Ever wondered why it is hard to find a great Weebly design?
Without a doubt, Weebly is arguably the best website builder in the market for amateurs (click here to see our opinion on Weebly).
Drag-and-drop, super friendly user interface, you can get your website up and running in a matter of hours. Weebly is pretty darn easy to use, right?
But after you’re done populating it with content and have a moment to reflect on your accomplishment, did you ever feel that the standard Weebly design is lacking… flair?
SO WHAT’S MISSING?
If you are feeling that way, it is not an uncommon situation.
The standard design offered by Weebly is not exactly attention grabbing. Simply put, they are not going to win any website design competitions anytime soon.
But that’s perfectly understandable, as Weebly is a website builder, which is their core competency, in which they have executed their strategy extremely well and delivered an awesome platform for everybody.
Having said that, there is no debate that website design is a significant part of your visitors’ overall experience.
Everybody likes pretty things – it makes life a bit better and makes surfing the internet a more enjoyable process.
CUSTOM WEEBLY DESIGN – GOOD IDEA?
If you are lacking design skills, where can you turn to find affordable, beautiful Weebly designs?
Most of the people cannot afford to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for designers for custom designs.
A tricky part about custom designs is that once you have advanced far enough with the custom website designer, you run the risk of them holding you “hostage”, demanding more money to make more customizations.
That would not be a very pleasant experience as you have gone the distance in your website design already, and it would be very difficult to not have the designer complete the project. I’m not saying that this happens very often, but it does happen.
PRE-MADE WEEBLY DESIGNS
An alternative solution is to try pre-made Weebly templates. They may not be customized, but they are affordable and professional looking pre-made templates available for Weebly users.
An added benefit is that you don’t have to wait for the designer to complete the design as the pre-made templates could be uploaded into your Weebly website in just a matter of minutes (Weebly has an upload template function that caters to this).
So you have the privilege of browsing through which templates you want, purchasing them, and having a beautiful and appealing website in a very short time.
No headaches of engaging with a designer (see our full discussion of why you do NOT need a designer), no risk of threatening to not complete your project, and it won’t break your bank.
This is definitely something worth considering as there is tremendous value considering the money you could save and the headaches you could avoid.
DESIGN TEMPLATES FROM OTHER WEBSITE BUILDERS
One other option that you shouldn’t ignore, is to find another website builder that has better template designs. Here are a couple that you should consider:
Wix gives you over 500 different designs, from a very broad range of different industries. So you can most likely find one that’s suitable for your needs.
Squarespace is well known for offering you beautiful, mobile responsive templates that can make your website look like you’ve spent thousands of dollars in creating. They don’t have a lot of templates available, but they’re gorgeous so make sure you take a look.
Keep in mind that you should balance your need of finding the right template for you, and how you enjoy using the actual website builder. So each website builder (Weebly, Wix or Squarespace) will give you different user and support experiences. But it’s well worth spending a few hours testing each website builder.
Wix, just like Weebly, is free to use with options to upgrade. Squarespace doesn’t have a free plan, but you can test drive their builder for 14 days without any commitments.
Other Helpful Reading:
Wix Review – See our discussion on this website builder
Wix vs Weebly – See how each of these website builders compare to each other
Squarespace Review – See our discussion on this website builder
Website Builder Comparison Chart – See how web builders compare with each other
3 Simple Criteria to Picking Your Perfect Template – understand how to pick a design
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