Weebly Pricing Review
Our Weebly pricing review explains the costs and features of each Weebly pricing plan.
We think that Weebly offers you great value for money. It’s easy to use and can help you build a good looking, functional website without having to worry about the technical side of things.
Review by Jeremy
Last Updated on November 8, 2018
“You may wonder about Weebly pricing plans and what you get if you subscribe to their paid packages (Weebly Connect, Weebly Starter, Weebly Pro, Weebly Business, and Weebly Performance plans).”
In general, people are conditioned to focus on price and price alone.
For instance, it’s very common for a person to see that a premium plan is $25 per month and start panicking at the idea that it will cost $300 a year!
We’ve been there ourselves so we fully understand this “knee-jerk” emotional reaction.
When actually, it’s a much better idea to pay more attention to what you receive in return for each of Weebly’s pricing plans.
What DO you get for $96 per year from their Starter plan?
What COULD you accomplish with $144 per year with their Pro plan?
And are they worth it to YOU?
This is what we’ll try to discuss in this pricing review.
Weebly Pricing Overview
Weebly has a free plan with basic features. There are four Weebly premium plans ranging from $8 – $38 a month (billed annually). All paid plans remove ads, give you unlimited storage and ecommerce functionality. The higher the plan, the more features you unlock.
|Weebly Pricing Plan||Annual Upfront Cost||Monthly Equivalent|
The great variety of features combined with this range of price plans makes Weebly a popular choice. Of all the website builders we have reviewed, our research showed Weebly is the best for small businesses and portfolios in the market today.
We rate Weebly pricing as 4.1 stars, keep reading to find out why, and which plan is best for you. Start at the top, or click to jump to a section that interests you.
Weebly has 4 premium plans to choose from. Their Starter plan is a very reasonable $8 a month and is their first ad-free plan. The next level up is the Pro plan at $12. If you want to sell online, then you’ll want the Business plan at $25 or the Performance plan at $38 a month.
The table below shows you how much each plan costs and the savings you can make if paying upfront for a 1-year or 2-year plan:
|Weebly Pricing Plans||1-Month ($/month)||1-Year ($/month)||Savings (%)||2-Years ($/month)||Savings (%)|
*Note: ‘Weebly Connect’ is only visible after signing up for a free plan and upgrading through the Weebly editor
As you can see above, if you’ve got the budget it really does make sense considering whether you can invest in a longer-term paid plan with Weebly.
The savings rack up quickly, so while you have to pay a bit more at the start, two years down the line you’ll have paid between 24% – 64% less than somebody who has opted to pay month-on-month! Check out this graph that visualizes what you can save!
Now, not everyone can invest over one hundred dollars on a 2-year plan just like that, but you’ll still see impressive savings even if paying for a year in advance.
You can also upgrade at any time with Weebly and the remaining balance of your subscription will be pro-rated onto the new plan.
This means that if you subscribe to a 1-year Starter plan for $96 and decide you want to upgrade to a Pro plan after 6 months, then the $48 left over from the Starter plan will be knocked off of the cost of the Pro plan – so you don’t pay twice!
But before you even start thinking about committing cash, you need to know what you’re going to get for your hard-earned money, right? Well, keep reading to find out…
So now you know how much Weebly’s plans cost (and the mega savings you can make by investing in a long-term plan).
As you can probably guess, the more you pay each month then the more you get. Just take a look at the benefits of upgrading from a free to a paid plan:
But aside from this, what do you actually get for your money?
Let’s find out!
In this section we’ll look at Weebly’s pricing plans from these angles:
The site features that you get with your Weebly paid plan are the bread and butter of your website.
They are the essential cogs that not only help you have a more enjoyable website building experience, but make your website a more attractive place to visit!
Your site features include things like whether Weebly adverts are displayed or not; the amount of storage you get for images + videos; how secure your site is for visitors; stats and tracking, as well as extra functionality (like video backgrounds).
The table below breaks down what you get with each Weebly paid plan.
|Drag & Drop Builder||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Remove Weebly Ads||✘||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Connect Your Domain||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Advanced Site Stats||✘||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|HD Video + Audio||✘||✘||✔||✔||✔|
|Number of Members||0||0||Up to 100||Unlimited||Unlimited|
If you’re looking to start an online business with a Weebly website, then this section is specifically for YOU!
Because the ecommerce features you get with your paid Weebly plan will have a massive knock-on effect across your entire business.
Think about it – if you plan on selling goods online (aka ecommerce) then you’ll want to keep an eye on your stock levels, right?
But you can only do this with Weebly Business or Weebly Performance – so why would you consider any other plans?
Check the table below to see what ecommerce perks you get with each Weebly paid plan.
|Weebly Transaction Fee||✘||3%||3%||0%||0%|
|Number of Products||✘||Up to 10||up to 25||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Checkout||✘||On Weebly||On Weebly||On Your Domain||On Your Domain|
|Sell Digital Goods||✘||✘||✘||✔||✔|
|Shipping & Tax Calculator||✘||✘||✘||✔||✔|
|Real Time Shipping Rates||✘||✘||✘||✘||✔|
|Abandoned Cart Emails||✘||✘||✘||✘||✔|
Marketing helps people find your website – it’s that simple!
One of the best ways of getting found online is to optimize your website for search engines – this is called SEO (or Search Engine Optimization). Think of it like sorting books by the Dewey Decimal system in a library – if the book is in the right place then you’re more likely to find it!
You can also add forms to capture leads if you’re looking to start a business.
Knowing what support options are available to you is important because if you get stuck then you’re going to want to know where can turn to get help.
Not every Weebly paid plan comes with 360 degree support and the table below shows you what you’ll get for your money.
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To make their paid plans even more enticing (and to give you even MORE value for money), each one of Weebly’s paid plans come with some cool bonuses that can be a real shot-in-the-arm for your website!
With every Weebly paid plan you will get:
- A free domain for extra credibility (if you don’t have your own one already)
- Complimentary $100 Google Adwords credit to help you promote your site – if you spend $25 (but only if you live in the US or Canada)
And, if you subscribe to the Performance plan you’ll get…
- 5 free email campaigns per month via Weebly Promote (which lets you promote your site to 500 contacts with each campaign)
These are pretty decent bonuses in my opinion, especially the complimentary domain name. This saves you the job of buying one elsewhere so can be a real timesaver.
However, the other bonuses – despite being pretty neat – are, in my opinion, only really useful if you’re interested in Weebly’s ecommerce-focused plans.
If you’re building a website for yourself or for a hobby, you probably won’t have much need for Google Adwords credit (especially if you have to buy $25 worth in the first place).
Likewise you probably won’t be sending out 500 emails every week either.
Long story short: free bonuses are nice – but they’re even better if you actually have a need for them!
At the time of this post, upgrading a website to Weebly Performance, Weebly Business, Weebly Pro, Starter or Connect plans is relatively affordable (and good value – which I’ll explain in a minute).
Weebly offers you a discount if you sign up to their 1-year plan, and an even greater discount under the 2-year plan. The chart below should help you to visualize these savings across each plan.
If you’re thinking long-term savings, then the 2-year plan gives you the best value. Think about it:
- $3 per month for the Weebly Connect pricing plan is about 10 cents per day
- $5 per month for the Weebly Starter pricing plan is about 16 cents per day
- $9 per month for the Weebly Pro pricing plan is about 30 cents per day cents per day
- $21 per month for the Weebly Business pricing plan is about 70 cents per day (this allows you to run a fully functional online store – and just one sale a day will be more than enough to cover this investment! See our review under the “Pricing Comparison” section to compare Weebly Business against other e-Commerce builders)
- $35 per month for the Weebly Performance pricing plan is about $1.17 per day. Considering that 68% of shoppers who added products to the shopping cart abandon it, the Abandoned Cart Recovery feature (which is only available on the Performance Plan) can save you a lot of money that might otherwise “leak” out of your pocket.
To be honest – I’ve spent more than that on a fancy cup of coffee sometimes!
From that perspective and from the perspective of everyday living costs (a cup of coffee, a bottle of soda, a chocolate bar), upgrading to any of Weebly’s paid plans is not too big a financial commitment when you consider how potentially expensive the cost of building websites can be.
What you get in return for your investment is a much more sophisticated and capable website builder.
Think of it like paying for a monthly gym membership. Yes, you can work out for free at home, but for a small monthly cost you can get access to much better equipment that enables you to achieve not only better results – but achieve them quicker too.
So if you’re serious about your website and you’re committed to it, investing between 10 cents and a $1.17 each day is almost a no-brainer.
“Weebly offers you tremendous value from my perspective when it comes to the cost of building your website.”
I understand that the majority of the people nowadays expect a lot of things on the internet for free, but if we take a step back, the idea of “you get what you pay for” is a timeless rule of thumb for consumers.
As a Weebly customer, it’s also helpful to remember where your money goes.
It’s not just about paying for access to better tools!
Weebly will most likely take a big part of your monthly fees to improve their website builder, build more cool features and tools, and provide even better customer support – all of which contribute to helping YOU build better websites.
For online store owners, although the Business or Performance plans require a higher investment, remember you will be able to build an actual business out of the advanced Weebly eCommerce tools. Considering how much you would need to invest if you wanted a physical store / business, then spending between 70 cents to $1.17 a day is a worthwhile investment.
I’m happy to pay for good stuff if it will benefit me in the long term, but that’s just a general guiding principle for me.
One thing that’s important to note is if you pay for your domain externally, you will not be able to connect it to Weebly’s free plan.
Instead, you’ll have to use their Connect plan, which offers the same features as the Free plan, and starts at $4 per month.
Weebly will provide you a free domain for the first year to the value of $20. After that, the best solution is to purchase your domain externally and transfer it with an annual connection fee extension cost of $47.
Should you wish to make your website advertisement free, however, you’ll have to upgrade to Weebly’s Starter plan for $8 per month (when paid annually).
“In this review we’ve looked at Weebly’s paid plans, their costs and whether they offer value for money if you choose to invest your hard-earned cash.”
To recap – the pricing for Weebly’s paid plans are:
- Weebly Performance – $38/mo (when paying annually)
- Weebly Business – $25/mo (when paying annually)
- Weebly Pro – $12/mo (when paying annually)
- Weebly Starter – $8/mo (when paying annually)
- Weebly Connect – $4/mo (when paying annually)
Even if you want to test-drive Weebly first, the free service already provides tremendous value to you if you wanted to build a basic website.
But if you are serious about committing to your website, your business, online store, or your blog – all things considered – the investment to upgrading your Weebly account is definitely worthwhile considering.
With the upgraded features (especially Weebly Pro), you can really add a lot of cool features to your website to make it stand out.
Check out my other article if you’re interested in finding out more about Weebly Pro features and how to upgrade for free.