Wix vs Weebly? When I was first starting out in the business, I found myself asking the same question. I wasn’t 100% sold on WordPress yet, so I was looking into alternatives.
Two of the biggest names I came across were these two. But like anyone who knew nothing about these platforms, I found myself unsure which would be best for me.
To save you from floundering about with uncertainty, I’m taking an in-depth look at both services and helping you decide which would be the best choice for you and your venture.
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Initial thoughts on the two platforms
I often get asked where I stand when it comes to Wix vs Weebly. And to me, it all boils down to the size of your site. I’ll get into that in more detail later. But basically, Weebly is a better option for larger websites while Wix offers a larger template library.
Before we get into the hows and whys, let’s take a quick look at each software’s background.
This website builder launched in 2006 and has amassed over 150 million users since its fruition. It’s now among the highest-rated and recommended apps for building entire websites on your own with minimal to no coding experience needed.
Its popularity largely stems from its inclusion of over 500 page templates that can accommodate several different niches.
Its drag and drop builder combined with its user-friendly interface contribute to its popularity and the steady demand that have endeared it to its growing customer base.
Another great feature about it is that you have the option to have the ADI or dedicated web developers build your site for you.
This and its other features combined with its stellar customer service makes it one of the most beginner-friendly services in the market.
On the other hand, Weebly is a smaller rising competitor of the aforementioned platform. With over 12 million users currently active, this free platform boasts an easy to use interface and large bandwidth to support larger enterprises.
There are several features that make this software popular for many beginners. To start with, its smaller template library makes it somewhat easier to browse through a collection of web designs without getting overwhelmed.
The application currently has over 50 niche-specific templates to choose from - each designed by a skilled web professional to help you get started.
One of its biggest advantages over its competitors is that it has a range of over 350 applications all designed to give you as much control over your web pages as possible.
This does have one minor disadvantage: it isn’t as beginner-friendly as Wix.
What are the factors I need to consider before I decide which one is the best platform for me?
There are three main factors I like to consider when choosing any software that allows me to build websites from scratch.
Obviously, there are more factors you need to consider. But I like to start with these three. This helps me determine whether the app:
1. Is focused on functionality
2. Is worth the cost
3. Would fit my business
4. Would be able to cater to my needs as my venture grows
In addition to the above-mentioned traits, you should also look into the following qualities specifically when you’re comparing Weebly vs Wix for a fair and accurate comparison.
We’ll take an in-depth look at all these features below. But keep this in mind - my opinion should not sway you from making the right decision.
Remember, you know your business best. Make sure you choose a platform based on what your venture’s needs are and what your capabilities are as the owner.
Ease of use
When I say ease of use, I’m not talking about whether or not it’s easy to drag and drop elements onto the builder. Both platforms do a good enough job of letting you build and design pages by clicking and dragging elements onto certain areas of your website.
When talking about how easy it is to use a platform, I like to ask myself a few things:
I get it if you're confused. But let me explain myself - there is nothing more counterproductive than an over-cluttered program. Yes, there might be a lot of features, and yes it’s entirely normal to need a few hours - or even days, to get the hang of new software.
But don’t mistake bad and confusing user interfaces for a complex platform. There is a big difference. That said, how do Wix and Weebly stack up against each other?
One of the main contributing factors of these platforms’ current popularity is the fact that they’re incredibly easy to use and their user interface is smooth as butter.
That’s why it’s a bit difficult to pinpoint exactly which service is better when it comes to overall intuitiveness. To start with, let’s discuss what they have in common.
Both of them only take up a few minutes to set up. It can literally be done in five minutes if you’re in a hurry. All you need to do is sign up/create an account, fill out your information, select a template, and start using the drag and drop builder.
But the similarities end there. Funnily enough, while both of them are arguably easy to use they each have their own approach when it comes to the overall user experience.
I found that while the Wix editor allows you to do a lot more compared to Weebly’s, it also means that it’s slightly more complicated and you will need to spend a bit more time “getting to know” it.
Of course, that isn’t to say that Wix isn’t beginner-friendly. Despite giving you the ability to position elements exactly where you need them to be, finetune specific colors, styles, and fonts, and even add in animated texts and images.
Another feature I like about the editor is that you’re able to choose between a global undo action or review your site’s entire editing history so you don’t need to start over from scratch when you’ve made a small mistake.
On the other hand, Weebly sticks to the bare necessities of design work making it easier to understand. The lack of complex features also means there’s less of a learning curve and that you’re better able to focus on creating your website instead of learning about its different tools.
Summary: Weebly is easier to use since it has a less complicated toolset. However, Wix offers better control over the design process with its advanced features.
How much do they cost?
It should interest you to know that both of these services offer a free forever plan. Although, you might not necessarily need it for the entire duration of your website’s existence - unless you’re not planning on it growing.
It’s nice to know you’re able to test out the software without having to make a solid monetary commitment.
Wix looks like it has a cheaper plan matrix in place despite its more complex feature set when it comes to the builder. That said, Weebly’s hierarchies are much more straightforward and their eCommerce solutions are somewhat more powerful compared to what its competitor has to offer.
Wix pricing plans
As I mentioned before, the platform also comes with a lifetime free plan. Their premium options range from $4.50 to $24.50 each month. You also have the option to choose from Business and eCommerce hierarchies that are dedicated to those who sell products online or larger businesses who need additional resources aside from blog posting and general informational content.
Let’s take a closer look at each plan option below.
As for the Business and eCommerce plans, there are three price tiers. The basic plan costs $17 on a monthly basis and allows you to accept online payments. The business unlimited plan costs $25 per month and allows you to essentially grow your business, and the Business VIP plan allows you to get the full suite of commerce tools for $35 each month.
Weebly pricing plans
On the other hand, Weebly’s premium hierarchies are a bit less complex with only four paid plan options to choose from. They range from $5 to $38 per month on an annual billing cycle.
Take note that all their premium plans come with a 100% happiness guarantee and that a free forever plan with ads and branding is also available.
I personally believe that a key factor with any design-based tool is customizability. However, that’s mainly because I’ve been working on these things for a long while now and know exactly what I want when I’m doing it.
Others who are just starting out might feel the opposite. For example, you might be less inclined to use a platform if it has too many advanced features.
But that’s just because it can get overwhelming very quickly. On the other hand, if you’re someone who doesn’t mind taking the time to learn about additional “advanced” features, then you might benefit from the likes of Wix.
Luckily, both platforms take a very different approach when it comes to design elements and how much you can customize your pages.
Weebly’s approach is a bit more simple. There are less tools to tinker with, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t able to significantly personalize the pages you’re working on.
There are over 50 template choices on it and each is precisely tailored to fit different industries. I like how the templates look sleek, and professional. Plus, they’re also quite effective in relaying the message you want.
Some would argue that a larger design directory is a better choice. And in some cases, I can agree. I would have liked to have more options. However, those included were actually quite beautifully designed and easy to work with.
As you know by now, the drag and drop editor on the software isn’t as advanced or customizable as its competitor. That said, its simplicity is what makes it an ideal tool for beginners.
The lack of overly complex features most startup web designers won’t need makes it easier to stick to the more important parts of the design process such as the content.
Additionally, if you want to have more control over your work in the future, you can learn a bit of code to make the edits you want possible. You’re able to access the entire code for your templates which is great for beginners and for anyone who might want to export template files.
One of the more major advantages the platform has over its competitor is that you’re able to import premium plans from third-party apps like Webfire Themes.
Finally, you also have the ability to alter your templates at a later time. This isn’t something you can do with Weebly, and is great if you’re looking for some flexibility while you’re honing your skills.
On the other hand, Wix is better known for its more customizable - but still user-friendly, drag and drop builder. It comes with a host of added features such as a pixel-perfect builder, and an extensive template library with over 500 designs to customize.
Basically, it allows you to have nearly complete control over your design choices even with a dedicated template. However, one major drawback is that if you want to switch between themes, you’ll have to start from scratch.
That said, if you’re looking for a platform that will let your creative juices run free, then this is something you’ll enjoy. The extensive design directory coupled with the seemingly limitless editorial ability will allow you to explore endless possibilities when it comes to your website’s visual elements.
Take note that with such creative freedom comes a very specific drawback - it can get very overwhelming. This is especially true if you’re a beginner and have no experience with web design.
Luckily enough, you can also tap into the WIX ADI or Artificial Design Intelligence feature. This allows you to connect your domain to your social media platforms and it creates a website or contact form that targets your ideal audience based on that information.
If you’re worried about it being inaccurate, you’re still able to change or tweak certain elements after the AI is done working its magic.
Summary: When it comes to flexibility, nearly nothing can beat Wix and its pixel-perfect builder. The fact that you’re able to move elements as you please and alter templates to fit your exact specifications. If you’d like to have a more tailored start-off point, the Wix ADI can help you create a personalized template based on your social media. On the other hand, if you want something simpler and straight to the point, Weebly’s grid editor helps you maintain structure while still being able to alter your pages significantly.
Responsiveness and navigational ability
While both applications allow you to create mobile-responsive web pages, there are a few elements you’ll need to move around to make it look good and cohesive on a mobile screen with Wix. I guess this is a problem that’s currently being fixed since it isn’t the case all the time.
Plus, the navigation on the home menu is monotonous to say the least with only one sublevel option so if you want a more dynamic home menu, you’ll have to rely on a bit of code to make it happen.
Additionally, the pixel perfect builder’s lack of a grid-locking system sometimes will make it hard for you to perfectly align design aspects. This will take away from the responsiveness of your page but can be easily remedied after a few cases of trial and error.
On the other hand, Weebly’s smaller template directory makes up for it in mobile responsiveness. Each design is mobile responsive and is guaranteed to automatically convert to not only fit but to also look attractive across all screen sizes.
One thing you need to note though is that in some cases, the font is displayed as too small on smaller screens. There is currently no way to fix this. However, I’d say it’s a minor inconvenience.
That said, the multiple sub-level ability makes up for this shortcoming. Unlike Wix, Weebly is able to handle over 50 different pages which makes it ideal for users who want to build a larger website.
This obviously has its positives and negatives. For example, this can easily entice you to create a maze of content for your audience. I strongly recommend you keep your pages easy to navigate as this will often keep your audience interested much longer.
Summary: Weebly’s smaller directory has better mobile responsive pages and can handle a larger website volume. The ability to create over 50 sub-levels allows you to create complete home menus and websites which makes it ideal for a larger business. On the other hand, Wix’s smaller navigational capacity makes it easier to create smaller websites without getting too far ahead of yourself.
Like I mentioned before, both platforms have the ability to integrate online shopping into your website. There is, however, one small difference - Weebly is better suited for larger enterprises.
While Wix’s commerce feature isn’t too shabby - you’ll be able to sell physical and digital goods with no sweat, it isn’t designed to handle a larger business. Weebly’s premium plan comes with an automatic tax sales calculator for US stores and a shipping cost calculator.
Despite Weebly’s previous lead, Wix has managed to upgrade its tools to measure up to the former’s user interface.
The addition of features such as customer accounts and search engine optimization measures allows your products to rank up in search results and improves your visibility on engines like Google.
You’re also now able to process payments through providers like Paypal and Stripe on top of the visual elements that Wix is known for.
You’re able to add a zoom effect to your product photos and videos which adds to the “dynamic” nature of your website.
The biggest edge it has over its competitor is its ability to process offline payments. Although depending on the demands of your business, you may find that you do or don’t need it.
Summary: Depending on your needs and focus, you can’t go wrong with either Wix or Weebly on the eCommerce front. I'd suggest you look into other factors instead and proceed from there. Take note that Wix offers a cheaper option compared to Weebly so that may sway your opinion.
Search engine optimization tools
SEO is all the rage now that business owners and everyone under the sun are aware of how it can work wonders for your venture. Whether you’ve decided to run a blog, a professional website, or an online storefront, making sure your content is optimized can help you rank in search engines for better visibility and it could also possibly help you reach a wider audience.
I’m not going to go into the specifics of why or how search engine optimization can help you and your business. But, it is important to note that both apps incorporate SEO ability which means you can optimize your content to comply with Google’s requirements.
For example, you can edit meta descriptions, URL names, and even set up 301 redirections. However, Weebly’s biggest drawback is that you’re limited to a few headline formatting options whereas Wix allows you to toggle between H1 to H6 headers.
Additionally, Weebly also alters image file names into more cryptic titles. This is unfortunate if you want to rank on image SEO, but is otherwise harmless.
Summary: Both platforms have decent SEO capability in place. However, if you’re a stickler for search engine optimization, you may find that both of these apps have faults and that neither of them will allow you to create a perfect search engine optimized website. That said, most discrepancies are relatively minor and shouldn’t matter much especially if you’re a beginner or just starting out.
Another factor worth mentioning is a platform’s blog ability. Blogging is fast becoming a staple for many businesses and whether you’re reading this review for eCommerce purposes or purely to learn about how well and easily you can publish content online, it’s worth noting that the blog capability on both platforms are quite basic and run of the mill with a few exceptions.
For example, Weebly overtakes Wix in the design front when it comes to the blog feature simply because its editor is more dynamic and more well-tuned with the page editor itself.
This allows you to create complex blog layouts with the option to add widgets and elements from the page editor.
On the other hand, Wix’s editor appears in an external window and is mostly text-based. This means you’re only able to focus on text and are unable to add in more dynamic elements.
Summary: Wix is a good option if you want a simpler blog tool that is straightforward and lets you focus on your content. That said, Weebly’s more dynamic editor comes with the ability to add elements like forms and galleries to your posts so it’s more dynamic and attractive to your readers. It ultimately depends on what you prefer, but this is one regard where Weebly is ahead of Wix on the design front.
Last but not the least, I value a service that values its users. And despite generally not needing help most of the time, I like to recommend software that comes with stellar customer service for those who do.
And besides, there’s something about using an application that you know you can reach out for help when you need to. After all, you never know if you’ll need to resolve bugs quickly in the future.
I appreciate that both platforms offer several avenues for assistance. You can choose from phone to email support on top of a free for all knowledge base that includes tutorials and an online forum for users and veterans to actively discuss the software and its inner workings.
That said, I did find that Weebly is easier to reach with all of their contact information in a clear display. Wix on the other hand tries to get you through their FAQs section first before you contact them.
That said, when you do reach out both apps had support teams that responded in around the same amount of time. I encountered friendly and eager to help representatives on both accounts which is a plus.
Summary: I admire that both choices have great customer service with multiple avenues to reach out and even self-remedy the situation while waiting for a response.
Wix vs Weebly: who wins?
Ultimately, it comes down to your preferences. I like how despite both companies seemingly offer the same services, there are very distinct differences that make them more applicable for one type of user over another.
I recommend Weebly if you’re a larger business focusing on blogging and eCommerce. Their more dynamic blog editor and larger commerce capability make it perfect for larger enterprises. Additionally, the simpler editor makes it easier for beginners to navigate web design without becoming overwhelmed and risking an overly cluttered outcome.
On the other hand, Wix is a great option if you want complete creative freedom. The drag and drop editor is the highlight of the service as well as its extensive template library. Its lack of grid-locking measures means you can place elements anywhere you want to. But it can also be difficult for newbies to navigate the UI due to this.
Whichever service you choose, you’re in good hands. Just make sure you give the free plan a try before making a commitment to make sure you’re happy with what you’re signing up for.