WordPress Vs. Weebly – Which One Is Best?

If you’re a blogger or website designer, you may know this familiar dilemma all-to-well: WordPress versus Weebly – which is better?

As someone that has used both for both site design and blogging, I have gained some insights that I thought could be quite helpful here on my own blog. So let’s jump right in.

These are the top things I believe separate the two.

Cost

If cost is a consideration for you when building a new site or blog, WordPress may be your better option if you use a free theme. At that point all you are paying for is the hosting which can only cost a couple of bucks a month.

Weebly on the other hand, does offer a free website builder, however, you have to pay to upgrade if you want to remove their banner from the footer, AND just to connect your domain name. If you don’t pay to upgrade then you are stuck with a subdomain.

Not to mention, you have to renew your Weebly subscription at least every 6 months (depending on the upgrade package you choose) so that’s another cost to keep up with.

Ease of Use

I’ve built many websites and blogs using both WordPress and Weebly, and have found both incredibly easy to use.

Many WordPress themes are becoming easier and easier to use, somewhat like Weebly’s drag-n-drop builder, making it much easier to use for people that are total beginners or not tech-savvy at all.

Support

Many people like to have support for themselves if something goes wrong, especially if they have just signed up for a product or service that can confuse them during use.

If you use WordPress, your best bet for support is on the central hub which is WordPress.com, and you can have people answer your questions over time.

In using Weebly, you can call their support line or chat online with a team member and likely get your problem solved right away.

My Quick Conclusion

In my humble opinion, whether on uses WordPress or Weebly should depend on their individual tastes, and what they will be using their website for.

There’s obviously a huge difference between a website and a simple blog, so taking these into consideration can really seal the deal when it comes to the look of the site.

 

 

Photo credit goes to wpbeginner.com

 

Do I Need Widgets for My WordPress Blog?

If you are the host of a WordPress blog, you may be wondering if widgets are something that could be of a benefit to you. In short, it depends on what you are attempting to do with your blog, but there won’t be much of a difference if you use them and if you don’t.

Widgets can make a blog more aesthetically pleasing or look junky if you go overboard. But for the most part, they are just another way to make your blog more like your own, and make your content more easily accessible to your viewers.

If you have played around with the widgets feature of your WordPress blog, you are probably already aware of which ones are available for your use. Some people are aware of this feature but have no idea what any of it means, however.

As you can see, there are a number of different widgets that can be added to different areas of your blog, but in most cases the sidebar.

These can give you extra areas to list the pages, posts, archives, and categories on your blog so that people can access your old work, seeing as there can only be 5-10 or so posts that stay on the home pages at all times.

Depending on the type of WordPress theme you are using, you may or may not have more widgets available for use.

So, Do I Need These Widgets for My Blog?

Need, no. But if you want them, grab them.

The only thing I have against widgets is that they can also index in the search engines with the rest of your content, and this can be classified as duplicate content which isn’t good if you are looking to rank in Google.

It’s not something that will completely ruin you, it just looks a little sloppy. There are, however, plugins that you can use to prevent this from happening, which I will get to in a later post.

What Are WordPress Widgets?

So you’re looking around your new WordPress blog and see an option for “widgets.” But what the heck are these widget things and how do they benefit me when it comes to my WordPress blog?

To give the full on textbook definition of a widget:

A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user.

-WP Beginner.com

Basically, it’s there area on your WordPress sidebar that shows information such as:

  • Recent Posts
  • Recent Comments
  • Archives
  • Categories
  • a Calendar

and there are many more that you can use if it’s your preference. The one’s listed above are just the most popular ones that you see on the majority of WordPress blogs.

Widgets allow you to customize your blog from other ones and can make it stand out. It gives you the creativity to change things up and makes it easier for your visitors to access your content.

There are no right or wrong widgets for your blog, and the way you set them up all falls within your individual taste.

Hello, and Welcome!

Hi there, I am so glad that you are here. My name is Jeffrey, and this is my new blog, Widgets-Blog. What can I say? I’m a WordPress man and love all aspects about it.

On this blog I will be talking about WordPress blogs and some of the cool things I have done with them over the years. I have been building and managing websites on WordPress for 4 years now, so will admit that there is a lot I have learned along the way. There are many people out there that can build a simple WordPress blog but here on WB, I want to show you all how to do a complete set-up along with how to manage and grow it over time.

Hope you look forward to it.