5 Alternatives to Using Weebly

If you ask 10 people how they feel about their experience using Weebly, you’ll likely get a variety of opinions .

Some will love it, some will hate it, and some will be indifferent.

That’s the case with most things, but when you’re choosing a website builder to create your personal or business website, you want to be sure to select something that offers you the tools you need, the support you require, and the website building options to create a stunning website. You probably want a good deal while you’re at it, too.

So, if you aren’t sure if Weebly is the best choice for you, give one of the following five weebly alternatives a strong consideration.

IM Creator

IM Creator has an established reputation for having gorgeously designed responsive templates that give your website an added element of class and style. That alone makes IM Creator one of the best Weebly alternatives. The extensive IM Creator template library runs the gamut from those for artists that need a portfolio to couples that need to announce their wedding to templates for businesses that offer services or wish to sell their products online. In short, it’s  a one-stop website building shop for virtually any need.

Perhaps IM Creator’s greatest strength, however, is in just how easy it is to use. You can start the process of building your website with a gorgeous template, and within minutes, have a customized website that speaks to the goals of your brand. Absolutely no coding is required, either, so even if you’ve never built a website before, IM Creator lets you play designer so the site you create adheres to your vision and your vision alone. Quickly and easily add new sections, elements, or small items to your website pages. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Better still, IM Creator doesn’t require any annoying updates or downloads like WordPress. It is also completely free to use up until you wish to connect your own domain. Free sites are also ad-free which is a huge plus. The basic package includes goodies like unlimited hosting, e-commerce tools, and access to the complete template library.

WordPress

WordPress burst onto the scene years ago and quickly became the go-to platform for building a website. Its popularity makes sense, too, because it’s powered by the work and ingenuity of tens of thousands of coders and designers that are constantly creating new templates and plugins to make WordPress websites look better and function more smoothly.

In that regard, WordPress is the choice for many people that need a website simply from a versatility standpoint, and I’m sure that if you’re a Weebly user you also know it. Create a blog with nothing more than your thoughts to populate the page, or create a large e-commerce website that can handle thousands of orders each and every day. You can develop new content in a flash too – adding a new blog post, for example, requires little more than a couple of clicks. And, the WordPress blogging tool is by far the easiest to use among website building platforms.

Another benefit of WordPress is that many templates and plugins are absolutely free. That means, given some elbow grease and patience, you can create a truly breathtaking website without necessarily spending a dime. Of course, there are opportunity costs. Whereas a website builder like IM Creator lets you easily build a website using a visually-based editor, WordPress does not. The chances are good that you’ll need to code something at some point, and that’s a scary proposition for many people. Nevertheless, it’s not the most widely used CMS for nothing. If you have some coding chops, WordPress is a good option.

Ghost

If your goal is to post content like blogs to the internet, Ghost is giving Weebly & WordPress a run for their money as the best platform for doing so. Purpose-built for publishing, Ghost has a host of publishing tools that make getting your thoughts out to the masses simple and fast. The editor is designed with writers in mind, meaning you can focus more on what you’re writing and worry less about how it will look. With live side-by-side viewing, you can keep tabs on how your words will render.

Like WordPress, Ghost gives you the ability to schedule posts in advance and have multiple users access the same site and content. Robust categorization tools, including tags, means you can keep your posts nicely organized. What’s more, making changes to your website is easy too – add a logo, reformat text, and even integrate analytics with just a couple of clicks.

Better still, Ghost has SEO functionality built right in, and with integrated AMP support and rich meta tags, your site will load quickly and offer platforms like Facebook and Schema.org plenty of information for optimal performance. All those goodies come at a price, however. Unlike WordPress, Ghost is not free, starting at $19/month and increasing steeply after that.

Wix

Wix has been a popular website builder for years, primarily because of its editor that is relatively easy to use. Even novices with little or no design experience can piece together a good website. Additionally, Wix has a reputation for creating functional templates for all manner of purposes, from restaurants to medical clinics. With hundreds and hundreds of templates to choose from, Wix has one of the largest website libraries around.

Also working in Wix’s favor is that it offers tons of handy features to help you make your website really stand out from the crowd. The fundamentals like hosting, domains, and SEO are there, but so too are fun things like slideshows and videos, social media integration, and games. Add scrolling effects to your site for a little excitement and even build a forum for your website visitors. There’s even a Wix mobile app so you can keep tabs on your site from your phone. If you demand a functional site with tons of features that you can edit while on the go, you should probably choose a different Weebly alternative.

Squarespace

Like the Squarespace homepage says, with this platform, you can make a beautiful website. There is no argument that Squarespace has some of the best designed templates around and can serve as wicked alternative to Weebly. Whether you’re a musician, a photographer, or need an online store, Squarespace has a gorgeous template ready-made for you to customize.

If it’s ecommerce you’re after, Squarespace is at or near the top of the heap regarding ecommerce tools. Create a store quickly and easily, and then manage your inventory and orders, take care of shipping and invoicing, and take care of taxes and coupons, all from your Squarespace interface. You can rest easy knowing that your site is secure as well – Squarespace uses 128-bit SSL encryption and is level 1 PCI compliant. Though it’s a bit more expensive than some of the other options on this list, those kinds of tools make the added expense worth it for many people looking to build their own website.

Erez

Erez is the online marketing director of IM Creator. Erez writes about web design as a business, online marketing, and website building tips.

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