I don’t do these often – and no, I am not getting paid for this – which should underline the recommendation I’m making here. As a non-tech guy who has a slew of websites for projects, personal use, and clients, I’m beholden to template site services more often than not. Software is eating the world, they say, and this is a vertical that has thrived in such an environment. And I’m confident in saying that I’ve tried the vast majority of services out there, constantly on the search for the right balance of functionality, design, and beauty. Enter Strikingly.
I read about Strikingly a year or so ago in a tech startup blog and gave it a chance (it’s free for one site). It immediately jumped out as different from the competition with its super slick one-page design. I’ve used it for a bunch of different sites and after a couple months I opted for the Pro plan, so I could attach custom domains and use even more features and have several sites at the same time under the same account.
When we decided to test MusicBox out earlier this year following Lean Startup principles, I designed an MVP site within a couple hours on Strikingly and we launched. A few weeks later, it happened – we were mentioned on Lifehacker and without warning our site was hit with a ridiculous surge in traffic, upwards of 10,000 hits in one day. Needless to say, I was immediately concerned that our little template service wouldn’t be set up to handle that. Thankfully, I had nothing to worry about, as there were absolutely zero glitches on Strikingly’s side that day (actually, our issues ended up coming from MailChimp!). As a matter of fact, their CTO emailed me an hour or so into that epic day to let me know we hit the front page of Lifehacker and to congratulate us.
I get asked quite often about my experiences with template sites, so that’s why I’m writing this. Strikingly’s templates are good and getting better with new additions every time I check. Unfortunately, there is no blog feature yet, but I suspect that is going to change pretty soon. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below.