I met owners of small businesses around me who are full of innovative ideas which if implemented can benefit society as a whole. I feel most of the entrepreneurs if given chance would like to go online.
"People find it difficult because they think it requires a piece of technical knowledge for setting a website or build an online store"
In this post, I’ll discuss about Weebly which is one of the easiest website builders and why it is the best for the growth of your start-up or the small businesses?
Weebly is a free website builder and is dam easy for anybody to make a great looking website without even writing a single code.
This San Francisco based company has more than 45 million registered users worldwide.
"Weebly is user-friendly and very intuitive, letting you build a website or an online store without even knowing a single HTML code"
Weebly also has a built-in code editor which gives you the option to customize your website if you are handy with HTML or CSS.
Weebly’s features and its ease of use make it very popular among its users.
Please read the success stories of entrepreneurs that how Weebly played an important role in making their business a success. You may find it quite inspirational.
Weebly is a great choice for small businesses, start-ups, and small online stores. Even if you want to build a personal website or blog, a photo gallery, event or a portfolio, Weebly could an ideal choice for it.
Why Weebly is right for you as an entrepreneur?
When you start any venture, you are doing most of the tasks yourself, sparing no time for any other activity.
If you are given one extra task to perform like building and designing your website or the online store.
You react,” Oh! I’m not going to do that. I’m better off without online presence.”
Weebly is different in that sense. It let you focus on more important things like your business than coding, it does for you. You needn’t worry about it as it creates your online presence without even typing a single code.
Let me discuss its features one by one that makes it a best website builder for the start-ups:
1. Ease of use
2. Weebly themes
Today, most people do online shopping or visit websites from their smartphones. Your website or the online store must be mobile responsive so that mobile phone users can visit your website easily.
"Weebly themes are mobile responsive and your site looks great in every screen size of the smart phone or the tablet"
Although Weebly doesn’t have tons of themes these are mobile responsive and can be easily integrated.
Themes are categorized under:
You can visit the Weebly themes gallery and can select the theme of your choice.
You also have an option within a theme to change the font, color, background and the footer of the theme without typing any single code.
3. The site editor
Weebly's site editor is very interactive and easy to use.
Let us see some of its important features:
Add Blog to your site:
You can always add a blog page on your website or an online store to make it more interesting and powerful.
Always remember that a store or a website with interesting stories to share, attracts more audience and drive more sales.
People can read and can share their views in the comment section, placed just below every post you write for your audience.
Weebly gives you the option to edit any page or the section within a page very easily. You don’t need to type any HTML code to make these changes. You can even change the font style, link any text or image to another website or page within the site.
Adding space or section within another section or adding YouTube video, newsletter form, map or embed code is very easy in Weebly.
In short, the Weebly editor has all options to make a powerful website.
You can choose any theme from the Weebly library that suits your business or the online store.
Weebly provides gives you the choice to choose the color or change the fonts of the theme to make it more suitable.
One of the biggest advantages of Weebly is that you can change and choose another theme whenever you want. The changes will be reflected in your website without even disturbing the content and its alignment.
Add Online Store:
You can see the online store taking shape in front of your eyes. You can easily add physical or digital item in your store, set-up the payment method and start accepting the payment.
A beginner's guide to Weebly
4. Weebly Apps
The Weebly app is there to make your website and business more powerful. The Weebly App center has more than 350 apps for their users (some are free and some are paid with most of them offering free trial version) in different categories like:
This feature makes Weebly more interesting and powerful than other website builders.
Visit the App center to get the App of your choice:
You can also browse based on their popularity, the highest rating, new and free.
Some of its free and popular apps are:
Adding apps is a smart way to make your website strong and interesting. Moreover, adding apps is a one-step easy integration and you can see it happening before your eyes.
Weebly has its e-mail marketing software called Promote
5. Weebly help and support
Although Weebly is very easy to use and is intuitive which clears most of the confusion. It has supported center and the online community which answers to all your questions related to designing the website and growing your business.
You can even e-mail (24/7 )and can talk over phone during standard business hours (pro and above plan users). The customer care specialist are always happy to help you.
Weebly Support has its knowledge base which has variety of articles related to managing your account, building your website, domains and e-mails, managing e-commerce, articles on e-mail marketing, and mobile apps.
Moreover, Weebly blog shares tips to improve your website and online store.
The inspiration center provides advice from the experts to start and grow your business through Weebly.
6. Membership options
The membership option in Weebly allows you to create a great membership program on your site or store where only the registered users can access that information from members-only area.
This feature is helpful if you want to share private information among certain audiences or you want to create a course for the students.
For example, you run a photography website where some photographs are free to view while other exclusive photographs can be downloaded by the members whom you have allowed.
In a way, you have full control over the content who sees what.
The login link is automatically added to the main navigation of the website. This feature is available for PRO Weebly plans and above.
You can also make a specific page as the members only page on the website.
You can add the e-mail ids of members whom you like to permit to share the private information.
7. Mobile responsive
This wonderful feature of Weebly will automatically pick your website and create a mobile responsive version in no time. It means that your website design will automatically fit into the screen size of the mobile phones that look great.
You need to do anything extra for it. You can easily see how your website or store look on the mobiles, and tablets.
I think it is a great feature offered by Weebly as today more than 50% internet users access website or the online stores through their smartphone and tablets.
This feature is very useful for the entrepreneurs or the start-ups to create their market place through visibility among internet users.
8. SEO review
Weebly is one of the few website builders which perform very good in terms of search engine ranking.
With Weebly you can easily insert and edit the meta titles, description, adding alt-text to the images and customizing the URLs.
Moreover, Weebly decodes everything about SEO for its users through online guides and tips to optimize your website.
As an entrepreneur, you should worry least about all this as Weebly takes care of all this without even typing a single code of HTML from your end.
In a way, Weebly helps you in focusing on other aspects of the business.
You can even enable Google Analytics for your website just by copying and placing the code in the header section of the website.
Thereafter, you can easily view the site analytics.
Weebly has its own statistics dashboard which let you know the page views and the unique visitors in the last 30 days.
The Weebly dashboard gives you an overview of:
9. Weebly hosting
Weebly takes care of all your hosting and technical needs- so you can concentrate on growing your online business.
It hosts your website even if you choose a free plan that you don’t have to pay separately for taking hosting services.
It takes care of all security upgrades and the technical maintenance so that your site doesn’t fall prey to hackers and you do your online business with peace.
You can even download your entire website into a zip file. Thereafter, it is your choice to import to another host or give it to the designer to work on it.
10. Weebly pricing
Weebly pricing is by far the most economical amongst the website builders available in the market.
It saves you many days and thousands of dollars which you are going to pay for hiring the designer. Moreover, its cheapest plan is free.
It means you can start your online venture without even paying a single penny and can show your talent to the world.
Weebly offers a free plan without any expiry to its users so that they get accustomed to its features and then can confidently upgrade to premium plans.
For more details see the Weebly pricing plans.
However, Weebly offers a fairly good amount of discount on its plan if you buy their plans for more than 1 year that is for 2 years.
It is simple, the longer is the duration, the more is the discount.
Your services will automatically be renewed at the end of the subscription.
Weebly offers good value for money for all its plans when compared to other website builders in the market.
Weebly offers a free plan for the user so that they get accustomed to its working and functions.
It’s free plan is better than most of the free website builder plans with some of its highlights are as follows:
Is Weebly the right website builder for you?
Its ease of operation, value for money plans, and all the above-discussed features make it is the best website builders for the start-up businesses.
If I talk specifically then the following businesses can have a synergistic effect if they choose Weebly:
I you haven't made a point of going online in your business plan then write it now and, start your online journey free with Weebly?