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

Last updated on April 10, 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 seven 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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Wix vs Weebly: a Visual Comparison

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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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Charlie Carmichael

About Charlie Carmichael

It's my job to research website builders and find out which one's really are best for your specific needs. Having tested numerous builders, I'm in a great position to help you guys not only get online, but have great success once there.

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It's my job to research website builders and find out which one's really are best for your specific needs. Having tested numerous builders, I'm in a great position to help you guys not only get online, but have great success once there.

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    isabelle Mader
    fantastic comparisons! I now have a solid understanding of the differences between the 2. 1 question: how do they fare in terms of speed, site loading, etc? I have been to some sites that take forever to load and then I just click out and close it. that is important!
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    • Charlie Carmichael
      Charlie Carmichael
      Hi Isabelle, Thanks for your comment. Wix and Weebly's loading speed are largely similar. It's more down to the amount of content you have on your site and whether it's optimized or not. With images, for example, you'll want to make sure they've all been compressed so they load faster. Hope that helps! Charlie
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    Fergie Courtney
    I think llamas are better than both of these options. LLAMA POWER
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    • Hannah Whitfield
      Hannah Whitfield
      Hi Fergie, You make a valid point - llamas are great. Thanks, Hannah
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    Darren
    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.
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    • Charlie Carmichael
      Charlie Carmichael
      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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    Dave Rivers
    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
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    • Lucy Carney
      Lucy Carney
      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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    Bill Carmichael
    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.
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    • Charlie Carmichael
      Charlie Carmichael
      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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    Gloria O
    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.
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    • Natasha Willett
      Natasha Willett
      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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    Laurence
    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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    Amy
    This was so helpful! Thanks! Your website is exactly what I need to make informed decisions :)!
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    • Fred Isaac
      Fred Isaac
      Thanks Amy, great to hear!
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    Paula
    Helpful comparison.
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    Valerie Thomson
    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.