Wix vs Weebly – Can New Weebly Stand Against Reigning Champion?

In this article, I’m going to compare Wix vs Weebly as well as briefly review their features, ease of use, and performance – to help you pick the better one for your next online project.

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Wix and Weebly both present themselves as the best website builders available in the industry. With a lot of similar claims for personal websites and eCommerce, choosing between the two can be a challenge.

While Wix is ideal for designers who want unlimited creative freedom and don’t mind a steeper learning curve, Weebly is better for launching a basic website quickly.

Both Wix and Weebly are competent drag-and-drop website builders, but they differ quite a bit in the website’s customization process. Mainly because, Wix offers complete editing freedom, while Weebly is much more restrictive.

Wix takes what I would call a kitchen sink approach. It throws an overwhelming number of themes, content elements, and design tools at you, and then gives you unlimited flexibility to move content around your pages however you would like.

wix homepage

Weebly, on the other hand, is much more limited. There are only around 70 themes, customization options are significantly restricted compared to Wix by the layout grid, and you can’t control many aspects of your website.

weebly homepage

Which approach is better for you depends on what you want out of your website.

Wix is great if you have an elaborate, multi-faceted design in mind. However, you’ll need to overcome a steep learning curve and will likely spend many hours building your site.

Meanwhile, Weebly is great for people who want to save time when building their website. The customization offered is way more limited compared to Wix’s editor yet it allows for a quick setup process.

Beyond design, Wix and Weebly are closely matched in their capabilities for supporting online stores. The product design tools are surprisingly similar between the two builders, given how much they differ in website design.

On the whole, both providers are good options for building a website. Wix offers more customizability at the expense of simplicity, while Weebly restricts your freedom to create a more streamlined design experience.

However, let’s not forget that not everything revolves around the site designing process only. There are features that affect the maintenance of your website as well.

Taking this into consideration, I’ve done a deep analysis of both providers’ interfaces and put everything in this Wix vs Weebly comparison.

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PricingWix vs Weebly – Pricing

Weebly is significantly cheaper than Wix if you just want to create a personal website without an eCommerce store. While the two platforms are much closer in the price for hosting online business, Weebly still comes out to be slightly cheaper than Wix for the same selling features.

Both Weebly and Wix offer free plans to get you started with a personal website. As you might expect, free plans on both platforms are limited — you can’t use your own domain name and you’ll see ads prompting you to upgrade throughout the site editors.

However, there’s quite a confusion happening regarding Weebly’s pricing at the time I’m writing this Wix vs Weebly comparison.

Before signing in for a Weebly account, you are presented 4 different subscriptions that range from a free-forever plan to $26/month.

weebly pricing landing page

However, things get a tad bit different when you decide to create an account and click on the upgrade button. You get an extra pricing tier, called Business Plus for $38 a month which is the reason why lately Wix’s and Weebly’s pricing plans have become more on par with each other.

weebly pricing plans after signing up

The cost of the plans is also slightly different and the names of the plans don’t match. This can be definitely confusing for first-time Weebly visitors. However, all confusion aside, for the accuracy of this comparison, I’m going to talk about the later pricing option.

What I really liked about Weebly is that you can launch an online store for less than a non-eCommerce Wix site that would cost you. With a $12 per month ‘Pro’ plan, you can sell products and accept payments through Square, PayPal, or another third-party payment provider.

While selling features are overall limited, the fact that you can run an eCommerce business for $12 per month is pretty attractive.

wix pricing

The math gets a lot more complicated if you want all of Weebly’s eCommerce features. A Weebly ‘Business’ plan costs $25 per month, while a Wix ‘Business Basic’ plan costs $23 per month. But, note that Wix’s ‘Business Basic’ plan limits you to 20 GB of storage space. Upgrading to a ‘Business Unlimited’ plan to get 35 GB of storage costs $27 per month.

wix ecommerce pricing

It’s also important to note that both platforms hide additional costs for analytics in their app stores. The ‘Visitor Analytics’ app in Wix costs $4.99 per month but comes free with a business plan. In Weebly, analytics can cost upwards of $15 per month for business owners, which is extraordinarily pricey.

On top of that, Weebly reserves one of the most important eCommerce features for converting customers, abandoned cart recovery, for its $38 per month ‘Business Plus’ plan. Abandoned cart recovery is standard with every Wix business plan, which is a huge checkmark in favor of Wix.

Wix vs Weebly Pricing – A CONCLUSION

Overall, Weebly is cheaper than Wix for the vast majority of personal websites. Basic business sites are also less expensive in Weebly. However, eCommerce plans in Wix offer better value for money, if we take advanced features like abandoned cart recovery into account.

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Ease of UseWix vs Weebly – Ease of Use

To me, Weebly is significantly easier to use than Wix. It takes far less time to set up your website and the site editor is far less confusing.

However, the restrictive nature of Weebly can be extremely frustrating, and Wix gets easier to use the more you play with the editor.

Getting Started

Getting your website started is simple with either Wix or Weebly, but I liked the process in Wix a little bit better. When you’re creating a new website with this site-building platform, you get to pick from two options.

getting started with Wix

You can either choose Wix Editor, then pick a template and start customizing your website – or you can get a custom-made template using Wix ADI (Artificial Design Intelligence) after filling out a short questionnaire to give this AI a base of your website’s idea.

Although this difference is slight, I felt like it made a big difference in how I was introduced to the platforms.

In Wix, I could select my theme and then start editing it right away after picking the Wix Editor option. The starting point also introduced me with two options and briefly explained the difference between them.

picking a template with wix

Meanwhile in Weebly, when you start a website you’re given a choice between building a basic website, or an online store. Everything looks clear from here, however, there’s no information whatsoever how the process will go.

starting a website in Weebly

Well, because in Weebly when you pick a basic website option you’re just redirected to choosing a template and then continue to customize it in Weebly’s editor, however, if you’re aiming for an online store, a questionnaire pops up.

weebly questionnaire

So what was different from Wix?

Well, after you’ve done with the questionnaire, Wix redirects you to picking a template while Weebly redirects you to its dashboard. And for complete beginners, it might be sort of confusing.

weebly dashboard

What I will say in favor of Weebly here is that the dashboard offers a simple seven-step setup guide. That provides some guidance, although I wish it were a bit more prominent when you first launch your site. If you don’t know to look for it, it would be easy to miss.

weebly dashboard site setup

Going back to Wix, using its ADI significantly limits your freedom compared to its other site editing interface. I could even say that it’s more limited than Weebly’s site editor.

However, if you pick the Wix Editor option instead of ADI and invest some time into getting around the interface, you would achieve the best possible design out of all 3 options.

Site Editors

The Wix and Weebly site editors take widely differing approaches to building your website. Wix is chaotic, but offers an unparalleled level of design freedom. Weebly is significantly easier to navigate, but the level of inflexibility can leave many designers frustrated.

Editor Layout

Both Wix and Weebly keep their site editors and dashboards separate, which I found makes it much easier to navigate your website on either platform. However, the layouts of the editors couldn’t be more different.

In Wix, the editor is immediately overwhelming. There are menus on three sides of the screen, and it’s not obvious at first glance what all of the potential buttons do.

The menus contain far more options than only those that are relevant to page design, including sub-menus for email marketing, blogging, and app management.

wix editor

It took a few hours of playing around with the Wix editor in order to figure out that only a small fraction of the available options are truly relevant to building your website. Ultimately, I found that the Wix editor makes a lot of sense — but you need to be willing to work at it.

By comparison, the Weebly editor is extremely intuitive. The main menu across the top of the screen has all of the options clearly demarcated, and the left-hand menu is effectively a sub-menu rather than its own set of unrelated choices.

weebly site editor

Most of the page is free of clutter, which was a huge relief after spending hours navigating the Wix editor.

Editing Content

Editing content is fairly straightforward in both Wix and Weebly. In either platform, clicking on the existing content block will bring up all of your options for editing it.

You can also easily drag and drop content around your page in either Weebly or Wix, however, Weebly will restrict it slightly using its grid layout.

That said, I liked the content editing functions in Wix a lot better. That’s largely a result of Wix having more options for editing every piece of content.

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When you click on an element, you can choose from a few menus for customization. These menus then lead to pop-ups with settings options, so you have a ton of flexibility.

content element settings in wix

The pop-ups on top of menus can get confusing, but I didn’t think it was too hard to keep track of what I was working on.

In Weebly, the only menu consistently offered allows you to move or copy an element to another page on your site.

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I never found a case in which this was actually useful for me, particularly since Weebly just drops the element on the top of the page you selected.

weebly content element settings

As for resizing content elements, Wix wins handily. Every element has an option to stretch it to the page’s full width, which is a terrific feature for making full-width images and galleries. In addition, there are essentially no limits on sizing an element up or down.

In Weebly, on the other hand, it was often impossible to create full-width-images even if I created a full-width image container. Many elements couldn’t be resized by dragging a corner handle, and those that could were restricted by the grid layout of your page.

weebly image resizing

In this respect, I felt that the Wix editor was actually far more intuitive than the Weebly editor. It’s not that Weebly makes it hard to edit content, but it’s nowhere near as fast and simple as it is with Wix. 

Online Store Setup

I found that setting up an online store was comparably easy in Wix or Weebly. However, I really liked the simple page layout of the Weebly store manager and the process of creating new products. To me, Weebly has a definite edge for ease of launching an eCommerce store.

Almost all of the options for setting up your online store are the same between Wix and Weebly. But Wix scatters these options across the dashboard, which means that you have to spend a significant amount of time finding them.

In Weebly, a simple ‘Manage Store’ page puts all of your eCommerce options in one place.

weebly store manager

This same difference in the degree of organization was apparent in the way that you go about setting up products in Weebly vs Wix. Wix mostly presents all of your options for a single product on a single page, but there are also a number of links that take you to additional menus and settings.

Weebly truly puts all of your options for each product on one page, which makes it much easier to stay organized.

wix  product manager

As a result of these small differences, I felt that getting a series of products defined and up for sale was significantly easier in Weebly.

weebly product manager

The process felt smoother, and I also had advanced selling tools like discount offers, inventory management, and store emails in the same place as my products.

Wix vs Weebly Ease of Use – A CONCLUSION

Overall, Wix requires a much steeper learning curve and feels chaotic whether you’re designing your site or adding product while Weebly is frustrating when it comes to editing elements, but is otherwise straightforward.

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TemplatesWix vs Weebly – Templates

Wix offers way more templates than Weebly alongside unlimited design freedom. Meanwhile, Weebly’s forced grid layout can be frustrating for creating an advanced website.

Wix is by far is the better choice for design in my opinion, although Weebly does have a few benefits like being able to change the site’s template after you’ve published it already.

Themes

Wix offers more than 500 templates, whereas Weebly only has around 70. Both platforms offer modern, responsive themes, and I didn’t feel like I had trouble finding good options from either Weebly or Wix. Importantly, Weebly allows you to change your theme anytime, while Wix only lets you pick a template for a website once.

wix template library

Wix’s library of themes is large, but I found it was easy to navigate when setting up my website. All of the themes are categorized into common industries and sub-industries, which makes it easy to find a good starting point for a personal or business site.

Weebly’s theme library is a lot smaller and the main categories are ‘Personal,’ ‘Business,’ or ‘Portfolio’. Since there are only about 70 themes, it doesn’t take all that long to browse through all of them to find one that works for you.

weebly template library

One very important difference to note between Weebly vs Wix is that you can change your theme anytime in Weebly. In Wix, you can’t change your theme at all after setting up your site. 

However, Wix’s design tools are strong enough that you can basically overwrite all of your chosen theme’s designs, but that takes a lot longer than starting with a good template.

Theme Customization

One of the main reasons I would recommend Wix over Weebly for advanced website designers is that Wix gives you absolute control over customizing your theme. You can change any aspect of the design, from how your pages are laid out to the color and style of every element.

The upside of this is that no matter what Wix theme you choose, you can treat your website as if you’re designing your theme from scratch. You’re not limited to what Wix’s designers came up with, but rather can use it as a starting point for creating your website however you like it.

wix site editor

However, the downside of Wix’s freedom is that it’s really easy to fall into the trap of having every page on your website look different. If you don’t put in a special effort to keep fonts, colors, and page layouts consistent, your website can be very disorienting for visitors. Unfortunately, there is no menu for editing site-wide styles in Wix.

In Weebly, you are extremely restricted in how much you can change your theme. This makes things simpler and less time-consuming, but Weebly was far too restrictive for my taste.

weebly site editor restrictions

Essentially, the only things you can change about your theme are the font styles. Even the background is fixed between light and dark.

The result is that Weebly leaves you extremely dependent on its theme library. If you want to make more significant changes, you’ll need to dive into using the theme code editor.

Page and Content Layout

Wix offers the most impressive freedom for page and content layout of any website builder I’ve seen. When placing elements on your page, you can drop them anywhere — including on top of existing content. The right sidebar offers tools for aligning elements and controlling layering. 

wix site editor flexibility

I loved this freedom, and it didn’t feel overwhelming at all to me. That’s because Wix also makes it easy to activate guidelines and snap-to-object features, so you can easily create a standard grid layout if you’re willing to.

Weebly, on the other hand, limits you to a standard grid layout. You can only place content in rows and columns. If you want to resize an element, Weebly limits you to shrinking or enlarging in intervals.

weebly site editor spacers

That’s fine, and it’s what I’ve come to expect from most website builders. But once I tried out Wix’s flexible content arrangement, I found it was hard to go back to a simple grid.

Content Elements

Wix also far outdoes Weebly when it comes to the number and type of content elements available. Wix has hundreds of content elements spanning a huge variety of unique styles, including slideshows, video and music players, lightboxes, and more.

adding content elements in wix

You can see a preview of every element before selecting it, which I found extremely helpful.

Weebly only gives you about 30 content elements. They’re not very customizable, and I didn’t feel like they popped in the same way that Wix elements did.

weebly content elements

Weebly’s elements just aren’t that exciting — the most unique elements are a blockquotes item and an RSVP form, which aren’t very impressive.

Mobile Editors

It’s also worth noting that both Wix and Weebly let you customize how your website will look on mobile devices. This is important since an increasing amount of web traffic is coming from smartphones and tablets rather than desktop computers.

Wix’s mobile editor is great because it offers just as much flexibility as the standard site editor. You can move content anywhere and resize elements without any restrictions.

wix mobile editor

However, it’s important to realize that changes to the desktop version of your site aren’t reflected on the mobile version. That means that for every change you make in the Wix site editor, you need to make the change again in the mobile version of the editor. This meant that I essentially had to design every page twice.

In Weebly, changes to your desktop site are automatically made to your mobile site. Although, customization options in the mobile editor are much more limited.

weebly mobile editor

If you are already using a responsive theme, you may not have any direct control over your mobile site.

Wix vs Weebly Templates – A CONCLUSION

Wix beats Weebly handily when it comes to themes and design features. Wix has more than 500 themes and hundreds of content elements, plus gives you the freedom to place content anywhere you want. Weebly is significantly more limited, although you do get the ability to change themes at will.

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Business FeaturesGood For Business?

Both Wix and Weebly are extremely well designed for business owners. The eCommerce features are very competitive, although Wix goes above and beyond by allowing you to sell bookings and add SEO information for individual products. Weebly has slightly better email marketing tools, although visitor data is expensive.

eCommerce

Wix and Weebly both offer excellent eCommerce features, and there are a lot of similarities between the two platforms.

For example, both services allow you to add an unlimited number of products and to categorize them so that customers can find them easily. You can also easily set up discounts to attract new customers.

Still, there were some additional features that stood out to me in Wix that Weebly lacked. For example, Wix makes it easy to sell services and book clients through your website.

You can even add staff members and assign shifts through a calendar in your dashboard. That means that you can use your website to help manage staff assignments for your business.

wix booking services

In addition, Wix makes abandoned cart recovery a standard business feature. That’s huge since this is one of the most effective tools for increasing your conversion rate. Weebly has abandoned cart recovery, but you have to pay for a pricey ‘Business Plus’ plan.

I also didn’t love that you can’t customize your checkout page at all with Weebly. Wix gives you total control here, as it does with the rest of your website. That’s an important feature if you rely on input from customers during the checkout process.

Still, Weebly does a lot right for eCommerce. The product setup is easier than in Wix, and I liked the shipping and inventory management tools.

weebly item inventory

You can even allow customers to leave reviews on your products, which encourages more visitors to buy from you.

SEO

Wix and Weebly both offer basic tools for site-wide SEO. But Wix goes one step further by allowing you to add SEO titles and descriptions for every individual product.

wix seo

That’s a big deal since it means that customers can go straight from a search engine result to your product pages in Wix. 

Analytics

Both Wix and Weebly allow you to connect your site to Google Analytics for basic stats about site visitors. But, if you want detailed information about your site visitors and customers, you’ll need to pay for third-party analytics apps.

Wix and Weebly diverge quite a bit in how they go about offering these paid apps. In Wix, an all-in-on analytics dashboard costs $4.99 per month.

If you pay for a business plan, your website will come with the app already paid for. I liked this analytics app, and particularly the summary visualizations.

wix analytics

In Weebly, visitor data is shockingly expensive. There are multiple apps available, each costing around $15 per month to give you what I’d consider relatively basic information about your customers.

weebly analytics

While there are free versions of these apps, the free versions are extremely limited.

This was a major strike against Weebly for me. If you’re running an online business, analytics are essential to growth. By charging you an arm and a leg for relatively basic information about your customer behavior, Weebly creates a huge burden for small business owners.

Email and Marketing

An automated email feature for marketing to customers is included in both Wix and Weebly.

Ultimately, I liked Weebly slightly better in this respect because you can customize the email receipts that are sent to customers after a purchase. Otherwise, there’s not a lot of daylight between the two platforms in this category.

Both Wix and Weebly give you relatively basic email builders that you can use to design email blasts. The builder in Wix is far simpler than the main site editor, so customization options are on par with the Weebly email builder.

wix email marketing

I liked that either platform allows you to schedule emails for the future, so you can design now and send it later.

As you’d expect, Wix and Weebly also do a good job of using past customer data to help you build email lists. You can easily segment past site visitors and customers into sub-lists for more targeted marketing efforts.

weebly email marketing

The only real difference to speak of between Wix and Weebly is that Weebly allows you to customize the automated email receipts that go out to customers after a purchase. Wix doesn’t let you design these emails, instead of focusing on giving you control over the checkout process.

Wix vs Weebly Business Features – A CONCLUSION

Wix and Weebly are relatively well-matched for businesses. In my opinion, Wix has a slight edge for eCommerce because it allows you to sell bookings and add SEO information to every individual product. I also liked that Wix makes abandoned cart recovery a standard, and offers analytics much more cheaply.

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PerformanceWix vs Weebly – Performance

Neither Wix nor Weebly stands out for performance. Weebly does a poor job of leveraging browser caching, although it does load pages relatively quickly. Wix loads extremely slowly, which can be an issue for larger websites.

I tested sample Wix and Weebly sites using GTMetrix and LoadImpact. Wix performed poorly, scoring 77% on a PageSpeed test and 71% on a YSlow test and taking eight seconds to load my homepage.

Wix performance test results

This appeared to be due to poor image optimization in Wix themes. So, you’ll need to be careful to optimize all of your images before uploading them to your Wix website.

Weebly fared better in the PageSpeed test, scoring 84%, but worse in the YSlow test with a 68% score. Importantly, though, it only took 1.1 seconds to load my homepage.

wix performance test results

Here, the main performance culprit was leveraging browser caching, which can be difficult for site owners to fix.

Both platforms did better in the LoadImpact test. Response times were consistently less than 20 milliseconds for Wix and less than 100 milliseconds for Weebly.

wix loadimpact results
Wix LoadImpact Test Results
weebly loadimpact test results
Weebly LoadImpact Test Results

Importantly, they also remained stable as the number of requests increased.

Wix vs Weebly Performance – A CONCLUSION

I was a little disappointed with the performance of both Wix and Weebly. However, both platforms offer consistent response times, and Weebly’s page loading speed isn’t all that bad. Wix’s performance may be helped by optimizing all of your website images.

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Final VerdictWix vs Weebly – Final Verdict

My Wix vs Weebly comparison found that Wix is the superior website builder for advanced website designers and the majority of eCommerce businesses.

It offers unlimited customization options and better features for online stores. However, Weebly has a lot to offer and makes it much easier to design your website.

Weebly is a great choice for personal websites since it’s so cheap to add your own domain. The themes are stylish and modern, and the simple drag-and-drop builder allows you to get a website up and running quickly.

However, I found that Weebly’s builder can be frustrating if you want to create a multi-faceted website. There aren’t many content elements and the layout is quite limited. On top of that, Weebly makes important eCommerce features like abandoned cart recovery and analytics quite expensive.

Wix is overwhelming at first, but if you’ve got time to play around I’d strongly encourage you to give this platform a shot.

The editor allows an incredible degree of customization, and the hundreds of content elements can help you design a website that really pops. On top of that, Wix offers just about everything you could ever want for running an online business.

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AlternativesAlternatives to Wix and Weebly

Wix and Weebly are both good website builders for either a personal website or eCommerce store. But, you may also want to consider alternatives like Squarespace, SITE123, or Shopify.

Squarespace

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$ 12.00/mo
TEMPLATES
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FEATURES
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EASE OF USE
8.6
VISIT SITEREAD REVIEW

Squarespace is an all-in-one website builder much like Wix and Weebly. The platform offers a much more curated website design experience than Wix, but also gives you far more flexibility than Weebly. The main downside to Squarespace is that advanced eCommerce features can be expensive.

SITE123

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10
VISIT SITEREAD REVIEW

SITE123 is a limited website builder in the same vein as Weebly. It’s inexpensive and the site editor is similarly restrictive. However, SITE123 is extremely easy to use, which is great if you need to get a basic website running quickly.

Shopify

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Shopify is an extremely popular eCommerce platform and a great option if you’re largely focused on selling goods. While Shopify has some limited functionality for designing a website, it’s primarily useful for setting up an online store.

Grėta V.
Grėta V.

The Article Author

An experienced content writer and a diligent tester, Grėta spends a ton of time doing analysis, helpful for users of all skill levels. Whenever she’s not doing an autopsy on a website builder, she’s either listening to her Spotify playlist or watching weird stuff on YouTube.

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