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Ecommerce Platforms – Weebly Review

by | Jun 21, 2019

7. Weebly

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).

 

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.

Design Quality

The sites look really good — though Wix offers more beautiful sites and Squarespace even more beautiful still.

Mobile Usability

All Weebly themes are responsive.

Maintenance

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

Customer support is available 24/7, though since the builder is so easy to use, you probably won’t need it.

Marketing

Weebly has added easy-to-build email marketing to the platform called Weebly Promote.

Scalability

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.

Cost

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).

Take a look at Weebly.

 

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