Wix vs Weebly vs Squarespace vs Jimdo – Pros and Cons of Each

Last updated on October 14, 2014

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Trying to figure out which website builder works for you is tough.  Sometimes they all look the same, sometimes they are a world apart.

So how should you choose?

Taking the time to try all the website builders can be draining.  So here is a summary table which presents the pros and cons of each of the website builders for you.

It will really help save you time and brain energy to review this summary first, so you can narrow down the ones that do not meet your needs.

The following summary of pros and cons is outlined in the following order (in no specific order):

  1. Squarespace (full review)
  2. Wix (full review)
  3. Weebly (full review)
  4. Jimdo (full review)

TOP PROS AND CONS (Wix vs Weebly vs Squarespace vs Jimdo)

PROS OF SQUARESPACE

  1. Squarespace provides you with beautiful, rich imagery, designer templates that undeniably commands attention.  The templates are clean, minimalistic and gives off a sophisticated vibe.  Their finishing quality is high, as if a designer has invested months in polishing them.  We like and appreciate their clean lines compared to other website builders’ templates which could be a bit noisy.
  2. Squarespace offers responsive templates, meaning that you can resize your browser and the content (including the images, slideshows) will also automatically adjust to help give you an optimized viewing experience.  This is especially helpful if your visitors tend to use mobile devices.
  3. Squarespace gives you extensive styling options that the majority of other website builders do not provide. You can certainly do custom styling with other website builders, but you need to know how to edit codes.  Squarespace has a style editor that helps you do all the custom styling without touching codes, from changing of background images all the way down to customizing thumbnail details.

PROS OF WIX

  1. Large Selection of Professional templates – Wix offers over 280 professional looking templates for you to choose from, or you could create your own custom design.  The best part about Wix’s templates is that they are already structured, formatted and pre-populated with content so you simply have to pick your favorite one, replace the pre-set content with your own.  All the templates are already user ready.
  2. Intuitive Drag & Drop interface – Wix’s website builder is simple enough to use.  Just drag and drop any elements (building blocks) you needs, such as images, slideshows, text, etc and place them wherever you want without any restrictions. There really is no limitations where you insert the elements.
  3. Support and help available everywhere – Wix has one of the strongest support infrastructure available amongst all website builders.  They have help / support buttons everywhere.  You can either click on the main help button at the top of the page, or each element that you use also has its own unique help button.  It’s nice that the help buttons are right there for you to click on without looking any further.  If you subscribe to Wix’s VIP plan, you also get one-on-one VIP support and also phone support.

PROS OF WEEBLY

  1. One of the easiest and user friendly drag & drop website builder in the market – Weebly doesn’t  overwhelm you excessive number of tools.  They keep things simple, yet effective.  Tools are straightforward to use, and you can literally build a good website in less than an hour.
  2. Best free builder - Weebly’s free platform provides you enough tools to build a functional website (even when you’re not paying a dime, which is awesome).  There is no pressure to upgrade to the paid platform and there is no time limit to the free account.  The best part is, they only place a very small advertisement in the footer of the free website – this is by far the best amongst the other free website builders.
  3. Broad range of templates allows you to build a decent looking website (not the best, but good enough).  You get access to all the templates from Weebly (even with a free account) and they are adding more templates lately.  Weebly also allows you free access to their HTML / CSS editor so you can modify the website design as you wish (or hire someone to help you do this).  Very flexible indeed.

PROS OF JIMDO

  1. Strong e-commerce tools for online stores – Jimdo’s e-commerce tools provide you with back-end support such as tracking of inventory, open / close orders and automatic pre-set email responses to your customers.  You can also set up discount codes for promotion purposes.  You can also tag products which allows you to cross-sell other products.  This makes managing of your online store easy, and also makes Jimdo stand out from other website builders.  (Click here to see a good overview video here)
  2. Free platform – Jimdo’s free platform (JimdoFree) provides you enough tools to build a very functional website. There is absolutely no pressure to upgrade to the paid platform (JimdoPro and JimdoBusiness) and there are no time limitations as to how long you can remain a free user.
  3. Large community forum – Jimdo has a large community forums in multiple languages which allow you to post questions and find answers from other fellow Jimdo users as well as from Jimdo’s forum moderators – in multiple languages.

CONS OF SQUARESPACE

  1. Squarespace separates the editing screen and the live preview screen, making it challenging for you to format your website layout.  What you see when you are in editing mode, is not what you will see when you publish the website.  Although you can take comfort that the website will be responsive so your visitor will see a “similar” version of what you want your layout format to be, it is a bit of a nuisance in terms of user experience when what you see as your website layout while in editing mode, is different from live mode.  We find that we have to preview our pages in “live” mode, then go back into editing mode and make adjustments, then preview live again, only to find our adjustments not being reflected the way we want it to be.
  2. Adding, dragging and dropping Blocks in Squarespace were slightly buggy in our tests (Blocks are Squarespace’s basic website building components such as text, image, slideshows).  We had to try numerous times to add or re-arrange Blocks, which was slightly annoying. For example, we wanted to move an Image Block from the top of the screen down to the bottom, we expected to be able to click on the Block, drag it to the bottom of our screen and the page will automatically scroll down to the bottom so we can drop off the Block.  This didn’t happen, so at the time of our test, we had troubles re-arranging content.
  3. Although Squarespace’s Style Editor gives you the ability to customize or style almost everything in the website without going into codes, this could be a bit overwhelming to the average joe.  This could be a case of paralysis from too many styling options.  It’s awesome if you have the patience, a designer-eye or high, specific design standards for your website.  However we feel that for the average person, this could potentially be a bit too much.  That does not mean you can’t create a beautiful website with Squarespace, because you definitely still can.

CONS OF WIX

  1. Visibly large advertisements on the free version – Using Wix’s free website builder comes with noticeably large and prominent advertisement Wix logos on the side and at the bottom of the website after you publish.  All free website builders have their own advertisement credits (understandable since they’re providing services for free) but Wix’s are really quite prominent.  You will need to upgrade to remove the advertisements.
  2. Once you pick a template, you can’t change it – Although Wix has plenty of pre-made designer templates for you to choose from, once you’ve picked one to use, you can’t switch to another template.  If you do, you will have to rebuild your website.  It’s a bit annoying, so you have to make sure you love it!
  3. Not designed to manage complex e-commerce needs – If you want to build an online shop, Wix’s e-commerce tools are not advanced enough to help you fully manage your store.  But to be fair, they do have better e-commerce tools than most standard website builders, but they don’t include basic management tools such as sending out automatic confirmation emails to your customers after they pay, configure taxes and shipping costs, and just general management of orders such as marking orders as shipped or paid.   [UPDATEWix has since introduced more advanced e-commerce tools.  These include allowing you to configure your own shipping & handling fees based on shipping destinations and the product price range.  You can even set shipping & handling fees based on which state you are shipping to, allowing you to have more granular control over this.  You can also set up tax rates based on your shipping destination (you can set up different tax rates for different countries and states).  Once you have shipped your products, you can also mark each order as "complete", allowing you to track which orders are still open and needs to be fulfilled.]

CONS OF WEEBLY

  1. Not designed for complex e-commerce needs – If you want to build an online shop with a lot of products (such as 10 or more), Weebly’s e-commerce tools are not advanced enough yet to help you manage your online shop needs (such as multiple product displays, inventory tracking, item options, different payment option other than PayPal, customization of emails to confirm orders).  However, you can integrate third party shopping carts into a Weebly website to supplement this. [If you need advanced shopping cart functions, check out some dedicated e-commerce store builders here[UPDATE - Weebly launched a brand new eCommerce solution in November 2013 which makes their eCommerce features some of the best amongst website builders (click here to see our detailed review)]
  2. Limited number of designer-caliber templates – The quality of Weebly’s templates is average if compared to other website builders.  But the good thing is that they are releasing new templates on an ongoing basis and the templates are getting better.  There are also third party Weebly templates providers which really help.
  3. Very basic blog functions – Weebly’s blogging function gives you the bare basics.  So if need to manage a large number of blog posts with a wide range of categories, this is where Weebly really falls behind as they don’t give you an efficient way to organize and manage articles.  Further, they only have the Twitter share and Facebook share buttons without options to include other major social media platforms such as Google Plus, Instagram or Pinterest.  Weebly could definitely improve with features such as “Most Popular Posts” or “Related Posts” as well. These would help readers quickly get to the most popular read articles, or allow visitors to see other related posts which might also interest them.

CONS OF JIMDO

  1. Needs more professionally designed templates – The caliber of Jimdo’s templates is average when benchmarked against its competitors.  Using the free version of Jimdo gives you a certain number of templates to use, so to access even more templates, you will need to subscribe to their premium packages.  However, there are also third party Jimdo templates providers. [UPDATE  - Jimdo recently added more template choices to their collection.  They also added advanced features such as (1) full background slideshows with tools to customize different visual effects into the background image, and (2) full background video, which allows you to insert a video as the background to your website - pretty impressive!  As a this point, this is the first of its kind amongst website builders we review.  These updates show that Jimdo really focusing on improving their templates.  We're looking forward to more impressive features.]
  2. Jimdo advertisement on its free version is quite visible – If you are using Jimdo’s free website builder (so if you are not subscribing to their premium packages), it includes an advertisement logo on your website which is quite visible.  All free website builders have their own advertisement credits (understandable since they’re providing services for free) but Jimdo’s is a bit more prominent (but not the worst amongst all the website builders).  Upgrade to the paid platform to get more functions and also to remove the advertisement. [UPDATE - Jimdo has now significantly reduced the size of the advertisement, and moved it to the footer area - away from the main content area.  This is actually a very generous gesture from Jimdo, considering you are using their services for free!]
  3. Not a true drag-and-drop user interface – Even though Jimdo’s website building tools are not drag and drop, don’t let this fool you into thinking that Jimdo isn’t easy to use.  Its functions and user-friendliness still gets the job done, although it would feel more interactive with drag and drop.

As per the summary of pros and cons above, each website builder has its own strengths and weaknesses.

For example, if you are looking for an easy to use website builder, you may prefer Wix (see promo code) or Weebly.

If you prefer polished and stylish template designs, Squarespace (see promo code) and maybe Wix should be considered.

If you are looking for a good e-commerce website builder, you should consider Squarespace, Weebly or Jimdo.

For direct comparisons, also see Wix vs Weebly or Wix vs Squarespace

See Side-by-Side Comparison Chart on how website builders compare to each other

If you want to build an e-commerce website, see this online store comparison chart.

Recommendation

At the end of the day, we recommend that you sign up for a free account with at least 2 website builders and test them out yourself.  It’s the only way you can get a good feel of which one works best for you.

Building a website is an investment of time and money – more so an investment of your time.  So it’s important to conduct your due diligence and check to see which website builder you feel the most comfortable with.

Don’t skim on spending some time in trying them out, as you will pay heavily in time if you need to switch website builders later.

Read Our Expert Reviews

Want to see in-depth reviews of the website builders above?  Click here:

For direct comparisions, also see Wix vs Weebly or Wix vs Squarespace

See Side-by-Side Comparison Chart on how website builders compare to each other

Wonder how Squarespace, Weebly and Wix compare to WordPress?  Click 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.

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About Jeremy Wong

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

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161 Responses to Wix vs Weebly vs Squarespace vs Jimdo – Pros and Cons of Each

  1. Rads August 20, 2014 at 10:32 AM #

    A very helpful article for beginners, I must say!

    I’m building a site where members of a scientific community can exchange ideas. Kindly let me know which website builder is best suited for this, and which category would this site fall into.
    Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong August 20, 2014 at 2:01 PM #

      Hi Rads,

      Wix and Weebly actually has forum functions where you can set up a discussion forum for your visitors to participate. However, understandably those features are not built with a lot of advanced features, but will do the basic work just fine.

      – Jeremy

  2. Phil August 10, 2014 at 6:10 PM #

    Great article!

    I briefly tried out a few of the builders mentioned in the article and with most I was just scratching my head and felt intimidated. So for me there was only Weebly :) I can focus on the content and not fight the interface.

    My site has many pages and will have a lot more and one downside is the speed / loading times when you make changes. I wonder how other builders compare as this is something most reviews don’t look into.

    • Jeremy Wong August 10, 2014 at 7:22 PM #

      Hi Phil,

      All the website builders that we discussed above provide free hosting services to its users, and technically it is a “shared hosting” services meaning that you do share bandwidth resources with other users.

      Having said that, in my experience the loading time isn’t terrible for published sites but there are some mistakes users usually make that can affect the loading speed.

      One major one culprit is image size. If it is your intention to only display a small image (from a dimension perspective), and you upload a very large image, it still takes a lot of loading resource to load that image.

      So a quick win is to make sure that the images that you upload into your website is sized to what you need. Don’t upload a raw image file that is 6 inches in width and height when you are only trying to display an image on your page that is 1 inch tall / wide. Use a free image editor program and resize the image, which can substantially reduce the resources required to load that image.

      If you do that for all the images, this can have a significant impact on your loading speed.

      – Jeremy

  3. Frank June 8, 2014 at 2:07 PM #

    You guys put the help centers of the products you review to shame. Well done!

    Now to my question. I quote a comment of yours from 2013 on this page, “Just note that as per the ICANN rules, you can only transfer domain names away from a registrar after 60 days. This rule applies across all domain name registrars (such as GoDaddy) so you’re not getting any unfair treatment.”

    I just bought a domain from namecheap. Reading above statement I cannot point that domain to weebly or squarespace for 60 days because namespace is the registrar (and not the host). Is this correct or do I get the wooden spoon for stupidity?

    On a more general not this is truly a minefield. I am somewhat tech savvy and have coded extensively in the past (not much web oriented though, I’m old) But I don’t want to do much of that now, preferring to be creative content wise. I have a large headache trying to decide, now that I have my chosen domain, how to build my website. Yours is the best resource I have come across and I have been reading it for the last couple of days.

    Four days ago I was happy, it was wordpress. Kept reading, then not so sure, too steep learning curve etc. Back to step 1. Mmmm… Wix or Weebly will do fine for my needs. By yesterday evening I was happy once again, It was definitely Weebly. I can tweak code if I have to but don’t need to, suits me fine.

    Made the mistake of continuing to read your site today. But what about Squarespace, I don’t need ecommerce immediately but I might in the future if the site is successful. And I like the sound (should this not be vision?) of its templates. Also Weebly does not sport the best blogging tools.

    I am a writer and will mostly blog in the beginning and Squarespace is better for blogging. Oh boy!!. Lets have a closer look at squarespace. It does have good ecommerce for when I start selling my ebooks.

    But wait! If its a really good blogging tool you want, think about WordPress. It has the best blogging tool of them all, AND the learning curve of the blog part of WP is straight forward and does NOT have a steep learning curve. Aaarrgh!

    So, I am going to stay up late again tonight and my next read is Squarespace vs WordPress.

    I thank you so much for all you have done and will definitely mention you if I EVER get a blog up and running.

    Any advice now will be appreciated. And may help me get some sleep tonight.

    Frank

    • Jeremy Wong June 9, 2014 at 4:21 AM #

      Hey Frank!

      Thanks for your comment and I’m glad our discussions is triggering more options for you! It’s always best to commit some time into doing your due diligence before fully committing to a platform – no different than any other big commitments that will require your time!

      As for your question about ICANN. What the 60 days mean is that you cannot transfer your domain name from one domain name registrar to another. For instance, you cannot purchase a domain name from NameCheap, then transfer it to GoDaddy (another domain name registrar) right away.

      But if you want to point your domain name to any website that you build, you can do that right away – no problem there. You can do that as often as you want.

      Hope this is clear!

      – Jeremy

  4. Tim June 2, 2014 at 1:30 PM #

    Jeremy,
    Great information and thanks for “Top 8 Tools” report, very helpful.
    I have read quite a number of your responses which are quite informative however I would greatly appreciate some feedback for non-technical aspiring authors like myself.
    I will soon publish a book (print & digital versions) and I am in need of a base from which to market same.
    – target market is “Canadian” small business owners and those considering becoming an SBO.
    – the title is “How Much Money Can I Make?” which is a brand I will try to build over time.
    – the book cover is a background of Canadian money (full color) and eventually US money.
    – I wish to take this money background scheme and match it to my new website.
    – I will eventually sell the book from my site along with digital financial reports.
    – once I have the background set up on my website I don’t anticipate much design work outside of type styles etc.
    – my site must look professional.
    – hoping for mid price range.
    – I have purchased my domain from GoDaddy (not sure if this makes a difference?)
    – likely need 3 email addresses.
    Your thoughts and recommendation would be greatly appreciated.
    Regards!
    Tim
    Kelowna, BC

    • Jeremy Wong June 4, 2014 at 7:13 AM #

      Hey Tim,

      I think you should test out Squarespace and Weebly as both platforms all you to sell digital products using their e-commerce tools. Personally I think that Squarespace templates are a lot more stylish, but Weebly has been releasing new templates that are looking much better than before.

      Perhaps you can sign up for a trial account with Squarespace and a free account with Weebly and just test things out to see which site builder you prefer. Squarespace has better design in my view, but Weebly is easier to use.

      For both website builders, you can point your domain name (which you got from GoDaddy) to them. So you can definitely connect your domain name to either a Squarespace or Weebly site.

      – Jeremy

  5. Karima May 29, 2014 at 3:46 AM #

    Hello,

    I sell jewlery and accessories. What would be the best website builder for this type of business. I would like it to look professional as well as have payment options, ways to promote items and a blog page.

    Thanks

    • Jeremy Wong May 29, 2014 at 5:30 AM #

      Hi Karima,

      If you are looking to build an online store, I’d suggest you take a look at the ecommerce online store comparison chart we have.

      In general, if you want something more advanced with the opportunity to add a lot of extra functions / features to your store, I’d suggest you take a look at Shopify or Bigcommerce.

      But if you prefer something simpler, straight forward yet functional, I’d suggest Squarespace, Weebly or Jimdo.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      – Jeremy

  6. PeterZ May 23, 2014 at 8:38 AM #

    Do these free Site builders restrict you to their choice of Hosting ?

    • Jeremy Wong May 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM #

      Hi PeterZ,

      All the website builders provide their own hosting services, so you don’t have to worry about getting hosting at all. So to answer your question directly, you don’t get a choice of hosting, as you won’t need to get it yourself.

      – Jeremy

  7. Emi May 22, 2014 at 6:47 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Do any of the web builders allow you to take your website elsewhere if you want to change to a different provider? (If you designed it yourself and not use one of their templates. Or do they claim your template theirs if you design it on their site?)

    Thanks,

    Emi

    • Jeremy Wong May 22, 2014 at 12:23 PM #

      Hi Emi,

      If you check out our comparison chart for website builders, you will see that Squarespace and Weebly allow you to export your website. If you build your own template, you own the creative rights to that template (I’m not a lawyer though so be sure to consult an advisor if you want to find the right answer!)

      – Jeremy

  8. Carol May 21, 2014 at 5:06 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    I have a dog training and pet behavior business. I need to upgrade my website to something that is more professional, however I am absolutely not tech savvy!! I need something that easily links to social media, and is easy for me to handle. Any suggestions gratefully accepted.

    • Jeremy Wong May 22, 2014 at 1:50 AM #

      Hi Carol,

      If you are not tech savvy, I’d suggest taking a look at Weebly as they are one of the easiest website builders to use. Also take a look at Wix as they have better looking templates (our discussion here), but are also easy to learn to use.

      – Jeremy

  9. David May 19, 2014 at 5:50 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for your time and efforts to explain to us the various website pros and cons. I’m a real estate agent and have no knowledge in building website. What is your advice if I need to build a website consist many info on my company new launch projects, integrate with SEO in google. Which website builder is the easiest? Thanks a lot.

    • Jeremy Wong May 20, 2014 at 8:51 AM #

      Hi David,

      The easiest website builder to use in my opinion is Weebly (at the moment anyway). Their user interface is simple enough and you shouldn’t have any troubles learning how to create content fairly quickly.

      – Jeremy

  10. Goldman May 18, 2014 at 12:41 PM #

    I want to create a single web Information page. Which DIY should I choose if I am looking for the following features:

    1) Client Login button and
    2) Contact Us Form

    Thanks in advance

    • Jeremy Wong May 19, 2014 at 12:16 AM #

      Hi Goldman,

      I think Wix will be suitable in this case as they have a membership app that you can add to your Wix website. See our discussions on Wix’s app market here. Once you visit their app market, just search for membership and you will find out more about how it works.

      One alternative is to use Sentry Login (an independent membership plugin) that is compatible with Squarespace and Weebly.

      All Wix, Squarespace and Weebly allow you to add contact forms to your website so that your visitors can contact you.

      – Jeremy

  11. Dale Grant May 16, 2014 at 7:23 AM #

    Hi
    Outstanding information thanks. My site I am creating will be heavy on video content that will be available for purchase. There will also be blog updates and camp advertising. I am considering a subscription based system and an option to purchase some of the videos individually for delivery the video to consumers.. I have checked out services like pivotshare which seem great except for the limitations on being able to create more out of the website and the cut of the profits they take. Does one of these site builders meet my needs better?
    Thanks in advance

    • Jeremy Wong May 16, 2014 at 12:35 PM #

      Hi Dale,

      You can definitely sell digital downloads with Squarespace and Weebly. For Squarespace, there is a file size limit of 200MB per digital product. For Weebly, I’m not entirely sure as I haven’t tried uploading a very large file yet, so it’s something you might want to check with their support team.

      So how it works is that after your customer purchases the digital product (video in this case), they will receive an email from you automatically which will contain a download link for them to download the product.

      – Jeremy

  12. Daniel May 5, 2014 at 12:54 AM #

    Hello Jeremy! First of all i would like to say you did a great job regarding the reviews about websites builders. Keep it going! I have a question…i would like to make a news tech website, i.e. cnet.com…well, in your opinion, which is the most suitable for this kind of website? I know that WP is the best for this kind of website, i have access to all kinds of plugins, but at some point i think i will need to enter some code on my own. I would like to mention, that i will wanna use google adsense on my website. Between Weebly and Squarespace, which do you recommend, regarding all my needs…(plugins, hude traffic at some point and so on? off course, if you have any other suggestions, or things that i need to look for…Thx very much.

    • Jeremy & Connie Wong May 5, 2014 at 12:34 PM #

      Hi Daniel,

      I would suggest using a much more powerful platform such as WordPress (as you mentioned), or even hiring a developer to custom build this site for you. If you want to build a massive tech news website, that’s what I would suggest you do.

      However, if you want to use a drag and drop builder, I would suggest Squarespace as they have tools to not only allow you to create your blog posts, but also to summarize them on your home page in various summary forms. This can be helpful if you are creating a lot of different blog posts, and want to automatically showcase them on your home page. Squarespace is the only drag and drop builder that we’ve discussed that has this capability (currently anyway).

      – Jeremy

  13. Brian April 22, 2014 at 11:40 AM #

    Hello,
    I am looking to build a site for a boutique type western wear store. After much comment and review reading I’m torn between Weebly and Squarespace. Most comments adress online purchasing issues. This site would be strictly for web presence and showcasing inventory. Any suggestions on which would be better for showing a variety of mens and women’s clothing as well as decor items or does is just come down to ease of use and template options?

    Thank you

    • Jeremy & Connie April 22, 2014 at 8:54 PM #

      Hey Brian,

      Both Squarespace and Weebly are great website builders, so in my mind it really comes down to a few different factors to consider if you are just thinking of showcasing items (images).

      These include template designs (Squarespace is better) and ease of use (Weebly is better). Of course, there are many other factors to consider as well, but I’d say that you should probably start by signing up for a trial / free account with both website builders, and invest some time to see which one suits you better.

      You’ve already done a lot of work by narrowing down the website builder choices, so now I think you should test both out in order to make an informed decision!

      – Jeremy

  14. Joel April 19, 2014 at 1:38 PM #

    Good Afternoon,
    I have been really frustrated with a catalog service website I have used for my educational supply/toy store. It seems as if everyone uses this company because its the only option in our industry. I recently decided to go out on my own and develop a website that looks amazing, and that I can add new and used products to so customers can shop online. The only problem is, I cant make it look amazing because I stink at this!!! Can you suggest a great website builder that allows me to continually add products during the day (new and used items) or should I just link things to an eBay store page (which I also don’t have yet)
    Thanks

    • Jeremy & Connie April 20, 2014 at 12:48 PM #

      Hi Joel,

      It depends on how many product items you are intending to sell. If you are looking at a handful of products or even up to maybe 20, Squarespace, Weebly and Jimdo have good e-commerce features that can help you with that. Squarespace & Weebly has really great looking template designs that you can choose from so that really helps make your website look great and stylish.

      But if you have the intention of continuously adding more products, then you can consider Shopify and Bigcommerce. They both have a lot more stronger and comprehensive set of e-commerce tools to support your business

      We have an e-commerce builder comparison chart here that will give you a quick breakdown of some recommended online store builders.

      – Jeremy

  15. Josh April 18, 2014 at 9:08 AM #

    Awesome awesome awesome breakdown. I actually wished I had read it before I started messing around with these builders myself. I used Wix for a year but I could never really get what I wanted (design-wise) out of the platform.

    That’s when I discovered Squarespace. It was a big jump from wix as far as how you build out the website and make customizations to the design. But I have to say that Squarespace has the best designs ready to go out of the box. And if anyone out there is like me and discovers how little time you actually have to dedicate to the maintenance of your website you could even check out Set My Site which will update and manage your website for you. They’re not a website builder but they make it so you don’t have to bother with updating your site yourself. Thanks again for the break down.

    Oh also, check out Shopify if you’re ever in the market for an awesome shop builder. It can get pricey but the features are great.

    • Jeremy & Connie April 18, 2014 at 10:53 AM #

      Thanks for sharing Josh. I think it’s pretty common to try out a few website builders before settling with one that’s most comfortable. When Connie and I started building websites a few years ago, we went through a lot of them as well!

      There’s no such thing as a “perfect” web builder, that’s like chasing a unicorn so to speak! But the key is to be patient and find one that best suits your needs, and I’m glad you found that in Squarespace, which I have to agree, has some of the best looking / stylish templates out there!

      Shopify isn’t too pricey at all if you stick with their core tools, but I’d agree that if you start to add on their Apps then the monthly investment an add up. But in our experiences in building businesses, we only start to add / invest in more tools when we have a need for it, which usually means growth! If adding another $30 or so to our monthly bill means it frees up a few hours of our time every month so we can focus on more important things, that’s money well invested for us!

      Thanks for sharing and adding to this discussion Josh!

      – Jeremy

  16. Rome April 9, 2014 at 10:47 PM #

    Hi Jeremy & Connie

    Thanks for you review! Now I am using Jimdo. As everyone know if you select one platform. it’s very hard to change it. You review exactly right! The very bad point of jimdo is design and one thing to add you can not name the page other than English and Support Language. Anyway, Support team is good and responsive and Jimdo is good at ecommerce platform.

    Rome Bangkok

    • Jeremy & Connie April 10, 2014 at 10:26 AM #

      Hey Rome,

      Thanks for sharing. Jimdo has a solid international support team, and as far as I know, has the most offices across the world to support their users when compared to other website builders.

      We’ve actually met with their China and Japan teams when we were traveling, and have had multiple email discussions with Christian Springub (their founder) and their current US CEO (Stephen Belomy) and we’re very impressed with their passion and mission in helping people build websites. We mentioned meeting them here in our detailed review.

      In terms of language, if you are using Jimdo in an English oriented country, or in a country where they don’t have the native language version set up yet, then you will see the English interface. But if you were accessing Jimdo from Germamy, Spain, Russia, Japan, China, etc, you can use Jimdo using the native language there if you want to.

      – Jeremy

  17. Shimon March 7, 2014 at 11:47 AM #

    Great post! I am a graphic designer and I’ve been using Wix since 2008 and its crazy seeing it grow to what it is today. I’ve recently started confidently offering web design services to clients primarily because of the surge of consistent updates the builder as of last year. It wasn’t until around the summer of 2013 that they went full steam on highly requested features, that include current design trends like a simple fixed header/footer.

    Since the date of your post, I looks like they got around to updating the e-commerce management system. I’m curious though about the improvements as I head into project that include e-commerce. It looks promising though.

    • Jeremy & Connie March 7, 2014 at 7:53 PM #

      Hi Shimon,

      Yes you’re right, Wix has since updated their core e-commerce tools which is much better than before when we were using Wix for a few websites. I think the new additions are long overdue!

      One thing to consider is that Wix has an Apps Market in which you can bolt on even more powerful e-commerce tools such as those from Shopify (see our review) and Ecwid. So you definitely have more access to more comprehensive e-commerce tools with Wix if that’s what you want!

      – Jeremy

  18. Mustafa March 7, 2014 at 1:21 AM #

    Hi, great article, I’ve read it and also read most of the comments below. I’ve just created a website with pages, including a forum, chatting and videos using WordPress, but other than that, it looks boring and empty. As u know, WP only helps ppl with plugins and themese, etc.; they don’t actually help u build the website, that’s one of the reasons why I’m here. I’ve read the web builder comparison article and so far I’ve decided to go with Wix because I love those drag-and-drop software, because they usually don’t require any coding experience, which I have a little of. My question is: will Wix help me design, build and the entire website? Do I need to back-up my website/plugins from WP before I make I download the Wix software? Do i need to change my theme? And finally, how does a web building software differ than WP?

    Thanks a lot.

    • Jeremy & Connie March 7, 2014 at 7:21 PM #

      Hi Mustafa,

      I think there are a few things that I can help clarify here. If you want to use Wix to build your website, you will have to start from the beginning as Wix (and all the other website builders) cannot import any websites from other platforms, mainly due to coding compatibility issues. All platforms are built differently so you can’t take one website and insert it into the other, not yet anyway.

      Wix is not a downloadable software. It is online based so you need to be connected online if you want to use their drag and drop tools. You build your website entirely online, and they host the website for you. So there is nothing to download in this case.

      As for getting help to build the website, I don’t think Wix offers any design or website building services as they only focus on providing you with the tools to build your own website (it’s DIY). But I’m sure there are some freelancers out there who can help you build your site for a free. Check out marketplaces such as Elance or oDesk where you will be able to find a lot of freelancers offering their services there.

      – Jeremy

      • Mustafa March 8, 2014 at 12:46 AM #

        Thanks Jeremy, so in that case, should I just choose Weebly then? Because WordPress is not really the best way to build a website; you’ll have to create a .css page and put the coding in there and so forth. And I have a lil coding knowledge. After reading their Codex pages, I got a huge headache. I can start over the website if I have to in order to use either Weebly or Wix. I’ve only created a few pages, a bbpress forum, a chat room, and a Disqus comment plugin. I know how to recreate those even if I decide to go back to WordPress. What do you suggest? BTW what theme are using for this site. Thanks in advance.

        • Jeremy & Connie March 8, 2014 at 9:59 AM #

          Hi Mustafa,

          Weebly gives you the flexibility to modify some codes so you can custom style your Weebly website. That’s one of the main advantages you will have over choosing Wix. But of course, you have to decide whether you will find this flexibility helpful down the road (maybe you might even hire a designer later?)

          For our website, we are using the “Canvas” theme from WooThemes. We built this blog on WordPress as this site is mainly a blog, and WordPress has the best blogging functions in the market!

          If you were to choose Weebly, you can consider using DivTag Templates if you can’t find a suitable theme for Weebly [Disclaimer: We also operate DivTag Templates].

          – Jeremy

  19. Josh March 6, 2014 at 10:48 PM #

    If i want to remove the “powered by” option from my site,which weebly plan should i choose. I wouldn’t be doing much on weebly,just want to create a landing page.

    • Jeremy & Connie March 7, 2014 at 7:16 PM #

      Hey Josh,

      Pick the “Starter” plan which is the lowest paid plan available from Weebly. This will remove the “Powered by” advertisement from Weebly.

      – Jeremy

  20. Josh March 6, 2014 at 1:55 PM #

    Hi, i just need a one paged website with my logo and some images with text. Whenever users click on the image they get redirected to another site. The website will just be like a landing page.

    • Jeremy & Connie March 6, 2014 at 2:44 PM #

      Hey Josh,

      I think Weebly might be a good candidate for this. You can hyperlink images to any internal or external pages.

      They’re extremely easy to use, and you can use your own custom domain name with their Starter plan which is quite cheap per month. Here is a fuller review on Weebly so you can learn a bit more about them.

      – Jeremy

  21. Tea March 5, 2014 at 9:25 PM #

    Hi Jeremy and Connie,
    I am an artist and am trying to build a functional website with the gallery of my work. The most important question I have is what web site builder will allow me to have unique url for each of my images. In another words, I want people to find my paintings in google image search. I tried weebly and squarespace and it seams that they do not offer this. Maybe I just don’t know how to make it happen ? When I click on the images in my gallery there is just one url showing for all images. Example in weebly: ‘teofana-art.weebly.com/gallery.html instead of what I would like ‘teofana-art.weebly.com/gallery/acrylic-on-canvas-30×40. Do you have any suggestions?THANKS

    • Jeremy & Connie March 6, 2014 at 11:54 AM #

      Hi Tea,

      If you want your images to be found on Google image search, I don’t think the exact URL of the image matters (my opinion anyway?)

      All images will have their own specific URL and if Google crawls your site, they will know that the image exists. They key is to give it a proper “alt text”. “Alt text” is how Google bots understand what the image is about, since their bots can’t actually see images so they have to read text.

      So when you are uploading an image into either Squarespace or Weebly, both builders allow you to insert “alt text” for each image. So I would suggest using very targeted keywords for each image so Google knows that the image is about. So when someone google search a specific keyword or keyphrase, your images will have a higher chance of showing up on the image search results.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  22. Leon February 6, 2014 at 5:40 AM #

    Hi Jeremy and Connie,

    This is the 2nd time I ran across some of your posts regarding web page software and have been truly educated by your posts as well as the comments and dialogues of others that come across. Your site is truly beneficial! What a blessing to me also was your story of how you took the chance and pursued another interest and became successful. So there is life after corporate America! I did the same.

    I have a question for you too. My wife is an artist and we also want to start up another business selling fashion jewelry and fashion. So we need 2 web sites – 1) for her art work (displaying and selling – paintings), blog, Bio, etc – and the other 2) for selling fashion jewelry –

    we were looking at Templatemonster and saw some pretty sexy ones for fashion/jewelry built on Joomla for $75 – and were responsive. Nice looking. Are you familiar with Templatemonster? Any comments? And for the types of web pages that we might want to use for the art site.

    Thanks

    Leon

    • Jeremy & Connie February 6, 2014 at 12:44 PM #

      Hi Leon,

      Thanks for your kind comment! I did see your other email and just answered it a few minutes ago.

      In terms of Template Monster, yes we’ve heard of them but we haven’t used their services before. I think a lot of times, it really depends on the author of the template, how responsive and support he/she is if you have questions. Some of the templates (we heard) can have poor guides, so make sure you are picking a template that has been purchased by many, AND check their support to make sure they answer other people’s questions on a timely manner.

      We haven’t used Joomla before, so we can’t really comment on them. But we know it’s a much more powerful website building platform than some of the ones we discuss here. I suspect if you are not proficient with “techie” stuff, or if you don’t have time to learn the in’s and outs of Joomla, perhaps you will need to hire someone to help you get things set up – which is good and bad. A lot of people (like us!) are afraid that we don’t know how to make edits on the go, and have to rely heavily on programmers / designers. That’s why we went with the “DIY” route at the beginning!

      – Jeremy

      • Leon February 6, 2014 at 7:26 PM #

        Thanks Jeremy,

        I appreciate your time and insight. Yeah, I have been on the hardware side for about 25 years or so back in the day, but now have another profession (music). So that might be a learning curve where I won’t be able to put the time. So maybe the DIY route is the way to go. Thanks for the suggestion.

        Leon

  23. DaveB February 5, 2014 at 6:23 AM #

    Jeremy & Connie,

    Very useful site, but before I start working with a candidate, I have a question.

    I have a large (12,000 page) history site, composed almost entirely of transcribed documents and short essays. There are over 100,000 internal links, a few dozen maps and a few dozen images. I created this in FrontPage 2000 about 12 years ago and host it on HostGator. I add about 10 pages a day.

    While I dread the thought of the time required to move to a new program, I may have to since there is essentially no support for FrontPage any longer. Which of your builders would you suggest and do you have any thoughts on how to move that many pages to the new site?

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy & Connie February 5, 2014 at 8:10 PM #

      Hey Dave,

      Wow 12,000 pages? I think that’s going to be quite a large project to port over! Unfortunately given the size of your webpage, I’m not sure if any one of these website builders are going to make your life easier. I’d actually suggest using WordPress for this as it is a much more advanced content management system that can bring a lot more efficiency to how you maintain your website!

      – Jeremy

  24. Joe February 4, 2014 at 6:50 PM #

    Hi Jeremy & Connie,

    I’ve been reading all website building reviews, great posts!

    I’m interested in doing an e-commerce membership site as well, and would like to know if Squarespace offers anything that will allow me to have member logins?

    Please let me know.
    Thanks!

    • Jeremy & Connie February 4, 2014 at 8:12 PM #

      Hi Joe,

      Sentry Login also works with Squarespace (according to their website anyway). Maybe you can email them to see what sort of functionality might work well with what you’d like to do with your e-commerce site?

      – Jeremy

  25. Ernest January 27, 2014 at 2:36 PM #

    I would like to choose which website builder is better in helping or allowing me to make a membership e-commerce site successfully.

    I may consider joining two of the best website builders such as Weebly and Wix.

    • Jeremy & Connie January 28, 2014 at 12:11 PM #

      Hi Ernest,

      Weebly doesn’t have a membership tool, but I know that Sentry Login which is a membership gateway service can be integrated with Weebly.

      As for Wix, you can visit their App Market and you can find a members login app (free) to add on to your Wix website.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  26. tony blinks January 22, 2014 at 2:02 AM #

    Thanks a lot, but i need to know which one offers the best bandwidth allocation, and which one is better for making video tutorials.

    • Jeremy & Connie January 23, 2014 at 11:09 AM #

      Hi Tony,

      Great question. Bandwidth is a common concern and I remember that was something we were wondering about a few years ago when we first started! We did a lot of digging back then, but at the end of the day, it’s extremely difficult to determine what level of bandwidth would be sufficient.

      It’s really a 2-edge sword: If I need more bandwidth, it generally means I’m getting a lot of visitors which is great! But does that mean I need to pay more for bandwidth?

      For others who are reading this, bandwidth is simplistically how much data the host can deliver and how fast data can be delivered. Think of bandwidth like a water pipe. The water that flows through the pipe is data. The bigger the pipe (bandwidth), the more water can flow through and at a much faster speed. This can affect your visitors’ user experience, of course, if your site can load fast and serve up more data.

      In general, unless you have a very popular site that draws in a lot of visitors, you don’t have to worry too much about bandwidth from website builders such as Squarespace, Wix, Weebl or Jimdo. They allocate sufficient bandwidth for the majority of websites. But I suppose if you site hits the front page of a major newspaper, then it’s something you should worry about!

      Here is a breakdown of bandwidth from the website builders mentioned in this post:

      Squarespace: 500GB (Standard Plan) / Unlimited bandwidth (Unlimited Plan) / Unlimited Bandwidth (Business Plan)

      Wix: 500MB (Free) / 1GB (Connect Domain) / 2GB (Combo) / Unlimited (Unlimited) / 10GB (e-Commerce) / Unlimited (VIP)

      Weebly: Unlimited bandwidth

      Jimdo: Unlimited bandwidth

      Again, in my experience, it’s easy to get bogged down by these technical issues. It’s almost impossible to estimate how much bandwidth you need as bandwidth is affected a number of things such as:

      * Average page views
      * Average page size
      * Average daily visitors
      * If you have any downloadable files

      Again in general, if you have an average website then the website builders will have sufficient bandwidth to support it. But if you have a very popular site with thousands of visitors every day, then maybe you may need to upgrade to higher plans that provide more bandwidth.

      Hope this helps.

      – Jeremy

  27. RumenIS January 17, 2014 at 1:03 AM #

    Thank you very much for reliable and useful advise.
    Best regard,
    Rumen, BULGARIA

  28. jacki December 30, 2013 at 12:40 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I was wondering what do you recommend for a photography showcase? I am currently using flickr and behance but I would like something more creative.

    Please and thank you

    • Jeremy & Connie December 30, 2013 at 6:05 PM #

      Hi Jacki,

      To showcase images / photography, I would recommend testing out Squarespace and Wix. Both have really nice templates which can really highlight the pictures you are showcasing. We have a few recommended website builders here as well.

      – Jeremy

      • jacki December 30, 2013 at 6:08 PM #

        Great thanks for the feedback I really appreciate it.

    • James January 6, 2014 at 7:34 AM #

      Smugmug is pretty good for photo portfolios, very flexible and handles the commerce side as well.

  29. Erica December 20, 2013 at 7:34 AM #

    Hello and thank you for the review on these sites!

    I have used Squarespace for a personal website of mine and I love it but now I am wondering which one I should use for a couple of businesses I work for.

    One is a specialist medical clinic that will have links to applications within our network and out to an affiliated customer login service. The other site is a pediatric website with a similar link to within our network (for employment applications and such).

    These sites are currently hosted within our network and house about 20 pages of information with some images interwoven within this. There is no need for a store of any kind within. Given your experience, which web builder service would you recommend?

    • Jeremy & Connie December 20, 2013 at 2:53 PM #

      Hi Erica,

      If it’s just a basic website, linking out to numerous other sites without the need for any special applications, I think any of the sites I mentioned above should work just fine. So it really comes down to design (available templates) and also whether you would like some sort of future export ability for the websites. For instance, Squarespace and Weebly allows you to export the website to a certain extent, while Wix and Jimdo don’t have this ability yet.

      Also, maybe our Website builder comparison chart will be helpful.

      – Jeremy

  30. Larry December 11, 2013 at 10:55 AM #

    Hi Jeremy and Connie,

    Thanks for your great reviews.

    One thing I haven’t seen much is discussion of security and hacking by hackers.

    How secured are the websites built with these builders?

    How secured are the widgets and plugins and 3rd party softwares?

    Please advise.

    I am not using WordPress for now because of the many unsecured plugins.

    Thanks a million.
    Larry

    • Jeremy & Connie December 11, 2013 at 2:55 PM #

      Hi Larry,

      That’s a great question. I think in general the website builders discussed in this article is pretty secure, since they manage all the security features for you. One of the issues with using WordPress is that you manage so many different platform tools yourself, such as choosing your own hosting, choosing your own plugins, etc. Also, not all plugins are created equally when it comes to security. Whereas for the builders such as Squarespace, Weebly, Wix or Jimdo, since they manage everything on your behalf, they can ensure that their security practices are constantly being monitored and updated.

      Also, one of the best, preventative ways to protect yourself is to use a very strong alpha-numeric password, and to rotate that frequently.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  31. brian December 4, 2013 at 7:00 AM #

    Too many choices! I need a simple website with minimal content. I have an equipment rental business. I am not selling anything on the site. I just want exposure when people search for my specific rental equipment on Google or other search engines. Thanks!

    • Jeremy & Connie December 6, 2013 at 1:21 AM #

      Hey Brian,

      I’d suggest you take a look at our collection recommended website builders that’s suitable for businesses.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  32. Chantal December 3, 2013 at 9:27 AM #

    Hi there !
    Thank you so much for your reviews !

    My questions are 1.) what would you recommend for a photography site , best photo quality and gallery options
    2.) do any of those have the option to create a private link I could send to my clients that tey could password enter to view their photos , if you know what I mean …

    I am obviously terrible at all things website but it’s time I create one !!

    Thank you!

    Chantal

    • Jeremy & Connie December 6, 2013 at 12:28 AM #

      Hi Chantal,

      If you need more advanced features to manage your photography clients, I would suggest PhotoShelter (see our review here).

      They have tools to help support a photography business, such as private / public links to sharing photos, storing photos in the cloud so you can access them anywhere, watermark protection, fulfillment process, etc. So they provide infrastructure that serious photographers need in order to run their businesses.

      If you don’t need that level of control, and just want to showcase your photographs, I would suggest Squarespace which has gorgeous, polished, responsive themes, or Wix or Weebly. You can see our recommendations here.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  33. william moore November 25, 2013 at 5:12 AM #

    Surely, in order to get your website ranked it must be constructed in HTML? Wix and others are not html and therefore cannot be recognised by Google and others.
    SEO can only be done with HTML. I heard that Wix is changing its format to HTML

    Regards

    • Jeremy & Connie November 25, 2013 at 1:36 PM #

      Hi William,

      Wix uses HTML5 so I believe they are SEO friendly. They used to create only flash-based websites, but have switched their platform over to HTML5 a couple of years ago.

      Hope this clears things up!

      – Jeremy

  34. Christopher November 22, 2013 at 11:14 PM #

    I like Wix a lot but for me it has a major weakness – when I upload a new version of, say, an existing file like a PDF (with the same name as the old one), it treats it like a new file and I have to make new links to it.

    This means that if that file has links on multiple pages, I have to remember to update them all.

    Do all the website builders do this? Or do any of them let you simply open a ftp window via, say Windows Explorer, and drop in the new file version (writing over the old one) and thereby eliminating the need to manually find and update ball the links?

    Thanks – really appreciate the work you do on your site.

    • Jeremy & Connie November 24, 2013 at 5:24 AM #

      Hi Christopher,

      I “believe” that for all the website builders, when you upload a new file, it will assign a unique URL to it. So I “believe” it’s inevitable that you will have to re-link them.

      However, if you link to the page which has the PDF, then you don’t have to keep updating your links. Since your page won’t change, and that you are only updating the PDF file on the page, then all your links to the page won’t change at all.

      – Jeremy

  35. Kyle November 19, 2013 at 1:02 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Just wondering, if you know which of these website builder is at best for seo friendly?

    I was informed that WordPress is the best, but I don’t know much about coding and I’ve tried wix and love the idea of just drag and drop…

    Thanks in advance for your time,
    Kyle

    • Jeremy & Connie November 20, 2013 at 12:28 AM #

      Hi Kyle,

      Most would say that WordPress out-performs drag and drop website builders due to better coding structure so that Google bots crawl them better.

      However, that’s not the only consideration when it comes to SEO (or how searchable you are on the internet).

      A very effective way is to do what people call “inbound marketing”, which is basically writing / producing a lot of helpful content so that:

      1) Google picks up a lot of these articles which it will index and help you get discovered

      2) Readers, if they like your articles, can share them across different social networks, or help you grow your readership through word of mouth.

      So while WP is arguably better than most drag and drop website builders, it’s not the only consideration you should have. For instance, if you set up a WP site and just let it sit, it’s still not going to help you get discovered through search engines. You have to be a lot more proactive in promoting your website!

      – Jeremy

  36. Shay November 18, 2013 at 10:42 AM #

    Hello guys!

    You mentioned in one of the earlier comments that once you link your own domain to weebly, you no longer can use their drag and drop features? I’m really bad at code. Any way around this?

    • Jeremy & Connie November 18, 2013 at 2:32 PM #

      Hi Shay,

      Sorry for any confusion. Where did you see that comment (what was the comment date?)

      You can still use all of Weebly’s drag and drop tools even if you link your domain name to the website. Nothing will change. Hope this clarifies things.

      – Jeremy

      • Shay November 18, 2013 at 9:24 PM #

        It was in response to James’ comment on September, 13, 2013, but it’s more likely I misunderstood your response. Thanks for clarifying that up.

        I have another query. I’ve read so many comments about Weebly being pricier than other sites for domain registration, but if you want to create your own site using Weebly, and then link it up to your own domain, then you have to purchase a starter package (at the very least) which costs about $40 per year + your cost of the domain. Isn’t it less pricy then to just register your domain with Weebly at $40 per year?

        Am I going wrong somewhere in this reasoning?

        Thanks :)

        • Jeremy & Connie November 18, 2013 at 9:36 PM #

          Hi Shay,

          No problem.

          You don’t have to purchase a domain from Weebly directly,which is pricier than purchasing it yourself.

          If you go to Godaddy or NameCheap, they have domain names for sale for about $12 – $14 per year. So that’s just a dollar or so per month – not too bad! If you go to Weebly’s Help Center, they will have instructions on how to connect the domain name that you purchased to Weebly.

          Just to be clear, you still have to upgrade to Weebly’s Starter plan in order to be able to link up your own domain name. But you can get a custom domain name at GoDaddy for much cheaper than with Weebly.

          – Jeremy

          • Shay November 18, 2013 at 9:48 PM #

            Right, makes sense. Thanks. But say I purchase a domain from Weebly, then the free site I create automatically links up to that domain, right?

            • Jeremy & Connie November 19, 2013 at 3:10 AM #

              Shay – you still need to upgrade to at least a Starter plan before you can link up your own custom domain name. So it’s a better deal to purchase your domain name with GoDaddy (or someone else, instead of weebly)

              • Shay November 20, 2013 at 3:11 AM #

                Ohh! Now I see what you’re trying to tell me. For some reason, I was assuming that Weebly wouldn’t make you upgrade if you purchased the domain for them. Thanks for clarifying that up.

                Just so I don’t make more stupid mistakes: I register a domain from GoDaddy. Upgrade to starter in weebly, and link my custom domain to my free weebly site. And my site should be online, right? Any step I’ve missed?

                Thanks!

                • Jeremy & Connie November 20, 2013 at 3:13 AM #

                  That’s about it! Weebly’s support team can walk you through all the detailed steps as well :)

                  – Jeremy

              • Hugo December 9, 2013 at 7:21 AM #

                Hello guys, thanks so much for your support – i´ve just learned that basically a payment is required to link anyone´s personal domain name to a weebly site, right? (the starter plan?) that was a complete surprise – What about IMCreater? (Or wix/square) i have my own domain and if i decide to point it to IMcreater, is there any fee as well? I didn´t know any of this stuff, some friends, at least for weebly allegedly didn´t pay a dime – thanks so much in advance :)

                • Jeremy & Connie December 9, 2013 at 4:37 PM #

                  Hugo – WEebly used to allow you to connect your own custom domain for free. But now most (if not all) drag and drop builders require you to upgrade to at least their lowest plans (this goes the same for IM Creator as well). In a way it’s fair, as they are providing users with invaluable services of being able to create a website without any coding knowledge – at least in my view anyway!

                  – Jeremy

  37. Linda November 18, 2013 at 12:29 AM #

    Hi! I was wondering if anyone could help me…I’m in Australia and have a weebly website, and I was wondering if it was possible to have .au on the end of my web address.
    I have tried to use their live chat so I could ask someone who works there, but have had no luck.
    Thanks,
    Linda.

    • Jeremy & Connie November 18, 2013 at 2:28 PM #

      Hi Linda,

      You should be able to use it as long as you have ownership of the domain name. I don’t think it matters what sort of domain name you have, just as long as it is configured properly to point to Weebly’s IP address through your domain name registrar.

      – Jeremy

  38. Trent November 8, 2013 at 6:47 AM #

    Hey Jeremy!
    You mention on Weebly’s cons segment that it isn’t the best to “manage a large number of blog posts with a wide range of categories”. I know Squarespace, for instance, allows you to add several tags and categories to blog posts.
    In your opinion, which one of these website builders wins in terms of blog capabilities?

    • Jeremy & Connie November 8, 2013 at 5:18 PM #

      Hey Trent,

      Both Weebly and Squarespace allow you to categorize blog posts by categories, but you’re right, Squarespace has the tag function which Weebly doesn’t. So from that perspective, Squarespace is slightly better.

      Also, Squarespace’s templates are much more polished that Weebly’s templates, so your blog pages for Squarespace, in our opinion (at the time of this post anyway), will probably be more stylish.

      At the end of the day, if you are only setting up a blog (and don’t need a whole lot of other features such as galleries, videos, etc), you can try setting up a WordPress blog which by far has the most blogging friendly features. WordPress blogs are relatively straightforward to set up (note this is only true if you are only using its blogging functions)

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  39. Diego November 3, 2013 at 7:32 PM #

    Thank you guys! You have saved me so much time with your posts. I’v gone from considering WordPress to then Wix to then Weebly to now not-being-sure (in that order), just by reading your reviews. Maybe I am too easily impressionable, but you’ve also presented very good points along the way, so thanks for that!

    Hope you can enlighten me in choosing the best option for my current project on basically 3 big points:

    1- CONTENT/CATEGORIES: I am going to outsource most of my content from about 8 different websites/authors in english (since I will be translating their content into spanish) and as of now I’ve counted about 300 good articles worth of being translated. There will be 6 general topics or sections on the site, so any post/article will belong to one of those 6 mayor sections, but at the same time, different posts will have different subtopics in common (maybe more than one per post) so I would like visitors to easily find/organize content depending on the general section, the subtopic, the author or the format (video or text) Will I need a regular blog like WordPress or is there something similar in the website builders you have worked with, that will allow me to organize it like this? (more than one newsletter would be great as well, altough not that important)

    2- MEMBERSHIP: Some of those content pages will be premium ones, so a membership area is also ideal.

    3- E-COMMERCE: Likewise, I intend an online store from 20 to 40 products (again more than one category per product depending on its original brand/source, its benefit/topic or its format). Hopefully with different payment options like Paypal or credit cards and to be sold in South America and Spain.

    Do you have any ideas on the best way to integrate those three? I have even considered having two different sites, one for content & membership and one for e-commerce.

    I know that’s a lot of questions, but any comments will be greately, greately appreciated.

    Diego

    • Jeremy & Connie November 5, 2013 at 2:56 PM #

      Hi Diego,

      Thanks for your feedback!

      I think in general, you are looking for a lot of different things that no one single drag and drop website builder will be able to satisfy them all.

      In this case, if you are looking to have a blog that can organize a lot of posts for you, while being able to add a premium membership gateway function and also e-commerce tools, I think your best bet is to use a more flexible platform such as WordPress.

      You can definitely achieve this with WordPress, but at the end of the day, depends on how comfortable you are with using them, and if not, how much money you have budgeted to hire a developer to piece together all the important functions for you.

      – Jeremy

      • Diego November 8, 2013 at 4:59 PM #

        Thanks… Actually I just read your review on Webs and it also looks like a good option, since it offers both membership and e-commerce tools. Not sure about the blog though,

        • Jeremy & Connie November 8, 2013 at 5:25 PM #

          Hi Diego,

          Yes, Webs do offer a blogging function. Look under their “Features” page and you can find more description on their blogging platform there.

          – Jeremy

  40. Jeff October 29, 2013 at 5:44 PM #

    Jeremy & Connie,

    I want to start by saying that your reviews are tremendous – highly useful, informative and easy to understand – perfect for a site building rookie like myself!

    We’re in the developing stages of our consulting firm and we’re stuck between Wix, Jimdo (which we lean towards even though, as a service, we won’t be utilizing a lot of the e-commerce features), and Weebly (which was a close second). We’d like a professional looking site with solid support, email, and the tools that make our web presense known (SEO; FB and Twitter connectivity).

    Any advice you have for us would be much appreciated!

    • Jeremy & Connie October 29, 2013 at 9:19 PM #

      Hi Jeff – thanks for your feedback!

      For your top choices (Jimdo and Weebly), both are good website builders and they respond to email support requests pretty promptly.

      If you upgrade to Jimdo’s premium plans, they also provide email services that’s hooked up to your account. Weebly doesn’t have this, but it’s not a huge issue as Google Business Apps provide this service in the form of Gmail application (very user friendly) for a few dollars a month.

      Both can have your social networks hooked up as well.

      So it really comes down to which platform you prefer. Try out both builders and see which one you feel more comfortable with in terms of what their tools allow you to do (or not do).

      At the end of the day, they’re both solid builders with good reputations.

      HOpe this helps!

      – Jeremy

  41. John October 27, 2013 at 12:15 PM #

    Hi

    Great website with lots of useful information, but sometimes you just feel there is just too much choice to narrow your search down.

    I am an abstract artist, and really need your advice on which one you feel would be the best for me.

    I sell my artwork all over the world and at present I do this through other websites. But its time I need my own website to sell my artwork. Lots of photos of art produced and interaction with social media sites e.g facebook, pinit etc.

    any adivce please

    • Jeremy & Connie October 27, 2013 at 1:25 PM #

      Hi John,

      For artists, I would suggest checking out Squarespace as they have some really great portfolio focused themes which can help you make your site visually stunning.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  42. jon shestack October 22, 2013 at 12:38 PM #

    Super helpful. I have to put up an e commerce site and a blog and a site about a non-profit
    and this will help inform the decision.

  43. Rafi Ton October 20, 2013 at 12:19 AM #

    Great review and very insightful info. One thing I think you are missing is the app store platforms which is a great way to extend designs with 3rd party widgets and apps. Wix has a great widget app platform.

    Cheers,
    Rafi

    • Jeremy & Connie October 20, 2013 at 8:26 AM #

      Hey Rafi,

      Thanks! Wix does have a great app store which really helps it stand out above the crowd. We talk about it here – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/wix-app-market-review/

      Great point about making it more obvious to our readers. Thanks for pointing this out.

      – Jeremy

  44. Tim Cummings October 15, 2013 at 8:51 AM #

    Hi Jeremy and Connie –
    No question here… just want to say thanks for all your information. It’s really helpful and seems like you strive to be impartial. I’m not sure what’s in it for you, but you are doing a great service to do-it-yourselfers like me. I am book-marking you now, because I suspect I’ll be checking your posts a lot in the coming months.
    Thanks again~
    Tim

    • Jeremy & Connie October 15, 2013 at 9:09 AM #

      Hey Tim – thanks so much for your words of encouragement! We’re glad that you’re finding our articles helpful :)

      – Jeremy & Connie

  45. Matteo October 14, 2013 at 12:48 PM #

    Hi Jeremy and Connie,
    really appreciate this website. It is a very helpfull site for those who doesn’t know much about building a website.
    I would like to create a multilanguage e-commerce website (SEO is also important).
    Which would you say I should try?

    • Jeremy & Connie October 14, 2013 at 6:02 PM #

      Hi Matteo,

      If you look at my response to Angelo right below, you should be able to find information on how to set up multi language on Jimdo, which also has pretty good shopping cart functions.

      Another option is to check out Squarespace as they also have really good e-commerce tools. If you go to their help page and type in “language”, they’ll walk you through how to set up Google Translate on a Squarespace website.

      If you are interested in reading our reviews on Jimdo and Squarespace, here they are:

      Jimdo – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/jimdo-review/
      Squarespace Commerce – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/squarespace-e-commerce-business-review/

      Good luck!

      – Jeremy

  46. Angelo October 14, 2013 at 12:06 PM #

    Hi Jeremy & Connie,

    this website is very usefull for people like me who does not know much about building a good website.
    After I tried all this builder i think Jimdo will fit me but I would like to ask your opinion about. What I am looking for is a website to promote my products, have the possibility to insert htlm items (such as a flag, or anything else) on every place i need. The idea is to have a multilanguage site… Which builder could help me to achieve my goad?

    Thanks

    • Jeremy & Connie October 14, 2013 at 5:57 PM #

      Hi Angelo,

      Thanks for your feedback! Creating a multi-language site is always challenging for all drag and drop website builders. Jimdo does have suggestions on how to do this. If you just go to their support page, and type in “multilingual” and they will have some information and examples.

      As for inserting HTML codes, you can do that using Jimdo’s elements! They also have a pretty decent shopping cart function, so you can definitely set up your products and sell them online with Jimdo.

      – Jeremy

  47. Joe October 10, 2013 at 9:31 AM #

    This website was great for helping me find a website builder. I’ve tried Squarespace, and found it pretty confusing and somewhat restrictive.

    I started working with Wix and it seems great. But, I don’t like the video app.

    On the Wix home page they have a lightbox effect for their “Quick Tour” that causes their video to pop out and grey-out the background. After several calls to tech support, it appears that Wix can do this on their home page, but none of their subscribers can. Strange that they provide a website building service and utilize a feature that none of their customers can.

    I was told at one point by tech support that this is possible if I could get the javascript code, but this seems to be erroneous.

    Do you know of any website builders where you can achieve this pop-out lightbox video effect? I’m happy to pay for this feature, if need be. We will have a lot of video content and running the videos in a little frame doesn’t make sense.

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy & Connie October 10, 2013 at 9:48 AM #

      Hi Joe,

      Thanks for your feedback and sharing your experiences with us. I don’t know of any drag and drop web builders having the video lightbox function. I know some WordPress themes have this feature built in, but learning how to use WordPress is a much steeper learning curve but they are a much more flexible platform.

      The only solution is to use our Video Lightbox widget that works for Weebly. We actually operate DivTag Templates (http://divtagtemplates.com) which create premium templates and design products for Weebly. Here is the product page to our video lightbox widget – http://divtagtemplates.com/project/video-lightbox-widget/

      Keep in mind that this only works for Weebly websites.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  48. Min October 9, 2013 at 9:57 AM #

    Hi,

    I’m trying to start a simple website for promoting my own clinical practice. I would prefer a custom domain name and export it to weebly for site building. Weebly does offer custom domain but too pricy. You mentioned that to purchase a domain name cost around 12 dollars a year which is more affordable. Do you have any recommendations for where I could get a affordable domain name? Or would you suggest me to try a different site builder? Thanks a lot.

    Min

    • Jeremy & Connie October 9, 2013 at 10:30 AM #

      Hi Min,

      You can find a lot of affordable domain names at GoDaddy or Namecheap. Just Google for them and you’ll find them easily! You can then point your domain name servers to Weebly – it’s a fairly straight forward process and you can find instructions in Weebly’s Support Center on how to do this.

      – Jeremy

  49. Beginner September 27, 2013 at 10:32 PM #

    I’m currently using Jimdo FREE as my online store start up, which recomended by you is the best useful tools, but i found out the “Online Store Item” only allow to up to max 5 items only which is too bad idea :-(

    Do you have any idea of other free online store similar like Jimdo but can add more item of product in? Thanks

    • Jeremy & Connie September 27, 2013 at 11:36 PM #

      HI there,

      I think for the website builders that we recommend that’s great for e-commerce, you’re not going to find any good free platforms. Squarespace has good e-commerce tools but they’re a paid service, and so is Shopify and Bigcommerce.

      You can add more products with Wix and Weebly, but unfortunately, in our opinion, those website builders are not ideal for online stores due to the limitations of their e-commerce tools.

      – Jeremy

      • Beginner September 27, 2013 at 11:55 PM #

        How about Yola? do you have any review on this? is the e-commerce great compare to jimdo or squarespace? Thanks

        • Jeremy & Connie September 28, 2013 at 10:22 AM #

          We haven’t used Yola before so we can’t give you an opinion on how their e-commerce tools compare to Jimdo or Squarespace.

          If any one here has used them before, please do share your thoughts with us!

          – Jeremy

  50. AA September 26, 2013 at 9:25 PM #

    Hi, I would like to know which site would be best to make a wedding website.

    • Jeremy & Connie September 27, 2013 at 1:34 PM #

      I would suggest Squarespace as their templates are beautiful and an excellent way to showcase your wedding website.

      – Jeremy

  51. Jana Yeakel September 16, 2013 at 9:22 AM #

    Thanks for the info, very helpful. I use jimdo right now as a platform for creating client websites. As an update to your review, Jimdo has greatly reduced the size their free website advertising & moved it to the footer of the page.

    • Jeremy & Connie September 16, 2013 at 10:04 AM #

      Hi Jana – Thanks for your feedback! We actually updated that point on our dedicated Jimdo review page, but forgot to update the our “Pros and Cons” above. So thanks for reminding us! I’ve updated it now. Thanks again.

      – Jeremy

  52. David September 14, 2013 at 12:47 PM #

    Thanks for the review. I am just starting my search for a customizable website that I can create to replace my professional real estate website that I pay a rather large fee to maintain. Would you favor one over the other for real estate listings?

    • Jeremy & Connie September 15, 2013 at 9:03 AM #

      Hi David,

      It really depends on how customized you want your website to be. Truth be told, the customization options for website builders will never be as flexible as a custom built website. So if you want to use one of the 4 website builders we’ve discussed above, just bear that in mind.

      Having said that, one of the issues is that you will need some sort of real estate listing engine that works (or can be embedded) into the website builders. I saw a service provider before, but I can’t quite recall its name. But you can take their codes, and embed it into a website and they will manage all the listing updates for you in a separate portal. I know that real estate website was build on Weebly, and it was quite well built.

      I think if you want to build something similar to the style that you currently have, I would suggest Weebly. But if you want to have a makeover and be more stylish and image driven, Squarespace might be a good option to explore.

      But again, it all depends on whether you are using an existing listing engine / widget and if that’s needs to be plugged into the website or not. You can’t be sure if the widget works with any one of the website builders until you try!

      – Jeremy

      • David September 18, 2013 at 11:04 AM #

        Hi Jeremy:

        Thanks for the thoughtful response. Yes, I will have to find an IDX provider for my local multiple listing service (MLS) that displays my properties for sale in Marietta. I am aware that a self built solution won’t be as robust as a custom build, but at this point, I really just need a site that showcases my real estate so that I can point it out to existing and potential clients. The custom solution is very good for just getting started, but the recurring expense is fairly significant.

  53. lindy17 September 13, 2013 at 7:37 PM #

    hi, im planning to build a travel blog . which of the four would be better for me?

    • Jeremy & Connie September 14, 2013 at 7:04 AM #

      Hi Lindy17,

      I think it really depends on how you want to structure your website. If you would like your website to be heavily image driven, I would suggest you look at Squarespace’s themes. They might work very well for a travel blog to display some of your images and to share your experiences. Plus, their blog function can be exported into WordPress if you ever decide to switch to a more powerful blogging platform. We talk more about that in our Squarespace vs WordPress article here.

      If you just want a very simple website and want to be able to build it for free, then Weebly and Wix are good candidates. Just be aware that if you use their free program, they will include advertisements of themselves on your page (which is fair since you’re using them for free).

      But in my opinion, I’d check out Squarespace as I think their templates can make a travel blog look “alive”.

      – Jeremy

  54. James September 13, 2013 at 3:09 AM #

    Hi,

    Just to check with you about. Weebly n wix. I started with wix n was on the verge of signing a plan until I discovered weebly. Weebly allows code export which is a good thing as I m assured that my efforts in designing the site will not go to waste if I choose to switch host. Would u recommend I go with the starter plan for weebly? I hv my own domain from elsewhere n am not sure if I can use up to how many domains in weebly , u hv any idea ? How do I link up the domain names? Thanks, James

    • Jeremy & Connie September 13, 2013 at 8:05 AM #

      Hi James,

      Thanks for your comment. If you want to point your domain name to a Weebly website, you have to upgrade to at least a Starter plan (this is a basic requirement for all website builders I’ve compared above). For each website that you build with Weebly that you want to have its own custom domain name, you will need to upgrade them on a per website basis.

      So what this means is that if you want to build 2 websites on Weebly, and for both, you want to use your own domain name, then you need at least 2 Starter plans.

      Weebly’s help pages will have detailed instruction on how to link up your domain name to the website. But in general, it’s just going to your domain name registrar and pointing the domain name to Weebly’s nameserver. It’s relatively easy but will sometimes take around 24 hours for it to work. In my experiences, it usually takes about 2 hours or so.

      Lastly, just be aware that when you do export your site, importing it into another host is possible, but just be aware that if you want to make any edits to the site, you will need to do that in the codes since you no longer have the support of Weebly’s drag and drop platform!

      – Jeremy

  55. Tony September 1, 2013 at 5:56 PM #

    I just recently started my own blog and this is how I finally settled on Weebly:
    1. Tried Blogger on Google, simple, free, just too limited
    2. SquareSpace – just didn’t work as promised and a bit pricey for a hobby.
    3. Wix – just wasn’t as intuitive as expected
    4. Weebly – for my needs it just works. You pay a little in ease of use by having to “dig in the code” on occasion. You can get some pro templates from other sites, divtag, webfire themes if you desire.

    I do it as a hobby, so if you need full control it may not be for you, but for me Weebly is working so far.

  56. Wijdan Rohail August 29, 2013 at 4:39 AM #

    My Vote for Wix…

  57. Sid August 25, 2013 at 8:36 PM #

    Thanks for the info, but I decide to use template. They weren’t offering me the flexibility of using a hosted site.

  58. Jon Lee August 20, 2013 at 4:11 PM #

    Hi,
    I like the sound of Squarespace, especially for its aesthetics and support, but will need to include e-commerce features. These aren’t mentioned in your review–are they good? bad? so-so?

    And, in general, what should the newbie know and look for in e-commerce systems in terms of payment processing and other considerations?

    Would love to hear your and others’ opinions on this!

    • Jeremy & Connie August 20, 2013 at 4:27 PM #

      Hi Jon,

      Squarespace actually has a pretty good set of e-commerce tools. We have our review here – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/squarespace-e-commerce-business-review/

      Just note that they are only available for merchants in the US, Canada and the UK. They’ve been expanding aggressively so it’s only a matter of time before more countries are added to that list.

      I terms of picking an e-commerce shop builder, it really depends on your needs. If you are trying to sell a limited number of products (1 – 30), Squarespace will do the job just fine.

      But if you are looking at closer to 100 or even more, I’d suggest looking at a pure e-commerce shop builder such as Shopify or Bigcommerce. Check out this category page for more information – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/ecommerce-website-builder/

      Good luck!

      – Jeremy

  59. Jo August 4, 2013 at 7:37 PM #

    Thank you so much for the information you present here. Looks like you have done a lot of work, which is very helpful to many.

    So far I am considering choosing between Wix and Squarespace. I have 2 questions I hope you can help me with please:

    1) One of your comments above states the template cannot be changed once chosen with Wix. Is that true for Squarespace as well?

    2) With either of these, do you “own” your domain? On other words, will it be ascribed to you or your business on the whois site?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    • Jeremy & Connie August 5, 2013 at 10:54 AM #

      Hey Jo,

      Thanks for your feedback! To answer your questions:

      1) You can switch templates for Squarespace, and retain the information / content that you’ve created. So it’s definitely better off than Wix from this perspective. What you can do is just create a trial account and quickly test this for yourself so you feel more comfortable with it. Insert some “dummy” content and switch templates within Squarespace so you can verify it as well.

      2) Yes you will “own” the domain name. So you can transfer them out of either Squarespace or Wix if you decide to leave them. Just note that as per the ICANN rules, you can only transfer domain names away from a registrar after 60 days. This rule applies across all domain name registrars (such as GoDaddy) so you’re not getting any unfair treatment.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  60. Zach July 16, 2013 at 7:36 PM #

    Thank you for writing this. This was helpful to me and exactly what I needed to read as I am looking to build a website.

    But one question- What planet are living on that Google Plus is a “major social media platform”?
    Maybe you work for Google? That’s the only reasonable answer I can think of as to why you would say that lol

    • Jeremy & Connie July 18, 2013 at 11:38 AM #

      LOL – well, Google Plus is undeniably gaining a lot of momentum as a social media platform. Plus, they’re Google and so expanding a presence on Google Plus is a very helpful way of improving search rankings in Google (as a search engine).

      And no – we don’t work for Google! :)

      – Jeremy

  61. kaori July 16, 2013 at 4:16 AM #

    Thank you for your reviews, Jeremy and Connie!
    It helps me very much to decide which website builder I will use.
    I will choice Weebly and Jimdo for a try:)
    Thanks!

    • Jeremy & Connie July 18, 2013 at 11:33 AM #

      You’re very welcome Kaori!

      Give them both a try (trying is free anyway!) and see which one works better for you! Just remember that if you use Jimdo, they do have a Japanese interface / editor, so that’s an added benefit. Jimdo provides support in 12 different languages, so they’re a truly global oriented website builder!

      – Jeremy

  62. Jason July 15, 2013 at 7:37 AM #

    Thank you for this comparison. I have been using Weebly for a little over a year now, but just wnated to see if there is anything else out there. I have heard positives about Squarespace, but the price seems a little high. Overall, I have been really happy with Weebly, especially the price. And, yes, I would agree, not the best looking templates, but there are many to choose from. A couple sites I did with them- HomeownersInsuranceAustinTexas.com and BusinessInsuranceAustinTexas.com. Again, thanks for the comparison.

  63. Tiffany P. July 11, 2013 at 7:55 PM #

    I’ve really appreciated your various articles and reviews but still struggle with one issue . . . I am re-building (from scratch) a site that will be listing events (updated frequently) that generates ad revenue from local restaurants, event planners, etc. I find very limited information on any fees owed to these builders for private ads I place on my site (as opposed to use of AdSense, etc.) Any guidance on that issue and ease of updating (as opposed to ease of setting up) would be greatly appreciated.

    • Jeremy & Connie July 11, 2013 at 9:13 PM #

      Tiffany,

      I think what you do in terms of private ads is your own business so to speak, so the website builders should not be entitled to a cut of your commissions. I know that Weebly does take 50% of AdSense revenues though.

      Best to reach out to the website builders to clarify this issue pertaining to private advertisements, as I don’t think they are discussed on their sites.

      – Jeremy

      • Adam Tanguay January 15, 2014 at 2:41 PM #

        Jeremy, Connie, and Tiffany

        Weebly’s Adsense revenue sharing policy was updated in late December. Users now get 100% of AdSense revenue. Just wanted to share the update!

        -Adam

        • Jeremy & Connie January 15, 2014 at 5:10 PM #

          Hi Adam,

          Thanks so much for your update! I’ve updated some of the comments in our review post for Weebly, but I guess I missed this one. Thanks so much for taking the effort to contribute to this discussion.

          – Jeremy

  64. Clare Sturt July 7, 2013 at 8:16 AM #

    Hi I am trying to build a weebly pro site; but I need to be able to have shops order stuff by clicking on buttons; BUT then have a list of their order sent to me, so they dont have to pay then and there, instead I send an invoice with their order and of course they pay wholesale rates:

    I am already committed to weebly as I have spent a lot of time building the site – it isnt published yet:

    thanks so much; if you cd point me in the right direction it would be wonderful.

    Clare Sturt

    ps I have no real computer skills

    • Jeremy & Connie July 7, 2013 at 12:50 PM #

      Hi Clare,

      I don’t think Weebly has that function and it sounds like you need a customized solution to build such a system.

      Have you considered just using the standard contact form from Weebly, and just have your customers email you about their order with contact information? You can then just email them the proper ordering procedures.

      – Jeremy

  65. Howard Steele June 18, 2013 at 4:15 AM #

    A brilliant review!
    I agree that it’s important to test a few website builders yourself prior to putting all eggs in one basket. Reviews (especially professional, like yours) can help save you a big deal of time, yet it’s always better to see once that to hear 100 times :) It’s important to feel the level of comfort in every way (navigation, feature set) and then make the ultimate decision.

  66. Michael June 11, 2013 at 1:01 AM #

    Jeremy & Connie!
    Thank you for your very helpful overview of the 4 website builders!
    Michael, Germany

  67. Alan Irom June 3, 2013 at 5:14 AM #

    Jeremy and Connie,

    Thanks for the useful reviews. What I don’t see covered in these and other reviews is extensibility of the tools. Similar has been issue for code generators of other types. Looking at Weebly and Squarespace, they are good and easy to use as far as they go, but don’t provide access to outside data. For example is there a way to maintain and access some data in a server database, which is needed in many applications – or another way to accomplish the same result? Doing this in some other tool with Javascript and PHP is not difficult.

    Possibly tradeoff between ease of use and more open interfaces. Is this worth considering in reviews?

    • Jeremy & Connie June 3, 2013 at 1:02 PM #

      Hi Alan,

      Thanks for contributing. All of the website builders that we’ve reviewed are “close sourced”, so they’re quite different from the likes of WordPress where if you were comfortable with technology, you can do more advanced things such as what you suggested.

      I think that a lot of people choose website builders such as Weebly or Squarespace, is due to the ease of use, as they won’t have to deal with more advanced “technie” issues. Flexibility with these website builders when it comes to more advanced tech management is limited, but that’s exactly who Weebly and Squarespace (for example) are targeting.

      If you are comfortable with managing databases, or modifying PHP, WordPress or other CMS such as Drupal or Joomla do have that flexibility, and you do some incredible things with them.

      With Javascript, you can still do a bit of it with Weebly, Squarespace or even Jimdo as they allow you to access their HTML / CSS sources.

      Hope this helps and thanks for adding to this discussion!

      – Jeremy

  68. Susan May 14, 2013 at 1:34 PM #

    thank you…

  69. jeff May 1, 2013 at 10:36 AM #

    Hi, currently trying out weebly on a free basis until I get items that I wish to sell in stock then will go Pro. I have also tried FreeWebStore.org. Was wondering what your feelings are regarding these two sites. I like both.

    • Jeremy & Connie May 1, 2013 at 3:32 PM #

      Hi Jeff,

      We don’t have any experiences with FreeWebStore, so can’t comment on how well they function as a website builder. But Weebly is pretty good and overall, we’ve had very experiences with them.

      If you are building an online store, you should also consider Jimdo and Squarespace (they have an under-rated online store features – here’s our review on their e-commerce functions – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/squarespace-e-commerce-business-review/).

      – Jeremy

  70. James M. April 29, 2013 at 11:20 AM #

    These reviews are incredibly helpful — thank you, guys — but as a person who hasn’t looked at website builders in years, I’m a little confused by the pricing on these services. If I want to build a basic site that’s unlikely to change much, or I’m comfortable tinkering with the code directly to make changes, do I need to play the monthly fee just to hang onto the code I’ve generated with these builders? If I pay, say, $7/month for one month only and then quit, is that website still mine? I’d be using my own url in any case, and all I really want is a simple building tool.

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy & Connie April 29, 2013 at 12:20 PM #

      Hi James,

      These website builders are hosted services, so their monthly fees include hosting to allow your website to remain on the internet.

      If you create your own website without using these website builders, you will still have to pay a monthly hosting fee somewhere else anyway (which could be as low as $3 – $4 per month). However, you won’t get the ability to use the website builders’ drag and drop editing tools, which is a downside you should consider in your decision making process.

      Amongst the website builders that we have reviewed, Weebly allows you to export all the codes, and you can import these codes into a separate host. However, if you want to make design changes or edits to the website, you will need to do those on the side without the ability to use Weebly’s simple editing tools.

      Squarespace also allows you to export their sites into WordPress. But as mentioned, you will have to pay separate monthly fees for hosting anyway.

      So I would recommend against doing this, as the few extra dollars per month gives you the flexibility and option to make edits / updates on the fly.

      Further, some of the website builders such as Squarespace and Wix, although they are about 8 dollars per month, they give you a free domain name which is valued at around $12 per year (or $1 per month). You will have to purchase a domain name anyway even if you host your own website.

      Weebly’s Starter Plan is about $3.30 per month, so pretty economical. That price doesn’t include a domain name though.

      Our pricing discussion and analyses are included in each website builder’s review pages.

      Hope this helps.

      – Jeremy

  71. Tami Bethune April 29, 2013 at 6:34 AM #

    Thank you for your insights, as it is well organized and to the point, your trademark style.

    I liked the Jimdo e-commerce demo and see how it is beyond the Weebly offering. If I have a Weebly site can I use Jimdo for the ecommerce portion and link out? Or should I move the whole site to Jimdo? Or would you recommend a third party add-in for the Weebly that would allow larger inventory with tags, customer comments, details, multiple payment options, etc.

    • Jeremy & Connie April 29, 2013 at 10:35 AM #

      Hey Tami – I think there are a few independent 3rd party shopping carts that are compatible with Weebly. I’ve seen them in action and looks like they do work, though I haven’t used them before so can’t quite comment on how well they work.

      But as a general rule of thumb, using 3rd party plugins may not be the best practice as those codes are not “native” to the website builder. So if you are fine with using Jimdo as a website builder, I would suggest that you use them as their e-commerce tools are built-in and will be updated as Jimdo updates their platform.

      Squarespace also has a pretty robust e-commerce platform and we have a complete review of it here – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/squarespace-e-commerce-business-review/

      Their e-commerce tools are also built-in, so they are fully integrated throughout their website builder.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  72. Bernardo R April 22, 2013 at 9:38 AM #

    Jeremy and Connie,

    Congratulations for your reviews, really insightful.

    I would like to know – and couldn’t find straight answers elsewhere, thus troubling you with this issue – how well Wix and Weebly perform with Google Adsense. I see Weebly has an integrated tool but not sure if it works and heard Wix doesn’t have such feature. Also, are the SEO features similar?

    Thanks

    • Jeremy & Connie April 22, 2013 at 10:08 AM #

      Hi Bernardo,

      Thanks for your comment. I just did a check on Wix and it looks like they don’t have a dedicated element to support Google Adsense. [UPDATE July 18 2013 - Wix now allows Adsense to run on their sites. You'll have to visit their App Market to add this function into your Wix website]

      As for the performance of Adsense with Weebly, I can’t really share any personal experiences as we’ve never ran Adsense in any of our Weebly sites before. But as far as my understanding goes, it works as long as you can drive traffic to your site.

      Also, if you are using the free version of Weebly, I believe you will have to share your Adense revenue on a 50/50 basis with Weebly. But once you upgrade to a paid package, I believe you get to keep 100% of the advertisement revenues.

      In terms of SEO, in my own personal experience, Weebly works very well and Connie and I have received really good rankings on Google. Wix was just ‘so-so’ but of course, we didn’t benchmark both on equal basis since we did focus a bit more on our Weebly websites due to specific projects we had.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  73. Elina Mackay March 12, 2013 at 11:27 PM #

    Jeremy and Connie

    I fear I may flatter you too much but you have again excelled in your presentation “expert review” on and about “website builder”

    Thank you for you guidance

    • Jeremy & Connie March 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM #

      Hi Elina – thanks and we’re glad you’re finding this helpful!

      • Nathan April 14, 2014 at 8:13 AM #

        Hi Jeremy & Connie,
        Do you know of any tour site builders whether hiring web designer or using one of the web site builder software you discussed?
        Thanks, Nathan

        • Jeremy & Connie April 14, 2014 at 11:49 AM #

          Hey Nathan,

          I don’t know of any website builders that focuses on building tours. If the majority of your content is text, images, slideshows, videso, then you can definitely use one of the 4 I mentioned above to build out your site.

          But if you have a specific booking engine that you would like to use, you may be able to integrate that with the website builders as they do allow you to embed codes into the content area. You just need to get the snippet of codes that the booking engine / widget provides you.

          – Jeremy

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