Weebly Review Summary
Website builders have come a long way since the days of Geocities. Today, they are stable, feature packed, and are a real option for non-techies. Among the most popular is Weebly, on which newbies can start off on free plans. The range of options then stretches all the way to being able to handle eCommerce sites with ease, covering the entire spectrum of uses in between.https://www.weebly.com/
- Free domain name (except on free plan)
- Free customizable responsive templates
- Easy to use drag-and-drop site editor
- App Center useful for quickly adding features
- Integrated site statistics tracking
- Mobile editor let’s you work on the go
- Multi-user support
- SEO tools included
- Drag-and-drop blog option
- Ability to add own HTML code
- Can handle marketing newsletters
- Cheapest plan still has Weebly ads
- Drag-and-drop customization slightly limited
- Almost no developer tools
Editor's Review & Recommendation
Where I have noticed other website builders today begin to increase flexibility in element placement for web design, Weebly seems to have stuck to a grid-based placement system. This is both good and bad in some ways. It means that new users will have a harder time making mistakes but will find fine-tuning a site frustrating at times.
Still, in its intended role as a rapid site development tool there is no doubt that Weebly is on the right track. There are many features you can add to your site with the basic Weebly builder and anything that’s not there should be able to be found in the App Center. That’s where you can get either Weebly-developed or third-party developed add-ons for your site.
At the end of the day, this builder is suitable for a range of users stretching from newbie all the way to business owners who want a digital presence without the need to outsource the job.
For Newbies and Individual Bloggers
Newbies should get along with a bang on Weebly and I feel that the system is intuitive enough for anyone to slap together a basic site very quickly. Customizations can come after the fact. Yet for bloggers, even with the drag-and-drop blog feature, Weebly remains far from what a specialized Content Management System (CMS) like WordPress can be capable of.
For Freelancers and Small Businesses Owners
Weebly and other site builders like it seem specially created for freelancers and small business owners. The team management feature can be very useful to both groups of people and it honestly takes no tech knowledge for the latter to build their own sites. The cost is for sure a mere fraction of what outsourcing a web project would entail a business too.
For Online Shops
Although Weebly has special plans for eCommerce sites, I somehow feel as if there is too much feature difference between the plans even though the cheapest already costs $12 a month. Realistically speaking, unless you’re simply testing out Weebly, it is unlikely that any plan below the most expensive Business Plan will satisfy an Online Store owner.
For Agencies and Developers
Website builders aren’t really meant for development and Weebly is certainly no different. I have seen some others that offer some development tools, but you won’t find them here. Custom coding to Weebly means adding some HTML here and there – a far cry from what a developer will need.
The onboarding process for Weebly is a smooth as the premise of using its site building features. It is simple, fast, and pain-free. All you need is to create an account and you can be slapping together a website in less than a few minutes.
It will only be some time after you’ve signed up that you even notice what’s missing from your plan. That’s when the Weebly pricing will kick in and for those of you who weren’t aware – the lack of functionality in free plans are terrible.
The reason why I’ve slipped from sign-up to features in the blink of an eye is because that’s exactly how you’ll feel the process has gone. It is so quick and easy that you will hardly know it before you’re in the system and fiddling around with it.
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