Warning! Before you build a website, you got to choose the right website provider. Find out why Weebly is NOT better. Discover how we arrived at the important conclusion below.
First, let us compare the hosting costs at Weebly and iPage. The cheaper choice for hosting an uncomplicated website, Joomla, Drupal, OSCommerce, X-Cart or Zencart is definitely Ipage. If you just need to host unlimited number of domains without any additional cost, unlimited hosting service, then Ipage which costs $1.99 for the first 3 months is easily your better hosting. Unlike Weebly that allows only two domains to be hosted on their free accounts and need to upgrade to their premier account if you want to host any additional domains.
Do take note that we only compared their prices if you pay yearly, not for more years or less. Do not be fooled by the too-good-to-be-true super low prices advertised by the hosting services or by other profit-centered web hosting review sites. Some low prices shown on these websites are for payment terms that are longer than a year – some even asked you to pay for 5 years to get such a low price! If you ask us, we found that companies go bust, got bought over, or simply did not perform well as expected. Why risk your hard-earned money because money paid to these companies can be well spent elsewhere. Based on our research, one year advanced hosting payment is just the right amount to pay your host.
The easier hosting to use
When it comes to Weebly vs iPage in terms of ease of use, the learning curve for iPage is definitely a lot steeper. A lot of people choose to use a content management system such as WordPress on iPage for its flexibility, but with this flexibility comes complexity.
If you know how to modify codes, you can potentially do a lot of customizations with WordPress on iPage that you can’t do with Weebly. But are you a skilled developer? If not, you can still customize your website but you will need to hire a skilled developer which can cost quite a bit.
While there are customization limits to using Weebly, it is designed and built specifically so it is easy for non-developers to use with ease. You can definitely learn how to use Weebly a lot faster (and with a lot less headaches). On the other hand, if you have the time and resources, iPage will allow you to customize your website into a money generating machine.
Weebly is a What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) website builder, so you can drag and drop paragraphs, pictures, slideshows, shopping cart buttons, etc directly into to the website builder to start building your website. However you place these content in the website builder is how it will look when the site is published. If you choose iPage, you will need to learn about FTP, HTML, CSS and other technical stuff that makes a website.
Secondly, we want to look at customer satisfactions at Weebly and iPage. We would like to report that there are more dissatisfied customers at Weebly than at Ipage. Our research team found this out by searching for customer feedbacks on search websites such Google, Bing and Yahoo!. We searched for terms such as “Weebly down”, “iPage sux”, “Weebly terrible”, “hate iPage”, and other unsupportive keywords. To be completely thorough, we also did look for terms such as “Weebly great”, “iPage good”, “Weebly fantastic”, “liked iPage” and related encouraging keywords.
Our research found that, more than 85.6% of their current and past customers think that Ipage is a fantastic hosting. In contrast, we were not impressed with Weebly. In addition, another Ipage review was also impressed with the customer satisfaction record of Ipage.
The third step is to see how popular are Weebly and iPage. We have gathered and analyzed some vital statistics about both web hosting companies. Based on our analysis, we found that the more talked about hosting service is Weebly. The graph by Alexa below represents the global Internet users who visit www.weebly.com vs www.ipage.com for web hosting, domain registration and other hosting related activities.
Lastly, we summed up the above scores and came out with the conclusion about Weebly and iPage. The scores from the above factors were weighted appropriately where the customer satisfactions were given more priority. We are proud to say that Ipage is our recommended website provider. Here is the summary of our hosting comparison.
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