You’re about to find out whether Wix, Weebly, or WordPress is the best website builder for you.
As three of the most famous platforms in the website world, it’s hard to choose between them, even for the most decisive folk. However, it’s our job to help you make a decision – after all, that’s why you’re here, right? Well, we hope it is anyway.
Let’s start with the basics. Wix and Weebly are website builders, used by people who want to create something beautiful online with minimal difficulty.
WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System), used by coding pros who want more creative control. Don’t worry, we’ll discuss the differences in more detail later.
This means we know exactly what Wix, Weebly, and WordPress bring to the party. On top of that, we’ve compared the trio in seven key areas, including ease of use, help and support, pricing, and design flexibility.
After reading this article, you’ll know which one to pick. Now let the battle commence…
Wix Pros and Cons
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Wix is the best overall website builder out there. Why? Because it allows anyone to become a web designer. It loses points, though, based on the fact you can’t change themes after publishing.
Weebly Pros and Cons
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Weebly is another builder that’s easy to use, using drag-and-drop like its rival Wix. It’s more complicated to find your way around, though, and you’ll need to contact their support team if you want to restore an old website.
WordPress Pros and Cons
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WordPress is a tech-pro’s dream, and a beginner’s nightmare. Coding and web hosting knowledge is a must, but if you have the skill, you’ll be rewarded with total creative control.
If you’re not sure what the difference is, you’ll need to know in order to make an informed decision. It’s like ordering food in a different language – why take the risk and pick the wrong thing?
Wix and Weebly are known as drag-and-drop website builders. This means you can select and move text, images, videos – the whole lot – with just a few clicks.
In short, anyone from tech beginners to keyboard kings and queens can use builders like these to create a website, without having to touch any code. Just think of drag-and-drop builders as your foreign language phrasebook when ordering food abroad.
WordPress, meanwhile, is a different beast entirely.
WordPress is an open-source – or self-hosted – CMS (Content Management System). This is different to a website builder because it means you have full responsibility for coding, and for sourcing a host for your website. A host is what holds your website on the internet, like a rental space. We recommend using Bluehost – it’s our top-rated WordPress host, and it’s been recommended by WordPress itself.
As you can see, WordPress is much harder to use than Wix or Weebly, because you need a higher level of tech know-how.
Building a website should be easy. This way, anyone can build a website and have something to be proud of online. So let’s take a look at the learning curve for each platform.
It’s easy to love Wix because, well, it just makes everything so easy. With Wix, you can build a professional-looking website in just few hours. It’s like a high-tech sat nav – you won’t ever get lost.
Weebly is like a well-drawn paper map – it’s not immediately as easy to navigate as Wix, but still really simple to follow. It’s hard to locate buttons and banners at first, but after that, it’s a breeze. And, like Wix, it uses intuitive drag-and-drop for all your grand designs.
In fact, one of our testers loved Weebly because it was so easy to use:
It was actually really easy – it was just really simple.
Are you comfortable with computer programming? Then WordPress won’t pose a challenge. However, if you’re like most people who haven’t touched code before, we recommend steering clear. If you don’t have the skill, it’s extremely difficult to use.
You will also need to source web hosting, and organise SSL certificates (website security) yourself. So, it’s worth weighing up your options if you have a busy working schedule.
By using a hosting provider like Bluehost, you’ll get a domain name and SSL security certificate thrown in for free when you sign up to one of its WordPress hosting plans. Bluehost also provides one-click WordPress installation (seriously, it only takes one click!), making it much easier and simpler to set up your WordPress website.
Wix vs Weebly vs WordPress – Ease of use: Verdict
Wix is definitely the easiest platform to use. Wix is easier than Weebly because it has the more intuitive interface and drag-and-drop feature, so you know exactly where and when to click. In contrast, WordPress is very hard to grasp for users without coding knowledge.
You now know how easy it is to use each platform, but how flexible are they in design? In artistic terms, how many paints, brushes, and props do they let you get creative with?
Wix has 510 templates across 16 categories, which you can easily search for. What’s more, all of them are mobile responsive, meaning your website looks the part on screens of any size.
With Wix, you won’t struggle to find the perfect theme for your online dreams.
We’d like to see an improvement in Wix’s flexibility, though. You cannot switch themes after publishing your website, so you’re stuck with your choice. Of course, it’s easy to completely redesign any theme with Wix, so you shouldn’t worry too much.
Weebly provides fewer themes in comparison – there are only 35 to choose from, all of which are also mobile ready – but they still cover all the industries you’d need for any standard website. What’s more, unlike Wix, you can change templates after going live – ideal for rebrands and revamps.
When it comes to designing with WordPress, the CMS world is your oyster – provided you know how to code. The scope for customization is endless; you can code what you like, and have access to 54,000 plugins to personalize your website even more.
Wix vs Weebly vs WordPress – Design Flexibility: Verdict
In terms of pure flexibility, WordPress is best for design. Unlike Wix and Weebly, you can customize anything with code, from scrolling effects to the size of your lead capture form. Meanwhile, Wix doesn’t let you change themes after going live, which you can do on Weebly.
A CMS or website builder’s range of tools are the very formula you need for creating, growing, and managing your site. The fewer features you have, the less your website can do.
Ecommerce retail sales reached more than $504 billion in 2018, and will only get bigger. So if you’re thinking about building an ecommerce store, now’s the time. Let’s see which platform gives you the best tools to sell with.
Our research found Wix was the best ‘generic’ website builder with ecommerce functionality. It has three ecommerce specific price plans, which come with zero transaction fees, the ability to sell digital and physical products, and support for 13 different payment providers.
Weebly also has three ecommerce price plans. It lets you sell digital, physical, and service products, and gives you the ability to create coupons and send abandoned cart recovery emails.
However, Wix and Weebly are website builders first and foremost. That is to say, since they don’t specify in ecommerce, so it’s not their strongest asset. If you’re looking to sell online, we recommend using Shopify.
WordPress is a CMS, which means ecommerce isn’t much of a priority in its eyes. You can integrate its ecommerce specific plugin, WooCommerce, which gives you one-click refunds and a few other features.
To blog or not to blog, that is the question. Of course, the answer is yes – blogging keeps your audience up to date with your latest offerings. It’s also great for SEO (search engine optimization), which we’ll get into later.
Wix is an all-around solid blogger. You can add comments, build in an RSS feed, and analyse your blog’s performance. On the downside, there is no archive function. This means visitors won’t be able to find your old posts – just think of the precious content they’d miss out on!
Weebly provides all the core blogging features you’d need. Unlike Wix, though, you can archive your blog posts. By the same token, Weebly has no built-in analytics feature, although you can add a third party app like Google Analytics if you’d like.
WordPress began as a pure blogging platform, which makes it something of a pro. Remember, it’s a Content Management System, so its main purpose is to help you – well – manage content. What’s more, as an open-source platform, your WordPress blog can be coded to look or feel however you like.
A good range of marketing features will provide the water and sunlight necessary for your website to blossom. They’ll bring more clicks, and more eyes to your site, as well as more dollars (if you’re running an ecommerce store).
Wix understands the power of marketing. It comes with a dedicated dashboard where you can run email campaigns, customize newsletters, and design beautiful social media posts.
Wix has also introduced an all-in-one marketing solution called Wix Ascend. It covers 20 product areas including email marketing and social media, starting from just $9 per month.
You can even integrate a live feed from your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. There are plenty of apps you can use, too, but we’ll get into that in the next section.
Our research found Weebly has the best tools for scaling your business. Weebly also has a marketing dashboard, where you can personalize email pop ups, and an dedicated email template section, which lets you pick the perfect newsletter design for your website.
WordPress doesn’t provide much built-in, so you’ll need to browse the plugin market for your marketing needs. Some of the most popular choices include Monster Insights (for analytics), Yoast SEO (to help your site rank higher on Google), and MailChimp (for emails).
Wix vs Weebly vs WordPress – Features and Tools: Verdict
It’s very close, but Weebly just edges this one. It has the best tools for growing a business, and it outperforms Wix by letting you send abandoned cart recovery emails and archive your blogs. WordPress, meanwhile, relies purely on third party plugins for all its tools.
Integrating apps can give your website the extra boost it needs to reach the next level. Most website builders come with awesome built-in features, but a helping hand never hurt anyone, right?
The Wix App Market has over 200 options to help bolster and streamline your website. It’s relatively small compared to Weebly and WordPress, but it couldn’t be easier to search for an app, then integrate it – it takes just a couple of clicks!
Weebly’s App Center is bigger, featuring over 300 apps, but it doesn’t possess the simple browsing tools that Wix does. This makes it harder to actually find and install the right app.
WordPress is more of an outsourcer than Wix or Weebly, relying entirely on third party apps for improving your site’s performance. There are more than 54,000 plugins to choose from, but with such a wide choice, you’re more likely to spend time sifting through sub-par plugins. It’s also far more difficult to actually install them.
So, ultimately, with Wix and Weebly, less is more.
Wix vs Weebly vs WordPress – App Market and Plugins: Verdict
Wix wins, because size isn’t everything. It has 200 apps to choose from – fewer than Weebly’s 300, and far fewer than WordPress’s 54,000 plugins – but it has the easiest to use browsing tools. This means you can easily search for and integrate powerful apps with just a few clicks.
There are a number of processes which can improve your site’s ranking on search engines like Google. This overall process is known as Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and is important because it gets your website found more easily.
As always, Wix makes tricky subjects trouble-free. Thanks to a helpful ‘SEO Wiz’, you’re never left feeling lost while improving your SEO. You can select a few keywords (popular words or phrases people are searching for) about your website, and the Wiz cooks up a personalized strategy.
Weebly also makes the topic of SEO more manageable, offering an Ultimate Guide which lets you track your website’s performance. Like Wix, you can integrate the Google Analytics app to generate even more detailed information.
Both platforms have an SEO-specific app, too, so you know exactly where to go for all your search engine needs.
Again, with WordPress, there is nothing built-in and ready to go in terms of SEO. You will need to source a plugin yourself, as well as integrate it, which is much harder than on Wix or Weebly. To save you time, we recommend the most popular SEO plugin, Yoast, which has over 5 million installations.
Wix vs Weebly vs WordPress – SEO: Verdict
Wix sneaks in front. It has an impressive range of SEO features which make improving your website’s ranking a piece of cake. Unlike Weebly, you can also edit image alt tags for products, to help Google identify what the image is. WordPress, again, relies on coding and plugins.
Just like building a barbecue in the summer, you’re bound to need a helping hand at some point when making a website. What’s more, the quicker you fix your issues, the sooner you can get back to growing your wonderful webpage.
Wix has the most comprehensive customer support. As well as a huge, insightful knowledge center with tutorial videos, it provides support via phone (Mon – Thurs, 5am- 5pm PST), email, onsite editor help, and social media. It has nearly all the areas covered, but doesn’t currently support live chat help.
Wix is more inclusive than Weebly, which only provides phone help on its higher price plans. However, you can receive live chat, email, and social media support on all Weebly price plans. Weebly also has a really useful help center, where your Weebly woes will wash away.
Help and support is where WordPress really falls behind. It’s an open-source platform, so it doesn’t have a dedicated support team. But, if you’re using WordPress, your computing experience is probably enough to see you through without too much trouble. If you do have any questions, WordPress does have a knowledge forum like Wix and Weebly.
Wix vs Weebly vs WordPress – Help and Support: Verdict
Wix is the most supportive platform. It may not supply live chat help like Weebly does, but Wix has a better knowledge forum. Most importantly, Wix comes with onsite editor help, which means help is never too far away. WordPress, meanwhile, doesn’t have a customer support team.
Leaving the boring (but important) stuff ‘till last, it’s time to talk money. Which platform leaves more pennies in your pocket? Let’s find out…
Wix has seven price plans, starting from just $5 per month. To get ecommerce functionality, you’ll need to be on Business Basic or higher. The other plans focus on giving you the tools to build a website, like more storage and higher bandwidth.
It does have a free plan, but with it comes the subdomain ‘.wix.com’ on the end of your URL, and Wix ads all over your website.
This doesn’t look very professional, so it’s definitely worth upgrading your plan for a few dollars per week. See the image below for more information on Wix’s plans.
Weebly lets you build for free and provides a 30-day money-back guarantee on every other price plan, giving you peace of mind. The four Weebly price plans are as follows:
- Connect ($5 p/m)
- Pro ($12 p/m)
- Business ($25 p/m)
- Performance ($38 p/m)
Connect lets you add your own domain name, but to remove adverts, you’ll need to be on Pro or higher. The two higher plans give you ecommerce tools and phone support. As you can see, Weebly is one of the best value platforms around.
WordPress.org is a different story. As an open-source platform, your website is what you make it, and there are no price plans. However, the costs rack up as you purchase web hosting, SSL certificates, themes, and plugins.
This makes it to hard to judge how much WordPress costs to run, because it’s different for everyone!
It costs just $7.99 $2.95 per month to host your WordPress website with Bluehost. Its WordPress hosting plans also come with a free domain name and SSL security certificate for one year, saving you around $15.
Wix vs Weebly vs WordPress – Pricing: Verdict
Wix is the best value for money platform. Not only does it have a free plan, but unlike Weebly, you can remove ads on its cheapest ($5 p/m) plan. Its free plan makes it obviously cheaper than WordPress, which requires you need to buy web hosting, SSL, and plugins separately.
We’ve shown you the who, what, and why of Wix, Weebly, and WordPress – now it’s time to collect the results.
In each topic, a clear winner emerged. To make things easier, we’ve gathered all the information from our research below, and highlighted which platform won in each section.
|Ease of use||Very easy to use thanks to intuitive drag-and-drop design||Also easy to use, but it’s harder to locate things on the interface at first||Not for beginners – very difficult overall if you don’t know how to code||Wix|
|Design||Over 500 mobile responsive themes, but you cannot switch after publishing||Only 35 themes, but you can change after going live||Unlimited customization due to its open-source nature||WordPress|
|Features and Tools||Solid ecommerce tools, but lacks in blogging (you cannot archive posts)||Best tools for scaling your business, and packs lots of features already built-in||Has almost no features built-in, relying solely on its vast plugin marketplace||Weebly|
|App Markets||Over 200 powerful apps which are really easy to integrate||More than 300 apps but lacks browsing tools, making things more tricky overall||Over 54,000 plugins to choose from, but you risk picking a low quality, or hard-to-install app||Wix|
|SEO||Makes SEO a breeze with its ‘Wiz’, guiding you through step by step on how to improve your site’s ranking||Also makes SEO seem easy, but doesn’t quite match the beginner-friendly aspect of Wix||Very flexible in terms of SEO, but you will need to find and install all the plugins yourself to improve your ranking||Wix|
|Help and Support||The most comprehensive customer support, which is provided on all price plans. Also comes with onsite editor help||A decent range of help, but phone support is only provided on its higher price plans||Has no support team, but comes with a knowledge forum||Wix|
|Pricing||Free plan and seven affordable plans, supplying tons of built-in tools to help you win online||Also has a free plan, but to remove ads, you’ll need to be on the three higher plans||Pricing varies hugely because you pay for what you need, like web hosting, plugins and SSL||Wix|
Wix has come out on top, winning 5/7 rounds! After such a dominant performance, you can see why it’s the best overall website builder on the market today.
Weebly is best for small businesses. It has the most scalable built-in tools, and provides excellent blogging features. We have to say, Weebly would win against almost any other website builder, apart from Wix.
WordPress is best for tech savvy users who love total customization control. It’s a self-hosted platform, so you can do almost anything with your website – as long as you have the computing prowess.
Wix is the overall winner because it keeps things simple. Even though you’re building a powerful website, nothing ever feels complicated. By winning most of the battles, it’s won the war.