is required – just register and start working on your project.

It takes 30 seconds to register and then you will have everything ready and available for use. In a few clicks you can set up any module, feature, and template you need.


Admin Panel - uCoz

Admin Panel

Modules

There are 12 content modules to choose from:

  • News – allows administrator and users to post news easily
  • Forum – allows users to communicate in a variety of topics
  • Publisher – gives an opportunity to create a set of structured information on any topic
  • File Catalog – another content module; has its own goodies
  • Site Catalog – collected sites are organized in an ordered manner
  • Ad Board – another content module; has its own goodies
  • Blog – allows administrator and/or users to share thoughts
  • Photo Albums – good photo gallery module
  • Online Games – 100s of games installed by default, new games can be added by users or administrator
  • Guestbook – allows people to leave opinions on the website
  • FAQ – easy access to most frequently asked questions
  • E-shop – powerful tool for organizing sales on the website

These modules have titles, but are not limited to what their names are. There are a bunch of folks who have done unbelievable projects using the modules listed above. But most people use these modules for quickly creating and managing content on the website.

There are also additional modules that have fixed uses such as contact forms, web polls, tag board, banner rotator, informers, RSS import, tests, site statistics, site search, and auto sitemap file creation and updating.

Security, Speed, and Reliability

One of the most important factors when choosing a CMS is the website's security. uCoz provides nearly impossible to hack website security. The admin panel is well protected and one should have little or no fear of it being compromised. uCoz also allows one to set security levels based on IP address which decreases the likelihood that the admin panel will by accessed by others.

Backups of oneís projects can also be created and downloaded so that the projects can be easily restored if oneís work faces peril or transferred to another CMS if needed.


Security Settings

Security Settings

Localization and the Community

Websites and the admin panel can be displayed in seven different languages without any installation of a language pack.

The transition from the different languages can be done in one click. The uCoz community is pretty diverse and is available to help users on uCoz community forums.
Technical support

From past experiences I found out that the official tech support —that can be reached through the admin panel— never responds, if ever, before 2-3 days if using the free version of the service.

I also found out that most tech supporters are not very intelligent. By that I mean they can't respond to anything other than simple questions that can be found on FAQs and docs. Besides being not intelligent, they sometimes respond with boorishness (if using free version).

They once told me to “grow up and start using my brain instead of contacting them”. I don't mean no disrespect, but it is better not to contact the official technical support. I see uCoz is working hard on improving its technical support, so this situation might completely change in the near future.


Language and other settings

Language and other settings

Usability

uCoz is suited for both newcomers and advanced webmasters. The interface is easy to use and understand while it also provides tools that more advanced users can take advantage of. The text editor can be switched back and forth between WySiWyG, BB Codes, and plain HTML.


Text Editors

Text Editors

uCoz does not allow its users to use PHP, Perl, ASP or other server-side scripts nor does it give access to site's database and configuration files (i.e .htaccess). However, it is very easy to accomplish your needs using uCoz server-side codes and/or Javascript (+libraries). Also, there is a u.js file in all uCoz website pages (can be removed) that contains jQuery library and many very-very useful functions; some people call it uCoz library. This article contains information about some available functions on u.js.

Since uCoz is SaaS, webmasters do not have to worry about manual upgrading the CMS.


uCoz Server Side samples

uCoz Server Side code samples

Conclusion

uCoz provides a free and easy to use service while catering to more advanced users who want more freedom in the creation of their projects.

This review was just a brief taste of what uCoz services look like; it is not possible to summ up everything in one article. I posted some screenshots and captions below to show some other features that uCoz services provide.

Kanat Bektemirov


Easy entries managment from admin panel

Easy entries management from admin panel


Action log

Action and Security Logs


Banner rotator

Banner Rotator. Very useful tool.


Code descriptions

At the bottom of each template, uCoz provides the descriptions of all codes that can be used within the template.


Entry options

Very handy options while adding an entry


E-shop settings

Online Shopping module settings


Easy subscribing

Alternative way (to RSS) of subscribing


Files manager and FTP

Access to files manager through Admin panel and to FTP from anywhere


Informers

Informers. One of the best tools the developers have made.


Quick replacement

Quick replacement. Change portions of your site's template in one click


Statistics

Statistics. uCoz provides detailed reports about the traffic of one's site


Syntax highlighter

Syntax highlighter. uCoz has a nice syntax highlighter


Separate Templates

Design Templates. All parts of the website have separate templates


User permissions

User permissions. Control which groups of users have what types of permissions.


Widgets and Gadgets

Widgets and Gadgets. Has a lot of useful wigets and gadgets


Plans

Fair and Cheap plans

CMS & Marketing / User Review – uCoz Website BuilderLast updated on January 5, 2019
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