uKit

Pros

  • Numerous excellent templates
  • Well-designed editor
  • Both in-house and Ecwid eCommerce
  • Numerous integrations
  • Free 14-day trial

Cons

  • No free plan
  • Limited customer support
  • The best templates require a Premium+ plan

Overview

From Russia with cyber-love, ukit is a professional, mobile-responsive website builder aiming to empower businesses with easy, versatile website creation. uKit was launched in 2015 by the Russian/Ukranian tech squad behind the code-based website builder uCoz. With uKit, the uCoz team (led by CEO Evgeny Kurt) has sought to bring its website building prowess to a wider audience using an industry-standard WYSIWYG drag-and-drop interface. uKit is available in four languages: English, Portuguese, Romanian, and Russian.

While appearances can be (and often are) deceiving, the company’s site exudes a sense of classiness. A visit to uKit’s home page left me with the impression of a sleek, sophisticated product. Would my feeling be confirmed, or would my initial impression be revealed as mere credulity? Reading my uKit review will provide you an answer to this vexing question.

Ease of Use

uKit’s editor manages to be both intuitive and deeply customizable. All your design and building options are laid out along the left of the screen, and when using the editor to add content to your site, you’ll find that you can either drag and drop elements (referred to as Widgets by uKit) individually onto your site or add content blocks. These blocks are groupings of widgets specifically created for the template you’re working within, so adding them will keep your site’s theme consistent and coherent. I’ve noticed other website builders taking either one approach (add individual widgets where you want) or the other (add collections of preformatted content), so it’s nice to see uKit giving their users a choice of approaches.