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Weebly is a web hosting company that focuses on getting customers online quickly and efficiently with their easy to use web editor. They operate more like a CMS but have enterprise hosting options available.
A comparable product would be WordPress hosting.
At the heart of Weebly's business is their drag and drop website builder. It's a simple "what you see is what you get" editor that is available to all plans.
It includes access to themes, free and paid stock images, and plugins and apps from the Weebly app store.
Almost all of Weebly's plans are hosted on cloud servers to manage any traffic spikes for individual websites.
However, their enterprise range does include the option of a dedicated server. This enterprise option comes with considerably more standard hosting features like cPanel access.
Contact customer service for more information.
For most plans Weebly bills annually. However, their top tier plan bills monthly. Customers can pay via PayPal or major credit card.
Yes. Customers are offered discounts for signing a longer contract (up to two years).
Yes. All Weebly plans and themes can be tweaked and changed with CSS and HTML. However, the opportunity is limited.
Yes. They have ecommerce plans which include shopping cart software and inventory and product search functionality. They manage all payment options and security for you in exchange for a commission on each sale (similar business model to PayPal).
It's worth noting more expensive plans waive the commission fee, so for some companies it will make sense to spend for a better plan at a fixed cost.
It depends on what level of plan you get. All plans come with community, chat, and email support. More advanced plans include phone support as well.
According to their Terms of Service, most of the usual stuff is banned including adult, illegal, or spamming content.
They also ban a few notable things like sites with excessive advertising, file hosting, or websites that use custom HTML to create a terrible user experience.
Weebly has developed a tool which lets you redirect your existing domain to your new Weebly site. However, they don’t offer any migration services. So if you already have a site with another host, you will likely have to manually copy all the content yourself.
Yes. Weebly includes domain purchases with their plans.
Yes. When you sign up, Weebly gives you a domain for one year for free. However, you will be responsible for paying for it after that.
No, it is not mentioned anywhere on their site.
They have a 30-day money-back guarantee for all paid plans that are not on month-to-month contracts. They also will let you downgrade your account at any time and will credit you the difference. See Weebly’s Terms of Service for more details.
Weebly doesn't use open-source applications via something like Softaculous. Instead, customers can access Weebly’s own website building software, which takes the place of CMSs and shopping carts.
Customers also gain access to Weebly's app store, where anyone can develop apps for Weebly customers.
Yes. They offer their free option as an easy way to get someone online. However, your domain will be yourdomain.weebly.com.
Their free service also limits the size to 500 MB of storage and displays Weebly's own ads on your site. This revenue does not go to you.
Yes, lots. They have their own email marketing service called Weebly Promote that comes included on their top end plans and can be added to other plans. Each plan also comes with an SEO-friendly website and lead capture forms, and more expensive plans come with robust web stats.
Yes they do. All paid plans come with credits for Google AdWords.
According to their Terms of Service, they are not responsible for backing up your site. The customer is responsible.
In their Terms of Service, Weebly stipulates that security is the responsibility of the customer, not them. That said, they do offer SSL certificates for higher tiered plans
Your website will not be visible on Google until it's been indexed. You can submit your URL to Google to kick-start this process.
If you have your own domain, you can also sign up for Google Search Console to gain additional insights about your search engine rankings and keywords.