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uCoz Website Builder Review

One of the reasons people (especially the tech-savvy ones) don’t take online website builders seriously is because most platforms have mediocre feature sets which limit you to creating a website only using their ready, predesigned building blocks. While many are satisfied with that scenario, others need the freedom to go beyond these blocks to be able to design whatever they want.

Just in case it has slipped past your web radar, online site builders have changed dramatically over the last few years, morphing from simple page construction kits into complex systems that can compete with WordPress. One of these is uCoz website builder.

Actually, uCoz has been a unique site builder ever since its launch in 2005. Unlike the competition that’s mostly intended for those of us who are HTML-illiterate, uCoz targets both end users and web professionals (designers, developers, and entire agencies), as its feature set includes both the DIY and ‘professional’ editors.

uCoz Website Builder

#1 Ease of use

uCoz offers a quite user-friendly control panel. However, compared to Wix and Weebly, it could be simpler. There’s definitely a slight learning curve. uCoz doesn’t offer a pure WYSIWYG/drag-and-drop editing experience, yet this shouldn’t scare you away – millions of users have managed to build their websites using uCoz :) .

At first glance, it looks complicated, but once you understand its logic, you’ll realize how smart and flexible the platform is.

uCoz Control Panel

Building a site with uCoz starts with creating an account, choosing a web address for your site (first, you choose a subdomain and when your site is ready you can connect a custom domain name).

Create an account

Once you’ve chosen a domain name and clicked ‘Create a website’, your site is immediately available online. But first you need to finish the setup stage. You’ll be redirected to a website creation wizard where you’ll be asked to name your site, choose site language and select design.

Next step is selecting Modules – the building blocks of your website. You’ll be able to install/uninstall any of them in the future, so just tick whatever seems appropriate at the moment. 

uCoz modules

That’s it – you can start customizing your website.

#2 Feature set and flexibility

Now we’re getting to the juicy stuff. uCoz opens up some of the technologies that in most site builders are hidden from the user-side of the system. The system provides full control over the HTML and CSS allowing for deeper customization.

On one hand, you get more control over your work, on the other hand you can easily mess up your site.

uCoz HTML Editor

However, just because uCoz opens up the codes doesn’t necessarily mean you have to use this option. The system has enough ready solutions that you can easily modify to a certain extent. Specifically, there are ready-to-use modules that you can enable and turn off anytime.

For example, if you’re looking to build an e-shop, you need to enable the E-shop module. If you feel that your shop lacks a blog and/or a forum, nothing stops you from activating additional modules, like Forum, Mini Chat, GuestBook, Polls etc. The only paid module is the E-shop, the rest are free.

You’ll be surprised at how customizable uCoz modules are. While most site builders often provide something more watered-down, uCoz provides you with dozens of options to fine-tune each single module of your website. The Blog module, for instance, lets you schedule blog posts (and even automatically share them via connected social media networks), pin particular posts to the top of the page, allow/close comments, change the page switcher placement, and more.

#3 Designs

There are three options: you can design your own theme, use one of the free themes or purchase a premium one. If you feel that the chosen template isn’t the best option, you can easily switch it midway through the editing process.

Another good news is that uCoz designers are now hard at work creating new free responsive templates. I viewed two uCoz-powered websites on my mobile phone and noticed that Google labels them as Mobile-Friendly. Great job!

New uCoz Templates

#4 Customer support

The system has 16 full-fledged language localizations. Support is provided in English, Russian, French, German, Romanian, Spanish, Ukrainian and Arabic via a ticketing system and through the Community Forum. There are also many video tutorials and step-by-step guides covering all the stages of website building with uCoz.

#5 Pricing policy

uCoz has a free version and 5 paid packages ($2.99/mo – $15.99/mo). The free version doesn’t require entering your credit card data and it never expires (in case you update your website on a regular basis). The free version offers a very rich toolset including the ability to use your own, previously bought domain name.

uCoz pricing

However, with the free plan you’re forced to display the system copyright and a rather noticeable advertisement. In case you use uCoz to build a non-profit website (school website or a website for a charity organization) you can remove the ad for free – just contact their support.

If you want to build a blog, a forum, or a business site, the Basic plan ($5.99 a month) will certainly handle it. But in case you’re looking to start a webstore, be ready to pay $15.99/mo. The good news is that all uCoz plans are discounted if you choose to pay for three/six months/a year in advance.

To learn more pricing details, please visit the official Pricing Page.


There’s a slight learning curve; the banner in the free plan.

uCoz competitors

uKit and uID.me

uCoz site builder isn’t the only product developed by the uCoz team. The company also owns a one-page profile builder uID.me and a code-free site builder for business uKit.com. Unlike uCoz that offers full HTML and CSS control, uKit follows a completely different approach. The system provides an intuitive drag-and-drop editor that requires no coding at all.

uCoz Review: conclusion

uCoz is one of the rare website builders that let you get under the hood. For this very reason I use it to build websites for my clients. It gives me full control over the site I’m working on, so I rest assured that I’ll be able to implement literally any idea my client suggests. Here’s what real users have to say about uCoz: Interview with Khen N. Salce.

If you find uCoz too complicated or you don’t need the ability to directly change your site’s code, don’t hesitate to check out uKit. This platform lets you concentrate on content rather than the technical side of things. It smartly balances the power with ease-of-use.

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Howard Steele
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  • wafa

    Is Ucoz good for building and eCommerce website for selling arts and designs internationally?is it adaptable for mobiles ? what would you suggest for me to use ? I am just starting my business but I want it to be done professionally !

    • http://superbwebsitebuilders.com/ Howard Steele

      Hi Wafa,
      Yes, it has eCommerce capabilities and free responsive templates. uCoz has a completely free version so you risk nothing when creating an account with this website builder.

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  • http://twodots.in/ Two dots

    Thank to sharing articles and services


  • rush

    is there a possibility of getiing the domain as .com and not as ucoz.com?

  • jack.

    hi there! sir your review site is superb……im jack. im very new to web building….. my aim is to build a simple static but power full (seo friendly) website for my courier business….does u coz give me options for seo (sugestions for key words,or seo tuning for search engins…..while a site is being developed……plz help me out….. if you got any sugesstions

  • StillLooking

    I love the idea of allowing ‘subshops’, I’m guessing it’s a bit like Amazon… This would be life-changing for me… 😀 I’m just hoping that uCoz isn’t too complicated… I’m going to start a free website now…

    • http://superbwebsitebuilders.com/ Howard Steele

      Hi, we also love that feature!
      Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions about uCoz commerce. Good luck!

  • http://gitasiregar.do.am Gita Putri Siregar

    I really love uCoz ^^! Compared to other free website builders, its free plan is very flexible, and I can customize almost everything. Thanks for this review – your website have proved to be very useful to me!

    • http://superbwebsitebuilders.com/ Howard Steele

      Hi! Thanks for your comment.
      How long did it take you to build your uCoz website?

  • http://www.designfacet.com/ Sean Jamshidi

    It would be good to read an article on webplus by serif.

    • http://superbwebsitebuilders.com/ Howard Steele

      Hi Sean,
      Are you a Webplus user?

      • http://www.designfacet.com/ Sean Jamshidi

        Yes but I also use wordpress, joomla, etc.. depends on the clients need. But it would be good to read a review on webplus since it is a powerful program.

  • coolmark1995

    I know this is an old post but UCOZ is not supposed to be drag and drop UCOZ is actually something to help users learn how to code that is what they are geared toward it took me like min to build a site its self but to customize css it took me some time

    • http://superbwebsitebuilders.com/ Howard Steele

      Hi, it’s a new post. What sentence do you disagree with? I never said uCoz was a drag-and-drop site builder.

  • Danyea Taylor