Weebly in a popular website builder which is used by around 800,000 users worldwide. It is know as an easy to use website builder which lets you build decently good looking websites with ease. Now that you have decided to choose Weebly as your website builder of choice, you now need to select the premium plan for your website. Weebly has a total of 5 premium paid plans. In this post, I will compare various plans and help you decide which one is best for you.
Weebly Pricing Plans – Brief OverView
As mentioned before, Weebly offers a total of 5 premium plans. Here are they:
Connect, Starter, Pro, Business and Business Plus.
On its website, Weebly categorizes Connect, Starter and Pro as Website Plans and Business, Business Plus under E-commerce Plan.
Connect Domain is the cheapest plan at $4/ month while Business Plus is costliest at $35/ month. One must note that these are annual prices. If you plan to pay month on month, you can expect the monthly price to increase by 40%.
Yes , you read that right, Weebly monthly plans are 40% more expensive than the Annual plans.
Another thing to note that the Connect Domain plan is only visible if you are logged into Weebly. If you are logged out, then only 4 Premium plans are visible.
Here is a list of Website Plans. The price mentioned is Annual.
Here is a list of Ecommerce Plans. The price mentioned is Annual.
Here you can see the Connect plan as I am logged into my Weebly account. The price mentioned is Annual.
In the next section I will discuss every pricing plans in detail and explain which plan is right for you.
Weebly Pricing Plans.
1. Connect Domain ($4 / Month)
Connect Domain is the cheapest paid plan offered by Weebly. It costs $4 per month if paid annually. The price shoots up to $8/month if you opt for monthly payment.
As you can see, the Connect plan allows you to connect you own domain to your website. It offers free SSL certificate and basic marketing tools.
Even though this plans costs $48/ year, it does not remove Weebly branding from your website. So even tough you are paying, you are advertising the fact that you have used Square / Weebly for your website.
In my opinion, this plan is beneficial only and only if you are creating a temporary website or creating a website for short term. Say for example you are creating a website for a school / college event and dont plan to keep the site online for more than 3-4 months. If its a temporary website, you might be OK with Weebly branding.
However, If you are planning to build a business website then I would suggest to stay away from this plan. Business websites must exude professionalism and trust.
There are no bandwidth limit with this plan. However there is a storage limit of 500 MB. Also there is no shopping cart feature with this plan.
Website which are built for short term and for temporary purpose. Example, School / College Events, Business events etc.
Not recommended for professional / business websites.
2. Weebly Starter Plan ($8 / Month)
Starter plan costs $8 per month if paid annually. It costs $14/month if paid monthly.
If you want a professional looking website then starter plan can be a good fit. It lets you remove Weebly branding and offers a free domain for one year. It comes with unlimited storage and unlimited bandwidth. This is an important feature if your website receives a lot of traffic. It also offers Advanced Site statistics. It can be a useful feature if you are not comfortable with Google analytics.
The E-commerce functionality included in this plan is very basic. It lets you add upto 10 products with no support for inventory management. Paypal is not available and you can process payments only via Stripe or Square. Weebly also charges a transaction fee of 3% on top of payment gateway processing fees.
Starter plan offers 100 USD in Google ad words credits. This is available in every plan from the starter plan and above
Creating Business Websites.
The Starter plan is ideal for creating a professional looking business website. There is no Weebly branding and it offers everything which you need for a good looking and functional business website.
The E-commerce functionality in Starter Plan is extremely limited to the point of being unusable.
3. Weebly Pro Plan ($12/month)
Pro plan costs $12 per month if paid annually. It costs $18/month if paid monthly.
The Pro plan covers everything available in the Starter plan. In addition to that, it offers a few additional features.
It offers an advanced site search. It can be an important feature if you plan on building a website with lots of content. It also offers HD video player. So you can easily embed and display high def videos on your website.
It offers a basic membership feature where you can have upto 100 members. You can have a password protection feature in this plan. So you can create password protected video content which is only available to the members. However, membership registration is disabled. So users cannot register themselves as a member under this plan. If you want to add a member, you will have to do it yourself.
If you find the membership feature limited, then you can search the app store for a full-fledged membership app. A quick search shows that there are a couple of membership apps available in the app store. Pls, note that there will be additional costs associated with the third-party apps.
The E-commerce functionality included in this plan is better than Pro, but is still quite limiting, It lets you add up to 25 products. Paypal is not available and Weebly charges a 3% transaction fees. Also important features like Inventory management etc are missing.
The Pro Plan customers are Eligible for Phone Support. So if you prefer talking to support reps in person, you might want to upgrade to. this plan.
Creating Video-Based Membership Websites.
The Pro plan is a good choice if you plan to create a membership website. The included HD video player will let you create Video content. Combining HD Video content with a membership app can create a. fully-fledged membership website.
The Phone support included in this plan can be beneficial if you prefer getting support over phone.
The e-commerce functionality is still limited, Pro plan is NOT recommended if you plan to create an Online Store.
4. Weebly Business Plan ($25/month)
Business plan costs $25 per month if paid annually. It costs $35/month if paid monthly.
If you want to do Ecommerce with Weebly, then you must choose Business plan and above. The Business plan offers varous features to run a small to mid sized Ecommerce operations. It lets you add unlimited product and offers features like Inventory Management, Product Options, Product Badges, Coupons.
It offers integrated Shipping solutions like Shipping Calculator, Shipping Labels and shipping discounts. It also lets you accept payments via PayPal. Weebly does not charge any transaction fees for customers on the Business plan.
It also supports selling of Digital products
In addition to E-commerce features, the business plan also offers a lot of integrated marketing features like Facebook Ads, Popup Notifications and Advanced E-commerce insights.
The Business plan also offers a full functional membership feature. There is no limit to the number of members and Member Registration is enabled.
Business Plan customers are eligible for Phone and Priority support.
If you hate waiting in the queues then you will find Priority support God Send. Priority Support simply means that if you submit a query then your support tickets or support calls are automatically pushed to the front. So if you are on Business plan, then it ensures that your queries always receive priority over other Weebly users.
The business plan is recommend if you plan to run a small or medium sized eCommerce store using Weebly. With features like Inventory Management, Product Options, Coupons and integrated Facebook ads, it will help you in managing your store.
For large Ecommerce stores. If you plan to run large Ecommerce store and plan to use multi channel selling then Weebly is not suitable.
5. Business Plus Plan ($38/month)
Business Plus plan costs $38 per month if paid annually. It costs $46/month if paid monthly.
The Business plus is the costliest premium plan offered by Weebly. It offers additional E commerce features like Real Time Shipping Rates, Gift Cards and Abandoned cart emails.
The Business Plus plan is 70% costlier than the Business plan. So if you are a low volume store then upgrading to plus does not make sense. However if you are a high volume store, then the Abandoned Cart Email alone can be worth upgrading. The abandoned cart emails have some of the highest conversion rates, so if you do a high volume, it mean high volume of abandoned cart which means you are leaving money on the table.
So if you are high volume store, upgrade to Business Plus.
Even though Business Plus offers additional features it lacks advanced features for multi channel selling and drop shipping.
High Volume E commerce Store
The Business Plus plan offers features which are useful for a store doing high volume. Feature like Abandoned cart recovery is reason enough to upgrade.
Not suitable for multi channel selling and running a drop ship store.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the most common questions regarding Weebly Pricing. If you have a specific questions pls feel free to ask in the comments.
1. Does Weebly offer a money back guarantee?
Weebly offers a 30 day money back guarantee. It means that in case you are unhappy for any reason and you end up cancelling within first 30 days, you will get a full refund.
2. Does Weebly offer a free plan?
Yes Weebly offers a free plan. However I find the free plan quite useless. It wont let you connect you own domain to your website. Also Wix inserts huge ads on website made with free plan. You can try free plan to get a feel of features and Wix capability, but if you want a professional online presence, you will definitely need to upgrade.
3. Should you subscribe to monthly plan or annual plan?
Weebly plans are available in 2 payment modes, Annual or Monthly. You are free to select between Annual or Monthly plans.
However the price difference in Monthly and Annual Plans are significant.
For example the the Monthly Pro plan costs 50% more than the Annual Pro plan. Similarly the Monthly business plan costs 50% more than the Annual Business plan. Refer to the following screenshot
The annual plans are priced much more effectively. There also perks like Free domain and free google credits. Paying for an annual plan can result in significant costs savings.
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4. What are the Domain Name costs?
Weebly offer free domain for 1 year with all the annual plans. However you must understand that after the first year, you’ll need pay for domain renewal fees. With Weebly the annual renewal fee is $19.95 per year. This is pricier when compared to domain registrars like Name cheap, where the domain renewal fee is around $10 per year. However in my opinion this is not really not a significant cost for a business.
5. How to get Personalized Email Address?
Weebly does not offer a native mailbox solution. Weebly has partnered with Google and it offers Business Mailboxes through G Suite. G Suite is a collection of business apps which includes Email, Chat App, Docs, Spreadsheet etc. If you have used Gmail, then you will feel at home with G Suite.
6. What about Email Marketing?
Weebly offers Email Marketing through Weebly Promote.
It is the email marketing solution built by Weebly. It has a a similar interface to weebly site editor and integrates tightly with Weebly. For example you Weebly contacts are automatically synced to your email list.
Promote can be a great choice for small business owners who do not want the hassle of managing multiple tools like Mailchimp.
Summary and Conclusion
If you want a good looking website with a basic blog and a basic shop, then Weebly can be a good choice. Its editor is user friendly and themes are decent looking. It is also possible to hire a designer and get a custom theme made for your Weebly website. Platforms like Weebly have made beautiful online presence within reach of every small business.
If you just want a website, I recommend going with the StarterPlan, as it can be sufficient for a decent business website. For E-commerce users who sell goods and service online I recommend starting with the Business Plan.