Weebly

Pros

Good looking templates, no coding knowledge required, large online community, free account, 24/7 support

Cons

Not as many templates, lack of urgency regarding support, annoying upgrade options

Overall Score

9.0
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Summary

Summary

Weebly is one of the big players on the website design scene and we set out to test whether the service warrants the notoriety. We found the Weebly experience to be very smooth and with little to no problems, but we weren’t extremely impressed. Considering Weebly is thought of as in the top 5 website builders online, we weren’t overwhelmed by features or templates, as we were with the other big services.

Value For Money

Value For Money

Initially, most users would go for the free account, which entails the basic weebly experience, with full access to the drag and drop editor and most of the features in it. The first upgrade option is ‘Starter’ which is $3.29 /month (minimum sign up is 6 months which = $29 minimum investment) which as an upgrade from the free account allows you to make unlimited pages and connect to your own domain, which we believe is not necessarily worth the $29 minimum they charge.

Editor

Editor

We really liked the editor that Weebly provided, in both the free account and the upgraded account the editing process was very simple yet packed with features. The design of the editing space is very non-intrusive and the fact that you can view your site in a mobile view, helping you to optimize your site on this platform, this is extremely important as most mobile users who cannot easily navigate a site will not return. One downside to the editor is the inclusion of ‘Lorem Ipsum’ text to fill the space, this could be used to give handy tips like other services do but instead the user is faced with an overload of Latin jargon.

Templates

Templates

There are around 200 different templates supplied on Weebly, all available in a selection of colours. This is nice but we would have liked to see a few more specialized templates, as most are extremely generic which is not very useful to the user who has no idea what they are doing (a lot of users nowadays as most consumer fronts are moving online). This does however cater to the user who is very design specific as the plethora of starting designs and colours will give them a guaranteed head start.

Additional Features

Additional Features

Weebly really comes into it’s own with it’s features, with everything a user could want and more. We really liked the commerce features with Google AdSense which is where a lot of website traffic comes from is we didn’t see this on many of their competitors editors. From Bookings to YouTube videos right there for the user to add to their site, we feel like Weebly really lived up to their name in this area.

Guides & Customer Service

Guides & Customer Service

Whilst using Weebly, specifically the editor, we found that help was not necessarily direct. There is no link to help directly from the editor meaning that the user will have to save the problem straight into their site and search for help elsewhere, which can add to the aggravation quite easily. However, when you do reach the help it is substantial, there is a phone number to call and a chat feature to use which allows you to email with questions, we found this of great possible use.