Weebly vs WordPress | 5 Differences For You To Know

Here are 5 things you should consider when evaluating Weebly vs WordPress:

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Weebly

8.2 out of 10

WordPress

7.4 out of 10

Weebly:

Weebly is pretty easy to use. You don't need any coding know-how to use its simple drag and drop editor, and its support team is on hand if you need some help. However, you won't be able to customize your website to the same extent as you can with WordPress. You can create a website on Weebly for free, but if you upgrade to one of its paid plans from just $5/month, you can unlock loads of extra features including ecommerce and marketing tools.

WordPress:

WordPress is an open source platform, meaning you have complete control over the design of your website. WordPress has a much steeper learning curve than Weebly, and you will need to be proficient at coding to use it (unless you hire a developer to do it for you). If you need some support, it has a huge community who can give you a helping hand. While WordPress is free to use, you'll need to pay for things such as themes, plugins and hosting which can quickly add up.

Weebly:

Although you can edit the HTML & CSS codes to your Weebly website, which allows you some freedom to customize the design of your website to a certain extent, Weebly is not an open source website builder so you can't control how some of their tools work.

What this also means is that if you want to integrate non-Weebly tools into your website, or you want certain features to function differently, you might not be able to do this as their core functions are locked off from public access.

Having said that, if you know a little bit of code, you still have good creative control over the design of your website.

Further, since Weebly manages the entire platform for you, you don’t have to worry about any tools not functioning, or your website breaking.

All the website building tools are controlled by Weebly and closely monitored within its own operating environment. What this means is that Weebly takes care of all the technical aspects of your website, so you can focus on building out your content.

When you have any questions or issues, you can reach out to Weebly’s support team on a 24/7 basis so they can troubleshoot them for you (more on this below).

WordPress:

WordPress is an open source website builder so you have a lot of freedom to modify your website and how your tools work, as you have full access to the platform codes (assuming you are knowledgeable about codes, or if you are working with a coder).

A lot of people prefer using WordPress as its community offers a lot of free plugins so you can add more tools to your website. However, not all WordPress plugins are well built, so using some of these "bad" plugins may potentially expose your website to security issues, or may potentially cause conflicts with other tools that you are using.

The developers of the free plugins are sometimes helpful if you have troubleshooting questions, but some of them are not as helpful (since the plugin is free). At times, some developers may even blame other plugins for causing any conflicts, resulting in a finger pointing war and your issue doesn’t get resolved (more about support below).

Investing in premium plugins will entitle you to support, but even still this does not necessarily guarantee that they will fix all the issues for you as the conflicts may be caused by other plugins (which is beyond the premium plugin developers’ control).

On the other hand, there are some really good WordPress plugins out there that can really add a ton of flexibility to your website. But you should most definitely test them thoroughly with your website before deploying the plugin. Using the right plugin can improve your website’s functionality, but a poorly built plugin can have negative impact on your website’s performance.

Weebly:

Weebly is probably the easiest website builder available in the market today, and it is a much easier platform to use than WordPress.

It's a drag & drop website builder, so you can just drag in your content, move them around, all without having to know how to code at all.

If you don’t have any technical skills, or if you don’t have any interest or time to learn codes, then Weebly is a really good choice for you to consider using to build your website.

Weebly has a pretty good help center, but in our experience we didn’t need to use it too much as their tools are very intuitive, and easy to use. But if you need to find out more information about how to use some of its features, the help guides are there for you.

WordPress:

Compared to Weebly, WordPress is a lot more challenging to learn how to use (much higher learning curve).

WordPress is not a drag and drop website builder, and so how you are able to place your content (such as slideshows, videos, etc) is largely dependent on how the design template you choose is set up.

If you want to alter the template format, such as re-arranging the layout of the page, you’ll have to modify the codes to the template in order to do so, or hire a capable coder to help you accomplish that.

Basically, even though WordPress is a very powerful & flexible platform, if you want to use it effectively, it’s inevitable that you will need to modify codes. If you are able to do that, this website builder could deliver you a much more advanced website than Weebly.

Weebly:

As discussed above, Weebly has a good library of help guides if you have any questions on how to use their tools.

But one of the beauties of Weebly is that their builder is so easy to use, you really don’t need a whole lot of guidance to build your first website.

Beyond the help guides, if you feel like you need more hands on support, Weebly provides you with 24/7 email support, and live chat or phone support during business hours.

As discussed above, since all the tools are built and managed by Weebly directly, they will be able to take ownership of any issues and troubleshoot them (instead of bouncing this responsibility to other tool developers).

Lastly, one of the benefits of Weebly having its own support team, is that all your questions will be answered, even if thousands of other people have already asked the same question before (unlike the WordPress forum).

WordPress:

WordPress has a massive community forum where you can post questions hoping other WordPress users or developers will answer them.

While a lot of the questions are responded to (but not necessarily resolved), a lot of posts are not answered at all. Further, getting some sort of answer might take many days as most moderators are volunteers, so there is no huge sense of urgency.

One of the main challenges is that there are thousands of questions being posted, and a lot of them have already been discussed before in other post threads.

So your questions may be ignored as they have already been discussed in one of the many thousands of posts, and you may have to sort through all of them to find that discussion.

At the end of the day, no one is really obligated to answer your question unless you pay for it (such as hiring a WordPress coder to help you out). And given WordPress.org and a lot of its plugins are free, getting someone to sort out your technical issues can be challenging.

Weebly:

As mentioned, Weebly is a closed system in which they manage all the technical issues for you. This includes all the performance and security updates, so you don’t have to worry about the technical aspects of building websites.

All of this is monitored and managed by Weebly in the background, so you don’t have to stress about ensuring that your site is up to date, or worry about some tools causing conflicts and negatively impacting your website.

Having all this managed for you frees up your time, so you can focus on other things that might be more important to you.

WordPress:

Similar to Weebly, WordPress is continually updating & improving its platform to fix bugs and improve its security. When an update is deployed, you’ll get a notification message to update your version of WordPress. This can be done by a simple click of the “update” button.

Unfortunately, that is the easier part. The harder part is that when WordPress updates, your template and the plugins that you are using will also need to be updated as well to ensure that they continue to work properly with the latest version of WordPress. This is up to the template / plugin creator to do so.

While a lot of template and plugin developers will also update to remain compatible, some won’t (especially for free template & plugins). This can expose your website to potential user, performance or security issues.

So if you decide to use WordPress, keep in mind that there will be ongoing maintenance work, as it is not uncommon for certain functions to “break” when WordPress have updates.

Weebly:

Weebly offers you 4 premium plans, ranging from $5 to $45 per month (pricing based on 2 year plans. If you choose their 6 months or 1 year plan, the price per month goes up a little bit).

The higher then plan, the more tools and features you will be able to access. Note that you can still use Weebly for free, but it will display a Weebly advertisement on your webpages. This can only be removed when you upgrade to one of their paid plans.

Their premium plans grant you access to more tools and website building features, such as header slideshows, site search, more ecommerce and marketing capabilities, membership login, etc. All plans (including the free plan) give you access to Weebly’s easy to use drag & drop builder, over 100 design templates, hosting services and dedicated support team.

If you sign up to a premium plan, Weebly also gives you a free custom domain name for your first year.

Using Weebly to build your website is much like an all-inclusive package where all your website building needs are provided and serviced by Weebly. You won’t have to piece together bits and pieces like you would have to with WordPress.

The ongoing cost of using Weebly can range from $60 (Starter plan) to $540 per year (Performance plan).

I think that just the 24/7 email support, and live chat & phone support, as well as having all the technology managed for you to free up your time, is well worth the paid plans.

WordPress:

To build your website with WordPress.org, you will have to pay for your own hosting service which costs around $7 per month (note: the price range varies depending on the quality of the hosting service provider. Bluehost is a popular WordPress hosting service .

A premium design template can cost you from $30 – $80, depending on the reputation of the template provider.

While most plugins are free, some of them are paid / premium as well (ranging from $15 – $50 per plugin), depending on what you need and if you want support (as mentioned above).

You will also have to purchase your own custom domain name ($10 - $15 per year).

Your initial investment building your site with WordPress can range from $139 to over $200, depending how many premium plugins you end up using.

If you hire a coder to help you build your website, make modifications or for fixing some website issues, your cost will increase quite a bit on an ongoing basis, and can be a challenge to budget for.

Also, remember that the learning curve of using WordPress effectively is also a lot higher than using drag & drop website builders. So you should factor in the cost of your own time as well.

Weebly:

Weebly is probably one of the easiest website builders to use, and requires no coding knowledge as you just have to drag & drop content around and publish your website. There is no backend technical maintenance requirement from you, as all this is taken care by Weebly’s technical team, which greatly helps lower costs and ongoing commitments over the long run. But your website will be a lot less customizable when compared to using WordPress, as at the end of the day Weebly’s core platform is closed off to users so you can’t make more advanced custom changes to your website.

WordPress:

Gives you a lot more flexibility and you can highly customize the functionality of your website (if you know a bit of coding). Using WordPress does require you to be a lot more hands-on in managing ongoing website and hosting maintenance work, and does pose a much higher initial learning curve. You will most likely have a higher financial commitment over the long run, as costs are less predictable, depending on whether you need to hire a coder to help you, the frequency of hiring, and the quality / caliber of the coder.

Our overall ratings are based on the average score of all ratings combined.

Our scores give you an at-a-glance overview of which service offers you the best features, value, and more.

weebly 4.1 / 5
wordpress 3.7 / 5

Considering other website builders?

Take a look at our Website Builder Comparison Chart, or take a Free Quiz to see which website builder matches your needs.

If you are unsure whether Weebly is right for you then take a look at our Top Website Builder Recommendations and guide on how to pick the best one.

Also see our Comparison Chart of Website Builders for more detailed differences

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    Miley Cyrus
    Love your resources! I appreciate your details and depth writing style and all your eye cache points was so awesome.
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    • Lucy Carney
      Lucy Carney
      Hi Miley, Thanks so much for your comment! So glad you found it useful and thank you for reading - please do share it on if you think others will enjoy it too. Best, Lucy
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    Ranz
    Been using Weebly for some years. If you just have a blog or portfolio it's easier in my opinion because you don't have to worry about hosting and your fee ($8usd or up) stays the same. Interface and support are amazing. Things get trickier if you need eCommerce. Weebly has a few Payment gateways like Stripe and Authorize.net but if you live in a country that is not supported by those gateways your left out in the cold. I live in the caribbean and the 1 accessible payment gateway that works for my country only has API support for WordPress/WooCommerce. Long story short if you need eCommerce and don't live in a large country like the USA or Australia you may want to go with WordPress. To get the same sleek look of Weebly on a WordPress site you will definitely need to get a Pro theme from Divi or Elementor. You also have to keep in mind that Weebly sites start at $8usd and provide hosting as well. Going WordPress you will need to get your own hosting which can be about $7 to $10 usd (for good hosting anyway) and you still need to buy that Pro theme. So a proper WordPress site has a higher startup costs initially. If you have a site that you know you will eventually need some more functionality then WordPress is the way to go as it will likely have some way to implement it.
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    • Charlie Carmichael
      Charlie Carmichael
      Hi Ranz, All sound advice, thanks for your input! Charlie
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    Frances
    Hi there I'm about to set up my first website. What I've read so far weebly sounds like my best bet as a first timer. A couple of questions... 1. My business is located in Namibia, will this be an issue? 2. Does weebly offer email accounts with domain name?
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    • Lucy Carney
      Lucy Carney
      Hi Frances, Thanks for your comment! That's great you're about to set up your first website, I hope you enjoy using Weebly. Using Weebly in Namibia shouldn't be an issue - if you are accepting online payments you will need to use PayPal as they include Namibia in their supported countries. (I have included a link to the PayPal page as well as a help and support discussion about setting up payments outside the US in case that's helpful.) You can add email to your domain through Weebly by using G Suite - I'm including the link to the guide so you can have a look yourself! I hope this helps and thank you for reading. Best of luck setting up your website! Lucy
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    Ashley
    I agree with all except WordPress not being drag-and-drop. While at it's foundation it certainly is not, you can install a range of plug-ins including Beaver Builder, Elementor, and Divi which allow you to turn your WordPress site into a front-end drag and drop pagebuilder. However I've only used two of these (Elementor and Divi) and I've noticed with Divi that some amount of code tends to be necessary because they're missing some necessary options. With Elementor I rarely if ever had to use code, and if I did I easily found a code online that someone else created.
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    • Charlie Carmichael
      Charlie Carmichael
      Hi Ashley. Thanks for your comment. This article just assesses the website builder as it comes. As you said, given that WordPress is open source, it does have numerous apps that can change your ability to edit your website. Given that there are so many apps and they range wildly in quality - as I'm sure you've found yourself - however, we thought best to just talk about the platform as it comes. Thanks for the insight into the apps though - some great advice! Charlie
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    Scotty Byrd
    My personal opinion is wordpress is better i tried making a gaming page on weebly and it always looked great on desktop than when i would load it on mobile it looked like dumbster fire!! Also when i started posting on wordpress people were actually liking, reading and commenting my posts !! it just seems like making your page more seo friendly and neater is a lot easier on wordpress!! yes wordpress interface isn't the best but after a couple days its easy to use and i think it will benefit you a lot more!! However i'll still tinker with my weeblys but my current wordpress just puts them to shame with how clean it looks as well just the wordpress community is awesome !! weebly is basically just a website builder doesn't really feel like a community with weebly!! But hey i think honestly making a few of each is fine i mean why not use every email address you have to build both a few weeblys and a few wordpress accounts!! id give wordpress a ten and weebly a 8 !!
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    Ms. P
    With the little blogging that I do and I find Weebly the best and am not convinced to move it to Wordpress. Weebly is so easy that I'm afraid to move it and I like the 24/7 service.
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    Nisha
    This was very useful. I have a technical background, but am trying to setup my small business website for the first time. There is SO much terminology to figure out and so many choices. I appreciate this simple but detailed explanation.
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    • Tom Watts
      Tom Watts
      Hi Nisha, It's good to know the discussion has proven useful for you! Please feel free to share our site to others if you think they could benefit too. best of luck with your business website, - Tom
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    Cybernext
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I agree with your point about Weebly vs WordPress. Weebly and WordPress are two of the most well-known brands in the website building industry. They are both excellent choices in general.
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    • Tom Watts
      Tom Watts
      Hello Cybernext, Glad to hear to you agree with our discussion! Weebly + WordPress are both great platforms - but definitely tailored towards different types of users. Thanks for reading, - Tom
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    vsatips
    Hi, Great comparison! I was wondering why you didn't compare Weebly to WordPress.com, which to me is the better comparison. I began at Weebly then switched a year later. Now I'm back at Weebly writing a step-by-step guide for my Dad because even though he's been using Weebly for years, all the changes have it made it more difficult for him and he's been frustrated. One big reason I switched was I wanted to do most of my work using an iPad. That was before Weebly had their mobile apps. I have tried Weebly's mobile apps since then but they just can't compare to the WordPress ones which are robust and easier than their web tools are. Weebly's just don't work well for sites with more than a few pages. The one aspect I think Weebly is much less user friendly in is creating links to your own content...if this is important to someone, go with WordPress.com. And that's the one aspect that I think your comparison falls a little short...because it doesn't discuss WordPress.com...which is free, just like Weebly is. But overall I like your comparison a lot and wish it had been around back when I was trying to decide which way to go...so thank you :-)
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    • Tom Watts
      Tom Watts
      Hi vsatips, Thanks for sharing your feedback with the community, it's definitely important to hear as many opinions as possible! The reason we haven’t looked at WordPress.com in this discussion is because it's a more limited platform than WordPress.org, and is geared more towards very casual usual who are after a no-frills blogging platform. It’s can be hard to maximize your website's potential on WordPress.com, so it would be unfair to compare it with Weebly, which is a much more versatile and powerful all-round website builder. Have you given Weebly another go now that there are mobile apps available for you to try? It would be interesting to hear whether you thought they were handy or not. Thanks, - Tom
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    karel
    Do not use Weebly for a European website! I made a capital mistake by using weekly. Not at the start but afterwards I realised following: -They do not connect to European payment methods and do not want to implement this. Unbelievable. -Not an efficient solution for translations As weekly was not willing to solve these blocking issues I had to go through the tremendous effort to move my website to a new platform. Please do not make the same mistake as me if you are based in Europe.
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    • Tom Watts
      Tom Watts
      Hi karel, Sorry to hear about your experience with Weebly. It's surprising to hear that you couldn't connect a European payment method to your Weebly ecommerce store (I'm assuming it's a store as you mentioned payment methods!). As far as I'm aware, at least 3 of Weebly's 5 payment gateway partners offer varying levels of European support. Both Stripe and Authorize.net can accept payments from most European countries, as can PayPal. I've linked to the respective pages detailing these country limitations. I will add though, that if you wanted to use a different payment gateway provider, then this would be prove to be an issue as Weebly cannot currently integrate third party payment gateways. I know these restrictions can be frustrating and I totally get that, believe me. You'd hope a global company like Weebly would make their service as inclusive as possible - and hopefully one day it will! On the translation front, did you try out either of the apps 'Multilanguage' or 'LocalizeInternet'? Both are recommended by Weebly as the best options for multi-lingual sites. So definitely worth considering for anyone else reading the comments in a similar situation. As a side note, for a solid ecommerce platform that offers a huge variety of payment methods around the world - and can cope with multi-lingual sites - it's worth giving Shopify a look at (Here's a our review). - Tom