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Website Builders Reviews Evaluation Report

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Comprehensive Website Builders Review (Weebly, Wix and Jimdo), summarizing pros and cons of each website builders, scoring them based on individual categories, and providing final conclusions based on your website building needs and requirements.

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Website Builders Reviews Evaluation Report

  1. 1. 1 All Rights Reserved. http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/ Website Builder Evaluation Report We’ve done the testing, so you don’t have to! This Report benchmarks Wix, Weebly and Jimdo. The author is not affiliated with and is independent of the website builders being reviewed. All opinions and commentaries are based on the author’s own hands-on experiences with the website builders.
  2. 2. All Rights Reserved. http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/ 2 Table of Contents  Pros and Cons  Wix ……………………………………….......... Slide 4  Weebly ……………………………………….......... Slide 5  Jimdo ……………………………………….......... Slide 6  Comparison Matrix  Hosting Platform and General Settings ………… Slide 8  SEO and Traffic Tracking ………… Slide 10  Design Templates and Flexibility ………… Slide 11  Customer Support ……....... Slide 12  Website Building Tools ………… Slide 13  Paid Packages ……....... Slide 15  Overall Conclusion / Total Score ………… Slide 16  Review Conclusions  Wix …………………………………………….. Slide 18  Weebly …………………………………………….. Slide 19  Jimdo …………………………………………….. Slide 20
  3. 3. 3 All Rights Reserved. http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/ Pros and Cons This section highlights 3 pros and 3 cons from my experiences using the website builders
  4. 4. All Rights Reserved. http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/ 4 Pros and Cons – Wix Pros  It's Sexy - Wix gives you tools to build really attractive and customized looking websites with over 350 templates, or you could create your own. In addition, their user interface is very interactive.  Free platform – Wix's free platform gives you enough tools to build a beautiful and functional website. Upgrading to their Premium Plans gives you access to more powerful tools, but it's not a must. You can definitely test out Wix, risk-free.  Intuitive Drag & Drop interface –Wix uses drag and drop technology for you to build websites. Pick what you need (image, slideshows, text, etc) and position them wherever you want without restrictions. I found Wix very easy to learn as the interface is quite intuitive. Cons  Most of the really attractive templates is Flash-based. As such, if you use the flash templates it may not be completely optimized for SEO and mobile devices. Further, not all browsers support Flash (such as Apple). However, Wix does have an HTML builder so this will significantly improve SEO results if you use HTML-based templates.  Wix advertisement is clearly visible on Wix's free platform towards the top right corner. Upgrade to Wix's premium plan to remove advertisements.  Loading time could be slower as flash- based websites tend to take more time to load and also, flash-based websites tend to be graphics heavy. Click here to try Weebly Click here to try Jimdo Click here to try Wix
  5. 5. All Rights Reserved. http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/ 5 Pros and Cons – Weebly Pros  One of the easiest and most user friendly drag & drop website builder in the market. You can literally build a good website in less than an hour  Free platform - Weebly’s free platform provides you enough tools to build a very functional website. There is absolutely no pressure to upgrade to the paid platform  Pre-made Weebly compatible templates readily available allows you to build a beautiful looking website at a very affordable price (versus paying thousands of dollars to customize your website design) Cons  Not designed for e-commerce needs. The existing Weebly tools allow you to build a very basic business website but lacks more sophisticated e-commerce tools such as inventory tracking or automated sales emails  Limited number of professionally designed templates. At the time of this Report, Weebly has recently added 25 new themes to its existing 100 themes. But overall, they need more professional themes to be more “complete”  Some users have complained that website loading times could be slower once in a while. But in my experience this is not problematic. The loading time goes right back to normal after a few minutes. Click here to try Weebly Click here to try Jimdo Click here to try Wix
  6. 6. All Rights Reserved. http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/ 6 Pros and Cons – Jimdo Pros  Free platform – Jimdo’s free platform provides you enough tools to build a very functional website. There is absolutely no pressure to upgrade to the paid platform  Jimdo’s robust e-commerce platform provides you with back-end support which helps you track inventory, open / closed orders and automatic pre-set email responses to your customers  Large, supportive community forum allows you to search for solutions from the Jimdo user community and forum moderators Cons  Limited number of professionally designed templates. But this is understandable as Jimdo’s core competency is to design website building functions. We would like to see more variety of designs made available.  Jimdo advertisement on the free platform is quite visible on the side bar. Upgrade to the paid platform to remove advertisements  Not a true drag-and-drop user interface. But don't let this convince you that Jimdo isn't easy to use. Its functions and user-friendliness is till superb Click here to try Weebly Click here to try Jimdo Click here to try Wix
  7. 7. 7 All Rights Reserved. http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/ Comparison Matrix I have scored each website builder based on different categories of what you should pay attention in your selection process. Each website builder has its own strengths I have highlighted them in my scoring system.
  8. 8. All Rights Reserved. http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/ 8 Comparison Matrix Hosting Platform and General Settings Weebly Jimdo Wix Users (millions) 20* 12* 52* Platform HTML HTML HTML Free Hosting Yes Yes Yes Drag and Drop Yes No Yes Disk Space Unlimited 500MB 500MB Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Custom Domain Paid Included Included Websites per Account Unlimited 1 Unlimited Legend Best (2 pt) Next Best (1 pt) Least / Equal (0 pt) * Not scored as number of users is not completely indicative of how good a website builder is Click here to try Weebly Click here to try Jimdo Click here to try Wix
  9. 9. All Rights Reserved. http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/ 9 Comparison Matrix Hosting Platform and General Settings (cont’d) Weebly Jimdo Wix Integrated Email Not available Paid Not available Webpage Limits Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Max File Size Upload (MB’s) 5 5 Pix – 5 Documents – 10 Music – 15 Mobile Optimized Site Yes Yes Yes Ad Free No No No TOTAL POINTS 3 2 4 Legend Best (2 pt) Next Best (1 pt) Least / Equal (0 pt) Click here to try Weebly Click here to try Jimdo Click here to try Wix
  10. 10. All Rights Reserved. http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/ 10 Comparison Matrix SEO and Traffic Tracking Weebly Jimdo Wix SEO Optimization Settings Yes Yes Yes Traffic Statistics Limited Paid Paid TOTAL POINTS 1 0 0 Legend Best (2 pt) Next Best (1 pt) Least / Equal (0 pt) Click here to try Weebly Click here to try Jimdo Click here to try Wix
  11. 11. All Rights Reserved. http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/ 11 Comparison Matrix Design Templates and Flexibility Weebly Jimdo Wix Number of Templates 120+ 76 350+ HTML / CSS Access Yes Yes No Export and Backup Yes No No TOTAL POINTS 3 1 2 Legend Best (2 pt) Next Best (1 pt) Least / Equal (0 pt) Click here to try Weebly Click here to try Jimdo Click here to try Wix
  12. 12. All Rights Reserved. http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/ 12 Comparison Matrix Customer Support Weebly Jimdo Wix Customer Support Yes Yes Yes Community Support Forum No Yes Yes TOTAL POINTS 0 1 1 Legend Best (2 pt) Next Best (1 pt) Least / Equal (0 pt) Click here to try Weebly Click here to try Jimdo Click here to try Wix
  13. 13. All Rights Reserved. http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/ 13 Comparison Matrix Website Building Tools Weebly Jimdo Wix Basic Building Tools Yes Yes Yes Blog Yes Yes Yes Adsense Integration Yes No Yes Password Protection Paid 1 Page Yes Legend Best (2 pt) Next Best (1 pt) Least / Equal (0 pt) Click here to try Weebly Click here to try Jimdo Click here to try Wix
  14. 14. All Rights Reserved. http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/ 14 Comparison Matrix Website Building Tools (Cont’d) Weebly Jimdo Wix E-Commerce Solution Paid Yes / Full Paid Add Administrators Yes No No Newsletter System Not Available Paid Free TOTAL POINTS 2 3 5 Legend Best (2 pt) Next Best (1 pt) Least / Equal (0 pt) Click here to try Weebly Click here to try Jimdo Click here to try Wix
  15. 15. All Rights Reserved. http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/ 15 Comparison Matrix Paid Packages Weebly Jimdo Wix Upgrade Costs per Month (Starting from) $5.00* $7.50* $4.95* Risk Free Trial 30 days 30 days 14 days TOTAL POINTS 1 1 0 Legend Best (2 pt) Next Best (1 pt) Least / Equal (0 pt) * No scores are allocated as services included in each paid package are different, and Jimdo and Wix have multiple price packages, making it very subjective and difficult to benchmark and score upgrade costs Click here to try Weebly Click here to try Jimdo Click here to try Wix
  16. 16. All Rights Reserved. http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/ 16 Comparison Matrix Overall Conclusion / Total Score Weebly Jimdo Wix Hosting Platform / Settings 3 2 4 SEO & Tracking 1 0 0 Design Templates 3 1 2 Cust. Support 0 1 1 Website Tools 2 3 5 Paid Packages 1 1 0 TOTAL SCORE 10 8 12 Click here to try Weebly Click here to try Jimdo Click here to try Wix
  17. 17. 17 All Rights Reserved. http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/ Review Conclusions Final comments and recommendations based on my test results of the website builders
  18. 18. All Rights Reserved. http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/ 18 Review Conclusions – Wix  If creating a beautiful and interactive website is important, I would recommend trying Wix. If you look at the websites that are created by Wix, they're stunning and incredibly beautiful and professional.  I think Wix's website building platform will suit photographers, designers, fashion or business websites very well. If your website is graphic heavy in which images represent important messages to your visitors, Wix could be ideal for you.  A drawback in using Wix’ Flash-based templates is that it is not optimal when it comes to SEO and it is not supported by Apple browsers. But you can always elect to use their HTML-based templates. This is a fantastic option Wix users can choose either a HTML or Flash-based design.  Wix's price points for their Premium Plans are higher. However, once you've had a chance to experience what Wix is capable of creating, it's well worth it. Wix’ Premium Plans offers you a 14-day risk-free trial period to test out their premium platform - this completely removes the financial risk from you.  Good customer support and you can always find solutions in their community forum which is superb.  Overall, Wix is unique as it is the ONLY website builder that allows you to choose to use a flash- based design or a HTML based design. Some websites built with Wix look incredibly beautiful – they looked as if the website owners spent thousands of dollars on hiring a professional web designer.  CLICK HERE TO TRY WIX FOR FREE Click here to try Weebly Click here to try Jimdo Click here to try Wix
  19. 19. All Rights Reserved. http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/ 19 Review Conclusions – Weebly  If you are looking to build a business website or a personal website to showcase your hobbies or interests, Weebly is one of the easiest and most effective platform to use in order to accomplish your goal.  Feedback from Weebly users is that they are very satisfied with the Weebly website builder platform given it’s comprehensive website building tools, ease of use, at very affordable price (free for most people).  The purest Drag-and-Drop user interface there is in the market for a website builder, Weebly is very user friendly and intuitive to use.  You can test out Weebly for free. You only need an email address and the sign up process is less than 1 minute. They do not require any information besides an email address (you can even create a new email address to test out Weebly). No credit card information is needed at all.  Test out Weebly and see what you think! Why not, it’s free!  CLICK HERE TO TRY WEEBLY FOR FREE Click here to try Weebly Click here to try Jimdo Click here to try Wix
  20. 20. All Rights Reserved. http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/ 20 Review Conclusions – Jimdo  If you are looking for a platform that’s pretty easy to use and is e-commerce oriented, I would recommend testing Jimdo’s free program. Jimdo’s e-commerce function is easy to set up and allows you to monitor and track your inventory. The e-commerce function is available to free Jimdo users.  Jimdo Pro and Jimdo Business are very reasonably priced to start running your online businesses. I recommend testing out Jimdo’s free platform before committing to the paid programs. If you decide to upgrade, you still have the 30-day risk-free trial to test out Jimdo Pro or Jimdo Business further.  Even if you are not building a business website, Jimdo is a good candidate to try as it does have all the basic tools required to build a strong personal or corporate website.  Overall, Jimdo is a very strong website builder. It is very easy to use, their customer service and community forum is superb.  CLICK HERE TO TRY JIMDO FOR FREE Click here to try Weebly Click here to try Jimdo Click here to try Wix

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