Weebly is a popular website builder. It allows users to build their own websites with a simple drag and drop method and Weebly has become one of the most widely used resources in its category. Whether you've used the site or you're new to website building, we've learned some interesting facts about the service and we'd like to share 20 things about Weebly that you didn't know.
1. It was founded in 2006
Weebly hasn't been around that long. It's a name that most people who have a website are familiar with because it frequently shows up in searches and on advertisements. The founders of the company are Chris Fanini, Dan Veltri and David Rusenco. They were students at Penn State who started working on it while they were still attending classes. By 2007, they released their first version of the site that allowed users to cretae their own websites.
2. It only took 2 years to grow to a million users
Weebly experienced phenomenal growth from the moment that it was released. The creators started the company in 2006, launched the site in 2007 and by 2008 they celebrated their one millionth user. The growth of the site has been exponential and Weebly currently hosts more than 40 million sites from users around the world. It's continuing to grow at a fast pace to this day.
3. The owners kept their goals simple
One of the things about Weebly that helped to make it so successful is that the founders set one simple goal to start out with. They wanted to deliver a website building tool that would be easy for people to use. They made the service accessible to almost everyone. They wanted the builder to be simple enough for people who had no website building skills to be able to use. One of the great things about Weebly is you don't need to have any previous experience or knowledge of website building to create a website. With the simple goal of giving people a useful tool that would't frustrate them, they accomplished their first goal and it became a sensation.
4. Weebly is ranked as the number one best website builder for small businesses
There are a lot of website builders on the market today. Not all of them are as easy to use as Weebly, and this is one of the aspects about it that has made it such a huge success. The site is made with built-in basic tools for website building. Everything that you need to create a functional website for business is included so you don't need to look for other resources outside of the site to get your website built, launch it and open your online store for business. You can have your site ready for marketing your products or services in just a matter of hours. There aren't a lot of bells and whistles, but this is a good thing because it makes the site easier and less confusing to use.
5. You can customize the templates
Weebly offers a good sized collection of templates to build your site from. These are themed templates that you can choose to go along with the nature of your business or other type of website. One of the things that Weebly does better than other sites like Wix, is that it allows you to switch between themes. This means that you can customize the HTML and CSS and download your site's code. While this might sound really high-tech, it's not that difficult to do when you follow the step by step instructions that you can find on the internet in an easy to understand format. You don't have to do this but it's nice to know that you can if you want to.
6. They offer helpful SEO guides
Even if you're not familiar with the term SEO, it's one that is very important for online business owners. It stands for Search Engine Optimization and it simply means that you have created your website to include important words and phrases that will help the search engines to identify it so they can refer people looking for similar products or services to your site. SEO optimization helps you to get higher rankings in web searches and your business will come up ahead of other sites that are not SEO optimized. Weebly gives you a lot of help and support and good tips on how to boost the ranking of your site on Google and other search engines.
7. You can try Weebly for free
Weebly offers a variety of packages that can be tailored to meet your current website building needs. They do offer a free version that allows you to build a complete website and you can try it out with no obligation to buy any of their services. It's a basic version, but it gives you time to decide if Weebly is right for you before you make a commitment to pay for premium services.
8. There are limitations on the customization
It's important to know that there are some limitations associated with Weebly websites. It's great for beginners through intermediate users who want to set up a website, but their drag and drop customization options do have limitations. or example, if you are not familiar with code, then it's not so easy to change the column width or the background design. If you do understand how to use HTML/CSS editiors then you will be able to do these things.
9. There are other site builders that have better drag and drop customization
Squarespace and Wix are two website builders who offer a more powerful drag and drop customization. While there are pros and cons associated with most website builders out there, we'd be remiss if we didn't let you know that some sites let you do this easier and with greater options to choose from. The thing about it is that they're going to charge you more for the service so it's kind of a trade-off, especially when you're just getting into website building.
10. Weebly doesn't offer an ADI option
This is something that more advanced users would be interested in knowing. ADI stands for Artificial Design Intelligence. It's not something that Weebly offers. Website builders with ADI can design a site for you simply based upon the information that you provide. The other sites that do offer this feature are GoDaddy, which is centered totally around this approach to website building, and Jimdo and Wix have separate ADI products available.
11. Weebly offers no personal restore option
If you're building your website on Weebly and something goes haywire, Weebly doesn't offer a way for you to restore the site to a previous point in time. There isn't a way to back up and restore your website on your own. You'll need to contact the support team at Weebly for help with these types of issues. This is more time consuming and it can also be frustrating when you're in a hurry.
12. You can build all the free sites you want
Weebly allows you to create as may sites as you want, even if you're going with the free services. This is great for people who want to have personal or informational websites. You can also use the free version for as long as you want. Of course you can upgrade to premium at any time, you don't have to and you won't get penalized or a nasty email for exceeding the allowed limits of websites because there are no limits. This is a great service and there are many users who appreciate it and set up several sites that feature their interests, hobbies and blogs.
13. Weebly is making new updates to their site
Although Weebly isn't the most sophisticated website builder out there, it certainly is fun and easy to use. They met their initial objective to provide people with easy and free website building tools, but they realize that as people advance in their confidence, they're going to want to do more with their website. From August through October of 2018, Weebly made some really cool updates to their service. They now offer social media integration. You can connect your Weebly website to Facebook and you can even interact with your users through the connection.
14. Weebly provides upgraded analytics
Analytics are important for letting the website owner know how many people are visiting their site. These statistics tell you which pages they visit the most, how long they stay on your site, which visitors are new, which are returning visitors and so forth. The analytics also give you sales and marketing data so you can assess how effective your website is. They've recently updated their Weebly Stats card with an new system called Insights that gives you more data that is more helpful for both personal and business website owners.
15. They offer email marketing tools
If you're an entrepreneur using your Weebly site to make a profit, then Weebly has some useful tools that can help you to reach your customers more efficiently. They offer a service that allows you to create emails to be sent to your customers and you can use templates for developing them which are customizale. They also offer preset styles, contact and product sync and in addition to this, automation.
16. Weebly allows you to grow and learn
Here is another fun fact about Weebly that is well-worth knowing. It's a great website builder for beginners to start with, because it can help you to learn the basics of website building. It's really straight-forward, but the drag and drop features which are limited in their capabilities are not the only services that they offer. With your Weebly site, you an actually edit the code when you gain enough confidence. You're in no way prevented from learning HTML and doing much more to fully customize your website. This gives you a greater amount of control over the appearance of your site.
17. Weebly offers excellent customer support
Although most Weebly users do not need as much support for this site as they do with the more complicated sites out there, they do maintain a support team to assist their users. In fact, over the past few years, they've made some big improvements and customer support is a high priority for them. There are three different ways to get support and assistance as Weebly. They offer phone support, live chat and the standard support ticket option where you send them a message and then they respond to the ticket. Support tickets are answered around the clock, 7 days a week, phone support is available from 6 am to 6 pm pacific standard time and live chat is available Monday through Friday from 6 am to 6 pm PST and on Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm PST.
18. You can create your own membership club through Weebly
Weebly offers a membership gateway so you can enable it and allow only registered members to access restricted pages on your site. This option gives you full control over who can see what on the website that you build through Weebly. You can even block access to certain pages or grant access privileges to select persons.
19. They take care of all the hosting
Whether you're using the free or the subscription site services, Weebly takes care of the web hosting for your site. There are not separate fees for web hosting and you don't need to go to another business to receive the service. The entire hosting process is managed for you by Weebly so you can concentrate on building and improving your website.
20. Weebly offers a mobile version
There are more mobile users accessing the internet than ever before. Some sites feature pages that don't properly load on mobile devices, but Weebly has made sure that their latest theme designs are made to be automatically mobile responsive. The pages adjust themselves to fit on the touchscreens of mobile viewer's devices. They do still have a few older themes that are not mobile responsive, but they still work for those accessing the sites with touchscreens.
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