Both web services have undergone a series of significant updates over the past months: Jimdo released an iOS application and updated the editing interface and new Image Editor from Adobe Creative SDK (see details in my Jimdo review), while the Weebly Team introduced the long-awaited Weebly 4, a series of Blogging and eCommerce updates, and also Weebly for iPad (more details in Weebly review).
So, now, when these two website builders work even better, it’s time to put them head-to-head again in order to see the weaknesses and strengths of each platform.
1. Ease of Use
Weebly. Weebly has one of the most intuitive interfaces amongst other site makers. The menu is logically organized and very user-friendly. Perfect for beginners, as it employs WYSIWYG and drag-and-drop editing principles. It helps you learn to build as you build.
Weebly has one Android and two iOS applications that allow users to maintain existing and create new websites from scratch on the go.
Their revolutionary Weebly for iPad app lets you literally build a site with your hands – its redesigned interface is specifically developed for touchscreen website creation.
Jimdo. Jimdo’s interface is also rather user-friendly, yet it could be more intuitive. They don’t use WYSIWYG and drag-and-drop at their finest. However, after a while you get used to their interface.
Jimdo has an iOS application. With its help you can create, edit and publish blog posts using your mobile device, as well as check essential web statistics.
Weebly vs Jimdo. Personally, I prefer Weebly. Its interface is organized in a more intutive way.
2. Feature Set and Flexibility
Weebly. Weebly is very flexible. Their hardworking team constantly updates the system, so you can rest assured that the site builder will keep improving.
Weebly is ideal for corporate websites, blogs, small to mid-sized webstores eCommerce updates and portfolios. Also, Weebly is one of the rare website builders that support Membership capabilities.
Jimdo. Jimdo is a recognized web-store builder. Ecommerce is Jimdo’s cup of tea. With Jimdo you can automate many actions that you have to do manually on other website builders.
Jimdo offers a range of insanely cool solutions to help you sell your goods better and provide your customers better user experience. Some of these include QR-code generator, setting up discounts, order tracking, etc.
Jimdo vs Weebly. Both site builders are pretty flexible. While Jimdo appears to be primarily focused on eCommerce features, Weebly seems to be more versatile.
Design Comparison Chart
|Number of Themes:||16||55|
|Theme Import:||✘ NO||✔ YES|
|Visual Editor:||✔ YES||✔ YES|
|Theme Change:||✔ YES||✔ YES|
|Mobile Optimized:||✔ YES||✔ YES|
Weebly. In the past, Weebly templates used to be the site builder’s major pain point. Fortunately, they’ve addressed this issue and released a whole bunch of modern, polished themes. They’re now creating responsive themes only.
In case you’re using an old theme, it can be optimized via the built-in Mobile Editor. The Editor is only available to those users who don’t use responsive themes.
Also, Weebly gives you access to the HTML/CSS editor. Thus, if you need something exceptional, you can try to code it yourself or hire someone to do this for you.
Jimdo. Jimdo offers 16+ customizable themes that can be equally edited in the WYSIWYGmode and using their Custom Template Interface (HTML/CSS editor + file manager). You can switch Jimdo templates without losing any of your content.
Each Jimdo template is optimized for mobile devices from the start. JimdoPro and JimdoBusiness users can also set up a mobile landing page. Mobile visitors will be redirected to this page instead of the optimized mobile view.
Weebly vs Jimdo. Despite both website builders have decent collections of themes and offer HTML/CSS editors for deeper customization, Weebly has fully-responsive templates – this advantage makes Weebly an irrefutable winner in Design category.
4. Customer Support
Weebly. Weebly’s support is responsive. It operates via emails, Twitter account and Facebook fan page. There’s also free live chat support.
Jimdo. Jimdo’s support is multilingual (8 languages). Similar to Weebly, Jimdo offers live chat support and has an impressive knowledge base.
Jimdo vs Weebly. The forces are equal, to my mind.
5. Pricing Policy
Weebly. Weebly has four plans: Free, Starter ($8/mo), Pro ($12/mo), Business ($25/mo) and Performance ($49/mo). In fact, even with their absolutely free plan you can build a full-fledged website (in case you don’t mind using their subdomain and displaying their ad in your footer).
Jimdo. Jimdo’s plans are less expensive: $7.50 per month for JimdoPro, and $20 per year for JimdoBusiness, + JimdoFree.
|Pricing Options:||✔ Pro ($7.50/mo);
✔ Business ($20/mo).
|✔ Starter ($8/mo);
✔ Pro ($12/mo);
✔ Business ($25/mo);
✔ Performance ($38/mo).
|Features:||✔ Mobile Optimized;
✔ SEO Features;
✔ Unlimited Storage;
✔ Unlimited Bandwidth.
|✔ SSL Security;
✔ Built-in Shopping Cart;
✔ SEO Tools;
✔ Live Support;
✔ Responsive Themes.
Weebly vs Jimdo. I think both platforms are reasonably priced but Weebly has more diverse tariffs policy.
Both website builders allow you to build a dynamic, professionally-looking website without any previous programming experience. In my opinion, Weebly’s interface provides a more streamlined workflow than that of Jimdo. That’s why, if you need a modern, fully-responsive website, portfolio or blog, Weebly is preferable.