Weebly vs WordPress – What’s the Difference?

Last updated on March 15, 2014

Weebly vs WordPress ComparisonHaving 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 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 in 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.

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 sometimes 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 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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We worked with various website builders extensively on live projects. We've discovered the pros & cons of each website builder through our own trial & error, and we want to share our experiences and recommendations with you. Choosing the right website builder depends on your individual needs. Our website provides comprehensive expert reviews on website builders, so you can pick the perfect website builder that fits your unique needs.

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

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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!

    Nafeez

    • 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

  4. 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?

    Thanks

    Paul

    • 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

  5. 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

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

    Jeremy and Connie,

    THANKS!

    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

  7. 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. http://www.embeddedfaith.org/1/post/2013/11/why-use-a-lot-wherea-little-will-do.html#.UpTjfGqA3cs . 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

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

    Jeremy,
    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.

    Mark

    • 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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!

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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! :) )

  20. 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!

      Jeremy

      • 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 #

            Hi

            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

            Stan

            • 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