Wix vs Weebly – Which Website Builder is Better?

Last updated on July 24, 2014

wix vs weeblyThe comparison between Wix vs Weebly is a discussion topic that’s frequently debated, and I just want to share my opinion with you in this post.

Connie and I have been using both website builders extensively, and have written equally extensive reviews on them (you can see our review on Wix and review on Weebly here).

We’re going to compare some of the key features between the two website builders, give our opinions on which website builder is better for each feature, and you can decide overall, whether Wix or Weebly is better for you.

In this post, I will compare Wix and Weebly in 8 different aspects to see which one is better.

COMPARISON OUTLINE

1) Is Wix or Weebly More Popular?

Wix vs Weebly - Wix UsersThis one is difficult to measure, and can be misleading.  Let me explain what I mean.

Most people will judge popularity by the website builders’ total user base – how many people are using Wix versus how many people are using Weebly.

Both Wix and Weebly are very large website builders.  At the time of this post, Wix has 50 million registered accounts and Weebly has 20 million.  A quick math tells us that Wix has more than 2 times the number of registered accounts than Weebly, but this comparison is not very clear cut.

A registered user is not the same as an active user.  A person could sign up for free accounts and abandon the website builder.  That abandoned account may also be counted as part of the total number of “registered user”.

wix vs weebly - weebly users

So the 50 million registered users for Wix or the 20 million registered users for Weebly may not be completely accurate.  The fact will remain that we might never know which website builder has a larger “active” user base, which is a much more accurate measurement of which one is more popular.

Opinion:

Based on the numbers published by each website builder, it appears that Wix has more registered users.  But again, the numbers could be very misleading.

As such, you should not put too much emphasis on determining which website builder more superior based on the total number of users for each website builder.  Rather, just keep this in mind as we discuss more pros and cons in the following sections.

2) Template Designs

When it comes to comparing the quality and appeal of template designs, on the surface, Wix wins – hands down.

However, it’s not as straight-forward as you would think, and that’s why I’ve decided to evaluate Wix and Weebly’s designs on several different factors.

Keep reading….

Wix has beautiful and stunning templates

Wix’s template designs are stunningly beautiful, and as I mentioned in our Wix templates overview, the best thing about their templates is that they are completely built out already and are very professional looking.

wix vs weebly - wix templates

All you have to do is just pick a design that works for you, and swap in your own pictures, text and information.  The website layout and designs are all done already.  You don’t have to spend time building or trying to be creative, as the templates have literally done all the creative work for you already.

Templates for Weebly have always been an improvement point that they’re working on.  Weebly is releasing more and more templates, but not as fast as Wix, and their designs are definitely not as beautiful as templates from Wix.

But if we look beyond the design surface, and search a bit deeper, this is not as straightforward comparison as you think…. It’s definitely not a “slam dunk” victory for Wix….

Wix – The Land of No Return…

Once you pick a template to use for Wix, you can’t change templates afterwards.  This could be problematic for you as you might want to change your website design later to give your website a new look and feel.

So if you are using Wix, and if you want to change designs, you will have to build your website all over again.

To be honest, that sucks.

So you better be 120% sure that you love the template from Wix and that you will continue using it for as long as possible.

As for Weebly, changing between template designs is a simple.  Just click on the template you want to use, and all your website content will automatically be transferred into the new template. No information will be lost, which is very convenient.

I think the main reason why Wix can’t transfer website content whereas Weebly can, is that Wix is a “pure” drag and drop website builder where you can insert content literally anywhere in the website.  As such, technically, this makes transferring of content into a different design rather difficult, if even possible.

Whereas for Weebly, you can only insert elements into pre-defined areas, so this makes transferring of data easier.  I’ll discuss more about this in another section below.

HTML / CSS Editor

If you are handy with codes, Weebly allows you to modify the website design through codes.  This is very important to some people as it allows them to almost build any design they want.

wix vs weebly - weebly editor

But if you don’t know codes, you can always hire someone who does to help you.

The important part is that being able to access the HTML and CSS editor allows you so much more flexibility in terms of design.

For Wix, they don’t provide this option to you.  So you’re stuck with their designs.  As beautiful as their templates are, without access to the HTML / CSS editor, it could be a bit limiting.

But of course, this depends on what you need.  If you are satisfied with using stock templates and not making any modifications, Wix might be just fine for you.

Opinion:

Not being able to change templates for Wix is a real drawback for you.  This is offset by them having a lot of gorgeous templates for you to choose from.

On the other hand, even though Weebly’s templates are plain, they do allow you to change templates without losing any website information.

They also give you the flexibility to make edits in their codes, which opens up a world of possibilities in terms of design.  You can also purchase and import pre-made templates such as those from DivTag Templates.

Overall, I think Wix has much better design selection, but they are very restrictive.  Weebly is more flexible, but you might have to work a little bit more to get what you want.

3) Drag and Drop Structure – Which One is More Pure?

As I mentioned above, Wix is a pure drag and drop website builder as you can literally insert any website building components (called elements) into anywhere within the website.

Weebly is not as pure, as you can only insert elements into designated areas, either in the content body area, or in the footer.  At the time of this post, you can’t insert any elements into the header area yet.

So on the surface, it looks like Wix has more flexibility for you.

However, as I mentioned in the Template Designs section above, the fact that Wix has a pure drag and drop interface may have prevented it from allowing you to inter-change template designs.

Since Weebly only allows you to insert elements in certain designated areas of the template, this allows them to ensure more structural consistency across templates. So when you change designs, elements can transfer across the templates.

Opinion

If you want to be able to place elements anywhere in the template, Wix will be a better choice for you.

But just bear in mind that the disadvantage is that once you pick a template, you can’t change it to another template without completely rebuilding your website.

4) Website Building Tools / Elements

About 80% to 90% of each website is built with some very basic elements, including title, paragraph / text, pictures and perhaps a few slideshows.

While both Wix and Weebly have those elements, the level of flexibility and control each website builder gives you are very different.

Wix gives you a lot of advanced controls over their elements, meaning you can have a lot of different styling options.  Just bear in mind that functionality-wise, you can’t change them, but rather, you have more advanced control over how each element is styled.

As for Weebly elements, they are plainer and even though they give you limited options to alter the design for each element, there are very few choices.

On the surface, once again, Wix seems to better.

Yet again, if we dig a bit deeper, too much flexibility from Wix could also be problematic.  Let me explain.

Allowing too much design flexibility for each Wix element, while it’s nice, some users may “abuse” this privilege and negatively impact their website performance.

If you “trick out” your website by modifying each Wix element to a point where you go overboard, you can potentially be putting a lot of stress on your website, decreasing its loading time, and therefore, negatively impact your visitors’ user experiences.

A slow website loading time can have severe consequences to you and your website:

  1. People can get tired of waiting and abandon your website – this is a very serious issue
  2. Google considers website and webpage loading time as an important factor in their search algorithm. So the faster your website loads, the higher chance you will rank higher in search results (we introduce a simple tool that can actually help you load your website faster – sign up here).

Opinion

Wix gives you more design and features flexibility when it comes to their elements.  But this is a double-edge sword as if you do too much of it, as it may slow down your website loading speed, increase the number of people abandoning your website, and potentially rank lower in Google search results.

On the other hand, I believe that Weebly pride itself in keeping things simple and minimalistic.  Fewer bells and whistles can be a good thing.

After all, they allow you to custom style elements in their CSS editor.  If you don’t know codes, you can always hire someone to help if you want to.

My thoughts? Wix is probably better because they have more advanced tools to give you more flexibility, but as they say, do everything in moderation.  Don’t overkill your elements’ designs, or it can actually end up hurting you.

5) User Support

As I mentioned in my review of Wix, the help feature and community support for Wix is one of my favorite parts of this website builder.

For each Wix element that you use to build your website, they have a separate “question mark” there so when you click on it, it will show you specific help instructions that’s directly related to the element you are using.

wix vs weebly - wix support

It’s nice how you don’t have to spend time and dig into their support center to find related help (but it’s there if you need it).

Weebly on the other hand, does not have this feature.  You will have to go to their support center, type in what you need help on, and search there.

wix vs weebly - weebly support center

Once again, on the surface, it looks like Wix’s help functions are much more helpful.

While this appears to be true, I think the reason why Wix’s help functions are so much more comprehensive is that their product is more complex.  As mentioned above, Wix gives you the option to make all sorts of personalization to its elements. So with more bells and whistles, naturally they need more support.

If you subscribe to Wix’s VIP plan, they actually offer you priority phone support, and also VIP support where you have access to one-on-one personal support from their team (more on pricing of the VIP plan below).

As for Weebly, since their elements and user interface are much more minimalistic, it’s really simple and intuitive to use.  It’s almost as if you can have it all figured out in just a few minutes.  Less modification options can be better as well.

Opinion

I’m a bit torn between Wix and Weebly on this one.  

Wix needs more support as their website builder has a lot more features and options, and as such, a bit more complicated to use.  But we do like the availability of phone support for their VIP plan.

Weebly requires less support since their tools are easier to use – they keeps things simple.  So you can’t really fault them for investing fewer resources into their support center because in my experience, when I first started using Weebly on different projects, I almost never needed to consult their support center.

So I think Wix wins in terms of user support, but I really enjoy the minimalistic approach of Weebly – their tools are so easy to use, I really don’t think you need a massive library of help topics.

6) Exporting Your Website

Being able or not able to export your website from either Wix or Weebly can potentially be an important consideration for you.

weebly export archiving function

Weebly actually allows you to export your website and import it into a different host if you want.  This is really a nice feature as if you decide to leave Weebly for whatever reason, or if Weebly one day shuts down, you can always move your website away from Weebly and have it hosted somewhere else.  There’s a tutorial from DivTag Templates on how to export a Weebly website and import it into another host.

Wix does not have an export function.  Even though I can understand that there are a lot of Wix features that only functions within their hosting environment, I’ve always been in favor of solid backup plans, as you can never tell what the future brings.

If I was to spend time to build out and improve a website, I want to have the option to take the website with me. With Wix, I can’t help but feel that I’m a hostage to their platform.

Opinion

This one is a very personal one.  Personally, I always like to have back up plans, so I definitely prefer Weebly over Wix on this feature.

But one thing you should consider is that if you were ever to export your website out of Weebly, and into another host, you might not have the technical knowledge of maintaining the website outside of Weebly anyway.  But then, you can always hire someone to help.

At the end of the day, having the export function is a much better option than losing your entire website, or having to spend time to rebuild everything.  Having to rebuild everything is a major interruption to your business and personal life!

So for me, Weebly wins as they have the export function.

7) Advertisement

If you are using the free version of Weebly or if you are using the lowest premium package or the free version of Wix, both website builders will include some advertisement of their services in your website.

Where they insert the advertisement and how prominent they are, is where Wix and Weebly differ.

For Weebly, their advertisement is nicely placed in the footer of your website.  It’s a lot more subtle relative to Wix. weebly footer With Wix, they place two separate advertisements in your Wix website.  One towards the top right hand corner that’s “sticky” meaning that even if you scroll down the page, the advertisement will still be visible at all times.

The second Wix advertisement is a footer bar across the bottom of your Wix website, which is also “sticky” so it will be visible at all times, no matter where you are in your website.

wix vs weebly - wix advertisement

Further, even if you upgrade to Wix’s lowest package in their premium program (at $4.95 per month, or $4.08 per month if you subscribe for 1 year), the advertisements will still be there which is a pretty terrible deal, considering you are paying up to $59.40 per year.

So it’s pretty obvious that they are encouraging you to subscribe for the higher plan. I have more thoughts on Wix’s pricing plan in the Wix review page.

Opinion

In terms of advertisements, considering which of Wix or Weebly is less prominent and “annoying”, Weebly wins here.

Weebly’s advertisement is very subtle in comparison to Wix, which is more prominent / noticeable.

Granted, I understand that if I am using a free service, it is reasonable to expect some sort of advertisement.  But Wix’s advertisement is a bit too much (relative to Weebly, that is).  Further, the part that really bugs me is that even if I upgraded to the lowest Wix premium package, their advertisements will still be there.

8) Pricing

At the time of this post, the pricing difference between Wix and Weebly is pretty wide.

Wix’s premium plans start from $6.90 per month and goes up to $29.90 per month (or $24.90 per month if you subscribe for 1 year). wix vs weebly - wix pricing

Weebly’s premium plans start from $4.83 per month (minimum 6 months) and goes to $3.29 per month if you sign up for 2 years (click here for detailed analysis of Weebly pricing plans).

weebly pro and starter pricing

Weebly eCommerce - Business Discount Pricing

Wix presents to you with 5 different plans, so the higher the plan, the more features they release to you.

With Weebly, they only present you with 3 premium plans.  Click here to see in-depth details and review of the Weebly Business (eCommerce functions) and Weebly Pro plans.

Opinion

If pricing is your only consideration, then Weebly Pro and Starter plans are much cheaper than Wix.  However, this does not necessarily mean Weebly is better for you as Wix does offer a lot more advanced features that Weebly does not.

For eCommerce plans for Wix and Weebly, Weebly does require a slightly higher monthly investment.  Also keep in mind that Wix does provide phone support, which Weebly does not.

At the end of the day, a few dollars difference per month isn’t a concern for the most part.  The most important consideration is finding the best website builder that suits your specific needs.  You can reflect upon this by considering other points we’ve discussed throughout this article.

If you are also ready to get started with Wix, here’s an Official Wix Coupon to help you save a bit more money.

Overall Conclusion

The differences between Wix and Weebly are very noticeable.

Wix seems to have adopted the “advanced features” approach, giving you all sorts of tools to play with within their website builder.

Weebly seems to have gone the opposite way of adopting the minimalistic approach, keeping things as streamlined and as simple as possible.  This makes Weebly much easier to use.

Also, even though Wix gives you a lot more advanced features, Weebly gives you more flexibility (such as changing templates, important external templates, being able to edit its CSS / HTML codes, and also exporting your website).

At the end of the day, you should consider what features are better suited for you.

Wix has a lot more advanced features for you (especially with their App Market), which can be very useful for you if you are building a website that requires a bit more bells and whistles.  But as I mentioned above, overloading your website with advanced features is not necessarily a good thing.

I particularly dislike the fact that you are stuck with a design template in Wix, and they don’t allow you to change templates without rebuilding your website.  Although I have to admit, their templates are beautiful.

I’d encourage you to sign up for free accounts with both Wix and Weebly and spend a bit of time playing around with each one of them.  Only through these free trials that you can form your own conclusion as to which website builder is better for your own unique needs.

Just another quick note – both Wix and Weebly offer money back guarantees (14 days for Wix and 30 days for Weebly), so if you want to upgrade and test their advanced features, you can do so without taking on risks.

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

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194 Responses to Wix vs Weebly – Which Website Builder is Better?

  1. Randy July 29, 2014 at 2:41 AM #

    Great article, thanks: pretty much confirmed what I figured i.e. weebly for now.

  2. lincoln June 20, 2014 at 10:33 AM #

    Even though the builders are shared servers, and even the site being optimized, it seems that wix and weebly are slow anyway. Maybe that’s the difference of wordpress, the fact that you can host it on a shared server, but still faster than the wix and weebly overloaded.

    • Jeremy Wong June 21, 2014 at 5:23 AM #

      Hi Lincoln,

      Thanks for your comment. While I’ve used both shared servers for WordPress and also for Wix and Weebly, I can’t say definitively which is faster as there are so many different variables that can impact loading speed.

      But if you are more technical and can manage your own hosting arrangements, you can definitely get much faster loading speed with dedicated servers (assuming you are building your site with WordPress.org). At the same time, this will be a bigger financial commitment on a monthly basis as well.

      - Jeremy

  3. Cristina June 15, 2014 at 10:45 PM #

    Hi there, in previous comparisons of yours (of those I’ve read, so appreciative) you’ve compared shopping carts or processors. Is there a different review that covers that for these 2? Also, email addresses…do either of these builders come with email address capability or functionality?

    I’ve set up 2 weebly accounts. The latest is a store, 5-10 products. I’ve set up a free version & am ready to upgrade with a purchased domain name…will check wiz’s free version first.
    A comparison of their store ease/processor & email address info will greatly help.
    Thanks,
    Cristina

    • Jeremy Wong June 16, 2014 at 2:12 AM #

      Hi Cristina,

      Unfortunately we don’t have a discussion article comparing the ecommerce features between Wix and Weebly. But we do have a more comprehensive post for Weebly’s ecommerce features here.

      As for email, you can refer to our comparison chart between a few website builders. Basically neither Wix or Weebly provide their own built in email functions. However, you can connect your own custom email address by signing up to Google Business Apps. Be sure to read footnote 11 in the comparison chart page.

      - Jeremy

  4. Mike June 12, 2014 at 12:23 PM #

    Hi,

    The cost of domain name registration through Weebly is kind of expensive ($35/yr). Can I use my domain name registered through 1&1, and have Weebly host the site? If so, are there typically any extra costs that 1&1 or Weebly would charge me by doing so?

    -Mike

    • Jeremy Wong June 12, 2014 at 12:57 PM #

      Hey Mike,

      Yes you can use a domain name purchased elsewhere and connect it with your Weebly account. Here are some instructions directly from Weebly.

      Also know that if you want to connect a custom domain name to your Weebly account, you will need to upgrade to at least their Starter Plan (see our Weebly pricing discussion here).

      Hope this clarifies things!

      - Jeremy

      • Mike June 12, 2014 at 1:20 PM #

        Jeremey, thanks for the quick response! That is very helpful.

        And also, you’re site has been great for helping me switch my work website away from Dreamweaver.

        Thanks so much!
        -Mike

  5. Jonathan June 9, 2014 at 8:40 AM #

    Hey guys, I was wondering if you could answer a question for me.

    I’m comfortable using Weebly as a site builder yet a new site I’m developing requires access to/reconfiguration of the Database software side of the equation.

    Do you know if I can build my site in Weebly(most pages) yet have it hosted at someplace like GoDaddy where they’ll work with me on this key part of the equation..

    Thanks,

    J.

    • Jeremy Wong June 10, 2014 at 3:35 AM #

      Hey Jonathan,

      Unfortunately for drag and drop website builders such as Weebly, they don’t grant their users access to databases yet. The majority of the users are not as advanced / technical oriented.

      You might have to look into more advanced solutions such as WordPress, which do allow you the flexibility to have a lot more technical control over your site (though can be a very steep learning curve if you are not very technical!)

      - Jeremy

  6. Frank May 30, 2014 at 10:22 AM #

    We’ve had a small online side business for 15 years, set up and maintained by a friend using Front Page. Now that we’re retired, we want to take the business full time. Our friend will not be around long (very ill), and we’re wondering if we should buy and learn Front Page, or move to another website builder. We know nothing about building websites, code, or other facets. We now have 40 products in one category, but will have 8 categories (so about 10-12 pages) and from 200-250 products within 2-3 years (we’ve deliberately kept our business small so it would be manageable given that we were running it in the evenings, after our regular jobs). We would need hosting, a shopping cart that can handle pricing by quantity ($4 for one item, $5 for two items, higher tiers for Canada and a flat rate for international, etc). Our product are small, flat and are shipped via mail. We already give up a percentage of $$ to PayPal of and would prefer not to have to give up more to a website source. What are your recommendations?

    • Jeremy Wong June 4, 2014 at 7:04 AM #

      Hi Frank,

      If you are aiming to get to that many products, I think it’s worthwhile to consider using a dedicated e-commerce store builder such as Shopify or Bigcommerce, as they have much more sophisticated tools to allow you to manage your store over the longer term. Plus, Shopify and Bigcommerce has a lot more flexibility than Wix or Weebly when it comes to e-commerce tools.

      Hope this points you down the right path!

      - Jeremy

  7. Jonathan May 29, 2014 at 10:20 PM #

    Hey Jeremy, so I’m looking to build a second website as my first with Weebly is running smoothly and I really value being able to make changes whenever I want..

    This second site will be centered around a lot of Message Boards and thus, I plan on incorporating an outside provider called MyBB.

    The problem I’ve encountered is that they require that the Hosting Company(i was thinking Weebly again) meet minimum Database Version requirements.

    After reaching out to Weebly I received the following response..

    “You can edit your site with HTML, CSS, and Javascript; however, Weebly does not support building your site with server side languages, such as PHP or ASP. We also do not currently offer database access, and these options are not likely to become available in the near future. Very sorry for that!”

    So Jeremy, can you tell me if this is a job for Wix or WordPress..or perhaps any other suggestions?

    Thanks,

    Jonathan

    • Jeremy Wong May 30, 2014 at 4:03 AM #

      Hi Jonathan,

      Most, if not all, drag and drop website builders manage all the hosting requirements for you. As such, users won’t have access to the more advanced hosting / coding functions, which is a great thing for less technical users, but could be inconvenient for those with advanced technical knowledge and want to customize / tune certain technical functions.

      In your case, neither Weebly nor Wix allow you access to your website’s database. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that their hosting services do not meet what MyBB needs. So perhaps you can see if you can install MyBB on either platform and see if it works?

      If not, perhaps you will need a bit more advanced solution such as WordPress.

      - Jeremy

  8. Mike May 28, 2014 at 8:50 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Thanks again for sharing your expertise and opinions of such interesting topics with such simple terms. I have built a weebly site on a hosting company, and have finally found some PHP code to provide the registration and sign-on function. Found the PHP code on ‘www.allsyntax.com/tutorials/PHP/26/Complete-Members-System/1.php.

    I have the registration and sign-on forms working on the site, and the database working; however I do not know how to integrate it in my weebly page(s) so that it requires members to register or to sign-on for certain pages or it becomes the landing page and require sign-on or registration.

    Any help in how to integrate the php code with the header elements or otherwise is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Mike

    • Jeremy Wong May 28, 2014 at 10:02 AM #

      Hi Mike,

      I’m not entirely sure how to do that without diving deep into the codes, which is outside the scope of this website! But you can always hire freelance coders to help you out with this. There are some good developers for hire on oDesk or Elance.

      Or else you can checkout Sentry Login which is a software that is compatible with Weebly websites. You just have to copy some codes into your site and supposedly it works quite well.

      - Jeremy

  9. Cheryl May 28, 2014 at 6:17 AM #

    I am a web designer and have built websites with everything from straight hand-written code to WYSIWUG (What You See is What You Get) editors. Since this is a discussion concerning Wix & Weebly, I’ll restrict my comments to those editors.

    For someone who:

    is a beginner & wants to ‘do it themselves’,
    doesn’t give a *bleep* about code,
    wants something mega-simple to use,

    I’d recommend Weebly. I set up a basic free website and uploaded a logo to it in less than 5 minutes. Very simple, guided process to do this.

    Weebly is simpler to use at first blush – but they seem to immediately ‘nickle and dime’ you for any feature above a free blog. The ability to get into the code is nice, but for a small business or corporate site, a caution: the easy access to site code means anyone can take the web site down easily (by accident or on purpose).

    For someone:

    a little more experienced (but doesn’t need/want to write a lot of code),
    building in the corporate environment but still wants a simple solution,

    I’d choose Wix. The website’s code is hidden so no neophyte or disgruntled employee can take down the website. Wix logs each ‘publication’ to the internet, so if someone does screw things up royally, the admin can go back to the history log and turn back the ‘hands of time’.

    It am not sure if the admin has this restorative flexibility in Weebly. I was unable that function or any information on said function in their support area. They do have live chat during certain hours, and after three unsuccessful searches in support, a box popped up to let me know this. A nice touch.

    Both Wix and Weebly allow users to make a copy of the website on their own server, which I would highly recommend. Easily exporting/backing up website databases to data storage of the users choosing is something I would like to see both services offer (I like keeping code).

    So, if anyone is interested in following up on this, I’d love to know what you find out (I gotta get back to work).

    One more thing: With Wix, you don’t NEED to switch out templates. Just get into the Editor, and start switching around design elements, without ever touching code at all. Don’t like what you did? You can always go back to what you had, and try something else.

    My Wix website, for what it’s worth: http://www.CoderreStudios.com.

    Cheryl

    • Jeremy Wong May 28, 2014 at 7:40 AM #

      Hi Cheryl,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I’d agree mostly with your thoughts as well.

      To add to your points for the benefit of other readers, to prevent anyone from altering the codes in Weebly, you could grant them restricted access to your site by only granting them access as Author or Dashboard Only Access. This way they won’t have full Admin access to your site.

      I’ve also personally seen Weebly’s support team helping some users revert to an earlier version of their websites. So this is definitely possible if your Weebly website gets compromised somehow.

      Thanks so much for sharing again!

      - Jeremy

  10. Michael May 23, 2014 at 12:21 PM #

    Hi Jeremy.

    Thank you. You put a lot of effort into your review relating to the comparison of Wix and Weeby’s Web builder sites. Very helpful indeed.

    I need a website for a non-profit organization I am currently developing in Vancouver BC. I plan on having interested parties be able to donate funds online as well as have the ability to bid on item for sale, posted on this site, This will help raise capital for this charity.

    I currently have a website called ‘www.ihauljunk.ca. I want to link the new site I have decided to develop, to my current website.

    In your opinion, would either of these web site builders be a good match for my needs.

    Cheers, Michael

    P.S. I was also considering using Facebook and twitter to draw attention to the charitable component of my company.

    • Jeremy Wong May 26, 2014 at 12:01 PM #

      Hi Michael,

      I think in terms of making donations, I know that with PayPal you can create a donation button, and PayPal will give you the codes where you can insert into both Weebly and Wix websites (using the “Embed Code” element in Weebly or the “HTML Embed” element for Wix), and the donation button should appear.

      As for the function of bidding on items, I haven’t seen this before on Weebly or Wix, but if you can find a widget and embed it into your site, this might work. But it sounds to me it might be something you might have to hire someone to help you with, unless you find another website builder that has this function (I haven’t seen one yet).

      - Jeremy

  11. Robin May 19, 2014 at 10:42 AM #

    I have read through all your comparisons and they have been so helpful. In looking at an e-commerce site (we are an online consignment business with lots of different products to display) what would your suggestion be?

    • Jeremy Wong May 19, 2014 at 12:51 PM #

      Hi Robin,

      If you have a lot of products to display, I’d suggest you check out Shopify or Bigcommerce. Both are focused, dedicated ecommerce online store builders and have great tools. They also allow you to bulk import products, which is much easier than adding one product at a time, especially if you have a lot of products.

      - Jeremy

  12. Dwayne May 14, 2014 at 1:56 PM #

    Hello once again. With Wix forcing you to host with them, I had to look for something else. You recommended Weebly. So far so good. However, I want to be sure I am understanding something of theirs. If I understand it right, on Weebly we can design a complete website for free and host on an existing hosting company.

    That said, the free version is still limited. It does not allow for video or other features unless you pay. When they say “pay” does that mean use their hosting or is it just a fee, which would still allow you to host elsewhere?

    Am I understanding that correctly before I get too far in using Weebly for myself and my clients? Thanks again for your insight.

    • Jeremy Wong May 16, 2014 at 12:30 AM #

      Hi Dwayne,

      I think you should be a bit cautious here. Even though Weebly allows you to export your Weebly website, once it is outside of its drag and drop platform, every time you want to make changes to the website outside of Weebly, you will have to do so directly in the codes of your website. So you should be very proficient with codes before attempting this.

      Also, not all the features will work perfectly outside of Weebly’s own hosting environment. When we tried this a couple of years ago, the slideshow and blog didn’t work properly. But they could be fixed right now so I’d encourage you to test this out yourself.

      As for upgrading of Weebly plans, you can still export your Weebly site even after you upgrade. But my comment on the limitations of your control / editing of the website above remains the same.

      - Jeremy

    • Leigh Ann Dickey May 16, 2014 at 4:14 AM #

      Hello,

      The free version does allow for embedded You Tube videos. :O)

      I use Weebly for different reasons. I use it for the “front” page of my website and then I link to a WordPress blog. Also, Weebly has some great themes that come with “splash” pages that you could use as an email optin page or other promotional offer page for free. They don’t indicate which themes have the splash pages and which don’t you have to click around on the different themes and then visit pages to see which ones include the splash page design.

      I like Weebly for it’s ease of use and design-ability plus the features, however, I don’t like it for blogging so I think it’s all in what you are going for…a blog? a website? maybe just use for a splash page?

      Leigh Ann

  13. Miss G May 7, 2014 at 2:41 AM #

    What a great unbiased comparison. Thank you. I use both platforms for a few of my commerical sites and also non commercial.

    I didn’t realise that you couldn’t export wix to another hosting platform, which has made up my mind which to go for in the new venture website for me.

    I wanted to know which one gets more exposure on the SEO side. I have done the SEO according to both sites advice but still don’t seem to get my site up there with the ratings.

    • Jeremy Wong May 9, 2014 at 11:33 AM #

      Hi Miss G,

      To be honest, just by adding meta titles and descriptions through using either Weebly or Wix’s SEO tools are only the beginning of trying to achieve good rankings in search engines. Other effective ways that you should try to do consistently is to create regular, helpful discussion articles / blog posts, so that will gradually generate more readership and repeat visitors to your website.

      This also help people sharing your website or discussion articles to bring in new visitors as well. This will also encourage other people to refer to your site (such as linking to your website), which suggests to search engines such as Google that you website is “worthy” of better ratings.

      So as you can see, most of SEO is consistent, good content generation. It’s a lot of effort for sure, but that’s how one differentiates from others!

      Hope this sheds some insights into how I view SEO.

      - Jeremy

      • Butterfly Kisses May 28, 2014 at 5:19 PM #

        Thanks Jeremy for your insights. Really Helpful. I’ve been deciphering between Wix and Weebly and I think you have made good points. Thanks for your input.

  14. Armands May 5, 2014 at 10:35 PM #

    It is first time when I decided to use some website builder in online and become very confusing. Previously I used WordPress and ModX on my own hostings only.

    In end I chose Weebly and Wix and had a big problem to chose one of them. I looked through a lot of information and only after this article realized that I choose Weebly.

    Pretty good made comparison.

    • Jeremy & Connie Wong May 6, 2014 at 9:06 PM #

      Thanks Armands. Glad we can be helpful! Do click on the social sharing buttons to share this article with others – you never know who else you can also help along the way!

      - Jeremy

  15. Patricia April 29, 2014 at 11:20 AM #

    Very nice comparison writeup. I found this page through a search I did “weebly loads slowly.” I have been recommending weebly as a website builder to many clients lately but am starting to have second thoughts – because my own sites on weebly seem to take a long time to open.

    Has anyone else had this experience…?

    • Jeremy & Connie Wong April 29, 2014 at 2:32 PM #

      Hi Patricia,

      In my experience, all website builders will have their good days, and bad days. Unfortunately it’s just the nature of shared hosting and you would run into the same issue if you are using shared hosting with other platforms such as WordPress.

      If there are a lot of traffic for some websites and your site happens to be sharing the same servers as they are, then your site loading speed may become slower. That’s why some popular sites get their own dedicated servers or just upgrade their server services but that can cost them anywhere from $20 per month to hundreds of dollars per month.

      What you can try to do is reduce the size of your images that you upload into your website. Showing large size images is one of the main culprit of slower loading websites. Use Yahoo SmushIt to compress your image file sizes, and also re-size your image dimensions so that you are uploading images that are sized properly to avoid unnecessary slow downs due to larger than necessary image sizes.

      For instance, if you are only showing a smaller version of an image on your site, but you are uploading an enormous image which is quite unnecessary, this can really slow down your site’s loading speed.

      - Jeremy

  16. Leigh Ann Dickey April 24, 2014 at 4:36 PM #

    I just wanted to leave another comment about this post because I see that there is a lot of interest being generated. I am experienced with WordPress & Weebly, but I keep going back to Weebly for ease of use and styling options. Except for their blog. It’s ok, but not great. I even bought some custom codes to make it better, but then again I’m use to WP. I have bounced back and forth several times before finally deciding to use Weebly as the main look for my site and then simply link to my blog at WordPress! I kept the color schemes and “look” the same and I am happy with the final results. :O)

    • Jeremy & Connie April 24, 2014 at 9:42 PM #

      Thanks for adding to the discussion again Leigh!

      - Jeremy

    • shannon May 17, 2014 at 9:36 AM #

      Can you tell me how you are linking the Weebly page to the WP blog? Also, how did oyu get them to look the same? I am super-interested in a Weebly site, but I need great Blog functionality.

      • Leigh Ann Dickey May 17, 2014 at 1:27 PM #

        Hi Shannon!

        Weebly allows you to create a page and use and link to an external link (ie. a wordpress blog page). As far as keeping the look the same, I use the Hueman Free WordPress Theme (one of the top rated free themes) because of the ability to customize my colors and look. So basically I use the same colors, images, and name across all sites, even though they may look slightly different as far as the layout. That’s no different than saying you have a Twitter profile and a Facebook profile, they are not the same, but you can customize them or “brand” them to look the same as to create a consistent message. I am in no way saying this is the easiest way to go, as you would be managing two different sites, but you could simply point your domain to the weebly site, and then install wordpress to “yourdomainname.com/BLOG” directory and then link from your navigation bar in the weebly site to your wordpress blog. hope this helps!

        la in ga

        • shannon May 17, 2014 at 4:29 PM #

          Hi! Yes, this is extremely helpful!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to share this advice!!!

  17. Elissa April 23, 2014 at 7:13 PM #

    Hi there, I was just wondering about the blog feature on Wix. I am currently really liking the design platform, however I have read elsewhere that the blogging feature is very limited, doens’t allow followers or subscribers and does not fare well with SEO.

    I had a read around the Wix site about this feature but can’t seem to find any clear info.

    Also what do you think about SEO capabilities with Wix?

    Your opinion would be greatly appreciated,

    Elissa

    • Jeremy & Connie April 24, 2014 at 11:29 AM #

      Hi Elissa,

      I think even though Wix’s blogging functions aren’t “perfect”, there are other (better) ways to gather followers and subscribers. For instance, you can always insert your Facebook, Twitter, G+ buttons on your site and encourage people to follow you. Once they do, whenever you post a new blog post, you can announce this on your social network.

      Another extremely effective method is to create a newsletter sign up (we use Aweber), insert it into your Wix site, then have people sign up to your newsletter. Every time you have something to announce, you can just blast out an email to get people to return to your site.

      So my general advice is not to let these “feature” limitations stop you, as there are many more effective ways to market your website! That’s why to a certain extent, I’ve always tried to advise people that it’s not the software or the platform that makes a website or a business succeed, it’s understanding the limitations (they all have limitations), and working around them that will ultimately help you succeed!

      As for SEO, check out our web builder comparison chart to see my comments on SEO.

      Hope this is helpful!

      - Jeremy

  18. john April 23, 2014 at 6:00 AM #

    I was thinking of using either blogspot, bravenet, yolasites, wix, webs, or weebly.

    Blogspot delete blogs, without saying why. All they do is say something about the TOS, even though I see nothing wrong with what I did. After years of having it. So that’s out.

    Webs deletes site if no visitors for a period of time. That’s not a problem. But I still don’t like the idea.

    WordPress has too many options, there UI is cluttered.

    Wix, that would be out if it’s still the case that you still can’t change templates, without starting over. Is that still the case? I want to be able to change the template.

    So it’s either bravesites, weeble, or yolasites.

    • Jeremy & Connie April 23, 2014 at 11:19 AM #

      Hi John,

      For Wix, as at the moment, if you change templates you would still have to start over.

      I haven’t used the other two builders before, so I’d suggest you give Weebly a trial. It’s free to sign up for a free account so at least you can play around with it to see if you like their tools!

      - Jeremy

      • john April 23, 2014 at 12:04 PM #

        Well wix is definitely out. I know I’ll be changing templates lots of times before I settle on one.

        Right now I can’t afford to pay anything. So Yola is out also. They only have a 3 page limit on the free version.

        Webs is out also. It’s slow.

        Everything I’m reading, is all coming back to weebly.

        I probably use that. Instead of going crazy trying out different ones.

    • Leigh Ann Dickey April 24, 2014 at 4:32 PM #

      Hi John, I would definitely go with Weebly from my experience. Not only is it east to learn and use, but it just looks good. I’ve never had any problems with my Weebly site and the customer service is good. :O)

      Leigh Ann in Georgia

  19. Shivangi April 20, 2014 at 9:35 PM #

    Thanks for the article, nicely written, I too tried both before deciding which tool to use. and I went with weebly as I am starter and will prefer simplistic approach.

    • Jeremy & Connie April 20, 2014 at 10:56 PM #

      Hey Shivangi,

      Thanks for sharing with us which builder you decided to go with! I agree that Weebly does have a lower learning curve (easier to use) than Wix. But Wix has a bit more functions especially if you consider their Apps Market.

      Thanks for sharing!

      - Jeremy

  20. Dwayne April 15, 2014 at 9:23 PM #

    Is there a website builder that’s as close to easy features of WIX, that is free and can move to an existing site with no issues or is Weebly the closest one to what I am asking for?

    I want to find one that is easy for my clients. And what is your thoughts on WordPress?

    Thanks for the article!

  21. Em April 11, 2014 at 6:09 AM #

    Hi, thank you for the helpful article.

    I have started to set up a website for a family member using Wix however after reading your article I am thinking about re starting and using Weebly as the archive option seems very useful, (just in case I need it!)

    I wanted your opinion as to whether Weebly will be suitable to use for clients in the future.
    If a future client needed an ecommerce website built would I charge to update their website for them or would I give them the login details to do the updates themselves? (For example, stock updates etc.) Or is there an option on Weebly to give them an admin panel, which allows them to update stock etc but not change the design of the website?

    I am looking into web design and development and would like to know whether Weebly is a good platform to use or should I look into studying and building the entire sites myself?

    Thank you in advance!

    • Jeremy & Connie April 11, 2014 at 10:19 AM #

      Hi Em,

      Weebly’s archiving / backup function is pretty handy! But just know that if you were to take the site somewhere else, even though you can import it into a host, but to make any edits, you will need to modify the codes in order to do so as the site will now be outside of Weebly’s drag and drop platform.

      In terms of running a designer service, Weebly is a great candidate as they have a designer platform that can help you manage all your client’s websites. You can brand Weebly as your own proprietary platform (so they won’t know you are using Weebly and you can charge them whatever monthly fees you want to), and you can also grant your clients’ different levels of access to make updates (or you can make the updates yourself).

      Hope this is helpful for you!

      - Jeremy

  22. Dana April 9, 2014 at 8:23 PM #

    Hi! Great article! I built two websites in the last year; one on Wix and another on Weebly. Wix had me for a while until after the site was built and published, I realized that page names were not utilized in the URL (obviously for SEO purposes) unlike Weebly. Wix, unfortunately uses random letters, numbers and symbols as page names. To me, it was a big turn off and never looked back once I went with Weebly.

    The only thing that I’m trying to figure out now, is it possible to add a pop up, opt-in lead box to capture visitor email addresses on the landing page to start building a email list database? If so, who would you recommend that is reasonable?

    • Jeremy & Connie April 10, 2014 at 10:20 AM #

      Hey Dana,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences!

      As for your question, you can check out Aweber, which we use ourselves as well. Within Aweber, you can set up a lightbox and configure the design, and the timing of the pop up to capture subscribers. You then manage all your subscribers in its dashboard and can set up email / newsletters to be distributed on an automated basis.

      Hopefully this will help!

      - Jeremy

      • Dana April 16, 2014 at 1:14 PM #

        Thank you for your response Jeremy!

  23. Leigh Ann Dickey April 1, 2014 at 5:17 AM #

    I prefer Weebly. I like the simplistic approach. Plus, I love all the free images the include. Although there are some limitations, the css code can be customized and their are templates that can be added to the css code to make it better. I also like the fact that I can change my template any time I choose. I also like the fact that Weebly offers a designer platform to me so that I can build sites for other clients! After using WordPress for so long and all the frustrations that go along with that, Weebly has been a breath of fresh air personally.

    Leigh Dickey, Ella’s Design Market
    ‘www.naturallivingwithleigh.com

    • Jeremy & Connie April 1, 2014 at 5:50 PM #

      Hi Leigh,

      Thanks for your thoughts. Being able to edit Weebly’s templates’ CSS codes, or even just to be able to switch between templates is a very important distinction between Weebly and Wix.

      Both have their own pros and cons, and the best way to decide is to actually take the plunge to sign up for free accounts with each platform to experience them directly, in order to make an informed decision to see which builder works better!

      - Jeremy

  24. Mike March 24, 2014 at 7:24 AM #

    Great job! wish I had found these comments before I started with Weebly.

    I am using Weebly to build a site for an alumni association. One of the major setbacks is the unavailability of a member registration function in the software. Do you have any ideas of how to build a member registration function in Weebly site builder? I want people to sign in and register especially to use or see certain pages.

    -Cheers,
    Mike

    • Jeremy & Connie March 24, 2014 at 10:04 AM #

      Hi Mike,

      Weebly currently doesn’t have a built-in membership function, while Wix does in their App Market.

      I’ve seen people use Sentry Login to set up a membership area for a Weebly website. They are independent of Weebly, but seems to work for some people.

      - Jeremy

  25. Tar March 20, 2014 at 9:38 AM #

    I went with Wix and designed two different websites with their platform… my client’s are very happy with their new sites, with one exception. Since both sites are using HTML5, Internet Explorer 8 can’t read their sites.

    Based on your research above, can Weebly backend coding be adjusted to help IE8 read Weebly files by inserting additional scripts?… the law firm is unhappy that Wix site does not work with IE8.

    alexandermktg.com and lackenbach.com

    • Jeremy & Connie March 20, 2014 at 12:17 PM #

      Hi Tar,

      Not all of Weeby’s templates are HTML5, but certainly their newer ones are. So if you use one of their older templates, then it should work with IE8.

      If you are using the newer HTML5 templates from Weebly, if you are proficient with codes, I think you can make them compatible with IE8, but it does require a bit of code work.

      Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

      • Tar March 21, 2014 at 10:54 AM #

        Thanks Jeremy,

        I’m sticking with Wix. I spent time yesterday with a Wix expert in NYC to go over the law firms site and we both agreed that IE8 isn’t worth bothering with, code-wise, and my client agreed.

        However, another issue came up with the law firms IT person… he tried pointing all four of the URL’s that have been around since their old website went online in the early 90′s and discovered that Wix only allows upto 3 URLs to point to Wix… go-figure?

        I wonder if there is a way of redirecting that URL to link-up?

        Best, Tar

        • Jeremy & Connie March 21, 2014 at 11:12 AM #

          Tar,

          If the old website has its own hosting services, you can log into the cPanel of the host, and manually redirect the old URLs to wherever you want. So you can then create new pages with Wix, then point the old URL to the new URLs by using the 301 redirect tool that should be available by the hosting company for the old website.

          - Jeremy

  26. Catherine March 15, 2014 at 11:43 PM #

    Thanks for the comparison, and posted just in time for me to find when Google-searching comparisons of builders!

    My partner is a health practitioner and his site was built by a family friend. I don’t have a web developer background but I have content marketing and management experience, and the way the site is currently set up is terribly inflexible.

    I want to set up a new site with a blog that my partner can easily edit himself with support if needed. I’ve mocked up a site in Wix, but your post makes the point that the site won’t be able to be exported or easily refreshed and backed-up, which is a bit of a concern.

    I’m going to set up a Weebly account and play around with a mock site. Thanks again for your helpful and much-needed advice!

  27. Naomi March 11, 2014 at 1:16 AM #

    A current user of weebly. I really like it. I used all the features they offered (free) blog/store account. I am not a “graphic designer and I prefer to get straight to the point of my small business site that appears simple, elegant and modern. I was going to try WIX but I didn’t, I was suggested to use it but I found weebly instead. I not in the need of a “fancy smancy” website with my name in lights, Yet something that can draw on-comers to my blog, view my products and leave a comment at the end.

    I am still working out the kinks as they say. Not really sure about all this HTML talk. Haven’t had the need to use their support either, everything I had questions for I typed and BOOM, it was in my face, as easy as A-B-C, even when it came to publishing my domain name from godaddy…it was LITERATELY a screenshot detail of How-To’s. I would like to learn how to put more of their features that I am unaware of to use, I’ve been watching the youtube videos but they look as if its a more out-dated form of the site.
    Thanks again for the wonderful comparison, it just gives me a better reason to “stick with what I have”!

    • Jeremy & Connie March 11, 2014 at 8:34 AM #

      Hey Naomi,

      Thanks so much for sharing your experiences with Weebly with us! Weebly is one definitely one of the easiest website builders around. They keep things minimalistic, yet very functional so you don’t have to be a techy to put their tools to great use!

      And yes our videos are slightly outdated! We filed it when Weebly was still using an older version of their editor, but they have since updated it a few months ago. We’ll get to creating an updated video soon hopefully! But the ideas and comments still remain the same as of today.

      Thanks again for adding to this discussion!

      - Jeremy

  28. Andy Biersack March 10, 2014 at 10:44 PM #

    Sounds awesome…. I really like the sound of the drag and drop, and visual elements of wix, but I hate the advertisements, and not being able to change anything later is a real bummer, so I think I might stick with weebly…. Any other safe website builders???

    • Jeremy & Connie March 11, 2014 at 8:28 AM #

      Hey Andy,

      Yeah the part about Wix regarding not being able to switch templates is a bit drawback for a lot of people.

      You can also check out Squarespace. It’s not as easy to use as Weebly, but they are a solid website builder with really good looking designs.

      Here are also a few other website builders (see our comparison chart)

      - Jeremy

      • Andy Biersack March 15, 2014 at 10:12 PM #

        Awesome, I ended up using squarespace and its pretty awesome! Thanks!

  29. Daniela March 10, 2014 at 3:15 AM #

    I spend 80% of my time reading articles and reviews online. Although it’s not rare, I become quite distraught the second I sense of bit of biased opinions. Maybe I’m traumatized from an internship experience where a big group of us were compensated for writing both good and bad reviews (on purpose to outweigh the good ones) under different alias names for movies and products we were marketing.

    Any who, I just really wanted to commend you on such an awesome article. Geez. I can’t even begin to explain how thoroughly informative and unbiased it was. Honestly. Loved it. My mind was flustered and foggy with decisions. After reading this, it’s quite clear. Thank you for all the facts. Excellent article. Kudos……

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

      Thanks Daniela – glad you found our opinions helpful!

      Be sure to click on the social sharing buttons at the top of the page or on the left hand side – you never know who else you can also help along the way!

      - Jeremy

    • Butterfly Kisses May 29, 2014 at 1:45 AM #

      Thanks Jeremy for your insights. Really Helpful. I’ve been deciphering between Wix and Weebly and I think you have made good points. Thanks for your input.

    • Butterfly Kisses May 29, 2014 at 1:47 AM #

      Hi Daniela,
      which one did you decide on?

  30. Bec March 1, 2014 at 1:58 AM #

    Thank you so much for such a great review and comparison to both website builders. I am still unsure which one to use (leaning towards Weebly) so will do as suggested and sign up for trials on both. Thanks again for the help :)

  31. Tony Bennett February 17, 2014 at 3:17 PM #

    excellent article, enjoyed your straight talking comments,
    cheers
    Tony

  32. Zoe & Paula February 17, 2014 at 1:26 PM #

    We were trying to see if you could enter HTML on weebly and you taught us how. THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jeremy & Connie February 18, 2014 at 4:03 PM #

      Hi Zoe & Paula,

      I’m not exactly sure how we helped, but glad we did!

      - Jeremy

  33. Jonathan February 15, 2014 at 12:44 PM #

    So, like many of you I ended up here while researching “how to build a website”

    And just 3 months later, I’m the proud owner of an ever expanding and thriving Membership based website.

    My initial strategy was to demo both Wix & Weebly and see which one “stuck”

    That game plan never panned out as Weebly was up first and I never looked back.

    Within 10 days I had already created 5 viable pages using mostly every “Element”.

    Want an image over here? Drag the “Image Element” over the border and a box reveals itself. Want to add Social Networking icons..drag and drop..so simple!

    After 3 weeks of “working on my site” sleep deprivation(you’ll see ;-)), I started visiting other sites looking for functionality that I might have missed.

    And net net, after utilizing their Help Guides and a robust amount of Googling & YouTube, I’ve more or less learned how to integrate aspects of coding to add custom functionality and enhance my site.

    How cool is that?

    So, you’d think that I wouldn’t have any criticism’s of Weebly..but alas, I do.

    For one, their “Live Chat” support is non-existent. I must have tried to access it 40 times during their business hours and was only successful about 5 times..and that’s a lousy ratio..especially in this day and age of emphasized support.

    And being that I could never reach someone “Live”, I had to resort to sending in queries for really important stuff that I would much rather of preferred immediate assistance on.

    The turnaround for email support was at least 5 days and till this day, some requests are still unanswered. Additionally, most of the answers were cut and paste dialog from the same user guides I had worn out on my own..So, of minimal help.

    So, the support aspect is unfortunately very weak due in no doubt to the rapid expansion that apparently they’ve recently undertaken. They’re swamped!

    There are some other smaller, less consequential negatives such as occasionally updates take longer than usual to appear live on your site(frustrating) or little niche complaints like not being able to utilize more than one Twitter Feed..but all in all, really inconsequential stuff.

    I will say that I’ve yet to experience an issue with my site not being “Live” or being offline..at least as far as I can tell..lol

    And that’s the really important stuff.

    So, aside from the failing grade for Support, I’m all thumbs up for the Weebly experience.

    Do yourself a favor and create a page(any page..so easy to edit it afterward) and stare at it and before you know it, you’ll be on your way!

    I hope this helps..

    Regards,
    Jonathan

  34. Ameen alyousef February 13, 2014 at 11:26 PM #

    I’ve had the worst experience ever with wix builder as I registered and built my whole site before I discover that I can’t remove the Ads, so I had to pay to remove them, then I was shocked to know that I can’t export all the hard work I’ve done so far, in short “exactly what you warned us about.
    I wish I’ve read this before . . .
    Thank you very much for a professional very detailed, yet very helpfull article, your work is valuable to us

    • Jeremy & Connie February 14, 2014 at 3:44 PM #

      Hi Ameen,

      If you use weebly’s free plan, you will also have an advertisement at the footer of your site. I personally think it is a fair trade off if you get to use their services / website builder for free, in return they insert an advertisement of their brand on the website.

      As for exporting your content, yes it is a drawback indeed. Weebly does allow you to export your site, but inserting it into a new host and being able to edit the website will require you to know some codes.

      - Jeremy

  35. Larry February 13, 2014 at 5:27 AM #

    I appreciate these reviews! Right now I am using Yahoo Sitebuilder BUT I am ready to add WIX to my website building tools. My only concern is how do you handle building, hosting and publishing a site when someone already has their own .com domain?

    • Jeremy & Connie February 14, 2014 at 3:08 PM #

      Hi Larry,

      If you have your own domain name, you can just point the domain name to Wix and “connect” it with the website. Click here to see Wix’s support documents for this.

      - Jeremy

  36. LD February 12, 2014 at 10:43 PM #

    Man does this stuff get confusing.. The more I read, the harder it is to decide! Thanks for your great site.. There is a lot of information here and we appreciate the updates for future reference. At first I was sold on Squarespace, but found out you can’t use PayPal for the eCommerce. I really wanted to like them!! Then I set up with Shopify. They have the best support and shopping payment options, but it was just too difficult for me to figure out how to edit and design the web page. Then at first I was very happy with Weebly and was almost finished with the page and shop, but I didn’t like there support pages, the online chat was down sometimes, it took a day for email replies, there is no phone service, there is no live preview, you have to publish to see what page looks like and there are more limits on what you can do with the design.

    So after a couple of weeks of research, I have cancelled those 3 and I think I will settle with WIX! Much better online help, phone and email support, seems like there eCommerce is improving all the time with new features, they have add on widgets for the future, and many more and cooler options for page design without having to get technical. As you said, it sucks that you can’t change templates or export site, but hopefully, if you start with an awesome design, you wont ever need to! Thanks..

    • Jeremy & Connie February 12, 2014 at 11:21 PM #

      Hey LD,

      Picking the right website builder that is suitable for your unique needs can be very frustrating indeed! Connie and I went through similar experiences and back then, there weren’t a lot of people sharing their experiences either! That’s what inspired us to create this site, to help share our knowledge with others.

      But I think you’ve been doing the right thing – to sign up and test what you think was the best website builder for your needs. There is no such thing as the “perfect” website builder, and sometimes one just have to narrow down to 2 choices and test them. That’s the only way to find out what works best for one’s individual needs, as everybody’s needs are different.

      Wix is adding more add-on’s through their App Market and so they are growing their range of tools for sure!

      Thanks so much for sharing your experiences with all of us. Best of luck with everything!

      - Jeremy

  37. Byeong Go Lee February 5, 2014 at 7:54 AM #

    Ok Im gonna use Weebly

  38. J. J. Fishel February 4, 2014 at 10:54 AM #

    I love reading your comments but I wish you’d include the number of pages allowed in your comparisons. I find being limited to 6 pages in Weebly to be a serious problem.

    • Jeremy & Connie February 4, 2014 at 8:06 PM #

      Hi J.J.,

      Weebly doesn’t have any limitations in terms of how many pages you can create. The only exception is that you don’t use Weebly.com directly and you use a reseller such as Bluehost’s Weebly, where they require you to upgrade to their own “premium” package. We have more discussion on Bluehost’s version of Weebly here.

      But if you are using Weebly directly, there are no page limitations. Hope this clarifies things!

      - Jeremy

  39. Krystyne February 3, 2014 at 2:32 PM #

    Thanks for the review!

    I’m definitely picking Wix. It seems better suited for what I want out of a website builder.

    Thank you!

  40. John January 31, 2014 at 5:11 AM #

    I’m leaning towards Weebly. As to the price reduction for longer terms. Do you know if that is still in effect right now. On their website I only see STARTER for $4 a month. Do they offer the discount when you go to pay? Or have they changed it to a flat rate, since your info above does not exactly show $4 a month (4.83 or 4.08 or 3.29). I’d like to do the 2 years to maximize my savings.

    • Jeremy & Connie January 31, 2014 at 10:16 AM #

      Hey John,

      On their home page they list the price for Starter Plan at $4. But when you sign up for a free account and upgrade to the Starter Plan, they will offer you a few different options – just like the price points I’ve outlined in my review above.

      - Jeremy

  41. Nick Cheesman January 31, 2014 at 1:28 AM #

    Thanks for your excellent comparison of both Weebly and Wix. I am new to this and am considering building a site where, among other things, sell designed postcard invites where customers can input their own wording on the back (in a font and side of my choosing) and then once having reviewed and approved a low res pdf proof would be able to click submit and their job is sent directly to the printers, where the number they require it is printed and despatched directly to them and the invoice is emailed straight to me. Do you think Weebly or Wix have this facility, or can this facility be added (by a web developer) to either of these Website builders?

    • Jeremy & Connie February 2, 2014 at 12:46 PM #

      Hi Nick,

      I’m not entirely sure if this is something that either builders can do. It sounds like a pretty customized application / solution built by a developer. I certainly haven’t seen any out of the box solution… but if anyone reading this comment has, please do share your insights!

      - Jeremy

  42. Elaine January 30, 2014 at 2:31 PM #

    Your review is very misleading regarding being ‘stuck’ with WIX templates, and not being able to create your site in any style you want. I use WIX for all my clients’ sites, and never use a template. All one has to do is start the site with a blank page and build whatever you want, however you want. There are literally no limits to what you can do creatively with WIX, and it’s so seamless and simple to use. Makes even amateur web designers look like rock stars. To me, Weebly feels like trying to use crayons to build web sites, compared to feeling like I have ‘magic fingers’ in WIX. IMHO, no comparison. WIX all the way.

    • Jeremy & Connie February 2, 2014 at 12:38 PM #

      Hi Elaine,

      Thanks for your comment. If a user is building a Wix site using the “blank” template, for sure, the user can insert and style the blank template using the broad range of design tools available from Wix.

      My point is about those who choose to pick a template that is supplied by Wix. Once you pick that template, and update it with your own content (text, slideshow, etc), you can’t pick another Wix template and have all the content that you inserted automatically transferred into the new template. This is a case of double edged sword in Wix’s system. When you choose a template, they have pre-populated content so that the information structure is already there – so you just have to replace it with your own, which is very helpful for some users who don’t want to create their own content structure. However, the drawback is that you can’t switch from one template to another and have the content transfer through.

      With Weebly, whatever content you insert into the template, will all get transferred through to any other templates should a Weebly user decide to try out a few different templates to see which one works better. From this perspective, in my view, Weebly is definitely more advantageous if the user wants to test out a few different template designs.

      But yes, you’re right! If you are using a blank template, you can certainly insert anything you want.

      - Jeremy

  43. Marie Barham January 27, 2014 at 8:57 AM #

    In a world of shabbily written, poorly spelled, typo-ridden web articles, this was a wonderful breath of fresh air! What a fabulously well written, objective, intelligent, and well thought-out article.
    Thank you!
    -M

  44. Wayne January 12, 2014 at 6:07 AM #

    Yes Wix has stunning templates and Weebly has good standard templates but there’s a much bigger picture that Weebly’s offer if you look a little deeper.

    In my opinion Weebly’s is far superior and the best site builder on the market today. Why, because Weebly’s allows you to utilize and add other sites templates from DivTag for stunning templates. When considering a site builder, functionality and control is the #1 concern. Utilizing a DivTag stunning template with a splash page allowed me to have a stunning site that gives me control over every element.

    Wix is a closed platform that has limitations that is hidden behind the fancy templates. The best way I can simple compare the two is Wix is like a big fancy car with all the bells and whistles that gets 16 miles to the gallon and Weebly is nice eco friendly car with all the right features that gets 40 miles to the gallon.

    • Jeremy & Connie January 12, 2014 at 4:50 PM #

      Hey Wayne,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I’d agree that when it comes to templates, Wix has more selection and they look more attractive. And when it comes to Weebly templates, the advantage is that they allow you to switch templates with ease, access to the HTML / CSS editor (which is an added flexibility if you know a bit of codes which allows you to do some custom styling for the templates), and also DivTag Templates which is an independent premium templates provider which can add a lot more option and functionality to Weebly users (disclosure – we operate DivTag Templates).

      At the end of the day, picking between Wix vs Weebly is a matter of personal preference. If a user doesn’t need all the options and flexibility that Weebly provides, Wix is still / also a very attractive option to built a website without any technical skills.

      I’d encourage readers to consider their own unique needs (e.g. Do you need accesso to edit the template codes? Are you looking for a “flashier” template design?) test out both platforms and so they can make an informed decision.

      Thanks for adding to this discussion Wayne! Much appreciated.

      - Jeremy

  45. Julia January 9, 2014 at 3:18 PM #

    Thank you so much for your helpful reviews! I have been reading them all day (WordPress vs. Weebly, Weebly vs. Wix, etc.) and think I will try free versions of both Weebky and Wix. In the end, I think I will go with Wix, because they make it easy for you to buikd a bilingual website, and this is a necessity for me.

    Thanks again!

    • Jeremy & Connie January 10, 2014 at 9:19 AM #

      Hi Julia,

      Glad we can be helpful! For Weebly, you can also build a bilingual site, you just have to use a subdomain structure. Go to Weebly’s help center and type in “language” and it will have some guidance there.

      - Jeremy

  46. Ryan January 4, 2014 at 11:33 PM #

    I’m very glad I read your review of Wix vs. Weebly.
    I had signed up for Wix a few minutes before I got this sense that I should start looking elsewhere for some type of comparative review.
    Something about the introduction to the Wix product just seemed like the answers to the questions I had, were missing. Or more so, I figured they were hidden in order to suck me in.
    Your review seemed thorough, comprehensive, clear, organized and unbiased.
    You’ve helped me make a choice. I’ll be signing up with Weebly to test drive their product.
    But I’m pretty sure I’ll be satisfied with the Weebly product.

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy & Connie January 5, 2014 at 2:50 AM #

      Hi Ryan,

      Glad we can be helpful along your journey. Be sure to share this article with others by clicking on the social network buttons at the top of the page or on the left hand side. You never who else can benefit from your sharing!

      - Jeremy

  47. Kirsty December 29, 2013 at 1:35 AM #

    Hi Jeremy and Connie,
    Can I just add that for me (I have a website on both) I have found that if you need to blog from your website, then Weebly wins hands down. This is because they have a brilliant blogging app, which means you can blog and upload photos from your phone or tablet…much easier than firing up the computer! Also Weebly give you more choice where to post your blog (on a business page in facebook for example..the wix blog will only let me post to my personal page) and finally, with Weebly, when you post the blog to facebook, an inviting little picture and a summary comes up, unlike on Wix where it’s just plain text, no picture, oh and the Wix link takes you to the site rather than directly to the blog, which could be annoying to people wanting to go straight to your blog!
    Thanks!

    • Jeremy & Connie December 29, 2013 at 4:43 AM #

      Hey Kirsty,

      Thanks for sharing that. Nice to hear about all the little bits of experiences from users such as yourself, especially that you’ve had experiences in using both Weebly and Wix as well.

      Thanks again for adding to this discussion!

      - Jeremy

  48. rey alejandro December 26, 2013 at 9:30 PM #

    weeby.com for designers.
    wix.com for non designers.

  49. Marina December 17, 2013 at 6:13 PM #

    I have to say I loved wix till they change the HTML embed code to share ur website in other sites. I was super happy till they change that lil thing , now I just don’t use that website and looking for a new way to have a new website with that main feacture so plz suggestions are welcome and btw amazing review .

    • Jeremy & Connie December 17, 2013 at 6:46 PM #

      Hi Marina,

      Can you share what you mean, when you say that Wix is sharing your website in other websites if you use their HTML embed code tool? So if you use the HTML embed tool to embed an external widget on your site, what happens? Just curious to understand this.

      - Jeremy

  50. CrniZEC December 10, 2013 at 9:47 AM #

    As a designer who mainly works themes for wordpress I mus say I find weebly better. First it is not true that with weebly you are restricted with styles. You can edit every widget through css or give him some new functions. Bad thing is that when you do that your stiles became forced to use only what you defined. I needed only 2 days to get a grip of weebly core. It is very simple, but very very powerful little cms, better then wix that’s for sure.

    Problem with wix is that you do not have approach to the coding. And here story ends. I am building websites in html/css, and then after I show demo to client I ask him which cms he want to use to run the theme. If he says wix, you are dead, you can’t integrate your own design into wix, but ith weebly you have a few restrictions but mostly you are free to do what you want since you have direct contact with code. So for designer, when you say to me that I can’t change something or I am not allowed to get into the code it is the end. And there is nothing more to tell, you can have 300000 times nicer templates, but I don’t need them I need functional template for serius company, and such templates wix does not offer, yes they are nice, but they are not useable for real business companies. There is nothing more to tell, if you do not give your users code approach your app is uselles. Ok it is fine for some end customer, but for designers it’s just – AVOID Wix. Weebly in other heand is more flexible since he allows you to even change the widgets itself and make them better. So telling that cms that does not give you interaction with code is flexible is like saying my wooden cube box is more flexible then lego cubes. Which is a slap to yourself because it does not have logic or any sense in it.

    That’s just my opinion as graphic/web/3d designer and photographer who love wordpress alot and to code for him, and recently found weebly, the allmighty little cms that is so cute you can’t even resist him. :p

    • Jeremy & Connie December 10, 2013 at 4:54 PM #

      Hi there,

      THanks for your thoughts. I think I would agree with you on the point that Weebly is more flexible in terms of access to codes (HTML and CSS) and so if a user is proficient with codes, he/she can manipulate the design of the website with Weebly. Whereas for Wix, this flexibility doesn’t really exist. So you’re right, Weebly is probably a better choice for designers who want access to the codes.

      Having said that if a user doesn’t have knowledge of codes, then I think a lot of my points in this article still apply.

      Thanks for sharing us your thoughts from a designer’s perspective!

      - Jeremy

  51. Jonathan December 6, 2013 at 9:56 AM #

    Hi guys, thanks for all the help and advice that you offer.

    That being said, I was wondering if you could advise on the most efficient method for one to back up Blog Pages from their Weebly site.

    I did the Zip folder procedure from your Divtag tutorial(thanks for that btw) and after opening it on my desktop, I noticed that my Blog Pages were not included.

    My website is like 80% blog content so this is really important to me and I’d imagine many others.

    Thanks so much for all your efforts.

    Jonathan

    • Jeremy & Connie December 9, 2013 at 4:40 PM #

      Hey Jonathan,

      I’m not entirely sure if there is a way to easily export the blog posts, without manually copying and pasting them. I think the reason even though Weebly allows you to export most content, but not 100% of them, is that some of the content needs Weebly’s drag and drop technology to “survive” and once it’s outside of their operating environment it won’t work – that’s my best guess anyway.

      I’m curious as to anyone else reading this to see if they have heard anything from Weebly about if they are going to update this any time soon?

      - Jeremy

  52. sara December 3, 2013 at 9:05 AM #

    Another item for consideration that I ran across is the ability to allow specific permissions to other editors. If you’re running your own business, this probably isn’t a big deal. BUT, if you’re looking to create a website for a club, you might want the option to delegate maintenance of certain pages to certain people.

    Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think Wix has the ability to have multiple editors. You can give as many people as you want your login and password info, but then those people have the ability (for better or worse) to change EVERYTHING on the site. Even then, only one person at a time can be making changes to the site.

    Weebly has ‘invitations’ you can send to people. The invitations allow people at that e-mail address to create their own password to log in, and then make changes/updates to ONLY THE PAGES YOU HAVE GIVEN THEM PERMISSION TO CHANGE.

    I’ll be the first to admit that Weebly’s designs aren’t as pretty as Wix, but they’re pretty darn good. If you’re in a situation where you’d like to share the workload, I think Weebly edges out. Because IT IS more simple in design, it’s easier for less tech-savvy people to figure out. Plus, the ability to limit what certain users can access is a pretty big deal, too.

    • Jeremy & Connie December 6, 2013 at 12:23 AM #

      Hi Sara,

      You’re absolutely correct. Weebly has the ability to invite other people to edit your site. So if you are working with a designer, coder, or just team members, you can grant them editing access to your site.

      Also, you can control the level of access these editors have when they edit your Weebly website. So if you want to restrict a person to certain pages, or have certain editing rights, you have control over that.

      That’s a really good point and thanks for bringing it up. This feature from Weebly certainly gives you much more control over editors of your website.

      - Jeremy

  53. pam November 26, 2013 at 2:20 AM #

    I found this article to be very helpful. I am a Weebly enthusiast for my K-5 students, and my non-profit. I’d like for my non-profit to be a bit more interactive and appealing, so its great to know that I can export the site to another service provider. Thank you for the info.

  54. Mikey November 18, 2013 at 1:51 PM #

    I’m a website designer and I use Weebly for my lower end website packages because they have the option to edit the html and css in the template files. This allows me as a designer and coder take a minimalistic template as a great starting point, and form it into a custom design for my clients that stands out from other sites that use Weebly.

    I can also create a ‘preview’ website for a potential client and share a link with them so they can look at it and weebly doesn’t charge for the website until I get paid by the client and make it ‘Live’, so that’s a great feature as well.

    The other thing I love about Weebly is that I can specify which elements of the website my clients are allowed to edit, so if I don’t want them to change the design settings, I can keep them from doing so.

    Now there are a lot of limitations to using a website builder and when I get into some of my higher paying clients who have very specific needs then I start using my own CMS and design solutions, but for the small businesses looking to get a great website that is easy to update and maintain, weebly has got it all covered in my opinion.

    Thanks for the post!

    • Jeremy & Connie November 18, 2013 at 2:36 PM #

      Hi Mikey,

      Thanks for sharing your experience and how you use Weebly’s designer platform to build your business. That’s awesome!

      I’d agree with your observations, that Weebly is a fantastic tool to help get a basic website off the ground and they enable you to do some customizations to the codes. There is a huge market for this and Weebly is definitely contributing as a solutions provider.

      Thanks for adding to this discussion.

      - Jeremy

  55. Jonathan November 8, 2013 at 7:58 AM #

    So, although I’m thrilled to now have a site up and running on Weebly, I have noticed that I am having difficulty connecting with customer support through their posted channels and although not an emergency, I’d hope to resolve my issues and ask some questions asap..especially since the site is live.

    Aside from email support, there is apparently a more desirable “Contact Us” live text box at the bottom of their help page, but it always has a default “If you see this it means we’re busy helping others..try in a few minutes” text filled in the box.

    I have yet to not see that message.

    Anyway, I did read about how their site has grown and to be honest, this concern entered my mind before trying them..unfortunately, it’s turning out to be more than just a concern.

    Just wanted to report in…

    • Jeremy & Connie November 8, 2013 at 5:22 PM #

      Hey Jonathan,

      Thanks for sharing your experience. Based on our own observations, Weebly is actually really good at responding through email on a daily basis. Yes they have grown a lot over the recent years, and for sure, customer support is under more pressure to answer more support tickets.

      Based on what I’ve seen in the news, they are ramping up to hire more support personnel, so it will get better (hopefully!).

      Another method to reach them is through their Facebook Page. They tend to respond fairly quickly there as well. But if your questions are more technical in nature, they will ask you to email them directly.

      Hope this helps (maybe… ?)

      - Jeremy

  56. Heather November 5, 2013 at 2:05 PM #

    Hello!
    I am in the process of deciphering website jargon and figuring out how to be legit on the web. Just wanted to say THANKS for all of your helpful articles. I have read so many that have clarified issues. I appreciate the time you’ve taken to research, try out, and report on all of the pros and cons and explain it in layman’s terms!

  57. Jonathan November 4, 2013 at 7:15 PM #

    Hey guys, thanks to you I have a newly published website. That being said, I’m looking forward to enhancing it as I discover more..which you have contributed greatly too.

    Anyway, I was wondering if you could recommend a source for a good “Terms & Conditions” template offering.

    I’m looking for an inclusive document that I just have to fill in the blanks with specifics relative to my situation.

    Thanks again,

    Jonathan

    • Jeremy & Connie November 4, 2013 at 10:12 PM #

      Hi Jonathan,

      I’m not a lawyer so I can’t really provide any legal advice. But I’m sure there should be some standard template floating around? But if you are gearing or are already operating a business, it’s worthwhile to invest in having a lawyer draft one up for you just to protect yourself.

      - Jeremy

  58. Jeremy November 3, 2013 at 7:53 AM #

    Great review!
    1. I’d like to upload videos on a regular basis and am leaning towards using Wix for this. I’m curious whether it is best to upload the videos directly to the website or perhaps create some sort of link to a Youtube page. I dont’ know whether the page will run smoothly if it’s “bogged down” buy a bunch of videos.
    2. I believe that you mentioned before that you cannot create a custom email with the domain name. Does this mean that if I created a site called “site.com”, I could not have an email such as “[email protected]”. (Is there some other way to establish it, perhaps through gmail?)
    3. With the e-commerce function no Wix, how is one notified of purchases/transactions? Through e-mails which you associate with the site?
    4. Does Wix offer the ability to closely monitor your site traffic?
    Thanks for all of your help!!!

    • Jeremy & Connie November 3, 2013 at 1:13 PM #

      Hey Jeremy,

      1) I personally just upload our videos into YouTube and use the YouTube element to present the videos on our websites. Some people prefer to upload the videos directly in to Weebly so that they wont’ see the “YouTube buttons”. But I prefer to have our videos on YouTube as they become searchable online which is a good strategy to get more visitors!

      2) You can either use Google Business Apps (paid service, about $4 a month) to create your own custom email, or you can try the Microsoft Live email service which is apparently free.

      3) With Wix, I think the only way you get notified is when you receive a sales email from your shopping cart (such as PayPal).

      4) With Wix, you can use Google Analytics (free) to track your site traffic. Once you create a Google Analytics account, Wix has a specific area where you can insert your tracking code. After a day or so, you should start to see detailed visitor reports through your Google Analytics account!

      Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

  59. Larry Stoller October 30, 2013 at 3:35 AM #

    Good Morning Jeremy and Connie,

    Thanks for this very informative article (now I will read your other articles).

    My problem, and I ask for your help!

    In my retirement, I build websites for individuals and small businesses (and I also help them increase their business online and brick and mortar as well). I have gotten very used to using Yahoo sitebuilder exclusively and I am convinced that I should have another website builder (or more than one) that is more modern and has more features.

    I feel this way because I am taking on more clients and my retirement hobby is becoming a very enjoyable 2nd career for me. So I want to be “as good as I can be, and do the best job that I can for my clients”.

    Thanks for your assistance!

    Larry Stoller

  60. Kevin October 22, 2013 at 2:41 PM #

    A very fair review that highlight the points of difference between Wix and Weebly. Thank you and well done.

    • Jeremy & Connie October 22, 2013 at 4:42 PM #

      Thanks Kevin – we appreciate your comment.

      - Jeremy & Connie

  61. Axa October 20, 2013 at 9:05 AM #

    Very good review, thanks a lot :-)

  62. Jonathan October 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM #

    Hey guys, do you know if either Wix or Weebly handle the option of building a “Paid Members” area into your design and if not, can you recommend a third party provider for this functionality?..or is this something that would require having a custom site built?

    Additionally, do either of these two provide for the inclusion of a quality Chat Room or would that also be a 3rd party item?

    Thanks for all that you’ve done…

    J.

    • Jeremy & Connie October 17, 2013 at 8:11 PM #

      Hi Jonathan,

      I know that Sentry Login has a membership login function that works for Weebly (and also Squarespace). So check them out if you like.

      As for chat room functions, we haven’t come across any great ones to recommend – mainly because we haven’t used one extensively before to recommend one.

      - Jeremy

  63. Andrew October 16, 2013 at 5:59 PM #

    Hi

    I’ve been building a site with Wix for a while and find it overall very good indeed. My one concern, and it’s a big one, is the time it takes for the site load. I’m on a very fast connection and even then it can be slow. I’ve tested it on other connections (the lowest being 6MB/s) and it was really slow. Obviously this can be extremely off putting for site visitors. If they manage to sort that out (one can dream) I would rate it 10/10.

    The support people tend to fob you off with waffle which is a bit annoying.

    Andrew

    • Jeremy & Connie October 17, 2013 at 11:51 AM #

      Hi Andrew,

      Thanks for your insightful feedback on Wix! Have you tried reducing the size of your images so that your site can load a bit faster? Also try putting your images through Yahoo SmushIt so that it compresses the image sizes. Just a bit of optimization tip here.

      - Jeremy

      • Andrew October 17, 2013 at 2:57 PM #

        Hi Jeremy

        Yes I’ve used SmushIt (thanks for the info). I had already optimised them on Photoshop but it did reduce them by an average of about 3%.

        I was using their LIST feature on a few pages, as my site is a community directory, these pages were particularly slow to load. I decided to place the list data inside a box (so the info loads uniformly). This has helped to a degree but I’ve lost the cool functionality that the LIST feature provides. Support even admitted that this would increase the page load speed.

        My site is in the UK and I have a feeling this may be a problem server wise. Wix support are very cagey regarding their server locations and I think the system does not host an individual site on a single server, hence dragging the elements into page delivery adds to the load time.

        For now I’ll stick with them and hope they do something about it. I do like what they offer I just wish it delivered on speed.

        WordPress may be a future option if things don’t improve.

        Regards

        Andrew

  64. Jason October 16, 2013 at 6:42 AM #

    Hey Guys,
    Wonderful article! I am currently a WIX user for my online portfolio, but have been contemplating a switch. This is a terrific, comprehensive review. Thank you for sharing your point of view.

    Jason

    • Jeremy & Connie October 16, 2013 at 1:56 PM #

      Hey Jason – thanks for your feedback!

      - Jeremy

  65. Jonathan October 9, 2013 at 6:39 PM #

    Hi guys, great job on all the reviews/comparisons that you provide.

    I was wondering what your thoughts were for who has the best functionality(ease of use for site visitors) for signing new visitors up, keeping in touch with them(email list management) and the whole message board functionality(and it’s management).

    Let’s face it, you start a site with the hope of growing it by converting first time visitors into regulars, which makes keeping in touch with them essential..while at the same time having a robust message board system helps to keep the conversation flowing around your content.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks again for all your help!

    • Jeremy & Connie October 10, 2013 at 9:54 AM #

      Hi Jonathan,

      Thanks for your feedback!

      I would recommend using AWeber or Mailchimp to keep in touch with your newsletter subscribers. These auto responders are not built into website builders, but you can certainly create sign up boxes and insert them into either Weebly or Wix using their “HTML embed” elements. We’ve done this before (using Aweber) and it works very well.

      As for message boards, we haven’t used anything before, but I think Weebly has a forum function (Tal.Ki) which you can build into your website. We haven’t used this before so can’t comment much on this. If anyone else has used it, would love to hear your thoughts!

      Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

  66. Kathy October 7, 2013 at 7:59 AM #

    Thanks for a great comparison article! Love how you’ve broken it all down into key areas for consideration.

  67. Max Sedenka September 23, 2013 at 4:56 AM #

    Personally, I think Weebly’s sitebuilder purports to be something it’s not. Yes, it’s drag and drop but it’s nowhere near the kind of PRECISE drag and drop of Wix’s sitebuilder. With Weebly, unless you code you’re really in chains in terms of how precise you can make placements of objects.

    I also find Weebly’s object system to be a pain. In my opinion, I just never feel “free” to do exactly what I want with Weebly the way i do with Wix. Plus, Wix’s designs are far and away better than Weebly’s.

    • Jeremy & Connie September 23, 2013 at 10:44 AM #

      Hi Max,

      That’s a good point – that Wix allows you to place its elements pretty much anywhere within the drag and drop area, whereas Weebly is a bit more “structured”. Wix definitely has more flexibility from that perspective.

      But as I mentioned under Point 3 above, we believe that the downside of this added flexibility is because it is less “structured”, Wix doesn’t allow its user to switch templates, which is a drawback for some users.

      So there are definitely pros and cons for both Wix and Weebly.

      Thanks for sharing your opinion and adding to this discussion!

      - Jeremy

  68. Tony September 17, 2013 at 11:10 AM #

    Hi,
    A great review. I’ve checked out both Wix and Weebly and have been using Weebly for client websites and for sites I set up for volunteer groups. Weebly is easy to use and more importantly, easy to explain to others how to use.

    However I’m still looking for a browser based website builder that allows free form website building where you aren’t tied into a template. On a PC I use Pablo’s WebBuilder. With that you can place elements anywhere, even overlapping to create composite photos. When published, Webbuilder somehow generates CSS and the appropriate HTML and merged images. I setup my own template for the header on a webpage, but then individual pages are laid up guided by the content. One site looks like a bunch of post-it notes stuck all over the screen. And it’s easy to move and change them–just drag and drop.

    The downside is with WebBuilder is you can’t have multiple people updating the website because the files need to be present. I’ve used Microsoft Live Mesh to synchronize files between my and a client’s PC, but that was a hassle.

    I’m looking for a browser based, free form website builider. Anyone come across one? One where I could just drag and drop in Weebly, anywhere on the screen without the constraint of a template, that would be great. And one where I could have multiple co-webmasters.

    thanks

  69. Cheryl Kraynak September 13, 2013 at 4:17 PM #

    Thank you soooo much! This helped me decide which to use (I picked Weebly) and now I can get started on my site, and know it will be easy to transfer to another host when I am ready for that. I am so glad to know how easy it is to use Weebly. Many thanks!

    • Jeremy & Connie September 13, 2013 at 9:19 PM #

      No problem Cheryl – glad we were able to help!

      - Jeremy

  70. Ajay September 4, 2013 at 2:11 PM #

    Hi Jeremy

    Great Article…I built my website with WordPress, But am no coder and looking for services like Wix and Weebly. Would you know about any restrictions on the number of pages we can have with either ones? (as its for a travel agency website without booking capability so a portfolio types really)

    The main reason am looking to switch is due to the fact that my wordpress website was infected with malware (payday loans and viagra etc)…do you think this could still happen with these services?

    Thanks
    Ajay

    • Jeremy & Connie September 4, 2013 at 3:02 PM #

      Hi Ajay,

      I don’t think there are any page restrictions for Wix or Weebly – so you can keep adding pages if you want to. Just make sure you have a good organization / layout so if you have a lot of pages, your visitors can find what they need.

      While I think any websites can potentially be infected, larger website builders such as Wix or Weebly do have very good security to help keep malware out of their system. The issue with WordPress, is that you have to keep updating the platform to get the latest security “patches”, and your hosting service really matters too.

      With web builders such as Weebly / Wix, they take care of all these security matters for you.

      - Jeremy

  71. Colin September 3, 2013 at 4:08 AM #

    Congratulations on a excellent, balanced review. I have experimented with wix and found the templates so professional looking and unbelievably easy to edit with plenty of help pop ups. I was then soooo disappointed to find that my pride and joy site is a clunker on ie8 due to HTML5 issues. I have found no work around other than asking users to change browsers. Hardly practical. Drat.

    • Jeremy & Connie September 3, 2013 at 9:00 AM #

      Hey Colin – thanks.

      It is a bit disappointing that HTML5 doesn’t work well with IE8. But as the entire web building industry moves forward, HTML5 will be the standard default technology (if it hasn’t already). Weebly just announced recently that they are shifting to HTML5 as well.

      While there are still a lot of folks out there using IE8 (especially in organizations / institutions that have not updated their browsers for a very long time!), IE8 will be phased out eventually.

      Having to cater to IE8 is considered by most to be a big hindrance on the advancement of website design technology.

      Hopefully this makes sense! Not that it helps people similar in your situation at all, but perhaps will shed some light on this issue.

      - Jeremy

  72. Sondra August 30, 2013 at 2:33 AM #

    What’s up, just wanted to mention, I liked this post.
    It was helpful. Keep on posting!

  73. Tim H. August 25, 2013 at 5:27 PM #

    Very thorough compare.
    Thank you!!

    • Jeremy & Connie August 25, 2013 at 5:28 PM #

      Thanks Tim – glad you found it helpful!

      - Jeremy

  74. Charlie 4 FREEdom August 21, 2013 at 3:43 AM #

    Hi Jeremy:

    This has been a very helpful post by you (and Connie’s support, right?)

    My decision was made when you mentioned Wix’s site cannot be exported and you cannot change themes. Internet marketing is dynamic and without that flexibility I don’t know how one would change with the times.

    My guess is Wix HAS to have a feature to export your site or save the content of your site or they will have problems.

    A decent website look can be achieved with weebly, wix, or wordpress but the important part is connecting with your target market and converting them into sales. That’s ALL that matters, right?

    Thanks for this post again!

    Charlie

    • Jeremy & Connie August 21, 2013 at 10:25 AM #

      Hey Charlie – I’m sure Wix has their own backups but they just don’t make it available for people to export them. Most likely due to the website functions not being able to function outside of Wix’s drag and drop environment.

      Thanks for adding to this discussion!

      - Jeremy

  75. Juana Bra August 16, 2013 at 7:48 AM #

    Excelent article, very well written, comprehensive and easy to understand.

    • Jeremy & Connie August 16, 2013 at 11:14 AM #

      Thanks Juana! Glad you found this helpful :)

      - Jeremy

  76. Chinarut August 15, 2013 at 9:33 PM #

    awesome review – just completed my first Wix site and ditto on awesome design environment and feeling hostage having no backup. I’ve helped others with their Weebly sites and it was just an ok experience at the time. I definitely would pick Wix!

    • Jeremy & Connie August 16, 2013 at 11:15 AM #

      Hi Chinarut – thanks for sharing your experiences!

      - Jeremy

  77. Kyle Hannan August 13, 2013 at 2:30 AM #

    This might simply be something I’m misunderstanding but I think there’s a huge pricing differential you’ve not touched on. As I see it, Weebly offers you many sites including hosting for just one price whereas Wix charges you per single site you’re administering. This works out as massively more expensive to have several different sites with Wix. If I’ve got this wrong, I’d love to know. Thanks – great article!

    • Jeremy & Connie August 13, 2013 at 9:16 AM #

      Hey Kyle – thanks for your comment.

      Weebly used to provide you with 10 websites when you upgrade to Weebly Pro. However, they’ve now adopted the same model as Wix, so you have to upgrade to Weebly Pro one website at a time. This update was implemented earlier this year.

      The only exception is if you were a Weebly Pro user before they made this change, so you would have been “grandfathered” into the old plan.

      Hope this clarifies this and thanks for contributing!

      - Jeremy

      • Kyle Hannan September 5, 2013 at 10:50 AM #

        Thanks for the clarification. I wasn’t aware of the Weebly changes so that explains it nicely.

  78. Elearia August 10, 2013 at 2:57 PM #

    Thanks for the review, it was very helpful. You gave a very honest and detailed review of Wix and Weebly.

    • Jeremy & Connie August 11, 2013 at 6:09 PM #

      Thanks Elearia – glad you found this post helpful :)

  79. John July 30, 2013 at 7:18 PM #

    Go job with the comparisons. I think you covered all of the aspects of each site well and fairly.

  80. La Cuisiniér Diabétique July 5, 2013 at 9:47 PM #

    One “B I G” negative I have found when it comes to WIX is the inability to sign up. The problem occurs after placing your password and activating the “GO” button.

    The result one receives is a “Invalid password”… but unlike other web sites, there’s no response (or information) as to why it’s invalid.

    In addition, “Nowhere” on the web site is there any type of help Q&A or FAQ’s pertaining to this problem.

    What’s really disturbing is trying to use their “send a message so we can help you”. The problem is… you can’t do it unless you’re logged in, but you can’t log in because you can’t sign up.

    As far as I’ve been able to determine, the web site is absolutely USELESS unless one can sign up and log in.

    La Cuisiniér Diabétique.

    • Jeremy & Connie July 6, 2013 at 10:09 AM #

      Hi there – thanks for adding to this discussion. So are you saying that you are having problems logging into your Wix site? That’s a bit strange as we’ve never had any issues.

      When you are trying to log in, there should be a link below the Password field that says “I forgot my password”. Click on that to have a new password generated.

      Also there is another link there where you can email WIx’s support team directly at “[email protected]”. Try reaching out to them directly for assistance.

      Hope you have your issue resolved soon! Good luck!

      - Jeremy

  81. ShiKu Chishiki July 5, 2013 at 4:12 PM #

    No where in the article did I see anything about total bandwidth, disk space allowed, etc. THAT also is a major consideration to think about when determining which one to use. So what’s the answer?

    • Jeremy & Connie July 5, 2013 at 5:40 PM #

      ShiKu,

      Weebly doesn’t have any restrictions / limitations on bandwidth and disk space. They do limit you on the size of each upload on the free versus the Pro version.

      For Wix, you can see the bandwidth limit on their pricing page

  82. Loro June 27, 2013 at 10:25 AM #

    A point to not is that there is no current way to implement any translation services on Wix, e.g. google translate. You have to manually create a duplicate pages and translate all of it yourself. I would imagine if you can access the html of Weebly then this is possible, I’m not sure though, I haven’t used Weebly.

    Just a thought, I am already in contract with Wix, but thought I might save someone the bother of the last 2 hours I’ve spent researching this. And no, the add html element in Wix does not allow for the translation services to work as you cannot edit the meta tags.

    Thank’s for the reviews, I’m going to check Weebly out.

    • Jeremy & Connie June 27, 2013 at 1:40 PM #

      Hi Loro – That’s a great point, thanks for adding that. I think the Google Translate widget does work for Weebly. Just use the custom code embed element and insert the widget. Let me know how that works out for yoU!

      - Jeremy

  83. Dawn June 23, 2013 at 8:16 PM #

    Thanks for the great comparison! Which company do you think is the best deal price wise if we want about 10 email addresses too? It seems more affordable to get email through a hosting company.. but do you have any opinion? Thanks!

    • Jeremy & Connie June 24, 2013 at 12:47 AM #

      Hi Dawn – both Wix and Weebly do not provide email services, so if you want to get a custom domain name for email addresses, you can get it separately through a hosting service as you mentioned. Alternatively, if you sign up to a premium package with Jimdo (the Jimdo Business plan), they provide you with 20 email addresses. Here’s our review on Jimdo – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/jimdo-review/

      - Jeremy

  84. Howard Steele June 18, 2013 at 2:01 AM #

    Hi Jeremie and Connie! Awesome review! I’m also engaged in comparing website builders and I know that in fact there’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution in this sphere. And I believe that the choice should depend on your actual needs and ambitions.

  85. Karen June 10, 2013 at 1:49 PM #

    I’m just learning HTML and CSS but am anxious to get my website up so was looking at the option of a website builder. Your comparison was superb and the suggestion that I test out both in their free forms. The exporting issue is a serious one. Thank you

  86. Karen June 10, 2013 at 1:48 PM #

    This was a superb comparison and I will take your advice about testing out both in their free form. I’m just learning HTML and CSS but want to get my ecommerce website up sooner than I’m capable so I was looking around for website templates.

    • Jeremy & Connie June 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM #

      Thanks Karen. Yes it’s important to know that Weebly allows you full access to the HTML / CSS codes, while Wix does not. So if you know a little bit about codes, or have plans to hire a coder, Weebly will give you a lot more design flexibility.

      As another option, you can also check out DivTag Templates (http://divtagtemplates.com) for premium Weebly design products (disclosure – Connie and I operate DivTag Templates).

      Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

  87. Jonathan June 10, 2013 at 2:56 AM #

    Really helpful and much appreciated x

  88. Jim June 8, 2013 at 5:45 PM #

    Good morning from Nepal -

    I have been investigating using WordPress and building a website via that avenue, and having someone like godaddy or host gator host it. It looks like there is a lot of learning to be done, compared to Wix/Weebly. Any thoughts on that?

    Also, I have two urls. One is the Nepali wording. And the other is the english translation. Do you know if with Wix/Weebly if I can point both urls to one site?

    Thanks for your help.

    Jim

  89. Emma June 1, 2013 at 9:30 AM #

    Thanks for the great review,
    I personally used Wix to create my website, and I find it does the job more or less fine for now – although in the future I’d like to build from scratch. My one qualm with Wix, that I do not believe you have mentioned, is that (with the free version at least) it is not possible to make the website adaptive to different resolution monitors. I built my website to look great on my monitor, and then opened it on a much higher res to find it was tiny in the middle of the page, and equally I opened it on an older laptop and found myself having to scroll every direction to see the content. Had I been making the website myself, I would simply set the dimensions to percentages, however I can’t find a way to do this on the Wix editor. Does anybody know a work around or some settings I am not aware of that would solve this problem? Cheers

  90. Brighton Diving May 24, 2013 at 12:05 PM #

    Thank you for this very in depth comparison of the two “Free Giants” in the game.
    Others have not gone to so much effort but simply put a more professional persons point of view.

    I think, having not messed around with website building in over 10 years, I will lean towards the Weebly side of things. By the sounds of it, my basic website will be up an running in the next day or so…..
    Do you have a comparison on on-line shopping carts and who to compare with?? (I only know of ekm powershop)

    Tony – Brighton Diving

    • Jeremy & Connie May 24, 2013 at 7:42 PM #

      Hi Tony,

      Glad you found this helpful. We don’t have any reviews of shopping cart plugins, but if you just Google “Weebly Shopping Carts” you’ll find a few that works (compatible with Weebly).

      Good luck!

      - Jeremy

  91. eduardo May 23, 2013 at 12:38 PM #

    Hi, thanks for your help. Here in Brazil webpage designers are too expensive and we have to use some services (not as good as a unique design job) with templates and the export factor is why i´ll go with weebly if i find a good template

    • Jeremy & Connie May 23, 2013 at 2:50 PM #

      Hi Eduardo – thanks for sharing about how people see things in Brazil. If you are thinking of Weebly, check out DivTag Templates (http://divtagtemplates.com/) which provide professional Weebly templates to Weebly users. [Discloser: Connie and I run DivTag Templates].

      One of the drawbacks of Wix which we go over in our full Wix review, is that they don’t allow you access to their templates’ CSS and HTML codes, so you can’t customize them if you wanted to (assuming if you know codes).

      - Jeremy

  92. Molly D May 15, 2013 at 7:28 AM #

    As I’m gathering information to create a new website, this comparison article was extremely helpful and very well written. Thank you! Also, have you looked into the mobile features of Wix vs. Weebly?

  93. Aman May 7, 2013 at 8:27 AM #

    This is very good review.
    Thank you.

  94. Doug Rydal May 3, 2013 at 12:13 AM #

    I use WIX and find it excellent, my only bugbear and i consider it to be fairly major is that WIX websites DO NOT display on Internet Explorer 8.

    Now plenty of people use Firefox, chrome or even IE9/10 but still a good number use IE8. It may pay to consider your market. if it is tech savvy people then Wix would likely be fine, but if your target market is middle aged or older females for example (like my wife and mother) they would have no idea about other browsers other than the one that came with their computer. (actually neither would my father for that matter too!)

    There is not work around either, those on IE8 looking up your site simply find a white screen, not text, nothing…

    IE 8 i guess will be obsolete in the near future as people move away from Windows XP etc, but definitely something to consider

    • Jeremy & Connie May 3, 2013 at 1:24 PM #

      A really good point Doug – thanks for pointing that out.

      A lot of website builders (and websites in general) are moving towards what they call HTML5 coding, which is an advancement of the previous way of coding. Without getting too much into tech speak, it’s just a natural progression of coding and it will keep on evolving.

      So a lot of website builders have a pretty tough decision to make – do they want to keep with the “older” codes so they can cater to a broader crowd, or do they move on to the “newer” codes so they can remain in the forefront of the industry.

      I suppose if website builders (such as Wix in this case) wants to remain progressive (and this is amongst many other reasons I’m sure!), they’ll have to make updates.

      Doug – you also pointed out that it’s just a matter of time IE8 becomes obsolete, which is also a very valid point (HTML5 isn’t compatible with IE8)

      Just as an update, Weebly made a pretty big update to their platform, and so they are now running with HTML5 as well!

      - Jeremy

  95. Chanele April 6, 2013 at 12:36 AM #

    Hey great review. I am useless at html and I really need the flexibility that wix offers so i’m gonna have to stay with them until I can afford a web designer.

    Quick question though

    Let’s say I publish my site, work on SEO and get a top ranking in google. If I downgrade my package in wix because i have re-built my website elsewhere, would my wix site lose its SEO rankings because it’s not the premium package or would it still show in top results? Reason being, if I do this then I would like to use my downgraded wix site as a way to divert all my traffic to the new site whilst I am working on it’s SEO. Once my new site has a good ranking in search engines, I can delete the wix site.

    Hope that makes sense. Just not sure how wix works in terms on SEO rankings and their packages.

    • Jeremy & Connie April 7, 2013 at 10:39 AM #

      Hi Chanele – I think downgrading or upgrading of Wix packages won’t affect SEO rankings (at least in my mind). Best SEO practices include creating great content so that people will return to your website / follow it / promote it through linking to it – these are just a few metrics that Google (primarily) look at when it determines search rankings.

      So in my mind, if the content is there already, reducing Wix premium features won’t remove the existing content. As such, in theory, your ranking shouldn’t change at all.

      Hope this helps – just my own opinion. Thank you for leaving a comment!

  96. James March 7, 2013 at 9:32 AM #

    I appreciate this concise and informative review.
    When was it done/published?

    • Jeremy & Connie March 7, 2013 at 1:07 PM #

      Hi James – thanks. We wrote this post about 2 weeks ago, so our thoughts and reviews are very recent.

  97. Maria Loor February 28, 2013 at 11:43 AM #

    The BEST review I have read. Super helpful! Thanks. … and yes I am planning to try both.

    • Jeremy & Connie February 28, 2013 at 1:26 PM #

      Awesome Maria. Investing some time to trying out different website builders is the only way to find the one that best suits your unique needs.

      No single website builder will have everything as each will have pros and cons (we outline our thoughts on those in our main review articles).

      Feel free to Tweet it, Like it (Facebook) or Plus it (Google Plus)! The social network sharing tools are to the left of the article.

      Please do check out our other articles and you may also find them useful!

  98. Philip EMERSON February 25, 2013 at 12:57 PM #

    One of the best comparative reviews I’ve read in a long time. I found it very helpful.

    • Jeremy & Connie February 28, 2013 at 1:25 PM #

      Thanks Philip – glad you liked it!

      Feel free to Tweet it, Like it (Facebook) or Plus it (Google Plus)! The social network sharing tools are to the left of the article.

      Please do check out our other articles and you may also find them useful!

    • Maria May 27, 2013 at 4:12 AM #

      Hi!

      Thanks a lot! I am also considering among these two.

      Just one question about advertising: on Weebly site they say “No Forced Advertising” but you are saying they push ad, a small one but ad is an ad.

      • Jeremy & Connie May 27, 2013 at 9:17 AM #

        Hi Maria –

        If you are using the free version of Weebly, they place the advertisement in the footer of the template, so it is a lot less noticeable than other website builders such as Wix or Jimdo.

        The only way to remove the ad is to upgrade to their paid plans. I guess it really depends on how one interprets “No Forced Advertising”…. it’s not mandatory once you paid – that’s one way to interpret it. Probably not the way I would interpret it, but it is what it is (unfortunately).

        If you check out our review on Weebly Pro features (http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/weebly-pro-features/), you’ll see that to remove the link (the ad), you’ll need to upgrade.

        - Jeremy