Web Design Tools

As with Squarespace$12.00 at Squarespace Personal Plan (but unlike Wix), Weebly doesn't let you just drag items anywhere you like on the page. In testing, the object I tried dragging to a spot often flew somewhere else on the page. When you move the mouse cursor to the right away from the toolbar, it hides to show more of the site you're designing. Premium objects' buttons have an orange lightning icon on them, and if you drag one onto your page, you get a message asking you to upgrade.

The Section element offers a way to add a content area into which you can drop more objects. A Section can be a free-form rectangle or it can use one of five layout types: Contact, Featured, Gallery, Menu, and Team. Team is the typical staff-profile page you see on corporate sites, and the others are self-explanatory. You can drag the top or bottom of a Section up or down to resize it—something you surprisingly cannot do with a lot of elements, though you can use the Space element to resize areas.

The only Theme customization option is to change the text display. You can customize any text type's font, color, spacing, and size. Most site builders, such as Squarespace, let you customize the web design template's color palette, too.

Page Management

You can add site pages from the sidebar that appears when you choose Pages from the top menu bar. I like this because it doesn't take you off your site's preview page. You get a choice of a standard page, blog page, store page, or external page. I also like the way clicking on navigation elements in the Weebly builder takes you to the target destination. Wix makes you navigate via the sidebar. On the other hand, Wix also lets you do some cool things that aren't built into Weebly, such as animating your title text and using image-carousel backgrounds.

A more serious limitation in weebly review is that it has no Undo feature for site changes like adding elements or changing the theme, let alone a full history feature like that in Wix, which lets you roll back your entire site to a previous state. Weebly does offer Undo and Redo buttons for simple text entry, however. With Wix, you can hit Ctrl-Z to undo a box resizing, for example, and both it and DudaFree at Duda have permanent undo and redo buttons for everything you do in the builder.

I do like how Weebly (like Wix) lets you enter text directly on the page rather than in a sidebar, as Squarespace and some others still make you do. But Wix also goes one better by offering right-click context menu options for things like replacing images and editing text. Wix even offers animation of your site objects!

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