Now that you know a little bit about what Weebly is and how it works, we're going to get into how much Weebly costs to use. Actually, though, it is free! Well, it's free to a point. But if you want certain additional features, you'll have to pay for a subscription. We'll break it all down for you below, explaining the features and prices of each of available subscription plans. That way, you can decide which price plan will be perfect for your website.
Is Weebly free?
Weebly.com can be used for free. However, the only features that you get with a free account are unlimited website pages, the ability to host your website for free, and 500 megabytes of memory space to store extra files. To get more features and fewer limits, you'll have to upgrade your account. You can pay for these premium plans biannually, annually, or biennially. By subscribing to a particular plan, you are entitled to additional features based on which plan you chose. Weebly has four premium plans to choose from, each with more added benefits than the one before it. Of course, it also has a basic free service, too!
How Weebly pricing works
Weebly’s cost depends on which pricing plan you choose. Though its "Free" plan is free to use, the other plans range in price from $10/month to $60/month USD. Each plan unlocks one to six additional features, including upgraded storage, HD video and audio, an online storefront, and marketing incentives.
Weebly's price plans: what’s in it for you?
Before choosing a price plan for Weebly, there are many factors you need to consider. Think about each of the four points below, and make sure you have a clear vision for the final website you want to produce.
1. Which features do you really need?
Before you look at any price plans (or any other website builder), it’s a good idea to think about which features will be absolutely essential to the successful operation of your website. Though you may read about a feature and think it would be really cool or possibly beneficial to you, if it isn’t something that is absolutely necessary for your website, you probably will end up paying for more than what you need. Try writing a list of the features that your website will definitely need, and then another list of features that could be useful (but that your website could function without).
2. What’s your web development budget?
Not everyone has the funding to pay a web developer to design their website, pay for a domain name, and then pay continuously to host that domain on a server computer (their own or someone else's). So by using a website development platform like Weebly, you’re probably already saving money. But that doesn’t mean you need to spring for the $60/month plan just because, at face value, it’s less expensive than paying a web developer upfront. In the long-run, such a decision might actually end up costing you more. Have a clear idea of what your budget is before you choose a plan, and make sure you can sustain that budget continuously for years to come.
3. Is it business, or is it personal?
Asking whether your website will be used for recreational or professional purposes right from the start can help you decide how much it would be worth investing money into your website. In general, if the website is for personal use and not to create revenue, you can likely get by with one of the less expensive plans (or possibly just use the "Free" plan). If, in contrast, you'll be using your website to promote (and perhaps manage) your business, you may want to consider upgrading your plan to get higher bandwidth, more storage space, or features such as an online storefront. This, of course, will depend on the web traffic volume you’re anticipating for the site.
4. Who is your target audience?
Having a clear idea of whom you want to see your website will significantly help you make a decision on which premium plan to use, if any. For example, is your website for information purposes only? Do you want to make international sales? Would only twenty-somethings be interested in its content? These types of questions can help you narrow down the types of plans you need to look at. They can also help you make a decision if you’re on the fence about choosing between two plans that may both be useful.
Weebly's pricing plans: what you pay, and what you get for it
Once you’ve thought about what you (and your website) will need, you can start looking at the different price plans to decide which one is best. Luckily for you, we’re going to save you some time by breaking down the components of each plan. We'll compare things such as cost, storage space, and extra features.
How do I decide which plan is right for me?
All of these features can be so overwhelming, which can make it difficult to decide which price plan is the right one for you. Our advice is to start with a less expensive plan, and then upgrade your plan as your website grows. This is much easier than purchasing the most expensive plan right at the start, and then trying to downgrade your website later; you might lose needed features in the process. We would even recommend that you start out by creating a mock website using the free service, and then seeing if there is anything missing that you will really need.
To recap, you should really think about the features that you will absolutely need for your website, and purchase the plan that fits those needs most closely. If your website can get by with the features that come with a less expensive plan, always begin this way; remember, it's easier to start small and upgrade than it is to start big and downgrade. Finally, you should also consider the rates of competitors to Weebly, such as Jimdo or Wix.
That’s our analysis of the Weebly.com price plans, as well as a list of factors to consider when deciding which plan would be most useful to you.