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Wix vs Weebly

WIX logo and Weebly logo face to face in a boxing ring

150 million people have tried out Wix’s website building platform  since it launched in 2006. The platform now consistently tops the DIY website building charts, largely thanks to the incredible pace of change and strong online community presence.

Wix’s acclaimed drag and drop page-builder is beautifully designed and easy to understand. Wix has all the tools that small business owners and entrepreneurs will need, to create a professional web presence and constant innovation means a business using wix will always have the latest features and wow factor.

Wix and Weebly websites are built by adding content blocks to pages, in a visual WYSIWYG (drag and drop) editor. Everyday objects such as text, photo galleries contact forms and more are available to add to pre designed templates.You can then customize to suit your needs, using settings panels that are similar to editing Powerpoint templates.

Wix has evolved to be more than a simple website builder, with a suite of business management tools, such as a CRM, invoicing tools, the ability to create membership sites, take bookings for your team, organise your calendars ,the ability to easily  handle GDPR queries, set up SSL certificates and so much more.

If you want to get up and running in under an hour, Wix Artificial Design Intelligence (ADI) is the place to start. You can then move to the Wix Editor, which gives you total design freedom. For advanced sites there is now Wix Corvid. It is possible to extend your site’s functionality with Wix Corvid APIs and your own JavaScript. You can create any type of website, including paid-membership sites, an online store, a sophisticated news site or even your own platform, and manage it all, in one easy-to-use dashboard.

Weebly were established  in 2006, and have been a mainstay of the DIY website building industry ever since. Weebly sites are great for eCommerce, and since their acquisition by Square in 2017, the company’s focus has shifted even more towards that area.

Their website builder feels stuck in the past, their free image library looks like it has not been updated since the mid noughties, and many of the UX elements in their editor feel more last-gen than next gen. Unless they have something big up their sleeve, they will continue to fall further behind Wix.

Bottom Line: Wix has raced ahead of Weebly in recent years. Weebly now feels outdated in comparison.