Weebly offers four paid plans, but we suggest you stick to the Pro plan or above. The Connect plan doesn’t come with a free domain name, which makes it a worse value; even worse, it includes Weebly branding on your website. Since you want your customers to focus on your business and not Weebly’s, you’ll want to fork over a little more to get a plan that doesn’t have Weebly ads.
That limits you to the Pro, Business, or Business Plus plans. And if you plan to have an online store, you’ll really want the Business or Business Plus plans. The cheaper Pro plan charges you a 3% transaction fee on credit card transactions, and it limits you to 25 products.
The Business and Business Plus plans give you unlimited products, no transaction fees, and access to other e-commerce features like inventory management and coupon creation. The Business Pro plan also has email marketing, gift cards, and abandoned cart emails.
So you’ll definitely want the Business or Business Plus plan if you plan to sell things, but the Pro plan will do just fine for a simple site—which, again, is what we recommend Weebly for in the first place.
And you’ll notice that Weebly’s Pro plan is more affordable than any Wix plan. But when you move to higher-tier plans, Wix offers the better value.
If your website building budget includes only the cost of your plan, you might be in for a surprise when you find out there are other costs to consider. So let’s address those.
For starters, you’ll want your own domain name. Luckily, both Weebly and Wix include a free domain for one year when you sign up for a premium plan. After that year, though, you’ll have to pony up if you want to keep your domain. You can either renew through your builder (convenient) or transfer your domain to another registrar (sometimes cheaper).
You should also consider the cost of apps. Wix and Weebly’s app stores include both free and paid apps. Many paid apps are actually subscription-based, so make sure you budget for a monthly cost rather than a one-time purchase.
And if you’re building with Weebly, you might want to budget for a theme too. While Weebly does have some free themes, it charges up to $49 for its premium themes. (Wix’s business plans include access to all its themes.)
So the costs do add up. But hey, it could be worse. You could be using BigCommerce, where themes start at $145 and the Pro plan costs $225 a month. Makes Wix and Weebly sound pretty reasonable, doesn’t it?