Square Online (formerly Weebly) is a basic content management system with blogging and eCommerce features. It can be utilized for building standard websites or specialized webpages for online stores.
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- Mobile optimization / responsive design (39)9.090%
- Code quality / cleanliness (36)9.090%
- Page templates (40)2.020%
- Library of website themes (40)2.020%
- No setup fee
- Free Trial
- Free/Freemium Version
- Premium Consulting / Integration Services
- $6 per month
This component helps a company minimize the security risks by controlling access to the software and its data, and encouraging best practices among users.
- 7Role-based user permissions(28) Ratings
Permissions to perform actions or access or modify data are assigned to roles, which are then assigned to users, reducing complexity of administration.
Features related to platform-wide settings and structure, such as permissions, languages, integrations, customizations, etc.
- 6API(14) Ratings
An API (application programming interface) provides a standard programming interface for connecting third-party systems to the software for data creation, access, updating and/or deletion.
- 9.9Internationalization / multi-language(15) Ratings
The software supports multiple languages, countries, currencies, etc.
Features that support the creation of website content.
- 9WYSIWYG editor(33) Ratings
What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get editing tool allows users to build pages without writing code.
- 9Code quality / cleanliness(36) Ratings
Code generated by WYSIWYG editor is clean and validates according to W3C standards.
- 9.7Admin section(36) Ratings
The admin page is easy to navigate and use.
- 2Page templates(40) Ratings
The CMS has standard webpage templates or types of web pages (e.g. homepage, article page, interior page, blog page, etc.); users can also build custom templates.
- 2Library of website themes(40) Ratings
A library of website frameworks or themes is available as a starting point for building a website.
- 9Mobile optimization / responsive design(39) Ratings
The CMS helps users build webpages that work well on mobile devices – whether m-dot pages or responsively designed pages.
- 7Publishing workflow(32) Ratings
The software allows users to set up a custom workflow for updating the website, including approval processes.
- 9Form generator(33) Ratings
Users can build website forms for visitors to fill out.
Features for managing website content
- 7.1Content taxonomy(23) Ratings
Users can create multiple levels and types of content categories including tags.
- 4SEO support(33) Ratings
The CMS helps users create the right website infrastructure (pagination, page headers, titles, meta tags, url structure, etc.) to increase the site’s visibility in search engine results.
- 4Bulk management(18) Ratings
Users can change an attribute on a group of documents or sites all at once through features such as global search and replace, making bulk changes easier.
- 9Availability / breadth of extensions(30) Ratings
There is a broad library of extensions, plug-ins, modules or add-ons that allow users to easily customize their websites without building custom code.
- 9Community / comment management(27) Ratings
Users can put post/page comments through an approval process, auto-approve commenters based on their email addresses, block commenters by IP address, delete comments, etc.
- Tech Details
Pricing ranges from free to $25/month. All offerings include email and chat support; Pro and Business include phone support, as well as a site search, video & audio, and password protected pages. Paid subscriptions include a domain name (free for one year), and remove the Weebly link from the website.
Square Online is available in 11 languages (English, French, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Turkish, Dutch, and German).
|Deployment Types||Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based|
- Drag and Drop Ease
- Easy page management
- Easy to understand terms and pricing
- Easy to purchase domains
- The mobile app is almost worthless
- The only way to insert a document is using Scribd, which shows the branding and isn't easy to view
- There are very few themes to choose from. If you change a theme, items become misplaced and distorted.
- Easy customization.
- Integration with other apps and add ons.
- Intuitive and easy to use.
- Constantly improving and adding new features.
- Meets standards for security and cookies.
- Has an auto-save function so your work doesn't get lost.
- Many template options to use as a starting point.
- Offers a strong support community to solve problems and find ideas.
- SEO settings are easy to implement and update.
- Sometimes the platform can be glitchy and needs a refresh.
- Some formatting and placement options are not customizable and this may be frustrating to some users (especially those coming over from WordPress).
- When you are uploading photos, you have to wait for the upload to finish before working on another part of your site or your work won't save (I lack patience so this bothers me).
- Detailed customization in the HTML is possible but may create over-confidence in users - especially those that don't have coding experience.
- Drag and drop website building.
- A plethora of templates to choose from.
- Ease of setup for a website or eCommerce platform.
- Limited customization options - the drag and drop is awesome, but it does limit what you can customize to some degree.
- SEO functionality is limited.
- The plug-ins are limited.
This platform might not be ideal if you're a mid-sized organization or an organization that makes a lot of online sales.
- Weebly makes it incredibly easy for contributors to add content on an occasional basis without knowing the nitty-gritty details of site maintenance. Plus, their site security makes sure that a novice contributor does not accidentally trash the site.
- Changing the site's look and feel is fairly quick and easy. Weebly walks you through the process, giving you the confidence to improve your site.
- Adding images, video and/or sound is as easy as click-and-drag! Careful use of visuals greatly increase the relevance of our site.
- Adding a copy of an event flyer can sometimes be frustrating, as certain formats force odd badging or fuzzy text.
- Initial use of the product takes more time than it really should....better documentation at the start would help greatly. Reaching out to the user community does make up for some of these issues, however.
- Upgrades and changes to the product are not readily communicated. I've always hoped that might be because I use an info@domainname address, but I have never taken the time to verify that.
- Easy to customize the website templates: All the templates of Weebly are very stylish and can be easily customized.
- Easy to use user interface
- SEO tutorials: Weebly also provides SEO tutorials to newbies to help them increase the ranking of their sites.
- It is a complicated process to migrate your weebly site to some other cms.
- There is no option for taking the personal backup of the site.
- Pricing of weekly can be higher for small businesses
- Great drag and drop website or blog builder which lets students spend more time writing and gathering information than learning how to put a website together.
- Professional look and feel with a modern touch. Students can upload a background or banner image and really make a basic site or blog look professional in minutes.
- Love the option for students to decipher between building a full blown website or a blog. Often, if students are blogging, they don't need the whole gamut of site pages, etc. This lets them target their audience and style.
- They offer a free version which is great for education and student made sites.
- The embed code option is great for teachers creating a website so that they can embed other apps they use daily like padlet, thinglink, flipgrid, etc.
- Wish there was a way to track website revision history when making changes/reversions.
- Data and analytics features, which are great resources when teaching students about blogging and their effect to a wider audience is limited. Something more closely resembling what WordPress offers would be great. This hurts using Weebly as a blogging app.
- The program is simple to use. Sometimes customization seems limited because of it.
SEO is easy to implement and data can be read on the SEO tools for proper reporting of website activities.
- Layout/template manipulation
- Easy to use tools
- Graphics: images and video
- templates can have limitations
- More free tools
- easier to manipulate code
I also work for a kickboxing gym. The layout we chose required a lot of code manipulation to make the logo larger than what was originally allowed.
- Easy to customize
- Great visuals and tools to make your website feel alive
- Great atmosphere and support
- I'd like to see smoother flows when using animations for scrolling up/down the page, but I know that will come in time.
- Easy for anyone, no computer expertise necessary. Even inserting code to make things specific has been really easy.
- Immediate support. When I have added to or re-designed the site, I need frequent support and I receive it usually within 24 hours (if it is by email) or instantly if by phone.
- Options to add an online store.
- I do not recommend their marketing feature yet.
- Marketing feature does not have a way to sync opt-ins to MailChimp and every email has to be put in by hand.
- At one point my mass emails were limited to 500 people. I ended up never using this feature since I have more than this but found this limiting.
- Weebly provides its customer best speed and security which reduces the risk of hacking.
- If you add a subdomain within your website then Weebly is free forever.
- You don't need to have much programming knowledge. It provides you templates you just need to drag and drop them as per your choice.
- Every system has sort, filter, and edit features. It has a pages section that shows all the pages on its site, and it allows you to drag and drop the hierarchy and click to edit each. But it not efficient.
- The main disadvantage of Weebly is that if you move to different platform it becomes difficult for you to migrate your content and redirecting your URLs
- You can do HTML editing, so most marketing tools can be added to it. But since you don't have overall control to the site and server it can be difficult or impossible for you to add.
- Drag and drop interface makes it very easy to add all types of content, including images, text, video (and YouTube videos), embeddable applications and more.
- It's very easy to set up navigation features like cascading menus and sticky navigation (where the menu stays put - may depend on the template chosen though).
- A technical backend is fairly straight-forward for setting up a fav icon, 301 redirects, SEO, Google Analytics, etc.
- I wouldn't recommend using Weebly for extensive e-commerce functionality. There are better tools out there.
- If you're seriously considering creating a blog as the core of your business, WordPress does a much better job.
- Templates and overall design of the templates are somewhat limited. If you're looking for more design-appeal, Squarespace is a better option, although you sacrifice some of the ease-of-use (not much though once you get used to it).
- The Designer Platform for agencies haven't you in years, and there's no information from Weebly about when it will be upgraded.
- Weebly is easy to use. It's not hard to create web pages/blog posts and edit them with a convenient drag and drop builder.
- Weebly templates are responsive and mobile friendly, so you don't have to worry about your site's appearance on a phone or tablet.
- Weebly has e-commerce capabilities and is great for small companies just starting out in e-commerce.
- Weebly doesn't have a lot of templates to choose from, so if you don't have any experience with CSS or HTML, it's hard to customize your site to an extent.
- Weebly isn't fully SEO friendly. They don't allow you to add H1 tags to pages out of the box.
- You can't create folder structures when it comes to web page URLs. You can put web pages under a main menu dropdown, but they don't allow you to put all sub-menu items in a structured folder (like site.com/folder/page-1 and site.com/folder/page-2).
- It is not necessary to have programming knowledge.
- It is very easy to use because it has great editors and you can make eye-catching designs.
- It is perfect for inventory management and order tracking.
- You can place the type of currency you want to be used to buy on the page.
- It does not stop loading new seedlings.
- the information may be a little messy.
- Telephone support is in English.
- Easy to update website designs.
- Multiple plugins and apps you can use to upgrade your site
- It's nice to be able to have authorization to multiple sites through one login
- Plugins leave a lot to be desired. Not a ton of custom options and many require additional subscriptions.
- SEO options are also pretty elementary - if SEO if a focus for you, avoid Weebly
- Overall templates are pretty boring compared to something you could create on WordPress
- Image hosting. This is important for portfolios.
- Web designs. You can choose from a multitude of backgrounds and fonts.
- Organization of pages. There’s buttons on the left hand side which you can click on to quickly jump to your page.
- UI variability. Would like to see more variation.
- More options for code.
- Ability to create a website/online store cohesively
- Usability and functionality for users who have low experience with websites/online stores
- It is really easy to get everything set up quickly.
- It was difficult to get the store to look like we knew what we were doing. So maybe more help with templates?
- They have a trial version
- Predesigned templates
- They provide the perfect chance to create blogs and professional websites
- Being an online application is awesome
- Limitations on customization of templates
- Original domains are expensive
- More predesigned and specific templates would be great
- It's incredibly easy to use
- Drag and Drop feature make things easier
- Customer Service is helpful always
- Lack of customization
- We need extra themes and templates for blogs
- Price is high
- Weebly makes it easy for users who are not very tech savvy to create a site that looks professional and well thought out.
- Weebly provides users with a variety of templates for creating new pages quickly and efficiently.
- The software allows users to make updates to their site and pages quickly and changes are published immediately.
- Sometimes the templates in Weebly are restrictive which make design and adding content a little difficult.
- While adding new pages is relatively easy, there are a lot of steps/questions that a user must tackle in order to set the page up.
- Incorporating photos and/or a slide show in Weebly is helpful but the feature is a clunky and doesn't integrate with the website as nicely as we would like.
- Weebly allows users to create new pages and web content very easily.
- Weebly provides layout and different templates that are helpful we generating new content.
- When creating or updating new pages or content changes take effect immediately, which is helpful.
- There is a learning curve when beginning to use Weebly, some of the processes are not very intuitive.
- We have to use a different software to send out marketing emails and it would be nice if it would all be house in the same software.
- When creating new pages there are many steps involved in order to get it the format you want.
- Love the WUSIWUG editor.
- Drag and drop features make it really easy to customize the layout of your site.
- Lots of professional templates to use as a starting point.
- Drag and Drop feature
- Dozens of Templates
- Easy to implement
- It's only useful for simple websites
- Pricing is higher
- Weak customer service
- User-friendly; simple interface
- Awesome free templates to get students started quickly.
- Allows for customizing
- Pre-made template banners are hard to customize. Before the update, you could hover over a banner, obtain the pixel dimensions and recreate a customized banner on your own. Now, that feature has been taken away.
- Greater selection of free images for educational use.
- It's easy to use and learn.
- Drag and drop use.
- Lots of templates to choose from.
- Free platform for beginners or for personal use.
- Better drag and drop options.
- More fresh template options.
- Store could use improvement to incorporate blogging and stores.
- I like how easy it is to customize your page.
- There is a flexibility like most other sites simply do not have.
- I don't like that you have to buy a plan to get 'weebly' out of the web address.
- It sort of makes it confusing for people who are looking for a specific site when you're only a student and can't afford to publish your projects on your own.