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What are pros/cons of Weebly vs Wordpress? Especially for non web whizzes.

Weebly is more wysiwig, easier but less capability and community support?
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  • Profile picture of the author bwh1
    One big +++ for Weebly is that you can point your domain to their nameserver and host your site for free.

    As a Marketer, you should stay away from WP.org as they most probably will delete your Blog sooner or later (no warnings).

    For starters which like to "try" it's the cheapest way to setup their first site.

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    • Profile picture of the author MrFume
      There is just no comparison between Weebly & self hosted WordPress - the functionality of WordPress is
      in a different league. Weebly is simply a basic html template with a wysiwyg editor, it is ok for simple hobbyists projects-it is not a serious solution. Do yourself a favor and get to know WordPress - it is not difficult and within 2 weeks I guarantee you will be wondering how you managed without it. Wix/Weebly are not suitable for professional site building.
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    Build your website by yourself is the safest .
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  • Profile picture of the author guitarizma
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    Originally Posted by NewParadigm View Post

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    What are pros/cons of Weebly vs Wordpress? Especially for non web whizzes.

    Weebly is more wysiwig, easier but less capability and community support?
    Weebly gives you more options compared to Wp.org. Their templates look more fresh compared to same old wordpress themes. Weebly sites look HTMLish,but I prefer it that way.

    On a different note have you considered using WIx.xom or trendyflash?
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    • Profile picture of the author NewParadigm
      Originally Posted by guitarizma View Post

      Weebly gives you more options compared to Wp.org. Their templates look more fresh compared to same old wordpress themes. Weebly sites look HTMLish,but I prefer it that way.

      On a different note have you considered using WIx.xom or trendyflash?
      Is the Trendy site builder mobile friendly?
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    WordPress is the most user-friendly platform for creating a website. You can start with the free WordPress blog and then setup a website at a later point of time.
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  • Profile picture of the author NewParadigm
    thanks for the input. I am not a webpage guy. I'm too old to learn all the various stuff needed So I'd need something simple.

    I'm thinking weebly/wix or wordpress to create at least minimum viable product, site ideas with some functionality.

    To:
    1. something MVP to establish that there is some demand for a particular idea

    2..something to have functionality and layout of basic structure to hand off to designer/programmer to create final product.

    I realize WP is more functional, capable, and SEO friendly than weebly/wix but what is my learning curve w/ WP to get up and running and is there any WYSIWYG app/plugin for WP?
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    • Profile picture of the author sovannachuon
      I started with Weebly as it was simple and easy. Today, I primarily use WP. There are many themes and plugins to choose from. I believe WP is more search engine optimization friendly (SEO). Speaking of SEO, when your site grows and you need more traffic, you want diversified backlinks from various sources. Weebly site is one of them, but it is not an absolute requirement.

      IMHO, even Weebly is simple to use, you need creative skill to make the best out of it. I am not one of them.
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      • Profile picture of the author salegurus
        Originally Posted by bwh1 View Post

        As a Marketer, you should stay away from WP.org as they most probably will delete your Blog sooner or later (no warnings).
        Originally Posted by guitarizma View Post

        Weebly gives you more options compared to Wp.org.

        I think you guys are confusing wordpress . com with wordpress . org...
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        • Profile picture of the author bwh1
          Originally Posted by salegurus View Post

          I think you guys are confusing wordpress . com with wordpress . org...
          Of course, it's WP.com , messed this one up.

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  • Profile picture of the author BradVert2013
    Personally, I prefer Wordpress. It's VERY user friendly and I love all the plugins they offer to make my websites even better.

    To be fair though, I've never used Weebly.

    All my sites use Wordpress. I'll probably stick with them for the foreseeable future.
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  • Profile picture of the author absolutelee
    I actually like Weebly a lot! I've used it for years to build small sites on. It definitely has it's place somewhere between squidoo and your own hosted site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ghoster
    If you want a serious site, you need to use either WorPress or PHP.
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    • Profile picture of the author JacobS
      Originally Posted by Ghoster View Post

      If you want a serious site, you need to use either WorPress or PHP.
      I think that if having a website is a key part of your business, you should learn to build websites from scratch, or hire somebody to do it for you. It doesn't take much time to learn HTML/CSS, and you can also get proficient in PHP relatively quickly.

      For my personal friends who own offline brick and mortar businesses, I usually recommend Wix for a starter site and tell them to come back and see me if they want to upgrade to something that's less of a cookie-cutter site.
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  • Profile picture of the author himanuzo
    As free platform, I vote Wordpress.

    As web hosted selfm I vote Wordpress.

    Weebly, I use it as the tier #1 toward to a money site.
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  • Profile picture of the author run
    I assume you're comparing with two hosted solutions (I like to call it web 2.0).

    WordPress.COM Vs. Weebly

    I would say WordPress.COM is very strict with there free plan. Weebly has less restriction. I'd choose Weebly over WordPress.COM as an affiliate markets.

    Again, WordPress.COM is a hosted solution & WordPress.ORG is a self-hosted solution.

    For maximum feature and accessibility, I will use self-hosted solution rather than hosted one. You're free to do whatever you want and have full control over it. WordPress.ORG is a popular CMS among internet marketer. I am also using WordPress.ORG, too.
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  • Profile picture of the author kimwilliam
    Off course weebly is quite easy than the wordpress .But wordpress is the most safest platform to create websites.
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  • Weebly is obviously more user friendly but Wordpress is simply the best.

    Weebly is good for newbies because it has everything kind of automated.

    Wordpress on the other hand, may require you to have some technical knowledge.
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  • Profile picture of the author ecoverartist
    I've used both...created a Weebly site for a local organization that has ZERO tech-savvy skills. It's good for getting a decent looking website up and running with minimal fuss.

    Wordpress.COM (the hosted version) has a lot of user-friendly features, similar to Blogger/Blogspot, but as others have mentioned, if your blog becomes highly successful, they can either shut it down or have you move over to Wordpress VIP: WordPress.com VIP | The World's Best WordPress Solutions for Enterprises. Cloud Hosting, Support, Training, & More.

    Wordpress.ORG (the self hosted version) has a lot more flexibility and gives you a lot more freedom in terms of what you can install and configure. Since it's your own server, you get a lot more leeway. But if you're not comfortable occasionally muddling in code to get something *just* right, it might be a bit off-putting.

    However, personally, I recommend Wordpress.org for any serious long-term blogger. The pros outweigh the cons, IMHO.
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  • Profile picture of the author KattyHowells
    If you're a newbie you should go for Weebly. But I have to tell you though, even if you opt for a wordpress.org or .com platform, you should be able to learn using it in a short time.
    Wordpress looks more intimidating, but in the long run will provide you with a lot more support and functionalities.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dee Syed
    WordPress is by far the more flexible system but you'll need a fair bit of technical understanding to get the most out of your site. Not saying this because I do WordPress as a business but just from having tried most of the solutions out there.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve B
      I've used them both and WordPress is my choice, by far.

      Yes, there is a learning curve but it's not bad at all. Once you get your first site up and running and you start posting to it you will find it quite intuitive.

      Here's the reasons I like WP:
      • Flexibility and customization potential
      • Huge user base with constant updating
      • Lots and lots of plug-ins to help you do whatever you want
      • Huge user base which means your sites can be traded, sold, etc easily
      • A million tutorials and helps online for whatever sticking points you have
      • Tons of themes available for free or low cost
      • Very easy set up and back up of your sites
      • eCommerce platforms specifically designed to integrate with WP
      Weebly does have some nice features, but I've gone exclusively now with WP.

      To each his own,

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      • Profile picture of the author Abramm
        me also have tried both weebly and wordpress and my choice is weebly. its free and have more options as compare to wordpress.
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelcvang
    Wordpress is more flexible than others. Use it safely in your own host. I use wordpress for developing my site.
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  • Profile picture of the author NK
    Self-hosted WordPress would be my choice

    It's really powerful and flexible, not to mention easy to pick up. You could simply just set it up within 5 minutes, load up one of the many great themes around and you're ready to go. With an abundance of marketing plugins available, it's really not that difficult to get intimate with WordPress.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Russell
    We will be releasing a Wordpress based cms that eliminates the need to access the WP Admin making it super easy for anyone even for those that have never used WP before.

    Although site builders such as Weebly and Wix have their uses they weren't specifically designed for affiliate marketing or other business models utilized in the MMO industry, their interface lacks many of the functions, features, flexibility and management tools we require or want.


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  • Profile picture of the author avenueactiv
    Why would anyone even risk building their site that someone else can just take down? Whether its weebly or blooger or wp.org. Its ridiculous. Just buy ONE domain, stick to it, make it work and then build more.
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  • Profile picture of the author AuthorityBuilder
    Originally Posted by NewParadigm View Post

    Weebly races WordPress around the world, takes $35M | VentureBeat | Deals | by Kia Kokalitcheva

    What are pros/cons of Weebly vs Wordpress? Especially for non web whizzes.

    Weebly is more wysiwig, easier but less capability and community support?
    WordPress (I mean self-hosted WordPress) is much much better than Weebly. There are lots of plugins and you can customize the site according to your needs. Check this out http://www.pastmasterblogger.com/blo...right-for-you/ to know why I prefer WordPress over other CMS platforms.
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  • Profile picture of the author MNord
    I'm not very technical and don't need a lot of bells/whistles. So I use Weebly with paid hosting and my own domain. It can be a little clunky sometimes, but I didn't have the patience to learn Wordpress.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mormo
      I really like weebly. I do miss not being able to use plugins though.
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  • Profile picture of the author avowzone
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    Woedpress is the best forever.
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  • I am using weebly for my sites. It is best for those who dont have much knowledge in coding your site. It is easy to use, just drag and drop and you have a site. It is cheap compared to other service like wix and etc. Weebly will also setup your domain and hosting and the cost will be around $34 per year (if I am not mistaken). It is also now integrated to some app like social media sites, paypal and etc. Also I think it is search engine friendly, there is a setting where you can optimize your meta data.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dan723
      While some of the hosted options may be a bit more beginner friendly, I would still recommend going with a self-hosted Wordpress site. Most webhosts with Cpanel allow you to install Wordpress with just a couple of clicks. If you still have trouble, simply head to YouTube. There are an endless number of videos that can teach you how to setup and use Wordpress on your own site.

      If you really don't want to deal with it yourself, you could even go to Fiverr, and get someone to install the Wordpress software for you.

      The reason I recommend going the self-hosted route instead of setting things up on a free platform is that it's simply much safer.

      When you setup a free website, you're completely at the mercy at the company providing it to you. They can decide to pull it down at any time, and all the work you put in will be gone.

      On the other hand, if you setup a site on your own hosting, then you are the one who actually owns the site, and you're in control of what ultimately happens with it.

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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    I am using wordpress self hosted blog and think that it is far beyond weebly. Through thousands of great plugins, responsive themes like genesis, thesis etc you can make your blog at any level. The most important thing is your are your own boss of your blog. While in Weebly, they will suspend or delete your blog, if you violate their single terms.
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    • Profile picture of the author danp142
      I remember reading many of these threads about 7 months ago when I had a weebly site.

      I decided to take the plunge and re-wrote all my content on a wordpress site. It took me about a day to learn everything and my bounce rate for that site dropped but about 30%...more importantly I started getting some sales.

      Seriously, if you want to make money you need to use wordpress, plus the weebly premium is such a rip off, you can get everything they give you free using wordpress plugins.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheila Ross
    You can create your website through weebly even if you have 0 knowledge about web designing.

    If you want to get started with wordpress, you must know how to install it. The advantage of wordpress is it's plugin installation. You can install hundreds of plugins to add hundreds of features.
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