uCoz

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uCoz
Headquarters Moscow, Russia
Owner uCoz Media
Employees 80+[1]
Website www.ucoz.com
Alexa rank negative increase 958; 284: Romania (April 2014)[2]
Type of site Web Services
Registration Required
Users 1 million
Available in English, Russian, German, Spanish, French, Hungarian, Ukrainian, Arabic, Swedish, Romanian, Polish, Armenian, Portuguese
Launched 2005

uCoz is a free web hosting with a built-in content management system. The modules of the uCoz CMS can be used together to build a fully featured website, or separately, e.g. as an online shopping platform, blog, webforum etc. As of March 10, 2014, there are more than one million websites created in the uCoz system.[3] uCoz is among the top sites for Russian-speaking users according to Alexa Internet.[4]

History[edit]

Initially, the basis of the service development was formed by the combined experience of several developers, which consisted in previous work over different services such as polls, free guestbooks and, more importantly, a professional CMS script (WoCatalog Pro). On the 29th of October 2005, after almost a year of development, uCoz announced the Russian version of the system. In June 2007, the English version of the system was officially announced, and in August — the German version. Currently, uCoz is also available in Azeri, Spanish, French, Arabic, Hungarian, Romanian, Swedish, Polish, Portuguese, partially in Hebrew, Latvian, Ukrainian, and Georgian languages.

uCoz is backed by the Mail.ru group, has its headquarters in Moscow, Russia and other offices in Sankt Petersburg, Rostov on Don, Kazan and Cherkassy, Ukraine.

At a glance[edit]

Main features[edit]

  • Has a user Webtop which has apps, games and mainly the control panel links of all created websites and new website creator.
  • 250+ website design templates to choose from, including responsive ones[5]
  • Possibility to create a custom design/template or to modify any pre-installed one
  • 400 MB disk space. The disk size increases as the number of visitors on the website and the age of the website increases.
  • Third level domains in 21 zones
  • Possibility to attach any domain to the website
  • Unrestricted МХ record creating/editing and subdomain creation the attached domain
  • FTP access. Depositfiles hosting service account can be attached to the website if needed to upload larger files.
  • WYSIWYG editor
  • Visual block builder
  • Mobile version of the website
  • Project & Templates backup
  • RSS import/export
  • API
  • A lightbox
  • Rewrite engine
  • Global authorization — uID (uNet)

Modules[edit]

The uCoz CMS platform includes modules that can be used to create a fully customized site. The modules can be used unanimously as well as separately to create a blog, forums, online shopping, etc. Currently, uCoz offers to its users the following modules:

  • Users
  • Forums (Bulletin Board)
  • E-shop (Paid module)
  • Site News
  • Blog (Web Journal)
  • Publisher (Article Catalog)
  • File Catalog
  • Site Catalog
  • Mini Chat
  • Ad Board
  • Photo Albums
  • Online games
  • Polls
  • Guestbook
  • FAQ Service
  • E-mail Forms
  • Page Editor
  • Statistics (Hit Counter)
  • Video
  • Tests
  • Site Search
  • Social Media Publisher[6]
  • Game Blog [7]

Other free features[edit]

  • Informers
  • Banner rotator
  • Scheduled posting[8]
  • Substitution of any system phrase
  • Banner and Copyright appearance customizations
  • Automatic navigation builder
  • Subscription via PM, email, and RSS
  • Global blocks
  • Quick substitution of template fragments
  • User Awards
  • Recommend a friend
  • Custom pack of smileys
  • Maximum security settings
  • Users' and admins' action logs
  • Account verification via SMS
  • Free limited technical support

[edit]

  • Removal of the system copyright
  • Removal of uCoz advertising banner
  • Access to the E-commerce module and possibility to create online shops[10]
  • Increasing the available disk space up to 10 gigabytes
  • Possibility to hide uCoz Statistics (in case of using the Statistics module)
  • Possibility to attach files to letters sending via E-mail forms
  • Possibility to use PHP
  • SMS-services
  • Premium templates
Free Basic Business Advanced Premium Developer's
Ads Yes No No No No No
Disk Space (400 Mb +)

+0

+800 Mb

+1500 Mb

+2500 Mb

+2500 Mb

+5000 Mb

Bonus messages to Paid Technical Support (per month) 0 1 2 2 2 3
Max. file size for uploading via FTP 15 Mb 60 Mb 90 Mb 135 Mb 135 Mb 245 Mb
Hidden statistics counter No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Attach files in contact forms No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Inactive sites removal Yes No No No No No
Free second-level domain when paying for a year N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
E-Shop module activation No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ads in Control Panel Yes Yes Yes No No No
uCoz copyrights Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
PHP usage No No No No No Yes

Peculiarities[edit]

Being a SaaS system, uCoz has the features of this type of platform like closed source code, but with the availability of running server-side scripts like JavaScript. Also, it has the unavailability of running databases (all this is possible within Web 3.0 PaaS concept), which is balanced out by a great number of built-in system capabilities. Static HTML pages can be used but are not recommended; there are some limitations on their usage and uploading.[citation needed] Also, the system is fully HTML5 and CSS3 compatible, giving developers complete freedom in development.

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "uCoz Team"
  2. ^ "Ucoz.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  3. ^ "Sites Rating. TOP 100". 
  4. ^ http://www.alexa.com/topsites/countries/RU
  5. ^ "New System Templates". uCoz Community. 
  6. ^ "Release of A New Module - Social Media Publisher". uCoz Community. 
  7. ^ "How to create a free website with uCoz". WaysToMakeSite. 
  8. ^ "Scheduled Posting". uCoz Community. 
  9. ^ http://forum.ucoz.com/forum/46-13008-1
  10. ^ "uCoz e-Shop Tour". uCoz. 
  11. ^ Open Web Awards 2009: The Winners
  12. ^ "Runet Award 2008" (in Russian). Premia Runeta. 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  13. ^ "Runet Award 2009" (in Russian). Premia Runeta. 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 

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