Weebly’s paid plans are available on an annual or month-to-month basis to fit your needs and budget. Annual plans have a discounted rate.
- Cost: $6 per month billed annually or $9 month to month
- Includes: Marketing, e-commerce, support, SSL security, custom domain, advanced site stats, site search, option for third-party embed code
- Who it’s for: Individuals who want to create a personal website
- Cost: $12 per month billed annually or $16 month to month
- Includes: Everything in the Personal plan plus a free domain for the first year, unlimited storage, removable Square ads, password protection and a shipping calculator
- Who it’s for: Businesses that need a professional, branded website
- Cost: $26 per month billed annually or $29 month to month
- Includes: Everything in the Professional plan plus advanced e-commerce, marketing and support features
- Who it’s for: Businesses that want to grow their website with integrated e-commerce tools
Weebly earns our praise for its ease of use and comprehensive features. With just a few clicks, you can create an account and be on your way to building the business website you desire. You can create a simple landing page and “about us” section that introduces potential customers to your business or develop a site with any number of subdomains.
Templates and Customization
Weebly has more than 40 website templates organized into the categories of online store, business, portfolio, personal, event, blog and other. The clean interface has a standard drag-and-drop capability that makes it easy to add elements to your website and view your changes in real time. These elements include text, images, galleries, slideshows, HD and YouTube videos, spacers, dividers, buttons, social icons, products, categories, maps, search boxes, block quotes, newsletter forms, contact forms, RSVP forms, surveys, audio, files, Scribd documents, Google Ads, Flash and cookie opt-out. Advanced users can take advantage of Weebly’s HTML editor to add custom code.
Web Hosting and Domain Names
Weebly allows for unique domains, emails and free hosting. With new plans, your custom domain is free for the first year, but you must pay for it annually after that. While the cost for domain names is small, many website experts recommend getting a domain name from a third party anyway, so it’s not tied to your web host.
You get unlimited storage in Weebly’s Professional and Performance packages. This is useful for businesses that have image- or video-heavy websites or lengthy text pages.
Monitoring your site performance can help you understand your potential customers and pinpoint where your site needs improvement. Weebly makes this easy by providing a dashboard with an insights tab dedicated to reporting your analytics. You can see your site’s traffic, page views, unique visits, average page views per visit, top referring sites, sales data, top-selling items, abandoned carts, coupon performance, marketing information, email engagement, ad impact and more.
All of Weebly’s templates are mobile responsive. This means it modifies your website for a smartphone or tablet based on the site visitor’s device. You can view your website in either desktop or mobile format from your dashboard, making it easy to adjust your website so it looks good on both device types.
Weebly’s Personal, Professional and Performance plans all have e-commerce features with flexible selling options and unlimited item listings. Weebly partners with Square for online payments (with a processing rate of 2.9% + 30 cents), and Performance plan users can also accept payments through PayPal. Its comprehensive e-commerce features include item badges and reviews, digital goods, inventory management, in-store pickup, an automatic tax calculator, and coupon capabilities. It’s easy to view and edit your online store information on the Weebly dashboard.
Weebly also offers marketing features like custom email, automation, Facebook Ads Manager, mailing lists, segmenting and social profile sync. You can integrate additional applications as needed.
Pros of Weebly
Building a website with Weebly is incredibly easy. Its intuitive interface and familiar tools let you start designing an attractive site without any prior experience. It offers professional-looking templates and images to make a site that looks great on both desktop and mobile devices. It’s the best website builder because you can jump right in and make your own website. With explanations of the tools right on the interface, thorough tutorials and responsive live chat support, it is well suited for novices and experienced designers alike.
A primary concern for most businesses is money. With its free and affordable plans, any business can use Weebly to get its website up and running within budget. There are multiple plans (with annual and monthly rates) to suit any business size, whether you are a first-time blogger or an established business that needs an extensive site.
Weebly is also great for those who want a personally branded website. In our increasingly digital world, a website is key to build awareness of your brand, but it can’t do a thing for your business unless people see it. This webpage design software offers excellent tools for marketing and branding your website. With a paid account, Weebly removes its own branding from your website and site address. This makes the site fully yours and projects a professional image. If you use your site for a business and not a hobby, you want a brand that is exclusively yours.
Cons of Weebly
Weebly provides excellent website-building tools and features, but it does have a few drawbacks to be aware of – one of them being domain names. Although the Professional and Performance plans offer a free custom domain name for the first year, it is only for new plans, and you will be charged an annual fee for any following years. This is a common drawback for website builders. Some businesses choose to partner with a third-party site to buy their domain name so they are not tied to one web host forever.
Weebly has great e-commerce capabilities, but those who want an online store should be aware of Weebly’s payment limitations. Businesses that pair an online store with their Weebly website must process their sales through Square’s credit card processing services. Since Square is a great credit card processor, this is only an issue for businesses that specifically want to partner with another credit card processing company for their online store. This drawback also does not affect those who simply want to build a business website without an online store.
Weebly offers a variety of support solutions. It dedicates an entire page of its site to helping you find the answers you need. You can search through suggested articles, browse the knowledgebase, read the Weebly blog or collaborate with the Weebly community.
You can reach a customer service representative by phone, email or live chat. When we posed as small business owners inquiring about products and services, we were pleased with the help we received from Weebly. Although the agents were not overly friendly, they were polite and answered all of our questions completely. Helpful customer support can be essential if you have questions while (or before) designing your website.