Building a website – even just a landing page – can be a time-consuming task if you haven’t done it before. Luckily, Strikingly’s straightforward editor can help you get your single-page site online within hours.
If your end goal is just to have a basic web presence – to let people know who you are and how to contact you – Strikingly might be the builder for you.
However, if you’d like to build a more sophisticated website, with e-commerce integrations or detailed website analytics, you should probably use a more comprehensive tool. We’ve tested dozens of options to come up with the best website builders in 2021.
Strikingly’s platform supports ten languages, including Dutch, French, and Spanish. You can also create a multi-language website if you invest in the Pro plan.
Features and Ease of Use
Strikingly is a basic tool built with beginners in mind. All you need to do is select a template, upload your images, and write some compelling text for your site.
All plans include:
- A drag-and-drop editor
- Social media integrations
- Online store functionality (although you can only sell one product with the free plan)
- A blogging toolkit
Strikingly offers 29 website templates that you can filter by category, such as business, personal and portfolio.
If you don’t like the first template you picked, you can always switch to another one. Another great feature is the template preview, which allows you to see how site content would look in different templates. If you’ve never designed a website before, this feature will also help you get a feel for what kind of information you should include on your site.
Plus, every Strikingly template is automatically optimized for all devices, so you don’t have to worry about your website looking awkward on mobile.
Pricing and Support
A free account will get you a fully functional site with 5GB of monthly bandwidth on a .strikingly.com URL. One nice thing is that Strikingly doesn’t limit the number of free sites you can create, which is helpful if you want to test out a bunch of different site variations.
The Limited plan gives you more bandwidth and storage space, but you can only remove Strikingly branding from your site on the Pro plan and above. The Pro plan is clearly Strikingly’s shining star – not only do you get your own domain on this plan, but you can create multi-page websites and sell up to 300 products (plus you get access to the App Store).
Finally, the top tiered plan is the VIP plan, but its main selling point is the priority support and the email newsletters – not so much what beginners will be interested in.
While it’s true that Strikingly lets you sell products on any plan – even the free one – I’d recommend checking out our review for Wix or Squarespace if you’re really serious about building an online store. Both of these builders offer unlimited bandwidth and unlimited products on every e-commerce plan.
Strikingly scores pretty high on customer support: all its plans include 24/7 live chat, with phone support available for VIP users.
I was pleasantly surprised by the quick and friendly response I received from Strikingly’s support team, even though the representative was branded as a “Happiness Officer” (cue eye roll).
I asked how I could embed video and gif content on my site, and I received a reply within one minute of asking my question. The representative even emailed me a transcript of our live chat conversation so I could refer back to it if I wanted. Now that’s something I haven’t seen before!