Templates – Wix wins
Overall, we reckon Wix offers users a better template experience. It offers more templates to choose from than Weebly (over 500 versus fewer than 100). Plus, we think that Wix’s often look nicer as well.
As we mentioned above, you can’t change your Wix template after you’ve published your site, which isn’t ideal. However, you’re more likely to find the right template first time round with Wix, thanks to the greater choice.
Support – Wix wins
The help and support Wix provides for its users is unparalleled. There’s an exhaustive support centre, with loads of Wix power users, as well as actual Wix support staff ready to assist you with any problems.
The site-editing interface is also littered with help buttons which can provide you with straightforward, actionable advice to keep you building your site without stress.
Let’s make it clear, Weebly’s help and support isn’t bad by any stretch. It offers a similar support centre, and on-screen help buttons. However, we feel it can’t quite match Wix for quality and depth.
Pricing – Wix wins
No one likes paying over-the-odds for anything – let alone a website builder with ongoing fees. Wix has Weebly beat on a number of counts when it comes to their pricing structures.
Wix offers five paid-for plans, not including the free version. These range from $4.50 per month for the most basic ‘Connect Domain’ package, to $25.50 per month for the full-fat ‘VIP’ plan.
Weebly also offers five paid for plans, and a free version. However, these range in price from $4 per month for the ‘Connect’ package to a whopping $38 per month for the ‘Performance’ package, designed for online stores.
While Wix and Weebly’s cheaper pricing plans are pretty similar, we found that if you’re looking to run a good online store, Wix is better value for money with its ‘eCommerce’ and even the ‘VIP’ plan undercutting its Weebly equivalents.
Coding – Weebly wins
If you’re already an experienced coder, or fancy stretching your legs with your new website, Weebly is the website builder for you. You’re able to edit your site’s code, even on the free package.
Weebly also allows you to access the raw code at the heart of the site. Wix, on the other hand offers what it calls “developer tools”, which allow you to edit certain parts of the code, rather than all of it.
Mobile Editing – Wix wins
More people use the internet on their phones rather than on laptops or desktop PCs these days, and this is crucial to bear in mind when creating your website. Wix allows you to edit the mobile version of your website, whether that’s adding or removing certain elements, changing the text or the overall design of the page.
Weebly, on the other hand, only allows you to view how your site will look on mobile, rather than edit this specific view.
Of course, all of Weebly’s templates are mobile responsive – meaning that they’ll scale to the size of the device your accessing it from. But, not being able to edit the mobile layout feels slightly amiss.