|Verdict||We'd argue Wix is the better all-round choice than Weebly. In fact, Wix is comfortably the best website builder we've tested, and brilliantly simple, even for beginners||Although it comes second to Wix in our extensive tests, Weebly is still a great website builder that's also very approachable for first-timers|
|Number of templates||Over 500||56|
|Value for Money|
|Help and Support|
|Ease of Use|
|Paid plan (monthly)||Starts from $5||Starts from $8|
|Try it Today||Visit Wix||Visit Weebly|
- Incredibly simple to use
- Great value plans
- Easy to preview as you go
- No expertise needed
- Great range of templates
- Free plan leaves you with a poor URL and Wix adverts
- After publishing with a template, you can't change to another one
- Great selection of templates
- Lots of tools you can add to your site
- Good customization options
- No editor for mobile version of your site
- Expensive for creating an ecommerce site
Verdict — Wix is Better Than Weebly
It's close, but Wix edges out Weebly as the best website builder on the market. It's a better all-round website builder, allowing you to create different types of website with complete ease — and at a lower price than Weebly.
That's not to say Weebly is bad, it falls down slightly in a couple of key areas — price and ease of use in particular — while Wix is strong in all areas.
Wix vs Weebly FAQs
Wix and Weebly are two of the best website building platforms on the market. However, there are some key differences between them which might make one right for you rather than the other. If you still have questions remaining about which one you should choose, we'll answer them here.
Is Wix or Weebly better?
At Tech.co, we put all of the leading website builders to the test with independent user panels. During our extensive testing, we found Wix to be the best website builder on the market. It is incredibly simple to use, has a wide range of apps which add extra functionality to your site, and it has some of the best help and support options available on the market.
However, Weebly isn't far off Wix. It has a fantastically powerful editor which allows you to create your website to your own exacting demands, and it has some fantastic website templates to help you get started. Unfortunately, Weebly is typically more expensive than Wix, giving you fewer features for your money. Our user panel wasn't as impressed with Weebly as it was with Wix, as well.
Is Wix or Weebly easier to use?
Wix is the easier website builder platform to use, especially for first-timers. As we mentioned above, we put all of the leading website builders to the test with real users. In our testing, we found that Wix was noticeably easier to get to grips with at first, compared to Weebly.
In fact, when talking to some of the users after trying Weebly, one commented “It certainly took a bit of playing around to suss out where everything was. I think if I was to do it again, I would have been better placed to not try and do anything for the first 5-10 minutes and just look and scroll and click on everything.” Users also commented that Wix gave users loads more choice and that it was much easier to learn quickly.
Which website builder is best?
In our mind, the best website builder on the market is Wix. However, there are loads of great options which might be better suited to your needs than others.
Squarespace, for example, is the perfect choice for design-conscious folk after a website that really stands out from the crowd. Meanwhile, there are quite a few good options for those looking to build a site in a hurry. Site123 and GoDaddy, for instance, aren't the most in-depth options on the market, but what you lose in bespoke customization options, you gain in speed and efficiency.
If you're looking to create a blogging or publishing site, WordPress is one of the best options on the market — although you can definitely get by with a Squarespace or Wix site.
If you're looking to create an ecommerce website and sell products online, you'll want to consider Shopify and BigCommerce which are dedicated to business websites. If you have big plans for your site, we'd recommend choosing one of these — they have more advanced accounting, shipping, inventory, and tax tools which are essential for running a large ecommerce business successfully. If you're planning a smaller online store — a side hustle or boutique store, perhaps — Wix or Squarespace will be perfectly fine.
In truth, different website builders excel at different things. However, we still think that Wix has the best potential blend of all — it's a master of everything, rather than a jack-of-all-trades.
Does Weebly own your content?
The short answer is no. The long answer is “no, but…”
In its terms of service, Weebly makes clear that it does not claim ownership of your content but that it does need some permissions in order to host your content on its service:
“You give us your permission worldwide to host your Content on the Service and to perform all acts necessary to host your Content on the Service (such as making copies, reformatting, and distributing your Content).”
This means that it can slightly edit your content in order to provide the services you pay for. It doesn't mean that if, for example, you're a musician posting your music on a Weebly site, Weebly is entitled to a cut of your royalties, or that it will want to change your tunes — that would be pretty wild.
Weebly does have some rules about the type of content that you're allowed to host on its sites, however. This is all fairly standard stuff: no pornography, no hate speech, no scams, no illegal products, no piracy.
Is Weebly good for SEO?
Weebly is strong when it comes to search engine optimization, although it isn't the best website builder on the market in this respect. It does give you loads of features to make your site more attractive to Google. For example, you can customize meta tags and descriptions to show up in Google search results pages. You can set up 301 redirects to hide old pages, and all of its templates are mobile-friendly.
However, you can't add alt attributes to images, which seems like an unusual oversight.
Can you make money on Wix?
You can. In fact, Wix is one of the best platforms to use when it comes to making money online.
It has a great range of ecommerce website templates, as well as a range of features built-in to help you make money. It also has loads of apps available to add to its store — and a good number of them are about nothing else than making money.
Wix also doesn't take any commission from sales you might make on its platform — a big advantage over Shopify, for example.
What are the best free website builders?
We should be honest with you here. You can build a website for free and publish it online for people to see. But there are severe limitations to free website builders that make it almost not worth your time trying to create one for free.
Wix and Weebly both offer free plans that allow you to create and publish websites for free, forever. However, you'll find that both platforms make place adverts on your site and severely limit your bandwidth, making it difficult for people to find and access your website at the same time. Plus, you'll still have to pay for a domain.
If you want to build a website, you should be prepared to pay for it. If it's worth doing, it's worth doing properly, remember.
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