Weebly is one of the fastest growing website builders at this moment. The customer base has gone to an impressive 14 million.
Weebly is perhaps popular for its easiness to use and flexibility which makes it stand out from the rest. Another major feature which stands out is the ability to manipulate different sections by accessing the code directly on the back end. This makes it more desirable to users with some coding skills.
To start using Weebly, you need to sign up first which is simple and easy. Enter your name, email and password and then you will have to enter a name for the website. You can either choose to create a domain name specially reserved for you or make one which is a sub domain of Weebly (yoursite.weebly.com). Once you make the selection, you have the option to choose from different pre defined category types such as Personal, Business, Wedding, Education, Portfolio and so on. After you select the category, you will be taken to the editor interface.
Weebly have a wonderful interface jam packed with option and there are lots of sub options as well. It’s not too overbearing for the first time users. With a little playing around it is easy to understand the options. To help you around, there is a help section. Most of the options such as pictures, contact forms can be dragged and dropped. Once you have all the elements in place, you can opt to change the layout without much trouble. The site builder has a lot of templates to choose from and you sure will not be disappointed.
The Weebly tools can help you easily integrate social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedln, email, even incorporate Google Maps and YouTube. Sites created in Weebly are by default responsive to mobile layouts.
Apart from the basic users, Weebly managed to attract amateur and advanced users. The main reason is the ability to manage HTML and CSS code. There is an HTML/CSS editor which when open will bring up a split window where you can have the webpage view and also the code view. Somewhat like what you see in Dreamweaver. By editing the code inside the code window, you can directly see the results of changes you made on webpage window.
Weebly currently have a free, starter and pro version. Starter version starts from as little as $4 and Pro version from $8. The starter version allows you to add custom branding options, provide site stats and premium support. The pro version is a complete package with more powerful features for professionals.
Final Verdict: Weebly like most of the other free web builders in this category scores the most points. It may not be a good enough option for creating a powerful e-commerce website, but it does allow you to create basic good looking site. Not convinced? Go to the pricing section and there is a slide show of websites that were created using Weebly. After going through almost 10 sites, I am convinced Weebly is the best among free website builders.