Weebly Review 2018 | 12 Questions You Need To Ask

Last updated on November 8, 2018
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Weebly Review Highlights

Best website builder for small businesses. Has all the necessary features to create a brilliant and simple business website.

Mobile-responsive themes you can customize easily – then fine-tune using HTML and CSS.

Cool customizable templates to help get you started, including ready-made landing pages, site maps and portfolios.

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Last Updated on November 8, 2018

Weebly is a wonderfully accessible website builder that lets you create a great-looking site without having to write a single line of code.

Its drag-and-drop editing tool makes light work of creating a web presence for your project, hobby or small business, even if you’re a complete beginner.

Weebly is user-friendly and intuitive. It’s powerful enough to let you build a great-looking site without knowing any HTML at all.

But if you are handy with HTML or CSS, Weebly gives you the option to use them. Unlike its rival website builder Wix, Weebly has a built-in code editor that lets you customize your site more extensively.

Easiest To Use Website Builder

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

Weebly’s features, versatility and value for money have earned it some excellent feedback from users, including small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Click here to read their success stories – you may find them quite inspirational.

Weebly currently powers more than 40 million websites, which works out at roughly 2% (and growing) of all websites on the internet. Read on to discover why it’s so popular, and to find out if it’s the right website builder for you.

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1WHAT ARE WEEBLY’S TOP 3 PROS AND CONS?

TOP 3 WEEBLY PROS
#1 Best website builder for small businesses.

Weebly offers all the basic tools you need to build a great functional business website, with no bells and whistles to confuse you. You can build a great site in hours, and even set up an online store.

#2 Cool customizable templates.

Weebly’s collection of templates (‘themes’) now includes a great choice of on-trend, mobile-responsive designs. Unlike Wix, Weebly lets you switch between themes, customize using HTML and CSS, and download your site’s code.

#3 Really helpful SEO guides.

In Weebly’s help and support center you’ll find loads of great tips on how to boost your site’s ranking on search engines like Google. Everything from coding advice to keyword support is provided.

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Prefer an at-a-glance view of Weebly’s strengths and weaknesses?
Check out our Weebly Review Summary Table
TOP 3 WEEBLY CONS
#1 Drag-and-drop customization is limited.

You may find Weebly’s drag-and-drop customization options too limited to deliver the site of your dreams. Unless you’re confident enough with code to use the built-in HTML/CSS editor, you can’t change things like column width or background design.

Other website builders, notably Wix and Squarespace, offer more powerful drag-and-drop customization.

#2 No personal restore option.

If something goes wrong and you want to restore your website to a previous point in time, you’ll need to contact Weebly’s support team. This can be frustrating and time consuming, especially when the likes of Wix allow you to backup and restore your website yourself.

#3 No ADI Option.

ADI (Artificial Design Intelligence) is where a website builder will design a site for you based on the information you provide. Wix and Jimdo both have separate ADI products while GoDaddy focus entirely around an ADI approach.

August to October 2018 Updates

  • Social Media Integration: You can now connect Facebook messenger to Weebly, allowing you to interact with your users in a more modern, efficient way.
  • Analytics: Weebly’s Stats card is being replaced with Insights, their latest analytics tool, to provide you with rich information such as Traffic, Sales and Marketing data, and better ways to segment and compare data.
  • Email Marketing: Improved marketing tools make it easy for you to create and send emails to your customers with features like customizable templates, automations, contact and product sync and preset styles.
  • Pre-Launch Membership: Any entrepreneurs out there now have the chance to become a Weebly member and join a community for ideas and guides before you’ve even launched your site.
  • New Logo: This one speaks for itself, really! The new owners of Weebly, Square, have put their stamp on the platform by unveiling a brand new logo.
See More Weebly Features

 

2IS WEEBLY IDEAL FOR YOU?

Weebly is great for small businesses, making it a great choice for entrepreneurs, start-up companies, and small online stores.”

Even if you want to build a personal website, online photo gallery, or even an event site, Weebly is versatile and provides a diverse range of templates.

There are more sophisticated website builders out there, but Weebly is catching up by introducing advanced features and updated designs.

Everything it does is intended to help users of all skill levels build good-looking and functional websites, quickly and painlessly.

Here at Website Builder Expert we got everyday people to test Weebly and we got some really positive feedback. Here’s just a couple of things people said:

“The editing screen is laid out quite nicely. It’s a good introductory-level web builder.”

“It was fairly straightforward to add things, you had the app store that was easy to go into, you just had to type in what you wanted and pull it into your site. Similar with the features, they were all really easy, it was a drag-and-drop motion to move it onto the page, and then the editing of text was also fairly straightforward.”

One of our favorite things about Weebly is it gives you room to grow and learn. You can edit your site’s code once you feel confident enough – making it the ideal tool if you fancy learning HTML.

This all gives Weebly a much broader appeal than its simple drag-and-drop nature may at first suggest.

As mentioned, you can even use it to build an online store (here’s our detailed Weebly ecommerce review). But if you have big ambitions for your store, you’ll be better off with an ecommerce specialist such as Shopify.

3IS WEEBLY EASY TO USE?

“Building your website with Weebly is as simple as dragging and dropping elements onto a page. You can see your website take shape before your eyes.”

As you may know, Weebly is a WYSIWYG (‘what you see is what you get’) website builder.

This means it lets you build your entire website by dragging elements (such as photos, icons and menus) onto pages on your screen, then move them around and resize them, without having to touch any code at all.

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See your site take shape before your eyes using Weebly’s WYSIWYG editor

With WYSIWYG tools, what you see in the template editor is what your visitor will see after you publish your website. There’s no WordPress-style flipping back and forth between editing mode and preview mode to check how your site will actually look.

Here at Website Builder Expert, we like to put these website builders through their paces. One test we do, as mentioned above, is getting everyday folk to test the builders and see how easy they find them.

We asked them to score a list of tasks based on their difficulty and interviewed them after to discuss how they found it.

Despite its intuitive nature, Weebly actually proved quite difficult to use in comparison to its peers. Wix and SiteBuilder came out as the easiest products to use with Weebly being distinctly average.

4WEEBLY TEMPLATES REVIEW – HOW GOOD ARE WEEBLY’S THEMES?

“Weebly has been busy releasing stylish new designs that you can use to create professional-looking websites.”

Weebly used to have a reputation for mediocre templates, and users regularly badgered the company to improve the quality of its designs.

Eventually Weebly got the message. It’s been brushing up its themes and creating more and better designs for its Themes Gallery.

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Weebly is working hard to improve its designs – as you’ll see from the Theme Gallery

Many of Weebly’s newer themes are automatically mobile-responsive. If you choose one of these themes, you can be sure your site will look great, whatever size screen it’s viewed on.

We’ll have more on this in the section on mobile-readiness below.

Weebly also lets you access your site’s code with one click using an HTML/CSS editor. So you have the option to extensively modify your website’s design (or hire someone to help you). It’s great to have this choice if you really want a customized design.

You could also consider buying a Weebly theme created by an independent designer. Take a look at Mojo template marketplace, for example.

We still think Weebly’s biggest competitor, Wix, has more versatile templates, but Weebly seems keen to catch up. We’ll let you know about new design options from Weebly – so stay tuned!

 

5HOW GOOD IS WEEBLY’S HELP AND SUPPORT?

“Weebly’s editor is quite simple, so you probably won’t need as much support as you would with more complex website builders – but it provides email and live chat support anyway.”

Weebly Customer Support

Weebly’s support team have improved over the past year to help service the growing number of users. It’s good to see this is a priority for Weebly.

You can reach the support team three different ways: 1) support tickets (see screenshot below), 2) live chat, and 3) phone. Support tickets are answered 24/7.

If you want a more personal experience, live chat is available from Monday to Friday, 6am-6pm Pacific Standard Time (PST), and Saturday to Sunday 8am-5pm PST.

Weebly Review - Live Chat

Phone support is available for paying subscribers (Pro plan or higher). Call 1-844-493-3259 from 6am-6pm PST. The support team is based almost entirely in the US.

weebly review phone support

Alternatively, try posting a question on Weebly’s Facebook page or contact the team via Twitter.

Weebly Tutorial Resources

Weebly also has an online Weebly Support Center which is basically a how-to guide to using the service to build your website.

weebly review online support center

There are videos in the Help Center if you want to learn a few more advanced tips and tricks.

Weebly Community Forum

For years we bemoaned the fact that Weebly didn’t have a community forum, while its rival Wix did – now it’s up to speed and going from strength to strength.

Here you can find users’ stories and insider tips, questions and answers, and chat with like-minded souls who are having the same problems and ideas as you.

weebly review community forum

6CAN YOU ADD WEEBLY APPS TO YOUR SITE?

“If you want more sophisticated tools, Weebly’s App Center offers a collection of fully integrated, one-click installation tools to help you grow your business.”

Weebly’s theme editor offers basic tools to add to your site, but if you want more sophisticated tools, check out the Weebly App Center.

While Weebly strives to keep its tools easy and minimal, it’s great to have the option of more advanced tools that you can bolt onto your website with one click.

weebly review app center market

Add advanced site tools with one click from the Weebly App Center

Apps fall into numerous categories such as marketing, communications, ecommerce and social, plus the more generic ‘tools’ (such as pricing table, accordion tabs, team charts, and so on – utilities that go above and beyond the basics that Weebly provides).

The App Center gets around the need-to-use-code or codecs to add extra functions to your site. With the App Center, all tools are automatically fully integrated with Weebly’s platform. To add an app to your site, just click the Add button.

Apps are built by independent developers, whose entire businesses are focused on improving and servicing their tools. Some of the apps are free and some are paid-for.

Most paid-for apps have free trial periods, so you can give them a test drive without having to commit any cash.

7DO WEEBLY SITES HAVE MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS?

“Weebly lets you create your own membership club, where you have full control over who gets to see what pages.”

Weebly’s membership gateway is a neat optional function. If you enable it, only your registered members can access certain restricted pages, and you have full control over who sees what.

This is especially helpful to you if you want to create courses for students; share private information with certain visitors only; create a private club of some sort, or just block certain content from the general public.

To use Weebly’s membership creation tool, you will have to be at least a Weebly Pro, Business or Performance plan subscriber (we’ll have more on the pricing plans below).

weebly review membership

Make your site a members-only club using Weebly’s membership creation tool

By default the registration button appears on your site’s menu bar. If you prefer, you can create a pop-up box containing a button or link for visitors to click, or display a form for them to fill in.

Every time a new member signs up, you’ll receive a notification email from Weebly.

The membership function also lets you create membership groups, and then control access to certain pages. You’re also given a dedicated members’ login page with functions such as password reset.

Weebly doesn’t let you charge users to become members – but there is a third-party app that does. Paid Members costs from $9.97 per month and lets you instantly and securely accept payment via PayPal for members who want to pay for, say, online course access on your Weebly site.

8WEEBLY MOBILE REVIEW – WILL YOUR SITE LOOK GREAT ON PHONES AND TABLETS?

“Weebly automatically takes your website, creates a mobile version of it, and gives you a preview.”

As mentioned above, Weebly’s latest theme designs are automatically mobile-responsive.

This means your design will adjust by itself to fit your viewers’ mobile touchscreens. You don’t have to do anything more, but you can preview how your site will look on phones and tablets.

Weebly does still host a few older themes that aren’t mobile-responsive, but that doesn’t mean they won’t work on touchscreens.

If you’ve decided to use an older theme that isn’t automatically optimized for mobile, you can switch between the web and mobile views in the editor to check how your site looks and works on different devices.

For more detail, see our full review of Weebly’s Mobile Editor. Here we dig deep into the tool’s functions and compare it with mobile editors offers by other website builders.

9WEEBLY SEO REVIEW – HOW WILL YOUR WEEBLY SITE RANK ON GOOGLE?

“Weebly is great for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) with useful guides and tips on everything from coding optimization to keyword support.”

We’ve seen arguments that website builders perform very poorly in search engine rankings.

However, this is a myth. There are thousands of Weebly websites ranking really well in Google, achieving first-page positions. e’ve built Weebly websites that have ranked high in search results

SEO is about planning, technique, and persistence, but that’s beyond the scope of this review. Find out which website builders are best for SEO in our handy guide here.

Weebly allows you to insert all the basic SEO functions, such as editing meta titles and descriptions, customizing URLs, and adding alt text to images.

They also offer purpose built SEO apps such as Positionly (starting at $19.99/month) and MarketGOO (free) to help you further.

Also, be aware that even if your website is indexed by search engines, this doesn’t guarantee it’ll rank high in search results. We have more about this in our FAQ (look under the SEO question).

You can also enable Google Analytics for your site, to start tracking your visitor statistics. Weebly provides a website statistics dashboard that tracks page views and unique visitors from the past 30 days.

Weebly review statistics

See who’s visiting your site and how they got there, using Weebly’s stats dashboard

Weebly Pro users get a little extra help, such as information about your site’s most visited pages; search terms used by visitors to discover your website; and referring sites that sent your visitors to you.

We recommend using a combination of Google Analytics and Weebly’s own tracking to get as much data and analysis as possible.

Website Builder SEO Guide – what do we really think about SEO and website builders? Here we reveal how Weebly measures up against its rivals in the search rankings.

10WEEBLY HOSTING REVIEW – WHAT HOSTING AND EXPORT OPTIONS DOES WEEBLY OFFER?

“Weebly takes care of all your hosting and technical needs – so you can focus on building your site.”

Weebly hosts your site for you, even if you’re on the free plan, so you do not have to pay for hosting separately.

It manages the entire process for you, so you can concentrate on building your website and focusing on other more important things (such as life!)

Weebly also takes care of all technical maintenance and security upgrades, to ensure your website runs smoothly and doesn’t fall prey to hackers.

One of Weebly’s biggest advantages over other website builders is that it lets you download your entire website as a ZIP archive file. You can then import it to another host or website builder, or give it to a web designer to work on.

weebly review backup export

Download a ZIP file of your Weebly site’s code for backup – or editing elsewhere

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11WEEBLY PRICING REVIEW – IS A WEEBLY PREMIUM PLAN WORTH THE INVESTMENT?

“Weebly makes it easy to build all kinds of websites without using any code – so it potentially saves you thousands on hiring a designer. And its cheapest plan is completely free.”

It doesn’t cost a penny to build a website using Weebly. The free plan lets you create and publish as many sites as you want, and provides many of the basic tools you need at no extra cost.

There are no deadlines or expiry dates to worry about – your free sites will be up and running for as long as Weebly is around.

So is it worth paying for an upgrade to a premium plan? Absolutely.

A subscription of $8 or more per month gets you a paid plan (Starter, Pro, Business or Performance) buys you access to Weebly’s full suite of website building tools and premium support.

Weebly’s Starter, Pro, Business and Performance plans cost $8, $12, $25 and $38 per month respectively, if you pay annually under the one-year plan.

They’re pretty cheap on average compared to the rest of the market, and this is one of the reasons why it got such a good value for money score from our research.

Here’s what you get under each plan:

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Click the image to see Weebly’s pricing plans in detail (opens in a new window)

As mentioned, those are the prices you pay if you sign up for a full year. If you’d rather pay month by month, the price goes up slightly. Weebly also offers six-month and two-year options as well.

You could save anywhere between 11% to 44%, depending on which plan you subscribe to and the length of your subscription. The longer you commit, the steeper the discount:

Weebly Pricing Plans 1 Month ($/month) 1-Year ($/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%

If you do commit to two years, the Starter plan drops to just $5 per month; Pro plan to $9, Business plan to $21, and Performance to $35 per month.

Opting for the two-year plan compared with the one-year default plan, you save up to $1.15 per day (Performance plan).

Not bad, considering most people probably spend way more than that on a cup of coffee or chocolate bar every day.

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The longer you sign up for, the more cash you save each month

As you can see, the two-year plans give you the best pricing per month.

The Business and Performance plans are geared for users who want to create a comprehensive online store and run advanced marketing campaigns.

So if you have plans to build a business and sell products online, Weebly eCommerce (Business and Performance plans) are excellent options. See our review of Weebly’s ecommerce tools.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that external domains cannot be connected to Weebly’s Free plan. For that, you’ll have to pay for the Connect plan.

Weebly provide you a free domain for the first year up to the value of $20, so your best option is to transfer your external domain and incur the $47 annual connection fee extension cost.

Should you wish to make your website advertisement free however, you’ll have to upgrade to Weebly’s Starter plan.

Weebly Pricing – see our detailed analysis on Weebly Performance, Business, Pro and Starter Plans.

Weebly Pro & Starter Plan Features – we take a closer look at what you get with Weebly’s Pro and Starter plans (and reveal a secret trick for getting them free!)

12WEEBLY REVIEW SUMMARY – IS WEEBLY THE RIGHT WEBSITE BUILDER FOR YOU?

After giving it a thorough test, we can confidently say Weebly is the best website builder for small businesses on the market right now. It’s uncluttered, simplistic, and relatively easy to navigate, so you won’t feel overwhelmed.

It may have come out of our testing with a lower ease of use score than Wix, but once you’ve got used to the platform, it becomes a breeze.

It offers you the option to fine-tune your site using HTML and CSS, and even export it for editing elsewhere, so Weebly isn’t only for beginners. It also offers numerous subscription levels, including ecommerce plans.

To get the best out of Weebly, we recommend that you start with a free website. This is your chance to get to know the editing interface and judge for yourself how easy and difficult its various features are.

You may find there’s enough in the free plan to deliver the website of your dreams, although you’ll have Weebly branding on the pages and in the URL. You can use the free plan for as long as you want, and create as many sites as you want.

Once you’ve got used to using Weebly, you’ll then have a better idea of which subscription plan is right for you.

Before you go: See our expert analysis of the Weebly Pro and Weebly Starter Plans – plus our secret trick for getting them free.

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It's my job to research website builders and find out which one's really are best for your specific needs. Having tested numerous builders, I'm in a great position to help you guys not only get online, but have great success once there.

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436 Responses to Weebly Review 2018 | 12 Questions You Need To Ask

  1. #

    I like the free version because you can test the builder before upgrading. This is better than ‘trial period’ models, which is an example of pressure selling, and is uncool.

    • Lucy Carney
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      Hi Dominic,
      Thanks so much for your comment! I totally agree the free plan is a great way of trying out the builder and starting to build your website. It’s great that there’s no pressure to upgrade until you’re ready too. So glad you enjoyed the article, and hope you enjoy using Weebly.
      Thanks for reading,
      Lucy

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    It didn’t take long for the Square.com takeover of Weebly for the greed-driven changes to occur . . . exactly like any downsizing “Profits over People” reducing customer service & scraping more money from existing customers
    Effective, June 1, 2018, in violation of former Agreements, Weebly has discontinued the “Free” Plan. Customers can no longer Publish a website unless the Pay monthly for a Plan: from $40 for 5 years’ up to $2,760 for 5 years. Or the customer required to purchase domains from Weebly for double the Market Rate. The recession is certainly over. “Free’ is no longer Free.
    Feel free to contact me for more info Thanks, Jeremy

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    What ever you do..DO NOT use weebly, we have been running 2 businesses on there for FREE for the last 4 years,

    We have just attempted to edit our websites and they are both being held to ransom unless we pay $14 PER website PER month!

    This is an absolute joke and we are actively looking to move our websites to another provider.

    Weebly have shot themselves in the foot and i can seriously see this move being the end of them.

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    Hi, I built a website in Weebly – worked well for a couple of years. Took me around 50 – 60 hours to construct. Then after several years Weebly sent me an email telling me that they were now going to charge me for it or shut it down. I wouldn’t advise weebly to anyone after this experience. Now I’m facing another 50 – 60 hours rebuilding elsewhere.

    2 Days notice was all they gave – pay up now or we’ll shut you down. That’s a kind of blackmail really. Of course there was no email to reply to to challenge this.

    • Fred Isaac
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      Sorry to hear you had a bad experience Jon, hope it was resolved!

  5. #

    I’ve been using Weebly for about 2 years – I’ve noticed that my pages aren’t loading on my own personal devices. The customer service is horrendous. I can’t reach anyone when my website IS down. And I’m constantly getting emails from Weebly that there’s an outage.

    When I try to edit my products, it just spins, and spins and spins. They originally told me it was because my systems were outdated, but I’m on a brand new MacBook that’s only 2 months old.

    Since I confirmed the updates, nobody has responded to my inquiries.

    Terrible program, nothing but problems. Run away. I am.

  6. #

    Do you think Weebly being purchased by Square for 365 million is a good thing or bad thing for Weebly users going forward? It does seem Weebly was falling behind Squarespace and Wix with features such as AMP. That being said, who knows what may happen going forward now….

    • Fred Isaac
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      Hi Jason, excellent question! From what I’ve read, Weebly is going to invest more in ecommerce now. Who knows, with more resource Weebly may improve!

  7. #

    thanks you for the information

    • Fred Isaac
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      No problem, hope you found it useful!

  8. #

    Although Weebly is an extremely user-friendly website builder, I want to start using the “embed code” drag-and-drop tool more extensively. What are people’s experiences with code in Weebly, and what are a few important things that I should be aware of when adding my own HTML to my Weebly site?

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    The website builder is easy to use, but their support is incredibly bad. To get a rep on the phone it took 1 hour, but the wait time said 30 mins. Then when trying to get basic help for a friend who purchased a domain, they tried to get me to upgrade a test site because the support line is only for paying customers. Additionally I wouldn’t have even called in if the email option worked. I tried twice to submit a ticket, and each time I got a message saying they received the inquiry, but no follow up message other than one to survey how they did. Really falls short.

    • Tom Watts
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      Hello Gary,

      Thank you for sharing your experiences with the community.

      I’m sorry to hear you’ve had such a frustrating time with Weebly and I understand it can be frustrating not to have access to a phone support line without subscribing to a paid plan.

      How did you get on with the live chat option? One would hope it’s more responsive than the tickets you submitted?

      If you think that you would be interested in another platform with more in-depth support, it might be worth considering Wix, who have a huge array of guides and support documents that should cover any issue you run into.

      I’ve linked to our review, so that should give you some food for thought.

      Thanks again for contributing to the discussion – our readers feedback and experiences are invaluable.

      – Tom

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    Hi there, what about languages? It’s been a problem so far with buttons etc, and if you work on a osx set to English, you need another machine to CHECK what actually comes out in the relevant language. Would be nice to have this taken into account when comparing providers, and I’m only talking about western languages, ISO Latin.

    • Tom Watts
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      Hello Sushinori,

      Thanks for joining the discussion. Considering multi-lingual capacity would certainly be an interesting thing to consider for future reviews.

      In the meantime, if you are having issues with languages on Weebly, it might be worth looking in the Weebly App Store to see if there are any apps that can help you out.

      I believe Weebly recommend two third party apps: ‘Multilanguage’ and ‘LocalizeInternet’ – so it could be worth looking in to them to see if they would solve your issue.

      If you’d like to read more about multi-lingual websites, we’ve prepared this discussion, which could prove handy.

      Hope that helps,
      – Tom

  11. #

    Hello,

    Will I get a domain email address with a free Weebly website?

    Thanks in advance,

    Dominika

    • Tom Watts
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      Hi Dominika,

      You’ll need to subscribe to a premium plan with Weebly to get a domain email address.

      Thanks,
      – Tom

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    Hi Jeremy,Thanks for the advice,it helped alot but I do have one question though…I noticed that you said that if you select the free plan on Weebly,your website will not be indexed in search engines.Does this mean that if I entered my website’s ‘address’ it won’t open it?
    Thanks In Advance

    -Brayden

    • Tom Watts
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      Hey Brayden,

      Glad you found the article useful.

      Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to open up your website by entering its URL into the address bar in your browser.

      The non-indexing simply means that if people were using keywords to search for your site on Google then they wouldn’t be able to find it. However if they knew the website address then they could still access it.

      It’s also worth pointing out that to have a unique domain name for your site, you will need to upgrade to a premium plan.

      Hope that clears things up,
      – Tom

    • #

      it will be indexed. mine is.

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    When it shows the pricing ($8mth/yr) do you have to pay for the full year up front or are they going to charge you every month? This seems like a duh question, but I’ve been fooled in the past after investing time and energy into a project.

    • Tom Watts
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      Hi AJ,

      We had to ask a lot of questions to build up the on-site knowledge we have today, so no worries, there are no ‘duh’ questions – If we don’t ask then we don’t learn.

      Anyhow, with Weebly you’ll have to pay in either 6-month, 1-year or 2-year blocks. You can’t pay month-on-month with Weebly anymore unfortunately.

      The prices quoted on the Weebly site are the cheapest possible prices for their plans, which works out as the average monthly cost when you sign up to a 2-year plan.

      You’ll probably need to a pay a small amount extra for shorter contracts. For more info take a look at our breakdown of Weebly plan prices.

      Hope that helps,
      Tom

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    Thanks so much for all this great information! I actually started my blog using Weebly about a month ago since I had used it at school a few years back and I was familiar with it (I’m a teacher by day). So far I’m pleased and the only thing I can’t figure out is how to delete a category. Again, thanks for such a great article!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Letha

      It’s great to hear you’re enjoying using Weebly, it really is a fun platform to build websites with.

      Your issue with deleting a category is actually a pretty common one! You just need to edit the posts that are filed in that category and remove the category from each post. It will then disappear from the sidebar and you can republish your site. There’s more info available in this Weebly support guide.

      If that doesn’t solve your problem, I’d recommend reaching out to the dedicated Weebly support team who are available 24/7. They’re really responsive so should have your problem solved ASAP!

      -Jeremy

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    Hi, I have been using Weebly for a good couple of years now and I am very pleased with it but the question I have is there a way of putting a podcast on the site and if so can you let me know how to do it.

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      Hey John,

      If you go to Weebly’s App Center and search for “podcast”, you’ll find a few options.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy – thanks for your great website and service. I have a tour company in South Africa and Weebly looks the best for a travel services site, what do you recommend ? My company offers multiple tours, accommodation and destinations. Are there any good examples of travel / tour operator sites using Weebly or other options ? Thanks

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Pieter,

      I haven’t seen any specific examples, but Weebly does list out some website examples on this page here. Perhaps you can find some inspirations there?

      If you want to create pages to share pictures, videos, and other details for your tours, accommodations and destinations, Weebly can definitely handle that. You can connect these specific services to product pages where your visitors can purchase. We have more discussions about Weebly’s ecommerce features here.

      However, if you’re looking for more advanced hotel / accommodation booking tools, take a look at what Wix offers. They have a dedicated hotel booking function that you might find interesting.

      Jeremy

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    After using the Weebly “free” domain name and hosting for 12 months I believe it will cost $19.95 to renew the domain name. Does the $19.95 price also include the continuation of using the Weebly “free” hosting and my website stays intact and continues for another 12 months?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Dr. Judkins,

      If you want to connect a custom domain to your website built with Weebly, you have to upgrade to one of their premium plans. So if you renew your domain name at $19.95, you will still need to remain subscribed to a premium plan. Take a look at their pricing table on our pricing review page to see this.

      There are alternatives to getting a better deal in terms of domain names. Check out our guide to domain names to see the pros and cons of getting a domain name through a website builder.

      Hope this clarifies things for you.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy

    Can you comment upon language pages i.e. I want to duplicate a page(s) but with Japanese text (using a country flag at top of page or something similar)? I read somewhere that this might not be possible for non-English character languages in Weebly.

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    Thanks for the review. Interestingly one of the examples Weebly give , C Paris is down so that’t not the best advert for Weebly. I am tempted to use Weebly but I just read a PC Mag review and am concerned about the lack of an Undo function. I’m totally new and will be making plenty of mistakes as I learn and this bothers me.

    Could you tell me more about the lack of the Undo function as it may be a deal breaker?

    all the very best

    • Jeremy
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      Hello David,

      It is true that Weebly’s restore or undo function is not the best amongst the drag and drop website builder world. They do allow you to undo certain changes, but not all changes.

      Further, major changes that you’d like to restore (such as a deleted page), you can restore them but you’d have to email support directly.

      If you look at our comparison chart, we’ve highlighted restore / undo capabilities of Weebly and benchmarked it against a few other website builders. See footnote 13.

      If being able to restore a version of your website is important, I’d suggest taking a look at Wix or Squarespace.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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    Thank you so much for this review. You mentioned that the membership option doesn’t have a place to charge a fee for membership. I am an artist who wants to license my artwork out to specific people who have been screened to make sure they aren’t going to just steal it. What kind of website builders would carry this option? I have been searching everywhere and can’t seem to find anyone. Perhaps you know of some options?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Michelle,

      I think what some people do is sell licenses online. So if someone wants to be able to use your artwork (presumably digital images) on their websites, then they will have to purchase some sort of license from you.

      What some people do is watermark their images on their website, and once the buyer purchases a license (basically pays you), then you send them the images without the watermark.

      Weebly can help you set up the payment and email delivery system. Use their digital products option under their ecommerce option. The way it works is that once the shopper pays you, then Weebly can help you automatically send out a download link to the buyer who can then download the images without the watermark.

      You can also see our review of Weebly’s ecommerce tools here.

      At the end of the day, it’s really hard to monitor who is using your digital images without consent. And even if you find someone using them without consent, it’s really hard to stop them. That’s one of the drawbacks of the internet, unfortunately. But don’t let that stop you from growing as an artist and selling your work to those who appreciate them!

      Jeremy

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    Hi, this was really interesting to read. I’ve been using Weebly for just over a year now – as a paid client – and right up until December 2016, I was extremely happy with Weebly, but then I began getting an ‘Oops Error’ message every time I went to try and post /edit/ load anything onto my website and blog. I have had numerous ‘live chats’ and emails back and forth with Weebly to have the problem rectified by with no success, again today!

    I have done everything they suggest – used Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, I’ve tried it at various different locations – in cafes and other public places as well as at my office and home, I’ve contacted my server – had the modem replaced and all to no avail. The problem continues and I’ve even used a different computer all together. Weebly tell me that they can’t find the problem so can’t fix it, it must be me, but a search of their support community board shows I’m not the only one having this problem – there are a number of complaints on there about the exact same issue…. along with the exact same reply I’ve gotten from Weebly. I haven’t got a clue how to fix this and am very disappointed with Weebly for not being able to fix it. Really don’t know where I go from here. I don’t want to have to rebuild a whole new website and blog again.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Kerry,

      Thanks for sharing your story with us. Is this problem still troubling you?

      I’ve used Weebly extensively in my past projects and there are some hiccups from time to time (such as the “Oops Error” you’ve described) but it usually goes away shortly after.

      Weebly is a platform that powers millions of websites and sometimes when they make updates to their builder, it unintentionally affects some websites. Understandably that’s frustrating and sometimes their support team can’t fix it directly as it is a temporary engineering problem.

      In any case, I’m hopeful that this issue is resolved, as they did for me.

      Thanks for your comment again.

      Jeremy

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    hi i have a question how do you add a button at the end of the page to write next or older and add a blank page to main page.. if that made sense !

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Takusha,

      I’m not entirely sure if I fully understand your question. If you just want to add a button and link the button to another page, you can definitely do that with Weebly. Those are pretty standard functions.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    Your reviews are a greta help to someone starting out to create a website so thank you so much for that. One question I have regards the provision of email services- At the moment I have a domain name and email provided by Microsoft Exchange through an independent IT supplier who lives near to me in the UK. If I were to switch to Weebly or Squarespace would they then provide my email service using my existing domain name?
    Thanks in advance

    • Jeremy
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      Andrew,

      Squarespace and Weebly both integrate with G Suite (formerly known as Google Business App) where you can create a custom domain email address that’s powered by the same platform as Gmail.

      It costs a few dollars a month which we feel is well worth it as you get the reliability and user interface of Gmail, which we like (we also use G Suite to power our email addresses).

      So it doesn’t matter where you live as domain names and email addresses can be managed globally. So yes, you can get a custom email address with either Squarespace or Weebly, even if you live in the UK.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks you for the insight.

    I was so excited about Weebly, but then I saw that there is no option to charge a fee for membership. Any chance that this has been changed?

    If not, would you please suggest other website builders where it is possible to create a membership area with log in and password, and where ‘want to be members’ would be charged?

    Many thanks,
    Diana

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Diana,

      Yes – that’s one feature they could offer!

      A work around is to visit their App Center and search for “membership”. You should find an app called “Paid Members” where it allows you to setup a paid membership subscription program. I haven’t used it before so I’m not sure how well it works. But you can definitely take up their free trial program.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for all of your reviews on the different kind of e-commerce ready-to-build websites. They are really helpful in understanding the different features – their pros & cons.
    However, I am quite in a dilemma: I am torn between Weebly and Shopify since both are quite good website builders. What I like about both of them is that I can always switch to another platform without losing the entire website and also the domain name.
    But what I really can’t decide which one is better when starting an online store – integrating i.a. a drop shipping platform: either the Weebly Business plan or the Shopify Basic Pricing Plan.
    I would need to have a multi-language e-commerce website and at least two logins, a variety of products, a mobile version, a support service that is also available in Europe and a good SEO with fast response time.
    My thoughts were to start with Weebly Business and then upgrade to Shopify – do you think this is possible and easily to be done? Or what else could you recommend me? It would be great if you could enlighten me to or help me make a decision.

    Thank you for all your support and help you are offering to everybody!

    Katia

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Katia,

      If you have a vision of a more advanced ecommerce store, I’d suggest getting started with Shopify right off the bat.

      Shopify is a “pure” ecommerce builder and so their platform has much more advanced tools and flexibility than Weebly’s ecommerce platform.

      Weebly is a great website builder and their ecommerce features have advanced tremendously over the past year or two (see our review here), but when it comes to scalability and feature comprehensiveness, Shopify is still very much the leader. You can see our review of Shopify here.

      Further, Shopify offers you qualified experts if you need further help to customizing your store.

      Don’t get me wrong. Weebly is an awesome website builder and their ecommerce platform is improving. They can help you build a functional and effective online store to sell products. But if you need flexibility and customization, I’d definitely check out Shopify.

      Jeremy

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    Wow, Jeremy. Your reviews are extremely helpful. I am currently a Wix customer — and like it for the most part. I’m about to embark on a new project (photography and blog related) and looking at other website builder options in the marketplace.

    The added ability to export/archive the site may be the deciding factor for me in the end. I’m leaning now towards Weebly. On the other hand, I feel Squarespace is ultimately the ideal web-builder for it’s sophistication on a number of fronts — beautiful templates, plus the ability to have Video as a background page. The cover page option with a few more advanced items ie page transition effects and other slick design features. Tough choices.

    You mention Squarespace can export the Blog portion (this is important), but do you know if it can export / archive the whole site? Is it compatible with WordPress (a platform I know well). I believe Weebly is compatible with WordPress. Can you clarify? Thanks so much. Again, amazing work you’ve done here

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Alex,

      Glad you’re finding our reviews helpful!

      To answer your questions, I think Squarespace is a good website builder for you to consider for your photography / blog project. It would be one of my recommendations to you too!

      In terms of exporting your content from Squarespace to WordPress, you can export more than just your blog. You can also export your basic pages, gallery pages, images, etc. You’ll find the exact details in this Squarespace help guide here. Do note that there are certain items you won’t be able to export.

      As for Weebly, you can certainly export your website, but it won’t be in a format that can be readily imported into WordPress. Weebly can export your site in “raw codes”, but that’s about it. If you visit our “Hosting & Export” section above, we have a link to a video that will show you exactly what you get. So at the moment, there isn’t a way to directly take your Weebly site into WordPress. I’m sure there are service providers out there that can manage this, but I haven’t seen a clean way of accomplishing this (versus Squarespace)

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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    Nice work Jeremy! Really appreciate the time you have taken to share the info!

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      Thanks for your note, Mark. Glad you found this review helpful!

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

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    I just wanted to ask a question. I am creating an online course and want to develop a website to sell this online course (it will be a pdf document). What would you recommend would be the best website builder for this. I don’t know anything about coding and want the page to look very attractive as I only have one product to sell so the information on the website and the look needs to draw people in. I have read your reviews on Weebly, Wix and Shopify and I am a bit confused, sorry!

    I also want my customers to be able to pay for the digital document using Pay Pal and credit card which I believe Wix doesnt let you pay with credit card?

    Thanks for your help!
    Alyssa

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Alyssa,

      It sounds like what you have in mind is relatively simple (as compared to someone trying to hundreds of products!)

      Weebly can get the job done just fine. You can process credit cards and PayPal payments, and Weebly allows you to sell digital products (you can see our review of Weebly’s ecommerce tools here).

      The way it works is that once your customer purchases, your PDF document will be automatically emailed to the customer.

      As for Wix, you can certainly accept credit cards through PayPal. PayPal offers your customers the option of paying with their own PayPal account, or with credit cards.

      You should also check out Squarespace and their ecommerce tools here.They also enable you to sell digital products as well. However, you will have to use Stripe to handle your payments. Stripe is a reputable payment processor, and can directly deposit your money into your bank account.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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    Hi!
    I am looking for a SIMPLE website to create a SIMPLE website for myself for my photography. All I want to do with the website is post my pictures on it and use it to refer to people so that they can see a sampling of my work and that’s it. My question is… is what I want to do totally free?

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Leah,

      Yes – you can certainly use the free version of Weebly to post your pictures. However, just note that there are certain limitations if you use the free plan, such as you have to use Weebly’s domain name in your website address (such as leah.weebly.com) as if you want to use your own custom domain name, you’ll need to upgrade.

      You will also have a storage limit of 500 MB, so you can only upload so many pictures.

      You can see a detailed layout of what you get from Weebly’s free plan here, compared to their paid plans.

      Jeremy

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    Thanks for talking about weebly

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      You’re very welcome, Samuel. Glad you’re enjoying our discussion here!

      Jeremy

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    Hello!

    Thank-you so much for writing this- I didn’t really know where to start when it came to website builders and this has really helped narrow it down.

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      Thanks, Libby. Glad our discussions here are helpful to you.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy..I currently have two websites one is for a church and other is for a Seminary. The Church website is on Wix, and over the past four years we have not had much traffic from it. I have heard that they have increased their SEO and I need to go ahead and work on improving that. I probably wouldn’t need the most help with learning about SEO. But anyway, the Seminary website is through Go Daddy, and I know I need to switch it over to something else and do not have the time to learn WordPress. I was considering Weebly only because there are some outside templates you can buy and put in Weebly that just seeme very stylish. But after going over many of your blogs I’m still very confused as to which website builder is the best. I also looked at Squaresace but you had some comparison charts and there was a couple of features that I thought just kinda made me take them off the table, need a member protected page and maby some small e-commerce to by notes, class payments etc… A lot of people tell me that Wix Is Not great, although all your blogs keep putting them as number 1. So I guess what I’m trying to say is I’m still really confused as to which one is going to give me the best 4 what I’m looking to do. Your blogs make it seem like Weebly has great SEO and then another post you say it’s missing a couple of good features compared to Wix and Squarespace. And I guess at the end of the day that’s probably the most important thing because everybody wants to get ranked higher. I’m pretty proficient at Wix by the way. Thanks Frank

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Franks.

      I do appreciate your comment, as we were quite confused when we were testing out various website builders many years ago.

      If receiving high search engine ranking is a priority to you, take a look at this discussion here about website builders SEO. I think you’ll find it insightful.

      Wix, while we love using them, is not perfect. Neither are other website builders such as Weebly, Squarespace, or even WordPress. There will always be pros and cons, and we feel, in our experience, Wix is the best “all around” website builder for drag & drop, code free website builders. Again, that doesn’t mean they will work well for everybody. That’s why investing some time to testing a few website builders is just part of the due diligence process – sort of like test driving cars.

      Jeremy

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    Will do. Thanks so much.

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    Hi Jeremy.

    I tried figuring this out on my own. To no avail. I have a blog on blogger that I would like to link to my Weebly site while maintaining my SEO ranking. So far the solutions I found use I-frames. I believe those will do nothing for my SEO. On the weebly website, I found a way to redirect a page from an old website, I tried using that and I didn’t do anything at all. I believe there is a way to do this, I just don’t know what it is! Please help! Thank you

    • Jeremy
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      I’m not entirely sure what you mean by “didn’t do anything at all.” Do you mean the re-direct didn’t work? Or that the re-direct didn’t preserve your search engine ranking?

      Changing domain name for your website is always tricky when it comes to SEO ranking. It’s a bit of a black box and Google does have suggestions of best practices on what to do. But that doesn’t necessarily guarantee that everything will still remain the same.

      Make sure you 301 re-direct your previous page URLs to your new page URLs, so Google knows that the previous page addresses are permanently re-directed to the new addresses.

      Jeremy

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        Thank you!
        Do you have a link somewhere on your site where I can learn how to 301 redirect my blog to Weebly?
        Thanks for your patience

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          No we don’t have a tutorial on that. Weebly’s own tutorial is pretty decent. Check that one out!

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    Name cheap told me that. They said that the method they told me to use, considering I didn’t want to upgrade on Weebly was SEO unfriendly.
    I’ll check the link now. Thank you so much.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Babsido,

      Do note that if you want your website to be indexed and searchable on Google or other search engines, you do have to upgrade to a Weebly premium plan. In any case, if you want to connect a custom domain name to your website, you’d have to upgrade to at least the Starter Plan anyway.

      Maybe this might clear things up a bit.

      Jeremy

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    Thank you very much. Kind Sir!!

    Namecheap has helped me connect my site but they told me this method isn’t SEO friendly. That stings!
    Do you have a page about improving that aspect of things?

    I just checked the link you gave me. Very simple and straight forward. You’re a good teacher!

    Thanking you again

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Babsido,

      Who told you that connecting a domain name from Namecheap is not SEO friendly? I don’t think that’s accurate – based on my understanding anyway. As far as I’m aware, where you register your domain name isn’t a ranking factor, from Google’s perspective anyway.

      We have a discussion about website builders SEO here, and there are a couple of links that link out to discussions about what matters the most when it comes to SEO.

      Hope this points you in the right direction.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy.

    Thanks for all the info on your site. I spent an entire day studying and went with Weebly instead of Wix to create a free site and bought my domain on name cheap today. When I was done designing, weebly told me I have to upgrade to use own domain name. I’m confused. What has everyone been talking about them?
    I hope you can help. I’ve been working on this the entire day. I don’t wanna waste another day researching.
    Thanks tor your time.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Babsido,

      Thanks for your comment.

      You will need to upgrade to one of their premium / paid plans if you want to use your own custom domain name. It’s highlighted in their pricing page, as well as in our discussion about pricing above.

      You can definitely connect your domain name from Name Cheap to your Weebly website. You don’t necessarily have to purchase the domain name from Weebly.

      Their support portal will have tutorials on how you can connect your domain name from Name Cheap (or other domain name vendors) to your website.

      We have a guide on domain names here as well, just for more background info.

      Jeremy

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    Hey,
    I want to build a website for our new company and everything Weebly offers seems pretty good for what we´re looking for except for one thing: We want to post all our new job vacancies and we want (preferably) that the applicants submit their resumes and cover letters online. So we want the page to look/work similar to this one: ‘https://www.amazon.jobs/en/job_categories and then when you click on one of those boxes it will display the job description and the button to apply. Does weekly offers something similar to this? I´ve been looking for info on this but haven´t been able to find anything related. Hope you can help me out. Thanks!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Jessy,

      I just checked out the Amazon page and it looks like once you click into a box, it just brings you to another webpage with more details.

      You can definitely set that up with Weebly. Insert multiple text boxes into your page, and link them to dedicated job description pages.

      On the job description pages, you can then provide them with details on how to send you their resumes and cover letters.

      You might be able to replicate the exact same functions as what Amazon has (given that they have massive teams of custom coders to build these things for them), but you can use Weebly’s basic tools to mimic the functions.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy! Thanks for the reviews. I consider using Weebly now, but I have a question. Can I use an online booking system within weebly? I have a spa and would like for clients to make appointments online. Any advice on that is appreciated! TY

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Anastasia,

      Weebly doesn’t have a built in scheduling / booking tool. However, they do have a few within their App Center. Just note that these Apps are not built by Weebly, so they are not “native” to Weebly – just be aware of that. If an App doesn’t work or runs into issues, Weebly’s support team won’t be able to help you and you will have to request support from the App creator.

      If you want a booking tool that is built directly by a website builder, take a look at Wix. They have a booking tool that works quite well and you can find out more info and how it works here.

      Jeremy

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    You do know that Weebly have now introduced a new plan (rip off). Read all their guides about submitting your site to Google Webmaster Tools and spend time doing that plus making sure the keyword is in the title, text link etc. Ensure great content so low bounce rate. But its all in vain because Weebly now block your sites from entering the search engines unless you upgrade to a paid plan. Bordering on illegal I would say as that particular new “service” is not on any of their SEO literature as far as I can see. And I’ve screenshotted them all.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Kris,

      I’ve already highlighted above that you’d have to upgrade to one of their paid plans before your site can be properly indexed by Google.

      But I’m not entirely sure why that would be illegal, since you’re not paying Weebly anything? Further, that restriction on the free plan is clearly highlighted on their pricing page as well.

      On the other hand, if they charged you money and still won’t allow search engines to index the website, then that would be problematic (though I’m not sure if that constitutes an illegal act).

      The only way it could potentially be illegal (I’m not even sure if that is the proper technical term) is if Weebly represented that your site can be fully indexed by a search engine if you pay, and that ended up to be not the case.

      In any case, if you feel that this is a severe limitation to you, while you’re using their services for free, there are other website builders you can consider as well.

      Hope this clarify things a bit!

      Jeremy

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    Great review and great site ! It’s been an excellent help in choosing the right website builder : )

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks Fredrik. Good luck with building your website!

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy. Thanks for your review of Weebly. I have been doing website development for years – started with a text editor writing HTML code in the 1990s. I’ve progressed through ASP and writing my own CMS to Joomla!

    I’m considering Weebly because it’s been my experience that a lot of hosting companies are having difficulties with hackers, and most of the time they leave that problem up to the end user.

    How is Weebly in this regard? Do they actively work to protect their customers’ data from being hacked?

    And second – what do you know about the Weebly Developer plan options?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Kat,

      I think they do a pretty good job in terms of security, but of course I can’t give you a definitive answer as anything is “hackable” if a hacker is really focused and determined. My own personal take is that a strong alpha-numeric password, which is changed once ina while, is still the best defense. Try to mix up upper and lower cases, and also incorporate some symbols into your password (such as ! # % ^, etc).

      As for the developer plan, it’s for people who want to create Apps / tools for other users. So if you’re just looking to build an average website, you don’t need to dive into creating Apps.

      It’s just for developers who want to create tools and offer them to other Weebly users for a fee. Currently, you get to keep 70% of the revenue and Weebly keeps the remaining 30% (in return for you to be able to offer your App to Weebly users).

      Jeremy

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    A very comprehensive summary that describes Weebly very well; I have been using for a couple of years , and as I needed to make a new website I thought I would look around for any news tools. Weebly is still the best; now with the integrated ecommerce its even better

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      Hi Renos,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

      Jeremy

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    i am currently using wordpress on my website can anybody tell me shall i need to choose weebly for my website.
    plz advice me thankss

    • Jeremy
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      Hi there,

      Take a look at our discussion comparing Weebly with WordPress.

      You can also take a look at our pricing guide which covers the costs of building a website with a drag & drop website builder (such as Weebly) and something more advanced such as WordPress.

      Hope you find the information helpful!

      Jeremy

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    Great review Jeremy. I am looking for a builder that will allow me to create a forum for interaction with customers. Is this available on Weebly? If not, do you have any recommendations?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Nate,

      Weebly does have a forum feature, so give that a try. If you don’t want to use Weebly’s own forum tool, you can visit their App Center and there are a couple of Forum Apps that you can try.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,
    I am wondering if Weebly allows for potential customers to upload text and pictures, such as done on eBay and Craigslist to advertise their product?

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Rich,

      Currently, your website visitors can’t upload text or images into your webpages. I’m assuming you’re thinking of creating some sort of member based website where people can upload their own content? Weebly’s membership function doesn’t allow you to do that yet.

      Jeremy

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    hello ,
    I was wondering if weebly has a possibility of creating a perfectly bilingual website (french , English).
    thank you

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Oliver,

      Take a look at their App Store, I think there is a multi-language app that you can install and test out. Search for “language” in the search bar.

      You can also take a look at our discussion here about multi-language website creators.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,
    I already read a couple of reviews about the different webbuilders. I am not yet decided but one question I did not found answered so far is this one:
    Is it a must to use the integrated webshop, in Weebly, or Wix or …, meaning of course also the need of some superior price plan or fee, the 3% in Weebly for example?
    Can’t I simply paste my HTML code with my Paypal shopping button into the page? Without using a cart. I do not have the need for a cart to confirm any quantity or colour or whatever.

    For the story, I am right now having a website, still using a free template I took 6 years ago and managed until today to tweak and twist to something I like, including selling two books, single or as a bundle, only with integrated Paypal buttons.
    There may be the need to refresh my site, but my coding knowledge to make it modern looking is not enough. Hence the potential use of a website builder. Income from the books was very good, but looking forward it is certainly going to be slower, hence the need to keep costs at the absolute minimum.
    Thank in advance for the answer
    Claude

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Claude,

      Yes you can do that. The ecommerce features from Weebly just makes it a smoother experience and keeps your shoppers on your website without having to leave and go to PayPal’s website to finish the transaction. A lot of online store owners prefer to keep their shoppers on their websites throughout the entire checkout process.

      Also, Weebly’s ecommerce tools gives you good looking product pages, with the ability to add product variants (such as selling t-shirts with various different colors). Have a look at our discussion on Weebly’s ecommerce tools here.

      So I think there is a lot of value in using Weebly’s ecommerce features, but of course you’ll have to pay a bit extra for that. If you are cost conscious, you can definitely use the HTML embed tool to insert a PayPal payment button. But the presentation will not be as nice, in my own opinion. But it will be functional.

      Jeremy

  49. #

    Hello! Thanks so much for these awesome reviews. I’m building a church website and not knowing much about building a store, I need to know if there is additional cost in Weebly other than the plan price to have a store. We likely would use the Business plan.

    Also, how much is the domain name renewal in Weebly for each year after the free year?

    Thanks!
    Susan

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Susan,

      You can actually set up store functions with any one of Weebly’s premium plans (Starter, Pro or Business plans). The difference is that you get access to more tools, and less transaction fees as you upgrade to higher plans. Also, the higher then plan, the more product items you can sell with your Weebly store.

      Your domain name can be renewed at $19.95 per year, after the initial free year. A lot of domain names can actually be renewed at around $10 – $12 per year from large domain name registrars such as GoDaddy. So you’re definitely not obligated to use Weebly’s domain services.

      The positive side of using Weebly to help manage your domain name is that they do all the heavy lifting for you to quickly connect your domain name to your Weebly website. If you want to go through other registrars, you’ll have to connect your domain name to your website in a less streamlined way.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

      [UPDATE: see our Beginners Guide to Domain Names for more discussions on commonly asked questions about domain names]

  50. #

    HI, have read your page with much interest. Am posting this problem just in case you have a suggestion or better yet a solution. I purchased an upgraded weebly site plan 6 months. All was going well until 4 weeks ago, when the site dashboard became inaccessible; meaning I cannot edit or move the site to a different host. I want to keep my domain name.

    I can access all site statistics.
    I have copied the site – OK.
    I have created a few demo sites for other people – none of these load either.

    According to Weebly help there is no problem as the main site works fine at their end.

    In hope, Jennie

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Jennifer,

      Are you still having dashboard issues since 4 weeks ago? I know that Weebly recently had a massive upgrade of their platform. So during the preparation stage, certain tools may be temporarily affected.

      I haven’t heard of any other issues specifically relating to their dashboard function recently.

      One way to get a sense of whether other Weebly users are having similar problems, is to leave a comment on Weebly’s Facebook page. You’ll get feedback pretty quickly amongst the user community.

      Jeremy

  51. #

    Hi,
    I would like to use weebly to create a website for my business. Does it mean that with the pro plan I will be able to only post up to 25 products?
    Thank you!

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Mila,

      Yes that is correct. If you want to list unlimited number of products, then the business plan will be better for you.

      Jeremy

  52. #

    Hello can you help.

    I am thinking of using Weebly, I currently use Wix and have done for the past year but notice its limitations now.

    With Weebly I want to advertise and sell my wood work – and I want to have ‘Multiple Options’ for each product. So for an example lets say I have a 3″ thick piece of wood by 5″deep (3″ X5″) and say I want my 3″ X5″ wooden product to have additional ‘options’ for the customer to pick from. I want to know is there a limit to the amount of ‘Multiple Options’ for a product in the store? Because I want each product to have a dropdown for the ‘Size’ and the ‘Colour Stain’ and I have X20 sizes and 20 Stains to pick from. Can Weebly accommodate each of my products having this many choices on the dropdown for each product.

    To Clarify: 3×5″ wooden product and then an option for both ‘Size’ and ‘Colour Stain’… so on the drop down of Size for that product I want to offer the customer x20 different sizes and x20 Colour Stains to pick from. Can Weebly do this?? Is there a limit to the amount of Sizes and Colour Stains I can offer?

    You would make my day if you can reply back to me today

    All the best

    Steven S.
    England.

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hello Steven,

      With Weebly, you can add as many product variants as you want to. So if I understand your example properly, you should be able to do that.

      To list another example, I can sell T-shirts with Weebly. On the product page, I can configure the product to have multiple variants so my customers can choose, the size, color, material, etc. So I can insert drop down bars so my shoppers can to a certain extent, customize their order.

      Best way is to sign up for a free account and play around with the product feature! You’ll find out in a few minutes what’s achievable or not.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  53. #

    I currently have a website on Yahoo Smallbusiness, but I cannot use the site builder to update/change as I now use a Mac. Sitebuilder is only able to be utilized by PCs.
    Does Weebly allow the Mac formats?

    • Jeremy
      #

      Joanne,

      I know a lot of Weebly users are also Mac users. So you should be fine.

      If anything, you can sign up for a free account and test things out yourself! That’s the best way to confirm.

      Jeremy

  54. #

    Hey, great article but I have one question.

    The Weebly theme library seems pretty limited…they’re responsive but their themes have no “body sections” like what wix has. But there’s a custom theme thing in Weebly and an import theme button which makes me guess that additional themes are out there. Any idea where?

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks Nathaniel!

      Weebly allows you to purchase premium themes to import into their website builder. So you’re not “stuck” with the free themes that they provide.

      Take a look at Mojo Marketplace, which has a few different premium Weebly theme providers there.

      JEremy

  55. #

    Hello Jeremy,

    First, sorry for my English is 2nd language

    Second, I have a silly question i like to ask you, hope you can help.

    – I have thousands of PDF files i like to upload into a page in Weebly side (i like when it uploads in Weebly it appears as a link so visitors click on that it pops up as a file then they have a look at it, print, save…) , i don’t know if i can upload a group of pdf or a folder or only can only upload one by one pdf file at a time, please show me how to do , also where does Weebly store those files, is there a library ?

    Thank you for your time

    Toa

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hi Toa,

      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately there isn’t a way to upload all your PDF files by batch. So you will have to upload them one at a time.

      One thing you can consider doing, is set up Dropbox which gives you 2 GB worth of free storage. Upload all your PDF documents into a Dropbox folder (you can just drag all your PDF files and insert them into Dropbox, which will save you a lot of time), then share your Dropbox link on your webpage.

      This way, people can click on your Dropbox link, and pick and choose which PDF files to download. This should save you a lot of time!

      Jeremy

  56. #

    I already have a hosted site, a domain name, and use PayPal. The site is antiquated and I’d like to move, update, upgrade what I have. Is it possible to transfer the hosting, domain name, and the PayPal account to Weebly?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Terry,

      You can’t import website content into Weebly’s drag and drop platform at the moment. One of the challenges is that most other websites are powered by their specific web building platform. So the codes may not be compatible, simplistically speaking.

      But you can definitely connect your domain name to a new Weebly website. Their help page will have more details on how to do this.

      You can also connect your PayPal account to your Weebly ecommerce tools. That’s just a matter of inserting your PayPal email address into Weebly’s settings.

      Jeremy

  57. #

    I’m looking to use a custom template service like Weebly to redesign my web site. Right now it is hosted at inmotionhosting.com and I have several email accounts through them: for example hanna[at]mywebsite.com. If I use Weebly (or Wix, or any other similar service) will I still be able to use my email addresses? I’m very confused on this point!

    • Jeremy
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      Hannah,

      You can, as long as you keep your email account / service active with your current email service provider. If you terminate that service, then you may lose all your email history.

      So you can sign up with Weebly or Wix to build your website, but just make sure you keep your email service active with inmotionhosting.

      It sounds like your domain name is also registered with the same hosting company. You can just connect your domain name there, to your new Weebly (or Wix) website.

      In summary, you can keep your domain name and email service separate from the website builder.

      Jeremy

  58. #

    When Weebly uploads image files for displaying in a website Gallery or Slideshow, it changes the original file names to assigned numeric values. Anyone who values the original image file names will not appreciate this feature of Weebly. Their response is that this renaming is common to image hosting sites. I guess that’s what they think they are providing, “image hosting,” not web authoring.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Richard,

      Yeah that’s a bummer. I normally would suggest using their Alt Text feature to label images but that’s only available with their image element, not for their slideshow and gallery elements. Hopefully they’ll update this sooner rather than later.

      If that’s really important to you, check out Squarespace as you can add Alt Text to all your images throughout your website.

      Jeremy

  59. #

    Thanks for this review, Jeremy. I have been looking around at something that’s a balance between ease of use, solid templates and being mobile friendly and this may be the choice for me. I have not finished my research so I will go ahead and ask: does Weebly allow for drop-down menus? That’s a big deal for me.

    I’m currently using Homestead’s Sitebuilder. I started years ago when they were advertising a lot and it’s worked well up until recently. There is no drop-down option so my sites look cluttered. And there is no mobile version so I have to work to resize my sites so they look somewhat okay regardless of whether they’re viewed on a computer or phone.

    Provided I can use drop downs, this may be the way for me to go. I understand basic SEO but I don’t know coding so I need something code free but with a nice polished look. I was tempted by Squarespace but it just seems a little complicated for someone like me who does web design on the side for nonprofit purposes and doesn’t have time to overcome the learning curve.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Aubrie,

      If you mean when you hover your mouse over the menu bar, then subpages will drop down and you can click on the subpages, then Weebly can do that.

      You can create as many subpages as you want to with Weebly, and the menu bar is pretty user friendly.

      In case I misunderstood your question, just sign up to a free account with Weebly and test it out yourself. Create some test pages and you’ll then see how it works.

      Jeremy

  60. #

    Hello, I have created a couple of websites using weekly but have a question about some specific functionality I need with a new website I’d like to build. I’d like to be able to have customers create an account and be able to log in and be able to upload files of their own to me, as well as be able to download files I prepare for them. Are there any of these website builders that are able to do this type of functionality? Thank you…

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Brook,

      Unfortunately Weebly doesn’t have this specific capability. While people can sign up to become members of your website and log in and view members-only pages, they won’t be able to upload files to you.

      I’m not aware of any website builders of software that offer this capability, and it sounds like it is a pretty custom solution that you have to custom build yourself (or with the help of a skilled developer).

      Jeremy

  61. #

    Hi, Jeremy–

    I have an existing site built with MS ExpressionWeb and need to make some major changes to it…I have 18 months left on my contract with my current host, & don’t want to leave and lose all that money. Am considering using a website builder and templates for my redesign, but keep running into the problem of not being able to export it to my current host. I could do it with Weebly, but they don’t accommodate Firefox in the design phase (grrrr!), and I really hate Chrome. Any thoughts/suggestions?

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Joan,

      I think you should consider whether you want to continue using your current web hosting service after your contract expires in 18 months. If you don’t, then in a way, it might be a better idea to move on to another website builder (such as Weebly) now. You’ll have to make the same decision in 18 months anyway!

      Yes you will be forfeiting your payments, but in a way that’s a “sunk cost” anyway since you can’t recover it. For sure you’ll have to fork over some money to use Weebly (if you have to upgrade to one of their premium plans), but if you have the intent to use Weebly (or another website builder) in 1.5 years, it might be a good idea to migrate sooner rather than later.

      As your current website grows larger, it might be more work down the road to migrate over to Weebly.

      Just something to consider!

      Jeremy

  62. #

    Hi. Do you know if I can install moodle in weebly???
    Which service do you recommend me if I’m creating a web page for online courses (not too much students, perhaps 30) and need to receive a payment for those courses.
    Thanks!!

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hi Ernesto,

      Currently, Weebly doesn’t have a built in function where you can charge your members a subscription fee. I haven’t heard of Moodle so unfortunately I can’t give you an opinion about them or whether they integrate well with Weebly.

      Take a look at Sentry Login – they are a membership creation widget and I believe they can be integrated with Weebly, while allowing you to charge membership fees.

      Jeremy

  63. #

    I really like Weebly but am about to recreate one of my sites with WordPress because of two issues.

    Alt text:
    They do not allow for alt text in images that are inside a gallery. You can only add alt text on single images. This seems like a small thing but visual-based businesses whose images might be pinned to Pinterest need to be able to control the text that goes along with the image. The only way around this is to not use the gallery function and instead, place separate images in columns.

    Blog:
    They don’t have an option for adding a “recent posts” module to the home page, which is a standard feature that home pages really benefit from. And there is no “subscribe to new posts via emai.” Not everyone uses or even know what RSS feeds are.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Jane,

      Thanks for your comment and sharing your plans with us.

      I do agree that the ability to not be able to add Alt Text for gallery images is a drawback. So if your website includes a lot of images, and you have the intention to use Pinterest to actively promote your website, then you’re probably doing the right thing in seeking out a platform that allows you to have a bit more control over the Alt Text function.

      As for the blogging function of “recent posts” or “most popular posts”, I know it’s a heavily demanded feature from Weebly users, especially those who are focused on blogging.

      One workaround, though a bit manual, is to manually create a section on the sidebar, or footer, and insert titles of your most recent posts, then hyperlinking them to your posts. Not my favorite approach, but is a workaround that you’ve probably thought of as well.

      At the end of the day, as easy as it is to use Weebly to build a website, they can definitely keep improving on some of these features.

      Have you considered Squarespace (see our review here). They actually have all the features you mentioned in your comment:

      1) You can insert summary / recent blog posts
      2) You can insert Alt Text even for image galleries
      3) It can connect to your Pinterest account, integrating both your website and your Pinterest account.

      Definitely check them out!

      Jeremy

  64. #

    Hey Jeremy,

    Thanks for doing a writeup showing the pros, cons, and comparisons of each website builder. It’s VERY helpful.

    I’m currently searching for a website builder that will allow me to act as an affiliate to companies (such as Amazon or Best Buy). I will be sharing videos, writing product descriptions, and adding pictures on my website to promote products for said companies with the goal of running an online business by acting as an affiliate.

    That being said, I was leaning toward Weebly or Wix because they seem to be the most functional. However, I am trying to do this on a very tight budget and would like to keep it as minimal as possible (even using the free versions or the bare basic starter versions). You seem to know enough information regarding these site builders to kind of point me in the right direction in choosing a builder that would suit my needs with what I want to accomplish.

    Thanks in advance for any advice!

    Adam

    • Jeremy
      #

      Thanks Adam.

      I think each of Wix and Weebly has it’s own pros and cons. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at our discussion comparing Wix and Weebly here.

      I think both of these website builders will give you the basic tools to do what you want to, at least get started.

      In terms of budget, if you really want to keep your monthly commitment low, then obviously you can use the free versions of the website builders. But if you do decide to upgrade, in order to be able to connect your own custom domain to your website, then Weebly will give you a better deal.

      Weebly’s Starter plan is $4 per month. With Wix, the “Connect Domain” plan allows you to use your own domain name, but it will still display Wix advertisement. So if you want to remove that, you’ll need to upgrade to their Combo plan, which is close to $10 per month.

      Having said that, I think it’s only a handful of dollars per month, and so in my own view, you should pick the website builder that you feel most comfortable with using. If you haven’t seen our review about Wix yet, you can see it here.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  65. #

    Hi
    I would like to build a website were members could access and download small data files, would I need the business subscription for that or could I use the pro?

    Thanks for the great review.

    Regards
    Garth

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hi Garth,

      Both Pro and Business will give you membership functions. The difference is that the Pro plan only allows you to sign up 100 members, whereas the Business allows you to have unlimited members.

      Also, with the Business Plan, you can create a sign up form so people can sign up to become a member of your website. With Pro, you have to manually add members.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  66. #

    Hi Jeremy,
    I currently have a website which I built using WebEasy Pro. This program has limitations on the length of a page which caused issues for me.

    If I swapped over to Weebly could I download the existing website from the server into Weebly and then continue to manage the site with your program?
    Regards,
    John Hanton

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hi John,

      Unfortunately Weebly doesn’t have the ability for you to import external website codes (at the moment anyway).

      The challenge is that the website you build with the other platform, is coded up differently based on their other platform’s proprietary system. So they are not freely transferable due to compatibility issues.

      Unless you have a website with hundreds of pages, it hopefully won’t be a massive undertaking to replicate your site with Weebly. You will have to re-upload the images again, and copying and pasting text shouldn’t be too challenging.

      If you give Weebly a test run and feel that they are the most suitable website builder for you, it’ll be well worth the time investment!

      Jeremy

  67. #

    I use Weebly to run a pair of Web sites. It is easy to use and update. However, I would like to see a free email address attached. Having to pay extra via Google is a bit much.
    Love your reviews.

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hi Brian,

      Thanks for your kind words and glad you’re finding our discussions helpful to you.

      I also think it would be a “nice to have” in terms of email addresses. But I also feel that Weebly intentionally didn’t include email services, as their sole focus is to make building websites easier than ever before. So in a way, it’s all hands on deck to make their web builder better, and offloading email services to those that do it the best (such as Google Email).

      Just my thought!

      Jeremy

  68. #

    Hi Jeremy!!

    This site helped me the most before I started making my own website. Thank you for that.

    I just started making a website thru Weebly and everything is running smoothly and then I hit “publish”. All along I thought that this is free and I know I might upgrade in the future but Weebly is prompting me to get the Starter Plan for $3.29/mo. I bought my domain at goDaddy and pointed it to Weebly. Where do you I screwed up here? I just want to publish it for free and eventually upgrade once I know it’s ready.

    • Jeremy
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      Hey JP,

      With Weebly, if you want to connect your own custom domain name to the website, you will need to be using at least their Starter plan. With the free version of Weebly, you can build a functional website, but you will have to use heir subdomain name structure (meaning when people see your website, they will know it’s built with Weebly). In a way, it’s a fair trade-off as you are using their services for free.

      So if you want to be able to display your own custom domain, and not display any signs of using Weebly, then you’ll have to upgrade to at least their Starter plan.

      Hope this clarifies things.

      Jeremy

  69. #

    Hi Jeremy,
    I was reading somewhere that Weebly allows you to change your theme at any time should you choose. Is there a limit as to how many times you can switch it up ?
    Great reviews you’ve made…clear, and a lot of super important info, Thank you !
    Holly

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hey Holly,

      There are no limits as to how many times you can change themes. So definitely a lot of design flexibility there!

      Jeremy

  70. #

    Hello – I just stumbled upon your website and have already spent a few hours reading through you articles and watching your videos. Thank you!! I am a psychologist looking to create my own website.

    I am deciding between Square Space and Weebly b/c I absolutely want a mobile responsive website. I do not need a separate mobile editor. I have a few questions:

    1) I would also like people to be able to call from their mobile devices. Do either offer this option? (I saw in your review that Wix does.

    2) I can’t seem to find in any of your reviews what the Square Space advertisements look like?

    3) Is one better than the other in terms of SEO? I understand I have a lot to learn here, but could you offer some basic info on what data they each provide?

    Thanks in advance!

    • #

      2 more questions! 4) Can you create a “contact me” page from both Square Space & Weebly? If yes, does either of them offer the option to have that in a side banner that appears on each and every page? 5) I read that you can use your own domain name with Weebly. Is that also true of Square Space. Thank you and sorry if this info is already offered in your reviews. I’m a bit overwhelmed with all that I’ve read!

      • Jeremy
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        Yes you can insert sidebars for Squarespace. With Weebly it’s a bit more challenging as you will have to create a sidebar space yourself.

        With custom domain names, you can connect your own domain name with both Squarespace or Weebly. But you’ll have to upgrade to their premium plans in order to do this.

        Jeremy

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hi NZ,

      1) Wix is the only website builder we’ve discussed that allows its users to click on the phone icon and directly call a phone number. So Squarespace and Weebly don’t have this feature (yet).

      2) Squarespace won’t have any advertisements on your website as they actually don’t have a free plan. So you get a 14 day free trial period and if you want to keep building your website on their website builder, you’ll have to upgrade to at least their lowest plan. Weebly on the other hand allows you to keep using their builder for free, but they’ll insert an advertisement on your webpages, and you can’t use your own custom domain name either.

      3) Have a look at our website builder comparison chart here and you’ll find some discussion notes on SEO.

      Lastly, if mobile responsive design is really critical for you, I’d suggest taking a look at Squarespace as all their templates are fully mobile responsive. Weebly does have some responsive designs, but their collection is very limited at the moment.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

      • #

        Thank you so much, Jeremy. Square space it is! A friend said they weren’t very intuitive to work with, but I didn’t see that in any of your articles…so maybe she just had her own difficulties with her template. thx again!

        • Jeremy
          #

          Hey Noreen.

          Glad we can be helpful here.

          I would say that Weebly is most definitely easier to use than Squarespace. So from a user interface perspective, Weebly is more intuitive than Squarespace.

          Having said that, once you spend a little bit of time to familiarize yourself with Squarespace, you’ll find that the type of websites they are able to help you create are really gorgeous. But they do have a bit of a learning curve (though not that steep compared to some other website builders).

          We do have a comparison table here that you might find helpful.

          Best way to explore this is to sign up for free accounts to see which one you prefer!

          Jeremy

  71. #

    Hello,

    I was wondering if it is possible to put podcasts (audio files) on the website if you are just using the free plan?

    Thanks

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hi Marianne,

      If you want to use Weebly’s audio tools, you will have to be subscribed to their Weebly Pro plan in order to do so.

      One other option to consider is to use Squarespace as they do have some pretty good podcast tools. But to use Squarespace, you will have to be subscribed to their premium plans as well (see our review on Squarespace here).

      Just throwing this out there to give you more options, just in case you decide to invest in a paid plan.

      Jeremy

  72. #

    Thanks for a very useful review. I live in Japan and need bilingual functionality on my site so the ability to try it out for free is great. I see Japanese is a supported language.

    • Jeremy
      #

      hi Roger,

      Yes I’ve seen Japanese based Weebly sites before, so it’ll definitely work!

      Jeremy

  73. #

    Need help please – I am Secretary of Devonport Anglers Club Inc. – A previous Member put us on Weeby – refuses to pass on password so we have no access to changing meeting dates, events for kids etc. How can we work around this please? Can we scrap present Weeby page & start afresh? Desperately need correct update information to be a feature. Thank you.

    • Jeremy
      #

      Majorie,

      You might want to reach out to Weebly’s support team to see if there is anything they can do there.

      You can certainly create a new website, but if you don’t manage to get control of the website address of the other website, then you will have to register a new domain name for your new site. It’s a feasible approach if you don’t mind having a new address.

      Jeremy

  74. #

    Once created, can Weebly site templates be transferred to and used by other Weebly users? I ask because the goal is to create a standard R/C aircraft hobby website template for anyone who wants to to use it.

    • Jeremy
      #

      Winston,

      If you build your own design template with Weebly, you can export the template and share it with others if you want to.

      But just bear in mind that you can’t transfer Weebly elements. So the content can’t be exported as part of the template. Only the CSS / HTML codes.

      Jeremy

  75. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    First things first: Congratulation on being able to convince this 70 year old to finally put up her own website. I have had a shop on Etsy since 2008 and have been trying to get up my nerve for years.

    I came across your websitebuilderexpert.com site about 2 weeks ago and must say I’m delighted. Thank you for writing in such a clear and not too concise style. I’ve tried before to “read” my way up to launching but every time I’ve stumbled over something “techie” and given up. Your writing style has allowed me to leap over those stumbling blocks and learn more and gain the confidence I’ve needed. Thank you.

    Now, a question. My Etsy shop has more than 2000 items (and still growing). Can Weebly support this much product with their business plan? They look like they can but I just want an outside opinion. If in your opinion there is a different builder that may be more geared to lots of “product” please let me know. Another question is; can I select more than 1 way for my customers to pay? Like PayPal and Square or is it one or the other?

    Again, I appreciate your attention to detail as you write your helpful reviews. Keep up the great work!

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hi Maggie,

      Thanks for your comment and I’m really inspired by your story and courage!

      I think you can technically set up 2000 product items in Weebly, but managing them will be quite challenging to be honest. While Weebly is easy to use, their ecommerce tools aren’t geared towards handling that many items.

      You should take a look at Shopify, which is a pure ecommerce website builder and can handle a lot of products, yet enable you to manage them.

      Here is our discussion about Shopify.

      They have a 14 day trial so you can sign up to test out their platform. But if you prefer to stick with Weebly, You can add lot of product items, but managing them and displaying all of them on your site can be challenging.

      Hope this guides you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

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        Thank you Jeremy for your honesty. It is quite refreshing.

        I’m so glad I asked you about potential issues putting up a shop our size. I’ve been searching, reading and searching some more for information concerning Weebly’s ability to thousands of products and couldn’t find anything. Weebly is so enticing because it looks and feels so easy to manage.

        I’m now off to check out Shopify. Thanks again for your help.

        Maggie

  76. #

    I have been a Weebly user for years and I agree that it is possible to take a weebly site to the first page of Google because I have done it. But I have a question for you…what platform is this website? I am sure that it’s not Weebly. One of the reasons why I am seriously considering wordpress is because I can get an opt-in popup (just like the ones you have here!) and there is no way to add that to a weebly site. Their social media sharing buttons are also tiny in most templates and not very shareable if you know what I mean : )

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Yamil,

      This site is built on WordPress, because we think WordPress’ blogging features are more suitable for our needs. We don’t have any slideshows or any other content, and we just want a strong blogging platform and WordPress suited what we required.

      When we first started building sites 5 years ago, using WordPress would have been very very challenging as we didn’t know any codes whatsoever, and making changes in a lot of cases would require some knowledge of codes. It’s only after we’ve been learning codes for a couple of years that we became proficient with using WordPress. WordPress does have a much steeper learning curve compared to Weebly. Here is a discussion post regarding Weebly and WordPress.

      With Weebly, you can use Aweber to create a pop up opt-in box to have people sign up to your newsletter. Aweber has a tool to help you create that, so you can integrate it with your Weebly site!

      Jeremy

  77. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I am thinking about moving my online store to Weebly Business Plan however I am confused about the reference to:

    Integrated Shopping Cart – On your domain

    I have my domains through GoDaddy. Does it mean I have to purchase a shopping cart? I do not need to have a credit card processor hooked up. Currently when we receive an order we log into the backend of our website and then manually process the order through QuickBooks and NPC. I would like to keep that capability.

    Can you clear up my confusion on this shopping cart stuff?

    Thank you in advance,

    Diana

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Diana,

      I can’t quite find the part you are referencing on this page here.

      But in general, if you are using Weebly to build your sites, you don’t have to “purchase” a separate shopping cart, as Weebly provides you with ecommerce functions and we’ve discussed more about that in this page here.

      But their ecommerce shopping cart available include PayPal, Square, Stripe and Authorize.net. If you want to process payments manually, I don’ think Weebly has a system to allow you to take a shopper through the shopping cart process, but not charge anything, then manually process the order.

      Jeremy

  78. #

    Hi Jeremy,
    I’m considering Weebly for a site to sell my wife’s artisan jewelry. We would use PayPal (and square if Weebly supports it now), so we don’t really need a full ecommerce plan. However, I noticed that Weebly’s Pro plan shows a limit of 25 products. Do you know how they administer that?
    In our case we might have a 5 category pages, such as Rings, Necklaces, Bracelets, and a number of items to choose from on each category page. Does the 25 product limit mean that we could only have essentially 5 products on each of the five category pages if we chose the Pro plan?
    Thanks so much for all of the helpful information and comparative advice you provide.
    Ken

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Ken,

      Yes, Weebly does offer Square as an integrated payment processor now (we discussed this in our more in-depth Weebly ecommerce article).

      As for the product limit for the Weebly Pro plan, what it means is that you can only sell 25 products. So your example is correct.

      If you want more products, you will need to upgrade to their Business Plan.

      However, for each product, you can have different variations for each, and that won’t count towards your 25 product limit under the Pro plan.

      For instance, if you were to sell a T-Shirt, that is one single product. But you can sell a green, red, yellow, T-shirt. That’s 3 product variations, but counts as one product.

      Hope this makes sense!

      Jeremy

  79. #

    Your site is absolutely impressive, informative, educational, clean and enlightening. I was about to jump on the “Popular Band Wagon” and go with GoDaddy, but I’m so glad I kept researching. So far I really like Weebly. It really fits better with my business.

    One thing that I noticed with GoDaddy is the SEO feature. I hear so much about the importance of SEO, does Weebly offer some type of SEO feature like GoDaddy? I believe, if my memory serves me right, that the SEO feature is with the higher plan with GoDaddy.

    Thanks, Cedric

    • Jeremy
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      hi Cedric,

      Thanks for your feedback and glad you’re finding our discussions helpful!

      Regarding SEO, Weebly does not have a plan that helps you get better search rankings, but I’m always a bit leery when it comes to those sort of services. Some work well, but some won’t work at all.

      I’ve discussed this in various other pages on our website. When it comes to SEO, a massive part is persistence in creating valuable content that your target audience will find helpful, and promoting your content.

      Google has a couple hundred ranking factors and some of the more important ones (according to most industry experts) is engagement – meaning if your content is helpful or not. Google measures this with various metrics, such as how often are your pages shared on social networks, how long your readers stay on your page, how often they return to your site, do they link to your site to endorse your content, etc.

      All these are indicators that people are finding your content helpful.

      So there’s no shortcuts to this!

      Hope this short overview points you in the right direction. But in general, SEO is quite mysterious and I think is a long term game. So keep producing helpful stuff, promote them, and good things are more likely to happen to your website!

      Jeremy

  80. #

    Hi, Jeremy,
    Thank you SO much for putting together this detailed comparison of website builders–it’s very clear and useful. Several years ago, I built a very small website with Weebly to advertise our home for sale. It sold in a day–a least in part due to Weebly’s ease of use for me, a total newbie. Now, however, our nonprofit organization wants to build a more complex website that will provide information for health care professionals as well as members of the public. We anticipate lots of Q&A, FAQs, and downloadable PDFs; active links to other sites; maybe some interactive space for asking questions; and later an on-line learning area (with additional software added). I know Weebly is easy to use, but I wonder if Squarespace or Wix might be better for our current purposes. We don’t need flashy appearance, but we do need easy navigation! Which would you recommend? Thanks!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi David,

      I think all of those website builders will be able to handle more content and downloadable PDFs. The only wrinkle is Q&A, but you can always set up commenting systems (like how we’re interacting here!) so people can ask questions and get answers.

      There is a free commenting widget called Disqus that you can just plug into your website and start using it.

      The only drawback with these drag and drop web builders is that if you want to integrate a website with another software, then it may or may not work well.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

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      Jeremy,

      What are your thoughts on Cloudflare free service to help speed up Weebly sites?. Most templates seem to load kinda slow to me.

      • Jeremy
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        Hey Jason,

        I’m not entirely sure if Cloudflare works with Weebly or not, but I suppose it doesn’t hurt to try. Cloudflare is quite popular as it provides free CDN to websites to help speed up its loading speed. I think it should work most of the time, but best to benchmark the before and after impact on load time.

        Before trying it, I would suggest you optimize all your images on your website. So resize all your images to the dimension that you want it to be displayed on your pages (so don’t insert a massive image then use Weebly’s drag & drop tools to shrink it down to a smaller size, as Weebly will still load the massive image, even when displaying a smaller size).

        Also run the images through an image compressor such as Kraken (free) to reduce the file size so your pages will load faster.

        Jeremy

  81. #

    I am new to weebly. I signed up and wanted to try out a website at weebly for free. When I tried to publish it weebly would not let me. It kept telling me that I needed to verify my account and give me the page where you put your email and password in. I put my info in again and try to publish and same thing happen. I thought you could try weebly out without paying. Do I have to pay in order to publish?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Alicia,

      You can definitely publish a website for free (without paying). I think perhaps Weebly is trying to have their users verify their information, as there might be a lot of people building a lot of sites using their platform for spamming.

      But once you verify your information, you should be able to publish. In this case, try reaching out to their support team to see what the issue is.

      Jeremy

  82. #

    I currently have a website provided by lawyers.com that uses Weebly templates that are 5 years old. I want access to all the new responsive templates that Weebly has for only $8 per month. I can export my domain to GoDaddy (do you recommend them) or wherever, but I have to re-do the site from scratch. I am told by Weebly that their zip backup function does not let you reload into a new Weebly site. Any way around this? Seems crazy you export your site, but can’t use it on their service.

    Other question I have is- should I let lawyers.com simply redirect my site to weebly and let them keep my webmail or just switch everything to goDaddy and use Weebly gmail for 5 bucks a month.

    Final question- is Weebly hosting fast enough or not?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Jason,

      You can transfer your domain name to GoDaddy for about $15 or so, which includes 1 year of annual fee, so it’s a good way to allow you to manage your domain name there.

      Yes – I think you’ll have to build your site from scratch again if you want to use Weebly as currently there isn’t a way to import a website into Weebly. Hopefully they’ll have this added to their platform sooner rather than later!

      I’d recommend you migrate everything out of your existing platform if you want to start fresh. You probably don’t want to have all sorts of different pieces lying around so to speak. Weebly’s recommends that you use Google Business Apps to power your email, which is basically the gmail interface. We use Google Business App to power our email and we like it quite a bit. It’s easy to use and very stable.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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        Jeremy,

        Thanks for the reply. That is what I thought, but wanted another opinion. Anyways- I purchased a Drops Template and have started building a new website. So far it looks nice, only problem is it much slower than my old website. Can you or someone at your company take a look at my new website to give me some ideas on why pagescoring.com says it takes so long to load? I tried compressing my images, but building websites ain’t my thing.

        Jason

        • Jeremy
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          Hey Jason,

          A common mistake is that a user will insert a very large image, and use the Weebly image tool to shrink the image to display a smaller size. But when the page loads, it still loads the full size of the image.

          So a tip is to size the image to the right dimension before uploading it into your website.

          Also try using an image compressor such as Kraken which is what we use to significantly shrink the sizes of images without compromising the quality too much.

          Jeremy

  83. #

    Thanks for the great review of Weebly!

    I have my current website with Homestead. (UGH) I’ve been with them for years. The site is about 150 pages. If and when I switch to Weebly, I know that its going to be very difficult. And I’m not really referring to the 150 pages. I know that I’ll have to set up each page one at a time.
    I can handle that. But mostly what I am referring to is the “transfer” process. Is it really that difficult? I’ve read a lot where Homestead gives people a lot of trouble and headaches when you try to leave them. I have my domain there too! I would like to switch everything over to Weebly. Is there any advice you can give me in dealing with Homestead.

    Also, I really wouldn’t use any of the pre-formed templates. I always start from a “blank page.” Can I start with a blank page on Weebly?

    Thanks again!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Ramon,

      I haven’t really used or have extensive experience with Homestead, so I can’t quite comment on how challenging it is to leave them. But you can definitely transfer your domain name to another domain name registrar such as GoDaddy, and connect your domain name to your Weebly site. The transfer process should only take a couple of days and is a one time fee (around $12 or so and it also includes 1 year’s worth of registration fee).

      Regarding “blank” templates, Weebly doesn’t have any of that. So you might have to pick the most bland / basic template and start from there. But you do have full access to their template’s codes so if you know some code you can really have a ton of design control there.

      If you really prefer to start with a blank template, you should check out Wix as they do offer you this option (no design whatsoever, and you can start from scratch). It might be worth your time to sign up for a test / free account to see if you prefer that.

      Jeremy

  84. #

    I know nothing about web design, so this page was VERY helpful to me.
    I’ll probably give weebly a try in a week or so, based on this info.
    Thanks a bunch, Jeremy.

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks for your feedback Gary! Good to hear that our discussions here have been helpful to you.

      Jeremy

  85. #

    hi I am new to all of this and i am just starting my own small business. I have a page on facebook but I am finding people want a website to go to. So i want to create one but am confused on which way to go. I have started a party food platter business. So I have pictures,prices and info. Can you please with any suggestions how to go about it?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Chris,

      Weebly is definitely one of the easiest drag and drop builders to help you build your website. You don’t need to know any code and can drag in text, images, slideshows, etc. And Weebly helps you host your website so you don’t have to worry about all that technical stuff.

      One thing to consider is that if you are selling products, you may want to link up your online store with your Facebook page. But Weebly doesn’t have a feature for this yet and you’ll have to keep both your Facebook store and your website store separate.

      But there are a few other website builders that can link up your Facebook store with your online web store so it’s easier to manage. Here is more discussion about how to do that if you’re interested.

      Jeremy

  86. #

    Hello

    I’ve just stumbled across Weebly by chance today, and have a couple of questions….

    Firstly, with regards to the security option which appears to be available only to those opting for the pro or business package, what risk may this pose for those opting initially for the starter option, without security?

    Secondly, is it suitable for UK customers? – due to time difference, is the helpline chat service accessible 24/7 or would he have to access the service during the night, UK local time?

    Cheers.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Mark,

      The security feature (SSL certificate) is only applicable when visitors are in the shopping cart page where they are inserting private / sensitive information when making purchases. So in a sense that is only available and applicable if you are running an online store.

      So this feature is available across the Starter, Pro and Business plans – As long as your visitors are in the shopping cart area. When your visitors are in other pages of your site, the security feature won’t be necessary as no confidential information will be passed.

      As for support, I think Weebly’s main method of support is via email and so you can reach them around the clock. Obviously during busier times (most likely weekdays) it will take them a bit of time to get back to you (usually within a day I believe, unless the issue is quite technical and they need to escalate it to another dedicated department).

      Jeremy

  87. #

    Hi Jeremy, here’s my question; I am starting my own copywriting business and obviously need a professional looking website to showcase my work. What if I have my own picture (its part of my logo) that I want as the picture on my homepage. I am having trouble finding a template that would be a good representation of a writing business. To make matters worse, I am so computer illiterate it’s not funny. I really “need” this to work. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Jim,

      Weeby does have a lot of templates but they’re not as good as the templates from Squarespace or Wix.

      Squarespace has less templates but all of them are very professionally built and are designed to be very visually rich.

      Wix has a lot of different templates for different niches / industries, so you might find what you need from them!

      Jeremy

  88. #

    i want to design severals 3 or 4 webpages, which plan includes this option-

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Laurice,

      Any of Weebly’s plans will allow you to set up 3 – 4 webpages. So you can either use their Free, Starter, Pro or Business plans. Of course each level of plan gives you different tools / features. The higher the plan, the more features are available for you to use.

      Take a look at this discussion page on what you get from Weebly’s plans.

      Jeremy

  89. #

    Cassidy,
    The wonderful thing about Weebly as Jeremy mentioned it is very simple and you can pretty much design a similar site like pretty much anything out there. I use custom premium templates for my client websites and they love them. I have tried other builders to compare, and I have yet to find one that is simple and flexible. I would suggest finding a site you like and then make it look as close as possible to it and when you are done you will be surprised at your finished product.

    • #

      I looked at your website and it is awesome. You wouldn’t be willing to design mine would you? Just kidding… I’m just having a hard time separating my sister from the business.

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Nwora,

      Good to see you here! Thanks for dropping by and adding to our discussion!

      Just for the benefit of others reading this comment, Nwora is a very talented web designer and has an excellent working knowledge of how to best use Weebly!

      Jeremy

  90. Jeremy
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    Hi Cassidy,

    Thanks for sharing and I’m really sorry to hear about the loss of your sister. My deepest condolences to you and your family, and it’s great how you’re keeping your sister’s legacy alive, despite your health issues.

    I think Weebly is a good choice to build your website as I think they’re the most user friendly drag and drop website builder in the market right now. You can quickly create pages, and in my experience the most frequently used tools to build a decent website is simply images, titles and text.

    You should check out some examples of what other Weebly users are able to create. Just by looking through some examples may give you some inspirations on how your website can potentially look. I think that will be a good starting point to get some design ideas.

    Jeremy

  91. #

    Hello,
    I created my website through Weebly back in September I believe. My younger sister had Cystic Fibrosis a terminal lung disease and was able to Make-A-Wish. She received a concession trailer that she could take to fairs and festivals to make money. Unfortunately, she passed away before she was able to take it anywhere but my mother and I decided to keep it and start an LLC to keep KK’s legacy alive. I’m paralyzed from chest down so I handle all the business, marketing, accounting and so on. I’m not very experienced with creating websites and such my sister was and I just don’t know what to do with the website. We need it so events can see what we offer and the story behind our operation but I don’t think it’s the best it can be.

    Any advice?.

  92. #

    Now that you’ve turned up on to premium third-party templates its become a toss-up for me with Square Space and Weebly.

    I’m gonna attempt building (I’m a tech-idiot) a coaching health and fitness podcast site, selling only my books (perhaps linked through an Amazon button if too complicated for me and Weebly)

    I see your template ranking, for Weebly, was low. With premium templates would you say Weebly and SS come nearly head-to-head?

    Thanks J

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Bill,

      It’s hard to say. I think it’s best if you sign up for both Squarespace and Weebly and to play with their website building features to see which one you prefer.

      I think you should place more emphasis on the actual website building platform first, before deciding if the design templates are suitable for you. Because even if Squarespace’s design templates are really good looking, if you really don’t think their platform is suitable for your needs, then there’s no reason why you should stick with them even if their templates look awesome.

      Jeremy

  93. #

    Another awesome assessment.

    What would we do without you big J?

  94. #

    Great summary and article!

    Does weebly lend itself to a two page website with the homepage developed to bring people to the site and the second to fill out a form for important information ?

    Walter

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Walter,

      Yes you can definitely do that with Weebly. You can set up 2 (or more) pages if you want to. They have a “contact form” element that you can drag and drop into your page and you can configure what sort of question you want your visitors to fill out. Then you can connect that form to your email address of choice so you get notified whenever someone fills in the form!

      Jeremy

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        Hi Jeremy, Can the contact form be used to get customers to sign up for a newsletter (it’s a pity that one cannot use weebly to send out newsletters, but that’s a different story). A related question to the above: Is there an upper limit on the number of customers who can interact using the contact list (based on the plan that one signs up for)? Thanks. John.

        • Jeremy
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          Hi John,

          There isn’t a way to link up Weebly’s contact form with a newsletter service. But what you can do is sign up with a newsletter service provider (such as Aweber), and Aweber allows you to create a sign up form and you can embed that form into your Weebly site.

          Once you design the form in Aweber, they will provide you with a code. Just paste that code into the Embed Code element from Weebly and place that into your webpage, and the sign up form will appear where your visitors can sign up to your newsletter.

          As far as I know, there are no limits to how many times your visitors can use your contact form on your website.

          Jeremy

  95. #

    Hello! Has anyone done a travel operator’s website using Weebly? And has Weebly ever been used to tie into the travel operator’s software for back-office operations and MIS reports?

    • Jeremy
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      Hey John,

      I haven’t seen such a comprehensive use of Weebly, and most such websites usually are custom developed to work seamlessly with the travel software that you referenced.

      But if anyone else has seen one, I’d be curious to see how it works!

      Jeremy

  96. #

    The problem with the rates on the Compare Plans page for Weebly is that they do not tell the entire story. You only get the $19.54 / month rate if you commit to a two-year term, and pay all of it UP FRONT. NO WHERE on their Compare Plans page do they have an (*) asterisk pointing to the terms and conditions of their $19.54 / month rate. It’s the same for the other prices too: you have to commit to one or two years to get the rate. While “buy in bulk pricing” is a fairly common practice, what’s misleading is that you don’t know what the actual rates are until you get to the checkout page. They Compare Plans page ONLY shows you the discounted rate without any disclaimers or terms and conditions. While this may be an oversight, it feels misleading. Weebly needs to correct this.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi James,

      I understand what you’re saying. But right on TOP of the Compare Plans button, is a button labelled “Upgrade Your Site”. Once you click on that button, Weebly shows you all the pricing options, including 6 month plan, 1 year plan and 2 year plan. They also show you the total amount you need to pay, depending on which plan you select.

      So from my perspective, it’s pretty transparent. All the prices are clearly laid out before you insert your credit card information, so there aren’t any hidden fees at all.

      So from my own perspective, there isn’t any misleading activities here. Just my own opinion : )

      Jeremy

  97. #

    Hi Jeremy, If I upgrade to any Premium Plan can I get a free domain (.com, .net) Or I need to buy it ?

    And How can I sell downloadable software/game/book in weebly ?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi izyCoder,

      Currently Weebly doesn’t give you a free domain name when you upgrade to any of their plans. So if you want to use Weebly (they’re really easy to use to build websites), you’ll need to purchase our own domain name from domain name registrars such as GoDaddy.

      Or else there are other website builders (such as Squarespace or Wix) that will give you a free domain name for 1 year, if you upgrade to their annual plans. You can see more discussions about Squarespace here, and about Wix here.

      And yes, you can sell digital products using Weebly’s ecommerce functions. We have a bit more discussion about their ecommerce tools here.

      Jeremy

  98. #

    Hello,
    The comparison plan for Weebly packages gives me unlimited pages for free and starter packages; In your overview i see it limited to 5 pages? Has this changend recently or is there a regional difference?

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Tom,

      Weebly recently updated their free and subscription plans. So what we’re showing above is the latest for people who newly sign up for an Weebly account. You get 5 pages under the free plan, 10 pages with the Starter plan, and unlimited pages for Pro and Business plans.

      But if you’ve signed up for a Weebly account BEFORE they updated their plans, then you’re probably “grandfathered” into the older plan, where you get unlimited pages for all plans. So make sure you don’t cancel your account!

      Jeremy

  99. #

    Hiya,
    We were signed up to GoDaddy website builder but it didn’t have the membership option that Weebly appears to have. We were looking to be hosted by HostGator and on their control panel you have the Weebly builder option. I am getting confused as to who I need to pay what to! I need SSL certificate, our choice of merchant, membership log ins and databases to back this up, info on website useage etc, webmail, and also it would be useful to be able to show members basic details on our website. I was going to use Joomla but I am not a techy and a click and drop would be easier! Do I split the hosting and the webbuilder or do can I get everything I want from Weebly? Thanks!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Susie,

      It sounds like you need more features than what most drag and drop web builders will be able to offer you. Weebly does offer membership gateway, but you won’t have access to databases, webmail, usage data for each member, etc. I think you’ll need a much more powerful software to be able to do that.

      With Weebly, you can create a functional / simple membership login, but there is no access for you to modify / edit the database, nor do they allow you to track what each member has done on what page.

      Also, I’m not sure if Hostgator’s version of Weebly has membership functions yet. “Non-Weebly” hosts tend to be a bit behind in features, so that’s why using Weebly.com directly is always a suggested option as you get all the latest features.

      Here is an article we have that talks about the pros and cons of using Weebly.com or another hosting service that provides Weebly’s services.

      Jeremy

  100. #

    Hi, Thanks for all this great information. Basically I just like to take pictures as a hobby and want some where for my family/friends to be able to go look. I much prefer to pay for a year in advance than have to deal with the monthly payment coming out each month, so does Weebly offer that? And can people save the images off the website to their computers (like right click save image as)? Last question, it offers the create your domain, but does that have weebly name in it or is it your own personal one?
    Thanks,
    Kate.

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Kate,

      Yes will can help you build a site where you can share your pictures / content with others!

      If you want to upgrade to one of their paid plans (which allows you to connect your own personal domain name to the website), you can either pay in 6 months, 1 year or 2 years increments. The longer the plan you sign up with, the steeper the discount that they will offer you. So the 2 year plan is the cheapest on a per month basis. Here is more discussions about their subscription plans.

      And yes, others can save images off your website if they want to. But if you don’t want your images to be saved, there is a short snippet of code that you can save on to your pages so that others can’t save your images (if you don’t want to share them).

      For your last question, as mentioned in my comment above, you can connect your own domain name to your Weebly site (provided that you upgrade to at least their Starter plan). So there won’t be any Weebly advertisements / text on your website or domain name!

      Jeremy

  101. #

    Hi! Thank you for this review. I’ve been thinking about creating two Weebly websites. One would be a re-make of our current website that is verrry difficult for non-tech people to use. I need something very user friendly so my colleagues can post and change their pages quickly and regularly. Here’s my question. What would be the fastest way for me to transfer the information from my existing website to a new Weebly website? I don’t want to spend countless hours re-typing everything.

    Thanks again
    ~ Jodie

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hi Jodie,

      Unfortunately there isn’t an automated way to import content into Weebly. So you will have to invest a bit of time to make the migration by copying and pasting the content into Weebly and setting things up.

      You can always outsource this work so at least someone can get the content into the site, then you can play around with the formatting to finish things off. Check out Fiverr.com to see if you can find any freelancers for this.

      Jeremy

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    This is an excellent place to create a website. I had no idea what I was doing but Dave P, Jonathan C. Jayme, and Kacey C where SO HELPFUL and amazing! They took there time with me and answered my 8 million questions I had for them. They never rushed me and they take pride in giving you excellent customer service. They sent me great information that was also very helpful. I loved setting up the website and I love my website! I have already told so many friends about this great service and their incredible customer service. Thank you Weebly friends for your help and taking time with me! You have my 5 stars!

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    hie jeremy…thank you for such a post…..i loved it..i would like to
    ask you this thing ….i am in the process of creating a music site
    where people get to download some of my songs as well as my
    friends’…..will weebly allow me to upload my songs on the site as
    well as offer me with the download and the play buttons..maybe an
    information button as well….thank you in advance

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Tatenda,

      With Weebly, you do get to upload music as files so that your visitors can download your files. You can also use their music element so that you can play music on your site.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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    Hi, I’m trying to find a good web host for my online shop, weebly seems ok, do they offer services to Australia? And do they charge any commission/ fees. Thank you

  105. #

    Hi Jeremy, thank you so much for making a difficult decision in choosing a website builder easier with your fantastic breakdown.

    I am very happy with my choice in Weebly, but I am also frustrated in that when I click on the mobile device view, it looks nothing like the desktop view. It doesn’t look like they are synching up at all, other than the copy is the same. Whenever I try to edit anything in the mobile view (Changing images and fonts), I get kicked back to the desktop view.

    Also, when I click on the”Image Header” button on the right, it doesn’t “slide” to the on position. I have checked all their articles for troubleshooting and have emailed their support team and am still waiting for an answer. Just wondering if there is a solution to this, and if anyone else has experienced this glitch. Or maybe I’ve overlooked something. Thanks again for all your time.
    ~ Darryl

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Darryl,

      Weebly’s mobile editor hasn’t been the biggest hit to be quite honest (at least based on a lot of feedback from Weebly users that we’ve seen). The biggest complaint is that there is really no difference between the desktop editor and the mobile editor – I suspect it’s similar to what’s frustrating you?

      I think this is why Weebly started introducing mobile responsive templates which is what the web design industry has been heavily endorsing. In fact, Weebly just released 2 more new responsive templates today!

      Mobile responsive templates is a “smart” way for templates to configure itself to display optimally on mobile devices of different sizes. Plus you don’t have to mess around and worry about how your website is designed. The responsive nature of the template should automatically figure out how t place your content on a mobile device.

      Jeremy

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        Hi Jeremy,

        Thanks for responding. The problem really is that the image and fonts that I chose for the home page on the desktop view change into a completely different image and font when I click on the mobile view. It doesn’t match at all from one to the other. I understand the layout will be altered to fit the screens of mobile devices, that fine. The frustrating thing is that I am not able to change either the image or font while in the mobile view, and when I have tried it sends me back to the desktop view, where the image and font is fine and doesn’t need to be changed. You can see my confusion. Maybe I should try and publish it and see what happens?

        Thanks for your time

        ~ Darryl

        • Jeremy
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          Hi Darryl,

          Yes that does sound very frustrating. But if you haven’t published your site yet, you should try so you can see what actually shows up on your live site, in addition to what you’re seeing on your preview screen.

          Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy!
    First of all thank you! Good thing i stumble upon your website, it really clarify a lot of uncertainties for someone who is just starting out to build an online e-commerce website. Unfortunately not all website builders offer their e-commerce services in my country. I live in Malaysia may I know which e-commerce website builder can be used here? I’m also thinking of using weebly for my personal blog would it be helpful to subscribe to any of the plans?
    Thanks again!

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    I found your blog accident. Its great!.I was almost about to go with square space. Then I read your blog. I was bummed when I found out square space only offers on payment option. A fee questions for you

    1 Which site builder offers the most flexible payment options (Paypal Ect)
    2 Which builder offers the option for customer to create an account to track their orders view order history ect
    3 Which site builder offers the inventory management tool such as automatically send email once orders are received and marked as shipped
    4 Apart from square which builder offers good full page templates

    Thanks again your blog is great!

  108. #

    I just wanted to let you know that you have certainly made my decision easy in choosing a Website builder. The information you provide is excellent and easily presented for novices like myself. Well done!!

    Thanks
    Teresa

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks Teresa! Glad our discussions have been helpful!

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    other than paypal can use other payment matter like Western Union in weebly website builder?

    Regards,
    Vincent

  110. #

    Hello Jeremy,

    After paying a monthly fee for a generic site that looked like thousands of others, three years ago I took the plunge and decided Weebly was my best option for building my own site. If you want to look at it you can go to ‘www.DoctorSchierling.com and check it out. Make sure to check out the blog as well.

    Weebly is easy to use and while their Customer Service is not necessarily Johnny-on-the-spot with answering your questions, they always get back to you within 24 hours. I have absolutely no beef with them whatsoever. My only question is about their SEO. I always wonder if they could be doing more for my SEO (or for that matter, if I could be doing more to boost my own SEO). I would love to see them offer an advanced tutorial on this subject (maybe you could put in a good word).

    My numbers are excellent and improving month by month, but because some of aspects of SEO are somewhat confusing and ‘mysterious’, I always wonder how much better they could be.

    Dr. Russ

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Dr. Russ,

      So good to hear that Weebly has been working out so well for you.

      Regarding SEO, I guess the general thought is that if you’re not ranked at the top of search queries on search engines, you can always do better!

      I’d agree that SEO is a very complex matter and Google is always updating its search algorithm. And it’s an ongoing process, similar to spending money on marketing advertisements. It’s never a “set it and forget it” type of approach.

      One of my favorite approaches is to keep inserting interesting and valuable content in your blog to further your reach on the search results. People are always searching for a lot of different content online and so you can really expand your reach there. Not to mention the social sharing aspect of things.

      – Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,
    I am trying to help a friend with is charity. It is an animal rescue and while he currently has a website, the man who built is no longer working and so we don’t have anyone to finish the site or maintain it. I think we are at the point of building our own. We need something pretty simple that we can post pictures and stories of the animals. He also has a paypal account with it for donations. Is Weebly something we can use for this? He has very limited computer abilities and I know how to navigate my own site–which was built for me by someone in our industry–but I am not sure about building one for this job. It sounds good with drag and drop. Does this mean we can use Word docs as a base and copy them in and use pictures and video from our cameras and phones to post to the website?
    Thanks!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Gordie,

      Weebly is probably one of the easiest drag and drop website builders around, and is quite suitable for those who are not web or technically savvy! You can literally drag and drop text and image elements into your website, then insert your own text, image, videos, etc. So it’s quite intuitive to use even for amateurs!

      – Jeremy

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    Hello Jeremy, you’ve probably answered this already, but didn’t see it so here we go; for each product that I sell it has a number of different attributes, and each attribute has a list of items (such as in a pull-down menu) to be selected by the customer. Can I create those attributes and lists in Weebly? And, how are they accessed, by a database such as SQL or just a created list that can easily be changed, added to, and sorted?
    Thanks!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Rick,

      With Weebly’s ecommerce tools, you can set up product variants so that you can have different variations of the same product (such as different colors of t-shirts).

      See our discussion on Weebly’s ecommerce tools for more information (under the Multiple Product Variants section). You can play around with the tool in Weebly as you can access it even if you have a free Weebly site, to see if you are happy with that tool.

      You don’t have to access any databases for this.

      – Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy, Great information and this is probably going to sound goofy but do these sites publish the websites or do I have to do that myself? I am a midwife looking to get away from the humdrum of 1&1. I am not a web developer but live on nothing and need a sharp website. I cannot tell if these design sites are also hosts.

    Thanks

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Cynthia,

      Weebly actually do all the hosting for you (meaning that your website is stored on their servers so you don’t have to deal with any technical stuff which can be a headache sometimes).

      So you just drag and drop content into your website editor, and click “Publish” and your website will be live! Not messy at all!

      – Jeremy

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    Does Weebly put ads on the free version? Or is it truly free, even without those annoying generic ads you see everywhere on the side of web pages?
    Thanks for the info.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Gwen,

      If you use the free plan, you get a Weebly advertisement in the footer area of your site. It’s not as prominent as some other website builders.

      Further, if you don’t upgrade to at least their Starter Plan ($4/month), you can’t use your own custom domain name and so your website address has “Weebly” in it.

      In my view is a pretty acceptable trade off for being able to build a free website!

      – Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy, I’ve been using Weebly for some time, but I’ve always been baffled at the fact that I’m limited to using only 5 pages. When I searched up why there was a restriction, I couldn’t a single article talking about it. Most other users and bloggers I know have unlimited pages, so why don’t I? I don’t mean to come off as rude, but it’s quite frustrating! Your review was very helpful to me in all other aspects though!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Thy,

      If you are using Weebly.com directly, there are no page restrictions (meaning you can literally create unlimited pages).

      I suspect you are using another hosting service, that provides Weebly website builder. Some of these hosts include Hostgator, Bluehost, Fatcow, iPage, etc.

      Here is an article that I wrote that highlighted some of the differences.

      If you just sign up with Weebly.com, there are no restrictions in terms of pages that you can create, even with their free plan!

      – Jeremy

      • #

        Actually, I do use weebly directly from Weebly.com (I log in through weebly), but I still have that 5 page limit. It tells me when I try to add new pages, “The Free plan is limited to 5 pages. Please upgrade to add more.” The upgrade link takes me to their Starter, Pro, and Business.

        • Jeremy
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          Thy,

          The free version of Weebly should still have unlimited pages as you can see on this page here.

          If you’re not seeing the same thing, perhaps you can email Weebly’s support team to verify that.

          – Jeremy

      • #

        Weebly does limit new free account users to 5 pages per site as they are testing it out but aren’t committed to permanently doing that per support answer I received. Those who have had free accounts before they did this still have unlimited pages.

        also weebly live chat is available on weekends not just mon-friday as I used live chat today at 1pm ET

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    I was so close to pulling the trigger on Weebly, but not supporting sharing on Pinterest was the deal breaker. Your review was extremely helpful and thorough!

    • #

      You can share on Pinterest.

  117. #

    Can Weebly track individual users who visit your site? I’m considering building a site for my business and this would be helpful?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Mary,

      Weebly does provide an analytics dashboard so you can get some data of what your visitors are visiting (more description under the “Weebly SEO” section above.

      You can also install Google Analytics to your Weebly website to get a much more indepth tracking of what your visitors viewing on your site, for how long, if they’re returning visitors or not, etc. Google Analytics is free.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

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    Hi,

    I am planning to start my online store soon, and have a specific design in mind for the background. I have next to no knowledge of coding. Does Weebly allow users to upload their own background designs? If not, are there any other website builders that can allow me to do this?

    Thanks

    Claire

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Claire,

      Some selective Weebly themes (the newest ones) do allow you to upload your own background image. You can always sign up for a free account and check out the themes if it is a critical part of your design.

      Most other website builders also have themes that will allow you to upload your own background image(s). These include Squarespace, Wix or Jimdo. You can see a comparison chart between them here if you haven’t heard about them before.

      – Jeremy

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    Hey Jeremy…I’m really new at build’g a website but I seem to be managing ok with Weebly, just upgraded to their Business Plan (start’g an Ecommerce Business). I Published it to see how it looks on the Web and it still has the .weebly.com (ending) after the name I gave it. Been reading your post below & a few said that you have “to connect your own custom domain name”. How do you do that?

    Not sure what that means because in the begin’g, I gave the Site a “NAME”, worked on the Site, Upgraded then Published it…I read in the comparison price list (rolled over custom domain name) and saw that I would get a yourname.com (no weebly.com) in the Business Package.

    So Just to be clear, even though I upgraded to Business, I still don’t get my own yourname.com. I did find on Weebly that you can purchase a domain for $70.00. I thought I had a Domain Name when I 1st named the Site in Weebly? So to get rid of yourname.weebly.com…I have to pay MORE MONEY or can I connect a custom domain name ??? Please help me…Hope I didn’t confuse you.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Tara,

      I don’t think that Weebly gives you a free domain name even if you upgrade to their paid plans. You will have to purchase one yourself and GoDaddy is a good place to start looking for your own custom domain name.

      By upgrading to a paid Weebly plan, Weebly allows you to have a custom domain name, but I don’t think they give you a free one.

      After getting your domain name, you then need to connect the domain to your Weebly site. Here is a good article on how to do that.

      Hope this is helpful!

      – Jeremy

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    I currently use blogger and am unimpressed with the options. How does weebly compare in your opinion? Is it worth the switch over?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Lynsey,

      I haven’t used Blogger before so I can’t quite comment here. If others reading this have used Blogger before please feel free to add to this discussion!

      Generally, while Weebly is extremely easy to use, I wouldn’t say that they have the best blogging features ever. But they do have all the basics you need to get a blog going, and again, they’re really easy to use!

      – Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy

    Can i use my domain when i try Weebly for free or do i need to upgrade in order to use it?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Chanaaz,

      While you can build an entire website for free with Weebly, to connect your own custom domain name, you’ll have to upgrade to at least their “Starter”plan which is their most basic plan.

      You can see see more discussion about Weebly’s Starter and Pro plans in our article here.

      – Jeremy

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    sir ,
    I am Looking forward to build a website through weebly but before that i have some queries,So i would be very grateful if you clear my doubts
    1. is it i get free domain for website with plan
    2. is can we add Flash files to Website like SWF
    3.is can we make available to see website on mobile also is any feature for that
    Kindly guide me in this regards and if its there and which plan will cover this feature.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Tushar,

      1) You don’t get a free domain so you will have to purchase one yourself. A good domain name registrar is GoDaddy. If you want a website builder that gives you a free domain name if you upgrade to their premium plans, you should check out Squarespace or Wix.

      2) Yes you can. Weebly has an element where you can use it to upload your flash file.

      3) See our discussion here.

      – Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    I’ve been reading reviews for hours now and I must admit my head is spinning a little. I think I’ve decided that Weebly is my best option for creating a basic website for my band.

    Here’s the question: Can I start on Weebly’s free plan, build the website and then If I like how it works, upgrade to the starter plan and redirect the domain name that I own through GoDaddy without having to rebuild the site?

    Thanks!

    Craig

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Craig,

      That works perfectly fine! Good luck!

      – Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    Thank you for your great and nice review. It’s helpful. I saw other reviews and comparison that you posted. I learned a lot from you. : ) I have a question as a beginner. According to what I understood, there are two types of website builders: 1. builder+web hosting integrated (Wix, Weebly) and 2. builder of web hosting companies (goDaddy, Bluehost). You need to pay monthly fee for both of them. The website builders of web hosting companies like goDaddy or Bluehost are the same type of builders as Wix and Weebly? Why on the Internet people only compare among builders of Wix, Weebly, Squarespace and so on which doesn’t require you to have a hosting already? Is it because those builders of goDaddy or Bluehost are very different types from Wix or Weebly? Or they are much poorer and so don’t interest people than Wix or Weebly?

    • Jeremy
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      Hey DK,

      Our website mainly discusses the pros and cons of hosted website builders (such as Weebly, Squarespace, Wix, etc), as those are the software that we used when we first built our websites a few years ago!

      We were also looking for good reviews but weren’t able to find any – this is what inspired us to create this website so others can benefit from our experiences and discussion as well!

      There is not right or wrong website builders (including the hosted ones or the ones where you have to get your own hosting such as WordPress.org). It’s really a matter of personal preference, and whether the website builder suits your needs!

      – Jeremy

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    Hello Jeremy wong… can i make a blog on weeby through which i can advertise? i want to make a blog to collect some affliates for my self such as refferals…. i want to make this blog about PTC sites and online data entry jobs…

    Sory for bad english… use google translator for it..

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Waleed,

      Yes you can definitely do that. You just have to insert your advertising banners or text links into your posts.

      – Jeremy

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        ok thanks… i will not get ban in future on weebly? because i have a blog on blogger which was blocked by the blogger for spamming… i dont know what kind of spamming was that… i was just using it for advertisment and promotion of my PTC sites..

        • Jeremy
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          Hi Waleed,

          For that you will have to clarify if what you’re promoting is in violation with Weebly’s terms of services or not. Very generally speaking, if you are just advertising “normal” products in an ethical way that is not in violation of any laws or Weebly’s terms, then you should be okay.

          If you are promoting or creating content that are in violation, such as adult content, hate content, etc, you may want to review the terms of services carefully.

          I’m not a legal professional so what I suggested is my own view and doesn’t represent, imply or describe what Weebly’s terms of services say. So best to review their terms, consult with them if necessary, and exercise good judgement!

          – Jeremy

  126. #

    Hi there,

    The extensive review was very helpful!

    I was wondering if weebly allows a ‘landing page or sales page’ where visitors can optin to receive emails or watch a sales video? Similar to the advertise you have above this comment section. “Top 8 Tools …”

    Thnx

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Jay,

      I think so. You just have to create a new page and insert your opt-in form there (assuming you are using some sort of auto responder, which will give you some codes to embed into your site). You can use Weebly’s “embed code” element to embed your opt-in form.

      We use Aweber ourselves, which works well with Weebly.

      You can also insert a video in your page of course!

      – Jeremy

  127. #

    HI there,

    I have now built my whole website on Weebly, having spent a while researching all the different options, and definitely found weekly to be by far the easiest one to use! (Wix is pretty easy too, but they still have a fair way to go with different functions, esp related to commerce…)

    SO, I am just clarifying, if I want to use e-commerce, can I use the free site?
    Or is it that I can use the free one but I need to have ‘mysitename.weebly.com’ rather than just my site name?
    And the free one does not allow for freight charges to be added, correct? For this I must go to a business package?
    And free site, Credit card payments can be made but not PayPal?

    Thanks for your guidance, some bits about e-commerce aren’t that clear, you have to go through the steps to find if you can or can’t do something…

    Your reviews are very helpful!!
    Melanie

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Melanie,

      I believe you can still use the ecommerce tools even if you are using the free version of Weebly, but you are limited to only selling 10 product items, and there is a 3% transaction fee for time you sell something.

      And you won’t be able to connect your own custom domain name to the website (you will need to at least sign up for the Weebly Starter Plan to connect your own domain name).

      Digital goods, inventory management and shipping & tax are only available to Business Plan users. You can checkout our discussion on different Weebly pricing plans here.

      Also we have a full discussion on Weebly’s ecommerce tools here as well.

      Hope this can help!

      – Jeremy

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        Thanks Jeremy,

        Ideally I guess I’d want the business package but it seems quite pricey for hosting (my last website hosting was only $80/year and that included credit cards and Paypal) but I guess the weekly hosting is where you end up paying for the website building platform…as oppose to a non-CMS site….

        The last thing-SORRY so many questions -is that when I go right through to the payment sign up to accept credit cards (through STRIPE) it wants me to sign off on allowing them to access my bank and do direct debits without notification if they deem necessary…I get that more than likely they won’t just take money out but Im not that comfortable with them having full access to my bank account… I would rather be billed for the amounts I owe them and pay them myself… It’s enough for me to go to another hosting company….

        Anyway, not sure what you think of this or if anyone else has similar issue/had any problems with this…??

        Thanks for your feedback…

        : ) melanie

        • Jeremy
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          Hey Melanie,

          That’s right – Weebly’s fees include the fact that you get to use their drag and drop platform, that you can get your website built fairly quickly and painlessly.

          As for Stripe, I think they just need access to make deposits directly into your account. I haven’t heard of any bad stories, as if they abused the privilege they would be out of business pretty quickly!

          Stripe was recently announced as one of the top 50 disruptors of the industry by CNBC (meaning that they are one of the top 50 businesses that are changing the industry landscape), and are giving PayPal some competition. So they’re definitely a legit company.

          Alternatively, you can always use PayPal to manage your payments.

          – Jeremy

  128. #

    and have access to all the basic tools you will need to build a website. They don’t impose a time limit if you sign up for a free website, so you can build and have a free website for as long as Weebly is still around!

    • Jeremy
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      That’s right Arif! Even with the free version of Weebly, you have all the basic tools you would need to get a good website going!

      – Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for the thorough review. I am looking to build a website where I will post stories and articles daily, with a comment section available for each article. I am not very tech-savvy, so the ease of use is why I originally thought Weebly was the best site for this to be built on, but I would like to hear your thoughts. You mentioned that there is no feature available on Weebly to sort articles by “Most Popular” or “Most Relevant,” are those features available on other website builders? Thanks for your time!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Mark,

      Unfortunately I don’t think Weebly has a way to “automatically” generate a most popular / relevant list of blog posts. What you can do is categorize each blog post and the category will show up on the right column of your Weebly blog. So you can manually categorize some blog posts as popular / relevant. It’s not the best, automated solution but it is somewhat of a workaround (though not a perfect one).

      Squarespace also has a similar function (categorizing or tagging blog posts) but again, it’s not an automated function that you see offered by very strong blogging platforms such as WordPress.

      – Jeremy

  130. #

    Hi Jeremy,
    It was great reading your reviews on the best website builders out there.

    I run a small advertising company in the Middle East and am planning to expand our business into the web world. My current requirement, requires me to build the sites in bilingual format. Arabic and English, Question: Does Weebly and SquareSpace support Arabic fonts and typing methods? Who else is there that I can rely on for this?

    The CMS option from Weebly looks really great with the ability to customize it and make it your own.

    I was trying out the forms feature for weebly and found that I cant change the email address to which a form is being send to, in respone to a change in selection on a drop down list. Eg. If I run a restaurant and I want to provide my customers with an online order system based on forms and emails. It would be great if they could choose the branch from the dropdown list and the email will be send to the brach email address that was selected from the drop-downlist. Weebly does not have this feature. Is it possible to do this by editing and adding the codes ourselves.

    What kind of services do you provide in the weebly platform and otherwise?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi John,

      When you are in Weebly Editor and click into the contact form element, look on the left hand side and you should see more contact form dedicated elements that you can drag and drop into the contact form (such as drop down boxes, check boxes, option buttons, etc). So you do have a bit of flexibility here.

      In terms of Arabic fonts, I’ve seen some users manage to do this before, so I’m sure it’s possible. Might need a bit of tweaking in the template codes though.

      As for contact email, see Weebly’s tutorial here.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  131. #

    Great review – I have 2 websites with weebly:
    ‘www.melissachoroszewska.com – for my ceramics and
    ‘www.gmcweddings.co.uk for my wedding styling and centerpiece hire business in Devon and Cornwall.
    I personally find weebly easy to use and when you get to grips with it you can add some nice features. I recommend weebly to my students as an easy to use website builder.

  132. #

    Great review! : ) I love Weebly and have used it on and off for a few years now. Eventually, I hit walls, where I need more functions and end up having to use WordPress.

    PS: Wow, I didn’t realize that by writing review posts you’d automatically become a member of the support team. lol

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Kelly,

      Glad you liked the review! We always feel that Weebly is a great place to start building websites due to it’s simple user interface (drag and drop) where one can quickly build a website and get projects going (instead of getting stuck with technology). That was definitely our own experience a few years ago.

      Having said that, you’re right, Weebly isn’t perfect (no web builders are) and eventually if you want more advanced functions and more customizability, more powerful CMS such as WordPress is definitely an option. By then, presumably some users will feel more comfortable with online technology to dive into a steeper learning curve!

      We’ve always advocated finding the right technology for the right purpose. So if Weebly’s tools are sufficient, and that ease of use and getting projects off the ground quickly are important points, Weebly can be very fantastic in those regards!

      – Jeremy

      PS: LOL We’re definitely supportive of Weebly. They’ve been extremely helpful in launching our online businesses and projects!

  133. #

    Hello, Jeremy,
    I am new customer. tried to operate very new website in Weebly. But, I have very little Technical skill. How can I build my website. My other question is that, i am based in china. Is that fine I can used weebly to operate here. Also, i want to make very professional website for my Travel Agent . so, did you help me to operate excellent website.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi there,

      If you are learning to use Weebly, they have some tutorials here where you can learn how to get started.

      But in general, Weebly is one of the easiest website builders we’ve seen and used – their ease of use is one of their strongest competitive advantage. So you just have to invest a little bit of time and I’m sure you can get the hang of it pretty quickly. Just drag and drop elements to your page and start inserting your own content.

      You should be able to use Weebly in China just fine. You can change the language on their website to Chinese. But I don’t think Weebly has any support team based in China. If you are looking for a website builder that has a Chinese support team, check out Jimdo, as they have a team based in Shanghai, which we’ve met before when we passed through Shanghai. They’re really nice!

      – Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    Thank you very much for this wonderful review and for all of the information you provide on your site. I am having difficulty and wonder if you might assist.?.

    I have an online fabric boutique and have been struggling to find a suitable ecommerce solution. So far in my research I find that I can have either a beautiful site with limited functionality or a mediocre looking site with all of the necessary functionality. I am looking for the following: beautiful templates, email, newsletter, easy set-up/maintenance and the ability to offer free swatches via an “Options” button (I say it this way, as that is what my last provider offered and it was very handy).

    I have tried two solutions and I ended up being displeased with both…for the above mentioned reasons. Do you have any suggestions?

    Kind regards,
    Suzanne

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Suzanne,

      Weebly’s ecommerce tools are becoming more sophisticated and their template designs are improving as well. We have an article regarding their ecommerce tools here if you haven’t seen it yet.

      We also have a summary chart there that highlights some other online store builders that you may want to check out as well. Shopify and Bigcommerce are both very strong online store builders. Shopify has professionally designed templates, and Bigcommerce just recently introduced more new templates.

      – Jeremy

  135. #

    Hey

    This was absolutely helpful, however on the weebly website they don’t state whether the free package contain limited pages or limited space, any idea what exactly the free package contain?

    Thanks a million

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hey Sophi,

      Great question. For the free websites for Weebly, you still get unlimited pages and unlimited space. The only drawback is that you won’t be able to connect your own custom domain name to the website. You will have to upgrade to at least the Starter Plan to be able to do that. Here is more discussions on some of their Starter, Pro and Business plans.

      – Jeremy

  136. #

    Hi Jeremy & Connie,

    Thank you so much for your review. It’s really useful. There are several matters I need to ask since my knowledge about website builder is zero (below zero actually. Lol).

    I have plan to build a writer’s website using weebly. My questions are:
    1. Is it possible to connect my own domain (from godaddy) to free plan? Or I have to choose at least starter plan?
    2. How about the blog feature on free plan or starter plan? Is it good enough writer’s web? As this blog feature is important for writer.
    3. For a writer’s web, which one is more suitable, starter plan or higher?

    Thank you so much in advance. I am waiting for your reply.

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Melinda,

      No worries – everybody once started with zero knowledge at some point!

      1) You will have to upgrade to at least Weebly’s Starter plan in order to connect your own domain name to the website.

      2) The core blogging functions for the free and Starter plan version of Weebly is essentially the same. But if you upgrade to their Starter / Pro / Business plans, you get more general website building tools in which some of them can be used in your blog posts. But they are not specifically created / focused on blogging functions. If that makes any sense!

      3) I think Starter plan is a good starting point and you can always upgrade later if you need more features from Pro. You do get some pretty good functions from Pro that you might find helpful such as HD video (if you will be using video), password protecting pages, search bar so your visitors can find your content. Here is a comparison between the plans that you might find helpful.

      – Jeremy

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        Hi Jeremy & Connie,

        Thank you so much for your explanation. Now, I can start to build web without hesitation. As newbie in this arena, i will keep coming back to your web to seek ‘enlightment’.

        Success to you always.

        Cheers

  137. #

    hi,

    This review is really helpful. I am looking to start a website for my psychotherapy practice and these reviews have really given me a lot to think about. I’ve been deciding between wix and weebly and this review really makes me think weebIy is what I’m looking for. However, I don’t have any real tech experience so I hope my question isn’t too dumb. Is it okay to purchase the domain name from the same place you host the site?

    thanks for all the help!

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hey Steve,

      You can purchase your own domain name from domain registrars such as GoDaddy, then point the domain name to your Weebly website. They have instructions here on how to do that.

      Or, you can purchase your domain name directly with Weebly after you sign up for a free account with them. It is slightly more expensive than purchasing from GoDaddy, but I suppose there is a convenient factor to that.

      – Jeremy

  138. #

    Hi,
    Firstly I would like to say a BIG thank you on the awesome review of Weebly and other site builders here. I like to know does Weebly provide an email account for any of their plan. I am asking because I want my customers to send inquiry emails to us from my estore.

    Thanks.

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Matthew,

      Check out my comments to Michelle on Feb 25 2014 below. I think that will answer your question about email accounts with Weebly. But to summarize, Weebly doesn’t give you an email account with your own custom domain address, but there are a couple of ways to get what you need.

      – Jeremy

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        Hi Jeremy,

        I have checked out your recommended free email by Microsoft as suggested in your earlier comment to Michelle. This is currently what is written on its site,
        “Changes to custom domains with Outlook.com
        Outlook.com no longer offers support for new custom domain sign ups. New customers looking to manage custom domains are encouraged to use Office 365, Microsoft’s premium online service, which also includes enterprise-class mail, collaboration and communication tools. ”

        It seens that now is no longer free as under the Office 365 small business plan, its lowest plan now cost $5/mth. However it has other features besides email.

        Thought just to update you the changes.

        • Jeremy & Connie
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          You’re right Matthew – I actually saw that yesterday as well! Thanks for updating our community though I really appreciate it. I’ve updated my comment below to reflect this.

          I suppose the monthly fee is now pretty much the same as signing up for Google Business App email to get a custom domain email. But you get more tools (MS Office) if you signed up to Office 365.

          – Jeremy

  139. #

    Hi,

    With Weebly business plan, will I be able to advertise my products with the likes of Uprice, shopmania, price check etc, as from what I understand is that it needs to have a 1.shopping platform e.g like oscommerce, Virtuemart etc. 2. it needs to accept feed specification in order to build feed.

    and do I still need to register with shopify or bigcommerce?

    Forgive me I am new with this website thing all together.

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Aden,

      I’m not entirely but if those applications have embed codes, you can certainly try to embed it into a Weebly site using their “embed code” element.

      I’d suggest you sign up for a free Weebly account and create a free website, and try to embed them into the website. This way, you can test them out before committing to their Business plan.

      – Jeremy

  140. #

    I noticed your on your video about weebly you had a toolbar with options that I really liked. Mine has a side slider options and I find it really more complicated to pick the option I want to use.

    How can I get this toolbar you called elements on the top and lose the side boxes? does it just come with a premium account? I just have the newest free version

    • Jeremy & Connie
      #

      Hi Deb,

      Thanks for your comment. The video that we created was before Weebly updated their user interface, so that’s why the tool bar in our video runs horizontally across the top of the screen.

      The new Weebly editor has a horizontal side tool bar on the left hand side, and this cannot be changed or re-positioned.

      Our video is still very much relevant to how we view and assess Weebly though.

      Thanks for asking!

      – Jeremy

  141. #

    hello

    if i upgrade from free to whatever
    will my content roll over or do i need to start from scratch?
    thanks
    joanna

    • Jeremy & Connie
      #

      Hey Joanna,

      If you upgrade to a premium plan for Weebly, all your existing content will remain in your website. So you do not have to start from scratch again. All the tools that are only made available on the higher plans will become available to you.

      Hope this helps clarifies things for you!

      – Jeremy

  142. #

    Excellent review guys,

    I use Weebly for my site and it’s exactly as you say..easy to use and it looks good.
    The message for anybody out there thinking of building a website is “keep it simple”..Weebly makes the whole process exactly that. I love it.

  143. Jeremy & Connie
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    Hey Holly,

    Oops sorry for the misunderstanding!

    Templates and add-on’s are built on top of Weebly, so even if you import a template, the way you would build out your website using Weebly’s drag and drop tools would not change at all. You can still create content using all of Weebly’s tools the same way as before. As such, it isn’t a separate website builder, as you will need to be using Weebly before you can use the template or add-on’s.

    Hope this clarifies things!

    – Jeremy

  144. #

    Hello!
    You all are SUPER helpful — thank you!
    I am wanting to re-create my photog website. Last year, I took a break from photography and thus shutdown my (squarespace) site. Now that I’m returning to photography, I am seeking a new site-builder as I (sadly) never fully “got” squarespace.”

    When I first saw Wix, I thought, “Man, this is the builder for me. It’s beyond easy! I just edit the current elements, plug-in my stuff and go! ” But then I quickly learned that they’d pretty much own my stuff as there are no export website options. So the next on my list is Weebly, namely because of this and a few other reviews.

    I am wanting to insert fun banners and tabs, whether they are included as options in the builder or whether I can insert my own custom elements. For example:
    ‘http://www.pinterest.com/pin/235946467952183527/
    Can I do either in Weebly? Or is that why I might need to buy plug-ins on a third party site?

    Singed,
    Confused

    • Jeremy & Connie
      #

      Hey there,

      You can certainly mimic the look of Pinterest by inserting images that look like rectangular banners into Weebly just by using their image element. However, you won’t get all the pinning or sharing capabilities just through these images. But you can certainly hyperlink the images to whatever webpage you want to.

      So it’s a work around, but a pretty manual one as you will have to insert each picture one at a time and you will have to play with a lot of spacing to achieve a similar effect.

      Hope this gets you started!

      – Jeremy

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        Thanks for replying.

        I wasn’t very clear — sorry about that. I am not shooting for a pinterest look or wanting to hyperlink. I just like the design elements. I will play with Weebly’s image element.

        I am a bit confused about DigTag. Can you tell me please:
        –Are inserting design elements easier with DigTag?
        –Isi Digag a place to buy ad-ons for weebly AND IS ALSO a separate website builder?

        I am just seeking the easiest site (besides Wix) to design a site and am confused as to Weebly or DigTag serves this purpose. Please advise.

        thank you!
        Holly

  145. #

    I have just started to build a blog on the free version of Weebly (not yet published) and I am wanting to get some profit out of it. I am a student and British, so don’t have any pounds let alone dollars and do not want to pay towards this. However I was wondering if my blog went big, would Weebly take all the profit from advertising or would I earn it, and is the only way I can make a profit from Weebly to pay? Finally do you have any mindboggling, life changing tips that will make my blog really, really good?
    Thanks so much, this review was really good by the way!

    • Jeremy & Connie
      #

      Hey Ash,

      As of October 2013, you no longer have to share any of your Google Adsense revenues with Weebly and you get to keep 100% of it. Prior to that, you would have to split your revenues with Weebly, but not any more.

      Also, in addition to inserting Google Adsense, you can also insert advertisement banners that you arrange privately to earn commissions. For those, you don’t have to share anything with Weebly either.

      – Jeremy

  146. #

    I have been building sites for kids and such for a long time and Weebly is, hands down, the best site builder I have ever used. Its so easy to build fabulous pages that I dont understand the negative views. It makes adding html and code SO easy I can’t even fathom using another site builder again. It puts wordpress to shame, to be honest. Here is a wordpress site building page ‘www.creepypastapeeps.wordpress.com and here is the weebly page at ‘www.creepypastalegends.com. There’s no comparison to what you can do to a page and the freedom of control you have. I have no affiliation with them nor to ipage but after TEN years of creative site building I can attest to the wonder of Weebly and the ease of ipage and BOTH are worth every red cent, which also happens to be cheaper than other site builders. In LOVE with weebly. Thank god someone figured out how to cater to non-tech people like me so that I can produce great designs and have complete artistic control.

  147. #

    Hi, I would like to ask you if I intend to use Weebly with a free pricing plan, could you comment on the safeness of the online transaction?

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Adeline,

      It should be safe, as if you use Weebly’s e-commerce store checkout (even with the free plan), they use SSL certificate in the checkout process so that all your customers’ data will be securely processed.

      If you are just using a PayPal button, generated by PayPal’s codes, then your shoppers will be brought to PayPal’s checkout page, which will also be secure!

      – Jeremy

  148. #

    Hi,

    I have a question on online store website on Weebly.
    I have set up my page, but I have a problem that cannot add new page into it. I can only edit the page that I have created before.
    Is it because I must purchase to continue using the service of Weebly?
    I don’t have this issue on my personal blog, but just the online store page.

    Thank you.

    • Jeremy & Connie
      #

      Hi Sin Yee,

      If you are using Weebly.com directly, you should be able to create more pages without any limitations.

      But if you are using a reseller such as Bluehost (see our thoughts here), then I believe they limit you to a set number of pages unless you upgrade.

      If you are using Weebly directly, try asking their support team why you can’t add more pages. You should be able to!

      – Jeremy

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        Hi Jeremy,

        Thank you for your reply. I will seek for the support from Weebly.

        Sin Yee

  149. #

    Thanks for the great information. After reading your reviews of Squarespace and Weebly, I’d like to go with Weebly but have a question before I take the plunge…

    I’d be building a site for a sports organization/community that I’m a part of that needs to have a members only page or pages in addition to the regular pages that all can view. Is this possible with Weebly? Is there a plug in/widget that could handle this function?

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hey Kerry,

      Checkout Sentry Login as they have a membership gateway product that apparently can be used with Weebly.

      Good luck!

      – Jeremy

  150. #

    I cam across your site and, as a happy Weebly.com user, I hope your review – and extended service will keep you and Weebly in business.

    I am looking for a directory solution similar to Weebly; in that I can design and build without having any programming knowledge. I have checked with Weebly and I do understand that they do not have this option; I have asked for any referral that they might be able to offer.

    Are you able to offer any referral(s) that can take a look at? I have not looked at your “template” and will just as soon as I submit this query. I am not looking for much. Simply the offer to my viewers to be able to enter data, have stored and then others to be able to view it. Minimal data entry points.

    Thank you for any referrals that you might be able to offer and, if in looking at your templates, I find a solution I will contact you.

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hey Robert,

      Unfortunately I don’t know of any specific builders for directories. I would assume that probably WordPress would have this capability, and if not, maybe something that has to be custom built.

      – Jeremy

  151. #

    I have created an account with Weebly for self and have enabled designers.

    I see a huge security threat for user accounts at Weebly.com, because they do not provide proper SSL protection for account area and log in page.

    Understanding the risks involved in an unprotected connection I decided not to go ahead with my projrects.

    With almost 2% (not my claim) of the share of global websites its a pity that they don’t provide such basic protection for their customers.

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Fdo,

      Thanks for your thoughts. I think in general it is always prudent to have a very strong password (alphanumeric, mixing lower & upper case letters, mixing in some symbols) and rotate the password every few months. And never pass around your password. That really helps eliminate a lot of threats.

      But for sure, it would be an added peace of mind if SSL came along (they do have that for their e-commerce checkout cart). But I think most services that we use (and we use a lot of them), most of them don’t have SSL until you are purchasing something (such as when you enter sensitive credit card information).

      If you want something more secure, checkout Bluehost as they also offer Weebly website builder through their hosting services. I think you can purchase an SSL separately if you want added protection.

      – Jeremy

  152. #

    Thansk for the excellent reviews – really very helpful !
    Im a beginning artist and need a simple site. Squarespace looks great. However I d like to try and sell my prints – about 40 different ones bit likely to all be the same price – would these count as 40 different products – I assume not ! ?
    many thanks Mike

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Mike,

      With Squarespace, you can actually create “Product Variants” which are just variations of one single product. So in concept, you can sell 1 single product, just with 40 different variations. Worthwhile to try to clear that up with Squarespace’s support team? Or at least sign up for a trial account see first hand how it works! It just might work!

      – Jeremy

  153. Jeremy & Connie
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    Hi Kristen,

    There are a lot of templates available to purchase online, but you need to find templates that are specifically built / tailored to work with Weebly, as Weebly has some unique code structures that needs to be considered.

    What you can do is hire a developer / coder to help you take the template that you like and update the codes to make it compatible with Weebly. This is entirely possible.

    Alternatively, you can also check out MOJO Marketplace as they offer a number of premium templates that can also improve your designs.

    – Jeremy

  154. #

    Thank you for your informative website. There’s so many options out there!!

    Hoping you can help me with a question about Weebly… There are several website templates I like on ‘www.design-essentials.net but I’m not sure if they will work with weebly website builder. It states “Comes with PHP AND HTML versions” also “HTML & Photoshop (PSD) file” so I was thinking that the HTML code could be entered into weebly, but then it states “Required software: Adobe Photoshop 7+, or programs that will open PSD files; Dreamweaver, Microsoft Expression Web, or Adobe GoLive”

    If you could help, I would appreciate it!
    Thanks!

  155. #

    There is so much value in this site, thank you for providing such in-depth, informative reviews. I’m going to apologize ahead of time for these detailed questions. I have been unable to find answers for them and hope you can help.

    I feel stuck because I’m creating a number of different online businesses, some are linked together, some are completely unrelated. I just finished building a site with Squarespace and I realized I couldn’t create an email with my domain name in it. I got by, however, because that business is linked to another business where I can use my other business’s email which is hosted by Host Monster. But I still cannot create a click through email link on Squarespace, any idea how to do that?

    Basically, for my other sites that I’m starting to build, I need a web builder with good e-commerce, the ability to create personalized domain email accounts (without having to use Google apps) and also integrate “if, then” marketing email capabilites (I want to be able to use email marketing software besides mailchimp). Do you have any recommendations? Does what I need exist?

    If I own the domain name in GoDaddy, point it towards a web builder like Squarespace or Weebly, can I get the email service from GoDaddy or some other hosting company?

    Thank you for any information you can impart on me.
    Much appreciated.

    • Jeremy & Connie
      #

      Hi Michelle – all great questions! Here are my thoughts:

      1) You can create a custom domain email address without using Google Apps (we use Google Apps because we like the Gmail interface). But Microsoft now offers you the ability to create an email address with your own custom domain for free. We went over this as a resource in our Free Top 8 Tools guide. So you can definitely still use that for your Squarespace site!

      [April 26 2014 Update: Unfortunately Microsoft no longer offers you a free custom domain email address for free. You now have to sign up to Office 365, Microsoft’s premium online service, which also includes enterprise-class mail, collaboration and communication tools.]

      2) Both Weebly and Squarespace ecommerce tools are fully integrated with Mailchimp. So if you want someone other than Mailchimp, check out Shopify and their App Store (our review here). Their Apps allow you to connect to different email marketing services.

      3) You can set up email services with GoDaddy. But I’d give Microsoft a try as their “Hotmail” interface has been significantly updated and is quite functional! See my point 1 above.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

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        Jeremy, that does help, thank you. You rock! I will definitely check out Microsoft.

  156. #

    I’ve used weebly for the past for the past five years and have been very pleased with the service. There are some things that weebly makes sure easy. Here are my favorites:

    One
    You can purchase a domain site name directly at weebly and when your done playing around with your design, you can just publish it from weebly. Saves a lot of time and money as far as I am concerned.

    Two
    While Weebly, Wix & Squarespace offer imbedding of files and through all the major services like sound cloud. What weebly does really well is allow you to upload and embed your own original MP3 files and also up to your own videos. You can them upload them, weebly will process them and you have another back up in case your you tube channel goes down.

    Three
    Their help center works well and they respond quickly.

    While Wix looks a little “slicker,” you can also change your template in weebly anytime you want.

    Onward and Upward,

    Mitch Santell

  157. #

    I’m looking for a simple platform but one that enables us to have L3 subnav. I see that squarespace doesn’t have that and probably won’t anytime soon. Does your platform give me the option creating L3 pages if needed?

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Anne,

      If you are referring to creating more than 3 levels of pages for your navigation bar, then Weebly does have the ability to do this. Weebly doesn’t restrict how many levels of page levels you have!

      – Jeremy

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        Thanks, Jeremy. I assumed it did based on what I could see…it seemed odd to me that squarespace doesn’t accommodate that and doesn’t appear to have any plans to do so in the near term.

        Thanks for this great analysis on site builder options…this is incredibly helpful!

  158. #

    Hi Connie and Jeremy,
    Great website advice – thank you very much!
    I have just bought a domain name through NameCheap.
    I am starting a blog like a travel diary, but I find Blogger/Blogspot really awkward to use and Weebly looks perfect for what I need. (Clean, simple, drag and drop, WYSIWYG)
    I want to use my .com domain name, but don’t know whether I am better off writing my blog through a blogging site like the Weebly blog, or just writing it in the website builder and updating it everyday as I would a blog post? Is there a difference in garnering an audience?
    What would I miss out on by not using a blogging host like Blogspot (ie, the “Bloglovin'” blogging community, comments bar, sharing tools).

    Finally, on other fashion blogs/websites I have seen widgets linking the reader to clothing sites (I suppose affiliate links) – is there a Weebly widget selection somewhere and I can choose a similar tool?

    I am completely new to all of this and have really appreciated your site today!
    Many thanks.

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Izabel,

      I think there are pros and cons to using a blog page and just a “normal” page in Weebly to build up your website. By using the blog page, you’re right that you will be able to take advantage of some “typical” blog functions, such as the social shares, able to categorize the posts, tag them, so that your readers can find related articles easily.

      If you used a normal “page” structure to create your posts, then sometimes it’s hard for readers to find related topics, unless you insert specific “recommended / related posts” for each one of your articles.

      But benefit of writing your posts on a “normal” page is that you have more flexibility to structure your pages, meaning that your articles don’t necessarily have to be “trapped” in a blog page if that makes any sense. You can insert a page anywhere on your website, under different menu items, make it a subpage, etc.

      But the decision at the end of day is yours, as there really isn’t a right / wrong approach! Just consider how easy it is for you to manage (if you have 1000 posts, then maybe using the Blog Page structure is easy to manage / organize), and also your visitors’ user experience.

      – Jeremy

  159. #

    Hi, Connie and Jeremy-
    Many thanks for this information; it’s really helpful. And, what a pleasure to come across a comments area that is both informative and reflects professional civility. Your article is very timely as I’m planning a workshop for teacher education students who want a user-friendly solution for web design. This will provide great information to them and also confirms my choice of Weebly for the workshop.

    The question many of my students ask is if there is a limit on the number of pages for the free version. I’ve not see evidence or information to the contrary and hopefully I can accurately tell them “No, limit.” Is this the case?

    Great site – thanks!
    Nancy

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      HI Nancy,

      Thanks for your feedback! The answer to your question is that there is no limit to how many pages you want to add to your Weebly site, even if you are using the free version of Weebly. Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  160. #

    Hello Jeremy,

    I would really need your help and professional opinion.

    I am running a small online business (beauty products) and now plan to have my own website. My business is running on pre-order basis (I do have small amount of ready stock), the website will be more or less like a products catalog with lots of photos and details.

    I’ve just purchased a domain + website builder with godaddy for 2 years (because of sales promotion). Godaddy does not offers free test on website builder, so i thought it shouldn’t be that bad and paid for the plan. But after trying it yesterday I really hate it. Everything is so limited, fonts can’t be changed as you like, it’s limited to the template itself. The templates are really quite bad I would say. Wix is much better.

    I’ve tried wix, it feels good but it loads kinda slow, does it? I’m in dilemma after reading your reviews on another 2.

    If the website is to be a products catalog, which do you recommend?
    If I would like to have shopping cart function, which will be better?

    I would love to hear your opinion as I’m gonna cancel my godaddy website builder plan to request for refund and shift to other website builder.

    Sincerely, thanks in advance. Your help will be much appreciated. ^_^

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Audrey,

      I think Weebly will work well for you (they’re free to test out as well). You can easily drag and drop in images, text and set up products and shopping cart with Weebly.

      If you are familiar with Wix already, then setting up your Weebly site won’t be an issue at all as I find the user interface of Weebly a bit more user friendly. Weebly also has a better e-commerce solution built into their platform (see our review here).

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  161. #

    Hello Jeremy,

    If I go with their FREE offer first as you say, what about a domain name? Should I get it from another seller or from them?

    Also, are their websites STATIC HTML websites or I can create dynamic, I mean by that, a BLOG platform? In other words, can I use WEEBLY site as a blog like WP? I don’t want to initially go the route of WP.

    Thanks for a great review of WEEBLY as I am ready to launch my own website this year (2014).

    Regards,
    Michael.

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Michael,

      You can purchase your own domain name from registrars such as GoDaddy. Weebly’s support center has instructions on how to point your domain name from GoDaddy to Weebly, to connect your domain name to the website. A typical domain name runs for about $12 a year.

      You can definitely create a blog website, but just know that Weebly’s blog functions are not as sophisticated as WordPress. WordPress has a lot of systems to allow you to manage your posts, but this is not to say that Weebly’s blog isn’t good.

      Best thing to do is to sign up for a free account and get started with a blog page and see if you like it! You can always connect your domain name later as it’s free to start with Weebly and they give you a free subdomain address. So you can play around with things first.

      – Jeremy

  162. #

    Hi guys, a couple of questions about Weebly Pro vs Design Platform.

    1. With Pro I believe you get 10 websites per account. Does that mean you pay the same fee for each website? (I’m talking here about websites with a discreet domain name). Or do you literally get 10 websites for that one price…

    2. Is the advantage of Design Platform the ability to preview? Is that it?

    cheers
    John

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi John,

      1) Since last year, you can have as many websites as you want under 1 single Weebly account, but you have to upgrade each website at a time if you wish to upgrade each site. See my notes in my comment below on January 7 2014.

      2) Not only do you get to use the preview function for the designer platform, you have full control over how your clients access the site, restrictions to functionalities, and that your customers will not know that you are using Weebly. So basically you can run your designer business with the designer platform, and your customers will think that you are using your own proprietary software to build websites without knowing that it’s actually Weebly. You can then charge your customers whatever rates you wish to that way.

      – Jeremy

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        Thanks for the quick reply Jeremy. Much appreciated.

        One more question: if the client is not going to be updating the site at all (if I am going to do that) and I am using Pro then they won’t know it’s Weebly then either, will they?

        • Jeremy & Connie
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          Hi John,

          I suppose that will work. But you never know if they want any access to the editor down the road?

          – Jeremy

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    Hey Khloe,

    Glad you found our articles helpful! I think at the end of the day, if you just want to have a simple website without touching any codes, both Weebly or Wix will be able to do the job just fine. Weebly does allow you to access HTML and CSS codes, but you certainly don’t have to touch it if you don’t want to.

    Wix do have a more attractive set of templates than Weebly, but there is also MOJO Marketplace who offer premium templates for Weebly that can be purchased separately.

    As for advertisment credits, Weebly offers $100 in Adwords credits if you upgrade to any one of their premium plans.

    Hope this helps!

    – Jeremy

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    Hey Guys!
    Thank you so much for taking the time to do this review, I found it very helpful! I am a hairstylist looking to create a website for brides, so I know absolutely nothing about design. I, of course, want to create a site where I am capture a lot of visitors, so I was leaning towards WIX since they have all the fancy templates. But after reading this review, I think I am leaning towards Weebly. Would you think that this is a best fit for what I am trying to do? I don’t need anything over the top, I just need a place to upload my work (pictures, slideshows), and talk about what I do. My concern with Weebly is if I may want to do a little more, I am not familiar with coding, and don’t think I want to hire anyone to help. So now my question is, will I be missing much by going with Weebly, and do they offer any adword credits with certain search engines? Thanks!!

  165. #

    Hello Jeremy and Connie
    I wish to build a web site with Weebly,our small archery club has one with verizon but they are getting out of the business . One is it passible to transfer our site right to weebly and also do the Weebly web sites allow you to have chat service. As you can tell I am very new to this.

    Thank you

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Tim,

      Unfortunately there isn’t a way to import an existing site into Weebly. So you will have to copy the existing content and insert your images into Weebly. The main reason is that both website building systems / platforms are very different, so Weebly won’t be able to adopt the infrastructure that was used to build your existing site.

      As for a chat function, Weebly doesn’t have this as part of their features. But what I’ve seen others do is use an external chat service, and incorporate it into a Weebly website.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

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    Thanks for this info. It was very helpful. I am starting a small business, and I have decided to
    use Weebly.

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      You’re welcome Steve! Glad we can be helpful.

      – Jeremy

  167. #

    Hi Jeremy
    I know Weebly well, it is realy a good online CMS.

    I have made a website for friends who are running a business of Guest house. And I am looking for a plugin or widget to manage availability calendar, and rooms reservation.

    Do you know such a widget ? Please advice.

    Thanks a lot for your reviews

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Youcef,

      Thanks for your comment. I’ve seen some booking widget on a Weebly site before, but I can’t recall the name of the widget nor do I know if they work well.

      Have you tried Googling for a reservation / booking engine widget?

      – Jeremy

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        Yes I have found this online serice : http://www.planyo.com
        I looks good, and I’m going to try it.

        If any one have tried it before, thanks for your feedback

        Youcef

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    hi guys,
    first of all thanks for this useful site i will try to following all your topics from now and so on

    i would like to ask you about the number of sites which allow to be created by one account
    i have checked weebly and i found it only 10 sites max which will be allow to me i can create more than that!
    so if i have a domain with them and starter or pro service can i have more or it fix with 10 only?
    also how about squarespeace ,wix and other’s how many sites are there allow to me?

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Waleed,

      Since 2013, Weebly doesn’t have a limit on how many free websites you can build with them. You can have as many websites as you want under one user account.

      However, if you want to upgrade to their Starter, Pro or Business accounts, you have to upgrade one website at a time. So for instance, you can have 20 websites within your Weebly account, but if you want to upgrade them to a premium plan, you have to upgrade each website at a time.

      For Squarespace, Wix or other website builders, you have to set up a new user account for each website. So if you have multiple websites, using Weebly will help you manage your websites a bit easier.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  169. #

    Hello,

    Is it possible this recently changed and you now have to pay if you link want to link the weebly site to a domain you already own?

    Kind regards

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Siegbert,

      In the past, you can use your own custom domain name even with the free version of Weebly. This changed about a few months ago and you now need to use at least their Starter Plan in order to connect the site to your own custom domain name. This is actually a very common practice amongst drag and drop website builders.

      – Jeremy

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    Very helpful

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    Weebly is really good. I initially tried to build my site from scratch and I spent an enormous effort just getting the bones for the site to work. Then I switched to Weebly and I was able to devote my energy to making an awesome site. Weebly took care of all the infrustructure freeing me to do what is important. Weebly is a terrific platform. It works really well and provides lots of advanced features. All are easily accessible in an intuitive way. I will never code a web site by hand again! (I know this sounds like a plug but I have nothing to do with Weebly other than being a Pro user. I am so happy with my experience that I want to share it with the world.)

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hey Michael,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences. I agree with you that Weebly makes it very easy and simple to start a website, and that you literally don’t have to touch codes. This really allows you to focus all your energy and efforts on building content, rather than worrying about backend technical stuff which can be very time consuming an draining.

      For those interested, we also discussed more about DIY website builders here.

      – Jeremy

  172. #

    Thank you for this very helpful review. I’d like to build a simple website to share my hobby with others and have been wondering whether to go with WordPress or Weebly.

    Thanks to the helpful remarks from commentators too.

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Ellen,

      If you want to build a simple website with some basic content set up (such as images, text, slideshows, videos, etc), Weebly is an excellent candidate as they are one of the most user friendly website builders I can recommend.

      WordPress is much more powerful and flexible, but the learning curve is pretty steep and can be a drain on your time and resources. If you’re interested, check out our article about WordPress versus Weebly here.

      – Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy, Does the Hostgator (on the reseller) version of weebly have the new background templates that weebly have just introduced?

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Kirk,

      I’m not entirely sure but Weebly that are hosted outside of Weebly.com (such as on Hostgator, iPage, etc) usually have their platform updated a bit later. For instance, when Weebly updated the user interface in June, it wasn’t until Nov / Dec that it was update for resellers.

      That’s why I do encourage users to use Weebly.com directly as you get updates right away, and the support you get is probably better as they are more knowledgeable than those from the resellers.

      – Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy and Connie

    Thank you so much for such a valuable web site
    As a Scotsman albeit living in NZ I’m surprised you don’t have a “Make a donation” link.
    Even as an allegedly frugal Scotsman I’d have chipped in with a few bob

    For what it’s worth to other people looking for feedback on best website building programs
    Here’s my thoughts.

    I went with Weebly after I discovered I could get a somewhat similar Home Page (large) image as to what you can achieve with Squarespace.

    Didn’t like the flicking between building the site and looking at it live on the internet as per Squarespace. Have to say that Squarespace lived up to their reputation of replying to emails within 24 hours.

    Weebly is so unbelievably user friendly,

    Another vital aspect of website building is how good are their servers? e.g. the Weebly servers.

    I have a cr***y mobile broadband connection at home and when I go to check my website on an equally cr**Y connection at work. My website loads faster than many world famous media companies and international newspapers

    And note I have a lot of large images on my website
    http://www.golf-new-zealand.com/

    Thanks again for your great website and unbiased knowledge

    Regards

    Stan

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Scott,

      Thanks for your kind words and encouragement! Just click on any of the social sharing buttons on the left hand side of the post to share our site with others – you never who else you can help!

      Also thanks for sharing your experiences with both Weebly and Squarespace. It’s always great to hear about other people’s experiences. I agree with your point regarding Squarespace – that the switching back and forth of editing and publish view, but I also really like their one hour email response time policy. That’s really great service that not a lot of companies can deliver!

      Thanks again for sharing!

      – Jeremy

  175. #

    Through my research into which type of CMS / website builder would suit my client the best, I keep bumping into articles done by you guys.

    Your articles are fantastic. I feel confident in making decisions after reading what you guys have said. I think I’ll go with Weebly after testing a large number of site since my client wants simple, simple, simple. Weebly is simple for an end-user with no website-building experience. Although the simplicity could be frustrating for a web developer, the option of customising CSS and HTML is excellent. When I see the great customisation tools from Wix, for example, I can visualize my client getting confused and frustrated immediately. KISS – Keep It Simple, Stupid is his mantra. So that’s what I’ll do.

    Also, I commend you guys on your dedication to answering or commenting on all the comment posts I have seen.

    Cheers guys.

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Satyr,

      Thanks so much for your comment! I’d agree that Weebly is one of the easiest builders to use out there, and has all the basic tools to build a good website. Their HTML / CSS access allow more advanced users to get the customizations they want which is also excellent / flexible.

      At the end of the day, they’re free to test (no time limit) so I’d encourage everybody to give them a shot, at least invest a couple of hours to see if it’s a good fit. No harm in investing a few hours to test them out if the plan is to build a long lasting website!

      Thanks again for your feedback and please share our site with others who may also find our thoughts helpful! The social sharing buttons are on the left hand side : )

      – Jeremy

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    Thanks for your guyses website! I appreciate it **EXTREMELY!** : ) really. Anyway, my question goes like this: If I want to offer people a service, let’s say I am a psychologist or a hypnotist, and I want to offer this service through my website… What on earth should I do? What would be the simple steps to take? : )

    Would it go something like: Use google ad words to find a suitable brand name, Register the domain name, get hosting, build your website on one of these website builders?

    Sorry if my question is inappropriate for this section or something, I’m just very very new to this… And it’s quite intimidating!! : )

    Let me know sort of a simple “follow the dots” formula for someone like me who’s just starting out with a service they’d like to offer the world!! : )

    Thank you!!** Any advice will be tremendously helpful!! And God bless you guys!! : )

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Lizzy,

      I would start with a domain name (that matches your brand name) – you can get a domain name from GoDaddy for a very reasonable price.

      Decide which website builder suits you the best. You can read our articles and test out a few website builders to see which one you like the most. If you are going to be building the site yourself and you don’t have much time to learn code or climb a steep learning curve, drag and drop builders like the ones we talk about on this site will help you save time and money.

      If you have a need for a more sophisticated platform, and don’t mind spending time and money to learn, then WordPress may suit you better. We have a number of “versus WordPress” articles – https://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/category/wordpress/

      After that, you can start building out your website. You should also think about ways to get traffic to your site. If you are mainly trying to drive traffic on the internet, you can either pay for traffic (Google Adwords, Facebook ads, YouTube ads, etc), or you can focus on “organic” traffic which is basically when someone finds you through a natural search on Google (or any other search engines).

      There are plenty of discussions on SEO (search engine optimization) available on the internet. But you’ll need some time to weed out a lot of lower quality articles, but there are a lot of great ones too!

      Good luck!

      – Jeremy

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        Thank you so much! I appreciate it : )

        Keep on doing what you do guys! The world needs you!! : ) Haha*

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    I love the ease of use of this website but I was wondering if it integrates with any entity management systems so that we could build out an interactive dashboard for some of our protected pages?

    Thanks a bunch,
    Laura

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Laura,

      I’m not entirely sure as we haven’t tried that before. Have you tried reaching out to Weebly’s support team to see what they think? I’d be interested in knowing as well.

      – Jeremy

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    Great website,tons of useful information. I have been using the free trials of squarespace and weebly and everything written in your reviews on each website builder are very correct. I have a question in regards to making money with google adsense on squarespace and weebly.With weebly i read you split the profits 50/50 using google adsense,whereas with squarespace ,they don’t charge you anything for google adsense,is this true?

    Also how do you get adsense on your squarespace website?

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hey John,

      Glad you found our reviews helpful!

      Yes, Weebly does require you to split your Adsense revenues with them.

      For Squarespace, you can insert Adsense and I don’t believe you have to give them a share of your earnings. You can insert the Adsense code using their “Code Block”.

      I think the difference is that Weebly actually has a built-in Adsense function / toolbar so it’s easier for you to implement the ads and to manage them.

      For Squarespace, even though they don’t make you share your revenues, they don’t provide support for your ad implementation process. So you’re sort of on your own to insert the ads.

      So there are definitely pros and cons to both – something for you to think about!

      – Jeremy

      [UPDATE DECEMBER 30 2013 – Weebly no longer requires you to split your Adsense revenues with them. So you now get to keep 100% of your Adsense revenues!]

  179. #

    Hi. Really glad I found your site when looking for Weebly reviews – lots of great info! Thanks for this.

    Do you know of anywhere on the Weebly site that lists all their features, i.e., for their free package and the Starter and Pro? I found the Starter vs. Pro comparison that you show in your review and their blurbs re features but am looking for a one-stop comparison of ALL the basic features plus the extras you get with the paid plans.

    I’ve emailed Weebly about how hard it is even to find the Starter vs. Pro comparison and their full pricing package (6 months, 1 year, 2 years) but haven’t heard back yet. SInce this is one of their key selling points, I’d expect it to be front and center for anyone to check out before deciding to go with Weebly but you can’t see any of it without registering, and then it isn’t easy to find.

    Thanks for any help you can give me!

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Susan,

      Thanks for your question and you’re right, what you get from Weebly’s Starter or Pro plans is not very clear from their pricing page. If you click to their “Support Center” (you can find this link on their website’s footer area), you’ll see what you get for Weebly Pro as the first item there.

      But to get a complete picture including detailed pricing information (including how you can sign up for $2.99 per month for a Pro package), just sign up for an account which is absolutely free. When you are in the dashboard once you login, you can see a section on the right hand side on what they include as part of their premium packages.

      There are no obligations or aggressive sales tactics to try to get you to upgrade, so signing up for a free account only requires your email address.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  180. #

    Hello,

    I am interested in building my online store with Weebly and I want to know more about how safe it is to wotk with it, considering that I will collect money trough this website. At what issues need to be especially careful when choosing a website platform for ecommerce?

    Thanks a lot,
    Alina

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Alina,

      You should consider the security of the payment processor in question, rather than the website builder. When your customers purchase products from your website, they will be paying through a payment processor that you install on your website (which won’t have anything to do with Weebly or other web builders).

      For Weebly, they allow you to connect PayPal or Google Checkout, which are both reputable and leading transaction processors available. Transactions using both processors are encrypted.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

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        Hello Jeremy, thanks for answering. I know that the security of payments depends on the security of the payment processor (however, this have not really anything to do with the platform?).

        But what about the security of all data stored behind the website (like customers database, etc)? What else should I do worry about, in terms of security, beside the security of payments?

        Once again, thanks for helping,
        Alina

        • Jeremy & Connie
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          Hi Alina,

          For Weebly, they don’t store any of your customer information when they purchase. All the customer data will be stored by the payment processor.

          If you decide to use an external shopping cart widget such as Ecwid, they will store the information as well.

          But Weebly only directs your customers to the shopping cart, and all data they enter when they purchase in the shopping cart are secured with the payment processor.

          – Jeremy

  181. #

    I am considering Weebly to host my non-profit website but I do not see any mention of email accounts. Do you know how many email accounts I am allowed to have with Weeblys free hosting?

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Brian – Weebly doesn’t come with email services, so you have to either use a free service (such as Gmail or Outlook / Hotmail), or you can subscribe to email services from Google Business App, so you can have your own custom email address. We have a few email accounts from Google Business App and they work really well. It’s a few dollars per month.

      – Jeremy

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        Do not pay a cent for Google app to host email. Instead, associate your domain with a free outlook.com account. It gives you 50 email address and you can request up to 450 more from Microsoft. You get free email, free cloud storage for documents and calendar. Go to http://domains.live.com/ to associate your domain. If you Google “http://domains.live.com/” you’ll find a bunch of pages explaining how to do this.

        • Jeremy & Connie
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          Hey Josue – wow great find! Thanks so much for advising us about this. I didn’t know Outlook now provides this service.

          I read a few blog articles about it and looks like it works very well. I know that Outlook has improved their user interface tremendously (since I also have an old school Hotmail account). The only downsides that a particular post mentioned, is that Outlook has slightly more intrusive ads, and if your account remains dormant for a year, it gets shut down. But those aren’t huge points if it’s a free service.

          Thanks for adding to this discussion!

          – Jeremy

  182. #

    Great review! Quick question: I need to aggregate my content from 4 different blogs under one personal page (maybe an RSS importer filtered by author). In addition, I just want to sell one product — a t-shirt available in different sizes. (Squarespace wants $24/month just ecommerce in general but I just have one product!)
    Are any of the major website builder sites set up for both of these requirements?
    Thanks for your help — been browsing the site for some time now!

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hey Eric,

      We haven’t tried an RSS importer before so can’t speak to how effective that might be, especially with WYSIWYG web builders.

      As for e-COmmerce, check out Jimdo. They have some pretty good e-commerce tools too and you can have product variations so you can insert different t-shirt sizes. Here’s our review – https://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/jimdo-review/

      Thanks again for your support!

      – Jeremy

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    Very nice post. I definitely love this website.
    Keep writing!

  184. #

    Hello Jeremy and Connie. I am starting up a solo proprietorship and just purchased my domain name from Hostgator. Based on your reviews, I am going to go with Weebly to create website content.

    Will I run into any limitations because I am being hosted and purchased my domain from Hostgator?

    Thank you very much!
    Debbie

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Debbie,

      Do you mean that you are using Weebly through Hostgator? Generally speaking, some advantages of using Weebly directly through Weebly.com as their platform is the most updated with the latest tools. Also, if you are using Weebly through another host, they usually restrict the number of pages you can build (I think to 5 or 6), you have to pay a monthly hosting fee, and to import any external templates, have access to editing their HTML / CSS codes (if you ever want to customize some parts of your design – or hire someone toe) or use their e-Commerce tools, you have to upgrade to their premium plans.

      We went over some discussions of this here – https://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/weebly-vs-weebly-with-bluehost/ (just pretend Bluehost is Hostgator – the concept is identical).

      So if you need a bit more handholding, Hostgator will be able to provide that through their 24/7 support. But if you tend to be able to work through things yourself, using Weebly directly will be less expensive, with updated tools.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy and Connie,

    So glad to have found your site! I want to have a site that gives info on health and beauty subjects. It will have a great deal of different subjects so I need a site that allows me to have categories and sub-categories (I guess that means lots of ‘pages’?) along with links to content and videos from other sites. At the beginning I don’t plan on personally selling anything from this site but will want to include links where people can purchase the things I talk about. What builder do you suggest? I am a complete newbie to site building but am not adverse to spending some time learning.

    This all leads to the question of what’s the best way for people make money from information websites? I know there are things like affiliate programs and Google Adsense. Researching that question brings up so much info that it’s overwhelming to determine what to start out with.

    Thanks much,
    Na

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Na,

      Weebly is definitely the easiest builder to use, based on our own experiences. If you are just building content and need to build a lot of pages, Weebly can cater to that. But if you want a very sophisticated system, you’ll probably need to use a much more flexible (yet complicated) content management system (CMS) such as WordPress.

      There are plenty of ways to make money with websites, and using affiliate links, Google Adsense, or even creating your own products are all viable options. It’s a huge topic with plenty of knowledge out there in the internet so I won’t dive into it!

      – Jeremy

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    Good information. I normally use weebly, but it sounds like I need to try out Wix. Thanks for posting.

  187. #

    Hi,
    Im looking to set up a small website to sell my hand painted furniture and art…
    I have a moonfruit site already but it only lets you list 10 products on the free account and at the moment I cant afford to start paying.
    Do weebly and Wix also have product restrictions on the free accounts??
    (I know jimdo has a limit of 5!!!)

    thanks

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Lauren,

      I believe that Weebly does not have any restrictions.

      For Wix, I think you need to upgrade to their “eCommerce” package before you can use their shopping cart. You can see that on their paid plans page on their website.

      Hope this helps.

      – Jeremy

  188. Jeremy & Connie
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    Hi Mark – currently what you want to achieve can’t be done with standard Weebly elements. You’ll have to use some sort of external widget to get that effect.

    It might be worth having a look through MOJO Marketplace for the relevant widget as they offer a wide-range of premium Weebly templates and add-ons.

    Hope this helps!

    – Jeremy

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      Thanks! I’m on my way.

  189. #

    Hi. Your reivews are VERY helpful. I’m up against a problem and would like to ask one question about Weebly.

    On our website, we will have images with text that is a part of the image. I want to insert invisible ‘click boxes’ over some of the text that when clicked on will take people to that page of the site.

    Is this even possible in Weebly? If not, what builder would you recommend that is as easy to use as possible?

    Thanks very much!

  190. #

    Hi

    Thank you for the review. This is very useful for someone who is not experienced in building a website and starting a new SMB like myself. You have helped me make my decision of using Weebly and ensuring me it will meed my needs.

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      No problem Jessie – glad that you found our experiences helpful : )

  191. #

    Hi, thanks for that thorough review. I think you have me convinced. Just wasted far too much time trying to make Wix work for me. My brother “Odd Job Army” was right when he recommended Weebly, it seems, even though the 123Reg domain registration place he also suggested has proven to be fraudulent, so there you go. Best regards, Paul Hodgson

  192. #

    Hi just reading your reviews of Wix v Weebly. I have been with Wix for several years but am now , the looking for a new company because there are just too many pitfalls with Wix. Yes the site has all the bells and whistles but at the end of the day when you constantly lose days where you should be concentrating on your business and not trying to resolve issues that clearly can not be resolved by you, then it is of no use.

    Their customer service is appalling, basically shrug their shoulders at you and it must be a problem at your end. I went onto their Facebook page because I was getting nowhere on the forums or with the so called support and asked what the problem was and why couldn’t I load my editor and got “I don’t know!!!”. I was already angry enough at having lost several days not being able to update my site, that just capped it for me. I did a little research and found that this has been a problem for others for weeks. The SEO for your site is not good, the mobile site does not reflect your site, if it shows up at all and your website is not compatible to all social media, I wish I had steered well clear of them. So here I am as I have no doubt several others are this afternoon wasting yet more time looking for another option.

    So no if I had known what I know now I would never have gone with Wix.

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Catherine,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences. I’m sorry to hear about it. Our experience with Wix was pretty pleasant, but that was just our own experience. Maybe we were lucky enough to get a support person who valued service?

      In any case, it’s good to hear a balanced case for Wix – so thanks for sharing. Good luck for your next website builder! Do share your experiences with us again!

      – Jeremy

  193. #

    Hello,

    I’ve decided to try out weebly to create a website. I wanted to upload onto my new site, a PDF that I created so that visitors could download and print the file.

    The file is just under 57,000 KB and it’s telling me I’m limited (in free version) to 10 MB. I tried loading it as a document. Is there some other way I can (or should) try to upload? I’m thinking that if a video can be embedded than surely a PDF can fit.

    There must be some way that visitors can access and print a PDF regardless of size and without having to upgrade?

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Janet,

      You can try to ask Weebly’s support team to see if there are any alternatives, but as far as I am aware of, you’ll need to upgrade to either their Starter or Pro plans to upload either 250 MB (Pro) or 100 MB (Starter) files. Although storage space doesn’t cost as much as before, it still costs money for Weebly to provide services and support their users.

      – Jeremy

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    This information is very helpful, I’m looking for a website that is easy to build, and this seems to be a good choice. However, I do need a shopping cart on it that’s also easy to use. Is there something you can recommend that’s as easy to build as Weebly, but maybe has a better shopping cart system built in? Thanks.

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Lorraine,

      We don’t have any reviews of shopping cart plugins, but if you just Google “Weebly Shopping Carts” you’ll find a few that works (compatible with Weebly). I haven’t used them before, but I’ve seen some of them in action and they appear to provide a lot more e-commerce functions than what Weebly offer at the moment. The drawback is that the shopping cart is a 3rd party plugin and so not fully integrated with Weebly.

      Alternatively, check out Squarespace as they have a pretty comprehensive set of e-commerce tools that are fully integrated with the website builder. Squarespace also offers you a drag and drop builder. Here’s our review on their e-commerce tools – https://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/squarespace-e-commerce-business-review/

      Good luck!

      – Jeremy

  195. #

    how do I now how many people went to my website

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Ana – you can either:

      1) Use Weebly’s stats which is part of the tools available for you when you sign up with Weebly

      2) Use Google Analytics, which is relatively easy to set up – just set up an account with Google and copy and paste a short snippet of code into Weebly Editor.

      Weebly provides all these instructions in their Support Center.

      – Jeremy

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    Hello, just stumbled on your very informative website.

    On a budget, and would like to build my own website (I have used blogger & WordPress).
    This is a website mainly photos with links, where registered users can submit their photo w/links.
    Just like: http://www.tastespotting.com – this is a food submission site.

    Which one do you think I should try – Weebly vs. WordPress?

    Thank you!

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Fides – if you want the function where people can register and submit photos, then Weebly probably won’t have the right tools for you. Weebly is great for setting up basic websites, but if you want more functionality, you’ll have to look for external widgets.

      The downside of WordPress, is although it is a much more flexible and powerful platform for building websites, the learning curve is much higher. Also, if you want the WordPress website to look a certain way, you’ll have to know how to modify codes to adjust the design. With Weebly, you can drag and drop elements to re-arrange content very quickly and you can do it yourself.

      So both WordPress and Weebly have their own pros and cons. It all depends on how much time and resources you want to commit to the website. We have an article comparing WordPress and Weebly here – https://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/weebly-vs-wordpress-whats-the-difference/

      – Jeremy

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    I switched to Weebly Pro…from a WP Blog….I’m thrilled with the ease of use and then there is the learning curve when you want to add a widget like rafflecopter…not sure how to proceed…but I’m much happier with WeeblyPro than WP…I’m a busy, small business owner….I don’t have the time or resources for an IT department….Thank for your thorough review~

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    Is there a charge for a search engine or can people get to site throught the site address registered with weebly?
    This site looks great. I have a web site but am thinkong about changing due to cost and non corresponing sales

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Della,

      If you are referring to Weebly’s free subdomain address (such as della.weebly.com), most people prefer to get their own domain address (through GoDaddy, for example) so they can brand their own website accordingly.

      I’m not entirely sure if using your own domain name or Weebly’s subdomain will have any search engine results impact, but we’ve seen Weebly websites using Weebly’s subdomain name (so they didn’t have their own domain address) rank very well for specific keywords – so it’s possible to do well in search engines. It all comes down to creating really good content, and promoting these content to other people / websites.

      – Jeremy

  199. #

    Your website has really helped me narrow down my choices as to which web builder I will choose. Thank you for all your effort and hard work. You website is so informative.

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hey Sam – glad you found our reviews helpful. Thanks!

      – Jeremy

  200. Jeremy & Connie
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    Hi Farina – I don’t think Weebly has a registration function. However, they do have a Forum element that you can try to see if you like it. There are also membership login functions that are compatible with Weebly. The one that I know of is Sentry Login, which might be worth checking out.

    Hope this helps!

    – Jeremy

  201. #

    I have built Recruitment website through weebly . Like other recruitment sites i want that candidates /employers should be able to get themself register . how can i do it ?

  202. Jeremy & Connie
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    Hi Jermy – There are a number of guides out there on how to achieve this, but your best bet would be to visit YouTube!

    Good luck!

    – Jeremy

  203. #

    Can you tell me how I can embed externel commenting systems like Discuss, on weebly?

  204. Jeremy & Connie
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    Hi Paul,

    Here are my thoughts:

    1) I believe you can upload as many HD videos as you want, as long as you are a Weebly Pro subscriber and that each video is under 1 GB in size.

    2) Currently there is no membership gateway for Weebly. You can either:

    i) Check out Sentry Login which is compatible with Weebly

    ii) Check out Webs.com (our review here – https://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/webs-com-review-membership-website-builders/) as they have a membership function built in.

    Hope this helps!

    – Jeremy

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      Hi Jeremy,

      Thanks for the advice, I really appreciate it.

      Sorry to be a pain but I have a couple more queries:

      1) I plan on having lots of short HD clips will this slow down the running of the site? Will it also effect the building of the site? I know it takes time to upload videos but once uploaded will that still slow down how everything else runs while building?

      2) Sentrylogin looks perfect for what I’m making. Will this prevent members from downloading my videos? Or does Weebly prevent this? Obviously i don’t want paid members taking the content.

      I’m sure I’ll probably think of more questions to ask you in the future. Once again I really appreciate any help you can give me.

      Thanks

      Paul

      • Jeremy & Connie
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        Paul

        1) I’m not entirely sure about this but just be aware that Weebly is a shared host so it won’t be as fast as a dedicated host (which is very expensive on a monthly basis). I “suspect” it won’t affect your site that much as long as your HD videos are not all loading and playing at the same time.

        2) I think you should contact Sentry Login directly as they will be able to give you an accurate answer there : )

        Thanks!

        – Jeremy

  205. #

    Fantastic review and very helpful thanks.

    I’m looking to build a website for my business and i’ve been quoted extremely high prices from freelance designers and website designing agencies so would love to be able to try and put something together myself.

    Weebly sounds great but i just wondered a couple of things:

    1) is there a limit on how many HD videos you can have on your site?

    2) is there a way to make the website protected so only paid members can view the content?

    Would really appreciate any information you have regarding these two queries.

    Thanks

    Paul

  206. #

    I truly appreciate the reviews that you have written recently, especially in regards to WIX vs. Weebly, as I am new to website building. I used to work as a graphic designer through a large format printing company, and have been a freelance graphic artist for some time now, but coding, website maintenance, etc, are all new to me.

    I have a quick question… forgive my confusion, but I have been put in charge of developing a website for a new company that I currently work for. I’ve been informed that we have already purchased a domain name and a server, but are still lacking a physical site. As a designer, I’ve been set as the point person for this project. After reading Weebly’s review, I gather that I would lean more towards using them versus WIX, as I can back-up and move the site at any time.

    My question is this: If I build a website for free on Weebly, am I able to then export it and easily transfer it to our already purchased domain, or can I use said domain in conjunction with Weebly without having to export/move what I create within their system. I suppose I’m a bit confused on how the server, domain name, website builder, etc. all link up. I hate to bother you with such questions, but after reading your articles, it’s clear that you would be someone who may be able to help determine my next step.

    Thanks so much!
    /Steve

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Steve,

      Yes, Weebly does allow you to export your Weebly website so you can use it to either create a backup copy on a regular basis (just to be safe), or export and import it into another host. However, as mentioned in our Wix vs Weebly article (https://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/wix-vs-weebly-which-website-builder-is-better/), once your website is outside of Weebly’s operating / hosting environment, you will no longer be able to use Weebly tools to make edits. You will need to be able to edit the codes in order to make modifications. One workaround is to make your changes in Weebly, export again,and import again into your own host.

      For your latter question, about how server, domain name and website builder link up, they are 3 different things.

      Weebly is the website builder that provides you with the tools to build a website. At the same time, they also provide hosting for you (the server). Domain name is your URL (e.g. www. yourdomain. com). When you purchase a domain name, you own it.

      So when you set up a website with Weebly, you can follow their instructions on how to point your domain name to Weebly (see this – http://help.weebly.com/domains–email.html)

      The same as when you export the Weebly website and import it into another host, you can just follow instructions provided by that host to point your domain name away from Weebly, and to your new host.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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        Thank you so much for all of your help, Jeremy!

        I did not expect this task to feel so daunting, especially coming from a background in graphic design, but there was (and still is) a lot of vocabulary that I was not familiar with, and it was hard to find a real person, with actual “on-the-job” learning experience who was able/willing to help. I truly appreciate your reply, and after reading your “About Us” section, want to congratulate you two on your accomplishments.

        I’ll be sure to refer anyone who may be interested in site building to your page. May you two continue to enjoy a successful and prosperous future.

        Thanks again for all of your help!
        /Steve

        • Jeremy & Connie
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          It’s our pleasure Steve. It could be a bit daunting at the beginning, but keep at it and things will start to make sense. To be honest we didn’t have a website building background but just through pure trial & error and committing hundreds of hours into testing different website builders for our various projects, we started building up our expertise.

          All the best to your journey!

          Jeremy

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    Great reviews! I just tried Wix, and didn’t realize you couldn’t export it. That said, the website was super easy to create, and looks beautiful. The only thing is there aren’t a lot of calendar and event builder options other than google calendar and one simple Wix event page. I’m going to try Weebly as well and see which one is better.

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Yes, Wix is pretty easy to use once you give it a good try. But its lack of ability to export your website is indeed a drawback…. but most website builders share the same issue.

      I believe it has to do with the fact that because Wix doesn’t have any “structure” in that you can literally drag and drop any elements into pretty much anywhere in its website, this makes exporting not very realistic as other external hosts may have issues adapting.

      Further, there are a lot of Wix functions that simply won’t “survive” outside of its own environment.

      Having said that, it is still a very solid website builder. But as I mentioned in my reviews, make sure you give several website builders a good try before committing, which sounds like exactly what you’re doing! : )

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        hey i made my site from weebly and bought a domain for it. this morning i tried to edit the site but now the changes do not appear even when i changed the settings and put the domain i bought on that site i need your help please

        • Jeremy & Connie
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          Hi Joseph – if you need any technical support for Weebly, you can reach out to their support team at support@weebly.com, or leave a message on their Facebook page which they do respond to fairly quickly.

          Hope that helps – Jeremy

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          in your dashboard go to domain tab. change the destination..
          choose:

          —Assign to one of my Weebly sites—-

          go to your assigned website and republish it.

          • Jeremy & Connie
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            Thanks for contributing Micah : )

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              Thanks

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