Wix and Weebly are two of the most popular website builders around. Both have a lot in common. Both are super popular, both of them come with an intuitive drag and drop editor, both are affordable, in-fact they even started in the same year, 2006.
On the surface both appear identical, and both come highly recommend. However there are certain differences. For example Wix offers a free hand drag and drop editor, while Weebly offer a more structured (but less flexible) block based model.
In this post I will compare both website builder on following parameters
- Visual Editor
- SEO Features
- Choice of Templates
- Site Revisions / Backups
1. Visual Editing and Ease of Use
Both Wix and Weebly come with a feature-rich
Let’s talk about Weebly Editor first. The Weebly editor is arranged in 3 logical sections. The left sidebar, the top bar, and the site canvas. The left sidebar lists all the elements which can be added to the site canvas. The top bar provides quick access to the site-wide settings. The sidebar has the most common elements used for website building. It is also possible to add more elements via the app marketplace. For example, the tab element is not included by default, but it can be easily added via the app marketplace. Weebly recently added a section feature which allows you to add prebuilt layouts like team, blog posts etc with a single click.
Weebly editor has a block-based approach. The elements contained within blocks. The blocks can be rearranged horizontally or vertically via drag and drop. However, Weebly does not support freehand drag and drop features. It is not possible to select a particular element and drag it anywhere on the page. I think this can be a blessing in disguise for non-technical, novice users. By placing restrictions on freehand drag and drop, it prevents user errors. While the block-based approach is more restrictive, it has one big advantage. It lets users switch themes in the future. Once you build a website, you can change the theme from the settings panel. It is also possible to import your own theme to the website. You can also add products to your pages directly from the editor.
One big drawback of Weebly editor is lack of a Media Manager. It is not possible to upload images to a media manager for later use. So if you want to insert a single image at multiple pages, then you must upload it every time. This can be a bottleneck if you plan on creating image-heavy websites. It is also not possible to add basic animation with the default Weebly editor. It is possible to add animations via the app
Wix editor is also arranged in 3 logical sections. It has a left sidebar, a top bar
The Wix editor is way more powerful than that of Weebly. I like the image manager which comes with WIX editor. It is possible to upload images, rename them crop them and store for later use. It is possible to arrange images in
Wix has a very wide range of elements. For example, you can quickly add image carousel, image galleries, video carousels, strips etc all from the editor. The Wix editor also supports animation effect by default. For example, you can easily add over effects for buttons, you can easily add page load transitions. It is safe to say that Wix allows you to create a more interactive and beautiful website.
One feature which I particularly like is site revisions. It is possible to rewind your site to a previous state. This can be very helpful if you are a web designer and your client messes up the site by mistake. You can easily revert the site to a previous, working state. This is something which
Choose Wix for Flexibility . Choose Weebly for Simplicity
Wix editor, without doubt, is more powerful and more feature rich. The Wix Media Manager blows Weebly media manager out of the park. In fact, Weebly does not offer a media manager.
The site revisions feature is something which I consider essential. WIX supports site revisions while Weebly does not.
However there is one big issue with WIX editor. It is not possible to change a WIX theme. So you have to essentially stick with the theme which you chose at the start of site creation.
Weebly allows you to switch themes any time during the website creation cycle. Even though Weebly editor is lacking, it is sufficient for a beginner to create a functional website. If you are looking to create a more feature rich and interactive website, you must go with Wix.
2. SEO Capabilities
A website is of no use if it cannot be found on the internet. SEO features are
Weebly SEO Features
Weebly supports basic SEO features like setting up Site Titles and Meta descriptions. It also supports setting up page title, page permalinks
Wix SEO Features
Wix also support all basic SEO features out of the BOX. Ability to edit site title, site meta descriptions, page specific title
Wix and Weebly have similar SEO capabilities.
Both WIX and Weebly cover almost all aspects of basic of on-site optimization features. Both have decent in built SEO features and both have third party apps available to help with SEO.
3. Choice of Design Templates
Everybody likes a good looking website. So it is natural that one of the most important factors while selecting a website builder is the choice of available design templates. In this
Weebly Theme Collection
Weebly comes with a decent collection of themes. On the official website, themes are divided into 7 categories. Even though the themes are decent looking, it would be hard to categorize them are stunning. Yes, there are a few designs which are gorgeous, but overall the design choice comes across as average. One strange thing is that there is no way to search the collections of themes. The only way to select a theme is by browsing. Lack of theme search is somewhat surprising.
Customizing and Editing the Weebly Themes.
As I mentioned before, the Weebly editor has a block-based approach. The elements are contained within the blocks. The blocks can be rearranged horizontally or vertically via drag and drop. While the block-based approach is more restrictive, it is easier for new users.
If you are an advanced user and find the editor limiting, then you can simply switch to theme editing view and edit the theme
Weebly allows you to quickly switch the theme at
Wix Theme Collection
Wix has a wider choice of template. On the first look, WIX designs look amazing. The designs appear modern, clean and gorgeous. The use of fonts and color schemes give the templates a trendy look. Weebly
Customizing and Editing Wix Themes
However, there are certain drawbacks. It is not possible to switch a Wix theme. So once you select a Wix theme, you are stuck with it. In order to change the theme, you will need to start building your website from scratch. This is a very important difference from the way Weebly handles the themes. It is also not possible to export the changes made to a Wix website. So in case you want to reuse your customization work, then you will have to clone the complete website.
WIX does not allow you to make edits to your website
Wix has a better selection of template. Wix is a winner here
Wix offer over 500 design templates while Weebly offers around 50 only. The Wix template are more beautiful and modern looking. If weisite design and visual are an important aspect, then go with WIX. If you need more control over website design then you can go with WIX.
However if you are interested in a functional website which is quick and easy to make then go with Weebly. Less design choices can be good for non tech savvy users.
4. Site Revisions. Backup / Restore
Everybody makes mistakes. There will be times when you will need to restore a previous version of the website. For example, a client deletes an important section by mistake. In such cases having an
WIX has a very powerful Site History feature. It lets you create an unlimited number of site revisions. By
Weebly, on the other hand, does not offer a native site revision feature. So if you accidentally delete a web page or a section then you cannot restore it by yourself. In such cases, you will have to email the
Wix is the clear winner here.
The site history is a very powerful feature which is only offered by WIX. With Weebly, you have to ask the support team to do the restore for you.
Pricing is a major factor when choosing a platform for building websites.
Weebly offers a free plan which lets you get a feel of their website builder. The free website displays weebly ads and is hosted on Weebly subdomain. If you want to connect you domain name to the website then you will need to upgrade to a paid plan. Weebly offer 3 paid plans
|Pro||144 USD / year|
|Business||300 USD / year|
|Performance||456 USD / year|
All paid plans offer 100 USD in Google ad-words credit and a free domain. All paid plans come with eCommerce features. If you want a good looking website with basic eCommerce features then pro plan can be suitable for you. However , Weebly charges a 3 percent transaction fees for account under pro plan. In order to remove the transaction fee you will need to upgrade to Business or higher plan. Even though ecommerce features are available under every plan, there is a limit to number of products you can add. For example the Pro plan lets you add 25 products while the Performance plan lets you add unlimited number of products.
Here is an in-depth analysis of Weebly Pricing Plans
Wix also offers a free plan which is a great way to test out of their service is for you. The free plans displays wix ads and lets you host the website on wix sudomain. If you want to connect your own domain to the website then you will need to upgrade. Wix offers 7 paid plans.
|Combo||11 USD / Month|
|Unlimited||14 USD / Month|
|Pro||19 USD / Month|
|VIP||29 USD / Month|
|Business Basic||20 USD / Month|
|Business Unlimited||25 USD / Month|
|Business VIP||35 USD / Month|
Every plan comes with 300 USD worth of google adwords credit and free domain. The ecommerce features are only available on the business category plans. Wix does charge transaction fees on any of the paid plans. Also unlike Weebly, Wix does not limit number of products on any of the paid plans. So Wix gives you more value for money as compared to weebly.
One thing which I dont like about Wix pricing plans is that they are confusing. There are 7 plans in total as compared to 3 offered by Weebly. While choice is great but it can be confusing for the users.
Here is an in-depth analysis of Wix Pricing Plans
Its a close fight, but I believe Wix offers more value for money.
Both WIX and Weebly are quite affordable. These platforms have put website and eCommerce capabilities within the reach of the masses.
Even though both are affordable, WIX provides more value for money as compared to Weebly. The most expensive Wix plan is cheaper than the most Expensive Weebly plan. At the same time, WIX offers more features as compared to Weebly. On the other hand Weebly pricing plans are simpler and easier to understand
Summary and Conclusion
Website Builders like Wix and Weebly have bought beautiful online presence within reach of every small business. Both have essential features like :
- Easy to use Editor
- Basic SEO Tools
- Basic Blogging Tools
- Decent ECommerce features
- Both have similar price points
Both are very similar but I believe Wix has a slight edge. Its more feature rich than Weebly and it updates its platform more frequently as compared to Weebly.
If you want more control over design then go with WIX. It free form editor lets you customize every aspect of your website.
On the other hand if you prefer ease of use, the go with Weebly. Its editor is block based, which is easier to use for non tech savvy users.