Ready to build a website, but not sure which platform is right for you? Rapunzel Creative Marketing, a web design company, offers website design services on both the Weebly and WordPress platforms. There are pros and cons to each platform. Before we compare both options, you need to also decide if you want to hire a company to build your website for you or if you want to build it yourself. Building on Weebly, a drag and drop site, will be much easier to master, however, many WordPress sites also come with a visual composer or drag and drop editor, but they usually require more technical expertise on the part of the user.
Here’s a guide to help you decide whether a Weebly or WordPress website is the best fit for your business.
Self-Contained Hosted Platform versus a Self- Hosted Website
All Weebly website packages include hosting. You can also purchase your domain directly through Weebly which keeps your site, hosting and domain all in one place, on one platform. Here’s the caveat. If you decide to switch platforms you cannot transfer or export your website and website design to WordPress or another platform. This includes your blog. So when you cancel your Weebly account, your site and content are gone. You will need to completely rebuild your site on the new platform you choose. Copy (body text) can be brought over to another platform by simply cutting and pasting the content into a word document and copying it back onto a new site, but all your pages on your new website will need to be built from scratch.
Weebly offers designs for the following types of websites:
- Online Store
A big issue for many businesses is that Weebly does not offer a domain based email, i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org, as part of their hosting package. Weebly does integrate with the Google-based product GSuite allowing you to acquire a domain based email that you can use but that account is unrelated to your Weebly hosting.
WordPress is a free, international platform and software that anyone can use. All you need to do is purchase your domain and hosting through the provider of your choice. Providers range from GoDaddy and Hostgator to various sized companies that offer a variety of packages, large and small.Most of these providers offer the option for you to purchase your domain, hosting and email together as one package. Often, the first year of the domain is free.
Once your site is built on WordPress, you can change your website theme to any compatible WordPress theme and you can also import and export content from one WordPress site to another. This means that you own 100% of all your content and WordPress makes it very easy to switch to a different platform should you choose to do so.
Private developers offer thousands of WordPress themes and site designs for every type of business. Whether you are a food blogger, doctor, news magazine or ecommerce store, you can find endless choices within WordPress themes. These themes are sold by independent companies. Some offer support with the themes. Across the board, the support generally isn’t fast in response time. Look for a highly rated theme with high sales, good technical support and great reviews.