Ecommerce Platforms – Weebly Review
Weebly is a popular all-in-one website builder and platform. Some 50 million websites have been built here. Most known for more basic websites, it was purchased in 2018 by e-commerce company Square, and has expanded its e-com applications.
Weebly is essentially a competitor with Wix and Squarespace. One of the differences is that Weebly gives a little more flexibility to customize a store but Wix and SP have, in our opinion, more beautiful designs to begin with.
It has made good use of the simple-widget based site builder to bring it to life in the browser with drag-and-drop building (which is now offered on almost all of the platforms listed here).
Their builder reminds me of the excellent WordPress site builder, Elementor. Though Elementor and WordPress give you complete control (you truly own your own site with WP) and total customization.
Site owners have the ability to tailor their shops to their tastes and also allow their users to be able to make payments through accredited means — a standard for making this list.
What you’re getting here, more than anything else, is the easiest-to-use e-commerce platform (note – that does not mean best).
It has fast internet speeds and assures their users of utmost security
They have a membership section ready to go for all sites
It is the easiest e-commerce platform to use
Website owners are subject to changing terms of the company
It is hard to add marketing tools since the owner does not have complete control
Moving to a new platform from here is very hard
Extra cost and work to purchase and add email
You cannot edit what mobile viewers see and have to rely on what Weebly autogenerates
No features for making multilingual sites
Ease of Use
Weebly may well have the website builder that is the easiest to use, and you can get your shop up and running (and looking professional) in record time, but there are limitations.
The sites look really good — though Wix offers more beautiful sites and Squarespace even more beautiful still.
All Weebly themes are responsive.
By having a drag-and-drop website builder, it is quite easy to maintain and update store functions and features.
They handle all hosting technicalities for you.
Customer support is available 24/7, though since the builder is so easy to use, you probably won’t need it.
Weebly has added easy-to-build email marketing to the platform called Weebly Promote.
Scalability and functionality vary by plan, but this would only be suitable for a small business or perhaps those that only feature a few products or services.
It isn’t nearly as robust as Shopify or BigCommerce and it doesn’t give you the full control and customizability of WooCommerce or PrestaShop.
Weebly has a limited free starter plan, but you don’t get your own domain and there’s a Weebly ad at the bottom of your pages. You need to step up to the Pro Plan at $15 per month to be clear of their ads.
Their Business Plan starts at $30 per month (a dollar more than the industry-leading e-commerce platform Shopify).