Both WordPress and Weebly are a great website to start your blog with. I personally have used both of them. For my main blog, I use Weebly and then for the community I use WordPress. You might be wondering why I did this? Well the reason being is I didn’t do much research when it comes to website hosts. I went with the first one I saw. I suggest all of you look at the different website hosts such as wix and blogger. Today I will do a comparison of WordPress and Weebly. So, without further ado let’s get started.
The first thing you need to know about WordPress is that there are two versions. WordPress.com and WordPress.org. This two platforms are completely different.
WordPress.org is a great website for people who want a do it yourself website. What I mean by that is with WordPress.org you need to find your own host. WordPress is not your host, so you need some other company to host it for you. The next thing you need to do before you can create your website is get your own domain name. You cannot use the free domain name that is provided in WordPress.com. If you do go this route I suggest using hostgator as your host.
WordPress.com is the free version. You can buy your own domain for about 20 dollars or you can go the free route. With the free route, you have to add WordPress.com at the end of your websites name. With WordPress.com you can’t upload your own templates, so you are stuck with the ones available for you. Another con of this is the fact you only get a fraction of the plugins available on WordPress.org, but overall if you are just starting with blogging I suggest you use WordPress.com until you are familiar with everything, and you know you are dedicated to blogging. I would also suggest going with WordPress.com if you are going the paid route. It’s just so much better.
Weebly is my personal favorite. It has a simple drag and drop feature that I just love. I first came across Weebly when I was trying to build a website for my class, and let’s just say I enjoyed every part of the website creation. To create your own blog or website is free on Weebly. For your domain name, you can have weebly.com at the end of it or buy it from Weebly or another website. The free version is very good, and has lots of things included with it. Below are some of the great features that come with Weebly and yes all of them are for free.
Very easy to use. No coding is needed. Just drag and drop.
Lots of templates to choose from or you can upload your own.
Lots of widgets
Search Engine Optimization or SEO
HTML coding available
If you want to upgrade, here is a comparison that is posted on their website. The prices for the upgrades are inexpensive, and I suggest you think about them once you are sure about blogging.
What should I choose?
This is a question you need to consider before you start your blog. If you are looking for a simple website host then I would suggest Weebly, but if you are looking for a host that has been around for a long time then I suggest WordPress. WordPress also ranks higher than Weebly on search engines, so consider that before making your decision. Overall do you research and choose the host that works best for you.