Wix Review Summary
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 are 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 basically the system Wix uses to help build your site for you. During the setup, it’ll ask you some pretty basic questions about the type of website you want to make, and then it’ll present you with an excellent website template designed 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.
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Weebly Review Summary
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 it will be super easy to create a professional looking website with Weebly, regardless of whether you want to run a blog, a business or a portfolio. Secondly, the templates are flexible – you’re able to chop and change the base design to your liking – and you can also change the template 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 an online store, you should be prepared to pay extra for this. Despite offering four paid-for plans, only the aptly named Business plan will allow you to run a proper ecommerce website and it costs $25 per month.
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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, plus the free version, whereas Weebly only offers four, plus its own free version.
Weebly’s plans also start $8 per month and finish at the $38 per month. Wix’s plans, on the other hand, start at $5 per month and finish at $25 per month. In short, Wix offers a greater variety of packages, which will help you get the best value for money, for lower prices across the board.
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 access websites on their phones, rather than on laptops or desktop PCs – this is a crucial thing to understand about your future site visitors. 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.