Weebly Pro Vs Starter Plans Comparison
Weebly Pricing Plans
Weebly offers four different types of upgrade plans for using its site builder features in order to cover all segments of users. Choosing what type of plan suitable for you depends on the features you need and the cost you ready to spend on monthly basis. Below are the plans offered by Weebly at this moment:
|Upgrade Plan||Target Segment of Users|
|Free||All type of users wants to create a showcase site with few pages and a blog with no additional features.|
|Starter||Users want to build a basic site with minimal features.|
|Pro||Users want to build professional looking site with own branding like self hosted video player, search box and header slideshow.|
|Business Plan||Users with the need to have an ecommerce platform for selling goods online (both digital and physical products).|
|Performance Plan||Full fledged online store with discount coupons, gift cards and sending abandoned cart email to users.|
Why You Need to Upgrade?
Before we compare the featured of Starter and Pro plans first we list out the points why a Weebly user needs to upgrade to premium plan, in other words what are the restriction of free users forcing them to upgrade.
There are many other reasons for you to go for upgrade based on the needed features.
Weebly Starter Vs Pro Features
Once you decided to go for the upgrade next comes the question to choose Starter or Pro plan? Assuming you don’t have the need of an ecommerce features, starter or pro is a real question for you to find answer before upgrade. We attempt to address the questions by means of comparing the features and pricing. Here is the complete list of features comparison of free, starter and Pro plans from Weebly to show what will you get under each plans.
Now the task is to analyze the exclusive pro features which are not part of the starter plan. Let us discuss one by one with alternative options in the below table:
|Exclusive Pro feature not part of Starter plan||Alternative Options / Remarks||Conclusion – Needed or not?|
|Header Slideshow||Consider whether you need such a slideshow on your site. This is generally added only on a landing page.|
If needed it can be added by modifying source HTML / CSS.
|You may need pro to have a header slideshow without hassle.|
|Audio Player||Embedded audio players with play list are available. |
|HD Video Player||Video embedding is easy with YouTube or Vimeo, this also will reduce the size of the site and improve page loading speed.|
|Password protection on page level||No free alternative option available. But check whether you need page level password protection for your site. it is not required for a general usage.||You may need if you want to protect individual pages.|
|Search box||Google custom search provides better options to search whole the web or only the site. Search boxes can be easily added in a Weebly starter site and monetized if you have AdSense account.|
|Membership||Member limit of 100 without registration option raises the need of separate pro package. |
Better membership features can be added using third party applications.
|File Upload Limit||Up to 100 MB file upload is sufficient in general cases. Or else you can use embedding option to link the source file anywhere in the cloud.|
|Editor Permissions||Only needed for multi author blogs. If you have multiple authors then Weebly is not definitely the choice regardless of starter or pro plan.|
For a normal user, we assume password protection and adding slideshow on a single landing page is not mandatory things compared to having custom domain and unlimited pages which are already part of starter plan. There are also many ecommerce features even not available for pro users like adding SSL certificate. It is obvious that Weebly concentrates more on its business plan without focusing on pro package. This indicates Weebly may soon restructure their features by combining starter and pro plans together.
Let us checkout the pricing of starter and pro plans.
Pricing of Weebly Starter and Pro Plans
All Weebly pricing plans are valid for maximum of 2 years with the options to upgrade for 6 months, 1 year and 2 years. Below is the pricing table comparing each starter and pro versions for each timeframe.
For a 2 years plan Weebly pro will cost you $159 and Weebly starter plan will cost you just half of that $79. You can think of upgrading two free sites to a starter plan with the same cost of pro plan for a single site. The other option here is go for a paid hosting with self-hosted platforms like WordPress (.org version) which offers unlimited features like site memberships and slideshows.