Weebly vs. WordPress: Which Is Better?


We tell you everything you need to know about Weebly and WordPress so you can choose the right service for your business.

Best for Brick-and-Mortar Stores

Weebly

3.6 out of 5 overall
Starting price: $12/mo.
Easy-to-use dashboard
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Best for Customization

WordPress

3.3 out of 5 overall
Starting price: $4/mo.
Superb customization
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Comparing Weebly to WordPress is like comparing a professional bathroom remodel to a DIY job. A professional remodel typically looks better, but you have a lot more control over the finished product if you do it yourself.

How do we know? Well, we created our own sites on each builder. And while we liked the look of our Weebly website better than our WordPress site, we loved the practically limitless customization options available on the WordPress platform.

Read on for our full comparison!

Weebly vs. WordPress at a glance

What works for one business may be completely wrong for another, so we recommend choosing a website builder that fits the site you want to build.

Weebly is best for brick-and-mortar stores

The Weebly platform features a drag-and-drop editor that’s remarkably easy to use. Combine that with templates specifically designed for restaurants, health services, and more, and you get a platform that’s perfect for brick-and-mortar businesses.

However, if you run an e-commerce store or blogging business, you may want to steer clear. Weebly puts most of its e-commerce solutions and tools behind a paywall, so you have to upgrade to one of the premium plans to sell your products. And blog posts on Weebly look atrocious unless you shell out extra for one of the platform’s premium themes.

Pros
  • Professional-looking templates
  • Easy-to-use Weebly dashboard
  • Good e-commerce features
Cons
  • Extra costs for most e-commerce options
  • Amateur-looking blogs (without extra apps)
  • Fewer customer service options

WordPress is best if you want complete control over your site

WordPress is all about giving you control to optimize your content for your needs. The builder uses an open-source platform, meaning you have complete freedom to change the code of your site and modify how every tool works.

Of course, if you’re not familiar with coding, that makes WordPress’s platform a lot harder to work with. Without CSS or HTML knowledge, you have to rely on plugins to get the customization you want. And that means upgrading to WordPress’s top-tier plan and possibly paying extra for any plugins you need.

Pros
  • Near-infinite customizability
  • Thousands of available plugins and themes
  • Great reputation and user reviews
Cons
  • Steep learning curve
  • Plugins and full SEO features limited to top-tier plan
  • Extensive customization required for best results

Building with Weebly vs. building with WordPress

So what’s it like building a site on each platform? Let’s break it down.

Usability

You can do a lot with WordPress, but Weebly takes the cake for usability.

One advantage to using drag-and-drop editors like Weebly, Squarespace, or Wix vs. WordPress is the drag-and-drop editor. You literally just drag and drop pre-built content elements into place. That makes the platform accessible for just about anyone, regardless of your site-building experience level.

WordPress, on the other hand, can be unwieldy and hard to use if you’re not familiar with it. There’s a steep learning curve trying to figure out where everything is—a stark contrast to the clearly labeled Weebly editor. Still, once you know where to find what what you need (and learn just a bit of coding), it’s easy enough to use.

But even then, we still spent 35 minutes making a WordPress site that didn’t even include a store. Weebly, on the other hand, offers a more time-efficient building experience. Point, Weebly.

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Design

Weebly’s design quality isn’t the best out there (we actually like Wix and Squarespace better). Thanks to Weebly’s drag-and-drop editor, it was pretty easy to create a professional-looking home page that looked pretty good on both desktop browsers and mobile apps. But the blog looked like it walked straight out of the AOL era—not a great look, especially if you rely on your blog for your revenue.

Compared to WordPress, though, it wasn’t so bad. WordPress makes you edit your site on the back end, meaning you can’t see changes to your site in real time (like you can with Weebly). That makes it harder to customize your site and get away from the generic free template look.

Sure, we could’ve shelled out an extra $20–$300 to get a higher-quality design. But if you’re going to do that, you might as well spend that money on a premium Weebly theme and get the easier-to-use platform (sans the ugly blog).

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Customization

WordPress beats Weebly at customization hands down.

While drag-and-drop editors like Wix, Weebly, and Squarespace are easy to use, they’re limited in terms of customization. In reviewing Weebly, for instance, we found you can change fonts, text colors, and heading sizes, but the platform locks you into specific elements of whatever template design you choose at the beginning of your build.

With WordPress, though, you can get into the code and create just about anything you want. And since WordPress is open source, there’s a wealth of third-party tools you can use to personalize pages, add features, and optimize your site for search engines (so potential customers can find you).

Just a warning, though: all those plugins will cost you extra, and you’ll probably still need to know some coding to get them to work exactly the way you want.

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Weebly features vs. WordPress features

A platform is only as good as the features it includes. So which platform delivers the content and e-commerce features you need?

Weebly compared to WordPress
FeatureWeeblyWordPress
Starting Price$12/mo.$5/mo.
Our score3.7/53.3/5
Online storeSelect plansSelect plans
Blog
Product limitUnlimited (select plans)Unlimited
Credit card paymentsSelect plansSelect plans
SSL security certificates
Mobile-responsive templates
Discounts and couponsSelect plansWith plugins
Gift cardsSelect plansWith plugins
Shipping quotesSelect plansWith plugins
Transaction fees on third-party appsSelect plans
24/7 customer supportSelect plans
Themes23Thousands
AppsAbout 300Thousands
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E-commerce features

Of the two, we think Weebly is the simpler choice for e-commerce websites.

The Weebly platform offers more integrated e-commerce features than WordPress. Sure, you usually have to buy an upper-tier plan to get all the features you want. But once you do, your e-commerce store is ready to hit the ground running.

With WordPress, you can’t run an online store unless you download e-commerce plugins (like WooCommerce) for your payment processor, shipping courier, and other e-commerce features. We’re exhausted just thinking about how much work that’d take.

And here’s the kicker: you’re not allowed to download any plugins unless you sign up for WordPress’s most expensive plan. At least Weebly gives you the option to forego certain e-commerce features if it doesn’t fit your budget.

Here’s how the two services compare when it comes to e-commerce features.

Weebly vs. WordPress e-commerce features
FeatureWeeblyWordPress
Web hosting
Mobile responsiveSelect themes
Unlimited storagePro plan and aboveBusiness plan
Unlimited bandwidth
Unlimited productsBusiness plan and aboveBusiness plan + plugin
CouponsBusiness plan and aboveBusiness plan + plugin
Gift cardsPerformance planBusiness plan + plugin
Shipping discountUp to 40%
Business plan and above
Up to 100%
Business plan + plugin
Tax calculatorBusiness plan and aboveBusiness plan + plugin
Checkout on your domainBusiness plan and aboveBusiness plan + plugin
Digital goodsBusiness plan and aboveBusiness plan + plugin
Search engine optimization (SEO)Business plan
Advanced site statsPro plan and aboveBusiness plan
HD video and audioPro plan and abovePremium plan and above
Video backgroundsPro plan and aboveBusiness plan + plugin
Product reviewsBusiness plan and aboveBusiness plan + plugin
Site searchPro plan and aboveBusiness plan
Lead captureBusiness plan + plugin
MembersBusiness plan and aboveBusiness plan + plugin
Email marketing
Performance plan♱
Business plan + plugin
Abandoned cart emails
Performance plan♱
Business plan + plugin
Inventory managementBusiness plan and aboveBusiness plan + plugin
Password protectionPro plan and above
$100 Google Ads creditPro plan and abovePremium plan and above♱♱
Free domain*Pro plan and abovePersonal plan and above
Live chat
Phone supportPro plan and above
Priority customer supportPro plan and above
View PlansView Plans
*For first year with annual billing
♱5 email campaigns per month, 500 contacts per email
♱♱With $25 Google Ads purchase

As you can see, neither platform is a perfect e-commerce solution. But at least Weebly offers phone support, right?

WooCommerce

WooCommerce is WordPress’s answer to e-commerce. The plugin offers tools to help you optimize your store, plus extensions that allow you to calculate sales taxes, display reviews, and even run your social media accounts.

Content features

If you’re older than 25, you probably remember those old-school sites from the early 2000s—you know, the ones with colorful patterned backgrounds and a single box of text smack dab in the middle. Blog designs have come a long way since then, but apparently, Weebly hasn’t gotten the memo.

You already know how we feel about the “blog” Weebly spat out for us. Weebly took our carefully crafted content and made it look totally amateur. It stacked our blog posts on top of each other, just like our high school Xanga pages—not exactly professional.

WordPress, on the other hand, was made for content creation. Blogging is easy with WordPress’s controls, and you don’t even need premium themes to make your blog look clean and professional.

So overall, WordPress is probably the way to go if your business does a lot of blogging.

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Weebly pricing vs. WordPress pricing

Now for the big question: How much will each platform set you back?

Plan costs

As we mentioned before, the right plan depends a lot on your site and the types of content you produce. But at pretty much every turn, WordPress winds up being cheaper than Weebly.

Weebly vs. WordPress plans
PlanYearly costMonth-to-month costLearn more
Weebly Connect$5/mo.$8/mo.View Plans
Weebly Pro$12/mo.$18/mo.View Plans
Weebly Business$25/mo.$35/mo.View Plans
Weebly Performance$38/mo.$46/mo.View Plans
WordPress Personal$4/mo.N/AView Plans
WordPress Premium$8/mo.N/AView Plans
WordPress Business$25/mo.N/AView Plans

Of course, WordPress may still wind up being more expensive than Weebly once you factor in the plugins you’ll need.

WordPress’s basic platform is highly customizable, but you’ll probably need at least one plugin to get exactly what you want. Unfortunately, you can’t download any plugins unless you have the WordPress Business plan (the most expensive one). Then on top of that, you have to add the cost of any necessary plugins.

If your content calls for only one or two features, Weebly could easily be the cheaper platform for your site. A brick-and-mortar store, for instance, could get a basic home page and about page and pay less than half the price of a WordPress setup for an equivalent Weebly account.

Other costs

We’ve already talked about the extra costs of plugins and premium themes. But there are a couple of additional expenses to consider when building a website.

For starters, you’ll need to figure out web hosting for your site. A lot of website builders are also web hosting providers, but your site may perform better with a separate hosting platform. If you opt to get your hosting from a third party, it will cost extra.

You’ll also need to pick a domain name for your site. Again, you can purchase your domain through your website builder—some will even throw in the first year of your domain registration for free. But no matter where you buy your domain, you’ll need to pay the registration fees for it from your second year onward.

What customers say about Weebly and WordPress

We think both Weebly and WordPress have their merits and drawbacks. But you don’t have to take our word for it.

Currently, Weebly has a Trustpilot score of just one star (out of five),1 but customers are pretty split between five stars and one star in their reviews. And to be fair, most recent reviews have little to do with the actual Weebly builder and more to do with the fact that the service recently blocked access to all Weebly sites based out of Russia and Ukraine, citing security reasons.

On the whole, though, most reviews from business owners are positive, which tracks with what we’ve found talking to business owners. Andrew, for instance, appreciates how easy it is to upload his content on Weebly:

“Weebly was very easy to pick up and edit daily at the lowest cost.”
Andrew Rodriguez, Chic Puppy

WordPress, on the other hand, has a Trustpilot score of four stars.2 And from what we can tell, business owners seem to like that the platform is content-focused, open source, and supported by a robust WordPress community of users. But they also acknowledge that WordPress can be a bit difficult to master.

“I chose WordPress because there are so many sites already on it, and I figured that . . . there were going to be hundreds of businesses with the same issues I had. In essence, it felt like it was time to get on the winning team when I had the chance.”
“While [Wordpress isn’t] as easy to use as other platforms (at first) it makes up for it by having such an extensive plugin and template ecosystem. . . . If you’re open to learning and want more flexibility for design, functionality and digital marketing, I’d recommend WordPress.”
Marcel Petitpas, CEO of Parakeeto
“I used WordPress for my website along with the Themify theme builder. I also used a YouTube tutorial to get started and then customized once I got the hang of it. I’d say it took about four hours just to lay down the basics, then a full weekend to customize. And of course, the creative process is ongoing.

“I would recommend WordPress to other small businesses because it’s so customizable. My website looks exactly how I want it.”

“I would recommend WordPress to small business owners if they are comfortable with some cost being incurred as they try to customize things to their liking. I say this because while WordPress is flexible, it has a steeper learning curve than say Wix or Squarespace.”

The takeaway

Best Web Builders for Small Business
Wix
Best Overall
Squarespace
Best for E-Commerce
Weebly
Best for Brick & Mortar
GoDaddy
Best for Fast Setup
WordPress
Best for Customization

In our Weebly vs. WordPress comparison, we were forced to conclude that Weebly is probably a better fit for most business owners.

Neither platform is perfect. Both Weebly and WordPress make vital features inaccessible unless you upgrade to their premium plans. And to make your content look as good as possible, you’ll probably need to upgrade to a premium theme regardless of which platform you choose.

But in the end, Weebly is more user-friendly, which means it’s faster and more efficient for most business owners. Plus, you don’t need to know coding to make the most of the platform—you can just sign up and start building.

Have more questions? You can get all the answers you need with our guide to making an online store and our guide to building a business website. You’re welcome.

Disclaimer

At Business.org, our research is meant to offer general product and service recommendations. We don’t guarantee that our suggestions will work best for each individual or business, so consider your unique needs when choosing products and services.

Sources

  1. Trustpilot, “Weebly Reviews
  2. Trustpilot, “WordPress.com Reviews