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Yola vs Weebly

Over the past year we’ve seen a lot of new features, new responsive templates, official releases and various contests. It’s been a year full of milestones for many website builders, including Weebly and Yola.

Some of the biggest updates were mainly of eCommerce and design variety. Which means it’s time to revise our Weebly vs Yola comparison so you can make an informed decision.

#1 Ease of Use

Yola. Yola has been user-friendly ever since its launch in 2007. The editor is well organized and convenient. Every feature feels in reach. Similar to Weebly, Yola has a ‘dock’ containing various widgets and web design elements (lines, column dividers, buttons etc.) that you can drag to the canvas.

Yola Editor

Weebly. Weebly is super easy. It provides a user-friendly editing environment based on the WYSIWYG and drag-and-drop principles. Alsо, Weebly offers a handy dashboard and Site Planner to help you get your ducks in a row. Did you know that the number one reason why people don’t finish their website is because they don’t have a clear plan?

Weebly Editor

Yola vs Weebly. Weebly is a clear winner here. Based on the WYSIWYG and drag-and-drop editing principles, Weebly maximally simplifies the process. No coding required.

Based on personal experience, Weebly brings a better user experience. We like its modern look and laconic interface.

Please note, that both Weebly and Yola let you drag elements only to specific areas on the page, compared to Wix, where you have full control over the position of each element, be it a logo, a menu or a button.

Wix’s approach is called ‘absolute positioning’ and its flipside is the inability to switch themes. Yola and Weebly use the ‘box model’ which is somewhat restrictive yet lets users switch templates at any time.

#2 Feature Set and Flexibility

Yola. Yola offers enough tools to create a good-looking corporate website or simple webstore. However, it doesn’t offer any built-in blogging solutions – they advise to integrate your Tumblr blog.

Among the advantages, there are: 3,000 free professional photos; full-site search optimization scans and automatic SEO monitoring; Yola Business Directory listing. Please note, these features come as part of paid subscriptions.

Yola has its own eCommerce system that you can enable as an add-on. It’s integrated with over 20 payment gateways, lets you easily manage your inventory, track your orders and also provide your shoppers with real-time shipping quotes. There’s an ability to offer discounts through coupons.

Weebly. Weebly has its own blogging engine with a plethora of advanced widgets, comments moderation and media options:

  • scheduled posting, inlcuding social sharing messages;
  • additional commenting systems: Facebook, Disqus and Weebly comments;
  • customizable header and footer code on posts and more.

Weebly eCommerce capabilities are also impressive: you can sell digital and downloadable goods (these will be automatically delivered to your customers via email with a one-time secure link). All Weebly stores include a free mobile shopping cart and checkout.

Weebly is one of the rare site builders that support Member registration. You can create up to 100 user profiles with the Pro plan, or let your visitors register themselves through your site with the Business plan.

Weebly has an Android and iOS applications (for iPhone and iPad) that let users edit their existing sites and create new ones from anywhere.

Weebly for iPad

Weebly vs Yola. Weebly allows for more customization. Its feature set is more elaborate.

#3 Designs

Yola. Over the past year the Yola team has significantly improved the template collection. It now has many new stylish designs with beautiful fonts and modern content layout. You can switch templates anytime. To edit your site’s look you can either use the WYSIWYG editor or use the advanced Site CSS option which is only available to Premium users.

Yola Templates

Unfortunately, the new themes (as well as the old ones) aren’t responsive by default. To make your website mobile-friendly, you have to upgrade your account.

Weebly. Weebly offers a better selection of templates. They’re also modern and stylish, and what’s more – look and work impeccably across different devices. In case you’re using an old theme, you can access the Mobile editor and fine tune your site’s mobile look manually.

Weebly Templates

Similar to Yola, Weebly allows to change themes anytime until you find the right one. For advanced users, Weebly reserved a free HTML/CSS editor with a handy file manager. Weebly lets you export your work.

If you want to go beyond what is offered in the official library, you’ll find many third-party providers who develop templates for Weebly.

Yola vs Weebly. Weebly is the clear winner. It offers such advanced options like HTML/CSS editor and responsive themes free, while Yola reserves those for premium users only.

#4 Customer Support

Yola. There’s a collection of tutorials, FAQs, and Community powered support. You can also submit a ticket via email. We recently noticed that Yola started providing phone support.

Weebly. Weebly has an extensive knowledge base, free live chat, email and phone support. They have a great collection of videos covering nearly every step in creating your site with Weebly.

Weebly vs Yola. In our opinion, both site builders offer enough help resources.

#5 Pricing Policy

Yola. There’s a free package and three premium subscriptions. Yola eCommerce is offered as an add-on and can be used with any package for $10 per month.

Yola Pricing

Weebly. Weeby also follows the freemium model: there’s a never-expiring free plan and three premium packages. The lowest paid version of Weebly is only $8/mo. It’s vital to note that Weebly charges a transaction fee (3%) if eCommerce is enabled within the Pro or Starter plan. For Business users, this commission is 0$.

Weebly Pricing

Yola vs Weebly. Both platforms are reasonably priced. However, Weebly appears to be more cost-effective. Though its plans are a bit more expensive, it offers much more functionality for that price.

Yola vs Weebly: Conclusion

Yola and Weebly are some of the easiest website builders I ever tested. Both offer enough tools to put up a decent website. However, Weebly’s feature set turns to be a lot better.

  • limereid

    yola is definitely outdated for the 2014 market! Moved my website to weebly and have never had a better experience. so much easier to build a website, and the templates are far superior 🙂

  • For me working with weebly is very intuitive and natural – I moved away from Yola last year.

  • jess

    thanks, I’ll give Yola a try first as I hate standard templates! (I’m an artist). however, I read another review that noted Yola only offers 3 free pages 🙁 Also looks like you can’t bring your domain name across on the free version. Might check out Wix before taking the plunge 🙂
    Cheers.

    • Jess,

      Neither Yola, nor Wix allows you to attach your own domain name when using a free plan. The only site builder allowing you to add a custom domain without having to upgrade your account is uCoz (note that their free plan isn’t ad-free).

  • Boffel

    Thanks for an interesting article! I’m considering using Yola, because Weebly is starting to get too expensive if you have more than 5 sites. You might want to update the “Pricing” part in your article.