Weebly

Weebly

4.1out of 5

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Apps and Images

From the toolbar's Apps button, you can head to the App Center, where there's an array of over 300 widgets to add to your site—some free, some with fees. I tried the app feature by adding Scheduler Pro. I simply had to allow it access to my Weebly account, which is sort of like authorizing a Web app with Facebook. Its button showed up in toolbar after I clicked the Apps link. One problem with this app is that its results don't show up in the builder interface's preview. It's a bit jarring to have to see site elements show up for the first time live on your site. If you're serious about your website design, you want to see how everything looks before you publish it.

Other available apps include JotForm, Eventbrite, Shippo (for shipping labels), tabs, counters, and dozens more. In terms of sheer numbers, Weebly has a respectable widget selection, though Wix has more. Furthermore, in addition to the sheer lead in numbers, I find Wix's apps better integrated and easier to navigate.

Perhaps one of weebly review biggest drawbacks is that it doesn't provide online storage for your site images and videos so that you can reuse them. Instead, you have to store the images locally and re-upload them every time you want to use them somewhere else. Backgrounds, which appear on multiple pages, are an exception. Wix and Duda offer an online repository for all your images, but Squarespace, like Weebly, does not.

Image editing in Weebly is fairly capable, however. You can adjust brightness, contrast, and color saturation. You can also apply over two dozen adjustable Instagram-style filters. You also have the ability to add text, as well as a linear or circular focus effect. One quibble with the last tool is that it's only a circle, making it hard to fit to a face. Squarespace and Wix still offer a fuller set of photo editing capabilities, with the integrated Aviary online image editing tools.

You can upload multiple images at a time with Weebly's attractive gallery widget. It's also easy to assign an internal or external link to an image. Wix lets you access your photos from other online sources, such as Flickr and Facebook, as well as offering stock photography (as Squarespace also does). Weebly's image search lets you find both free and paid stock photos, and you can set these as favorites, though you can't do that for your own uploaded images.

Blogging and Publishing

Weebly's blogging interface is as straightforward as the rest of its site builder, letting you drag any page element onto a blog post. I do find it odd that there are no standard blog templates, however. Maybe you just want text and an image for every post; with Weebly you have to drag even those basic elements in every time. You can control social sharing and commenting, however, and comments are threaded and can be easily deleted.

Weebly lets you add tags to your posts, and you can save them as drafts before publishing. You can set posts to be announced on your Facebook and Twitter feeds automatically, too. Wix offers a few more blog-related widgets like tag clouds and feature posts, but Weebly does a good job of presenting the archive and tag list, as well as offering Flickr and LinkedIn badges. Both services automatically produce RSS feeds for your blogs.

An orange Publish button takes your Weebly site live. There's no need for a Save button, since edits are saved automatically. This contrasts with Wix, which requires you to explicitly hit save any time you want site edits to stick. Which you prefer depends on your work style. Weebly also thankfully contrasts with some site builders, such as 1&1 MyWebsite, which publish whenever you edit, giving you no chance to change your mind. Another plus here for Weebly is that, as in Wix, you can have multiple editors working on a site. To set it up, you just send an email and specify whether your coeditor should have full Admin, Author, or Dashboard-only rights.

4.1out of 5

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