Weebly

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Impressively easy-to-use website-creation tool.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Educational Value

Kids can learn basic site design by using the Weebly tool to make a site. They won't learn basic HTML -- but if they know it already, they can include some original code. While the site doesn't offer HTML/coding instruction it provides clear, simple functionality to create a website. The self-expression skills that Weebly offers through its website building tools are valuable skills for kids to learn.

Positive Messages

Some user sites involve motivational themes and offer support for women with infertility issues; however, many were designed to promote products and services.
 

Violence
Sex

At least one user site contains dubious dating banner ads -- but because users have to click on the usernames listed in each comment to access other users' sites, kids aren't likely to find it.

Language

The Weebly site blog comments mostly involve programming questions; users can opt to disable the comment functionality on their personal blog entries.

Consumerism

Users can put ads on their sites, but Weebly promises it won't place any banner ads, pop-ups, or other ads on user sites.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Weebly is designed to provide users with tools necessary to create websites in a matter of minutes thanks to drag-and-drop functionality. Users can place photos, videos, and text on their pages and quickly perform edits to their sites. Since content can be anything that users create, the amount of questionable content will vary; however, a majority of the sites made through Weebly are fine for kids. Created sites can be tied to specific URLs (which users have purchased separately) or can be hosted on Weebly's servers. Users also can pay for a Pro Service version that provides additional tools and features for users to administer their sites.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 15 year old Written bynewadult345 October 11, 2012
Adult Written byJonian N. November 14, 2016

Not bad

Weebly does allow facebook marketing on their site. You should take a look at their complete Terms of Service, the most important restriction on advertising is:... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byhappyginger December 22, 2012

Overall Easy to Use

Easy yet sometimes frusterating cookie cutter web design site. I've used Weebly for National History Day for the past 3 years and have been pretty pleased... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old October 2, 2012

my review

i am 10 yrs old and I think it's good

What's it about?

WEEBLY is a free website creation tool that's easy enough for young users to figure out. You can provide a URL or house your site on a weebly.com subdomain. The drag-and-drop functionality lets users select themes, place photos, add text and other pages, publish their site -- and promote it on Facebook and Twitter. Some users have utilized the tool to make product promotion sites. However, because user interaction essentially involves user comments on site administrator blog entries, it's a pretty tame atmosphere.

Is it any good?

The free WEEBLY tool walks users through several simple steps to build their own website. They can add their own photos, find free ones on a topic, or purchase professional, high-resolution shots for $5; then they can adjust or alter the images and also add text, a personal blog, or survey. Publishing the site is just as easy.

Weebly isn't necessarily for kids -- many probably won't care about options like tracking site usage -- but there's no reason younger users can't use it to whip up a stellar website. You have to click on the usernames in the Weebly blog comments or on Weebly's Facebook wall to access other users' sites. Since most posts are functionality questions from legit site designers, kids also aren't likely to stumble across much racy content.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how a website can help convey certain types of information. How can you show or explain things on a website, compared to how you could in a book?

  • Did your child feel that creating a website was a different experience from looking at one someone else made? Ask what items did your child choose to include -- and why?

  • Designing your own website lets you be as creative as you'd like to be -- but it's important to remember that if you publish it on the web, anyone can see it. Are there pictures or information that you shouldn't include when making a website?

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