Wix and Weebly have become two of the most recognised website builders today. Combining innovative web building tools with top-notched service, it’s no surprise that they’ve managed to attract thousands of customers to use their fold.
However, despite being at the top of their game, there are still questions as to whether who provides the better features and services to their clients.
Inside Wix’s Website Builder Service
Wix has made a name for itself by being the website builder that provides all the necessary web building tools you need to get a website up and running. Wix combines innovative web design tools and secure hosting with stunning design templates and search engine optimization utilities giving customers a complete web package they can use to set-up their website.
Wix is also known for its easy-to-use drag-and-drop design system that allows customers with no web design experience to build a website. All you have to do to get the ball rolling is to select a template from Wix’s design gallery and then proceed to drag and drop your content and images. It’s a simple and effective process that will allow almost anyone to create their own website.
Weebly in a Nutshell
Weebly, on the other hand takes the minimalist approach when it comes to its web site building, keeping its structure and interface simple. Just like Wix, they also offer a drag-and-drop design system so customers who have no design experience can still create a website. What makes Weebly different from Wix is that they allow full customization of their pre-created themes using HTML and CSS. So if you feel the need to change anything from your site’s template, you can just edit it using HTML and CSS.
Weebly also offers the ability to set up your own e-commerce store. It’s able to combine its user-friendly design process with different e-commerce features such as shipping and tax management tools, SSL checkout, discount codes and a one-click integration to its App Center, giving you a beautiful and fully-functional web storefront.
The Pros and Cons of Using Wix and Weebly
With both Wix and Weebly providing the same type of web building and hosting service, it’s hard not to compare what each one brings to the table. After all, they’re bound to have some similar features and tools that have helped them become one of the recognisable web builders in the industry.
So to find out how they perform against one another, here’s a rundown of the good and the bad that comes with using Wix or Weebly:
Web Building Tools and Features
When it comes to its web building tools and features, Wix offers a variety of components to help you create your website. There are pre-designed templates which you can use and customise based on your company’s branding. Wix also lets you animate title text and use your videos as backgrounds for your site. There is even an App Market that allows you to get third-party widgets to help enhance your site’s functionality.
While Wix gives you some sort of leeway in customising your website’s different elements, you’re only limited to styling them. So if you’re the type who enjoys going through a design template’s CSS or HTML codes to make groundbreaking changes, Wix’s controlled environment might take some getting used to.
Weebly is also able to provide customers with its own set of building tools, features and even design templates. The difference between its tools and those of Wix is that Weebly focuses on simplicity in design and function.
An example would be the availability of an HTML and CSS editor where you can edit your website’s codes manually. The editor has a simple interface which lets you type or paste existing CSS codes – nothing more. The drawback here is that if you’re not that knowledgeable in coding CSS or HTML, you’ll find using Weebly’s HTML and CSS editor a bit taxing.
For those who enjoy having more control over their website, an HTML editor is a godsend. Unfortunately, this is something that Wix doesn’t carry in its current system.
Since Wix offers its own set of high-quality design templates, the idea here is that you don’t need to depend on having an HTML editor for your designing needs. While the company’s templates are indeed beautiful, there is that chance of probably running into some layout limitations which could have been easily resolved had an HTML and CSS editor been made available.
Weebly, however provides customers access to the site’s CSS and HTML codes. This gives clients more control when it comes to site modification since they can access and change the codes, including the codes used for the pre-designed templates. As a result, customers have more freedom to customise their website as they see fit.
Of course, having the ability to edit the HTML and CSS codes of your website and its templates does have its pitfalls. First, changes made to the code can potentially ruin the design of the template. Second, accessing the codes leads to higher risk of generating an error especially if the codes you put in are wrong.
One of Wix’s unique features is its ability to let you reuse images after you’ve uploaded them. This comes in handy if you want to re-use an image you’ve uploaded before while eliminating the hassle of having to upload the image all over again. Wix also lets you insert images using other third-party image hosting services like Flicker or even Facebook.
Wix has a complete line of built-in image editing tools which you can use to enhance your website’s images. This is made possible through the Aviary editor integrated to its system. The editor allows you to conduct image editing along with the ability to add borders, crop, stretch, resize and centre images.
Just like Wix, Weebly also allows users to put in images with one minor drawback – it doesn’t have any storage section for images that have previously been uploaded. This means that if you need to use them for a different page, you will need to upload the images again. Even though the images are stored locally, they will still require uploading unlike Wix which has a separate storage section for images. However, this limitation doesn’t affect background images that appear on multiple pages since you’re calling out only one image locally using HTML or CSS.
Aside from the limitation in storing images, Weebly also doesn’t have a comprehensive image editing system. Image editing is only limited to rotating the image, cropping, zooming, darkening, blurring and application of their four available filters.
Responsive Design Interface
The trend these days is having a website that can be accessible both in your desktop and mobile device. This is a problem you may run into when building your website with Wix. Currently, Wix doesn’t have any responsive design templates at their disposal. To make up for it, Wix is able to create mobile version of your website which goes through Google’s mobility testing.
Wix also provides a way to hide elements from your site which you don’t want to display on a mobile device. To activate this feature, make sure that the “Make your site mobile friendly checkbox is checked.
Weebly, on the other hand is able to make a website and it’s content responsive using the template you selected for your site. This keeps clients from having to make changes directly to the HTML and CSS codes just to make a site responsive.
Editing can still be done though even if you don’t have any in-depth knowledge about HTML and CSS. All you have to do is to select Weebly’s mobile site editing button and you’ll be able to build a site using the mobile website builder feature.
Wix’s blogging feature offers the same basic elements and features that you see in a normal blog provider. It offers a user-friendly content interface, a scheduler to help you set the date of your posts, and the ability to tie-up with your social media accounts.
The one problem that Wix has with their blog is the lack of an internal comments feature. To give your entries a comments section, you’ll have to tie-up with third-party comment providers or log into your Facebook account.
As for Weebly’s blog platform, you get to have the same basic blog features such as a post scheduler and an easy-to-use editing panel for quick management of your blog entries.
However, what makes Weebly stand out from Wix is its ability to set up limited access accounts for other blog contributors. Similar to WordPress, you can customise these users as well as set their parameters and limitation as contributors to your blog allowing you to still maintain a semblance of security for your blog.
A company is only as good as the support it gives to its customers and while Wix and Weebly are able to address various client concerns, it becomes a question of how efficiently they are able to do so.
Wix does have a hotline that you can call, although it’s limited only to its Premium or VIP users. So customers who availed of a lower hosting plan won’t be able to experience this benefit. The hotline isn’t available 24/7 as well and only has a fixed schedule starting from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Eastern Time.
As for Weebly, the company spared no expense in providing customers with the support they need. Phone support is available daily from 9:00am to 7:00pm, with gracious and helpful personnel ready to provide assistance whenever you call.
Aside from Weebly’s customer support hotline, you also have the option to send an email or talk to a personnel through Weebly’s live chat. If you feel the need to avoid any direct contact with people, Weebly also has self-help forum which provides guides and tutorials to assist you regarding your concerns.
In the end, Wix and Weebly provide a wide range of web design tools that can help you create your own website. Even though the two companies each have their own pros and cons, it’s just a matter of choosing the website builder whose features fit your current web building needs.