Weebly vs WordPress – What’s the Difference?

Last updated on November 6, 2015

Weebly vs WordPressHaving a tough time choosing between Weebly vs WordPress?  Including how easy or difficult they are to use, the pros and cons of each website builder?

You’re not alone.

This is a highly debated topic and it’s one that’s very confusing at times.  But in this article, including the video below, we’re going to explore fully the differences between Weebly and WordPress – in non-technical way so it’s easy to understand!

But first, let’s go over what exactly is Weebly and what is WordPress.

Weebly vs WordPress Comparison Table – If you prefer a table / chart based analysis, click here to see it.

Weebly Overview

Weebly is one of the easiest website builders in the market.  They allow you to drag and drop content into a website, so it’s very intuitive to use (click here to see our opinion on Weebly).

By using Weeby’s website building elements, you can literally drag them into your website and have a website built relatively quickly, and painlessly.  The beauty of this system is that you can pretty much drag the elements to wherever you want – so it’s not very restrictive on where and how you place your website content.

Weebly’s elements include pictures, paragraphs, videos, buttons, maps, contact forms – basically all the basics for website building.

WordPress Overview

WordPress is often known as a blogging tool for people who want to blog about their interests.  However, nowadays, WordPress is being used on non-blog websites, including e-Commerce websites.

There is a much larger community supporting WordPress, mainly because they have a lot of different designers and programmers that provide services and build tools (such as plugins) for WordPress users.  So finding WordPress experts is relatively easy.

This is why a WordPress has gained a lot of attention and is favored, because the support community is extensive and you will always be able to find help there (for a fee of course!)

The disadvantage of WordPress is that it is a lot more difficult to use, especially when compared to using Weebly.

There is a reason why the support community (i.e. designers and programmers) for WordPress is extensive – most people using WordPress have a harder time learning how to use it properly due to technical challenges, and hiring WordPress specialists to help build or maintain a website is definitely more expensive than Weebly.

On the other side of the coin, you can do a lot more complex functions with WordPress, but you will need to either be proficient at using it, or be willing to hire someone to build it for you.

Video Comparison of Weebly vs WordPress

You can find all sorts of Weebly vs WordPress comparisons on the internet, but here is a video that will highlight the differences.  It’s created by DivTag Templates who are one of the premium Weebly templates provider.  They will highlight the key differences between Weebly vs WordPress in a simple, and easy to follow way.

As you can see, building a WordPress site is not as easy as Weebly.  The main benefit of Weebly is that you can see thing getting built directly in front of your eyes.  Weebly gives you a more intuitive way of building websites.

Weebly vs WordPress Comparison Table – If you prefer a table / chart based analysis, click here to see it.

Why Choose Weebly?

Here are some reason why one should try Weebly to build websites:

  • You want to build a website rather easily and quickly
  • Don’t have time to learn and become proficient with WordPress
  • Don’t want to spend a lot of money (since you may need to hire WordPress specialists to build your ideal website)
  • Don’t mind having a simple, yet elegant website that you can build by yourself.

But before you make your final decision, here are a few more things for you to consider….

Final Thoughts on Weebly vs WordPress

In summary, there really is no “right or wrong” decision when you are trying to decide whether Weeby or WordPress is more suitable for you.  

But you should really understand the differences between Weebly and WordPress, and consider what is more important for you given the advantages and disadvantages that’s listed above.

If you want to build a very intricate and complicated website, WordPress can probably do that for you – mind you, you may have to spend some money to hire help.

But if you want to build a simple yet elegant website yourself, without having to deplete a lot of time trying to figure out how WordPress works, then using Weebly is one of the best website builders in the market today.

For a comprehensive overview that summarizes the pros and cons of Weebly as well as its functionalities, visit the Weebly Review here.

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About Jeremy Wong

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


About Jeremy Wong

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

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133 Responses to Weebly vs WordPress – What’s the Difference?

  1. Nydia October 24, 2015 at 12:30 PM #

    Hi Jeremy!

    Thank you very much for posting this comparison. I will stay with Weebly. Now I remember why I did not stay with WP.

    Puerto Rico

    • Jeremy Wong October 26, 2015 at 11:02 AM #

      Hey Nydia,

      No problem. Glad our discussions here are helpful to you!


  2. Julie W B August 29, 2015 at 2:07 PM #

    I’ve a digital product I’m going to be selling thru/on Clickbank. I’ve already got the hosting, domain name & registered doman name, etc. I downloaded the free WordPress website builder, (recommended), but am having a real tough time & slow attempting to build my simple website (Pitch page & thank-you page that Clickbank requires). I’ve NEVER built a website; and am now wishing I’d picked Weebly.

    How do I delete WordPress as my website, i.e. “unregister it with my doman name as I want to keep some domain name); and then install & start with Weebly. I kow it much be a technical process of some kind to get Weebly to replace WordPress in this instance. Actually, I’ve barely started building the site and have already spent HOURS trying to learn it. Help! THANKS !

    p.s. Does Weebly have different fonts one can choose from?

    • Jeremy Wong August 31, 2015 at 11:28 AM #

      Hey Julie,

      If you want to delete your WordPress site, you can probably reach out to your hosting service’s support team and ask them to help you with that.

      As for setting up a website with Weebly, you don’t need to get extra hosting service for that, as Weebly.com provides you with hosting already. All you need is an email address to sign up with them and start building your website. No extra hosting required.

      Regarding domain names, you can go to your domain name registrar and point your domain name to your Weebly website. You can visit Weebly’s help page and type in “Domain” in the search bar to find more help articles on how to do this.

      Yes you can choose different fonts to use with Weebly!

      Good luck!


  3. Heather Carter August 22, 2015 at 9:35 AM #

    I love using Weebly to build my sites, but, I had a website designer tell me that google, yahoo, and other search engines don’t “like” Weebly sites as much as WordPress sites. So if my concern is being found on search engines and optimizing my site, which platform is better? I have a website that has been very successful that I built through Weebly. I am getting ready to start another and I am trying to decide which way to go. I realize there are many other factors which make a site “searchable,” but whatever I can do at this stage to make it better I want to try. Thanks for your input.

    • Jeremy Wong August 24, 2015 at 5:07 PM #


      That’s a really tough question to answer as there are so many different variables to consider. Google has over 200 ranking factors and so it’s practically impossible to know which website building platform will ultimate make you more successful.

      Generally speaking, most people would say that WordPress is better for SEO. But that is not always the case, as you mentioned yourself, SEO is much more than just picking the right website builder.

      There are plenty of WordPress sites out there that rank very poorly despite the owners working really hard to get their sites to rank well. And I’ve also seen websites built with Weebly rank incredibly well (top spots on Google search results).

      So at the end of the day, you should factor in which website builder you prefer to work with. WordPress is a bit more technical and if you’re going at it alone, you’re going to have to play the role of being the system administrator as well. You’ll have to manage any WordPress updates, plugins updates, thoroughly test to make sure any updates didn’t crash any functions, worry about hosting, security, etc.

      Also, if you’re hiring someone to help you and you’re not confident with using WordPress, you might have to email the person to make even small changes. With Weebly, you can just go in there and make the updates yourself.

      So there are many different factors you should consider when you decide between Weebly or WordPress.

      I’d say pick the one that you love working with, do a really great job in creating valuable content on your website, and promote the heck out of it. In my own view, that is more constructive. But that’s just my own opinion!

      Hope this gives you something to think about!


    • SiteBetter August 31, 2015 at 12:23 PM #

      Those Weebly (and other site like it) sites have TONS of code. That’s what happens when you use a templated one-size-fits-all solution. Google likes clean code that is faster to load. People like it, too. If you are really starting up a business, your best option is to spend some money and get a web designer to help you with your problem. A small 3 or 4 page website may only cost you a few hundred dollars from a web designer just starting out.

      • Jeremy Wong September 1, 2015 at 5:14 PM #

        Hi there,

        I think to really make a meaningful difference in terms of clean codes, a few hundred dollars will most likely just be barely scratching the surface, especially if one hires a capable coder who knows what he / she is doing.

        At the end of the day, Google has over 200 ranking factors, and having cleaner codes is a very small part of the overall evaluation.

        But yes, the ability to hire a coder to alter the codes of a website is a perk that WordPress offers. But I just don’t want our readers to think that once the codes are streamlined, then Google will automatically rank the site high in search results.

        Thanks for adding to this discussion!


  4. Ginza George August 13, 2015 at 11:19 PM #


    I’ve shared everywhere I could.


    • Jeremy Wong August 14, 2015 at 11:04 AM #

      Thanks so much!

  5. Carla August 5, 2015 at 3:38 AM #

    Hey Jeremy, awesome article, I’m so glad that I found it!! I am in the process of setting up my website, started with Wix but found it to be frustrating and I wasn’t happy with the appearance. A colleague sent me your way and I’m sure glad he did!!

    I paid $81 yesterday to Bluehost to set up a blog. I then had to install WordPress as part of the set up. Then when I wanted to set it up in the WP-admin it just said there was an error. A 403 error? I’m assuming this was because I didn’t have my website live yet (I hope!) I’m sooooo frustrated as I’m not techy AT ALL and the thing that was meant to take 15 minutes took 3 hours, lol!

    My question is, should I get my money back from Bluhost and just do my website and blog as one with Weebly? It sound almost too good to be true! I purchased a domain name earlier this year and am new to online marketing but really ready to take the leap. I need to have a webpage that links to a blog, Facebook etc, and have links to other programs. It’s seems very overwhelming and Weebly sounds like it might be the answer.

    I’m also on a limited budget right now, being in the set up phase of my business and Weebly seems cost effective. ANY advice will be so super welcome to this budding techno wiz.

    • Jeremy Wong August 5, 2015 at 1:02 PM #

      Hi Carla,

      If you’re not too technically savvy, or don’t have the interest in learning codes and playing system admin, then Weebly could potentially be a good option for you. Sounds like you tried Wix before, so I’m sure you have a sense of how drag and drop website builders work.

      One thing you can consider is to just sign up for a free Weebly account and just play around with it. See if you like their user interface and if you like some of their design templates. That’s really one of the best ways to assess them.

      The good thing is that you know that WordPress is most likely not for you, so you’re ahead in the game in discovering what works best for you.

      Since you’ve tried Wix already, have a look at our Wix versus Weebly discussion here, which might be helpful to you.


  6. Hani August 3, 2015 at 7:27 AM #

    Hi, I know this post is somewhat old but have you heard of blogginger.com? I want to start a blog; not for a business or anything, just for fun. I’m not sure which site to use. I would use blogger but it seems like blogger can delete your blog without any reason whenever they want. I don’t want that to happen. I can’t do anything like upgrading or paying for a self host site (not sure if that’s what it’s called). WordPress.com has limited space so that’s also out. I am thinking of weebly but I’m still not sure

    • Jeremy Wong August 3, 2015 at 10:24 AM #

      Hi Hani,

      For most of the website builders, if you violate their “Terms & Conditions” of using a website, then they can close down your account without any warning.

      While this is quite rare, I have seen it happen. The violation will have to be pretty deliberate (such as having sexual content, hate content, etc).

      You can definitely read through each website builder’s own Terms & Conditions to see if your website may potentially violate them or not.

      The main reason why this rule is put in place by most (if not all) website builders, is that at the end of the day, the content is hosted on their servers and they want discretion on what content may be deemed offensive and may potentially introduce legal issues for them (at least that’s what I think, and I’m not a lawyer!)

      Hope this helps a bit.


  7. Ashley F July 27, 2015 at 7:06 AM #

    A while ago, I wrote an article about Weebly which highlights most of the fantastic features Weebly has to offer. Before choosing Weebly, I tried Shopify, WordPress, Squarespace and a couple of others. My reasons for choosing Weebly as my final stop wasn’t simply because of how easy it is to use (although that’s definitely a plus). In my opinion, the simplicity of Weebly is just the icing on the cake!

    I received a couple of suggestions from my network to try WordPress, and I figured it was at least worth a shot. My first impression of WordPress was that it was just too busy. I don’t think more is necessarily better when it comes to options. I was immediately overwhelmed. When I finally gathered my bearings enough to figure out where the themes were for my website, I was disappointed with the selection. None of the themes WP offered blew me away. I do agree that WP has many followers which means that the options for community support are great, but that one benefit wasn’t enough to keep there.

    Weebly has GORGEOUS themes! Instead of how it was on WP where I couldn’t find one theme that I liked, Weebly had so many amazing themes that I had a hard time choosing which one I loved the most! As far as the drag and drop features, Weebly offers all the basics, plus other features which are more complex and original. For instance, you can drag and drop forums, reservation/booking calendars and other specialty items right onto your website.

    You mentioned that there are a lot of add-ins for WP sites, I agree. However, in my experience, many widget developers are creating versions of their widgets for WP and any other “regular” website. As long as you can get a code snippet, you can use it on a Weebly site. Just drag and drop the embed code feature, paste in the code and wah lah! You’ve got just about any widget or feature you could ever want! Bonus tip: try https://www.powr.io/plugins for a gold mine of Weebly ready widgets and plugins.

    I use Weebly for myself and for my clients. I have created a small army of Weebly lovers! Both my clients and myself receive compliments on our sites from our visitors almost daily. People can’t even believe these sites were made on Weebly.

    I would recommend choosing at least a Starter plan (although I use Pro plan personally) so that you can completely personalize your Weebly site. And on that note, Weebly offers one of, if not the most affordable options in the business. If you have $30, you have enough to create an amazing website and host it on Weebly for 6 months. How can you beat it?

    • Jeremy Wong July 27, 2015 at 11:23 AM #

      Wow thanks for sharing your thoughts in detail Ashley! I really appreciate you for adding to this discussion here!


  8. Bek April 9, 2015 at 4:52 AM #

    Hi Jeremy

    Are you able to help me make the weebly footer invisible? I’ve followed other tutorials but it doesn’t seem to work – have inserted ‘ visibility:hidden;’ before the end colon in the footer section of the css.

    What am I missing?! Or do I just need to upgrade to Pro?


    • Jeremy Wong April 10, 2015 at 6:06 PM #

      Hi Bek,

      To remove the Weebly footer advertisement, you will have to upgrade to at least their Starter plan (see more discussions here about their plans).

      So the footer advertisement is visible only for the free plans and that’s mandatory (in trade off to be able to build a website for free).


    • The Angelwing July 11, 2015 at 8:06 AM #

      Wanna make weebly footer invisible ?

      1. Upgrade to Pro account


      2. Meddle with HTML and CSS code to add floating layer at the bottom of your web page in fixed position, do not erase or change anything in the template, just add something, that should work well.

  9. Margaret Mair April 6, 2015 at 6:15 PM #

    Hello, Jeremy –

    I found my way here looking for information on the differences between Weebly and WordPress, since I am looking at recreating my website. I have one active, two fairly active and one inactive blog on WordPress, so I’m familiar with using it, and find it easy enough for what I do now even without much knowledge of code. In fact, I enjoy it’s blogging features, including the community of bloggers found there.

    But moving on from my current use will mean spending more time learning how to customize, and time for learning such things is in short supply right now. After reading your articles and the discussion after it I’m inclined to use Weebly for the framework of the website, integrate the WordPress blog, and then take time to consider next steps.

    Thank you for all the information you provided, in the discussion as well as in the article, and thank you to others for their questions and responses as well. Very useful!

    • Jeremy Wong April 8, 2015 at 6:29 PM #

      Hi Margaret,

      Thank you for taking the time to share your comment with us. I really appreciate it!

      While WordPress is not as easy to use as Weebly, if a user is content with just using the basic functions, it’s not “super” challenging to build a blog site. But as you said, once you want to take the site to the next level, it’s inevitable that one will have to learn code or hire that out.

      While Weebly doesn’t have as comprehensive set of blogging tools as WordPress, the biggest benefit is that you can get a site running in a very short period of time without worrying too much about the technical aspect of website building (especially if you are using WordPress.org).

      Thanks for dropping your comment and adding to this discussion!


  10. bleu March 18, 2015 at 9:36 PM #

    Thank you for calrifying Weebly! I personally love self hosted WordPress and the freedom, plus control it gives me.

  11. Laszlo March 3, 2015 at 9:02 AM #

    Hi Jeremy!

    Congratulations for your very instructive website! You do a very good and necessary job!

    I am an IT geek but not specialist in website building. Actually, I hate HTML , CSS, PHP , etc, use them only because I am forced to. I am a mathematician and a high level languages programer. For a long time I look for (wonder if exist at all) a tool which COMBINES the ease of use of Weebly, and the possibility to implement complex algorithms on the created webpage’s backend.

    To be more precise and clear, I have already a website hosted on a leased server and my own domain name (using wordpress). I must keep this configuration because on the backend I have a complex program which uses Mathematica (the world’s best data crunching program ever) to get, convert, calculate and visualize many data on my website.

    So, I’m looking for a tool which allows me to build easily a webpage in a WYSIWYG manner but in the same time allows me to put complex algorithms (in HTML or Java) to put “behind a button” placed on the page. Does Weebly allow me such a thing? Has it buttons (or other event triggers) which could initiate custom modules (algorithms) to be executed on that webpage (server)?

    Additionally, could I build a page in Weebly and copy-paste the generated HTML/CSS code in a wordpress page on my site? Are they compatible? What must I do to achieve this?

    Thank you for your attention, waiting for your reply (or anybody’s else who could help me).


    • Jeremy Wong March 3, 2015 at 5:55 PM #

      Hi Laszlo,

      I’m not entirely sure. But with Weebly there is an “embed code” element where you can insert your own codes. You can also include some styling codes so that a button appears on the front end and when clicked will execute the codes you have behind the button.

      Best way to see is to actually test it out. You can create a free site with Weebly and can quickly give it a go.

      As for export, Weebly does have a function so you can export the HTML / CSS codes of your website. But I don’t think you’ll be able to import that directly into WordPress without tweaking the codes to ensure compatibility.

      But you can definitely export codes and import it into a server. I discussed this in a bit more detail in our Weebly review article here. There is a link to an older video that illustrates this process.


      • Laszlo March 4, 2015 at 4:52 AM #

        Thanks Jeremy! Definitely will try it and give you a feedback. Laszlo

  12. Shell in San Diego February 18, 2015 at 10:43 AM #

    Thanks Jeremy! Exactly what I needed- an UP to DATE comparison for a novice.

    • Jeremy Wong February 18, 2015 at 10:11 PM #

      You’re very welcome Shell! Glad our discussions are helpful to you.


  13. Robert Nelson February 9, 2015 at 8:15 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    I find your reviews to be excellent.

    I have been trying to use Weebly Pro for a couple weeks but am having functionality issues. I have a new Dell computer running Windows 7 Pro and am using Internet Explorer. The first problem (unresolved) is changing title font colors. I have to exit the designer and re-log in for the change to take place. The second problem is trying make a bulleted list. The first item only gets a bullet. In googling this I found a Facebook web from 2011 wherein a Weebly user reported exactly the same issue. The Weebly rep in the thread was saying it was a complex problem only related to Internet Explorer and that to fix it would break the functionality of other browsers that work fine for bullet. I also found the bullet functionality did not work using a Surface Pro with Windows 8.1 Pro and Internet Explorer.

    So, in your experience, is there a difference in functionality due to selection of web browser? Do you do reviews using multiple browsers? Also, I saw some IT pros saying that Weebly generates “sloppy” code that can cause issues with SEO. Can you comment on that?

    Thanks in advance, I really want Weebly to work for me and probably could download and use a different browser is necessary but so far my experience with Weebly has been problematic.


    • Jeremy Wong February 9, 2015 at 2:33 PM #

      Hi Bob,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      I think generally Internet Explorer (“IE”) is not the most popular browser out there (amongst users and software developers). The consensus is that IE loads slower than more popular browsers such as Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and that IE doesn’t adopt to newer coding standards.

      This is a bit of a chicken and the egg discussion, as a lot of developers that are on the leading edge of building software applications don’t like how “unfriendly” IE is, so they don’t really pay as much attention to it, leading to software not displaying / used well when using IE.

      So one of the easiest way to remedy this is to just use Weebly with Chrome or Firefox, which are free for you to download and use. IE is losing market share pretty quickly and it’s a huge problem for Microsoft, and so they just announced that they are scrapping IE altogether and have built a brand new browser to replace IE (this suggests that they’re admitting that IE is not working out for them).

      As for SEO, I think all critiques will have cons to say about any platform. But in my view, we’ve been able achieve high rankings with websites built with Weebly before. Website codes are only 1 of hundreds of ranking factors that Google consider, so I personally wouldn’t be too obsessed with this single ranking factor.

      There are other ranking factors that Google view as more important, and are more “branding” related. Such as how many people are discussing your website, linking to your website (a sign of endorsement), sharing your website content in social media, etc. I think if you spend more of your efforts in promoting your content, that’s going to have a much higher impact on search results ranking.

      Obviously, for people to share / endorse your web content, your content as to be outstanding and helpful! So I’d focus more energy there instead of messing around with technology if you’re really not interested in it.

      In any case, that’s just my own view and I’m sure if you ask 10 people all 10 people will have differing opinions!


  14. KeiraBlogs February 4, 2015 at 12:38 PM #

    Hello! I found this site VERY HELPFUL and I apologise that I am not on any social medias so I cannot like it. I recommend weebly to anyone who is in need of a simple, FREE and lasting website! I use it myself and I am (KeiraBlogs.weebly.com) please check it out! Thanks again to Jeremy for this post it helped me enormously!


  15. Steve February 3, 2015 at 2:44 PM #

    Hello Folks,

    Great content, I got a lot out of it. This is my first day researching for a platform onto which
    I would like to build a e-commerce site. Now, my focus is simply a advertising angle that assists (
    along w/ social media and video) my clients in having exposure in the local business market.

    It is a narrow niche (dentistry, chiropractors, etc.) so my SEO approach is the use of Video as the primary optimization tool.

    I have been looking at Weebly and also Squarespace. Squarespace is paid but they do have some attempt at SEO for you and too their themes come across as more e-commerce and professionally sharp.

    What say you. All input is most appreciated.

    Thank You for your time,


    • Jeremy Wong February 3, 2015 at 7:08 PM #

      Hi Steve,

      I think both website builders are great, but you’re right in that Squarespace does offer you better looking templates.

      I think both web builders are very capable for building a good website, so perhaps it comes down to design template selection which makes a huge part of a website.

      Also, both of their user interfaces are quite different. Weebly is easier to use in my view, but Squarespace is pretty good too. So it’s worth your time to sign up for free accounts with both builders to see which one you like better!


  16. Wendi January 28, 2015 at 7:52 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thank you for the informative article. I’ve been playing around with Weebly. It certainly seems like an inexpensive choice for someone starting out. I have a few questions I can’t seem to find answers for on the Weebly site I’m hoping you can help me with.

    1) Are their widgets for popular and recent blog posts? What about related posts to display at the bottom of a post?
    2) For someone interested in doing a food blog, is there a recipe format that’s optimized for search engines?
    3) Is there a star rating plug in for recipe blog posts?
    4) Is there a star rating/review system for products?

    Many thanks

    • Jeremy Wong January 28, 2015 at 8:30 PM #

      Hi Wendi,

      Weebly is definitely easier to use compared to WordPress, but they are not as flexible in terms of adding a lot of features / tools. WordPress is an open source platform, meaning that a lot of developers can build tools for WordPress.

      Having said that, WordPress definitely has a lot more “blog” and “rating” oriented tools. But of course, you’ll have to learn how to use WordPress proficiently first.

      For Weebly, there isn’t a related / most popular blog post feature yet but I know it’s a highly requested feature. Hopefully Weebly will build that into their blog function sooner rather than later.

      They don’t have any recipe format tools either.

      You can insert review or rating widgets through Weebly’s embed code element. Take a look at PollDaddy as I know they have free rating widgets for you to use and you can embed those into your Weebly site.


      • Wendi January 29, 2015 at 7:44 AM #

        Thank you for your reply, Jeremy. I appreciate the Polldaddy suggestion. I’ll look into it.

        Yes, it is easy to create a simple website quickly with Weebly. In fact, it’s the perfect solution to my husband’s business. I created a beautiful site using one of their free stock images in an hour! His needs are simple: Home, About, and Contact pages (maybe a Portfolio page down the line). He’s a boat builder and not much of a techie, so it’s a fantastic solution. He’s been putting of making a site for years and I’m so happy to find this tool. Your current reviews brought Weebly to my attention (I had dismissed it previously due to poor reviews dated last year). Thank you!

        However, my needs are more complex. For blogging I’m finding basic features in WP are non-existent in Weebly. Widgets like popular/recent/related posts are pretty standard blog fare, so it’s a glaring absence in the Weebly product. I’m also shocked there’s no easy way to add a table to a blog post. Their help site focuses on showing people how to use the drag and drop editor features and lacks showing how to do other things website owners want (tables for example!) that are not built into their product. I wish they’d be upfront in their help files about what it doesn’t do and post the work around options. I contacted them about tables, and they did get back to me with a work around, but I doubt I’m the first to ask.

        The nice thing about Weebly is that it’s basic features are free with no trial period, so you have time to play around with no pressure. I’d encourage anyone to give it a whirl. You’ll find what’s missing for your needs pretty quickly.

        One last question, I imagine things I’m looking for are often requested features. Does Weebly provide any sort of product development road map? Thank you in advance!

        • Jeremy Wong January 30, 2015 at 1:52 PM #

          Hi Wendi,

          Weebly doesn’t have a product road map (not that I’ve seen one anyway) but they do have a features request page where people can make requests. That’s about it! But I’d imagine that these features, as you said, are pretty basic and so hopefully they will introduce those soon!

          Alternatively you can take a look at Squarespace. Their blog set up does have a bit more features such as featured posts, summary blocks. Worth checking out!


  17. Robin January 26, 2015 at 5:17 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I’d to ask which of the sites you’ve reviewed are open source? Supposing I try one and want to move the content to another. Also, who owns the content of each of these sites. Do I retain ownership and control of the content? ie: Photos of 3d artwork.

    Thanks so much.



    • Jeremy Wong January 26, 2015 at 3:33 PM #

      Hi Robin,

      You will retain ownership of all your content no matter which website builder you use, I think because you created them, and also due to liability issues for the web builders (they don’t want ownership of bad content so to speak!)

      WordPress is the only open source platform that we’ve discussed on our website. All the other drag and drop web builders are closed source so they can maintain tight control over their features to provide to their users.


  18. Aaron January 17, 2015 at 6:27 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I’ve been asked to set up a simple(ish) website for a non-profit organization and am weighing up the pros and cons of WP and Weebly. My client has one of two design requests that don’t seem to be standard features of either WP or Weebly themes:

    1) Subpages appearing in a sidebar rather than as drop-down from a horizontal menu
    2) Ability for people to submit details via website to signup for newsletter

    How easy do you think it would be achieve these in either WP or Weebly. Also, how customizable are the colour schemes of Weebly themes?


    • Jeremy Wong January 18, 2015 at 12:17 PM #

      Hi Aaron,

      Unfortunately Weebly doesn’t have a menu bar feature where they display the main menu items on a horizontal bar at the top, and subpages on a submenu bar on a sidebar.

      One work around which is pretty manual, is to create a sidebar menu yourself using their text element, then hyperlinking the text to other subpages. But this can be a bit painful if you are constantly updating your pages.

      I’m sure there is a template for this with WordPress, but I can’t say that I’ve seen one before. Or you can certainly hire a capable WordPress developer to create it for you – just an option.

      As for newsletter sign ups, you can check out Aweber or Mailchimp. Both allow you to create newsletter sign up forms, where people can submit their names and emails to get on your newsletter list.

      Once you have it set up, they’ll give you a snippet of code to insert into your website (either WordPress or Weebly are fine) and once you embed the code, the sign up form will show up on your site.

      Hope this helps!


    • Bobby May 20, 2015 at 5:11 AM #

      I think weebly does have some themes where you could have a vertical menu options .just glance through some of the templates.

  19. Laura @ Raise Your Garden January 16, 2015 at 6:08 AM #

    I found this article extremely helpful. Right now I use Weebly and love the ease of using it….however, are people less likely to find me in google searches than on wordpress? Am I getting less traffic because I’m in Weebly or does it not make a difference?

    • Jeremy Wong January 16, 2015 at 3:38 PM #

      Hi Laura,

      Good question. I’ve written quite a bit about this in another discussion about Wix here.

      But here is what I wrote (I’ve also substituted Weebly for Wix, but the principle behind my point is the same):

      “That’s a really good question, and a rather difficult one to answer with certainty.

      I think that just by setting up a website, and not doing anything to “convince” Google that your website is worthy of showing in search results, then for sure a website’s chances of appearing in search results will be very low. It doesn’t matter which website builder you are using.

      Google’s intent is to display websites that they believe will be helpful in answering people’s search for information, and there are a lot of ways they “score” your website to determine where you should appear in their search results. For instance, how many other websites link to your site (suggesting that they endorse your website and content), how much social signals your website is creating (are people sharing your site with others), how much content you have on your site and how frequent do you generate that content, etc.

      All these “signals” just tells Google if you are worthy of being ranked high, and whether your content is helpful to people searching for information.

      So if you set up even a Weebly website, and invest time and energy into creating helpful content, share them with people, ask your readers to share your website, asking others to link to your website, this sends appropriate signals to Google, then it’s really up to Google to see where you should be placed in search results.

      There are a lot of discussions about this topic on the internet. Some are good, some are not so good. But the more you study this, the more clarity you’ll have!”

      Hope this gives you a bit of clarity on this topic!


  20. Tati January 16, 2015 at 5:44 AM #

    Bom dia, tenho um site em wordpress, mas gostaria de migrar para weebly, tem como fazer?

    • Jeremy Wong January 16, 2015 at 3:35 PM #

      Hello Tati,

      Based on Google Translate I think this is your question: “Good morning, I have a website in wordpress, but would like to migrate to weebly, is to do?”

      There isn’t an easy way to migrate your website from WordPress to Weebly, as both platforms are very different. So the only way is to rebuild your website in Weebly.

      You definitely need to invest a bit of time in doing that, but if you are sure Weebly is the right platform for you, it’s worth the investment.

      But given Weebly is so easy to use, you can also consider hiring a student (cheaper) to copy and paste your content into Weebly! Most websites are mostly built with pictures and text. So consider hiring someone to insert the text and images for you, and you can just spend some time in formatting your new website in Weebly!


  21. Maria La Frenais January 14, 2015 at 5:03 PM #

    Thank for sending me the guide :)

    • Jeremy Wong January 14, 2015 at 7:43 PM #

      You’re very welcome Maria! Hope you find it helpful!


  22. Joanne January 3, 2015 at 9:50 AM #

    Hi Jeremy!

    Thanks a lot for this comparison, which explained the pros and cons really well. As a person with mild learning difficulties who isn’t good with tech, I decided to choose Weebly.

    • Jeremy Wong January 4, 2015 at 5:47 AM #

      Hi Joanne,

      I think that’s a really good choice as I think Weebly is hands down one of the most user friendly web builders in the market today. Good luck with building your site!


  23. Jozsef December 8, 2014 at 10:00 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    A few questions about weebly if I may,

    1. Do I need to host using their hosting, or can i export and host myself?

    2. Question 1 is because I am in Australia and am worried about the site lagging, or do they have servers in Australia?

    3. If I wish to sell a service/a few services, is it easy to set up a paypal/credit card payment system?

    4. I am looking to build and host websites for small businesses, would you recommend weebly? Is there a limit as to how many sites I can host/edit?

    5. Do you have any tips/links for SEO for weebly?

    Thank you!



    • Jeremy Wong December 9, 2014 at 7:19 PM #

      Hi Jozsef,

      1) Weebly hosts all the websites for you. But if you want to export your website codes you can do that, but then if you want to make any edits to the websites you’ve exported, you will have to manually do that in the codes, which is very challenging if you are not very proficient with coding. We have a lot more discussion about this in our full review of Weebly.

      2) Weebly uses CDN which distributes all your website content all over the world, so that the sites hosted with Weebly will load relatively quickly. So I wouldn’t worry too much about that.

      3) Yes. Weebly has ecommerce tools that is fully integrated with different payment gateways. See our discussion on weebly’s ecommerce tools here.

      4) Weebly has a designer platform where you can use it to power your web design business. So your customers won’t know that you’re using Weebly but thinks that the drag and drop builder is yours (you can brand it that way).

      5) There are a lot of tips about SEO online! This topic is so massive that I won’t have enough space to write here (and it’s a bit beyond the scope of our discussions here)

      Hope this helps!


  24. Kerry October 14, 2014 at 1:33 AM #

    Hi, can you tell me how to set up a facebook feed in Weebly. And can I get a FREE facebook feed going?! Thanks, Kerry

  25. Lily October 13, 2014 at 8:29 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I need to ask some questions if you don’t mind to answer me. Thanks.

    I have been using Weebly for years but recently I have built some sites with WP. Your points are real because to do good job with WP one needs more time especially when is used to the easy management of Weebly.

    My first question: if I move my WP sites to Weebly Pro, I read you said that I need to do it singularly, how about the domain? How can I switch them to Weebly?

    If I need to add auto responder to Weebly, is it ok?

    Can I manage with optin with Weebly?

    Thank you for the moment!

    • Jeremy Wong October 13, 2014 at 3:20 PM #

      Hey Lily,

      You can just disconnect your domain name to your WordPress site, and reconnect it to your Weebly site. If you visit Weebly’s help page, click on “Domain Name” and you will see more instructions.

      For auto responders, yes you can set one up with Weebly. I’m assuming you already have your opt-in forms set up with your auto responder already. Get the codes from your auto responder software, then insert it into your Weebly page using the “embed code” element, then it should show up!

      – Jeremy

  26. Carolyn October 11, 2014 at 1:34 AM #

    Hi, Jeremy.

    Thanks very much for the comparisons between Weeby, Wix and WordPress.

    I’m going to try Weebly.

    Am currently on WordPress and need to move everything over to Weebly.

    Please advise how I can do that without losing my data.

    Thank you!

    • Jeremy Wong October 12, 2014 at 1:01 PM #

      Hi Carolyn,

      Glad our discussions have been helpful! Weebly is a very easy website builder to use so I’m hopeful that you’ll really enjoy using it and expressing your creativity without touching codes!

      Regarding migration, unfortunately there isn’t a way to easily port your content from WordPress over to Weebly. You will have to re-upload your images, and copy and paste your text content over. So that will take a bit of an investment of your time.

      The upside is that you only have to do it once, and if Weebly simplifies life for you, it’s well worth it!

      One option is to hire a temporary assistant to help you do that. Maybe you can find someone either on Fiverr.com, oDesk or Elance.

      – Jeremy

  27. Julia August 25, 2014 at 4:45 AM #

    Hello Jeremy,

    I have a Weebly site which I have built myself. I am having issues getting it ranked on google and specialists I have spoken to have told that Weebly is not useful when it comes to google ranking and therefore I should move my site across to WordPress.

    We are a 100% online business so google organic rankings are a critical part of our success.

    Is this true in your opinion ?

    Thanks Julia

    • Jeremy Wong August 25, 2014 at 2:05 PM #

      Hi Julia,

      I’ve touched on this subject in various parts of this website (but we have a lot of comments so you might have missed it!)

      In general, a lot of people have had success with SEO with WordPress, but that does not mean that Weebly is any inferior as we’ve personally had success in getting good search rankings with Weebly sites, and we’ve seen a few other Weebly sites as well.

      Consider this. If you created a Weebly and a WP site, and just left it there. I don’t think neither one of these sites will do very well when it comes to ranking.

      SEO takes a lot of hard work. In the example above, if you created a WP site and just left it there, but with the Weebly site you promoted it well, got some authoritative websites to link back to you (giving your site credibility), I’m pretty sure you can outrank your Weebly site compared to the WP site. And the vice versa would also be true, if you spent time doing the right things with your WP site didn’t touch your Weebly site, the WP site will most likely rank much better.

      I guess my point is, just because someone read online that WP is easier to rank and regurgitates this to you, doesn’t mean it’s always true.

      Don’t get caught up on the technicality too much, and focus on promoting and marketing your website / business by spending your energy in creating content that’s worth reading and sharing!

      – Jeremy

  28. Chris August 23, 2014 at 3:47 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I am trying to create a site that would have new videos posted every day in a blog like format, sort of like wimp.com if you’re familiar with it. Anyways, I have a few concerns between weebly and wordpress. The first is which of the two would function better on mobile in terms of design and functionality? The second is can I implement social plugins for twitter and facebook on weebly? And the third is how much would it cost roughly to hire a wordpress developer to help someone like that is code-illiterate to accomplish a project like that?


    • Jeremy Wong August 23, 2014 at 6:40 PM #

      Hi Chris,

      1) I think there is definitely more flexibility for WordPress, and a lot of themes are responsive and look great on mobile devices. However, if you want to make any changes in terms of functionality of styling for the template, it may get a bit more code intensive. So if you are not proficient with codes, you will have to hire someone to help you with this.

      2) Yes you can. Use the “embed code” element from Weebly and then embed the social network codes that you can get directly from Twitter and Facebook!

      3) It really depends! It depends on the quality of the developer, and how complex you want your website to be. So I’ve seen custom built WP websites ranging from around $1,000 to well over $10,000. But for most people, it’s usually somewhere in between. But then again, everybody has unique experiences in terms of developer quality and cost. And they are not always linear (the more you pay the better the developer).

      That’s one of the major frustrations with hiring custom developers, especially if it’s your first time!

      – Jeremy

  29. kerry August 21, 2014 at 3:11 AM #

    Help, I can’t embed a facebook feed from my business FB page onto my weebly home page. Do you have code or a suggestion how to do it? Twitter offers feed code, but darned if I can find something on FB!!!

    • Jeremy Wong August 21, 2014 at 9:44 AM #

      Hi Kerry,

      If you search for Facebook social plugin on Google, you might be able to find the plugins from Facebook for this. Then use the embed code element that Weebly offers you to embed the plugin into your site.

      – Jeremy

  30. Ann August 1, 2014 at 1:06 PM #

    Hi. Which do you recommend for building a website for a professional photographer?

    • Jeremy Wong August 2, 2014 at 9:45 AM #

      Hi Ann,

      I’ve seen professional photographers using Weebly and WordPress, and they were able to make their sites look really good. At the end of the day, as discussed above, I think it really depends on how much effort you want to put into the site, and what you want to get out of it.

      There will be certain things that WP can do, but Weebly can’t. But then WP does have a much higher learning curve, and if you want to incorporate certain functions and if you are not technical, you may have to invest a lot of time into learning codes, or hiring a coder to do it for you.

      Weebly is much easier and friendlier to use, and most people can get a good hang of it within an hour. Most people use Weebly because they don’t have the time or financial resources to build something much more complex.

      So it’s really up to you how you want to do it!

      – Jeremy

  31. Melanie July 30, 2014 at 11:59 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I love this article! I personally like Weebly better than WordPress because when you just drag that element to where you want it, it’s like a 5 year old kid could create a professional website in minutes. Just one question

    If you create a store with Weebly, can you add digital products?

  32. theresa July 17, 2014 at 4:49 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Great article. Question, can I have more than one weebly page?

    • Jeremy Wong July 17, 2014 at 8:41 PM #

      Hi Theresa,

      Yes – you can create as many pages as you want in Weebly.

      – Jeremy

  33. Claire July 16, 2014 at 5:07 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I’ve made a journalism society in my university. I’m hoping to set up a collaborative blog online. The idea is that there might be a central theme one month and students are welcome to post a blog piece, a picture or a video that ties in with the theme.

    My question is weebly or wordpress? the look is important but im not sure how much time I’ll have on my hands.


    • Jeremy Wong July 17, 2014 at 8:51 PM #

      Hey Claire,

      WordPress is more flexible to build a very functional and advanced blog, as you can set up contributors and they can access the platform to post their content.

      The same can be said for Weebly as well, as you can invite users and set them up as contributors as well.

      So both platforms have this ability, and at the end of the day, it’s up to you as to whether you have the appetite to learn how to use WordPress or not. Weebly is very easy to learn to use, but WordPress definitely has more flexibility if you know how to use it properly (some coding knowledge will be very handy).

      – Jeremy

      • Claire July 31, 2014 at 3:00 PM #

        Thanks Jeremy :)

  34. Jan July 15, 2014 at 5:34 PM #

    I have created a site using Weebly – simple. I didn’t create a site in WordPress, but maintain a site by adding posts, videos, a blog, etc. Each site has different goals. The Weebly site is information and reference material for a small company. The WordPress site is for a larger organization that wants to be found more and increase SEO. At least that was my justification for the two, however things are constantly changing.

    So, my question is – In your professional opinion – which platform is best for SEO? I am about to create a third site that I am marketing a book nationally and internationally.

    • Jeremy Wong July 15, 2014 at 5:39 PM #

      Hi Jan,

      I think you should consider which one you feel more comfortable in using as well. If you are proficient with WordPress (don’t mind the steeper learning curve and some codes), then WordPress is a good option to consider as it does have a better framework for SEO.

      But in saying that, that doesn’t mean that your WordPress site will auto-magically rank better than your Weebly site, as there are so many different ranking factors that ultimately determine how your site ranks (authoritative backlinks, social signals, quality content, etc etc).

      So it is definitely possible to rank Weebly sites very well as well.

      Another option you can consider is testing out Squarespace. They have more flexibility when it comes with SEO (compared to Weebly). You can check out our comparison chart here, and also see our in-depth discussion on Squarespace here.

      – Jeremy

  35. Zube July 6, 2014 at 3:03 AM #

    Hey Jeremy,

    I am trying to decide on the best platform to use for a travel blog. As with most, the main features are fairly simple; pictures, text, maybe a map (sometimes) and a way to receive comments.

    Since we will be traveling for several months, a good table of contents would be a useful feature. Ease of use and flexibility are my main criteria since after it is set up we plan to spend only an hour or two every few days updating the blog.

    Any suggestions? I’m currently considering Blogger, Wix and Weebly, and would be OK with a small charge for additional help/features.

    I have read and enjoyed your reviews so your opinion would be valuable.

    • Jeremy Wong July 6, 2014 at 10:59 AM #

      Hey Zube,

      I think something simple to get you up and running, with minimal effort to deal with technology, Weebly is definitely a good candidate (since we think they are the easiest website builder to use).

      But you can also consider using Squarespace (our discussion here) as they have really great looking designs and can really help enhance the design of your travel blog! Squarespace’s blogging features are also excellent as they allow good category / tagging controls, so you can tag / categorize specific countries that you are visiting, or by general themes (such as restaurants you’ve eaten at, museums you’ve visited, etc). They also have “geo tagging” so people know where you’ve posted your blog posts.

      They also have a Calendar Block (just search for it in their Help & Support page) where you can see if you can connect to your blog posts so that people can see what you were up to during specific dates!

      – Jeremy

  36. Pete June 21, 2014 at 9:00 AM #

    Hi Jeremy

    This is a really useful page and I’ve NEARLY made up my mind.

    I teach English as a foreign language (EFL/ESOL) and I want to have a website where I write a blog, publish free useful teaching and learning resources AND where students can book time with me (using Timely Booking) and then meet on Skype and then pay me through paypal.

    What do you recommend?

    Thanks for your time…..Pete

    • Jeremy Wong June 22, 2014 at 9:02 AM #

      Hey Pete,

      I think either WP or Weebly will work – it really depends on how much time you want to invest into learning WP. For a simple blog, WP is easy enough – but if you want to move pieces / content around the page, this may get a bit challenging in comparison to Weebly which you can just drag and drop content around without any hassle at all.

      Weebly allows you to drag your content around easily, and so you can build out your pages quickly. You can ask your potential students to send you a message through your contact form (which you can set up quickly using Weebly) to set up calls.

      You can also insert PayPal payment buttons through Weebly as well.

      So if you want something good, quick and technologically simple – Weebly is the way to go.

      But if you have some background with WP, it will also do a really good job as well. But if you don’t, then there is a bit of a learning curve.

      – Jeremy

  37. Emily Stewart May 22, 2014 at 11:08 PM #

    Hi, Jeremy!

    I am considering the best method for organizing by travel journalism series called BASED. I need a website that will allow me to create Pages: City Guides, a Gallery, a Glossary, Notes, and sections for my sponsors/ partners. Will Weebly allow me to do this? Will WordPress? Or, do I need to beg my web design friends to pretty please build a custom site for me?

    Thank you for your video!! I “Liked” it and will Tweet/ G+ / etc. : )

    -Emily Stewart

    • Jeremy Wong May 24, 2014 at 2:02 AM #

      Hi Emily,

      Thanks for sharing our discussions! I think both Weebly and WordPress will work. The key difference is that Weebly is much easier to use, but it does have flexibility / customization limitations when compared to WordPress.

      While you can definitely create guides, gallery and glossary in Weebly, you may be a bit limited in your creativity (as in how much Weebly’s platform will allow you to do).

      With WordPress, there is much more room to program / code in your own ideas.

      – Jeremy

      • Emily Stewart August 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM #

        Hello Jeremy,

        I just wanted to say thanks again for your help. I am now a happy, Pro-using Weebly business owner. I have a new partner to help me manage the site. After getting through the initial humps to build out a skeleton, I need someone to manage it for me so that I can fill it with content! It’s still a challenging journey but so invigorating. We’re getting visitors, getting recognition, and hopefully (soon) getting money.

        Check it out at ‘www.BASEDtraveler.com

        Thanks again,
        Emily Stewart

    • RUSS May 24, 2014 at 2:25 AM #

      While I am not Jeremy, I am a Weebly user and thought I’d comment. Weebly will do the following – allow you to create pages, insert a photo gallery (and videos if you want!) and by using page layout ‘columns’, you can create ‘sections’ for your sponsors/partners. I don’t quite know what you mean by Glossary and Notes (in the web sense), but Weebly will allow you to ‘search’ its pages. ‘Notes’, it would seem to me, would be just like adding text (you can reduce text size to delineate ‘Notes’ at the bottom of your pages). As for adding City Guides, it depends on what you mean. You could make a PDF of your Guides and put them on your page/s for visitors to download. Or you could include google maps, and include text below. I would also suggest you include a Blog. All these things are easy to do with Weebly – and Weebly instantly makes your pages mobile-friendly – a big plus! What you want can also be done in WordPress – but, I venture to suggest, the learning curve in WP would be enormous for you if you’re not code-capable. Yep, you can get a page custom built – but depending on where you are, it is likely to cost you a lot of money. As a journalist myself (messing in the ‘travel’ area among other genres) I would recommend Weebly. It’s easy, quick, gives great-looking results, and once you get the hang of it, you can tweek it many which ways. Have a look at a couple of sites I have developed, for ideas. These sites could be very much more complex, but you get the idea. http://www.barossatalkingtours.com/ and this: http://www.barossanewsonline.com/ (The Barossa, by the way, is Australia’s premier wine and food region.) Go for it and I hope you’re successful!

  38. Russ April 20, 2014 at 8:02 PM #

    Good site guys…I have been using Weebly for some 3 years and have built some sophisticated sites for clients in tourism, real estate, specialist consultancies and on-line news sites. I have included blogs, images, audio, video, on-line shops and much more. Clearly the drag and drop features of Weebly (and the increasing sophistication of those features by the Weebly team) make the building of even complex sites a breeze. I tried WP in the early days and found it frustrating, and its templates too predictable – I’ve actually had clients ask for websites…”but please don’t make them look like a WP site!”

    I do recommend Weeblers take the time to examine the CSS code for their sites…after a while you can make alterations but ONLY IF YOU WANT TO. By perseverance you can customize templates…but really I only do that because I now can. Weebly has taught me how to read HTML and CSS…and I really enjoy it! You can experiment with changes and see what happens…if you don’t like the changes, don’t ‘save’ them!

    ….and whenever I’ve felt the need for help from the Weebly team, I’ve got answers generally in less than 24 hours…very good considering the time differences between the US and Adelaide Australia where I live.

    The other thing I like about Weebly is that their websites instantly are available as ‘mobile friendly’ sites – very important these days.

    As you can see I heartily recommend Weebly for newbies and experienced website builders alike. For those who want to, check this site of mine as an example… ‘www.barossatalkingtours.com – and happy web building!

    • Jeremy & Connie April 21, 2014 at 12:46 PM #

      Hey Russ,

      Thanks for sharing. I absolutely agree that Weebly actually has a ton of flexibility especially if you know a bit of codes – you can do so much with customizing and styling your template!

      But for those who don’t know any code, it’s not an issue at all as Weebly is one of the easiest website builders to use to build your website – no coding knowledge is required to build your website!

      Thanks for sharing.

      – Jeremy

  39. Tracey March 30, 2014 at 7:13 AM #

    I signed onto your site to gain some knowledge on website tools. I built a site some time ago using FrontPage which was easy to use. I am trying again and WordPress is driving me nuts. I guess Weebly is going to be easier for me as I don’t want to spend a lot of time or money doing a favour for a relative.

    My question is are the any desktop programmes for designing and deploying websites?

    Thanks for your hard work on helping others!

    • Jeremy & Connie March 30, 2014 at 1:43 PM #

      Hey Tracey,

      yes WordPress can have a much higher learning curve, but it is a lot more powerful once you become proficient at it (if you even want to!)

      To be honest, I don’t know of any good desk applications as most of the website builders are not built in the “cloud”, meaning that you have to be connected to the internet to use their website building software. I suspect that this is going to become the norm and all (if not most) desktop applications will be made obsolete in the coming years.

      – Jeremy

    • Tyler January 14, 2015 at 7:44 PM #

      Hi Tracey,

      “My question is are the any desktop programmes for designing and deploying websites?”

      There are various softwares out there – two examples:

      1) http://www.websitex5.com (I guess 5 versions available)


      2) http://www.serif.com/webplus/

  40. becca W March 25, 2014 at 6:57 AM #

    Hi Jeremy and Connie,

    I’ve been stalled on choosing a web builder for some time, and have decided to choose between Weebly and WordPress. I know nothing about code, but it seems your review of WordPress here was about WordPress.org, not WordPress.com. Do you have any opinions on WordPress.com in general or compared to Weebly?

    • Jeremy & Connie March 25, 2014 at 11:34 AM #

      Hi Becca,

      The user interface of WordPress.com is similar, if not almost exactly the same as for WordPress.org. As such, some of the challenges, such as controlling where exactly to place certain content on your page is very WordPress template driven and if you want to modify that, you will need to modify the codes extensively.

      With Weebly, you have the flexibility to drag and drop content wherever you want within pre-determined areas, so it’s a lot easier to arrange content that way.

      In terms of pricing, if you want to remove advertisements and get more tools from WordPress.com, you do have to pay as well!

      Hopefully this helps a bit.

      – Jeremy

  41. nafeez March 21, 2014 at 5:49 AM #

    Dear Jeremy & Connie

    I have a question about using Weebly as a blogging CMS – I currently have a wordpress site but have found it too expensive to rely on other web designers etc to sort stuff out because I don’t know how to do code so am thinking of shifting to Weebly to have more direct control.

    The thing is, we have multiple blogs/editors, so I need to know if Weebly can not just handle having multiple bloggers/blogs/users, but also if there’s a simple way of making sure blog updates are visible on the homepage of a Weebly template.

    With wordpress this can be configured to happen automatically (but of course it depends on the template and tweaking it requires coding). Is there a way of doing this on Weebly simply and without coding? If not, are there any templates which would work for this task and make it simple?

    If Weebly isn’t the best website building solution for this task, could you recommend another service that might work well – I’ve looked at SquareSpace for instance and it looks like it should support this, but doesn’t seem to have the same ease of use as Weebly.

    Any advice would be much appreciate. Thanks so much!


    • Jeremy & Connie March 21, 2014 at 10:47 AM #

      Hello Nafeez,

      With Weebly, there is a function where you can invite administrators, authors or grant dashboard only access to individuals if you want (note that to invite authors and to grand dashboard access only, you will need to be using at least Weebly Pro).

      So for you, you can grant multiple access to authors so that they can manage blog posts for you.

      In regards to blog updates, currently Weebly hasn’t built in this function yet so if you want to display these updates, you will have to manually create them which is a bit tedious. But once you have it set up, you just have to update it once in a while when you insert new blog posts.

      However, SquareSpace does have a function where it will automatically pull update from either your blog or gallery and display them wherever you want on your SquareSpace site. This function is called the Summary Block, which is pretty much what you’re looking for. If you haven’t see our review on Squarespace yet, click here.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

      • Elizabeth April 30, 2014 at 7:18 AM #

        You can use Weebly’s “feed reader” element on the homepage and enter your blog rss address for the feed address. Since the Weebly element reader can’t be customized much that I can tell (link colors, etc.), I found this: http://feed.mikle.com which I used instead. I embedded it on my Weebly homepage using the “embed code” element.

  42. Paul March 10, 2014 at 11:53 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I already have a weebly site and love it. Very simple and easy to use which is why I chose weebly over WordPress.

    I’m starting a new project and want my website where the video content is user generated from members either uploaded by themselves or linked from YouTube and other sites.

    I’ve found a very easy template for this available for wordpress users so I was wondering if there’s anything out there for weebly? Or if it’s possible to make this kind of site using weebly?



    • Jeremy & Connie March 10, 2014 at 12:13 PM #

      Hey Paul,

      With Weebly, you can certainly insert any YouTube videos into your website. However, membership interaction is one of the areas that I know a lot of Weebly users are asking for. I saw on a Weebly blog post recently that they are asking users to provide feedback on membership features that they would like to see, so it sounds like it’s something they’re working on.

      So at the mean time, I’m not entirely sure if Weebly’s existing functions will be helpful for your new project. So it’s worthwhile exploring options with WordPress.

      – Jeremy

  43. Judy Fishel February 13, 2014 at 7:55 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I have three WordPress sites, one with 350 pages and feel quite comfortable using it – though since I started out with WordPress for Dummies and taught myself it took a lot of time and effort to learn.

    I am now creating a free Weebly site of about 20 pages for a program I’m going to do at a local library on using free websites. Yes I’m linking to you in several places. (not yet published)

    There are so many things I like better on Weebly that I’m considering using that for my next large website. I’m surprised that you didn’t mention these in your comparison.

    The columns – I haven’t found anything similar for WP – the ability to change Fonts and Font Sizes and spaces between the lines(I don’t do code). Having some good quality free photos… I normally use Dreamstime. A much better system for cropping photos, being able to have different headers on different pages, the ease of adding and customizing a form and adding a map, of being able to add search wherever you want, being able to see how it looks on mobile devices, the slideshow and gallery, easy to add videos, and I’m sure there’s a lot more.

    I find it difficult to make a similar list for WordPress. I like the idea of loading all my relevant photos and then using them when I’m ready. I don’t know if this can be done on Weebly. I do like a couple of my plugins like broken link and who’s been online.

    You say WordPress is much more powerful. What does this mean? What can I do on WP that I can’t do on Weebly.

    I recently found your site and added it to my favorites. I think you’re doing a great job. Thank you.

    Judy Fishel

    • Jeremy & Connie February 14, 2014 at 3:16 PM #

      Hi Judy,

      If you don’t know much code (or prefer not to code), Weebly definitely caters to that for sure. As “powerful” as WP is, it’s really challenging to get the look you want with a WP website without tweaking the codes (or at least paying someone to do it).

      What I mean by “powerful” is that it has the ability to users to organize information in a much easier way if a website gets larger. WP allows you to insert information in the backend, then “pull” the information to the front end of the website in a very easy way. You don’t have to mess around with drag and drop, then spend a lot of time moving pieces around while adjusting the way it looks. The main reason why is that you can precisely control the look with WP through codes.

      But with drag and drop from weebly, you get to see exactly what your website look in the front end, while not bother with any codes. So it’s really a matter of preference for you and what fits your needs better.

      Also, with WP, there are a lot of good developer creating plugins and add-on’s that can bolt on so much more functionality to a WP website. But again, if your needs for a website doesn’t require you to bolt on a lot of extra functions, then Weebly can still be a really great choice!

      – Jeremy

  44. Mike Daley November 27, 2013 at 11:43 PM #

    Jeremy and Connie,


    Just starting to set up a fairly simple website, and even though I’ve used WordPress a bit in the past I think I’ll try Weebly first.

    Biggest reason:

    — your response below (and apparently in the video, which I haven’t watched yet…:-) that you started with Weebly and then converted to WordPress when your site got too complicated for Weebly.

    I hope that by the time our site needs to be that complicated, we can afford to pay SOMEONE ELSE to do that, LOL!

    Thanks, again.

    • Jeremy & Connie November 28, 2013 at 11:10 PM #

      Hey Mike,

      Thanks for sharing. Weebly is great, but it does have its limitations (such as all web products!)

      The key is to recognize what works best for one’s own situation, factoring time, monetary investment, and also thinking long term as well. It sounds like you’ve thought through the issues and are well on your way!

      Thanks for sharing again!

      – Jeremy

  45. cyndi November 26, 2013 at 10:11 AM #

    Thank you for the honest comparison. Your regular blogs about using weebly helped me to decide to give it a try. And as you state – it may not be perfect, but it has allowed me to stop wasting anymore time in scouring tutorials on using WordPress and to be able to publish my site with a platform I understood how to operate immediately. I am still studying wordpress…and someday I may switch. I wanted to let you know that I linked this article on my last blog entry because I thought you had done the best comparison that I had seen. thanks. Thanks for all you share! I find it more than useful!

    • Jeremy & Connie November 26, 2013 at 5:42 PM #

      Hi Cyndi – thanks for the mention! I really enjoyed reading your post as well – “Less is More”. I’ve also endorse that line of thought : )

      Glad you found our article helpful.

      – Jeremy

  46. Mark Sicking November 18, 2013 at 2:43 PM #

    The link to your Weebly review (http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/weebly-review/)
    is not working. Or at least not working for me. I can get to all your other articles, including the Weebly vs Weenly with Bluehost.
    Thanks for the articles.


    • Jeremy & Connie November 18, 2013 at 3:49 PM #

      Hi Mark – thanks for bringing this to our attention.

      I just republished the post and I “think” it’s working now. If you don’t mind trying again? Let me know if the page still doesn’t work for you. Sorry for the hiccup!

      – Jeremy

  47. Prince October 29, 2013 at 8:26 PM #

    Thank you so much Jeremy & Connie for this information, but I am looking to build a website somewhat related to combination of wikipedia and Quora, So would you please tell me which service would be better WordPress or Weebly or Wix, because there will be tons of pages there, and User feedback too. So what would you suggest me to go for? Thank you so much in advance.

    • Jeremy & Connie October 29, 2013 at 9:21 PM #

      Hi Prince,

      If you want to create something similar to Wikipedia or Quora, you’ll need a platform that’s is a lot more flexible and powerful than drag and drop web builders. I think WordPress probably has a higher chance of allowing you to build what you’ve envisioned, but will probably need a lot of custom tweaks to make it work (meaning hiring developers if you aren’t proficient with codes and WordPress).

      – Jeremy

  48. Cindy October 17, 2013 at 10:49 AM #

    What about SEO comparison of the 2? Are the equally powerful? What about security issues?

    • Jeremy & Connie October 17, 2013 at 11:13 AM #

      Hi Cindy – see my thoughts in another comment below on May 29th.

      As for security issues, I think there will always be hackers trying to breach security for any website building platform you use.

      For WordPress, you will have to manage a lot of the security measures yourself. This becomes a bit challenging especially when you start adding different plugins (created by different developers) and a lot of them do have security issues / vulnerabilities, thereby creating additional risks for you.

      The good part about using builders like Weebly is that they are always upgrading their security for you, so you don’t have to worry about doing it yourself. Plus, you will most likely be using their exclusive web building tools within their own web building environment, they won’t introduce security risks to your site.

      – Jeremy

  49. Wendy September 29, 2013 at 5:08 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Thank you for your article here as this will meet my budget in setting up my own little website in nature guiding. I have purchased a domain from WP and I realised that I didn’t like those free ads that WP imposed on our websites. And the free templates available are not to my liking as well. Weebly may be an alternative. However, would you be kind enough to advise me on this:

    1) Will I be able to export contents from Weebly into XML format?

    2) Will it be easy to port over to wordpress or another hosting should I need to discontinue with weebly?

    Thank you and looking forward to hear from you.

    • Jeremy & Connie September 30, 2013 at 8:27 AM #

      Hi Wendy,

      Weebly does allow you to export your entire website, and you can upload it into another host and it will work. However, the drawback is that if you want to make any changes in the new host, you will have to modify the codes as you are no longer in Weebly’s drag and drop web building environment. I don’t think the exported files are readily adaptable to any other web builders either, so editing will have to be manual.

      Hope this explains things a bit.

      – Jeremy

  50. Vikas August 23, 2013 at 4:42 AM #

    Great article Jeremy and Connie. I am looking to build a personal site. There will be a few pages of content about me and my work (basically promoting myself) and these will likely remain static for a long time with the occasional change here and there. I also want 2 or 3 blog pages which I will update weekly. I have social media accounts on Twitter, FB and G+ so will promote my site through there. I will buy a custom URL.

    So, reading through your article, it sounds like Weebly would be perfect for me right? I know that it will be tough getting listed on page 1 of Google but that’ll take time. If my blog consists of 1 image and a block of text, updated weekly, do you think Weebly can handle that?

    Thanks again.

    • Jeremy & Connie August 23, 2013 at 3:35 PM #

      Hi Vikas,

      Based on your description I think Weebly is do-able and will be much simpler than WP, as WP has a much steeper learning curve. I think with either Weebly or WP, it will be difficult to get up to page 1 of Google search, so that really depends on how much work you are prepared to building great content in your site, and also how well you promote your website to others.

      Good luck with that!

      – Jeremy

  51. William Burton July 27, 2013 at 10:44 AM #

    Found your advice to be most helpful and marvelously easy to follow. I am a writer – published in various forums but have never “blogged” (though I’m asked why often). It is time I caught up with modern trends but I am light years behind in technical knowledge and ability. It sounds as though Weebly would be a better tool for writing and learning the world of blogging.
    Question – I do different kinds of writing such as Newspaper columns of social commentary, political views, religious views, children’s stories, etc. Can I have more than one blog to focus on the different forums?
    Thanks again for a most helpful reference tool.

    • Jeremy & Connie July 27, 2013 at 11:25 AM #

      Thanks for your feedback William.

      I believe you can have multiple blog pages in Weebly. When you are in the Editor, go to “Pages” and click on “Add Page” and there you can select what sort of page you want to add.

      Just add more blog pages so you can multiple blogs on your Weebly website to support your different discussion topics.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  52. Sibel July 14, 2013 at 12:23 PM #

    I was trying to decide which web builder to use and your article helped me a lot. The video was quite well done as well. Thanks for the great job!

    • Jeremy & Connie July 15, 2013 at 12:04 PM #

      You’re very welcome Sibel – glad you round the material helpful!

  53. Joel July 3, 2013 at 10:08 AM #

    Thank for the article. It’s really useful.

    We’ve currently got a wordpress site, but now we’re thinking of having another built with Weebly. However, I was wondering what the deal is with Google adsense.

    I checked Weebly’s page and they mentioned a fifty / fifty split but presumably this is if they host it. We already have a server and domain name so won’t be using Weebly for that, merely to build the site.

    So do you have any insight into how adsense works with Weebly?

    Many thanks in advance for your help

    • Jeremy & Connie July 3, 2013 at 11:12 AM #

      Hi Joel,

      I “think” if you upgrade to Weebly Pro, you get to keep 100% of any Adsense income. I thought I saw that once when I was checking out Weebly’s Facebook page. Best to double check with them directly.

      Aside from that, we also have a review on Weebly Pro features that you might find helpful – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/weebly-pro-features/

      Let us know if you do find out directly from Weebly – we’d like to know as well!

      – Jeremy

  54. Tres June 28, 2013 at 9:41 PM #

    I started on Weebly then converted to WordPress because everyone kept talking about it and hyping it up so much. Well after getting too frustrated with code, I decided to go back to Weebly. An even bigger reason was my personal opinion that so many WordPress themes look SO ugly compared to the streamlined, visually-pleasing, immersive themes available on Weebly. I needed more of a site that acted like an online brochure (I have a counseling practice), so Weebly works well for me.

    • Jeremy & Connie June 29, 2013 at 12:54 AM #

      Thanks for sharing your story Tres. WordPress definitely has a much higher learning curve, but it can also be a lot more flexible and powerful once the user gets a good hang of it (assuming he/she learns a bit of code as well). The themes are also very flexible if one knows how to modify them. But I suppose if one was proficient with codes, you can do almost the same thing with Weebly as they grant you access to their HTML / CSS codes as well.

      In any case, thanks for sharing Tres!

      – Jeremy

  55. Jonathan Deller May 29, 2013 at 11:59 PM #

    I found this helpful but would like to know a bit more. For instance, the guy in the video said he was proficient in Weebly but then moved to wordpress – I’d be interested to learn why.
    Another issue is the cost. Registering a domain costs $10 with Weebly and $13 with a host like Hostgator. But then Hostgator is trying to get you to pay $5/month for a mobile optimized site, whereas this is free with Weebly.

    • Jeremy & Connie May 31, 2013 at 6:15 PM #

      Hey Jonathan,

      The guy in the video is me! We moved from Weebly to WP because our needs for our website outgrew what Weebly was able to provide. Weebly is awesome if you want to create a relatively simple website. But if you want to start adding all sorts of widgets and tools to the site, WP is a much more powerful platform. But with WP, it’s a much steeper learning curve, and it’s quite frustrating to deal with especially if you’re new to them.

      As for domain names, you don’t necessarily have to get one through Weebly or Hostgator. You can try Go Daddy or NameCheap. We’ve managed to purchase some domain names for $8 before.

      – Jeremy

      • Aimee April 18, 2014 at 6:34 PM #

        Hi, thanks for this SUPER helpful website–I appreciate it so much. On the topic of domain names, I bought a domain name for $15 (unfortunately) from HostGator…. does that mean I am basically stuck with that price now, forever, unless I want to risk losing the name if someone else snatches it up, registering it when I don’t renew with Host Gator, before I am able to re-register it through another provider again? Any way around this, if this is the case? Thank you so much for your willingness to help so many people!


        • Jeremy & Connie April 20, 2014 at 9:59 AM #

          Hi Aimee,

          You can actually transfer the domain name from one registrar to another. So for instance, you can transfer your domain name from Hostgator to GoDaddy. Hostgator should have instructions on how to transfer your domain “out” and GoDaddy will have instructions on how to transfer your domain name “in” to GoDaddy.

          There is a minor service fee for this though (at least I know GoDaddy has since I’ve done it before) and it’s about $10 (a 1-time fee) for the transfer.

          Another thing to note is that after you register for a domain name, you can’t move / transfer it for 60 days due to ICANN regulations. So the earliest you can transfer your domain name is after 60 days.

          – Jeremy

  56. Jeremy May 29, 2013 at 10:57 AM #

    Hey I just started using Weebly for my website and I love it. However, I already know how to use wordpress, and I really like all the plugins and extra features that it has.

    I’m trying to decide which one I should use for my website. I’m making a self employment website teaching people how to build their own websites and stuff like that. It will feature a lot of blog posts about self employment, some videos, and resources for people to use.

    My dilemma is that I really like the look of my Weebly site better than my wordpress one. It just looks more professional. I know there’s good premium wordpress themes too, but I really like my free weebly theme.

    I’m just wondering if I will be able to rank as easily in search engines with my weebly site. It seems like wordpress has more seo power, because of plugins and more control over the html.

    I’m also wondering how Weebly will respond to high traffic volume. I like that with wordpress I can choose my own hosting.

    If I’m planning on creating a site to generate income, possibly as a full time job if I’m successful with it, do you think Weebly could handle a site like that? What would you recommend?

    I’m leaning toward weebly but the only thing holding me back is the fact that I know it’s difficult to move a site off of weebly if I end up not liking it.

    • Jeremy & Connie May 29, 2013 at 10:31 PM #

      Hey Jeremy,

      Most people would say that WordPress will beat out Weebly on SEO, which probably has some truth to it. But I would say it really depends on how competitive your niche is. If it is a very narrow niche (think of doctor vs cardiologist), the chances of you ranking high in Google search results, even with a site built with Weebly, will be pretty good. We’ve built sites with Weebly that has ranked on first pages of Google search results before. You just need to avoid competing in very broad niches. If you compete there, it will be hard to rank well, even if you are using WordPress.

      Weebly should be able to handle high volume of traffic, but as you said, you will have more control over WordPress (it is just much more flexible if you know how to use it).

      Hope this helps.

      – Jeremy

  57. Ruchir Gupta May 5, 2013 at 11:01 PM #

    Hello guys! Nice article. I want to add one thing. Since WordPress is an open source platform, there is a plenty of beautifully designed free as well as premium themes. Whereas, the only drawback in Weebly is lack of such themes. Otherwise, its easy-to-use drag and drop features are far better than WordPress, BlogSpot or any other website builders like Webs, Yola etc.

    • Jeremy & Connie May 5, 2013 at 11:10 PM #

      Very true – thanks for contributing Ruchir. WP does have a lot more options when it comes to themes, and there are some very good theme providers, and quite a bit of poorly coded themes as well.

      For Weebly, DivTag Templates is a good option to check out – http://divtagtemplates.com/ (disclosure: we also operate them! : ) )

  58. Matt March 21, 2013 at 2:57 PM #

    Thanks guys. I have a question. How well do you think weebly manages a site where the information needs updating on a regular basis – say I’m running a concert venue and i want a different URL for each concert so that I can post them on a facebook page or tweet them.

    I know that wordpress handles this kind of thing well. Each concert would be a post but does weebly have similar functionality?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    • Jeremy & Connie March 21, 2013 at 4:07 PM #

      Hi Matt,

      In general, Weebly doesn’t have any sophisticated plugins as it is not an open source platform like WordPress where WordPress encourages a lot of developers to develop tools to make life a lot easier for their users.

      As such, I don’t think there are a whole lot of developers out there that focuses on building tools for Weebly, so functions and updates you want to make will have to be fairly manual.

      However, there are external widgets available that can provide instant updates, such as the Facebook or Twitter activity feeds. You can get the HTML codes and insert them into Weebly through their “Custom HTML Elements” and the widget will show up and automatically update on your Weebly website.

      Hope this helps!


      • Cindy October 18, 2013 at 3:33 PM #

        Do you need to back-up weebly site like you do word press with backup buddy?

        • Jeremy & Connie October 18, 2013 at 7:34 PM #

          Hi Cindy,

          You don’t have to backup Weebly, as Weebly actually backs up your site for you. So if your site ever becomes corrupted (which I haven’t heard of this happening yet), or you accidentally deleted your site, they can definitely recover it for you.

          – Jeremy

          • Stan January 7, 2014 at 12:36 AM #


            Hope you’re right about, “they can definitely recover it for you.”
            A few weeks back I started to use Weebly based on your comments and my own research and it’s very user friendly.
            A couple of days ago I lost my Home Page in the web site builder and a couple of other things have gone wrong.
            And I’m still waiting for a reply to my email.

            Now that I’m well into with Weebly I’m beginning have my doubts.
            It’s early days and my web site www. golf-new-zealand. com is still a long way from being finished.

            Presently my site has large graphics, quite a few You Tube clips and an hour-long audio recording.
            And I’m beginning to think maybe Weebly is OK for simple sites but not so good for handling more complex web sites.

            It’s the first time I’ve looked at your Weebly vs WordPress article and I note with interest your earlier remark
            “We moved from Weebly to WP because our needs for our website outgrew what Weebly was able to provide.”
            And I’m getting that sinking feeling in my stomach I may also be forced to do likewise. Bummer!

            Perhaps I’m over-reacting. Weebly was having major server problems (Happens to the very best of them) when the problem started to appear


            • Jeremy & Connie January 7, 2014 at 8:30 AM #

              Hi Stan,

              Sorry to hear about your site. Yes – technology can be very painful at times! Hope Weebly gets back to you soon.

              Using WordPress or Weebly is a classic debate. In our view, WP is much more flexible and powerful, and has the ability to really grow if need be. However, learning and actually using WP can be painful especially when one was just starting out. Further, WP is constantly updating its core platform so you have to keep updating your theme (a bit of a pain if it is a custom theme) and plugins.

              I think that if you are willing to invest the time to learn the technology, or have the financial resources to hire a freelancer for help, WP is a good option especially if you are thinking of growing your site into a much more complex one.

              As with all things that are more powerful, a lot of times they come with more complexity and headaches as well!

              – Jeremy

            • Lindsey June 25, 2014 at 9:49 PM #

              Hi Stan

              Been using weebly free website for almost 2 years after we abandon our website build by so-called professional. Its been a great experience.

              However, a couple of weeks ago, while updating – don’t know what I did – got logout and couldn’t log back in. Weebly got back to me within 24 hours and got everything sorted.

              Hope your problem had been resolved too.