When building a new website, you have several choices when it comes to your platform, from content management systems to DIY website builder tools. Today, we’re going to compare Weebly vs WordPress, both very popular tools, so you can evaluate which one might be the best choice for your project.
Let’s start out with a brief overview of each, before jumping into specifics.
Weebly is a popular, easy-to-use website builder, similar to SquareSpace, and requires no coding knowledge and minimal technical expertise, while still allowing you to build a professional-looking website. You start with one of their pre-built templates and then use drag and drop design tools to import and create your own content in a responsive-friendly layout. However, for all the simplicity, there are some trade-offs, particularly when it comes to heavy customizations or unique functionality.
WordPress is the number one content management system on the internet today, powering millions of websites around the world. It has a massive support community and a library of hundreds of thousands of free plug-ins to expand its functionality. As far as content management systems go, it’s easy to add and manage content in WordPress(compared to something like Joomla or Drupal), but some more advanced things can require a bit of technical know-how. That said, WordPress achieved its popular status by being extremely powerful and flexible, while still enabling users who aren’t so tech savvy to easily manage key components of their site.
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As you probably understood from the table, Weebly is a great option if you need a quick, easy-to-manage website and don’t anticipate a significant change of needs in the future – or if you don’t mind rebuilding your site again on another platform later on. WordPress is far superior in terms of flexibility and customization, but can require more technical knowledge and higher upfront costs (if you go with a custom theme).
My opinion? You’ve only got one shot at making a first impression – do it right.
While Weebly is a powerful and very cool tool, it’s definitely better suited for personal sites, or very small businesses that just need to throw something up quickly at their domain name. For the most mileage, if you’ve got big plans for growing your business, a custom site built on WordPress is well worth the investment.
Your website should be the foundation of your digital marketing plan and the added flexibility that you’ll get from WordPress will allow your site to be more deeply integrated in your marketing efforts, which means a stronger, more streamlined marketing strategy. And that equals more customers. A bit of added upfront cost will be a drop in the bucket compared to the additional business potential that it will open up.
If you’re considering WordPress for your next website and are interested in getting the most out of it, contact us. If you’re still not sure what to do, give us a shout anyway, and we’ll be happy to discuss your unique situation.