Ready to start a website but not sure whether to choose Wix or Weebly? Read our expert comparison to assure you make the right choice from an SEO perspective!
Weebly is a standard and eCommerce website building platform. It was founded in 2007 on the belief that anyone should have the tools to take their business from idea to launch to growth. Weebly is based in San Francisco and has offices in New York, Scottsdale, and Toronto. They were acquired by Square (which is owned by Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter) in May, 2018.
In terms of functionality and setup, Weebly works similar to Wix. Simply pick a pre-built theme from their library or import your own. Then, begin designing it with a simple drag-and-drop editor.
Here's a snapshot of what the back-end editor of Weebly looks like. I think the mock site we were putting together looks pretty great.
Weebly's editor has a lot less options than Wix (which isn't necessarily a bad thing) and is much faster. It allows you to add basically everything including headers, photos, Google Maps, buttons, newsletter signup forms, embed code, videos, products, search boxes, social icons, Google AdSense, survey, counters, and a ton of other design elements. In terms of usability and ease-of-use, I would definitely give it to Weebly.
One thing to mention also is that Weebly allows you to add an unlimited number of sub-pages, whereas Wix only allows for 1 level of sub-pages. This definitely helps from a site structure standpoint, especially for larger businesses.
In terms of Weebly's SEO settings, you can adjust the page title, meta description, set up 301 redirects, mark pages indexable or not, and adjust the URL. It's pretty basic but still effective. I don't see any more advanced/technical SEO functionality such as structured data, editing robots.txt files, updating XML sitemaps, or setting up rel canonicals.
A plus though is that you can edit the HTML and CSS of the site which allows you more flexibility creatively and for making some technical SEO/performance enhancements.
Weebly has historically worked fine for the same audience as Wix. However, as mentioned above, Weebly was purchased by Square and is expanding their eCommerce capabilities! Plus, I have a lot of faith in Jack Dorsey, due to his success with Twitter and various other businesses. I'd imagine Weebly will continue to grow and improve. If you're a small business (or medium-sized for eCommerce websites) or freelancer, this is a great option for you, and I definitely recommend getting on this platform now. It's an exciting time for them.
The Pros of Weebly are:
- Extremely Easy to Use
- Good Site Speed
- Beautiful Selection of Templates
- Weebly App Center
- Free Domain (With Professional or Performance Plan)
- Excellent Customer Support
- Affordable Pricing (see below)
- Great Company Leadership
Weebly allows you to try it free for their basic use option! However, if you want more advanced, and helpful features, these are their pricing options.
For more information of what these different packages include, visit Weebly's pricing layout.
Wix is a cloud-based web development platform. They are based in Isreal and have offices in Israel, USA, Lithuania, Germany, Brazil, Ireland, Canada, and Ukraine. It allows users to create HTML5 websites and mobile sites through the use of online drag-and-drop tools.
Wix offers different options for creating websites. The most common approach for users when creating their website is to use Wix's drag-and-drop editor. However, they have developed Wix ADI, which builds a website using AI technology. Lastly, you can hire a Wix web designer directly through their partner directory that can build your website for you.
As mentioned above, Wix's drag-and-drop editor has a lot more options than Weeby and is much slower (just like their websites), which can be annoying.
As you can see, I got so annoyed by the speed and abundance of options that I didn't customize this site. Just a dude climbing a rock.
In terms of Wix's SEO settings, you can adjust the page title, meta description, set up 301 redirects, mark pages indexabe or not, adjust the URL, add structured data, and set up rel canonicals. While it seems to be more advanced than Weebly's, it's still pretty basic. You still can't editrobots.txt files, or update XML sitemaps.
And, unlike Weebly, you cannot edit the HTML and CSS of the site.
Wix is best for freelancers and small businesses. While they've expanded their eCommerce functionality (not as much as Weebly, but still improved), it's still not great for companies that rely heavily their eCommerce performance. If you're just looking to sell a couple t-shirts or crafts, go right ahead. Other than that, it's not your best option.
The Pros of Wix are:
- Easy to Use
- Affordable (ish) pricing
- Larger selection of themes than Weebly
- Larger Community of Users (Than Weebly) Which Means More Support
Learn more about Wix's pricing and features.
While these platforms are similar in look and feel, I would give the edge to Weebly! I believe they offer a simpler, better product currently. Plus, with the new enhancements they are making, I think their product will continue to improve and gather more market share. With that being said, I think Wix is taking the right steps to improve, too. I just think having a visionary like Jack Dorsey as the CEO will lead to great success for Weebly and its users.
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