Our Pick: WordPress
Although Weebly has its benefits, WordPress is the better choice. Although WordPress is more difficult to learn and use, it has more functionality and capabilities compared to Weebly. In addition, there is a wealth of information available to help you build your WordPress website. Finally, if you need more assistance, there are thousands of developers that you can hire. Taking the time to learn and build your website on the WordPress platform will give you the foundation you need to successfully build your business’s online presence.
Weebly vs. WordPress: Ease of Use
As a small business owner, you need to carefully select the right platform on which to build your business’s website. If you’ve narrowed down your options to Weebly and WordPress, you must consider the ease of use of each platform and that depends on how technically savvy you are.
Ease of Use: Weebly
Although there are a few difficult decisions to make as soon as you begin to sign up for Weebly, it is an incredibly easy website builder overall.
When you initially sign up, you’ll need to choose whether you want to build your website with the Square Online website builder or the Weebly website builder. Payment processor SquareⓇ acquired Weebly in 2018 and its website builder is best for brick-and-mortar businesses that need to sync their physical inventory to their online store. If you don’t have a brick-and-mortar store, or don’t need to sync on and offline inventory, then the Weebly website builder is most likely the better choice for your business.
Note: If you already have a Square account, but you’d rather use the Weebly website builder, you’ll need to use an alternate email account when you sign up for Weebly.
Other than these initial hurdles, building a Weebly website is simple. It’s a true drag-and-drop builder, you’ll enjoy a “what you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG) building experience, and the builder includes several helpful tips and guides throughout the site-building process. Although it does have some limitations, which are covered in our Weebly review, it’s one of the easier website builders available on the market.
Learn more about how to build a Weebly website through this in-depth article.
Ease of Use: WordPress
Setting up a WordPress website is a bit more difficult than Weebly. You’ll first need to purchase a domain name and a web hosting package. Next, you’ll install WordPress on your web hosting provider’s cPanel. Some web hosts, like Bluehost®, make this easy by offering domain registration, web hosting, and WordPress installation wizards.
Unlike Weebly, WordPress doesn’t produce a true WYSIWYG experience and it doesn’t have a drag-and-drop website builder. Some themes and plugins will provide a drag-and-drop experience, but WordPress site owners need to have the time (and technical ability) to learn and administer their website on a moderately complex platform.
Learn more about building a WordPress website through this in-depth article.
Weebly vs. WordPress: Themes
In addition to considering each platform’s ease of use, you’ll also need to make sure your site structure supports your website’s purpose and business goals. One way website builders help site owners improve user experience is through themes. Themes will be incredibly useful when you build your website and they will help you design a functional, user-friendly, and eye-catching website.
Templates and Themes: Weebly
If you’re the type of person who finds endless choices overwhelming, you’ll appreciate the fact that Weebly offers a total of 42 themes for users to choose from. All Weebly themes are mobile-friendly and they each include several page templates which can make building your site’s pages even easier. Weebly has business-focused themes, which can be great for yoga studios, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, barbershops, and more.
Hear all our thoughts about the Weebly website builder in our in-depth review.
Templates and Themes: WordPress
WordPress has the most extensive theme libraries compared to all other website builders. Most themes can be installed through the WordPress dashboard. But, some premium themes can be purchased externally and then uploaded to the platform. No matter what kind of business you run, you’ll be able to find a theme, and most likely page and post templates, that will make building your website even easier. In addition, you can change your theme any time you wish and the most popular WordPress themes are also mobile-responsive.
Hear all our thoughts about building your website on WordPress in this in-depth review.
Weebly vs. WordPress: Apps and Plug-ins
Both WordPress and Weebly offer extensions to their websites, called plug-ins and apps respectively. These add-on programs can provide additional functionality and features to your website.
Apps and Plug-ins: Weebly
Weebly has a number of free and premium apps that website owners can install on their websites. Some of the most helpful apps can include search engine optimization, marketing, membership, and social media functions. Learn more about the apps Weebly offers by visiting its App Center. Although its app repository doesn’t compare to WordPress, there are quite a few apps that business owners will find helpful.
Apps and Plug-ins: WordPress
At this time, there are close to 60,000 plug-ins available through the WordPress directory alone. And, there are thousands more available from third-party marketplaces. Some plugins are free, and others require a one-time fee or subscription. If you’re looking to add specific features and functionality to your business’s website, you can most likely find what you need on the WordPress Plugins page.
Weebly vs. WordPress: Ecommerce
If you want to start your own ecommerce business, or are thinking of adding ecommerce elements to your brick-and-mortar business, you need to make sure you choose a website builder that properly supports your ecommerce goals.
All Weebly plans include ecommerce functionality. Small ecommerce businesses that need an online store or will sell products like ebooks and courses can use the Weebly platform. If the sole purpose of your website is ecommerce, you will most likely need to select the Weebly Performance Plan.
Learn more about Weebly’s ecommerce capabilities in this in-depth review.
WordPress is one of the most popular platforms on which to build an ecommerce store. By selecting WordPress, you’ll be able to install Shopify®, WooCommerce®, and several ecommerce-focused plug-ins that can help you sell your goods, services, subscriptions, and more. If your business an online store of some kind is integral to your business, read our in-depth WordPress review to see if this platform is right for you.
Discover all of WordPress’s ecommerce capabilities through our in-depth review.
Weebly vs. WordPress: Pricing
When it comes down to pricing, Weebly and WordPress function quite differently. If you choose a Weebly plan, you’ll purchase your domain name, hosting package, and website builder all from Weebly. With WordPress, the software is free, but you’ll have to purchase a hosting package and domain name from a hosting provider, like Bluehost.
Other than its free plan, Weebly offers Personal, Professional, and Performance plans, which are ideal for small businesses. All three of the paid plans offer ecommerce functionality, marketing and security features, and different levels of support.
As previously mentioned, WordPress software is free. However, site owners need to purchase their domain name and a web hosting package. Bluehost is recommended by WordPress, and is one of the most popular hosts in the world, though the decision is completely up to you.
Bluehost offers several different types of web hosting packages for WordPress users. Prices start at $2.95 per month for its Basic plan and go up to $5.45 per month for the Choice Plus plan. All Bluehost WordPress packages include access to custom themes, free domain registration for a year, free security features, and 24/7 customer support.
Weebly Pros and Cons
- Weebly’s drag-and-drop builder is easy to use.
- Site owners can test out several themes to find the one that works best for their business.
- Weebly themes are mobile-friendly and will look great on tablets, phones, and computers.
- Weebly’s app store gives site owners the ability to add even more functionality to their sites.
- Weebly doesn’t have an “undo” button. If you accidentally delete something, you’ll most likely have to recreate it.
- Weebly’s site builder can be glitchy at times, which means you may have to close your internet browser and re-open it to continue working on your site.
- Weebly’s signup process can be confusing, as the system will make you choose from the Weebly or Square website builder at the very beginning. Read more about the distinction between the two in our Weebly review.
WordPress Pros and Cons
- The WordPress.org software is free. Site owners still have to purchase a domain name and a web hosting package, but the software itself is free.
- WordPress is moderately easy to use, especially if you’re technically savvy.
- WordPress is highly customizable, but you might need to learn a bit of hypertext markup language (HTML) and cascading style sheets (CSS) in order to make all the changes you’d like to your site.
- There are thousands of themes and plug-ins available for WordPress sites.
- Has an extensive resource bank that includes WordPress documentation, social media groups, blogs, YouTube videos, and more.
- The WordPress platform easily integrates with key business programs like ActiveCampaign, HubSpot®, Salesforce, Woocommerce, Shopify, and more.
- WordPress is not as easy to use as Weebly and it doesn’t include a WYSIWYG drag-and-drop website builder. It will take you more time to learn this platform compared to other website builders.
- You’ll be solely responsible for backing up your website, maintaining security, and all the administrative tasks associated with running your website. You can, however, purchase a managed WordPress hosting package to pass some of these tasks along to your website host.
- WordPress websites are often targeted by hackers. You must be vigilant and take extra steps to ensure your site is safe from cyberattacks.
The Bottom Line: Weebly vs. WordPress
We recommend WordPress over Weebly for most small businesses. Why? It has all the tools you will need to build a dynamic website for your business. Some themes will give you the drag-and-drop experience you might be looking for, and thousands of mobile-friendly themes exist to make building your website even easier. Furthermore, no matter what functionality you’re looking to have on your website, there’s most likely a plug-in that will meet your needs. Finally, if you’re looking to build an ecommerce website, WordPress integrates with Woocommerce and Shopify, two of the most popular platforms on the market.
Ready to build a WordPress website for your business? Read this thorough how-to guide and start creating a WordPress website today! If you instead decide to build your website with Weebly, read our article which will guide you through the process of building a Weebly website.
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