Weebly for Photographers – Power Up with Premium Templates

Last updated on November 8, 2018
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Weebly is one of easiest drag and drop website builders in the market.  One of the best things about them is that their tools and user interface is simple and intuitive.

Unlike some other website builders out there who try to cram a lot of “extra” features into their builders, Weebly embraces simplicity and user-friendliness.

One of the things that we go over in our full Weebly review, is that their design templates are just average at best.  This is especially true if you compare their templates to Squarespace or Wix.

So is Weebly for photographers?  Yes and no.  Let me explain.

Best for Small Businesses and Portfolios

4.1out 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

Weebly for Photographers – Average Templates

Weebly’s templates are good enough if you are building just a “general” website, for hobbies, a company, charities, sports, etc.

But when it comes to very focused areas such as photography, you really need something that stands out.  Something that “pops”.

After all, I’m sure you would agree to a certain extent, that photography websites should be heavily driven by imagery, simplicity and functionality.

Weebly have improved a lot in recent years in their theme designs, but the typical Weebly template still lagging behind their closest compatitors like Wix and Squarespace:

Weebly for Photographers - free templates

It’s no wonder other website builders such as Squarespace, Wix or PhotoShelter (which is a website builder that’s dedicated to professional photographers) are preferred builders for some photographers.

But all is not lost for you.

Weebly for Photographers – Premium Templates

The good news for you is that you don’t necessarily have to use Weebly’s free, average templates.  There are 2 ways to run with this:

1) Design your own template

2) Purchase premium templates from 3rd party templates providers

1) Design Your Own Template – the Harder, More Expensive Way

If you know code or if you’re working with a developer, Weebly allows you full access to their HTML / CSS codes.  So you can almost build whatever design that suits your own taste.

Weebly for Photographers - codes

The drawback is that you’ll need to code it, or you’ll have to pay someone to do it.  A good developer who has a good eye for design is rare, and can be expensive.

A person with this rare combination of design and coding skills can cost you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.  So if you don’t have budget for this, it won’t be a realistic option for you.

So what else can you do to build your photography website?

2) Purchase a Premium Template – the Easier, Faster Way

There are independent template creators out there that build Weebly-compatible templates that are much more professional looking and more functional than the existing set of free templates from Weebly – especially when it comes to photography websites.

What these template providers do, is that they create unique designs inside Weebly Editor, then export these designs and make them available for Weebly users to purchase.

This is a great combination as you will get to use Weebly, which is dead simple drag and drop, and also have a beautiful design to go with it.

The cost of a premium template is about $35 – $50 and this is a one-time investment (so no monthly recurring fees). Purchase a premium template, upload it into Weebly, and you have a solid foundation to build out your photography website.

Weebly for Photographers - Photobox

Template marketplaces such as Mojo Marketplace has a number of theme selections.  Go to “Themes” on the menu bar and you’ll themes that are dedicated to Weebly users.

You can also find a few premium template sellers if you “Google” for “Weebly templates”.

Here is a collection of great looking Photography related designs that you can use for free – offered from other website builders. Take a look to see if you find anything you like!

Weebly for Photographers – Conclusion & Recommendation

In the past, Weebly was never been known to have bold, stylish templates.  People always recognize them as a strong, user-friendly website builder with intuitive user interface.

However, their designs have been improving over the past year or two.  While the design selection has improved, why not take a look elsewhere to see what else is available?

There are template marketplaces, such as Mojo Marketplace that offers you premium Weebly templates.  Sure, the templates are not free, but at least they give you options and a better understand of what else is available.

You can also take a look at other website builders’ photography related templates to see if some of those designs inspire you.  You never know what you will find!

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Jeremy

About Jeremy

Maybe just like you, at first we didn't have a darn clue about how to build a website, nevermind write half a line of code if our life depended on it! We wanted to build a website to start a side business, and felt overwhelmed, confused & scared about how to actually do it, which builder to use, and making wrong decisions. After years of trials & errors using different website builders, we're here to share our experiences with you.

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About Jeremy

Maybe just like you, at first we didn't have a darn clue about how to build a website, nevermind write half a line of code if our life depended on it! We wanted to build a website to start a side business, and felt overwhelmed, confused & scared about how to actually do it, which builder to use, and making wrong decisions. After years of trials & errors using different website builders, we're here to share our experiences with you.

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    Jay
    Weebly is amazing and so nice to use, but they are terribly behind other competitors on gallery layour options and themes. Hopefully they will wake up!
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    • Lucy Carney
      Lucy Carney
      Hi Jay, Thanks for joining the discussion! So glad you enjoy using Weebly, and sorry you find its themes a bit outdated. It definitely values ease and simplicity over flashy designs! If the premium themes aren't quite to your liking, why not check out Squarespace or Wix? Wix is even easier to use than Weebly and has really modern designs, and you just can't beat Squarespace for its templates! Squarespace actually has the best quality designs on the market, so might be worth a look if you're after some fresh layout options. I've linked to our in-depth reviews for both builders, in case you wanted to take a look. Thanks for reading! Lucy
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    Steve Jenkins
    I am looking for a vintage style photography template - clean background and features like card corner holders for the photos - to display and hopefully sell on copies of my late father's archive. Can you recommend a budget template builder?
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    • Jeremy
      Jeremy
      Hi Steve, Have a look at the collection of photography templates here. If you still couldn't find any, check out either Squarespace's templates or Wix's templates. Squarepace have some really professional looking templates that's quite designer-oriented. Wix just have a lot of templates for you to choose from! Jeremy
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    encaustic artist
    Thanks for this great share. This site is a fantastic resource. Keep up the great work here at Sprint Connection! Many thanks.
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    Scott
    I am a landscape photographer who is looking for a website builder (or wordpress option) for my improved photo portfolio website (photohouston.com is my current site). I want to display my photos on the website and also want to sell them as prints and canvas art. Initially I want to show 100 photos on the website. Most of the website builders have a product limit. I am not sure what this means in relation to photography. Would the product limit be the quantity of photos I have on my website or would it be the physical products that I offer which are produced from the photos (i.e.. different print sizes of prints and canvas art) ?
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    • Jeremy
      Jeremy
      Hello Scott, You might want to check out PhotoShelter as they are a dedicated website builder for photography professionals. So all their tools are tailored to help photographers succeed online. Jeremy
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        Scott
        Thanks for your response to my inquiry! I am quite familiar with PhotoShelter and some of the other dedicated website builders for photo pros (Smugmug, Zenfolio) and I may use one of them for another website I am planning. I am still interested in what you can tell me regarding the product limit of the general website builders (Squarespace, Weebly, Wix, etc.). What would this mean in relation to photography. Would the product limit be the quantity of photos I have on my website or would it be the physical products that I offer which are produced from the photos (i.e.. different sizes of prints and canvas art) ?
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        • Jeremy
          Jeremy
          They just don't offer photography-specific tools. These drag and drop website builders are tailored to help people sell physical products and digital products in such as PDF files, music files - products that are fairly "standard". So you can't share file download directories or have watermarks (unless you insert your watermark before uploading into the website builder). The best way for you to find out, is to sign up for a free / trial account with one of them and take a look at their ecommerce tools for yourself. Since you're pretty familiar with photography related tools and know exactly what you need, you'll find out pretty quickly if they'll work for you. Jeremy
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    awraynor
    Thanks for the review. Your templates are very stylish and would do great for a photo/fashion site.
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    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie
      Thanks :)