Individuals and SMBs use website builders to create professional-looking, no-code websites and run their ecommerce businesses. In a market with many different types of website builders, it can be difficult to choose the best one for you and your small business.
We’ve written this guide to help you understand the main differences between Weebly and Wix. Below, we describe how each platform differs in terms of features, pricing, usability, and website creator type each is best suited for.
All of our recommendations are based upon extensive research, discussions with website creators, and dozens of hours spent hand-testing the leading website builder software platforms. The details of our research process can be found on our website builder category page.
Wix was rated higher than Weebly because Wix is more feature-rich, and better for website design. Weebly was rated lower because its features are not as robust as those offered by Wix.
This breakdown shows our review criteria and the ratings that Weebly and Wix received for each category.
|Criteria||Analyst Rating||Features||Usability||Pricing||Customer Support|
Overall, Weebly is more affordable than Wix. Weebly’s most expensive website plan costs $16 per month and its most expensive ecommerce plan costs $26 per month. In contrast, most Wix customers pay $23 per month for its website plan, and $27 per month for its ecommerce plan. Wix does offer a wider range of differently priced website and ecommerce plans.
In general, both platforms offer website builder features. This includes a drag & drop editor, a WYSIWYG blog editor, ecommerce tools, marketing tools, and traffic and sales analytics. Overall, Wix offers a higher quality website builder, blog editor, and includes better marketing tools. Weebly offers slightly higher quality ecommerce tools, and traffic and sales analytics.
Overall, Weebly is better for those who are beginning their website building journey. It can adequately support those who want to build basic, yet effective websites, and run small ecommerce businesses.
Wix’s platform is user-friendly enough for beginner website creators and ecommerce business owners, but powerful enough to support more experienced website creators. Wix is best for those who require more control over their website’s design, and the ability to build more complex websites.
Here’s a few key differences between the solutions to determine which is best for you:
- You want a more affordable website builder platform
- You want to build basic, yet effective websites
- You want higher quality traffic and sales analytics – i.e. more data points
- You want a builder that is better for website design
- You want higher quality SEO, email marketing, and social media marketing tools
- You want more control over the organization and distribution of your blog posts
Table of Contents
- Comparison Summary
- Weebly & Wix Price Comparison
- Weebly & Wix Feature Comparison
- Weebly & Wix Top Feature Comparison
- Bottom Line
Weebly & Wix Price Comparison
Overall, Weebly is cheaper than Wix. Weebly’s most expensive website plan costs $16 per month and its most expensive ecommerce plan costs $26 per month. In contrast, most Wix customers pay $23 per month for its website plan, and $27 per month for its ecommerce plan. Wix does offer a wider range of differently priced website and ecommerce plans.
Weebly Pricing Details
Weebly’s pricing ranges from $9 to $29 per month. You can also save up to ~33% if you pay for the annual subscription upfront. Here’s an overview of Weebly’s pricing plans:
|Personal||$9 per month|
|Professional||$16 per month|
|Performance||$29 per month|
Wix Pricing Details
Wix pricing ranges from $14 to over $500 per month. Wix offers website plans, business & ecommerce plans, and enterprise plans at different price points. Here’s an overview of Wix’s plans and pricing:
|Plan Type||Plans & Pricing|
|Business & Ecommerce|
|Enterprise||Starts at $500 per month|
Weebly & Wix Feature Comparison
Weebly and Wix both offer the standard features found in most website builder solutions. This includes a website builder, a blog editor, ecommerce tools, marketing tools, and traffic and sales analytics.
As shown below, Wix is more feature-rich than Weebly. The only feature Weebly has that Wix doesn’t is automatic tax calculations. In contrast, Wix includes SEO and social media marketing tools not found in Weebly.
|Automatic Tax Calculations||Yes||No|
|Social Media Marketing||No||Yes|
|Visitor Engagement Analytics||No||Yes|
|Displaying Most Recent Posts on the Homepage||No||Yes|
|Abandoned Cart Recovery||Yes||Yes|
|WYSIWYG Blog Editor||Yes||Yes|
|Drag & Drop Website Builder||Yes||Yes|
|Plugins/ Extensions/ Applications||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic Shipping Rate Calculations||Yes||Yes|
Weebly & Wix Top Feature Comparison
Below we provide our in-depth analysis of the five key features that are included in Weebly and Wix – the website builder, WYSIWYG blog editor, ecommerce tools, marketing tools, and analytics. Overall, Wix is a higher quality website builder because its platform is more feature-rich, but user-friendly enough to support beginner website creators.
Weebly and Wix both offer drag & drop website builders that let you design your website. Overall, Wix’s website builder is easier to use, more robust, and better for website design.
Wix’s website builder lets you add over 20 types of site elements to your pages – including images, text, videos, buttons, social media icons, custom code, and forms. Wix’s website builder is one of the most flexible available – it does not force your site elements to adhere to a grid layout. This means you have the most control over your website’s design. Wix’s website builder still includes grid lines that help you arrange your site elements symmetrically on screen.
Weebly’s website builder is better for those who are new to website building and not as familiar with website builder platforms. It is simpler than Wix’s for designing basic web pages. A disadvantage of Weebly’s builder, though, is that elements are limited to a grid layout. This means you have less control over how your website is designed.
WYSIWYG Blog Editor
Both Weebly and Wix offer a WYSIWYG blog editor, which lets you edit your blog content as it will appear when published. Overall, both blog editors are effective and easy-to-use. However, Wix’s blog editor is better for marketing your blog posts onsite and through social media, while Weebly’s blog editor lets you add more types of elements to your posts.
Wix’s blog editor lets you upload different types of multimedia into your posts – including images, video, code, and files. You can also add tags to your blog posts, which help readers look for specific content, and search engines understand what your content is about. Wix also lets you customize your posts’ URL slug, title, and description, and edit their metatags.
Weebly blog editor lets you add elements to your blog posts that Wix cannot – including maps, slideshow, buttons, surveys, and contact forms. You can also optimize your posts for SEO by editing their permalinks, titles, and descriptions.
Weebly and Wix offer tools that help you run an ecommerce business through their platforms. With them, you can manage your inventory, orders, and calculate tax, and shipping rates.
Overall, both Weebly and Wix are ideal for beginner ecommerce business owners or those who own a small business. However, Weebly’s platform does offer some advantages not found in Wix.
Advantages of Weebly for ecommerce include:
- Automatic tax calculations
- Analytics dashboard for recovered abandoned carts
Weebly and Wix both offer tools that let you market your website once you’ve published it. Overall, Wix is better for marketing because it offers SEO optimization tools, social media marketing tools, and a superior email marketing tool. Weebly only offers basic SEO customizations and an email marketing tool that, while effective, is not as advanced as Wix’s.
Wix’s SEO Optimization Tools
SEO is one of the most important considerations when creating your website. This is because the search channel is the largest traffic driver for most websites. Wix offers a wide variety of tools that help optimize your pages for SEO. Below, we describe them and why they are important for SEO:
|Sitemaps||These help search engines find the most important pages of your site.|
|Robots.txt File Editor||You can edit this file to tell search engines which pages of your site to crawl.|
|Site Verification||You can add meta tags from the search engines below to verify and claim ownership of your site.|
|URL Redirect Manager||This feature lets you send site visitors and search engines from an old URL to a new URL.|
|SEO Patterns||With this you can edit your site's default SEO settings here and they'll automatically update across your site.|
Wix’s Social Media Marketing Tool
Using social media is one of the best ways to directly connect with your audience. Wix offers an in-platform social media marketing tool that lets you create still and video posts, which you can share on platforms like Facebook and Instagram.
For still posts, you can include images, different color layouts, text, and shapes. For videos, you can upload images and your own videos, choose a layout, include text and add in your business information.
Wix’s Email Marketing Tool
Email marketing is a powerful marketing channel that you can leverage to connect with your audience. Wix lets you build basic email campaigns and send automated emails that can boost sales and encourage visitors to consistently visit and interact with your website.
You can design an email campaign from scratch or use one of Wix’s templates. Wix also lets you insert different kinds of multimedia into your emails, including images, text, buttons, social media links, and videos.
Weebly’s Email Marketing Tool
Weebly’s email marketing tool lets you compose emails either from scratch or with a template. You can add different types of elements in emails – including text, images, buttons, blog posts, and social links. Unlike Wix though, Weebly does not let you create email campaigns or provide email campaign statistics that let you know how your emails are performing.
Both platforms offer dashboards that display information about your website’s traffic and ecommerce business’s sales. Overall, Weebly’s traffic and sales analytics are slightly more robust.
Weebly and Wix let you view the number of unique visitors, your top referring websites, and your overall traffic over time. However, as you can see below, Weebly also displays your top active pages and search terms. Unlike other solutions, Weebly also lets you compare certain data points against one another graphically.
If you run an ecommerce business through Weebly and Wix, both platforms offer dashboards that display your sales information. Both solutions offer data on your total sales, total number of orders, and average order value.
As you can see above, Weebly lets you compare your sales and orders data to one another graphically. Weebly also lets you view your top items by sale and how many sales you achieve per visit.
Overall, Weebly is best for beginner website creators who only need to build simple website pages and run a small ecommerce business. Compared to Wix, Weebly offers slightly higher quality ecommerce tools, and traffic and sales analytics.
Wix is also a suitable option for beginner website creators and ecommerce business owners. However, Wix is better at supporting more experienced website builders who want to build more professional looking websites. More specifically Wix features a more powerful website builder, stronger blog editor, and more marketing tools.