In this review, we’ll try to answer which website builder is best. We have two contenders for this flattering title, namely Wix vs Weebly, and to help you decide which one is a better option for you, we’ve compared the two website builders in nine different categories.
Round 1: Wix vs Weebly Design
WIX knows what you want. Or maybe what you need. Even if you don’t know that, WIX will help you make right decision. There are over 300 templates on any topic you can ever imagine. To navigate through all of them, you should first choose a category: Business, Online Store, Photography, Music, Design, Restaurants & Food, Accommodation, Events, Portfolio & CV, Health & Wellness, Fashion & Beauty, Community & Education, Creative Arts, or Landing Page.
Wix templates are HTML5-based, so they are using the most up-to-date codes to ensure that the designs are more SEO friendly and that they are also compatible with mobile devices (such as iPhones, iPads, and iPods). This helps ensure that you are providing the best experiences for your visitors when they land on your website. The last thing you want is for your visitors not to get the full experience when viewing it on mobile. This is why Wix is a good website builder choice, as their templates are not only stylish and professional but also mobile-friendly.
The standard Weebly themes are not exactly attention grabbing. Simply put, they are not going to win any website design competitions anytime soon. But that’s perfectly understandable, as Weebly is a website builder, and that is their core competency. Even though they have executed their website building strategy extremely well and delivered an awesome platform for everybody, there is no debate that website design is a significant part of your visitors’ overall experience.
Pre-made responsive themes for your website, blog, business, portfolio, or online store
Is a custom Weebly design a good idea?
If you are lacking design skills, where can you turn to find affordable, beautiful Weebly website designs? Most of the people cannot afford to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for designers for custom designs. A tricky part about custom designs is that, once you have advanced far enough with the custom website designer, you run the risk of them holding you “hostage”, demanding more money to make more customizations.
That would not be a very pleasant experience as you have gone the distance in your website design already, and it would be very difficult not to have the designer complete the project. I’m not saying that this happens very often, but it has happened on notable occasions.
Round 2: Wix vs Weebly Pricing
|Cost for Website Plan||Weebly||Wix|
|Cost for Recommended Plan||$12/month (Pro Plan)||$14/month (Unlimited Plan|
|Features of Recommended Plan|
|Cost for eCommerce Plan (if you sell products online)||$25/month (Business Plan)||$17/month (eCommerce Plan)|
|Features of eCommerce Plan|
|Additional Costs||$19.95/year to renew custom domain name and approx. $4/mo for email||$19.95/year to renew custom domain name and approx. $4/mo for email|
|Official pricing page|
How much does Wix cost per month?
Before we move on to Wix premium plans, we wanted to address one of the questions about free Wix sites. A lot of potential Wix users are interested in finding out if there is a limit to how long they can use a free plan, and whether they would have to upgrade their it to one of the Wix premium plans. So, is Wix free forever? Yes, you can use Wix without spending a dime for as long as you want. Do keep in mind, however, that the free plan excludes a lot of useful Wix features.
The first thing you should do is choose a subscription plan according to your budget.
The process of payment is straightforward, and you can use VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Solution Card to pay for your subscription. A nice bonus is that you have a 14-day money back guarantee if you are not 100% satisfied with WIX products.
How much is Weebly a month?
There is a number of plans to choose according to your needs, so choose your plan wisely. Choose plan according to your website’s needs and goals.
Based on the plan you choose, you’ll be presented with different ways of contacting the customer support team at Weebly. Review each of the plans carefully, and select a plan based on the level of support you need to create a website on your own.
After reviewing Weebly plans, we can answer one of the most common questions about this website builder – is Weebly a free site? The answer is yes, and you can indeed use Weebly entirely free of charge. However, you have to be prepared for a number of limitations that come with it.
Round 3: Weebly vs Wix Loading Times
- Weebly is not offering any automatic site optimization features, but it has a CSS/HTML editor which allow us to optimize the code to increase the loading time.
- Weebly has some forum in the support centre that might help you optimize the site for loading speed.
- We encourage you to choose Wix if you consider the speed as a factor for your website.
Wix Loading Time:
We a have tested few website built with Wix on GTmetrix. Here are the results.
Round 4: Weebly vs Wix Mobile Friendliness
WIX Mobile Friendly Site Builder
The new mobile solution from Wix promises to offer ‘better, faster and 100% free mobile websites’. The mobile version of your website will be automatically created, but the showstopper are the new mobile customization features you can benefit from. From the smart mobile editor, you will be able to change designs, hide content, scale and move features – while leaving the full-size desktop version of your website intact. What this means is that you can now have more creative freedom over your mobile design and give your users an enhanced mobile experience with Wix. Review the mobile version of your site at any time, and don’t forget to save your changes.
Weebly Mobile Friendly Site Builder
Weebly’s new mobile website builder is a pretty neat feature for easily creating a mobile website and it uses the same drag and drop interface as the main website builder. This is great for anyone that is familiar with Weebly’s main interface and it's great for newcomers alike. Weebly’s Mobile website builder offers some great features including a visual editor and drag-and-drop interface, as well as 17 different mobile themes and 28 website elements/widgets. Find out more about this in our Weebly review!
Round 5: Wix vs Weebly SEO
Launching a website is not enough for customers to find it so let’s spend a few more minutes on the SEO tab. Push buttons like SEO Titles or Descriptions & Keywords will open your website editor. You need to choose “Help” from the top menu and “Getting Found Online (SEO)”. The popup will appear with all the instructions for customizing SEO.
I will skip the first tip about optimizing text for search engines, because I do not have any text in my page, but you shouldn’t do so! Read it and do your best to follow all the instructions and advice.
I will, however, add Alt Text to all the images that have value for the customers. You can check how images are added in Img 7. Then, make sure to edit them and fill out the empty blanks under Title (Alt Text) for every image.
In my case I added Alt Text for the fifth image and the text is “Vintage car speedo”.
When you are done with the images, you should move on to set up Meta Tags. Note that this is super important! You need to add Meta Tags to all pages of your website and all of them must be different. Without setting Meta Tags, is it very likely that your website will not be ranking at all.
If you want to start from the very beginning, push “Help” in the website editor, choose “Getting Found Online (SEO)”, then “Update your page SEO settings (Meta Tags)”. This will open some instructions, let’s follow them. Click the Page Menu on the top menu bar, and then choose a page. In my case, as I have a landing page I need to fill in the Meta Tags only once. Press “…”, and then “Page SEO”.
When you fill in Title and Description, you will see how Google will display your website. (Check Img 19.)
To continue improving your website, you can link it your social page and add block. Check “Getting Found Online (SEO)” for more instructions. If you have an old website, you can set up 301 redirect, so anyone who visits your old page can see the new one made by WIX website builder instead. We discussed this topic even further in our Wix website builder review!
In Weebly, you are able to set your general site description and add header and footer code under the “settings” area.
It might be a better idea to go into “advanced settings” on each individual page or blog post, and set your SEO title and meta description there. This allows you to use focus keyword(s) of that page in the title and description, which are both important from an SEO standpoint. Below is a look at the advanced settings in Weebly for an individual page.
In Weebly, the page name gets used in URL. In a Weebly blog post, you can actually set the end of the URL to be whatever you’d like – which is very helpful. In both cases, you end up with a rather simple, succinct URL to your pages and posts.
The URL structure in Wix isn’t quite so simple. Even though having a URL that isn’t exactly what you want isn’t the end of the world, URLs are important for ‘shareability’, SEO, and click through rates.
On their website, Wix explains their URL structure and confirms that you can’t change it.
To give you an example, here is what the default URL of my “Studios” page looked like on Wix: mysite.com/SITENAME#!studios/cjg9
If I had built a page called studios on Weebly, the URL would be something like this:
See the difference?
Wix does confirm that you can use 301 redirects to get better looking URLs in place, but it does take some extra effort. Beyond the URL structure, Wix does give you the ability to update the page title and meta description of every page and blog post – which is critical when focusing on certain keywords with that page.
Round 6: Wix vs Weebly Integration
There are thousands of website applications out there. These add-ons increase the functionality of your website by integrating. Weebly and Wix both have around 200 free and premium apps that can be downloaded from their “marketplace” and integrated with your website.
HTML/CSS Coding – Wix allows you to insert a coding box into your site, with some custom HTML/CSS for specific applications. But you cannot access or edit your site’s HTML or CSS as a whole, meaning website professionals who know custom coding will not be able to work on your site or access it to make changes.
Primary Integrations – Like Weebly, Wix has integrations such as Paypal, Stripe, OpenTable, and many more, with over 200 options.Click here to visit the Wix App Market
HTML/CSS Coding – The Weebly website builder allows full user access and control over site internet coding.
Primary Integrations – Paypal, Stripe, Authorize.net, Etsy, Shopify, Social Media, Quickbooks, Google App Suite, and around 200 more options.
Round 7: Weebly vs Wix Interactivity
Round 8: Wix vs Weebly Blogging
Blogging on WIX
Wix blogging is simple and has limited customizability. It offers free blog templates, which is great for non-technical guys, as it is user friendly utilizing a drag-and-drop filter. Wix provides a dedicated help centre with most FAQs, and you can also get support via phone and email.
Since it’s not open for developers, Wix controls all the aspects for the platform updates and maintenance. This is one of the best features for the people who forget about maintenance.
Wix is free with multiple limitations, and the blogging range of plans to choose from starts at $4.50/month, and comes with the following features
- Blog editor
- Use Wix filters to customize your posts according to tags and categories
- Comments section to maintain conversation with visitors
- Social tools
- Video and photo galleries to create stunning design
- Embed HTML code in your posts to add fun quizzes, special forms, and more.
Blogging on Weebly
Weebly is the one of the best available website builders. It comes with a drag-and-drop website builder, so it’s very easy to use. Weebly doesn’t allow any user restrictions to drag and drop, and you can manage things where and however you want. The content on your website can be managed easily.
Weebly’s elements include pictures, paragraphs, videos, buttons, maps, contact forms – all the basics for website building. You can easily build a blog thanks to the following features.
- Drag and drop editor
- Powerful blog SEP
- Category, tag, and sidebar customization provide the key navigation and interaction elements that modern blog visitors crave for
- You can even schedule blog posts ahead of time with scheduled sharing on Facebook and Twitter along with custom network messaging.
- Supports photo journals, video diary, and literary review
Round 9: Wix vs Weebly Support
Wix offers email, live chat, and phone support.
In the help centre at Wix, you can find articles for the most frequently sought-for categories
- How to get started
- Domain support
- Seo & statics
- Wix blog
- Wix stores
- Wix App market & more
Here you will find clear and comprehensive articles with screenshots and videos. The best part is that you can find a “Help” button near every possible point on the Wix editor. You can also post your queries to the team at Wix, which is efficient in getting back to you with the answer in the earliest possible time.
You can contact Weebly via phone, live chat, or by submitting a support ticket.
Weebly's customer service team is ready to help seven days a week. Their operating hours are Monday to Friday from 6am to 6pm Pacific Time (9am to 9pm Eastern) and Saturday / Sunday from 8am to 5pm Pacific Time (11am to 8pm Eastern).
The Weebly community is the best part of the support system which helps users share their experience and the support team at Weebly even answers the queries posted there.
Before wrapping up the topic, we have a question for you. Would you rather use a website builder for free or upgraded to a premium plan? If you’d opted for the first one, share your opinion with us – according to you, what is the best free website builder?
Wix VS Weebly Comparison chart
Now that you have seen Wix vs Weebly tested in all these different categories, we hope it will be easier for you to decide which of these two website builders is a better solution for your site.