Weebly scores 1 million users, reaches profitability

Weebly, an AJAX-based drag and drop web page creator, today announces it has reached a million registered users — and perhaps more importantly — that the three-year-old company is now profitable.

The San Francisco, Calif.-based start-up, seeded with $650k by Ron Conway (who participated in our Downturn Event VC Panel) and other angel investors including seed fund Y Combinator, in June launched two products to help bring in revenue: The first was professional accounts (versions that users actually have to pay for), the second was Google AdSense integration into sites built using Weebly.

The company is seeing roughly 35 percent month over month revenue growth, says co-founder and CEO David Rusenko — but that includes domain sales. The company wouldn’t say specifically how many users are paying to use Weebly — that is, using the premium version of Weebly — but it is “well over 1 percent,” said Rusenko. The company has 11 million unique visitors to pages created by people using Weebly’s service.

The six-employee company recently moved into new digs in San Fransisco.

Since June, the company has made incremental product releases — it now offers Safari and Google Chrome support, converts photos into a photo gallery, and offers drag and drop forums to name a few — but hasn’t yet offered the biggest feature request from users: the ability to edit or upload the CSS/HTML of the web pages.

Rusenko says CSS customization will be available in the next few months — but not before Weebly launches another product later this month. We’ll have more details in the next couple weeks.

The economic downturn hasn’t affected the company, Rusenko says.

David Adewumi, a contributing writer with VentureBeat, is the founder & CEO of http://heekya.com a social storytelling platform billed “The Wikipedia of Stories.”


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