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Weebly is a web-hosting service that features a drag-and-drop website builder.123 As of July 2012, Weebly had over 12 million users.2 The company is headquartered in San Francisco. The company was originally founded by CEO David Rusenko, CTO Chris Fanini, and COO Dan Veltri.45
David Rusenko, Chris Fanini, and Dan Veltri co-founded Weebly in 2006.5 Rusenko and Fanini both attended the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State, while Dan attended the Smeal College of Business, also at Penn State. The three founders were all 22-year-old students at Penn State when they opened the company. At the time, Penn State required all students to have a Web portfolio. They built on this idea and created software that made it easy for anyone to build a personal site.5
In January 2007, Weebly was selected for Y Combinator’s winter start-up program in Silicon Valley, California.58 This is also when Rusenko, Veltri and Fanini began working on Weebly full-time.8 In March 2007, Weebly re-launched with its characteristic “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” editing interface.910 Also in 2007, Weebly raised a $650,000 financing round from several angel investors, including Ron Conway, Steve Anderson, Mike Maples, and Paul Buchheit.510
In 2008, Weebly added Pro accounts and Google AdSense monetization features. The website also added compatibility with Google Chrome and Safari.11 Also in 2008, Weebly reached 1,000,000 users and released a statement announcing that it had become profitable. During its initial start-up years, Weebly received criticism for its lack of CSS/HTML editing support. In 2009, it added this functionality.12
Weebly claims to have over 12 million users.
Weebly offers a free online website creator.114 It uses a simplistic widget-based site builder that operates in the web browser.11423 All of Weebly’s site elements are drag-and-drop.13 Weebly works with Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and Linux computers.1 Weebly automatically generates a mobile version of each website.14
Storage through Weebly is unlimited. However, the service restricts individual file sizes.14
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.14
Weebly co-sponsored the PSUhackathon. Weebly co-founders David Rusenko and Chris Fanini spoke at the event.4
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.18
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