Weebly is undoubtedly one of the easiest ways to start a quality website in a matter of minutes. Many choose Weebly for its simplistic, widget-based in-browser editor that requires no programming experience at all.
Founded in 2007 by three 22-year-old students, this drag-and-drop site builder is now hosting over 40 million websites all over the globe.
In this article we’re going to show you different Weebly-powered websites, from portfolios to e-stores. These aren’t the best Weebly sites – you’ll find a lot more creative and effective Weebly websites out there. Here we feature the sites we handpicked from Weebly’s official blog.
Example 1: AprilBorrelli
AprilBorrelli.com is an eye-catching, minimalist personal website of an artist who works as a technical designer for a clothing company. April’s website has a blog, a simple gallery and a contact form. The site is linked to April’s Etsy shop where she sells her arts and crafts.
Areas for improvement: The navigation could be more intuitive. The website has a default Weebly favicon.
What you can learn from it: Using a lot of whitespace keeps your website tidy and makes it easier for your visitors to perceive visual information. Custom, hand-drawn images help create a cozy atmosphere and play an important role in establishing your brand (while overused stock images can hurt your image).
Example 2: Java to Go
Javatogo.com is a Houston-based premium gourmet coffee vendor. The site transforms one of Weebly’s simplest templates into an entire coffee ecosystem: it guides the visitor from the rainforest where local coffee pickers gather coffee cherries to the shop where you can purchase Java to Go products.
With its high-quality images, smart use of typefaces and lots of whitespace the company displays its products in a natural, non-pushy way.
From the favicon, to the footer, the website elements look consistent and well-thought-out. We especially enjoyed the use of icons throughout the website. The website uses Weebly’s eCommerce and blogging engine.
Areas for improvement: We’d avoid combining skeumorphic and flat graphics.
What you can learn from it: While there are a lot of things that can be learned from Java to Go, the most important, in our opinion, is that of simplicity. It’s a great example of a site where less is more.
Example 3: Chairigami
Chairigami.com is owned by an artist who creates furniture out of recycled cardboard. The website is as good as the idea itself. It’s clean, neat and offers an excellent user experience. There’s a Blog, The Story page, Trade Shows and also a full-fledged built-in webstore.
This section makes Chairigami a nice example of a web store built with Weebly. So, if you’re wondering whether or not it’s possible to integrate a decent shopping cart into your Weebly site, the answer is yes.
Areas for improvement: The website has a narrow layout which looks a bit outdated. I think Chairigami would benefit from an eye-catching landing page with a full-screen background emphasizing the brand.
What you can learn from it: Nothing lends credibility to your company like impressive ‘In the news’ and ‘Our clients’ sections featuring recognizable, splashy logos and actual, unbiased reviews.
Example 4: RachelBrenke
Rachelbrenke.com is a great example of a well-structured, energetic portfolio. An author, lawyer, photographer and business-consultant, Rachel uses her website to promote her business and personality to the world.
Some of the elements that really make this website stand out are a great structure, fresh and clean design, lots of high quality videos and images.
Areas for improvement: The website lacks a custom favicon.
What you can learn from it: High quality visuals make a positive, long-lasting impression on your visitors.
Example 5: IndyPlush
Indyplush.com is an eco-friendly company that is committed to making toys and clothing using recycled materials or materials that are environmentally sustainable. The website has a built-in shop, which is very easy-to-navigate. All products are displayed on white backgrounds and have unique, funny descriptions.
Areas for improvement: It’s just perfect!
What you can learn from it: A strong mission statement is vital for any business. It makes it crystal clear to your future customers/collaborators who you are, what you do and why you do it.
Example 6: Fiel Sol
Fielsol.com is owned and operated by a jewelry designer Marissa who along with her dedicated team creates handcrafted, vibrant and unique jewellery inspired by cultures from across the globe. FielSol is a great example of a Weebly-powered webstore.
Areas for improvement: The design is somewhat outdated.
What you can learn from it: Showing client testimonials on the homepage helps build trust. Contact information is repeated on all pages – that’s handy!
Example 7: Howl
HowlAttire.com is a Weebly-based webstore that sells quality handmade garments inspired by all things west coast America. The website is well-structured and features modern web design trends.
The store section offers multiple high-quality product images and unique product descriptions. Alicia, the owner of the website, also runs a blog that is quite popular, primarily thanks to Alicia’s beautiful photographs. HowlAttire includes social media sharing buttons with every post and image, making it easy for visitors to share them.
Areas for improvement: The website certainly needs a custom favicon. Other than that, it’s just great!
What you can learn from it: High-quality photos are an invaluable asset of any successful webstore.
Example 8: Saddle and Suede
Saddleandsuede.weebly.com is a husband-and-wife team that writes about fashion, home and life. The website features lots of whitespace and simple navigation.
The ‘About’ page worth to be seen. It’s probably the most creative page of such kind. We can read a full love-story and romantic relationship there.
Areas for improvement: Text formatting could be more consistent.
What you can learn from it: Every blogger needs a unique style and voice to make his or her blog successful.
Example 9: Star Cleaner
Mystarcleaner.com is a fully responsive Weebly website that’s very simple in its concept. You can easily see what the company is selling and the results they offer. The navigation menu is on its place – at the top left. But almost everything you need to know you may read at the main page.
Users can add a product to the cart and make a purchase directly from the homepage.
Areas for improvement: First screen might be more informative.
What you can learn from it: A good combination of landing page and a classic website with intuitive navigation.
Example 10: The Box Bros
Theboxbros.com is a beautiful Weebly website designed around large images that entice visitors and present product benefits. On the homepage, there’s a video showcasing the way the Box Bros products are being produced.
Areas for improvement: Scrolling impossibility at the main page. Its a creative decision, but it looks strange
What you can learn from it: How to combine a minimalist design within eCommerce project.
Example 11: Raquel Orozco
Raquelorozco.mx is a Spanish website belonging to Raquel Orozco, a talented designer of apparel and accessories, whose sense of style and grace manifest themselves in outstanding fashion products.
From the home page and up to the Contact Us page, the site features excellent design that highlights the professionalism of the website owner. The site comes with the incorporated e-boutique, high quality photos and a short fashion film specially created for Raquel.
Areas for improvement: The site doesn’t have any notable flaws. However, it would be reasonable to launch the English-speaking version of the resource to attract more users and increase sales.
What you can learn from it: A unique approach to website design in combination with interactive features and intuitive navigation give a stunning result.
Example 12: East Brentwood Fire Department Website
Ebfd.org was created as both a community resource and as a tool for volunteers to access important training materials. This website is one of the ‘Where do You Weebly’ contest winners.
Areas for improvement: As for the Fire Dept it’s a great website!
What you can learn from it: What’s great about EBFD is that they manage to provide visitors with a huge amount of information while still maintaining an attractive, easy-to-navigate, and well-organized site.
Example 13: Plug&Play
You’d never guess that PlugandPlayDesign.co.uk was built using a site builder. It features a creative layout, minimal fonts and many other modern web design trends, including ghost buttons, parallax scrolling and a fullscreen background.
The large image on the homepage has a great visual impact – it showcases the brand without overwhelming the visitor with lots of unnecessary information.
The website has a beatifully formatted portfolio and an engaging blog section. Did I mention Plug&Play is a team of professional designers, developers and marketers?
Areas for improvement: Great design, valuable content.
What you can learn from it: used in moderation, modern design trends can work nicely together.
Example 14: Rose City Sweets
RoseCitySweets.com entices visitors with high-quaity images of confections. The owner of the website uses the cards or tiles framework to organize her content. This design trend is effective not only because it gives a page a clean look and feel but also because it easily adapts to a variety of screen sizes.
Areas for improvement: The main page shoud be more informative and it should be used custom favicon.
What you can learn from it: link to online shop goes to Etsy marketplace. It’s a smart decision for those who have an Etsy account already.
Example 15: Our Table
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: a great logo, custom domain name and beautiful, high-res images are some of the best ways to make your business look polished and professional. Just like Our Table’s website. Ourtable.us is a cooperative of farmers and producers who work together to create handcrafted, delicious food for the local community.
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Areas for improvement: It’s a perfect example of local food supplier.
What you can learn from it: An old-style flat design looks attractive and serious at the same time.
Example 16: The Whiskey Ball
Putting a high-quality video on your homepage is a great way to grab visitors’ attention when they first arrive, and keep them engaged. Especially if that video describes your key product. Thewhiskeyball.com owners do know how that works in reality.
Areas for improvement: The site could be shared through more then on social network.
What you can learn from it:This website uses a beautiful background image and introductory video with a clear call-to-action.
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