I’m really excited to get stuck into this Wix and Weebly comparison.
After all, they are two of the easiest do-it-yourself website builders available today and have millions of existing users between them spanning the globe.
To do this, we’ll be looking into how easy they are to use, their range of templates, flexibility, customers support and last but not least, pricing.
If you have had experience with either of these platforms, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section at the end of the comparison. It will be much appreciated.
#1 Which is The Easiest To Use?
Wix and Weebly are well known for allowing the average person to quickly and easily create a great looking website without too much hassle and while they have their similarities, they work in slightly different ways.
Wix ease of use
Wix actually offers you two ways to create your site. The first is the more common manual website editor (the same as Weebly), and the second is using artificial intelligence.
Option 1) At this point, I’m more than used to the layout of Wix’s standard editor but when you’re new to it, you’ll find an array of website building tools at your disposal which may seem a little daunting compared to Weebly’s slightly simpler offering.
No need to worry though as each of the tools has a little information button next to it that explains exactly what it does.
The best part is, Wix allows you plenty of freedom when it comes to creating your site.
You can edit text, images, colors, and you can pick up many of the elements on the page and place them wherever you wish page in true drag ‘n’ drop style.
I know this sounds great and it can be but just remember, there can be such a thing as too much freedom, especially if you don’t have an eye for design much like myself!
Option 2) Wix also offers you the choice to create your site using artificial intelligence called Wix ADI.
Should you choose this option, you’ll need to answer a series of questions about your business and Wix will also pull any existing information from the internet.
The end result will be a customized website without you having to really lift a finger compared to the standard editor.
I should point out that when I created my test site using Wix ADI, much of the information was kind of generic so you’ll still probably want to make some edits after which you’re more than welcome to do.
The other thing to note is, Wix ADI is only really geared up for business websites at this point in time.
Weebly ease of use
Weebly only offers the good old DIY method which is fine but I don’t mind admitting I feel a little spoiled after using Wix ADI.
The good news is, if you’re new to the world of website building or have used platforms such as WordPress previously, then I’m sure you’ll find Weebly a pleasure to use due to its simplicity.
The Weebly editor is well laid out and feels a little less “cluttered” than Wix and the tools are within easy reach on the left-hand side of the page.
For example; If you want to add a contact form, you simply head over to the menu, click on the form and drag it onto your page.
The difference begins when you realize you don’t have quite as much freedom as you do with Wix.
While it works on similar drag and drop technology, the pages are a little more compartmentalized and you’ll be more limited as to where you can place certain elements.
Should you try and add a contact form into somewhere it’s not allowed, it will automatically re-position itself into the nearest available “slot”.
Ease of use summary
Yep, as I originally thought it’s a tough call but I believe Weebly will take less time to master and is a great option if you prefer to keep things simple.
Having said that, Wix isn’t difficult by any stretch of the imagination and you’ll have a lot more freedom with how your website looks and feels.
You also have the option of using artificial intelligence to help create your site, but as I said above, you’ll still need to spend a little time after tinkering around before your site is ready to go “live”.
#2 Who Has The Best Templates, Wix or Weebly?
A template is the theme of your website. Think of it as a starting point so you’re not sat there staring at a blank canvas (if you want to start from scratch both Weebly and Wix give you this option).
Choosing a template will be your first job after signing up for either platform.
I’ve seen some huge differences in quality of templates in my time reviewing different website builders, so who comes out on top between Wix and Weebly?
Whether you’re creating a site for your business, an online store, photography, portfolio, fashion blog, or (insert industry here), I’ll be willing to bet Wix has a gorgeous template to match it.
If not, you’re bound to find something closely related that can easily be adapted in their library of 500+ modern designs.
The templates are pre-designed including sample content (for the chosen industry) along with images and even specific tools such as booking forms or an online store where relevant.
It’s your job to dive in and swap out the generic and images for your own or you can keep Wix’s images if you don’t have any to upload.
I’m a huge fan of Wix’s templates and make no secret about it. However, Wix does come back with rather a large drawback as once you’ve chosen a template, you won’t be able to change it.
Not unless you’re prepared to start from scratch.
The first thing to note about Weebly is they only have around a fifth of the templates on offer compared to Wix and they’re filed away into categories such as online store, business, portfolio, blog, and events.
Each category contains multiple templates and even though they are of a very good quality, they’re rather generic and aren’t industry specific like Wix.
Weebly offers you pre-made “sections” of content allowing you to quickly build out your pages. This will save you a bunch of time as opposed to starting from scratch. Although, you do have that option if you wish.
If you can’t find a template you like in Weebly’s library, there are companies that design themes especially for Weebly but they will carry an additional cost.
Unlike Wix, you can change your template whenever you feel like it and all of your work will carry over without issue.
In my opinion, Wix wins this section thanks to their plethora of great looking industry-specific templates that you can simply “plug-into” saving you the hassle of trying to mold a generic template to meet your needs.
Just remember that you won’t be able to change it so choose wisely.
On the other hand, Weebly’s templates are by no means ugly, far from it. You’ll need to spend a little more time bending them to suit your industry.
#3 Adding Functionality To Your Website
When you’re done creating the basic shell of your site such as adding in your text, logo’s and images, it’s time to add some kind of functionality to your site.
After all, I’m guessing that when you want your visitors to perform some type of action before they leave your site such as call you, fill out a contact form, or maybe make a purchase.
Wix’s allows you to add a blog, videos, galleries, even an online store from directly inside the main website editor screen.
Those are some of the basic offerings but when you need something more, it’s time to head over to the Wix App Market.
Here you’ll find hundreds of add-on features giving you the ability to add an extra layer of functionality.
Some of my personal highlights are the booking forms that allow visitors to schedule appointments or make reservations directly through your site such as Wix Bookings, Wix Restaurants, and Wix Hotels.
These apps can all be installed with a single click so you don’t have to mess around with code, From there, you’ll just need to set them up to your requirements.
As many of these apps are from independent developers, there can be additional costs involved on top of your Wix plan but the majority come with a free trial so you can test them out first.
Weebly and Wix have many of the same features but one of the main differences being, many of Weebly’s features are in-house” and can be added from the main panel on the left-hand side of the screen.
I’ve also found some of these features to be more customizable than Wix like the contact forms for example.
To fill the gaps, Weebly also has a range of add-on features in the shape of sales and marketing tools available in their App Center.
Again, some of these may involve additional charges but there will usually be a free option or at least a free trial.
Regardless of whether you choose Wix or Weebly, you’ll find an array of tools to help you create your website.
Both platforms have a central hub of applications to help them plug the gaps of features they don’t currently offer.
While Wix’s App Market is larger, many of Weebly’s features are designed in-house and filtered neatly into the standard website builder.
#4 Mobile Friendliness
To put it bluntly, if you’re website doesn’t work properly on tablets and smartphones then there’s not much point creating it in the first place (in my humble opinion) as more people search the web with their mobile devices each day.
Fear not my digital friend, both Wix and Weebly both have you covered although they do go about it in slightly different ways.
Wix has a separate mobile editor where you head to after creating your main site and make alterations.
I know this may sound like a little more work, but personally, I prefer this as it allows you to remove any unnecessary information and streamline your mobile visitors’ experience.
Wix also offers a mobile menu bar that helps to display your contact information and allows smartphone users to simply click your number and call you directly.
Weebly doesn’t have a sperate mobile editor option and when you use one of their newer responsive templates, it’ll work straight out of the box with no additional effort required on your part as you can see from my test site below;
Mobile friendliness summary
If you want to customize your mobile site then Wix gives you that option and has the advantage here.
Even if you don’t, I would advise popping into the mobile editor and making sure everything looks as you hoped because you may find a couple of alterations may be needed.
If you just want to create your site and go without having to worry about how your site looks on phones and tablets, then Weebly may be the best option for you.
#5 Help & Support
If this is your first rodeo creating a website, don’t underestimate this crucial area as chances are, there will probably be something, no matter how small, that means you’ll be in need of help of some description.
I know I did and still quite often do!
Luckily, I’ve personally received timely help from both Wix and Weebly when I’ve needed it. I don’t know about you, but knowing this definitely helps me sleep a little easier at night.
Wix help & support
In addition to the information buttons next to each of the tools in the site editor, if you still find yourself stuck, Wix has plenty of text and video tutorials that walk you through just about every aspect of creating your site.
Failing that, you can head over to the user forum to ask a question or browse previous questions from other Wix users.
If you need to speak to a real person, you can contact them directly through an email based ticket system or request a callback.
Weebly help and support
If I needed help with a Weebly site, the first place I’d head is over to their Youtube channel which is packed full of super helpful step-by-step videos.
They also have a forum or you can contact them via phone (depending on your plan), live chat, or support ticket.
I’ve contacted Weebly on multiple occasions through live chat and email. I received an immediate response on chat and woke up to an email response the next day.
Help and support summary
As I’ve said before, both Wix and Weebly are two of the simplest website builders available and I can’t think of many situations that can’t be solved through either their tutorials or forums.
Technically, Weebly does offer more ways to actually speak to the support team but whichever one you choose you’re sure of a timely response based on my own experience.
#6 Pricing – Who Provides The Best Value For Money?
So, we find ourselves coming to the end of our comparison and last but not least we look at pricing which is usually at the forefront of most peoples minds.
First off, you’ll be relieved to know that both Wix and Weebly offer a “free website” option.
Having said that, they both come with restrictions and you’ll have to put up with ads although Weebly’s are a little more discreet.
The other thing to note is, should you want a personalized email address to match your domain name (web address) such as firstname.lastname@example.org, neither platform currently have an in-house solution to this,
Instead, you can get one through Google’s G-suite which will set you back around an additional $45 per year.
It’s not all bad news though, as should you decide to sign up for a 1-year plan, both Wix and Weebly will throw in a domain name free for the first year saving you around $20.
Wix’s plans start at $5 per month for an annual plan. While this may sound cheap, be aware that all you can do on this plan is connect your own domain name (web address) to your site and you’ll still have to put up with the ads.
The next option is $10 each month (when billed annually) and they go up to $25 per month depending on your requirements.
If you’d rather not pay for a year upfront, Wix offers a month to month plan which while it costs a little more, it maybe more convenient for you.
If you want the biggest bang for your buck, then you can grab further discounts by diving into a two-year plan.
Weebly’s pricing structure is a little simpler with only 4 premium plans to choose from ranging from $8 to $38 dollars per month (1-year plan) and while only $3 more than Wix’s lowest price plan, Weebly will remove the ads.
The downside here is that Weebly doesn’t offer a pay monthly option and the minimum you can sign up for is a 6 month period.
While it’s not the end of the world, it’s still best to take advantage of Weebly’s free account first to make sure it lives up to your expectations before committing. Just like Wix, You can also grab further discounts for signing up for a longer period.
While Wix’s most basic plan is only $5 per month, it’ll still contain ads almost forcing you to upgrade to their combo plan at $10 per month just so you can get rid of the ads.
Weebly’s most basic plan offers similar features so actually works out a little cheaper.
If you’re building an online store, you’ll probably want to choose a plan suited to eCommerce. In Wix’s case it’ll set you back $17 per month and a basic eCommerce plan from Weebly (Business plan) is a little more expensive at $25 per month (billed annually).
In my opinion, the pricing difference between Wix and Weebly is negligible, especially when it comes to choosing the right platform that can help you achieve your goals.
Final Thoughts – Wix vs Weebly
If simplicity is your main concern along with being able to change your template whenever the mood takes you, then Weebly may be your best option.
Having said that, Wix is by no means difficult but may just take you a little bit longer to find your way around.
Once you have, you’ll probably be glad you did due to their beautiful industry-specific templates, the ability to really customize your site, and their advanced website building tools.
After all, that’s really the only way you’ll be able to get a feel for them and know for sure.
Over to you
I’d love to hear about which website builder you chose, why you chose it and what you think about it as well as any question you may have. You can contact me by leaving me a comment in the section below!