Weebly Review - UPDATED Sep 2017
Weebly is more than just an easy website builder. Yes, it makes the website building process simple, straightforward and smooth for everyone, regardless of previous experience or lack thereof, but it also gives you all the tools necessary to make your online business or personal website a booming success. With Weebly’s powerful marketing and SEO tools, in just a few clicks, you can make your website more visible on Google and other search engines, attract more visitors and consequently, boost your sales. For a while now, Weebly has been the highest-rated website building mobile app in the App Store and Google Play, and it boasts over 40 million users worldwide.
Ease of Use
While testing the Weebly editor, we were truly impressed by the intuitiveness of the interface. The first thing that caught our eye was that everything is clear in sight and available with just one click – you can add new pages, elements such as buttons, codes, and images, and apps, switch between themes and, rearrange or remove anything, all in a single step.
Thanks to the drag and drop editor, you can place elements on your page anywhere you want in an instant. The elements are conveniently categorized and range from basic elements, such as titles, text, images, galleries, slideshows and contact and newsletter forms, to media content, online store products and categories, and various apps. This makes creating a simple page very easy.
Free users get up to 500MB of storage per month whereas users with paid plans get unlimited storage. All users get unlimited bandwidth.
When it comes to domains, you can connect a domain you already own or you can buy a domain through Weebly. If you purchase a Starter, Pro, Business or Performance plan, you will get a free domain for one year. You can also make use of Weebly’s subdomain.
Weebly form builder lets you have full control over the design and lets you create unique and completely customized contact forms, RSVPs or surveys and make any form more attractive for your visitors. The same level of control is available when creating galleries and slideshows to showcase your pictures. The Weebly slideshow maker allows you to add captions and control speed, transition, and auto-play elements.
While the free plan comes with Weebly ads, customers who subscribe to one of their paid plans can enjoy an ad-free experience.
Weebly gives you great freedom in determining the style of your website by letting you select a font, colors, header, and generally adjust every detail of every part of your site. You can also choose a free background photo (or upload your own image) and play with filters, light, and advanced blur.
If you would like to further personalize your website, Weebly templates all have an Advanced Theme Editor, which gives you as much HTML and CSS control as you want to custom build your site.
Mobile & Apps
All of the templates in this builder’s offer are responsive and automatically look great on any device, which allows you to make your website perfect for the ever-growing number of mobile and tablet users, hassle-free.
With Weebly, you can manage and edit your websites wherever you are. Thanks to their Android and iOS apps, you can access the editor directly from your phone or other handheld devices. You do not even have to be online to build and edit sites on the go – you can save your work across devices and the changes you made in the offline mode will be available on both desktop and mobile and ready to publish as soon as you reconnect to the web.
Weebly has recently launched a cool new feature called SimpleChat, which lets you answer your customers’ or visitors’ questions from any place on the planet with cell reception. What SimpleChat does is add a chat button to your site, so your visitors can contact you in a single click. Once they send a message, you will receive an SMS with the chat content and you can reply the same way you reply to any text message and the visitors will receive the answer directly through your website. You can try out the feature for free with Weebly’s 14-day SimpleChat trial.
By adding social icons to your website, you can send your viewers to your Facebook page, Instagram page, Pinterest board, LinkedIn profile and other social networks. The icons allow your visitors to easily connect with you on social media.
A well-built site is a good start, but your audience is what makes it great. Weebly offers you a lot of options and advice on how to attract visitors and get high ranking on search engines. Your sites are automatically designed to help you attain these goals and come with sitemaps, SEO-friendly HTML formatting, as well as meta descriptions, responsive design and advanced SEO settings, such as alt tags on images and page-specific descriptions.
In the Weebly Help Center, you can find useful information on setting up a Google Webmaster account, creating good titles and descriptions, using keyword phrases in links, adding new content to make your site more attractive to search engines and other useful tips. If you want to become an SEO pro, check out Weebly’s Ultimate SEO Guide for detailed insight into the workings of search engine optimization and more advanced tips and tricks.
Weebly offers you great email marketing tools for promoting your business and engaging your customers through engaging emails that will stand out from the usual promotional content in their inbox.
Using Weebly Promote, you can choose from a range of specially designed templates that can be used for newsletters, promotions, events, and product announcements, etc. If you are particularly satisfied with a custom template you created, you can save it and use it for your future campaigns, making it into an easily recognizable, signature template.
Weebly Promote lets you sync your contacts from store orders, forms and membership groups and import from all the major email services in one simple step.
Weebly Promote also offers marketing stats that can be viewed on its dashboard, so you can see how successful your campaigns have been by getting exact information on the number of people who opened your emails, viewed them and clicked on the content.
All of the basic statistical information about your websites, such as the number of visitors and page views, search terms used to find your site or websites that referred visitors to you, can be viewed directly from your Weebly dashboard and can be accessed from Weebly mobile apps as well. What you get with these built-in analytics are real-time stats, which means that at any time, you can get fresh information about your website traffic.
If you are interested in more advanced tracking options, Weebly allows you to easily add Google Analytics to your website and find out everything you wish to know about your audience and your website’s popularity.
Weebly lets you protect your websites by automatically adding SSL certificates. That way, you will ward off potential intruders when sensitive personal information is shared through your site, which is especially important during checkout. If your customers feel like it is safe to share information like credit card details through your website, they are more likely to purchase goods and services from you.
All Weebly sites are additionally secured by a DDoS mitigation service that protects you from cyber-attacks.
You can also password-protect any page on your site, so it can be viewed only by certain groups or registered members.
Weebly provides you with everything you need to run a successful store online. It provides an integrated shopping cart and thanks to the SSL certificate, it offers your customers secure checkout. You can add hundreds of products and let your customers know how many items are left or if something is out of stock at the moment. In order to make it easy for them to find what they are searching for, you can introduce filters and let them search your products by attributes such as price, size or color. With Weebly ecommerce, you can sell all kinds of products, from physical goods to various services and digital and downloadable items. You can ship worldwide, accept all major credit cards and use PayPal (available in 25 countries) and Stripe (available in 11 countries) for payment processing.
All templates are fully customizable and you can change the placement of individual items. Furthermore, we’ve already mentioned that all templates are designed to be fully responsive so you get the best possible experience on any device. If you are curious about the varying looks of your site, you can switch between desktop and mobile view while editing and can see what your website will look like across devices at any time.
In accordance with the latest trends in website building, Weebly opted for a modern look of the templates, with pages divided into sleek sections that follow one another, providing you with the popular and attractive long-scrolling page format preferred by mobile users. In contrast to the traditional look, with this contemporary format, the focus is taken away from the text and placed on large, eye-catching images and media content, perfectly complemented by the elegant design of the themes.
Help & Support
Weebly has a very extensive help and support section that can help you every step of the way. Their Help Center lets you have a more detailed insight into key categories that help you get the best out of Weebly. And this information is useful not just to get you started. You can get information about many of their impressive features and also read their blog that offers more insights into website building, running an online store, blogging, and all the things you might need to know in order to run a successful website.
They also have a community forum that you can use to get answers to all your questions from an in-house support team and more experienced Weebly users. And if you’re looking for a more personal touch, you can even contact them via a phone hotline, live chat or by opening a support ticket.
Plans & Pricing
Weebly offers a free plan for everyone interested in testing the editor and getting a taste of their offer. To enjoy the full set of amazing Weebly features and enhanced control over your website, you can choose from four pro plans.
The free plan enables you to use the builder. You can use the Weebly subdomain and have 500MB storage. Weebly ads will be displayed on your site.
All plans have access to SEO tools, community forum and chat and email support.
Starter Plan – $8/month
All paid plans starting with the Starter Plan remove all Weebly branding from your website which allows for a much more professional presentation. Starter plans get you unlimited storage, the ability to sell up to 10 products in your store, an option to connect your own domain and shows you an extended overview of your website stats. This plan was created for people who want to build a personal website.
Pro Plan – $12/month
This plan was built for users who want to build a professional looking site in tune with their own branding. On top of everything from the Starter Plan, moving to Pro will give you additional features such as password protection, site search, enabling you to place HD video and audio players and placing a video background on your page. Your store size is increased up to 25 and you get an option of phone support.
Business Plan – $25/month
The Business Plan is aimed at users who want to build a successful eCommerce platform for selling goods online. It enables you to have unlimited members on your website, SSL security, full control of your inventory and additional store features including the unlimited number of items you can sell in your store.
Performance Plan – $49/month
The ultimate Weebly plan enables you to access the most advanced eCommerce and marketing features that will help you successfully grow your business. This plan includes a free year of their Email Marketing service that lets you lead 5 email campaigns per month to 500 contacts per mail. Additional store options include the real-time shipping rates displayed to customers on checkout, possibility of sending reminder emails to customers that have abandoned their shopping carts, and you can event create digital gift cards for your customers.
- Incredibly easy drag & drop editor
- Free domain for a year
- Powerful marketing and SEO tools
- Responsive templates
- Excellent online store options
- Useful SimpleChat feature
- Mobile apps for busy users
- No undo option