Saturday, October 8, 2011

Web Design: Weebly vs WordPress

Since creating the acoustic duo, Wood, I've had to learn all sorts of web design tomfoolery.


The website for the band was initially created using a tool called "Weebly Drag and Drop Editor".  It makes for incredibly easy building of pages - but it doesn't allow for much customization.  For instance, you'll need to use one of their pre-designed templates, color schemes, etc.  And while there are a whole lot of templates, it would sure be nice to be able to change the background color easily or adjust the height of a banner. is currently built using Weebly.

Part of the trouble with Weebly is that it isn't completely free.  You'll keep running into messages like "upgrade to premium to use this option".


WordPress on the other hand, is completely open source - meaning there are no price tags associated with it.  WordPress is a bit harder to understand than Weebly, but that being said, once you get used to the interface, it's quite simple.  And it's much more customizable.

WordPress started out as a blog editing tool - but as blogs have become more and more complex, eventually WordPress became capable of designing any webpage. is a page I use to test out scripts and play around with mp3 players, slide shows and the like before I incorporate them into the proper site.


The more advanced I become at web design, the more I prefer WordPress over Weebly.  I, however, haven't spent as much time as I would like to spend - and am still using Weebly as a crutch.  WordPress is one of the most popular website building tools for commercial builders.

WordPress can be found here:  WordPress Site
Weebly can be found here: Weebly Site

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