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Blogging is a cruel mix of trying to come up with interesting content and struggling with the software to make a good site. For people who don't want to partake in epic battles against WordPress but need a little more control than Tumblr has to offer, Weebly provides a simple drag-and-drop interface and professional templates to quickly build a great looking platform on which to share your thoughts. While not as popular as the aforementioned WordPress (Alexa #21) and Tumblr (Alexa #32), Weebly (Alexa #301 and Google PageRank of 8) claims to have over 12 million users and is a force to be reckoned with.

Unfortunately, users have had to sign into the website through a web browser to do everything, until now. A few days ago, Weebly launched its official Android app, which brings basic site management, posting capabilities, visitor statistics, and push notifications for comments and form entries.

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Weebly for Android lets you:

- Start a new blog with our powerful drag & drop creator and modern themes
- Create new blog posts while on the go
- Easily add text and photos to your blog posts
- Receive push notifications for blog comments and form entries
- Instantly respond to blog comments & form entries
- Share new blog posts to Facebook & Twitter with one click
- Check your site stats from anywhere

Reviews for Weebly in the Play Store are not all positive, owing mostly to the app's predilection toward blogging. Many current users are leveraging the site for small businesses and web stores, but the necessary features to manage those types of operations are still missing from the mobile app. Unfortunately, a tablet interface also appears to be on the back burner. Considering the year-old iOS version is still missing custom support for the iPad, you shouldn't hold your breath for large-screen layouts on Android.

Weak points aside, it looks like a pretty good way to get set up quickly with a casual blog. The basic service and app are free, but there are pro features available for subscription pricing.

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

    "Unfortunately, users have had to sign into the website through a web browser to do everything, until now."
    Why is it unfortunate? If the website is done properly it can offer an experience at the same exact level of an app. I can see other applications having a problem to work well on current web standards but not this one...

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    "For people who don't want to partake in epic battles against WordPress"

    Ok, I know WordPress is not Tumblr, but seriously? It's not like you have to fiddle with CSS to have a professional website by using WordPress...

  • http://WebEminence.com/ Web Eminence

    I was the thinking this app would have full ability to manage the pages of the website. But that's because I never tried the iphone app I guess. I assume the iphone app doesn't have the ability to edit pages either. Anyone know?

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