Weebly was founded in 2007 and is based in San Francisco. Weebly is one stop platform that allows starting, creating and grow your online business with customized options, templates, e-commerce tools and integrated marketing services. Weebly has more than 40 million users around the world. Weebly gives everyone the freedom to create a high quality site and store that works quickly on any device. Weebly offers a wide range of options for pricing, which includes free and premium plans, as well as enterprise. It is consistently the highest rated website building a mobile app in the App Store and Google Play. Weebly is one of the fastest growing companies around the world in website building space. On the broad spectrum of website building platforms, Weebly is on the top providers who gives all those things you need to start and develop your site. It’s in contrast to solutions where you buy, install, and manage all the parts of your site separately.
Wix is an abridged way to create a website. You can use it in your web browser without installing any software. Wix has its own hosting which allows you to manage everything from one place. Just sign up, select a template design, and start creating. It doesn’t require any advanced technical skills to create, customize and host a website. Today, Wix is the biggest player in the website building landscape and hosts a whopping 110 million websites. Its powerful technology makes it easy for everyone to get online with a stunning, professional and functional web presence. Their global user base, open SDK, and unparalleled design capabilities have created a unique ecosystem in the industry.
Weebly vs Wix: Comparison
Let us look at some of the comparisons with other website builders in the market.
Easiness of Use
Building a website has never been that easy for anyone. All you need to get do is just create an account with your name and email address on Weebly or Wix, choose one of the many available templates and start moving things around with your mouse. Weebly and Wix both use drag and drop facility to build your website. Wix editor comes with more functionality whereas Weebly comes with the easiness of the functionality where a user with any technical knowledge can create the website in simple steps.
Weebly wins in terms of easiness of use.
With Wix, you have total control of the design. You can add external elements like fonts, images, animations, videos, etc in the background. You can also choose a website theme based on your industry and templates to build your website in a few moments. Whereas with Weebly, you get almost similar results but with less room for exploration due to its more focus on the not only website builder company. Your templates are locked on a kind of web grid, so you can rearrange elements, but it’s a lot more structured.
Wix wins in terms of design and customization.
Weebly is designed in more structured manner. All of its templates are designed to work flawlessly on the desktop and mobile devices. Based on your design selection, you will have every element in place, you don't need to change anything. Mostly all the kinds of screens and displays are optimized. You get an unlimited sub-levels menu for your categories. Whereas Wix is more of an element and feature based builder where you get more functionalities but with less optimization.
Weebly wins in terms of navigations and responsiveness of the website.
Weebly has a better solution for e-commerce or online stores. Weebly allows you to create your storefront and build your online store like Shopify. You can easily import or add your products. You can sell digital as well as physical products. It has a tremendous optimization in terms of SEO. SSL encryption comes as a feature if you opt-in for Business or Performance Plan. There are other fantastic features like automatic tax calculation, automatic shipping cost calculator etc. Wix offers little less functionality compares to Weebly in terms of creating and customizing your online store but it has a great feature for payment which Weebly lacks.
Weebly clearly wins in in eCommerce as a feature and Support.
In-built SEO Tool
Weebly and Wix both give you a very good inbuilt option for SEO. If you are starting any images based website and images SEO is important, you may like to choose Weebly over Wix because Wix has a different way of optimizing the image for Google and Weebly has a different way. Weebly is more SEO friendly for Images than Wix. Wix saves the images in a cryptic manner which is not ideal for image SEO. Basic features like Headings, Titles, Redirection, Errors, Custom Meta TItles and Meta Description, Keywords, etc are provided by both the players.
Weebly is slightly more SEO friendly than Wix.
Backup and Restore
Weebly allows you to create a backup option for your website but it will not allow you to restore those backups. You can not restore your entire website to any of the servers through FTP, even if you restore your backup on Weebly, it will not be the same you took the backup. Whereas Wix gives you an amazing feature which will allow you to track your website changes history which will give you a list of changes you have done and saves every time you take the backup or put it on automatic backup.
Wix is more reliable and supportive in terms of Backup and Restoration of your website.
Both the companies offer almost all kinds of support system. Weebly Free plan doesn't include community support and email & chat support, phone support is available to Pro and Business Plans. Whereas Wix also offers the same support but Weebly gives clear idea and contact page to customers who really are looking for support.
Both the platforms have a free plan but that comes with a catch that you will have ads on your website which might not look professional if you want to create more of a professional website. Weebly has two pricing plans, one is for simple websites and other is for online stores or eCommerce websites. Check out Weebly Pricing in a detailed review here.
Wix has a different pricing than Weebly. It has one free plan and another section called Premium Plans. It has four premium plans which offer different kinds of facilities and features.
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