Which website builder is right for you? Wix or Weebly? Well, let’s find out! Both Weebly and Wix will allow you to create a professional looking website, but ultimately They’re 2 different tools for 2 different kind of jobs And which one is right for you, will largely depend on your needs. By the end of this video You’ll definitely have a good understanding of which tool you actually need. And since there’s a lot of ground to cover, let’s get right into it Weebly operates based on a grid system Meaning you cannot place elements where ever you like. You are forced to place everything within sections, columns and lines. While this might seem like a bad thing. It really isn’t Yes, using this method is harder and more time consuming But it guarantees that your website is responsive. Meaning, it will look great on phones, laptops, tablets, TV’s and monitors of different sizes One design fits all kind of deal. Spending more time initially means you won’t have to go back and redo everything. When someone says – “Yo, your website looks super weird on my Siemens Xelibri 6”. Wix however, takes a completely different approach. Wix doesn’t use the grid system Meaning, you can put elements anywhere you like. You have the freedom to do anything you want, to be as creative with the tools as you like. So, go ahead and make that pasta picture as large as you want it to be and think about the consequences later. And, if you feel like you’ve been a little bit too creative and messed something up Wix offers an undo button. This allows you to reverse the changes that you’ve just made. An excellent feature That I wish Weebly would implement as well. To sum up, Weebly uses the Grid system. Which is harder to use and definitely not as flexible as Wix. But provides better results when you need to create a responsive design. While Wix offers you complete creative freedom. And their system is pretty good at making your creations responsive But you might need to manually alter the mobile version of your website after you’re done with the desktop one. I doubt you’ll run into any major issues no matter which platform you use. However, if you’re planning to build a website from scratch. I would recommend Weebly. You’ll run into less problems with compatibility on different devices. And, it’s going to be easier to learn basic design principles using the grid system. However, if you’re planning to build a website from a template or modify a template. It’s a whole different story Weebly is offering a much smaller selection of templates to choose from. While both Weebly and Wix templates in general look great. Wix just has more to choose from. Weebly only offers a handful of templates for each category which feels like a missed opportunity. While Wix has an extensive library to choose from. And, with more choices, you’ll get more specific niches. For example, Wix even offers a template for a baby shower themed website. I’m not sure why anyone would want this, but it looks great and I’m happy it’s there. And I’m not exactly sure why doesn’t Weebly make more templates. This is a major selling point that they’re not taking advantage of. Anyways, if you plan to use a premade template. I would strongly recommend using Wix You’ll have more chances to find a template, that’s right for your niche and works right out the package, no assembly required. You’ll also have more control when editing the template. Meaning, it will be easier to make something that stands out, and is more custom to your business. Because, the biggest downside of using a template is that a lot of people are using the same exact template. And, you don’t wanna look like everyone else. Wix has the most extensive library of templates I’ve seen across all website builders. Not just Weebly. Which is great, but how much does it cost? I hear you ask. Well, let’s see their pricing models. Weebly is offering 4 plans But only 2 of them are worth using. As their cheapest plan doesn’t even remove square ads from your website. Pro level plan with Weebly, which is their middle option, Will set you back $18 per month. If you’re paying on a month to month basis However, if you buy a 1 year plan for a $144 it ends up being $12 per month. You can also get a 2 year plan for $216 this ends up being only $9 per month. Sounds confusing? Well, yeah let’s put all of this into a neat little table. No… not that kind of table… Ah.. much better. But, as you can see the prices are quite high And this is to be expected of a website builder. Because, your not only paying for the website builder itself. You’re also paying for web hosting, a domain name, an SSL certificate And a lot of other perks. However, by choosing the middle plan, you’ll be missing out on such features as: product badges, ability to sell digital goods, like mp3s or digital art, product reviews on your e-commerce store, coupons, gift cards and abandoned cart emails. By the way, if you don’t choose the business plan you’ll have to pay a 3% transaction fee from every product that you sell. That is if you’re running an e-commerce store. And the $100 Google Adwords voucher, that they advertise. Can only be redeemed by US and Canada citizens that have spent a total of $25 on Google Adwords already. On the other hand, we have Wix. Wix has a total of 7 plans to choose from. But they’re often shifting the prices or renaming some plans. So, don’t get scared if you see a different pricing model than you see here. The two plans that I do recommend are the unlimited plan for $22 a month, $204 for a year or $324 for 2 years. This is perfect if you’re just hosting a website and do not plan to do any e-commerce activity. If you’re planning to host an online shop I would recommend going with the business basic plan. Which is $28 per month. $276 for a year or $480 for 2 years You’ll also get some Google Adwords vouchers. However, the ones that Wix are offering are available in 21 countries. Not just the US and Canada. But you’ll still have to spend $25 before redeeming the $100 as a gift To sum up, both options are expensive compared to regular hosting. If you’re not planning on running an e-commerce store. I would strongly recommend Wixs’ unlimited plan. However, if you’re looking to sell some merch online it’s impossible to ignore the value that Weebly is providing for almost the same price as Wix. Especially, if you’re from Canada or the US. And if you’re having second thoughts about using a website builder because of the price tag I’ve actually have a review of one of the best and cheapest web hosting providers available right now. That you can check out – right here. And if not – keep watching. Okay, this is not something you think about when you’re starting out. But, it doesn’t matter if you use Wix or Weebly. You will be locked down to your choice. Meaning you won’t be able to export your website data at any point. Imagine it like this, if you were living in a house but all of the things inside the house are glued and nailed down to the floor. So, when you decide to move, you can’t take anything with you. There are some third party tools that can help you migrate to WordPress. But, don’t expect everything to work 100% smoothly. More likely than not, if you ever want to move away from Wix or Weebly you’ll have to recreate all of your website data designs and databases completely from scratch. But why haven’t I talked about SEO just yet? Well… 1st of all – excellent question. 2nd of all – nice of you to pay attention and 3rd of all let’s do that right now. For those who don’t know what SEO is and why is it important. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. And it’s exactly that. You optimize your website. So, it’s easier for various search engines to find it. In return, this means that people will be able to see your website when they type in specific keywords in Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo or even Dogpile.com. So, with that out of the way. Who offers the better SEO services? Well.. both Weebly and Wix lack in the SEO department 9 times out of 10 you will not be able to compete on large keywords if you’re using a site builder to create your website. and by large keywords I mean generic phrases like “men’s jacket online” or “photography new york”. These are very broad phrases, that are extremely hard to rank for. Even when you know what you’re doing in terms of SEO. But that doesn’t mean that the SEO tools that are offered by Weebly and Wix are useless. Quite the opposite Wix allows you to edit the page name add a description to each page and add keywords to the URL. Their advanced functions will allow you to add meta tags to each page. Meaning, search engines can better understand what your page is about and rank you higher. Moving on to Weebly, you can also edit the name of each page, add a description and add in some keywords to give more context to the search engines. These SEO techniques will help you rank on keywords that no one else is using. Like your brand name. If your brand name is something like KneeDial Pharmacy, using the SEO tools that Weebly and Wix provide can help you be discovered on Google when someone types in “KneeDial business” or “KneeDial shop” or something like “KneeDial Pharmacy” In simple terms, these tools will be extremely helpful as a starting point, but you shouldn’t expect dominating first positions of Google right away. So, at this point I imagine you’re like “OMG ENOUGH WITH THE EXPLANATIONS, JUST TELL ME WHICH ONE’S BETTER!” Well… sorry but that’s the thing this is a little bit complicated. It all depends on how advanced of a user you are. While Weebly is missing some of the quick editing tools that Wix has, they allow to access the HTML and CSS of any given page. Meaning, you can add and edit SEO based information if you understand what you’re doing. On the other hand, Wix has taken a much easier approach for beginners. You can edit most of the SEO data of every individual page using their editor. Wix even has a helpful tool called the SEO Wiz, you get checklist of things that you need to do. They even send some SEO guides through email. If someone would come up to me and put a gun to my head telling me to choose. Wix or Weebly for SEO. I would probably panic… and then choose Weebly. But, honestly that’s just my personal preference if you’re building a basic website You probably won’t even notice the difference between them but what you will notice is the difference between the tools that they’re offering. What I’ve personally found really annoying is that Weebly doesn’t offer some very common and basic functionality that’s used in websites everywhere. For example, if I want to make a menu that scrolls together with the page in Wix all I need to do is right click the menu and click “Pin Item”. Boom! I have a menu that scrolls together with the page I can’t do the same thing with Weebly. Without going into the code editor and it just seems like another missed opportunity to make something easier Another example would be – multi language support. If I speak more than language maybe I wan’t my website to represent this. Wix has multi language support in the base package. You can easily translate every aspect of the web page and users can switch between languages at will. and Weebly charges $3 per month for the same functionality with one of their apps, through the app market. It’s a similar case with coupons. If you’re running an e-commerce business Weebly requires you to have their most expensive plan if you want to apply coupons, special offers and email marketing to your store. Wix allows you to do this right off the bat. But you still need to have at least their business basic plan to accept and process online payments. In my books, Wix is a clear winner when it comes to tools. Just like with templates, it completely blows Weebly out of the water. Wix will allow you to do more things and spend less money. Hmm… “Does more costs less” I’ve heard that before somewhere. If you know where that slogan is from please leave a comment down below telling me because I won’t be able to get any sleep over this. Or if you have any questions in general feel free to comment down below and I am happy to answer all of them. So, we still have a lot of important topics to cover Let’s continue this review. Both Weebly and Wix a free domain for 1 year with their premium plans. You can also use a domain you already have attach it to your website. After your free domain expires I would not recommend renewing using Wix or Weebly. Simply because it’s expensive when compared to dedicated domain sellers. .com Wix renewals are $14.95 per year and .com Weebly renewals are $19.95 per year To put this into perspective, Namecheap offers the same .com domain for $8.88 per year and Hostinger has it for $8.99 per year GoDaddy sometimes has great offers. So, it’s worth checking out before making your purchase. But at the moment their domains are at $11.99 per year. As I’ve mentioned before site builders are expensive and this is a great way to cut down on costs even though it’s a small reduction. It’s still something. I’ll leave the links for Namecheap, Hostinger and GoDaddy down in the description below. Both Weebly and Wix have mobile apps. However, they serve completely different purposes.Weebly allows you to edit your website on the go. You would think that editing your website on a mobile device would be super awkward and uncomfortable. But, it wasn’t that bad. I was able to make basic layout and text changes without much effort. You can also track statistics and edit your store items. Quite handy if notice that something isn’t working properly while you’re away from your computer. The Wix mobile app serves a very different purpose. You aren’t able to edit your website through their mobile app. And it’s probably due to the fact, that Wix doesn’t use the grid system and editing a website through your phone would just be a huge mess. However, the Wix mobile app works as an extension for your website. If you’re running an online store, you can create coupon codes, respond to your clients and add new items to the store It’s more of a light management and tracking tool than a design tool. Sadly most, Wix app users described it as “Not Particularly Useful” If you’re not planning on chatting with your customers. Even though, many users regard the Wix app as”Useless” you’re not forced to use it. Think of it as a little bonus, that’s in no way, shape or form actually necessary to run a successful business. However, the Weebly app as much as I’ve used it, was a very enjoyable experience and it’s excellent for making small little tweaks or edits on your website on the go. And this brings me to the most important point I would say. Customer Support. Everyone needs a little bit of help at one point or another. Wix tries to solve most of your problems through their extensive knowledge library. If you’re having problems a lot of them can actually be solved by using this tool. If you need more specific help you can submit a ticket and hope for a response there’s also a callback feature if you prefer to get phone support. They are moving towards 2019 standards with live chat support. There’s a page where you can vote for this feature to be added and they’re currently beta testing this tool. Weebly has the exact same scheme. A large knowledge base, where you can dig around for the answer yourself and if you’re not in the mood to solve the problem yourself, or simply cannot find the answer you can contact Weebly through ticket and phone support Wix should have a huge advantage if they manage to launch their live chat function. But, with over 100 million users, it’s not going to be easy to keep up great response times without hundreds of support agents. So, with all of that being said – who should use Wix and Who should use Weebly? Well if you’re a small to medium sized business that wants to represent itself online, go with Wix. Their stunning looking and professional templates will allow you to create a website quickly and effectively. Most importantly, you will be able to mange the website yourself, without any extra help. I would also like to remind you that my work is supported by affiliate commissions. 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