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.

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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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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.”