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

Last updated on April 1, 2015

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

Click the image to see Weebly’s detailed comparison table

[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.

11) Membership Creation

One distinction between Weebly’s Pro and Starter plans is that with the Pro plan, you can invite up to 20 people to join your site as members.

You can restrict certain pages that only your members can access. This is really helpful if you want to create a private club, or just want to restrict certain content from the public.

Weebly Review - Membership

Weebly’s Starter plan doesn’t have this feature, so you will need to upgrade to at least their Pro plan to have access to their membership creation function.

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

  1. Rishi April 12, 2015 at 3:05 PM #

    Hey Jeremy and Connie,

    Very nice article. Thank you! I do have a question. I’m about to launch a podcast series. I plan to start off with audio only podcasts and then feature both video and audio podcasts simultaneously. With that being said, even though WordPress offers tons of plugins while Weebly does not, I have decided to go with Weebly because of their simple WYSIWYG site builder.

    My question is, what is your take on the quality of Weebly’s PRO HD video player?

    I am certain it will not be as strong as YouTube’s video player, but I am curious as to what you may know. Does their video player suffer from serious hang time/lag time due to buffering issues? Do you know if it is relatively easy to navigate forwards and backwards in the video without major lag and buffering issues?

    If you can, please tell me what you know in regards to Weebly’s HD video player. I’m trying to keep my videos off of YouTube for now. If you are not sure of it’s quality, then if possible, please point me to some Weebly websites that use it so that I may check it out myself.

    I really appreciate it and, as a thank you, I will post a link to your DivTag website on my Faceook page.

    Thanks again.
    Peace!

    • Jeremy Wong April 12, 2015 at 6:01 PM #

      Hi Rishi,

      It’s a good question and I don’t have an exact / definitive answer for you.

      Generally speaking, I feel that it’s always better to offload the video player to YouTube as they have the right technology to stream videos and this generally speaking will alleviate / reduce the load on your Weebly site.

      But of course I haven’t tested this out “scientifically” so I don’t have any hard data to support that.

      But I think if your site visitors have decent internet connection speed, and that your videos are not super massive, then they’re user experience on your site should be just fine.

      Jeremy

  2. Peter Trewby March 28, 2015 at 4:25 PM #

    Dear Jeremy,

    There is no columns icon in my build/structure, only a spacer icon next to the divider icon. Your demonstration shows a columns icon next to the divide icon. Are columns only available to those on paid plans?
    If so, on which paid plan and is it possible to convert.

    Many thanks your help. Everything else good!

    Best wishes

    Peter

    • Jeremy Wong March 30, 2015 at 5:16 PM #

      Hi Peter,

      Some of our videos are filed earlier on and Weebly has since removed the column element. The way to build columns nowadays is to drag the elements next to each other and a column will be automatically formed. So they’ve removed the column element since.

      Jeremy

  3. JC March 25, 2015 at 10:35 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I found a lot of very useful information on your website. I have read your reviews for WP, Wixx, Squarespace and Weebly, but I am still not confident with what website builder I should use.

    I am trying to build a parenting website with 7 pages, [3blog page, 2 gallery page, 1 forum and 1 e commerce page] and I am not very good with the coding stuff. What would be the best website builder for me?

    Thank you so much for you help!

    • Jeremy Wong March 27, 2015 at 3:09 PM #

      Hey JC,

      Yes it can be quite overwhelming for sure. But at the end of the day, the only way you can “really” find out which website builder you like is by testing them out (after you narrow down to a couple of choices).

      All the website builders that you’ve mentioned in your comment are good, but they’re different. So it really depends on how comfortable you are in working with them, and you can only find out by testing them.

      I think for you, you should test out Weebly and Wix (see more discussions here). Both are incredibly easy to use, and can help you create those pages that you mentioned.

      Jeremy

  4. William March 15, 2015 at 12:16 AM #

    We are a School and would need alot of Storage for Photos and Videos. how much space does Weebly Pro allow us in Total so we can plan for this

    • Jeremy Wong March 16, 2015 at 3:11 PM #

      hi William,

      Weebly gives you unlimited storage space, but there is a restriction on how large of a file you can upload at a single upload session.

      With their free plan, you can upload files that are up to 10 MB in size.

      If you subscribe to their Pro plan, you can upload files that are up to 250 MB in size, and up to 1 GB video files.

      So you can upload as many videos / pictures as you want to, as long as the size of the files do not exceed the limits as mentioned.

      Jeremy

  5. Rosy March 11, 2015 at 11:53 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I just bought a businessplan from Weebly. How can I integrate my eCommerce with my Facebook business page? Any app suggestion?

    Thanks in advance

    • Jeremy Wong March 13, 2015 at 7:42 AM #

      Hi Rosy,

      I don’t think Weebly has this function at the moment. So to set up your Facebook store, you will have to manually do so and the data from your Weebly ecommerce site will not integrate with with your FB page.

      If you want something that synchronizes data between your online store and Facebook, Shopify, Bigcommerce or Wix are good options (see our discussion here).

      Hopefully Weebly will create a mechanism to help users synchronize data between their ecommerce store and their Facebook store soon!

      Jeremy

  6. paket umroh murah March 8, 2015 at 8:16 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 Umroh Bulan April 2015 let me know how to get more than 10 site with you.
    Regards

    • Jeremy Wong March 9, 2015 at 10:19 AM #

      Hi Paket,

      With Weebly, you can add multiple websites under one single account. However, if you can only upgrade each website one at a time. So if you want 3 of your 10 websites to be upgraded to the Weebly Pro plan, you will have to upgrade the 3 websites on a per website basis.

      Hope this clarifies things.

      Jeremy

  7. Jim A. February 25, 2015 at 4:16 PM #

    Thanks for this excellent article, Jeremy & Connie!

    I am looking for a listing of features that are available in the Free version of Weebly. There doesn’t seem to be a place on the Weebly Website creator that indicates free and paid features. It gets to become a bit of a challenge to design within the confines of the free plan without knowing in advance which features are considered upgrades. Do you happen to have a listing of free features?

    For example, it seems that adding a link to an image is not a free feature, although inserting an image is a free feature. Is this the case? It would be most helpful to have a complete listing of free features, so I can know for sure when I need to upgrade.

    Thanks again!

    — Jim A.

    • Jeremy Wong February 26, 2015 at 1:06 PM #

      Hi Jim,

      I’d suggest you just sign up for a free account and invest maybe an hour to testing out Weebly. You can actually build a pretty good site using their free tools (and yes you can hyperlink images for free).

      The biggest drawback of their free plan is that you can’t connect your own domain name to the website. You will need to upgrade to at least their “Starter” plan in order to do so.

      Jeremy

  8. Nick February 24, 2015 at 10:10 AM #

    Hi,

    I have already purchased a 5 year domain name from GoDaddy. I am looking at different sites to host and build my website. I have looked at squarespace, weebly, wordpress and GoDaddy’s builder. My website will be relatively simple and I will be selling 3 online products. The products are small entry fees into a design competition, nothing physical.

    I am trying to decide where I can host and build my website for the cheapest monthly rate. I am looking for the ecommerce to be very simple, no loopholes through paypal or confusing third parties. Do you have any suggestions? I currently have another wix website but I do not like the small ads they have on their lowest membership package?

    Any recommendations? Does Weebly allow no-physical online sales with their starter package?

    Thanks so much,
    Nick

    • Jeremy Wong February 25, 2015 at 1:17 PM #

      Hi Nick,

      You can definitely sell digital (and physical) products with Weebly’s ecommerce functions, even with their lowest plan (the Starter Plan).

      If you are using their Starter plan, they do charge a 3% transaction fee every time you sell a product. To remove this 3% transaction fee, you will have to upgrade to at least their Business plan. See this page for more discussions on Weebly’s pricing plans.

      I think one of the main reasons why there is a transaction fee is because it takes more resources to power ecommerce functions, especially when they are providing SSL protection when your customers are in your shopping cart (basically protecting their confidential data when they are making purchases).

      Weebly’s shopping cart integrates well with PayPal, and is quite straightforward to set things up (pretty much just inserting your email registered with your PayPal account).

      If you sign up to their Starter Plan, there is no Weebly advertisements on your site.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

  9. Louise Brown February 24, 2015 at 1:28 AM #

    Hi, I’m looking for a photographer’s website that allows me to give groups of customers a password/code to access photos related to them (e.g. sports, events) which I don’t want other people to view. Needs to have a buy facility against each photo too.

    • Jeremy Wong February 25, 2015 at 1:10 PM #

      Hi Louise,

      With Weebly, you can use their membership function to create membership groups, where you can control which pages are only accessible by a specific membership group.

      So in this case, you can set up members (your customers) and they can log in and gain access to these pages with your photos. People who are not members will not be able to see these pages.

      You can also set up product pages and limit accessibility to only your members / customers, so they can purchase your photos. Weebly’s ecommerce function allow you to sell both physical and digital products (more details about Weebly’s ecommerce here).

      Jeremy

  10. M Usman Javed January 22, 2015 at 5:27 AM #

    Hi,
    I created my site by buying weebly starter plan somedays back, and i also registered for domain name at weebly. its medarcade.com creating this site was fun for me , its up and running well. my question is if dont renew my starter plan but pay for domain and hosting annual fee only, my site adress will remain same or it will revert to weebly subdomain for not renewing starter plan??? as i dont want to renew my starter plan but for domain i will continue to pay my annual charges.
    Thanks

    • Jeremy Wong January 22, 2015 at 5:01 PM #

      Hey there,

      In order to be able to use your own domain name, you will have to keep your subscription with Weebly’s Starter Plan. If you unsubscribe from their paying plans, your site address will change back to Weebly’s subdomain name, even if you keep renewing your domain name.

      One thing to consider, which will save you a bit of money, is to transfer your domain name out of Weebly and to another domain name registrar such as Godaddy. With GoDaddy, your annual domain name fee is generally around $12 – $15 per year, whereas with Weebly it is higher.

      So you can apply your savings with GoDaddy and maintain your Weebly Starter plan that way.

      You can purchase a domain name transfer service from GoDaddy and it’s a one time fee.

      Something to think about?

      Jeremy

  11. Ulla Sampson January 18, 2015 at 5:32 PM #

    Hi, can I sell products with Weebly Pro ? If so, is there a limit ?
    Thank you. Ulla

    • Jeremy Wong January 19, 2015 at 1:12 PM #

      Hi Ulla,

      With Weebly Pro, you can sell up to 25 products. Keep in mind that with the Pro plan, Weebly will charge you 3% of your transaction value per transaction. One reason for this is because Weebly provides you with a SSL certificate when your customers are checking out (so that they can have their private credit card information protected when they are filling those in in the shopping cart page).

      So if you are anticipating higher sales volume, it’s worth it to upgrade to their Business plan where there won’t have any more transaction fees.

      We go over this a bit more in our discussion about Weebly’s ecommerce tools here. You can also check out our post about their pricing plans here.

      Jeremy

  12. Hemanth January 6, 2015 at 10:53 AM #

    I am using Weebly pro account.. How much space can i get to store (upload) Videos,Documents,Images and display them on my pro account website..

    • Jeremy Wong January 6, 2015 at 6:20 PM #

      Hi Hemanth,

      See Point 10 above. If you have a Weebly Pro account, you can upload non-video files that are up to 250 megabytes, and up to 1 gigabytes for each video.

      So that’s a lot of flexibility for you to upload large files!

      But just bear in mind that the larger the file that you upload, the longer it may take your webpage to load. So that’s the trade off to consider.

      Jeremy

  13. Jenny December 24, 2014 at 1:40 AM #

    What I meant was, I am currently using weebly to build my website. Im am trying to build a site where customers can subscribe to a monthly product. How can i set this up on weebly?

  14. Jenny December 23, 2014 at 4:06 AM #

    Best article Ive read so far!!!

    How can I add more monthly subscription services to my weebly pro site? Any help will be appreciated.

    Thanks

    • Jeremy Wong December 23, 2014 at 6:34 PM #

      Hi Jenny,

      Thanks for your feedback!

      Do you mean how you can add more features / tools to your Weebly pro site? If that’s your question, then my answer is that the set of tools that Weebly provides you if you subscribe to their Pro plan is fixed.

      If that’s not what you’re asking, if you can rephrase your question, that would be helpful. Thanks!

      Jeremy

  15. Helicon December 14, 2014 at 6:16 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I am new to website hosting. Can you clarify purchasing an external domain for Weebly? I know I need to upgrade to at least the starter plan. Then if I purchase a domain from something like namecheap, how do I link the two? Is that all it takes? Why is this allowed if it is $40 to purchase it straight from Weebly? Do I have to have used the domain elsewhere first before transferring it to Weebly?

    • Jeremy Wong December 14, 2014 at 6:45 PM #

      Hi Helicon,

      The way it works is that you can either purchase a domain name from a domain name registrar such as GoDaddy, and keep and manage your domain name with them. A lot of people do this. Then connect the domain name to your Weebly site (here are some instructions on how to do that).

      The alternative as you said, is to purchase the domain name directly from Weebly. However, it is always cheaper to purchase your domain name elsewhere as Weebly does charge about $40 per year.

      You don’t have to transfer your domain name to Weebly at all. You can keep it at GoDaddy or Namecheap, and just connect it to your Weebly site.

      One of the biggest benefit of doing that (aside from the lower annual fee) is that if you ever want to change website builders, such as move away from Weebly and use someone else such as Wix), you can just connect your domain name from GoDaddy or Namecheap to Wix, and not having to transfer out from Weebly to another place (which is extra steps you can avoid).

      Hope this clarifies things!

      Jeremy

      • diandini January 2, 2015 at 4:51 PM #

        Hello, sorry for jumping into the conversation, as I found the question relevant to my situation now. First of all, Jeremy, thanks for your excellent article and replies.
        Actually, I just want to make sure whether connecting our domain (e.g. at GoDaddy) to our Weebly site DOES require us to upgrade to at least the Starter plan? Or can we still do this while having its Free account, using the step-by-step method in the link you provided above? Because, from your explanation, it seems that we could do this regardless whatever type of Weebly account that we have, and you just need to do the work at your Domain registrar (CMIIW).
        Thanks in advance for your reply. Wishing you a beautiful 2015!

        • Jeremy Wong January 30, 2015 at 12:59 PM #

          Hi Diandini,

          Yes – if you want to connect your own domain name to a Weebly site, you will have to subscribe to at least their Starter plan.

          Hope this clear things up!

          Jeremy

    • Wesley February 3, 2015 at 1:30 AM #

      Might I jump in here, since I have a lot of experience with using Weebly and other domains.

      All you need to do is register your domain thru, say, Godaddy, then change the domain’s zone file to Weebly’s IP number of 199.34.228.100.

      If you can’t do this, call godaddy’s toll free number and any person who answers can do it for you, free. Just tell them you want to change your zone file to that number.

      Then, in your Settings, for Site URL, the bottom one allows you to use your own domain. Just type in your domain name and then as soon as you hit Publish, it will normally immediately publish your site to your domain.

      It is SUPER easy.

      I have no connection with Weebly or Godaddy, other than I have 25 weebly accounts and 400 godaddy domains and 10 godaddy hosting accounts. I’m just passing on some helpful hints, hopefully.

      For the Pro accounts, at least, you NEVER have to buy a Weebly domain, period. You can start off with your own domain.

      Hope this helps.

      Wesley

      • Jeremy Wong February 3, 2015 at 6:34 PM #

        Thanks so much for your contribution to this topic Wesley!

        Jeremy

  16. Bob December 9, 2014 at 5:42 PM #

    if i hit Publish, can i still go back and edit my website?

    • Jeremy Wong December 9, 2014 at 7:14 PM #

      Hey Bob,

      Yes you can continue to edit your site. If you publish your site it will just display all the changes you’ve made so far in your live site. You can always go back into Weebly’s editor to continue to edit your site until you are publish all the updates again.

      Jeremy

  17. Randy Walker December 5, 2014 at 8:38 AM #

    I am trying to decide whether to try the free version or Pro. I know there is a 5-page limit to the free version. What if I create subpages? Do they count toward the 5-page limit? If I sign up for the Pro version, can you only create 1 website for the price? I am wanting to set up a genealogy website for my research and have multiple families I would like to post information on and don’t know how to accomplish it. I do know that 5 standard pages is not enough for what I need unless I can do multiple subpages without exceeding the limit of 5.

    • Jeremy Wong December 5, 2014 at 7:21 PM #

      Hey Randy,

      Subpages will count towards the 5 page limit (a page is still a page I guess!)

      For Weebly Pro, it is on a per website basis.

      What you can try to do is sign up for the Starter plan (10 page limit) and see how you enjoy using Weebly. There is a 30 day money back policy anyway, so you have a bit of time to decide whether you think it’s worth investing in the platform or not.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

      [MARCH 15 2015 UPDATE – I’ve confirmed that Weebly now offers unlimited page creations across all their plans, including the free plan. So there are no more page limits. It’s nice to know that even with the free plan, you can still create as many pages as you want to!]

  18. Diogi Befa November 27, 2014 at 6:46 AM #

    i want to ask you , i using weebly for free now. But, why i can not add product more than 5 item?do i must upgrading to the pro? i need your help

  19. Jack November 3, 2014 at 12:45 PM #

    I am using this for our church, and soon will be uploading videos and audio of our sermons. What we want to offer our congregation is the opportunity to download the videos and audio files so they can add them to their personal players. Is this possible with Weebly? I am currently awaiting their responses. Would it be as simple as right-click-save? Thanks for your response!

    • Jeremy Wong November 3, 2014 at 5:13 PM #

      Hi Jack,

      Yes you can do that. There is a “file” element that you can drag and drop into your Weebly webpage, then you can upload your own audio / video files into your site that way.

      So when people click on these, they will be able to save the files to their computer!

      Jeremy

      • Jack November 6, 2014 at 5:13 PM #

        Thank you so much : )

  20. Kelly Ferguson October 3, 2014 at 7:26 AM #

    I am a teacher and already have a weebly account and webpage and want to upgrade to the Pro.
    Can you direct me to how to do that as I don’t want a free trial, etc. I want to just upgrade.
    Thank You. Kelly Ferguson, Aurora, CO

    • Jeremy Wong October 3, 2014 at 8:51 PM #

      Hi Kelly,

      Just log into your Weebly account and in the dashboard, beside your website title, you should see an “Upgrade” button. Click on that and it will take you to the payment page!

      – Jeremy

  21. Rosy September 7, 2014 at 7:37 PM #

    Hi,

    I didn’t subscribe yet to the weeply pro and starter. I just tested the free version. My question is: Why is the header not showing on the mobile view if I choose a theme that has a full wide picture or a splash page?

    Thanks.

    • Jeremy Wong September 8, 2014 at 12:04 PM #

      Hi Rosy,

      If you picked one of the themes from Weebly, the header image should show up in their mobile editor. If it doesn’t, try reaching out to Weebly’s support team, as the header image for the theme should appear in the mobile version of your website.

      Make sure you go to “Settings” in your Weebly Editor dashboard, and make sure that the “mobile” setting is checked.

      – Jeremy

      • Rosy September 10, 2014 at 9:59 PM #

        Hi Jeremy,
        I picked one of the newest Weebly themes with a splash page. The “mobile” settings is checked. When I go to mobile view the header images button is turned off. If I try to turn it on it will not work. Is it only possible if I publish the website?

        Thanks

        • Jeremy Wong September 11, 2014 at 10:19 AM #

          Rosy,

          I think you have to go back to the “normal” editing page (not the Mobile editor) in order to change your header image.

          After making that change, then you can go back to the mobile editor to see how the new header image looks like.

          – Jeremy

  22. 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

  23. 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.

          • DZ November 6, 2014 at 3:04 PM #

            Actually you are wrong. You do get more than 5 fields if you upgrade.

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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…

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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