Weebly: A Site For Beginners

Easy is Better

When it came to setting up a website, I didn't want anything too complicated.
When it came to setting up a website, I didn't want anything too complicated. | Source

Weebly Is Easy

Are you like me? I couldn't stomach the thought of trying to learn HTML and CSS. It was way over my head. I wanted something that allowed me to click on something and add it to the page -- no codes and no fuss. I searched for these easy, free websites and found a site that immediately appealed to me. It was called Weebly.

Like some of you, I entered online writing knowing nothing about it. did not know how to set up a hyperlink, insert a photo, or even save pictures on my computer! You might even say I was a complete Luddite when it came to technology. Therefore, when I started searching for a place to host a free website, I wanted it to be very easy to understand.

Weebly Features

I liked Weebly because it offered an interface where I could simply drag my wanted elements unto the page and they would stay there. I now realize that this capability is called "WYSIWYG." or "what you see is what you get." I love WYSIWYG! It made so simple for this non-technical girl to put things together.

As I explored the site, I noticed other features that I liked, too. Here are some of the elements of the Weebly platform that I really appreciate:

  • Access to 100's of free photos with an automatic photo credit at the bottom of your page
  • Ability to include videos from YouTube
  • Monetization through Google Adsense. You place ads where you want them and you can change the colour and size. (Weebly retains 50% of the ad revenue.)
  • Blogging feature
  • Built-in SEO Features
  • Divider feature that allows you to decide the size of your columns
  • A Contact Form
  • A Feed Reader

These are some of the characteristics of Weebly that I find helpful. As a beginner who has gained a bit of experience from Hubpages, I loved that there were all these things available for me to try out.


Concentrate On the Writing!

If you like to concentrate on the writing, you may like Weebly.
If you like to concentrate on the writing, you may like Weebly. | Source

I Can Concentrate On the Writing

I started on Weebly to find a place to share my writing and my blogs. I then thought I would try a website about cats. I am still a complete novice compared to all those "computer geeks" that actually studied it in school and know how to throw around terms like metatags and autobots with ease but ... for this Luddite, I'm doing pretty well. I like my Weebly because it's easy and that allows me to focus on what I like best: writing and designing the pages: the creative stuff.

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The Tech Guy Might Not Approve!

The super technical computer people might find fault, but Weebly works for me!
The super technical computer people might find fault, but Weebly works for me! | Source

Weebly Works For Me

Now, to a seasoned pro, my fondness of Weebly may seem ludicrous. There are other sites, much more advanced and competent at handling your website creation needs. And I am sure there are others. I am not saying Weebly is the very best, technically, and the most professional. I am saying that it's easy and it meets my needs.

I don't know anything about WordPress. For now, I am sticking with Weebly and Blogger, where I don't have to learn about plug-ins and code. I get frustrated with too much technicality and so Weebly suits me. I even recently upgraded to Weebly Pro, which allows me to create up to ten different sites and gives me some analytic data. If I can get any of the sites built up, I will consider switching to my own domain, which will cost me $39.95/year.


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I Recommend Weebly

If you are looking for a place to create a simple website without much fuss and without spending anything, you might want to check out Weebly. I recommend it over Yola, which I also tried out briefly, simply because I find the interface easier to use.

Although I have now upgraded to pro, you can sign up completely for free at Weebly.com. I would never recommend anything I didn't believe in it, and I am recommending the Weebly service for those that are looking for easy, like me.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Very useful and I believe this is the site that was recommended to my daughter. I was thinking of doing it but now that I am back on midnight shift...well, I've got my hands full. voted up / useful.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

Denise, thanks for such a quick comment! Wow, you must be busy right now! My husband works shift work, so I know how that goes! I still need to catch up on your latest offerings!

I am glad this hub was useful. I knew when I first started, I had no idea of where to start so I'm happy if I can share my experience.


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada

a very interesting view on a site such as this. I should go and take a quick look at it at any rate.


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Cyndi10 5 years ago from Georgia

Very useful and timely for me. I'm exploring websites and don't particularly like the work that goes into wordpress. Weebly looks as if it might suit my need for getting something up quickly. Thanks so much for the information.


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JoeCo 5 years ago from New York City

Nice hub, thanks for the info. I will definitely check out the website.

Maybe you should check out webstarts.com , i find them to be pretty cool too tell me what you think.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

@Hi Rebecca, thanks for stopping by! It is an option if you want a simple website.

@Cyndi, I'm thrilled! I find WP too much right now, too. Thanks for coming by!

@Joe, I will have a look. I am not familiar with that site, at all. Thanks for coming by!


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LindaSmith1 5 years ago from USA

Weebly is good for those who do not know HTML, but those who do, are webmasters can pretty much design their own site. So, it is good for the novice to the pro. They are slowly making a lot of changes, adding features, making others better.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

Linda, yes, if someone knows HTML, I am sure Weebly would be very limited for them. It's for newbies like me! But like you say, they do seem to be working to improve things all the time, which I appreciate. I was worried that it would be insufficient but I actually really like the site.

Thanks for the very useful comment! Take care.


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JimmieWriter 5 years ago from Memphis, TN USA

Not to discredit your writing here, but the part that really sticks out to me is the snotty looking tech guy. Your caption makes me laugh!

I have two self-hosted WP blogs. LOVE the freedom of doing what I want with them.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

Jimmie, thanks for stopping by. I checked out your blogs and they are fabulous! I will learn WP one of these days! ;)

And yes, with the tech guy, I was just imaging how amateur Weebly must look to someone that's a pro! Thanks for taking the time to comment and I love your blog last post on Shakespeare! Very good post!


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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

very interesting. I use another site at present but I will certainly look at this one too. voted up and interesting.


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Green Lotus 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I'm unfamiliar with Weebly but it sounds like a great place for beginning writers! I will check it out and recommend it to my friends and relatives who are new to blogging.

I started out with an early version of iWeb so I got my feet wet early, then slowly ventured into the easier Wordpress free templates for my other blogs, just to get a more "magazine" look and to get great 24/7 free telephone support from a webhost other than the "big guys"....but for beginners, Weebly sounds great!


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

@Anna, thanks for dropping by and for the great comment. Have a wonderful day!

@Green Lotus, yes, it is perfect for beginners. I set my sister up with a little website and she couldn't believe how easy it was. She's not into the Internet at all but she caught on to it right away.

Yes, WP does give that magazine style that looks very clean. It's something I want to eventually learn, too, but Weebly has let me get my feet wet. I actually enjoy it.

Thanks for the great comment and take care!


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee

Thanks so much for this interesting hub. I can say I do have a blog, but I don't know how to use it. I did however sign-up at Weebly. Voted up and useful...


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

Samson, I am so glad that it was useful and that you signed up. If you want, let me know how you do. I'd love to see your site. Take care!


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princesswithapen 5 years ago

prairieprincess

Weebly would definitely come in my list of top 5 basic online website builders. It is easy to use and lets you concentrate on writing rather than worrying about the technical aspect of building a website, like you've mentioned. I like this review and surely it will be extremely helpful to many hubbers and writers.

Princesswithapen


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

princesswithapen

It's nice to hear from another fan. I am sure you are far more experienced than I am, at the online game, so I value your opinion.

Yes, it is such an easy program to use, I find. I hope others do find it helpful. Thanks so much for the great comment. I really appreciate you stopping by and take care!


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LindaSmith1 5 years ago from USA

How did you get your page names on side of site, instead of at the top. Do you know how to do the blog part?


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Linda,

Check the template options. Some of them have the menu on the side: just check. (To do this, go into the edit mode, under design, and then template.)

And for the blog, go to pages, and it will give you the option of blog. Start a blog page, and the options will come up.

Let me know you do. Take care!


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LindaSmith1 5 years ago from USA

on the blog, everything is showing up on one page even with the category list on the side.Maybe something is not working right. I try to play with it some more, and check their blog video. Thanks.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

Linda, I'm not sure what you mean by it all showing up on one page. If you want to, you can e-mail me a link to the site that you have published so far, and I might be able to figure out what's happening. :)


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LindaSmith1 5 years ago from USA

Prarie princess: I will send message with link.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Thank you for sharing this one and I now look forward to reading many more by you.

Take care

Eddy.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

Eddy, nice to meet you! And I am so glad you came by to see my shares. Have a wonderful day.


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edmob1 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi very intersting I do like the idea of not having to learn computing scripts.

I shall have to check it out.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

Edmob, this is a very easy site to use! Thanks for the great comment!


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dinkan53 5 years ago from India

thanks for introducing Weebly to us. I think it is easy to handle. The Weebly Tutorial is going to be a great help. What about the traffic to Weebly?


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

Dinkan, it really depends what kind of backlinking you do. I don't get a lot of traffic (almost none) but I really haven't concentrated on backlinking, which is essential for traffic. As well,you need to build your site and get lots of content on there. Weebly has a pretty good name, as far as a free website, but it's up to you to rank. I am glad you found this useful. All the best!


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LindaSmith1 5 years ago from USA

I have a blogger site wiith a paid domain name, a blogger blog without paid domiain name, and I have a weebly site without paid domain name. My blogger site is the one with the content. I use the Weebly as a Page with snippets and links that take them to the blogger sites.

One blogger rates zero, the blog site with paid domain name is almost 2 years old and rates the same as the weebly splash page without a paid domain name. The weebly splash page is a few months old.


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LindaSmith1 5 years ago from USA

I am having problems with Weebly though. It seems that there are problems when you copy and paste text to it.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada Author

Linda, I am so glad it's working out for you. I don't know what the problem with the cut and paste is, but e-mail me if you want, with more details. Take care.


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

Thorough Weebly primer. I am a big fan and have referred a number of people to Weebly. It is a great for people with little or no HTML, CSS experience. Thanks for the great info! Voted UP, useful and interesting!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

Linda, it's nice to meet another Weebly fan! It really is easy to use, isn't it? Thanks so much for the encouraging words, and the votes.


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Hunbbel Meer 4 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

Hi there, I am actually a bit confused about which website builder I should use.

I am quite satisfied in going with the weebly option; however, the looks aren't that pretty.

But more than that, I wanted a good and compiled way of presenting my documents. Is there anyway, I can make a website, by Weebly, like this: http://menwithpens.ca/

I am not looking for the same looks; I am looking for the homepage. Like, I intend to write articles, published in different tabs, but I want every article to be mentioned at the home page, with a brief bio.

I know that I can do it manually, but is there something any of such website can help me doing it automatically? Thank you.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Hun, I understand your confusion. The Weebly option can be changed to be more attractive by customization but I am still learning how to do that.

I think WordPress can offer you more options to get the look you want. You can sign up with several different hosting companies and use WordPress to build your site. I am not sure which company is best for hosting, as I am quite new to the game, too.

I wish you all the best with your website. Thanks for your comment.


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Hunbbel Meer 4 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

My first obvious choice was to sign up with a good hosting company. However, as I do not know anything about the web-designing and HTML coding etc. I thought that I will not be able to design my website, unless I hire a professional to do it. That was the only reason that I was searching for a free website builder.

Anyway, thank you so much for taking your time off and replying. It is highly appreciable. Thank you! :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Great info! I may have to check out weebly. I am challenged with a lot of the high tech stuff (high tech to me, anyway) like html, etc. Thanks for this!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

Victoria, it is so easy to use! Thanks for the comment. Take care!


rocket9244 4 years ago

I used Yahoo Geo-cities in the past and Loved their site builder software. then I tried Homestead and once again Loved their site builder software. my son wanted a site for his softball team so I looked around and compared features VS pricing, and weebly was my choice for a Paid site. we used Weebly and WIX at the same time and although WIX offers easier site builder software and easier page building/drag/drop, I chose Weebly because of unlimited bandwidth and storage.

I like Weebly but you can’t re-size odd ball size pics nor place them where You want them.

the page “freezes” more often then not, when uploading stuff meaning you must close the page and re log in and start from the beginning All Over again (Very frustrating from a business standpoint).

the themes are good but you must know HTML in order to change colors and almost anything else. and it only offers Very limited extras like one divider, no picture frames,you can only drop stuff in pre set areas on a page and Not where You want, only three choices of header size/location, No forum for members and No comment page/link.

I like Weebly but honestly, it is made for people who don’t care how a web page should act or look. and it is OK for people who simply drag/drop without adding anything special to a web page.

after my six months paid subscription is up I may find a better website to do business with. as in a website like Homestead, but a website that offers unlimited storage and bandwidth like weebly.

this Is the reason I chose weebly two months ago.

and seriously Weebly, how can you run a website and not have your own forums? that is pretty lame.


MadPastor 4 years ago

Hi Linda. I was having the same cut and paste problem with Weebly. Very irritating. I think I solved it. If you are pasting from a Word document, first save that Word document as a pdf file. Then copy and paste from the pdf file to Weebly. Your problem should be solved.


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LindaSmith1 4 years ago from USA

For weeks I have tried to add new pages and add content. Forget it. This site is more trouble than it is worth, even if Free. As soon as I can, I am off to Host Gator.


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ShopIntegrator 4 years ago from London, UK

Weebly is part of a new wave of website authoring tools that finally makes the phrase 'an easy way to build a website' actually true for people without any programming experience.

At ShopIntegrator.com we love the Weebly website builder! It was a potential customer that first approached us and said they were using Weebly for their website, could we make our shopping cart software work well in Weebly so they could build a Weebly store? We we had a go with Weebly ourselves and jumped at the chance to create a Weebly shopping cart after we gave Weebly a try and loved it!

Being able to create a Weebly website without an expensive web designer is ideal for small businesses to get online and keep their costs down, which we really support! Being able to turn their Weebly website into a feature packed Weebly store using a Weebly shopping cart is a real bonus that gives the Weebly community more choice when using Weebly for e-commerce.

If you are interested in turning a Weebly website into a Weebly store, we've created a Weebly store demo to show the results that could be achieved when adding e-commerce buttons and a Weeby shopping cart:

http://shopintegrator.weebly.com/weebly-store-demo...


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

Rocket, you have definitely pointed some of the weaknesses of Weebly but I still think it is a viable solution for someone who wants a simple program to create a website. Thanks so much for your comment.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Linda, I hope you enjoy the Host Gator. I have heard good things about that program, too. Thanks for the comment.

@MadPastor, that's a great idea to do an easier cut and paste. I know that it is difficult to cut and paste text in Weebly. I guess there is no perfect website program out there. Thanks for the comment!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@ShopIntegrator, I appreciate the information. It's nice to know there is a store program out there that is compatible with Weebly. I was looking to set up a store at one time, and I do so again, I will definitely keep you in mind. Thanks for informing the readers of this hub and have a great day!


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

prairieprincess,

Thanks a lot for this great information about Weebly. I am interested in starting my own website, but like you I'm not that computer savvy. I'm sure Weebly will help me. Voted up and sharing.


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prairieprincess 3 years ago from Canada Author

Paul, take a look at it. Of course, you have to find if it works for you. I have found it very easy to use. Take care and have a great day!


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Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

This is a very informative hub on Weebly. It looks like Weebly has a lot of good features and is very easy to use for beginners and especially for those who have no idea about such things as HTML, programming, etc. I'll have to look into Weebly more if I decide to create my own website.


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prairieprincess 3 years ago from Canada Author

@Ceres, thanks for the comment. Yes, Weebly is quite good for fairly simple websites, and it is constantly improving, too. Take care!


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MHiggins 23 months ago from Michigan

Great hub! Very informative. I learned some things here and am off to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.


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prairieprincess 23 months ago from Canada Author

MHiggens, I am so glad you found it useful. I wish you all the best in building your website!


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LindaSmith1 23 months ago from USA

I have 2 sites on Weebly which I have a paid domain. I actually wish I had done a layout of my sites before creating them on Weebly and shelling out some bucks. I would suggest that before you use Weebly and shell out money know what you are getting, but most importantly not getting. My biggest issue is number of pages!!!

It is also to get set up with Viglink, Skimlinks on there as well.

Here is a link to their various plans, Free and Paid. http://www.websitetooltester.com/en/reviews/weebly...

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