Weebly versus WordPress

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Weebly versus WordPress

Since Weebly Site Builder websites have been added to the T&S Digital Service catalog, we have had a ton of questions. The one we get most often is: which is better Weebly or WordPress? The answer is 100% dependent upon your needs and skill level.

What is Weebly?

Weebly is a WYSIWIG (What You See Is What You Get) drag and drop website builder; meaning if you can work a mouse you can build a website. Elements like picture location, text blocks, font styling & colors, payment processing, and more are just a click away. Weebly is literally that easy.

 

What is WordPress?

Originally designed for bloggers, WordPress is a free software referred to as open source.  The possibilities are virtually limitless: Want a slider? There’s a plugin for that. Want to add a store to your website? Contact form that links to your newsletter service? Manage your lending library? Make a copy of your website? Notify people automatically of new content? WordPress has FREE plugins for all of that and more. There is HUGE community of amateur and professional programmers working non stop to constantly improve the software and increase it’s capabilities.

Pros and Cons

Obviously every system has it’s ups and downs, there is no one size fits all for every person, business, or application. So what are the pros and cons of each?

Weebly

Designed for the lay person to quickly and efficiently design a website, Weebly has an excellent, user friendly system. They take the technical support burden off the user, and place it on the Weebly team. While there are some opportunities for minor HTML changes, the vast majority of it is taken care of on the back end, and unavailable to the user. Packages start as low as Free and go up, on a per feature basis. Weebly has taken care of the space issue imposed by some web hosts, and offer unlimited pages and webspace.

Because of the streamlined user interface, the opportunities for Search Engine Optimization could be better. Blogging is available, but is not as robust as WordPress. Expanded features such as e-commerce do come at a monthly cost.

 

WordPress

While the initial software for WordPress is free, the space to store and setup WordPress is not. Hosting packages range in prices from $3 to $10 a month, depending on a variety of factors. Since WordPress is open source, if you can dream it, they probably have it available. Once the initial costs have been covered there are generally no additional costs. WordPress has a large variety of free themes and plugins to choose from so customizing a site can be as easy as clicking a button to install a new piece of software. The original purpose of WordPress was blogging, and that is what WordPress does best. The filesystem and organization also allows for robust Search Engine Optimization. Additional free plugins are even available to assist in the tricky task of being listed on the front page of Google.

There is a learning curve to using WordPress though. Depending on your skill set a professional may need to be hired for initial setup. Technical support is the sole responsibility of the end user, but is provided in the shape of forums. With literally thousands of laymen using WordPress, 9 times out of 10 the answer can be found with a pointed Google search.

How do the two compare?

 

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Learning Curve
Ease of Design
Technical Support
 Space Limitations
Adding Features
Cost
Search Engine Optimization
Blogging
E-Commerce
Content Portability

In Conclusion

If you are the type of person whose strengths lie in thinking outside the box, in learning by watching YouTube videos and researching problems via online forums and articles then WordPress is probably a good choice for you. If you are the type of person who is generally satisfied once you have your website up or even believe in the idea of a completed website, WordPress is for you. If you are the type of person who regularly likes to update the look and layout of things, who prefers technology to be point and click, or would prefer a more simplified solution, Weebly is your best bet.

Check out Weebly Plans at T&S Digital

Do you have a WordPress or Weebly site in need of professional help? Check out our  Website Refresher Packages


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WordPress Update 4.2.3 Alert

Automatic update emails have been rolling out this week. If you got an email with the subject, “Your site has updated to WordPress 4.2.3,” then you are currently running the most up to date WordPress software on your website. If you did not receive an email, you may want to double check that you are running the latest WordPress version.

Updating WordPress keeps your site secure, fixes bugs, as well as introduces new features. The latest release was WordPress 4.2.3 on July 23. That release addressed 2 security issues, and 20 bugs in the system. For more information on those issues and bugs visit: https://wordpress.org/news/2015/07/wordpress-4-2-3/

To update your site manually, login to your Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now.”


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Is your site running at peak performance?

Photos & Images are the number one reason why websites load slowly. Even a large background image will kill a website’s load time. Everybody loves photos, and in this day and age of digital photography image sizes are getting bigger and bigger. This allows for some extremely clear photos. While high resolution photos are great for editing and printing purposes they can be detrimental to websites. Not only do they take up quite a bit of disk space on web servers, they also take forever to load.  So how do you avoid this pit fall? Resize your images.

Images should never be loaded directly from your digital camera or even your smart phone these days. Optimal image size is between 100kb and 700kb anything more than that and you are asking for slow page load times. To put this in perspective the average high resolution image ranges from 1024kb to 3078kb or 1 – 3 Megabytes in layman’s terms. That is 10 to 30 times larger than the optimal size. Slow pages are not visited frequently or very long by potential customers. So how do you resize your images? The answer is before loading them to your website.

Relying on your website to resize images is not the best way to optimize your images. Often websites will create multiple copies of when resizing images. This can be bulky and a disk space hog. While it solves the problem for your page load time; it creates a separate problem of taking up room that you could be using for other things. Remember you pay for your webspace, ultimately bulky images are clutter that are costing you money every year. This is why I suggest resizing your images before uploading them to your website. This can be done with software on your computer or there are a number of sites that will do it for you. In fact I used www.imageoptimizer.net to resize the image above from 7000kb to 608kb before using it in this email. I found the website by Googling, “photo size reducer free.” It was one of many that popped up in the search results.

The bottom line is that anything displayed on your website effects your page load time – everything from background music to images used in blog posts. In order to keep your website working at the peak of performance be sure to keep those files small.


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One thing everyone can do to increase SEO

You have a website. What now? Now, you need people to visit. Sure your friends and family have all stopped by for a quick glance, but you need strangers to find you, too. Odds are these strangers will find you with a search engine of some sort: Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. But how do these search engines find you?

Each of these search engines utilize algorithms that account for how many people are visiting, how many people are talking about you, what you are talking about, and several other things. Playing these factors up is called Search Engine Optimization, and people pay big money for experts handle to their SEO for them.

One thing everyone can do to help increase SEO for their website: name your pictures purposefully. So many websites will have images names starting with DSC or IMG. This does nothing but make your website blend into the crowd. For obvious reasons you want your website to stand out and images named birth-ball.jpg won’t cut the mustard here, either. When I build websites I like to name images based on keywords like location and subject matter followed by what the image is. So in the case of our birth-ball.jpg, Midlothian-Labor-Doula-Birth-Ball.jpg; Now that stands out in a crowd. Not only will Google recognize all of these keywords as associated with your site, but with the added benefit that it gives Pinterest users a good starting place to pin your images.


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Weebly Partnership

Weebly’s powerful drag & drop website building tool as the latest addition to the T&S Digital service catalog. This partnership brings you Weebly’s easy-to-use interface and high quality themes, combined with the dependable support and trusted reputation T&S Digital has delivered to the technology community for over 8.

Today, over 30 million people and small businesses use Weebly to build their online presence. The fully-customizable design platform lets you create a professional site, blog or online store in minutes. It’s surprisingly simple, but also equipped with the advanced features you need to take your website to the next level:

● Drag & Drop Builder​​- Create a powerful, professional website with no technical skills required. Content elements (like text, photos, maps and videos) are easily added to your site by simply dragging & dropping them into place from your desktop. Plus, building your site is done in real time, right from your web browser so there’s nothing to install or upgrade.

● Unlimited Pages​​- Build as many pages as you need. With unlimited pages, you have zero restrictions on content volume and can publish the perfect website without any limits.

● Responsive Themes​- From ultra-modern to bold and classic, select beautiful, responsive themes to fit your unique design palate. Easy customization tools provide full control over each template so you can change the font, header, color scheme, and all major design elements from a simple interface. All sites are automatically mobile optimized across phones and tablets.

● Complete eCommerce Solution​​- Sell your products online and provide a consistent shopping experience across Web and mobile. Select sophisticated storefront themes, track your inventory, choose from a variety of payment options including Stripe and PayPal, integrate discount codes, and more.

T&S Digital is offering Weebly at various pricing options, including Free and Starter plans starting at 5.99/month. With T&S Digital and Weebly’s shared mission to empower more small businesses and entrepreneurs to build their online presence, we’re confident you’ll find great value in our new website building features.

Visit the Weebly services section at Tandsdigital.com/billing to learn more about getting started with Weebly.

Sincerely,


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WordPress Update 4.2.2 Alert

Updating WordPress keeps your site secure, fixes bugs, as well as introduces new features. The latest release was WordPress 4.2.2 on May 7. That release addressed 2 security issues, and 13 bugs in the system. For more information on those issues and bugs visit: https://wordpress.org/news/2015/05/wordpress-4-2-2/

To update your site login to your Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now.”