Weebly doesn’t offer as many templates as Wix or Squarespace, but what they do have is well-designed. Think of it as a “quality over quantity” approach.
Easy platform to work with
Building your website with Weebly involves simply dragging and dropping various elements, such as pictures, video and text, onto a page. From there, you can move all these elements around, resize and tweak them to your liking without needing to know any advanced coding. Also, similar to Squarespace and Wix, Weebly is a “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” (WYSIWYG) website builder. That means any edits you make are reflected in real-time and is what visitors to your site will see once everything’s published and live.
Next to its competitors like Wix and Squarespace, Weebly offers quite a bit of bang for the buck at its lower-priced monthly plans. Once you get up to the $15/month plan, you’ll see that everything is unlimited and uncapped, with no limits on storage or the number of web pages. Domain hosting is also included as part of the deal.
Solid eCommerce tools
As we mentioned right off the bat, Weebly offers a number of simple, effective and easy-to-implement tools that can help you set up an attractive and functional online store. Sell physical or digital products, create coupons to entice more conversions, track inventory and more. In 2018, eCommerce platform Square bought Weebly, bringing together fintech expertise with an established website-building platform – so you get the best of both worlds.
Simple but powerful tools
Aside from its more basic editing tools, Weebly also offers a robust collection of its own (and third-party) tools through its App Center that can be bolted onto your website in one click. Apps are broken out into four categories around social integration, sales conversions/e-commerce tools, search ranking and web traffic and first-party apps made by Weebly. You can do anything from adding customer reviews and streaming social media posts to your site, to troubleshooting your site’s SEO issues.
Comprehensive SEO guide
Weebly offers several extremely helpful and engaging SEO guides (AKA – how to get people to visit to your website) in their help and support centre. Even if you’re an SEO rookie, Weebly helps coach you through the basics, such as keyword research and optimization, analysis and performance and more.
A major advantage of Weebly is that you’re able to download your entire website as a .ZIP file. From there, you can import it to another web host or builder – or even hand it over to a web designer if you want a more professional touch.
Disadvantages of Weebly
The blogging experience is limited
Weebly posts don’t display the author’s name, there’s just one fixed, default blog layout. As well, you can’t copy and migrate your Weebly blog content to another platform.
No great image editing options
Weebly’s photo editing tools are simplistic. You can always edit and resize your images off-line with third-party software and then import them. This isn’t a big issue, but other platforms help you save time by having that built right in.
More comprehensive support comes at a price
The level of assistance you get from Weebly depends on your monthly plan. The basic video tutorials and knowledge base is available to everyone, but unless you’re on a paid plan, you don’t get phone support or priority support.
Navigation for large sites
Weebly offers a very basic “Pages” menu that lists out your site’s pages and then lets you re-order and click to edit each page. If you’re working with a small site this system works fine. But if you’re building a larger site that has dozens (or hundreds) of pages and more complex navigation, things can get cluttered and disorganized quickly. Not only is it hard to filter down and sort through your pages and content, you can’t add custom content types except within individual pages.
You’re responsible for your own backups
Weebly has a lack of an automatic backup of your site – even on higher-priced plans. Yes, you can easily export your site to a .ZIP file, but it’s up to you to initiate those backups manually. For bloggers, this is even more inconvenient as there’s no way to import blog posts back into Weebly after they’ve been exported.
Easy-to-use editor can feel limiting to advanced users
This disadvantage shouldn’t come as a major surprise if you’re using a web builder like Weebly. The easy-to-use drag and drop editing functionality and slick, pre-built templates provide a good level of customization for most. However, those of you wanting total control over your site’s look, feel and coding may want to look elsewhere. You also can’t bring in outside software beyond what’s already available on the Weebly App Center.
We hope this provides more clarity around whether Weebly is the right website building and content management platform for you.
Ready to dive in and get started? Check our detailed, step-by-step guide to building your first Weebly website.