Please note that Cocodot has been discontinued and is no longer available. You can read our old review of Cocodot below, or check out the rest of the US Online Greeting Card Websites we've reviewed.
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Cocodot.com is slick and stylish, unashamedly adorned with celebrity endorsements and allegedly creating something of a hubbub in the popular media. Does it live up to the hype? Well, you do get the sense that you've departed from the typical greeting card site, but one of the immediately noticeable things is that it's all a little confusing.
The questions most readers will want answered are the practical ones. Suffice to say that there are hundreds of predesigned greeting cards to choose from. If you're a fan of more traditional greeting cards you might be a little stuck for choice as most of the designs here are contemporary, snazzy and hip. With designs from DKNY, Eric Butterbaugh and Lulu Powers, you get the impression that the cards say more about you than about the recipient.
Whilst in visual terms Cocodot.com excels, its failings lie on the more practical side. For example, whilst you can find a range of male and female themed birthday cards, milestone ages, etc, there were none at the time of this review for specific family members (e.g. Mom, Dad, sister). Whilst you could create your own card and personalize it that way, this was a significant omission from their design stock. Generally however, you will find a great range of occasion cards, especially with reference to baby and wedding related designs, which appear to be the mainstay of the site. Therefore, if you're looking for modern, stylish designs for baby announcement cards or wedding invitations, Cocodot.com should be your first port of call.
If you decide to get creative and make your own card or invitation, you can upload photos and select from a variety of card designs. The process seems slightly more convoluted here than on some other sites but there are plenty of options for editing your design. So, if you know you want to create your own photocard and you love having lots of options to choose from then this site might be for you. The tabs at the top of the card editor allow you to add text boxes, photos and you can even record and upload MP3 sound files to accompany your designs (instructions are given on the card editor). The editing tools allow you a good degree of control over the appearance of the card and the results can be spectacular. Conversely, if you would like to design a card but would like to keep it more plain and simple, you might try another site, such as Papyrus.com. You also get to choose from a range of envelope designs (vellum, white linen, red plaid, gold) and even add colored trim of your choice. Once you've designed your card you just need to add address details and you're done. It's possible to send cards by mail, email or both. If sending via email, you can create a public url, allowing recipients to comment or rsvp to an invitation, receive notifications of replies and even specify when reminders should be sent to recipients. The whole process can be a little exhausting, so it's handy to be able to save your progress and continue later. You are also required to register when you create a card. One problem is that you don't know how much your finished cards will cost until you have designed them, as the pricing structure is not apparent. Whilst cards look great, they are quite expensive compared with other sites.
In case of any problems or questions, on the left hand side of the homepage you will find a 'help' tab. It's possible to submit a question via email or call their helpline (printing questions only) Monday to Friday 9.00am-6.00pm PT.
Cocodot.com looks great and is bound to impress. However, other sites have better choices of cards and it is quite expensive to use. Nonetheless, for sparkling invitations and professional looking designs at a price then look no further.
Please note that Cocodot has now been discontinued.