Our Pick: WordPress
WordPress has endless customization options, not to mention it’s almost free. Low price points are a great way to get your new site up and running. WordPress can also help you take a hands-on approach to the more technical side of website building.
WordPress functions differently than website builders. Unlike Duda, it has no drag-and-drop editor or website-building features. WordPress is more modular in nature, which means users must use code, themes, or plug-ins to build anything beyond its core functionality. This often requires more technical skills than what’s necessary to use a website builder. But, with this comes the freedom and affordability that Duda can’t provide.
If you’re not technically fluent, never fear! With GoDaddy ™ WordPress Hosting, all your website building needs can be met under the GoDaddy umbrella. You can get your site up and running knowing GoDaddy provides safety features, search engine optimization (SEO), and other useful products.
Duda vs. WordPress: Ease of Use
It is vital to understand how challenging your chosen hosting platform will be to use and what sort of knowledge you’ll need to help build and grow your business website. Here we take a peek at how easy it is to sign up for and launch your own website with Duda and WordPress.
Ease of Use: Duda
The Duda website builder is a drag-and-drop editor made for web designers with multiple clients. Like most website builders, there is a questionnaire to get you started. Duda will then suggest templates to fit your business model. These templates come pre-stocked with quality photos, widgets, and other nifty features that make setting up a website fairly easy.
But, the Duda site editor can get confusing and certain tasks are harder than they need to be. The Duda site editor breaks sections down into rows and columns. Editing specific items within these can be tricky, and clicking on the wrong area to edit is more common than it should be. Also, placing items where you think they should go isn’t quite intuitive.
All the bells and whistles Duda comes with might be confusing to navigate since a lot of the extra features are geared toward individuals who need to create multiple sites for their clients. So, if you’re just a small business owner trying to make your own site, this might feel frustrating and may even hold your site back.
To find out more, read our How to Make a Duda Website article.
Ease of Use: WordPress
WordPress is incredibly customizable and relatively simple to use, especially when you think of it as more of a website development platform and less of a website builder. If you have moderate technical skills, you can navigate WordPress fairly easily. By following some simple steps, you can have your WordPress site up and running in about half an hour.
To get a WordPress website running you must purchase a domain name, purchase a hosting package, and finally install your WordPress site to begin the customization process.
We recommend BluehostⓇ or GoDaddy as our hosting platforms of choice when working with WordPress. Not only do they include a free year of hosting your personal domain, but they will automatically install WordPress for you.
WordPress comes with tools, themes, and plug-ins for endless customization options. If this task is overwhelming or too time consuming for you, you can always hire a developer to design your website to achieve your vision.
Possibly two of the more difficult things to explain is what WordPress actually is, and the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. WordPress.org is an open-source content management system (CMS) that allows users complete control over their website. When we discuss WordPress in this article, we are referring to WordPress.org.
WordPress.com, on the other hand, is nearly free, yet limited in what it can offer. It does offer platform hosting plans, but overall its services are more suited to individuals who don’t plan to earn money online.
For more information, read our WordPress Review.
Duda vs. WordPress: Templates
Whether you prefer the default templates provided by your website builder or want to build your own, there will always be an option that will work best for you. Both Duda and WordPress come with a well-stocked supply of templates for almost any small business.
Templates and Themes: Duda
Duda comes with close to 100 templates. Not only will Duda help guide you towards templates that might be a good fit, but there’s also a handy search feature to help you narrow down the templates you prefer. All Duda templates include pre-made content to help you visualize the possibilities.
Duda allows you to save a library full of different templates as well as easily transfer all your information from one to another. But, doing so may require you to troubleshoot any issues that may arise during the transfer.
You can always change the appearance of your template without swapping it for an entirely new one. The Duda website builder makes it easy to personalize and update almost any aspect of your site, allowing you to experiment with fonts, colors, and layout until you create your ideal site.
Templates and Themes: WordPress
When you install WordPress, it comes with complimentary default themes. These themes are typically industrial and are neither very pleasing nor do they have any content or page templates. If you’re a beginner, you may need to install a theme that provides more features.
WordPress offers a variety of free and paid themes. You can install themes from the WordPress Dashboard. Within this dashboard, you will find more than 8,000 options. And if you still feel like you haven’t found your perfect fit, a number of marketplaces offer free and paid WordPress themes as well. Just make sure you are getting these marketplace templates from a trusted source.
To make it easier for you, we have compiled a list of the best WordPress themes for you.
Duda vs. WordPress: Apps and Plug-ins
Most templates don’t come fully stocked with everything your business website needs. To increase the functionality of your site, most website builders offer apps and plug-ins. Here we look at the options from Duda and WordPress.
Apps and Plug-ins: Duda
Duda stumbles a bit in this category. The Duda site editor comes with many useful widgets, allowing you to add helpful features to your site fairly easily. You can even design your own widget if it doesn’t have one you need. Unfortunately, Duda is definitely lacking in the apps department. Currently, Duda has only 10 apps to offer its users, with at least three of them being different options for scheduling software. Not the biggest variety.
See what apps Duda has to offer.
Apps and Plug-ins: WordPress
There are over 52,000 plug-ins you can access and install from the WordPress Dashboard. They are easy to add to your site, and if you use GoDaddy Hosting, you have access to a wealth of apps from a trusted source. With this many offerings, the sky's the limit to what WordPress has available. From improving your site’s security to boosting SEO, WordPress has you covered.
If you still need a specific app that’s not available through the WordPress Dashboard, plug-in marketplaces offer you the ability to search for plug-ins with the specific functionalities you need. Again, just make sure that you are purchasing from a trusted source, like GoDaddy.
If you’re looking for a good place to start, we’ve compiled a list of the best plug-ins for WordPress.
Duda vs. WordPress: Ecommerce
Ecommerce functions are becoming increasingly important as more makers and small businesses are looking to sell their goods and services online. Knowing what Duda and WordPress have available is key for any business offering online transactions.
Duda actually doesn’t offer any straightforward ecommerce plans. Instead, it offers supplemental ecommerce plans as subscriptions on top of your Duda plan. So you must have a Duda plan first and then add on an ecommerce option that will renew on a monthly or annual basis.
The Duda ecommerce subscriptions are pretty versatile, with even the lowest plan allowing for quite a lot of products, multiple ways to accept and process payments, and Duda never takes a transaction fee. You can also sell on social marketplaces like Facebook® and Instagram and, at higher plans, you can connect your store to Amazon and eBay.
For more information on how to best utilize Duda, read our How to Use the Duda Website Builder article.
We recommend using GoDaddy to host your WordPress ecommerce site. When you manage your WordPress hosting through a GoDaddy WooCommerceⓇ package it comes with several services, storage features, increased security, and a staging environment to help you build out your site. GoDaddy has integrated WooCommerce into its Managed WordPress platform, allowing you to choose from over 75 premium WooCommerce Storefront themes and extensions.
There are Standard and Premium WooCommerce options, and both help set up your shop for success. Each contains a template with a built-in online store and blog, plus several useful plug-ins already installed. You can list as many products as needed, connect ways to process payments, and manage shipping.
For more information on how to use GoDaddy to set up your ecommerce store, read our GoDaddy Review.
Duda vs. WordPress: Pricing
Duda and WordPress come with a variety of options to meet almost any business’s needs. As with nearly all website builders, they offer better deals for annual plans than month-to-month options. Here’s our summary of what each has to offer.
Duda offers three main pricing plans: Basic, Team, and Agency. Keep in mind that the prices listed are based on annual plans and plans billed month-to-month will be higher.
Duda also offers ecommerce plans as an add-on to its general plans. Here is a quick peek at what Duda offers. Again, keep in mind that the prices listed are for annual subscriptions.
WordPress is essentially free— all you have to do is purchase a domain and hosting package to use its complimentary software. We recommend GoDaddy as the WordPress hosting site of choice.
Here are the four core pricing plans from GoDaddy, including the WooCommerce option.
Duda vs. WordPress: Pros and Cons
For easy reference we have compared and contrasted what Duda and WordPress have to offer. Below are lists of positives and negatives for each.
- All Duda templates come pre-stocked with a variety of widgets you can add, or even build your own to suit your needs.
- The Duda templates offer attractive designs, so anyone can still create a sleek website, regardless of technical skills.
- The Duda website builder keeps things simple with its design guidelines for each template, allowing you to build a website in minutes.
- Duda doesn’t offer a free plan and can get costly rather fast, especially if you need to connect ecommerce to your plan.
- Outside of design offerings, Duda doesn’t have much in the way of powerful website features, especially in terms of SEO.
- If total creative freedom is what you want, Duda may not be for you. Its templates can be clunky and even confusing if you try to customize too much.
- WordPress is basically free. Finding and purchasing a domain name and hosting package can be as low as a couple of dollars a month.
- As an open-source CMS, you can create endless customization possibilities for your website.
- Anyone with an interest or background in tech can build a WordPress site and find it easy to install, use, and modify.
- WordPress website owners have a wide variety of templates and plug-ins at their fingertips, to help enhance their sites with ease.
- WordPress can be tricky for beginners or those who are less tech-savvy. It is not a drag-and-drop editor and it can take a chunk of time to figure out the basics of building and running your site.
- Unless you pay for a managed WordPress hosting package, you are in charge of staying on top of updates. WordPress updates often, sometimes causing some of your features to fall out of sync with each other.
- Make sure to buy a hosting package with security, or else you may be prone to hackers. WordPress’s popularity and open-source software make it a prime target for attacks.
- WordPress itself also does not offer any customer support. There are plenty of tutorials and information on the internet if you do a little digging, but the ease of calling to fix an issue is not provided.
The Bottom Line: Duda vs. WordPress
We recommend WordPress. There’s a reason it is one of the most popular website builders around. Anyone with a bit of curiosity or experience with the technical side of things can find building their WordPress site to be a rewarding experience. Hosting packages start at incredibly affordable price points, allowing your business to grow quickly and easily.
And if having technical skills isn’t in your wheelhouse, using GoDaddy to host your WordPress site allows for an array of familiar templates and website building features. Plus, hosting through GoDaddy gives you access to the GoDaddy support team, which is always there to answer any of your questions.
For extra help getting your WordPress site off the ground, follow our step-by-step guide for How to Make a WordPress Site.
If you still need more information, explore our reviews of WordPress and Duda.
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