Duda vs WordPress

Last updated: September 01, 2021

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Duda
Duda’s website builder enables you to create a responsive website with no need to code. Simply import all of the content from an old site into a beautiful new website template that can be customized by device. All Duda websites not only look great, but follow Google’s SEO best practices and come with loads of business-driving widgets.
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WordPress
WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time. The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine.
Duda vs WordPress in our news:

2021. Web building platform Duda snaps up e-commerce cart tool Snipcart



Duda has acquired Canada-based Snipcart, a startup that enables businesses to add a shopping cart to their websites. Duda, which works with digital agencies and SaaS companies, has approximately 1 million published paying sites, and the acquisition was driven by the company seeing a boost in e-commerce websites as a result of the global pandemic. Together, the companies will offer new capabilities, like payment and membership tools inside of the Duda platform. Many of Duda’s customers come with inventory and don’t want to manage it on another e-commerce platform, so Snipcart will be that component for taking their inventory and making it shoppable on the web.


2021. Automattic acquires analytics company Parse.ly



Automattic, the for-profit company tied to open-source web publishing platform WordPress, is announcing that it has acquired analytics provider Parse.ly. Parse.ly gives creators, marketers and developers the tools to understand content performance, prove content value, and deliver tailored content experiences that drive meaningful results. WordPress and Parse.ly already work well together, but the plan is to make WPVIP (enterprise hosting and support to publishers) features available to Parse.ly customers while also making more Parse.ly data available to WPVIP publishers. And there are also opportunities to add more commerce-related data to Parse.ly, since Automattic also owns WooCommerce.


2018. Website builder Duda integrates with Q&A service Yext



The industry-leading website builder Duda has integrated with Yext, the leader in Digital Knowledge Management. This integration will simplify the experience of managing an effective digital presence by pulling key business information, such as locations, opening hours, and product offerings, from Yext into Duda and syncing this data across the web. The integration will pull business data directly into the Duda platform to make website builds faster, and keep key SMB business data in sync across their website and the 100+ intelligent services in the Yext Powerlistings Network, including Google, Apple, Facebook, Bing, and Yahoo. In addition, Duda will leverage Yext’s Knowledge Tags to insert Google-friendly schema markup to ensure search engines and other services can read and display in-depth information from websites in search, improving information quality and search experience across the internet.


2017. Duda launched new tablet editor



The world is a busy place these days, and people are often working on-the-go. This is especially true of website builders, who aren’t always sitting at their desks when they want to edit and build their customers’ websites. So Duda made some serious improvements to our tablet editor, so that customers could easily build and edit sites, everywhere. The new tablet editor isn’t just a smaller version of the desktop version. It’s a thoughtfully designed adaptation that gives you and your customers the freedom to build and edit sites anywhere, easily and quickly. From your customer’s place of business. On a train. At a coffee shop. At the beach. Wherever you go, you can load images, move widgets, tweak content, check analytics, publish sites, and more.


2016. Duda introduced new responsive website builder



Duda has rebuilt its responsive website builder in a way that would make site building faster, the user experience more intuitive and, ultimately. 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.  The new features include 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, more flexible Photo Gallery.


2016. Duda Partnered with Let’s Encrypt to provide Free SSL Certificates



Duda is making SSL certificates available to every paid Duda responsive website at no extra cost. What are the benefits? Some of the big players in the web industry have been trying a carrot and stick approach to get webmasters onboard with the whole “secure internet” thing. For example, Google adds an SEO benefit to sites that are encrypted (secured) with an SSL certificate. However, the latest versions of certain browsers are beginning to limit what features an unsecured website can have access to (for more on this, check out this article on Mozilla about an advanced feature called service workers).


2016. WordPress.com turned on HTTPS encryption for all sites



WordPress.com is adding HTTPS support for all of its sites without having to do anything. Each website now has an SSL certificate and will display a green lock in your address back. The nice side effect to the enhanced security is that Google tends to favor websites that support HTTPS over HTTP-only website. So your WordPress.com website should rank higher in Google search results.


2015. WordPress.com goes Open Source and gets a desktop app



WordPress.com, the fully hosted version of WordPress, has a received one of its biggest updates. First, WordPress.com is now fully separated from the WordPress core. It is now an admin interface that interacts with the WordPress core just like any other third-party interface and app out there. It uses a REST API to fetch your posts, publish new ones, upload photos and more. Second, the team behind WordPress.com switched to an entirely new stack. Instead of using PHP and MySQL, the developers built everything using JavaScript and API calls. It means that when you go to the website, the server will distribute a fully working WordPress client that mostly runs in your browser. Finally, everything is open source and on GitHub. You can also download a new Mac app to access WordPress.com. In many ways, this app works like the Slack desktop app. It leverages web technologies and desktop features so that you get more or less the exact same thing as on the WordPress.com website, but with a few goodies, such as notifications. Windows and Linux apps are in the works.


2015. WordPress acquired e-commerce plugin WooCommerce



Automattic, the company behind WordPress, has acquired WooCommerce which develops the popular e-commerce WordPress plugin. It lets site owners turn their self-hosted WordPress website into a bonafide online store. WooCommerce is huge when it comes to the online store space, powering at least 650,000 online stores. WooCommerce is easy to use — especially in the realm of ecommerce solutions — but it still requires some hand-holding during the setup process. Easy-to-build shopping solutions is increasingly a selling point for web solutions. WordPress.com competitors such as Squarespace have storefront modules and there are also hosted solutions from companies such as Shopify, Big Cartel and Bigcommerce.


2014. Duda unveils own Website Analytics



A short while ago, Duda introduced new statistics interface. It was Google Analytics free version, which is a good service. However when you have a large amount of data, Google only uses a small percentage of the overall stats to calculate the final results. While this works fine to give you a statistically valid estimate, when you start drilling down into detailed reports you can occasionally end up with misleading results. Another shortcoming is that some requests take a long time to calculate. The new solution is hosted by Duda and the service stores all the data and runs all the calculations internally. This is faster because it’s tuned specifically for our system and more accurate because it does not rely on a sample of the data but instead uses all of it.