August 19, 2019
Weebly Review: Pros and Cons of the Website Builder (Version 4)

Weebly Review: Pros and Cons of the Website Builder (Version 4)


Hi and welcome to our updated review of Weebly’s
website builder! The San Francisco-based company has already
been around since 2007. They have always offered a free plan that
let’s you create a small website. To be able to use your own domain name you’ll
need to upgrade to one of their paid plans. Compared to their competitors, Weebly’s
probably not quite as fancy in terms of marketing. The core focus has always been the quality
of their product and nothing else. This has made Weebly one of the most successful
site builders out there, powering more than 40 million websites worldwide – but the question
remains: is it the right choice for your project? In this video we’ll show you all of Weebly’s
pros and cons. So let’s get started! After logging into Weebly you’ll see your
dashboard. Here you can access all of your sites and
also see the latest visitor stats. Thankfully Céline of Barcelona-Museum.com
has given us permission to check out her live website. On the left-hand side the editor shows all
the elements you can add to your site. There’s the text element, an image element,
a slideshow gallery and also a site search feature, just to name a few. If you want to edit existing content on your
site, just click the element and start typing. It couldn’t be more intuitive. If you’re planning to publish regular news
you’ll love Weebly’s blogging tool. From the website builders we’ve reviewed
so far it’s one of the most feature-rich blogs. A recent addition is the App Center. Through it you can add external features to
your Weebly site. There are hundreds of apps that you can use
to enhance your website by adding extra functionality. Céline has already added a few to her site,
you can find them here. To add an accordion menu to the page, for
example, I simply drag and drop the element onto the page. This can be used as an expandable FAQ section. But now let’s leave Céline’s website
and create a site using one of Weebly’s new themes that came with version 4. Let’s imagine we want to create a photography
portfolio. After giving it a name you can select a theme. Keep in mind that there are different theme
options for the various website types. I think this one looks pretty good! It’s worth noting that you’re not stuck
with your theme. If some time down the road you’d like to
try out another one, you simply switch to a new one. A great new feature is video backgrounds. To add one you click the big image and edit
the background. You can either upload your own video or use
one from Weebly’s gallery. Pretty cool, huh? All themes are now fully responsive. Just resize your browser window to check it
out: the website adapts dynamically to all screen sizes. Let’s take a look at its SEO capabilities. Weebly makes it really easy to receive search
engine traffic as it provides all the levers that make it easy for Google to index your
site. Customize your page title, the URL and the
description here. You can even hide your pages from search engines
if you want to stay incognito. One of the main improvements in the latest
Weebly version is its online store. It’s a more powerful solution than Weebly’s
direct competitors like Wix and Squarespace currently offer. We’ve got a full review for the Ecommerce
feature on WebsiteToolTester, too! Let’s now look at Weebly’s Pros and Cons. We find it very impressive how Weebly can
maintain their ease of use, even after having added hundreds of new features over the years. In this respect it’s still second to none. Their themes are not only nice to look at
but also fully responsive. We only wish there was a bigger variety to
choose from. As you’ve seen before, their App Center
offers a wide choice of add-ons that can be installed with a simple click. For companies with more than one site editor
it’s great that you can create different logins and access levels. There’s even a password-protected membership
area if you want to serve exclusive content to members only. A downside of Weebly is that it’s not quite
as flexible as other, more visual editors, such as Wix. But it does offer you more structure – you’ll
need to find out for yourself what approach you prefer. And even though there are apps that let you
create multilingual content, we have yet to find one that is SEO-friendly. That’s it for our Weebly review, I hope
you’ve enjoyed it. If you’d like to find out more about Weebly
and other website builders such as Wix, Squarespace and Jimdo, please visit us at WebsiteToolTester.com. And if you’ve enjoyed this video, we would
appreciate a “Like” on YouTube. Thanks for watching!

21 thoughts on “Weebly Review: Pros and Cons of the Website Builder (Version 4)

  1. good job, so its #1 for diy e-commerce ! surprised that didn't go to wordpress. I agree its #1 for productivity. I'm surprised that shaded text boxes have not been included. It just makes the basic the core of the pages look unnecessarily plain / tired / boring / simple / cheap / uniform. You know what I mean. I recons its substandard. It would be good to have some off line editing capabilities for mobile editing in poor reception areas or do we have that already in the draft section ? No comments where made about robustness / stability / compatibility with browsers / bugs.

  2. Nice video presentation! This is definitely one of the best narrators I've heard on any review video. Keep up the good work!

  3. Hey guys, anyone here know how I would go about creating a widget (don't know the correct name for it) like the one showing the courses on this page (https://www.getsmarter.com/courses)? Doesn't have to be exactly the same, just really struggling with this if there is anyone knows what I can do?

  4. Id like to do a type of blog using this website. My blog/website is going to be about music concerts/festivals in my country. I want to upload photos and little videos easily, would this be okay for my theme?

  5. This is astroturfing. It was probably developed by the marketing department of Weebly as in the whole video there is no "Con". False promises!

  6. Good video but it's a weebly commercial for the Pro package. Weebly is great BUT there are more cons compared to wix, etc. Be real!

  7. Just spent 26 minutes listening to horrible hold music to get a cs rep who was not at all personable and charged me $108.00 to use my own domain name. Oh, and they also provide an additional domain in case it's necessary. Also, if you pay, you'll get routed through quicker so you "may" not have to wait as long since you're a paid member. So, it'll cost you $108.00/year to use the "easiest" platform. That should also be mentioned. Choose ease and cost in lieu of the other, code & free.

  8. I use Weebly for my website and can't fault how easy it is to use. I imported my domain name from another provider quite easily. I'm not a website professional.

  9. As a Weebly user, this is quite accurate. Its definitely the easiest and most intuitive to use! They just need to add some more themes for creative people like photographers- Format and Photo shelter have many choices in this area.

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