We weren’t all that happy with Weebly’s e-commerce platform, but we did find some features that we really liked. The Business plan is pretty good for what it offers. The Pro plan, however, does not have the features that we were looking for. Here are the things that we really liked about the Business subscription level:
- Unlimited number of products.
- No transaction fee.
- A fully integrated online shop on your own domain.
- Digital goods.
- Easy inventory management.
- Shipping and tax calculator (without shipping notification for customers).
- Coupon codes for marketing campaigns.
We really liked these features with the Business subscription. Of particular importance is the digital goods feature. Digital goods let you create files or other products for customers that are not “physical” in nature. If you own an e-book press, Weebly might be a good way to get your materials out there. The digital goods feature also let you sell résumés and other documents, letting you control the flow of goods by limiting downloads and controlling the amount of time that they are available.
We also liked the coupon codes for marketing campaigns. These are great for SEO increasing opportunities. Additionally, there are ways to include specific products within marketing campaigns, to increase the efficacy of your products for certain sales seasons.
Ultimately, we really liked the “drag and drop” feature of the web design aspect of Weebly. It is very easy to make your website with Weebly, dragging text boxes into the area of the page that you’d like, as well as images and more.
There are also some other features that, between the Pro and Business level plans, which are also pretty attractive. Here are some of the features that stuck out with us the most:
- High definition with audio and video.
- The ability to password protect new pages on your e-store if you are not yet ready to unleash a new product line.
- Site search within a catalog to find particular products.
- The ability to connect your domain name (even though the Pro plan doesn’t let your customers check out under your domain name).
- Header slideshows and a favicon.
- Stats and analytics to understand your customer base better, especially with current customers.
Weebly does have responsive web themes, but not very many of them. In addition to the dozens of “conventional” themes with Weebly, you can also upgrade to responsive themes with three new templates.
Weebly just announced in March that it would be using responsive web themes going forward. Due to this, we found that Weebly had one of the most limited theme libraries in the industry if you want responsive themes. As of right now, Weebly only has three responsive themes in their library:
We would like to see more responsive themes from Weebly, since this has already been the standard in the industry for a little while. Also, we would like to see better demonstrations of the Weebly themes on their website.
For the Pro plan, we didn’t like the fact that customers for a business website were sent to a different website to complete their purchase. Here is a sample of the site that your customers would be sent to when they wished to complete their checkout: checkout.mysite.com. We would like to see a better checkout option for customers, especially since you already have an individual domain name.
There are also some other severe limitations on the Pro plan with Weebly. You only can have 100 customers sign up to use your website regularly, and we didn’t see an option for guest checkout. Also, there is a cap on the number of items that you can sell. You can only sell 25 items with the Pro plan. Additionally, there is a 3% transaction fee with Weebly’s Pro plan.
Social media, with Weebly, is uncertain. We were able to find blog and support articles about installing social media buttons on your pages and product descriptions. Social media integration needs more than just a “share” feature on your product description.