Weebly vs Weebly with Bluehost

Last updated on November 28, 2018

Bluehost Weebly Most Weebly users build their websites through the drag and drop builder through Weebly Inc.

But what most users don’t know, is that you can actually use Weebly with Bluehost to build your website as well!

I’ll get into the pros, cons and pricing differences of using Weebly on Weebly Inc. vs Bluehost.com,  but first, let me quickly explain some key differences and who or what is Bluehost.

Note: To reduce confusion, I’m going to refer to Weebly (the Company) as “Weebly Inc.”, and the actual website building technology that you use to build websites as “Weebly”. So both Weebly Inc. (the company) and Bluehost use Weebly (the website builder).

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Who and What is Bluehost?

Bluehost is a very large and reputable hosting service.  They’ve been around since 1996 (even before Weebly was created) and they provide hosting services for millions of users.

Most people use Bluehost to set up other websites using WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, etc.  Basically, it’s a general platform where people build a variety of websites using other website building platforms.

In fact, Bluehost is a recommended host by WordPress since 2005 – this just goes to show that Bluehost is credible and is a trusted company.

Hosting with Weebly Inc. vs Hosting with Bluehost

When you sign up with an account with Weebly Inc. to create your website, your website is hosted with Weebly Inc.  That means all your pictures, text, slideshows, everything in your website, reside or is stored with Weebly Inc.  You will log in and access your website by going to the Weebly Inc. website (www.Weebly.com).

If you use Weebly through Bluehost.com, this means everything in your website is stored with Bluehost.com.  You will access your Weebly website by going to Bluehost.com.

Why is Weebly in Bluehost?

Inserting Weebly into Bluehost allows Weebly Inc., as a company, to reach millions of additional users.  Given that Bluehost is a reputable company and has a great branding, this gives Weebly Inc. an opportunity to increase their number of users.

On the other hand, it also gives Bluehost an opportunity to provide a user-friendly, drag and drop website builder to their customers.

As I mentioned above, Bluehost traditionally caters to WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal, and they are much more complicated website builders to use.  Adding a drag and drop website builder such as Weebly to their product offering makes a lot of sense.

Is Weebly with Bluehost the same as Weebly with Weebly Inc.?

Yes and no. What we have noticed is that there is a time delay between when Weebly Inc. releases new features, and when Bluehost updates their version of Weebly.

Also, there are certain administrative functions that are available with Weebly Inc., but not available with Bluehost.

While Bluehost may not have all the newest Weebly features, there are a lot of benefits if you use Bluehost.  I’ll go over these below.

Bluehost Slow to Update with New Weebly Features

What we have noticed is that whenever Weebly Inc. releases new features, it takes a while for Bluehost to update their version of Weebly.

For example, at the time of this article, Weebly Inc. recently released new features such as:

  • Site search
  • Header slideshows
  • Custom footers
  • Expanded social icons element

At the moment, Bluehost’s version of Weebly has yet to include these new updates.  It has been around 3 months since the new features were released by Weebly Inc., so hopefully Bluehost will incorporate these soon.

Other than that, all the other basic website building tools work the same. You can still build a website using Bluehost’s Weebly quickly and easily.

Bluehost Weebly

Bluehost Limits the Number of Pages You Can Build

With the Basic version of Weebly with Bluehost, you can only create 6 pages per website. If you want to create more pages, you will need to upgrade to their “Professional” plan.  (I’ll go over the pricing differences between Weebly Inc. and Bluehost below).

With Weebly inc, you can create unlimited pages, even if you are using their free plan.

Missing Important Administrative Functions with Bluehost’s Weebly

There are 2 important administrative functions that are missing with Bluehost’s version of Weebly.

1) Editors

Normally with Weebly Inc., it gives you the ability to invite Editors to help you build your website.  So if you hire a developer or designer on contract to help you, you can just invite them without giving them full access to your website.  I go over this feature in this video tutorial here.

Weebly Bluehost Editor

With Bluehost, you cannot invite Editors to edit your website as this feature is missing.  So if you want to give someone access to your account, you will have to give them your Bluehost login name and password, which some people may resist as the editor will now have full access to your account, including the ability to reset your password and change other important information.

Many of you may not be comfortable with this, even though you can always change your password afterward.

2) Import External Templates

With Weebly Inc., you can import external Weebly templates with just 1-click. You have access to this feature whether you are using the free version of Weebly or the paid version.

Weebly Bluehost Import Themes

With Bluehost, you can import external Weebly templates, but this option is only available if you upgrade to their “Professional” package (I’ll go over the pricing differences between Weebly and Bluehost below).

What Benefits do Bluehost Offer that Weebly Doesn’t?

Weebly Inc. offers you a drag and drop website builder – that’s it.  While the website builder is simple and intuitive to use (read our comprehensive review on Weebly), Weebly Inc. really doesn’t offer other services.

They do one thing very well and offer you only one thing – enabling you to build websites easily.

But for those who want more than just the ability to build a website, using Weebly through Bluehost is an excellent option.

So what does Bluehost give you that Weebly doesn’t?

1) Unlimited email accounts

You can set up as many email addresses as you want using your domain name.

For example, if your website address is www.example.com, you can create your own custom email address such as john@example.com

This comes with the basic package from Bluehost, and they help you set it up (more on Bluehost help below).

2) Free domain name

If you use Bluehost, they give you a free domain name for 1 year.  A typical domain name will cost you around $12 a year.  So that’s a little bit of savings in your pocket.

3) 24 Hours 7 Days a Week Live Support

Weebly Inc. currently only offers you email support. With Bluehost, they provide you with 24/7 phone, live chat or email support.

This is really a nice perk that Bluehost offers, as different people have different learning habits and learning speed.  Some people are not afraid of technology, while some need a bit of hand-holding, which Bluehost provides.

Although in our experiences, Weebly Inc. usually responds to email in a day, for some of you who prefer speaking with someone on the phone or on internet live chat without waiting, Bluehost will cater to your needs.

Pricing Difference Between Weebly Inc. and Bluehost

Weebly Inc. recently changed their pricing structure for Weebly Pro.  So the following pricing information is taken from the most recent packages from both Weebly and Bluehost.

Weebly Pro and Starter Plans

The price for Pro and Starter Plans range from:

  • Pro – $6.63 to $9.83 / month
  • Starter – $3.29 / month to $4.83 / month

The price range depends if you sign up for a 6-month plan or up to 2 years. weebly pro and starter pricing

Bluehost Weebly Plans

A basic Bluehost plan starts at $6.95 / month (you can get it for $4.95 per month if you sign up for 36 months – but you can cancel and get your money back anytime).

With just the basic plan, you get access to use their Weebly website builder, but as mentioned, they limit you to only 6 pages per website.

Other additional benefits you receive include:

  1. Unlimited customized email addresses
  2. Free domain name for 1 year
  3. 24/7 live support

If you want more features, you will need to upgrade to their “Professional” plan for $8.99 / month.

You can also sign up for their e-Commerce plans for $2.99 per month as well.

Bluehost Weebly plans

Illustration of Pricing Differences

So let’s piece this all together in an illustration.

Depending on which plan you sign up with Weebly Inc., for the sake of illustration, your monthly investment will be around $4 to $10 (rounded to the closest dollar).

If you were to sign up with Bluehost, with their Professional Plan (most people will likely do so to access more features), the monthly fee will be around $14 to $16 (rounded to the closest dollar).

In appearance, it’s cheaper to register with Weebly Inc., than with Bluehost.

However, you should consider the other “value added” services that Bluehost gives you:

  1. Email address – We pay $4.16 a month with Google Business Apps to get 1 customized email address. With Bluehost, you can have an unlimited number of custom email addresses.
  2. Free 1-year domain name – that’s around a $12 per year value (so $1 a month, but only for 1 year)
  3. 24/7 live support – hard to put a value on this, but it’s worth good money to some people

So if we take the approximate Bluehost monthly price of $14 – $16, and adjust for the 2 quantifiable benefits above (email and domain name), the adjusted monthly price will then be approximately $9 to $11.

Not too far off from Weebly’s plans, not to mention you will receive 24/7 support from Bluehost.

Here’s a quick table to help illustrate:

Bluehost vs Weebly Pricing Comparison Chart

Even after adjusting for the free email and 1-year free domain name, Bluehost is still a little bit more expensive. But you have to consider the 24/7 live support they provide you.  We didn’t include this in our calculation as it is not easy to put a price tag on it.

If you tend to like instant support at any time, rather than waiting for email support, this Bluehost support benefit could be worth a lot to you.

Money Back Guarantee

If you sign up with Weebly Inc’s Pro / Starter package, you have a 30-day money back guarantee period.

For Bluehost, you can also cancel at any time during the first 30 days and get all your money back.

Once you passed the 30 days, you can get a full refund for any unused portion of the remainder of your contract. So it’s pretty fair.

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Conclusion and Final Thoughts

Choosing between using Weebly Inc. or Bluehost’s Weebly is a very personal decision.  Both offer you the easy to use drag and drop website builder, but here are my summarized pros and cons for each:

Weebly Inc.


  • You are using Weebly directly from its creator (Weebly Inc.)
  • You get faster updates when Weebly releases new features
  • It’s slightly cheaper on a per month basis
  • You can create unlimited pages across all their plans (including the free plan)


  • No email package – you have to set it up yourself
  • You have to set up your own domain name



  • They help you set up your own custom email address
  • They give you a free domain name for 1 year and help you get it set up
  • 24 / 7 live support (phone, chat or email)


  • You have to wait a bit for new updates from Weebly Inc.
  • They limit you to creating 6 pages and you will have to upgrade your plan if you want to create more pages
  • Slightly more expensive

I think the best way to compare whether you should use Weebly through Weebly Inc. or Bluehost, is whether you feel comfortable working your way through getting your administrative account settings up and running by yourself (such as account set up, connecting your email and domain name, and other technical issues), or paying a few dollars more to have someone live guide you through the process.

If the first option is okay with you, then using Weebly with Weebly Inc. is a great option.

If you are afraid of anything technical, and would like instant support available to you, using Weebly with Bluehost is the way to go.  At the end of the day, the extra few dollars per month may go a long way in terms of live support.

If you have any additional questions about Bluehost, feel free to use their Live Chat a try!  They can answer all your questions, and at the same time, gives you an opportunity to test out their support services.

bluehost live chat

In my own experience, their instant support works great and I feel like I get my questions answered right away, which saves me a lot of time and keeps me productive.

Either way, both Bluehost and Weebly Inc. offer 30 days money back guarantee, so that removes a lot of risks from you.

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About Jeremy

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



About Jeremy

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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134 Responses to Weebly vs Weebly with Bluehost

  1. #

    Thanks for answeing my exact question! I’m sure you didn’t even know I was going to ask. Haha, I guess this makes me “somebody”! And that makes my day!!

    I haven’t checked the date of this article, and I need to start making a habit of that. Because if this is current infomation, then this information is very valuable knowledge. In which case, Thank you very very much. Otherwise, thanks. ;P

    • Fred Isaac

      Hi Rebecca, we update our articles regularly so it should be all good. Glad you found it useful!

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    Bluehost was bought out by another company, Endurance. Since they are Endurance now, they are not as friendly or helpful as before. Plus I’ve received a lot of wrong information from them. I was told by them that Weebly is a third party contractor and they no longer provide support for Weebly websites, although I have one with them. I’m up for renewal and don’t know what way to go between Bluehosts Weebly or with Weebly itself. No one will answer my questions. Your article here looks outdated to me. What is really going on. I need to know.

    • Tom Watts

      Hello Wendy,

      Thanks for joining the discussion and letting us know your situation. It certainly sounds frustrating.

      It’s definitely always frustrating when you’re not receiving the responses you want from the customer care care team – it can really damage trust and this can have knock on effects for your site, probably as you well know!

      While I don’t have access behind the scenes at Bluehost/Endurance, my advice to you would be to take a step back and consider the following:

      “Do you want to continue paying money to a company for a website when they have given you wrong information, not provided the support you require and generally aren’t meeting the standard you’ve come to expect?”

      I know I would have reservations about renewing if it was me, so it could be worth looking at Weebly without Bluehost as this removes the downside of your experience, while also keeping your website on the platform your used to.

      Hope that helps,
      – Tom

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    Thank you for the wonderful article above. My client has a Weebly website through Bluehost. I have a few questions.

    1. Weebly recently upgraded their features through Bluehost. Some of the features I used previously, I can no longer locate. Where can I find a document that lists all the changes, upgrades, & features that are no longer available?

    2. How can I install SSL for the Weebly website through Bluehost.

    3. Do you know when the Undo feature will be available on Weebly? This would be quite useful when I need to revert my changes.

    4. If I make any change to my design on Weebly, does it automatically Save? Or do I have to Publish to keep the changes Saved?


    • Tom Watts

      Hi Shama,

      Glad you found the article handy – feel free to give us a helping hand with a share using the social icons above, we really appreciate it + you never know who else you might help!

      Now, for your questions, I’ll run through them in order.

      1) I believe the information you’re looking for is located on the Bluehost website and can be found in this ‘Weebly Upgrade FAQ‘.

      2) Weebly usually includes SSL for their websites if you subcscribe through their Business and Performance plans, but due to the ongoing upgrades between Bluehost and Weebly this may be up in the air at the moment. Your best port of call is the Bluehost Knowledge Base. Use the link above in answer 1) as a jumping off point and you should be able to find what you need. If not, I’d recommend contacting Bluehost support to find out how the upgrade has affected SSL installation.

      3) The undo feature is an ongoing request with Weebly’s technical team and seems to be gatherng more and more traction – so hopefully it will be available sooner rather than later. In the menatime, if you’re editing text and the cursor is still in the text-box then you should have ‘undo’ and ‘redo’ buttons availble in the editing toolbar, which can be handy if you accidentally delete some content you’re working on.

      4) Weebly autosaves everything as you work, so no worries there.

      Hope that all proves usual,
      – Tom

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    I recently signed up for bluehost. Being a new user, i was anxious to experiment and I clicked on Weebly. I chose a theme and it loaded looking exactly as the sample looked… which was great. However, I made some edits that I no longer want. By the time I was done editing I had basically deleted most of the template except for the heading. I wanted to chose a different theme and expected it to load as the sample looked. However, it simply applied the new template to the changes that I made. So, no matter what template I select… it pretty much opens up blank. Do you know if there is there any way to uninstall Weebly so that I can start over? Bluehost provides an uninstall option for WordPress… but … it appears they do not for Weebly. Thanks,

    • Jeremy


      I suspect the reason for that is that Weebly doesn’t want to overwrite all your edits or customizations. Imagine if you’ve spent time inserting your images and other content, but want to switch themes, then the new theme deleted all your previous content. That wouldn’t be ideal for a lot of users!

      Try completely deleting your website and setting up a new one. But be sure to reach out to Bluehost’s support to see if that will work.


  5. #

    I have to concur with Troy. I have not been able to update our websites since Friday 3/24/2017 We are unable to access the Weebly on Blueshost.

    I have called three times and they respond they are aware of the issue and are working on it. Since we use our 6 websites to update news etc it has become problematic not to be able to edit sites you are paying for.

    They have given us a free month for our troubles however it is 3/28/2017 and the Weebly interface with Bluehost still is broken.

    • Jeremy

      Hey Scott,

      Thanks for the update on this situation. And sorry to hear that you aren’t able to update your websites through Bluehost. It’s nice of them to offer 1 free month as compensation, but would be nicer if they patch things up! Did they offer any time estimates?


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    I have to disagree with your disposition and accolades for bluehost and the weebly interface. I’ve been a bluehost customer for 4 years, and when I do need tech support, plan on spending at least an hour or so on the phone. the hold times are ridiculous.

    The weebly pro interface on bluehost hasn’t worked correctly since February 2017. The say they’re working on a fix… It’s been over a month and I still have no access to update my website. I probably should have migrated my website to a new host by now, but keep putting it off… Essentially they are charging you for a product that doesn’t work, and seem to be allocating few resources to the fix if its been over a month. Not a good company in my opinion.

    Oddly enough their parent company Endurance is no longer publishing customer survey results in their fiscal reporting package. that alone says a lot…

    • Jeremy

      Hey Troy,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. Sorry to hear about your experiences with Bluehost.

      I’ve always encouraged users to use the website builder directly (in this case, Weebly.com), if possible. The main reason being that you’ll get the latest and greatest tools from Weebly directly, and their support team are actually employed by Weebly.

      Further, as you pointed out, the version of Weebly with Bluehost is outdated. I think I’ve highlighted this in my guide above as well.

      Have you considered migrating to use Weebly.com directly?

      Thanks for your comment!


  7. #

    Really excellent compare/contrast, Jeremy–much appreciated. We already use Weebly (Pro) for several sites on BlueHost but were looking at the “Weebly Inc.” option because of the feature latency you mentioned. But BlueHost handsdown has the best help desk of any hosting company we’ve ever worked with: a living, breathing knowledgeable human being actually answers the phone 24/7 and we’ve never had an issue they didn’t resolve within 2 calls. As opposed to SquareSpace–a company that apparently can’t afford a phone line and considers it beneath their dignity to get their hands dirty with actual problem solving

    • Jeremy

      Thanks for your feedback, Eric.

      Weebly.com does have phone support as well, though not 24 hours a day (only from 6am – 6pm PST).

      If Squarespace introduced phone support, that would be awesome! I think that’s definitely something they should consider.


  8. #

    Hi Jeremy
    Your article and its conclusion suggest me to believe the best option ( after trying weebly free for a while to see how I like it) would be to buy a domaine name and then hook it to weebly.com??
    Also: can weebly give you any choice of templates available online ( as well as their custom ones) from any source …providing you pay for it?
    And finally: would my gmail be good for contact? What is used for reader comments to reach me?? is it appropriate to use your domaine name; for contact me or for comments from readers on an essay ( like here)?
    Thanks howard

    • Jeremy

      Hey Howard,

      1) It’s really up to you if you want to use Weebly.com directly or through another provider such as Bluehost. But I personally prefer using Weebly from Weebly.com directly for the reasons I mentioned above.

      2) You can purchase a domain name either directly through Weebly or through another provider, then connect it to your website. We have a guide that will talk more about domain name options here.

      3) You can use any of the templates offered by Weebly for free. There are other premium templates providers for Weebly as well. You can find some of them here.

      4) It’s really up to you. But if you want a more professional email address, Weebly does offer you the ability to set up custom email addresses through Google Business Apps (for a few dollars per month). Weebly’s website will have more details about that.


  9. #

    In your comparison of Weebly vs Weebly on BlueHost, there is one important point that you did not cover. BlueHost allows you to host an unlimited number of sites on one account. Does Weebly.com also allow this, or does a user have to pay for each extra account hosted on Weebly.com?

    With this in mind, I am also wondering about the reverse. I know that Weebly.com allows a user to design as many websites as possible (although I am not sure if the user has to pay extra to host each site). Does Weebly on BlueHost also allow this possibility? In other Words, when I sign up on a Weebly account on BlueHost, can I use this account to create say 10 websites and host them all on BlueHost at no extra cost? (I’m looking for the best of both worlds here).

    • Jeremy

      Hello Paul,

      You raise a good point.

      With Weebly, if you want to create a new website, you will need to create this website separately from your other website. Although, this can be done under your single Weebly account so you don’t have to use another email to sign up to a new Weebly account.

      So if you decide to upgrade this second (or third or fourth) website, you must do so separately as each website you create under your Weebly account is independent of one another.

      I believe this is the same for Bluehost’s version of Weebly as well. If you want to create a second Weebly site under Bluehost, you will need to set this up independent of your first website, and pay for this separately.


  10. #

    Hi, thank you so much for the article.
    It was so specific, nailed it!
    I have one more question., I would be glad if you could answer that.
    While buying domain names, should we go for abbreviated names or full ones?
    For example- if I want to create a website named “the super guy”, should I register a domain in the name of “www.thesuperguy.com” or ‘www.tsg.

    Commin sense says tht the shorter one will be easy to remember and easy to type by the viewers but why do almost all companies register domains as full names, like facebook isn’t “fb.com” or virgin atlantic isn’t “vg.com”.
    Why aren’t they ysing the short form?
    What are the benefits?

    • Jeremy

      Hey Aditya,

      I’d suggest going with the full name, instead of initials or “nicknames”. Short forms work well if you are very well branded. But if you are building a brand around “The Super Guy”, I’d go with that one.

      Alternatively, why not purchase both domain names if they are both available? You can use the full name first, and if things work well for you, you will always have “TSG”.


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    I DO have one question that i am not quite sure if i know the answer…but i think i do. If you leave a host in the middle of your one year of pro weebly plan…is that weebly plan transferable to another host? in other words..not have to pay over for it….

    i think you can transfer the money you paid to weebly pro only..to another hosts site..since it is WEEBLY you are paying really….

    • Jeremy

      Hi Debbie,

      I’m not entirely sure either. A lot of the hosting companies that offer Weebly, such as HostGator, Fatcow, Bluehost, etc are all owned by Endurance International Group. However, I suspect they are all operated as standalone businesses, so I’m not entirely sure if you can transfer accounts between them since they are all their own legal entities.

      And I believe Weebly is licensing their software to these hosting companies. But they are completely independent from a legal basis. So if you use Weebly through Bluehost, you are not really paying Weebly Inc directly, but indirectly.


      • #

        i do not like WIX at all. i prefer to stay with weebly. also i have signed up with bluehost and their version of weebly is years old. not months but years old. VERY old version. my site is larger so it either wont publish or takes an hour to publish. i have called bluehost on this several times and have complained and asked for a RESOLUTION. They said it was out of their hands. THIS upsets me even more. Bluehost needs to get with weebly and renew their contract with the updated version of weebly or this is the disaster i am facing. so i am very upset. i spent 160 hours of rebuilding my new site there to discover it wont hardly even publish. You cannot transfer a weebly site so it has to be built. we are talking 460 pages. so now i am really screwed. You CAN send feedback to bluehost at feedback@bluehost.com. now whether they will listen and do something about it or not..i dont know. i have sent two emails so far. i honestly dont know where to go from here. I honestly dont. it seems there isnt any good webhosts out there. And i want usa based tech support. i am confused and upset.

        • #

          and you are correct. weebly is NOT transferable.

          • Jeremy

            Hi Debbie,

            Are there specific reasons why you’re not using Weebly directly with Weebly.com? Aside from not having as many theme selection as other website builders?


  12. #

    Actually I use weebly with Fatcow and the updates also were slow to take effect. so i think it is Weebly Inc that is slow to release these updates and not Bluehost or any other host. BTW, I am leaving those POS Fatcow people and moving to BlueHost I have smaller websites that are with Weebly Pro Inc version but this one is huge and i need to make sure i have someone on it if it goes down at any time. a very important website. The others aren’t as urgent so i went with weebly inc for them.

    I have one MAJOR gripe with weebly inc, they only offer like 10 themes or atleast in the free version..so you would have to know how to import a theme from elsewhere which i find a little bit ridiculous. Weebly USE to have many options to pick from..but no longer do. in my Fatcow plan..i still have the older options of themes…
    Alot of people are complaining about the lack of theme options.

    certain themes offer the Search box option and some dont. the FREE version of weebly does not offer a search box. i know there are several other things not available on the FREE version of weebly that i dont think was covered here. also in my Fatcow version, there IS a STORE Tab so not sure what someone is talking about in the comments. I wouldnt think Bluehost would remove that. its part of Weebly. I have more input..i will comment in the other comments. I have used weebly since about the time they came out..so i have grown with them..

    • Jeremy

      Hi Debbie,

      If design is a big concern for you, have you considered testing out Wix? They have really good design templates, which in my view is much more updated and professional looking that the current set that Weebly offers.

      Here’s our discussion about Wix. See what you think.


  13. #

    Bluehost Weebly Pro does not include Site Search (there are about 3 themes that do come with this, but no dragndrop), HD Video, or e-Commerce. So, one needs to compare what one actually gets with the WEEBLY PRO that they have purchased from Bluehost vs Inc. They are definitely very different.

    • Jeremy

      Thanks for your input, Jan!


  14. #

    Hey Jeremy,

    Thanks for the article! Maybe you can help me figure this out:

    I had my domain transferred to Bluehost as I plan to build a WordPress site soon. However, I needed to get a site up quickly so I created one on Weebly as I already have another site with them.

    Now I just need to temporarily use the Weebly site and point my domain to it until the WordPress site is finished but I can’t figure out how to do that from within Bluehost. I followed some directions from Weebly but they didn’t work.

    Any ideas or help articles you could point me to?

    Thanks so much!!

    • Jeremy

      Hey Josh,

      I don’t have previous experiences in connecting domain names from Bluehost (I use other domain name registrars).

      But if the tutorials from Weebly didn’t work (they should!) try reaching out to their support team. Or else try reaching out to Bluehost’s team. Both teams should be able to help you out as they are a lot more familiar with the Bluehost process.

      But your approach makes sense. You can build your site with Weebly, and once your WordPress site is ready, just disconnect the domain name from Weebly, and connec tit to your new WP site.

      Good luck!


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    Wow! I was looking at Weebly directly and then I came across your article. I was thinking I would be too limited by Weebly directly and I was searching for a review on Hosting Services. Thus I found this article. Then it occurred to me that I use gmail anyway due to all the fuss about what google now calls insecure web hosts and if I want more punch I can always go elsewhere. So you convinced me to stay with Weebly. Thank you for making it so clear.

    • Jeremy

      Thanks Gary. Glad we can be helpful!


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    Are there any customer membership accounts differences between using weebly pro, weebly Ecommerce, weebly on hostgator business, Ecommerce weebly on hostgator business, weebly on blue host, and weebly Ecommerce on blue host please?
    Any different between weebly on hostgator vs weebly on blue host please?

    • Jeremy


      There shouldn’t be any difference between Hostgator and Bluehost, as they are both owned by a same company.

      Weebly recently updated their platform in a significant way (they called the update “Carbon”) which added a few more tools, including an App Center (we have an updated discussion about Weebly here).

      Based on prior observations, I think it might be many months before Hostgator or Bluehost get these newer features.

      So if you want the latest, most updated tools, including direct support from Weebly’s own technical support team, I’d recommend go with Weebly.com.


      • #

        Actually Bluehost and Host Gator are not owned by the same company. But Fatcow, Host gator and a couple others are owned by the Endurance group. google it.

        • Jeremy

          Hi Debbie,

          Bluehost, HostGator and Fatcow are all owned by Endurance International Group. If you visit their website, you’ll see that all 3 hosting companies are under their corporate umbrella.


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    Hi Jeremy, Do you know if weebly allow other hosters to license their platform? I am trying to get one for my small hosting company but dont cant seem to find any good ones that allow for the same setup as weebly on bluehost

    • Jeremy

      Hi Logan,

      I know Weebly partners with some of the largest hosting companies to integrate their website builder into the hosting companies’ platforms.

      So if you own a hosting company, try reaching out to Weebly’s business development team to see how you can work with them. I suspect they might be interested if you meet certain headcount / user-base / growth criteria.

      But if what you’re saying is that you’re currently using a smaller hosting service, and would like to see how you can get the service to provide Weebly builder services, then you should reach out to your hosting service to see what they can do.


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    Great site! I was wondering if I can copy a weebly page and change the name of the link to that page.

    • Jeremy


      You can duplicate a page inside the Weebly editor, then change the name of the page which will change the link to the page.


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    If you get weebly pro through bluehost you can edit the css and upload various themes. but as other comments suggest as of September even if you buy the e-commerce feature it does not allow for the full usage of all the online store features. I do not know why they do not update everything so that it is all available through bluehost.

    Also I have a hostmonster hosting account with weebly and it works exactly the same way as bluehost.

    • Jeremy

      Hi Zoe,

      Thanks for your comment. I’m not entirely sure why these hosts are always lagging behind the latest version of website builder from Weebly either.

      So generally speaking, I always encourage users to sign up and use Weebly.com directly, since you get the latest version of the website builder, and get support from people who actually built the platform.


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    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for the useful infomation. I would like to ask you , i’m currently building a website using the free .weebly.com address, but if i change up to the starter domain website (through weebly) and for some reason i cannot continue, can i go back to using the free .weebly.com web address?

    • Jeremy

      Hi Mirna,

      Yes you can. Whenever you want to cancel your premium plan (such as the Starter plan), then you can go back to the .weebly.com domain name structure.

      But just keep in mind that if you sign up to Weebly’s annual plan, you have a 30 day period to get a full refund (which normally should be sufficient). So if you are unsure if you want to commit to Weebly’s on a long term basis, then go with their 6 month plan to start.

      But of course, you can thoroughly test out Weebly for free without any time limits. So presumably you would have been pretty comfortable with Weebly prior to paying.


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    Hi Jeremy, this is great, thank you! I couldn’t find the info i was looking for, mainly how to import custom templates within bluehost weekly editor I have pro…. do you know where i could get that info?
    all the best,

    • Jeremy

      Hey Juna,

      If you have their “pro” package you should be able to import external templates. You should be able to access that feature if you click on the “Design” tab within the Weebly Editor, then “Change Theme”. There you should be able to find the import function.

      If you still can’t find it, I’m sure their support documentation or team can point you to the exact location!


  22. #

    Jeremy, a very informative article, thank you!

    I think there is the third option: you can have a hosting with Bluehost, but redirect the domain name to Weebly, Inc. and use Weebly directly from Weebly, Inc. Of course, it means a few more dollars per month since you pay for the builder and separately for the hosting, but you save on e-mail.

    So, if several dollars a month don’t mean much for you, this can be the best option. Could you compare this third option with an option of using just Weebly, Inc, pros and cons? Could you also elaborate a bit on the hosting: do you think hosting at Weebly, Inc is as reliable as hosting at Bluehost, and the loading speed for a website would be the same for these two options?

    Thank you in advance,

    • Jeremy

      Hi Dmitry,

      Thanks for your comment. I’m not entirely sure if I understand your suggest, but I’ll take a shot at interpreting it and sharing my thoughts about that.

      I don’t think you can use Weebly.com and Bluehost hosting services at the same time. Weebly.com provides all the hosting services for you.

      So in other words, you cannot separate using Weebly.com directly, or using the version of Weebly that is offered by Bluehost.

      What I “think” you mean, is purchasing a domain name through Bluehost, then connecting the domain name to a website built using Weebly.com. If this is the case, then yes it will work.

      You can purchase a domain name anywhere outside of Weebly.com, then connect it with a website built with Weebly.com. This is actually much more cost efficient too as domain names purchased through Weebly is quite expensive.

      With this approach, you will be building a website directly with Weebly.com, but your domain name can be sourced from Bluehost.


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    Hi. This is a very informative article. Thank you. My question is this; Is there any way I can use the Weebly mobile app if I”m using Weebly with Bluehost? If so, can you tell me how? I upgraded to Weebly Pro through Bluehost and I thought I could use the app, but what I inadvertently did was create a regular Weebly account which I guess I don’t need, unless I can use the mobile app. Thanks again.

    • Jeremy

      Hi Jade,

      As far as I know, the Weebly mobile apps are not available to the version of Weebly that Bluehost is using. I think the apps are only available to Weebly.com at the moment.

      This is one of the issues we mentioned in our discussion above – that hosts that “resell” weebly’s services are pretty far behind what is actually offered by Weebly.com if you used them directly.

      But I know Weebly’s goal is to synchronize all their tools with reseller hosts such as Bluehost, so that users can also take advantage of the apps, and the latest features from Weebly.

      Hopefully this will take place sooner rather than later!


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    Great job on your information! We use Blue Host now. But want to go to Weebly Website Inc. to build our website. However, we need an email host. Do I stay with Blue Host for email service and use Weebly Inc. for website hosting? I don’t want to use Weebly on Blue Host. I think you recommended G-mail earlier. All of our email addresses use a forwarder to personal email addresses. What do you recommend? And anything besides Gmail? Thanks for your help.

    • Jeremy

      Hi Kathy,

      With Google Business Apps, once you set up your own custom domain name email addresses, you can definitely forward emails that you receive in your custom Gmail account to your personal email addresses. You can configure that in “Settings”.

      Other than Google Business Apps, I don’t really have any other suggestions as we use them for our businesses and have found them to be very reliable and user friendly!


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    great info, thanks.

    My question is, do you have the same great article for hosting weebly with Hostgator?
    I recently switched my hosting and domains to hostgator in order to have everything in one place.(to avoid confusion)

    My site is set up wth wordpress, but it is complicated and I am considering weebly. Does Hostgator have the same limitations as Bluehost? Is Hostgator a better host for Weebly than Bluehost .

    My would be an ecommerce site with only one product (a book) and would need simple but reliable ecommerce tools.


    • Jeremy

      Hey Mike,

      As far as I know, Hostgator’s version of Weebly is also a bit outdated compared to Weebly.com. I’m not entirely sure if Bluehost or Hostgator has a more recent version, but I’m sure both are outdated.

      What you can do is use Weebly.com directly, then connect your domain name (stored with Hostgator) to Weebly.com. That approach will work, so you know you are using the latest version of Weebly.


    • #

      I believe you have to go through weebly inc directly and pay $25 a month to get the full ecommerce solution. I tried with bluehost and it is still the old creaky version of ecommerce.

      So it might be worth it to sign up with weebly and just point your dns for your domain name over there. the online store features look like they are worth it.

      • Jeremy

        I agree with that assessment. The latest ecommerce tools from Weebly.com are so much better than the tools offered by other hosts!


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    I use Weebly through Bluehost and I have several accounts 5 to be exact. Anyway I was very happy for a year but as sites continue to grow Bluehosts version of Weebly lacks important features I would like to have access too. One if you go with Bluehost you do not have a site search option, two you can not upload video. If you want to post video you have to go through Youtube. This is fine for most circumstances but I’m producing more video for a client and the Youtube includes promotional items that may look cheesy on the site itself.

    All this and Bluehost has raised hosting rates as well as charging extra for the Weebly pro which I understand but I’m getting very frustrated with Bluehost.

    • Jeremy

      Hi Eric,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences. Bluehost’s version of Weebly is definitely not up to date, especially regarding ecommerce and membership features (at least at the time of this comment).

      Have you considered using Weebly.com directly? You’ll get access to the most up to date version of Weebly, as well as their support staff.


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    I am currently using Weebly Premium with another hosting company.
    I do not want to lose my work, will I be able to import all my files if I sign up with BlueHost?

    • Jeremy

      Hi George,

      As far as I know, there isn’t a way to migrate a Weebly website from one hosting service to another. So I think if you change hosting services, you’ll have to build your site from scratch again.

      But of course, you should double check this with your new hosting service provider just to double check. But I’m pretty sure you can’t migrate Weebly sites to a different host.


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    I was on the fence between Weebly Bluehost and Weebly Inc and what made my decision for me was the e-commerce platform: Weebly e-commerce via Bluehost only gives you a PayPal option! If you go with Weebly Inc you get numerous other options such as Stripe, Authorize.Net, etc. Plus the technical support for Weebly through Bluehost is really lacking. I’ve called a couple of times and they just seemed kind of lost when I asked questions about Weebly e-commerce.

    • Jeremy

      Hi Candy,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with us!

      Yes – Bluehost’s version of Weebly is a few iterations / versions behind what is currently offered with Weebly.com. At the moment, in addition to ecommerce tools, Bluehost still doesn’t have membership functions, newer design themes, and a few blog features are also older.

      In my view, it’s always preferable to use Weebly.com directly as their builder is more updated and their support staff knows Weebly a lot better.

      Thanks for adding to this discussion!


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    At the advice of a writers’ webinar, I signed up for WordPress through Bluehost. However, the learning curve is too much for me, so I switched to Weebly through Bluehost. I had already started building a free Weebly website, though, and found that many of the features in the free Weebly.com program were unavailable on the Bluehost Weebly–such as being able to change the font for headlines, etc.
    I have read elsewhere that it’s not just that Weebly hasn’t updated the providers; that they send inferior software to them.
    What should I do now? I really want the flexibility that Weebly.com gives and am thinking of switching to them from Bluehost. Any advice?

    • Jeremy

      Hey Ann,

      I don’t think that Weebly.com sends the hosts inferior versions of Weebly, just that they’re not as fast as shipping updates to them.

      Weebly is constantly updating its own website builder features, and I’m sure you can imagine it’s a really big process to ship the entire software to another host (such as Bluehost), and help them integrate it into thousands or millions of sites.

      So in a way I can see why Bluehost’s version of Weebly isn’t constantly being updated, and are usually 1 or 2 versions behind what you get from Weebly.com.

      And who knows, maybe Bluehost intentionally shut off certain features to “encourage” people to upgrade.

      In any case, if you want to migrate to Weebly.com, the only thing you can do is sign up for a free account with Weebly and start rebuilding your site there, as I haven’t seen the ability to port site material from Bluehost (or any other hosts) and into Weebly.com.

      It’s a bit of a pain, but I guess mostly it’s just copying and pasting of text, and re-uploading images. It’s a one time set up so might be worth it to you.


      • #

        Hi, Jeremy,
        Thanks for the quick reply! I guess I didn’t make myself clear. I have mostly built my site on free Weebly.com. But as of this weekend, I have signed up for webhosting and domain name with Bluehost, thinking that I would use WordPress. Then I found out how much I would have to learn to use Word Press, so incorporated Weebly into Bluehost. That’s how I found out how lame Weebly is on Bluehost
        Now I want to return to Weebly.com (or SquareSpace?), but don’t know what to do about my domain name.

        • Jeremy

          Hi Ann,

          I see. Not a huge problem as you can just keep your domain name at Bluehost and just connect it to your Weebly site (or Squarespace site if you decide to change builders).

          Take a look at this Weebly tutorial on how to connect domain names to a Weebly site.


          • #

            Thanks, Jeremy.

  30. #

    This post was most helpful as I have an account with blue host, but saw that I could get weebly and was about to feel ripped off lol. Thankfully, this eased my mind a bit and I’ll most likely start building my website this weekend.



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    I purchased the Weebly Bluehost Pro with ecommerce package. I thought the ecommerce add on would be the same as the regular Weebly ecommerce. It isn’t. You can’t build a store in Weebly Bluehost. You can list items for sale and give the buyer a “buy now” or “add to cart” button, but there is no cart. In fact, I have no idea where the buyer is taken once they select “buy now.” So, I have no idea how I can sell a product from the website as they specify in their claim. Can you point me to any “ecommerce” sites build with Weebly Bluehost?

    • Jeremy

      Hi Donna,

      I think Bluehost’s version of Weebly is not completely up to date (as mentioned as one of the potential drawbacks of using Weebly through Bluehost). So their ecommerce features are not the latest and greatest from Weebly.

      So if you use Weebly.com directly, you’ll get all the updated ecommerce features!


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    Thanks for providing valuable research and making the vetting process much easier. Wishing you continued success!

    Kind regards,


  33. #

    I’ve been with Bluehost for five years now. I have 8 registered domains with GoDaddy that I point to Bluehost which comes will unlimited e-mail addresses, Weebly, tech support (phone is MUCH better than their e-mail method), TONS of perks for FREE all for ONE low monthly fee of about $9 a month. I can’t believe they do all of this, I really can’t. Just added a brand new website today and all it cost me was the domain fee. Rarely do I post anywhere, but I was trying to find reviews on Weebly, and I have four websites through Bluehost. I wanted to share my experience here. By now I’m a PRO at creating websites through Weebly, but my only gripe is their templates aren’t the best for non paying customers.

    I would HIGHLY recommend Bluehost….oh and I have Firefox and have never had a problem. Have never used Google Chrome though.

    • Jeremy

      Hey Joleen,

      Thanks so much for sharing your experiences with us! Glad it’s all working out for you perfectly!

      – Jeremy

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    Hi just wondering if you know whether or not the Weebly Pro plans offer the exact same things whether you’re hosting with Weebly, Inc. or Bluehost? I use Weebly a lot but my church’s website is hosted on Bluehost and I’m about to completely rebuild their website. If they pay for the Pro plan on Bluehost will I be able to build a website with all the same features as what I get with Pro through Weebly, Inc.?

    • Jeremy & Connie

      Hi Ben,

      I believe so, but I’d suggest you benchmark the pricing outline for Weebly Inc (found on this page) with the one offered by Bluehost. There are some inconsistencies between the two, and Bluehost may have updated their offering since I wrote this article. For instance, the version of Weebly with Bluehost do restrict you to the number of pages you can create, where as with Weebly.com, you don’t have such restrictions.

      So in terms of features, I think they both are fairly similar, but best to compare Weebly Inc’s feature list with the latest Bluehost list just to be safe.

      Also as noted in the article above, Bluehost tends to be behind in its features offering whenever Weebly Inc comes up with new tools.

      Hope this is helpful!

      – Jeremy

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    OK, I’ve since seen that you can have 10 separate sites on Weebly, but you have to upgrade them individually. So if I want to run 3 separate stores, it will cost $75 a month. I’m hoping Bluehost can help me with this. Can I add new sites and stores using addon domains for the one price of $20 – $35 a month at Bluehost?

    • Jeremy & Connie

      Hi Tim,

      I believe with Bluehost you will have to upgrade each site on a per site basis, so similar to Weebly. You might want to clarify that with Bluehost’s support team first!

      – Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,
    Thank you for your reply.
    I can’t find any information on Weebly.com about having an addon domain or mulitple sites. Maybe I’m using the wrong tech language. Typing “addon domain” into the weebly help centre returns “0” results. This indicates to me that weebly.com does not allow mulitple webistes.

    I wish this issue was dicussed more on the websites themselves. I’m sure having several sites and only paying for one account is a big deal among site builders.

    Anyway, I’m going to go with Bluehost and and hopefully find lots of solutions to running several site.

    Good luck, Jeremy.

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    Hi Jeremy/connie, I’m new to this. I’ve been playing around on an unpublished weebly inc site and loving it the interface. But I intent to set up 3 websites so am looking at getting blue hosting (they say they offer unlimited webistes) and building 3 seperate websites using the weebly tech. Is that possible or can I only build one weebly site on blue hosting. thanks for your article!

    • Jeremy & Connie

      Hey Tim,

      I think with both ways (using Weebly.com directly or using Weebly through Bluehost), you can set up multiple websites.

      Hopes this clarifies things!

      – Jeremy

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    Hey Jeremy and Connie,

    It was nice reading your article, really helped me out. My only dilemma is, I’m trying to figure out if it’s worth moving to Bluehost. I’m currently using weebly.com to create my site and i’m about to upgrade to pro. At the same time I’ve already purchased a domain from Godaddy and it won’t expire till late 2015 and I’m wondering if it’s worth the move to Bluehost. Should I just upgrade my weebly account and just wait for Godaddy to expire or what do you recommend I do. I’m really hesitant about all of this as this is my first site and it would really help if I had your inputs on this matter. Thanks!

    • Jeremy & Connie

      Hi Abenezer,

      You don’t actually have to let your domain expire, as with GoDaddy, you can use your domain name with either Weebly.com directly or with Bluehost’s version of Weebly. You just have to point your domain name to the website.

      Here is the help article from Weebly on how to connect your domain name at GoDaddy to your website built with Weebly.com.

      – Jeremy

  39. Jeremy & Connie

    Hey Kala,

    We’ve worked with a number of designers using Weebly’s Designer Platform and overall, I think their experiences has been quite good. The tool works very well by giving them the ability to brand the platform as their own, and the flexibility to send their clients previews, ability to edit, etc.

    I know this feedback sounds quite vague as we haven’t had the opportunity to dig deep into issues that designers are facing. But directionally, the designer platform has been helpful to designers.

    – Jeremy

    • #

      Thanks for quick reply! You guys are on it. Squarespace is rolling out a developer opition too now. I think with them I would just go in and set it up from the client side, given the back end “developer space” seems pretty complex compared to a wordpress. And actually I was asking the guy who wrote above you who seemed to have the negative experience but he probably didn’t subscribe to new comments. Yeah I may just try them out. I do really like the themes that Squarespace gives. But my web design colleagues are always saying “it’s best to own your own property” ie use WordPress/Jooomla etc and self-host it.

      • Jeremy & Connie

        Hey Kala,

        I think there are merits to both hosting your own websites or using a hosted solution (with website builders such as Weebly or Squarespace).

        There are a lot of services out there that are “hosted” such as newsletter services, shopping carts, accounting, etc. People are gradually choosing these options so they don’t have to mess around with technical “stuff” and let the experts manage that for them.

        Years ago, websites would build all the tools themselves, or people even get physical CDs to install programs on their computers. Going forward, everything is going to be hosted on the internet, people will shift more to paying for fully managed services. It’s just the trend we are heading to!

        Consider how a lot of people are putting everything in Dropbox. At first I was very skeptical about putting personal or business files in there, but now it’s just second nature. Convenience, and offloading expertise to someone else is becoming the norm!

        In any case, just a few thoughts.

        – Jeremy

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    This article answered the exact question i had in regarding to bluehost and weebly’s joint venture.

    One thing i would like to update, from my phone conversation today with Brent Hill(bluehost)

    I found out if we want to transfer the site to weebly. We can download the Weebly zipped file from Bluehost and upload the file to weebly after you have signed up for their pro service. After point the IP to the correct address, the site should transfer 100%.

    The reason for my request was due to a IOS app that was created by Weebly, of course, the support for bluehost is not up the app.

    My site will need daily updates on the go, i feel the IOS app will help me with my request, of course the IOS doesnt support bluehost.

    i really wish weebly would issue a login ID and Password for bluehost users so we can edit and use their site directly from weebly. com

    however, after signing up and email my zip file to weebly. I have a concern about hosting.

    Since Weebly doesnt have the history of being a great host.

    what happens after i transfer my site to weebly in compare of the hosting speed and reliability of Bluehost?

    Thank you and i’m looking forward to your reply.

    • Jeremy & Connie

      Hi David,

      Really? I think you might want to double check with Bluehost AND Weebly.com to triple check that you can migrate websites (from Bluehost’s version of Weebly to Weebly.com).

      I know that you can export your template (no content / elements is included in this export) and you can export your entire website codes in a form of zip file. But Weebly.com only allows you to import your template (again no content / elements will be included), but I’m not aware that you can import your entire website (with full content).

      I’d suggest you reach out to Weebly.com’s support team to verify this. But based on our experience, you can’t import full websites yet. You can only import template codes.

      – Jeremy

      • #

        I spoke too soon. Got a message last night from weebly that they’re unable to upload the zipped file from bluehost. Seems like the 30mins I spend with bluehost on phone was a waste.

        But this brings up a good point. Before deciding wether to use bluehost or weebly. Know that u can’t transfer ur site from bluehost to any other host and keep ur weebly site

        • #

          Depending on the amount of pages you have why not copy paste the html design files for each page after you import the site template over. I don’t know how you’d transfer a blog. I think you can also download and upload all photo resources in bulk as well.

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    Hello Jeremy/Connie,

    First I want to thank you for sharing all your knowledge and making life easier for beginners like me. I am in the gathering information stage and you have saved me valuable time.

    I have a question about email auto-responder. I want to setup a page where people can submit their name and email address and they will automatically get an email with a file attachment (most likely excel). Could this be done with Weebly with Bluehost? If not, can you give me other applications I can use? Thanks again.

    • Jeremy & Connie

      Hi Peter,

      Glad you find our website helpful! As for auto-responders, we use Aweber ourselves which is pretty easy to use and incredibly helpful for newsletter distribution. Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

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    Hello Connie and Jeremy,
    I am new to the world of building websites and have a nagging question. Is it possible for one to purchase and permanantly own their domain name? So that if one leaves a particular host you own your name and can take it with you? I have had one company steal a very personal domain name and I have tried to figure a way that it won’t happen again. I would appreciate any leads you can give me. Thanks for your helpful reviews!

    • Jeremy & Connie

      Hi Ida,

      If you purchase a domain name, you own it and can technically take it anywhere you want as long as you pay your annual fees to the domain name registrar. Keeping a domain name “registered” under your name is about $12 a year (give or take).

      GoDaddy is a very popular domain name registrar, and you can manage all your domain names under one roof. They automatically bill you every year so you don’t forget to pay for the annual fee – making it more hassle free for you.

      The only caveat is that once you register for a domain name, you can’t transfer the domain name anywhere for 60 days. This rule is set by ICANN (think of it as a regulator in the world of domain names).

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

      • #

        So does that mean, that if I have yet to purchase a domain name and I do it today from godaddy, but I want to build up my website w/ weebly, I will have to wait 60 days? I’m not sure what that means.

        Is there a way to purchase the domain name today and build a website and launch it before the 60 days are up?

        Wouldn’t I purchase the name from a domain name seller, isn’t that a separate transaction than just hosting ?

        Thanks for your help

        • Jeremy

          Hi Elle,

          No you don’t have to wait. If you purchase a new domain name today, you can connect it to your Weebly site right away, assuming you subscribe to one of Weebly’s paid plan. The connection from your domain name registrar to Weebly’s site will take a few hours, up to 24 hours.

          The 60 days deal is only if you migrate your domain name from a domain name registrar (such as GoDaddy), to another domain name registrar (such as Namecheap). So if you transfer registrars for your domain name, you can’t do so until after 60 days from the date when you purchased the domain name.

          Hope this clarifies things.


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    I resell the Weebly Designers platform, and it has the same limitations that Bluehost and the others have. Basically, features get released to the Weebly platform, but they don’t provide and ETA on porting ANY of the features over. I’ve commented to them that the designers platform seems very second class (over 8 months to add multiple editors to the site and it MIGHT be released in the next couple months!).

    Of course, the other major providers would have asked for the lacking features, but Weebly Inc. doesn’t seem to care about the people reselling their services.

    • Jeremy & Connie

      Hi David,

      Thanks for commenting. I’d agree that Weebly takes a bit more time to release new features to their designer platform, and other reseller platforms such as Bluehost or iPage.

      I think the reason why Weebly delays the releases is that they are testing and troubleshooting any bugs that may arise from the new tools / features with their existing user base, before porting them over to designer platform and resellers.

      One way to see it is that they want to ensure that all the bugs are worked out, before designers implement them for their clients. It might cause issues (reputational?) to the designers if there were issues with the features, and they can’t fix it for their clients as Weebly may take time to issue updates. So Weebly wants to make sure that everything is “air tight” before releasing the new features.

      The same goes for other resellers such as Bluehost. If certain bugs arise, Weebly would have to issue updates and fixes which I’m sure is not a simple process (considering how many end users use Weebly’s resellers to build websites).

      So while I do agree that it takes a long time, I think there is a rational and commercial reason for this. Just my thoughts!

      – Jeremy

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      Can you say more about your experience with Weebly designer platform? It’s hard to get real info on it’s performance, the issue you mentioned I noticed that by end of Feb. you can have multi-editors.

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    The ability to log into Weebly via Bluehost is increasingly erratic. Often I can’t get in.

    Weebly Support say it’s a bluehost problem and can’t help – they also won’t let you log into your site directly through them.

    Bluehost support say it’s a common problem with the software Weebly have provided them and won’t commit to when this’ll be fixed.

    If you need to regularly update your website don’t create it via Bluehost because at present the likelihood is you won’t be able to get to your site.

    • Jeremy & Connie

      Hi PhilW,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences. It’s quite strange indeed. I suppose that is why it might be a sound idea to go with using Weebly.com directly instead. Just one more “Pro” about using Weebly directly.

      – Jeremy

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    Thanks for the article and also the responses to previous comments… they have been a “good read”.

    We have a website hosted on another hosting service (initially built using Frontpage with Frontpage Extensions, but now most pages have been redone using Weebly Sitebuilder). We’re considering moving off the hosting service over to Weebly Inc. as a cost savings to get the premium service (don’t need the other hosting features provided by the Tier 1 hosting company). Do you know if it’s possible to “port” our full Weebly Sitebuilder site from the old hosting provider into Weebly Inc.?

    • Jeremy & Connie

      Hi Ken,

      Based on my understanding, Weebly doesn’t have a website content import function at the moment. So anyone that wants to migrate to using Weebly has to rebuild the website again. I think the main reason is that Weebly uses their own proprietary website building technology, and so it’s practically difficult to be able to import other website builder’s formats.

      One workaround, is to hire someone to help you copy the content over to Weebly. If you’re not looking for professional designers to do this, you can find someone quite affordable to just copy the content over.

      – Jeremy

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    Thank you Jeremy for the advice.

    What do you think about weebly’s new e-commerce platform? Do you think this move better positions the company?


    • Jeremy & Connie

      Hey Justin,

      I think it’s pretty good and it officially puts Weebly on the map as a well rounded website builder! Their e-commerce features were one of their weak points, and users had to use external widgets / plugins to add more functionality to their sites if they wanted to run an online store using Weebly.

      Now, this new release really enhances what Weebly has to offer, while keeping it super simple to use (user friendly). We wrote a Weebly e-commerce review article here. See if you find it helpful!

      – Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    What do you think about using Bluehost just for the email benefits and as the web registrar and use Weebly directly and use the option to use your own domain? I hope that question makes sense.

    Maybe to clear it up, I had a Dreamhost account before and we had purchased our domain names off of Dreamhost and used Dreamhost for just email, subdomains, and FTP resources. Would you recommend that set up if you were hosting multiple domains off of the same hosting service but using Weebly as the site builder?


    • Jeremy & Connie

      Hi Red,

      I think that set up works just fine. However, I “think” you are still paying a monthly fee to hosts like Bluehost which is perhaps unnecessary?

      A basic set up can be to register your domain name through registrars such as GoDaddy or NameCheap (which will cost you around $12 a year). You can then set up your custom email address with either Google Business Apps ($4 – 5 per month) – if you prefer the Gmail interface- or even Microsoft Outlook (domains [dot] live [dot]com) which is absolutely free.

      Then you’re off to the races! You really don’t need to have a separate hosting service on the side, if you don’t want to.

      – Jeremy

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    Thank you Jeremy. Information has been very helpful. I am at the cross roads of modifying my existing site that was set up through a friend’s help, and also intend setting up a new website with multi-functions; yet to decide how to go about it – easy way weebly or WordPress or through Bluehost. I have some experience of the structure of Joomla and working with it, but the website was created by a service provider. I will seek your advise in due course. Best wishes

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    Hi Jeremy, great post and thanks for all your Weebly tutorials – excellent.

    I was considering using Just Host as the host for a client site because like Blue Host (I think they are sister companies) the provide a Weebly editor + a dedicated backup and restore facility (which Weebly direct doesn’t, other than being able to download a zip file of your site, minus the blog). However, on closer investigation Just Host’s Weebly editor doesn’t have the search function either, which is really important to me.

    Do you know of any other hosts that provide a Weebly editor (I love Weebly!) including the search widget?

    If not, what are my backup/restore options if I build the site directly with Weebly?

    Thanks for your advice.

    • Jeremy & Connie

      Hey Philip,

      There are several hosts that also use Weebly’s platform, including iPage, Fatcow, Hostgator. However, I believe their version of Weebly is at least 1 generation behind, but they should include the search function. The Weebly search function was introduced a couple of generations ago, but best to use their online chat function to re-confirm with their support team that the function is there.

      Weebly allows you to export your website through the “archive” function, in which you can upload it into any host and have it working. However, the downside is that once the website is outside the drag and drop environment, you no longer have those tools to edit your website. You will have to change the codes directly to make edits. This is a universal drawback of using a drag and drop builder.

      One other thing to note is that Weebly does backup your website, just that you can’t access the backup copies. So if you accidentally delete your site, I’ve seen that they can help you restore your entire website. But the frequency of their backup is unknown (at least to me), but logically it should be fairly frequent just in case their platform crashes. The logic is that they can’t afford to not backup their customers’ websites very frequently.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

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        Thanks Jeremy, I will investigate those options.

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        Hi Jeremy, I’ve contacted iPage, Fatcow, and Hostgator and unfortunately none of them provide the search widget as part of their versions of the Weebly editor.

        So it looks like I’ll have to go directly to Weebly and rely on their Support Desk in the advent of needing to do a restore (hopefully their backups includes the blog posts, even those these aren’t included in the manual user backup facility). My concern is if I need to move the site to another host, I’d have to leave the blog posts behind – unless you know of some way backing up those as well?


        • Jeremy & Connie

          Hi Philip,

          Thanks for sharing your findings with all our visitors. I think those hosts are in the process of updating their versions of Weebly (they are 1 or 2 versions behind), but in terms of the exact timing, I’m not entirely sure when the updates will take place.

          I can think of 2 options, but neither may be ideal for you:

          1) Draft all your blog posts in a Word document and save your images. This way, if you ever move you can still manually re-upload your posts and images. It’s a manual process to do it all over again, but at least it’s possible.

          2) Create your blog away from Weebly. So while you can compose your main website with Weebly, you can create a sub-domain with a WordPress blog site (for instance) and just upload your blog posts there (for example: blog . philipcoles . com). The drawback is that the styling / design of your Weebly site and WordPress blog may be different. But the benefit is that you have a solid blog platform to work with in WordPress, and that through a subdomain set up for your blog, you can keep your blog’s identity consistent with your main website.

          – Jeremy

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            Thanks for the suggestions, Jeremy – definitely worth considering. Another option I’ve been reading about is to save the Weebly blog as an XML file via an RSS reader. Whilst this can’t be restored into Weebly at least it’s saving the content (and, I understand, it could be imported into eg WordPress).

            Glad those hosting firms are looking at updating their versions of the Weebly editor – the latest version in conjunction with a proper backup and restore facility is what’s missing in the market right now, as far as I can see.

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    I was thinking of buying my next domain from iwantmyname.com and they have “apps” you can add to your domain. Do you know if this is like Bluehost and Weebly or if it just sets up the DNS to point to Weebly so you don’t have to figure out the technical stuff?

    I found out about Weebly from Bluehost, but eventually moved everything to Weebly directly keeping Bluehost to manage my email. It’s the most cost effective option I have found for email.

    Thank you as always for your help!

    • Jeremy & Connie

      Hey Leia,

      We haven’t tried using them before, but I suspect they are just like a typical domain name registrar where you purchase a domain name, and you can point the domain name to Weebly and “hook up” the website and the domain name.

      We use GoDaddy for our domain names and another reputable registrar is namecheap.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

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    Just wondering which would be better if I’d like the option of building websites for some artist friends too, and hosting them under my account? I know Weebly limits subdomains to 10, but does the Bluehost/Weebly version accommodate unlimited subdomains (Pro version)?

    • Jeremy & Connie

      Hi Ann – If you use Weebly directly, there currently isn’t any limits to how many websites you can build under 1 single account. So you can keep adding more websites under one user name if you wish. It’s much easier to manage your account that way.

      As for Bluehost, that’s a good question in which I don’t really know the answer. I believe you can also create multiple Weebly websites with 1 single Bluehost account, but I don’t think they will give you a subdomain. You will need to get your own domain names for your websites. Just remember that Bluehost gives you 1 free domain name, but I think for the other ones, you’ll have to register your own.

      – Jeremy

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    Hi, I’ve used Weebly on Bluehost for about a year now and so far I am really happy. Another downside is that you can’t use the iphone app that Weebly has. But an upside is that I have heard stories where someone’s weebly inc website broke their terms (not sure which or how) and their site was just deactivated.

    • Jeremy & Connie

      Thanks Amber. A very valid point about their iPhone app. In general, Weebly.com will have the most updated platform, and generally Bluehost will take some time to “catch up” with the updates.

      In terms of violation of Weebly’s terms and conditions, users have to be aware of what they are as I think if a user was deemed violating their terms (such as creating hate websites, as an example), Weebly will remove the site without any warning. Understandably, it’s hard to monitor millions of websites and issuing warnings and negotiating with users.

      Thanks for adding to the discussion!

      – Jeremy

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    I am glad I found your website. It is very clear and concise!
    I am pastor of a smaller church and want to develop a church website. In a couple articles you make a reference to non-profit websites, but I do not see anything specific for non-profit or religious. Can you offer any expertise? I am wondering if there are enough “faith” type templates?
    Than you for any guidance and assistance you can offer,

    • Jeremy & Connie

      Hi Larry, I don’t think Weebly offer any specific templates that relates to “faith” or “church” type websites. However, one of the best things about Weebly’s website builder is that you can control the content and formatting using their drag and drop tools. So just pick a template, and treat it like a blank canvas and start populating it with your own content (images, text, slideshows, etc).

      Hope this helps.

      – Jeremy

  54. Jeremy & Connie

    Hi Sheri – Thanks for your question. The header plugins are only compatible with their premium templates. It mainly relates to coding compatibility as the standard, free templates may not have the right codes to sync up with the header plugins. You can of course make it work if you are proficient in modifying the codes.

    Just note that you can only use 1 of their header plugins per template. Again, this is not to say that it’s impossible to add more, but you’ll need to modify the codes to make this possible.

    Hope this answers your questions.

    – Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for this great information. I am a Bluehost member and designed my site a year ago using Dreamweaver but want to use Weebly now to do my site through Bluehost because I don’t know enough to make my site look great on different platforms such as iPad, iPhone, etc. I set up my site using jQuery sliders and definitely want to have sliders in my Weebly site. You mentioned we can use a premium template from Weebly and then use a header plug-in to get a header slider? I’m still not an expert by any means in web design (I”m a graphic designer first) – do you know if Weebly with Bluehost and a plug-in will give me ability to have multiple slideshows on different pages of my site? Sorry for the long reply, thank you.

  56. Jeremy & Connie

    Hi Lande,

    I don’t think Bluehost’s version of Weebly has the header slideshow function yet. One of the issues of using Bluehost is that their version of Weebly isn’t as updated as Weebly’s own builder. The header slideshow function was introduced by Weebly in December 2012, so Bluehost has yet to update theirs yet.

    If you wish to stay with Bluehost to use their version of Weebly, one alternative is to get a premium template with a header plugin from MOJO Marketplace – an excellent resource for Weebly templates.

    – Jeremy

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    Hello Jeremy & Connie. Thanks for the article. Do you know of anyway workaround for the dynamic slider issue in Bluehost? My site is on Bluehost and I used Weebly to create it. I upgraded to Weebly pro because I thought I would be able to add a dynamic slider but I can’t. Do you know of anyway for me to still have this?

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    Thanks! I have bluehost right now and have my website running on wordpress. For mother’s day, I want to make my mom a website for her new business. I want her to run with it eventually, so I’m considering weebly because it’s so simple. Thanks for breaking down the decision to just go weebly vs. add her domain to my bluehost! Still not sure, but you saved me a lot of time looking it up!

    • Jeremy & Connie

      Hey Brandon – no problem and thanks for the feedback! Please share our website with anyone you think will find helpful! Like it on Facebook, Tweet it, +1 it on Google Plus if you want to share this article 🙂

      – Jeremy

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    One difference you did not address is up-time. Are there any significant differences in that, has either one had any prolonged outages in the last year or so?

    • Jeremy & Connie

      Hey Roscoe,

      That’s a great question – thanks for posing it. In our experience with Weebly,their up-time is fantastic. I think over the past 3 years that we have used Weebly, we only experienced 1 or 2 temporary downtime. The first outtage was about 20 minutes or so, and the second time was a DoS (denial of service), which wasn’t their fault at all. So I would say Weebly’s up-time is really good.

      As for Bluehost, I’m not too sure as haven’t used them extensively. But Bluehost is really a Tier 1 hosting service and have a solid reputation. I’m sure they got this reputation from having solid up-time as well.

      Hope this helps.

      – Jeremy

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    I just realized Weebly was offered through Bluehost. I was gonna do some research and write a review on it but of course, you have done a thorough job already. Thanks for the info.

    So people who want Weebly on their own domain name and also want email have to host their email with their domain registrar I guess? I’ve never thought about that until reading your pros and cons here.

    • Jeremy & Connie

      Hi Ryan –

      You can also use Google Business Apps which allows you to create your own custom email address using your domain name. What you need to do is insert a snippet of code in your website (Google will provide this) to confirm that you have ownership of the website and domain name, and you’re on your way to creating custom email addresses with Google!

      We do this with our email addresses as we are used to the Gmail interface. The monthly cost of using this App is US$4.16 which is well worth it in our minds.

      But of course, if you signed up with Bluehost, you’ll get free email addresses anyway, though I’m not sure what email user interface you will be using. We prefer Gmail and the monthly cost is a cup of fancy coffee so we thought we can cut back on a cup of coffee 🙂

      – Jeremy

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    Thank you, authors! I am a novice who built a site for a recreational event I manage. I built the site with DreamWeaver, and have recently tried Weebly. What a difference…now I’m going to try to replace the old site with what I built from scratch.
    I’ll definitely be crossing my fingers when I hit “Publish”!

    • Jeremy & Connie

      Hey Tom – yes Weebly does indeed make website building a much more pleasant experience. Glad you are finding them helpful thus far. Good luck on completing your website!