Weebly gives you a full-featured e-commerce store with unlimited product listings on all of its plans, including the free plan. If you’re looking for a completely free e-commerce website, Weebly is a good option. However, you’ll need a paid plan to sell digital goods via download, plus managing membership and subscription sales and online bookings require adding Weebly apps that can increase monthly costs.
Weebly e-commerce stores connect seamlessly for social media sales on Facebook and Instagram, but direct Amazon and Walmart.com marketplace integration isn’t available. Plus, you must use Square or Stripe (or PayPal if you upgrade to a higher-tier plan) to process card payments in your Weebly online store, so you can’t shop for lower rates with other payment providers. However, Weebly stores seamlessly integrate with the robust Square POS system to streamline in-store, mobile and online sales in one place.
You can choose an e-commerce website or a personal website during sign-up, but if you start with a blog or portfolio, you can add an online store at any time.
To add e-commerce features to a WordPress website, you need a WordPress e-commerce plugin. There are plenty to choose from and most are free to use for basic online sales needs. Some enable specific types of sales, such as Easy Digital Downloads, which is popular for selling e-books, music and digital art files on a WordPress website. Others, such as WooCommerce, Ecwid and BigCommerce, enable a full set of multichannel sales features and deliver a feature-packed shopping experience. You can even add the Square store plugin to power an e-commerce store on WordPress and connect it to Square POS.
WooCommerce is the most popular e-commerce plugin for WordPress. You can add it to a WordPress website anytime to start selling products, digital downloads, memberships, online courses and more.
Many WordPress e-commerce plugins support a full range of social media and online marketplace sales. If you want the freedom to list products on Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, Walmart.com and other seller marketplaces worldwide, you can do it using WordPress. Speaking of freedom, most WordPress e-commerce plugins let you connect your own payment processor, so you can shop around for the best rates.
Verdict: WordPress far outshines Weebly in terms of online sales versatility, multichannel sales and payment processing options. Weebly’s seamless integration with Square POS makes it a great quick-start all-in-one sales tool, but WordPress provides more opportunities to grow and scale.