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 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.
- Are you a business, that will grow your website to a very large audience?
- Are you looking to grow through content marketing?
- Do you want a simple website?
- 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.
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
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
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
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.
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.