Weebly

User Rating
  • Best website builder for small businesses, with all the basic tools you need to build a great business site, or even an online store.
  • Cool customizable templates – all Weebly’s themes are simple, stylish, and mobile responsive, and you can even switch between them.
  • Really helpful SEO guides in Weebly’s help and support center, for advice on coding, keyword optimization, and tips on boosting your site’s ranking
Score
9.1
Ease of Use
Simple
Templates
100+

Web Design & Editing

With Weebly, you start designing your website as soon as you begin the signup process. Weebly website builder prompts you to select your business type, and then it presents you with a selection of themes that are designed for that type of business. Here’s what those template options look like with Legacy (I accidentally switched my account to Spanish during the setup process, but all of the options in the header are business types).

Once you’ve picked a template, you can customize it through your editor of choice. This is where the distinction between Legacy and Editor Prime makes a difference.

The Legacy editor is simple and neatly organized, designed so that users can easily drag, drop, and arrange elements on their websites. You can delete the pre-filled content and add text boxes, buttons, images, and media. All you need to do is drag the element from the toolbar into the right spot on your website.

Unfortunately, you can’t put these elements just anywhere. There seems to be a type of grid built into the software that each element has to fit into. In some cases, you may need to find a workaround to find a way to put text or an image in precisely the right spot.

You can also use Legacy to make small and large scale changes to your site: change colors, background, fonts, and text sizes; add new pages, and rearrange the order of those pages in your navigation bar. I was able to easily adjust my site to make it fit what I had in mind.

With Weebly’s newer Editor Prime, you can also drag-and-drop elements in your site; however, those elements are very different. Instead of adding smaller elements (such as a text box or an image), you have to add larger blocks of content (such as three text boxes AND an image).  You can choose from a few different versions of that content block, but you’re pretty much stuck with the pre-generated options. This is great for quickly building a website, but not so great if you want your site to fit a specific vision.

I was especially frustrated by the lack of customizability in Weebly’s text boxes. You are not able to change the size and shape of your text boxes, and the only font sizes to choose from are Small, Medium, and Large. That is simply not enough options, especially when you’re trying to make a piece of text fit into a specific spot on your site.

At the end of the day, I think the Legacy editor is the better of Weebly’s two main editing tools. Legacy best balances customizability and usability, whereas Editor Prime makes setting up a site faster, but it is far less customizable.

# Score Plans Main Advantage Get Started
9.1
Templates
100+

 

  • Best website builder for small businesses, with all the basic tools you need to build a great business site, or even an online store.
  • Cool customizable templates – all Weebly’s themes are simple, stylish, and mobile responsive, and you can even switch between them.
  • Really helpful SEO guides in Weebly’s help and support center, for advice on coding, keyword optimization, and tips on boosting your site’s ranking
8.7
Templates
100+

 

  • Ease of Use
  • Manage Your Website from Any Computer
  • No HTML Editing or FTP Software Required
  • Search Engines Love WordPress Sites
  • The Design of Your Website is 100% Customizable
  • A Blog is Built-in and Ready to Go
  • Extend the Functionality of Your Site with Plugins
  • Your Site Can Grow as Your Business Grows
  • Have Multiple Users
9.7
Templates
500+

 

  • Best quality templates in terms of design and flexibility
  • Best quality features of any builder on the market
  • Full customization control without need for coding
9.5
Templates
50+

 

  • Most scalable ecommerce platform
  • More built-in features than any competitor
  • Lets you sell across multiple channels like Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest
  • Fantastic SEO tools
8.2
Templates
80+

 

  • Beautifully-designed, mobile-responsive portfolio templates
  • Quick and easy to get started – get your site live in under an hour
  • Wide range of ecommerce options for selling your photos