Weebly

Content Management System

Updated October 4, 2018

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SCORE BREAKDOWN

User Interface

25/25

Cost

15/25

Differentiation

10/25

Effectiveness

10/25

Pros

  • Simple Drag and Drop Feature
  • Visually Striking Themes
  • Technical issues managed in-house

Cons

  • Designed as an eCommerce solution
  • Not an open source web builder
  • Limited customization

Weebly is one of the many website builders in the market offering a full front-to-back content management system while also hosting static pages and stationary web content.

Using Weebly

Weebly is a drag-and-drop website builder and domain hosting platform. Similar to the user interface of Wix and the content management of WordPress, Weebly is a front-to-back solution for creating stunning static pages at a competitive price.

Weebly sports a drag-and-drop website building interface for ease-of-use that is relatively beginner friendly and can be learned quickly. Weebly supports external integrations from third-party services that can augment your site’s capabilities, and the platform’s API is available for developers to create custom integrations and themes. Weebly also does an exceptional job with customer service. Users can access customer support 24/7 through email or self-diagnose their issues through an updated knowledge base.

Some things to consider

Weebly is not an open source system; instead, the company develops, maintains, and updates its platform in-house for continuity. This restriction of expansive HTML and CSS customization limits the coding features open to users. While the API is available, implementing a fully-customizable site through Weebly requires a website built and hosted on their servers. SEO features are predetermined, and optimization is restricted to keywords and SERP listings.

There are several limitations to the free plan, including limited cloud storage (500 megabytes) and being restricted to the Weebly subdomain. 

Pricing

Weebly offers their platform for free and provides various subscription plans for purchase. Domain mapping starts at $4 per month while other premium plans are marked up depending upon given features. The subscription plans for websites begin at $8 to $25 per month, and the platform provides rates for eCommerce businesses starting at $8 to $38 per month.

Comparatively, Wix offers plans beginning at $11 to $25 per month with mapping options at $5 per month, while WordPress is open-source and free for use.

Our verdict

You should certainly consider Weebly as a means to host your organization’s web presence. The web design platform is simple and easy to use, and the competitive pricing should enable you to reach your ROI while not impacting your organizational budget.

However, keep in mind that Weebly is a browser-based web builder centered around curated user experiences and templates. Even though you may be able to support your organization’s web presence on a budget using Weebly, the end products may not be “premium” or what you expect.  

If you have any feedback on this review or you would like to suggest an app for us to review, please drop us a note – telegraph@joinlincoln.org.


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SCORE BREAKDOWN

User Interface

25/25

Cost

15/25

Differentiation

10/25

Effectiveness

10/25

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