uKit provides two options to create an online store: with the help of the third-party Ecwid Store service and using uKit native tools.
In the first case, you’ll need to create an account with the Ecwid system and connect your website to it. In the end, you get yourself a visually compelling and neat storefront. However, you’ll hardly be able to build a big online store because it’s not really convenient. For each category you need to create a new page, set up its view, etc. The whole process isn’t automated. Visitors are shown only what you have manually published on your pages. Yet, if you invest time and effort, you can achieve decent results.
To cover the needs of those who didn’t find the Ecwid system useful, ucoz website builder has recently introduced an in-house solution to set up an online store. And while many features are still in the active development, there’s already a lot of useful stuff in there.
Creating a store with the native tools is very simple: you add one or more products or services using the Product widget and then the store gets automatically activated. Next, you just configure the cart according to the specific requirements of your business and you’re done. The store settings allow you to change currency and cart behavior, customize your products in terms of design, description, image, and price, as well as set up an order form and specify shipping and payment methods. As far as the payment processing options go, uKit offers the industry-standard and probably the most well-known payment system in the world – PayPal.
uKit does have a free option for people who just need a basic informational website, but if you want to take advantage of their in-house eCommerce features, you’ll need an upgraded plan (eCommerce or Pro) starting from $9.60/month.
If you’re wondering if uKit native eCommerce is a good fit for you, you can go for a free 14-day trial period and see if their functionality meets your needs.
Apart from launching eCommerce websites, uKit makes it possible to add a blog to your website. The entire process does not take much effort and time – blog connection feature is realized via adding a “News Informer” widget to your ready-made website. Right after that, you can set up the news display format with regard to your current requirements. This is done within several minutes and is absolutely easy even for first-time-users. If you need, you can set up the blog page as your homepage to let users reach it at once. As soon as you adjust the settings, all the posts published in the “News” section will be automatically displayed in the blog. That’s quite convenient for website owners.
One of the features that will contribute to the ease of blog management is the scheduled news publication option. It implies the possibility to prepare the news and posts in advance and then schedule the time of their publication. The feature will come in handy, if you plan to take a vacation or a business trip, for example. You won’t have to worry about your blog updates as the posts will be added automatically, while you are away based on the schedule you’ve set up.
All in all, blogging with uKit is simple, engaging and clutter-free. No coding skills are required from you – just create a blog and add posts to it whenever you wish. The system makes it possible to add any media and elements to your blog posts to give them the desired look and attract user attention. You just focus on the content instead of thinking about web design nuances. That’s definitely a valuable aspect for blog owners.