Weebly is a very well known CMS that I get asked about a lot. I decided to take a dive into Weebly FREE Plan to see if you really could get a decent website FOR FREE! Check out the short video to see what I was able to create with Weebly.
Weebly Free Plan Review:
This is only a review of the WEEBLY FREE PLAN.
|Ease of Use||
||Very user friendly!|
|Template Selection||Lots of templates to pick from.|
|Mobile Friendly||Amazing way to customize your mobile version.|
|Advertisements||Only a small advertisement at the bottom of the site.|
|Navigation||Unlimited pages, easy to create and manage navigation.|
|Widgets||Lots of widgets to pick from like reservations and forums.|
|Blog||Easy to use blog!|
|Analytics||You can use their basic stats or plugin Google Analytics.|
|Contact Form||Easy to use. I love how they keep a list of everyone who filled out the form for you to access.|
|HTML Code||Easy way for an advanced web developer to put in custom code.|
|Fun Factor||Very fun and easy to use!|
|Support||I called support to ask about the free plan and domain names. The gentleman I talked with was very professional and helpful. He did not care that I was on the free plan. They get four stars because the first three times I called them I was put on hold and disconnected.|
|Search Engine Friendly||Weebly has taken special consideration to allow you to modify the important SEO tags. It should be great for a non-competitive SEO campaign. However, domain name is a huge factor in SEO so if you really are using the FREE plan & have weebly.com as part of your domain name, that will hurt SEO.|
|Domain Name||You cannot hook up a FREE Weebly website to a domain name that you do not purchase from them. They charge $40.00 per year for a domain name through them OR you can upgrade to their basic $5.00 per month plan. That means you cannot have yourdomainname.com without paying an extra fee. You would have to use mycompany.weebly.com if you wanted to stay truly free.|
|Overall Rating||Weebly’s FREE version would be a great tool for a simple corporate website. It’s a great tool and worth a look. I give it four stars because to really be a professional company you can’t have weebly.com as part of your domain name.|
Summary: As you can see, Weebly’s only downfall is the domain name issue. However, these guys have to be making some money somewhere so I can’t really hold it against them. I recommend Weebly FREE Plan if you just need a quick, cheap, professional looking website without any bells or whistles and you are fine with weebly.com being part of your domain name.