Weebly's page editor
|Stable release||March 29, 2006(Beta)|
|Alexa rank||278 (January 2016[update])|
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Weebly is a web-hosting service featuring a drag-and-drop website builder. As of August 2012, Weebly hosts over 20 million sites with a monthly rate of over 1 million unique visitors. The company is headquartered in San Francisco. The company was 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, WordPress.com, Squarespace.com, Jimdo, 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 April 2014, Weebly raised $35 million in Series C funding from existing partner Sequoia Capital and Tencent Holdings Ltd. The funds will be used to expand into new markets, increase investment in research and development, and drive Weebly's mission of empowering people to pursue their passion.
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.
In October 2015 it was announced a Berlin office would open in late 2015/early 2016 to offer European-based support and marketing.
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.
Weebly blocks sites from being indexed by search engines for free accounts using a robots.txt file.
Weebly lets site owners use a subdomain name if one is available. Users can buy a domain name from Weebly or re-direct it from elsewhere. The default site URL is "yourname.weebly.com" (yourname being whatever you want it to be as long as it isn't taken) but it can be changed if you already own a domain name.
Storage through Weebly is unlimited. However, the service restricts individual file sizes.
Weebly offers its users iPhone and Android Apps so that they can monitor their website traffic statistics, update blog posts and respond to comments, and add or update products if the user has an e-commerce online store.
Weebly does allow custom HTML/CSS themes to be made, and many third-party Weebly theme providers exist online.
On October 1, 2015, Weebly Carbon, the latest iteration of Weebly, was released. This enabled Weebly users to add plugins into their websites among other features.
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.
In December 2014, the Indian government blocked Weebly in India, due to fears that ISIS propaganda was being spread through the site. On December 31, the site was again made available in India.
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