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Websites for grown-ups, no technical skills required: that’s Weebly’s promise. In this review are taking a closer look at Version 4, their latest update.

Weebly Review: What’s the deal?

Weebly is one of the most popular website builders with more than 40m websites built. Their template system allows you to choose from over 50 pre-built designs to create your website easily. Our Weebly website builder review will also take a look at their simple drag and drop editor that lets you add text, images, a blog and even an online store.Much like the editor, the pricing structure is simple, too: next to the free plan, that shows an ad in the footer of the website, there are four premium plans:Since you have to pay for Weebly’s Starter plan ($8/month), they allow you to remove all advertisements. The Pro plan additionally includes features such as a slideshow at the top of the screen and a search feature for the website. If your goal is to set up a proper e-commerce store there are two good options: the Business plan and the Performance plan.While all that sounds pretty good, you probably also want to learn about Weebly’s disadvantages.

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Weebly   Pricing

$0

Free

Displays a Weebly ad in the footer and doesn't come with a proper domain name.
$8

Starter

Great for small projects: without ads and you have your own domain name.
$12

Pro

Includes additional features such as video and audio players and phone support.
$25

Business

The ideal plan to run an online store.
$38

Performance

Comes with additional ecommerce features for larger online stores.
Monthly prices based on a 1-year contract. Free domain the first year. It renews at $19.95 per year.

Pros and Cons of Weebly

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What is Lorem Ipsum?

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

Why do we use it?

It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using ‘Content here, content here’, making it look like readable English. Many desktop publishing packages and web page editors now use Lorem Ipsum as their default model text, and a search for ‘lorem ipsum’ will uncover many web sites still in their infancy. Various versions have evolved over the years, sometimes by accident, sometimes on purpose (injected humour and the like).

What is Lorem Ipsum?

Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

Why do we use it?

It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using ‘Content here, content here’, making it look like readable English. Many desktop publishing packages and web page editors now use Lorem Ipsum as their default model text, and a search for ‘lorem ipsum’ will uncover many web sites still in their infancy. Various versions have evolved over the years, sometimes by accident, sometimes on purpose (injected humour and the like).

Rating Details

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Ease of use

All the paid plans (Starter, Pro, and Business) are ad-free. The free account shows a bar at the bottom of the screen with the Weebly logo.

Choice and flexibility of design (templates)

All the paid plans (Starter, Pro, and Business) are ad-free. The free account shows a bar at the bottom of the screen with the Weebly logo.

Advertisement-free

Yes

All the paid plans (Starter, Pro, and Business) are ad-free. The free account shows a bar at the bottom of the screen with the Weebly logo.

Languages

1.5

Features

Your own domain name (e.g. .com or .net)

Yes

All the paid plans (Starter, Pro, and Business) are ad-free. The free account shows a bar at the bottom of the screen with the Weebly logo.

Depth of navigation

All the paid plans (Starter, Pro, and Business) are ad-free. The free account shows a bar at the bottom of the screen with the Weebly logo.

Widgets (small tools to add extra functionality)

All the paid plans (Starter, Pro, and Business) are ad-free. The free account shows a bar at the bottom of the screen with the Weebly logo.

Monetization

Yes

All the paid plans (Starter, Pro, and Business) are ad-free. The free account shows a bar at the bottom of the screen with the Weebly logo.

E-Commerce

All the paid plans (Starter, Pro, and Business) are ad-free. The free account shows a bar at the bottom of the screen with the Weebly logo.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

All the paid plans (Starter, Pro, and Business) are ad-free. The free account shows a bar at the bottom of the screen with the Weebly logo.

Blog

All the paid plans (Starter, Pro, and Business) are ad-free. The free account shows a bar at the bottom of the screen with the Weebly logo.

Visitor statistics

All the paid plans (Starter, Pro, and Business) are ad-free. The free account shows a bar at the bottom of the screen with the Weebly logo.

Contact form

Yes

All the paid plans (Starter, Pro, and Business) are ad-free. The free account shows a bar at the bottom of the screen with the Weebly logo.

Password protection

Yes

All the paid plans (Starter, Pro, and Business) are ad-free. The free account shows a bar at the bottom of the screen with the Weebly logo.

Newsletter tool

Yes

All the paid plans (Starter, Pro, and Business) are ad-free. The free account shows a bar at the bottom of the screen with the Weebly logo.

Add HTML code

Yes

All the paid plans (Starter, Pro, and Business) are ad-free. The free account shows a bar at the bottom of the screen with the Weebly logo.

Storage space

4

All the paid plans (Starter, Pro, and Business) are ad-free. The free account shows a bar at the bottom of the screen with the Weebly logo.

Backups & Restore

Yes

All the paid plans (Starter, Pro, and Business) are ad-free. The free account shows a bar at the bottom of the screen with the Weebly logo.

Support

Yes FAQ

No CHAT

Yes E-MAil

No TELEPHONE

Fun Factor

All the paid plans (Starter, Pro, and Business) are ad-free. The free account shows a bar at the bottom of the screen with the Weebly logo.

Overall Rating

All the paid plans (Starter, Pro, and Business) are ad-free. The free account shows a bar at the bottom of the screen with the Weebly logo.

Conclusion

We’ve been following Weebly’s progress for many years now. In the beginning, it was just another website builder. That has completely changed: Weebly has evolved into an outstanding site building tool that is better than most competitors. It’s simple, uncluttered and easy to use – which is exactly what people with limited technical skills need when it comes to creating their own internet presence.The designs are one of Weebly’s most significant advantages. They automatically look great on every device, and they can be adapted to match your own personal needs, using the templates as a base. No need for you to get a web design diploma!Another highlight is the app store: There you’ll find plenty of additional features (e.g. a forum or live chat) that you can add to your website with just a few clicks.And by using the iPad or Android app, you can edit your entire website on the go.The only thing they could improve is a better way to get business email addresses. Weebly recommends G Suite, which is a bit pricey at $5 per user. Nevertheless, there are different ways to tackle this (see our FAQ’s).Enough with the theory: Try it out for yourself and see how you like it!