Collection of Expert Weebly Reviews

Last updated on November 1, 2016
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Weebly Builder

4.3

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What do we think about Weebly:

  1. Easiest drag & drop website builder to use – Very painless way to build your website
  2. Good looking templates to make your site professional – with access to HTML / CSS codes if you need more design flexibility
  3. Solid e-commerce tools that is fully integrated into the website builder
See our detailed review of Weebly here

What do other experts say about Weebly:

Weebly is our Editors’ Choice for easy website builders.

PROS

  • Free account option.
  • The most intuitive website builder
  • Attractive design themes.
  • Full commerce options.
  • Statistics included.
  • Creates custom mobile sites.
  • Auto-saves site edits.
  • Lets you download your site code as standard HTML/CSS.
  • iPad site-editing app.

CONS

  • No undo.
  • Less photo editing capability than competitors.
  • No newsletter feature.

Review points are directly quoted from pcmag.com

Weebly is a joy to use. While most website builders are clumsy and frustrating.

PROS

  • Intuitive and easy to use interface to build your website.
  • The drag & drop editor is smooth and responsive. Unlike many website builders, there are no hiccups and no bugs.
  • Weebly has a full stock of fresh, contemporary themes.
  • Weebly’s ecommerce is excellent. It’s easy to use and has enough features to rival lite ecommerce options such as Big Cartel or SupaDupa. Basic ecommerce features are all included. You can import products from other services, sell digital products, customize email receipts, cancel orders, add coupons and more. And it’s all really easy to use.

CONS

  • Weebly’s themes are not responsive (ie: they don’t automatically reshape around different screen sizes). Instead Weebly includes mobile themes that work alongside your desktop theme. The mobile theme retains the same content of the desktop theme but displays content linearly (without columns and rows) and resizes images.
  • Weebly (and Squarespace) have the best ecommerce options of any generalized website builder. But it’s still what I would call lite ecommerce.

Review points are paraphrased from sitebuilderreport.com

Unintimidating solution to those with no coding experience, and perhaps even for those with no web experience at all.

PROS

  • Weebly’s drag-and-drop system works wonderfully, enabling almost anybody to try their hand at web design.
  • The sheer speed and simplicity of Weebly is enough to make you fall in love with the site builder.
  • Hundreds of free, modifiable themes ensure that your website will be truly unique in terms of design.
  • The revamped admin panel is a joy to use, and is very easy on the eyes.
  • The new Site Planner is a welcome addition, which does a great job of walking newcomers through the building and publishing process.
  • Being able to view and edit your site through Mobile View is an excellent, useful feature.
  • Ecommerce and Forum options are great examples of the impressive flexibility of Weebly.
  • Built-in Site Stats and a Blogging feature are a tremendous help in terms of marketing and visitor engagement.
  • Prices are agreeable in comparison to Weebly’s competitors.

CONS

  • Weebly’s ecommerce solution is under-developed, offering just two payment options and no order managing functionality. (This is a review done in 2014. There are new ecommerce tools and payment options added to Weebly in 2015)
  • Along with a long list of restrictions, including Weebly’s logo on their website’s footer, users of the free Weebly service are only entitled to half of their Google Adsense earnings, which will understandably disgruntle some users.

Review points are directly quoted from websitebuildercritic.com

It’s simple, uncluttered and easy to use – which is exactly what people with limited technical skills need.

PROS

  • This is exactly how a website builder should be. There’s no learning curve with Weebly, so you’ll have your website up and running in no time.
  • They offer a great selection of flexible templates, and if you’re a pro you can even access the source code for further customization.
  • Weebly offers a solid and easy-to-use online store with SSL encryption and multiple payment options.
  • Has all the standard blog features and much more: schedule a post for a future date, choose the permalink for your articles and switch the blog side bar on and off. Now you can even add an alternative commenting system like Disqus or Facebook comments.
  • There is now also a membership area that is available that lets you share certain content only with site members. (Only available for Pro Plan users)
  • Through their iPad and Android app, you can now also edit your entire website on the go.

CONS

Review points are paraphrased from websitetooltester.com

Weebly is a great choice if you’re about to build a small or a medium-sized website that doesn’t require any sophisticated functionality.

PROS

  • Weebly has been one the most intuitive website builders ever since its launch in 2006. You can edit and rearrange content by dragging and dropping elements right on your webpage, without having to use a separate editor.
  • The are over 30 different Layout designs to choose from, including homepages, contact, about, creative menu designs for catering companies and restaurants and service pages, among others.
  • Weebly has its own ecommerce engine which is chock-full of various business-specific features including inventory management, filtered product search, flexible shipping options, digital/physical goods, coupon codes, and also mobile store and checkout.
  • Membership tool available for Pro Plan users
  • Weebly Blogging is easy to set up and configure. The system lets you schedule posts, pre-select social media sharing options for scheduled articles, choose between different commenting systems, including Facebook, Disqus and Weebly comments, specify meta tags for individual posts, add custom header and footer to each post and more.
  • Custom forms tools that makes it easy to gather and view information submitted by your site visitors.
  • Weebly partners with IFTTT, a smart web service that lets you connect various apps and products to easily create automated tasks and events.
  • Good design options. You can use a ready theme; customize one (in addition to the standard WYSIWYG builder, there’s an advanced HTML/CSS editor); or use a third party template – there are many designers who create custom templates tailored specially for this website builder.

CONS

  • The Pro and Starter plans have a 3% transaction fee on sales.
  • That’s strange that Weebly lets you sell only 5-25 products, as they charge the transaction fee for each successful operation.

Review points are directly quoted from superbwebsitebuilders.com

Weebly is our recommended website builder for non-tech savvy small business owners.

PROS

  • Their drag-and-drop builder is easy to use and has an intuitive slide-bar interface that can be learned in under 30 minutes.
  • Their themes are pretty good and you have lots of options.
  • Their prices are similar or lower than most competitors, you are going to have a hard time finding a better deal.
  • They are very SEO friendly, allowing you to customize your site description, meta-keywords, and more for each page on your site
  • You also have full control over HTML/CSS coding options, which means you can code your own website or hire someone to do it for you.
  • They also have some great ecommerce options. In my opinion, the best available for the price outside of dedicated ecommerce sites such as Shopify or Bigcommerce.
  • Weebly has over 100 professionally designed themes that you can use. Although not quite up to Squarespace’s quality, Weebly’s themes are constantly getting better and are beginning to challenge other competitors like Wix.
  • Weebly’s website builder allows you to see and edit your mobile website in real-time. (You can choose to use a responsive theme rather than the mobile theme option)
  • Weebly has both booking and RSVP forms available right on their website builder dashboard. Just drag-and-drop.
  • Weebly also allows you to schedule posts to be published at a future date, so your blog keeps working even when you are busy.
  • Weebly does allow multiple editors on their website, which means a guest blogger can contribute with the right permissions.

CONS

  • If you purchase a custom domain name through Weebly, it is quite expensive, around $38/year. However, you have the option of porting in your own custom domain which you can get for quite a bit cheaper elsewhere.
  • Your mobile site does not use the same template as your regular site, which means you have to do a fair amount of customization to ensure brand consistency between the two.
  • Weebly does not have a built-in feature for capturing email addresses/getting subscriptions.
  • Weebly does not provide internal email hosting for business email.

Review points are paraphrased from fitsmallbusiness.com

Weebly’s exponential growth and large customer base say a great deal about its overall track record and efficacy.

PROS

  • Weebly is available in twelve different languages (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Turkish, and Dutch).
  • Weebly’s editing software is simplistic and neatly organized, designed so that users can easily drag, drop, and arrange elements onto their websites.
  • The mobile editor is a neat little tool that enables users to see/edit their sites as though they were being viewed from a mobile device. Any changes made on the mobile editor are automatically transferred to the desktop version of the site and vice-versa. Additionally, people have the option to change themes on their optimized sites and give the mobile versions a different look and feel.
  • Weebly has gone to great lengths to provide users with a comprehensive selection of features that combine utility with functionality.
  • The Weebly blogging tool has a simple setup that gets the job done reliably but without flair.
  • Users may add a limitless number of standard pages and create subpages as well.
  • One thing that does distinguish the Weebly Store from the competition is the ability to accept payment in most of the world’s major currencies.
  • Video streaming is one of the most original and appealing features available in this program; it is well-designed, fluid, and adaptable, and allows users to stream videos directly from
  • YouTube and/or Weebly’s own custom HD video player.
  • Dedicated apps designed specifically for iPhone and Android operating systems which allow users access to their blogs and comment response systems. These apps also let people check site statistics and manage their online stores.

CONS

  • In terms of style editing, Weebly falls a bit short. The “Design” tab really offers only two options: editing fonts or texts, or changing the template entirely. The basic structure of a Weebly site is very much set in stone, and doesn’t leave much room for users to impart a personal touch.
  • Weebly’s image editor is fairly basic and underwhelming. It comes with a few different filters and can be used to add blur or darkening effects or to rotate images, but most users would be better off editing their images prior to uploading.
  • Weebly store tools falls a bit flat when compared to major industry competitors like Wix.
  • Most of Weebly’s templates, while serving their purpose adequately, are a trifle boring and unimpressive.

Review points are directly quoted from merchantmaverick.com

If you go the all-inclusive website builder route, Weebly’s feature set should provide everything you need for typical personal/business sites.

PROS

  • Overall pricing is very competitive.
  • Weebly provides hosting for all the websites that are built on their platform.
  • With business plans, they even install and maintain SSL across your entire site.
  • Their drag and drop actually works.
  • For the control freaks among us, they provide access to a custom CSS module, so that you can edit the template to exactly your choosing.
  • I love how Weebly builds in solid onboarding and education not only via email drip sequence but also via little info buttons built with their platform.

CONS

  • No third-party apps
  • Lack of content management system. There’s no way to add custom content types (except within an individual page). If you are planning a large site, the content within Weebly would need a personal system to keep it all sorted and easily accessible.
  • The last big disadvantage of Weebly is that moving to a new platform is hard.

Review points are paraphrased from shivarweb.com

Jeremy Wong

About Jeremy Wong

Maybe just like you, at first we didn't have a darn clue about how to build a website, nevermind write half a line of code if our life depended on it! We wanted to build a website to start a side business, and felt overwhelmed, confused & scared about how to actually do it, which builder to use, and making wrong decisions. After years of trials & errors using different website builders, we're here to share our experiences with you.

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Jeremy Wong

About Jeremy Wong

Maybe just like you, at first we didn't have a darn clue about how to build a website, nevermind write half a line of code if our life depended on it! We wanted to build a website to start a side business, and felt overwhelmed, confused & scared about how to actually do it, which builder to use, and making wrong decisions. After years of trials & errors using different website builders, we're here to share our experiences with you.

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