Both Weebly and WordPress can be used for a blog, standard website, or both. Our templates will work for a personal blog, portfolio, classroom site, or small business. The comparision below does not go into detail about the e-commerce options available with both platforms.
Weebly offers free hosting with the option to upgrade for additional features. Unlike with WordPress.org sites, Weebly handles the security and maintenance of your site to keep it running smoothly. It’s pretty much hands-off when it comes to maintenance and requires little technical knowledge.
Drag and Drop Layout
With Weebly, there’s a built-in pagebuilder that allows you to simply drag and drop elements into place. You can create custom rows and columns using this feature. Examples of elements include text blocks, headings, images, and videos. As you add or remove elements on a page, the elements will automatically change in size to best fit the width of your page.
Export Content and Backups
Unfortunately, Weebly does not have an option to backup and/or export your blog posts. This can be problematic if you want to change platforms in the future. Weebly does not have a media library that contains all of your uploaded photos. We recommend that you setup an account with Dropbox or Box to keep backups of your images.
WordPress.com provides hosting for free and does not require that you setup and maintain WordPress on your own server. Although it uses the same software as a self-hosted site, it has restrictions. You cannot install third-party themes on free, personal or premium sites hosted on WordPress.com. If you upgrade to a business plan for $24.95/month, you have the option to install any theme and use plugins. Automattic, the company that manages wordpress.com, will handle security and updates for your site.
You cannot install third-party themes or plugins on Edublogs.
WordPress.org is the version of WordPress that is installed on a site that is self-hosted. You must pay for hosting and a domain in order to use this version. We recommend hosting with SiteGround.
Unlike Weebly, self-hosted WordPress sites will require more technical knowledge and maintenance. You will need to become familiar with how to backup your site and how to access files on your server. WordPress.org sites require that you run regular updates to keep your site secure and compatible with the most recent version of WordPress. You should also expect extra costs if you run into problems with a hacked site or if you install a plugin that crashes your site.
Our WordPress templates come with the option to have a sidebar on the left or right side. You can also have full-width pages that do not include a sidebar.
You can expland the layout options by installing either the Beaver Builder Lite or Elementor plugins. However, we do not provide support for third-party plugins. You can use one of these plugins to add rows and columns to your template posts and pages.
Export Content and Backups
WordPress has a built-in export feature so you can create backups of your blog posts, pages, and media. You can also install a plugin that runs automatic backups of your site. We recommend that you setup an account with Dropbox or Box to store your backups.
With WordPress.com business plans and WordPress.org sites, you can install plugins. Plugins offer extra features and custom functions. You can view the WordPress Plugin Directory here.
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