Wix vs Weebly – Which Website Builder is Better?

Last updated on October 18, 2016

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 categories, plus our conclusion, to see which one is better.

Jeremy Wong

About Jeremy Wong

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


Jeremy Wong

About Jeremy Wong

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

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

  1. Ruben October 24, 2016 at 10:34 AM #

    Hey Jeremy,

    Thanks for this informative comparison, really appreciated the unbiased review.
    I have two questions, hoping you could answer.

    1) Which of the two has a better SEO? I have heard Wix isn’t very good but this did come from disgruntled Wix user.

    2) Which one has better blogging capabilities? A website I have in mind will be used for portfolio and blogging. I’d like to say I could learn WordPress but I don’t think I have the money nor the time to do so, so Wix or Weebly it is.

    I’m leaning towards Weebly, but would love to know in depth about blogging. (I have read your we builder comparision post).

    Any help would be great.


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 24, 2016 at 3:50 PM #

      Hello Ruben,

      1) Take a look at our website builder SEO guide. It will give you a better understanding of SEO.

      2) As for blogging, I think both Wix and Weebly are pretty good. Of course, WordPress is far more superior in this aspect. But if you were to choose between Wix and Weebly, I’d suggest you sign up for free accounts with both website builders and test out the tools yourself. That’s the only way to be sure about which one you prefer to work with.


  2. Laura October 17, 2016 at 2:47 PM #

    Thanks so much for this comparison article. I have a question that hopefully you can answer. I have three separate domains hosted for many years under Homestead (I know, groan!) that I want to move and I am trying to decide between Wix and Weebly… I’ve looked at both of the sites and at their pricing structure, but I cant seem to find pricing for either Wix or Weebly for hosting my three domains under one account. Do you know how they charge for this? Right now under Homestead I pay $3 for each additional domain. Thanks for any help or insight you can offer about this!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 19, 2016 at 8:42 AM #

      Hello Laura,

      If you are asking about how much it costs for either Wix or Weebly to “host” your domain names, then I think the answer is $14.95 per year per domain name for Wix, and $19.95 per year per domain name for Weebly.

      If you transfer your domain names into a domain name registrar (such as GoDaddy), then the annual renewal fee for each domain name is about $10 – $14.

      I’m not sure why your current fees for keeping your domain names registered is so cheap! Perhaps due to an old / legacy pricing structure that you’re privileged to?

      But the market rate with a good and reputable domain name registrar is definitely $10+.

      Here’s our guide to domain names if you’re interested in taking a look.


  3. Arina October 17, 2016 at 5:05 AM #

    Hi Jeremy, I have been reading many reviews about wix vs weebly, must say your comparison is the most helpful and well organized.
    On my website I am thinking to show stock collection of my products, and in order not to overload webpage with hundreds and thousands of photos I am thinking to integrate it with instagram, for example, by simply providing link to my instagram products photo collection. Do you think this is possible with weebly or wix? So far my choice was weebly plan Pro, but still thinking what to go for…
    Thank you

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 17, 2016 at 9:53 AM #

      Hey Arina,

      I think it’s possible with Weebly. I read somewhere that some of the social apps in Weebly’s App Center allow you to display Instagram feeds.

      The same goes for Wix. Look for “Instagram Feed” in their App Market.


  4. Cliff Tetle October 8, 2016 at 12:39 AM #

    Jeremy, Thanks for your review; very complete. Tell me, in your opinion, which one is better if you plan on having 12 minute videos on the site and paypal logos where someone can send you money for an item using paypal or a credit card?

    Thanks, Cliff

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 10, 2016 at 12:20 PM #

      Hey Cliff,

      Either Wix or Weebly will work. So perhaps it comes down to which website builder you prefer working with. The best way to find out is to sign up to free accounts and invest some time to using them.


  5. Scott October 2, 2016 at 9:54 AM #

    Hi as a complete noob with websites in any form which would you recommend for me, i am trying to build my photography portfolio and hopefully maybe even sell some , i have my domain name but i really need the easiest site going, every time i think ah thats the one some thing throws a spanner in the works i need to make my mind up and go for it but im clueless 🙂

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 3, 2016 at 11:40 AM #

      Hey Scott,

      Take a look at our list of website builders for photographers here.

      Wix is a good choice as their designs are great and they’re easy to use (drag and drop, no coding required).

      But also consider Weebly, which in my mind is the easiest website builder to use. Not saying Wix is hard, but Weebly is easier.

      I’d definitely suggest signing up to free accounts with both and just spend a few hours using each to see which you prefer to work with.

      Utlimately, both website builders are good and you’ll be able to build a website without being technical at all.

      In terms of domain name, you can connect it to either website builder and they have tutorials on how you can do so. The only thing is that you’ll have to upgrade to a paid plan if you want to connect your domain name. It’s something you can consider after trying out both website builders to see which one you prefer.

      Since you’re new to this, we have a Road Map here and a website builder FAQ. They might help answer some commonly asked questions that you might find helpful.


  6. Sam September 30, 2016 at 4:46 PM #

    Excellent, well-thought article – Thanks Jeremy.
    The one thing I’d really like to know is, which one has the best SEO capabilities/ customization/ and search engine ranking? Apples to apples of course…
    The functionality of accessing the html maybe relevant in order to tweak but not sure if that is outdated with Weebly and Wix…
    Also, I think I looked at the html of weebly a long time ago and it was bogged down and very time consuming to find what you were looking to edit. Your opinion is appreciated Jeremy – thanks again!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 3, 2016 at 11:21 AM #

      Hi Sam,

      I left a comment about this below in response to a similar question. Check out my comment on Sept 14, 2016 below.


  7. Oliver September 30, 2016 at 10:13 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    thank you for all these posts, they have been of amazing value to me.
    I am setting up an Ecommerce store online with the things I value most highly when considering what website builder to use being intermediate to high level customisability, HD videos on the website, automated emails when a transaction is finished,a fairly strong analytics software, membership registration, abandoned cart emails and a pricing of somewhere between 25-35$ / month. I know you have posted many articles about these various websites, but if you were to give a suggestion based upon these considerations which website builder would you recommend?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 30, 2016 at 3:54 PM #


      That’s a lot to ask for, for a very low monthly payment! I’m don’t mean that in a rude way, just trying to re-align your expectations.

      The lowest monthly plan from a respectable website builder that offers abandoned cart recovery is Squarespace’s “Advanced” plan, which is $40 per month. Other website builders could range from $49 per month (Weebly) or $79 per month (Shopify or BigCommerce).

      They all enable you to email your shoppers at the end of each transaction and allow you to embed HD videos.

      You can create a basic membership portal with Weebly, but it’s not a paid membership program. We have more details about that in our main Weebly review guide here.

      So have a look at the builders that I referenced above. But I haven’t seen a platform that offers you everything you listed at a $25 – $35 range.


  8. Urjita September 28, 2016 at 3:45 AM #

    All the points that you mentioned here are useful. But you forgot to write about the responsiveness of the website. WIX is just mobile friendly and not a responsive website.
    Its a pain to re-arrange all the elements for mobile and even after that they wont appear the way you want to.We have voted for responsiveness feature in Feb 2016 and till date no sign of this feature getting lost.


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 28, 2016 at 10:40 AM #

      Hey Urjita,

      Thanks for your comment. We have a more comprehensive comparison about mobile aspects of Wix and Weebly here.

      I think there are pros and cons to using a dedicated mobile editor (Wix) and having a responsive template (Weebly). The comparison guide will go into that in more details.


  9. Phil September 12, 2016 at 9:59 PM #

    This is a great article however you forgot to mention the most important part of any website comparison and feature for that matter with any website builder…. SEO!!! – So I would love your opinion of which CMS provides the best and easiest SEO for the SERPS to read and tag.

    I am dissapointed with Weebly’s lack of H1 Tagging which is very important for SEO

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 14, 2016 at 12:43 PM #

      Hey Phil,

      I think Wix has better SEO features, such as the H1 title you mentioned, and also that you can alter your webpage address / URL which does have some SEO benefits.

      However, it’s very hard to say that by using Wix, you’ll definitely rank higher in search engines. At the end of the day, “onsite SEO”, such as your titles, URL structure, everything you can do on your website, is important. But it is not as important as “offsite SEO”, such as receiving / earning backlinks from other websites.

      We have a much more in-depth discussion about that topic here. I think you’ll find it helpful!


  10. Michelle September 10, 2016 at 2:49 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I like your article. Thanks so much for posting it.

    I still have a headache trying to figure these things out though. I’d like to get your opinion, off the record, if that is ok. I currently have a website with Wix that I made it for a non-profit a couple of years ago. I don’t really need to maintain it that much and when I do, It’s pretty easy to edit. I like it.

    I also have a blog on Word Press which really seems to be hard. I haven’t published yet because 1) it’s content that is really more detailed and time consuming on my end so I haven’t been able to get to it and 2) I would like people to be able to respond but it seems so technical on WP that I am afraid I won’t be able to manage it. This is a blog that will eventually run bi-weekly but I am so busy I don’t have the time to maintain it right now. So I have posted blog content, but it’s not something I am familar with yet and haven’t published, like what I did with Wix.

    I am currently getting ready to start a simpler blog that is more informational to the public but I think eventually, or even right off the start, I wouldn’t mind people responding. I decided that I would not use WP because i want it to be quickly and easily maintained. I started to go with Wix but my high school senior, who had never done anything techy at all, made a website on Weebly in a day or two and it caught my attention so I thought maybe I was going to use Weebly.

    Then I came across your article and now I am just confused about which one to use. Ugh.

    I like the simplicity of Weebly and the fact that I can move it later if necessary. I started to design the blog but I didn’t like what it offered, as you know, Wix has better templates.

    BUT I don’t want to be stuck on Wix if I need to change later. I mean, of course, how often do we change our blogs? It isn’t really an income business for me, yet, and I don’t think it would be that disruptive if I had to build a new one down the road. Someone keeps telling me to use WP and I am thinking, what if I decide to do that later?

    So, In the end, really, if YOU were going to choose one to blog on, which one would you choose?

    Thanks for any advice!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 12, 2016 at 10:53 AM #

      Hi Michelle,

      I think when it comes to blogging, WordPress is the best platform for that. But as you said, it’s not as user friendly (especially for those starting out) and has a much steeper learning curve compared to drag & drop website builders such as Wix and Weebly.

      One other option that you might want to consider is Squarespace. The reason being that it has a good blogging platform, their design templates are really nice, and you can actually export your blog content into a WordPress friendly format later on if you want to.

      So if you use Squarespace, whenever you want to migrate your blog content into a WordPress site, you can do so.

      We have a review about Squarespace here. Just another option that might work for you!


  11. Melina September 10, 2016 at 6:04 AM #

    Great comparison. But I LOVE WEEBLY. Hands down wins for me.
    Im convinced that Wix has more users because they spend a lot of money on advertising. Where as Weebly don’t. Weebly is so easy to use and it’s so sleek and minimalistic. Perfect for showcasing artwork and their new ecommerce platforms allows your to sell your work. Which I’m going to give a try. As I am an indecisive perfectionist, I love the flexability of being able to change the whole layout with a click of a button. All the context remains there, I often switch back and forth if I get inspired by other sites I look at. The support team are really good and respond via email straight away. They even talked me through everything step by step. It made me feel really comfortable.

    Weebly for the win!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 12, 2016 at 10:41 AM #

      Hey Melina,

      Great points! Wix definitely has a much stronger brand presence, so you’re probably right on that point.

      I’m glad to hear you’re having so much fun building your website with Weebly.

      The only thing is that I wished they’d add more advanced design features to their platform. Wix is really ahead of Weebly in that regard.

      Thanks for adding to this discussion!


  12. Cynthia September 7, 2016 at 9:35 PM #

    Excellent and very thorough comparison. Thanks so much!!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 9, 2016 at 2:57 PM #

      Thank you, Cynthia. Glad you enjoyed it!

      Please do share this comparison with people you think can benefit from our discussions here. Just click on the sharing buttons to the left!



  13. Dee Montano September 5, 2016 at 11:50 AM #

    Excellent information, thank you so much!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 5, 2016 at 1:54 PM #

      Thanks for your comment, Dee. Glad you found our discussions helpful!

      Do click on the social sharing buttons on the left to help us share this guide! I’d highly appreciate it!


  14. Luke September 4, 2016 at 9:04 AM #


    Thanks for taking the time to create this reviews and comparison. It’s a bit over my head (no fault to you, just I’m technically challenged) and looking for something simple to put up a drone website for old dudes… I obviously need to do more homework on my end.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 5, 2016 at 2:08 PM #

      Hello Luke,

      Thanks for your comment.

      I’d suggest you take a look at Weebly. Compared to Wix, Weebly is a bit easier to use in our opinion. The drawback is that Weebly doesn’t have as many features as Wix. But they’re very user-friendly.

      Give them a trial run as they’re free to sign up to!


  15. Neil August 26, 2016 at 1:19 PM #

    Do you have any information on the loading times of WIX Vs Weebly websites?

    I recently made a website with WIX and then realized it took forever to load. I also had some problems where my website didn’t load at all on my phone where any other website was loading fine, WIX customer service said I had to clear the cache on my phone. It worked but I can’t expect my customers to do that. I googled the problem and can see that there are other WIX users with the same issues. I also done some testing with friends and anyone on a 3G phone or connection was wasting there time trying to access my site as it took forever or just didn’t load.

    I like the functionality of the WIX website builder but if my customers (some of which still have 3G phones or are not able to get 4G depending on where they are) can not access the site then it is a waste of time. I saw that there is something called CloudFlare, but it seems that this might not help speed up my WIX website.

    I done some testing with Weebly, I googled websites made with Weebly and tested the load times and they all loaded fine on my old IPhone 4 (Which only has 3G capability) I have also just seen that there is Squarespace that have implemented some kind of fast load times for their mobile websites. So this is so confusing to know who to go with and I am surprised I can not find more information about this with Google.

    To summarise, can I stay with WIX and speed up my website with Cloudflare? Or should I change to Weebly for a faster website but loose some of the better apps and functionality that WIX offers.

    Thanks for any info on this.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 26, 2016 at 10:07 PM #

      Hi Neil,

      It’s hard to do a proper comparison between Wix and Weebly’s mobile loading speed, as it’s hard to have two exact website built on each platform to test their speeds.

      Generally speaking, there are several ways to improve your site’s loading speed. The biggest one is to make sure you optimize your images. I’ve seen some people upload massive images to their websites (like 5 megabytes – no wonder it takes so long to load!)

      Make sure you compress your images (there are some tools that you can easily find if you Google “image compressors”). Also, don’t upload an image that is larger in terms of dimension, then use the drag & drop tool to shrink it down to a smaller size. Your website will still load the large image, even though it looks small. So use some basic image editing tools to reduce the size / dimension of your images, then upload it into your Wix or Weebly site.

      Here’s our guide on where to find good image editors.

      For Squarespace, they did announce that they will adopt AMP for their mobile sites. AMP strips out all the extra “stuff” from your website, and slim it down to the bare bones so that your mobile site will load faster. Websites built with Squarespace will have this technology.

      You can always sign up to a free trial Squarespace account and test out their mobile interface. You can also see our review of Squarespace here.


  16. Willette August 20, 2016 at 1:17 PM #

    Hello, Jeremy. Many thanks for your informative article. Happy to have stumbled upon it. Wish I’d known about Weebly before I invested so many hours into building my website on WIX. It’s still a draft and it’s been fun, but my frustration is that I can’t print the pages to get a better “feel” for my layout. Any suggestions…from you or anyone?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 22, 2016 at 12:43 PM #

      Hello Willette,

      Most website builders, including the more powerful options such as WordPress, don’t have a “print” function as part of their platforms.

      What you can do is use the print function for your browser (if you are using Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc) to print what you see on your screen.


  17. Lorraine August 15, 2016 at 12:53 PM #

    Hi Jeremy – thank you for the “Wix vs Weebly – Which Website Builder is Better?” article 🙂 I want to be able to have navigation that can have as many pages and sub-pages as I want, and I’d like to be able to add them as I go. Like an org chart or tree with sub”folders”… is that possible with Wix and/or Weebly?.. or does the “template” you choose dictate the navigation?
    Thanks so much!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 17, 2016 at 10:50 AM #

      Hello Lorraine,

      Glad found our discussion here helpful!

      I believe with Weebly, you can an “unlimited” number of subpages. We’ve only had to create around 5 level of subpages before, and I’d discourage you to create more as it just gets a bit confusing in terms of navigation. But technically I think you can create an unlimited of subpages.

      As for Wix, you can only create one level of subpage. One workaround if you want to create a sub-subpage, is to create a new page, hide it from your menu bar, then link from your subpage to this new page. This gives your visitors an illusion of a sub-subpage, but obviously it won’t show up on the menu bar (which can be a drawback).

      One way to test this is to sign up for free accounts with both Wix and Weebly and just give them a try! That’s the only way to get a good sense of whether you enjoy working with one website builder over the other.


  18. Jill August 11, 2016 at 8:54 AM #

    The more I read the more confused I get. I need to build a website for a new company I’m starting. It is a local service company that will offer a wide variety of services from driver to shopper to event planner to clerical. It need to have a calendar to show availability and book services along with the ability for customers to pay. Will you please point me in the right direction.



    PS I do not know how to code

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 12, 2016 at 2:16 PM #

      Hi Jill,

      Take a look at Wix to see if their WixBooking tool works for you. This tool allows your clients to make reservations / bookings, and pay for them online. You don’t need to know how to code.


  19. Elisa August 4, 2016 at 9:39 AM #

    Hi Jeremy, I am wondering which, of these programs would enable me to edit my site from my ipad?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 6, 2016 at 7:46 PM #

      Hello Elisa,

      Weebly offers you an iOS app that allows you to build your site directly on your iPad. Have a look at their app here.


  20. Jay August 2, 2016 at 1:13 PM #

    Excellent review- the best one out there. Both are excellent- but for the reasons you mentioned I am going with Weebly. They are also slightly less right now. Weebly hopefully will work on some improved customization features- and Weebly does have advantages you mentioned. Thank you!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 3, 2016 at 10:37 AM #

      Hello Jay,

      Thanks for letting me know! I’m glad this comparison guide pointed you in the right direction.


  21. Gordon July 14, 2016 at 12:38 PM #

    Well compared Jeremy – they are both impressive in their own way.
    But you’ve not got the Weebly backup correct – your text reads as though you can download your website to either save it or move it. The reality is it only gives you the basics: CSS, template HTML and images – none of your actual site is backed up (content, pages, navigation) so, you’d have to rebuild your site if necessary.
    My main concern being if someone alters some pages incorrectly, you can’t go back and restore them.
    This aspect alone is troubling me, but quite a few ‘Build your owns’ are like this.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 15, 2016 at 10:10 AM #

      Hi Gordon,

      Thanks for your comment. Actually, you could export all your content, pages, menu bar with Weebly. I’ve done it a few times myself in my past projects. But the challenge, which I think you also correctly pointed out, is that editing the website is difficult. You’d have to edit the codes directly and if difficult to “undo” any changes.

      At the end of the day, websites that are built with these website builders, are meant to operate effectively within their proprietary platforms. Once a website is outside of the drag & drop platform, it’s not the best to work with.

      Thanks for adding to this discussion!


      • Gordon July 16, 2016 at 3:53 AM #

        My apologies – I have just discovered the ‘Archive’ feature (I got a reply from asking Weebly) and yes, it does save most of the actual content better, albeit messy with the images having new unrelated filenames.

        Unfortunately though, If my customer accidentally makes incorrect changes, I will still have to work hard to repair the damage and restore it. I have used other services where you can actually restore the whole site to a previous backup state with just one click.

        We can’t really complain about not being able to transfer the site to another host – they invest a lot in their products and it seems only fair.

        • Jeremy Wong
          Jeremy Wong July 18, 2016 at 10:40 AM #

          hi Gordon,

          No problem at all.

          Actually, Wix does have a function that allows you to save your website, and revert to that saved version if you need to “go back” to that version.

          So this feature comes in handy, for sure. We have more about this feature under Footnote 11 in our Comparison Chart here.

          Hope this helps!


  22. Rishabh July 8, 2016 at 12:21 AM #

    Hi Jeremy.

    I wanted an overall comparison of Wix and Weebly and I guess this article satisfies all my doubts and queries. I also liked your unbiased approach to various differences.
    Thanks a lot.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 8, 2016 at 10:21 AM #

      Thanks for your feedback! Glad this discussion is helpful to you, Rishabh.


  23. MystePlz June 29, 2016 at 7:17 PM #

    I know this is the wrong place to ask but I was hoping you might know — is there ANY way possible to use wix’s old flash builder? I need a blank flash template. I know they don’t advertize it anymore but they do support it, as I can still edit and publish my old flash site. I just can’t create a new one. But is there maybe a cheater link to gain access, or some trick to it that anyone is aware of…? I’m desperate. I don’t care if phone users can’t view my site, as it’s not for people using phones.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong June 30, 2016 at 11:13 PM #

      I’m not entirely sure, actually. Have you tried reaching out to their support team to see if this is still possible?


  24. Morris Thomas Jr June 29, 2016 at 9:32 AM #

    On my android smart phone, I get a message stating I need to install flash player to view a wix website.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong June 30, 2016 at 11:02 PM #

      Hi Morris,

      Wix websites are HTML5 based. They used to be flash based but that was many years ago. Were you looking at a website that was built years ago?


  25. Joe Grieves June 8, 2016 at 7:00 PM #

    Hey Jeremy,
    I appreciate the hard work you put into this article. I’m not sure which one to pick however based on the business I’m pursuing. I was wondering what website builder would be best for a clothing brand? I want to start selling t-shirts and was thinking simple design, title of the brand, a header and then just pictures of the shirts (until business picks up then more items will be added). Which one would you think would suit my needs?
    Thank You for your time,
    Joe Grieves

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong June 9, 2016 at 9:27 PM #

      Hi Joe,

      Both Wix and Weebly will give you the basic selling, ecommerce tools.

      One thing that pops into my mind is that Wix’s design templates are much better than what’s offered by Weebly (at the moment anyway). So have a great looking design can help you better brand your business and potentially wow your visitors a bit.

      At the end of the day, I’d suggest you sign up to free accounts with both website builders and “test drive” them. See which one you prefer to work with. Both will have most of the tools you need so it comes down your own user experience as well.


  26. Cat June 4, 2016 at 2:06 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    thank you so much for this excellent site and your simple and straightforward comparisons – your insights are invaluable!

    May I ask you a related question? I jumped straight in with weebly, plumping for the simple, plain. My site is a very local space to list myself as an English tutor. I immediately ran in to difficulties though with the domain name. I chose my domain name sussexenglishtutor.co.uk but Weebly overruled and gave me .com instead. When I queried that, they said that people ordinarily wanted the .com and if I wanted .co.uk I should book it as well. I can do that through 123 at a 2 for 1 deal which is considerably cheaper than weebly. 123 would give me both domains for 10 years for £69.20.

    Weebly now say for the same period that they would charge me £82 for .co.uk and I could only book .com with them for 5 years as it’s already purchased via them and that would cost £58.80. I suggested that as they had originally made the mistake, that they could undo the .com and then I could book both with 123 and transfer them to weebly. Not possible, they say, as they now keep the .com for a year under their account….

    It seems a minefield! added to that I now am receiving loads of spam into my own personal email account, as the domain name has been registered without the Privacy protection offer (Weebly didn’t offer this option when registering).

    Is there anything you can suggest that I can do here? My gut is to suck it up and stick with the .com with weebly for a year, and book the .co.uk with 123 for 10 years, losing the 2 for 1 offer.

    Or perhaps, I should just come away from weebly altogether (I’m still in the cooling off period) and begin again!

    I’d very much appreciate your knowledge and experience here – I feel such a luddite!

    best wishes,


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong June 5, 2016 at 6:33 PM #

      Hi Catriona,

      Know that once you purchase a domain name, you cannot transfer it to another domain name registrar until a 60 day period has passed.

      So in your case, I think you have two options:

      1) Cancel your .com registration with Weebly. But if you do that, you might not be able to get the same domain name as someone else might register for it, and I’m not sure how long before it will be made available to the general public for booking.

      2) Wait 60 days, then transfer your domain name from Weebly to the other domain name registrar. You can then manage both your .com and .co.uk domains there, and add privacy settings to it if you wish. 123 should be able to provide instructions on how to transfer in domains from elsewhere. You’ll have to work out with Weebly to see how they can refund the pro-rata, unused portion of your registration fee.

      Good luck!


  27. Marcello Jeromela June 1, 2016 at 7:30 PM #

    Hey Jeremy,

    If im building a site for a production and lighting distributor and need it looking professional what web builder would you recommend?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong June 2, 2016 at 8:28 PM #

      Hello Marcello,

      Unless you are looking for something more specific, I think either Wix or Weebly can get the job done well.

      Perhaps sign up to both website builders (free to try) and see which one you prefer to work with? That will help you decide.

      Both are different and each has its own pros / cons (as discussed above).


  28. Jukka Majuri June 1, 2016 at 1:51 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Thanks for your great article. I have a question.
    I use local hosting service and have my own domain xxxxx.com. Now hosting service is offering Weebly which in my case could be good solution – all in one place.
    The only problem is that I don’t know if I can get my website to work using Weebly. I have read here 50% of the posts without finding the answer.
    The problem is that I need to add links to photo – not one but up to 15-20 (only one photo on each page to which you must add those links).
    For example you have photo from a group of people. You want to add invisible link over each person’s face. I have seen a video clip where you can put photo top each other and link them but that is not the solution.
    In my case I should make a website which have around 500 pages. The possibility to change template design is one reason to think to use Weebly. You say ”Wix – The Land of No Return” and that will be so in my case if I use Wix. In case of Weebly I can make cosmetic changes during the years – face lifts but not changes to the content.


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong June 2, 2016 at 8:26 PM #

      Hello Jukka,

      Unfortunately I don’t think you can add multiple links to a single image. You can only link one image to one webpage destination.


  29. Pierster May 3, 2016 at 3:29 PM #

    Jeremy –

    Great article and very helpful site overall. I am now hosting a simple, rather dated website for an advisory firm on Network Solutions. I would rather leave the domain registered there and “point” to a new, updated site designed on either Wix or Weebly (leaning towards Wix if I can find a template I’m in love with).

    Do each of these services allow for simple linking from third party hosts? Any thoughts on which is more straightforward?


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 4, 2016 at 6:37 AM #

      Hello Pierster,

      Yes – you can definitely connect the domain name from your domain name registrar (Network Solutions) to a Wix or Weebly website.

      Wix / Weebly’s support portal will have further details on how to do that.


  30. Brant Curtis April 30, 2016 at 10:36 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Great article! I’m not very tech savy, and so Wix is what I use… BUT, the issue that I am having is being able to bring up certain pages I’ve created on a cell phone – I believe, due to the Adobe Flash content? Do you know of a way around this, or does weebly have the same issues?

    Any feedback would be of tremendous help. Thank you!

    Brant Curtis

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 1, 2016 at 8:56 PM #

      Hello Brant,

      Wix doesn’t use flash based tools anymore. They did, years ago, and have moved on to HTML5 technology which are fully compatible with mobile devices.

      Did you try reaching out to their support team to see why some of your pages weren’t showing up? Did you ensure that your pages are properly configured (not hidden) in their mobile editor?


  31. Darren April 25, 2016 at 5:02 PM #

    What a great write up! It’s funny, my decision came down to using Wix vs. Weebly and I ended up choosing Weebly for the simplicity (and beautiful site of course :). Thank you!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 26, 2016 at 11:27 PM #

      Thank you, Darren.

      Glad our comparison here was helpful to you!


  32. Leila Passah April 14, 2016 at 12:31 PM #

    Extremely helpful since I’m a first time user

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 15, 2016 at 12:25 AM #

      Thanks Leila! Glad you found our analysis helpful.


  33. Scott Wells April 7, 2016 at 6:05 PM #

    Jeremy, just a note to thank you for doing such a thorough job in your website builder reviews. I have consulted your reviews on more than one occasion to inform my decisions. Very, very helpful and I greatly appreciate that.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 7, 2016 at 7:52 PM #

      Thanks, Scott! I really appreciate your feedback. Glad we’ve been helpful!


  34. Vincent April 6, 2016 at 8:58 PM #

    Hi Jeremy.

    Thanks for the brilliant work on the reviews. I am new to website building and I want to customise a website for real estate work. One important aspect for me is to be able to insert a subscript for confidentiality acknowledgement, say: when someone clicks onto a link to a property, a dialogue box would appear first for them to acknowledge the confidentiality of its content and to indemnify the owner if there is a breach, or when they click on a property, a dialogue box would appear for their email address so that information may be sent to them via an email.

    I would also like to be able to generate separate passwords for unknown readers before they can activate the page for viewing. This is necessary as many of my clients prefer confidentiality and only prefer dissemination of information to appropriate parties.

    Would WIX or Weebly able to provide this layer of security for the linked pages in my website?

    Thanks in advance.


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 7, 2016 at 7:40 PM #

      Hello Vincent,

      Wix and Weebly won’t be able to cater to do that “out of the box”. I’ve seen some sites integrate with real estate specific listing tools (I can’t remember the name of the listing app). But sounds to me what you’re looking for is quite unique. Maybe there are some industry specific, real estate website builder that will cater to the specific process that you highlighted. I haven’t seen one so can’t be of much help here. Sorry about that.

      One alternative / workaround, is require all your visitors to sign up to become members of your website. And to sign up as members and have access to membership protected pages, they must agree to certain terms & conditions.

      Wix and Weebly both have built-in membership tools. You can take a look at them here:

      Wix membership tool

      Weebly membeship tool

      This might deliver what you are looking for?


  35. Glen April 6, 2016 at 3:33 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    I have a hand-coded site for the past several years where I sell my original sheet music, including a cart that is hooked up with PayPal. People can buy with a CC or PayPal balance. It looks like if I go with Weebly or Wix, I would lose that capability and have to obtain a gateway etc in order to continue to accept CC, and change to Stripe etc? The setup I have now is great.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 7, 2016 at 7:27 PM #

      Hey Glen,

      Both Wix and Weebly can integrate with PayPal so you can receive payments from your customers.

      With Wix, you just have to upgrade to their eCommerce plan. With Weebly, you have to enroll in their Business Plan in order to have your store integrate with PayPal.

      Hope this helps!


      • Michael June 12, 2016 at 10:46 PM #

        Seems that WIX allows adding multiple PayPal buttons without a need to upgrade, and without a need to have a ‘store’ – whereas Weebly requires an upgrade at monthly charge.
        Isn’t it an advantage for Wix?

        • Jeremy Wong
          Jeremy Wong June 12, 2016 at 11:23 PM #

          Hi Michael,

          Thanks for your comment. You can certainly add PayPal buttons to either Wix or Weebly with upgrading at all. PayPal gives you embed codes which you can insert into your website.

          However, if you want to use Wix or Weebly’s built-in ecommerce tools and check out cart, and have them integrated with your PayPal account, then you’ll need to upgrade to their respective premium plans.

          So these are separate things:

          1) Using a PayPal button to collect payments, but without using it with Wix or Weebly’s ecommerce tools / set up

          2) Having your PayPal account fully integrated with the website builders’ ecommerce functions,including their check out cart.

          Hope this makes sense.


  36. Claudia Palacios March 10, 2016 at 1:56 PM #

    Just in time! Thank you for your analysis. Weebly will be!

  37. Sergey February 24, 2016 at 11:08 AM #

    Hi Jeremy!
    Thanks for your review.
    I’m from Russia, so I would like to share some local info, maybe it will help ppl here:
    as Weebly and Wix redirecting me to localized versions of ther websites – I should say that Wix russian web is pretty good, but Weebly isn’t. pretty weird translations, especially regarding support information. So I’m using english version for better convenience.
    Also Wix looks cheaper: 1.6$ per month for Wix “Connect Domain” plan against 5 $ per month for Webbly “Starter”

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 25, 2016 at 7:47 PM #

      Hello Sergey,

      Thanks for sharing your perspectives from Russia! That’s quite interesting!


  38. Patrice Watson February 22, 2016 at 4:47 PM #

    Your reviews were very helpful for me. Thank you for the time you have spent with the details so I don’t have to do the research myself. I already have a lot of research for starting my business and blog. I especially liked the way you divided up the concerns and helped me to decide which one would work better for me.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 24, 2016 at 12:52 AM #

      Hello Patrice,

      Glad you found our discussions here helpful! Do click on the social sharing buttons on the left side to share this article with network. I’d really appreciate it!


  39. Tammie February 18, 2016 at 11:54 AM #

    Very insightful, detailed and informative. But 1 thing you skipped over was SEO exposure comparisons between the 2. This is very important to me and I place this in the top 2 things to consider when choosing. Thanks

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 18, 2016 at 8:07 PM #

      Hello Tammie,

      Thanks – I’m glad you found the discussion here helpful.

      In regards to SEO, we do have some comments on this in our comparison chart here.

      Also, our FAQ page here will offer some insights on this topic as well.


  40. Isabella February 13, 2016 at 7:18 PM #

    Really informative and amazing with helping me chose which website maker I needed to use!! Thank you for writing in such good detail!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 15, 2016 at 5:03 PM #

      Thanks, Isabella!

  41. Jacob February 3, 2016 at 10:09 AM #

    Thanks for the article! I’m looking for cheap and easy CMS’s for a relative who wants a website for his business. I would personally like to design and develop it myself, but he just wants a web presence at a low cost. I don’t think he minds picking from generic themes. I’m going to test drive Wix and Weebly to see which would suit him best, but your article definitely puts things into perspective.

    PS – I noticed you’ve replied to most of the comments on this page. That’s amazing! Don’t see that too often. It definitely shows you care.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 3, 2016 at 5:09 PM #

      Thanks Jacob!

      Definitely give those web builders a try. That’s the best way to see which one you / your relative prefers to work with!

      Good luck!


  42. anita December 23, 2015 at 5:16 PM #

    Super clear and helpful. Thanks for your insights!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 25, 2015 at 4:07 PM #

      You’re very welcome, Anita.

  43. Kelli December 2, 2015 at 7:26 PM #

    Hallelujah for this amazing site!

    Hypothetically speaking, if I purchase a domain, connect it to my wix site and decide that I’m tired of it and want to try Weebly, could I make a Weebly site then connect my domain to that instead?

    Would my wix site disappear or just sit dormant?

    Am I correct in thinking that since I purchased the domain, I can attach it to any site I make? (I think some domains have a limit on usage for multiple sites or something like that)

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 4, 2015 at 12:49 PM #

      Hi Kelli,

      Yes you can re-connect your domain name to Weebly (or the other way around).

      The easiest thing to do is purchase your own domain name from registrars such as GoDaddy. This way, you can connect the domain name to Wix or Weebly, or any other website builders. You can only connect your domain name to one single website builder at a time.

      If you purchase a domain name through Wix (or Weebly), if you want to change website builders, you’ll then have to migrate the domain name out of Wix (or Weebly), and into the next website builder. It’s a bit clumsy and has a lot of extra steps.

      If you control the domain name with a domain name registrar (such as GoDaddy), you can disconnect and reconnect the domain name with any website builders, very quickly and easily

      If you disconnect your domain name from Wix, then the Wix website will revert to using their sub-domain name (such as xyz.wix.com)

      For your last question, as mentioned above, you can only connect your domain name to one single website at a time.

      Hope this helps!


      • Kelli December 5, 2015 at 9:50 PM #

        Awesome! Thanks so much Jeremy! This definitely helps. I’ve decided on Wix but now i don’t feel so confined by my decision. Weebly has clean templates but the building process is a little clunky and I can’t resist the Wix templates.

        • Jeremy Wong
          Jeremy Wong December 7, 2015 at 1:44 PM #

          You’re very welcome, Kelli.

          Both are good website builders, so I’m glad you’ve tested both out and decided with the one that works better for you!


  44. Jean M November 26, 2015 at 7:30 AM #

    Thank you for your very detailled reviews.
    As I understand it,
    my needs would would be a mix of
    WIX professional-look template like
    AND Weebly Web builder ease-of-use and flexibility

    Since you have used them extensively, what third-party Weebly template provider would you suggest to get best of both worlds?

    thank you

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 27, 2015 at 5:47 PM #

      HI Jean,

      If you get a third party template for Weebly, it actually does not change the user interface or tools that Weebly has to offer. The website building tools will remain the same as before.

      However, some templates provider has added in extra coding in their templates so that you do get some advanced features above and beyond what Weebly offers. However, at the moment, to configure those tools from the templates provider may require you to edit the codes – which can be challenging for some users especially if the tutorials provided are not easy to follow.

      With Wix, they have a lot more advanced website building features than what Weebly has to offer (such as video background, parallax scrolling, etc). The benefit from Wix is that these advanced features are built into their system so that you don’t have to touch any codes to access them.

      So based on your question, I think Wix is probably the better option for you. But you should definitely sign up to Weebly’s free plan to give them a try and compare it with Wix yourself. That’s the only way you’ll know which one you prefer.


  45. sofia November 19, 2015 at 4:56 PM #

    Hello and thank you for writing the article on a subject that is so confusing.

    I was wondering if you could help at all: I am in the process of setting up a website for a small e-commerce business but unsure whether to use Wix or Weebly or WordPress in terms of fees for each item sold and being able to design the site myself completely…. I was also recommended Big Cartel but completely confused now as to which one to use, so either separately or mixed between a Wix/Weebly site and linked to Big Cartel for selling or just use the e-commerce option on their own depending on how much it costs to run?

    Any advice would be helpful, or if I have confused you as I have confused myself, please let me know and I will elaborate either here or via an email! Thank you!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 21, 2015 at 1:44 PM #

      Hi Sofia,

      When it comes to WordPress, it really depends if you are good with coding or not, especially if you want to have full control over the design of your website. WordPress is a great website builder, but if you want to be able to adjust the design or position of your content on your pages, you will need to edit that in the codes (or hire a good coder to help you with that). We have discussions on Wix versus WordPress and Weebly versus WordPress here.

      Wix and Weebly enable you to build content and adjust design without having to touch any codes. They allow you to drag and drop content area to create your own design. We have more discussions about Wix’s ecommerce tools, and Weebly’s ecommerce tools here.

      There are a couple of key differences between them. Wix doesn’t charge you a transaction fee for each sale that you make, and Weebly does (except for their Business plan). Also, Weebly integrates with payment processors such as PayPal, Stripe, Authorize.net and Square (which are more tailored to English speaking countries) whereas Wix has more global options that are targeted for users who are based in Europe, South America, and of course, North America).

      In regards to BigCartel,I personally don’t like to integrate different platforms if I can house everything under one roof. Integrating different platform just adds to complexity of things. Having said, it is potentially possible to integrate BigCartel.


      • Sofia November 22, 2015 at 10:24 AM #

        Thank you for your prompt reply! I may need to get back to you on this one if it is okay with you, once I have looked further into it.

  46. Andrea November 17, 2015 at 12:21 PM #

    Your reviews and data have been fantastic. I am however still looking for a review on all of these various web builders for resellers. Do you have any input on that or an article / review you’ve already done?

    I’m starting a design/build and hosting company and I know weebly offers an enterprise package but am having a difficult time finding, and much less comparing, any other packages offered by the big names that will fulfill my need to use their platform to design websites for MY customers.

    Any help / advice would be EXTREMELY helpful. Thanks so much!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 18, 2015 at 7:21 AM #

      Hi Andrea,

      Glad you found our reviews helpful.

      I think Weebly is the only website builder we discuss on your site that has “white label” solution (designer package). I’ve seen them in action and it’s pretty good. The only thing you should know is that their designer package tend to lag behind their individual plans, in terms of features.

      For example, whenever Weebly launches new features for their individual user plans, they won’t feed in the new features into the designer platform until a few months later. So if you use that platform, you won’t get the latest tools right away.


  47. Clair November 13, 2015 at 3:21 PM #

    Thanks for your great information. I had chosen Weebly from my personal research and found this article helped me confirm my choice of Weebly.

    I consider being able to move the site, if I want to in the future REALLY important.

    Having had to move my 2 websites away from JustHost due to their high downtime and very poor customer service, I think this option makes me feel more comfortable about anything that might happen in the future.

    Weebly have an EXCELLENT email customer support ticket service. I’ve been in contact with them 5 times in the last 3 days and they respond and answer questions within 24 hours!
    I consider that pretty good because their answers are concise and easily understandable for a non web designer. The language is simple and instructions are clear.

    I built a Weebly site within Justhost and wanted to know why I couldn’t do some things that the Weebly site could do. They said that if you created a site within another host there is a delay of updates for about 3 months. Therefore what I wanted to do and could see that I could do on the weebly site, I would not be able to have access to it until Justhost did their update. It looked like justhost did updates every 6 months. So that was very inconvenient and confusing because I was using weebly for help. Justhost didnt provide any help and Weebly said because it’s inside their hosting service that weebly couldn’t help.

    I am in the process of moving my website away from justhost and in doing that will be able to move the weebly site I created inside justhost to be on hosted by weebly.
    Thanks for your great information.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 16, 2015 at 8:39 AM #

      Hi Clair,

      Thanks for sharing your comment with us.

      We do encourage people to use Weebly.com directly, instead of using Weebly through another hosting service (we have a discussion about this here). The primary reason being that using Weebly.com directly enables users to access the latest updates from Weebly as other hosting services (such as JustHost that you mentioned) tend to lag behind in features updates.

      Further, if you use Weebly directly, you get to access their support team directly, instead of other hosting services’ support teams.

      Sounds like you’re on the right path!


  48. Kim November 13, 2015 at 5:01 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Thanks for your great article. I have a question, I hope you know the answer….

    Are both sitebuilders okay for worldwide ranking in Google? I live in The Netherlands and I read some articles here which were telling me that wix and weebly are both not good for my SEO and google rankings due to the fact that my website wil then be hosted in the USA. This would be killing for my website to rank here in my country.

    Is this true? This makes me insecure because my rankings are good right now, I just want to change from WordPress to Weebly or Wix for design and usability reasons. But if my rankings will drop then I will not be very happy. I am pretty good in seo and I will put in great fresh content and all seo techniques. I hope you can help me!

    Many thanks in advance!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 16, 2015 at 9:01 AM #

      Hi Kim,

      I personally think that it doesn’t matter where the hosting services is located, as long as your website content is geared towards your country (Netherlands). For instance, there are a lot of companies that are located outside of North America, and their hosting service provider are based in North America, yet their websites are not affected by where their hosting provider is located.

      Hosting companies nowadays “spread” your website content all around the world in different data centers. So for instance, if your hosting service provider is based in the US, but someone from Netherlands tries to visit your website, the data of your website will be “fed” to the visitor’s web browser through a data center that is located in Europe (the closest data center to your visitor’s location). The information will not be transmitted from the US.

      But if you are achieving good results with your SEO right now, there is a risk that this may be impacted if you switch website building platforms. So do make sure you research and prepare accordingly.

      One of the important things is to ensure that your new webpage addresses match between the new website builder, and your old webpage addresses. Squarespace might be a good website builder to consider, as they allow you to customize your webpage addresses. So when you build your new pages, try to make your new page addresses match your previous ones.

      This is not an absolute requirement, but a preferred approach. If your URLs don’t match exactly, you can always 301 re-direct your old page addresses to your new page addresses. You can perform 301 re-directs at where your domain name is registered (your domain name registrar should have help articles explaining how to do this). 301 re-directs basically tells Google (and other search engines) that an old page address is permanently re-directed to a new page address. So Google won’t think that the old page does not exist anymore – rather, it has a new page address.

      It’s a complex move to migrate website builders, and does come with some risks. But if managed properly, it can be done without much impact on traffic.

      Good luck!


  49. BoYee November 12, 2015 at 1:48 PM #

    Thank you Jeremy for writing this blog! I have always used weebly. About 4 years ago, I picked “weebly” over “wix” because weebly is a cuter name!!! Lol! This was a lot less of a sophisticated process in choosing than yours! But anyway, as my business has developed, I have become interested in going with the best company before upgrading.

    After reading everything you wrote, I decided to stay with weebly. They have added a chat support feature which is included in the “free account” so that is nice! Like you said, I have never needed support anyway because weebly is SO EASY TO USE!! I love it and I prefer minimalism, so weebly is perfect for me. ALSO, I tend to change my “look” every so often, so not being able to change my template on wix would cause me much suffering!!!! Thanks again for writing your blog!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 15, 2015 at 7:36 PM #

      Hello BoYee,

      Thanks for your comment and sharing your experiences of using Weebly with us. I’m really glad that you found the best website builder for your needs – one that is giving you a great experience thus far!

      Weebly versus Wix is always a tough comparison. Both have their pros and cons. So I always recommend to people to test both out before making a final decision!

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with all of us!


  50. Kathleen November 10, 2015 at 7:36 AM #

    Hi Jeremy, thanks for the informative article. Do you have any info on how weebly vs wix sites perform in google rankings?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 11, 2015 at 12:58 PM #

      Hi Kathleen,

      Unfortunately I don’t and I will be very surprised if any one has a good statistical / scientific based conclusion. This will require that a person build two websites that are exact replication of each other, and promote them the exact same way, without any room for deviations.

      Having said that, the biggest contributions to how a website ranks in search results have to do with what you do what the website (such as how you promote your site, how you get people to link to your site, how engaged your visitors it to your website, etc). Google assesses over 200 ranking factors for each website, so choosing one website builder over the another will not, in my view, be the sole indication of how well you rank in search results.


  51. Michael J. Hanousek November 5, 2015 at 9:24 AM #

    Thank You Jeremy for the very nice a informative review of Wix and Weebly.
    I have been with Weebly for a long time, but do like to check things out on the other side of the mountain. I started with Apple, and still miss that some. With Weebly I do feel handy caped from growing, and made some suggestions I would like to see in Weebly, but have never seen them.

    Another thing is I’m not a writer for sure, so I do fall short and weak at that. I’m 73 years old and learning some things is harder for me, been a mechanic all my life.
    For some reason I love the idea of having my own personal website and find you inspiring.

    So Think’s again for your quality input on webbing.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 6, 2015 at 11:45 AM #

      Hello Michael,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. I also find it very inspiring that someone with your background is diving into the world of building websites! It’s awesome to see how platforms like Wix and Weebly are opening up the world of website for people of all ages and skill sets. It’s not that long ago that one needed to know how to code to even have a very simple webpage.

      Weebly’s web building features are more minimalistic compared to Wix. Wix tend to offer a lot more advanced bells and whistles when it comes to website creation. So both have different philosophies and approaches.

      If you are looking for more design freedom and tools, Wix might be a better option for you to test out. Of course, Wix is also a code free builder so it’s very easy to use as well.


  52. pet November 4, 2015 at 3:52 PM #

    Good review, thanks for sharing.
    I ve been a happy weebly user, never knew what httml meant, to give you an idea about my computer / internet skills.
    I like the drag and drop system.
    This may sound as if it is limiting but it really isn t.
    The mentioned ads for weebly are very discrete. ( l use the free version.)
    I can not compare to other freeweb builders like wix, but l definitely can recommend weebly.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 6, 2015 at 11:20 AM #

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with us! Glad you’re happy with Weebly. They’re one of the best platforms currently available for sure. Very easy to use and one can build a good looking website without knowing how to code! Very empowering.


  53. Cristal September 25, 2015 at 3:41 PM #

    This was a very good article. Thank you for posting it, as I just created sites on both. I’ll take your advice and use both to get a feel for which suits my needs.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 25, 2015 at 6:15 PM #

      You’re very welcome Cristal. Glad we can be helpful to you!


  54. Miranda September 10, 2015 at 12:29 PM #

    Hi. I have read both your reviews and now this, and I still have a few questions. Just for clarification, do you get your own website address with both, or do you have to buy from like godaddy.com or something? And are both compatible for affiliate programs, esp. Amazon and ShareASale?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 10, 2015 at 8:31 PM #

      Hey Miranda,

      For both Wix and Weebly, if you sign up to annual plans with either one of them, you can get a free domain name from them for your first year. After the first year, you will have to pay to renew the domain name on an annual basis.

      Alternatively, you can also get your own domain name through GoDaddy. GoDaddy’s annual renewal fee is cheaper than renewing through Wix or Weebly. But you do get your first year for free with the website builders, so I suppose the savings even out over a time frame of a handful of years.

      Both affiliate programs should work, assuming you are just hyperlinking text or images to the products you are promoting.

      Hope this makes sense!


      • Miranda September 11, 2015 at 12:45 PM #

        It does, thank you so much for your quick response. I am thinking of just getting a domain through GoDaddy as I have worked with them in the past. Of course, now I have been considering Squarespace as well. Decisions, Decisions!

        • Jeremy Wong
          Jeremy Wong September 11, 2015 at 9:55 PM #


          I personally prefer to get domain names from registrars such as GoDaddy, as if you ever want to change website builders (hopefully not!), you can just disconnect the domain name’s connection from GoDaddy (for example) to Squarespace, and reconnect it to another website builder.

          So it makes migration a lot more simpler, instead of having to migrate the domain name out of Squarespace, then into the next website builder. Hope this helps!


      • Yvette October 16, 2015 at 5:16 PM #

        Hi Jeremy,
        I am by far not savvy at building websites. I have a WP website with Host Gator and a Weebly website. I have almost given up on the WP website, because it is not as easy to build as Weebly. I am interested in Affiliate Marketing and would most likely be placing links, banners, and images on my site. I like the WYSIWYG builder. Do you know if Weebly has a template/theme that is set up/designed for affiliate marketing? A template without that pesky “cart?” No cart would be needed on my site. Just attractively placing ads.
        Thank you,

  55. Annie Mannion September 9, 2015 at 1:18 PM #

    SUCH a helpful article. Thanks so much, for that and all the charts, too.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 10, 2015 at 8:25 PM #

      Thanks Annie! Glad you found our discussions helpful to you.


  56. KrisP September 4, 2015 at 10:27 AM #

    Excellent, informative, well-written and researched post!
    Thank you.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 4, 2015 at 1:27 PM #

      Thanks KrisP! Glad you found our discussion here helpful to you.

  57. April August 21, 2015 at 5:19 PM #

    I have an existing website with blue host, with email etc all there- can you use weebly to re design but (and pay for their business option so I can have a shopping cart) stay with blue host so I don’t disrupt my email etc.? I tried to use weebly through blue host but will now be asking for my money back as the features there are not the same as through the weebly site. Most importantly, the commerce feature does not allow you to have digital downloads (which weebly does).

    I hope I am making sense here…basically I want to stay with blue host for hosting but use weekly for design and continual web updates (adding new things, blogging etc.)

    Thank you for the excellent review!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 24, 2015 at 4:40 PM #

      Hi April,

      I know exactly what you mean. The version of Weebly with Bluehost tends to be quite outdated and we discussed that in another article here.

      Unfortunately, I think that if you cancel your email account with Bluehost, you’ll lose those emails (unless they somehow allow you to export them).

      Having said that, I think you can consider canceling your Weebly site that is hosted by Bluehost, but keep your email account activated. I don’t think they are necessarily linked to one another.

      If you can do that, then you can build your website directly on Weebly.com and take advantage of getting all the updated features. So at the end of the day, the idea is to build your website on Weebly.com, and use Bluehost to power your email.

      Hope this make sense?


  58. Jody August 18, 2015 at 2:57 PM #

    Hi, thanks for an excellent (and well-written!) comparison. I’m a non-techie, but have built sites on WordPress, Wix and Weebly. I’ve found WordPress to be a bear to maintain, with the constant need for updates (and plug-in updates). Some plug-ins are buggy, others interfere with each other, etc (even with lots of research and careful selection). So I’m now recommending and using Wix and Weebly. A few points about Weebly:

    1.) One thing I like about Wix over Weebly is that Wix stores the photos you upload, so you don’t have to re-upload them every time you want to move or re-use them. Not such a big deal when the site is up and running, but during the build when you’re changing your mind and moving things around, it’s a time-waster.

    2.) I’m not sure about Wix, but on Weebly the “read more” blog function is also a huge pain! Have you tried to use it on Wix?
    I like to insert “read more” links to make a blog look neat and symmetric –and to make sure new blog posts appear on their own pages, so I can link to the blogs individually or promote them individually. But–try it out–on Weebly you actually have to create two text boxes and a read more link between them for the tool to work (unlike WordPress, where it’s just one click of a button).

    3.) The related problem on Weebly–you can’t just copy and paste a blog that has a “read more” link in it, or a photo. You can only duplicate full pages. The only way to move a blog is to duplicate each element. Most people may not need to do that, but I did during the re-build of a site, and it was labor-intensive. That’s probably true on Wix as well, but I haven’t tried that function there.


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 19, 2015 at 8:15 PM #

      Hi Jody,

      Thanks for your comment and feedback.

      To be quite honest, We haven’t had the need to work extensively with either Wix or Weebly’s blog functions, so I can’t give you an accurate answer on how to maneuver content around. We did use the blogging features but blogging wasn’t as big of a focus.

      I do know that Wix allow you to customize the “read more” feature so you do have a bit more styling flexibility there.


  59. Jim Smith August 13, 2015 at 9:37 PM #

    Good comparison. I used both and put quite a bit of time into each before I chose Weebly. It allowed to get up and running quickly. Weebly offers everything I’m looking for, and what it doesn’t, I can just pop into it with code. What surprised me about Wix is it will not allow sub tabs off the drop down main tabs. With Wix, you can branch off into several sub tabs off any main drop down tab. I also agree the best way is to try both, then get rid of the one you don’t use

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

      Thanks for sharing Jim. Great advice on testing out both platforms, then deciding which one best suits your needs!


  60. Marta Rivera August 8, 2015 at 3:12 PM #

    My advanced apologies if this is a remedial question, but my programming skills are nil.

    I’m curious to know if I can take an already developed domain and use that instead of coming up with a new one. I already have a website and domain names, but the website developer I’ve hired has gone underground for any support help. I can’t figure out something on my website and he’s giving me no assistance. In all fairness, he developed the site almost five years ago so any help now would be charity.

    I just want to know if I can take my current websites name and create a new platform on one of these sites. I really hope all of that made sense!


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 10, 2015 at 4:40 PM #

      Hi Marta,

      If you are asking if you can connect your domain name (that you currently own) to a new website that you want to build, then yes you can do that.

      You would have to log into wherever your domain name is registered with (such as GoDaddy), and “point” the domain name from your current website, to the newly created website (assuming either with Wix or Weebly).

      Here are some tutorials on how to do that from Wix and Weebly.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!


      • Marta Rivera August 11, 2015 at 12:49 PM #

        Thank you so much, Jeremy! That’s exactly what I was asking. I appreciate the help and the resources!

        Best wishes!

    • Robert August 19, 2015 at 12:32 PM #

      Hello Marta,

      I would be more than grateful to help you with your site 🙂

      Please drop me an email to:


      with the domain name(s) and any information for which I will be able to help you from there!

      PS: I know HTML5, CSS and some JavaScript

      Rob 🙂

  61. Johnny Dillard July 23, 2015 at 1:01 PM #

    I appreciate the info. I had tried each one, but didn’t have the background knowledge and experience to weigh the differences I was seeing. HUGE help, thank you very much.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 24, 2015 at 1:49 PM #

      Thanks Johnny, and glad our discussions here have been helpful!


  62. Brett Denman July 20, 2015 at 9:22 PM #

    Thanks for the review. It was very helpful. Cheers.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 22, 2015 at 3:59 PM #

      Thanks Brett!

  63. Karl July 20, 2015 at 1:02 AM #

    Hi Jeremy

    I just wanted to thank you for all your superb reviews of web-building software.

    They have helped me enormously, and have saved me a huge amount of time searching hither and thither all over the internet to try to understand the latest technology when it comes to such software.

    I very much hope that you will benefit handsomely for all your endeavours.


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 20, 2015 at 2:06 PM #

      Hi Karl,

      Thanks for your kind feedback! Glad our discussions here have been helpful to you.


  64. Carl Ruzycki July 2, 2015 at 12:32 PM #

    Really enjoyed the depth of the analysis and important to me – Thank you for presenting an unbiased review. I am curious to see what others think after they read the review and the action taken. What key factor helped them decide. So if you added a 2 question questionnaire with the first question – which builder did you choose to pursue and 2. What is the single key factor that influenced your decision

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 4, 2015 at 10:40 AM #

      Hey Carl,

      Glad that you found our discussions here helpful! Have a look at our comparison table here if you haven’t seen it yet. It’s a good side by side analysis comparing Wix and Weebly, and brings out the key points in an reader friendlier way.


  65. Eileen Brown May 19, 2015 at 9:26 PM #

    I am a programmer and have built over 100 websites (close to 200 actually) but decided to switch to a CMS for ease of use so clients could make adjustments themselves (not smart, but sometimes necessary). Opted for WordPress for a time but too many problems pop up with this one. On deciding between Wix and Weebly, I chose Weebly for many of the very reasons you state above.

    The biggest thing I have a problem with is the fact that many of the designs simply do not work with the content I know I will need at the top of any given project. I think Weebly could do a little better with allowing some design changes or even a drag and drop design area, so the components needed for any given project are easier to adjust. I realize most people won’t need this, but plenty of us have enough experience to handle this type of platform.

    I have built enough Weebly websites to get to know the ins and outs and of course can tweak the HTML/CSS but would like to see more interaction on the design side. This would not be hard to initiate as they have all the expertise to make this happen.

    A drag and drop ‘design’ would be perfect. The only other thing I see that would benefit the Weebly platform (not the only other thing, but…) The social media links, if you do not want to use a design where these are part and parcel, you have to enter the links on each page. A REAL hassle on that one. I’d like to enter those links ONCE and be able to drag that onto each page. I know you can save the page with those on there, but when you are over-hauling someone else’s site on Weebly this is not always an option.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 23, 2015 at 9:25 PM #

      Hi Eileen,

      Thanks for your detailed thoughts and adding to this discussion.

      I agree with you that Weebly would be even more powerful if they offered the features you outlined. But I guess they’re really focused on catering to the broader market, and as you highlighted, the features that you were thinking of are a bit more nicher than the general market.

      For the social icons, if you are creating them using the social icons element, you can just use their copy function to copy the elements across various pages throughout your site. Then, you won’t have to re-insert the link addresses over and over again. That might sae you some time!


  66. Denis the Nice May 13, 2015 at 6:26 AM #

    Thank you very much for this exercise, I’ve been using Weebly for 2 years (12 Web sites) but I am facing 2 challenges for which I think I will switch to WiX:

    – The need to integrate a calendar of the activities (Weebly suggest to embed the Google calendar vs a nice interface widget in Wix importing Google calendar datas)

    – The need to get multilingual versions of the site as Weebly ask me to open an additional PRO account for each language ( mainly because we can’t replace the main menu on additional pages).

    Do you now of other alternatives I can think of to stay with Weebly? Maybe I can use third party widget integrated in the HTML coding but I don’t know where to go and Weebly doesn’t refer any of them.

    I also want to mention that Weebly has a phone assistance service even though it is not well published. You may call 1-844-493-3259. For some months we were able to chat with a technician but I don’t know why, I can’t see this option anymore. It was very helpful.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 14, 2015 at 12:11 AM #

      Hi Denis,

      I think the only way to get a calendar integrated with your Weebly site is to use the embed code function (using a 3rd party widget). I’m not sure if Weebly has a roadmap in developing a calendar, but I think this is the only option at the moment.

      As for multiple language option, take a look at this discussion we wrote. There is a tutorial from from another source that goes over how to make a Weebly site bilingual. I haven’t tested this out before but it just might work!

      As for the phone support – very strange. I didn’t notice that until just now as well. I’ll keep an eye out for it over the coming weeks to see if it pops back up.


  67. jim May 8, 2015 at 11:44 PM #

    Excellent reviews. You covered the most important points….pros and cons done well…I started out with wordpress..built a few of them..support is too wide speread there..yes that ere many selections but too many to me. so I started investigating the wix, weebly and squarespace’s of the world..your reviews are very help and i believe honest..thanks very much…

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 10, 2015 at 12:39 AM #

      Thanks for your comment Jim! Glad we’re helpful here.


  68. Abbie May 6, 2015 at 10:26 PM #

    Can you suggest me which website builder tool is more compatible for a small business? I read different reviews about weebly and wix and I got confused now I need a simple platform to work.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 7, 2015 at 1:11 AM #

      Hey Abbie,

      I wished I could give you a firm answer on which one is better for your specific needs, but I can’t!

      Both are very good website builders and are suitable for business websites in general. I think Wix has better design templates, more advanced tools, better tutorials and an App Market if you need even more tools.

      Weebly is really easy to use, allows you to change templates if you want to, and gives you a lot more depth in terms of design if you know how to modify HTML / CSS codes.

      So both have pros and cons as outlined in our discussion above.

      The best way forward, is to sign up for free accounts with both Wix and Weebly and give them a trial run. You might end up figuring out pretty quickly which on you prefer to work with.


      • Abbie May 7, 2015 at 10:39 PM #

        Thanks Jeremy I wish your suggestion will help me out.

  69. Jim April 29, 2015 at 10:32 PM #

    Find choosing the correct sitebuilder a bit of a minefield…was drawn towards Weebly even though everyone says I should be using wordpress but as an old ‘Frontpager’ struggle a bit with that. Think now convinced this is the road to go down but can you upload existing site (F/P) to Weebly?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 3, 2015 at 8:22 PM #

      Hi Jim,

      Unfortunately there isn’t a way to import a site into Weebly, as your previous site won’t be compatible with Weebly’s drag and drop platform.

      So it is a bit of a hassle to rebuild your site, but with Weebly’s easy to use tools, it shouldn’t take too long. Also keep in mind that it’s a one time investment of your efforts, as once you have your site set up, you won’t have to do it again.


  70. Joop April 28, 2015 at 9:30 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thank you for your very good comparison, very helpful indeed.
    Searching the web, I found there are many more website builders than I could imagine. All seem to have some or more things to improve, seeing it is very difficult to make everyone happy.
    One who I found having very nice templates was Sitey but a little expensive.
    For our small tour business Weebly will be my choise
    Thanks again,

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 29, 2015 at 4:07 PM #

      Thanks for sharing Joop!

  71. Dave April 24, 2015 at 11:11 PM #

    My daughter and I are trying Weebly right now and it seems like you can only edit the HTML for the page headers and other template stuff, but not the actual content. So we dropped in some text and it was single spaced even though the line height of the rest of the text was double spaces. Not being able to look at he HTML of the content meant that we had no recourse but to delete the text box and create another. And pasting in the old text just caused the box to get reformatted.

    So yes, Weebly lets you edit CSS that applies to all pages, but the content HTML seemed off limits.

    This may have been user error, but being a software engineer and having written in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, C++, C#, and numerous other programming and design languages makes me think that maybe Weebly is the problem.


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong June 22, 2015 at 9:46 PM #

      Hi Dave,

      What you can do if you want to edit the HTML of the content, is use Weebly’s embed code element, then code in your own content. This way, you have full control over the display and design of the content!


  72. Raj Zavery April 19, 2015 at 2:04 AM #

    Outstanding article. Balanced, informative helpful.

    I was drawn to squarespace (coolest templates ever) webydo – great looking site and interface. Webflow (allows you to set up a billing service for clients) strikingly but all seem to be limited significantly for my purposes -( want to create business website, with small ecommerce (up to 100 lines) and a blog all integrated. Seo and page load v.important as was option to manage mobile view.)

    Webflow to much like photoshops UI
    Webydo – blog and ecommerce can’t be seen by google (they’re code pasted into if frame) what’s the point of creating fresh content that Google loves and helps seo if google can’t see it!
    Squarespace – issues around page load speed (my iWeb (!) built site (podchiropody.co.uk) loads quicker!; no PayPal integration
    Wix – not responsive

    Something about weebly repulsed me – (probably the insipid blue and orange logo) but as I said, you opened my eyes to a better alternative and I shall investigate it further

    Choosing the right web builder is so important as mistakes can be costly in time and money if you find out later you made the wrong choice so Thank you enormously for helping me avert that situation.
    Even your commenters seem a better class then elsewhere. I I love the thoughout replies you give.

    Just subscribed to and bookmarked your site!

    Thank you

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 21, 2015 at 3:24 PM #

      Hi Raj,

      Thanks for your comment and sounds like you’ve done a lot of work investigating and testing out a variety of website builders!

      At the end of the day, it’s quite challenging to find the “perfect” website builder, and there are always pros and cons to each one.

      One thing to consider about Wix is that even though they don’t have responsive templates, they do have a mobile theme builder that gives you pretty good flexibility. For instance, you can choose to display or hide certain content on the mobile version of your site.

      Also, they have a “Mobile Action Bar” at the bottom of the mobile display, where your visitors easily tap on the bar to either call, email or find you on social media. Pretty handy if you run a business, and your visitor don’t have to look around the website to find your contact info.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts again!


  73. Terry Eh! April 15, 2015 at 2:48 PM #

    Something that is bothering me, as a guy sitting on the fence, trying to decide, is this:

    When I take what I call the mechanical approach, and list all the elements I may want in my site.I find my self in the WIX widget shop (app store) making a list.

    when I try to come up with the comparable Weebly solution, I have big trouble.

    The first one I ever tried to compare was the “Member” button.

    Free in WIX, and an upgrade to the $20/ mon. plan from $4/mon. in Weebly! $192/year for the “Member” button in Weebly. There may be another way to do this. maybe I can make my own.

    But this is a deal breaker right out of the gate. Love what their third party designers do though. love their low one time fees for splash pages and other widgets. Any chance there is a third party Member button; Or third party widget store (even if it is a few bucks) to compare to the Wix offerings.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 16, 2015 at 2:34 PM #

      Hi Terry,

      If you want another option, check out Sentry Login, which is 3rd party widget creator that you can embed into a Wix or Weebly site.

      But the drawback is that this widget is not “native” to either Wix or Weebly, so just like any 3rd party widgets/ apps, there is a chance that it may conflict with the website builder.

      It’s always more preferable to use a tool that’s build by either Wix or Weebly, but Sentry Login is an option for you.


  74. Christina April 14, 2015 at 12:38 PM #

    Hi there, I started in the web design business over 10 years ago building sites from scratch. Then I discovered Weebly and loved it. I ended up converting and upgrading all my client sites to the Weebly platform – almost 100 of them. I trust what I know and feel like Weebly is the best option particularly when it comes to teaching clients how to update their own websites.

    My only concern is whether I should be using WordPress. I’ve tried and failed miserably (even with my original web design coding experience). I don’t find WordPress user friendly and I know for sure my clients wouldn’t be able to cope with it.

    However, I feel like all the bigger design companies are using WordPress and the sites are better looking and more interactive (with movement) etc. Is Weebly still a good system or should I be switching to WordPress??

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 14, 2015 at 4:03 PM #

      Hi Christina,

      That’s a very good question. I think at the end of the day, it’s really a business decision. Yes, WordPress is a very powerful & flexible platform for building websites, but as you said, your experience is that it’s not as easy to use as Weebly and that your clients may not be able to handle the website after you hand over your sites to them.

      So there are definitely people who prefer Weebly, and people who prefer WordPress, and I think those are completely different markets / types of clients.

      There are tons of designers out there catering and competing over clients who want to use WordPress, and so if you move into that market, just be aware of that.

      Personally, if I was designing / building websites for clients, I’d rather stay in a niche that plays to my strength, and where I know my clients will be happy with my work and able to manage their sites after I’m done.

      We do have a discussion comparing Weebly to WordPress here. But I suspect you have a very good handle on the key differences since you’ve used both before.

      Just some thoughts to consider!


  75. Tom March 31, 2015 at 7:18 AM #

    Hi Jeremy, I started up using weebly and I have to say I love it! However I have one quick question as I do have one problem with weebly and that is the inability to create a simple table or chart feature. Its something thats really important to the content of my site and may just be a dealbreaker. Which other sites are easier when it comes to making simple table (a bit similar to excel)
    Thanks in advance!!!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 2, 2015 at 6:04 PM #

      Hey Tom,

      I haven’t seen a good way of integrating a table into a Weebly site without coding it in. But that also makes it a bit challenging if you are updating your table.

      Have you considered Wix? They have a free “Table Master” app that you can bolt on to your wix site and can help you display tables, including Google Spreadsheets.

      Go to their Support page, and type in “Table” and you’ll see more details there.


      • Tom April 6, 2015 at 2:23 PM #

        Thanks for the reply, yeah, checked up wix and they have everything i need really. Bit dissapointed I didnt do more research when i started out, tried weebly, squarespace and jimdo but not wix. Signed up to weebly for a year but i have other projects i can still do there. Going to move my main site to wix now though, their app store puts them ahead of the rest imo. Anyway, thanks for your help!

        • Jeremy Wong
          Jeremy Wong April 6, 2015 at 4:15 PM #

          Hey Tom,

          Glad you got it sorted. Wix’s App market is really awesome especially if you want to use tools beyond the “basics”. The Apps really help step up what you can do with their platform.


    • akasig April 15, 2015 at 7:54 AM #

      I embedded a Google spreadsheet (called Sheets) into a Weebly site. It’s nice because edits made to the spreadsheet are immediately visible in my website w/o me having to re-publish in Weebly.

      Prior to that I simply dropped a Custom HTML block in my Weebly site and used traditional HTML table tags to make my table.

      • Jeremy Wong
        Jeremy Wong April 16, 2015 at 2:25 PM #

        Thanks for sharing this Akasig!

  76. Estar March 27, 2015 at 1:57 AM #

    I want add a form that has one link to my email subscriber page on Mail Chimp. Can I do this in the free version of Weebly? I see in your discussion where Weebly can be customized with code, but is that for all the different plans, or only paid plans? Thanks.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 27, 2015 at 2:56 PM #

      Hi Estar,

      With Weebly, you can have full access to the HTML / CSS codes across all the plans. So you have access to the codes even if you are using a free plan.

      One thing to consider is that Wix has an App Market where you can integrate Mailchimp to your Wix site. You might want to take a look into that.


  77. Maria March 26, 2015 at 2:18 PM #

    Thank you for the very useful article. Could you advise on the SEO performance of WIX vs. Weebly. I have been recommended to switch to Weebly purely because WIX is not good for SEO. I am trying to verify this. Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 27, 2015 at 3:03 PM #

      Hi Maria,

      If you do a search for “SEO” on this page, you’ll find a few comments below.

      But in general, I don’t think changing website builders will automatically make your site rank well in Google (or other search engines). I only wished it was that straight forward!

      There are well over 100 different ranking factors that Google evaluate before determining where your webpages should rank in their search results. So just by modifying a couple of factors, in my view, won’t “move the needle” so to speak.


  78. Melissa March 23, 2015 at 11:39 PM #

    I have a 70-page website about cats and a couple of blogs on Weebly, which the search engines basically ignore. They’re all original content written by me, and they’re updated often. I’m wondering if Wix is more search-engine friendly. What do you think? Would it be worth it to move everything to Wix?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 24, 2015 at 11:11 AM #

      Hey Melissa,

      I can’t be sure, but my gut instinct is that if you do the same thing even with a different platform, the outcome may not be too much different.

      Generally speaking, just switching builders won’t automatically improve your visibility in search engine results. That’s based on my own experience anyway.

      You should look into SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and there are tons of information about that available for you to look up on the internet. Perhaps you can try to promote your content a lot more, get some traffic / visitors to your site, and encourage them to share your content (assuming you have great, sharable content!) That’s a good way to get traction and Google may recognize that your site / content is getting more visitors, and give your search ranking a bit of a boost.


  79. Brendan A March 22, 2015 at 7:49 PM #

    I use both, but Wix is a little bit better than Weebly. Weebly makes you pay for a password protection page, Wix doesn’t. Wix also lets you make people sign up… Weebly has to make you pay a business plan….

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 22, 2015 at 9:21 PM #

      Hi Brendan,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

      Just to clarify for others reading this, you can create password protected pages for a Weebly website with both the Pro and Business plans.


  80. Jim C. March 20, 2015 at 10:47 AM #

    Most of the sites I develop require HTML5 video and audio elements. Weebly has been an early adopter of this and I for one am very happy about this. Unless Wix has made updates, I thought they only allow youtube or vimeo style code embeds. This is not considered professional in my business. Even WordPress now allows HTML5 video and audio support directly with media elements.

    But thanks for your W vs Wix comparison. I continue to prefer Weebly also for their simple editing platform, since a few of my clients want to make their own updates to text, photos, and audio.

    Also, although I think Weebly’s mobile versions of their templates really need design improvements, basic functionality is there. A closer comparison of mobile presentations is very helpful since nearly 40% of web traffic is on mobile devices. (I know that % is debatable) And as you point out, being able to move a Weebly site can be critical when a business changes ownership and wants their site moved.

    I’ve also seen third party providers (besides DivTag) offering very modern-looking Weebly templates which can be imported into a Weebly host plan. This is a majorly good thing as it means Weebly’s popularity is spreading to designers.

    I am positive the competition amongst all the template-style host providers will cause all of them to continue adding better designs and elements. (Eventually they’ll all be pretty similar in about 5 years… those who don’t keep up will see their subscribers dwindle in numbers.

  81. Rajesh Raghani March 17, 2015 at 10:02 PM #

    Thanks! I wish I had read this earlier. Wix was recommended to me by an ‘expert’. It is so rigid. Not being able to change the look of your site forever is boring.

    Hands down it is Weebly for me.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 18, 2015 at 5:00 PM #

      Hi Rajesh,

      I guess it really depends on what you view as important for you. If being able to change templates from time to time is important to you, then Weebly is the better option.

      Wix still have a lot of value to offer to people who want to build websites. Their templates are better looking than the ones offered by Weebly (though Weebly has been producing better templates lately), and they have a lot more website building tools.

      But as I said, it really depends on each person’s own needs and preferences!

      Thanks so much for sharing our views with us!


  82. Bella March 14, 2015 at 3:22 PM #

    Thank you for this!!! Amazing comparison.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 14, 2015 at 7:04 PM #

      Thanks Bella! Glad you’re finding our discussions helpful.

  83. Mohombi March 3, 2015 at 5:41 AM #

    Two widely advertised names, not more:) Wix will never be able (or maybe there will be a miracle) achieve the functionality that will allow us to create truly responsive sites. Weebly is a bit better.. But still, SaaS means monthly payments, you’re tied with this, I just can’t stand this system. Everything should be clear and easy with payment – you pay once for a great product and free lifetime support. That is how every respected company acts. Sorry for not being excited with the builders which are discussed here so actively:)

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 3, 2015 at 5:48 PM #

      Hi Mohombi,

      Thanks for your comment. But I’m not entirely sure if agree with that perspective (just my own personal view!)

      I think I would stay away from any ongoing services that only charge you a one time free and offer life time support. It’s just too good to be true, especially if the service requires ongoing efforts to maintain its services to its users. It’s very costly / resource intensive to provide good support.

      Even if you didn’t use a website builder to build your site, and decide to get your own hosting services, you’d still have to pay the hosting service a monthly fee to power your website.

      For me, I’m happy to continue to pay a service if it enables me to reliably accomplish certain tasks, and is there when I need help.

      If a service is open to charging a one time fee, and if it’s a really good / reliable service, I’d suspect that it’s going to be a very very expensive one time fee.

      But thanks for sharing your perspective / opinion on this!


  84. awsome March 2, 2015 at 7:54 AM #

    i prefer weebly because it is awesome and drag and drop stuff……..it also has more features

  85. Jay February 25, 2015 at 4:53 AM #

    Hi there
    I am writing content for a friends website and quite new to actual website building – ahhh yep, totes green.
    She has purchased her domain name THROUGH Wix. We’ve since changed our minds and want to use another program. Can we swap out her domain name to upload the site with another editor?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 25, 2015 at 1:26 PM #

      Hi Jay,

      What you can do is transfer the domain name out of Wix and into another domain name registrar.

      GoDaddy has a domain name transfer service, which is around $14 or so. This also gives you 1 year worth of domain hosting with GoDaddy.

      After you move the domain name to GoDaddy, you can then connect it to another web builder. That new website builder should have details on how you can connect a domain name that’s hosted with GoDaddy.


  86. al rudy February 19, 2015 at 1:22 PM #

    this was very helpful, thank you! I haven’t registered a domain name yet. Do you have any previous posts that address the cost and why are some more $ than others? Are some better than others? I noticed in wix and weebly the domain registration per year fee differs greatly, 24.95 vs 39.95.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 19, 2015 at 7:28 PM #

      Hi Al,

      The domain registration fee for both Wix and Weebly are not the best deals. You can usually pick up a domain name for about $15 per year with GoDaddy (who is the largest domain name registrar). You can then connect the domain name to either a Wix or Weebly site (their support centers have details on how to do this).

      For Wix, if you sign up for their annual plan, you get a free domain name for a year, so that can save you some money. But after the first year, you will have to renew your domain name every year.

      So perhaps over the long term, getting your domain name through GoDaddy will give you a bit more savings.


  87. Ben February 18, 2015 at 5:34 AM #

    Thanks for the comprehensive review. One thing not mentioned is the compatibility of the various web browsers with the two website builder options. I tried Weebly recently and could see my site fine on Chrome but it was displayed as text only on IE11. I don’t know if this is something specific to my only partially completed site (just4parents.weebly.com/) or common to all. Any comments would be gratefully received!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 18, 2015 at 10:21 PM #

      Hi Ben,

      I just loaded up your site in my IE 11 browser and it looks just fine, at least from my end.

      In any case, IE has always been very problematic for websites in general. That’s why Microsoft is “killing off” IE and will be launching a brand new web browser.

      Most website builders (advanced and not as advanced ones) are moving away from IE in general, as a lot of the latest web technologies are not supported by IE.

      But just to let you know I can see your site just fine on IE.


    • John March 8, 2015 at 4:55 AM #

      That’s because IE has and always sucks, mainly because it’s made by Microsoft. If people want to use it, they shouldn’t expect sites to look or work normally. It’s time for them to get with the 21st Century already. That being said, you can usually put some CSS hacks in there to target and speak to the crummy app directly, giving you more control over it. Not sure if you can do this with weebly but it sounds like you definitely can’t do this with wix, so no one using wix should really expect their sites to work or look good on IE.

  88. Heidi J. February 17, 2015 at 12:27 PM #

    Thank you very much for this piece. I am very much a beginner when it comes to websites, and couldn’t both Wix and Weebly were highly recommended by friends. Your article cleared things up for me quite a bit, and helped me determine which will meet my needs most effectively. Thank you!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 17, 2015 at 3:55 PM #

      Hi Heidi – glad our discussions here have been helpful!


  89. Terry January 27, 2015 at 8:55 AM #

    Can you copy (replicate) your websites in either program?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 27, 2015 at 12:53 PM #

      Hi Terry,

      Yes. With both Wix and Weebly, they allow you to duplicate your websites within the same account.


  90. LAURIE January 15, 2015 at 7:06 AM #


    I would like to create a website where I can have an email attached to it to be used for contact with clients; do Wix and Weebly have this feature? Also, do you know of any other free website builders?


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 15, 2015 at 11:36 AM #

      Hi Laurie,

      Neither Wix or Weebly provide built in email services as their core strength is to help you build websites easily.

      But they have partnered with Google Business Apps so you can sign up for your own custom email address that’s powered by Google (the Gmail interface). We use Google Business Apps to power our email and it’s very user friendly, stable and secure.

      It’s a few dollars a month so for us it’s a great value for reliable services that gives you your own custom email address.


  91. Thomas Green January 13, 2015 at 11:16 PM #

    That’s a very helpful review and very thorough. (A lot of work there!) Thank you.

    Musicians are always looking for cheap easy websites, but they want to be able to play MP3 files directly on the site without going to YouTube or SoundCloud. Video clips are nice too. What is your opinion of the facilities that Wix and Weebly offer?

    Thanks –


    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 14, 2015 at 7:33 PM #

      Hi Thomas,

      Yes it’s a lot of work for sure! Thanks for recognizing that!

      As for your question, both Wix and Weebly allow you to embed music MP3 files to your website, so people can play your audio files without leaving your website.

      So now that you know both are capable of doing this, you can base your final decision on other factors! But the best way to make your final decision is to sign up for free accounts with both website builders, and invest a bit of time to playing around with them.


  92. Long T January 9, 2015 at 9:27 AM #

    I personally tried both building platforms and I have to say that I prefer Weebly to Wix although it might appear as a more simple one to me. Thinking about the possibility of re-do the whole load of work just because I realize that I made something wrong is definitely terrible feeling. And for Weebly I just need to re-arrange the in-ordered blocks of content. Maybe it’s because I’m only looking for a website for service so spending quite a time for decoration is not important but anyway if later I got a chance to make it nicely I would definitely give Wix a shot. Cheer. : )

    *sorry if my grammar hurts ur eyes as I’m not native English speaker : ) *

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 9, 2015 at 5:11 PM #

      Hi Long,

      Yes I’d tend to agree that the fact that Wix doesn’t allow you to change templates while retaining all your existing content is a bit of an issue for some people. But on the flip side, their designs are more attractive than the ones offered by Weebly! So it’s definitely a challenge to find out which one is best.

      But if you do give Wix a try later, do let me know what you think!


  93. Sneha January 2, 2015 at 3:37 AM #

    A month ago, I thought about writing a blog about my interests in fashion, beauty and photography. I started a free blog on Weebly and found it easier to use than my past experience with WordPress. I saw on my stats that a few people (just around 20) have seen my blog.

    is there any way to get more viewers without upgrading? Any help would be appreciated

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 2, 2015 at 7:42 PM #

      Hi Sneha,

      Upgrading to a higher Weebly plan won’t help you get more visitors as Weebly’s core strength is to help you build websites, rather than to help you generate more traffic.

      Try promoting your blog posts a bit more, through social media, asking people to share your posts, etc. It’s a very slow way to build up your website, but all good things take time, right?


      • Sneha January 3, 2015 at 2:19 AM #

        Thankyou very much for the advice.
        can you link me a few of your posts about weebly/ beginner blogging?
        Anither HUGE thankyou!

      • John March 8, 2015 at 4:59 AM #

        Content is King. Period.

  94. Slavic December 13, 2014 at 3:48 AM #

    I’m using Weebly (free version) and was looking for other CMSs just for comparison, coz I’m a newbie in CMS and eCommerce, but I’m not a newbie in html, css, php. Reading this post, no dout left behind that Weebly is way better. Just the fact that Wix has no edit for html, css is quite awful. Yes, Weebly has just 5 pages for free, but anyway there comes a point when you should turn to charged packages to have full functionality, then again Weebly is cheaper.
    By the way Weebly alows to have up to 10 sites, what about Wix?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 13, 2014 at 7:17 PM #

      Hi Slavic,

      Thanks for your comment. With Wix you can add multiple websites as well. But both Weebly and Wix’s upgrade plans work on a per site basis. So if you want to access more features on either Weebly or Wix, you have to subscribe to their premium plans one website at a time.

      Regarding the ability to access to edit the codes for Weebly, it is definitely an added advantage for those who know how to, or want to edit the codes.

      With Wix, it’s great for users who don’t mind not having access. Probably because Wix is so much more flexible in terms of design and that you can literally drag and drop any content anywhere on the website.


  95. Larry Lief November 16, 2014 at 7:11 AM #

    Apparently Weebly has recently made a significant change to new free accounts which GREATLY limits its usefulness. Free accounts now have 5 page limit! So, I switched to Wix which still has no page limit.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 17, 2014 at 10:12 PM #

      Hi Larry,

      Yes you’re right. Weebly updated their pricing plans recently so now with their free plan, you can only create up to 5 pages. With their Starter plan, you can create up to 10 pages. For unlimited page creation, you’ll have to subscribe to their Pro or Business plans.

      Previously, you could create unlimited pages across all of Weebly’s plans.

      I’ve updated our discussions above (under “(4) Website Building Tools / Elements” to reflect this.

      Thanks for your comment!


      [MARCH 15 2015 UPDATE – I’ve confirmed that Weebly now offers unlimited page creations across all their plans, including the free plan. It’s nice to know that even with the free plan, you can still create as many pages as you want to!]

  96. Scott October 30, 2014 at 7:35 PM #

    Hey Jeremy,

    Thanks very much for the thorough comparison! I actually have a blog site using Weebly but am considering starting a more conventional website. So I’ve been looking at some different site builders for pure websites. I was using WordPress for my blog until they started inserting ads at random times, which were way too prominently placed. I did some research and settled on Weebly as a replacement. I’ve not been disappointed, as Weebly’s blogging functionality is quite good. I couldn’t agree more with your opinion about Weebly’s ability to switch templates. That’s a game changer in my book, everything else being equal. However, I’m intrigued just enough with Wix’s capabilities as a website builder to give it a look. Not sure how well Wix can accommodate a blog. It might be worth comparing the two builders on that aspect at some point in the future.

    Thanks again!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 1, 2014 at 4:34 PM #

      Hey Scott,

      Glad you’re enjoying Weebly! You can also create a blog with Wix.

      We do have a very high level comparison between the blog features for Weebly and Wix. Go to our comparison chart here, and check out our comments about the blogging features.

      Both are good, and each has its strengths. Weebly allows you to schedule posts and have more commenting systems available for you to choose from. With Wix, you have a bit more design flexibility.


  97. Eileen - Web Development Consultant October 27, 2014 at 2:49 PM #

    As a web developer (circa 1992) I found I wanted to try out the the newer platforms to allow easy access for my clients. I chose Weebly as I did not like the Wix ads that are always on screen.

    Now, I am SO glad I chose Weebly! I do hear some ‘horror’ stories about the fact that Wix does not allow template changes. But of course, both platforms

    There is so much more to know about how to build a website and be a real webmaster than either platform tells you and those extraneous items can also kill your chances of visibility for organic search results in the search engines.

    At any rate, I’ve been high on Weebly since I started using the platform earlier this year. No more hand coding except where I need a few things changed. My ‘web development’ life has been made much easier, saving me hundreds of hours of writing code to develop a website.

    Your article is a testament to the fact that bigger (in terms of difficulty) may not be better, helps me know I made the right choice for a few clients by choosing Weebly. Thanks!

    OH Yeah – How is this WordPress site working out for you?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 29, 2014 at 3:18 PM #

      Hey Eileen

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      There are so many tools available to build websites nowadays that there really isn’t any “one size fits all” solutions. So I’m glad to hear that Weebly is working out for you! Hand coding can be a royal pain for sure, and combining drag and drop builders and a bit of custom coding can really be fun (and time saving as well!)

      – Jeremy

  98. John Phillips October 19, 2014 at 7:08 AM #

    This was a great review of both website builders and helped me a lot thanks!

    Web Design is totally new to me. I’m not computer savvy at all. A friend recommended Weebly to me and to be honest I struggle with it. They don’t explain much for the novice and don’t offer a lot of help when building or designing. I’m actually calling friends for help.

    I find Wix more helpful and I’m not at all concerned about changing templates. I honestly found Weebly’s templates to be disappointing with no variety.

    I’m starting my own web consulting business and a web based culinary blog. Wix is looking llike the choice for me. They offer more help than Weebly and that’s important to me. Both sites could walk you more through the process of web design and offer explanations of terms that right now I have to Google back and forth in understanding.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 20, 2014 at 2:38 PM #

      Hey John,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences. I’d have to agree that Wix has a lot more extensive support guides in helping people build websites. So for those who need a bit more support Wix is quite good about that. In addition, you can also set up a phone call with them for more hands on support.

      If you’re not concerned about not being able to switch templates, Wix has a lot of template variety to offer for sure.

      Thanks for adding to this discussion!

      – Jeremy

  99. Aaron Nandi October 10, 2014 at 8:41 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for a very useful review & comparison of the two website builders. I would just like to add a couple of points, based on my experience of building a website using Weebly –
    1. Weebly templates can seem a bit ‘clunky’ in terms of design/aesthetics, as you described and although you can edit the code you are then on your own with regards to support from Weebly. However, like you say, the plus side of the coin is that Weebly keeps it so simple that it is very easy to build a website, even for someone with no experience at all.
    2. Weebly support – I have emailed them a few times with questions I couldn’t find answered in the support pages and always got a quick and helpful reply, so they do provide support.
    3. Another point you didn’t mention is how websites from the two rivals compare on mobile devices, which has to be a priority for anyone building a site these days. I chose Weebly because it provides a mobile version of your website automatically, while I wasn’t sure if Wix also did this.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 10, 2014 at 2:31 PM #

      Hi Aaron,

      Thanks for your thoughts.

      Wix does have a mobile editor and I think it’s actually a bit better than what Weebly currently offers. With Wix’s mobile editor, you get a bit more flexibility as to hiding some content that you don’t want to show on mobile. So this gives you the freedom to trim down content especially when a user is on a mobile device which has a smaller screen.

      Here are some highlights of Wix’s mobile editor and also Weebly’s mobile editor.

      Hope this also helps and thank you again for adding to this discussion!

      – Jeremy

    • Hank October 15, 2014 at 7:32 AM #

      I found weebly nice. Yesterday I chat with them instantly. The customer care service was wounderful.

  100. Clamilou October 4, 2014 at 11:10 AM #

    Very good analysis and comparison. It was exactly what I needed to go further in my process of creationg my own Web site. Really helpfull, thanl you.

  101. Larry September 29, 2014 at 5:04 PM #

    Jeremy & wife…… I normally do not bother to respond in comments sections. This is a rare moment where kudos are overwhelmingly deserved for all your invested hours of reviews.

    Every topic such as website building needs this sort of review… like Consumer Reports etc.

    So much internet tools/programs leave insane risk and dark holes up to the user/buyer. Then when you purchase, based on limited knowledge, only to realize your purchase was a disaster, the company most times is reluctant or downright refusing to refund.

    I’m one who researches first. I have client about to renew with a builder (I initially recommended couple years ago – limited knowledge) and now I have stumbled across input suggesting this client should not renew with them.

    Your excellent commentary, along with other google searches, has unequivocally confirmed my choice to switch. I feel a bit confirmed, in that, one of the two options I see now is one I have already chosen for last two client sites.

    I have also used couple of the other builders and agree with your comments. This is coming from a veteran designer who has NEVER wanted anything to do with code : ) but realize a little is necessary.

    You absolutely, for obvious reasons, cannot rely on input from any site builder’s pre-purchase calls which can waste hours. Can never get the full pros/cons as with your reviews.

    I didn’t want to mention names because, as you say, some builders work better for others depending on their requirements.

    I hope you are somehow rewarded greatly for your efforts to research and present this invaluable information to millions who care to compare first.

    We need more like you on the internet. It’s still the wild, wild west in many regards.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 30, 2014 at 11:14 AM #

      Hey Larry,

      Thanks for your comment and we really appreciate it!

      You know, when we first started out a just a few short years ago, working in our day jobs while trying to build a side income online, we were so confused as to which website builder to use. So we used A LOT of them, relying only on our own trials and errrors.

      We wished there were more commentaries about website builders available during that time. Even though the best way to find out if a website builder is to actually test it out, it would have helped to find a forum where a lot of people were asking questions and some insights were provided.

      So we really appreciate your feedback! All our visitors’ comments are very encouraging, and we’d love to be helpful along the way!

      – Jeremy

  102. Felix L. Griffin September 12, 2014 at 8:50 AM #

    When it comes to WYSIWYG Web Solutions and Hosting.. between Wix and Weebly I’d have to go with Weebly. Total Package for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses. Wix definitely has some great web design templates but a pretty website just isn’t enough. Great Resource, thanks for sharing.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 13, 2014 at 9:43 AM #

      Hey Felix,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      I agree, both are great website builders, it’s just a matter of finding which one fits you better!

      – Jeremy

  103. Shri September 3, 2014 at 3:08 PM #

    I am total novice and non techno! For our club we are looking at Weebly. At present the previous webmaster had an Amazon widget embedded which brought steady, small income, to our small member 11+group of mainly pensioners. Will Weebly allow us to have this so that when we purchase anything from Amazon, we get a small percentage?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 3, 2014 at 10:02 PM #

      Hi Shri,

      Yes you should be able to do that with Weebly, as long as the Amazon widget gives you some HTML code to embed in your Weebly site. Use the “embed code” Weebly element to insert the Amazon widget.

      Just sign up for a free website with Weebly and test it out to see if it works properly first before switching!

      – Jeremy

      • Shri September 4, 2014 at 3:52 PM #

        Thanks a lot, Jeremy.. I will try, when I set it up. Will be a while, though!

  104. Jane September 2, 2014 at 7:01 PM #

    I’ve got 3 sites- a very basic Weebly one and 2 busier Wix ones. Both are nice platforms….but the gripe I have with Wix and is making me re-do everything in Weebly is the fact that Weebly will actually page-source an image when it is shared…ie every page can have a different image representation when linked elsewhere….whereas Wix allows you one image that links to your site, whatever page link you copy and paste elsewhere…which is pretty boring as people click on a link when they are drawn to an image…
    – if the same image which covers the whole site comes up whenever you post a link then interest is not reignited.

    • jrlm September 19, 2014 at 8:16 PM #

      Thank you so much for mentioning this! That’s a huge feature difference IMO. You’re right-people click based on image and when adding a link to FB, linked in, google plus etc., not having a unique image come up would make your social media presence pretty boring, not to mention people are much less likely to click. I’m surprised wix has it set up that way, actually, given how elaborate and aesthetic their templates are. This is a major difference that people would not know about until after setting up their site, since many are simultaneousy learning social media marketing strategies along with a new website.

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

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

  106. 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
      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

  107. 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.

    • Jeremy Wong
      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

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


    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?


    • Jeremy Wong
      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!

  109. 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..



    • Jeremy Wong
      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

  110. 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
      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

  111. 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?



    • Jeremy Wong
      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

  112. 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.


    • Jeremy Wong
      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

  113. 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: ‘www.CoderreStudios.com.


    • Jeremy Wong
      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

    • Rachel November 16, 2014 at 10:21 AM #

      Hi Jeremy!

      Your article is VERY helpful!!! I agree with Cheryl about using WIX. Oh and what to a relief to know that Wix has a restorative ability. Thank you Cheryl.

      I am currently working on my personal website on Wix now. I am not worried using the same template, in fact, I would just change the background, style, as well as the contents (e.g. photos, graphics) using the customization tab, and the contents etc., to freshen or update the look on the webpages. Just play around with your webpages and you’ll see what I mean =)

      Time and patience took me a few days to know my way to their editor. As a sculptor/artist, web presence matters. I LOVE the free Wix backgrounds they offer, and for a wider option, their pay per click graphics and backgrounds are insanely beautiful AND so convenient! Customer service is great, and the forum is most helpful.

      The downside on Wix though is that they don’t support most html codings, especially ones that protect webpages.

      Though Wix is not everyone’s choice, I find it’s web presence as an artist, a must, for photographers, artists (e.g. music, sculptors, painters, portrait artists), petsitters & dogcare businesses, AND chic boutique owners. My heart’s set for Wix. It is after all, my preference.

  114. 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
      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

  115. 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
      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

  116. 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
      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 #


      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

  117. 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
      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.

  118. 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
      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

  119. 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
      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 Kraken 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

  120. 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
      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!!!

  121. 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,


    • Jeremy & Connie
      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

  122. 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
      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

  123. 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
      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

  124. 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!

  125. 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
      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

  126. 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
      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!

  127. 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

    • Jeremy & Connie
      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

  128. 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.


    • Jeremy & Connie
      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

    • Jennifer February 18, 2016 at 9:12 AM #

      Are we only speaking of the free versions here? Because if you’re a pro user, Weebly has a membership function. (Up to 100 members.) It’s been available for awhile now. Business users have unlimited membership.


      • Jeremy Wong
        Jeremy Wong February 18, 2016 at 9:48 PM #

        Hi Jennifer,

        Thanks for adding to this discussion. You’re right, Weebly does offer membership functions now! My comment to Mike was in 2014, before Weebly offered this feature, so thanks for updating this comment!

        We have more discussion about this function in our main Weebly review here.



  129. 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
      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
          Jeremy & Connie March 21, 2014 at 11:12 AM #


          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

  130. 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!

  131. 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
      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

  132. 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
      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!

  133. 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
      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?

  134. 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 🙂

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

    excellent article, enjoyed your straight talking comments,

  136. 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
      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

  137. 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..


  138. 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
      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

  139. 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
      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

  140. 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
      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

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

    Ok Im gonna use Weebly

  142. 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
      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

  143. 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!

  144. 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
      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

  145. 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
      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

  146. 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
      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

  147. 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!

  148. 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
      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

  149. 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
      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

  150. 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.


    • Jeremy & Connie
      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

  151. 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!

    • Jeremy & Connie
      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

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

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

  153. 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
      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

  154. 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
      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

  155. 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.


    • Jeremy & Connie
      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

  156. 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
      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

  157. 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.

  158. 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
      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

  159. 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
      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

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

    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!

  161. 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,


    • Jeremy & Connie
      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

  162. 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 “jeremy@site.com”. (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
      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

  163. 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

  164. 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
      Jeremy & Connie October 22, 2013 at 4:42 PM #

      Thanks Kevin – we appreciate your comment.

      – Jeremy & Connie

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

    Very good review, thanks a lot : )

  166. 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…


    • Jeremy & Connie
      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

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


    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.


    • Jeremy & Connie
      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.



  168. 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.


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

      Hey Jason – thanks for your feedback!

      – Jeremy

  169. 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
      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

  170. 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.

  171. 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
      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

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

    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.


  173. 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
      Jeremy & Connie September 13, 2013 at 9:19 PM #

      No problem Cheryl – glad we were able to help!

      – Jeremy

  174. 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?


    • Jeremy & Connie
      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

  175. 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
      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

  176. 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!

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

    Very thorough compare.
    Thank you!!

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

      Thanks Tim – glad you found it helpful!

      – Jeremy

  178. 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!


    • Jeremy & Connie
      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

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

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

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

      Thanks Juana! Glad you found this helpful : )

      – Jeremy

  180. 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
      Jeremy & Connie August 16, 2013 at 11:15 AM #

      Hi Chinarut – thanks for sharing your experiences!

      – Jeremy

  181. 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
      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.

  182. 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
      Jeremy & Connie August 11, 2013 at 6:09 PM #

      Thanks Elearia – glad you found this post helpful : )

  183. 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.

  184. 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
      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 “support@wix.com”. Try reaching out to them directly for assistance.

      Hope you have your issue resolved soon! Good luck!

      – Jeremy

  185. 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
      Jeremy & Connie July 5, 2013 at 5:40 PM #


      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

  186. 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
      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

  187. 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
      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

  188. 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.

  189. 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

  190. 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
      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

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

    Really helpful and much appreciated x

  192. 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.


  193. 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

  194. 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
      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

  195. 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
      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

  196. 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?

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

    This is very good review.
    Thank you.

  198. 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
      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

  199. 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
      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!

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

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

    • Jeremy & Connie
      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.

  201. 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
      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!

  202. 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
      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 #


      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
        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

        • Jam October 8, 2015 at 2:03 PM #

          Thanks for the detailed comparison!

          • Jeremy Wong
            Jeremy Wong October 8, 2015 at 2:05 PM #

            You’re very welcome Jam!

            • Spencer B February 8, 2016 at 12:33 PM #

              Hi Jeremy,

              Just curious if wix has a logo or anything in the bottom corner once you design your website?

              I am thinking about using wix and upgrading so I can use my own URL.

              Will any “site made by wix” or WIX logo show up ANYWHERE on my site?

              Thanks in advance!

              Spencer B

              • Jeremy Wong
                Jeremy Wong February 9, 2016 at 2:51 PM #

                Hi Spencer,

                If you use Wix and don’t want any Wix logos on your site, you will need to upgrade to at least their “Combo” plan. If you upgrade just to their “Connect Domain” plan (the lowest paid plan), you will still have a small Wix logo displayed on your site.

                So go with their “Combo” plan!