Users seem to be split on the debate of which website builder is best in WordPress vs Weebly. One helpful way to make a decision between the two tools is by reviewing their respective features and any issues users report running into while using each platform.
As we look at WordPress vs Weebly, we’ll consider 4 areas: Ease of use, flexibility, pricing, and customer support.
WordPress vs Weebly: Flexibility
How simple is it to make changes or customize your website according to your needs?
WordPress is an open source website builder that allows full customization with the use of integrations and a plethora of plugins that are available. Users with lots of coding and website building experience will be more comfortable here than users with no experience – although pre-made templates make it easy for those without experience to design an attractive site without necessarily needing HTML or CSS knowledge.
What WordPress is not, however, is a “drag and drop” website builder. If you’re using templates and want to alter the way your site appears, you’ll need to modify the codes. If you don’t have extensive coding knowledge, this becomes very difficult.
Unlike WordPress, Weebly is not an open source website builder, meaning it allows less customization. You can, however, edit the HTML and CSS codes on your Weebly website, allowing some customization. Core Weebly website functions are not accessible to users as they are with WordPress, so integrating outside tools to your Weebly website can be difficult or downright impossible.
All technical and building tools for your website are monitored and controlled by Weebly, leaving you more time to focus on your content than the back end of your site. However, the lack of customization capabilities may be repellent to users with coding experience and those who want to heavily customize their site.
WordPress vs Weebly: Ease of Use
Are WordPress and Weebly equally simple to use, or is one much more difficult than the other?
WordPress is many things, but easy to use it is not. Users with some website design and coding experience may find WordPress very easy to use, but even then, the myriad features, open-source plugins, and options available can make it difficult to ‘get the hang of.’
Because WordPress relies on coding and templates to build websites rather than a drag and drop interface, it’s more challenging in general to learn how to use. To place your content (videos, text, images, slideshows, buttons, etc.), you’ll need to insert it using the proper coding or else depend on a pre-made template that places your content automatically. If you want to alter the template, you’ll need to learn how to code or hire a developer to help you.
Weebly is the definition of a drag and drop website builder. It’s regularly lauded as one of the easiest platforms to use, making it great for users with little to no website design or coding experience. Weebly doesn’t allow users back-end access to the websites built here – they handle all technical and building tools and coding. You simply move your content and features around where you’d like them to change the appearance and setup of your website.
The Weebly interface is intuitive and easy to use. You won’t need to consult their support section when building your website – it’s that straightforward.
WordPress vs Weebly: Pricing
Which website builder has the most cost-effective pricing options?
WordPress can be very cost-effective if you have coding experience. If not, you can accrue costs pretty quickly. To start building your WordPress website, you’ll first need to find a web hosting service suitable for your site. You can find low-cost web hosting through ITX Design starting at around $4.95/month.
Then there’s the cost of designing your website. Unless you have experience and can do it yourself, you’ll need to either hire a designer (more expensive) or choose a premium template on WordPress (less expensive). These are around $30-$80.
Plugins can make it a lot easier to run your site, and while there are plenty of free plugins available, some of the best are premium and cost around $15-$50 each.
You’ll also need to buy your domain name, and depending on the service you use and the quality of the name you select, you will pay anywhere from $10-$100 per year for it. You may need to purchase your domain name from an existing owner which can get really costly.
If you don’t have coding experience, you’ll need to hire a developer to set up your website and add the content you want. The cost varies depending on the level of experience your developer has and what you’re hiring them to do for you.
Weebly offers a free plan with limited features as well as 4 premium (paid) plans that range from $5 – $45 monthly. Free Weebly users must display a Weebly advertisement on the website. It is removed when you upgrade to a paid plan.
Premium plans are highly recommended, as they will allow you to do much more with your website, like:
- Create slideshows
- Website search capabilities
- eCommerce capabilities
- Marketing tools
- Member logins
- Free custom domain for 1 year
Every plan guarantees access to the drag and drop website builder, more than 100 design templates, web hosting, and a dedicated support team. In a year, expect to spend anywhere from $60 to $540.
WordPress vs Weebly: Customer Support
How does customer support measure up between these two website builders?
WordPress is famous for its massive collection of user forums, or online chatrooms where users can ask and answer questions about WordPress sites, templates, plugins, and problems. This bodes well, but some practical issues make it less worthwhile.
First, the sheer number of forums and posts on those forums can be overwhelming, leaving new users wondering where to start. Second, questions that are addressed to the WordPress community in the forums are not always answered or answered correctly. Finally, the forums provide a way for users to connect with other users, but not with WordPress staff or support. This means information received and transmitted here could be incorrect.
Weebly‘s ease of use makes its support section almost unnecessary. However, Weebly does provide comprehensive support guides for users as well as 24/7 email support and phone and live chat support during normal business hours. Because Weebly does not allow users to access the back-end of websites, they handle any technical issues that arise. All you have to do is notify them!
Overall Winner: Weebly
WordPress may offer more customization and features, but at a higher cost and while requiring a good amount of website design and coding experience.
For the casual user who wants to build a drag and drop website without investing thousands of dollars or hiring a professional developer, Weebly is the best and most cost-effective option. The ease of use, pricing, and low level of maintenance make Weebly the best choice for most business owners and bloggers. In WordPress vs Weebly, we think Weebly wins. What do you think?