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Aug
08

Weebly Website Builder

Written by Malcolm Thomas: 6359 views, 4 comments

Weebly is a popular, simple, widget-based website builder that as of July 2012 had more than 12 million users. Beta version of Weebly entered the market in June 2006. The founders of the platforms were three 22-year-old students (David Rusenko, Chris Fanini, and Dan Veltri). Because all students at Penn State were required to have an online portfolio, the three friends decided to come up with a web service that made it easy to create a web presence for anyone. One year later (2007) Time Magazine listed Weebly as one of the 50 Best Websites. Another flattering recognition is the presence of Weebly in the Utilities section of the Google Chrome web store.

Ease of Use: Weebly offers a highly usable interface. It’s admin panel is very cozy and modern (it has recently survived a major overhaul). Everything is always at your fingertips. However, unlike Wix, which is often named the best drag and drop website creator, Weebly can’t offer total freedom of customization. It does have WYSIWYG and drag’n’drop editors, but these are not as pure as on Wix, as you can drag virtual elements to specified blocks only.

Flexibility: Weebly offers both great ready solutions and leaves a lot of space for customization. For example, in terms of templates – you can either select a default design, or modify one of them using Weebly’s HTML / CSS editor (or you may hire someone to do this for you). Weebly-powered websites have mobile versions. You can see the way your website displays on mobile devices in your CMS. You may also make changes to the mobile version of your pages via their Mobile Editor.

Custom domain: Regarding domains, there are three options on Weebly: you can use their subdomain (sitename.weebly.com), attach an existing domain, or purchase a domain through the platform. All three options can be successfully implemented in mere minutes.

SEO: Similarly to other modern platforms, Weebly offers a basic SEO toolkit allowing you to insert such SEO details as keywords, descriptions and titles for each single page. Many people blame site builders for poor SEO options, however, they shouldn’t. SEO is about keywords research, planning and persistence – if there’s no SEO strategy, even the most feature-laden SEO packs won’t be able to help you.

Designs: Weebly’s designs aren’t as cool as Wix’s, to my mind. But they’re also very good. Good news is that you can switch the template anytime.

Technical support: Weebly’s support team operates via emails, Facebook fan page and even Twitter. There’s no phone support. However, taken into account the ease of use of the platform, you’ll hardly ever need to contact them.

Pricing: What I like about Weebly is their pricing. They have just 3 plans, one of them is free (while on uCoz website builder, for example, there are 6 packages). Weebly Starter package is $4/month, and Pro is $8/month.

Possible Drawbacks: In fact, it’s difficult to point out any disadvantages associated with this service. The only possible drawback would be light customizations limits.

The strongest side: First thing that springs to my mind is ease of use. Weebly website builder is suitable for all users, regardless of their technical skill levels, since it offers equally great editing tools both for novices and those who are handy with code.

Conclusion

Weebly is the embodiment of a user-friendly, functional and robust website builder. It has a significant experience in the sphere and its Team regularly updates the system in every way. It’s a treat to build websites using this platform. You can try it for free anytime. Moreover, their free plan never expires :).

You may want to take a look at functioning Weebly website examples.

The Easiest Way to Create a Website. Weebly.com


4 Responses so far.

  1. Jan says:

    Can I build an ecommerce website with it?

  2. Hi there! This is my first visit to your blog!
    We are a group of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us valuable information to work on.
    You have done a outstanding job!

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