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I’ve never been a fan of sites that offer uber-simple, drag-and-drop website creation and free web hosting. Inevitably, the websites that come out of those places are horrid, amateurish sites that have no business existing on the web at all. Weebly created sites fall in that category, with a few very interesting exceptions.

If you explore sites out there created on Weebly, you’ll see what I mean. You will come across sites with horrible color schemes, mismatched fonts, unprofessional headers and more design gaffes. They just look like the sort of websites that were created back in the 90s, before we had widespread use of CSS formatting and easy to program page scripting.

Some Weebly Websites are Okay

Instead of focusing on the negative, I wanted to try and scour the internet for any Weebly sites that stand apart from the plodders. The best Weebly sites are well structured, aesthetically pleasing and could possibly pass as well-designed.

Don’t believe me? Look at the selections below, and let me know what you think.

Colleen’s Career Creations

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In the Weebly user group forum, Colleen writes that she used Weebly to create this website, however unlike most Weebly users, Colleen invested in her own domain to host it.

“I recently started a Resume Writing & Career Coaching business, and thanks to Weebly, my business has a website! I’ve had a lot of fun creating the site and developing the business thus far. I’m also enjoying checking out all of your sites. Hope you check and mine too!”

Colleen clearly also invested a lot of her time in the design of her site. It features a professionally designed header image, logo How to Make an Eye-Catching Logo for (Almost) Nothing How to Make an Eye-Catching Logo for (Almost) Nothing Whether for your website, band, book, or social networking brand, if you want to succeed, you need to get the logo just right. Here's how to make one. Read More and title, a well formatted menu bar, and even a functioning contact form, a guide’s store with a PayPal cart system, and embedded videos of her talks and interviews.

There are still minor design flaws. Mismatched font styles and sizing, a blog link that sends users off-site to an entirely different domain, and a horrid bright red background with fine-print black text in the footer that hurts the eyes to try and read. Nonetheless, this is probably one of the best Weebly-created sites that I’ve seen on the Internet.

Pixel Fix

Pixel Fix is a New Zealand based business run by “Richard” (no last name provided on the About Me page). He runs a photo restoration How to Easily Restore an Old Family Photo Using Photoshop How to Easily Restore an Old Family Photo Using Photoshop Everyone has old family photos lying around. Sadly, they’ll probably be discolored, faded, scratched, or bent. With Photoshop, you can make them look as good as new. Read More business, and an eye for graphics does shine through with the creative, and well-patched together backgrounds used throughout the website.

The main page features a well-implemented slider with customer testimonials, a small image gallery of past image enhancement work (complete with a non-intrusive pop-up of before and after shots), a free quote pop-up form, and a really neat full-page embedded map at the footer.

Some small mistakes include an “order form” that simply downloads a PDF file How To Download Google Books As A PDF File [Mac] How To Download Google Books As A PDF File [Mac] Read More , links in the menu that don’t go anywhere but simply scroll down to the section of the main page with that information, and the map starts resizing once you scroll to the bottom of the page and your mouse wheel automatically zooms the map out.

Even with those flaws, it’s a pleasant page to browse and explore.

Christopher Wiles

One thing that Weebly is probably pretty good for is creating a profile or bio page for yourself. That’s exactly what the Christopher Wiles site is all about.

Christopher Wiles is a British painter and art lecturer. He created this page, under his namesake domain.

The main page is extremely simple. Nothing about it really jumps out as being any better than the commonplace profile sites folks have out there. It passes muster as a decent site even though it was built on Weebly’s drag-and-drop platform. The gallery page provides the same interesting photo-zoom pop-up feature as Pix Fix uses, so it’s likely a widget offered within the Weebly toolset. Not bad.

Chris’ CV page is not a download, but an actual well-formatted CV right on the page, and his contact form Contact Form 7: The Best Contact Form Plugin For WordPress Contact Form 7: The Best Contact Form Plugin For WordPress Contact Form 7 is simple and easy to use. It's the best contact form plugin for WordPress that I've used yet. Read More is embedded and well-done.  Other than its simplicity, there isn’t a whole lot to fault about this website.

Shelly’s Creative Side

Another decent site created by an artist is Shelly’s Creative Side. This was a site that I had spotted years ago when I wrote about Weebly, and the site is still here many years later.

The design is very simple just like Chris’ profile site, but in this case the simplicity really does add to the beauty of the page. It has a well-scripted drop-down menu for navigation where Shelly offers a peek into her photography, Photoshop work, hand-crafted jewelry and even her sculptures. The header is a cool font apparently drawn by Shelly herself. The floating box has a nice frame to it that gives it a professional touch no matter how large or small you size your browser window.

Kanata Homes

Another site I spotted years ago, and which still exists, is a real estate agency called Kanata Homes.

The site hasn’t changed a whole lot over the years, except they fixed the misspelled title that I had pointed out back then.

The title font and text color over black background is neat, the header image is professional, and the menu is straightforward — it highlights with a header bar that points to the active selected menu item. Pretty sweet!

A Banned Cribb

Another interesting site is A Banned Cribb. This site is the creative product of what appears to be a decent comedian. He created an avatar that looks like a mix between Leisure Suit Larry of Sierra fame and Elvis Presley.

The site is infrequently updated – the last post was in 2011. However, his writing is quite funny if you’ve never read the content there. He’s kept the site alive over the last five years despite no updates, but still the site design is a decent example of what’s possible with Weebly, using clean colors, headers and fonts that blend well Want Gorgeous Free Fonts? Here's 25+ Sites Where You'll Find Them Want Gorgeous Free Fonts? Here's 25+ Sites Where You'll Find Them Rather than wade through hundreds of fonts, here are a few sites that'll help you keep up with all the new fonts you'll want to use in your next design. Read More and look good.

BiBi’s Art

The best use for Weebly is probably to create either a personal profile online, or a virtual portfolio The Best Website Builders to Create a Clean Online Portfolio The Best Website Builders to Create a Clean Online Portfolio Having an online portfolio is critical for today's digital worker. Which free website builder is best for your portfolio? We help you pick out the suitable one from the ten contenders. Read More of your work — especially if you’re an artist. This use is best exemplified by Bibi’s Art. The site is a portfolio of the hand painted artwork and murals created by the artist known as “Bibi”. Unfortunately, there is no other identifying information on the site about the artist!

However, the header features wonderful artwork, the menu is professionally done and works well. The site is just very clean and simple to navigate. The whole purpose of the site is to show the artist’s work, and it accomplishes that goal.

Stick and Strum

When I was scouring the web many years ago for the best Weebly sites, the website Stick and Strum was my favorite. Today, many years later, it isn’t my favorite, but it’s still at the top of my list.

This is a site created by Shane Nicholas who has been teaching guitar, drums, piano, and even ukulele to students for over 8 years.

Here, Shane features his students, shows highlights from his student recitals, and provides information to existing and prospective students. I like the theme — the header image floats over the dark blue backdrop and the background blends from dark to white as you move from left to right. There’s also a photo slideshow on the first page and a decent store embedded on the site. Very cool stuff.

Magnolia Visual Arts

Magnolia Visual Arts is a photography site that seeks out clients for modeling shoots, family portraits and even pet portraits. It looks minimal and professional.

The main site features a slideshow portfolio of some of the model clients. Links at the bottom take you to samples of landscape, pets, and other photography samples. A parallel blog site showcases more stunning examples of the photography captured by the artist behind Magnolia Visual Arts.

Look through other Weebly based sites on the internet. You’ll see how hard it is to find sites like the ones I’ve listed here. Quality isn’t usually a word you would use to describe them…

The sites above may not be the best sites on the web. But within the painfully inadequate world of Weebly web design, these web designers performed some impressive feats considering the limited tools offered there.

Have you ever made a Weebly site? Do you know of any that are good? Share your own thoughts in the comments section below.

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  1. Johnna Bohanan
    May 28, 2017 at 3:13 am

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  3. Todd Romano
    April 3, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    I'm a big weebly fan and have been using weebly for years now. recently they have improved greatly. The issue I have though, and always have had, is the fact the standard templates, not only are pretty bland and difficult to make look great. They function well, and obviously integrate well with all of the weebly functionality, however no matter how many websites I see using the standard weebly themes, they still look very much "home made"

    I started researching the custom template market, and there are quite a few companies now that design premium weebly templates especially for weebly.

    I've since been to several companies and generally speaking really have not been very impressed. some of the themes look great, but functionaly are not great... I don't by any means boast to be a coder or developer but I know my way around css and html... The issue is i've found with so many premium weebly themes is the fact they are pretty badly coded... conflicts left right and center. code not commented for people that don't know what they are looking at and generally speaking not very easy to use in the back end (even if they look good when published)... Excuse me if i'm wrong, but isn't the reason we all use Weebly is because it's easy to use??

    I tried Baamboo for a few themes.. Not bad but a little clunky. the end result was ok, and they do have a lot of selection. the main issue was the really slow customer service and lack of understanding when you ask anything other than something that i'm guessing is a frequent question... i waited 6 days for a response to one of my tickets.

    Next I bought a few of the themes from Webfire Themes. Erm... Head turners. their themes are really neat looking, their support is unbelievable. One of their support team helped me make an "unsupported customization" which i wasn't expecting at all.. They responded to my ticket within minutes and really took their time to help me... also the themes I bought (Constructor and Parallax) were so easy to use. They have this tool they have invented called the WIDG which lets you design your own custom widgets for your site. I recommend these all day long.

    Finally I also tried Modern Web Themes... All i'm going to say is, you get what you pay for... The themes barely work. so many bugs and bad design in there. even the demo sites don't work very well.

    I really wanted to try out a divtag theme too, but looks like they have gone out of business or something. Looking around online they had some good reviewes and some bad ones. But some of their themes looked good... I do plan to purchase other templates from other companies too as I get the need to, but for now. the top spot in my opinion goes to webfire themes.

    Great article by the way... I have been looking for something suitable to post a comment about my experiences.

    Thanks
    Todd

  4. Weebly Designers CyberNext
    March 22, 2016 at 10:12 am

    We are providing our customers with weebly development services for many years. No complaints... sites are doing good in search engines too.

    Our clients are now not fully depended on us for things like minor changes, typo errors or any update in contents. They do it by their-self. We now only have to deal with any major issue.

  5. Matthew
    March 1, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    I've been using weebly for several months and have designed several desktop sites. However am looking to try and edit the layout and structure of the mobile site?
    Is it even possible as I've had a mixture of responses.

    Any help would be gratefully appreciated.

    My site is: http://www.oakleafmarquees.co.uk and http://www.hollywoodhottubs.co.uk

  6. Elena
    December 5, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    I have been a Weebly customer for 5 years now and I love it. It's easy to use, has a great support center and helpful blogs with suggestions and creative ideas. I followed all the SEO instruction on their support section and my new website was on second page search with Google in just 1 day. I also like their gallery of free photos that I use on my blog.
    http://www.cheeseniche.com

  7. Terry
    November 24, 2015 at 11:56 am

    I'm definitely a Weebly fan... even with my non-linear 'challenge' I am able to set up and maintain a website for my hand carved wooden spoons. The one drawback I've found is that when you add new images/information.. it defaults to the bottom of the page and I have to individually move each element to the top of the page. Having to manipulate this many images manually... it deters me from updating my site as often as I would like. Wish they could see their way to make it an option to automatically place the NEW elements to the top of the pages. It would save HOURS. But... like I said... still a Weebly fan. http://www.spoontaneous.com

    • Kian Maximus Bayno
      February 28, 2016 at 12:32 am

      spoontaneous.com=best name ever

  8. Arunabha Banerjee
    November 20, 2015 at 9:03 am

    I have been using weebly free for my site, http://www.arunabhaphotography.in for more than 3 yrs running, although I own the domain but the CMS part is taken care off pretty well by weebly. I found it really easy to configure and set up

  9. Anonymous
    October 14, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    We use Weebly for our rural community website, which includes integration with google docs and google calendars. At the time we build our site some Weebly features didn't suite our needs, such as contact forms and self service reservations, so we either developed our own or used a 3rd party hosted platform.

    http://my.hudsonil.org

  10. Anonymous
    October 3, 2015 at 8:53 am

    we made from weebly

    visit us :- http://www.nerdynaut.com

  11. Anonymous
    September 16, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    I think my blog is pretty well designed. I'm 18 but designed it originally when I was 17. I've tweaked since then. It's down at the moment due to a domain transfer but you should check it out when it's back up: http://www.astudentssearch.com

  12. Anonymous
    September 5, 2015 at 3:07 am

    In my opinion, those websites that 'don't" suck, suck. I built my website with weebly, and since I made the account I use many years ago, I can connect my domain with the free plan. I only pay approximately $9 a year for the domain. http://andrewscomputerfixes.com

  13. Anonymous
    August 14, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I made our class web site with Weebly - it doesn't seem to suck. http://www.wearetough.org

  14. Anonymous
    June 6, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Pffff :) :) :) the court of the piss-poor critics is adjourned. Show us your beautiful web-sites, you losers.

  15. Jenna
    March 24, 2015 at 3:19 am

    This is so inaccurate. Notice how people also like to go on weebly websites for inspiration and fun reads not just corporate based blogs. If anything this makes me not want to look at any of these sites. You must have a really good taste in whats interesting, I bet. THESE WEBSITES SUCK.

  16. Donna Johnson
    February 23, 2015 at 12:29 am

    I've been searching for examples of Weebly blogs and sites. This is the best I've found so far. Thank you for putting it out there. I started a Weebly website with my friend, a rancher who breeds McNab collies. I have zero knowledge and have watched tutorials - so tedious and difficult when one has specific questions. I am looking for how to create sections on the blog to contain certain articles instead of a long row that scrolls down and away. For instance, my friend is writing short stories about ranch life, for instance a series called My First McNab. I've seen other blogs where you can click on a "box" that contains the series. The website is http://www.garcinmcnabcollies.com/index.html If you could give us some feedback, that would be great! Thanks!

  17. Trillium Gallery
    January 13, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    I mean for the 'ease' of use! Oh my...

  18. Boooooo
    January 13, 2015 at 3:05 am

    All of these suck - BIG TIME!!! What are you talking about?!

  19. Anonymous
    December 29, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    BreastfeedingHousecalls.com

    Im a lactation consultant. Please no tasteless remarks about what I do or my business name....but website design feedback would be super! Thanks!

  20. Chrissie
    September 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Our ecommerce website is built using Weebly. http://www.bagthebag.com

    I'm looking for an alternative though. It's impossible to use other tools such as insite search, ratings and reviews, payments processors and even CMS with Weebly. I really do not recommend Weebly be used by anyone that needs to create a professional customer experience.

    • Helen Sant
      September 19, 2012 at 7:24 am

      Hi, I stumbled on this article. Well I have three websites with Weebly! And they get a lot of positive comments about their design, which I have worked long and hard at! http://www.yorkstoryteller.com and http://www.ghostsofyork.info. The third yorkfestivalstory.co.uk is still work in progress. I think weebly is great!

  21. Juan
    August 30, 2012 at 6:07 am

    http://www.GarciaGraphicDesign.com/

    I'm a recent graphic design graduate and like many other recent grads, I didn't have the means to afford to get a website done. I knew html and css coding, other than that I didn't have a clue of what to do. I happened to have found Weebly through a Google search and I instantly fell in love with not only the easy of use but also the flexibility in customization.

    Anyways, feel free to browse through my portfolio website. It was created practically from scratch from design to coding. Hope you like it guys. =D

  22. varoun
    August 21, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    check out this amazing orchid site

    http://www.orchidworld.weebly.com

    • Anonymous
      December 29, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      BreastfeedingHousecalls.com

      Im a lactation consultant. Please no tasteless remarks about what I do or my business name....but website design feedback would be super! Thanks!

  23. Jane
    August 17, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Wow, those sites were pretty impressive, but how could you have left out the really slick Deep Focus Film site? With an intellectual eye to film opposed to all the 'I think blah blah' movie sites out there it's easily becoming one of my favourites! Check it out for yourselves...

    http://deepfocusfilms.weebly.com/

  24. Dominic
    July 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    A great site is http://www.myownxzone.com - made with Weebly with great Weebly Ebooks....and yes, it is my site - couldn't resist.

  25. Jack Kraken
    July 17, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    You can also try this:
    http://siteshowcase.weebly.com/

  26. Danuta Antas
    July 16, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    What a very nice surprise to find out that one of the websites, for my DEA Design studio, I have created with Weebly, has been mentioned here:) Weebly is a wonderful tool. Two years ago I have turned to it for I really had no idea how to do websites. Since then, with Weebly's flexible drag and drop tools I have created many websites for my purpose as well as for clients. I have learnt how to edit HTML and CSS and change to look of templates provided by Weebly. For me, it is a great fun like playing with Lego or other such toys:)
    Today, I have just finished my own photography portfolio with free Weebly. You may see at http://www.danutaantasphoto.com

    • Ahmed Sami
      January 5, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      Hi Danuta,

      I think your website have a problem !

      It gives me an empty blue site only !!!

  27. macswomen
    July 12, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    These are some really great sites! We use Weebly for our company as well. You can check it out here, http://www.macswomenonline.com maybe it will make your next top Weebly site list :)

    My favs are JP Custom Apparel, Stick and Drums and A banned cribb.

    Nice work guys!

  28. Dr. Wishmael
    July 7, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    By the looks of it...I need to redo my website! As luckologists, we have NO website design skills. I was proud of our 101 section once I figured out how to use Weebly's multimedia inserter, but now I'm reconsidering the whole thing. Thanks for the design ideas and links to better uses of Weebly!

    Dr. Wishmael
    Chief Luckologist-Wish Laboratory
    http://www.wishlaboratory.com/

  29. Nino
    July 7, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Here is another one: http://thedragonproject.weebly.com

  30. Mads
    June 17, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Hello! Check out my site: http://projectxy.weebly.com/
    Do come with feedback, what i can do better etc.
    That would be awesome!

    Thanks

    • Mario
      June 28, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      Nice, the only thing i would cande is the drop down menu selection color to the light gray intead of the dark. its a little confusing.

  31. roban woods
    June 9, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Hey guys please check my new website on weebly, I made it about couple hours ago
    http://methdesign.weebly.com

  32. samantha pasillos
    April 29, 2012 at 12:31 am

    i really think that the one direction website made on weebly should be featured here its pretty epic and it gives lots of juicy gossip

  33. Ron (from A Banned CRIBB)
    April 5, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Thank you so much for featuring my site - A Banned CRIBB on your list of 9 Websites that actually don't suck. While I do not agree with your opinion (I think my website sucks) I am honored netherless. I have not updated the site in awhile because I have been working on another website that defies the impossible and somehow manages to be an even worse site than A Banned CRIBB.

    The new site is now complete, and the people I created it for are like my ex girlfriends - very unsatisfied. Now that it is done I can go back to A Banned CRIBB and continue to write annoying, pointless, uninteresting articles while formulating my plan to dominate the world.

    Getting serious for a moment I would like to sincerely Thank You. I am planning on writing an article very soon inspired by the site's appearance in MakeUseOf.com.

    • Ryan Dube
      April 6, 2012 at 12:14 am

      Haha! Looking forward to the article Ron!

  34. sonicare
    March 31, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Whats Happening i'm new to this, I stumbled upon this I've discovered It positively helpful and it has aided me out loads. I hope to give a contribution & aid other users like its helped me. Great job.

  35. Saurabh Jain
    March 30, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Check the site I created for an institute that provides free education to deserving children - http://vidyaniketan.weebly.com/

    • Ryan Dube
      April 5, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Hey - not bad Saurabh, I like your design/template. Nice and clean.

      • Saurabh Jain
        April 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm

        Thanks Ryan

  36. Tareque Hasan
    March 30, 2012 at 8:22 am

    check my site... http://ishaamdental.weebly.com
    it is also created with weebly and i think its nice too!
    what do you say?

    • muotechguy
      March 30, 2012 at 8:33 am

      The tooth cursor is really classy ;)

      • Tareque Hasan
        March 31, 2012 at 6:01 am

        Thank you very much :-)

    • adam
      March 30, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      For a dentist, the color scheme is way too dark. It should be bright and vibrant. Wayyyy less red, people don't want to think red / blood when looking for a dentist. Speaking of which, your logo is too "sharp".. same thing about associating dentist with sharp objects. You should soften it up with a sans-serif font.
      Other than that, the site looks good!

      • Tareque Hasan
        March 31, 2012 at 6:02 am

        Lot of thanks for your nice suggestion... :-)

    • Ryan Dube
      April 5, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      I like the design/layout - but agree with Adam that I would expect a Dentist's site to have a light background. Dark is a bit foreboding... :-)

    • Robert
      May 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      That's is freakin' sweet..

    • Madeline
      May 24, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      Wow that is sooooooo cool... how do you do the mouse thing???!!! I want to do that!!!!!! :D

    • Alyssa
      January 31, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      Paler background! If you're a dentist, I also think the site should be much more modern. Clean-cut, that sorta thing. You should change your logo.