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Weebly Review

They say “web creation made easy” and this Weebly review is going to give you the full run down of the not difficult to use website builder. Weebly is a site we personally review on a daily basis, and simply put, it is a great website builder for any beginner to utilize in order to construct their own website. Weebly features an easy to use drag and drop interface that is simple to learn and fairly effortless to apply.

Lets do a quick walk through and give Weebly a review, with the hope that you can get a good idea of the features it provides and work to make an educated decision on whether Weebly is right for you.

WHAT IS WEEBLY ?

Weebly was originally founded by CEO David Rusenko, CTO Chris Fanini, and COO Dan Veltri in 2006. Since then, it is the website builder that millions of individuals and businesses have used to create a website. Weebly is still an emerging company that continually offers new features and great support for their website builders. While Weebly is still emerging, they have cemented in their namesake their builder’s capacity to be an effective and professional method to building a website. Weebly now powers over 30 million websites and that number is growing every day.

Weebly is a drag and drop in browser website builder. What this means is you can easily construct and apply editing techniques to a website by dragging and dropping simple elements onto a page.  This is very effective for quickly building websites and being able to easily make edits.

WHAT WEEBLY CAN DO

As I said “Weebly is a drag and drop builder” and this ability gives its added benefits and some constraints as well. However Weebly has added the ability to edit the HTML and CSS of their ready made themes. What this means is, you can do almost anything any other website builder on the market can do as far as website design and features. For a quick rundown on how Weebly works, please watch the video below.

As you can see, it is very easy to create a website with the Weebly website builder. The drag and drop interface is the approach that many website builders are using for website creation today.Drag and drop website builders have great benefits.

  • Visual editing, this allows you to see the web page as you are building it, so you know what you get in the end. This is a change from coding and allows people that don’t see in code the ability to build a good looking functional website.
  • Flexibility, while some may argue the flexibility of website builders such as Weebly, I find that they have all of the ability to build a fully functional website.
  • Ease of use, there is really no question that a website builder like Weebly is easy to use. While it may take some time to learn functional website building practices, Weebly builds websites easily and quickly.
  • Support, this is a very crucial element to anyone using a website builder to build their website. Weebly offers all of the tutorials and necessary support for your website.

IS WEEBLY RIGHT FOR YOU

Before getting started with Weebly there are a few questions you should ask yourself.

  1. Are you a business, that will grow your website to a very large audience?
  2. Are you looking to grow through content marketing?
  3. Do you want a simple website?
  4. Are you a novice and need to build a website?

The reason I want you to think about these questions is because Weebly may not be right for everyone. While I use Weebly for many websites, there are better options for businesses and people looking to earn through their website.

If you are a business owner and you are looking to expand your websites audience through content marketing then you should use a content management system such as WordPress. Using a builder like WordPress will give you added abilities over Weebly. Also WordPress can easily be made drag and drop by the right hosting company.

If you are looking for a simple website, then Weebly is a great option. You can build a fully functional website with Weebly in under an hour. So if all you need is a home, about, location and contact page Weebly is a great choice.

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Why Use Weebly?

Now I don’t want to sell Weebly short here, because the Weebly blogging platform has a great ability to rank in organic search. The only fall back is the lack of customization and plugins that you will get from a content management system like WordPress.

If you are a novice, or you need a free website for a school project or an event, then Weebly should be your main choice. If you are just getting started building websites Weebly will start to teach you the basics of website creation and help build on your knowledge. If you need a free website then Weebly is a great choice and gives some pretty great features with their free builder.

Basically to help decide if Weebly is right for you, I recommend that people try the free version and see if they like the features and if Weebly fits for them. You don’t need a Weebly review when you can review Weebly yourself. This is one of the best features of Weebly and a lot of the time it’s what will get you hooked on the Weebly website builder.

Weebly Carbon Update

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One of the coolest things Weebly has done, is the release of the Carbon update. What this does is give people designing their website the ability to instantly link many apps and services to their website. One of the main arguments that I have made in the past, is that Weebly lacks expansion. Carbon goes a long way of fixing that by offering what could be considered Weebly plugins to their website building interface. This is great for people that need simple plugins to help enhance their website. Carbon also helps Weebly users find great marketing and search engine optimization services.

Weebly Themes Selection

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Weebly has a moderate theme selection within the website building interface. Also Weebly tends to release a few new themes a year. This is great for designers and website owners that like to have fresh themes. Also there are many third party developers that are creating premium Weebly themes.

This means that you will always have premium developer support, fresh themes that feature the most modern coding and design techniques. This also means that the selection of third party themes can help inspire you on just how you want your website to look.

Lastly it means that you have an always mobile website, that is truly responsive and shows up on any screen. This is a truly powerful and simple feature that Weebly offers its users.

Weebly SEO Power

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I give Weebly 4/5 stars on how well it deals with search engine optimization (SEO). While Weebly has all of the things you need to do proper Weebly SEO, these settings can be hard to find for new users. What I would like to see Weebly do to get a 5/5 stars, is have a dedicated SEO tab for each post and page, so users don’t miss simple SEO optimizations.

Again, I find that WordPress and other open source content management systems can do better to organize content and encourage website owners to do proper SEO. Also, remember that SEO is a multi layered tactic, so your website builder does not have all the power to make, or break your optimization for search engines.

WEEBLY PRICING AND OPTIONS

Weebly is unique in its pricing options due to the fact that they offer domain registration, hosting and a website builder all in one package. Weebly has recently gone through some pricing changes however it still only runs around $8.00 a month. You can get a discounted price, if you decide to pay for more than one year at a time.

Other options for building a Weebly website are.

  • Use another hosting provider such as Blue Host to build your website. I don’t recommend this because it may cause limited functionality in the builder and less support. However it can save you money in the long run.
  • Buy a domain name through another register such as Go Daddy or Name Cheap to save some money. You can host any domain name on Weebly and they are more than happy to get you set up.

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WEEBLY REVIEW & SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISON

One of the real tests of how you will like Weebly is how it holds up against other website builders. So,  we decided to start doing side by side comparisons of all of the major website builders and their features. Our side by side comparison chart can be found on the website builder reviews page. Here is a quick screen shot to show you the comparison.

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WEEBLY REVIEW CONCLUSION

Thanks for reading my Weebly review, I hope if you use this program, you come back here and share your thoughts in the comment section below. Weebly helped me create a web page when I was a novice, but now that I have learned all about web design and the web in general, Weebly continues to be a main choice for many of my needs as a designer. This is do to the fact of simplicity. I have a lot of other duties besides design and I don’t have lots of time to work on every website. Weebly gives me the ability to research new content to bring to my sites instead of worrying about those sites working when my visitors arrive.
If you are looking to build a good looking site and you don’t have much, or any experience with building websites, this is the company to do it through. Everything is drag and drop, fast with no lag whats so ever. Just grab the element from the editor  and drag it on to your page. Weebly is so simple to use, anyone can build a website.
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  • Norm Hinderliter

    To be totally honest, I HAVE tried to use weebly, before, and found it to be nothing more than a “nightmare”, for anyone, who is with-OUT a degree, in computer technology.

    NOTHING< on the weebly web-site, is listed in the same, basic, English, which I am using, here. In fact, when I TRIED to start my own web-site, on weebly, and even after I paid, for a month, of service, all the staff kept doing was sending me questions (which I did not understand), and the caution:

    Your web-site will NOT go on the internet, until after you have answered these questions.

    What the questions were about, I have no clue, since I am NOT a computer programmer.

    Ofcourse, weebly is NOT the only place I have tried, and weebly is NOT the only site, which REFUSES to use simple, basic English. I could list dozens, of other web-design sites, which also do NOT speak English.

    This is why I say "Buyer Beware!" these on-line web-site creation tools are designed ONLY for the use of experienced computer programmers. NONE of them, including weebly, is set up for the "average joe".

    All are set up for the likes of Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs.

    I know this from the PAIN, of first hand experience.

    Weebly is a LIE, just like the others. When the site advertises "So easy to use, anyone can use it", this should be changed to "So easy to use, anyone, WITH a computer programming degree, can use it"

    First hand experience, talking, here.

    • Hi Norm, so sorry to hear you had a bad experience with Weebly. While the program is easy to use for some, that is not the case for everyone. There are things that can be confusing in Weebly, but as with all technology, they take time to get use to and learn.

      Maybe hiring a professional designer and website manager would help get you on the track to a great website.

      Again, sorry for your troubles. Have a good day!

      • Norm Hinderliter

        I completely DIS-agree with your notion, that people should pay out “fortunes”, to web-designers.

        I maintain that “web-site creation tools” should be required to have two, seperate, entrances. One, for experienced persons, who HAVE college degree’s, in computer programming

        and the other, ripping away all of the technical jargon, and computer terms, leaving behind only a simple, basic, system of:

        Step 1) Enter web-site name here
        Step 2) Enter owners personal/billing information here
        Step 3) Enter site content here
        Step 4) Press “Enter”/”submit”

        To send web-site out, on the internet.

        This is how simple the process SHOULD be, but will NEVER be.

        Until web site creation tools decide to post directions, which ANY American (NOT just computer programmers) can understand, I maintain that weebly, and other such sites, are dis-reputable, dis-honest, and not worthy to be in business. Electronic, or not.

        This is why I will continue to warn victims AWAY from such sites, until your staff decides to CHANGE its attitude, towards the general public. It is time for ACCOUNTABILITY! And I am going to make certain that these sites are held ACCOUNTABLE, for their actions!

        • Norm, I’m going to leave your comments here out of respect of your experience. However please be aware, that this website is not the place to take out your frustrations and any other comments will be marked as spam.

          For the “Weebly Problem” 30 million active websites speaks multitudes for Weebly’s ability to create a website.

          One of our current designers built their first website with Weebly, with no experience in website development. This spurred them to learn more about other website design systems and coding. Now, they can create websites with multiple platforms that are truly unique, modern and professional. This all happened because they went online and used Weebly to build their first website.

          Also, I will maintain that every computer system and every website builder has a learning curve, this has no work around. It’s like learning to type the first time, or how to learn the basics of navigating Windows.

          Now, I know of no other system that walks you through the process, or helps you design a website as easy as Weebly does. Also, as it says in the review, Weebly does have limitations, but that is because it’s a simplified system.

          I’m truly sorry for your experiences Norm and I’m glad you took the time to comment here. If you do find the website builder you described. Please feel free to comeback and let us know about it.

          Thanks