Wix and Weebly are both easy-to-use, drag-and-drop website-building platforms, so many people wonder which is better, Wix or Weebly.
Both website builders saw the light of day in the mid-2000s, and both allow users to create a website without having to know how to code. They changed the world of web design, making it possible for anyone to create a beautiful website.
But which one is the best?
For a quick answer, in case you are in a hurry, we can tell you that Wix is the #1 website, builder. This article will illustrate why we came to this conclusion. Let's start.
Ease of Use
Both these website builders have built their reputation on being easy for anyone to use, so let's start there. Are they both easy to use, or is one easier than the other?
Wix uses two different types of website editors, Wix ADI (Artificial Design Intelligence) and Wix Editor.
Wix ADI uses an AI-powered algorithm to generate a website for you based on the data you provide. When you decide to use Wix ADI, you are asked a number of pointed questions, like What do you need on your website? and What does your business do?
You simply answer the questions, and in minutes you have a beautiful website, complete with everything you asked for. You can accept the design like that, or you can take it to the Wix editor and do some tweaking there.
Actually, the Wix Editor is the real deal. It uses 700 templates that you can choose from, with virtually limitless editing options. If anything, this is one of the platform's few drawbacks – the many design choices can be overwhelming. The drag-and-drop system is easy to use and lest you place any element anywhere on the site.
Weebly offers 60 templates, which makes choosing one easier, but also more limiting. Most users find Weebly less intuitive and more difficult to use. Weebly's templates are very structured, which makes the design process more restrictive.
For ease of use and sheer options, Wix is the outright winner in terms of ease of use.
Wix has a free plan, which you can use as long as you like. In the long run, though, this choice has some serious drawbacks.
With the free plan, Wix ads will be displayed on your website, and they really don't look good. In addition, you will be settled with a Wix domain name, which is not a good choice if you want to grow your traffic.
In addition to the free plan, Wix has four paid plans for people who want to build a website to host a personal blog, a portfolio, or to host an online forum.
The Wix plans for websites range from $16 per month to $45 per month.
Wix paid plans for websites
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Combo Plan: $16.00/month
This is a great starter plan, which is adequate for someone wanting to promote a small business or run a professional blog.
Unlimited Plan: $22.00/month
The Unlimited plan provides more storage and bandwidth and includes increased video hours.
Pro Plan: $27.00/month
Includes the calendar app and the Wix Logo Maker, which helps with marketing, plus 20GB storage.
VIP Plan: $45.00/month
The VIP plan is for big sites and offers maximum storage capacity and priority support. The VIP plan doesn't offer enough to justify this cost unless your site generates good income for you.
Wix e-commerce Websites
If you want to sell products on your website, you’ll need an e-commerce plan. With the e-commerce plans, you'll be able to accept online payments, and you will have to the Wix online store. These plans also give you access to the Wix App Market and some unique Wix premium apps, like Wix Hotels, Wix Restaurants, Wix Bookings or Wix Music.
Wix paid plans for e-commerce
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Business Basic Plan: $27/month
This is a basic option for someone who is just starting an online business. You can receive online payments, but this plan can't handle large sales volumes, for that, you'll have to upgrade.
Business Unlimited Plan: $32/month
Business Unlimited adds e-commerce features like product reviews, automated sales tax calculations, label printing, and dropshipping, and you qualify for USPS discounts. You can now accept subscriptions as well.
Business VIP Plan: $59/month
This business plan is a steep price hike, and only worth it if your online store is making good money. Other platforms like Shopify, which are dedicated to e-commerce, are probably better than paying this amount for a Wix account.
The upgrade allows the business to grow, offering more online reviews, more transactions, and additional USPS discounts.
Weebly has four plans, ranging from $0 to $29 per month. You can either pay monthly or annually.
Unlike free plans by other website builders, the Weebly free plan is exceptionally useful and beneficial. Of course, it has the same limitations as other free plans, like adverts displayed on the site and the inability to have a dedicated domain name, but what it does allow is really worth it: you can sell online for free. That's quite amazing.
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As you can see, Weebly is way cheaper than Wix.
Personal Plan: $9/month
Now you can establish your own custom domain, so it looks more professional and individualized. However, even with this paid plan, you will still be subject to Square adverts on your site. (Square acquired Weebly in 2018).
The Personal plan is used by people who run hobby sites, display personal portfolios, and promote projects that are important to them.
Professional Plan: $16/month
The Professional plan comes with advanced features that allow entrepreneurs, freelancers, or small businesses to have a professional presence online with a branded website.
With this plan, you are rid of the annoying Square ads, and you’ll also get a free domain name for a year.
Other extra features include HD video and audio players, password protection for sharing exclusive content, and the membership feature will allow you to add up to 100 members to your site.
In addition, you get password protection, phone, live chat, and email support.
If you are considering Weebly, this is the best plan for professional sites that make an impression.
Performance Plan: $29/month
This is the plan to go for if you are building an e-commerce site, with this plan, you:
- Can accept payments through PayPal
- Get shipping labels, and shipping discounts
- Can send abandoned cart emails
- Get advanced e-commerce insights
- Get priority support
These features will help you to have a fully-fledged online store with all the tools to grow.
Is Weebly cheaper than Wix?
Weebly is better value for money than Wix. Weebly's cheapest paid plan is the Personal plan at $6 a month (billed annually) compared to Wix's cheapest plan, which is the Combo plan at $16 (billed annually).
Wix offers a wider range of paid plans to consumers, but Weebly offers cheaper plans. Both Wix and Weebly offer a free plan that you can use indefinitely.
Domain charges are another factor to consider. Wix domains cost between $14.95 and $24.85 per year, and Weebly charges between $19.95 and $40 per year for a domain name.
What is the weakness of Wix?
Once your website goes live, you cannot change the template. If you want to use another template, you have to create a new website from scratch.
So, is Wix or Weebly better? Wix offers more templates and is easier to use. Because of this, it's the better website builder of the two. Wix offers a bigger range of plans to cover all possible needs of website builders. Weebly does this with fewer options.
However, Weebly vs Wix is also about pricing. Weebly is the cheaper option. It has two cheap premium plans at $6.00 and $12.00 a month, whereas Wix starts at $16.00 a month.
In our opinion, there isn't really a vast difference between these platforms. They both do a good job of allowing people to build websites and online stores.
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