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Weebly vs. WordPress

Guide to Selecting the Right Builder

In this article, we will talk about some of the pros and cons when it comes to choosing which builder, Weebly or WordPress, will be best suited to create your next website.


Weebly

Weebly is a website builder that offers many different styles, designs, functions, and flexibility allowing users to create a dynamic and unique website regardless of prior knowledge or experience. This makes Weebly an ideal website builder for novices or people building their first website. Weebly is a "What You See Is What You Get" (WYSIWYG, pronounced wizee-wig) type of editor that allows you to drag and drop items directly onto your web page. This drag and drop feature allows you the ability to customize and structure the content as needed to create the look and feel you want your website to convey. Weebly also offers a variety of different functions through widgets that can be activated with a few simple clicks. These widgets offer features that further enhance your website like an eCommerce store, online membership that allows users access to certain pages, blogging, and more. 

Weebly provides all of its extensions and features within the builder itself eliminating the need for 3rd party plugins. However, this does limit you to only the features and extensions that Weebly offers. One of the advantages of using Weebly is that it doesn't require any coding knowledge, but for more advanced users, it does allow you to embed HTML coding into your website if a widget is not readily available. 

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For more information about the Weebly site builder, please visit our support article Weebly.

WordPress

WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) that powers over 33% of the websites on the web. While thousands of users create exceptional websites with WordPress, there is a slight learning curve. Due to the vast amount of themes, customizations, and plugins you can use to create a unique website, WordPress can be a bit overwhelming for a beginner. However, with a bit of patience and tutorials, you will begin to navigate through the WordPress dashboard with the best of them!

WordPress, unlike Weebly, is an open source website builder. An open source builder allows anyone to know how WordPress works so that they can create their own plugins, compose their own themes, or integrate WordPress with a 3rd party technology all to enhance the website and user experience. This open source opportunity is what builds a thriving WordPress community. You can find copious themes and plugins available for free, free with paid upgrades, and paid premium ones that you can install on your WordPress site. Instead of needing to know how to code to create advanced functions, you can find a plugin that's already configured. Just install and configure the plugin to work on your WordPress site.

Having numerous options for plugins and themes does have its downfalls. You never know when a theme or plugin will stop being supported by their developer and break your website. You may find yourself installing various plugins to make your website amazing, but one wrong plugin may conflict with another and take your website down. While this is an inconvenience, one of the best advantages of WordPress is if a plugin doesn't work or is out of date, chances are there is another plugin that performs the same function you are looking for and is compatible with other plugins. 

WordPress, similar to Weebly, updates its platform constantly to improve performance, ease of use, and add more features for their users. In order to keep the core WordPress files, themes, and plugins up to date, you will have to stay on top of update notifications and installing new versions through the WordPress dashboard. 
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For more information about the WordPress site builder, please visit our support article How to Install WordPress

 

Comparison Chart

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Flexibility

WordPress offers a multitude of features allowing you to create an exclusive website each time. This is increased even further by WordPress's new block editor. As previously mentioned, WordPress is open source, so you may run into compatibility issues with your plugins and themes, but this is easily resolved by selecting another plugin or theme to meet your needs.

Weebly, like WordPress, also offers a decent amount of flexibility when designing your website. However, unlike WordPress, you are limited to using only the building items Weebly provides which poses limits. While this might sound like a big negative, one of the advantages of this is you can be certain that you will not encounter any compatibility issues when using Weebly features.

Ease of Use

When compared to Weebly, WordPress is a bit more complex and poses a learning curve, especially for users new to building a website. However, don't let this deter you as there are numerous amounts of support documentation and tutorials online for WordPress, HostGator, or countless Youtube videos. Despite being more complex, WordPress is still fairly straightforward, yet it will require further experience and knowledge to take advantage of its more advanced customization options.

To get right into it, Weebly is easier to use as it was originally created for users with no prior experience of creating a website. Weebly's drag and drop builder is revered by users both beginners and experts alike. The Weebly panel is conveniently split into a Dashboard and a Builder section. The Dasboard section allows you to manage your website's settings such as how your blog comments are displayed or your site's visitor stats. The Builder section offers a visual editor that allows you to drag and drop images, contact forms, maps, and other useful building items directly onto the page.

Themes and Design Layouts

In regards to Themes and Design Layouts, this is where WordPress shines! WordPress offers a massive collection of free themes and plugins that can change the entire look and functionality of your website. While WordPress is superior in choice, each theme and plugin will need to be downloaded and installed. Some will require further setup or even HTML coding in order for them to behave the way you anticipated.

When a Weebly theme is chosen, you can rest assured that it will be compatible with everything else Weebly offers. While this assurance gives a warm, fuzzy feeling, it can leave much to be desired in ways of choice. Each individual has their own vision of what they want their website to look like. While Weebly can help you build an amazing website, you will be limited to the themes and customizations that comes with the Weebly builder.

Overall Experience

WordPress has been used to make some of the most stunning websites that are on the web today boasting that over 30% of the websites on the internet are made with WordPress. While being a bit more complex than other site builders, the freedom and customization options can make the juice worth the squeeze. If you are an experienced web developer or if you design multiple sites at a time for people, then WordPress's expansive collection of customizations will allow you to create an exclusive website each time.

Weebly had one goal when making their website builder -- simplifying the website building experience for the everyday user. In this, they have succeeded. Weebly has been the go-to builder for both novices and experts for many years. Weebly's drag and drop method to building a website is prized by many and several other website builders have tried to mimic Weebly's WYSIWIG approach. If you are looking for a place to house your modeling photos in a portfolio, a place where you can blog about your travels to Europe, or an online store to display your goods, then Weebly's simplified website building might be for you.