WordPress vs Weebly – Which one is better? (Comparison)Winner: Weebly eCommerce and Business Monday, Apr 6 2015 

As stated below, This blog post is a comparison between WordPress and weebly.  I believe there is enough evidence brought together to make your own decision

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Are you trying to decide between WordPress vs Weebly to build your site? WordPress is a popular choice and powers 23% of all websites on the internet, but Weebly is another solution that allows you to build your website, blogs, and eCommerce stores. If you are wondering what’s the difference between Weebly and WordPress, then you are in the right place. In this article, we will compare WordPress vs Weebly by listing the pros and cons of each, so you can decide which one is better for you.

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Note: this article compares Weebly with self hosted WordPress.org sites not WordPress.com blogs. See our guide on what’s the difference between WordPress.com vs WordPress.org.

Hosted Platform vs Self-Hosted

Weebly is a completely hosted service. This means that your website resides on their servers, and you have to abide by their terms of service. Should you decide to switch platforms, the migration process is extremely difficult. Their admin area has all the tools that you can use to build, edit, and manage your Weebly site.

WordPress on the other hand is a free software that you can install on your ownweb hosting account. This means that you own 100% of all your content, and WordPress makes it very easy to switch to a different platform should you choose to do so.

Winner: WordPress

Features and Plugins

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Weebly comes with a good selection of tools built-in with their platform. This includes the ability to add an online store, blog, contact form, photos, etc. The best part about built-in features is that you do not have to install an extension or an application.

However if you need a feature that is not available in Weebly, then you are in trouble because you cannot hire a designer or developer to add it for you.

On the other hand, WordPress has all the features you can dream of: online stores, contact forms, galleries, portfolio, SEO etc. However most of these features doesn’t come pre-installed, and you have to add them with plugins.

There are over 37,000 free plugins available in the official WordPress plugin directory. Not to mention countless other premium plugins available from third party websites. If you can think of a feature, then there is a good chance that a plugin already exists for that. Plugins like WordPress SEO by Yoast makes WordPress more SEO friendly that Weebly.

The best way of thinking about features in WordPress vs Weebly is by looking at feature phones vs smartphones (iPhone or Android). WordPress is a smartphone that comes with all the essentials, but you can install an app to add new functionality. Weebly is a feature phone that doesn’t allow you to install apps. You get what it comes with.

Winner: WordPress

Design and Layout Choices

Weebly excels at design, and the most desired feature of Weebly is their drag and drop page builder. Currently they have nearly 100 themes which you can customize using their drag and drop tools. It is very easy to use and extremely beginner friendly.


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WordPress does not come with a built-in drag and drop page builder. However there are thousands of pre-made templates available some that offer drag-drop functionality. Many of them are available for free in the official WordPress.org themes directory. Other themes can be purchased from theme shops likeStudioPress, Themify, and ThemeLab.

WordPress also has drag and drop themes created by Headway Themes andThemfiy which makes it super easy to create your own layouts.

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Winner: Weebly

eCommerce and Business

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Weebly allows you to open your own online store. However their features are very basic, and there is not much you can do to customize your store the way you want.

Weebly charges 3% transaction fee on top of the fee that you will be charged by the payment processor such as Stripe and PayPal. This means that you are paying double in transaction fees. You can upgrade to their Business plan $25 per month to remove the additional transaction fee.

WordPress has several robust eCommerce plugins that allows you to create your own online store like WooCommerce, EasyDigitalDownloads, iThemes Exchange,WP eCommerce and several others.

Most of these comes with dozens of pre-made themes, you can add coupons, customize receipts, and basically everything that you want to do.

Also there are no additional transaction fees. All you pay is the payment processor fees which you will have to pay with any platform.

Winner: WordPress

Data Portability

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Weebly allows you to download your site as a zip file, but this will only contain your HTML pages and images. If you had a blog, then it will not be exported. If you had sliders, then they would not work in the exported site. Basically it is very difficult to move a site away from Weebly.

When you host your own website on an open source platform like WordPress, you can easily export your data into many formats. You can export your WordPress site as an XML file, database export, download your files and content. You can easily migrate your WordPress site to any other platform that you like.

This freedom gives you full control of your website, and this control brings peace of mind to many site owners.

Winner: WordPress

Conclusion

Weebly is a beautiful service more suitable for small websites. It is not an ideal solution to create a blog, or run an online store. The shiny design builder may look attractive, but not everything that shines is gold.

WordPress offers more tools, freedom, and flexibility. All of these things make it possible for you to build a website the way you want it.

We hope this article helped you compare WordPress vs Weebly and pick a platform for your next website. You may also want to check out our comparison ofSquarespace vs WordPress.

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Woolly Mammoth DNA Inserted into Elephant Cells Wednesday, Apr 1 2015 

The idea of bringing extinct animals back to life continues to reside in the realm of science fiction. But scientists have taken a small step closer to that goal, by inserting the DNA of a woolly mammoth into lab-grown elephant cells.

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Harvard geneticist George Church and his colleagues used a gene-editing technique known as CRISPR to insert mammoth genes for small ears, subcutaneous fat, and hair length and color into the DNA of elephant skin cells. The work has not yet been published in a scientific journal, and has yet to be reviewed by peers in the field.

Woolly mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius) have been extinct for millennia, with the last of the species dying out about 3,600 years ago. But scientists say it may be possible to bring these and other species back from the grave, through a process known as de-extinction. [Photos: 6 Extinct Animals That Could Be Brought Back to Life]

But we won’t be seeing woolly mammoths prancing around anytime soon, “because there is more work to do,” Church told U.K.’s The Times, according to Popular Science. “But we plan to do so,” Church added.

Splicing mammoth DNA into elephant cells is only the first step in a lengthy process, Church said. Next, they need to find a way to turn the hybrid cells into specialized tissues, to see if they produce the right traits. For instance, the researchers need to make sure the mammoth genes produce hair of the right color and texture.

After that, the team plans to grow the hybrid cells in an artificial womb; scientists and animal-rights advocates have deemed it unethical to grow them in a living elephant’s womb.

If the researchers can get these hybrid mammoth-elephants to survive, they hope to engineer an elephant that can survive in cold climates, where it should face fewer threats from humans. Only once the team can get these hybrid creatures to survive will they incorporate more mammoth DNA into the elephant’s genome, with the ultimate goal of reviving the ancient beasts.

But woolly mammoths aren’t the only candidates for de-extinction. In 2003, scientists briefly revived the Pyrenean ibex, which went extinct in 2000, by cloning a frozen tissue sample of the goat. However, after being born, the clone survived for just 7 minutes.

Several years ago, a group of researchers took DNA from a 100-year-old Tasmanian tiger specimen at a museum in Melbourne, Australia, and inserted it into mouse embryos, showing the genes were functional.

And Church himself has been working on trying to bring back the passenger pigeon, a bird whose flocks once filled the skies of North America but went extinct in the early 20th century. The researchers extracted about 1 billion DNA “letters” from a 100-year-old museum specimen, and are attempting to splice them into the DNA of a common rock pigeon.

But even if these efforts succeed, they pose some ethical challenges.

For example, the ability to revive once-extinct creatures in a lab could encourage support for the destruction of natural habitats, Stuart Pimm, a conservation ecologist at Duke University, told Live Science in August 2013.

“It totally ignores the very practical realities of what conservation is about,” Pimm said.

Other scientists have been cautiously accepting of the idea. Stanley Temple, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison told Live Science in August 2013, “We can use some of these techniques to actually help endangered species improve their long-term viability.”

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A microsite Wednesday, Apr 1 2015 

microsite is an individual web page or a small cluster of pages which are meant to function as a discrete entity within an existing website or to complement an offline activity. The microsite’s main landing page can have its own domain name or subdomain.  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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 A microsite is used to present specialized information.  It may or may not be connected to an organizations main website.

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A microsite whould feature one or two web pages on a specific product or topic. It should offer direct and relevant details, including what the product or topic is, when it will be available and/or how to get involved. How make a purchase, subscribe to a newsletter or contact a decision maker (congressman etc.).  A microsite is separate from the organization’s main website. 

It can also be strictly informative, educating visitors to the site with specific information about a product or situation.

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A good microsite is explanatory, has illustrations, is clear and focused on one topic or product.

A good microsite would also have a call to action, to purchase a product or support a cause by donating time or money.  Show the reader a way to DO something.

Sources:

5 brilliant microsites and why they’re so effective

By Luke Clum

http://www.creativebloq.com/web-design/5-brilliant-microsites-8135477

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsite

5 metrics that affect the success of your website redesign Wednesday, Apr 1 2015 

This Lady seems to know what she’s talking and writing about. I have read her articles before, they have been helpful and full of good information.  This excellent article is mostly a listing of apps and computer programs to assist in deciding to redesign your website and once the decision is made, how to get the most out of a redesign.

5 metrics that affect the success of your website redesign
It’s important to consider the key aspects of a redesign, both esthetically and from a business perspective.

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Grace Smith is an experienced web designer and founder of Postscript5, a successful micro design studio based in Northern Ireland. Grace is the creator of The Freelance Feed, the premium resource on freelance related resources and is a wireframe junkie. Connect with her via Twitter.
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How social proof can help your website

Taking advantage of social proof in your marketing can influence buyers, increase conversions and directly affect your brand reputation.
You have a hunch that something on your website isn’t working. Or maybe you want to try something new, but aren’t sure how to evaluate whether it’s successful. Either way, the solution you’re looking for is A/B testing.

A/B testing (also known as split testing) pits two versions of a page, content or element against each other to determine which is more successful, in terms of the goal you set. The goal could be anything from increasing sales, reducing bounce rate, increasing conversion rate and more, it can be completely tailored to your requirements. Running A/B tests gives you real, quantifiable data on your users and can help you make informed, educated decisions to improve your business and ensure that every change produces positive results.

Any form of testing is usually assumed to be technical, difficult to implement and time consuming, however it doesn’t have to be with this collection of tools makes it simple to jump into A/B testing and to help gain valuable customer insights. While the results are only as good as the test you create, you can at least spend more time asking the right questions than trying to actually execute your tests.

1. Unbounce

Unbounce lets you build, publish and test responsive landing pages, without any knowledge of HTML. With its friendly, easy to use interface, working with elements is simple, with the ability to tweak any aspect of your page. Using the drag-and-drop tool you can drag in images, text, video and even maps into your pages and organize them. Unbounce integrates with a variety of providers, including Awber, Hubspot, Mailchimp, CampaignMonitor, ConstantContact, Zoho, Salesforce, and more. Once setup you can create multiple variants of the page, which can be split tested for as long as you require. Collaboration is easy, with the ability to assign roles for team members, enable project feedback, and start capturing leads, embed video, maps, social feeds and widgets, to optimize conversions.

Price: $49/month – $199/month

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2. VWO

VWO is one of the easiest A/B Testing tools, with the ability to easily change headlines, buttons, images or any other elements to create multiple variations of your website to test. You can track revenue, signups, clicks and other conversion goals and get real statistical data and results. Build campaigns in minutes with the visual builder, unlimited undo to fix mistakes, and the ability to load pages even behind login walls. Each campaign generates a report to show you how well your pages are performing, and the built-in heatmap tool means you can track visitors’ click behavior and browsing habits. VWO works across mobile, tablet and desktop websites, and is a simple one-time installation, simply insert a small JavaScript code snippet on your website.

Price: $9/month – $499/month

3. Five Second Test

Five Second Test lets you fine tune landing pages and calls to action by analyzing prominent elements of your design, by finding out what a person recalls about your design in just 5 seconds. Using this method you can ensure your message is being effectively communicated, to test your brand message, and quickly find out what users like most and least about your website. You can choose how many responses are provided to your test, and even use your own set of testers. There are several different types of tests to choose from, including the Click Test, Preference Test, or Nav Flow Test. It’s simple to use, just upload an image, setup your test and a URL is then generated, which you can share, with instructions on the test.

Price: Free – $99/month

4. Google Analytics Experiments

Google Analytics ‘Experiments’ makes it a complete A/B testing platform which utilizes Googles multi-armed bandit approach. The tool allows you to split-test up to 10 full versions of a single page, each delivered to users from a separate URL. You can compare different web pages’ performance using a random sample of users, with the ability to define what percentage of your users are included in the experiment. Choose the objective you would like to test and receive updates via email on how the experiment is performing. Using the Content Experiments API you can run tests sever side and implement different recommendations or search algorithms. There’s also no redirects, as the API allows testing changes to content without redirects, and is simple to implement.

Price: Free – $150,000/year

5. Convert Experiment

Convert Experiment offers multi-domain A/B and multivariate testing and tracking, development tools for jQuery, JavaScript and CSS, with comprehensive reports. Edit your content without your need for infrastructure, with a visual WYSIWYG editor and easy style sheet editing for dynamic content experiments. Create and edit tests on the fly, test e-commerce products and category pages, with just one snippet of JavaScript code for instant integration. Convert Experiment seamlessly integrates with Google Analytics for real-time data and extended segmentation. You have full test control with minimum and maximum test duration, traffic allocation, conversion tracking, automatic bounce and engagement measuring and behavioral and segmented tracking.

Price: $9/month – $1499/month

6. Maxymiser

Maxymiser is a powerful solution to optimize customer experience and create sophisticated campaigns. Providing simple A/B tests right through to sophisticated multivariate tests, with the ability to quickly and easily create and launch tests on any public or secure page with just one line of code, using the easy to use visual editor. Using the insights from tests you can automatically identify and remove poor performing variants from active campaigns and gain powerful insights which can be applied to segmentation, offers, recommendations and personalization, making them more impactful and relevant. Maxymiser automatically builds a unique customer profile for every online visitor based on CRM data, historic and in-session behaviors and industry specific and customizable visitor attributes.

Price: Available on request

7. A/Bingo

A/Bingo is a Ruby on Rails’ A/B testing framework deployed as a plugin, which can test display or behavioral differences using just one line of code. It can measure any event, test for statistical significance and is extremely fast, meaning it has minimal impact on page load times or server load. As the A/B tests are defined in code, there is no setup or configuration required, the first time code for a particular test executes, it does all the setup work for the test and logs the first participant. Subsequent test alternatives are read straight from the cache. Each A/B test is defined in controllers (or views), and A/Bingo also allows for multivariate testing, with the ability to build your own dashboard or use the default one provided to view the results of your tests. It’s simple to setup, simple install the plugin, create the required tables, assign the user a unique identifying string and configure the cache.

Price: Free

8. KISSmetrics

KISSmetrics is a powerful analytics platform to help increase customer acquisition and retention rates. The KISSmetrics JavaScript library provides a function to help you set up your A/B test, which has three major features; it randomly assigns the current visitor to one of the variations, ensures the subsequent calls return the same variation to the visitor and sets a property with the name of the your experiment. You can also include KISSmetrics into your in-house testing code, or integrate it with another A/B testing platform. Once you’ve set up your test you can then segment any report to see the test’s performance, and determine if the results are significant. You also have the ability to track two completely different page designs, not just changes in individual elements, using a single URL for all of your landing page variants.

Price: $179/month – $599/month

9. AB Tasty

AB Tasty is an A/B testing tool to optimize your conversion rate, allowing you to modify pages using a visual editor, without writing any code and without any technical knowledge. You can measure which versions of your pages produce the best results for your objectives, such as page-views, registrations, purchases, and more. Create a any testing scenario you like, from simple to the most complex multivariate tests, and precisely define the pages and visitors to include. Tests can be configured to your specific requirements, with the ability to measure performance, visitor engagement, turnover generated, average cart value and conversion rate. The level of personalization is impressive, use advanced analysis features to identify the most relevant messages of each visitor. You can then take what you’ve learned to personalize customer experience and create segmented marketing campaigns.

Price: €29/month – €299/month

10. Adobe Target

Adobe Target provides an intuitive user interface to create personalized web experiences, quickly create A/B tests and confidently target content. Target provides a guided testing and targeting workflow and framework, with no coding or setup hassles, so it’s easy to see your visitor’s responses to content variations in real time and instantly adapt your site to meet their needs. Adobe Target features one-click optimized content delivery, multipage and cross-channel testing and interface customization, with a variety of filtering option, customizable graphs and reporting options. With mobile optimization you can increase mobile engagement and revenue with A/B testing and geolocation targeting. With both automated personalization you can create deeper engagement and more effective cross-selling.

Price: Available on request

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