Can you create a customized 404 page in Weebly?

A 404 page is the page you see if you ask for a page that no longer exists (or never did) on a website. This happens when a page that you had bookmarked is deleted or moved, or if you type in a page URL wrong.

The advantage of a customized page is that you can be more polite than the standard 404 page and also offer the reader some options for finding the right page.

Here’s the Fast Smart Web Design 404 page, for example:

A sample customized 404 page.

A sample customized 404 page.

In the last workshop, someone asked if you could create a custom 404 page on a Weebly site.

It doesn’t look like it. However, readers do get a Weebly 404 page that has a link taking them back to the home page:

The Weebly "Page Not Found" page

The Weebly “Page Not Found” page

Can you add an external shopping cart to Weebly?

Weebly offers Google Checkout and PayPal shopping carts, but if you already have another shopping cart, can you use that one instead?

The answer is yes, as per this article in the Weebly support center: Other Shopping Carts. “Any cart will work so long as the vendor allows you to create embeddable product listings / add to cart buttons. ¬†Any such embeddable options can be added to you site via our custom html element. “

How do MailChimp and Weebly make money?

This was a question at the last Website 101 workshop: How do free services like Weebly and MailChimp make money?

Here’s an article about MailChimp:

With freemium, MailChimp thrives where many others fail

It turns out that MailChimp was a paid service first, and figured out how to make money from their program, and only then created a free version. The free version promotes the paid version.

The article mentions a rule of thumb: For every 10 free users, you get one paid user. MailChimp had 450,000 users in 2010, so about 45,000 should be paid users. Rates run from $10 to $240 a month, depending on the number of subscribers.

Here’s an article about Weebly, and how it makes money.

Weebly, a simple web page creator, launches AdSense feature and pro accounts

In this model, the Weebly developers make money from their “Pro” users and by making it easy to add Google AdSense advertising widgets.