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Date Established
2010
Location
Palo Alto, CA
Jason Vissers

Jason Vissers

Jason Vissers is a writer and cereal chef from San Diego. He graduated with a Political Science degree from San Diego State University in 2001. He's been writing about website builders, crowdfunding sites, online lenders, and credit cards for Merchant Maverick since 2015. Additionally, Jason can't eat raisins.
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    Basem

    Organization Name: Le Caire Lounge

    Any updates I do, do not update. No phone numbers unless if you are a paid pro subscriber. Free subscribers have no phone support and Duda website ad is showing all over your free website which is understandable but with the glitches they have on their dashboard editor, it’s not encouraging to upgrade your account. Besides their plans prices are way higher than any competitor.So I emailed them about their editor feature not updating the changes but I get a generic response without looking at my account with their standard fixes which basically what I’ve been doing with no luck.I just emailed them again after 3-4 day with the issue still persist to look into my account but still have to wait for another few days until I get a response and hopefully would get some resolutions.Would not recommend.

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    • Organization Name: Le Caire Lounge
    sam robertson

    Organization Name: SSE online, LLC

    I have used Duda for a number of years and it hasn’t gotten any better. I waste days (not hours) publishing, and republishing without my changes saving. This is an extremely glitchy service and I totally regret purchasing the “site for life”. My mobile site gets 404 error messages all the time. I really wish you would change your overall rating because it sucks people into a bad service. I AM using the current version of the product and it’s as bad as ever.Go use a webhost that has a dynamic format – and NOT duda mobile!

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    • Organization Name: SSE online, LLC
    Brendan McLeod

    Jason, the writer of the report, sure is heck used the product. All the little nuances and things he talks about are right on. Every disgruntlement and pick was great. I felt like I was writing it. A thought. I am miffed that in 2017 there is not a nice and simple webbuilder application that runs and reads whatever other websites and allows you to get below and edit all the code. The proprietary webbuilders is just a way to make a captured audience. I would much rather develop my code locally and ftp the site up to the Internet and I am still just so surprised that this is not available. Especially if you go to a web speed tester or analyzer and it tells you the fixes, but where your site is it is impossible to fix. For years I have tried different products and websites. I started in the 90’s as a PC DOCS Engineer and setting up webservers on Sun Systems Unix and many other platforms. So, I am not a novice, but I am not artistic at all, which led me out into the world. I started looking like crazy again when I had an old website that I could not get ranked in google or yahoo again. I started for a long time on smacking up a wix site. It was the first problem of any flexibility that was a concern of mine. Godaddy and Ipage were problems, but found their builders way too inflexible. Oh, I spent a good amount of time on a WordPress site which I wish I could get that time back. I felt I was back in the day when there were not standards in computing. I really felt myself get to the point where I was going to start scripting, Oh, Google Sites really isn’t something you would consider competing in the market, for those of you who have dabbled. Duda stuck out after searching and failing on all of these. This analysis that I am commenting on is great. 1. Little quirky things, like I can not find a Small Capital Letters font. That font should be everywhere. 2. Could not figure out how to put things in the margin after duda templates hem you into their active workspace. When you publish your site it ensures it is cleanly in the middle. But, there is a lot of wasted real estate.3. Wanted to do more with google analytic tagging but you are not allowed that far into the code. 4. Occasional make you pissed off editor. I had several times when dragging an object it turned a part that was one column, into two, but didn’t look at it as a change. I could not undo it and nothing had triggered a difference on the page. That is REALLY frustrating. I could go on.Six months ago I started to put up my new site. I was going to dabble in web pages to give me a break from practicing law. It ends up that both are jealous mistresses. Every product I mention here, from Rapidweaver to WordPress to Go Daddy, I built an entire website and that is why this review stands out. He picks out the biggies that I would mention, as well. Trying to transfer, move, whatever. Builders are all proprietary and to ftp the site down creates jumble. I gave duda.co my own four star ranking and stated it was on the 5 star fence. To me, it really is a 5 star product, but I don’t want them to stop. I started way back using Rapidweaver. Quirky and bad concept. I NEVER grew comfortable with it.

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      Peter

      These guys are a joke, they made changes in their code and did not trouble themselves to inform any one that sites are down. Our client informs us and I contacted duda. There is no human one can contact and their support time is slow. 7 days later as it seems an earlier email of theirs went to junkmail. I was given instructions to change code on my wordpress site. I didnt know that I have to be a coder in order to pay for their mobile app service. 4 emails asking them to call me have gone ignored as they do not even bother addressing the fact that I do not know how to code, instead they are patting me on the back with how far I have managed to go changing parts of their code step by step. WHAT A JOKE, I hope Duda continues to teach their customers on how to decipher duda code and to teach the world how they have NO SUPPORT while corrupting your personal websites code in the process. BEWARE OF THIS JOKE OF A COMPANY!!!

        This comment refers to an earlier version of this review and may be outdated.

        Brendan McLeod

        You don’t have to be a coder to use Duda.co. You have to be a coder to use WordPress. I knew everything about wordpress and packed it in because I feel it is 200 suitcases with different API suites to augment their window opening wordpress ass. Can’t stand WordPress and I can’t believe the amount of time I spent PROGRAMMING my own work arounds. For instance, the “read more” delimeter. They forgot to put the code along with that one. Different plug ins don’t work with others. I mean it is nice to have 3 trillion add ons, but not if they don’t play well.
        I programmed my own “read more” and many others before I packed it in. Clumsy “Open as a New Window Editor” WordPress. At the end of editing and doing things I might have 14 active editors open and then must re-enact my closing of the windows so I don’t overwrite the newest and latest that I just spend an hour changing. Dear WordPress. Go away. I bet their own website was made by duda.co. You and I know that the foot in the door was that they cannot make a mobile site worth a crap. So, you head out and look for a mobile programmer. Duda.co comes up as the best for mobile sites, but maybe not primetime for desktop. However, in my business, 80 percent of more come from mobile devices.

          Barry Cohen

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          I had Dudamobile Javascript put into over a dozen of my important websites so they can be better seen on mobile devices and all of a sudden all of them are going to a 404 error page on mobile devices only. This is frustrating a lot of my readers and customers! I have contacted Duda in Ca, a dozen times and they have done absolutely nothing to help me! The Customer service is the worst on the planet and they will not take any phone calls. The e-mails I got back from them were totally senseless and worthless! I told them that I would be doing this review if they didn’t provide the needed customer support but they didn’t seem to care one bit! I feel that you will be very sorry if you do business with this company that is ready to take your money while providing worthless customer support!

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            Mark Hawes

            Being new to this I have limited understanding of the whole concept of hosting a website.

            Is there a link in Duda where you can add a members data base by logging in from my website?
            Do they host email addresses too?

            Thanks

            Mark

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              Jason Vissers

              Hi Mark! Thanks for your question – while you can set up password-protected pages with a premium plan, Duda has no membership/database features and does not host email addresses.

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                definition of time management skills

                Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Many thanks, However I am
                going through issues with your RSS. I don’t know why I cannot subscribe to it.
                Is there anybody else getting similar RSS issues? Anybody who knows the solution will you kindly respond?

                Thanks!!

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                  Frederic Squires

                  About 6 months ago today September 28 I set up my business on this companies platform. i wanted both Android and IOS platforms. I spent over two weeks setting up my mobile site. It came well. I published it and found out it will not work at all on the Android Platform and partially well on the IOSD platform. I had paid my money only to have both site not work properly. I contacted customer service but you have to use email as there isnt a phone number to talk to some one. Well here it is 6 months later and they have been telling me over and over again they have no idea of when the issue will be fixed. I have asked all kinds of questions and they just keep saying its a big problem and it takes time to fix. i just thought i would advise any future customers that this company has problems with troubleshooting your mobile site after you spend good time creating it. My site is http://www.audio-videospecialists.com. take a look for yourself and see what you think. It works partially well on IOS but not at all on AndroidThanks for taking the time to read this

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                    Jason Vissers

                    Hi Frederic! Your site looks quite nice on my iPhone, but unfortunately, I don’t have an Android device to test it on.

                    Thanks for your input though!

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                      Elizabeth Henthorn

                      This site addresses issues that were never resonded to by your company. The one I’m most concerned with is the comment by Jason Vissers above. “I don’t have an android device to try this on”.
                      ???? Seriously? You are a web development platform. How can you NOT have android devices to try things out on? I will have to keep looking unfortunately. I love so much about your company but the lack of response by yourselves tothe people who have posted here on this site are making me really worry. The other concerns I have are no email hosting, and no web domain hosting although really it’s the email hosting that is the bigger concern. Also the only comments allowed on your sites are FB only.

                        Amad Ebrahimi

                        Hi Elizabeth,

                        Thank you for the comment, but I believe there may be some confusion here. Jason Vissers is an independent reviewer for our website called Merchant Maverick. He is not a representative for Duda. The issues that have been addressed on this site about Duda, are actually issues that Jason dug up about Duda as this is a review that he wrote. As a reviewer, Jason isn’t able to try every platform on every device, and that is why he hasn’t had a chance to try Duda on an Android. With that said, we’ll definitely take your comments into consideration and will consider purchasing an Android device exclusively for testing.

                        Best,
                        Amad Ebrahimi | Founder
                        Merchant Maverick

                          Ron L

                          I have worked with a lot of different website editors. The Duda platform is one of the best ones out there. In my opinion there is only ONE down side, and that is their support. The support is not very responsive, and not very helpful.

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                            Andy Roberts

                            HiThanks for the info. Does Duda satisfy Google’s requirement for mobile friend websites?Thanks, Andy

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                              This comment refers to an earlier version of this review and may be outdated.

                              Jason Vissers

                              Hi Andy! My test site with DudaOne did indeed pass Google’s mobile-friendly test!

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