Wix and Weebly are two of the biggest website builders around. Both are keen to prove how easy to use they are, as well as how affordable. So, what’s the difference between them? And which one is right for you? We’ve dug a little (read: a lot) deeper to help you decide which of these two website builders is your best bet. Read on for our in-depth comparison, or skip to the final scores if you’re short on time.
Here are 11 things you should consider when comparing Wix and Weebly:
Wix's drag and drop editor makes it super easy to create a website - without needing to know any code! With over 510 templates to choose from, great in-built tools and heaps of apps, Wix let's you build almost any kind of website from a personal blog to a small online store. Even better, you can use Wix completely free of charge! If you need a helping hand, it offers phone and email support to all its customers making it ideal for beginners.
Although not quite as easy to use as Wix, Weebly also uses a simple drag and drop approach to website building. Weebly has a modest collection of 50+ templates for you to choose from and comes with quality in-built features such as marketing, ecommerce and blogging tools. Where Weebly excels is in its range of apps - over 340 of them - meaning you can really customize your site. Like Wix, Weebly has a free plan with paid plans starting from just $5/month.
We can confirm that Wix is very easy to use.
So easy, in fact, it scored 4.3 out of 5 for ease of use in our user testing. Nice work, Wix!
You can ‘drag’ elements (think text boxes, images, titles, galleries) and ‘drop’ them anywhere on your web page to get the exact look you want. It’s fuss-free, it’s quick, and anyone can use it.
Not much of a creative type?
Enter Wix ADI. ADI stands for Artificial Design Intelligence. Just fill in your website ‘purpose’, select some designs you like the look of, and Wix ADI will build you a complete website in a matter of minutes.
Weebly isn’t as easy to use as Wix, but it’s still pretty good.
It’s got the same simple ‘drag and drop’ approach, but doesn’t have the same level of creative freedom as Wix.
Weebly scored 3.5 out of 5 for ease of use in our user testing.
It’s not quite as intuitive as Wix, but it’s still suitable for everyone. No tech experience is required, and there’s no need for coding.
Wix gives you almost complete creative freedom.
With over 510 professionally designed templates to choose from, you’re spoiled for choice. And your template is really just a springboard – choose from a huge range of elements, drop them wherever you want, and make each page totally your own.
All of Wix’s templates are fully mobile-optimized, too. They’ll look great on any device.
The one drawback of designing your website using a Wix template?
Once you’ve picked your template, you can’t change your mind. If you switch, it’ll mean starting again from scratch.
That’s why it scored 3.5 out of 5 in our research, rather than higher.
Feeling adventurous? The Wix Editor lets you build your website completely from scratch, no template needed.
If you're full of web design ideas, but slightly short on technical know-how, Wix is the website builder for you. Hands down.
Weebly has a small but mighty range of over 50 industry-tailored templates to choose from.
There’s less scope for customization than with Wix, but that’s not the worst thing – too much choice can sometimes be overwhelming, after all.
Weebly also gives you access to all of your template’s code. This is a great way to dip your toe into the world of web development, without having to start anything from scratch. You can also import premium plans from external sources (such as Webfire Themes) – something Wix doesn’t currently offer.
Like Wix, all of Weebly’s templates are fully mobile-optimized. They’ll look just as great on mobile as on desktop.
And the cherry on top of the Weebly cake?
Unlike with Wix, you can change your template later down the line. That’s why it has a slight edge on its rival, scoring 3.8 out of 5 for design flexibility in our research.
If you’re not fussed about creative freedom, or are keen to put your coding skills to the test, Weebly is the best choice for you.
With Wix Shoutout, you can send beautiful marketing emails and newsletters, as well as share updates on social media (more on that later). You can also capture email addresses to help widen your audience.
Wix also has the functionality to let you create coupons and discounts. Black Friday is the busiest day for shops in the US – discounts are big business.
Weebly has its own equivalent of Wix Shoutout, which it calls Weebly Promote.
Through advanced and clearly presented stats, Weebly Promote lets you really go to town with your email marketing, and harness all the potential it can offer your site.
Weebly’s marketing tools have a slight edge over Wix’s. If you’re likely to rely on email marketing for your business, Weebly is a better option.
Wix offers a simple way to set up shop online.
It can monitor your inventory levels, automatically email customers who abandon their order, calculate shipping and tax costs, and even print your labels.
Weebly ticks a lot of ecommerce boxes.
The cheaper ecommerce plans offer really great value, with lots of the features that you’d normally expect from pricier plans.
Weebly’s backend isn’t so user-friendly, though. It isn’t as well-oiled a machine as Wix, and you’ll have to do more manual analysis of things like stock level. What’s more, the checkout options are difficult to adapt.
Weebly is a good ecommerce website builder, but Wix is just a little more polished and feature-rich.
Looking to add a blog to your site? Wix offers a free blogging app for all plans.
There are eight layouts to choose from, all of which are completely mobile-optimized. You can add multiple writers, and your audience can subscribe via email, Facebook and Google.
As with Wix, it’s really easy to integrate a blog into your Weebly website, and to integrate new posts into your homepage.
Both builders are fairly evenly matched in this category.
With Wix, you can easily add social media buttons and feeds to your site. Again, it’s just a matter of dragging and dropping.
In terms of social integration, the one place where Wix falls very short is when it comes to selling.
You can’t use Wix to sell across multiple social channels, such as Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
It’s a pretty similar story for Weebly.
Integrating your social media with your site? Easy peasy.
In fact, Weebly takes things a step further. You can actually connect Facebook Messenger to your website, so you can chat directly to your customers in a format that works for you both.
But, as with Wix, you can’t use your Weebly site to sell across social channels, like Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
Wix has slightly fewer inhouse features than Weebly. There’s still an App Market, though, with over 260 apps to choose from – forms, video, events, that kind of thing – so you could hardly call it limited!
There are plenty of completely free apps, while premium ones (or premium versions) normally only cost a few dollars. Reviews and star ratings from other Wix users will help narrow down your options.
Like everything with Wix, adding apps is incredibly user-friendly. Get your app with just one click, then drag it into place on your site.
Wix is adding exciting new apps to its market all the time – head to the ‘Newest Apps’ section to see the latest.
In terms of number of apps on offer, it’s true that Weebly has a slight edge, with over 340 apps in the Weebly App Center.
Like Wix, there are plenty of free apps available (over 50), and premium ones are generally very cheap. The ‘Multilanguage app', for example, costs just $3 a month and lets you add multiple versions of the same page in different languages – a very small price to pay to access the whole world!
It’s a little harder to sift through Weebly’s apps, as there aren’t as many categories. But, like Wix, new apps are added all the time.
Weebly users can also suggest new apps, which is a nice touch.
Wix has a lot of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) support to help your website get found. This includes good built-in SEO features like meta titles and optimized headings.
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) refers to how well-prepared your website is to be ‘noticed’, and therefore ‘ranked’ by Google and other search engines. It doesn’t matter if you build the coolest website in the world – if you don’t have good SEO in place, nobody will get to see it!
Wix has your back on this one. The Wix SEO Wiz will be your new best friend, creating a personalized SEO plan based on details like the name of your site, and your ‘keywords’ (the main topics you cover).
With Wix, you can easily nail SEO best practice with no prior experience.
Like Wix, Weebly has all the tools in place to help you nail your SEO.
It’ll prompt you throughout the website-building process when something needs optimizing, but doesn’t have a specific tool to automate this for you.
Instead, look to the (very comprehensive) Ultimate SEO Guide for a step-by-step approach to SEO success on your Weebly site.
With Weebly, you can get up to scratch with SEO fairly quickly, but it’s not quite so ‘hands off’.
Once you’ve built your Wix site, you won’t be able to export it to another platform.
You can, however, save as many versions as you like – and we recommend you save a whole bunch!
That way, you can instantly switch back to a recent version of your site if you accidentally delete something.
Weebly does allow you to export your website. You can download your site onto a zip file.
Although this means you can transfer your website to a different host, you might not be able to use the same drag and drop function once it’s outside Weebly’s editor. Plus, you can’t upload your website back into Weebly. So while it does offer a backup and export option, it’s not that convenient.
If you make a mistake in Weebly, you can undo changes as long as you don’t publish your site or exit the editor.
If you delete any pages, you must wait for Weebly support to restore your website for you. This is a slow solution which could have a big impact on your site, especially if you’re running a business.
It’s not the most user-friendly backup system, but the option is there.
Wix offers phone and email support across all paid plans – a rare find!
We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again – Wix really makes life easy for its users. And when it comes to help and support, it knocks it out the park.
At every step of your website-building journey, you’ll see a help button linking you through to a specific guide for that particular tool. There are video tutorials galore, as well as a community forum where you can get help and advice from other Wix users.
Wix’s help and support is – literally – second to none. It scored a perfect 5 out of 5 in our research.
Weebly offers email support across all plans, but phone support only comes with the top three paid plans.
However, unlike Wix, Weebly offers live chat support, which is a great way to get a quick response to smaller questions.
Weebly also has a community forum and a Help Center, but the just not quite on par with the depth of the Wix guides.
Weebly scored 3.5 out of 5 in our independent research. The help and support is more than adequate, but nothing to write home about.
Wix has fared pretty well against Weebly so far.
Will it be beaten on value for money?
In fact, you don’t even need to spend a cent to get a website up and running with Wix.
That said, you’ll need to upgrade to one of the seven premium plans if you want to connect your own domain name, as well as remove the Wix advertising. These plans range from $11 to $35 per month, with hefty savings on offer – we’re talking between 25% and 43% – if you sign up for a year or two.
Wix packs a lot of great stuff into a very affordable package. It scored 4.5 out of 5 for value to money in our research – the highest of any builder.
With Weebly, as with Wix, you can build a website completely free.
Upgrade to one of its three paid plans to get rid of Weebly advertising, and connect your own domain.
The three plans – Pro, Business and Performance – cost between $12 and $38 per month, with savings of between 17% and 54% on offer when you sign up for one or two years.
Weebly’s prices may be slightly higher than Wix’s, but it’s still a great value builder, scoring 4.1 out of 5 in our research.
So you’ve read our in-depth comparison of Wix and Weebly, but what are the final scores?
1. Wix vs Weebly – Ease of Use: Verdict
Ease of Use Winner: Wix
Both builders have drag and drop functionality, so are really easy to use. Wix is slightly easier, though, and Wix ADI will even build a website for you – it doesn't get much easier than that!
2. Wix vs Weebly – Design Flexibility: Verdict
Design Flexibility Winner: Wix
Wix has way more templates than Weebly, and the customization options are great. The one downside is that you can't change your template once your site is made, which is something Weebly does offer.
3. Wix vs Weebly – Marketing Tools: Verdict
Marketing Tools Winner: Weebly
It's a narrow victory for Weebly here. With the marketing tool Weebly Promote, you can really go to town with email marketing in particular, and dive right into the analytics, too.
4. Wix vs Weebly – Ecommerce Tools: Verdict
Ecommerce Tools Winner: Wix
5. Wix vs Weebly – Blogging: Verdict
Blogging Winner: It’s a tie!
Both Wix and Weebly have blogging apps to integrate into your website, meaning you can blog to your heart's content – it's too close to call!
6. Wix vs Weebly – Social Media Integration: Verdict
Social Media Integration Winner: Weebly
Although neither builder lets you sell across social media, you can integrate your social channels with both. Weebly gets a bonus point here for letting you connect your Facebook Messenger, so you can chat directly to your customers in a format they'll love.
7. Wix vs Weebly – App Markets: Verdict
App Market Winner: Weebly
8. Wix vs Weebly – SEO: Verdict
SEO Winner: Wix
Wix's own tool, the Wix SEO Wiz, takes the hard work out of SEO. Weebly offers a lot of SEO support, but without the same 'hands off' approach.
9. Wix vs Weebly – Backup and Restore Options: Verdict
Backup and Restore Options Winner: Wix
With Wix, you can easily save backup versions of your site to revert to if need be. You can save versions of your Weebly site, too – but having to download to a zip file is far less appealing.
10. Wix vs Weebly – Help and Support: Verdict
Help and Support Winner: Wix
Wix scored a perfect 5 out of 5 for its help and support. Weebly's help and support is above average, but is no real match for Wix.
11. Wix vs Weebly – Pricing and Value for Money: Verdict
Pricing and Value for Money Winner: Wix
Show me the money! Or, rather, show me where I can get more for my money. It's another victory for Wix here – the builder packs a lot of great features into a range of pretty cheap plans. Put simply – it offers you more, for less.
Wix vs Weebly: the Verdict
So the scores are in, and it’s an overall win for Wix. Yes, Weebly may have the edge when it comes to Social Media and Features, but Wix dominates Help & Support, Design, Ease of Use and Value for Money – the four founding pillars of any great website builder.
But hey, if you’re still not sure which one’s for you, why not give one (or both) a try for free, and take things from there? Or, check out our review of the top website builders to see how Wix and Weebly fare against the competition.
Our overall ratings are based on the average score of all ratings combined.
Our scores give you an at-a-glance overview of which service offers you the best features, value, and more.
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