What is Weebly?
Weebly is an amazing SiteBuilder that let you create amazing websites even without having to write a single line of code. It lets you create portfolio websites or any without much of a hassle with its drag and drop functionality. But still, if you know to code and want to squeeze some more out of Weebly, it also lets you make use of HTML or CSS in the built-in code editor to take the customization to the next level.
Is Weebly the right SiteBuilder for you?
Continue reading if you want to know the answer for the above question. Weebly has garnered appreciation from many small business owners and entrepreneurs for the features that it offers, for the value it provides for the bucks that they shell out. It means Weebly is ideal for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and small online stores. So if you’re looking for a feature-rich SiteBuilder that is worth the money that you spend, Weebly is the one you are looking for.
Ease of use and functionality:
As mentioned earlier, Weebly gives you the drag and drop functionality to build your website. It’s as easy as dragging a file from one folder to another. All you have to do is select an item, drag it and place it where you want it to appear. And then you can play around by moving it and resizing or by removing it. It’s as simple as that.
If you are concerned about building a complex website with loads of features and functionalities, there are many more advanced and sophisticated SiteBuilders that you can take a look at. But Weebly is aimed at catering to the needs of customers of all level. So you can’t expect such a level of sophistication in Weebly. It is simple to use and can deal with all the basic things of building a wonderful website.
Is Weebly Paid or Free?
The same strategy goes with Weebly as it is with most of the SiteBuilders. You have a free version and to use Weebly in all its glory, you have to buy a subscription. And going with paid version doesn’t set you back because of the features that it provides if you’re a paid user.
Now shifting the focus to the free version, as the saying goes, ‘Free is not always the best’, Weebly free version would be recommended if you’re experimenting with your website or if you’re creating a personal website that is not very important. Because Weebly free version comes with Weebly ads and they can be annoying. And you get only 500MB of storage with weebly.com subdomain. But you get SSL Security with this version too. And major drawback is that you can’t use this for eCommerce purpose. You cannot add any products to your site if you don’t buy a premium plan. But this free version gets Search Engine Optimization (SEO). You also can avail support and assistance from Weebly Community forum and emails. You can get personal support through live chat.
But if you choose to go premium, you can select one among the Pro and the Business plans.
The Pro plan is priced at $12/mo. when paid annually. And you get a free domain worth $20, and also get Google Ads support with $100 credit. This plan is well suited if you’re creating a website for any Groups or organizations. There no longer will be any Weebly ads and you get unlimited storage. And you also are free from weebly.com sub-domain and you can connect your own domain name.
As it is given with the free version, you get the SSL security and advanced site stats can also be viewed to keep track of the website information. Password protection is also available so that you can some pages invisible to other users and can only be accessed with a password. This enables you to give Premium membership option so that the members with a premium membership are only allowed to access specific content. Through any third party app, you can charge from the members upgrading to premium membership of your website to access any exclusive content. You can display videos and audios in high definition. And it supports only up to 100 members that can subscribe to your website.
Then there comes the Business plan that is well suited for any small businesses or online stores. And when we talk about the online store, there must be an option for membership where customers will have to log in to your website. And this plan allows unlimited members to log in to your website. And in this package, you are free from 3% of Weebly transaction that has to be paid if you go for the Pro plan. And here you can add unlimited products as opposed to that of the Pro plan where you can add only 25 products. Check-out is done on Weebly.com if you choose Pro plan, but in case of the Business plan, the check-out process can be done in your own domain. You can also sell digital goods like Zip files, Music, and eBooks. And you can track your inventory easily with inventory management. You get support for Shipping and Tax calculator, Coupons etc. You can also add customized form for collecting leads on your website.
The good thing about going with the paid version is that you get phone support in case if you need it.
What else is offered?
Weebly keeps updating its theme-store. There are plenty of themes that you can choose and customize according to your need. The theme center is very simple and easy to use. You can also browse themes based on the type of your website. You can make further modifications to the theme if you have some coding knowledge since Weebly lets you access your sites code.
You are free from paying for hosting. Even if you use the free version for your existing domain, the hosting needs are taken care by Weebly for free.
Weebly has an app center with plenty of apps that you can add to your setting if you’re willing to make your website more sophisticated. Apps are added to your website just with the click of the Add button.
Weebly guides very well in terms of SEO by giving very helpful tips and tricks regarding everything from coding optimization to keywords. Weebly has fields for all important basic SEO functions, such as meta titles and descriptions, customizing URLs, and adding alt text to images. You can also install apps from the App center that can help you boos up SEO ranking.
The websites created in Weebly are very responsive and mobile friendly. Supporting this are the themes in the theme center which are very mobile friendly and you can make your website very pleasant to use for mobile users.