Weebly Pro & Starter Plan Features – How You Can Get Them For Free

Last updated on August 11, 2014

weebly pro featuresTry Weebly for Free You can upgrade to Weebly’s paid services which includes Weebly Pro and Weebly Starter plans.

For a small monthly fee, you get (1) new website building features that are previously not available with their free service, and (2) enhanced / improved elements that are not available to their free service users.

It’s important to note that Weebly Pro and Weebly Starter plans include all the free features under their free service, so if you sign up with Weebly’s premium packages, you will get more features, and better features.

(Read this article to see detailed breakdown and our opinion about Weebly’s Pricing)

If you are a business, photographer or just anyone looking to build a professional looking website, Weebly Pro and Starter can be especially helpful for you. I will explain why in this article.

Also, later on in this article, I’m going to show you how to get Weebly Pro and Starter for free, and without any risks to you.

Before I give you my opinion about if Weebly’s premium plans are worth it, let’s take a look at the Pro and Starter features that you get when you sign up.

Here is a list of features that you get.  Notice that with Weebly Pro, you will get all the updated features.  With Weebly Starter, you will get a subset of tools that is offered to Weebly Pro subscribers.

We will go over in more details including what they are, and how they can benefit you:

weebly pro and starter plans

[UPDATE - since August 2013, as part of upgrading to Weebly Pro or Starter Plans, you can connect your own custom domain name to your website.  Prior to this, you were able to do this under Weebly's free plan.  Going forward, you will need to upgrade to have your own custom domain name for the website.]

Premium Weebly Features

1) Site search

The site search element is a recent addition to the family of Weebly elements, and is a very useful one.  Note that this tools is only available to Weebly Pro users. It allows your visitors to quickly and easily find relevant and useful information on your website.

weebly pro site search box

weebly pro site search This element can be inserted into your Weebly website just like how you would normally insert elements.  Just drag and drop it from the element tool bar at the top into any drag and drop area (such as in the main body area or in the footer area).

Another neat feature is that you can control search results, so if you don’t want a particular page to show up, you can hide it by going to the Page Settings and click on “Hide this page from search engine”.

This is a nice tool to have especially if you are a business website, or if you have a website that has a lot of information and features.  This will make life a lot easier for your visitors, and can bring you more business.

2) Header slideshows

This Weebly Pro feature can make your website a lot more interactive and professional.

Normally, if you are using Weebly’s free service, you can only insert a static image into the header section of your website. However, if you subscribe to Weebly Pro, you can transform the entire header area into a slideshow.

weebly pro header slideshow

You can also insert text captions into the header slideshow, and hyperlink them to other web pages. Weebly allows you to configure the following features in the header slideshow:

  • Transition style (choose between slide, fade, mosaic, slide or fold effects)
  • Slide delay – here you control how fast your slides will transition to the next slide
  • Navigation style – you can configure how your visitors can control the slideshow by using arrows, dots, or nothing
  • Edit image – you can use Weebly’s ImagePerfect editor to actually edit the images that you insert into the slideshow. You can crop, rotate, or add all sorts of effects into your images.

weebly pro header slideshow options

This Pro feature is particularly useful if you have products you want to showcase, if you are a photographer, or you just have different messages you want to present to your visitors.

3) HD Video Player

If you have videos to display, and want your website to remain professional and project the feeling of high quality, the HD video element is a must have (only available to Weebly Pro users).

If you are using Weebly’s free service, you can insert YouTube videos into your website.  However, the video player will be branded as YouTube and some of you may want an option to have an unbranded video player to keep your website professional.

Weebly’s HD video player element allows you to insert an unbranded, HD video player into your website. weebly hd video player It supports M4V, MPG, MOV, WMV and most other standard video formats and you can upload as many videos as you wish, as long as each video is under 1 gigabyte in size.

You can configure the video player so that it provides full HD playback on web, mobile, and iPads.

4) Customizable footer area & Removing Weebly footer link

If you upgrade to Weebly Pro or Starter, you can insert your own information into the footer area of your Weebly website, including removing the Weebly footer link that exists for all free service websites (if you are not using Weebly Pro).

weebly pro footer In the footer section, simply drag and drop any Weebly elements into the footer. The most commonly inserted items include contact forms, social media icons, “About Us” information or even location map.

Some other Weebly users also like to insert important links which is also very effective, so you can guide your visitors to important parts of your website, or even to your other websites if you wish.

Removing the Weebly footer link is important, especially if you have a business website, or you just want your website to look more professional. Granted, the footer link isn’t big or too prominent, but it’s still more professional to be able to get rid of it.

5) Premium Weebly Support

According to our own experiences and from what we hear from many other Weebly users, Weebly responds to all questions when you email them – which is awesome.

However, if you subscribe to Weebly Pro or Weebly Starter plans, Weebly will place your support email ahead of free users so you get your questions answered sooner, which is nice especially if you are under time constraints. This is only fair as you are a paying premium user!!

6) Password Protected Pages

Once you subscribe to Weebly Pro, you can password protect individual webpages or your entire website. You can control which specific webpage you want to password protect, simply by going to the Page Settings control panel.

weebly pro password feature

This is especially useful if you are building a new webpage (although you can also Hide the webpage until it is ready), or if you only want limited people with your password to access that particular page (in which case you can use BOTH the password protection and hide functions), so only those who know about the page can find it, and can access it with your password.

One downside about this feature is that you can only set one single password for your entire site. So you can not have individual passwords for each webpage.

It would be nice to have this feature in the feature to give you more administrative control. One simple workaround is to use the “Editor” function so that you can invite other people to only edit very specific pages. This is particularly useful if you are working within a team environment, or if you have hired contractors to help you.

7) Audio Player

If you are a Weebly Pro user, their audio player element allows you to easily add music, podcasts, or other audio files directly to your website. Just drag & drop the audio player element into your website and upload your audio files with 1 click.

Just note that Weebly’s audio player can only accept MP3 files, so ensure your that your music files are MP3 file format before uploading.

8) Your Own Favicon

If you have a Weebly Pro or Weebly Starter account, you can add a Favicon to your website.  A favicon is a small icon that appears next to your browser’s address bar or the description tab.

Even though this might seem like a small feature, it does add a lot of professionalism to your website, since all major websites have this feature. It just looks a bit weird if you don’t have one as a lot of people expect it as a standard feature.

9) Expanded Traffic Statistics

Weebly only provides 30 days worth of visitors page views information for free Weebly accounts. If you upgrade to Weebly Pro or Starter plans, you will also get information such as the most viewed pages, search terms your visitors used to find your website, or what websites referred the visitors to you.

Although this is useful data, we’ve heard from many users that the data may not be very accurate. It is best to use Google Analytics to help track visitors information.  Google Analytics is free and quick to set up, and can provide you with very rich amount of information.

10) 250MB file Uploads

Weebly’s free accounts provide you with unlimited storage space, but you can’t upload files that are larger than 10 MB in size.   This can be restrictive especially if you have large video, audio, documents or download files.

If you subscribe to Weebly Pro, you can then upload file sizes that are up to 250 MB in size. You can even upload up to 1 GB video files. If you subscribe to Weebly Starter, you can then upload file sizes that are up to 100 MB in size.

This is useful if you have larger videos that you want to upload, or if you are a business website and you have a large document or pamphlet that you would like your visitors to download.

Is Weebly Pro or Starter Worth it?

If you are a business or if you just want to position your website to be more professional and well put together, I think upgrading to a Weebly’s Premium Plan is definitely worth it.

Although not all premium features are created equally (meaning that some are more useful than others), just the Site Search, Customizable Footer Area (including removing Weebly’s footer link) and the Header Slideshow are key features that could be very valuable to you.

Just these 3 Pro features can really upgrade and transform your website from an amateur one, to a very professional looking one. This is especially important as it will provide a much better experience for your visitors, which will likely encourage them to stay longer on your website, and potentially increase your sales if you are a business.

How Much Does Weebly Plans Costs?

Currently, upgrading your Weebly website to Pro or Starter plans is not too expensive. Weebly also offers you discounts if you sign up to their 1-year plan, and even a greater discount under the 2-year plan – so definitely take advantage of these discounts.

The 2-year plan gives you the best value and if you think about it, $3.29 per month for the Weebly Starter plan is about 11 cents per day, and $6.63 per month for the Weebly Pro plan is about 22 cents per day.

That’s not too bad if you compare it to your every day expenses. So if you are serious about your website, all business or living expenses considered, signing up for 2 years is not a heavy investment to have your website be more professional in front of your visitors and customers.

How To Get Weebly Pro or Starter for Free

Here’s an easy way to get Weebly Pro or Starter for “Free”. When you sign up for Weebly’s premium plans, they give you $100 in spending credits that you can apply towards Google Adwords. Google Adwords is an excellent way to promote and market your website on Google.

So what does this mean for you?

If you sign up for Weebly’s 6 month plan, it will be a $29 (Starter) or $59 (Pro) investment.  If you sign up for a 1 year plan, that’s a $49 (Starter) or $99 (Pro) investment. If you sign up for the 2 year plan, that’s a $79 (Starter) or $159 (Pro) investment.

If you use up the $100 Google Adwords credits, that’s MORE than your what you would have paid for using Weebly Starter or Pro for the period that you have signed up (except for the 2 year plan for Weebly Pro which is $159).

Just something to keep in mind.  If you use Google Adwords, upgrading to Weebly’s premium plans is a pretty good deal.

Weebly’s Promise: 30-Day Money Back Guarantee

According to Weebly’s Terms of Service, if you sign up for a Weebly Pro or Starter account, and if you are dissatisfied with their services for any reason, they have a 30-day money back guarantee policy.

weebly pro guarantee refund

So there really isn’t any risk to you for trying out Weebly premium plans.   They are so confident that you will be satisfied with their services that they are offering you this service without any financial risks to you.

Conclusion

Given all the enhanced and additional features that you can receive from Weebly Pro or Weebly Starter plans, especially the header image slider (Pro), the site search (Pro) and flexible footer function (Pro and Starter), I definitely think Weebly  is great value for their low monthly fees.

Upgrading to Weebly Pro or Starter plans is really one of the most valuable ways to create a professional looking website.

And why not, they have a 30-day money back guarantee so if you don’t like it in anyway, no harm will be done to you.

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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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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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23 Responses to Weebly Pro & Starter Plan Features – How You Can Get Them For Free

  1. Denmark June 24, 2014 at 1:34 AM #

    Hi,

    Thanks for a good article. I subscribed already to Weebly Starter and Im just wondering if later I dont want to renew it what will happen. I have my own domain and hosted in Weebly, I realized showing the weebly footer is fine with me. Im just afraid that it might create a problem with my site if I didnt renew it.

    • Jeremy Wong June 24, 2014 at 3:31 AM #

      Hi Denmark,

      If you don’t renew your Weebly Starter plan, you will still keep your website but lose some of the Starter plan features. Your website will revert to the Weebly Free plan and you will still be able to use Weebly subdomain name as your website URL.

      You won’t lose your domain name as long as you keep paying your domain name registrar your annual fees. You can then point your domain name to other websites if you want to!

      - Jeremy

  2. DZ April 18, 2014 at 6:40 PM #

    What about forms? There’s no mention that you get a maximum of only 5 fields in Free. How many do you get for Starter and Pro?

    • Jeremy & Connie April 20, 2014 at 12:36 PM #

      Hi DZ – can you clarify what you mean by “fields”?

      - Jeremy

      • DZ April 21, 2014 at 1:12 PM #

        Fields are the things you fill in on forms. Such as Name, Address, phone number, email, etc.

        • Jeremy & Connie April 21, 2014 at 1:36 PM #

          I don’t think you get extra fields if you upgrade. What you get with the free version of Weebly will be the same as what you get if you upgraded.

  3. rebecca jaynes March 18, 2014 at 10:32 PM #

    I have sites on HostGator, but I want to move to Weebly and simplify my life. I don’t understand though– I want to have 2 sites, 2 domain names. Do I pay for them separately? In one place you say one can have 10 sites on one account, in other places you say that each one must be upgraded separately, and therefore must be paid for separately… How does it work for more than one site/domain if I want to have ‘better’ than the free site?

    • Jeremy & Connie March 19, 2014 at 10:06 AM #

      Hi Rebecca,

      Sorry about the confusion – let me try again! When you sign up for a new Weebly account with your email address, they allow your single account to hold up to 10 different websites. So you can create 10 free websites within your Weebly account.

      Of the 10 sites that you can create with your account, if you want to upgrade these websites, you need to upgrade them individually. So when you upgrade to a Starter, Pro or Business plans, you don’t upgrade by “account”. You upgrade by individual “websites”.

      So for instance, within your Weebly account, let’s say you have 8 websites, you can have a blend of 5 free websites, 2 with the Pro plan, and 1 with the Business plan. The 3 premium plan websites are upgraded individually.

      To connect your two domain names to Weebly websites, you have to at least sign up both of your Weebly sites to the Starter Plan. You need to upgrade both sites individually. But both websites can be held within one single account (so you only need to use one single email address to log into your account, then you can manage both sites there).

      Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

  4. Paul Owens March 17, 2014 at 12:30 AM #

    I had no idea that the free plan only allows up to 10 sites per account until I found that out today. I didn’t see anywhere that this is increased if you upgrade to starter or pro…is it still limited to 10 sites?

    • Jeremy & Connie March 17, 2014 at 7:20 PM #

      Hi Paul,

      Yes, each Weebly account can only hold up to 10 sites, which is actually a lot better than other website builders in which you can only have 1 site per email address.

      For Pro or Starter plans, you can sign up on a per website basis. So out of your 10 sites under your account, you can upgrade each website to either a Starter or Pro plan.

      - Jeremy

      • Julie June 15, 2014 at 6:20 AM #

        “a lot better than other website builders in which you can only have 1 site per email address”

        Yes, but it’s not nearly as good as being able to build as many sites as you want to build under the same account, limited only by the amount of space you have purchased. I don’t have broad experience with a lot of different website providers, but none of the ones I’ve used had a site limit.

        Also, I am puzzled by the general concept of a site builder limiting the number of sites you can have (per account, rather than per email address, I think?). I can’t see any reason they would want to do this, unless it is a somewhat cumbersome effort to try to limit the amount of space being used? I know weebly does its own hosting. I wonder if their hosting is set up in some way that makes it impossible to allocate a given user a specific amount of space? That might explain the site limit.

        • Jeremy Wong June 17, 2014 at 5:50 AM #

          Hey Julie,

          I suspect (just guessing here) that they intentionally limit the number of websites per email sign up as there are a lot of users who sign up to create random websites for spamming or SEO purposes. These users don’t have the intention of creating websites that are of much value, so perhaps Weebly is trying to limit that. That’s just a random guess!

          Maybe if someone has inquired about this with Weebly, can shed some light here!

          - Jeremy

  5. Ilsa November 19, 2013 at 3:55 AM #

    Hi Jeremy and Connie, Great article! Maybe you can help me out…
    I am trying to get the menu navigation repeating itself in my footer. Is this at all possible? (I use the weebly starter version) I can add buttons or create links, but the appearance is just not the same. Any idea how to copy this menu style (CSS/HTML)?
    Thanks in advance,

    • Jeremy & Connie November 20, 2013 at 12:10 AM #

      Ilsa,

      We haven’t done this before but I believe that Weebly only allows you to have one functioning navigation bar. What can do if you are proficient with codes, or if you are working with a coder is to create buttons / links in your footer area and just style them so they look better.

      - Jeremy

      • Ilsa November 20, 2013 at 12:24 AM #

        Thanks for your quick reply!
        Jep, that’s exactly what I’ve done. Design wise I am not able to get it quite right just yet though…

  6. tom October 4, 2013 at 7:41 AM #

    how many custom domain names can you use with the starter plan?

    • Jeremy & Connie October 4, 2013 at 9:17 AM #

      Hi Tom,

      You get one unique domain name per Weebly website. If you want to re-confirm this with Weebly directly, you can email them at support[at]weebly.com

      - Jeremy

  7. ali altalia September 26, 2013 at 11:26 AM #

    Hi,
    which plan can give me more than 10 site with the same acount, because i need to make long
    plan more than 2 yeas.
    so plz let me know how to get more than 10 site with you.
    Regards
    Ali

    • Jeremy & Connie September 26, 2013 at 10:02 PM #

      Hi Ali,

      You can actually add as many websites as you wish for your Weebly account. But if you want to upgrade to Weebly Starter or Pro plans, you have to upgrade them one website at a time.

      - Jeremy

  8. Jesse August 1, 2013 at 12:32 AM #

    Great articles. I’ve read this one and the Wix v Weebly one. I was going to sign up for Weebly because they would let me have 10 sites per account but they discontinued that in January. My ewant for all the sites was I wanted one main site and then I would have links to my other sites within that main site. So my sports, music, travel sites could all be tied into a home site. Each of my sites has it’s own name. I have a sports show, travel show, etc. Do you know of any website builders that would allow me to accomplish this goal or am I stuck buying a site for each show now? That could get pricey. I guess I could just link them all from the home website but then the url’s wouldn’t be different. I don’t want www . website. com/travelshowtitle or www . website. com/sportsshowtitle. Thank you for any help you can offer!
    Jesse

    • Jeremy & Connie August 1, 2013 at 9:57 AM #

      Hey Jesse,

      The only way I can think of at the moment, is create your sites in Weebly, but just use their “free” version to build you sites if you want to keep your costs low. If you upgrade them all to Weebly Pro or Starter plans, monthly fees can add up especially if you have many websites. Or just consider upgrading only the key sites to Weebly Pro / Starter, while keeping the other less popular websites on the free version of Weebly.

      Most other website builders also charge for their premium plans on a per website basis. So I think you may have the same headache no matter where you go, unless you use the free version of the builder.

      - Jeremy

  9. Mark Schuyler April 12, 2013 at 7:15 PM #

    Hi,

    First…thank you for the VERY NICE reviews of the website builders. I have learned very much just from reading Ur reviews. I have tested both Wix and Weebly. One concern I have about Weebly is that they do not support HTML5 so I am worried that my website will not scale correctly for all the new viewing devices and sizes. Do U have any information U can pass along on how Weebly’s sites scale on all the Ipads/mobile phones/tables/etc.?

    Also, do U know if the pricing U currently have on Ur site for Weebly Pro is their most recent pricing schedule?

    Thanks for a GREAT review…..well done.

    Mark

    • Jeremy & Connie April 12, 2013 at 9:37 PM #

      Hey Mark – thanks for your feedback. The prices that we have in our review is based on just a few weeks ago. But definitely let us know if you are seeing different price points. You never know if Weebly might be adjusting prices on the go to test to see which prices work best.

      As for Weebly HTML5 templates, it’s definitely something hopefully they will be working on sooner rather than later.

      If you’re interested in our thoughts about Weebly vs Wix, check out our article here – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/wix-vs-weebly-which-website-builder-is-better/

      - Jeremy