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UENI website builder review

Would you let someone else design your business site for you?

UENI Review
(Image: © UENI)

TechRadar Verdict

UENI is slow to set up with limited functionality and lacks some basic features but this website builder does produce clean and professional looking sites.


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    Produces clean sites

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    Nice booking options


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    Takes days for the service to get the site ready

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    Extremely limited editing options

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    More complex to edit than it should be

UENI (opens in new tab) offers a website builder and web hosting service that promises to “grow your small business”.

Plans formerly started with a free option called ‘Starter’, but with the free option discontinued, the service offers three packages called 'Basic', 'Plus' and 'Reputation'.

Basic (opens in new tab) (not available if you pay monthly), includes an SSL certificate, 2 email addresses, some access to the premium website design service, unlimited bookings, and up to $500 in sales. You can also get VIP priority support. This will cost you $129 annually.

The Plus plan (opens in new tab), gives you unlimited bookings, sales, and images. It comes with full access to premium website designs, $10 in ad spending, and access to a 1-on-1 call with a website expert and a call to help you grow your business. All for $39 per month or $349 per year.

Finally, we have Reputation (opens in new tab) ($499 per year or $59 per month) which opens up all other features, including the Reputation Manager, and Request a Review services.

Business Details

Give UENI some information about you and your business so its AI has something to go on (Image credit: UENI)

Getting started

Choosing that plan lets us straight into the creation process. You set up an account and answer a series of questions so that UENI better understands your business. One limitation is when you’re asked what you want to do with your site - you can’t for instance choose ‘blog’ and ‘online sale’, or any other option: you can only select one, which feels very limiting.


We waited 5 days before our site was ready to be edited… (Image credit: UENI)

And after having answered all their questions and supplied any and all images, links to a video, maybe a little bit of text about your business, you’re ready to go!… in “three days”.

Wait - what?

This is because your site is being designed by a human being, not an automatic computer-driven template, but it’s nevertheless highly unusual. Ueni builds and hosts the website for you, combining tech and human operations to deliver websites to businesses that don't have the time or knowledge to use a DIY website builder.

On the plus side, an advertised three day wait is but a paragraph away for you, dear reader…


Last time we checked UENI out, it took a little over 24 hours for our site to be ready. This time it was nearly a five day wait, although to be fair, that included a weekend. In an online world accustomed to instant gratification, it’s a really, really long time to wait.

Let’s take a look at the results…


After a lesson in waiting, your site is finally ready… to customise (Image credit: UENI)


With your site ready, you’re taken to your Hub on the UENI website. You can use it to go to your website, or, more importantly for us, to click on ‘Edit Website’ and start tinkering.

At least that’s what we were hoping.


Except your customisation options are extremely limited. Four themes, limited colour combos, and a handful of fonts, nearly all of which is restricted to paid plans. (Image credit: UENI)

You have a choice of themes, and the option to change the color scheme once you pick the template you're most happy with. These dual colour options are different for each theme. 

As for fonts, just like the colours, they come in combinations of two, and you have 30 pairs to choose from, but only one such pair is free. All others are premium.

OK, so our theme customisation is extremely limited, how does editing the content of your page fare?


You page is divided into sections. Each can be accessed by a navigation bar located at the top. This doesn’t take you to a new page, but is a quicker way to get to that section rather than scrolling down a very long page.

Your options are pretty limited here too, and not very intuitive. You can alter the description, and add new photos, which is great because most of the current text is AI generated. There’s nothing wrong with the wording per se, but it doesn’t feel unique, and you may feel a little tweaking is necessary to make it more you. All this can be done via the sidebar on the left.


Editing text is done via the sidebar, which feels as far from modern as you can get (Image credit: UENI)

Basic formatting such as Bold, Italics, Underline, and bulleted or numbered lists are accessible, but if you want to add a hyperlink, sorry, that’s extra, and the service will immediately prompt you to upgrade.


Add images from your computer or via a URL. There are no link to stock images, nor any image editing tools - not even cropping (Image credit: UENI)

What was a bit puzzling for us was the photos UENI chose to use. We elected to create a site for an IT service, and had uploaded several shots during the initial process. But weirdly, once the site was done, none of the photos we’d uploaded we present. Instead, stock images was used. Thankfully, changing this is easy. You find the shot in one of the sections, click on Update, and choose a different one.

There is no link to an online royalty free library (opens in new tab), so there still was no explanation where those mysterious photos came from. Your only options are to upload them from your computer or paste the URL if the shot is already available online.

There is no image editing options, nor can you select which section of the image to crop - that’s done automatically for you.

The inability to edit directly on the page, when so many competing services allow you to do, is frustrating, and reminds you constantly that you can do your customising work quicker and better elsewhere.


You can set up services, describe them, set your rates, etc (Image credit: UENI)


When it comes to creating an ecommerce store (opens in new tab), we did like the ability to book a session which is toggled very easily.

Blogging and support


At least there’s a help centre, with good information about what you can do and where you can get it (Image credit: UENI)

So we hopped on to the Help Centre where we did find some information: blogging is available with the ‘Classic’ theme, if you choose one of Ueni's paid plans.  

Final verdict

This service is supposed to make it easy to set up an online presence, but we found it frustratingly slow to get started, difficult and even restrictive to edit, and incredibly limiting in its options. Despite its apparent simplicity, it does require a certain level of computer experience to get what you want out of it, which seems to be a contradiction. 

Ueni did mention that its product overall is intentionally different from a traditional DIY website builder where the customer does everything for themselves from scratch.

Steve has been writing about technology since 2003. Starting with Digital Creative Arts, he's since added his tech expertise at titles such as iCreate, MacFormat, MacWorld, MacLife, and TechRadar. His focus is on the creative arts, like website builders, image manipulation, and filmmaking software, but he hasn’t shied away from more business-oriented software either. He uses many of the apps he writes about in his personal and professional life. Steve loves how computers have enabled everyone to delve into creative possibilities, and is always delighted to share his knowledge, expertise, and experience with readers.