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Pros
  • Good-looking templates
  • Deep customization of templates and content
  • Good range of apps and tools

Cons
  • No mobile editing
  • Basic plan doesn’t remove Weebly branding
  • Proper ecommerce restricted to most expensive plan

A great choice for almost anyone in need of a website

Creating your own Website? It’s easy with Weebly.

Weebly is a great website builder to choose. While it can’t quite match Wix, Weebly runs it very close.

It’s incredibly simple to start building a Weebly website and, once you’ve chosen your domain and template style, it remains easy to customize things to your liking.

It uses a grid-based design system, like a lot of website builders, which you can use to drag-and-drop different elements and tools onto your website. These include everything from text boxes, to videos to contact forms and loads more. If you can’t find what you’re after from Weebly’s default selection of tools, it boasts an extensive app store which includes a third-party apps, as well.

What is Weebly?

If you’re after deep customization of your website, Weebly is the website builder for you. For example, you can quickly swap back-and-forth between templates while keeping your website content the same. All of the individual elements can be modified extensively.

In fact, it’s perhaps better to think of Weebly’s templates as “suggestions” on website style, rather than prescriptive guides. You can even, if you want to, remove all the content from your template and start fresh.

Weebly also allows users access to the code at the heart of its templates. So, if you’re confident with CSS or handy with HTML, you can edit the design and functionality of your site in much greater depth.

Getting started with Weebly Website Builder

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Starting off with Weebly is very straightforward. After you’ve finished signing up, which can be done with a Google or Facebook login, or simply an email address, you’re asked which sort of website you’d like to create and what you plan to do with it.

Then, you can pick a website name and a template. There are a range of templates to choose from, but they will initially be filtered based on the information you provided during the initial setup. This can be changed afterwards, but it does frustrate slightly that you can’t see the all the templates from the get-go. After you’ve picked your template, you can get cracking on the editing and make the website truly yours.

One thing worth remembering is that your domain name will have “.weebly.com” bolted onto the end, until you sign up for a paid package. You can also connect any domains you already own to Weebly but, again, this is a paid-for feature.

Weebly: The Good

There are lots of things to like about Weebly, whether you’ve been building websites for years, or you’re completely new to web design.

Perfect Preview: What You See Is What You Get

The way your website looks in the editor, is the way that it will look to visitors once you’ve published your site. This means that you don’t have to fret about constantly previewing your site while editing – you’ll be able to see instantly whether your changes look good or not.

This also makes your customization experience much more satisfying. Being able to see everything on-screen as soon as it happens means that fine-tuning even small elements from text colour to adding in a divider doesn’t feel like a time-sink.

The Weebly editing interface is based around a drag-and-drop grid system, making editing even easier and faster. Lining up different elements, such as a header photo and a booking form, is straightforward and it makes replicating one style across a variety of pages easy.

Flexible Weebly Templates

Choosing a template is often one of the biggest choices you have to make when building your website. Fortunately, with Weebly, you’re not beholden to this template forever.

It’s easy to swap between different templates even after you’ve first published your website. All your content and images will be automatically moved over and you’ll be able to keep all of your tools and apps. This is great, for example, if you’re running a business and need to scale your operation as demand increases. Some website builders, such as Wix, will not let you change your template once you’ve picked one.

The templates themselves are genuinely attractive. A lot of them follow the almost prototypical website builder style of “large lead image followed by airy white space below”, but that doesn’t mean they don’t look nice.

App Variety and IntegrationWeebly apps

With a Weebly website, you’ll have access to over 300 apps and widgets via the website’s app store. The apps are all neatly and intuitively arranged in the store. This makes it easy to find exactly what you’re after, whether that’s an international shipping app or a booking form.

The store even has its own reviewing system. Users can leave their thoughts and opinions on the apps and widgets, so you don’t end up picking a dud. Some of the apps are paid-for only, but a good number of them are free to start using straightaway.

It’s as easy to install and integrate the apps onto your site as it is to find them in the app store. Most can be activated within a few clicks. For example, we were able to set up a Facebook Messenger-based live chat in less than a minute.

Weebly: The Not-So-Good

Of course, Weebly isn’t perfect. Although none of our concerns are deal-breakers, they’re worth bearing in mind when picking the right website builder for you.

Choice of Templates

While the templates are helpful and good looking, there aren’t as many to choose from as we’d like. This is a shame, because it could hinder the speed with which some people are able to get online, particularly if you want to do as little editing as possible.

You can import custom templates, but these often cost extra and, frankly, you shouldn’t have to pay more for a decent website template.

No Mobile Editing

With Weebly, there’s no way to edit how your site looks on mobile devices. The templates Weebly provides do scale and adapt to mobile devices, but this doesn’t mean that the design decisions you take for your desktop site will carry over onto your mobile site.

If, for example, you have a list of products on your desktop site, which arrange into a 3×3 grid, they might appear on your mobile site in one long list – not ideal for anyone trying to browse your products.

Expensive ecommerce

If you want to make your Weebly website into an online shop, you need to be prepared to pay for it.

In fact, if you want any ecommerce functionality at all, you’ll need to pay for the ‘Starter’ Plan. This will only let you list 10 products, and Weebly will take a 3% cut of any transactions made on the site. Adding a personalised checkout page for your site isn’t available unless you opt for the most expensive “Business” package.

We’ll go into more depth on the Weebly pricing structure below, but it certainly makes it difficult to start a small online business and scale it.

Weebly Pricing

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While the free version is enough to get the job done (in that you can technically publish a website), you’re very limited in terms of features. So, if you’re taking this seriously, you’ll need a paid version.

The pricing plans are on a steep scale – the Starter package, which costs $8, offers you little more than the free version (some better site analytics and that very limited ecommerce package).

If you’re set on using Weebly to sell stuff, you’ll need the Business package which costs $25. If you don’t plan on selling any products, the Pro package is your best bet and it’ll cost you $12. If your shop becomes really successful, you can even opt for the Performance package which costs $38 which gives you gift cards, real-time shipping rates and abandoned cart emails.

Weebly: The Verdict

Weebly is a very good website builder – it might be right for you, but it won’t be for everyone. The interface is smart and easy to understand, the templates are attractive and professional and the editing tools are simple to use. In essence, Weebly is the consummate website builder. It’s only let down compared to Wix when it comes to its pricing structure and relative lack of templates.

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