Weebly and Wix are two of the biggest website builder services in the world. But which is the best of these two rival website builder services? We put Wix and Weebly head-to-head, and while we’re big fans of Weebly, Wix came out on top in our testing.
Both of these services are popular, boasting huge customer bases. Weebly says that over 40 million customers have signed up for Weebly accounts, while Wix claims it has more than 125 million customers around the world. Frankly, this doesn’t surprise us here at Tech.Co.
However, while we think Wix is the better of the two it isn’t quite perfect, and Weebly does have some advantages over our top-scoring website builder. In this guide we’ll explain why we think Wix is the better website builder overall, and point out the situations in which Weebly would be a better choice.
Wix and Weebly are two of the the leading website builders on the market, and with good reason. They’re both great choices.
Both will help you build a top-quality website effortlessly with their intuitive editing tools, powerful apps and plugins, and professional-looking templates. However, it’s worth taking a closer look at the two website builders to really find out which is best for you.
Comfortably the best website builder we’ve tested, and brilliantly simple, even for beginners
Another great website builder that’s also very approachable for first-timers
Wix gets a 90% score in our testing, making it the best website builder on the market. Some of its best bits include:
Apps– Wix has an enormous app store. You’ll find apps to cover everything from appointment bookings, to live chat functions and everything in between. They’re all incredibly easy to implement – simply drag and drop them onto your site. You won’t need to add a single line of code to get them working, either.
ADI – This stands for Artificial Design Intelligence. It sounds complicated, but it’s simply the system Wix uses to help build your site for you. During the setup, it’ll ask you some questions about the type of website you want to make, and then it’ll present you with an excellent website template created specifically for you.
It’s not all perfect with Wix, though:
Adverts – Wix, by default puts adverts on your website. Of course, all the other website builders do this unless you sign up for a paid-for package. However, removing these adverts from your Wix website is typically more expensive than it is with the competition at $14 per month.
Despite not scoring quite as well as Wix, Weebly is a great website builder and has plenty of things going for it:
Templates – The positives with Weebly’s website templates are two-fold. Firstly, they are all great-looking. This means you won’t find it a struggle to create a professional-looking website, regardless of whether you want to run a blog, a business or a portfolio. Secondly, the templates are flexible – so you’re able to chop and change the base design to your liking – and you can switch templates after you’ve published your site.
Simple to use – Weebly uses a grid-based, drag-and-drop editor to control how you edit your site, and while it certainly isn’t unique in using a system like this, Weebly’s version is excellent. Not only that, but with Weebly, what you see on the editor is exactly what you’ll get when you publish your site.
Again what goes up, must also come down, and Weebly does have drawbacks :
Expensive ecommerce – If you want to use your Weebly site as a proper online store, you should be prepared to pay extra for this. While you can create an online store with two of the five business plans, you’ll be limited to offering only 25 products, your customers will have to check out on Weebly.com, rather than your own site, and Weebly will charge a 3% transaction fee on any sales you manage to make. Only the $25 per month ‘Business’ plan will let you run a proper ecommerce site.
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.
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