Weebly Review Highlights
Easiest drag-and-drop website builder to use. Makes creating a site quick and enjoyable, even if you’re a complete beginner.
Mobile-responsive themes you can customize easily – then fine-tune using HTML and CSS.
Pre-designed layouts to help get you started, including ready-made landing pages, site maps and portfolios.
40 million websites
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 the easiest website builder I’ve ever used – by far. It’s very user-friendly and intuitive, and 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.
Weebly’s ease of use, 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.
Weebly review contents
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- Weebly review in brief – what are the top 3 pros and cons?
- Is Weebly ideal for you?
- Is Weebly easy to use?
- Weebly templates review – how good are Weebly’s themes?
- What about Weebly’s pre-designed layouts?
- How good is Weebly’s help and support?
- Can you add Weebly Apps to your site?
- Do Weebly sites have membership options?
- Weebly mobile review – will your site look great on phones and tablets?
- Weebly SEO review – what search engine optimization tools does Weebly offer?
- Weebly hosting review – what hosting and export options does Weebly offer?
- Weebly pricing review – is a Weebly premium plan worth the investment?
- Weebly review summary – is Weebly the right website builder for you?
WEEBLY REVIEW VIDEO
1WHAT ARE WEEBLY’S TOP 3 PROS AND CONS?
|TOP 3 WEEBLY PROS|
|#1||Easiest website builder to use.
Weebly offers all the basic tools you need to build a functional website, with no bells and whistles to confuse you. You can build a great site in hours, even if you’ve never done it before.
|#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||Pre-designed page layouts.
Weebly has more than 40 pre-designed page layouts to help get you started. There are layouts for all sorts of page types including contact pages, portfolios, landing pages, and site maps.
|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.
|#2||Needs more innovative features.
In the past, Weebly has tended to roll out new features no more than a couple of times a year. That rate has increased in recent months, but its innovations still focus on improving user-friendliness rather than pushing the boundaries of cutting-edge tech.
It’s certainly no tech trailblazer like Wix.
|#3||Blogging features need improving.
Weebly’s blogging tools have also improved, but there’s still a way to go.
You get all the basics, such as social sharing buttons, drag-and-drop content, and scheduled publishing. But you can’t highlight your latest and most popular posts – and we think these are basic features every blog should have.
2IS WEEBLY IDEAL FOR YOU?“Weebly is really easy to use, making it a great choice for personal sites, online portfolios and small online stores.”
Weebly is a great choice of website builder if you’ve never created a site before. Whether you want to build a personal website, online photo gallery, event site or even a basic online store, Weebly will get you up and running faster than its rivals.
There are more sophisticated website builders out there, but Weebly is catching up by introducing advanced features and updated designs.
That said, when Weebly introduces new features they tend to be aimed at making the user interface even more intuitive and user-friendly. It doesn’t innovate for the sake of innovating.
Everything it does is intended to help users of all skill levels build good-looking and functional websites, quickly and painlessly.
Weebly is the easiest website builder on the market, and it’s designed with non-technical users in mind.
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.
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.
Weebly is one of the most intuitive and easy-to-use website builders we’ve tested. Even its newest features are carefully designed and chosen to stay true to Weebly’s core purpose: making website building as easy as possible.
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.
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!
5WHAT ABOUT WEEBLY’S PRE-DESIGNED PAGE LAYOUTS?“Not everybody instinctively knows how to make a page look beautiful. Weebly gives you a head start with more than 40 pre-built layouts to choose from.”
Weebly has put together dozens of page layout designs to get you started.
You can’t browse layouts until you’ve created an account and started building a site, but you can check out this page of the Weebly Help Center to get an idea of how the layouts work.
When you add a new page to your Weebly website, the page is initially blank – ready for you to drag and drop content into it. But what if you don’t know how to arrange the content to create a layout that looks good?
This is where their page layouts come in really handy.
Choose from a selection of preset layouts for homepage designs, About Us pages, Services Offered pages, Contact pages, portfolio pages and even restaurant menu layouts.
Once you pick a layout suitable for your new page, you’ll see some pre-filled content. To swap it for your own words, photos and so on, just click the content.
You can also drag the content around to further modify the layout.
We’re big fans of this feature. It’s hard to know where to start when you’re staring at a blank page. By starting with a layout, you can feel confident that your pages will look good.
6HOW GOOD IS WEEBLY’S HELP AND SUPPORT?“Weebly’s editor is quite easy to use, 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
Judging by our experience and users’ feedback, Weebly’s support team is responsive and helpful.
The support team has been 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.
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 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.
There are videos in the Help Center, but if you want to learn a few more advanced tips and tricks, you’ll find the best videos in Weebly’s superb YouTube channel.
Weebly Community Forum
For years we bemoaned the fact that Weebly didn’t have a community forum, while its rival Wix did – and now those roles are reversed. Wix’s forum is no more, but the Weebly Community is 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.
7CAN 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.
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.
8DO 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).
Under the Pro plan, you can accept up to 100 members, but you’ll have to add or invite them manually – they can’t simply click a button on your site to become members.
But once you upgrade to Weebly’s Business plan, members can sign up with one click of a registration button, so it’s much easier for them. What’s more, under this plan you can have unlimited members.
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.
Natively, 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.
9WEEBLY 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 hundreds of 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.
10WEEBLY SEO REVIEW – HOW WILL YOUR WEEBLY SITE RANK ON GOOGLE?“Weebly covers all the basic SEO settings – right on par with other website builders.”
We’ve seen arguments that website builders perform very poorly in search engine rankings.
However we’ve also seen many Weebly websites rank very well in Google, achieving first-page positions you’d expect better-established websites to get – and we’ve built Weebly websites that have ranked high in search results.
So don’t let others discourage you. Just because they can’t do it, doesn’t mean you can’t! SEO (search engine optimization) is about planning, technique, and persistence, but that’s beyond the scope of this review.
Weebly allows you to insert all the basic SEO functions, such as descriptions, titles, keywords for each web page, and it also lets you create customized webpage addresses for each of your pages.
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 also provides a website statistics dashboard that tracks page views and unique visitors from the past 30 days.
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.
11WEEBLY 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 all your websites 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.
12WEEBLY 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 $38 per month respectively, if you pay annually under the one-year plan.
Here’s what you get under each plan:
As mentioned, those are the prices you pay if you sign up for a full year. If you’d rather pay month by month, the price goes up slightly. Weebly also offers six-month and two-year options as well.
You could save anywhere between 11% to 44%, depending on which plan you subscribe to and the length of your subscription. The longer you commit, the steeper the discount:
|Weebly Pricing Plans||1 Month ($/month)||1-Year ($/month)||Savings (%)||2-Years ($/month)||Savings (%)|
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.
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.