Wix vs Weebly | Which One Should You Use to Build Your Website?

Last updated on November 8, 2018

Wix Vs WeeblyYou’ve heard of them both, but which is better: Wix or Weebly? Both are extremely popular drag and drop website builders. Why? They make it easy to create your very own website without loads of tech know-how or needing to code.

Over 110 million people use Wix, and Weebly serves over 40 million people worldwide. There really is something for everyone, whether it’s for a blog, portfolio, or online store.

So how do you choose? What sets them apart? While similar in a lot of ways, there are some key differences which will help you decide. We’ve done the research to give you the best insight possible into these two market leaders.

We’ll compare Wix and Weebly’s features and tools, ease of use, template designs, SEO tools, pricing, and more. But first, here’s a sneak peek at the overall scores of each builder:

Best All-Around Website Builder
Top Choice

4.7 out of 5

Ease Of Use

4.5 out of 5 stars

Help And Support

5 out of 5 stars

Design Flexibility

4 out of 5 stars

Value For Money

4.5 out of 5 stars

Best for Small Business & Online Portfolios

4.1 out of 5

Ease Of Use

3.5 out of 5 stars

Help And Support

3.5 out of 5 stars

Design Flexibility

4 out of 5 stars

Value For Money

4.5 out of 5 stars

As you can see, Wix came out top as our best overall website builder. Its focus on beginners, creatives, and small businesses gives it high scores across multiple areas. It’s especially strong for ease of use and value for money. Weebly has more of a focus on small businesses, making it popular with entrepreneurs. It scored highly in design flexibility and matched Wix in its high quality features.

In this article we will break down these scores and research categories. By comparing Wix and Weebly’s features, ease of use, pricing, help and support, designs, and more, we can help you choose which one is right for you.

Why not check out our Wix vs Weebly video to get started with a quick overview of each builder?

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Wix vs Weebly: Overview

When it comes to a website builder, we like to get under its skin and find out what really makes it tick.

How good are its features? Is it easy to use? Am I truly getting value for money?

We’ve researched and tested all these areas and more so you don’t have to.

This graph shows exactly how Wix and Weebly stack up against each other across five key areas:

Wix vs Weebly Graph

A quick glance shows Wix has the slight edge overall. If things like ease of use, value for money, and help and support are important to you, Wix is definitely worth having a look at.

Weebly do top Wix for features, though (if only just), so bear that in mind if you need your website to perform lots of different functions.

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Ease of Use

Ease of Use Pros Cons
Wix
  • No coding needed
  • Customization is 100% beginner friendly
  • Wix ADI can create a website for you in  a matter of minutes
  • Amount of choice and creative freedom can be overwhelming
Weebly
  • No coding needed
  • Structured templates give guidelines to follow
  • In testing people found it hard to get to grips with
  • More restrictive than Wix

 

Both Wix and Weebly are drag and drop website builders. This makes them super easy to use because you can just drag items around your page until you’re happy with how it looks. But this doesn’t mean they’re the same.

Wix is a pure drag and drop builder, meaning you can put anything anywhere on your web page. Weebly has more structure in its templates. This gives more consistency and makes it possible to switch templates, making your life easier if you change your mind later on. The downside of this is there are more limits with Weebly.

Customer Satisfaction

Overall, Wix’s drag and drop editor is easier to use than Weebly’s. It’s extremely simple to personalize your template, giving total beginners total flexibility! When we got people to try both website builders, more users said they were more likely to recommend Wix than Weebly.

Here’s what some of our users had to say about using Wix:

“Probably the best part about Wix was that sheer speed of the process to set up a website.”

“It was all really good, the simplicity of it all, you literally drag and drop things off the menu into the webpage editor and then moving them about and resizing them is pretty easy.”

If you want to see for yourself just how easy and quick Wix is to use, watch the video below!

Wix gives you so much choice, some of our users found it overwhelming to begin with. But they enjoyed the creative freedom and found it easy to navigate. The pure drag and drop design means you can edit your page easily in just a few clicks.

In contrast, Weebly’s more structured design makes editing a more rigid experience. This suits some people, but most found it more difficult. It’s still aimed at beginners with no coding knowledge, but Weebly is much less intuitive than Wix.

Here’s what some of our users had to say about using Weebly in comparison to Wix:

“It’s quite good but there are better options, I prefer Wix and its flexibility.”

“Moving text boxes isn’t very fluid, it’s too restrictive.”

“It’s like a more limited version of Wix. It’s easier to use initially but I think it also hits a bit of a glass ceiling where Wix doesn’t.”

So while Weebly is still user friendly, it can’t compete with Wix in terms of flexibility or overall ease of use. People found features hard to locate or got frustrated trying to customize text boxes and images. It will depend on personal preference whether you’ll enjoy or feel restricted by the structure of Weebly’s templates.

Wix ADI

Both Wix and Weebly are easy to use, beginner friendly builders. But what if you don’t want to spend time customizing, dragging, dropping and designing your site?

If you’d rather have the design in someone else’s hands or just want your website up fast, choose Wix ADI. The ADI stands for Artificial Design Intelligence.

All you do is enter some information like the name of your website and what it’s for, and choose a design you like the look of. It’s okay if you don’t know all this information yet as you can fill that in later on. Wix ADI then uses what you’ve told it to create a site for you!

Of course, you can still change the design and layout if you want to. You can even move your website into Wix Editor if you decide you want to be more hands on. But you don’t need to. It’s all personalized and pretty much ready to go live.

Wix ADI gives you creative control and choice without the pressure of designing the page layout yourself. It’s quick, effortless, and looks great.

Verdict: Wix wins ease of use hands down. Weebly’s more restrictive templates take longer to get used to. Your choice depends on personal preference and – more importantly – confidence! But if you’re looking to get online easily and quickly, Wix is your top choice.

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Design Flexibility

Design Flexibility Pros Cons
Wix
  • Over 500 professionally designed templates
  • All templates are mobile responsive
  • High level of creative control over customization
  • Can’t change templates once site is live
  • Coding is not in-built into the editor
Weebly
  • Over 50 industry-tailored templates
  • Can switch templates once your site had gone live
  • All templates are mobile responsive
  • Less creative control than Wix
  • Smaller range of templates than Wix

 

You want your website to look good. But a winning template goes far beyond just how your website appears on the page. Does it work on mobile devices? Can you switch your template after you’ve published your website? How many are there to choose from? And how much can you customize them to really make them your own?

Choice of Templates

Wix has over 500 professionally designed templates for you to choose from. You can search for your industry, from blogs to online stores. There are even blank templates where you can start from scratch, so there really is something for everyone.

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Wix has over 500 high quality designs to choose from, covering a range of industries and categories.

All Wix’s templates are fully mobile responsive. This is really important and means you don’t need to worry about missing out on visits from all those mobile users!

Weebly also has high quality templates. There’s a smaller range than Wix, with just over 50 designs. Each one is mobile responsive and professional, although perhaps less stylish than Wix’s themes.

Like Wix, Weebly has industry specific themes from event websites to business and portfolio pages. There is more of a business focus in Weebly’s themes, alongside photography and blog templates. Unfortunately you can’t search for your chosen industry. But with a smaller range of templates to browse through this is a minor frustration.

Changing Templates

Choosing the right template for your website is an important decision. And it can be hard, especially when you’re spoilt for choice! Both Wix and Weebly allow you to preview your template first. But, only Weebly allows you to change your template after you’ve published your website. With Wix, if you change your template once your website is live, you will have to start again from scratch. This is the major drawback to Wix, and is worth thinking about when making your choice.

Customizing Templates

One of the most important things about choosing a website builder is how customizable and high quality its themes are. Choosing a template you can’t edit would be like buying a canvas and being unable to paint on it!

Both Wix and Weebly have high quality designs. But how much can you really make them your own? The answer is, lots! We’ve already mentioned how flexible Wix’s templates are. The pure drag and drop design means you can change whatever you want, wherever you want.

Weebly’s templates create a more structured editing experience. For some, this is a relief! Others find it limiting, but either way you can still create a website that’s totally personalized and unique to you.

If you really want to break the template mould, you can turn to code. Weebly allows you to use coding to truly customize your website. This is automatically included in your editing menu so you can embed code straight into your page.

This is 100% optional: if you can’t code, you can still use Weebly! But if you do have coding knowledge, you can put it to good use to expand your website.

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You have the option of using code to customize your website even further. With Weebly this is automatically included in your editing menu.

You can’t code with Wix like you can with Weebly. You have to enable Wix Code, which allows you to create custom content and functions across your website. This can be building databases, or making your website more interactive.

With more guidance and step by step video tutorials, Wix Code is more beginner friendly than Weebly’s actual coding. But, it is not the same as embedding HTML code directly into your web page as you do with Weebly’s editor.

Verdict: Weebly wins design flexibility. Weebly wins for its option to switch templates once your website is live. Wix is more customizable, and has a wider range of templates. But not being able to change your Wix template makes Weebly the winner.

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Features and Tools

Features and Tools Pros Cons
Wix
  • High number and quality of customization tools
  • Features are regularly updated
  • Less in-built features than Weebly
  • Relies more on apps to expand your website
Weebly
  • More in-house features than Wix
  • More advanced ecommerce and blogging tools
  • Poorer quality and smaller range of customization tools
  • Less regular updates than Wix

 

It’s all very well having a website that looks stunning. But it can’t just look good. It needs to work hard for you! Whether you have a blog, an online store or a photography portfolio, it’s important to have the right features to help your site succeed.

Both Wix and Weebly come with a host of built-in features ready to make your website a powerful presence. There’s more to a website than just text boxes and image galleries. Can you have a members area for your blog? Can you create coupons for your online store? It’s these things that will set your site apart.

Wix and Weebly both scored equally highly in this area, with developed and regularly updated features. Wix releases updates just about every month, so you can be sure you’re getting the latest version.

No stale, outdated tools to be found here. Wix and Weebly keep on top of releases to make your life easier. They even listen to suggestions from members to make updates which really benefit their users.

There are too many features to list them all here. But let’s cover the basics of customization, ecommerce, and blogging tools. You can follow the links to find out more.

Customization Tools

As well as the standard editing tools that come with the drag and drop design, Weebly has a range of customization tools, including:

  • Video backgrounds
  • Custom headers
  • Full width image and color backgrounds
  • Create surveys, contact forms, RSVP lists, and more

So you can use these features to make your site as unique as you like! These tools come in useful no matter the purpose of your website. They’re designed to make your site stand out and engage visitors.

Wix also has video backgrounds and intuitive customization tools. Other features include:

  • Unlimited fonts
  • Scroll effects
  • Media galleries for images, videos and text
  • Add maps, testimonials, contact forms, and more

These tools should draw attention to your content and add to your user’s experience. Wix’s website builder tools are more advanced than Weebly’s.

Both Wix and Weebly have up to date and advanced editing tools to make building, editing and updating your website as enjoyable as possible.

Ecommerce Tools

Weebly has more of an ecommerce focus than Wix, but both builders have tools and features to support online stores. Weebly’s recent updates have all been strengthening this ecommerce capability. Some of these features and updates include:

  • Order online, pickup in store
  • Track coupon stats and performance
  • Fully integrated shopping cart
  • Secure checkout
  • Track and manage your inventory
  • Sell physical and digital products and services

These features not only make your life as a business owner easier. It also makes shopping on your website easier and more enjoyable for your customers. This is good news as it makes them more likely to come back and even share or recommend your website! These features mean you can create a developed online store without having to use extra apps (but they’re there if you do want them)!

Wix supports ecommerce functionality too. But it involves using more apps than in-built features like Weebly. You can create an online store without using apps though. Here are some of the features which come included in your Wix editor:

  • High quality product galleries
  • Secure checkout
  • Global tax and shipping
  • Coupons and discounts
  • Multiple payment options: 0% transaction fee
  • Manage orders and track your inventory

As you can see, Wix provides all the basic features to support a successful online store. But for a more sophisticated or powerful ecommerce website, you will need to make use of in-built and/or third party apps.

Blogging Tools

Wix and Weebly both have blogging specific templates. But what features do they have to make your blog the best it can be?

Weebly offers more in-house blogging features than Wix, giving it the edge. You get more support for your blog without having to rely on installing apps. It comes with blogging tools such as:

  • RSS feed
  • Social sharing
  • Scheduled sharing on Facebook and Twitter
  • Manage comments
  • Customize categories, tags and navigation

With these built-in tools you can archive older posts, share on social media, and even schedule your posts in advance with the scheduled sharing feature. By customizing and controlling your blog with these tools you’re giving your content the best chance of being enjoyed by visitors. You can also use apps to expand your blog. But with these tools already in place, you don’t have to.

Wix has a smaller range of basic blogging features. But with such stylish designs the basics are all you need! Here are some of the main features:

  • Manage your blog from desktop or mobile
  • Comments sections
  • Integrated social platforms
  • Membership sign-ups
  • Hashtags and categories

Any of these should help showcase your work and keep your readers happy. To really get the most out of your Wix blog though, you would need to use the Wix Blog App. This unlocks a lot more features like an RSS feed and multiple writers. So you with Wix you are relying on apps for a more in-depth blogging website.

Marketing Tools

Overall, Weebly has more in-house features than Wix. Wix relies more on apps for scalability as well as more advanced ecommerce functions. One thing both these builders offer is well developed in-house email marketing tools.

Weebly Promote allows you to build and integrate email campaigns directly with your website. You can build email lists, create custom emails with drag and drop, track your email stats, and more.

Wix Shoutout lets you easily send out emails or even share via social media. With customizable styles, professional templates, stats tracking, and contact integration, email campaigns are smart and stress free.

Verdict: Wix wins features and tools. It’s a close one though! Your choice depends on your website’s functions, and if you’ll be using apps: Weebly has more in-house features and ecommerce tools. But Wix has more advanced customization tools and more regular updates.

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App Markets

App Markets Pros Cons
Wix
  • Over 200 apps to choose from in Wix App Market
  • New apps added regularly
  • Mix of in-house and third party apps
  • Use apps to expand your website
  • Smaller range than Weebly
Weebly
  • Over 300 apps to choose from in Weebly App Center
  • New apps added regularly
  • Over 50 free apps in the Weebly App Center
  • Suggest new apps to be added
  • Fewer categories than Wix to help browsing

 

When you’re looking at what features each builder has to offer, it’s a good idea to look at apps too. Apps can fill gaps the in-built features don’t cover and give more power to your website.

Weebly has an impressive range of apps. The Weebly App Center has over 300 apps for you to choose from. Of those, over 50 of them are free! New apps are being added all the time, and you can even submit your own ideas for new apps.

weebly app center
Weebly’s App Center has different categories which you can search through, and new apps are added on a regular basis.

Luckily, Weebly isn’t boasting quantity over quality. You can read user reviews and see star ratings for each app while you browse. You can search via category or type in what you’re looking for. Whether you want to add a Facebook Like button, an FAQ section, or display an Instagram feed on your site, Weebly’s App Center has got you covered.

Wix also has a large choice of apps. The Wix App Market has over 200 apps, ranging from ecommerce like Wix Stores to adding social features like Facebook Comments. The Wix apps are all well-developed and have a high functionality to add to your website.

For example, the Wix Bookings app allows you to take bookings online, sync your calendars, send reminder emails, offer group sessions, set up a Member Login area, and more. A lot of the apps are free, and most of them have both free and paid versions, which expands your choice. Like Weebly, you can search and browse the Wix App Market to find what you’re looking for, and view ratings and reviews for each app.

Verdict: It’s a draw! Weebly has a wider range of apps to choose from, but both builders offer an impressive number of high quality apps. Regular updates and a mix of free and premium apps means whichever you choose is a winner here.

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SEO

SEO Pros Cons
Wix
  • SEO Wiz creates a personalized step by step guide to follow
  • Articles and tips in Wix Knowledge Base
  • Basic in-built SEO tools
  • Supports SEO apps to boost your site
  • Wix can only support you where it can – no guaranteed results
Weebly
  • Weebly Ultimate SEO Guide provides walk through advice on SEO
  • Articles and tips in Weebly Help Center and blog
  • Basic in-built SEO tools
  • Supports SEO apps to boost your site
  • Weebly can only support you where it can – no guaranteed results

 

Once you’ve got your website customized and decked out with all the features, apps, and extras you could want, you need people to see it! That’s where SEO comes in. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization and is what helps your website rank in search engines.

Without SEO, you won’t make it to the top of the Google results page. So it’s super important for helping your website succeed. SEO might seem a bit of a mystery, but that’s okay. Your website builder will help you boost your website up through those rankings.

Both Wix and Weebly have all the standard in-built SEO features like meta titles and alt tags.  Weebly has great SEO prompts and is one of the best for supporting you where it can. It has an Ultimate SEO Guide which walks you through SEO step by step.

This guide covers all the basic you need to get started, including an SEO checklist to follow while you set up your website. It then walks you through keyword research, into more advanced actions to grow your website. Finally, you can learn about tracking to measure and apply successful techniques.

You can find articles on SEO in the Weebly Blog, with helpful links to other articles and guides. Weebly’s Pre-Launch Membership is coming soon to help business starters overcome common hurdles like SEO. You have a great choice of apps and plugins too, like Traffic Booster, Stats & Marketing, and more.

weebly seo apps
Weebly has apps to help boost your website’s traffic, from growing your email list to getting found in search engines.

Wix also has very strong SEO guidance to help you maximise your website’s online presence. The main resource is an app called Wix SEO Wiz. First, you can search what you want to learn about and browse through different categories to find helpful guides, tips, and articles.

Then activate SEO Wiz. This creates a step by step plan for you to follow and boost your place in search results. You enter the name of your site, whether you’re a physical or purely online brand, and enter five keywords. You’re then given a personalized SEO plan.

wix seo wiz plan
Wix SEO Wiz creates a personalized step by step SEO plan for you to follow, helping your website get found in search engines like Google.

Like Weebly, Wix also has extensive articles and SEO guides in its help and support and blog. Plus it automatically has in-built tools like meta tags and optimized headings to give your site a head start. If you want to build on this, there are other apps like Google Analytics, Site Booster, and Google Search Console which will help boost your website.

Verdict: It’s a draw! When choosing between Wix or Weebly, you don’t need to worry about SEO. Both are working hard to get your website noticed. Wix boast they have the best SEO, but Weebly has great help resources and apps too.

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Backup and Restore Options

Backup & Restore Options Pros Cons
Wix
  • Can save unlimited versions of your site as copies
  • Instant restore if something goes wrong
  • You must remember to create copies of your website as a backup
Weebly
  • Can undo changes in the editor
  • Can export a copy of your website to a zip file as an external copy
  • If you leave the editor or publish, changes can’t be undone
  • Must wait on Weebly support to restore your website – not instant
  • The zip file copy can’t be re-uploaded into Weebly

 

We’ve all been there. One slip of the finger and you’ve deleted half your website, or turned everything a terrible shade of green. If you can restore a saved backup of your site, you can breathe a massive sigh of relief. If not, will you have to spend hours on the phone to help and support trying to get your website back to its former glory?

Wix allows you to save unlimited versions of your website. This means you can restore your entire website anytime you want (or need) to! They get full marks for this, as you could restore your website weeks after you made a mistake. Just remember to save copies of your website when you’ve updated it and are happy with your changes!

Weebly is a little more restrictive. You can undo changes straight away, but if you close the editor or hit publish, it’s bad news – that green color is there to stay. You can’t undo changes once you’ve exited the editor or published/updated your website. You’ll have to go back and manually correct them.

If the worst happens and you accidentally delete your website or any of your pages, it’s not the end of the world. You just have to email Weebly and then wait for them to restore the lost pages for you.

While this is a solution, it’s not as instant as Wix’s option of immediate restoring and sense of relief. If you’re running your business online or rely on your website for your income, this waiting around on Weebly could have a big impact.

Verdict: Wix wins for backup and restore options. Its immediate solution beats Weebly’s slower and potentially more stressful option. Quickly restoring your website to its former glory in just a couple of clicks beats waiting for someone else to do it for you.

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Exporting Your Website

Being able or not able to export your website from either Wix or Weebly can potentially be an important consideration for you.

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You can easily create an external backup of your Weebly website in your settings.

Weebly actually allows you to export your website and import it into a different host if you want.  This is really a nice feature as if you decide to leave Weebly for whatever reason, or if Weebly one day shuts down, you can always move your website away from Weebly and have it hosted somewhere else.

Wix does not have an export function.  Even though we can understand that there are a lot of Wix features that only functions within their hosting environment, it’s always best to have a solid backup plan, as you can never tell what the future brings.

If you spend the time to build out and improve a website, you want to have the option to take the website with you. With Wix, it’s hard not to feel like a hostage to that platform.

Verdict: Weebly wins! Weebly allows you to export your site by downloading to a zip file. So you can move your website to another host if you want to. You don’t have this option with Wix, meaning you can’t move away from this platform.

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Help and Support

Help & Support Pros Cons
Wix
  • Phone support across all plans
  • Really in-depth and helpful knowledge base
  • Great on-page support while creating and editing your website
  • No live chat support
Weebly
  • Email, live chat, phone, and social media help resources
  • Help Center with articles and guides
  • Support available 7 days a week
  • Phone support only available on higher paid plans

 

As you can see in the full review of Wix, the help feature and community support for Wix is one of the best parts of this website builder.

For each Wix element that you use to build your website, they have a separate “question mark” there so when you click on it, it will show you specific help instructions that are directly related to the element you are using.

wix editing support bubbles
Wix provides lots of help tips and guides to walk you through creating your website. These help bubbles appear when you click on the question mark symbols.

It’s nice how you don’t have to spend time and dig into their support center to find related help (but it’s there if you need it). Wix is the only website builder to offer this kind of on-page help while you’re editing your website.

Weebly, on the other hand, does not have this feature.  You will have to go to its support center, type in what you need help on, and search there.

Once again, on the surface, it looks like Wix’s help functions are much more helpful.

While this appears to be true, the reason why Wix’s help functions are so much more comprehensive is that their product is more complex.  As mentioned above, Wix gives you the option to make all sorts of personalization to its elements. So with more bells and whistles, naturally they need more support.

Wix offers you phone and email support across all their plans from Monday to Thursday 5am-5pm, whereas Weebly offers phone support only for the Pro, Business and Performance plans. But, you can choose from email and live chat support, or phone them Monday to Friday 6am to 6pm, and at weekends from 8am to 5pm.

Wix has a really helpful and in-depth knowledge base. There’s a search bar which you can use to find specific queries, or browse through categories like ‘Getting Started’, ‘Billing’, ‘Domains’, and more. These all link to numerous help articles, guides, and tips. You can also use the Wix Blog, Wix forum, or Wix’s social media for more help and support resources.

Compared to Wix, Weebly’s help center is slightly less developed but still very helpful. It’s laid out in a similar style with a search bar and browsing categories.

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Weebly’s help center has a search feature as well as categories with links to helpful articles for you to browse through.

As well as its phone, email, live chat support, and help center, Weebly also has a forum and social support, so there’s something for everyone.

If you subscribe to Wix’s VIP plan, they have a separate, dedicated VIP priority phone support team where you have access to one-on-one personal support from their team (more on the pricing of the VIP plan below).

Verdict: Wix wins help and support. While Weebly covers more bases with its live chat option, phone support is only on highly paid plans. Wix’s knowledge base is more detailed and its on-page support is invaluable, especially for beginners.

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Pricing and Value for Money

Pricing & Value for Money Pros Cons
Wix
  • Free plan available
  • 7 paid plans to choose from
  • Great value for money
  • 3 ecommerce plans and 4 website plans
  • Cheapest ecommerce plan is $20
Weebly
  • Free plan available
  • 4 paid plans to choose from
  • All plans have ecommerce features
  • On average Weebly is 13% more expensive than Wix

 

When it comes to Wix vs Weebly, most people want to know about price. Both Wix and Weebly offer a free plan, which you can stay on for as long as you like.

Wix has seven paid plans in total, ranging from $5 – $35 a month. Weebly has four paid plans ranging from $8 – $38 a month (billed annually). These plans cover basic features right up to advanced ecommerce functions.

You might be wondering why you should even look at what paid plans are on offer if both Wix and Weebly have free plans.

The great thing about free plans is you can try the builder out and actually get started on creating your website without the pressure of paying – well, anything! There’s also no pressure to upgrade as there’s no time limit on the free plan: you can stay on it a long as you want.

But we wouldn’t recommend staying on a free plan long term. For one, there will be features you can’t unlock unless you upgrade. Wix has more features available on its free plan than Weebly does. But there are still things you won’t be able to do, like accept payments online. These restrictions make it really hard to grow your website.

The other main drawback of a free plan is you will have adverts on your website. Whether it’s a Wix banner or a Weebly pop-up, adverts look unprofessional and ruin your carefully built website. Plus, you can’t connect a custom domain. So instead of a personalized website address like www.my-amazing-website.com it will have the builders name in, like: www.my-wix-website/wixsite.com.

These are just things to be aware of before you choose Wix or Weebly. It’s always worth looking at the paid plans first. So when you do decide to upgrade you’re not stuck with expensive premiums. Luckily, neither Wix or Weebly are pricey – read on to see how they compare.

Wix Premium Plans

Wix’s premium plans offer you seven different packages. The higher the plan, the more features and support you receive:

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Wix offers seven paid plans in total. The three business plans on the left are the ecommerce plans. The four on the right are the plans for websites without ecommerce features. These prices reflect the annual subscriptions.

The listed prices in the image above are based on annual plans. If you choose to pay on a month-to-month basis, the prices per month are higher.

Wix has three Business plans ranging from $20 – $35 a month: Business Basic, Business Unlimited, and Business Pro. All of these plans have ecommerce features so you can accept online payments and run an online store. There are four website plans ranging from $5 – $29 a month: Connect Domain, Combo, Unlimited, and VIP.

If you sign up for a one-year or two-year plan, you can save from 25% to 43% per year, depending on which package you select:

Wix Pricing Plans Monthly ($/month) 1-Year ($/month) Savings (%) 2-Years ($/month) Savings (%)
Connect Domain $7.00 $5.00 29% $4.00 43%
Combo $14.50 $11.00 25% $9.00 37%
Unlimited $16.00 $14.00 14% $11.00 31%
eCommerce* $25.00 $20.00 20% $17.50 30%
VIP $35.00 $29.00 17% $26.00 26%

*This price reflects the Business Basic plan which is the cheapest of the three ecommerce premiums.

So what do you actually get for your money? The best value plan to start out on is the $5 a month Combo plan. This connects your domain, remove Wix adverts from your website, and gives you 3GB storage, plus more.

If you want to sell through your website, start out on the Business Basic plan at $20 a month. This allows you to accept online payments, gives you unlimited bandwidth and 20GB storage, removes Wix adverts, and includes apps like Google Analytics and Site Booster to help your site succeed, and more.

You can read more about Wix’s value for money and how to choose the best plan for you in our Wix Pricing Review.

Weebly Premium Plans

With Weebly, they offer you four premium plans starting from $8 per month for their Starter Plan to $38 per month for their Performance Plan (paid annually).

The price range drops quite significantly to $5 per month – $35 per month, if you subscribe to a two-year plan (click here for detailed analysis of Weebly pricing plans).

Weebly review - Pricing Tables
The price per month varies depending which length of Weebly subscription you choose.

Here is a table that will show you Weebly’s pricing range depending on whether you sign up to their six-months, one-year or two-year plans:

 

Weebly Pricing Plans 6 Months ($/month) 1-Year ($/month) Savings (%) 2-Years ($/month) Savings (%)
Starter $14 $8 43% $5 64%
Pro $18 $12 33% $9 50%
Business $35 $25 29% $21 40%
Performance $46 $38 17% $35 24%

 

Like Wix, Weebly covers simple website building all the way through to ecommerce. So whether you’re starting a portfolio or setting up an online store, they’ve got something for you.

The cheapest plan to sell through is the $8 a month Starter Plan. You can sell up to 10 products on this plan. This also removes Weebly adverts from your website, gives you unlimited storage, and lets you connect a custom domain.

If you want video backgrounds, password protection, or HD video and audio, the Pro Plan is your cheapest option at $12 a month (billed annually). This also lets you sell up to 25 products and is the cheapest plan to unlock phone support.

Verdict: Wix wins pricing and value for money! Wix’s free plan has more features, and its paid plans are cheaper – in fact, Weebly’s average prices are 13% more expensive! Wix still offers cool website features and powerful ecommerce tools at cheaper prices.

Further Information

Wix vs Weebly: Conclusion

Wix vs Weebly: we’ve looked at their ease of use, template designs, features, apps, SEO tools, backup and export options, help and support, and pricing. Let’s recap on how they did in each area before sharing final thoughts on the winner:

Wix vs Weebly Wix Weebly
Ease of Use Wix has a pure drag and drop design which means you can design your page in just a few clicks. It’s a fast and easy way to create your website. Weebly is a drag and drop builder, but has more limits in its templates. In testing people found it less intuitive than Wix and more difficult to use because of this. But it’s still user friendly as long as you take time to get used to it.
Design Flexibility Wix has over 500 professional, trendy templates. The designs are more customizable than Weebly’s templates. They are mobile ready and there’s a dedicated mobile editor. Weebly has fewer templates and their designs are more basic. They do allow you to switch templates and edit HTML/CSS codes (if you know how to). All templates are mobile responsive.
Features and Tools Wix introduces new or improvements to existing tools on a monthly basis. They have a range of built-in tools, but relies more on in-house and third party apps for scalability. Weebly has more in-house features and tools than Wix, relying less on apps to provide these functions. But its customization tools are less advanced than Wix.
App Markets Wix has a wide range of useful apps in its Wix App Market. Over 200 apps are on offer, including in-house apps like Wix Bookings. New apps are added on a regular basis. Weebly has an impressive App Center, with over 300 apps to choose from. New apps are added on a regular basis.  You can even submit your own ideas for new apps.
SEO Wix has built-in SEO tools like alt tags and meta titles. It also has Wix SEO Wiz which creates a personalized step by step SEO plan for your website. You can find articles, guides and tips inthe Wix Help Center and blog too. Weebly has built-in SEO tools. It also has the Weebly Ultimate SEO Guide which walks you through the SEO process. This includes an SEO checklist to get you started. You can find articles and other guides in the Weebly Blog too.
Backup and Restore Options You can save unlimited copies of your website, so you can restore a previous version of your site instantly if anything goes wrong. You can undo changes as long as you’re still in the editor. If you leave the editor or hit publish, you can’t undo the changes. If you delete pages you must wait for Weebly support to restore your site for you.
Exporting Website Wix doesn’t have an export function, so you can’t migrate your website to another platform. You can export your website codes, but future edits must be done by modifying the codes (not beginner friendly).
Help and Support Wix offers support viaits knowledge base, email and lots of guides / tutorials. You can also schedule phone appointments. There are lots of helpful on-page resources at hand while you’re actually creating your website too. Overall, Wix’s support center guides are more comprehensive than Weebly’s. Weebly offers support via phone on it shigher plans, as well as live chat, and email. It also has a help center (like Wix’s knowledge base), here you can find guides, articles and tips.
Pricing Wix’s pricing plans range from $5.00 to $35.00 per month. Weebly’s pricing plans range from $8 to $38 per month.

 

Wix is our best all-round website builder. It’s the best choice for beginners, creatives, and ecommerce. It beat Weebly when it came to ease of use, features and tools, restoring your site, help and support, and pricing and value for money.

Weebly is the best choice for small business and portfolio sites. If you want a more structured template design, Weebly is the builder for you. It beat Wix in design flexibility and exporting your website. This flexibility is not reflected in its template designs though, so if you want lots of customization don’t choose Weebly unless you can code.

Now you’ve got a better idea of whether Wix or Weebly is the better builder for you, what are you waiting for? Try Wix or Weebly for free today. If you’re still stuck, why not try both and see which you like better? Happy website building!

Wix vs Weebly: the FAQs

Which is cheaper, Wix or Weebly?

Wix offers a wider range of cheaper paid plans for you to choose from. Both Wix and Weebly offer a free plan which you can stay on for as long as you like!

But when you upgrade, Wix offers the cheapest upgrade option: the Connect Domain plan at $5 a month (billed annually). There are seven paid plans in total, from $5 – $35 a month.

Weebly’s cheapest plan is the Starter plan at $8 a month (billed annually). There are four paid plans in total, from $8 – $38 a month (billed annually).

If you want more detail on the prices offered by each builder, you can read our Wix Pricing Review for more information on Wix’s premiums, or read our Weebly Pricing Review for a breakdown of Weebly’s plans.

Will Wix or Weebly let me sell online?

Yes! Both Wix and Weebly have ecommerce plans so you can create an online store or sell through your website.

Weebly has a lot of ecommerce features to support your site. You can sell on all Weebly plans, starting with up to 10 products on the cheapest Starter plan at $8 a month (billed annually). This come with a 3% Weebly transaction fee. If you want 0% transaction fee and unlimited products, you’ll need the Business plan at $25 a month.

Wix’s cheapest ecommerce plan is the Business Basic plan at $20 a month (billed annually). This has 0% transaction fee, unlimited products and bandwidth. There are three ecommerce plans: Business Basic, Business Unlimited, and Business Pro.

Read our Wix eCommerce Review for an in-depth look at the best way to sell online with this website builder. Or, read our Weebly Ecommerce Review and find out more about what it’s got to offer for your business.

Which is better, Wix or Weebly?

This is really down to personal need and preference! But in our research Wix shone out as the best all-round website builder. It’s easier to use, has better customization, and has better value for money. Weebly is better in some areas – for example, allowing you to switch templates after you’ve published your website. But overall we’d have to recommend Wix.

Compare the top website builders in our comparison chart for a full look at how Wix and Weebly rank against other leading competitors.

Are Wix and Weebly totally free?

Yes! Both Wix and Weebly have free plans, which are 100% cost free. You don’t have to pay a single cent to create and publish your website with either of these website builders. You can stay on the free plan as long as you like. But neither builder will let you connect a custom domain or remove their adverts from your site while you’re on the free plan.

What’s the difference between Wix and Weebly?

Wix and Weebly are both super popular website builders. Wix is a pure drag and drop builder, meaning you can drag anything, like text boxes and images, anywhere on your web pages. Weebly has more limits in its editor, meaning it’s more restrictive than Wix. They have different features and price plans, so it’s important to look at both before choosing.

Read our Wix Review for an in-depth look at the best all-round website builder. Or read our Weebly Review for a breakdown of its features, ease of use, and more.

Website Builder Expert aims to provide you with honest data. That’s why we conduct our own research and obtain direct, personal insight. Analyses and graphics in this article are based on authentic sources cross-validated by our in-house experts. We take great care to ensure the information we publish is reliable and accurate. However, WBE takes no responsibility for any inaccuracy in information supplied to us by users, research participants, or other entities.

Please note the insight contained within this article is for general information purposes only. We’re glad to answer any questions you may have about this article and its supporting research. Read more here and for further information, please contact Website Builder Expert directly via email at info@websitebuilderexpert.com.
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578 Responses to Wix vs Weebly | Which One Should You Use to Build Your Website?

  1. #

    Hi,

    Very informative piece.

    I am looking to establish a website for a non-profit (PTA), which will be handed down to others, as officers are changed and there is no guarantee that they will have in depth Tech knowledge. With that in mind, I am leaning towards Wix for simplicity.

    We just need place to share information and events, as well as allow people to download files.

    Anything I should worry about?

    Thanks

    • Charlie Carmichael
      #

      Hi Brenda,

      Thanks for your comment. We’re glad to hear you found our article useful. Both Wix and Weebly are simple, user-friendly platforms but Wix sounds like a sensible bet. It may be worth setting some time aside to introduce new officers to Wix once you’ve got to grips with it – it shouldn’t take long to show them how it works and your website will really benefit from the continuity.

      Best of luck!

      Charlie

  2. #

    With havin so much content do you ever run into
    any issues of plagorism or copyright violation? My website has a lot of exclusive content I’ve
    either authored myself or outsourced but it appears
    a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my agreement.
    Do you know any solutions to help protect against content from being stolen? I’d really
    appreciate it.

    • Charlie Carmichael
      #

      Hi there,

      Thanks for your comment. We haven’t personally encountered this issue (thankfully) but we are aware it happens. If you’re making great content, it should earn backlinks and customers, making it clear to Google that your site was the original author of the content. Failing that, Google Alerts is a great piece of software that can track your content and alert you when it spots your content being used on another site. After that, it’s just a case of reporting them to their host company or platform.

      Hope that helps and best of luck!

      Charlie

  3. #

    Hi, I have an odd question! I am in the UK now, but moving back to US in a month. I need to build a weebly site pronto. Over here, weebly has a .com/uk address. When I move countries, will I be able to access my site etc, do you think?? Thanks so much!!

    • Fred Isaac
      #

      Hi Deb, accessing your site shouldn’t be a problem after moving countries, but I’d definitely contact Weebly to make sure! Good luck.

  4. #

    I am mainly concerned with SEO. I need to rank high to save others lives. But I need drag and drop ease. I am between wix and weebly. Which should I go with. I tried WordPress it it was too difficult for me.

  5. #

    FYI. Wix’s advertising is now a single strip similar to Weebly’s and is located on the top of the screen and I think they have added some means of code editing, too.

  6. #

    Great article!

    I have found Wix and Weebly to be a ‘six of one, half a dozen of another’ kind of situation. It all boils down to your personal preferences.

    What turned me off to upgrading to a paid Wix site is their lack of real interest in their customers as far as support goes. Yes, they’ll help but they don’t appear to go the extra mile (ymmv). When I started the site builder and included the built-in blog feature I was disappointed to find the next time I went to use it my dummy content had been put into the trash. When I searched their support section I found someone else who had a similar kind of problem except their blog content was fully deleted (they were a PAYING user) and Wix’s response was a ‘there’s nothing we can do about it’ attitude. Another dislike is the nuisance it is to make the mobile site run as smooth in appearance as the desktop version. Unless you build the desktop version EXACTLY right the mobile version will have to be rebuilt/adjusted manually afterward.

    My main dislike with Weebly is that their included theme quantity and variety is rather small, limited and not always what the sample preview design displays as well as the limited site enhancements. Also you NEED to know how to modify some code (CSS mainly) (or get someone who does) if you want to make any real tweaks to the templates and existing HTML is not editable.

  7. #

    to try Free trial, do I have to give you my credit card info and get charged?

    • Charlie Carmichael
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      Hi AnneMarie,

      Thanks for joining the conversation. Both Wix and Weebly offer Free Plans that don’t require credit card information. The great thing about the Free Plans, as opposed to a Free Trial, is they don’t expire. On the downside, you won’t have access to all the website builder’s features but it depends what you’re looking for. Hope that helps!

      Thanks,

      Charlie

  8. #

    Greate article. Keep writing such kind of info on your blog.

    Im really impressed by your site.
    Hi there, You have done an incredible job. I’ll certainly digg it
    and in my view recommend to my friends. I
    am confident they will be benefited from this website.

    • Fred Isaac
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      Great to hear, thank you for the comment.

  9. #

    Thanks for the nice comparison article.
    As a Weebly user, I have two requests they claim to be ‘working on’ does Wix have these?
    1. Image gallery, where we can upload and access images repeatedly and easily include alt text? There is a way to add alt text now, but it takes many clicks. How does Wix do this?
    2. Is there a ‘back button’ ? Ctrl Z occasionally works, a design preview before launching or ‘undo’ button would be useful. Does Wix have this?
    3. Wix has no ‘export’ option? Nor change theme, really?
    Thanks for your help and sharing your expertise.
    http://Www.chromatherapylight.com

    • Charlie Carmichael
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      Hi Trish,

      Thanks for your comment. Wix has both an image gallery feature and an ‘undo’/’back’ button. To add alt text, you simply have to select the image you want and click on settings. From there it’ll ask you for ‘image text’ to tell Google what the image is – really simple! You’re right about exporting and changing themes, though. If you want to read more about Wix, check out our review here. Hope that helps clear things up for you!

      Thanks,

      Charlie

  10. #

    Excellent info and comparison. Very useful – thank you!

  11. #

    A useful comparison, however, I am disappointed there is no mention of which is more accessible to users with a disability. I have tested templates in both packages and so far no templates have passes my accessibility testing. For instance most have no idea that in WIX the accessibility layer needs to be switched on to enable a visible focus.

    Thanks

  12. #

    Hi, I’m from Peru and a Weebly costumer. There is no option about selling in my own local coin. (PE = SOL)

    I think this is a big problem.

    Do you think anything could help in this case?

  13. #

    Thank you for this article. I was unsure about which site builder to use but now that I’ve seen your comparison of the two it’s clear which ones is best for me based on the features I’m looking for. Excellent job!

    • Fred Isaac
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      Thanks Wendalynn, hope it helped you pick a winner! Which one did you go for?

  14. #

    Hi Jeremy: thanks for the thorough review. Much appreciated. I have used both Wix and Weebly; I am going to build a site for a new client; they want to keep it simple, update themselves and they have no web building experience. My client readily admits his “tech” skills are limited. Right now I’m leaning toward Wix because of their wider variety of template options, user friendliness but I’m concerned about making sure the site is responsive. I believe that Wix’s templates aren’t responsive but you can manually edit mobile views. Is that correct? Would that be one reason to go with Weebly, all else being comparable? Thanks!

    • Natasha Willett
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      Hi Bert,
      Really pleased you appreciated the review. Wix vs Webbly is a tough one, especially as they are both very strong contenders. However, I would look more to Wix for those exact reasons. For someone who has openly admitted that they are not comfortable with ‘tech’, Wix makes it incredibly easy with a great user interface. Weebly however, dose offer amazing help and support so should your client get stuck they will be in great hands. Just be aware that with Weebly unlike Wix you have far more creative control in the future with Weebly allowing you change templates as you business grows.
      Hope that helps a little.
      Natasha.

  15. #

    Great reveiw. Thank you. I tend to use Weebly the most for my web design business since I specialize in small businesses/non-profits where they will be adding info/blog posts/pictures/etc themselves afterwards. Everyone has really liked their site and the ease of use — many of these folks are VERY low tech and intimidated by technology and have had no problems updating.

  16. #

    Best comparison on the net – thank you!

  17. #

    Hi Jeremy,
    I just discovered your website and reviews as I start thinking about creating a small website for a personal project I wish to start. They have been very helpful to me but I’m still not sure whether to use Weebly, Wix or WordPress (for WP I would follow an online course). I could indeed do some testing, but before I start… do you have other reviews/articles where I can read about adding social media page links, a chatbox and other tools to improve the communication flow and traffic from the site to social media platforms? That could influence my decision.
    Thanks a lot, I will keep on reading/following your reviews!

    • Fred Isaac
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      Hi Vinciane,

      Will do my best to help – what’s the personal project about?

      Website builders like Wix offer great integration with social media tools. You can add them to your site at the click of a button.

      Fred

  18. #

    So, you just wasted 15 minutes of my life to conclude that you had no conclusion?

    You then suggested that I sign up for a test drive with both services and decide for myself?

    Please remove yourself from all search engine mentions of websites, wix and weebly.

    You add ZERO value.

    • Fred Isaac
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      Hi Mark,

      Sorry you feel that way – plenty of our readers say they value this comparison between Wix and Weebly.

      In our conclusion, we clearly summarise the differences between the two builders. The reason we recommend you try both is that which builder is right for you will depend on a host of factors and why wouldn’t you take advantage of a free trial to make sure?

      Best,

      Fred

  19. #

    This is the longest comment thread I’ve ever seen! Jeremy – how do you do it? One more question, Weebly has an easy way to export your products data if you use the online store feature. What about WiX, can you export your product data to CSV?

  20. #

    Thank you so much for the review! I really needed this

  21. #

    This was very useful. Thank you so much for posting.

  22. #

    This is very interesting. I am currently looking around for web builder for a music festival. We are in France and the website must be in French and English with the same pages in both languages – this means all menus and scroll downs must be doubled, translated and linked to the relevant page in that language.
    Which service do you think will better serve this purpose?
    Our current website was built with Freeway Express and needs to be seriously updated (www.larochebluegrass.fr).
    Your thoughts on this would be a great help. I do not want to have to buy two plans.

    • Tom Watts
      #

      Hi Christopher,

      Thanks for joining the conversation.

      You’ve pretty much nailed exactly what you’ll need to do (doubling, translating + linking), so you won’t be letting yourself in for any nasty, time-consuming surprises, which is great.

      Wix would be a good choice for this as they have an in-depth on-site guide solving this exact issue. Clickhere to access the Wix help center and start typing ‘multilingual site’ to find what you need.

      It’s quite in-dept hand has animations showing you exactly what to do, so hopefully you’ll have your dual language site ASAP.

      Thanks for reading,
      – Tom

      • #

        Hello Tom,

        Great article. Keep up the good work.

        I was wondering if Wix Stores / Weebly Stores can be multi-lingual? It seems its not possible with the guidelines in Wix Support.

        I am planning to build a multi-lingual ecommerce store. Multi-Currency option would also be nice. Your recommendations would be helpful.

        Thanks.


        Regards,
        Sandy

  23. #

    Really nice info! Thanks!

  24. #

    good stuff here!
    I just started using Weebly on a client’s request and was very surprised to see no native H1 tag functionality and also no breadcrumb link functionality

    • Tom Watts
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      Hi Christian,

      Good to hear you found the discussion handy.

      I agree that it’s a potential drawback having neither as native functions on Weebly.

      However, there are workarounds as both can be added via custom code in Weebly’s HTML/CSS Editor. You can find tutorials for this with a Google search.

      It’s definitely frustrating that you can’t add them in the drag n drop editor, so hopefully Weebly will address this soon as H1’s in particular are important for SEO.

      Hope that helps,
      – Tom

  25. #

    It is so rare to see a website that does an actual critical in-depth comparison of technologies.

    So many other websites will just do such a superficial comparison, they don’t compare apples to apples, they comment on some aspect of feature A for product 1 and a different aspect of feature A for product 2 so you’re no further ahead. You can tell they do it just so they can get the visibility for selling services. Mislead people into simplistic choices. Wastes people’s time.

    So keep up the great work, websitebuilderexpert is special.

    It’s also interesting that once you’ve boiled down the the 20 or so options to just 2 or 3 (using your many comparisons), I think you still have to try out the 2 or 3, BUT you at least have many important considerations already in your head thanks to these articles.

    • Tom Watts
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      Hello Schollii,

      Thank you for your great feedback.

      We really do pride ourselves on going the extra few yards to provide information that can really help our users make the best website building choices for themselves.

      We will do our best to keep up the good work 🙂

      Best of luck with your website building + thanks for reading,

      – Tom

  26. #

    Very good post. I absolutely love this website.
    Keep it up!

    • Tom Watts
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      Hello inmods,

      Thanks for the kind feedback – great to hear you found the discussion so useful!

      Best of luck with your website building,
      – Tom

  27. #

    GREAT article!

    The best advice here is to simply try both Wix and Weebly and see which one works better for each individual.

    Much appreciated!

    • Tom Watts
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      Hi Larry,

      Great to hear you found the discussion useful.

      I think that is very sound advice – always best to assess your options before spending any money.

      The fact both Wix + Weebly provide free trial options means you can really take them for a test-drive and make a much more informed decision.

      Feel free to share if you think others would benefit too,

      Thanks for reading,
      -Tom

  28. #

    Thank you for this comprehensive guide —- I learned a LOT and it helped me make a good choice.

    • Tom Watts
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      Hi WordsFailingMe,

      It’s good to know that you found the discussion so helpful.

      Feel free to share on social media if you think your friends and family might benefit too! 🙂

      Thanks for reading,
      – Tom

  29. #

    Just wanted to say a big thank you for this comparison. I am new to this game and have been struggling to work out which of the two website builders (Wix or Weebly) is best for me. Your clear information has really helped. Thanks!

    • Tom Watts
      #

      Hi Alex,

      Great to hear the discussion proved useful for you!

      Feel free to share on social if you like – you never know who you might be helping 🙂

      Thanks for reading,
      – Tom

  30. #

    great article – thank you

    • Tom Watts
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      Hi Rex,

      Glad you found the article handy.

      Thanks for reading,
      – Tom

  31. #

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    • Tom Watts
      #

      Hello htp,

      It’s great to hear you found the discussion so helpful!

      Do feel free to give us a share on social media – it really helps to spread the word + you never know who else may benefit!

      Thanks for reading,
      – Tom

  32. #

    This was helpful, thank you. I’m currently using the free version of Weebly and find it delightful to use and attractive in its simplicity. It’s the upgrades that are confusing me. Each upgrade only allows certain features. If you would ever write an article comparing them, I’d be eager to read it

    • Tom Watts
      #

      Hi Illia,

      It’s great to hear that you’re finding Weebly so easy to use!

      The general rule of thumb is that the more expensive the premium plan then the more features will be available to you.

      This in-depth Weebly review should prove helpful,

      Thansk
      – Tom

  33. #

    Weebly has been great for us – up until we realized there wasn’t great document control. There is no easy way to remove your document files once uploaded. You actually have to copy the url and send it to their customer service to remove. This is not helpful when customers google documents and find old versions out there instead of taking right from the website.

    • Tom Watts
      #

      Thanks for your insights M.

      I agree it’s an odd way of doing things and can feel a little frustrating when you want to rectify a issue quickly.

      To prevent users finding the old, cached version of the document or page you could create a Google Search Console account and then request a new crawl of your website to make sure search engine results reflect your site updates. You can read more about doing this here.

      Hope that helps,
      – Tom

  34. #

    What a wonderful resource!!! Thank you so much!

  35. #

    Thank you for these clear explanations of the differences. You really gave me a better sense of which website builder might be better for me at this time.

    • Tom Watts
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      Hi Regan,

      Thanks for the feedback, it’s great to hear the discussion proved helpful to you.

      Feel free to share this discussion on your social media channels if you think others might benefit too – always nice to tee up some potential positive karma!

      Best of luck with your site,
      – Tom

  36. #

    Thanks for the post, it really helped me narrow down which platform Ill be using.

  37. #

    Great article. I started using six and did build a website with them using a paid plan. But I find it quite frustrating working with Wix for a couple of reason, hence me searching comparison between six and weekly as I’m considering to change and leave wit for these two reasons.

    1- every time you want to edit your website, it does upload ridiculously slow, and my website is quite simple actually so there should not be a reason for this ti happen. Furthermore, many elements of the website doesn’t even display and you always get this kind of message instead “We’re sorry, this content cannot be displayed. Please try again later.” OR “oops something went wrong with website builder, please try again or contact support.” this is not only super frustrating but led me to m second point.

    2- finding a phone number to call customer support is as difficult as winning the lotto! it is frustrating when companies makes it so difficult to FIND their phone number. Sending them an email is not as easy either, as when you click on contact support they redirect you first to their library or resources page, or to forums, or articles just to see if you find first a response or article or blog about your problem. After you read tons or resources and articles, and questions on their community forum and STILL cannot find the answers to your problem, finally getting to a page where you can finally email them is exhausting. They certainly do not make “customer support” a positive experience for their users.

    I’m not new to websites and building them. I have several websites with citymax.com and with bigcommerce.com bigcommerce is expensive yes, I pay over $80 a month for my site BUT the customer support is PHENOMENAL the phone number is easy to find and they pick up the phone with a real person in less than a minute. They are super friendly and helpful every single time. it feels just amazing to be able to pick up the phone call and have someone help you and answer your questions in real time, at any time! I have yet to experience this with Wix, reason why I’m considering leaving them.

    Sometimes paying less is not worthy if you running a business online with companies that makes customer support so frustrating. I believe wix falls into this category based on m experience. I have 8 websites, my main one been with bigcommerce because you get what you pay for. I have other websites at a lower cost with other website builders because paying $80 a month for all of them is a bit too much, so my main site is with a reliable company and the others with several other companies some works better than others obviously. it will be nice to pay less for having a website, reason I’m giving a try to wix but the more I work with them, the more I realize why paying more is worthy.

    Just my thoughts based on my experience. having said this, if anyone can share Wix phone number will appreciate it. Still have not found it on their website!

    Thanks for this article:-)

    • #

      Autospeling changed several times Wix for six. Apologize for misspelling in my post and not noticing those errors before posting my comment. Don’t grill me because of that please:-)

    • Tom Watts
      #

      Hi Ana,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with the community, very interesting to hear.

      I understand that slow load times can be – and generally always are – a pain in the behind and super frustrating, especially when you are trying to only make small tweak or amendments to your site. However, the performance of the Wix editor is actually determined by a number of both local and non-local factors.

      These local factors include your computer’s capabilities and internet connection, especially upload speeds. Faster, more powerful computers will contribute to a quicker uplaod speed as will a faster internet connection.

      It may be worth running an internet speed test through your internet browser to see what kind of upload and download speeds you are getting (they often tend to be lower than you might think, so definitely worth checking out). Try this speed tester and see what results you get.

      Under non-local factors we have your site content and design itself. If your design is content heavy then this will impact the editor because unlike a live website, the editor loads all of your pages at once, which can create a real drag on load speeds.

      If you don’t already, I would recommend optimizing all your images and videos before uploading them – it’s a common oversight to upload image files as-is, rather than edit them into the size and quality you want on the website before uploading. This can save valuable space!

      To contact Wix by phone, just head to this page and follow the instructions. They do make it a little tricky to find, but I’d guess this is because their online help resources are very in-depth and cover most issues – however, hope the number helps!

      It’s also great to hear such positive feedback for Bigcommerce too; I’ve always found them very helpful and supportive whenever I’ve run into an issue so it is reassuring to hear you’ve had the same experience.

      And if you’re still considering moving from Wix, then it could be worth giving our in-depth Weebly review a read.

      Hope that helps,
      – Tom

  38. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for sharing and outlining the comparisons. Like you, I’m trying to determine which would suit my needs. For me, a biggy is RWD or Responsive Web Design which you hadn’t touched upon. It seems Wix is not offering RWD but say they are, while Weebly does? I’ve started building in Wix and then tested and it’s not a true RWD – Any thoughts?

    • Tom Watts
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      Hi John,

      I think the important thing is that your website is mobile friendly. So websites created by Wix do provide this.

      The key is that people can view your website effectively on their mobile devices and find what they are looking for as quickly as possible, regardless of responsive or non-responsive designs.

      Wix’s mobile mode does provide the flexibility for users to hide certain items, while responsive designs such as those provided by Weebly can’t (unless you know how to edit the template’s codes).

      For a more in-depth discussion it would be worth having a read of our mobile editor post.
      – Tom

  39. #

    Very informative post!
    are they SEO compatible?

    • Tom Watts
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      Hi Fraoulitsa,

      Glad you found the post useful.

      Both Weebly and Wix are SEO compatible – but bear in mind SEO is more about creating excellent and relevant content these days, as well as ensuring your meta-data (the back-end information about your website that search engines look at) is relevant too.

      This article looks at website builder SEO in more depth.

      – Tom

  40. #

    Just wanted to say that this is an excellent comparison of these two platforms. Pros and cons of each element are clearly laid out. Conclusion nicely summarizes. “If this is what is most important to you, go with Wix; if this is what’s most important to you, go with Weebly.”

    Thank you very much for the comparison. Very helpful.

    • Tom Watts
      #

      Hi Richard,

      Thanks for your feedback, really happy to hear you found the article so useful.

      You could really give us a push in getting the site out there with a share on social media using the buttons above (only if you want to, of course!) – you never know which of your friends may find this comparison helpful!

      Cheers,
      Tom

  41. #

    Great review! Thanks!

  42. #

    Whats really annoy me is that Wix doesnt have paypal or any other payment processor. I have tried to purchase a premium pack with wix by Visa but it is always problems, and so far it havent worked out.
    That is the good thing about weebly, they do offer paypal.
    On the other hand I find weebly much worse working with in the creation of the website building.

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hi Will,

      Actually, Wix has more payment processors integrated with their ecommerce tools than Weebly. I think Wix integrates with 12 payment processors, including PayPal.

      We go over this in our Wix ecommerce discussion here.

      Jeremy

      • #

        Sorry but you missed the point; I believe we are talking about paying Wix for a priceplan. I live in Euripe and unless you have a European VAT number (you can’t get one unless you earn more than X amount of money per year) you cannot finish the payment process to subscribe to Wix paying plan or VIP Plan. Also there is no Tel. number to contact Wix!!! They call you once and that’s it. Thinking of trying Weebly…

        • Tom Watts
          #

          Hi Jose,

          I’m a little confused by your comment…

          I am based in Europe and have no trouble registering with Wix – there’s no barrier to European residents subscribing to a Wix premium plan. You just need a debit card or credit card that is in date and has the necessary amount of money available.

          You only need a European VAT number if you are subscribing as a business to Wix. Individuals do not need one.

          Wix’s help pages are also very in-depth and you can usually find an answer to your questions in there, so I’m sorry you couldn’t this time. However, I understand Wix is trying to move away from ‘always-on’ phone support (which is a shame in my opinion), but you should be able to arrange a call back to discuss your problem. Did you try to arrange a call back?

          But if you’re sold on trying out a new website builder, then Weebly is a good choice. It’s slightly simpler to use than Wix but is still a solid platform to work on. I’ve linked you to our review, so hopefully that gives you some food for thought.

          hope that helps,
          – Tom

  43. #

    This was really super helpful. I live in Japan and have a small business. I’ve been dreading taking the jump into building a homepage, but this has re-motivated me to get to work and try out these builders.

    BTW, do you know if one is better than the other when working in two languages?

    Thanks a ton.

    Rick

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hi Rick,

      We have another guide that discusses websites with multiple languages. Hope you’ll find it helpful!

      Jeremy

  44. #

    OMG JEREMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You ROCK! I have less than ZERO clue about building my own business website, but YOU have provided such terrific comparisons, at least I’m more comfortable about selecting between Wix & Weebly.

    Keep Rockin’ It Jeremy!
    – wendy

    • Jeremy
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      You’re very welcome! Good to hear that you found our comparison helpful.

  45. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    great comparison!

    Have you been able to review which one has better client management tools… for example, I’m a designer who manages multiple websites for clients and then I invoice those client.

    Do any of these services provide the ability for me to manage multiple websites and then generate revenue?

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hello Taso,

      For that, I’d suggest checking out Weebly’s designer platform. Basically, they enable you to access the “white label” version of their website builder so you can brand the entire Weebly platform as your own.

      This way, your clients can build their websites (or you build them and hand them off to your clients) and they wouldn’t know that you were using Weebly. You can invoice them on a monthly basis, etc. So it’s a pretty helpful tool for website designers.

      Jeremy

  46. #

    Very informative comparison guide, thank you! I have a couple of questions after reading this.

    1. I’ve always gone with a hosting site like IPage, Go Daddy, etc. Are these necessary or can I
    just design and have my site with Wix or Weebly?

    2. Can I somehow purchase my domain name outright, so don’t have to deal with trying to
    transfer it, which can be a nightmare with some hosts and take a huge amount of time?

    Any info. on these questions would be very much appreciated. Once again Great Article!!

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hi Sheree,

      1) Yes, you can definitely use Wix and Weebly directly. You don’t need to get your own hosting services (such as iPage, etc). Wix.com and Weebly.com provides all the hosting services you need and they manage it for you, so you don’t have to.

      2) You can purchase a domain name from a domain name registrar. So you don’t have to purchase one from the website builder. There are pros and cons to these approaches and we’ve highlighted them in our domain name guide.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  47. #

    Do either Wix or Weebly allow a visitor to complete a “response form” that will send me an email to respond to them?

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Theresa,

      If you mean if both Wix or Weebly allow you to insert a “contact form” where a visitor can send you a message, and you can reply to the message via email, then the answer is yes. Both website builders have this tool.

      Jeremy

  48. #

    This comparison guide was immensely helpful. They each have distinct advantages and this makes it much easier to select which of these two fine builders to use.

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks for your feedback John. We also have a comparison chart that benchmarks the key features of Wix and Weebly. Check it out if as it might be helpful to you!

      Jeremy

  49. #

    One of the best comparisons I’ve read. Well done. I’m invested in Weebly so am not about to change but it was good to learn about Wix and to see that the Wix advantages aren’t things I’ll be losing sleep over. Compared to the torture of WordPress, both Wix and Weebly are a delight to work with.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Richard,

      Thanks for your comment. WordPress can be technically challenging for some users so I’m glad to hear that you’re doing well with Weebly!

      Jeremy

  50. #

    Wow, thank you this was fantastic information. I think I’m going with Wix. 🙂

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Kat,

      Glad to hear we were helpful. Give Wix a try as they have a free plan and you don’t have any obligations to upgrade until you want to. Good luck!

      Jeremy

  51. #

    I’ve been using Weebly for most the sites I design for myself or my clients for years. I briefly went to WordPress but came back to Weebly after the most recent updates. The inflexibility of Wix is a deal breaker.

    I’ve been able to do anything I need to do on Weebly thanks to the HTML/CSS editor and embedded HTML “content” sections.

    The hardest part is combing clients to go with it when they want an easy platform they can edit themselves. Weebly is the obvious choice but so many other designers are so stuck with WordPress being the only “real” way to do it gives these other totally capable site builders a bad name.

    Thanks for this article. I think it will help me better explain Weebly’ benefits.

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hey Craig,

      Thanks for sharing your comment with us.

      The ability to edit HTML / CSS is definitely helpful especially if you know a bit of code. This can really enable you to heavily customize a website’s design with Weebly.

      Could you elaborate a bit more about what you mean when you say “inflexibility of Wix”? Do you mean they’re inflexible because you can’t access the codes to customize your designs? I thought that Wix is quite flexible as you can do way more customizations than Weebly – without editing any codes.

      But I can totally understand if you have specific designs that you have in mind that you can achieve directly through editing the codes, then Weebly is more flexible with your skill sets (ability to code).

      Since you can code a bit, take a look at Squarespace. They’re also a drag and drop website builder (so no coding is required), but they do grant access to edit their CSS for those who can manage it. They’re also an excellent website builder and have very stylish, professional looking designs.

      Jeremy

  52. #

    Thank you for this useful comparison review- Have you done similar comparisons to Squarespace and WordPress as website builders? Have you done any comparisons for non-profit organizations?

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hello Anne,

      Yes, we also have a comparison guide for Squarespace and WordPress. You will find it here.

      Hope you find it helpful!

      Jeremy

  53. #

    I am a former user of Weebly. Now I am testing Wix and revisiting Weebley. To improve my SEO, I contracted with a SEO engineering business (I could go on quite a while on how bad they are). I am breaking contract with them and going forward with Wix or Weebley.

    My domain has been used for approximately 7 years. If they will not release my domain, will having a new domain damage my SEO.

    Your review is great and very helpful.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Bob,

      It’s probably best if you keep your existing domain name as you’ve been using it for 7 years already. Getting a new domain name is sort of like rebranding and starting all over again. Your existing domain name probably has a lot of value since it’s been around for a while, and it also might have numerous other websites linking to this domain name.

      Jeremy

  54. #

    Hey Jeremy,

    Great article, thank you! I was wondering if you could answer a question(s) for me. If I had a domain registered with (let’s say GoDaddy), am I able to use Weebly or Wix as my website editing software or do I have to use the GoDaddy web builder?

    And one more, If I had the details of my customers such as bank details, payments etc… Is it in safe hands with these hosting companies?

    Max

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hello Max,

      Yes – you can definitely connect your domain name from GoDaddy to Wix or Weebly. You don’t have to use GoDaddy’s website builder even if you hold your domain name with GoDaddy. We have a domain names guide that will go over this in more detail.

      Regarding customer details, if you use a payment processor (such as PayPal, Stripe, Square, which integrates with both Wix and Weebly), they will secure all the banking details. So you won’t have any of this information, nor will the website builder that you use.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  55. #

    I appreciate this article! I think one of my biggest deciders may be the ability to change templates. In my playing around with both, I actually think Weebly is easier to use, but I haven’t yet built a full website.

    I have been stuck with my old website for years, but finally see a possibility to switch. I have an ecommerce site for products that use a lot of custom options, so I have variables in my products that haven’t been available when I’ve looked at Wix and Weebly (and others) in the past. For instance, picking a color, picking a font, entering text, etc. I haven’t wanted to lose that, and go to depending on the customer to leave their choices in order notes or separate communication-I have that with Etsy, and it is not ideal.

    Now that they appear to both have options to include variables, I am more excited about developing a new website that isn’t dated from 2004! A big benefit for weebly in that regard is that they have the choice of using multiple choice, or text box, and I don’t see the text box option with Wix.

    I am a little disappointed that (from what I can gather) both hosts only allow three different payment processors, so I will be having to stop using the processor that I have used for many years. It will probably end up being for the best, but they have been a good company to work with, so I hate to leave them. Do you have any preference for the different companies that they use for processing? I know that square is popular.

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hi SM,

      Thanks for sharing your comment with us. Glad you found what you need with Weebly!

      As for payment processors, I’ve actually never used Square myself though I heard they’re quite good.

      PayPal is an excellent option though some people don’t like using them. I’ve never had an issue with them but their fees for processing foreign credit cards (outside of your country) is slightly higher. Stripe is excellent and their fees are lower and more transparent than PayPal.

      We have a brief comparison between PayPal and Stripe here, which you might find helpful. The article is about Shopify (an excellent ecommerce builder) and we dove into comparing PayPal and Stripe there.

      Jeremy

  56. #

    Excellent article…I am so glad I read and the thorough evaluation made it easy for me to decide to give Weebly a try for it’s minimalist features! 🙂

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hey Sophie,

      Thanks for your comment and good luck with your website!!

      Jeremy

  57. #

    As a one new to websites I found this article both fair and useful. I feel this reviewer does have his “thumb on the scales” of either site. I would recommend looking at this if you’re undecided and a “newby” like me. Great job!!!

  58. #

    Very helpful, well organized, and I really appreciate the mini wrap-ups at the end of sections.

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hey Belinda,

      Thanks! Glad you found our mini-summaries helpful!

      Jeremy

  59. #

    I have been reviewing 3 website builders extensively for the last 2-3 weeks. They are Wix, Weebly & Squarespace. Every time I think I’ve got the best one, I find a comment that brings me back to reviewing once again. The biggest negative I have found with Squarespace is that none of their templates remotely fit what I need. There is a discontinued one that would have made it, but they won’t renew any discontinued templates.

    Wix seems a little more complicated for me (a complete newby to website building) and while Weebly seems perfectly simple – it may be TOO simple for me.

    My most important requirements are: 1. template that is appropriate for my small business (dry cleaning route only – so that any kind of clothing or delivery van template would help); 2. good SEO capabilities; 3. easy mobile access for all platforms; 4. good support either by email, phone, or live chat with timely response. I have read some negative things about Weebly support, which turned me off. As a complete novice, I need to be able to get questions answered in a timely manner.

    The SEO with Wix is a separate program, therefore, i am hesitant as I would like this to be automatic so I don’t have to choose still another format to have to mess with. I am pretty computer literate (more than the average person) except for this area of website building.
    We already have a domain name with Go Daddy which also includes 4 email accounts. I would need to integrate these with any choice of builder.

    Can you offer any further insights for me? Would greatly appreciate it, as I am stumped at this point. Thanks so much for all your online information so far.

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hi Sara,

      Did you have a bad experience with Weebly? If not, and if you only read bad reviews, I’d encourage you test them out directly. I suppose there will always be negative reviews for everything, so the best way to confirm is to email them with some of your questions and see what happens!

      As for Wix, their SEO is built into their platform, so it’s not a separate program. If you want to read up a bit more about SEO and website builders, we have a guide here that you might find informative.

      I actually thought Wix was relatively easy to use! They definitely have more bells and whistles than Weebly, but maybe it’s just a matter of investing a few hours with the platform to learn your way around it? The reason why I’m suggesting that you consider Wix further, is that they have a really broad range of templates, so you’ll have a much easier time finding something that works compared to what Weebly offers (which is much more limited than what Wix offers).

      Jeremy

  60. #

    this comparison was beneficial to me, for someone not well versed in this field.

    • Jeremy
      #

      I’m glad you found this comparison guide helpful!

      Jeremy

  61. #

    Hi Jeremy!

    I noticed that you made an update under number 4: “Website Building Tools / Elements”.

    “[UPDATE – I’ve confirmed that Weebly now offers unlimited page creations across all their plans, including the free plan. So there are no more page limits. It’s nice to know that even with the free plan, you can still create as many pages as you want to!]”

    I thought that I should let you and your readers be aware that as of today, February 4, 2017, this does not apply to the free Weebly plan. They only allow you to create up to 10 pages.

    Overall, thank you for sharing some great information and a very intuitive comparison between both hosts!

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hi Michelle,

      I think Weebly still offers unlimited page creation for their free plan. They changed it to 10 pages a couple of years ago but quickly reversed back to offering unlimited pages.

      Are you still seeing the page limitation?

      Thanks,

      Jeremy

  62. #

    Hi Jeremy,
    You have written a great review on these web builder software companies!
    I need to integrate our new website with a database, like Caspio. I need gather Q&As, user info, take credit payments etc.
    Which web builder software is better for me in this case, Wix or Weebly?
    Thanks!

    Keith Wong

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hey Keith,

      Unfortunately, neither Wix or Weebly can connect to external databases. You can certainly link out to another website that has an interface for you to manage your database, but I’m not so sure if it can be done within Wix or Weebly.

      Jeremy

  63. #

    Thanks for all the great information!

  64. #

    I found this article very helpful. I know nothing about developing a website. To that end, I very much enjoyed reading the comparisons – but I also found them very informative, because it raised my awareness about the questions I should ask.

    • Jeremy
      #

      Thanks for your feedback, Joanne. Glad you found this comparison helpful to you.

      Jeremy

  65. #

    I’ve never thought there will be a detailed review of these two website builders here. I’m a blogger who writer review about what I like and using both of these, Wix and Weebly. But, I prefer Weebly more than Wix since it’s simpler and friendly-to-use for me. Though it’s lack of templates but I love Weebly. I have more insight to Wix’s plus points after read this. Helped a lot.

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hi Ara,

      Thanks for your feedback. Weebly is indeed easier to use, but Wix has more advanced features which are not challenging to use either. So definitely each have their own pros and cons.

      I do agree with you that Weebly’s design templates selection is quite limited, especially when compared to Wix’s selection of over 500 templates. At the end of the day, generally speaking, I feel that Wix’s designs look a lot more professional than Weebly’s.

      Thanks for your comment!

      Jeremy

  66. #

    Weebly have just done a stupid thing and changed their banner editor from Flash to a really bad implementation with minimal facilities.
    E.g text entry has four fonts only, no shadowing, decenders do not display, text show as low res.

    Image stuff is equally bad with users up in arms and no apols from Weebly.

    I am revisiting Wix but would make the point that Weebly, up to the pre Christmas disaster, was far easier to make a snappy website IMHO.

    • Jeremy
      #

      Thanks for your input, Aviator.

  67. #

    You need to update Flash against HTML5 with these platforms. Which is which?

    I am a Weebly user and just been stuffed because they have changed their slideshow banner editor to HTML5 which has resulted in far fewer features and also many not working. Basic stuff like text is fuzzy.

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hi Richard,

      Thanks for your comment. I’m not sure if I completely understand your question?

      Both Wix and Weebly are HTML5. Wix used to be flash-based a few years ago. But they’ve now transitioned to HTML5 which is the standard nowadays.

      Jeremy

  68. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I have a few questions that I’m hoping you can help me with. Let’s say I go with the middle Wix plan with the 10GB storage. How long does it take to reach that much storage with a photo per blog post? And what happens when you do reach that limit?

    I currently have a WordPress site, but just received the lovely news that I have a core dump. I’ve been informed I should have my website developer fix the issue. I am the website developer and I don’t know a darn thing about how to fix the issue. So I’m thinking I need a little less control over my website. Does WIX get issues like that?

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hi Diane,

      That’s a good question (about how much bandwidth or storage you need) and it’s really hard to say. But I think in general, 10GB for pictures is a lot of pictures – as long as you’re not uploading mega sized pictures, which you shouldn’t anyway as it will slow the loading speed of your pages.

      I think generally if you size your pictures to the proper dimensions and compress them so each photo size is about 300 – 400kb, you’ll probably won’t run out of space for a long time.

      We do have guide on how to edit images here. Hope you’ll find it helpful.

      If you do run out of storage space, you’ll likely need to upgrade to a higher plan (such as their eCommerce or VIP plans).

      Could you elaborate what you mean by a WordPress core dump? Do you mean WordPress version updates along with updates with the rest of your plugins?

      With Wix, they manage all the system / platform updates so you’ll never need to touch those technical items. That’s one of the advantages of using a hosted website builder such as Wix. The drawback, of course, is that you won’t have access to the core codes so you can’t customize your website as much. But it sounds like that is beyond your technical capabilities anyway.

      Jeremy

  69. #

    Great comparison! Thank you.

  70. #

    Hi Thankyou so much for this review, I’m currently a small business owner and trying to decide between wix and weebly for my online store? Do you have anymore advice as too which one seems better with the tools etc? Thankyou x

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hi Jade,

      Have a look at our ecommerce store builder comparison chart here.

      One thing that Weebly has that Wix doesn’t yet is abandoned cart recovery. Typically, a good amount of shoppers will add products to the checkout cart, fill in some purchasing data and for some reason “abandon” the process. This tool allows you to automatically email these shoppers to remind them to complete the shopping process.

      It’s an advanced tool and is only available with Weebly’s highest premium plan, but it’s worth considering.

      We have more details about their ecommerce tools in our reviews here:

      Wix ecommerce
      Weebly ecommerce

      Jeremy

  71. #

    Thank You! This article was very helpful!

    Just wondering, did you use WIX or Weebly or something else to make THIS site? I like it’s layout 🙂

    • Jeremy
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      Hi there,

      This site is built using WordPress. The key is to always choose the right tool for the right job. Our site is mainly blogging, so we decided to use the best platform for blogging to, well, blog!

      It’s also important to choose a website builder that matches your skill levels. Back in the days when we didn’t know how to code, we used Wix and Weebly for multiple projects / businesses. Not only didn’t we need to code, it also saved us a lot of time trying to figure things out.

      WordPress is powerful and flexible, but it does have a steep learning curve and to be fully effective with using it, you’ll need to know how to code (at least at a basic level). This is something we eventually invested our time to learn how to do, but not everybody has the time nor the interest to do so!

      This is a good question, by the way.

      Jeremy

  72. #

    Hi, I have a website with Weebly and now I am testing Wix for a possible move, and I must say I really like what you can do extra with Wix. One thing bothers me a bit, and that is, that Wix doesn’t warn me when I load an image twice, which means I might end up with a lot of duplicates, because I don’t upload all images at one. How can this be controlled?

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hi Johan,

      Good to hear that you’re enjoying the extra features from Wix.

      I’m not entirely sure how you can control the image uploading process. If you happen to upload an image twice, what happens? Does the duplicate show up on your webpage and you have to delete it? I’m just trying to understand what happens.

      Jeremy

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    Finally, an article that even impressed me! Great work, if I was your boss you would be on a 2 week vacation for the great work. Honestly, I’m impressed with everything. You did something an article rarely does for me, let’s me make a decision without any more resourcing! Thank You.

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks for your feedback, Joe! Glad you found our comparison helpful.

      Jeremy

  74. #

    Thanks for this but how come you don’t mention responsiveness? I am so upset that I signed up for Wix, paid in advance only to find it’s non-responsive.

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Nik.

      Wix’s websites are not mobile responsive but they are mobile friendly and ready. They have a separate mobile editor that allow you to edit the mobile version of your website, including the ability to hide certain content. So you do have some control the design and user-interface of your mobile website.

      But if you are considering Weebly, their newer templates are mobile responsive. But you won’t have any control over how your mobile design looks like, unless you customize your template’s codes.

      We have more discussion about that in our guide here.

      Jeremy

  75. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I’ve just finished creating a free travel blog on WIX only to find out at the very end, that I cannot put a comment window at the end of my posts. I wanted that friends & readers can leave a comment if they wish to do so and I’m very annoyed that WIX doesn’t let me do this.
    Do you have a suggestion and is it the same as Weebly?

    Thanks in advance

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Dani,

      With Wix, you can allow people to leave comments on your blog posts:

      1) Facebook comments
      2) Disqus comments (Disqus is a leading comment widget)
      3) They have a “Comments” app in their App Marketplace.

      If you visit their Help Center and search for “Comment”, you’ll find the links on how to get those setup.

      With Weebly, they have their own built in commenting system for blog posts. So you don’t have to install anything.

      What I’d suggest you do is check out the Wix support article and test out the 3 methods as mentioned above. If you don’t like them, then check out Weebly’s blog capabilities.

      Jeremy

  76. #

    Being a novice and attempting to intelligently research site builder options, I find your info extremely helpful. You show the pros & cons of everything. I really appreciate your efforts!

    • Jeremy
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      Thank you for reading, Terri. Glad you found our discussions here helpful!

      Jeremy

  77. #

    hard to find evaluation like this.
    helpful to find out critical differences.
    wel done.

    • Jeremy
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      Thank you, Ben. Please do share our comparison with others who you think will find helpful. I’d really appreciate it!

      Jeremy

  78. #

    Extremely informative and clearly presented!

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks, Mar. Glad you found this comparison helpful to you.

      Jeremy

  79. #

    Very nice write up!

    Thanks for this!!

  80. #

    Hey Jeremy,

    Thanks for this informative comparison, really appreciated the unbiased review.
    I have two questions, hoping you could answer.

    1) Which of the two has a better SEO? I have heard Wix isn’t very good but this did come from disgruntled Wix user.

    2) Which one has better blogging capabilities? A website I have in mind will be used for portfolio and blogging. I’d like to say I could learn WordPress but I don’t think I have the money nor the time to do so, so Wix or Weebly it is.

    I’m leaning towards Weebly, but would love to know in depth about blogging. (I have read your we builder comparision post).

    Any help would be great.

    Ruben

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Ruben,

      1) Take a look at our website builder SEO guide. It will give you a better understanding of SEO.

      2) As for blogging, I think both Wix and Weebly are pretty good. Of course, WordPress is far more superior in this aspect. But if you were to choose between Wix and Weebly, I’d suggest you sign up for free accounts with both website builders and test out the tools yourself. That’s the only way to be sure about which one you prefer to work with.

      Jeremy

  81. #

    Thanks so much for this comparison article. I have a question that hopefully you can answer. I have three separate domains hosted for many years under Homestead (I know, groan!) that I want to move and I am trying to decide between Wix and Weebly… I’ve looked at both of the sites and at their pricing structure, but I cant seem to find pricing for either Wix or Weebly for hosting my three domains under one account. Do you know how they charge for this? Right now under Homestead I pay $3 for each additional domain. Thanks for any help or insight you can offer about this!
    Laura

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Laura,

      If you are asking about how much it costs for either Wix or Weebly to “host” your domain names, then I think the answer is $14.95 per year per domain name for Wix, and $19.95 per year per domain name for Weebly.

      If you transfer your domain names into a domain name registrar (such as GoDaddy), then the annual renewal fee for each domain name is about $10 – $14.

      I’m not sure why your current fees for keeping your domain names registered is so cheap! Perhaps due to an old / legacy pricing structure that you’re privileged to?

      But the market rate with a good and reputable domain name registrar is definitely $10+.

      Here’s our guide to domain names if you’re interested in taking a look.

      Jeremy

  82. #

    Hi Jeremy, I have been reading many reviews about wix vs weebly, must say your comparison is the most helpful and well organized.
    On my website I am thinking to show stock collection of my products, and in order not to overload webpage with hundreds and thousands of photos I am thinking to integrate it with instagram, for example, by simply providing link to my instagram products photo collection. Do you think this is possible with weebly or wix? So far my choice was weebly plan Pro, but still thinking what to go for…
    Thank you

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Arina,

      I think it’s possible with Weebly. I read somewhere that some of the social apps in Weebly’s App Center allow you to display Instagram feeds.

      The same goes for Wix. Look for “Instagram Feed” in their App Market.

      Jeremy

  83. #

    Jeremy, Thanks for your review; very complete. Tell me, in your opinion, which one is better if you plan on having 12 minute videos on the site and paypal logos where someone can send you money for an item using paypal or a credit card?

    Thanks, Cliff

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Cliff,

      Either Wix or Weebly will work. So perhaps it comes down to which website builder you prefer working with. The best way to find out is to sign up to free accounts and invest some time to using them.

      Jeremy

  84. #

    Hi as a complete noob with websites in any form which would you recommend for me, i am trying to build my photography portfolio and hopefully maybe even sell some , i have my domain name but i really need the easiest site going, every time i think ah thats the one some thing throws a spanner in the works i need to make my mind up and go for it but im clueless 🙂

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Scott,

      Take a look at our list of website builders for photographers here.

      Wix is a good choice as their designs are great and they’re easy to use (drag and drop, no coding required).

      But also consider Weebly, which in my mind is the easiest website builder to use. Not saying Wix is hard, but Weebly is easier.

      I’d definitely suggest signing up to free accounts with both and just spend a few hours using each to see which you prefer to work with.

      Utlimately, both website builders are good and you’ll be able to build a website without being technical at all.

      In terms of domain name, you can connect it to either website builder and they have tutorials on how you can do so. The only thing is that you’ll have to upgrade to a paid plan if you want to connect your domain name. It’s something you can consider after trying out both website builders to see which one you prefer.

      Since you’re new to this, we have a Road Map here and a website builder FAQ. They might help answer some commonly asked questions that you might find helpful.

      Jeremy

  85. #

    Excellent, well-thought article – Thanks Jeremy.
    The one thing I’d really like to know is, which one has the best SEO capabilities/ customization/ and search engine ranking? Apples to apples of course…
    The functionality of accessing the html maybe relevant in order to tweak but not sure if that is outdated with Weebly and Wix…
    Also, I think I looked at the html of weebly a long time ago and it was bogged down and very time consuming to find what you were looking to edit. Your opinion is appreciated Jeremy – thanks again!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Sam,

      I left a comment about this below in response to a similar question. Check out my comment on Sept 14, 2016 below.

      Jeremy

  86. #

    Hi Jeremy,
    thank you for all these posts, they have been of amazing value to me.
    I am setting up an Ecommerce store online with the things I value most highly when considering what website builder to use being intermediate to high level customisability, HD videos on the website, automated emails when a transaction is finished,a fairly strong analytics software, membership registration, abandoned cart emails and a pricing of somewhere between 25-35$ / month. I know you have posted many articles about these various websites, but if you were to give a suggestion based upon these considerations which website builder would you recommend?

    • Jeremy
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      Oliver,

      That’s a lot to ask for, for a very low monthly payment! I’m don’t mean that in a rude way, just trying to re-align your expectations.

      The lowest monthly plan from a respectable website builder that offers abandoned cart recovery is Squarespace’s “Advanced” plan, which is $40 per month. Other website builders could range from $49 per month (Weebly) or $79 per month (Shopify or BigCommerce).

      They all enable you to email your shoppers at the end of each transaction and allow you to embed HD videos.

      You can create a basic membership portal with Weebly, but it’s not a paid membership program. We have more details about that in our main Weebly review guide here.

      So have a look at the builders that I referenced above. But I haven’t seen a platform that offers you everything you listed at a $25 – $35 range.

      Jeremy

  87. #

    Hi,
    All the points that you mentioned here are useful. But you forgot to write about the responsiveness of the website. WIX is just mobile friendly and not a responsive website.
    Its a pain to re-arrange all the elements for mobile and even after that they wont appear the way you want to.We have voted for responsiveness feature in Feb 2016 and till date no sign of this feature getting lost.

    Regards,
    Urjita

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Urjita,

      Thanks for your comment. We have a more comprehensive comparison about mobile aspects of Wix and Weebly here.

      I think there are pros and cons to using a dedicated mobile editor (Wix) and having a responsive template (Weebly). The comparison guide will go into that in more details.

      Jeremy

    • #

      I total disagree with you.

      I’m very dissapointed with Weebly “responsive themes”. For example the background – they alwasy crop the background to mobile version and they always crop it in the middle of the image. There is no way how you can control how the mobile background will be cut.

      For example on desktop you have a background with a face on the left and the text on the right. Weebly will crop the background to the middle so on mobile you will see just right half of the face with text on top of it.

      This is so idiotic that I can’t believe they do it.

      Karel

      • Jeremy
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        Hi Karel,

        Thanks for your comment. To be completely fair, if you want the ability to customize how the mobile version of your website look like (such as adjusting where the image is placed in the mobile version of your site), you can probably do that by modifying the codes to your Weebly site (which you can as Weebly grants you access to the HTML and CSS codes).

        Generally speaking, since mobile displays (much smaller than desktop screens) can’t fit the entire background image, mobile responsive templates will crop the middle of background images as it won’t know where the focus of the image should be (but perhaps one day when artificial intelligence becomes better?)

        Jeremy

  88. #

    This is a great article however you forgot to mention the most important part of any website comparison and feature for that matter with any website builder…. SEO!!! – So I would love your opinion of which CMS provides the best and easiest SEO for the SERPS to read and tag.

    I am dissapointed with Weebly’s lack of H1 Tagging which is very important for SEO

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Phil,

      I think Wix has better SEO features, such as the H1 title you mentioned, and also that you can alter your webpage address / URL which does have some SEO benefits.

      However, it’s very hard to say that by using Wix, you’ll definitely rank higher in search engines. At the end of the day, “onsite SEO”, such as your titles, URL structure, everything you can do on your website, is important. But it is not as important as “offsite SEO”, such as receiving / earning backlinks from other websites.

      We have a much more in-depth discussion about that topic here. I think you’ll find it helpful!

      Jeremy

  89. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I like your article. Thanks so much for posting it.

    I still have a headache trying to figure these things out though. I’d like to get your opinion, off the record, if that is ok. I currently have a website with Wix that I made it for a non-profit a couple of years ago. I don’t really need to maintain it that much and when I do, It’s pretty easy to edit. I like it.

    I also have a blog on Word Press which really seems to be hard. I haven’t published yet because 1) it’s content that is really more detailed and time consuming on my end so I haven’t been able to get to it and 2) I would like people to be able to respond but it seems so technical on WP that I am afraid I won’t be able to manage it. This is a blog that will eventually run bi-weekly but I am so busy I don’t have the time to maintain it right now. So I have posted blog content, but it’s not something I am familar with yet and haven’t published, like what I did with Wix.

    I am currently getting ready to start a simpler blog that is more informational to the public but I think eventually, or even right off the start, I wouldn’t mind people responding. I decided that I would not use WP because i want it to be quickly and easily maintained. I started to go with Wix but my high school senior, who had never done anything techy at all, made a website on Weebly in a day or two and it caught my attention so I thought maybe I was going to use Weebly.

    Then I came across your article and now I am just confused about which one to use. Ugh.

    I like the simplicity of Weebly and the fact that I can move it later if necessary. I started to design the blog but I didn’t like what it offered, as you know, Wix has better templates.

    BUT I don’t want to be stuck on Wix if I need to change later. I mean, of course, how often do we change our blogs? It isn’t really an income business for me, yet, and I don’t think it would be that disruptive if I had to build a new one down the road. Someone keeps telling me to use WP and I am thinking, what if I decide to do that later?

    So, In the end, really, if YOU were going to choose one to blog on, which one would you choose?

    Thanks for any advice!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Michelle,

      I think when it comes to blogging, WordPress is the best platform for that. But as you said, it’s not as user friendly (especially for those starting out) and has a much steeper learning curve compared to drag & drop website builders such as Wix and Weebly.

      One other option that you might want to consider is Squarespace. The reason being that it has a good blogging platform, their design templates are really nice, and you can actually export your blog content into a WordPress friendly format later on if you want to.

      So if you use Squarespace, whenever you want to migrate your blog content into a WordPress site, you can do so.

      We have a review about Squarespace here. Just another option that might work for you!

      Jeremy

  90. #

    Great comparison. But I LOVE WEEBLY. Hands down wins for me.
    Im convinced that Wix has more users because they spend a lot of money on advertising. Where as Weebly don’t. Weebly is so easy to use and it’s so sleek and minimalistic. Perfect for showcasing artwork and their new ecommerce platforms allows your to sell your work. Which I’m going to give a try. As I am an indecisive perfectionist, I love the flexability of being able to change the whole layout with a click of a button. All the context remains there, I often switch back and forth if I get inspired by other sites I look at. The support team are really good and respond via email straight away. They even talked me through everything step by step. It made me feel really comfortable.

    Weebly for the win!

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Melina,

      Great points! Wix definitely has a much stronger brand presence, so you’re probably right on that point.

      I’m glad to hear you’re having so much fun building your website with Weebly.

      The only thing is that I wished they’d add more advanced design features to their platform. Wix is really ahead of Weebly in that regard.

      Thanks for adding to this discussion!

      Jeremy

  91. #

    Excellent and very thorough comparison. Thanks so much!!

    • Jeremy
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      Thank you, Cynthia. Glad you enjoyed it!

      Please do share this comparison with people you think can benefit from our discussions here. Just click on the sharing buttons to the left!

      Thank!

      Jeremy

  92. #

    Excellent information, thank you so much!

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks for your comment, Dee. Glad you found our discussions helpful!

      Do click on the social sharing buttons on the left to help us share this guide! I’d highly appreciate it!

      Jeremy

  93. #

    Jeremy:

    Thanks for taking the time to create this reviews and comparison. It’s a bit over my head (no fault to you, just I’m technically challenged) and looking for something simple to put up a drone website for old dudes… I obviously need to do more homework on my end.

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Luke,

      Thanks for your comment.

      I’d suggest you take a look at Weebly. Compared to Wix, Weebly is a bit easier to use in our opinion. The drawback is that Weebly doesn’t have as many features as Wix. But they’re very user-friendly.

      Give them a trial run as they’re free to sign up to!

      Jeremy

  94. #

    Do you have any information on the loading times of WIX Vs Weebly websites?

    I recently made a website with WIX and then realized it took forever to load. I also had some problems where my website didn’t load at all on my phone where any other website was loading fine, WIX customer service said I had to clear the cache on my phone. It worked but I can’t expect my customers to do that. I googled the problem and can see that there are other WIX users with the same issues. I also done some testing with friends and anyone on a 3G phone or connection was wasting there time trying to access my site as it took forever or just didn’t load.

    I like the functionality of the WIX website builder but if my customers (some of which still have 3G phones or are not able to get 4G depending on where they are) can not access the site then it is a waste of time. I saw that there is something called CloudFlare, but it seems that this might not help speed up my WIX website.

    I done some testing with Weebly, I googled websites made with Weebly and tested the load times and they all loaded fine on my old IPhone 4 (Which only has 3G capability) I have also just seen that there is Squarespace that have implemented some kind of fast load times for their mobile websites. So this is so confusing to know who to go with and I am surprised I can not find more information about this with Google.

    To summarise, can I stay with WIX and speed up my website with Cloudflare? Or should I change to Weebly for a faster website but loose some of the better apps and functionality that WIX offers.

    Thanks for any info on this.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Neil,

      It’s hard to do a proper comparison between Wix and Weebly’s mobile loading speed, as it’s hard to have two exact website built on each platform to test their speeds.

      Generally speaking, there are several ways to improve your site’s loading speed. The biggest one is to make sure you optimize your images. I’ve seen some people upload massive images to their websites (like 5 megabytes – no wonder it takes so long to load!)

      Make sure you compress your images (there are some tools that you can easily find if you Google “image compressors”). Also, don’t upload an image that is larger in terms of dimension, then use the drag & drop tool to shrink it down to a smaller size. Your website will still load the large image, even though it looks small. So use some basic image editing tools to reduce the size / dimension of your images, then upload it into your Wix or Weebly site.

      Here’s our guide on where to find good image editors.

      For Squarespace, they did announce that they will adopt AMP for their mobile sites. AMP strips out all the extra “stuff” from your website, and slim it down to the bare bones so that your mobile site will load faster. Websites built with Squarespace will have this technology.

      You can always sign up to a free trial Squarespace account and test out their mobile interface. You can also see our review of Squarespace here.

      Jeremy

  95. #

    Hello, Jeremy. Many thanks for your informative article. Happy to have stumbled upon it. Wish I’d known about Weebly before I invested so many hours into building my website on WIX. It’s still a draft and it’s been fun, but my frustration is that I can’t print the pages to get a better “feel” for my layout. Any suggestions…from you or anyone?

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Willette,

      Most website builders, including the more powerful options such as WordPress, don’t have a “print” function as part of their platforms.

      What you can do is use the print function for your browser (if you are using Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc) to print what you see on your screen.

      Jeremy

  96. #

    Hi Jeremy – thank you for the “Wix vs Weebly – Which Website Builder is Better?” article 🙂 I want to be able to have navigation that can have as many pages and sub-pages as I want, and I’d like to be able to add them as I go. Like an org chart or tree with sub”folders”… is that possible with Wix and/or Weebly?.. or does the “template” you choose dictate the navigation?
    Thanks so much!

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Lorraine,

      Glad found our discussion here helpful!

      I believe with Weebly, you can an “unlimited” number of subpages. We’ve only had to create around 5 level of subpages before, and I’d discourage you to create more as it just gets a bit confusing in terms of navigation. But technically I think you can create an unlimited of subpages.

      As for Wix, you can only create one level of subpage. One workaround if you want to create a sub-subpage, is to create a new page, hide it from your menu bar, then link from your subpage to this new page. This gives your visitors an illusion of a sub-subpage, but obviously it won’t show up on the menu bar (which can be a drawback).

      One way to test this is to sign up for free accounts with both Wix and Weebly and just give them a try! That’s the only way to get a good sense of whether you enjoy working with one website builder over the other.

      Jeremy

  97. #

    The more I read the more confused I get. I need to build a website for a new company I’m starting. It is a local service company that will offer a wide variety of services from driver to shopper to event planner to clerical. It need to have a calendar to show availability and book services along with the ability for customers to pay. Will you please point me in the right direction.

    Thanks

    Jill

    PS I do not know how to code

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Jill,

      Take a look at Wix to see if their WixBooking tool works for you. This tool allows your clients to make reservations / bookings, and pay for them online. You don’t need to know how to code.

      Jeremy

  98. #

    Hi Jeremy, I am wondering which, of these programs would enable me to edit my site from my ipad?

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Elisa,

      Weebly offers you an iOS app that allows you to build your site directly on your iPad. Have a look at their app here.

      Jeremy

  99. #

    Excellent review- the best one out there. Both are excellent- but for the reasons you mentioned I am going with Weebly. They are also slightly less right now. Weebly hopefully will work on some improved customization features- and Weebly does have advantages you mentioned. Thank you!

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Jay,

      Thanks for letting me know! I’m glad this comparison guide pointed you in the right direction.

      Jeremy

  100. #

    Well compared Jeremy – they are both impressive in their own way.
    But you’ve not got the Weebly backup correct – your text reads as though you can download your website to either save it or move it. The reality is it only gives you the basics: CSS, template HTML and images – none of your actual site is backed up (content, pages, navigation) so, you’d have to rebuild your site if necessary.
    My main concern being if someone alters some pages incorrectly, you can’t go back and restore them.
    This aspect alone is troubling me, but quite a few ‘Build your owns’ are like this.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Gordon,

      Thanks for your comment. Actually, you could export all your content, pages, menu bar with Weebly. I’ve done it a few times myself in my past projects. But the challenge, which I think you also correctly pointed out, is that editing the website is difficult. You’d have to edit the codes directly and if difficult to “undo” any changes.

      At the end of the day, websites that are built with these website builders, are meant to operate effectively within their proprietary platforms. Once a website is outside of the drag & drop platform, it’s not the best to work with.

      Thanks for adding to this discussion!

      Jeremy

      • #

        My apologies – I have just discovered the ‘Archive’ feature (I got a reply from asking Weebly) and yes, it does save most of the actual content better, albeit messy with the images having new unrelated filenames.

        Unfortunately though, If my customer accidentally makes incorrect changes, I will still have to work hard to repair the damage and restore it. I have used other services where you can actually restore the whole site to a previous backup state with just one click.

        We can’t really complain about not being able to transfer the site to another host – they invest a lot in their products and it seems only fair.

        • Jeremy
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          hi Gordon,

          No problem at all.

          Actually, Wix does have a function that allows you to save your website, and revert to that saved version if you need to “go back” to that version.

          So this feature comes in handy, for sure. We have more about this feature under Footnote 11 in our Comparison Chart here.

          Hope this helps!

          Jeremy

  101. #

    Hi Jeremy.

    I wanted an overall comparison of Wix and Weebly and I guess this article satisfies all my doubts and queries. I also liked your unbiased approach to various differences.
    Thanks a lot.
    Rishabh

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks for your feedback! Glad this discussion is helpful to you, Rishabh.

      Jeremy

  102. #

    I know this is the wrong place to ask but I was hoping you might know — is there ANY way possible to use wix’s old flash builder? I need a blank flash template. I know they don’t advertize it anymore but they do support it, as I can still edit and publish my old flash site. I just can’t create a new one. But is there maybe a cheater link to gain access, or some trick to it that anyone is aware of…? I’m desperate. I don’t care if phone users can’t view my site, as it’s not for people using phones.

    • Jeremy
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      I’m not entirely sure, actually. Have you tried reaching out to their support team to see if this is still possible?

      Jeremy

  103. #

    On my android smart phone, I get a message stating I need to install flash player to view a wix website.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Morris,

      Wix websites are HTML5 based. They used to be flash based but that was many years ago. Were you looking at a website that was built years ago?

      Jeremy

  104. #

    Hey Jeremy,
    I appreciate the hard work you put into this article. I’m not sure which one to pick however based on the business I’m pursuing. I was wondering what website builder would be best for a clothing brand? I want to start selling t-shirts and was thinking simple design, title of the brand, a header and then just pictures of the shirts (until business picks up then more items will be added). Which one would you think would suit my needs?
    Thank You for your time,
    Joe Grieves

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Joe,

      Both Wix and Weebly will give you the basic selling, ecommerce tools.

      One thing that pops into my mind is that Wix’s design templates are much better than what’s offered by Weebly (at the moment anyway). So have a great looking design can help you better brand your business and potentially wow your visitors a bit.

      At the end of the day, I’d suggest you sign up to free accounts with both website builders and “test drive” them. See which one you prefer to work with. Both will have most of the tools you need so it comes down your own user experience as well.

      Jeremy

  105. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    thank you so much for this excellent site and your simple and straightforward comparisons – your insights are invaluable!

    May I ask you a related question? I jumped straight in with weebly, plumping for the simple, plain. My site is a very local space to list myself as an English tutor. I immediately ran in to difficulties though with the domain name. I chose my domain name sussexenglishtutor.co.uk but Weebly overruled and gave me .com instead. When I queried that, they said that people ordinarily wanted the .com and if I wanted .co.uk I should book it as well. I can do that through 123 at a 2 for 1 deal which is considerably cheaper than weebly. 123 would give me both domains for 10 years for £69.20.

    Weebly now say for the same period that they would charge me £82 for .co.uk and I could only book .com with them for 5 years as it’s already purchased via them and that would cost £58.80. I suggested that as they had originally made the mistake, that they could undo the .com and then I could book both with 123 and transfer them to weebly. Not possible, they say, as they now keep the .com for a year under their account….

    It seems a minefield! added to that I now am receiving loads of spam into my own personal email account, as the domain name has been registered without the Privacy protection offer (Weebly didn’t offer this option when registering).

    Is there anything you can suggest that I can do here? My gut is to suck it up and stick with the .com with weebly for a year, and book the .co.uk with 123 for 10 years, losing the 2 for 1 offer.

    Or perhaps, I should just come away from weebly altogether (I’m still in the cooling off period) and begin again!

    I’d very much appreciate your knowledge and experience here – I feel such a luddite!

    best wishes,

    Catriona

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Catriona,

      Know that once you purchase a domain name, you cannot transfer it to another domain name registrar until a 60 day period has passed.

      So in your case, I think you have two options:

      1) Cancel your .com registration with Weebly. But if you do that, you might not be able to get the same domain name as someone else might register for it, and I’m not sure how long before it will be made available to the general public for booking.

      2) Wait 60 days, then transfer your domain name from Weebly to the other domain name registrar. You can then manage both your .com and .co.uk domains there, and add privacy settings to it if you wish. 123 should be able to provide instructions on how to transfer in domains from elsewhere. You’ll have to work out with Weebly to see how they can refund the pro-rata, unused portion of your registration fee.

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

  106. #

    Hey Jeremy,

    If im building a site for a production and lighting distributor and need it looking professional what web builder would you recommend?

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Marcello,

      Unless you are looking for something more specific, I think either Wix or Weebly can get the job done well.

      Perhaps sign up to both website builders (free to try) and see which one you prefer to work with? That will help you decide.

      Both are different and each has its own pros / cons (as discussed above).

      Jeremy

  107. #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Thanks for your great article. I have a question.
    I use local hosting service and have my own domain xxxxx.com. Now hosting service is offering Weebly which in my case could be good solution – all in one place.
    The only problem is that I don’t know if I can get my website to work using Weebly. I have read here 50% of the posts without finding the answer.
    The problem is that I need to add links to photo – not one but up to 15-20 (only one photo on each page to which you must add those links).
    For example you have photo from a group of people. You want to add invisible link over each person’s face. I have seen a video clip where you can put photo top each other and link them but that is not the solution.
    In my case I should make a website which have around 500 pages. The possibility to change template design is one reason to think to use Weebly. You say ”Wix – The Land of No Return” and that will be so in my case if I use Wix. In case of Weebly I can make cosmetic changes during the years – face lifts but not changes to the content.

    Jukka

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Jukka,

      Unfortunately I don’t think you can add multiple links to a single image. You can only link one image to one webpage destination.

      Jeremy

  108. #

    Jeremy –

    Great article and very helpful site overall. I am now hosting a simple, rather dated website for an advisory firm on Network Solutions. I would rather leave the domain registered there and “point” to a new, updated site designed on either Wix or Weebly (leaning towards Wix if I can find a template I’m in love with).

    Do each of these services allow for simple linking from third party hosts? Any thoughts on which is more straightforward?

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Pierster,

      Yes – you can definitely connect the domain name from your domain name registrar (Network Solutions) to a Wix or Weebly website.

      Wix / Weebly’s support portal will have further details on how to do that.

      Jeremy

  109. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Great article! I’m not very tech savy, and so Wix is what I use… BUT, the issue that I am having is being able to bring up certain pages I’ve created on a cell phone – I believe, due to the Adobe Flash content? Do you know of a way around this, or does weebly have the same issues?

    Any feedback would be of tremendous help. Thank you!

    Brant Curtis

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Brant,

      Wix doesn’t use flash based tools anymore. They did, years ago, and have moved on to HTML5 technology which are fully compatible with mobile devices.

      Did you try reaching out to their support team to see why some of your pages weren’t showing up? Did you ensure that your pages are properly configured (not hidden) in their mobile editor?

      Jeremy

  110. #

    What a great write up! It’s funny, my decision came down to using Wix vs. Weebly and I ended up choosing Weebly for the simplicity (and beautiful site of course :). Thank you!

    • Jeremy
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      Thank you, Darren.

      Glad our comparison here was helpful to you!

      Jeremy

  111. #

    Extremely helpful since I’m a first time user

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks Leila! Glad you found our analysis helpful.

      Jeremy

  112. #

    Jeremy, just a note to thank you for doing such a thorough job in your website builder reviews. I have consulted your reviews on more than one occasion to inform my decisions. Very, very helpful and I greatly appreciate that.

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks, Scott! I really appreciate your feedback. Glad we’ve been helpful!

      Jeremy

  113. #

    Hi Jeremy.

    Thanks for the brilliant work on the reviews. I am new to website building and I want to customise a website for real estate work. One important aspect for me is to be able to insert a subscript for confidentiality acknowledgement, say: when someone clicks onto a link to a property, a dialogue box would appear first for them to acknowledge the confidentiality of its content and to indemnify the owner if there is a breach, or when they click on a property, a dialogue box would appear for their email address so that information may be sent to them via an email.

    I would also like to be able to generate separate passwords for unknown readers before they can activate the page for viewing. This is necessary as many of my clients prefer confidentiality and only prefer dissemination of information to appropriate parties.

    Would WIX or Weebly able to provide this layer of security for the linked pages in my website?

    Thanks in advance.

    Vincent

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Vincent,

      Wix and Weebly won’t be able to cater to do that “out of the box”. I’ve seen some sites integrate with real estate specific listing tools (I can’t remember the name of the listing app). But sounds to me what you’re looking for is quite unique. Maybe there are some industry specific, real estate website builder that will cater to the specific process that you highlighted. I haven’t seen one so can’t be of much help here. Sorry about that.

      One alternative / workaround, is require all your visitors to sign up to become members of your website. And to sign up as members and have access to membership protected pages, they must agree to certain terms & conditions.

      Wix and Weebly both have built-in membership tools. You can take a look at them here:

      Wix membership tool

      Weebly membeship tool

      This might deliver what you are looking for?

      Jeremy

  114. #

    Hi Jeremy,
    I have a hand-coded site for the past several years where I sell my original sheet music, including a cart that is hooked up with PayPal. People can buy with a CC or PayPal balance. It looks like if I go with Weebly or Wix, I would lose that capability and have to obtain a gateway etc in order to continue to accept CC, and change to Stripe etc? The setup I have now is great.

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Glen,

      Both Wix and Weebly can integrate with PayPal so you can receive payments from your customers.

      With Wix, you just have to upgrade to their eCommerce plan. With Weebly, you have to enroll in their Business Plan in order to have your store integrate with PayPal.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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        Seems that WIX allows adding multiple PayPal buttons without a need to upgrade, and without a need to have a ‘store’ – whereas Weebly requires an upgrade at monthly charge.
        Isn’t it an advantage for Wix?

        • Jeremy
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          Hi Michael,

          Thanks for your comment. You can certainly add PayPal buttons to either Wix or Weebly with upgrading at all. PayPal gives you embed codes which you can insert into your website.

          However, if you want to use Wix or Weebly’s built-in ecommerce tools and check out cart, and have them integrated with your PayPal account, then you’ll need to upgrade to their respective premium plans.

          So these are separate things:

          1) Using a PayPal button to collect payments, but without using it with Wix or Weebly’s ecommerce tools / set up

          2) Having your PayPal account fully integrated with the website builders’ ecommerce functions,including their check out cart.

          Hope this makes sense.

          Jeremy

  115. #

    Just in time! Thank you for your analysis. Weebly will be!

  116. #

    Hi Jeremy!
    Thanks for your review.
    I’m from Russia, so I would like to share some local info, maybe it will help ppl here:
    as Weebly and Wix redirecting me to localized versions of ther websites – I should say that Wix russian web is pretty good, but Weebly isn’t. pretty weird translations, especially regarding support information. So I’m using english version for better convenience.
    Also Wix looks cheaper: 1.6$ per month for Wix “Connect Domain” plan against 5 $ per month for Webbly “Starter”

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Sergey,

      Thanks for sharing your perspectives from Russia! That’s quite interesting!

      Jeremy

  117. #

    Your reviews were very helpful for me. Thank you for the time you have spent with the details so I don’t have to do the research myself. I already have a lot of research for starting my business and blog. I especially liked the way you divided up the concerns and helped me to decide which one would work better for me.

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Patrice,

      Glad you found our discussions here helpful! Do click on the social sharing buttons on the left side to share this article with network. I’d really appreciate it!

      Jeremy

  118. #

    Very insightful, detailed and informative. But 1 thing you skipped over was SEO exposure comparisons between the 2. This is very important to me and I place this in the top 2 things to consider when choosing. Thanks

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Tammie,

      Thanks – I’m glad you found the discussion here helpful.

      In regards to SEO, we do have some comments on this in our comparison chart here.

      Also, our FAQ page here will offer some insights on this topic as well.

      Jeremy

  119. #

    Really informative and amazing with helping me chose which website maker I needed to use!! Thank you for writing in such good detail!

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks, Isabella!

  120. #

    Thanks for the article! I’m looking for cheap and easy CMS’s for a relative who wants a website for his business. I would personally like to design and develop it myself, but he just wants a web presence at a low cost. I don’t think he minds picking from generic themes. I’m going to test drive Wix and Weebly to see which would suit him best, but your article definitely puts things into perspective.

    PS – I noticed you’ve replied to most of the comments on this page. That’s amazing! Don’t see that too often. It definitely shows you care.

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks Jacob!

      Definitely give those web builders a try. That’s the best way to see which one you / your relative prefers to work with!

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

  121. #

    Super clear and helpful. Thanks for your insights!

    • Jeremy
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      You’re very welcome, Anita.

  122. #

    Hallelujah for this amazing site!

    Hypothetically speaking, if I purchase a domain, connect it to my wix site and decide that I’m tired of it and want to try Weebly, could I make a Weebly site then connect my domain to that instead?

    Would my wix site disappear or just sit dormant?

    Am I correct in thinking that since I purchased the domain, I can attach it to any site I make? (I think some domains have a limit on usage for multiple sites or something like that)

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Kelli,

      Yes you can re-connect your domain name to Weebly (or the other way around).

      The easiest thing to do is purchase your own domain name from registrars such as GoDaddy. This way, you can connect the domain name to Wix or Weebly, or any other website builders. You can only connect your domain name to one single website builder at a time.

      If you purchase a domain name through Wix (or Weebly), if you want to change website builders, you’ll then have to migrate the domain name out of Wix (or Weebly), and into the next website builder. It’s a bit clumsy and has a lot of extra steps.

      If you control the domain name with a domain name registrar (such as GoDaddy), you can disconnect and reconnect the domain name with any website builders, very quickly and easily

      If you disconnect your domain name from Wix, then the Wix website will revert to using their sub-domain name (such as xyz.wix.com)

      For your last question, as mentioned above, you can only connect your domain name to one single website at a time.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

      • #

        Awesome! Thanks so much Jeremy! This definitely helps. I’ve decided on Wix but now i don’t feel so confined by my decision. Weebly has clean templates but the building process is a little clunky and I can’t resist the Wix templates.

        • Jeremy
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          You’re very welcome, Kelli.

          Both are good website builders, so I’m glad you’ve tested both out and decided with the one that works better for you!

          Jeremy

  123. #

    Thank you for your very detailled reviews.
    As I understand it,
    my needs would would be a mix of
    WIX professional-look template like
    AND Weebly Web builder ease-of-use and flexibility

    Since you have used them extensively, what third-party Weebly template provider would you suggest to get best of both worlds?

    thank you

    • Jeremy
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      HI Jean,

      If you get a third party template for Weebly, it actually does not change the user interface or tools that Weebly has to offer. The website building tools will remain the same as before.

      However, some templates provider has added in extra coding in their templates so that you do get some advanced features above and beyond what Weebly offers. However, at the moment, to configure those tools from the templates provider may require you to edit the codes – which can be challenging for some users especially if the tutorials provided are not easy to follow.

      With Wix, they have a lot more advanced website building features than what Weebly has to offer (such as video background, parallax scrolling, etc). The benefit from Wix is that these advanced features are built into their system so that you don’t have to touch any codes to access them.

      So based on your question, I think Wix is probably the better option for you. But you should definitely sign up to Weebly’s free plan to give them a try and compare it with Wix yourself. That’s the only way you’ll know which one you prefer.

      Jeremy

  124. #

    Hello and thank you for writing the article on a subject that is so confusing.

    I was wondering if you could help at all: I am in the process of setting up a website for a small e-commerce business but unsure whether to use Wix or Weebly or WordPress in terms of fees for each item sold and being able to design the site myself completely…. I was also recommended Big Cartel but completely confused now as to which one to use, so either separately or mixed between a Wix/Weebly site and linked to Big Cartel for selling or just use the e-commerce option on their own depending on how much it costs to run?

    Any advice would be helpful, or if I have confused you as I have confused myself, please let me know and I will elaborate either here or via an email! Thank you!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Sofia,

      When it comes to WordPress, it really depends if you are good with coding or not, especially if you want to have full control over the design of your website. WordPress is a great website builder, but if you want to be able to adjust the design or position of your content on your pages, you will need to edit that in the codes (or hire a good coder to help you with that). We have discussions on Wix versus WordPress and Weebly versus WordPress here.

      Wix and Weebly enable you to build content and adjust design without having to touch any codes. They allow you to drag and drop content area to create your own design. We have more discussions about Wix’s ecommerce tools, and Weebly’s ecommerce tools here.

      There are a couple of key differences between them. Wix doesn’t charge you a transaction fee for each sale that you make, and Weebly does (except for their Business plan). Also, Weebly integrates with payment processors such as PayPal, Stripe, Authorize.net and Square (which are more tailored to English speaking countries) whereas Wix has more global options that are targeted for users who are based in Europe, South America, and of course, North America).

      In regards to BigCartel,I personally don’t like to integrate different platforms if I can house everything under one roof. Integrating different platform just adds to complexity of things. Having said, it is potentially possible to integrate BigCartel.

      Jeremy

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        Thank you for your prompt reply! I may need to get back to you on this one if it is okay with you, once I have looked further into it.

  125. #

    Your reviews and data have been fantastic. I am however still looking for a review on all of these various web builders for resellers. Do you have any input on that or an article / review you’ve already done?

    I’m starting a design/build and hosting company and I know weebly offers an enterprise package but am having a difficult time finding, and much less comparing, any other packages offered by the big names that will fulfill my need to use their platform to design websites for MY customers.

    Any help / advice would be EXTREMELY helpful. Thanks so much!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Andrea,

      Glad you found our reviews helpful.

      I think Weebly is the only website builder we discuss on your site that has “white label” solution (designer package). I’ve seen them in action and it’s pretty good. The only thing you should know is that their designer package tend to lag behind their individual plans, in terms of features.

      For example, whenever Weebly launches new features for their individual user plans, they won’t feed in the new features into the designer platform until a few months later. So if you use that platform, you won’t get the latest tools right away.

      Jeremy

  126. #

    Thanks for your great information. I had chosen Weebly from my personal research and found this article helped me confirm my choice of Weebly.

    I consider being able to move the site, if I want to in the future REALLY important.

    Having had to move my 2 websites away from JustHost due to their high downtime and very poor customer service, I think this option makes me feel more comfortable about anything that might happen in the future.

    Weebly have an EXCELLENT email customer support ticket service. I’ve been in contact with them 5 times in the last 3 days and they respond and answer questions within 24 hours!
    I consider that pretty good because their answers are concise and easily understandable for a non web designer. The language is simple and instructions are clear.

    I built a Weebly site within Justhost and wanted to know why I couldn’t do some things that the Weebly site could do. They said that if you created a site within another host there is a delay of updates for about 3 months. Therefore what I wanted to do and could see that I could do on the weebly site, I would not be able to have access to it until Justhost did their update. It looked like justhost did updates every 6 months. So that was very inconvenient and confusing because I was using weebly for help. Justhost didnt provide any help and Weebly said because it’s inside their hosting service that weebly couldn’t help.

    I am in the process of moving my website away from justhost and in doing that will be able to move the weebly site I created inside justhost to be on hosted by weebly.
    Thanks for your great information.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Clair,

      Thanks for sharing your comment with us.

      We do encourage people to use Weebly.com directly, instead of using Weebly through another hosting service (we have a discussion about this here). The primary reason being that using Weebly.com directly enables users to access the latest updates from Weebly as other hosting services (such as JustHost that you mentioned) tend to lag behind in features updates.

      Further, if you use Weebly directly, you get to access their support team directly, instead of other hosting services’ support teams.

      Sounds like you’re on the right path!

      Jeremy

  127. #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Thanks for your great article. I have a question, I hope you know the answer….

    Are both sitebuilders okay for worldwide ranking in Google? I live in The Netherlands and I read some articles here which were telling me that wix and weebly are both not good for my SEO and google rankings due to the fact that my website wil then be hosted in the USA. This would be killing for my website to rank here in my country.

    Is this true? This makes me insecure because my rankings are good right now, I just want to change from WordPress to Weebly or Wix for design and usability reasons. But if my rankings will drop then I will not be very happy. I am pretty good in seo and I will put in great fresh content and all seo techniques. I hope you can help me!

    Many thanks in advance!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Kim,

      I personally think that it doesn’t matter where the hosting services is located, as long as your website content is geared towards your country (Netherlands). For instance, there are a lot of companies that are located outside of North America, and their hosting service provider are based in North America, yet their websites are not affected by where their hosting provider is located.

      Hosting companies nowadays “spread” your website content all around the world in different data centers. So for instance, if your hosting service provider is based in the US, but someone from Netherlands tries to visit your website, the data of your website will be “fed” to the visitor’s web browser through a data center that is located in Europe (the closest data center to your visitor’s location). The information will not be transmitted from the US.

      But if you are achieving good results with your SEO right now, there is a risk that this may be impacted if you switch website building platforms. So do make sure you research and prepare accordingly.

      One of the important things is to ensure that your new webpage addresses match between the new website builder, and your old webpage addresses. Squarespace might be a good website builder to consider, as they allow you to customize your webpage addresses. So when you build your new pages, try to make your new page addresses match your previous ones.

      This is not an absolute requirement, but a preferred approach. If your URLs don’t match exactly, you can always 301 re-direct your old page addresses to your new page addresses. You can perform 301 re-directs at where your domain name is registered (your domain name registrar should have help articles explaining how to do this). 301 re-directs basically tells Google (and other search engines) that an old page address is permanently re-directed to a new page address. So Google won’t think that the old page does not exist anymore – rather, it has a new page address.

      It’s a complex move to migrate website builders, and does come with some risks. But if managed properly, it can be done without much impact on traffic.

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

  128. #

    Thank you Jeremy for writing this blog! I have always used weebly. About 4 years ago, I picked “weebly” over “wix” because weebly is a cuter name!!! Lol! This was a lot less of a sophisticated process in choosing than yours! But anyway, as my business has developed, I have become interested in going with the best company before upgrading.

    After reading everything you wrote, I decided to stay with weebly. They have added a chat support feature which is included in the “free account” so that is nice! Like you said, I have never needed support anyway because weebly is SO EASY TO USE!! I love it and I prefer minimalism, so weebly is perfect for me. ALSO, I tend to change my “look” every so often, so not being able to change my template on wix would cause me much suffering!!!! Thanks again for writing your blog!

    • Jeremy
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      Hello BoYee,

      Thanks for your comment and sharing your experiences of using Weebly with us. I’m really glad that you found the best website builder for your needs – one that is giving you a great experience thus far!

      Weebly versus Wix is always a tough comparison. Both have their pros and cons. So I always recommend to people to test both out before making a final decision!

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with all of us!

      Jeremy

  129. #

    Hi Jeremy, thanks for the informative article. Do you have any info on how weebly vs wix sites perform in google rankings?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Kathleen,

      Unfortunately I don’t and I will be very surprised if any one has a good statistical / scientific based conclusion. This will require that a person build two websites that are exact replication of each other, and promote them the exact same way, without any room for deviations.

      Having said that, the biggest contributions to how a website ranks in search results have to do with what you do what the website (such as how you promote your site, how you get people to link to your site, how engaged your visitors it to your website, etc). Google assesses over 200 ranking factors for each website, so choosing one website builder over the another will not, in my view, be the sole indication of how well you rank in search results.

      Jeremy

  130. #

    Thank You Jeremy for the very nice a informative review of Wix and Weebly.
    I have been with Weebly for a long time, but do like to check things out on the other side of the mountain. I started with Apple, and still miss that some. With Weebly I do feel handy caped from growing, and made some suggestions I would like to see in Weebly, but have never seen them.

    Another thing is I’m not a writer for sure, so I do fall short and weak at that. I’m 73 years old and learning some things is harder for me, been a mechanic all my life.
    For some reason I love the idea of having my own personal website and find you inspiring.

    So Think’s again for your quality input on webbing.
    Mike

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Michael,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. I also find it very inspiring that someone with your background is diving into the world of building websites! It’s awesome to see how platforms like Wix and Weebly are opening up the world of website for people of all ages and skill sets. It’s not that long ago that one needed to know how to code to even have a very simple webpage.

      Weebly’s web building features are more minimalistic compared to Wix. Wix tend to offer a lot more advanced bells and whistles when it comes to website creation. So both have different philosophies and approaches.

      If you are looking for more design freedom and tools, Wix might be a better option for you to test out. Of course, Wix is also a code free builder so it’s very easy to use as well.

      Jeremy

  131. #

    Good review, thanks for sharing.
    I ve been a happy weebly user, never knew what httml meant, to give you an idea about my computer / internet skills.
    I like the drag and drop system.
    This may sound as if it is limiting but it really isn t.
    The mentioned ads for weebly are very discrete. ( l use the free version.)
    I can not compare to other freeweb builders like wix, but l definitely can recommend weebly.

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks for sharing your experiences with us! Glad you’re happy with Weebly. They’re one of the best platforms currently available for sure. Very easy to use and one can build a good looking website without knowing how to code! Very empowering.

      Jeremy

  132. #

    This was a very good article. Thank you for posting it, as I just created sites on both. I’ll take your advice and use both to get a feel for which suits my needs.

    • Jeremy
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      You’re very welcome Cristal. Glad we can be helpful to you!

      Jeremy

  133. #

    Hi. I have read both your reviews and now this, and I still have a few questions. Just for clarification, do you get your own website address with both, or do you have to buy from like godaddy.com or something? And are both compatible for affiliate programs, esp. Amazon and ShareASale?

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Miranda,

      For both Wix and Weebly, if you sign up to annual plans with either one of them, you can get a free domain name from them for your first year. After the first year, you will have to pay to renew the domain name on an annual basis.

      Alternatively, you can also get your own domain name through GoDaddy. GoDaddy’s annual renewal fee is cheaper than renewing through Wix or Weebly. But you do get your first year for free with the website builders, so I suppose the savings even out over a time frame of a handful of years.

      Both affiliate programs should work, assuming you are just hyperlinking text or images to the products you are promoting.

      Hope this makes sense!

      Jeremy

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        It does, thank you so much for your quick response. I am thinking of just getting a domain through GoDaddy as I have worked with them in the past. Of course, now I have been considering Squarespace as well. Decisions, Decisions!

        • Jeremy
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          Miranda,

          I personally prefer to get domain names from registrars such as GoDaddy, as if you ever want to change website builders (hopefully not!), you can just disconnect the domain name’s connection from GoDaddy (for example) to Squarespace, and reconnect it to another website builder.

          So it makes migration a lot more simpler, instead of having to migrate the domain name out of Squarespace, then into the next website builder. Hope this helps!

          Jeremy

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        Hi Jeremy,
        I am by far not savvy at building websites. I have a WP website with Host Gator and a Weebly website. I have almost given up on the WP website, because it is not as easy to build as Weebly. I am interested in Affiliate Marketing and would most likely be placing links, banners, and images on my site. I like the WYSIWYG builder. Do you know if Weebly has a template/theme that is set up/designed for affiliate marketing? A template without that pesky “cart?” No cart would be needed on my site. Just attractively placing ads.
        Thank you,
        Yvette

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    SUCH a helpful article. Thanks so much, for that and all the charts, too.

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks Annie! Glad you found our discussions helpful to you.

      Jeremy

  135. #

    Excellent, informative, well-written and researched post!
    Thank you.

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks KrisP! Glad you found our discussion here helpful to you.

  136. #

    I have an existing website with blue host, with email etc all there- can you use weebly to re design but (and pay for their business option so I can have a shopping cart) stay with blue host so I don’t disrupt my email etc.? I tried to use weebly through blue host but will now be asking for my money back as the features there are not the same as through the weebly site. Most importantly, the commerce feature does not allow you to have digital downloads (which weebly does).

    I hope I am making sense here…basically I want to stay with blue host for hosting but use weekly for design and continual web updates (adding new things, blogging etc.)

    Thank you for the excellent review!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi April,

      I know exactly what you mean. The version of Weebly with Bluehost tends to be quite outdated and we discussed that in another article here.

      Unfortunately, I think that if you cancel your email account with Bluehost, you’ll lose those emails (unless they somehow allow you to export them).

      Having said that, I think you can consider canceling your Weebly site that is hosted by Bluehost, but keep your email account activated. I don’t think they are necessarily linked to one another.

      If you can do that, then you can build your website directly on Weebly.com and take advantage of getting all the updated features. So at the end of the day, the idea is to build your website on Weebly.com, and use Bluehost to power your email.

      Hope this make sense?

      Jeremy

  137. #

    Hi, thanks for an excellent (and well-written!) comparison. I’m a non-techie, but have built sites on WordPress, Wix and Weebly. I’ve found WordPress to be a bear to maintain, with the constant need for updates (and plug-in updates). Some plug-ins are buggy, others interfere with each other, etc (even with lots of research and careful selection). So I’m now recommending and using Wix and Weebly. A few points about Weebly:

    1.) One thing I like about Wix over Weebly is that Wix stores the photos you upload, so you don’t have to re-upload them every time you want to move or re-use them. Not such a big deal when the site is up and running, but during the build when you’re changing your mind and moving things around, it’s a time-waster.

    2.) I’m not sure about Wix, but on Weebly the “read more” blog function is also a huge pain! Have you tried to use it on Wix?
    I like to insert “read more” links to make a blog look neat and symmetric –and to make sure new blog posts appear on their own pages, so I can link to the blogs individually or promote them individually. But–try it out–on Weebly you actually have to create two text boxes and a read more link between them for the tool to work (unlike WordPress, where it’s just one click of a button).

    3.) The related problem on Weebly–you can’t just copy and paste a blog that has a “read more” link in it, or a photo. You can only duplicate full pages. The only way to move a blog is to duplicate each element. Most people may not need to do that, but I did during the re-build of a site, and it was labor-intensive. That’s probably true on Wix as well, but I haven’t tried that function there.

    Cheers!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Jody,

      Thanks for your comment and feedback.

      To be quite honest, We haven’t had the need to work extensively with either Wix or Weebly’s blog functions, so I can’t give you an accurate answer on how to maneuver content around. We did use the blogging features but blogging wasn’t as big of a focus.

      I do know that Wix allow you to customize the “read more” feature so you do have a bit more styling flexibility there.

      Jeremy

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    Good comparison. I used both and put quite a bit of time into each before I chose Weebly. It allowed to get up and running quickly. Weebly offers everything I’m looking for, and what it doesn’t, I can just pop into it with code. What surprised me about Wix is it will not allow sub tabs off the drop down main tabs. With Wix, you can branch off into several sub tabs off any main drop down tab. I also agree the best way is to try both, then get rid of the one you don’t use

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks for sharing Jim. Great advice on testing out both platforms, then deciding which one best suits your needs!

      Jeremy

  139. #

    My advanced apologies if this is a remedial question, but my programming skills are nil.

    I’m curious to know if I can take an already developed domain and use that instead of coming up with a new one. I already have a website and domain names, but the website developer I’ve hired has gone underground for any support help. I can’t figure out something on my website and he’s giving me no assistance. In all fairness, he developed the site almost five years ago so any help now would be charity.

    I just want to know if I can take my current websites name and create a new platform on one of these sites. I really hope all of that made sense!

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Marta,

      If you are asking if you can connect your domain name (that you currently own) to a new website that you want to build, then yes you can do that.

      You would have to log into wherever your domain name is registered with (such as GoDaddy), and “point” the domain name from your current website, to the newly created website (assuming either with Wix or Weebly).

      Here are some tutorials on how to do that from Wix and Weebly.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

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        Thank you so much, Jeremy! That’s exactly what I was asking. I appreciate the help and the resources!

        Best wishes!
        Marta

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      Hello Marta,

      I would be more than grateful to help you with your site 🙂

      Please drop me an email to:

      ‘robsdixon@outlook.com

      with the domain name(s) and any information for which I will be able to help you from there!

      PS: I know HTML5, CSS and some JavaScript

      Rob 🙂

  140. #

    I appreciate the info. I had tried each one, but didn’t have the background knowledge and experience to weigh the differences I was seeing. HUGE help, thank you very much.

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks Johnny, and glad our discussions here have been helpful!

      Jeremy

  141. #

    Thanks for the review. It was very helpful. Cheers.

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks Brett!

  142. #

    Hi Jeremy

    I just wanted to thank you for all your superb reviews of web-building software.

    They have helped me enormously, and have saved me a huge amount of time searching hither and thither all over the internet to try to understand the latest technology when it comes to such software.

    I very much hope that you will benefit handsomely for all your endeavours.

    Karl

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Karl,

      Thanks for your kind feedback! Glad our discussions here have been helpful to you.

      Jeremy

  143. #

    Really enjoyed the depth of the analysis and important to me – Thank you for presenting an unbiased review. I am curious to see what others think after they read the review and the action taken. What key factor helped them decide. So if you added a 2 question questionnaire with the first question – which builder did you choose to pursue and 2. What is the single key factor that influenced your decision

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Carl,

      Glad that you found our discussions here helpful! Have a look at our comparison table here if you haven’t seen it yet. It’s a good side by side analysis comparing Wix and Weebly, and brings out the key points in an reader friendlier way.

      Jeremy

  144. #

    I am a programmer and have built over 100 websites (close to 200 actually) but decided to switch to a CMS for ease of use so clients could make adjustments themselves (not smart, but sometimes necessary). Opted for WordPress for a time but too many problems pop up with this one. On deciding between Wix and Weebly, I chose Weebly for many of the very reasons you state above.

    The biggest thing I have a problem with is the fact that many of the designs simply do not work with the content I know I will need at the top of any given project. I think Weebly could do a little better with allowing some design changes or even a drag and drop design area, so the components needed for any given project are easier to adjust. I realize most people won’t need this, but plenty of us have enough experience to handle this type of platform.

    I have built enough Weebly websites to get to know the ins and outs and of course can tweak the HTML/CSS but would like to see more interaction on the design side. This would not be hard to initiate as they have all the expertise to make this happen.

    A drag and drop ‘design’ would be perfect. The only other thing I see that would benefit the Weebly platform (not the only other thing, but…) The social media links, if you do not want to use a design where these are part and parcel, you have to enter the links on each page. A REAL hassle on that one. I’d like to enter those links ONCE and be able to drag that onto each page. I know you can save the page with those on there, but when you are over-hauling someone else’s site on Weebly this is not always an option.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Eileen,

      Thanks for your detailed thoughts and adding to this discussion.

      I agree with you that Weebly would be even more powerful if they offered the features you outlined. But I guess they’re really focused on catering to the broader market, and as you highlighted, the features that you were thinking of are a bit more nicher than the general market.

      For the social icons, if you are creating them using the social icons element, you can just use their copy function to copy the elements across various pages throughout your site. Then, you won’t have to re-insert the link addresses over and over again. That might sae you some time!

      Jeremy

  145. #

    Thank you very much for this exercise, I’ve been using Weebly for 2 years (12 Web sites) but I am facing 2 challenges for which I think I will switch to WiX:

    – The need to integrate a calendar of the activities (Weebly suggest to embed the Google calendar vs a nice interface widget in Wix importing Google calendar datas)

    – The need to get multilingual versions of the site as Weebly ask me to open an additional PRO account for each language ( mainly because we can’t replace the main menu on additional pages).

    Do you now of other alternatives I can think of to stay with Weebly? Maybe I can use third party widget integrated in the HTML coding but I don’t know where to go and Weebly doesn’t refer any of them.

    I also want to mention that Weebly has a phone assistance service even though it is not well published. You may call 1-844-493-3259. For some months we were able to chat with a technician but I don’t know why, I can’t see this option anymore. It was very helpful.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Denis,

      I think the only way to get a calendar integrated with your Weebly site is to use the embed code function (using a 3rd party widget). I’m not sure if Weebly has a roadmap in developing a calendar, but I think this is the only option at the moment.

      As for multiple language option, take a look at this discussion we wrote. There is a tutorial from from another source that goes over how to make a Weebly site bilingual. I haven’t tested this out before but it just might work!

      As for the phone support – very strange. I didn’t notice that until just now as well. I’ll keep an eye out for it over the coming weeks to see if it pops back up.

      Jeremy

  146. #

    Excellent reviews. You covered the most important points….pros and cons done well…I started out with wordpress..built a few of them..support is too wide speread there..yes that ere many selections but too many to me. so I started investigating the wix, weebly and squarespace’s of the world..your reviews are very help and i believe honest..thanks very much…

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks for your comment Jim! Glad we’re helpful here.

      Jeremy

  147. #

    Hi
    Can you suggest me which website builder tool is more compatible for a small business? I read different reviews about weebly and wix and I got confused now I need a simple platform to work.

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Abbie,

      I wished I could give you a firm answer on which one is better for your specific needs, but I can’t!

      Both are very good website builders and are suitable for business websites in general. I think Wix has better design templates, more advanced tools, better tutorials and an App Market if you need even more tools.

      Weebly is really easy to use, allows you to change templates if you want to, and gives you a lot more depth in terms of design if you know how to modify HTML / CSS codes.

      So both have pros and cons as outlined in our discussion above.

      The best way forward, is to sign up for free accounts with both Wix and Weebly and give them a trial run. You might end up figuring out pretty quickly which on you prefer to work with.

      Jeremy

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        Thanks Jeremy I wish your suggestion will help me out.

  148. #

    Find choosing the correct sitebuilder a bit of a minefield…was drawn towards Weebly even though everyone says I should be using wordpress but as an old ‘Frontpager’ struggle a bit with that. Think now convinced this is the road to go down but can you upload existing site (F/P) to Weebly?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Jim,

      Unfortunately there isn’t a way to import a site into Weebly, as your previous site won’t be compatible with Weebly’s drag and drop platform.

      So it is a bit of a hassle to rebuild your site, but with Weebly’s easy to use tools, it shouldn’t take too long. Also keep in mind that it’s a one time investment of your efforts, as once you have your site set up, you won’t have to do it again.

      Jeremy

  149. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thank you for your very good comparison, very helpful indeed.
    Searching the web, I found there are many more website builders than I could imagine. All seem to have some or more things to improve, seeing it is very difficult to make everyone happy.
    One who I found having very nice templates was Sitey but a little expensive.
    For our small tour business Weebly will be my choise
    Thanks again,
    Joop

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      Thanks for sharing Joop!

  150. #

    My daughter and I are trying Weebly right now and it seems like you can only edit the HTML for the page headers and other template stuff, but not the actual content. So we dropped in some text and it was single spaced even though the line height of the rest of the text was double spaces. Not being able to look at he HTML of the content meant that we had no recourse but to delete the text box and create another. And pasting in the old text just caused the box to get reformatted.

    So yes, Weebly lets you edit CSS that applies to all pages, but the content HTML seemed off limits.

    This may have been user error, but being a software engineer and having written in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, C++, C#, and numerous other programming and design languages makes me think that maybe Weebly is the problem.

    Dave

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Dave,

      What you can do if you want to edit the HTML of the content, is use Weebly’s embed code element, then code in your own content. This way, you have full control over the display and design of the content!

      Jeremy

  151. #

    Outstanding article. Balanced, informative helpful.

    I was drawn to squarespace (coolest templates ever) webydo – great looking site and interface. Webflow (allows you to set up a billing service for clients) strikingly but all seem to be limited significantly for my purposes -( want to create business website, with small ecommerce (up to 100 lines) and a blog all integrated. Seo and page load v.important as was option to manage mobile view.)

    Webflow to much like photoshops UI
    Webydo – blog and ecommerce can’t be seen by google (they’re code pasted into if frame) what’s the point of creating fresh content that Google loves and helps seo if google can’t see it!
    Squarespace – issues around page load speed (my iWeb (!) built site (podchiropody.co.uk) loads quicker!; no PayPal integration
    Wix – not responsive

    Something about weebly repulsed me – (probably the insipid blue and orange logo) but as I said, you opened my eyes to a better alternative and I shall investigate it further

    Choosing the right web builder is so important as mistakes can be costly in time and money if you find out later you made the wrong choice so Thank you enormously for helping me avert that situation.
    Even your commenters seem a better class then elsewhere. I I love the thoughout replies you give.

    Just subscribed to and bookmarked your site!

    Thank you

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Raj,

      Thanks for your comment and sounds like you’ve done a lot of work investigating and testing out a variety of website builders!

      At the end of the day, it’s quite challenging to find the “perfect” website builder, and there are always pros and cons to each one.

      One thing to consider about Wix is that even though they don’t have responsive templates, they do have a mobile theme builder that gives you pretty good flexibility. For instance, you can choose to display or hide certain content on the mobile version of your site.

      Also, they have a “Mobile Action Bar” at the bottom of the mobile display, where your visitors easily tap on the bar to either call, email or find you on social media. Pretty handy if you run a business, and your visitor don’t have to look around the website to find your contact info.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts again!

      Jeremy

  152. #

    Something that is bothering me, as a guy sitting on the fence, trying to decide, is this:

    When I take what I call the mechanical approach, and list all the elements I may want in my site.I find my self in the WIX widget shop (app store) making a list.

    when I try to come up with the comparable Weebly solution, I have big trouble.

    The first one I ever tried to compare was the “Member” button.

    Free in WIX, and an upgrade to the $20/ mon. plan from $4/mon. in Weebly! $192/year for the “Member” button in Weebly. There may be another way to do this. maybe I can make my own.

    But this is a deal breaker right out of the gate. Love what their third party designers do though. love their low one time fees for splash pages and other widgets. Any chance there is a third party Member button; Or third party widget store (even if it is a few bucks) to compare to the Wix offerings.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Terry,

      If you want another option, check out Sentry Login, which is 3rd party widget creator that you can embed into a Wix or Weebly site.

      But the drawback is that this widget is not “native” to either Wix or Weebly, so just like any 3rd party widgets/ apps, there is a chance that it may conflict with the website builder.

      It’s always more preferable to use a tool that’s build by either Wix or Weebly, but Sentry Login is an option for you.

      Jeremy

  153. #

    Hi there, I started in the web design business over 10 years ago building sites from scratch. Then I discovered Weebly and loved it. I ended up converting and upgrading all my client sites to the Weebly platform – almost 100 of them. I trust what I know and feel like Weebly is the best option particularly when it comes to teaching clients how to update their own websites.

    My only concern is whether I should be using WordPress. I’ve tried and failed miserably (even with my original web design coding experience). I don’t find WordPress user friendly and I know for sure my clients wouldn’t be able to cope with it.

    However, I feel like all the bigger design companies are using WordPress and the sites are better looking and more interactive (with movement) etc. Is Weebly still a good system or should I be switching to WordPress??

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Christina,

      That’s a very good question. I think at the end of the day, it’s really a business decision. Yes, WordPress is a very powerful & flexible platform for building websites, but as you said, your experience is that it’s not as easy to use as Weebly and that your clients may not be able to handle the website after you hand over your sites to them.

      So there are definitely people who prefer Weebly, and people who prefer WordPress, and I think those are completely different markets / types of clients.

      There are tons of designers out there catering and competing over clients who want to use WordPress, and so if you move into that market, just be aware of that.

      Personally, if I was designing / building websites for clients, I’d rather stay in a niche that plays to my strength, and where I know my clients will be happy with my work and able to manage their sites after I’m done.

      We do have a discussion comparing Weebly to WordPress here. But I suspect you have a very good handle on the key differences since you’ve used both before.

      Just some thoughts to consider!

      Jeremy

  154. #

    Hi Jeremy, I started up using weebly and I have to say I love it! However I have one quick question as I do have one problem with weebly and that is the inability to create a simple table or chart feature. Its something thats really important to the content of my site and may just be a dealbreaker. Which other sites are easier when it comes to making simple table (a bit similar to excel)
    Thanks in advance!!!

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Tom,

      I haven’t seen a good way of integrating a table into a Weebly site without coding it in. But that also makes it a bit challenging if you are updating your table.

      Have you considered Wix? They have a free “Table Master” app that you can bolt on to your wix site and can help you display tables, including Google Spreadsheets.

      Go to their Support page, and type in “Table” and you’ll see more details there.

      Jeremy

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        Thanks for the reply, yeah, checked up wix and they have everything i need really. Bit dissapointed I didnt do more research when i started out, tried weebly, squarespace and jimdo but not wix. Signed up to weebly for a year but i have other projects i can still do there. Going to move my main site to wix now though, their app store puts them ahead of the rest imo. Anyway, thanks for your help!
        Tom

        • Jeremy
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          Hey Tom,

          Glad you got it sorted. Wix’s App market is really awesome especially if you want to use tools beyond the “basics”. The Apps really help step up what you can do with their platform.

          Jeremy

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      I embedded a Google spreadsheet (called Sheets) into a Weebly site. It’s nice because edits made to the spreadsheet are immediately visible in my website w/o me having to re-publish in Weebly.

      Prior to that I simply dropped a Custom HTML block in my Weebly site and used traditional HTML table tags to make my table.

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        Thanks for sharing this Akasig!

  155. #

    I want add a form that has one link to my email subscriber page on Mail Chimp. Can I do this in the free version of Weebly? I see in your discussion where Weebly can be customized with code, but is that for all the different plans, or only paid plans? Thanks.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Estar,

      With Weebly, you can have full access to the HTML / CSS codes across all the plans. So you have access to the codes even if you are using a free plan.

      One thing to consider is that Wix has an App Market where you can integrate Mailchimp to your Wix site. You might want to take a look into that.

      Jeremy

  156. #

    Thank you for the very useful article. Could you advise on the SEO performance of WIX vs. Weebly. I have been recommended to switch to Weebly purely because WIX is not good for SEO. I am trying to verify this. Thanks!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Maria,

      If you do a search for “SEO” on this page, you’ll find a few comments below.

      But in general, I don’t think changing website builders will automatically make your site rank well in Google (or other search engines). I only wished it was that straight forward!

      There are well over 100 different ranking factors that Google evaluate before determining where your webpages should rank in their search results. So just by modifying a couple of factors, in my view, won’t “move the needle” so to speak.

      Jeremy

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    I have a 70-page website about cats and a couple of blogs on Weebly, which the search engines basically ignore. They’re all original content written by me, and they’re updated often. I’m wondering if Wix is more search-engine friendly. What do you think? Would it be worth it to move everything to Wix?

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Melissa,

      I can’t be sure, but my gut instinct is that if you do the same thing even with a different platform, the outcome may not be too much different.

      Generally speaking, just switching builders won’t automatically improve your visibility in search engine results. That’s based on my own experience anyway.

      You should look into SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and there are tons of information about that available for you to look up on the internet. Perhaps you can try to promote your content a lot more, get some traffic / visitors to your site, and encourage them to share your content (assuming you have great, sharable content!) That’s a good way to get traction and Google may recognize that your site / content is getting more visitors, and give your search ranking a bit of a boost.

      Jeremy

  158. #

    I use both, but Wix is a little bit better than Weebly. Weebly makes you pay for a password protection page, Wix doesn’t. Wix also lets you make people sign up… Weebly has to make you pay a business plan….

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Brendan,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

      Just to clarify for others reading this, you can create password protected pages for a Weebly website with both the Pro and Business plans.

      Jeremy

  159. #

    Most of the sites I develop require HTML5 video and audio elements. Weebly has been an early adopter of this and I for one am very happy about this. Unless Wix has made updates, I thought they only allow youtube or vimeo style code embeds. This is not considered professional in my business. Even WordPress now allows HTML5 video and audio support directly with media elements.

    But thanks for your W vs Wix comparison. I continue to prefer Weebly also for their simple editing platform, since a few of my clients want to make their own updates to text, photos, and audio.

    Also, although I think Weebly’s mobile versions of their templates really need design improvements, basic functionality is there. A closer comparison of mobile presentations is very helpful since nearly 40% of web traffic is on mobile devices. (I know that % is debatable) And as you point out, being able to move a Weebly site can be critical when a business changes ownership and wants their site moved.

    I’ve also seen third party providers offering very modern-looking Weebly templates which can be imported into a Weebly host plan. This is a majorly good thing as it means Weebly’s popularity is spreading to designers.

    I am positive the competition amongst all the template-style host providers will cause all of them to continue adding better designs and elements. (Eventually they’ll all be pretty similar in about 5 years… those who don’t keep up will see their subscribers dwindle in numbers.

  160. #

    Thanks! I wish I had read this earlier. Wix was recommended to me by an ‘expert’. It is so rigid. Not being able to change the look of your site forever is boring.

    Hands down it is Weebly for me.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Rajesh,

      I guess it really depends on what you view as important for you. If being able to change templates from time to time is important to you, then Weebly is the better option.

      Wix still have a lot of value to offer to people who want to build websites. Their templates are better looking than the ones offered by Weebly (though Weebly has been producing better templates lately), and they have a lot more website building tools.

      But as I said, it really depends on each person’s own needs and preferences!

      Thanks so much for sharing our views with us!

      Jeremy

  161. #

    Thank you for this!!! Amazing comparison.

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks Bella! Glad you’re finding our discussions helpful.

  162. #

    Two widely advertised names, not more:) Wix will never be able (or maybe there will be a miracle) achieve the functionality that will allow us to create truly responsive sites. Weebly is a bit better.. But still, SaaS means monthly payments, you’re tied with this, I just can’t stand this system. Everything should be clear and easy with payment – you pay once for a great product and free lifetime support. That is how every respected company acts. Sorry for not being excited with the builders which are discussed here so actively:)

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Mohombi,

      Thanks for your comment. But I’m not entirely sure if agree with that perspective (just my own personal view!)

      I think I would stay away from any ongoing services that only charge you a one time free and offer life time support. It’s just too good to be true, especially if the service requires ongoing efforts to maintain its services to its users. It’s very costly / resource intensive to provide good support.

      Even if you didn’t use a website builder to build your site, and decide to get your own hosting services, you’d still have to pay the hosting service a monthly fee to power your website.

      For me, I’m happy to continue to pay a service if it enables me to reliably accomplish certain tasks, and is there when I need help.

      If a service is open to charging a one time fee, and if it’s a really good / reliable service, I’d suspect that it’s going to be a very very expensive one time fee.

      But thanks for sharing your perspective / opinion on this!

      Jeremy

  163. #

    i prefer weebly because it is awesome and drag and drop stuff……..it also has more features

  164. #

    Hi there
    I am writing content for a friends website and quite new to actual website building – ahhh yep, totes green.
    She has purchased her domain name THROUGH Wix. We’ve since changed our minds and want to use another program. Can we swap out her domain name to upload the site with another editor?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Jay,

      What you can do is transfer the domain name out of Wix and into another domain name registrar.

      GoDaddy has a domain name transfer service, which is around $14 or so. This also gives you 1 year worth of domain hosting with GoDaddy.

      After you move the domain name to GoDaddy, you can then connect it to another web builder. That new website builder should have details on how you can connect a domain name that’s hosted with GoDaddy.

      Jeremy

  165. #

    this was very helpful, thank you! I haven’t registered a domain name yet. Do you have any previous posts that address the cost and why are some more $ than others? Are some better than others? I noticed in wix and weebly the domain registration per year fee differs greatly, 24.95 vs 39.95.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Al,

      The domain registration fee for both Wix and Weebly are not the best deals. You can usually pick up a domain name for about $15 per year with GoDaddy (who is the largest domain name registrar). You can then connect the domain name to either a Wix or Weebly site (their support centers have details on how to do this).

      For Wix, if you sign up for their annual plan, you get a free domain name for a year, so that can save you some money. But after the first year, you will have to renew your domain name every year.

      So perhaps over the long term, getting your domain name through GoDaddy will give you a bit more savings.

      Jeremy

  166. #

    Thanks for the comprehensive review. One thing not mentioned is the compatibility of the various web browsers with the two website builder options. I tried Weebly recently and could see my site fine on Chrome but it was displayed as text only on IE11. I don’t know if this is something specific to my only partially completed site (just4parents.weebly.com/) or common to all. Any comments would be gratefully received!
    Thanks
    Ben

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Ben,

      I just loaded up your site in my IE 11 browser and it looks just fine, at least from my end.

      In any case, IE has always been very problematic for websites in general. That’s why Microsoft is “killing off” IE and will be launching a brand new web browser.

      Most website builders (advanced and not as advanced ones) are moving away from IE in general, as a lot of the latest web technologies are not supported by IE.

      But just to let you know I can see your site just fine on IE.

      Jeremy

    • #

      That’s because IE has and always sucks, mainly because it’s made by Microsoft. If people want to use it, they shouldn’t expect sites to look or work normally. It’s time for them to get with the 21st Century already. That being said, you can usually put some CSS hacks in there to target and speak to the crummy app directly, giving you more control over it. Not sure if you can do this with weebly but it sounds like you definitely can’t do this with wix, so no one using wix should really expect their sites to work or look good on IE.

  167. #

    Thank you very much for this piece. I am very much a beginner when it comes to websites, and couldn’t both Wix and Weebly were highly recommended by friends. Your article cleared things up for me quite a bit, and helped me determine which will meet my needs most effectively. Thank you!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Heidi – glad our discussions here have been helpful!

      Jeremy

  168. #

    Can you copy (replicate) your websites in either program?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Terry,

      Yes. With both Wix and Weebly, they allow you to duplicate your websites within the same account.

      Jeremy

  169. #

    Jeremy,

    I would like to create a website where I can have an email attached to it to be used for contact with clients; do Wix and Weebly have this feature? Also, do you know of any other free website builders?

    Laurie

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Laurie,

      Neither Wix or Weebly provide built in email services as their core strength is to help you build websites easily.

      But they have partnered with Google Business Apps so you can sign up for your own custom email address that’s powered by Google (the Gmail interface). We use Google Business Apps to power our email and it’s very user friendly, stable and secure.

      It’s a few dollars a month so for us it’s a great value for reliable services that gives you your own custom email address.

      Jeremy

  170. #

    That’s a very helpful review and very thorough. (A lot of work there!) Thank you.

    Musicians are always looking for cheap easy websites, but they want to be able to play MP3 files directly on the site without going to YouTube or SoundCloud. Video clips are nice too. What is your opinion of the facilities that Wix and Weebly offer?

    Thanks –

    Thomas

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Thomas,

      Yes it’s a lot of work for sure! Thanks for recognizing that!

      As for your question, both Wix and Weebly allow you to embed music MP3 files to your website, so people can play your audio files without leaving your website.

      So now that you know both are capable of doing this, you can base your final decision on other factors! But the best way to make your final decision is to sign up for free accounts with both website builders, and invest a bit of time to playing around with them.

      Jeremy

  171. #

    I personally tried both building platforms and I have to say that I prefer Weebly to Wix although it might appear as a more simple one to me. Thinking about the possibility of re-do the whole load of work just because I realize that I made something wrong is definitely terrible feeling. And for Weebly I just need to re-arrange the in-ordered blocks of content. Maybe it’s because I’m only looking for a website for service so spending quite a time for decoration is not important but anyway if later I got a chance to make it nicely I would definitely give Wix a shot. Cheer. : )

    *sorry if my grammar hurts ur eyes as I’m not native English speaker : ) *

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Long,

      Yes I’d tend to agree that the fact that Wix doesn’t allow you to change templates while retaining all your existing content is a bit of an issue for some people. But on the flip side, their designs are more attractive than the ones offered by Weebly! So it’s definitely a challenge to find out which one is best.

      But if you do give Wix a try later, do let me know what you think!

      Jeremy

  172. #

    A month ago, I thought about writing a blog about my interests in fashion, beauty and photography. I started a free blog on Weebly and found it easier to use than my past experience with WordPress. I saw on my stats that a few people (just around 20) have seen my blog.

    is there any way to get more viewers without upgrading? Any help would be appreciated
    Thanks

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Sneha,

      Upgrading to a higher Weebly plan won’t help you get more visitors as Weebly’s core strength is to help you build websites, rather than to help you generate more traffic.

      Try promoting your blog posts a bit more, through social media, asking people to share your posts, etc. It’s a very slow way to build up your website, but all good things take time, right?

      Jeremy

      • #

        Thankyou very much for the advice.
        can you link me a few of your posts about weebly/ beginner blogging?
        Anither HUGE thankyou!

      • #

        Content is King. Period.

  173. #

    I’m using Weebly (free version) and was looking for other CMSs just for comparison, coz I’m a newbie in CMS and eCommerce, but I’m not a newbie in html, css, php. Reading this post, no dout left behind that Weebly is way better. Just the fact that Wix has no edit for html, css is quite awful. Yes, Weebly has just 5 pages for free, but anyway there comes a point when you should turn to charged packages to have full functionality, then again Weebly is cheaper.
    By the way Weebly alows to have up to 10 sites, what about Wix?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Slavic,

      Thanks for your comment. With Wix you can add multiple websites as well. But both Weebly and Wix’s upgrade plans work on a per site basis. So if you want to access more features on either Weebly or Wix, you have to subscribe to their premium plans one website at a time.

      Regarding the ability to access to edit the codes for Weebly, it is definitely an added advantage for those who know how to, or want to edit the codes.

      With Wix, it’s great for users who don’t mind not having access. Probably because Wix is so much more flexible in terms of design and that you can literally drag and drop any content anywhere on the website.

      Jeremy

  174. #

    Apparently Weebly has recently made a significant change to new free accounts which GREATLY limits its usefulness. Free accounts now have 5 page limit! So, I switched to Wix which still has no page limit.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Larry,

      Yes you’re right. Weebly updated their pricing plans recently so now with their free plan, you can only create up to 5 pages. With their Starter plan, you can create up to 10 pages. For unlimited page creation, you’ll have to subscribe to their Pro or Business plans.

      Previously, you could create unlimited pages across all of Weebly’s plans.

      I’ve updated our discussions above (under “(4) Website Building Tools / Elements” to reflect this.

      Thanks for your comment!

      Jeremy

      [MARCH 15 2015 UPDATE – I’ve confirmed that Weebly now offers unlimited page creations across all their plans, including the free plan. It’s nice to know that even with the free plan, you can still create as many pages as you want to!]

  175. #

    Hey Jeremy,

    Thanks very much for the thorough comparison! I actually have a blog site using Weebly but am considering starting a more conventional website. So I’ve been looking at some different site builders for pure websites. I was using WordPress for my blog until they started inserting ads at random times, which were way too prominently placed. I did some research and settled on Weebly as a replacement. I’ve not been disappointed, as Weebly’s blogging functionality is quite good. I couldn’t agree more with your opinion about Weebly’s ability to switch templates. That’s a game changer in my book, everything else being equal. However, I’m intrigued just enough with Wix’s capabilities as a website builder to give it a look. Not sure how well Wix can accommodate a blog. It might be worth comparing the two builders on that aspect at some point in the future.

    Thanks again!

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Scott,

      Glad you’re enjoying Weebly! You can also create a blog with Wix.

      We do have a very high level comparison between the blog features for Weebly and Wix. Go to our comparison chart here, and check out our comments about the blogging features.

      Both are good, and each has its strengths. Weebly allows you to schedule posts and have more commenting systems available for you to choose from. With Wix, you have a bit more design flexibility.

      Jeremy

  176. #

    As a web developer (circa 1992) I found I wanted to try out the the newer platforms to allow easy access for my clients. I chose Weebly as I did not like the Wix ads that are always on screen.

    Now, I am SO glad I chose Weebly! I do hear some ‘horror’ stories about the fact that Wix does not allow template changes. But of course, both platforms

    There is so much more to know about how to build a website and be a real webmaster than either platform tells you and those extraneous items can also kill your chances of visibility for organic search results in the search engines.

    At any rate, I’ve been high on Weebly since I started using the platform earlier this year. No more hand coding except where I need a few things changed. My ‘web development’ life has been made much easier, saving me hundreds of hours of writing code to develop a website.

    Your article is a testament to the fact that bigger (in terms of difficulty) may not be better, helps me know I made the right choice for a few clients by choosing Weebly. Thanks!

    OH Yeah – How is this WordPress site working out for you?

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Eileen

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      There are so many tools available to build websites nowadays that there really isn’t any “one size fits all” solutions. So I’m glad to hear that Weebly is working out for you! Hand coding can be a royal pain for sure, and combining drag and drop builders and a bit of custom coding can really be fun (and time saving as well!)

      – Jeremy

  177. #

    This was a great review of both website builders and helped me a lot thanks!

    Web Design is totally new to me. I’m not computer savvy at all. A friend recommended Weebly to me and to be honest I struggle with it. They don’t explain much for the novice and don’t offer a lot of help when building or designing. I’m actually calling friends for help.

    I find Wix more helpful and I’m not at all concerned about changing templates. I honestly found Weebly’s templates to be disappointing with no variety.

    I’m starting my own web consulting business and a web based culinary blog. Wix is looking llike the choice for me. They offer more help than Weebly and that’s important to me. Both sites could walk you more through the process of web design and offer explanations of terms that right now I have to Google back and forth in understanding.

    • Jeremy
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      Hey John,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences. I’d have to agree that Wix has a lot more extensive support guides in helping people build websites. So for those who need a bit more support Wix is quite good about that. In addition, you can also set up a phone call with them for more hands on support.

      If you’re not concerned about not being able to switch templates, Wix has a lot of template variety to offer for sure.

      Thanks for adding to this discussion!

      – Jeremy

  178. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for a very useful review & comparison of the two website builders. I would just like to add a couple of points, based on my experience of building a website using Weebly –
    1. Weebly templates can seem a bit ‘clunky’ in terms of design/aesthetics, as you described and although you can edit the code you are then on your own with regards to support from Weebly. However, like you say, the plus side of the coin is that Weebly keeps it so simple that it is very easy to build a website, even for someone with no experience at all.
    2. Weebly support – I have emailed them a few times with questions I couldn’t find answered in the support pages and always got a quick and helpful reply, so they do provide support.
    3. Another point you didn’t mention is how websites from the two rivals compare on mobile devices, which has to be a priority for anyone building a site these days. I chose Weebly because it provides a mobile version of your website automatically, while I wasn’t sure if Wix also did this.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Aaron,

      Thanks for your thoughts.

      Wix does have a mobile editor and I think it’s actually a bit better than what Weebly currently offers. With Wix’s mobile editor, you get a bit more flexibility as to hiding some content that you don’t want to show on mobile. So this gives you the freedom to trim down content especially when a user is on a mobile device which has a smaller screen.

      Here are some highlights of Wix’s mobile editor and also Weebly’s mobile editor.

      Hope this also helps and thank you again for adding to this discussion!

      – Jeremy

    • #

      Hi
      I found weebly nice. Yesterday I chat with them instantly. The customer care service was wounderful.

  179. #

    Very good analysis and comparison. It was exactly what I needed to go further in my process of creationg my own Web site. Really helpfull, thanl you.

  180. #

    Jeremy & wife…… I normally do not bother to respond in comments sections. This is a rare moment where kudos are overwhelmingly deserved for all your invested hours of reviews.

    Every topic such as website building needs this sort of review… like Consumer Reports etc.

    So much internet tools/programs leave insane risk and dark holes up to the user/buyer. Then when you purchase, based on limited knowledge, only to realize your purchase was a disaster, the company most times is reluctant or downright refusing to refund.

    I’m one who researches first. I have client about to renew with a builder (I initially recommended couple years ago – limited knowledge) and now I have stumbled across input suggesting this client should not renew with them.

    Your excellent commentary, along with other google searches, has unequivocally confirmed my choice to switch. I feel a bit confirmed, in that, one of the two options I see now is one I have already chosen for last two client sites.

    I have also used couple of the other builders and agree with your comments. This is coming from a veteran designer who has NEVER wanted anything to do with code : ) but realize a little is necessary.

    You absolutely, for obvious reasons, cannot rely on input from any site builder’s pre-purchase calls which can waste hours. Can never get the full pros/cons as with your reviews.

    I didn’t want to mention names because, as you say, some builders work better for others depending on their requirements.

    I hope you are somehow rewarded greatly for your efforts to research and present this invaluable information to millions who care to compare first.

    We need more like you on the internet. It’s still the wild, wild west in many regards.

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Larry,

      Thanks for your comment and we really appreciate it!

      You know, when we first started out a just a few short years ago, working in our day jobs while trying to build a side income online, we were so confused as to which website builder to use. So we used A LOT of them, relying only on our own trials and errrors.

      We wished there were more commentaries about website builders available during that time. Even though the best way to find out if a website builder is to actually test it out, it would have helped to find a forum where a lot of people were asking questions and some insights were provided.

      So we really appreciate your feedback! All our visitors’ comments are very encouraging, and we’d love to be helpful along the way!

      – Jeremy

  181. #

    When it comes to WYSIWYG Web Solutions and Hosting.. between Wix and Weebly I’d have to go with Weebly. Total Package for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses. Wix definitely has some great web design templates but a pretty website just isn’t enough. Great Resource, thanks for sharing.

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Felix,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      I agree, both are great website builders, it’s just a matter of finding which one fits you better!

      – Jeremy

  182. #

    I am total novice and non techno! For our club we are looking at Weebly. At present the previous webmaster had an Amazon widget embedded which brought steady, small income, to our small member 11+group of mainly pensioners. Will Weebly allow us to have this so that when we purchase anything from Amazon, we get a small percentage?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Shri,

      Yes you should be able to do that with Weebly, as long as the Amazon widget gives you some HTML code to embed in your Weebly site. Use the “embed code” Weebly element to insert the Amazon widget.

      Just sign up for a free website with Weebly and test it out to see if it works properly first before switching!

      – Jeremy

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        Thanks a lot, Jeremy.. I will try, when I set it up. Will be a while, though!

  183. #

    I’ve got 3 sites- a very basic Weebly one and 2 busier Wix ones. Both are nice platforms….but the gripe I have with Wix and is making me re-do everything in Weebly is the fact that Weebly will actually page-source an image when it is shared…ie every page can have a different image representation when linked elsewhere….whereas Wix allows you one image that links to your site, whatever page link you copy and paste elsewhere…which is pretty boring as people click on a link when they are drawn to an image…
    – if the same image which covers the whole site comes up whenever you post a link then interest is not reignited.

    • #

      Thank you so much for mentioning this! That’s a huge feature difference IMO. You’re right-people click based on image and when adding a link to FB, linked in, google plus etc., not having a unique image come up would make your social media presence pretty boring, not to mention people are much less likely to click. I’m surprised wix has it set up that way, actually, given how elaborate and aesthetic their templates are. This is a major difference that people would not know about until after setting up their site, since many are simultaneousy learning social media marketing strategies along with a new website.

  184. #

    Great article, thanks: pretty much confirmed what I figured i.e. weebly for now.

  185. #

    Even though the builders are shared servers, and even the site being optimized, it seems that wix and weebly are slow anyway. Maybe that’s the difference of wordpress, the fact that you can host it on a shared server, but still faster than the wix and weebly overloaded.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Lincoln,

      Thanks for your comment. While I’ve used both shared servers for WordPress and also for Wix and Weebly, I can’t say definitively which is faster as there are so many different variables that can impact loading speed.

      But if you are more technical and can manage your own hosting arrangements, you can definitely get much faster loading speed with dedicated servers (assuming you are building your site with WordPress.org). At the same time, this will be a bigger financial commitment on a monthly basis as well.

      – Jeremy

  186. #

    Hi there, in previous comparisons of yours (of those I’ve read, so appreciative) you’ve compared shopping carts or processors. Is there a different review that covers that for these 2? Also, email addresses…do either of these builders come with email address capability or functionality?

    I’ve set up 2 weebly accounts. The latest is a store, 5-10 products. I’ve set up a free version & am ready to upgrade with a purchased domain name…will check wiz’s free version first.
    A comparison of their store ease/processor & email address info will greatly help.
    Thanks,
    Cristina

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Cristina,

      Unfortunately we don’t have a discussion article comparing the ecommerce features between Wix and Weebly. But we do have a more comprehensive post for Weebly’s ecommerce features here.

      As for email, you can refer to our comparison chart between a few website builders. Basically neither Wix or Weebly provide their own built in email functions. However, you can connect your own custom email address by signing up to Google Business Apps. Be sure to read footnote 11 in the comparison chart page.

      – Jeremy

  187. #

    Hi,

    The cost of domain name registration through Weebly is kind of expensive ($35/yr). Can I use my domain name registered through 1&1, and have Weebly host the site? If so, are there typically any extra costs that 1&1 or Weebly would charge me by doing so?

    -Mike

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Mike,

      Yes you can use a domain name purchased elsewhere and connect it with your Weebly account. Here are some instructions directly from Weebly.

      Also know that if you want to connect a custom domain name to your Weebly account, you will need to upgrade to at least their Starter Plan (see our Weebly pricing discussion here).

      Hope this clarifies things!

      – Jeremy

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        Jeremey, thanks for the quick response! That is very helpful.

        And also, you’re site has been great for helping me switch my work website away from Dreamweaver.

        Thanks so much!
        -Mike

  188. #

    Hey guys, I was wondering if you could answer a question for me.

    I’m comfortable using Weebly as a site builder yet a new site I’m developing requires access to/reconfiguration of the Database software side of the equation.

    Do you know if I can build my site in Weebly(most pages) yet have it hosted at someplace like GoDaddy where they’ll work with me on this key part of the equation..

    Thanks,

    J.

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Jonathan,

      Unfortunately for drag and drop website builders such as Weebly, they don’t grant their users access to databases yet. The majority of the users are not as advanced / technical oriented.

      You might have to look into more advanced solutions such as WordPress, which do allow you the flexibility to have a lot more technical control over your site (though can be a very steep learning curve if you are not very technical!)

      – Jeremy

  189. #

    We’ve had a small online side business for 15 years, set up and maintained by a friend using Front Page. Now that we’re retired, we want to take the business full time. Our friend will not be around long (very ill), and we’re wondering if we should buy and learn Front Page, or move to another website builder. We know nothing about building websites, code, or other facets. We now have 40 products in one category, but will have 8 categories (so about 10-12 pages) and from 200-250 products within 2-3 years (we’ve deliberately kept our business small so it would be manageable given that we were running it in the evenings, after our regular jobs). We would need hosting, a shopping cart that can handle pricing by quantity ($4 for one item, $5 for two items, higher tiers for Canada and a flat rate for international, etc). Our product are small, flat and are shipped via mail. We already give up a percentage of $$ to PayPal of and would prefer not to have to give up more to a website source. What are your recommendations?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Frank,

      If you are aiming to get to that many products, I think it’s worthwhile to consider using a dedicated e-commerce store builder such as Shopify or Bigcommerce, as they have much more sophisticated tools to allow you to manage your store over the longer term. Plus, Shopify and Bigcommerce has a lot more flexibility than Wix or Weebly when it comes to e-commerce tools.

      Hope this points you down the right path!

      – Jeremy

  190. #

    Hey Jeremy, so I’m looking to build a second website as my first with Weebly is running smoothly and I really value being able to make changes whenever I want..

    This second site will be centered around a lot of Message Boards and thus, I plan on incorporating an outside provider called MyBB.

    The problem I’ve encountered is that they require that the Hosting Company(i was thinking Weebly again) meet minimum Database Version requirements.

    After reaching out to Weebly I received the following response..

    “You can edit your site with HTML, CSS, and Javascript; however, Weebly does not support building your site with server side languages, such as PHP or ASP. We also do not currently offer database access, and these options are not likely to become available in the near future. Very sorry for that!”

    So Jeremy, can you tell me if this is a job for Wix or WordPress..or perhaps any other suggestions?

    Thanks,

    Jonathan

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Jonathan,

      Most, if not all, drag and drop website builders manage all the hosting requirements for you. As such, users won’t have access to the more advanced hosting / coding functions, which is a great thing for less technical users, but could be inconvenient for those with advanced technical knowledge and want to customize / tune certain technical functions.

      In your case, neither Weebly nor Wix allow you access to your website’s database. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that their hosting services do not meet what MyBB needs. So perhaps you can see if you can install MyBB on either platform and see if it works?

      If not, perhaps you will need a bit more advanced solution such as WordPress.

      – Jeremy

  191. #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Thanks again for sharing your expertise and opinions of such interesting topics with such simple terms. I have built a weebly site on a hosting company, and have finally found some PHP code to provide the registration and sign-on function. Found the PHP code on ‘www.allsyntax.com/tutorials/PHP/26/Complete-Members-System/1.php.

    I have the registration and sign-on forms working on the site, and the database working; however I do not know how to integrate it in my weebly page(s) so that it requires members to register or to sign-on for certain pages or it becomes the landing page and require sign-on or registration.

    Any help in how to integrate the php code with the header elements or otherwise is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Mike

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Mike,

      I’m not entirely sure how to do that without diving deep into the codes, which is outside the scope of this website! But you can always hire freelance coders to help you out with this. There are some good developers for hire on oDesk or Elance.

      Or else you can checkout Sentry Login which is a software that is compatible with Weebly websites. You just have to copy some codes into your site and supposedly it works quite well.

      – Jeremy

  192. #

    I am a web designer and have built websites with everything from straight hand-written code to WYSIWUG (What You See is What You Get) editors. Since this is a discussion concerning Wix & Weebly, I’ll restrict my comments to those editors.

    For someone who:

    is a beginner & wants to ‘do it themselves’,
    doesn’t give a *bleep* about code,
    wants something mega-simple to use,

    I’d recommend Weebly. I set up a basic free website and uploaded a logo to it in less than 5 minutes. Very simple, guided process to do this.

    Weebly is simpler to use at first blush – but they seem to immediately ‘nickle and dime’ you for any feature above a free blog. The ability to get into the code is nice, but for a small business or corporate site, a caution: the easy access to site code means anyone can take the web site down easily (by accident or on purpose).

    For someone:

    a little more experienced (but doesn’t need/want to write a lot of code),
    building in the corporate environment but still wants a simple solution,

    I’d choose Wix. The website’s code is hidden so no neophyte or disgruntled employee can take down the website. Wix logs each ‘publication’ to the internet, so if someone does screw things up royally, the admin can go back to the history log and turn back the ‘hands of time’.

    It am not sure if the admin has this restorative flexibility in Weebly. I was unable that function or any information on said function in their support area. They do have live chat during certain hours, and after three unsuccessful searches in support, a box popped up to let me know this. A nice touch.

    Both Wix and Weebly allow users to make a copy of the website on their own server, which I would highly recommend. Easily exporting/backing up website databases to data storage of the users choosing is something I would like to see both services offer (I like keeping code).

    So, if anyone is interested in following up on this, I’d love to know what you find out (I gotta get back to work).

    One more thing: With Wix, you don’t NEED to switch out templates. Just get into the Editor, and start switching around design elements, without ever touching code at all. Don’t like what you did? You can always go back to what you had, and try something else.

    My Wix website, for what it’s worth: ‘www.CoderreStudios.com.

    Cheryl

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Cheryl,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I’d agree mostly with your thoughts as well.

      To add to your points for the benefit of other readers, to prevent anyone from altering the codes in Weebly, you could grant them restricted access to your site by only granting them access as Author or Dashboard Only Access. This way they won’t have full Admin access to your site.

      I’ve also personally seen Weebly’s support team helping some users revert to an earlier version of their websites. So this is definitely possible if your Weebly website gets compromised somehow.

      Thanks so much for sharing again!

      – Jeremy

    • #

      Hi Jeremy!

      Your article is VERY helpful!!! I agree with Cheryl about using WIX. Oh and what to a relief to know that Wix has a restorative ability. Thank you Cheryl.

      I am currently working on my personal website on Wix now. I am not worried using the same template, in fact, I would just change the background, style, as well as the contents (e.g. photos, graphics) using the customization tab, and the contents etc., to freshen or update the look on the webpages. Just play around with your webpages and you’ll see what I mean =)

      Time and patience took me a few days to know my way to their editor. As a sculptor/artist, web presence matters. I LOVE the free Wix backgrounds they offer, and for a wider option, their pay per click graphics and backgrounds are insanely beautiful AND so convenient! Customer service is great, and the forum is most helpful.

      The downside on Wix though is that they don’t support most html codings, especially ones that protect webpages.

      Though Wix is not everyone’s choice, I find it’s web presence as an artist, a must, for photographers, artists (e.g. music, sculptors, painters, portrait artists), petsitters & dogcare businesses, AND chic boutique owners. My heart’s set for Wix. It is after all, my preference.

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    Hi Jeremy.

    Thank you. You put a lot of effort into your review relating to the comparison of Wix and Weeby’s Web builder sites. Very helpful indeed.

    I need a website for a non-profit organization I am currently developing in Vancouver BC. I plan on having interested parties be able to donate funds online as well as have the ability to bid on item for sale, posted on this site, This will help raise capital for this charity.

    I currently have a website called ‘www.ihauljunk.ca. I want to link the new site I have decided to develop, to my current website.

    In your opinion, would either of these web site builders be a good match for my needs.

    Cheers, Michael

    P.S. I was also considering using Facebook and twitter to draw attention to the charitable component of my company.

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      Hi Michael,

      I think in terms of making donations, I know that with PayPal you can create a donation button, and PayPal will give you the codes where you can insert into both Weebly and Wix websites (using the “Embed Code” element in Weebly or the “HTML Embed” element for Wix), and the donation button should appear.

      As for the function of bidding on items, I haven’t seen this before on Weebly or Wix, but if you can find a widget and embed it into your site, this might work. But it sounds to me it might be something you might have to hire someone to help you with, unless you find another website builder that has this function (I haven’t seen one yet).

      – Jeremy

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    I have read through all your comparisons and they have been so helpful. In looking at an e-commerce site (we are an online consignment business with lots of different products to display) what would your suggestion be?

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      Hi Robin,

      If you have a lot of products to display, I’d suggest you check out Shopify or Bigcommerce. Both are focused, dedicated ecommerce online store builders and have great tools. They also allow you to bulk import products, which is much easier than adding one product at a time, especially if you have a lot of products.

      – Jeremy

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    Hello once again. With Wix forcing you to host with them, I had to look for something else. You recommended Weebly. So far so good. However, I want to be sure I am understanding something of theirs. If I understand it right, on Weebly we can design a complete website for free and host on an existing hosting company.

    That said, the free version is still limited. It does not allow for video or other features unless you pay. When they say “pay” does that mean use their hosting or is it just a fee, which would still allow you to host elsewhere?

    Am I understanding that correctly before I get too far in using Weebly for myself and my clients? Thanks again for your insight.

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      Hi Dwayne,

      I think you should be a bit cautious here. Even though Weebly allows you to export your Weebly website, once it is outside of its drag and drop platform, every time you want to make changes to the website outside of Weebly, you will have to do so directly in the codes of your website. So you should be very proficient with codes before attempting this.

      Also, not all the features will work perfectly outside of Weebly’s own hosting environment. When we tried this a couple of years ago, the slideshow and blog didn’t work properly. But they could be fixed right now so I’d encourage you to test this out yourself.

      As for upgrading of Weebly plans, you can still export your Weebly site even after you upgrade. But my comment on the limitations of your control / editing of the website above remains the same.

      – Jeremy

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      Hello,

      The free version does allow for embedded You Tube videos. :O)

      I use Weebly for different reasons. I use it for the “front” page of my website and then I link to a WordPress blog. Also, Weebly has some great themes that come with “splash” pages that you could use as an email optin page or other promotional offer page for free. They don’t indicate which themes have the splash pages and which don’t you have to click around on the different themes and then visit pages to see which ones include the splash page design.

      I like Weebly for it’s ease of use and design-ability plus the features, however, I don’t like it for blogging so I think it’s all in what you are going for…a blog? a website? maybe just use for a splash page?

      Leigh Ann

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    What a great unbiased comparison. Thank you. I use both platforms for a few of my commerical sites and also non commercial.

    I didn’t realise that you couldn’t export wix to another hosting platform, which has made up my mind which to go for in the new venture website for me.

    I wanted to know which one gets more exposure on the SEO side. I have done the SEO according to both sites advice but still don’t seem to get my site up there with the ratings.

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      Hi Miss G,

      To be honest, just by adding meta titles and descriptions through using either Weebly or Wix’s SEO tools are only the beginning of trying to achieve good rankings in search engines. Other effective ways that you should try to do consistently is to create regular, helpful discussion articles / blog posts, so that will gradually generate more readership and repeat visitors to your website.

      This also help people sharing your website or discussion articles to bring in new visitors as well. This will also encourage other people to refer to your site (such as linking to your website), which suggests to search engines such as Google that you website is “worthy” of better ratings.

      So as you can see, most of SEO is consistent, good content generation. It’s a lot of effort for sure, but that’s how one differentiates from others!

      Hope this sheds some insights into how I view SEO.

      – Jeremy

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        Thanks Jeremy for your insights. Really Helpful. I’ve been deciphering between Wix and Weebly and I think you have made good points. Thanks for your input.

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    It is first time when I decided to use some website builder in online and become very confusing. Previously I used WordPress and ModX on my own hostings only.

    In end I chose Weebly and Wix and had a big problem to chose one of them. I looked through a lot of information and only after this article realized that I choose Weebly.

    Pretty good made comparison.

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      Thanks Armands. Glad we can be helpful! Do click on the social sharing buttons to share this article with others – you never know who else you can also help along the way!

      – Jeremy

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    Very nice comparison writeup. I found this page through a search I did “weebly loads slowly.” I have been recommending weebly as a website builder to many clients lately but am starting to have second thoughts – because my own sites on weebly seem to take a long time to open.

    Has anyone else had this experience…?

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      Hi Patricia,

      In my experience, all website builders will have their good days, and bad days. Unfortunately it’s just the nature of shared hosting and you would run into the same issue if you are using shared hosting with other platforms such as WordPress.

      If there are a lot of traffic for some websites and your site happens to be sharing the same servers as they are, then your site loading speed may become slower. That’s why some popular sites get their own dedicated servers or just upgrade their server services but that can cost them anywhere from $20 per month to hundreds of dollars per month.

      What you can try to do is reduce the size of your images that you upload into your website. Showing large size images is one of the main culprit of slower loading websites. Use Kraken to compress your image file sizes, and also re-size your image dimensions so that you are uploading images that are sized properly to avoid unnecessary slow downs due to larger than necessary image sizes.

      For instance, if you are only showing a smaller version of an image on your site, but you are uploading an enormous image which is quite unnecessary, this can really slow down your site’s loading speed.

      – Jeremy

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    I just wanted to leave another comment about this post because I see that there is a lot of interest being generated. I am experienced with WordPress & Weebly, but I keep going back to Weebly for ease of use and styling options. Except for their blog. It’s ok, but not great. I even bought some custom codes to make it better, but then again I’m use to WP. I have bounced back and forth several times before finally deciding to use Weebly as the main look for my site and then simply link to my blog at WordPress! I kept the color schemes and “look” the same and I am happy with the final results. :O)

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      Thanks for adding to the discussion again Leigh!

      – Jeremy

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      Can you tell me how you are linking the Weebly page to the WP blog? Also, how did oyu get them to look the same? I am super-interested in a Weebly site, but I need great Blog functionality.

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        Hi Shannon!

        Weebly allows you to create a page and use and link to an external link (ie. a wordpress blog page). As far as keeping the look the same, I use the Hueman Free WordPress Theme (one of the top rated free themes) because of the ability to customize my colors and look. So basically I use the same colors, images, and name across all sites, even though they may look slightly different as far as the layout. That’s no different than saying you have a Twitter profile and a Facebook profile, they are not the same, but you can customize them or “brand” them to look the same as to create a consistent message. I am in no way saying this is the easiest way to go, as you would be managing two different sites, but you could simply point your domain to the weebly site, and then install wordpress to “yourdomainname.com/BLOG” directory and then link from your navigation bar in the weebly site to your wordpress blog. hope this helps!

        la in ga

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          Hi! Yes, this is extremely helpful!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to share this advice!!!

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    Hi there, I was just wondering about the blog feature on Wix. I am currently really liking the design platform, however I have read elsewhere that the blogging feature is very limited, doens’t allow followers or subscribers and does not fare well with SEO.

    I had a read around the Wix site about this feature but can’t seem to find any clear info.

    Also what do you think about SEO capabilities with Wix?

    Your opinion would be greatly appreciated,

    Elissa

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      Hi Elissa,

      I think even though Wix’s blogging functions aren’t “perfect”, there are other (better) ways to gather followers and subscribers. For instance, you can always insert your Facebook, Twitter, G+ buttons on your site and encourage people to follow you. Once they do, whenever you post a new blog post, you can announce this on your social network.

      Another extremely effective method is to create a newsletter sign up (we use Aweber), insert it into your Wix site, then have people sign up to your newsletter. Every time you have something to announce, you can just blast out an email to get people to return to your site.

      So my general advice is not to let these “feature” limitations stop you, as there are many more effective ways to market your website! That’s why to a certain extent, I’ve always tried to advise people that it’s not the software or the platform that makes a website or a business succeed, it’s understanding the limitations (they all have limitations), and working around them that will ultimately help you succeed!

      As for SEO, check out our web builder comparison chart to see my comments on SEO.

      Hope this is helpful!

      – Jeremy

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    I was thinking of using either blogspot, bravenet, yolasites, wix, webs, or weebly.

    Blogspot delete blogs, without saying why. All they do is say something about the TOS, even though I see nothing wrong with what I did. After years of having it. So that’s out.

    Webs deletes site if no visitors for a period of time. That’s not a problem. But I still don’t like the idea.

    WordPress has too many options, there UI is cluttered.

    Wix, that would be out if it’s still the case that you still can’t change templates, without starting over. Is that still the case? I want to be able to change the template.

    So it’s either bravesites, weeble, or yolasites.

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi John,

      For Wix, as at the moment, if you change templates you would still have to start over.

      I haven’t used the other two builders before, so I’d suggest you give Weebly a trial. It’s free to sign up for a free account so at least you can play around with it to see if you like their tools!

      – Jeremy

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        Well wix is definitely out. I know I’ll be changing templates lots of times before I settle on one.

        Right now I can’t afford to pay anything. So Yola is out also. They only have a 3 page limit on the free version.

        Webs is out also. It’s slow.

        Everything I’m reading, is all coming back to weebly.

        I probably use that. Instead of going crazy trying out different ones.

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      Hi John, I would definitely go with Weebly from my experience. Not only is it east to learn and use, but it just looks good. I’ve never had any problems with my Weebly site and the customer service is good. :O)

      Leigh Ann in Georgia

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    Thanks for the article, nicely written, I too tried both before deciding which tool to use. and I went with weebly as I am starter and will prefer simplistic approach.

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      Hey Shivangi,

      Thanks for sharing with us which builder you decided to go with! I agree that Weebly does have a lower learning curve (easier to use) than Wix. But Wix has a bit more functions especially if you consider their Apps Market.

      Thanks for sharing!

      – Jeremy

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    Is there a website builder that’s as close to easy features of WIX, that is free and can move to an existing site with no issues or is Weebly the closest one to what I am asking for?

    I want to find one that is easy for my clients. And what is your thoughts on WordPress?

    Thanks for the article!

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    Hi, thank you for the helpful article.

    I have started to set up a website for a family member using Wix however after reading your article I am thinking about re starting and using Weebly as the archive option seems very useful, (just in case I need it!)

    I wanted your opinion as to whether Weebly will be suitable to use for clients in the future.
    If a future client needed an ecommerce website built would I charge to update their website for them or would I give them the login details to do the updates themselves? (For example, stock updates etc.) Or is there an option on Weebly to give them an admin panel, which allows them to update stock etc but not change the design of the website?

    I am looking into web design and development and would like to know whether Weebly is a good platform to use or should I look into studying and building the entire sites myself?

    Thank you in advance!

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Em,

      Weebly’s archiving / backup function is pretty handy! But just know that if you were to take the site somewhere else, even though you can import it into a host, but to make any edits, you will need to modify the codes in order to do so as the site will now be outside of Weebly’s drag and drop platform.

      In terms of running a designer service, Weebly is a great candidate as they have a designer platform that can help you manage all your client’s websites. You can brand Weebly as your own proprietary platform (so they won’t know you are using Weebly and you can charge them whatever monthly fees you want to), and you can also grant your clients’ different levels of access to make updates (or you can make the updates yourself).

      Hope this is helpful for you!

      – Jeremy

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    Hi! Great article! I built two websites in the last year; one on Wix and another on Weebly. Wix had me for a while until after the site was built and published, I realized that page names were not utilized in the URL (obviously for SEO purposes) unlike Weebly. Wix, unfortunately uses random letters, numbers and symbols as page names. To me, it was a big turn off and never looked back once I went with Weebly.

    The only thing that I’m trying to figure out now, is it possible to add a pop up, opt-in lead box to capture visitor email addresses on the landing page to start building a email list database? If so, who would you recommend that is reasonable?

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      Hey Dana,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences!

      As for your question, you can check out Aweber, which we use ourselves as well. Within Aweber, you can set up a lightbox and configure the design, and the timing of the pop up to capture subscribers. You then manage all your subscribers in its dashboard and can set up email / newsletters to be distributed on an automated basis.

      Hopefully this will help!

      – Jeremy

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        Thank you for your response Jeremy!

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    I prefer Weebly. I like the simplistic approach. Plus, I love all the free images the include. Although there are some limitations, the css code can be customized and their are templates that can be added to the css code to make it better. I also like the fact that I can change my template any time I choose. I also like the fact that Weebly offers a designer platform to me so that I can build sites for other clients! After using WordPress for so long and all the frustrations that go along with that, Weebly has been a breath of fresh air personally.

    Leigh Dickey, Ella’s Design Market
    ‘www.naturallivingwithleigh.com

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Leigh,

      Thanks for your thoughts. Being able to edit Weebly’s templates’ CSS codes, or even just to be able to switch between templates is a very important distinction between Weebly and Wix.

      Both have their own pros and cons, and the best way to decide is to actually take the plunge to sign up for free accounts with each platform to experience them directly, in order to make an informed decision to see which builder works better!

      – Jeremy

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