Introducing Duda’s New Responsive Website Builder

By Stephen Alemar

responsive website builderFor the past 10 months, our amazing product team essentially stopped the presses so they could focus on one thing. It wasn’t a new feature. It wasn’t a new template design. It wasn’t even so they could fix bugs. No. It was for a much, much bigger reason than any of those. We put almost everything on hold so we could rebuild Duda’s responsive website builder in a way that would make site building faster, the user experience more intuitive and, ultimately, you a more successful web professional. We couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to your new Duda website. Let’s dive in.

 

Rebuilt in React

For our fellow geeks out there, we thought it’d be a good idea to explain a little bit about how we rebuilt our responsive website builder and why this is such a big deal.

It’s important to note that this release is more than just skin deep. Yes, the builder looks a lot different (and we think better), but when we say we “rebuilt” it, we mean it. The new builder has been engineered using React, an open-source JavaScript library for building user interfaces. This Facebook-developed technology means the platform is much more robust and flexible. The drag-and-drop functionality feels smoother the editor now loads up to 40% faster than before.

But, perhaps most impressive and exciting, this particular improvement enables our product team to respond to feature requests much more quickly than ever before! We can also fix bugs in a fraction of the time it used to take, and we’re sure that’s something for everybody to be happy about.

To learn more about React and how we used it to create the new builder, you can check out this interview with Duda’s resident Client Architect, Liad Yosef.

Features You Asked For

“We value your feedback,” isn’t just some line we tell customers at Duda. And that’s because, in many ways, we’d be completely lost without our DudaPro community letting us know what kind of features and product enhancements you need to be successful. You are what drives us forward and we genuinely hope you never stop letting us know how we can improve.

So in that spirit, we’ve added a lot of new features, both big and small, in this release.

In the new responsive website builder, you’ll find:

  • New Layouts Options
  • More Color Overlays
  • A New Icon Widget
  • 22 More Fonts
  • Interpage Anchors
  • Custom Backgrounds Per Page
  • Video Backgrounds on Columns and Popups
  • Open Graph Support
  • A More Flexible Photo Gallery
  • And so much more!

To find out more about the individual features that have been added to the builder and/or sign up for a product tour webinar, simply check out this landing page.

All So You Can Build More Websites

If there was one theme behind all of these latest upgrades and enhancements, it was this — productivity. Our mission to provide web professionals with the tools and resources they need to serve their small business clients is something we take very seriously, and we strive every single day to find ways to help you be more productive, build websites more efficiently and make more sales.

A large part of this effort goes toward providing you with the best website builder possible, but it’s not the only part. We’re also dedicated to delivering outstanding customer support,  keeping you in the know with up-to-date information and industry best practices, and further developing our account management program to ensure you have everything you need to be successful.

So here’s to the start of 2017 and another fantastic year working with all of you. We’ve already started working on some of our next big product releases and think you’re going to be very happy with everything we’ve got coming down the pipe. And, of course, feel free to send us any feedback you have on the new builder. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

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About Stephen Alemar

Stephen Alemar is the Content Marketing Manager and Chief Morale Officer at Duda. Stephen generally splits his time between writing for Duda and agonizing over the proper use of commas. He once brought in donuts for the office, and it is still considered a landmark day at Duda. His favorite Big Lebowski character is one of the bowling balls.
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