Weebly Review

Pros:

  • Offers free account option

Cons:

  • Can't edit HTML of the website template
  • Phone support not available

Conclusion:

While Weebly Pro is slightly cheaper than most competitors, their poor customer support and average flexibility of the builder mean that there are better options for building a website with other website builders. Weebly’s builder possesses a rather intuitive interface, so getting started isn’t very difficult, but their lack of a phone or live chat customer support service means that you will never be able to get help in real time. However, Weebly is one of four builders reviewed to offer a free account option, giving you the option to try them out at no risk.

Ease of Use

Weebly’s Pro website builder received 4 out of 5 stars for Ease of Use. The builder is intuitive and provides above-average guidance while you create your website. The only downside is that Weebly does not provide a setup wizard to help guide you through the initial process of making your website and entering in content. Direct editing and drag-and-drop features make customizing your website easy. You can easily add an element to your site with a one-click, drag-and-drop process. Adding photographs is also simple. Weebly even provides an image gallery of over 100 stock photos to use or you can upload your own images if you wish.

Weebly provides over 100 professionally designed site templates for you to select from and customize to create your website. Although you can’t edit the HTML of a general content block, you can upload your own site design created with HTML or CSS or create and upload a custom HTML content block. Weebly’s website builder offers average flexibility. It is easy to arrange content blocks, but, except for images, you cannot resize these blocks. This can limit your ability to completely customize your website and make it look the way you envisioned. Weebly allows you to insert your site title, description, and meta keywords for the purpose of optimizing your sites for search engines. The builder also allows you to add such types of content to your site as Youtube Videos, Google Maps, Flash modules, an audio player, contact forms, and more.

Customer Support

Weebly received 2 out of 5 stars for Customer Support. Weebly scored low on customer support because they do not provide phone or live chat support. They do offer email support, but you shouldn’t expect the sort of instantaneous response that you get over the phone or through a live chat widget. Weebly also does not offer user forums for discussing common user issues, but they do provide extremely helpful FAQs and tutorials. They also provide a searchable knowledgebase, but we did not find it to as helpful as the knowledgebases of competitors due to its relative lack of information.

Account Features

Weebly hosts 50 email accounts related to your domain name (i.e. youname@yourdomain.com) with their Pro package. If you desire, Weebly will set up a Google AdSense account for your site and split half of the revenue generated from ads on your site with you. Upon Google AdSense account creation, Weebly provides a $50 Google Adwords credit for attracting attention to your site. For an additional $10 per year, Weebly will provide Privacy Protection from the WHOIS database if you have registered your domain name through Weebly. The WHOIS database is a publicly searchable database with information about the registrants of domain names. Keeping information like your name, address, telephone number, and email address out of this database helps protect you against unwanted marketing, spam, and identity theft. When you purchase Privacy Protection, Weebly will keep this information private by replacing your contact information with theirs.

Pricing

Weebly Pro is available for $3.99 per month with an annual payment term, but you must pay the full amount upfront, which totals to $47.88. Month-to-month pricing is also available for $4.99 per month. Domain registration is not included with your monthly hosting fee and may be purchased from Weebly for $39.95 per year. However, Weebly can also host a domain that you have previously registered with another registrar, as long as you point your registered domain to Weebly’s server. If you wish to sell products or services through your site, Weebly allows you to use Google Checkout or PayPal to accept payments. Weebly also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee if you are not happy with the service provided by the Pro plan. Additionally, they offer a free account option, which will let you host your site on a Weebly subdomain (e.g. yourdomain.weebly.com) or on a domain that you have already registered, but each page created with the free builder must contain a footer exclaiming, “Create a free website with Weebly.”

Upgrades

Weebly does not offer any other plans than Weebly Pro at this time.

Weebly's Features

Name of Plan

Weebly Pro

Price Per Month (including hosting)

$3.99

Domain Registration Cost

$39.95/year

Payment Terms

Annual

Free Trial

No

Number of Templates

100+

Setup Wizard

No

E Commerce Tools

Yes

SEO Tools

Yes

Hosting Space

Unlimited

Number of Email Accounts

50

Image Library

100+

Customer Support

2 stars for Weebly's Customer Support

Ease of Use

4 stars for Weebly's Ease of Use