Ucraft is an easy-to-use website builder for anyone who wants to create a unique and powerful website. They currently have around 1 million users in total, 450K active users and online business owners, bloggers, startups, designers, freelancers, and entrepreneurs grow their brands. And Google Cloud has been there to help them grow their brand every step of the way. 

Establishing a foothold in the website-builder market is a major undertaking for a startup like Ucraft. The field is extremely crowded, with dozens of entrenched players, and new vendors entering the fray seemingly every week. To gain market traction they needed to develop a unique and compelling offering. But like many startups, they had limited financial resources and had to spend wisely. 

After considering the options, they selected Google Cloud to power their new business, in addition to becoming a Google Cloud Premier Partner. Google Cloud lets them avoid infrastructure cost and complexity, and free up technical staff and budget to focus on building differentiated capabilities to attract customers and grow the brand. Their ready-made page layouts and customizable templates, combined with their free hosting and affordable pricing, helped them stand out from the competition and rack up early customer wins. 

Optimizing TCO with Google Cloud

Google Cloud lets them efficiently and cost-effectively evolve their platform from a turnkey managed service offering to a true Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution. In the early days they used Compute Engine to develop and hone the platform and support their initial customer deployments. Compute Engine helped them minimize total cost of ownership by avoiding upfront capital outlays and aligning ongoing operation expenses with evolving business demands. They expanded incrementally, implementing a unique compute instance for each customer.

As time went by, Ucraft adopted App Engine to support the next phase of their growth. Google Cloud’s fully managed, serverless platform lets them increase automation and simplify operations even further. App Engine dynamically scales compute resources in response to real-time traffic demands, enabling them to improve service agility, avoid over-provisioning or under-provisioning resources, and further optimize costs.

Meeting stringent scalability and availability requirements with GKE

Ultimately, Ucraft migrated to a microservices architecture powered by Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) to support their rapidly expanding customer base and long-term vision and development plans. GKE provides the scalability, security, and stability needed to deliver a global SaaS solution. The product’s autoscaling capabilities and load-balancing functionality help us optimize performance and economics. Built-in security features make it easy to segregate customers and protect confidential data. And the high-availability architecture boosts reliability and customer satisfaction. In fact, thanks to Google Cloud they deliver the highest uptime of any website builder in the industry.

GKE speeds up development and accelerates the pace of innovation. It allowed us to efficiently add eCommerce functionality to their platform to move up the value stack and expand revenues. Now, in addition to building websites, their customers can easily set up online stores to sell products and services on the web.

Revolutionizing user experiences with Google Cloud AI and next steps for Ucraft

Going forward, Google Cloud AI capabilities are helping them completely reimagine the user experience. They use the Google Cloud Natural Language AI and Vison AI APIs to reinvent the way you build websites. Ucraft artificial designer assistant guides you through the entire process, suggesting site designs, content, and page layouts based on your input and feedback.

What’s coming to Ucraft and why?

Ucraft Next, their next-generation offering, takes ease-of-use to the next level. With Ucraft Next, anyone can create a modern website with unmatched speed and simplicity. Their intelligent assistants do all the work, automatically designing and building the site for you. Ucraft Next helps you get your website or eCommerce site up and running quickly and easily, so you can focus on running your business. 

The problem we solve

With so many platforms out there now, launching an eCommerce store quickly should be easy, but the truth is, it’s not. The problem is that no one has addressed the two things that create the most delay: design and content production. This is where the heavy lifting happens and it gets worse with the indecision created when trying to get things just right, so we fixed it.

The solution we bring

UCraft Next is game-changing intelligent eCommerce that uses powerful AI to get your store launched faster than any other platform on the market. Their design and content bots do the hard work for you instantly and with incredible results. Your vision deserves its best shot at success. They make building and launching your online store something that happens in a matter of minutes, not weeks or months. 

They’re excited about what they’ve already been able to accomplish by building on Google Cloud and are excited about the future. They are committed to creating a platform that lets any entrepreneur easily create a high-quality, high-impact online presence. It helps level the playing field so more people with great business ideas can begin to reach audiences everywhere with digital experiences that rival those of their much larger, established competitors. 

If you want to learn more about how Google Cloud can help your startup, visit Google’s page here to get more information about the program.