We currently offer a few Weebly magazine themes -- and plan to develop more in the future -- but are often asked, "What's the difference between them?"
In this particular post, we're going to look at the main differences between our most popular Weebly magazine themes, Solar and Skyscraper.
The Core Difference Between Solar and Skyscraper
The main difference between Solar and Skyscraper is that Solar is an automated Weebly theme and Skyscraper is a manual Weebly theme.
Both Solar and Skyscraper come with a "header" and "no header" page layout, but in addition, Solar comes with an exclusive "solar" page layout and Skyscraper comes with an exclusive "skyscraper" page layout.
This additional exclusive page layout that both of these themes come with are the magazine layout. This is the page layout you're seeing when you view the homepage of each theme's demo site (Solar's demo site and Skyscraper's demo site).
Since Solar is an automated theme, its "solar" page layout automatically pulls in content from a Weebly "Blog" page and displays it on the "solar" page layout.
Since Skyscraper is a manual theme, its "skyscraper" page layout allows you to manually control what and where content from a Weebly "Blog" page appears on the "skyscraper" page layout.
Solar's "Blog Automation Setup" tells the "solar" magazine page layout where on you blog page to pull content from.
Skyscraper's allows you to manually add images and text to the "skyscraper" magazine page layout for complete content control and management.
Why Create Both of these Theme Types?
Because there is a need for both types of themes from our theme users.
Some people want to "set it and forget it", so they choose an automated Weebly theme such as Solar.
On the other hand, some people want complete control over what and where content will appear on their site, so they choose a manual input theme such as Skyscraper.
Which Theme Is Better for My site?
If you're looking for a Weebly magazine theme that operates similar to a Wordpress theme, in that your blog posts will automatically be display in a magazine layout, consider Solar.
If you're looking for a Weebly magazine theme that allows you to completely control what and where content from a blog post appears, then consider Skyscraper.