Weebly Design – Why is it So HARD to Find Weebly Designs

Last updated on November 1, 2016

Weebly templates designEver wondered why it is hard to find a great Weebly design?

Without a doubt, Weebly is arguably the best website builder in the market for amateurs (click here to see our opinion on Weebly).

Drag-and-drop, super friendly user interface, you can get your website up and running in a matter of hours. Weebly is pretty darn easy to use, right?

But after you’re done populating it with content and have a moment to reflect on your accomplishment, did you ever feel that the standard Weebly design is lacking… flair? 

SO WHAT’S MISSING?

If you are feeling that way, it is not an uncommon situation.  

The standard Weebly design offered by Weebly is not exactly attention grabbing.  Simply put, they are not going to win any website design competitions anytime soon.

But that’s perfectly understandable, as Weebly is a website builder, which is their core competency, in which they have executed their strategy extremely well and delivered an awesome platform for everybody.

Having said that, there is no debate that website design is a significant part of your visitors’ overall experience.

Everybody likes pretty things – it makes life a bit better and makes surfing the internet a more enjoyable process.

Website Builder Comparison Chart – Click to see how Weebly compares to other website builders, including template designs

 

CUSTOM WEEBLY DESIGN – GOOD IDEA?

If you are lacking design skills, where can you turn to find affordable, beautiful Weebly designs?

Most of the people cannot afford to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for designers for custom designs.

A tricky part about custom designs is that once you have advanced far enough with the custom website designer, you run the risk of them holding you “hostage”, demanding more money to make more customizations.

That would not be a very pleasant experience as you have gone the distance in your website design already, and it would be very difficult to not have the designer complete the project.  I’m not saying that this happens very often, but it does happen.

 

PRE-MADE WEEBLY DESIGNS

An alternative solution is to try pre-made Weebly templates.  They may not be customized, but they are affordable and professional looking pre-made templates available for Weebly users.

An added benefit is that you don’t have to wait for the designer to complete the design as the pre-made templates could be uploaded into your Weebly website in just a matter of minutes (Weebly has an upload template function that caters to this).

So you have the privilege of browsing through which templates you want, purchasing them, and having a beautiful and appealing website in a very short time.

No headaches of engaging with a designer (see our full discussion of why you do NOT need a designer), no risk of threatening to not complete your project, and it won’t break your bank.

This is definitely something worth considering as there is tremendous value considering the money you could save and the headaches you could avoid.

 

DESIGN TEMPLATES FROM OTHER WEBSITE BUILDERS

One other option that you shouldn’t ignore, is to find another website builder that has better template designs.  Here are a couple that you should consider:

Wix gives you over 500 different designs, from a very broad range of different industries.  So you can most likely find one that’s suitable for your needs.

Squarespace is well known for offering you beautiful, mobile responsive templates that can make your website look like you’ve spent thousands of dollars in creating.  They don’t have a lot of templates available, but they’re gorgeous so make sure you take a look.

Keep in mind that you should balance your need of finding the right template for you, and how you enjoy using the actual website builder.  So each website builder (Weebly, Wix or Squarespace) will give you different user and support experiences.  But it’s well worth spending a few hours testing each website builder.

Wix, just like Weebly, is free to use with options to upgrade.  Squarespace doesn’t have a free plan, but you can test drive their builder for 14 days without any commitments.

Other Helpful Reading:

Wix Review – See our discussion on this website builder

Wix vs Weebly – See how each of these website builders compare to each other

Squarespace Review – See our discussion on this website builder

Website Builder Comparison Chart – See how web builders compare with each other

3 Simple Criteria to Picking Your Perfect Template – understand how to pick a design

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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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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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16 Responses to Weebly Design – Why is it So HARD to Find Weebly Designs

  1. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Nice article. I have been using Weebly for years and find it fantastic in every respect except the Templates. I have 2 Weebly pro accounts and have tried just about all the templates at sometime of the last 5 years. Each time I test a template, I change and change and then find out how far I find out what potential it has for me and what I want and almost always there is something that I can’t do that is important to me and then have to try another template. That’s all very time consuming and frustrating. I must say that I have never found a Template and thought “wow this is just what I’ve been looking for. It’s always, “ok, this seems to be the best I can find”.

    Yesterday I widened an older 5 years old website. Widening the text body was no problem. However, the Header wouldn’t widen properly. So then I had to make a screenshot of the published header, turn off the header in Weebly Edit and place in the screenshot as image and all the other pages without header or image at present. However, I’m not happy with this. It’s time consuming and doesn’t give me the qualitiy I want. I would like more flexibility within a template, more training videos as to how to create own templates or at least take template parts from one website design and exchange them with parts in another. Kind of swapping. Then, on my 5 year old website for example, I could have taken changed the old Header Template and put in another that I could have widened with no problem.

    As I said, I’m a little tired of all this and may, one day go over to WordPress as I’m really not happy about this part of Weebly. I have 2 Weebly pro-accounts and need to open another this week so it’s not as if I have too little experience with Weebly.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Kenneth,

      Have you considered another website builder such as Wix? they have a lot more flexibility when it comes to customizing your webpage layouts. Here’s our review on Wix.

      When it comes to Weebly, they do allow you access to edit the templates’ HTML / CSS codes. So you can make a lot of advanced design customization there.

      Having said that, you do need to be a bit handy with codes.

      If you migrate to WordPress, just be aware that if you want to make edits to your design, you’ll have to be proficient with codes, too. So from that perspective, migrating over to WordPress might not solve your problem. We have a discussion that compares Weebly and WordPress here.

      If you don’t know how to code, it might be a good idea to establish a basic working level if you want to make customizations to your design (whether in Weebly or with WordPress). We have a beginners guide to coding that talks about some good resources.

      One other alternative is to hire a coder to help you make modifications. You don’t have to splurge or have a big budget. There are a lot of capable coders out there that can help you make modifications. You don’t necessarily need to hire a rockstar unless you are building out a custom website. Here’s a guide on how to hire and find web developers.

      Jeremy

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    Good article. I’ve been saying for years that Weebly needs to publish a directory of designers that are strong on the platform.

    Any designers out there?
    KD

  3. #

    can you recommend someone that could help me make very minor adjustments that are not drag and drop and help me properly edit code to use someone’s plugin for my website. i’m hitting a wall…

    thanks!
    MJ

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi MJ,

      Try searching for “weebly templates” in Google and you’ll find a few premium template design providers. I think some of them might offer services to adjust codes for you.

      Alternatively, visit Upwork.com and you can hire freelancers to help you modify codes.

      The benefit with the first approach is that these template designers are probably well versed with Weebly’s platform already.

      Jeremy

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        thanks!!

  4. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I have already build a website on Weebly, but as you describe here above: they don’t have enough templates I like. Is it possible to take my website adress and rebuild it somewhere else?

    Hanneke

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Hanneke,

      Weebly does allow you to export your website design and content, but they are all in HTML and CSS codes. So while you can upload the codes into your own hosting service, you won’t be able to upload them into other drag and drop website builders, as those builders have their own specific code base when they built their platform. Even if you managed to upload the codes into your own hosting service, to make any changes to the website, you will have to make them by editing the codes. So this option is only viable if you are very proficient with coding.

      But you are asking specifically about website address (meaning your domain name), then yes you can take that domain name with you. So you can move to another service, such as Wix or Squarespace, build a new website there, and have the website connect to your website address / domain name.

      Jeremy

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    Hey, I’m going to build a website and am confused between Weebly and Squarespace …
    I’m happy with the starter plan provided by Weebly but the templates aren’t good enough for me.
    I love Squarespace templates on the other hand.
    In fact Adversary is my favourite.
    Is it possible to get Adversary on Weebly …..!?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Harsh,

      Unfortunately you can’t use a Squarespace template on Weebly’s website builder, as the codes are not compatible.

      However, Weebly does offer you the ability to use a custom built template, as long as the codes to the template is compatible with Weebly’s platform. So you can consider hiring a capable developer to code up a custom template for your Weebly website, a template that resembles Squarespace’s Adversary design.

      Jeremy

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    Now that Weebly has changed their platform and deleted most of their themes, what does that mean for those of us who want to purchase 2nd-party Weebly themes? Will they still work with Weebly’s platform? DivTag has halted sales of all their template products. I personally think all of Weebly’s “new & improved” themes are complete crap – from a design & aesthetic sense. Where should we go to get themes that will work?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Mike,

      There are a few other decent third party Weebly theme creators out there, such as Webfire, Baamboo, etc. Or, as suggested in the post, you can go to Mojo Marketplace and take a look at some of the themes there.

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

  7. #

    awesomw”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. #

    Also try ‘www.freewidgets4u.weebly.com
    Lots of amazing features to give a professional look to your Weebly site.

  9. #

    I may only confirm great job Connie and Jeremy do. I have been using their themes and it is always such a pleasure to cooperate with them. Whenever you need support, they always are to help you. I love transforming their very-well coded themes into a totally new Weebly web designs my clints truly love.
    Thanks for your good job!

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Thanks Danuta for your continued support 🙂