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Weebly.com Review

The Weebly team has been hard at work for the better part of last year developing the fourth of Weebly. The major update to the service are the whole new set of the design, eCommerce and marketing tools, and more responsive templates.

Whilst developing each of these new features, they even managed to improve Weebly’s mobile apps, bringing full drag-and-drop website building to all your devices. With Weebly 4, the company’s prices have changed, with plans starting at $8 per month.

So let’s take a closer look at Weebly website builder:

#1 Ease of Use

The transition to the new editor is seamless, thanks to the Weebly’s quick startup guide and the overall ease-of-use. At the core, it’s the same good old Weebly you know, but with a facelift.

Weebly Editor

The dashboard provides quick and easy access to the information that matters. Get helpful tips, see site stats, store order, blog comments, and more.

To build a website, just choose a theme and start adding your content. You can edit and rearrange content by dragging and dropping elements right on your webpage, without having to use a separate editor.

There are many ready widgets and apps you can integrate with just a few clicks, including image galleries, slideshows, maps, audio, search box and more. You can also go beyond the default list of widgets by taking advantage of the ‘Embed code’ option.

Weebly code embedded

You can add as many elements to a page as you need. The page itself will get longer to accommodate however many widgets and content you drag on.

Weebly uses a ‘box model’ which means all your content will fall to specific containers or boxes when you drag it to the page. This approach makes it easy to transfer existing content from one template to another in the future.

When adding a new page, you can use one of the ready Page Layouts as an alternative to a blank page. There are over 30 different Layout designs to choose from, including homepages, contact, about, creative menu designs for catering companies and restaurants and service pages, among others.

Weebly page layout

When you choose a layout, it will automatically add new site elements to your new page. You can then edit, remove or add new elements to the chosen layout.

#2 Feature Set and Flexibility

Just recently we showcased different Weebly-powered websites, from portfolios to web stores, to show how flexible the builder is.

Weebly has its own ecommerce engine which is chock-full of various business-specific features including inventory management, filtered product search, flexible shipping options, digital/physical goods, coupon codes, and also mobile store and checkout.

Weebly commerce

Two years ago, in July 2014 Weebly launched Membership Beta, and at the beginning of November 2014 its final version was officially released. This means Weebly is now one of the rare website builders that offer user management. Until recently, this functionality was only supported by Webs, DoodleKit and uCoz.

Weebly Blogging is easy to set up and configure. The system lets you schedule posts, pre-select social media sharing options for scheduled articles, choose between different commenting systems, including Facebook, Disqus and Weebly comments, specify meta tags for individual posts, add custom header and footer to each post and more.

The Weebly system makes it easy to gather and view information submitted by your site visitors. The data is stored on your site’s dashboard and can be easily exported to a spreadsheet for future analysis. You can accept docs, images, or other file uploads from your visitors.

Weebly partners with IFTTT, a smart web service that lets you connect various apps and products to easily create automated tasks and events. For example, you can connect your Weebly website and your Instagram account to add a new blog post when you publish a photo on Instagram. You can use existing if-then recipes available at IFTTT Weebly channel, or create your own recipes.

Weebly’s App Center is a dynamic collection of apps and services that you can now add to your site through simple one-click integrations (it’s very similar to Wix’s App Market).

Weebly App Center

The goal of the App Center is to help you create engaging content and thus provide both function and entertainment to your site visitors. Let’s take a look at some of the featured applications:

PinPoll: this free app allows you to integrate fun and engaging polls into your website giving your site visitors a way to interact with your website and spend more time on it. Each poll can be completely customized with brand colors and images. The app is responsive, so it will look and work great on any device.

LiveChat: this paid app lets you integrate live chat software into your website in a couple of minutes.

Weebly SimpleChat

Call-Out-Box: the free app lets you easily emphasize an important piece of information on your site with a custom background and border color.

The ability to specify meta tags for each individual page; in-house stats; the ability to add Google Analytics to augment the built-in stats; 301 redirects.

Weebly SEO

With the release of its fourth version, Weebly expanded their included domain name offerings to include 6 new domain zones, most of which are international. These include .com, .net, .org, .us, and .info, among others.

Weebly has an Android and iOS applications that allow Weebly users to create new and edit existing Weebly sites on the go. Their new Weebly for iOS application turns the iPad into a creative tool that works both offline and online, and is specifically developed for tactile site building.

Weebly also offers a special solution for teachers and schools. The platform helps teachers easily create classroom sites and even digitize the entire school or college.

#3 Designs

In general, there are three options: you can use a ready theme; customize one (in addition to the standard WYSIWYG builder, there’s an advanced HTML/CSS editor); or use a third party template – there are many designers who create custom templates tailored specially for this website builder.

new Weebly themes

In case you’re using one of the new responsive themes, your website will be automatically optimized for mobile browsing, and you’ll have no control over its look (I mean the look of your mobile version).

For those using old templates, Weebly provides a built-in mobile editor that is accessible from the Weebly Site Creator. Editing the mobile view of your site is simple with a visual editor that allows you to drag and drop elements into a mobile mockup.

Important note: All changes automatically synchronize between desktop and mobile versions, as you remove, edit, or add elements to your mobile website. This feature is available at no extra cost.

#4 Customer Support

Weebly provides different types of support. First, the control panel itself contains explanatory pop-ups and prompts to help you easily learn the system. Second, there’s livechat, phone and email support.

Weebly Help Center

Should you encounter any problems, first visit the Weebly Help Center. It contains answers to the most frequently asked questions and many helpful tuts. Weebly is also quite active on social media. In urgent cases, you can contact them via Twitter or Facebook.

#5 Pricing Policy

There’s a free version that never expires, and four paid plans ranging from $8 to $49/mo. Weebly doesn’t force any third-party advertising on your website. The free plan displays a tiny Weebly link in the footer. Here’s our Weebly features comparison to help you estimate the cost of your Weebly site:

Weebly Pricing

  • Free plan: you can use it to see how the builder works, but you shouldn’t expect much from it. You can certainly create a nice site using your free account, but note that it will be placed on a subdomain (yoursitename.weebly.com) and also display a Weebly link in the footer. The free plan doesn’t let you to create e-store on your website.
  • Starter plan ($8/mo): this is the cheapest ad-free plan. It lets you connect a custom domain, customize the footer and upload your own favicon. It lets you sell 10 tangible products under the same terms.
  • Pro ($12/mo): this plan unlocks such features as password-protected pages, site search and membership (you can register up to 100 members). The product limit is 25 tangible items, transaction fees stay the same.
  • Business ($25/mo): this plan removes the Weebly transaction fee, lets you add unlimited tangible and digital products, create coupon codes including $ and % discounts among other eCommerce options. This plan allows for unlimited member registration.
  • Performance ($49/mo): this is the full-featured plan. In addition to ‘Business’ it goes with real time shipping rates, gift cards and 5 e-mail marketing campaigns per month. This plan also allows for unlimited member registration.


The Pro and Starter plans have a 3% transaction fee on sales. Most features come with significant limitations for the Pro and Starter plans. That’s strange that Weebly lets you sell only 5-25 products, as they charge the transaction fee for each successful operation. They could earn more simply by increasing the number of products, what are your thoughts?

Comparison with Competitors

Weebly is undoubtedly a great place to start a website, but you should know that there are many favorable alternatives to it:

Weebly Review: Conclusion

Weebly is a great choice if you’re about to build a small or a medium-sized website that doesn’t require any sophisticated functionality. It works for simple blogs, portfolios, five-page corporate websites and lightweight web stores.

We think it’s fairly priced, and we’re delighted to see that the Weebly team is constantly releasing new features. Excited to see what comes next.

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  • Brandt

    Great info. Thanks for the reviews!

  • LS

    I appreciate the reviews. Currently I use Yahoo Sitebuilder (I have gotten very used to that over the past 7 years). Just started using WIX, seems to work very well. Maybe I’ll start using it more. I wish Yahoo would modernize their Sitebuilder tool (like I have to use outside code to include drop down menus!?). Any experience with Yahoo Sitebuilder?

  • Robert

    I like Weebly, but recently discovered that with the free account, you can no longer transfer a domain you own. You have to upgrade to a paid account. This is unfortunate, as I have one older site I use Weebly for which allowed me to do a free domain transfer.

    • Hi Robert,
      With most site builders you have to upgrade your free account to be able to use your own domain. This feature is free in uCoz and Zoho Sites only.

  • Magazineki

    i was looking for a website builder solution for mysite and found this site. it is very nice to see all the website builders and reviews altogether. thanks for that.

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  • techeden

    How Wix and Weebly compare to WordPress, in brief?

    • Well, in brief.. WordPress leaves more room for growth and customization, while Wix and Weebly are easier-to-use and operate as one-stop-shop services.

  • Dhira Lalita

    Great info. I love the honest and understandable reviews. Thanks Howard.

  • Lisa

    Great article and very informative – thank you! Did Weebly just recently in the last couple of days update their pricing? It looks like their starter package is now $8/month. Bummer if I missed the old pricing by a couple of days!

    • Hi Lisa, I’ve just checked the pricing – it’s still the same.

  • Emma Witts

    Thanks a lot for your sharing. I’ve played with the free version of Weebly some time ago. But I tried the free version only. Do you think Weebly is more functional than the other free site builders?

    • Hi Emma,
      I think Weebly brilliantly balances the ease of use and functionality. There exist feature-richer site builders, like uCoz for instance, but just like any sophisticated software they provide more complex interfaces that are ill-suited to those of us who are not tech-savvy.

  • SteveyG

    hey question I am thinking to build a website but I want to sell downloadable music is there any suggestions which one will be the best to do so?

  • Sam Barney

    Hi Howard – I found you can get Weebly for a lot cheaper, like Starter from around $3 a month if you’re a designer – http://www.smallbusinesswebdesigns.net.au/weebly-cloud-hosting-review.html – fees are up to 60% off!