Why is Limestone9 Consulting using the Weebly product when there are so many to choose from? Yes, there are several website development choices and many of them provide the means to build a good website. But, after trying some and reviewing others, LS9 identified Weebly as being intuitive to learn, less gimmicky and less complicated to maneuver than other choices. This is an important aspect for those who might want to make basic edits and updates to their site after it is developed. Besides being very affordable, Weebly also provides a reliable Help Service, and is constantly improving and adding new tools to their development package.
Weebly.com provides a template-driven, drag and drop content building system that is far less complicated than most if not all, packaged, non-cloud development tools.
What does “cloud” mean? For building and editing purposes, the Weebly site development program is available through the internet only. A Weebly site can be accessed, built and maintained from any location with any computer via an internet connection, a User Name and Password. – A special program installed into one’s computer is not needed.
Weebly provides 5 different account types, including one that is FREE with limited tools and capabilities. To gain full access to all development tools, and to use your own domain name, a paid for account must be established.
For most, the STARTER account will suffice. The 2 year plan, paid in advance and renewable, (as of July 2016) is $120 ($5 per month avg) and includes hosting.
The next level, PRO account, paid in advance, is priced at $216 for the 2 year plan and offers site search, video backgrounds, and member access with password protection.
Weebly's other accounts are strongly geared to online stores and selling. Prices are competitive and affordable.
Weebly accounts are set up and paid online with a credit card. NOTE that this is separate from purchasing or renewing a Domain Name. (a domain name purchased through GoDaddy.com will cost around $18 annually – if needed, LS9 can assist you.)
Can I make edits and or do maintenance work on my site? Yes, you can, depending on how comfortable you are with development processes, how much expendable time you have, and your willingness to learn. Weebly's learning curve is not too steep based on your computer experience. But, as with any program, there are quirks, short cuts and tool processes that must be grasped and, an understanding of content layout appropriate to your site.
LS9 does provided maintenance services and updating for the majority of clients for an agreed upon rate. But, we do support and assist those that want to learn the process themselves.
Limestone9 Consulting as built and maintains over 50 Weebly designed websites.