Attempting to Find an Alternative to WordPress
For a brief period of time, I decided to switch from WordPress and find other alternatives. Why? WordPress is expensive to invest in. Plus, after finding out a few great sites from successful bloggers (such as ElnaCain.com), I knew not every blogger required WordPress. So, for the next few days – I tried Joomla, Weebly, Wix, Squarespace (and yes, WordPress again) to create my site Emoijahbridges.com.
To get it out of the way, first – I don’t like any of these sites besides maybe Weebly and definitely WordPress (even though it’s expensive). I decided to try out Weebly.com to create my new portfolio site. My first thoughts from viewing the front page? I loved it! Weebly offered a nice, sleek design and customizable buttons (free) to link to other pages or posts.
However, Weebly didn’t have a customizable blog. What do I mean? For a blogger like myself, who’ll be constantly updating articles and generating content for my site – Weebly didn’t work for me. Why? Sure, I could type in my blog – but where was the featured image option? The excerpts option?
I was very disappointed with Weebly’s blog customization. I had already been adjusted to my home page, and briefly – I was excited to use it because of the gorgeous theme design. Ultimately, though, I was unable to use Weebly due to the unattractive blog features.
Therefore, I moved back to WordPress. So, my lesson learned: Despite the investment, time, and expendable efforts to pour in for WordPress – it was simply the best option for me as a blogger. But for other freelancers or entrepreneurs? I wouldn’t count Weebly out.
Why for Weebly?
- You can create a beautiful one-page site for a portfolio or to sell your services
- It can be used to create a great online store
- Weebly’s Starter Plan is a bit cheaper than WordPress
Why Not for Weebly?
So, why shouldn’t Weebly be used? Here are a few reasons:
The Stater Plan
Honestly, the Premium Plan for WordPress vs The Stater Plan on Weebly is only a few dollars more on an annual basis. Plus, with the WordPress plan – you get free premium themes and other great features. The Startup plan for Weebly is mainly to obtain your own custom domain name.
It’s not for bloggers
I know, I know. Many other bloggers will fight me on this – but I simply couldn’t find Weebly to meet my blogging needs. On the contrary, as I mentioned before, many successful bloggers use other sites like Weebly instead of WordPress to set up their own blog. However, I find there are too many complications to set up (and generate content) for a Weebly blog.
Template Customization is Limited
Adding new features or introducing a few to a theme results in slow optimization. In addition, for the current theme I obtained – I was only able to customize the main areas such as font or headings. However, I did like the theme options as compared to WordPress.
So, did I end up using WordPress? Yes – again, I switched back. Honestly, I was simply investigating alternates to the #1 Website Builder for Bloggers (hint, hint* WordPress). Now, a few of my colleagues believed I “wasted time trying to use Weebly and all those other sites” but did I really waste my time? No – I wasn’t fruitless with the hours I spend trying new website builders. They were a learning experience – and one I could share with readers like you!
Blogging is a phenomena that once introduced a world of personal websites and online journals. But now it has bloomed into a major source of income for many and an inspiring platform for others. I, for one, can speak from experience. My name is Emoijah Bridges and my journey into blogging has bloomed into several areas such as web development, research, and WordPress expertise.