Due to technological innovations, now we have the possibility to build an entire website in just a few hours. And the best part is that you don’t have to be an expert to do so! Thanks to the best site builders in the world, everyone can play with elements on a web page.
So, if you want a site to represent your business, an online store to be your business, or simply a gorgeous blog, everything is possible nowadays. All you need is a domain name (although not mandatory), an email address and some imagination. It’s as simple as that!
The wide selection of site builders out there may confuse the novice user. To simplify things, we compared some of the best site builders on the market right now: Wix, Squarespace, and Weebly. They all offer great site building and maintenance services, but also vary in what they offer. Today we’re going to highlight these differences.
Wix vs. Squarespace
Squarespace is one of the most beloved platforms out there and its popularity comes from the simplicity of the interface. The site builder was recently updated and some of the most pressing issues were solved making the process smoother. Wix continuously remains the simpler of the two and the easiest to create sites. Also, it offers the possibility of installing a wide range of third-party apps and widgets that will increase the functionality of your site.
When it comes to accounts, Wix offers a free account with limited features, but with storage and hosting included. Squarespace isn’t free but it does throw in a custom domain name.
With Wix, you can get started in 3 simple steps:
The basic account is free and you have access to third party apps and widgets that add functionality to your site.
Squarespace doesn’t offer a free version (as we already mentioned), but they do offer the possibility to test it for two weeks. However, the test site won’t be live unless you decide to pay the basic package.
Both site builders offer gorgeous themes and both platforms support responsive designs. However, Squarespace is well-known on the market for producing the most visually appealing sites. Wix’s offer is richer and more diversified.
The site building interface:
As we already mentioned, the interface on both Wix and Squarespace is simple and intuitive. With Wix, you have free access to a wide range of third-party apps in the App Market, which makes customization a piece of cake.
With Squarespace things are a slightly different. This site builder’s interface is one of the most elegant you will find and is as intuitive as it gets. The main difference, besides the elegant design, is the lack of a sidebar. Squarespace implements an interactive interface that will display the available items the moment you click on a certain area in the page. However, the big downside when compared with Wix is the lack of a wide range of third-party apps.
Online store features:
Wix offers you access to their proprietary online store, but only if you upgrade to the most expensive account. Here you will be able to create an entire online store with presentation and product pages. Even more, you can implement payment methods and other useful functionalities.
With Squarespace, you can start selling from the lower plans – but only one product at a time. They also have a dedicated plan for online stores where you can create one of the most elegant and advanced e-commerce sites.
Squarespace vs. Weebly
With Weebly, you also get a free account but you have to pay if you want a specific domain. If not, you can continue with creating and publishing your site.
With Squarespace you only get a two weeks trial account that won’t allow you to publish the site. This account is just for testing, but the very basic account is only $5. However, you don’t get to do a lot with it as they only allow one page sites with this plan.
The site-building interface:
Weebly offers the classic site builder interface, with a permanent sidebar and items that can be dragged and dropped. They also offer access to third-party apps, but the responsive design is a bit stiff. Because they try to emulate the mobile environment, certain elements don’t fit in the page. While understandable, this could lead to a somewhat frustrating site building experience.
Otherwise, you have access to a wide range of site categories and themes.
Squarespace is great when it comes to design, but it won’t offer that many themes or categories. However, this site builder is a lot better with images, which helps with the overall design. Thus, this site builder is amazing when you want to create elegant landing pages, amazing presentation sites, fantastic online stores, and more. The graphics is simple and has a powerful visual impact.
Online store features:
Just like Wix, Weebly has its own online store module. Still, it’s not very advanced and won’t support many features that are paramount for an all-rounded online store.
Squarespace, on the other hand, is very well-equipped and offers a wide range of possibilities. The end result may not be as advanced as it would be with a dedicated platform, but you can run a pretty advanced online store with its features.
Wix Pros & Cons:
Squarespace Pros & Cons:
Weebly Pros & Cons:
Before we discuss pricing, you should know that each one of these companies offers services for both beginners and professionals. However, 1and1 and BlueHost are more oriented towards beginners and individuals through the tools they offer.
Wix offers 4 premium plans:
Prices here are divided into 3 categories, according to the type of the site:
The options available here are: