Cool Tool: Weebly – Website Creation Made Easy

weebly logoPart of the Web 2.0 movement is the increasing ease of creating a web presence. Thanks to Blogs, Wikis, and other similar platforms, pretty much anyone can post content on the web.

Weebly is a free service that allows users to create a pretty decent looking site quickly and easily. The site can either be hosted with Weebly under a weebly subdomain (i.e. example.weebly.com), or you can download your completed site as a zip, giving you greater flexibility in terms of appearance and hosting.

Once you have registered with Weebly and chosen your subdomain, you can get to work. First, choose a theme for your site. This will determine the overall look and feel of your site. Weebly provides a range of attractive designs for your use. Some of the themes are customizable to a certain extent, and you may be able to upload your own header image to use in place of the image in the Weebly theme.

You can create as many pages for your site as you like, and Weebly provides ready-made components for you to add to your site. You can add titles, paragraphs, two columns of text, pictures, photos, videos, feeds and more.

See my example Weebly site to see a Weebly site in action.

Weebly Example Site
Weebly Example Site

To sum up – Good, Bad, or Ugly?

Weebly is Good. It is a great tool for quickly and easily creating an online presence. Weebly provides a large amount of flexibility, and the downloadable zip file means that with some basic web design skills, you can customize even further and host your site on your own domain name.

But there is also some Bad. Weebly doesn’t seem to do so well with Hebrew. While their blog claims that Weebly supports international characters including Hebrew, my quick attempt at adding Hebrew resulted in a lot of gibberish characters appearing on the site. Maybe someone else will have better luck on that front.

Responses (5)

Craig

June 12, 2008 3:54 pm

I have just come across weebly in the last few days. Yes I know I am slow off the uptake. I just wanted to see some examples of websites that other people have created. I have made one that I am very happy with http://www.redfoxmarketing.co.uk . Right now i’ve shown you mine, you can show me yours!

Kat

June 13, 2009 3:30 pm

Thanks for the link to your site redfoxmarketing! I too am looking to set up a site with weebly and also wanted to view some existing site examples. It seems strange they don’t publish a few samples? You’d think it’d be an incentive for people? Has anyone else out there made a site with Weebly?

Douglas

March 16, 2010 1:42 am

I just created this site about a couple of weeks ago. The Weebly format is very user friendly. With a little bit of creativity, you can achieve a pretty good website for practically nothing. Check it out and help us spread the word “Shoplifting is not cool!”

FidesDesign

August 10, 2010 3:54 am

Weebly is pretty easy to use, and I like the fact that you don’t need design software or FTP to update your site. I recommend signing up for the free version first and upgrade to Pro as you outgrow it. Click on my name to see my site.

BlogOcean

October 25, 2013 11:22 pm

Weebly has intoduced new features like mobile optimised website, new fonts, dashboard making it more useful and easy cms tool to build a website

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