Of Weebly’s four available paid subscription tiers, you can choose between two of the higher-priced ones: Pro and Business. Below is a table comparing these two plans to the basic free account.
|Subscription Tier||What You Get||6 Months||1 Year||2 Years|
|Free||Drag & Drop Builder
Displays Weebly Ads
500 MB Storage
Search Engine Optimization
Chat & Email Support
No Weebly Ads
Connect your domain
HD Video & Audio
3% Weebly Transaction Fee
Up to 25 Products
0% Weebly Transaction Fee
Checkout on your domain
Shipping & Tax Calculator
As a musician, these are your sweet spots, largely because of Weebly’s feature restrictions. You can upload high-quality videos and audio only with either of these plans, so as much as the Free plan can get you started and give you enough of an introduction to Weebly for you to decide if you’re going to stick with them or not, you can’t settle for Free or even the Starter plan.
Premium Service Advantages
Being forced to go for more expensive plans is never fun, but the disappointment is mitigated somewhat by the fact that Weebly’s plans cost much less than its competitors. This is especially true if you take advantage of their prepayment discounts. Plus, you get a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can claim a full refund if you’re unhappy with Weebly’s services.
It’s important to note that you can’t pay Weebly month by month–you’ll need to pay for a minimum of six months of service. However, both the Pro and Business plans come with free domains, unlimited storage, and $100 worth of Google Ads credits. You’ll also be free of Weebly’s ads, allowing your site a more professional look. Advanced analytics give you a better idea of your audience reception, and marketing features like search engine optimization raise your website’s profile on the web.
Simple Design Controls
Weebly is known as the site builder for users who can’t or don’t want to code their websites from scratch, and it delivers on that promise in spades. You’ll have a gallery of fully responsive templates to choose from, plus an array of elements that you simply drag and drop to build your website. Adding media (like background images) takes a few simple clicks, or you can draw from Weebly’s collection of high-quality media files instead.
Weebly lets you upload high-quality audio files if you’re a Pro or Business subscriber, as noted earlier. Adding audio involves dragging an audio element to your desired position on the page and uploading the file. You can’t customize Weebly’s native player, but it does auto-display details like track titles. The player only uses HTML, so you can be sure that it will play on any device.
Bear in mind though that Weebly only supports MP3 files. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be an built-in way to integrate files from SoundCloud or music streaming services like Spotify. You can use an embed code element from these third party services to incorporate their widgets into your pages, though.
Multimedia Display Options
As with audio files, Weebly lets you upload high-definition video using its HD video feature. You’ll go through the same drag-and-drop process, so getting the layout right is a breeze. Alternatively, you can use embed code elements to share videos from sites like Youtube and Vimeo.
Event Management and Fan Engagement
Weebly doesn’t seem to have native event management or calendar display features. However, you can dig around in the App Center library for calendar widgets that you can implement on your site. The Events Calendar app, for example, is priced at $0-$4.99 a month and features responsive design, different layout options, customizable colors, and automatic Google Calendar integration. The free version limits you to 5 events, but you can get rid of that restriction by paying a monthly fee. It’s not an ideal option, though, and the additional fee is disappointing when compared to other providers’ free calendar features.
The same can be said for Weebly’s available fan engagement tools. There’s not much support for direct integration with your other online accounts–whether it’s for social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, or streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify–so it will be difficult to consolidate your online presence through your website. However, App Center products let you link social media, as well as integrate wonderful interactive features like Facebook Live Chat; like the Events Calendar app, though, these will often cost you extra.
For the most part, the differences between the Pro and Business plans are in their e-commerce features. Weebly makes an integrated shopping cart available for both plans, accommodating payment methods like PayPal and Stripe.
The Pro plan lets you sell only up to 25 products. Shopping cart integration is limited, too: it meshes seamlessly with your site’s template, but customers will still need to checkout through checkout.weebly.com rather than staying in your own domain.
More importantly, Weebly charges Pro plan users a transaction fee of 3% on top of processing fees charged by payment services like PayPal.
When Your Site Means Business
The Business plan gives you more features that enhance your merchandising capabilities. Weebly removes limits on your inventory and grants you checkout through your own domain. Better yet, it also waives transaction fees.
The Business plan also lets you sell digital goods. This means you can sell digital downloads of your music, whether it’s individual tracks or whole albums. You can cut down on production costs and expand your product range at the same time.
Weebly also gives you an inventory manager so you can track sales. The manager automatically checks product stocks and flags out of stock items for your customers’ convenience. Aside from this, you’ll also get more shipping management options: you can offer a range of shipping choices, plus set carriers and delivery speeds. You can also calculate and add taxes to your delivery fees, even for international customers. Lastly, a discount management system lets you generate custom coupons and a variety of discounts, so you can attract new buyers or use a sale to promote upcoming releases or events. Weebly bundles in a free SSL certificate with all of these features, too.
Weebly offers 24/7 customer support through its support ticket system. Since you’ll have either the Pro or Business plan, you’ll also get support via live chat and phone. Both of these are available from 6 AM-6 PM on weekdays and 8 AM-5 PM on weekends.
You can also consult Weebly’s comprehensive Knowledge Base and library of FAQs and tutorials. Many of these are step-by-step guides, often with supplementary video tutorials. If the Knowledge Base doesn’t suffice, you can also go to the community forums.
What's the Verdict on Weebly?
Weebly for Musicians Review 2017 – Conclusion
If you’d like to build a professional-looking band website without having to wrestle with code, Weebly might be the provider for you. With great templates and effortless drag-and-drop site building options, you can whip up a stunning web presence in no time. Multimedia feature restrictions limit you to Weebly’s more expensive plans, but this isn’t a huge drawback considering the generally low cost of Weebly’s services. There aren’t a lot of native integrations with key services like SoundCloud and Spotify, but Weebly’s App Center and robust merchandising features make up for it. The 30-day guarantee gives you a good safety net, so give Weebly a shot today.