Weebly: The Good
There are lots of things to like about Weebly, whether you’ve been building websites for years, or you’re completely new to web design.
Perfect Preview: What You See Is What You Get
The way your website looks in the editor, is the way that it will look to visitors once you’ve published your site. This means that you don’t have to fret about constantly previewing your site while editing – you’ll be able to see instantly whether your changes look good or not.
This also makes your customization experience much more satisfying. Being able to see everything on-screen as soon as it happens means that fine-tuning even small elements from text colour to adding in a divider doesn’t feel like a time-sink.
The Weebly editing interface is based around a drag-and-drop grid system, making editing even easier and faster. Lining up different elements, such as a header photo and a booking form, is straightforward and it makes replicating one style across a variety of pages easy.
Flexible Weebly Templates
Choosing a template is often one of the biggest choices you have to make when building your website. Fortunately, with Weebly, you’re not beholden to this template forever.
It’s easy to swap between different templates even after you’ve first published your website. All your content and images will be automatically moved over and you’ll be able to keep all of your tools and apps. This is great, for example, if you’re running a business and need to scale your operation as demand increases. Some website builders, such as Wix, will not let you change your template once you’ve picked one.
The templates themselves are genuinely attractive. A lot of them follow the almost prototypical website builder style of “large lead image followed by airy white space below”, but that doesn’t mean they don’t look nice.
App Variety and Integration
With a Weebly website, you’ll have access to over 300 apps and widgets via the website’s app store. The apps are all neatly and intuitively arranged in the store. This makes it easy to find exactly what you’re after, whether that’s an international shipping app or a booking form.
The store even has its own reviewing system. Users can leave their thoughts and opinions on the apps and widgets, so you don’t end up picking a dud. Some of the apps are paid-for only, but a good number of them are free to start using straightaway.
It’s as easy to install and integrate the apps onto your site as it is to find them in the app store. Most can be activated within a few clicks. For example, we were able to set up a Facebook Messenger-based live chat in less than a minute.