Weebly: How Hosts, Organizations, & Enterprises Can Leverage the Popular Platform to Enhance Their Own Offerings to Customers

Weebly: How Hosts, Organizations, & Enterprises Can Leverage the Popular Platform to Enhance Their Own Offerings to Customers

TL; DR: The prominent web builder service, Weebly offers global solutions for end-users to create, market, and grow a web presence. Their reputation in the industry precedes them — and their influence has expanded to impact the offerings of web hosts and enterprises. With Weebly for Hosts, hosting companies and domain registrars can capitalize on an opportunity to leverage this popular site builder service as part of their own brand. Meanwhile, large-scale organizations are empowered to manage multiple web properties in a centralized interface via Weebly for Enterprise.

Creating a professional-looking and dynamically-functioning website is a liberty reserved for those with a technical background, right? Those without one have to be willing to pay web professionals to create their visions for them. Well, historically, maybe yes, but that old model is eroding away — thanks particularly to powerhouse players like Weebly.

An easy-to-use, drag-and-drop, all-in-one website builder and web hosting platform, Weebly brings a comprehensive offering to market. While Weebly’s browser-based online platform is known for offering the average end-user the ability to easily bring their ideas online, the company is impacting folks at the hosting and enterprise levels as well.

With their Weebly for Hosts and Weebly for Enterprise platforms, the web-building leader empowers service providers to broaden their package offerings and businesses to manage multiple websites with ease. Weebly’s CEO and Co-Founder, David Rusenko, and VP of Business Development, Nick Dellis, discuss the resulting impact for an ever-growing list of niches.

For Hosts: Offer Weebly Directly to Customers as Part of Your Platform

Weebly for Hosts allows web hosting companies and domain registrars of all sizes to resell Weebly’s own core packages for additional revenue, or offer Weebly’s popular website builder directly to their own customers.

“We’re really excited about opening up the Weebly platform to hosting companies and making easy website creation accessible to a broader audience of millions,” David said of the product’s launch in March of 2015.

Prior to this package’s release, the company had launched a platform for enterprises, which David said “lets organizations customize Weebly and leverage our CMS to empower their employees and customers at scale.” The Weebly for Hosts edition gives web hosts and domain registrars a comprehensive site builder solution, so they can serve customers “on their own terms.”

Weebly web builder screenshot

Weebly for Hosts allows hosting companies to offer the popular site builder to customers as part of their own services.

With complete control, a web host can elect to either completely offload their customers’ websites onto Weebly’s hosting platform, or simply use Weebly’s site builder before publishing the customer’s live site and hosting it on their own servers.

Leveraging this platform is an easy and effective way for hosting companies to broaden their service offerings and retain customers — giving them the ability to create websites with an established and popular platform for website building.

For the hosting customers, the turnkey solution requires minimal implementation and management, and it comes with a dashboard for painless management of users, permissions, et cetera. Users also benefit from Weebly’s customer support offerings, which relieve hosts from the burden of support requests regarding common web builder questions.

For Organizations: Manage Multiple Projects with Weebly for Enterprise

Over time, an increasing number of users who relied on Weebly for managing membership- or organization-based websites, as well as sites for personal projects of varying sizes, began showing interest in using Weebly at scale for their organizations.

Weebly for Enterprise brings features and a new level of control for organizations that need to manage multiple websites.

Nick captured the Weebly for Enterprise offering: “We’re going into each of these industries, and we’re going to build some specific functionality that is perfect for them.”

In addition to the core Weebly experience and easy-to-use tools, the enterprise platform introduces a new layer of functionality for organizations. Features such as single sign-on, the ability to provision sites, and API access to integrate Weebly with your infrastructure make managing multiple sites as simple a process as creating one.

Weebly for Enterprise Types of Clients

A breadth of organizations benefit from the Weebly for Enterprise platform.

You can add your own themes, apps, and plugins, and create your own custom packages giving users access levels as you see fit. An example would be an IT manager for a university who has just added 10 new faculty members; he or she can add these new users and set permissions for which sites within the university they can or cannot edit.

You can also limit the level of access by actions, so you can give one user full permission to edit the HTML and CSS of their pages and restrict the more novice users to only adding content via the drag-and-drop builder.

Really large companies building lots of websites have historically relied on internal CMS or builder systems, which often are unable to keep up with the pace of innovation from services like Weebly.

“It should be trivial. You should just be able to log in, click a button, give somebody access, and allow them to manage their own website,” Nick said. “Having a well-thought out, simple, easy-to-use consumer solution is being demanded by enterprises, too.”

For Site Owners: The Drag-and-Drop Design Users Have Raved About

At the core of Weebly is an amazing, easy-to-use website builder. Using a simple drag-and-drop interface that works right in your web browser, any user can pick a theme and have a fully functional website online in minutes or hours rather than days or weeks.

“Consumers demand easier, thoughtful, beautiful solutions,” Nick said about the need for a product like Weebly.

Weebly Drag-and-Drop Editor Adding Text Element

With Weebly, you can simply drag elements like a text box onto your site design to add them.

You can intuitively drag new elements such as titles, text, images, or videos onto your site’s frontend. Next, click on any given feature to customize it to your liking.

Weebly Drag-and-Drop Editor Click Text Box to Edit

Simply click on elements that you’ve placed on your site to edit them further.

It’s easy to swap out themes at anytime to give your website a completely new look while keeping your content intact.

Weebly Drag-and-Drop Editor Change Theme

Swap out themes anytime to change the overall look of your site while still keeping your content.

You can design a full-featured website from start to finish without touching a single line of code, but for more advanced users, it’s equally intuitive to dive right in and start manually editing the HTML layout and CSS styling of your site.

Screenshot of Weebly code editor

If you have coding skills, you can still jump in and edit the HTML and CSS of your site.

Weebly also makes running an online store and selling products a breeze — without complex configurations, and with support for Stripe, Square, Authorize.net, and PayPal payment methods.

Extensive Features Exceed the Expectations of a Simple Website Builder

A smorgasbord of features are included with Weebly, making the platform ideal for users of any skill level to jump right in and start creating.

  • Powerful Site Creator
  • 100+ Professional Themes
  • Powerful Cloud Hosting Included
  • Fast & Helpful Support
  • Integrated Domain Registration
  • Easy Blogging
  • Beautiful Photo Galleries & Slideshows
  • Video & Audio Players
  • Easy Form Builder
  • ImagePerfect Image Editor
  • Detailed Traffic Stats
  • Free Domain Hosting
  • No Forced Advertising
  • Search Engine Optimized
  • eCommerce Features
  • Automatic Mobile Site Creation
  • Password-Protected Pages
  • Full HTML/CSS Control

Be sure to check out the full Weebly features page for the complete rundown of what’s available.

Partner with Weebly, Promote your Brand Professionally

From end-user to enterprise, Weebly is evangelizing the art of simple, beautiful website creation.

As a soon-to-be site owner, you’d be wise to check out Weebly’s offerings, if for no other reason than because it’s completely free to use; however, within five minutes of signing up, you should have the hang of it, and you’ll realize they’ve partnered affordability and user-friendliness with end-result designs you’ll be proud of.

For enterprises and organizations of all scales, create, manage, and grow your sites with Weebly for Enterprise. It’s an easy and centralized way to control your online presence that holds the integrity of the platform beloved by first-time users.

Finally, if you’re a web host or domain registrar, the Weebly for Hosts service adds an amazing value to your existing services. Whether you’re looking to resell for added cash value or infuse value into your existing packages by offering Weebly directly to customers, partnering with Weebly advances your brand.

Toby Sembower

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  • WeeblySucks

    Shame it doesn’t actually work and the service team is a bunch of rude, IT-oblivious monkeys. I can send you actual mail from their service center that should be enough to get away from them immediately.

  • Is there any advantage to switch from having our website hosted by GoDaddy while paying to use Weebly’s platform (as we are now) to using Weebly directly through GoDaddy and paying them instead, as this “Weebly for Hosts” option seems to offer? What’s the benefit other than a ‘one package’ deal?

    We used to use WordPress and it was actually cheaper to use the platform via GoDaddy.

    • frankel0

      I don’t think there would be a big advantage to switching your service to the Weebly ‘direct’ option. Unless you are having performance or support issues I would just stick to what is currently working for you.

  • frankel0

    I’m sorry you have had a bad experience with Weebly. Have you tried other services you like better?

  • what is the price of ”weebly for hosts” ?

    • frankel0

      Hi jusuf93,

      For pricing you can go to http://www.weebly.com/hosts.html and then click on Contact Us. We spoke with Weebly and that is their preferred method of talking with hosts about pricing.

      If there is anything else we can do, please let us know.