Weebly vs Weebly with Bluehost

Last updated on August 7, 2014

Bluehost Weebly Most Weebly users build their websites through the drag and drop builder through Weebly Inc.

But what most users don’t know, is that you can actually use Weebly with Bluehost to build your website as well!

I’ll get into the pros, cons and pricing differences of using Weebly on Weebly Inc. vs Bluehost.com,  but first let me quickly explain some key differences and who or what is Bluehost.

Note: To reduce confusion, I’m going to refer to Weebly (the Company) as “Weebly Inc.”, and the actual website building technology that you use to build websites as “Weebly”. So both Weebly Inc. (the company) and Bluehost use Weebly (the website builder).

Who and What is Bluehost?

Bluehost is a very large and reputable hosting service.  They’ve been around since 1996 (even before Weebly was created) and they provide hosting services for millions of users.

Most people use Bluehost to set up other websites using WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, etc.  Basically it’s a general platform where people build a variety of websites using other website building platforms.

In fact, Bluehost is a recommended host by WordPress since 2005 – this just goes to show that Bluehost is credible and is a trusted company.

Hosting with Weebly Inc. vs Hosting with Bluehost

When you sign up with an account with Weebly Inc. to create your website, your website is hosted with Weebly Inc.  That means all your pictures, text, slideshows, everything in your website, reside or is stored with Weebly Inc.  You will login and access your website by going to the Weebly Inc. website (www.Weebly.com).

If you use Weebly through Bluehost.com, this means everything in your website is stored with Bluehost.com.  You will access your Weebly website by going to Bluehost.com.

Why is Weebly in Bluehost?

Inserting Weebly into Bluehost allows Weebly Inc., as a company, to reach millions of additional users.  Given that Bluehost is a reputable company and has a great branding, this gives Weebly Inc. an opportunity to increase their number of users.

On the other hand, it also gives Bluehost an opportunity to provide a user-friendly, drag and drop website builder to their customers.

As I mentioned above, Bluehost traditionally caters to WordPress, Joomla and Drupal, and they are much more complicated website builders to use.  Adding a drag and drop website builder such as Weebly to their product offering makes a lot of sense.

Is Weebly with Bluehost the same as Weebly with Weebly Inc.?

Yes and no. What we have noticed is that there is a time delay between when Weebly Inc. releases new features, and when Bluehost updates their version of Weebly.

Also, there are certain administrative functions that are available with Weebly Inc., but not available with Bluehost.

While Bluehost may not have all the newest Weebly features, there are a lot of benefits if you use Bluehost.  I’ll go over these below.

Bluehost Slow to Update with New Weebly Features

What we have noticed is that whenever Weebly Inc. releases new features, it takes a while for Bluehost to update their version of Weebly.

For example, at the time of this article, Weebly Inc. recently released new features such as:

  • Site search
  • Header slideshows
  • Custom footers
  • Expanded social icons element

At the moment, Bluehost’s version of Weebly has yet to include these new updates.  It has been around 3 months since the new features were released by Weebly Inc., so hopefully Bluehost will incorporate these soon.

Other than that, all the other basic website building tools work the same. You can still build a website using Bluehost’s Weebly quickly and easily.

Bluehost Weebly

Bluehost Limits the Number of Pages You Can Build

With the Basic version of Weebly with Bluehost, you can only create 6 pages per website. If you want to create more pages, you will need to upgrade to their “Professional” plan.  (I’ll go over the pricing differences between Weebly Inc. and Bluehost below).

Missing Important Administrative Functions with Bluehost’s Weebly

There are 2 important administrative functions that are missing with Bluehost’s version of Weebly.

1) Editors

Normally with Weebly Inc., it gives you the ability to invite Editors to help you build your website.  So if you hire a developer or designer on contract to help you, you can just invite them without giving them full access to your website.  I go over this feature in this video tutorial here.

Weebly Bluehost Editor

With Bluehost, you cannot invite Editors to edit your website as this feature is missing.  So if you want to give someone access to your account, you will have to give them your Bluehost login name and password, which some people may resist as the editor will now have full access to your account, including the ability to reset your password and change other important information.

Many of you may not be comfortable with this, even though you can always change your password afterwards.

2) Import External Templates

With Weebly Inc., you can import external Weebly templates with just 1-click. You have access to this feature whether you are using the free version of Weebly or the paid version.

Weebly Bluehost Import Themes

With Bluehost, you can import external Weebly templates, but this option is only available if you upgrade to their “Professional” package (I’ll go over the pricing differences between Weebly and Bluehost below).

What Benefits do Bluehost Offer that Weebly Doesn’t?

Weebly Inc. offers you a drag and drop website builder – that’s it.  While the website builder is simple and intuitive to use (read our comprehensive review on Weebly), Weebly Inc. really doesn’t offer other services.

They do one thing very well and offer you only one thing – enabling you to build websites easily.

But for those who want more than just the ability to build a website, using Weebly through Bluehost is an excellent option.

So what does Bluehost give you that Weebly doesn’t?

1) Unlimited email accounts

You can set up as many email addresses as you want using your domain name.

For example, if your website address is www.example.com, you can create your own custom email address such as [email protected]

This comes with the basic package from Bluehost, and they help you set it up (more on Bluehost help below).

2) Free domain name

If you use Bluehost, they give you a free domain name for 1 year.  A typical domain name will cost you around $12 a year.  So that’s a little bit of savings in your pocket.

3) 24 Hours 7 Days a Week Live Support

Weebly Inc. currently only offers you email support. With Bluehost, they provide you with 24/7 phone, live chat or email support.

This is really a nice perk that Bluehost offers, as different people have different learning habits and learning speed.  Some people are not afraid of technology, while some need a bit of hand holding, which Bluehost provides.

Although in our experiences, Weebly Inc. usually responds to email in a day, for some of you who prefer speaking with someone on the phone or on internet live chat without waiting, Bluehost will cater to your needs.

Pricing Difference Between Weebly Inc. and Bluehost

Weebly Inc. recently changed their pricing structure for Weebly Pro.  So the following pricing information is taken from the most recent packages from both Weebly and Bluehost.

Weebly Pro and Starter Plans

The price for Pro and Starter Plans range from:

  • Pro – $6.63 to $9.83 / month
  • Starter – $3.29 / month to $4.83 / month

The price range depends if you sign up for a 6 month plan or up to 2 years. weebly pro and starter pricing

Bluehost Weebly Plans

A basic Bluehost plan starts at $6.95 / month (you can get it for $4.95 per month if you sign up for 36 months – but you can cancel and get your money back any time).

With just the basic plan, you get access to use their Weebly website builder, but as mentioned, they limit you to only 6 pages per website.

Other additional benefits you receive include:

  1. Unlimited customized email addresses
  2. Free domain name for 1 year
  3. 24/7 live support

If you want more features, you will need to upgrade to their “Professional” plan for $8.99 / month.

You can also sign up for their e-Commerce plans for $2.99 per month as well.

Bluehost Weebly plans

Illustration of Pricing Differences

So let’s piece this all together in an illustration.

Depending on which plan you sign up with Weebly Inc., for the sake of illustration, your monthly investment will be around $4 to $10 (rounded to the closest dollar).

If you were to sign up with Bluehost, with their Professional Plan (most people will likely do so to access more features), the monthly fee will be around $14 to $16 (rounded to the closest dollar).

In appearance, it’s cheaper to register with Weebly Inc., than with Bluehost.

However, you should consider the other “value added” services that Bluehost gives you:

  1. Email address – We pay $4.16 a month with Google Business Apps to get 1 customized email address. With Bluehost, you can have unlimited number of custom email addresses.
  2. Free 1 year domain name – that’s around a $12 per year value (so $1 a month, but only for 1 year)
  3. 24/7 live support – hard to put a value on this, but it’s worth good money to some people

So if we take the approximate Bluehost monthly price of $14 – $16, and adjust for the 2 quantifiable benefits above (email and domain name), the adjusted monthly price will then be approximately $9 to $11.

Not too far off from Weebly’s plans, not to mention you will receive 24/7 support from Bluehost.

Here’s a quick table to help illustrate:

Bluehost vs Weebly Pricing Comparison Chart

Even after adjusting for the free email and 1 year free domain name, Bluehost is still a little bit more expensive. But you have to consider the 24/7 live support they provide you.  We didn’t include this in our calculation as it is not easy to put a price tag on it.

If you tend to like instant support at any time, rather than waiting for email support, this Bluehost support benefit could be worth a lot to you.

Money Back Guarantee

If you sign up with Weebly Inc’s Pro / Starter package, you have a 30 day money back guarantee period.

For Bluehost, you can also cancel at any time during the first 30 days and get all your money back.

Once you past the 30 days, you can get full refund for any unused portion of the remainder of your contract. So it’s pretty fair.

Bluehost Guarantee

Conclusion and Final Thoughts

Choosing between using Weebly Inc. or Bluehost’s Weebly is a very personal decision.  Both offer you the easy to use drag and drop website builder, but here are my summarized pros and cons for each:

Weebly Inc.

Pros

  • You are using Weebly directly from its creator (Weebly Inc.)
  • You get faster updates when Weebly releases new features
  • It’s slightly cheaper on a per month basis

Cons

  • No email package – you have to set it up yourself
  • You have to set up your own domain name

Bluehost

Pros

  • They help you set up your own custom email address
  • They give you a free domain name for 1 year and help you get it set up
  • 24 / 7 live support (phone, chat or email)

Cons

  • You have to wait a bit for new updates from Weebly Inc.
  • Slightly more expensive

I think the best way to compare whether you should use Weebly through Weebly Inc. or Bluehost, is whether you feel comfortable working your way through getting your administrative account settings up and running by yourself (such as account set up, connecting your email and domain name, and other technical issues), or paying a few dollars more to have someone live guide you through the process.

If the first option is okay with you, then using Weebly with Weebly Inc. is a great option.

If you are afraid of anything technical, and would like instant support available to you, using Weebly with Bluehost is the way to go.  At the end of the day, the extra few dollars per month may go a long way in terms of live support.

If you have any additional questions about Bluehost, feel free to use their Live Chat a try!  They can answer all your questions, and at the same time, gives you an opportunity to test out their support services.

bluehost live chat

In my own experience, their instant support works great and I feel like I get my questions answered right away, which saves me a lot of time and keeps me productive.

Either way, both Bluehost and Weebly Inc. offer 30 days money back guarantee, so that removes a lot of risks from 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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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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60 Responses to Weebly vs Weebly with Bluehost

  1. Joleen June 25, 2014 at 10:20 PM #

    I’ve been with Bluehost for five years now. I have 8 registered domains with GoDaddy that I point to Bluehost which comes will unlimited e-mail addresses, Weebly, tech support (phone is MUCH better than their e-mail method), TONS of perks for FREE all for ONE low monthly fee of about $9 a month. I can’t believe they do all of this, I really can’t. Just added a brand new website today and all it cost me was the domain fee. Rarely do I post anywhere, but I was trying to find reviews on Weebly, and I have four websites through Bluehost. I wanted to share my experience here. By now I’m a PRO at creating websites through Weebly, but my only gripe is their templates aren’t the best for non paying customers.

    I would HIGHLY recommend Bluehost….oh and I have Firefox and have never had a problem. Have never used Google Chrome though.

    • Jeremy Wong June 26, 2014 at 3:19 PM #

      Hey Joleen,

      Thanks so much for sharing your experiences with us! Glad it’s all working out for you perfectly!

      - Jeremy

  2. Ben May 8, 2014 at 9:37 AM #

    Hi just wondering if you know whether or not the Weebly Pro plans offer the exact same things whether you’re hosting with Weebly, Inc. or Bluehost? I use Weebly a lot but my church’s website is hosted on Bluehost and I’m about to completely rebuild their website. If they pay for the Pro plan on Bluehost will I be able to build a website with all the same features as what I get with Pro through Weebly, Inc.?

    • Jeremy & Connie Wong May 8, 2014 at 12:41 PM #

      Hi Ben,

      I believe so, but I’d suggest you benchmark the pricing outline for Weebly Inc (found on this page) with the one offered by Bluehost. There are some inconsistencies between the two, and Bluehost may have updated their offering since I wrote this article. For instance, the version of Weebly with Bluehost do restrict you to the number of pages you can create, where as with Weebly.com, you don’t have such restrictions.

      So in terms of features, I think they both are fairly similar, but best to compare Weebly Inc’s feature list with the latest Bluehost list just to be safe.

      Also as noted in the article above, Bluehost tends to be behind in its features offering whenever Weebly Inc comes up with new tools.

      Hope this is helpful!

      - Jeremy

  3. Tim March 30, 2014 at 10:52 PM #

    OK, I’ve since seen that you can have 10 separate sites on Weebly, but you have to upgrade them individually. So if I want to run 3 separate stores, it will cost $75 a month. I’m hoping Bluehost can help me with this. Can I add new sites and stores using addon domains for the one price of $20 – $35 a month at Bluehost?

    • Jeremy & Connie March 31, 2014 at 1:39 PM #

      Hi Tim,

      I believe with Bluehost you will have to upgrade each site on a per site basis, so similar to Weebly. You might want to clarify that with Bluehost’s support team first!

      - Jeremy

  4. Tim March 30, 2014 at 7:24 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Thank you for your reply.
    I can’t find any information on Weebly.com about having an addon domain or mulitple sites. Maybe I’m using the wrong tech language. Typing “addon domain” into the weebly help centre returns “0″ results. This indicates to me that weebly.com does not allow mulitple webistes.

    I wish this issue was dicussed more on the websites themselves. I’m sure having several sites and only paying for one account is a big deal among site builders.

    Anyway, I’m going to go with Bluehost and and hopefully find lots of solutions to running several site.

    Good luck, Jeremy.

  5. Tim March 30, 2014 at 7:10 AM #

    Hi Jeremy/connie, I’m new to this. I’ve been playing around on an unpublished weebly inc site and loving it the interface. But I intent to set up 3 websites so am looking at getting blue hosting (they say they offer unlimited webistes) and building 3 seperate websites using the weebly tech. Is that possible or can I only build one weebly site on blue hosting. thanks for your article!

    • Jeremy & Connie March 30, 2014 at 1:39 PM #

      Hey Tim,

      I think with both ways (using Weebly.com directly or using Weebly through Bluehost), you can set up multiple websites.

      Hopes this clarifies things!

      - Jeremy

  6. Abenezer March 28, 2014 at 6:32 PM #

    Hey Jeremy and Connie,

    It was nice reading your article, really helped me out. My only dilemma is, I’m trying to figure out if it’s worth moving to Bluehost. I’m currently using weebly.com to create my site and i’m about to upgrade to pro. At the same time I’ve already purchased a domain from Godaddy and it won’t expire till late 2015 and I’m wondering if it’s worth the move to Bluehost. Should I just upgrade my weebly account and just wait for Godaddy to expire or what do you recommend I do. I’m really hesitant about all of this as this is my first site and it would really help if I had your inputs on this matter. Thanks!

    • Jeremy & Connie March 28, 2014 at 10:16 PM #

      Hi Abenezer,

      You don’t actually have to let your domain expire, as with GoDaddy, you can use your domain name with either Weebly.com directly or with Bluehost’s version of Weebly. You just have to point your domain name to the website.

      Here is the help article from Weebly on how to connect your domain name at GoDaddy to your website built with Weebly.com.

      - Jeremy

  7. David February 17, 2014 at 2:03 PM #

    This article answered the exact question i had in regarding to bluehost and weebly’s joint venture.

    One thing i would like to update, from my phone conversation today with Brent Hill(bluehost)

    I found out if we want to transfer the site to weebly. We can download the Weebly zipped file from Bluehost and upload the file to weebly after you have signed up for their pro service. After point the IP to the correct address, the site should transfer 100%.

    The reason for my request was due to a IOS app that was created by Weebly, of course, the support for bluehost is not up the app.

    My site will need daily updates on the go, i feel the IOS app will help me with my request, of course the IOS doesnt support bluehost.

    i really wish weebly would issue a login ID and Password for bluehost users so we can edit and use their site directly from weebly. com

    however, after signing up and email my zip file to weebly. I have a concern about hosting.

    Since Weebly doesnt have the history of being a great host.

    what happens after i transfer my site to weebly in compare of the hosting speed and reliability of Bluehost?

    Thank you and i’m looking forward to your reply.

    • Jeremy & Connie February 18, 2014 at 4:07 PM #

      Hi David,

      Really? I think you might want to double check with Bluehost AND Weebly.com to triple check that you can migrate websites (from Bluehost’s version of Weebly to Weebly.com).

      I know that you can export your template (no content / elements is included in this export) and you can export your entire website codes in a form of zip file. But Weebly.com only allows you to import your template (again no content / elements will be included), but I’m not aware that you can import your entire website (with full content).

      I’d suggest you reach out to Weebly.com’s support team to verify this. But based on our experience, you can’t import full websites yet. You can only import template codes.

      - Jeremy

      • David February 18, 2014 at 4:23 PM #

        I spoke too soon. Got a message last night from weebly that they’re unable to upload the zipped file from bluehost. Seems like the 30mins I spend with bluehost on phone was a waste.

        But this brings up a good point. Before deciding wether to use bluehost or weebly. Know that u can’t transfer ur site from bluehost to any other host and keep ur weebly site

        • Red February 18, 2014 at 4:55 PM #

          Depending on the amount of pages you have why not copy paste the html design files for each page after you import the site template over. I don’t know how you’d transfer a blog. I think you can also download and upload all photo resources in bulk as well.

  8. Peter February 11, 2014 at 6:26 PM #

    Hello Jeremy/Connie,

    First I want to thank you for sharing all your knowledge and making life easier for beginners like me. I am in the gathering information stage and you have saved me valuable time.

    I have a question about email auto-responder. I want to setup a page where people can submit their name and email address and they will automatically get an email with a file attachment (most likely excel). Could this be done with Weebly with Bluehost? If not, can you give me other applications I can use? Thanks again.

    • Jeremy & Connie February 12, 2014 at 12:34 PM #

      Hi Peter,

      Glad you find our website helpful! As for auto-responders, we use Aweber ourselves which is pretty easy to use and incredibly helpful for newsletter distribution. Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

  9. ida January 17, 2014 at 2:19 AM #

    Hello Connie and Jeremy,
    I am new to the world of building websites and have a nagging question. Is it possible for one to purchase and permanantly own their domain name? So that if one leaves a particular host you own your name and can take it with you? I have had one company steal a very personal domain name and I have tried to figure a way that it won’t happen again. I would appreciate any leads you can give me. Thanks for your helpful reviews!

    • Jeremy & Connie January 17, 2014 at 12:34 PM #

      Hi Ida,

      If you purchase a domain name, you own it and can technically take it anywhere you want as long as you pay your annual fees to the domain name registrar. Keeping a domain name “registered” under your name is about $12 a year (give or take).

      GoDaddy is a very popular domain name registrar, and you can manage all your domain names under one roof. They automatically bill you every year so you don’t forget to pay for the annual fee – making it more hassle free for you.

      The only caveat is that once you register for a domain name, you can’t transfer the domain name anywhere for 60 days. This rule is set by ICANN (think of it as a regulator in the world of domain names).

      Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

  10. David January 2, 2014 at 12:22 PM #

    I resell the Weebly Designers platform, and it has the same limitations that Bluehost and the others have. Basically, features get released to the Weebly platform, but they don’t provide and ETA on porting ANY of the features over. I’ve commented to them that the designers platform seems very second class (over 8 months to add multiple editors to the site and it MIGHT be released in the next couple months!).

    Of course, the other major providers would have asked for the lacking features, but Weebly Inc. doesn’t seem to care about the people reselling their services.

    • Jeremy & Connie January 3, 2014 at 4:51 AM #

      Hi David,

      Thanks for commenting. I’d agree that Weebly takes a bit more time to release new features to their designer platform, and other reseller platforms such as Bluehost or iPage.

      I think the reason why Weebly delays the releases is that they are testing and troubleshooting any bugs that may arise from the new tools / features with their existing user base, before porting them over to designer platform and resellers.

      One way to see it is that they want to ensure that all the bugs are worked out, before designers implement them for their clients. It might cause issues (reputational?) to the designers if there were issues with the features, and they can’t fix it for their clients as Weebly may take time to issue updates. So Weebly wants to make sure that everything is “air tight” before releasing the new features.

      The same goes for other resellers such as Bluehost. If certain bugs arise, Weebly would have to issue updates and fixes which I’m sure is not a simple process (considering how many end users use Weebly’s resellers to build websites).

      So while I do agree that it takes a long time, I think there is a rational and commercial reason for this. Just my thoughts!

      - Jeremy

    • Kala March 8, 2014 at 7:27 AM #

      Can you say more about your experience with Weebly designer platform? It’s hard to get real info on it’s performance, the issue you mentioned I noticed that by end of Feb. you can have multi-editors.

      • Jeremy & Connie March 8, 2014 at 10:08 AM #

        Hey Kala,

        We’ve worked with a number of designers using Weebly’s Designer Platform and overall, I think their experiences has been quite good. The tool works very well by giving them the ability to brand the platform as their own, and the flexibility to send their clients previews, ability to edit, etc.

        We know this as we also operate DivTag Templates in which we create Weebly templates for Weebly users, so we do interact with a lot of designers over there.

        I know this feedback sounds quite vague as we haven’t had the opportunity to dig deep into issues that designers are facing. But directionally, the designer platform has been helpful to designers.

        - Jeremy

        • Kala March 8, 2014 at 2:54 PM #

          Thanks for quick reply! You guys are on it. Squarespace is rolling out a developer opition too now. I think with them I would just go in and set it up from the client side, given the back end “developer space” seems pretty complex compared to a wordpress. And actually I was asking the guy who wrote above you who seemed to have the negative experience but he probably didn’t subscribe to new comments. Yeah I may just try them out. I do really like the themes that Squarespace gives. But my web design colleagues are always saying “it’s best to own your own property” ie use WordPress/Jooomla etc and self-host it.

          • Jeremy & Connie March 8, 2014 at 3:02 PM #

            Hey Kala,

            I think there are merits to both hosting your own websites or using a hosted solution (with website builders such as Weebly or Squarespace).

            There are a lot of services out there that are “hosted” such as newsletter services, shopping carts, accounting, etc. People are gradually choosing these options so they don’t have to mess around with technical “stuff” and let the experts manage that for them.

            Years ago, websites would build all the tools themselves, or people even get physical CDs to install programs on their computers. Going forward, everything is going to be hosted on the internet, people will shift more to paying for fully managed services. It’s just the trend we are heading to!

            Consider how a lot of people are putting everything in Dropbox. At first I was very skeptical about putting personal or business files in there, but now it’s just second nature. Convenience, and offloading expertise to someone else is becoming the norm!

            In any case, just a few thoughts.

            - Jeremy

  11. PhilW January 2, 2014 at 4:00 AM #

    The ability to log into Weebly via Bluehost is increasingly erratic. Often I can’t get in.

    Weebly Support say it’s a bluehost problem and can’t help – they also won’t let you log into your site directly through them.

    Bluehost support say it’s a common problem with the software Weebly have provided them and won’t commit to when this’ll be fixed.

    If you need to regularly update your website don’t create it via Bluehost because at present the likelihood is you won’t be able to get to your site.

    • Jeremy & Connie January 2, 2014 at 6:40 AM #

      Hi PhilW,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences. It’s quite strange indeed. I suppose that is why it might be a sound idea to go with using Weebly.com directly instead. Just one more “Pro” about using Weebly directly.

      - Jeremy

  12. Ken December 20, 2013 at 12:35 PM #

    Jeremy,

    Thanks for the article and also the responses to previous comments… they have been a “good read”.

    We have a website hosted on another hosting service (initially built using Frontpage with Frontpage Extensions, but now most pages have been redone using Weebly Sitebuilder). We’re considering moving off the hosting service over to Weebly Inc. as a cost savings to get the premium service (don’t need the other hosting features provided by the Tier 1 hosting company). Do you know if it’s possible to “port” our full Weebly Sitebuilder site from the old hosting provider into Weebly Inc.?

    • Jeremy & Connie December 20, 2013 at 3:02 PM #

      Hi Ken,

      Based on my understanding, Weebly doesn’t have a website content import function at the moment. So anyone that wants to migrate to using Weebly has to rebuild the website again. I think the main reason is that Weebly uses their own proprietary website building technology, and so it’s practically difficult to be able to import other website builder’s formats.

      One workaround, is to hire someone to help you copy the content over to Weebly. If you’re not looking for professional designers to do this, you can find someone quite affordable to just copy the content over.

      - Jeremy

  13. Justin November 24, 2013 at 11:52 PM #

    Thank you Jeremy for the advice.

    What do you think about weebly’s new e-commerce platform? Do you think this move better positions the company?

    JM

    • Jeremy & Connie November 25, 2013 at 12:43 AM #

      Hey Justin,

      I think it’s pretty good and it officially puts Weebly on the map as a well rounded website builder! Their e-commerce features were one of their weak points, and users had to use external widgets / plugins to add more functionality to their sites if they wanted to run an online store using Weebly.

      Now, this new release really enhances what Weebly has to offer, while keeping it super simple to use (user friendly). We wrote a Weebly e-commerce review article here. See if you find it helpful!

      - Jeremy

  14. Red September 30, 2013 at 12:42 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    What do you think about using Bluehost just for the email benefits and as the web registrar and use Weebly directly and use the option to use your own domain? I hope that question makes sense.

    Maybe to clear it up, I had a Dreamhost account before and we had purchased our domain names off of Dreamhost and used Dreamhost for just email, subdomains, and FTP resources. Would you recommend that set up if you were hosting multiple domains off of the same hosting service but using Weebly as the site builder?

    Thanks,
    Red

    • Jeremy & Connie September 30, 2013 at 8:34 AM #

      Hi Red,

      I think that set up works just fine. However, I “think” you are still paying a monthly fee to hosts like Bluehost which is perhaps unnecessary?

      A basic set up can be to register your domain name through registrars such as GoDaddy or NameCheap (which will cost you around $12 a year). You can then set up your custom email address with either Google Business Apps ($4 – 5 per month) – if you prefer the Gmail interface- or even Microsoft Outlook (domains [dot] live [dot]com) which is absolutely free.

      Then you’re off to the races! You really don’t need to have a separate hosting service on the side, if you don’t want to.

      - Jeremy

  15. Pooran Chugani September 28, 2013 at 7:21 PM #

    Thank you Jeremy. Information has been very helpful. I am at the cross roads of modifying my existing site that was set up through a friend’s help, and also intend setting up a new website with multi-functions; yet to decide how to go about it – easy way weebly or WordPress or through Bluehost. I have some experience of the structure of Joomla and working with it, but the website was created by a service provider. I will seek your advise in due course. Best wishes

  16. PhilipC September 28, 2013 at 6:19 AM #

    Hi Jeremy, great post and thanks for all your Weebly tutorials – excellent.

    I was considering using Just Host as the host for a client site because like Blue Host (I think they are sister companies) the provide a Weebly editor + a dedicated backup and restore facility (which Weebly direct doesn’t, other than being able to download a zip file of your site, minus the blog). However, on closer investigation Just Host’s Weebly editor doesn’t have the search function either, which is really important to me.

    Do you know of any other hosts that provide a Weebly editor (I love Weebly!) including the search widget?

    If not, what are my backup/restore options if I build the site directly with Weebly?

    Thanks for your advice.
    Philip

    • Jeremy & Connie September 28, 2013 at 10:21 AM #

      Hey Philip,

      There are several hosts that also use Weebly’s platform, including iPage, Fatcow, Hostgator. However, I believe their version of Weebly is at least 1 generation behind, but they should include the search function. The Weebly search function was introduced a couple of generations ago, but best to use their online chat function to re-confirm with their support team that the function is there.

      Weebly allows you to export your website through the “archive” function, in which you can upload it into any host and have it working. However, the downside is that once the website is outside the drag and drop environment, you no longer have those tools to edit your website. You will have to change the codes directly to make edits. This is a universal drawback of using a drag and drop builder.

      One other thing to note is that Weebly does backup your website, just that you can’t access the backup copies. So if you accidentally delete your site, I’ve seen that they can help you restore your entire website. But the frequency of their backup is unknown (at least to me), but logically it should be fairly frequent just in case their platform crashes. The logic is that they can’t afford to not backup their customers’ websites very frequently.

      Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

      • Philip Coles September 30, 2013 at 4:01 AM #

        Thanks Jeremy, I will investigate those options.

      • Philip Coles September 30, 2013 at 9:04 AM #

        Hi Jeremy, I’ve contacted iPage, Fatcow, and Hostgator and unfortunately none of them provide the search widget as part of their versions of the Weebly editor.

        So it looks like I’ll have to go directly to Weebly and rely on their Support Desk in the advent of needing to do a restore (hopefully their backups includes the blog posts, even those these aren’t included in the manual user backup facility). My concern is if I need to move the site to another host, I’d have to leave the blog posts behind – unless you know of some way backing up those as well?

        Philip

        • Jeremy & Connie September 30, 2013 at 9:47 AM #

          Hi Philip,

          Thanks for sharing your findings with all our visitors. I think those hosts are in the process of updating their versions of Weebly (they are 1 or 2 versions behind), but in terms of the exact timing, I’m not entirely sure when the updates will take place.

          I can think of 2 options, but neither may be ideal for you:

          1) Draft all your blog posts in a Word document and save your images. This way, if you ever move you can still manually re-upload your posts and images. It’s a manual process to do it all over again, but at least it’s possible.

          2) Create your blog away from Weebly. So while you can compose your main website with Weebly, you can create a sub-domain with a WordPress blog site (for instance) and just upload your blog posts there (for example: blog . philipcoles . com). The drawback is that the styling / design of your Weebly site and WordPress blog may be different. But the benefit is that you have a solid blog platform to work with in WordPress, and that through a subdomain set up for your blog, you can keep your blog’s identity consistent with your main website.

          - Jeremy

          • Philip Coles September 30, 2013 at 11:53 AM #

            Thanks for the suggestions, Jeremy – definitely worth considering. Another option I’ve been reading about is to save the Weebly blog as an XML file via an RSS reader. Whilst this can’t be restored into Weebly at least it’s saving the content (and, I understand, it could be imported into eg WordPress).

            Glad those hosting firms are looking at updating their versions of the Weebly editor – the latest version in conjunction with a proper backup and restore facility is what’s missing in the market right now, as far as I can see.

  17. Leia September 18, 2013 at 2:12 PM #

    I was thinking of buying my next domain from iwantmyname.com and they have “apps” you can add to your domain. Do you know if this is like Bluehost and Weebly or if it just sets up the DNS to point to Weebly so you don’t have to figure out the technical stuff?

    I found out about Weebly from Bluehost, but eventually moved everything to Weebly directly keeping Bluehost to manage my email. It’s the most cost effective option I have found for email.

    Thank you as always for your help!

    • Jeremy & Connie September 18, 2013 at 7:37 PM #

      Hey Leia,

      We haven’t tried using them before, but I suspect they are just like a typical domain name registrar where you purchase a domain name, and you can point the domain name to Weebly and “hook up” the website and the domain name.

      We use GoDaddy for our domain names and another reputable registrar is namecheap.

      Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

  18. Ann July 15, 2013 at 10:48 PM #

    Just wondering which would be better if I’d like the option of building websites for some artist friends too, and hosting them under my account? I know Weebly limits subdomains to 10, but does the Bluehost/Weebly version accommodate unlimited subdomains (Pro version)?

    • Jeremy & Connie July 18, 2013 at 11:31 AM #

      Hi Ann – If you use Weebly directly, there currently isn’t any limits to how many websites you can build under 1 single account. So you can keep adding more websites under one user name if you wish. It’s much easier to manage your account that way.

      As for Bluehost, that’s a good question in which I don’t really know the answer. I believe you can also create multiple Weebly websites with 1 single Bluehost account, but I don’t think they will give you a subdomain. You will need to get your own domain names for your websites. Just remember that Bluehost gives you 1 free domain name, but I think for the other ones, you’ll have to register your own.

      - Jeremy

  19. Amber July 11, 2013 at 2:19 PM #

    Hi, I’ve used Weebly on Bluehost for about a year now and so far I am really happy. Another downside is that you can’t use the iphone app that Weebly has. But an upside is that I have heard stories where someone’s weebly inc website broke their terms (not sure which or how) and their site was just deactivated.

    • Jeremy & Connie July 11, 2013 at 3:07 PM #

      Thanks Amber. A very valid point about their iPhone app. In general, Weebly.com will have the most updated platform, and generally Bluehost will take some time to “catch up” with the updates.

      In terms of violation of Weebly’s terms and conditions, users have to be aware of what they are as I think if a user was deemed violating their terms (such as creating hate websites, as an example), Weebly will remove the site without any warning. Understandably, it’s hard to monitor millions of websites and issuing warnings and negotiating with users.

      Thanks for adding to the discussion!

      - Jeremy

  20. Larry July 6, 2013 at 1:33 PM #

    I am glad I found your website. It is very clear and concise!
    I am pastor of a smaller church and want to develop a church website. In a couple articles you make a reference to non-profit websites, but I do not see anything specific for non-profit or religious. Can you offer any expertise? I am wondering if there are enough “faith” type templates?
    Than you for any guidance and assistance you can offer,
    Larry

    • Jeremy & Connie July 6, 2013 at 4:02 PM #

      Hi Larry, I don’t think Weebly offer any specific templates that relates to “faith” or “church” type websites. However, one of the best things about Weebly’s website builder is that you can control the content and formatting using their drag and drop tools. So just pick a template, and treat it like a blank canvas and start populating it with your own content (images, text, slideshows, etc).

      Hope this helps.

      - Jeremy

  21. Lande May 31, 2013 at 12:48 AM #

    Hello Jeremy & Connie. Thanks for the article. Do you know of anyway workaround for the dynamic slider issue in Bluehost? My site is on Bluehost and I used Weebly to create it. I upgraded to Weebly pro because I thought I would be able to add a dynamic slider but I can’t. Do you know of anyway for me to still have this?

    • Jeremy & Connie May 31, 2013 at 6:22 PM #

      Hi Lande,

      I don’t think Bluehost’s version of Weebly has the header slideshow function yet. One of the issues of using Bluehost is that their version of Weebly isn’t as updated as Weebly’s own builder. The header slideshow function was introduced by Weebly in December 2012, so Bluehost has yet to update theirs yet.

      If you wish to stay with Bluehost to use their version of Weebly, one alternative is to get a premium template with a header plugin from DivTag Templates (http://divtagtemplates.com/) [Disclosure - we created DivTag Templates]

      - Jeremy

      • Sheri July 1, 2013 at 5:23 PM #

        Hi Jeremy,

        Thanks for this great information. I am a Bluehost member and designed my site a year ago using Dreamweaver but want to use Weebly now to do my site through Bluehost because I don’t know enough to make my site look great on different platforms such as iPad, iPhone, etc. I set up my site using jQuery sliders and definitely want to have sliders in my Weebly site. You mentioned we can use a premium template from Weebly and then use a header plug-in from DivTag Templates to get a header slider? I’m still not an expert by any means in web design (I”m a graphic designer first) – do you know if Weebly with Bluehost and your DivTag Templates will give me ability to have multiple slideshows on different pages of my site? Sorry for the long reply, thank you.

        • Jeremy & Connie July 2, 2013 at 12:26 AM #

          Hi Sheri – Thanks for your question. The header plugins from DivTag Templates are only compatible with their premium templates. It mainly relates to coding compatibility as the standard, free templates may not have the right codes to sync up with the header plugins. You can of course make it work if you are proficient in modifying the codes.

          Just note that with DivTag Templates, you can only use 1 of their header plugins per template. Again, this is not to say that it’s impossible to add more, but you’ll need to modify the codes to make this possible.

          Hope this answers your questions.

          - Jeremy

  22. Brandon May 11, 2013 at 12:23 PM #

    Thanks! I have bluehost right now and have my website running on wordpress. For mother’s day, I want to make my mom a website for her new business. I want her to run with it eventually, so I’m considering weebly because it’s so simple. Thanks for breaking down the decision to just go weebly vs. add her domain to my bluehost! Still not sure, but you saved me a lot of time looking it up!

    • Jeremy & Connie May 11, 2013 at 5:05 PM #

      Hey Brandon – no problem and thanks for the feedback! Please share our website with anyone you think will find helpful! Like it on Facebook, Tweet it, +1 it on Google Plus if you want to share this article :)

      - Jeremy

  23. Roscoe Gort April 28, 2013 at 1:36 PM #

    One difference you did not address is up-time. Are there any significant differences in that, has either one had any prolonged outages in the last year or so?

    • Jeremy & Connie April 28, 2013 at 3:17 PM #

      Hey Roscoe,

      That’s a great question – thanks for posing it. In our experience with Weebly,their up-time is fantastic. I think over the past 3 years that we have used Weebly, we only experienced 1 or 2 temporary downtime. The first outtage was about 20 minutes or so, and the second time was a DoS (denial of service), which wasn’t their fault at all. So I would say Weebly’s up-time is really good.

      As for Bluehost, I’m not too sure as haven’t used them extensively. But Bluehost is really a Tier 1 hosting service and have a solid reputation. I’m sure they got this reputation from having solid up-time as well.

      Hope this helps.

      - Jeremy

  24. Ryan April 16, 2013 at 5:54 AM #

    I just realized Weebly was offered through Bluehost. I was gonna do some research and write a review on it but of course, you have done a thorough job already. Thanks for the info.

    So people who want Weebly on their own domain name and also want email have to host their email with their domain registrar I guess? I’ve never thought about that until reading your pros and cons here.

    • Jeremy & Connie April 16, 2013 at 9:35 AM #

      Hi Ryan –

      You can also use Google Business Apps which allows you to create your own custom email address using your domain name. What you need to do is insert a snippet of code in your website (Google will provide this) to confirm that you have ownership of the website and domain name, and you’re on your way to creating custom email addresses with Google!

      We do this with our email addresses as we are used to the Gmail interface. The monthly cost of using this App is US$4.16 which is well worth it in our minds.

      But of course, if you signed up with Bluehost, you’ll get free email addresses anyway, though I’m not sure what email user interface you will be using. We prefer Gmail and the monthly cost is a cup of fancy coffee so we thought we can cut back on a cup of coffee :)

      - Jeremy

  25. Tom March 18, 2013 at 11:28 AM #

    Thank you, authors! I am a novice who built a site for a recreational event I manage. I built the site with DreamWeaver, and have recently tried Weebly. What a difference…now I’m going to try to replace the old site with what I built from scratch.
    I’ll definitely be crossing my fingers when I hit “Publish”!

    • Jeremy & Connie March 18, 2013 at 6:36 PM #

      Hey Tom – yes Weebly does indeed make website building a much more pleasant experience. Glad you are finding them helpful thus far. Good luck on completing your website!