Bit much? Yeah, you’re probably right.
Instead, I’ll walk you through the things that these two website builders have in common and more importantly, the main differences.
After all, it’s the differences that’ll help you make up your mind as to which platform will suit you best.
Let’s jump straight in.
1. Templates – Who Has The Best Designs?
Yola has a selection of just under 80 templates to choose from which will give you a starting point for your site. Alternatively, you can start with a blank slate if you’d rather.
The templates aren’t categorized in any way but you’ll find designs for both business and personal or hobby sites.
To be honest, Yola’s templates are okay but for me, they really lack the “wow” factor.
The good news is, if you’re a beginner you’ll have more customization options at your fingertips than you do with Weebly.
Weebly has about the same amount of templates but I find them to be of a more professional quality.
The only downside is, there isn’t a blank template so you’d have to delete all of the dummy content and pages if you wish to start from scratch.
You’ll be able to find a suitable template quicker as Weebly have organized them into business, store, events, and a couple more categories.
Each design comes pre-built with industry relevant pages. For example, a restaurant template comes with a menu page which can then be edited to suit.
2. Ease of Use – Tough Call
Sorry folks, but you can’t make a decision on ease of use alone as both website editors are about as user-friendly as you can get.
Yola doesn’t inundate you with some of the bells and whistles of some other website builders and so it’s simplistic in nature.
To edit text and pictures, simply point and click. All of your website building tools and settings can be found in the main menu which runs along the top of the website editor.
Weebly is often touted as the easiest to use amongst its peers and I have to agree.
The difference between Weebly and Yola is that Weebly manages to pack a lot more features and tools while still managing to keep its simplicity and boy, they do it so well!
Another thing I love is that you can choose pieces of dummy content (sections) to help you quickly create new pages which can dramatically cut down the time it takes to create your website.
3. Mobile – Both Work Great on Mobiles & Tablets
Yola makes your website “responsive meaning it’ll work on tablets and phones automatically but only for people on the Silver plan or above (more on pricing shortly).
While I find this a little annoying, Yola does has an advantage here as you can add a bar to the bottom of your mobile site which displays your business hours, a map of your location, and a phone icon which allows potential customers to “tap-to-call”.
This is a fantastic feature that can help increase conversions, especially for local service businesses.
Weebly automatically shrinks down your site to fit mobile screen and works even on the free plan.
Unfortunately, like most other platforms I’ve reviewed, they don’t offer a call-to-action bar which is a shame. In the mobile age that we now find ourselves in, I see this as a fairly standard feature.
Come on Weebly….Catch up!
4. Features & Flexibility – No Contest Here
In my humble opinion, Yola’s better suited to simpler websites as they don’t have many of the “extras” that Weebly does.
Having said that, they have most of the basics covered including Google Maps, a very flexible form builder, social media integration, SEO settings, and visitor stats (we’ll be looking at blogging and eCommerce separately below).
Weebly has all of the above and you’ll find many more either inside the website editor or over in their App Center.
Tools include pricing charts, featured testimonials, buttons, live chat, and membership functionality and all of which can be added with just a couple of clicks.
Note: Just to be clear, many of Weebly’s are created in-house and are free while others by third-party developers and additional costs may apply.
5. Blogging – Only One Option Here
This section’s going to be a fairly short one as Yola doesn’t offer any way of creating a blog. There is a workaround which lets you display an existing Tumblr blog if you have one. If not, you’re out of luck!
Weebly offers blogging functionality and it works great as a standalone blog or as an integration into your main site.
6. eCommerce – Which is Best For an Online Shop?
Yola doesn’t have their own eCommerce platform as such and instead have a white label solution in place from the well known, and powerful Ecwid.
I don’t usually recommend starting a shop with a website builder using third-party software but in Yola’s case, they’ve done a great job of integrating it as much as possible and so it’s definitely a viable option.
Such a good job in fact that I had to contact them to confirm that actually was based on Ecwid and not their own solution.
Weebly has their own native eCommerce platform and it’s damn good too. In fact, it’s my favorite out of all the general website builders that i’ve tried.
They have all of the features you need for a small or medium-sized online shop and here’s the kicker, it’s just as easy to use as the rest of Weebly which is a great help if this is you’re setting up shop for the first time.
7. Customer Support – There Should You Need It
Yola offers support by way of a knowledge base, written tutorials, email, and phone support should you need help quickly.
Weebly offers the same as well live chat and video tutorials but I did find some of the videos could have been of a better quality but they do the job.
8. Pricing – Which Will Suit Your Budget?
Note: The prices mentioned below are for annual plans as it makes for an easier comparison and month-to-month plans are also available.
Both Yola and Weebly offer a free website option with no end date which is fantastic for personal sites or testing them out before committing.
Yola technically offers the cheaper way to get started as their bronze plan is only $4.95/month. The problem is, you’ll have Yola ads and your site won’t be mobile friendly.
To remedy the above issues you’ll need to go for at least the silver plan which is still a very respectable $9/95/month. To add a store to your website, add an additional $10/month to your plan.
Weebly’s basic plan is slightly cheaper at $8/month and which removes the ads and gives you a mobile-friendly site.
You can sell products on any of Weebly plans premium plans but the amount of items you can sell is restricted and will be subject to a small transaction fee on each sale.
For a full-blown store with the option of selling unlimited products and no transaction fee’s, you’ll need the Business plan at $25/month which works out $5/month more than Yola.
9. Conclusion – Yola vs Weebly
Rarely are these comparisons clear cut and today is another example of that.
Yola and Weebly actually have a few things in common such as being very beginner-friendly, great support, and powerful eCommerce platforms.
But more importantly, the differences are;