You see, from my experience, they both have ease of use at the top of their priority list so I think this battles going to be won in other areas depending on your requirements.
I’m just as intrigued as you are at this point to see who comes out on top so let’s get stuck in!
1. Design Templates
When you first get started with Strikingly and Weebly, you’ll need to choose a ready-made template which you can then customize to make it your own (neither lets you start with a blank canvas).
Strikingly gives you a choice of 28 templates and while they look good, it’s not exactly a huge selection. They’re divided into categories such as business, portfolio, and startup, store, and blog.
The biggest difference to note is, Strikingly’s templates are more focused on the newer style, one-page websites where all of your information is contained on a single page (regular sites are also possible),
Weebly has around twice the number of templates, or as they call them themes. Again, they are categorized similarly to Strikingly.
While you can create a single page website, Weebly’s geared up for the more common type of website that you’re probably used to with multiple pages.
Both platforms allow you to customize the basics such as overall site color, text, and images but other than that, you pretty much confined to the layout of your chosen template.
2. Ease of Use
As I mentioned in the intro, Strikingly and Weebly has done a fantastic job making it super easy to create your website in as little time possible. Even if you’re a complete novice.
In addition, both platforms offer you a variety of page layouts
These layouts (sections) can be dragged over to your page which can then be edited to include your own information. Some sections that spring to mind are about, contact, and image galleries.
If I had to choose, I’d have to say that Weebly pips Strikingly to the post and is the more user-friendly between the two. They also have more sections to choose from which will save you time when creating your site.
3. Features & Flexibility
Strikingly offers all of the basic features you’d expect such as social sharing buttons, blog, store, password protection, contact forms, and image galleries but overall, Strikingly is much more streamlined than Weebly.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as the tools on offer compliment the single page website design perfectly.
Weebly, on the other hand, is much more flexible and boasts over 200 add-on features which are available in their App Center.
These Apps come in the form of a live chat feature, pricing tables, membership capabilities, testimonial builders, online booking forms and we’re only scratching the surface.
Many of the apps have been designed by Weebly and others are by third-party developers. Some are free, some have additional costs but come with a lite plan or at least a free trial.
These features can all be installed with just a couple of clicks and means that your website is able to grow alongside your business.
4. Mobile Friendliness
People often wonder when building their own site whether they’ll also have to create a separate mobile version.
You’ll be pleased to hear that in the case of Strikingly and Weebly, the answer is no.
Your website will automatically shrink down to fit smartphones and tablets so it’s something you need not worry about.
Strikingly even has a cool feature called a “Mobile Action Bar” that when activated, will display a map, email, and phone icon which makes it much easier for people to locate or contact you.
Well done Strikingly and I hope that Weebly rolls something similar out soon!
Strikingly and Weebly both allow you to start a blog and either would be a great option for a business owner who’s looking to create the odd post to keep visitors informed of the latest industry news or special offers.
However, if you’re creating a standalone blog and intend to create regular articles then Weebly is the stronger option.
They have a few additional features such as the ability to schedule posts and you’ll also have the option of moving your content to a more powerful platform such as WordPress down the line should you ever feel the need.
6. eCommerce Tools
Strikingly offers what they call a “Simple Store” which is easy to set-up and allows you to sell up to 300 products.
However, as with the blog, I feel that Strikingly’s store is better suited to very small stores or as an add-on to your main website as opposed to a standalone shop.
Weebly’s eCommerce tools are just as easy to use but offer a wider range of features making it a more sensible solution if a store is your main goal.
Weebly allows you to sell both physical and digital products, you can add a shopping cart, manage your inventory, access the shipping and tax calculators and import/export products from a spreadsheet.
7. Help & Support
I’ve contacted both customer service teams on several occasions when creating my test site for my reviews and have always received fast and helpful responses from the guys over at both Strikingly and Weebly.
Support is provided through email and live chat but Weebly also offers phone support for Pro members or better.
You can try Strikingly and Weebly with a free account before deciding to commit. There’s no time limit on the free plans but some features are restricted and you’ll have the company’s branding on your site.
Note: All prices mentioned here will be for a 1-year-plan billed upfront as it makes it easier to compare. Shorter and longer plans are also available.
Strikingly’s pricing structure is very simple as there are only two premium plans to choose from either Limited or Pro.
The limited plan ($8/month) is just that, very limited. While you can connect your own domain name, you’ll still find many features are restricted and you’ll still have to put up with ads on your site and will only be able to create a one-page site.
To remove the ads, unlock features, sell up to 300 products, and have multiple pages you’ll need the Pro plan which costs $16/month.
Weebly has four premium plans to choose from ranging from $8 to $38 per month.
Weebly’s starter plan lets you connect your own domain name and unlike Striking will remove the ads and this plan may be enough if you’re creating a fairly simple site.
The Pro plan ($12/month) gives you phone support, basic membership functionality and allows you to sell up to 25 products.
If you’re starting a store right off the bat, the Business plan ($25/month) will be your best bet as it unlocks more of the eCommerce tools and you won’t have to pay Weebly transaction fees on your sales.
9. Conclusion – Strikingly vs Weebly
Out of all the comparisons I’ve done, I don’t think I’ve ever come across a clear winner as it depends entirely on what type of website you intend to build.
Strikingly is super easy to use and is a great option for a modern, one-page website that’s perfect for mobile users and all of their features have been adapted perfectly to suit this type of site (Strikingly full review).
Weebly on the other hand, is renowned for its ease of use but is a lot more flexible than Strikingly and is more than capable of growing with you and your business (Weebly full review).
As always in these situations, my advice is to create a free account with one or even both. Spend some time with them and you’ll soon see which one suits you best.
If you have any questions or you’d like to share your experience with either platform (good or bad), please fire away in the comments section below and I’ll get back to you as soon as humanly possible!