One of the oldest and best-known online WYSIWYG website builder/hosting services out there. Weebly offers plenty of services to web developers, but today we’re concentrating on that site builder. They’ve been hailed as intuitive, responsive, and capable of creating fully-functional pages that look great. Does the reality match the myth? By-and-large, yes. After a short sign-up process, you’re treated to everything that the Weebly web builder has to offer.
Weebly has a decent selection of themes to choose from, 48 at last count. These themes are divided into categories to make it easier to locate the one that will best suit you: Featured, Online Stores, Businesses, Portfolio, Personal, Events, and Blogs. You can preview each theme before you implement it to get an idea of what your site could become. The options they provide are, for the most part, clean and professional.
I chose one at random, the Vivien theme, which Weebly classifies as a personal site. It gives you a big background image, a clear, centrally positioned site title, and simple navigation right at the top of the page. It’s straightforward but well done at the same time, exactly what a beginner would need. From there it’s just a simple matter of customizing the page with your info.
Once you select a theme, you’ll enter the site-building interface. Weebly gives a panel on the left with your options, and you can go to work dragging and dropping to your heart’s content. There are a few restrictions on where you can place elements; you don’t have absolute freedom in fine-tuning the look of any individual template. Still, you can get a close approximation of what you’re going for, and in the end, the limitations enforce unity, alignment, and proper looking design.
Weebly lets you manage individual pages from the sidebar, but many elements you can alter directly on your page view, which not all WYSIWYG web builders allow. It’s great for working fast and on-the-fly. What isn’t so great is the lack of an undo feature. Unfortunately, you’ll have to fix any mistakes manually, which will slow you down.
Weebly allows you to throw in widgets, apps, and the like with ease. Just select what you want and drag it onto the page. The offerings are fairly vast, so be sure to check them all out to make sure they have what you want covered in our Weebly review.
Weebly also allows you to do some limited image editing on-page. It isn’t the most extensive, but it’s good enough to get the job done. The drawback with Weebly and images is that they don’t allow you to upload all your files to an online library for easy access. You might find yourself uploading the same file over and over again if it’s one that you want to reuse in multiple places.
Adding a blog is similar to building any other page on your Weebly site. You can include automatic publishing, automatic Facebook and Twitter announcements, RSS feeds, badges for other social media sites, and comments as well. Not the most feature filled blogging interface, but more than enough for most users.
Weebly is a fine easy-use option with plenty of features for building a great-looking site.