Weebly for Education
Weebly Designer Platform
Weebly is an American web-hosting service that features a "drag-and-drop" website builder. As of August 2013, Weebly hosts over 15 million sites, with a monthly rate of over 100 million unique visitors. The company is headquartered in San Francisco. The company was originally founded by chief executive officer (CEO) David Rusenko, chief technology officer (CTO) Chris Fanini, and chief operating officer (COO) Dan Veltri. The startup competes with Wix.com, Webs, Yola, SnapPages, and other web-hosting and creation websites.
David Rusenko, Chris Fanini, and Dan Veltri co-founded Weebly in 2006. Rusenko and Fanini both attended the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) while Veltri attended the university's Smeal College of Business. The three founders were all 22-year-old students at Penn State when they founded the company. At the time, Penn State required all students to maintain an Internet portfolio, so they built upon this idea and created software that made it easy for anyone to build a personal website.
In January 2007, Weebly was selected for Y Combinator’s winter startup program in Silicon Valley, California This selection represents the time that Rusenko, Veltri and Fanini began working on Weebly full-time.
In March 2007, Weebly re-launched with its characteristic “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” editing interface. Also in 2007, Weebly raised a US$650,000 financing round from several angel investors, including Ron Conway, Steve Anderson, Mike Maples, and Paul Buchheit.
In 2008 Weebly added "Pro" accounts and Google AdSense monetization features, as well as compatibility with Google Chrome and Safari. Weebly reached one million users in 2008 and released a statement announcing that it had become profitable.
In 2011, Weebly raised a growth-stage round from Sequoia Capital and added Roelof Botha to its board of directors. Rusenko stated in August 2013 that the company signed a lease for a 36,000 square feet (3,300 m2) warehouse in San Francisco, based on an expectation of ongoing growth. The new office will house the majority of a global team of 600 employees in 2014 when it moves into the property. As of August 25, 2013, Weebly had 80 employees and was based in an 11,000 square feet (1,000 m2) space in the Pacific Heights area of San Francisco.
Weebly offers a free online website creator. It uses a simplistic widget-based site builder that operates in the web browser. All of Weebly’s site elements are drag-and-drop. Weebly works with Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and Linux computers. Weebly automatically generates a mobile version of each website.
Storage through Weebly is unlimited. However, the service restricts individual file sizes.
Weebly users can choose to incorporate ads in their pages. Weebly operates a 50% revenue share of Google AdSense revenue. Weebly supports visitor statistics tracking through its own tracking tool or Google Analytics.
Public relations and sponsorship
Weebly co-sponsored the "PSUhackathon", while Rusenko and Fanini spoke at the event.
Awards and recognition
Vikitech, Business Insider, and InGeek have all featured Weebly as one of the best Google Chrome apps.
David Rusenko, Weebly’s CEO and co-founder, earned a spot in Forbes’ 2011 “30 Under 30” list.
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