Weebly Vs. WordPress – Which Is Better For You

Weebly Vs. WordPress – Which Is Better For You

http://www.longtailpro.com/weebly-vs-wordpress/Welcome to Weebly vs. WordPress.

I’ll start by saying that I’ve used both of these platforms for years, and I’ve successfully grown and maintained high traffic websites using each one of these. So I feel as if I can deliver a pretty fair comparison of the 2 systems and hopefully help you decide which is best for you.

I’ll also say that there is no “loser” here, at least in my mind. Both systems are viable options for running your website, they are just different and cater to different needs. Let’s look at some of the details:

Weebly is a website builder that is designed to make the process of creating and customizing a website very simple

You start by going to Weebly.com and creating a free account, and moments later you are building your website using their online design tool. It is a “drag and drop” interface, which means that you click on elements like a title, text block, image, etc. and drag it to where you want it on your website.

Weebly is built with the beginner in mind, but it has really grown up over the years to allow for a full online store and e-commerce solution for those who need it. As for ease of use, it just doesn’t get much simpler than Weebly.

You start by choosing a theme, which is the main look of your website. You then add pages and make customizations until you’re happy, and publish your site. By default, your site is on a subdomain of Weebly such as SITE.weebly.com. You can connect your own domain with Weebly, so it’s just “Yoursite.com.”

For our purposes, we are focused on comparing Weebly to WordPress.org – not WordPress.com.

WordPress.com is primarily a free blogging platform which uses a subdomain like SITE.wordpress.com. If you want to upgrade to using your own domain and more file storage, etc. then you’ll pay about $99 per year.

You’ll begin adding pages and posts, as well as making other customizations to the site. Since you’ve already got your domain and hosting in place, as you publish pages and posts they will go live immediately.

I’ll say it again: it just doesn’t get much simpler than Weebly.

I had used Weebly before WordPress, and I used to think that WordPress would be some big blank page where I would have to start typing in HTML code. Fortunately, that isn’t the case at all.

It isn’t drag and drop, but once you figure out where everything is, it isn’t difficult to create blog posts and pages. However, there is a little bit of a learning curve when you’ve never used WordPress before. I think people who’ve used WordPress for awhile may take these for granted, but some of the set up steps you should take aren’t obvious, and WordPress doesn’t automatically walk you through them.

Weebly has a much clearer path to starting as a beginner and getting a good looking site with all the bases covered up and live. So when friends or acquaintances ask me what they should use to build their website, I always suggest that they start with Weebly. Weebly Vs. WordPress – Which Is Better For You

 

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