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.
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.
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’.
& 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?
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.
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