Strikingly is a relatively new entrant to the field of stress-free website building.
You may have noticed a trend online for single page websites - ones which present content in a long, scrollable, format. Strikingly does that for you, and very well indeed.
If you are looking for a compact and professional web presence, which you can put together in minutes, without any knowledge of coding or the inner workings of web design, then this is worth a look.
Registration is free and fast. You then have a selection of excellent templates to chose from. All of them are filled with dummy content so you can get an idea of how they will look and function once you replace that with your own material. What is very useful here is that there is a good degree of customisation ranging from swapping predefined colours across the template, to adjusting fonts and images.
All of the ‘mechanics’ are taken care of so your site will scroll smoothly between pages or you can use simple navigation ‘buttons’ to jump to specific sections.
Editing is remarkably simple - just click on a text box and type. Click save and the site updates. Images are equally easy to deal with - again simply click on the image you want to change and drag a new one into your browser window, or select any of the editing tools to crop, resize or adjust.
Pages in the template can be reordered using ‘drag and drop’, you can rename them, hide them from the navigation menus or delete them. There are also a whole rage of extra pages you can include, edit and rearrange.
The finished sites display the calm and sophisticated presentation we now expect from professional presentations. Images and text ‘slide and fade’ into place as you scroll.
Multiple Views - getting noticed
All the sites made with Strikingly are responsive and automatically adjust themselves to display well on desktop monitors, tablets and phones. You can test these views with a single click and make any adjustments needed immediately.
Google recently changed its ranking system for websites to favour mobile-friendly sites (April 2015) and that is what you will get if you use this system without having to worry about it. There are also some valuable setting options to help make your new site visible to search engines.
When you consider that all of this is free and with such a level of elegant design detail, it makes it an excellent choice. Your free account gives you an unlimited number of sites (which even in this world of ‘fremium’ business models is unusual. You also receive 5GB of monthly Bandwidth which is enough for most people to start. Your web address would be www.yourname.strikingly.com
If you would like to use your own domain name (see our guide here) you can upgrade to a paid version with extra bandwidth and services. This is around $8 per month or, if you buy two years up front it drops to $7.00. Their top of the range package costs $16.00 per month or $14.00 for two years and for that you get unlimited bandwidth, removal of the Strikingly name from your sit and other facilities. Switching plans seems an option they are happy to support (with some restrictions) and if you have a college email address you can get 3 months of the top package for free.
We tested out the free version, used the image and text editors, changed pages, moved them around and can honestly say it is one of the simplest and most elegant systems we have used. You can see what we put together in a few minutes at www.welikeartists.strikingly.com
If you need a professional, modern and functional site, which is simple to launch and update, then visit www.strikingly.com
Strikingly has a manifesto which suggests a level of interest and support not normally found in online businesses. We have included their main comments here as they connect remarkably well with those of our own site and suggest a respect for the creative individual which appears to go beyond the ‘hard sell’.
- We believe that every human being is by nature creative and entrepreneurial.
- We believe that everyone should have an equal opportunity to turn their ideas into reality.
- We believe in the promise of the Internet to empower everyone.
We were a little unsure just where to categorise Strikingly as it is actually a single page system and we do have a category for that, but based on the fact that this is more sophisticated website builder we have included it in websites.