Here are the 8 items you should consider when comparing Wix vs Weebly:
|1) Ease of Use||
Wix is super easy to use. Its drag and drop editing design means you simply drag elements like text boxes and images to where you want them on your page.
You have a lot of creative freedom with Wix.
This makes it perfect for anyone to use as you don’t need any coding know-how. Over 110 million people use Wix worldwide – it really can be used by anyone and everyone!
If you don’t want to handle the layout of your website, Wix ADI can do it for you. ADI stands for Artificial Design Intelligence. This means you enter the name and general purpose of your site and pick the designs you like, and Wix ADI creates a personalized website for you in minutes.
Weebly is a drag and drop builder with less creative freedom than Wix.
Its templates have more structure – you can’t just drag and drop your page features anywhere.
These limits make it more frustrating and difficult to use if you’re after lots of creative control.
But, if you want more guidelines to follow then it makes for a more straightforward building process.
You don’t need to code to use Weebly. It’s still aimed at beginners – it’s just a bit more rigid than Wix, so can take longer to get used to.
Weebly’s structure means you can switch your template even after your website is live. This is a big bonus and something you can’t do with Wix because of its flexible design.
|2) Design Flexibility||
Wix provides you with over 510 professionally designed templates, across many different industries. This will help you find a suitable design for the industry that you are in.
Wix templates are easy to customize. You just need to swap out the example content and insert your own. This makes it quick and much easy to get your website up and running.
If you want to build your pages from scratch, you can also do that as well.
One drawback of using Wix is once you pick a template and publish your website, you can’t change your mind. If you switch templates, you’ll have to start again. Your existing content will not be automatically transferred into the new template.
All of Wix’s templates are fully mobile optimized. So your website will look great on any device.
Wix has a good mobile editor as well, so your website will be mobile ready. You can pick what content to display or hide on mobile devices. So you have the flexibility to customize your visitors’ mobile experience.
Weebly has a small but quality range of over 50 industry-tailored templates. However, the designs are not as polished as the templates from Wix.
If you know how to code, Weebly gives you access to the template codes so you can customize it, which gives you quite a bit of flexibility there.
But if you don’t know code customizing your website can be a bit challenging. While Weebly gives you some tools to customize some parts of the template, they are not as flexible as Wix.
With Weebly, you can purchase external premium templates to import into your website. Wix doesn’t have this feature.
All of Weebly’s templates are mobile responsive. So you don’t have to worry about missing out on views from mobile devices.
|3) Features & Tools||
Wix has a high number of quality customization tools. You can add video backgrounds and create contact forms to go on your website.
If you’re selling through your Wix site you can create coupons and discounts. Promote your website with Wix Shoutout, where you can send email campaigns and share updates on social media.
Wix’s features are regularly updated around every month. So your site will benefit from all the latest updates and modern tools.
Weebly has more inhouse features than Wix, but has less customization tools. It has cool features like custom headers and full width image backgrounds, there’s just less range than Wix.
If you want to sell online, Weebly has ecommerce features to make running your business easier. You can track coupons and performance, plus offer your customers an order online, pickup in store option.
Weebly has less regular updates than Wix, but the features on offer are still up to date.
|4) App Markets||
While Wix has less inhouse features than Weebly, it has an App Market so you can add extra tools to your site this way.
The Wix App Market offers over 200 apps to choose from. There are inhouse apps like Wix Stores, or third-party apps like Ecwid.
Wix offers a mix of free and premium apps so there’s something for everyone.
New apps are regularly added, so there are always even more advanced tools to bolt on to your website. This increases your flexibility to add more to your website.
Weebly has an even wider selection of apps than Wix, with over 300 apps to choose from in the Weebly App Center.
There are over 50 free apps available alongside loads of premium apps.
The Weebly App Center is slightly harder to navigate than the Wix App Market because there are less categories to browse through. But like Wix, you can see star ratings and user reviews, as well as a breakdown of the features and prices on offer, before choosing an app.
Popular choices in the Weebly App Center include the Facebook Like and FAQ apps.
New ones are being added all the time, and you can even suggest your own ideas.
Wix has a lot of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) support to help your website get found. This includes good built-in SEO features like meta titles and optimized headings.
Wix also has in-depth help articles, tips, and guides to help you learn and progress with your website’s SEO.
The main tool to use is Wix SEO Wiz. This is an app which uses information you put in – like keywords and the name of your site – to create a personalized step-by-step SEO plan.
This is a really useful feature, especially for those who haven’t dealt with SEO before.
Like Wix, Weebly has built-in SEO tools like alt tags and meta titles.
Weebly has SEO prompts to help you optimize your site. It also has lots of resources like guides in its help center, as well as articles in the Weebly Blog.
Weebly’s main SEO tool is its Ultimate SEO Guide. This walks you through the SEO process step by step, and includes an SEO checklist to help guide you through.
This guide tells you all you need to know, from the basics all the way through to tracking your success.
& Restore Options
One of the drawbacks of using Wix is that you won’t be able to export your entire website to a new host.
Even if you were able to export a Wix website and import it into another host, you would lose Wix’s drag & drop capabilities.
On the plus side,you can save unlimited versions of your Wix site. So if you make any mistakes or accidentally delete anything, you can quickly and easily restore your site to a previous version.
Weebly does allow you to export your website. You can download your site onto a zip file.
Although this means you can transfer your website to a different host, you might not be able to use the same drag and drop function once it’s outside Weebly’s editor. Plus, you can’t upload your website back into Weebly. So while it does offer a backup and export option, it’s not that convenient.
If you make a mistake in Weebly, you can undo changes as long as you don’t publish your site or exit the editor.
If you delete any pages, you must wait for Weebly support to restore your website for you. This is a slow solution which could have a big impact on your site, especially if you’re running a business.
|7) Help & Support||
Wix offers you email and phone support across all its plans.
They also have a very comprehensive Knowledge Base that provides both text and video tutorials. They’re easy to understand and has excellent coverage over a very broad range of topics.
We really like Wix’s attention to support, there are help buttons “everywhere”. In fact, Wix offers the most on-page support while you’re creating and editing your website. You can just click the help button on any tool and you will see specific help guides relating directly to that tool. This makes life a lot easier for you and really enhances your overall user experience.
Wix also has a community forum where you can search for answers to a lot of commons questions asked by other Wix users.
Weebly provides you with phone and email support.
Weebly’s phone support is only available on the more expensive Pro, Business, and Performance plans.
But Weebly also offers live chat support, unlike Wix.
The Help Center is decent, but the depth and coverage of tutorials are not as thorough as the ones that Wix offers you.
Weebly’s Help Center doesn’t just include help articles. There’s also a link to the community forum where you can enter discussions, vote on features and suggest ideas.
|8) Pricing & Value for Money||
Wix offers you 7 premium plans to choose from. The higher the plans, the more tools / features you get access to.
The lowest plan starts from $5.00 per month and the highest plan is $35.00 per month (billed yearly).
Wix has a free plan, which is a great way to start out. Upgrade to a paid plan to grow your website, remove Wix ads, and connect your own custom domain.
If you want to create an online store, there are three ecommerce plans to choose from, ranging from $20 – $35 a month (billed yearly).
By signing up to a 1-year or 2-year plan instead of a monthly plan, you get anywhere from 18% to 43% discount. Plus, Wix will give you a free custom domain name for 1 year.
Remember to look at the higher plans. It’s a good idea to see how expensive it might be to upgrade in the future as your website grows. Wix’s higher plans are more affordable than Weebly’s.
Overall, Wix offers better value for money than Weebly. But as always, your choice depends on what you need from your plan.
Weebly offers you 4 premium plans, ranging from $8 per month for the lowest plan, to $38 per month for their highest plan (billed yearly).
By signing up to a yearly rather than a monthly plan you can get an 11% – 40% discount.
Similar to Wix, Weebly also gives you a free custom domain name for 1 year on these longer subscriptions.
Weebly offers a free plan, which is a good way to start building your website and see if Weebly is right for you. You can then upgrade to a paid plan to remove Weebly adverts and connect a personalized domain. Upgrading also unlocks ecommerce features.
All Weebly paid plans allow you to sell online, making it a cheaper option initially than Wix.
But to remove the 3% Weebly transaction fee and sell unlimited products, you’ll need the $25 a month Business Plan.
This is more expensive than Wix’s $20 a month Business Basic plan. So, it’s worth comparing which features you need to find the best value option for your site.
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