Wix vs Weebly | 11 Differences You Should Know in 2019 (Chart)

Last updated on February 22, 2019

Wix and Weebly are two of the biggest website builders around. Both are keen to prove how easy to use they are, as well as how affordable. So, what’s the difference between them? And which one is right for you?

We’ve dug a little (read: a lot) deeper to help you decide which of these two website builders is your best bet. Read on for our in-depth comparison, or skip to the final scores if you’re short on time.

Here are 11 things you should consider when comparing Wix and Weebly:

 

1) Ease of Use

We can confirm that Wix is very easy to use.

So easy, in fact, it scored 4.3 out of 5 for ease of use in our user testing. Nice work, Wix!

You can ‘drag’ elements (think text boxes, images, titles, galleries) and ‘drop’ them anywhere on your web page to get the exact look you want. It’s fuss-free, it’s quick, and anyone can use it.

Not much of a creative type?

Enter Wix ADI. ADI stands for Artificial Design Intelligence. Just fill in your website ‘purpose’, select some designs you like the look of, and Wix ADI will build you a complete website in a matter of minutes.

Weebly isn’t as easy to use as Wix, but it’s still pretty good.

It’s got the same simple ‘drag and drop’ approach, but doesn’t have the same level of creative freedom as Wix.

Weebly scored 3.5 out of 5 for ease of use in our user testing.

It’s not quite as intuitive as Wix, but it’s still suitable for everyone. No tech experience is required, and there’s no need for coding.

2) Design Flexibility

Wix gives you almost complete creative freedom.

With over 510 professionally designed templates to choose from, you’re spoiled for choice. And your template is really just a springboard – choose from a huge range of elements, drop them wherever you want, and make each page totally your own.

All of Wix’s templates are fully mobile-optimized, too. They’ll look great on any device.

The one drawback of designing your website using a Wix template?

Once you’ve picked your template, you can’t change your mind. If you switch, it’ll mean starting again from scratch.

That’s why it scored 3.5 out of 5 in our research, rather than higher.

Feeling adventurous? The Wix Editor lets you build your website completely from scratch, no template needed.

If you’re full of web design ideas, but slightly short on technical know-how, Wix is the website builder for you. Hands down.

Weebly has a small but mighty range of over 50 industry-tailored templates to choose from.

There’s less scope for customization than with Wix, but that’s not the worst thing – too much choice can sometimes be overwhelming, after all.

Weebly also gives you access to all of your template’s code. This is a great way to dip your toe into the world of web development, without having to start anything from scratch. You can also import premium plans from external sources – something Wix doesn’t currently offer.

Like Wix, all of Weebly’s templates are fully mobile-optimized. They’ll look just as great on mobile as on desktop.

And the cherry on top of the Weebly cake?

Unlike with Wix, you can change your template later down the line. That’s why it has a slight edge on its rival, scoring 3.8 out of 5 for design flexibility in our research.

If you’re not fussed about creative freedom, or are keen to put your coding skills to the test, Weebly is the best choice for you.

3) Marketing Tools

With Wix Shoutout, you can send beautiful marketing emails and newsletters, as well as share updates on social media (more on that later). You can also capture email addresses to help widen your audience.

Wix also has the functionality to let you create coupons and discounts. Black Friday is the busiest day for shops in the US – discounts are big business.

Weebly has its own equivalent of Wix Shoutout, which it calls Weebly Promote.

Through advanced and clearly presented stats, Weebly Promote lets you really go to town with your email marketing, and harness all the potential it can offer your site.

Weebly’s marketing tools have a slight edge over Wix’s. If you’re likely to rely on email marketing for your business, Weebly is a better option.

4) Ecommerce Tools

Wix offers a simple way to set up shop online.

It can monitor your inventory levels, automatically email customers who abandon their order, calculate shipping and tax costs, and even print your labels.

With a whole range of sleek ecommerce templates on offer, Wix makes an excellent choice for small businesses and independent entrepreneurs. You can even go global, with the option for multilingual sites.

Weebly ticks a lot of ecommerce boxes.

The cheaper ecommerce plans offer really great value, with lots of the features that you’d normally expect from pricier plans.

Weebly’s backend isn’t so user-friendly, though. It isn’t as well-oiled a machine as Wix, and you’ll have to do more manual analysis of things like stock level. What’s more, the checkout options are difficult to adapt.

Weebly is a solid ecommerce website builder, but Wix is just a little more polished and feature-rich.

5) Blogging

Looking to add a blog to your site? Wix offers a free blogging app for all plans.

There are eight layouts to choose from, all of which are completely mobile-optimized. You can add multiple writers, and your audience can subscribe via email, Facebook and Google.

As with Wix, it’s really easy to integrate a blog into your Weebly website, and to integrate new posts into your homepage.

Both builders are fairly evenly matched in this category.

6) Social Media Integration

With Wix, you can easily add social media buttons and feeds to your site. Again, it’s just a matter of dragging and dropping.

In terms of social integration, the one place where Wix falls very short is when it comes to selling.

You can’t use Wix to sell across multiple social channels, such as Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

It’s a pretty similar story for Weebly.

Integrating your social media with your site? Easy peasy.

In fact, Weebly takes things a step further. You can actually connect Facebook Messenger to your website, so you can chat directly to your customers in a format that works for you both.

But, as with Wix, you can’t use your Weebly site to sell across social channels, like Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

7) App Markets

Wix has slightly fewer inhouse features than Weebly. There’s still an app market, though, with over 260 apps to choose from – forms, video, events, that kind of thing – so you could hardly call it limited!

There are plenty of completely free apps, while premium ones (or premium versions) normally only cost a few dollars. Reviews and star ratings from other Wix users will help narrow down your options.

Like everything with Wix, adding apps is incredibly user-friendly. Get your app with just one click, then drag it into place on your site.

Wix is adding exciting new apps to its market all the time – head to the ‘Newest Apps’ section to see the latest.

In terms of number of apps on offer, it’s true that Weebly has a slight edge, with over 340 apps in the Weebly App Center.

Like Wix, there are plenty of free apps available (over 50), and premium ones are generally very cheap. The ‘Multilanguage’ app, for example, costs just $3 a month and lets you add multiple versions of the same page in different languages – a very small price to pay to access the whole world!

It’s a little harder to sift through Weebly’s apps, as there aren’t as many categories. But, like Wix, new ones are added all the time.

Weebly users can also suggest new apps, which is a nice touch.

8) SEO

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) refers to how well-prepared your website is to be ‘noticed’, and therefore ‘ranked’ by Google and other search engines. It doesn’t matter if you build the coolest website in the world – if you don’t have good SEO in place, nobody will get to see it!

Wix has your back on this one. The Wix SEO Wiz will be your new best friend, creating a personalized SEO plan based on details like the name of your site, and your ‘keywords’ (the main topics you cover).

With Wix, you can easily nail SEO best practice with no prior experience.

Like Wix, Weebly has all the tools in place to help you nail your SEO.

It’ll prompt you throughout the website-building process when something needs optimizing, but doesn’t have a specific tool to automate this for you.

Instead, look to the (very comprehensive) Ultimate SEO Guide for a step-by-step approach to SEO success on your Weebly site.

With Weebly, you can get up to scratch with SEO fairly quickly, but it’s not quite so ‘hands off’.

9) Backup
& Restore Options

Once you’ve built your Wix site, you won’t be able to export it to another platform.

You can, however, save as many versions as you like – and we recommend you save a whole bunch!

That way, you can instantly switch back to a recent version of your site if you accidentally delete something.

Unlike Wix, Weebly does allow you to export your website. If you decide to leave Weebly behind, you can simply download your site onto a zip file and be on your way.

This is also the only way to backup your site. Unfortunately, you can’t then re-upload your site to Weebly from the zip file. If you accidentally delete pages, you need to get in touch with the support team, who will manually restore them for you.

It’s not the most user-friendly backup system, but the option is there.

10) Help & Support

Wix offers phone and email support across all paid plans – a rare find!

We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again – Wix really makes life easy for its users. And when it comes to help and support, it knocks it out the park.

At every step of your website-building journey, you’ll see a help button linking you through to a specific guide for that particular tool. There are video tutorials galore, as well as a community forum where you can get help and advice from other Wix users.

Wix’s help and support is – literally – second to none. It scored a perfect 5 out of 5 in our research.

Weebly offers email support across all plans, but phone support only comes with the top three paid plans.

However, unlike Wix, Weebly offers live chat support, which is a great way to get a quick response to smaller questions.

Weebly also has a community forum and a Help Center, but the just not quite on par with the depth of the Wix guides.

Weebly scored 3.5 out of 5 in our independent research. The help and support is more than adequate, but nothing to write home about.

11) Pricing & Value for Money

Wix has fared pretty well against Weebly so far.

Will it be beaten on value for money?
Absolutely not!

In fact, you don’t even need to spend a cent to get a website up and running with Wix.

That said, you’ll need to upgrade to one of the six premium plans if you want to connect your own domain name, as well as remove the Wix advertising. These plans range from $11 to $35 per month, with hefty savings on offer – we’re talking between 25% and 43% – if you sign up for a year or two.

Wix packs a lot of great stuff into a very affordable package. It scored 4.5 out of 5 for value to money in our research – the highest of any builder.

With Weebly, as with Wix, you can build a website completely free.

Upgrade to one of its three paid plans to get rid of Weebly advertising, and connect your own domain.

The three plans – Pro, Business and Performance – cost between $12 and $38 per month, with savings of between 17% and 54% on offer when you sign up for one or two years.

Weebly’s prices may be slightly higher than Wix’s, but it’s still a great value builder, scoring 4.1 out of 5 in our research.

See our Detailed Review Wix Review Weebly Review

Wix vs Weebly: a Visual Comparison

Wix vs Weebly

Wix vs Weebly: Summary

So you’ve read our in-depth comparison of Wix and Weebly, but what are the final scores?

1. Wix vs Weebly – Ease of Use: Verdict

Ease of Use Winner: Wix

Both builders have drag and drop functionality, so are really easy to use. Wix is slightly easier, though, and Wix ADI will even build a website for you – it doesn’t get much easier than that!

2. Wix vs Weebly – Design Flexibility: Verdict

Design Flexibility Winner: Wix

Wix has way more templates than Weebly, and the customization options are great. The one downside is that you can’t change your template once your site is made, which is something Weebly does offer.

3. Wix vs Weebly – Marketing Tools: Verdict

Marketing Tools Winner: Weebly

It’s a narrow victory for Weebly here. With the marketing tool Weebly Promote, you can really go to town with email marketing in particular, and dive right into the analytics, too.

4. Wix vs Weebly – Ecommerce Tools: Verdict

Ecommerce Tools Winner: Wix

Looking to sell online? Wix is your better option here. Sleek ecommerce templates and strong inventory management are a winning combination. Weebly’s ecommerce plans are slightly cheaper, though.

5. Wix vs Weebly – Blogging: Verdict

Blogging Winner: It’s a tie!

Both Wix and Weebly have blogging apps to integrate into your website, meaning you can blog to your heart’s content – it’s too close to call!

6. Wix vs Weebly – Social Media Integration: Verdict

Social Media Integration Winner: Weebly

Although neither builder lets you sell across social media, you can integrate your social channels with both. Weebly gets a bonus point here for letting you connect your Facebook Messenger, so you can chat directly to your customers in a format they’ll love.

7. Wix vs Weebly – App Markets: Verdict

App Market Winner: Weebly

Weebly has an impressive 340 apps, with plenty of free ones on offer and easy ‘one click’ installation. Wix’s 260 apps is not to be sniffed at, but the builder lags behind Weebly on this one.

8. Wix vs Weebly – SEO: Verdict

SEO Winner: Wix

Wix’s own tool, the Wix SEO Wiz, takes the hard work out of SEO. Weebly offers a lot of SEO support, but without the same ‘hands off’ approach.

9. Wix vs Weebly – Backup and Restore Options: Verdict

Backup and Restore Options Winner: Wix

With Wix, you can easily save backup versions of your site to revert to if need be. You can save versions of your Weebly site, too – but having to download to a zip file is far less appealing.

10. Wix vs Weebly – Help and Support: Verdict

Help and Support Winner: Wix

Wix scored a perfect 5 out of 5 for Help and Support. Weebly’s Help and Support is above average, but is no real match for Wix.

10. Wix vs Weebly – Pricing and Value for Money: Verdict

Pricing and Value for Money Winner: Wix

Show me the money! Or, rather, show me where I can get more for my money. It’s another victory for Wix here – the builder packs a lot of great features into a cheap. Put simply – it offers you more, for less.

Wix vs Weebly: the Verdict

So the scores are in, and it’s an overall win for Wix. Yes, Weebly may have the edge when it comes to Social Media and Features, but Wix dominates Help & Support, Design, Ease of Use and Value for Money – the four founding pillars of any great website builder.

But hey, if you’re still not sure which one’s for you, why not give one (or both) a try for free, and take things from there? Or, check out our review of the top 10 website builders to see how Wix and Weebly fare against the competition. 

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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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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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48 Responses to Wix vs Weebly | 11 Differences You Should Know in 2019 (Chart)

  1. #

    Thank you so much for such an in-depth review between both website builders. I currently use Weebly for my business, but I’m starting another business and I was messing around with Wix and found that what you were saying such as the more refined templates on Wix is completely true. Also, Wix is more flexible in creating webpages than Weebly is. In addition, I also found out that Wix has a separate easy-to-use section to customize my website for mobile devices. Anyway, thanks again for all the effort you put into your review. I read every word!

    Mahalo from Maui!
    d.

    • Charlie Carmichael
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      Hi Darren,

      Thanks for your comment. It’s always great to get such positive feedback and we’re glad you enjoyed the article!

      Charlie

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    We started our web design business with Weebly, moved to Wix, Shopify, WordPress, Squarespace, Duda and Webflow and also into building native and progressive web apps.

    Recently I reflected on the best outcomes for my clients, I realised the website builder clients were not only the happiest customers but they also got better results with ROI compared to WordPress clients.

    So, I ventured back to explore why the squarespace pub site did so well, I also looked at why my Wix clients all said “no thanks, I am happy with Wix” when I offered a free upgrade to WordPress a while back.

    In this recent deep dive into the world of website builders a few things have surprised me, for example Weebly offers developer accounts and comprehensive resources to enable me to build plugins and themes. It has the structure of Squarespace and such a smooth feel. You can als host Weebly anywhere, if that’s your thing (With Cloud level account)

    Duda is the winner for pure polished look and feel and the fact that Duda builds progressive web apps is a massive advantage to any serious business owner. They have awesome ecommerce from Ecwid and the Duda staff are the best and most helpful of any company.
    Duda has sections and global styles so a new section inherits the styles you set.

    Keep up the good work Jeremy.

    Dave

    • Lucy Carney
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      Hi Dave,
      Thanks so much for your comment – that’s such an interesting perspective, thank you for sharing it with us! I’m glad you found such positive results with website builders – you can understand why we’re so passionate about them here! Wix, Weebly and Squarespace all performed amazingly in our research, and we’ve recently been analyzing how Duda compares too. Thanks for your input and hope you continue to enjoy the site!
      Thanks for reading,
      Lucy

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    Weebly allows EDITORS – empowering users to modify and update specific pages, or the entire site. Wix does not. If you are a developer trying to force your customer to use you for all changes to the website, pick Wix. If you are an in-house developer trying to empower an organization to keep the pages current with fresh information by having several editors able to make changes directly, go with Weebly. This one feature has been decision driving for me as I have created sites for companies, churches and non-profits. I can’t believe that wasn’t mentioned in this comparison.
    The fact that Wix cannot automatically change themes and keep the content, as Weebly can, is a profound difference that is brushed aside here. Why?
    Also the lack of export facility in Wix really locks you in.
    Lastly, the ads on the free and cheap wix plan, or the ads on the Weebly free plan is a non-issue. If you are in any way serious about your website, you will gladly pay either platform’s reasonable fees. And yes, Weebly still has its free plan, contrary to one comment I read. Just look at their site and see.
    Personally, I find this review is only generally accurate and significantly skewed towards Wix.

    • Charlie Carmichael
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      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for your comment. This article is predominantly aimed at people looking to build a website for themselves so the issue of multiple editors isn’t as significant. We totally agree that not being able to switch templates when your Wix site has gone live is a flaw of the product and this is clearly discussed in the ‘Template Design’ section of the table. Free plans are a good way to ‘try before you buy’ but again we absolutely agree with you that if you’re serious, the premium plans are the way to go.

      Hope that clears things up!

      Charlie

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    Hi Jeremy, thanks but INCORRECT: Weebly recently changed it’s “Free” account to $960 for the next 10 years. NO LONGER FREE ! After you waste 3 weeks building your website and arranging & buying all the necessary adjuncts needed to make your website functional, Weebly, in a less-than-honest manner then blindsides you with “You cannot publish your website unless you pay us !”. A very immoral way to do business. Honorable companies inform you upfront that you will be charged. “free” , of course is a blatant lie. Weebly is no longer honorable. The worst part is, if you have been a customer for 9 years, under a different Agreement, the ‘New’ Weebly fails to honor their Agreement. Very Very bad way to do business. Support Associates are totally conflicting with each other on policies / Agreements of ‘Existing’ customers. Different employees are vehement that they are right & argue with you ! Really ? Arguing that they are “always right” ? That’s a first for me. Sure miss the old Weebly.

    • Natasha Willett
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      Dear Gloria,
      Thank you for your comment. You’re absolutely correct, Weebly have recently changed the way you are able to use their free plan. As you mention, they have stopped individuals being able to purchase a domain from a third party and still create a free site by diverting your domain to a free plan. We are currently in the process of reviewing our content to reflect these changes.
      Thank you for bring this to the communities attention. We will have our new review up shortly.
      Natasha.

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    Just simply looking at Weebly’s own website should be enough to scare you away. It really represents Weebly’s management. Over the years, they have always had an unattractive website . . .hello ! . . .that blurry background . . .looks blurry !

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    This was so helpful! Thanks! Your website is exactly what I need to make informed decisions :)!

    • Fred Isaac
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      Thanks Amy, great to hear!

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    Helpful comparison.

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    I have a Weebly ecommerce site. They have been acquired by Square. So far have noticed much difference except bugs have been showing up and I haven’t been pleased with how long it takes Weebly to find orrfix them or with their tech support. So I’m seriously considering switching to Wix. Not looking forward to the pain of rebuilding my site though. I found your article very helpful, thank you.

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    Awesome – thanks so much for the thorough info!
    You should include that Wix is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more difficult to use, and gives lots of stress. That’s why they have a detailed help center – because everyone needs help. I’ve used Weebly for almost 2 years now, and have never used the Help Center, everything is quite easy to understand. Wix however, is more difficult and I’ve been to the Help Center maybe 50 times in the past month. Also, though Wix’s help center you say is “very comprehensive” and has videos, it doesn’t make too much sense, and I’ve had to go on other sites to figure out how things work.

    • Fred Isaac
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      Thanks for the comment! In our experience Wix is still super easy to get to grips with.

    • #

      When you are used to one sitebuilder, switching to another, like Wix, will seem alien for a while . . .that is normal . .not necessarily a fault of Wix. People who start with Wix, find Weebly sitebuilder very strange also. 🙂

  10. #

    Hi, This is awesome knowledge, thank you. is it more flexible to get a domain from a domain provider and then connect it to Wix or Weebly, or get it from Wix or Weebly? Would you know the pros and cons? thx!

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        true . . hosting in the 80’s cost a fortune . . . with the advance of current technology, hosting costs pennies a month to provide. It is the website builder software that is worth the $600 every 10 years that Wix & Weebly charges.

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    Also plz explain little bit more about the export feature of Weebly.

    Thanks

  12. #

    Thank you for this informative post.
    But i have a doubt. Plz clear it. i am new to this and coding. Suppose I go for Wix or Weebly or anyother website builder. And wants to run website with them till I learn and build my own website in future. So for the time being I build a website with them. Purchase my own domain name, say http://www.abc.com. Subscribe to their premium plan so to avoid their ads and host website on my chosen domain name http://www.abc.com. Now my question is if in future I want full control of my website and build my own website by coding, then can i transfer all the contents, comments, posts, articles, likes, reply with timestamp etc to my newly designed website with same domain name http://www.abc.com?? What will be the effects and all?
    Also can u plz suggest me some good options for a news website( like best website builder, templates where there is feature of comments and reply; similar to yours on this page, facility to transfer all contents in future as mentioned above, or any other things to keep in mind for building news website)
    Thanks,
    Praveen

    • charlie Carmichael
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      Hi Praveen,

      Thanks for your comment.

      I’m happy to tell you it is possible to transfer your site from Weebly. When you are ready to move your site you can go into settings then select “download your site as a .zip archive”. The .zip file can then be uploaded onto a different site however, this comes with some technical complications. It is also unlikely that you will find cheaper hosting costs than Weebly so that’s something else to bear in mind when changing servers.

      Regarding a comments section, you can add this to your site through a plugin called POWr – see more info here.

      Hope that helps and best of luck designing your site!

      Charlie

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    Thank you for the information! Great help!

    • Tom Watts
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      Hi Pooja,

      Great to hear you found the discussion so helpful.

      Feel free to share if you like – you never know who might benefit!

      Thanks for reading,
      – Tom

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      If there isn’t a transfer option, and you know how to code, well then, it is simply a copy and paste for most of your content.

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    HI Jeremy,
    Thank you for the information, excellent as usual. Does ether Wix or Weebly have a paid membership subscription module built in? From what I can see they don’t and rely on third party apps for that feature.
    I’ve looked at Weebly (which I currently use), Wix and Zoho Sites. They would all do the basic job as far as I’m concerned, except for a paid membership subscription module. I’ve also looked at Sentry Login as an option.
    Thanks again,

    • Tom Watts
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      Hey Geoff,

      Unfortunately neither Wix nor Weebly has a paid membership option at this time. It’s quite a common request though so hopefully it is addressed in the near future.

      The only option I could give you would be to look into ‘Sentry Login’, but you sound like you’re way ahead of me here!

      It’s frustrating, I know. But I have a feeling that it is the paid side of things that is preventing this functionality right now. Typically to receive payments on these platforms you would need to be subscribed to an ecommerce plan, however it is a bit steep asking users to subscribe to a more expensive plan when they only want to set up a membership area rather than run an actual store.

      This is just me guessing, but I have a feeling it’s along the right lines. Let’s hope it gets sorted soon.

      Thanks for sharing,
      – Tom

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    Hi Jeremy

    Thanks for this comparison.
    I have used Weebly for years and am very happy with it, especially being able to adjust some of the CSS for basic updates… although I notice their templates are becoming more difficult to manipulate in the CSS side.

    My biggest question between Wix is that I heard the SEO wasn’t very good compared to other website builders, but I can’t find any information to back this up.

    What are your thoughts?

    Thanks, Amanda

    • Tom Watts
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      Hi Amanda,

      Great to hear you’ve had such a positive experience using Weebly, it’s reassuring to know that our readers are getting the most out of their website builders!

      What sort of CSS issues are you having? It can get a little tricky once you move beyond the scope of simple tweaks..

      Rest assured that no web builder is any better or any worse when it comes to SEO. Google have even come out and said as much (you can read that in our Wix Review, here).

      SEO is impacted by a wide range of factors including quality of on-site content, content length, site speed and use of keywords among many others. As long as you ensure your content is as great as possible and covers everything that a reader would expect it to then there’s no reason why you can’t bump up your search engine rankings and chase down that elusive page 1 spot!

      It might be worth having a read of our longer website builder SEO discussion as it may help clarify a few things.

      Hope that helps,
      – Tom

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    Thank you so much for your very comprehensive comparison of Wix and Weebly. I find web design a very daunting and scary prospect. I started off with Weebly as a free website builder and although it is the easier one of the two to use, I still struggled to get certain things done on the site. As my business has grown and I needed more features and creative tools, I finally decided to upgrade the site but wasn’t sure to stay with Weebly or go onto Wix. Being the novice that I am ( computer code baffles me totally) with website design and not in a position to hire someone else yet to do this for me, your write up helped me make a decision that is right for me and my business. Thank you Jeremy 🙂 x

    • Tom Watts
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      Hi Nelia,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences. Here at WBE, we definitely know that starting up your first website can be a daunting experience – but congrats on sticking with it.

      It’s great to hear that you’re looking to expand, and both Wix and Weebly are great choices. If you’re looking for something a bit more ecommerce focussed (that is if your business sells products online), then you could consider Shopify too.

      Glad we could be of help, best of luck with your website in the future.

      Feel free to share this article using the social icons above if you think others will find it useful too, it’s always appreciated.

      – Tom

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    Great page Jeremy, thank you for sharing your knowledge.
    Regards
    Carina

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks for commenting, Carina.

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    I just tried Weebly and bought a domain through them…a few days later I start getting spam emails and phone calls trying to solicited services. That’s super annoying, but what’s even more annoying is that Weebly partner’s with Register.com and charges $19.98 for domains and then sells your information them!!!

    IF YOU USE WEEBLY, DO NOT USE THEIR DOMAIN SERVICES!!! Buy it somewhere else…

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      Hello Cameron,

      Thank you for sharing your comment.

      I suppose it’s Register.com that’s calling you and not Weebly. But still, that could be a bit unpleasant if they’re over-doing it.

      We have a beginners guide to domain names and we highlight some other options aside from purchasing a domain name directly from Weebly (who partnered with that domain name company).

      Generally speaking, I’ve always preferred to purchase my domain names on my own using domain registrars such as GoDaddy, then connecting it directly to my websites. That way, I have more control over the domain names (just in case I change website builders) and also the fees are slightly lower.

      I still think Weebly is a good website builder. And as you suggested, perhaps consider other domain name registrars aside from the one offered by Weebly’s partner! We go into more details in our domain names guide.

      Jeremy

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        I have used Weebly for years. I always purchased my domain name and just transferred it over. It even had the steps to walk you thru it…Now it’s just some vague info about changing the DNS that isn’t even helpful. For those less tech-savvy, Now Weebly is forcing you to buy a plan in order to use the domain name you already own. I was told it was only in effect for grandfathered plans now. I have 4 other sites under them and I really don’t want to pay to use something that is supposed to be free. Is there any way I can change it from the domain company?

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          Hello TM,

          Weebly requires you to upgrade to one of their premium plans in order to connect your own custom domain name for a few years now. It used to be free even with their Free plan but that was back in 2011 to 2012 or so. Maybe even 2013. But they’ve phased out that feature for years already and if you used Weebly prior to that time, it just might be grandfathered (meaning you can still connect your domain name even with a Free plan).

          Generally speaking, I don’t think you will be able to find a website builder that offers you the ability to connect your own domain name for free. I think the trade off being able to use their tools and actually publish a website online for free, is that you will have to use their subdomain name so they can have some branding exposure. I guess there is no such thing as a free lunch, which is fairly reasonable in my own view.

          Jeremy

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    Jeremy, your analysis was really comprehensive and helpful! Many thanks!

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks, Mrs. Loud. Glad you found our comparison above helpful!

      Jeremy

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    i don’t understand what is the difference in all the templates, for exsample i have a donair take out restruant so any tamplate i was to use i would have to change all pictures and text same as anyone else for any website i am guessing because all pictures and text wouldn’t match there product so why should this matter who has what for templates, this is confusing for me . thank you for any info

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      Hi Richard,

      Wix and Weebly have very different templates. Wix has a lot more selection, but their templates are mobile ready, but not mobile responsive like Weebly’s. You can see more discussion about this difference in our guide here.

      You should also consider the features that each website builder offers. Wix has a lot more advanced features and their user-interface is very different. What I’m saying is that you should choose a website builder not only based on the variety of templates that it offers, but also based on how helpful its tools are for your needs, and how much you enjoy using the website builder.

      It’s sort of like buying a car. Not only would a shopper consider the design of the car, he/she would also consider how well the car drives, the features, etc. Of course, each person will place different emphasis on different aspects of the car, depending on what matters most to him/her.

      Jeremy

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    Hello Jeremy. Im gonna start a new online store, normaly i sell 3-4 things a week online, so e comerce must be good but not much expensive. also i offer alot of things so i need to have many categories and sub-categories. Which one you think is better fot an online store?
    and also that alow me to put paypal and also a fee for paypal paments.
    thx but the way.

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      Hey Vicente,

      I don’t think they can do sub-categories, but you can definitely create multiple categories.

      Just to be sure, you can sign up to free accounts with both Wix and Weebly and play around with their functions, just to see if they work for you or not. That’s the best way to determine if a website builder is a good fit for your unique needs.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    Both companies are a little shy on their email offers. I can see that there are websites with higher email traffic than webpages and perhaps they are trying to protect their data use, but for me this is a problem and not easily solved.

    Thanks,

    Paul

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      Hello Paul

      Could you elaborate a bit more about what you mean by email offer? Both Wix and Weebly have partnered with Google to offer its users customizable Gmail services.

      It’s only a few dollars per month and you can have your own custom email addresses while lean on the reliability and security that Gmail offers. It’s a great offer in my own view.

      Jeremy

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    Great comparison! Can you tell me if they differ in terms of their “free” plans? I need to develop a website for my brother who is an artist. Do you see any important difference between Weebly and WIX for artists?

    Thank you.

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      Hi Nellie,

      I think the main differences is just their user interface. Both website builders will restrict you from using some of their tools (they already outlined what’s made available to you on their pricing pages).

      I think the best thing to do is to sign up to free accounts with both Wix and Weebly, and invest some time to experimenting with their designs, tools and their platform in general. That’s the only way to really understand which one you prefer using!

      Jeremy