In my never-ending quest to find new, useful tools online I mostly spend my time looking for and testing online website builders. So if you’re looking for an easy, fast and affordable solution to your website needs, you’ve come to the right place – here on SWB we’ve got over forty reviews. Not sure how to sort through all of them for the best one? Hopefully, our comparison articles will help you make an informed decision 🙂 .
Today we take a closer look at uCoz and Weebly. Both do essentially the same thing: let you create and publish a site through modifying a predesigned template without writing code, so when it comes to the basics, both platforms seem to be quite similar. However, each has its own advantages and disadvantages. So, here is what I managed to find.
#1 Ease of Use
Weebly. Weebly is super intuitive. Nearly every element on the page can be changed right down to the pixel in an interface that requires you to have absolutely zero knowledge of HTML or CSS. However, if you do know a thing or two about this kind of thing, the embed code button or Code Editor makes it easy to customize your Weebly site like a pro.
uCoz. Using uCoz you can put in pretty much any code you like onto a page. However, there’s no way to customize your website in a drag-and-drop environment. When it comes to content management, it’s quite intuitive and easy, yet the style of your website can be properly edited only in case you have at least basic knowledge of HTML and CSS.
Weebly vs uCoz. Weebly is easier. What’s more, they have the Weebly Site Planner that lets beginners identify their goals, get extra inspiration, as well as expert tips for every skill level.
#2 Feature Set and Flexibility
Weebly. Weebly is very flexible: it has a feature-rich Blogging platform, native eCommerce system, handy widgets, mobile apps for iOS and Android and more. All these features make Weebly a good choice for blogs, portfolios and small to medium online stores. Membership features are in beta now.
Weebly users can customize the mobile view of their sites via the Weebly Mobile Editor which is integrated into the admin panel. Please note that edits made to your mobile site will be seen in your desktop version, and vice versa (while with Wix for instance, you can create a separate mobile version of your site).
uCoz. uCoz has the power of a full-fledged CMS. It works as a system of Modules that can be activated and switched off, depending on your needs. Each module has a ton of general and fine settings to adjust. The key advantage of uCoz over its competition in my opinion is its user management system. It lets users create complex membership websites and forums.
uCoz doesn’t offer any mobile view editing tools. However, there are free responsive templates. By choosing one of these for your site you can rest assured that it will look and work great across different devices.
uCoz vs Weebly. Firstly, uCoz has a better choice of features, including its secret weapon – the advanced Users module (not sure about what Weebly offers within its Membership feature set, because it’s still in Beta). Secondly, uCoz has a much better file management system: you can upload a file once and then use it all over your website, while with Weebly you need to re-upload that image every time you want to see it on your site.
Weebly. Weebly has a great collection of free themes that you can browse without registration. They are diverse and modern. If you want to go beyond Weebly templates, you can order or purchase a third-party template designed for Weebly – there are many designers who create unique themes for popular site builders out there.
uCoz. Unfortunately, you can’t see uCoz templates before registration. In order to get access to their library you have to sign up and log in. The library is comprised of normal and responsive templates. Most templates have the same structure yet differ in color, fonts and overall style. In order to get a unique look, you can either choose a paid template or design the look of your website yourself.
Weebly vs uCoz. The Weebly templates are more diverse, slicker and more modern than uCoz’s. Let’s face it, in addition to being better, Weebly is much easier to customize. Both site builders allow users to switch templates anytime, as well as edit them using built-in HTML/CSS editors.
#4 Customer Support
Weebly. Weebly has a collection of How-to articles, video tutorials, email support and free LiveChat support.
uCoz vs Weebly. In my opinion, both platforms offer enough help.
#5 Pricing Policy
Weebly. Weebly has a free ad-supported version that you can keep free as long as you wish. In order to unlock more features and get rid of the ad, you have to make a $8-25 per month investment, depending on what features you want to get.
uCoz. uCoz also offers a free plan that never expires (in case you update your site on a regular basis). However, it’s important to note that the advert they place on free websites is quite noticeable. The key benefit of their free plan is that you can attach your own domain name without investment. In order to remove the ad, you have to choose between Basic, Business, Advanced, Premium and Developer’s packages ($5.99-15.99/mo).
Weebly vs uCoz. uCoz’s deal seems to be a lot better from the financial end. Downside of course is that the system copyright can be removed only if you’re a Premium user.
Weebly vs uCoz: Conclusion
In a perfect world I would combine the two site builders’ best features and offer them at Weebly’s price 🙂 . uCoz is powerful, Weebly is user-friendlier. Both services do different things well, so the one you choose will depend on what you are expecting to get. You know what, check them both out 🙂 .
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