Wix vs Weebly vs Squarespace – In Search Of The Best Website Builder For 2014

Wix vs Weebly vs Squarespace

*Note: This comparison has been updated as of 3/13/2014, and expanded to provide an in-depth look and include new information for Wix, Weebly and Squarespace.*

Are you looking for a website builder?

Not sure how to sort through all of them and find the best one?

If so, you’ve come to the right place.

I’ll help you find a website builder that’s easy to use, yet powerful enough to build the website you want.

Below, we’re going to take a look at three of the most popular website builders by comparing, Wix vs Weebly vs Squarespace.

The goal here is to help you find the website builder that is best for you.

Let’s get started…

How To Use This Guide

For ease of navigation, I’ve divided this comparison up into the following sections. You can jump directly to a section that interests you by clicking on the link provided in the “Table of Contents” below.

You’ll also find a link entitled, “Table Of Contents”, at the end of each section, which will take you back to the Table of Contents section you see below.

What Makes A Good Website Builder

Before you begin your search, it’s important to understand what makes a good website builder. There are a lot of builders on the marked, but how can you tell the good from the bad?

They can range from, very “user-friendly”, to “extremely frustrating” but there are three main benefits that you’ll want to look for when making your choice.

  1. Ease of use.

    One of the biggest considerations is how easy or difficult the website builder’s editor is to use. If the editor is too difficult and you get frustrated and give up, it’s pretty much useless to you since you’ll never build your site.

  2. Power to build.

    Often people will look at the price, or ease of use when selecting a website builder.

    Ultimately, you need a website builder that offers the tools you need to build your site. If you can’t build the site you want, there’s no reason to select a builder just because it’s cheap or easy.

  3. Proven track record.
    With website builders, it’s important that you’re able to trust them. You don’t want to build a great website and then lose everything when they go out of business a few year later.

    If a builder has been around for a while, it’s probably popular because it’s easy to use, and is powerful enough to build websites that customers want.

    Wix and Weebly have both been around since 2006; and Squarespace was started back in 2004. With that kind of longevity, they really should be around for some time to come.

All three of the website builders in this comparison meet at least two of these criteria. The only challenge we have now is finding the one that will fit your needs.

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How To Find The Best Website Builder For You

One way to find the best website builder is to use each of them to build a website. Fortunately, you don’t have to do that because I’ve already tested them and reveal the results below.

I used Wix, Weebly and Squarespace to build a one-page website with basic elements on it. I show the final result at the bottom of each section with the result being what I was able to accomplish with 1 hour of work on the site.

That 1 hour period includes all of the following:

  1. Signing up for the service.
    Registration, and login are an important part of using a website builder, and I wanted to ensure that it was a simple process for each service.
  2. Figuring out how to get started.
    It’s important to have simple and clear instructions about how to get started building your site. This eliminates frustration and saves time.
  3. Building the site.
    Of course, this is where the bulk of the time is spent, and a simple, yet powerful, interface will determine how efficiently you’re able to build.

Now comes your part…

In order to determine which website builder will meet your needs, you’ll want to understand the 7 key factors for finding the best website builder.

Here’s what you’ll want to look for…

  1. Resources

    These are the necessities such as bandwidth and storage that you get with the plan you choose. Some website builders, have plans that appear cheap, but are quite limiting in the resources they provide. You’ll want to make sure to select a plan that doesn’t have too many limitations for your needs.

  2. Features

    Website builders will have feature sets that range from very basic to very extensive. You’ll want to make sure to also consider the features that are available through third-party integrations, as these can help you add a lot of functionality to your website.

  3. Editor

    When looking at a website builder’s editor, we want an uncluttered interface with menus and buttons that lead to tools when you need them. All three of these services have great editors, so this isn’t something you’ll have to worry about too much.

  4. Templates

    It’s important that you’re able to find a template you can use for the specific type site you want to build. The better the templates looks out of the box, the less you need to adjust the elements on the page.

  5. Price

    Price is often the deciding factor, but shouldn’t be the only one. As consumers, we’re always evaluating the value we get with a product or service. And website builders, shouldn’t be any different. We want to find the builder with the best value that still fits within our budget.

  6. Performance

    You want an editor that’s not slow and clunky. That will eliminate frustrations while you’re building your website. At the same time, you want your website to load fast and reliably. That will ensure your visitors stick around and read or buy what you have for them.

  7. Support

    When building your own site with a website builder, support is critical to your success. It’s important to be able to access support 24/7 and that they’re competent enough to help you resolve your issue right away.

I don’t actually select a “best website builder” as I feel that decision is best left up to you. Instead, report on the 7 factors discussed above and let you decide which builder best meets your needs and budget.

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The Wix Website Builder

Wix is great because you can build a pretty good-looking, free website with their builder. Of course, nothing’s free, so you’ll have Wix ads on your site, but it’s a great way to build a temporary site for something like a party or event.

Wix Website Builder

Resources

Wix has a limit of 2GB for bandwidth usage and 3GB for disk space. It doesn’t seem to have any limitations on the number of pages you can create with your site. The bandwidth limit of 2GB might be a little low for some.

Features

Wix offers a basic list of features along with a free domain name when you sign up and pay for a year. The only drawback is that they don’t provide email service just like most other website builders. So if you want to use an email address associated with your domain, you’ll have to sign up for Google Apps.

Editor

I found the Wix WYSIWYG editor quite easy to use. I was able to easily drag and drop, resize and position elements on the page and see the changes instantly. All of the tools were pretty intuitive and were out of sight when not in use.

Here’s the Wix editor in action…

Wix Editor

Templates

Wix offers over 100 templates that are pretty well designed and professional looking. They already had all of the page elements laid out so that all you had to do was change the text or images and publish your page.

I’m glad to see that Wix has included a Mobile editor which allows you to build a mobile version of your site. However, I’d still like to see responsive designs with their templates.

Price

The Combo plan Wix offers is, $8.25/month. That’s the price if you pay for a year in advance. If you pay month-by-month, the price goes up to, $10.95/mo.

Wix Pricing

Performance

The editor was a little slow to load sometimes, and I would have to play around with certain design elements to get them just right. Nothing serious, just a little frustrating.

Wix used to only have Flash based templates, but fairly recently updated almost all of them to use HTML5. This is great news for those who thought Flash websites didn’t rank well in the search engines, and makes Wix that much more attractive to the masses.

Support

Wix has what they call an “Online Support Center” where they offers many different ways to get support when you need it.

  • Tutorials
  • Vidoes
  • Forums
  • Phone
  • Email

They suggest starting with the knowledge base of videos and articles. If you can’t find an answer there, they recommend posting your question in the forums where you can choose to make it private if you don’t want everyone else to see it.

If you want to contact them by phone, you have to make a call back request between 6:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (PST).

Recommendation

Wix is a great basic website builder solution. It was very easy to use and I would recommend giving them a look if you need a free website and can put up with their ads (which aren’t actually that intrusive).

Here’s the final result of my hour spent with Wix…

Wix Website Builder

For the price, I think one of the other website builders will provide more value. But that doesn’t mean they’re no good. If there’s something specific that you like about Wix, then go ahead and give them a try.

You really can’t go wrong.

Wix Free Trial

The Weebly Website Builder

Weebly is a hugely popular website builder. Over 20 million websites have been created with the platform. In 2007 TIME magazine was listed as one of the top 50 websites, and it has been growing steadily ever since.

Weebly Website Builder

Resources

Weebly is the only website builder of the three that offers unlimited resources for around $8.00. Perhaps the most comforting thing is the fact that you won’t have to worry about going over a page limit and can even create up to 10 websites with the Pro plan.

Features

Weebly has a number of great features, including the ability to use Weebly Analytics, or integrate Google Analytics. They have a cool form builder that give you default Contact, RSVP and Survey forms to customize to your liking. They also use a powerful image editor, ImagePerfect, that gives you basic tools for changing your image before you use it.

Editor

The drag-and-drop interface was very easy to learn how to use. All of the tools and controls were hidden when not in use, but easily accessible when I needed them. The best thing about the editor is that it gives you the ability to edit HTML/CSS, allowing you to customize the design of each page.

Here’s what the Weebly editor looks like…

Weebly Editor

Templates

Weebly has over 100 professional looking templates with a good variety for building different types of websites. While Weebly’s templates aren’t responsive, there’s a mobile version of your site that is automatically loaded when someone visits from a phone or tablet.

Price

Weebly’s pricing scheme is a little hard to figure out. They don’t have a very clear comparison of features across plans. The Pro plan, which seems comparable to Wix’s “Combo” plan and Squarespace’s “Personal” plan, is $8.25/month. Unfortunately, Weebly doesn’t give you a free domain when signing up like Wix and Squarespace do.

Weebly Pricing

Performance

Weebly’s cloud hosting seemed to be fairly quick and reliable with decent page load times and no down time. I’ve heard that Weebly sites do fairly well with SEO, and I would assume that’s the case being that you’re able to define Title and Description tags at the page level.

Support

Weebly offers a wide range of support options in their Help Center including the following:

  • Guides
  • Webcasts
  • Videos
  • Chat
  • Email

Recommendation

Weebly has made some vast improvements to their website builder since the last time I tested it out. They’ve added a lot of great looking templates and this version of the editor is much more user-friendly.

Here’s a look at what I was able to accomplish with Weebly…

Weebly Test Website

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend giving Weebly a try as millions of users can’t be wrong. They provide a simple editor and fairly elegant templates to help you build your site.

Weebly Free Trial

The Squarespace Website Builder

Squarespace is the oldest of the three website builders we’re looking at. In September of 2012, Squarespace was named as a top 50 website by TIME magazine. It’s now in its 3rd version and has given WordPress a run for its money.

Squarespace Website Builder

Resources

The Personal plan is the only one that has limitations on resources, however, with 2GB of storage and 500GB of bandwidth, you shouldn’t need to worry. This plan only allows you to create 20 pages and sell 1 product or receive donation, which might be too limiting for some.

Features

There isn’t much difference in the feature set between the Personal and Professional plans. Squarespace has a number of great features including the powerful Aviary photo editor. For analytics, you can use Squarespace’s own tracking system, or integrate Google Analytics. The also provide you with a powerful form builder that can be integrated with autoresponders such as Mailchimp. There are lots of third-party integrations, especially for those who are building an ecommerce site.

Editor

The Squarespace editor takes a little getting used to, but after becoming familiar with the different editing modes, everything was quite simple and intuitive. When viewing your website, you can easily switch between modes by using the button in the bottom, right-hand corner.

Here’s a peek at the Squarespace editor…

Squarespace Editor

Templates

Squarespace offers 25 very clean and professionally designed templates. As such, they were basically good to go, right out of the box, and I just had to quickly tweak the fonts and colors. Squarespace doesn’t create a mobile version of your site like Wix and Weebly do. Instead, all their templates are fully responsive (mobile-ready).

Price

Surprisingly, Squarespace is a bit cheaper than Wix and Weebly. If you pay for the yearly plan, it amounts to $8.00 per month. They also give you a free domain name, and you can use the coupon code, “GIMME10″ for an additional 10% off.

Squarespace Pricing

Performance

Squarespace has fast and reliable cloud hosting provided by Peer1. I never experienced the editor bogging down, which was a slight problem with the other website builder services. Of the three, Squarespace probably has the best SEO out of the box, and as a result, is reported to do quite well in the search engine results. You can read more about performance in my Squarespace review.

Support

Squarespace has a number of great resources to help answer your question, should you have one. One of the most popular ways to contact them is through their ticket system. They promise to provide a response within 1 hour, 24/7.

  • Guides
  • Videos
  • Forums
  • Workshops
  • Email 24/7
  • Chat 11am-7pm

Recommendation

I would recommend Squarespace without hesitation based on its ease-of-use and beautiful templates. While Squarespace could probably be used to build any kind of website, it’s best suited for small businesses, blogs, portfolios and ecommerce type sites.

Here is the site I was able to build with Squarespace…

Squarespace Test Website

If you’ve never taken Squarespace for a test drive, I highly recommend giving them a try. Here’s a great no-risk offer they have for new customers…

“FREE 14-DAY TRIAL WITH 24/7 CUSTOMER SUPPORT
NO CREDIT CARD REQUIRED”

If you decide to stick with Squarespace, you can get 10% OFF by using the Squarespace coupon code, “GIMME10” with any of their plans.

Squarespace Free Trial

Feature Comparison

For your convenience, I’ve created a table which lists the features side-by-side and helps you compare Wix vs Weebly vs Squarespace.

FeatureWixWeeblySquarespace
Yearly Plan$8.25$8.25$8.00
Monthly Plan$9.90N/A$10.00
Bandwidth2GBUnlimited500GB
Storage3GBUnlimited2GB
Number of Websites1101
Number of PagesUnlimitedUnlimited20
Email ServiceGoogle AppsGoogle AppsGoogle Apps
Zoho Email
Max Upload
File Size
15MB (audio)
10MB (images)
100MB120MB (audio)
20MB (images)
HostingGrid HostingCloud HostingCloud Hosting
Domain NameFREE (1 Year Plan)Not IncludedFREE (1 Year Plan)
Drag n' DropYesYesYes
Free Themes100+100+25
SupportPhone - 24/7
Email - 24/7
Forums
Knowledge Base
Email - 24/7
Chat - 11am - 9pm
Forums Webcasts Knowledge Base
Email - 24/7
Chat - 11am - 7pm
Forums
Workshops
Knowledge Base
AnalyticsGoogle AnalyticsWeebly Analytics
Google Analytics
Squarespace Analytics
Google Analytics
SEO OptimizedYesYesYes
Mobile WebsiteYesYesYes
Social SharingYesYesYes
Image EditorYesYesYes
Form BuilderYesYesYes
Custom HTML/CSSHTML OnlyHTML and CSSHTML and CSS

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Final Recommendation

So there you have it…

I’ve tested and reported on all three website builders, and now it’s your turn. Hopefully, I’ve helped you narrow the field and saved you a bit of time and effort.

I would recommend starting with either Squarespace (the most powerful) or Weebly (the easiest). Then if you don’t like what you find there, give Wix a try.

Let me know which one you like the best in the comments below.

Comments:

  1. Byen Online

    One really awesome update from Wix is that they just released their series of HTML5  templates for Wix users to build HTML websites – a significant step in the right  direction in my opinion.  It also helps them promote to those who believe that  flash-based sites tend to rank poorly in search engines (which is true to a certain  extent).  I think Wix has heard the mass complaints and are now serving up HTML  friendly sites which is great!

  2. Websites Made Simple

    @DebraRothberg I’m glad you agree!  So far i haven’t found anyone who even comes close to them.
     
    Thanks for joining in the conversation.

  3. skyla rayne

    Hello,
    Thank you to share this information. I think , this is an excellent discussion. 
    skyla rayne

  4. Websites Made Simple

    @Marit Hsich , I’m glad you found the information here helpful!
     
    I know what you mean about Squarespace.  If i didn’t use WordPress for everything, Squarespace would be my first and only choice, for sure.
     
    Let me know if you have any questions about it.

  5. Tony

    Can you give your thoughts on the best of these three as it relates to multimedia – uploading audio / video to the website thanks!

  6. Todd Post author

    Hi Tony,

    Unfortunately, I can’t speak from experience in regards to uploading audio or video to any of the 3 website builders. However, after doing a bit of research, I’ve uncovered a bit of information that may be of help.

    Squarespace has what they call an “Audio Block”, as well as a “Video Block”. It appears that one can upload audio files (up to 120MB), but can’t upload video files. You can, however, embed YouTube and Vimeo hosted videos as discussed in the following article.

    http://help.squarespace.com/customer/portal/articles/537884-using-the-video-block
    http://help.squarespace.com/customer/portal/articles/614481-using-the-audio-block

    As for the free version of Weebly, you can only embed audio or video files using the embed code as outlined in the following KB article.

    http://kb.weebly.com/embed-audio-and-video.html

    If you want to upload the audio or video file to your site, you would need a Weebly Pro account, which allows for up to 1GB video files. More details can be found in the following article.

    http://kb.weebly.com/upload-video.html
    http://kb.weebly.com/upload-audio.html

    From what I can tell, Wix only allows you to upload audio (max file size 15 MB) and video has to be embedded. Here are the two articles I found for that.

    http://www.wix.com/support/main/flash/wix-editor/media-galleries/adding-video
    http://www.wix.com/support/main/flash/wix-editor/media-galleries/adding-music

    Of course, each site has certain format restrictions, and that might have some bearing on which service you ultimately decide to go with.

    Let me know if you narrow it down, or if you have any more questions.

    Best of luck with your decision.

    Todd

  7. Loretta

    You mentioned somewhere that we should make sure our website is “fully responsive” but WIX advertises websites and mobile sites. Does that mean that websites built with templates are not accessible on mobile devices?

  8. Todd Post author

    Hi Loretta,

    Good question, thanks for asking it.

    Yes, as far as I can see, Wix offers one or the other type of template (regular website or mobile website). So if you use the regular website template, your website will still be accessible on a mobile device, it just won’t look good (because it doesn’t resize), and will be very difficult to use.

    It seems the reason they haven’t developed responsive themes for their regular website templates is because it’s a difficult feat to pull off within their editor. They’re talking about adding responsive designs, but I was unable to find any specific projections on when they are planning to develop and release them.

    Let me know if you have any more questions. And good luck with whatever platform you go with.

    Todd

    1. Loretta

      Todd,

      OK, thank you. I looked up the definition of platform and it what operating system your computer runs on, but I assume you mean what type of website builder I use.
      So, what website platform do you suggest that would be fully responsive?
      Loretta

      1. Todd Post author

        Hi Loretta,

        Yes, you’re right. I was referring to the type of website builder you use.

        I would suggest giving Squarespace a try. In my opinion, not only do they have the most user-friendly interface, they have the best templates as well. And the best thing is, they’re all fully responsive. I couldn’t recommend them more.

        Let me know if you have any other questions.

        Todd

  9. Howard Steele

    Hi Todd,
    Great review!
    But I think there’s no ‘bad’ and ‘good’ website builders. All of them can be effectively used for different purposes. As for me, the most important aspects of site building are your ideas and your desire to implement them. Website builder is just a tool to embody your concept.

    1. Todd Post author

      Hey Howard,

      You’re right in a sense.

      All of the website builders we have at our disposal these days are extremely useful when compared to the website builders of the past. (Or the alternative – building a website from scratch with HTML and CSS.)

      And I agree that our ideas are more important than the tools we use to implement them. However, the right tools can certainly make the job a lot easier or more difficult depending on how well they help us achieve our objective.

      So, in that sense, one website builders might be a terrible choice, while another website builder might be a great choice for someone with a specific objective.

      Thanks for the thoughtful comment.

      Todd

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  11. Ted

    Hi,
    Good discussion.
    I’ve only used Weebly & WordPress.org. Loved Weebly, totally frustrated by self-hosted WordPress.
    I’ve go a small business site on Weebly. The biggest problem is the SEO is horrible on Weebly. I’d love to keep using it but just can’t. Will check out SquareSpace and see if it’s any good with SEO.
    Cheers,
    Ted

  12. Todd Post author

    Hi Ted,

    Thanks for letting us know about your experience with Weebly. I’ve heard the same about their SEO. I guess you’ve had real experience with it, and it seems you’ve decided to move to another platform.

    I think you’ll find that Squarespace is much better in that respect. Hopefully you’ll like the rest of the features they have to offer. The 14-day, full support, trial that they offer is a great way to check it out.

    Good luck! And let us know what you find.

    Todd

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  14. La Cuisiniér Diabétique

    One “B I G” negative I have found when it comes to WIX is the inability to sign up. The problem occurs after placing your password and activating the “GO” button.

    The result one receives is a “Invalid password”… but unlike other web sites, there’s no response (or information) as to why it’s invalid.

    In addition, “Nowhere” on the web site is there any type of help Q&A or FAQ’s pertaining to this problem.

    What’s really disturbing is trying to use their “send a message so we can help you”. The problem is… you can’t do it unless you’re logged in, but you can’t log in because you can’t sign up.

    As far as I’ve been able to determine, the web site is absolutely USELESS unless one can sign up and log in.

    La Cuisiniér Diabétique.

    1. Todd Post author

      Wow! That sounds like a really frustrating experience you’ve had with them.

      I hadn’t heard of anything like that before, but thanks for sharing it with us so we know what to look out for.

    2. Lee McAuley

      I’m a PHP and Jquery programmer and a MySQL DBA, but I can understand why people want to use these tools. So I checked them out. If I can offer my 2-cents — stay away from Wix completely. When (not if, but when) you finally need a tech-savvy person to tweak something because Wix doesn’t have a plugin for it, that person will run away screaming. Wix is junk. Plus, if you use the Flash templates (because the HTML5 costs more), then your site will not display on Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, etc..).
      Weebly did not impress me that much. But I AM impressed by the tools offered by Squarespace, AND the ability to EXPORT your site to WordPress or just edit the HTML.
      So if I were going to use any of these, it would be Squarespace.

      1. Todd Post author

        Hi Lee,

        Thanks for taking the time to chime in here and offer your professional advice.

        That’s really helpful to hear those things from the perspective of someone who might have to perform customizations to these applications at some point down the road.

        I’m glad to hear that you were impressed by Squarespace. As you saw, I was too, but for different reasons. However, I also love the feature you pointed out where you can export your entire Squarespace site to WordPress. That’s a really valuable feature, and maybe something that I should add to the comparison.

        Again, thanks for stopping by and adding to the conversation.

        Todd

  15. Todd Post author

    Hi David,

    You bet! I’m glad it helped you out.

    Please let me know if I can answer any questions for you.

    Todd

  16. Ashley

    Thanks for this comparison. I wish you could include the date of your post since these companies often update their services in ways that change the game, so it matters to me whether your comparison is based on what was available a year ago or a week ago. Thanks!

    1. Todd Post author

      Hi Ashley,

      You’re welcome! And thanks for leaving your helpful comment.

      I fully understand what you’re saying about having dates on posts. I like to see them on posts when I’m doing my own research.

      Having said that, I took them out because they just weren’t working with the new theme that I implemented. But I can see that I’m going to have to go back and make it work somehow.

      Thanks again for pointing out the importance of having a date. I’ll try to add it back ASAP.

      Todd

  17. taft mohair

    thanks for the review. it has been helpful. i have been evaluating wix and squarespace. as of yesterday, i decided to go with wix, reason….the templates on squarspace where limited and boring. wix had a bigger selection.

    but now, your comments are pushing me towards squarespace. seems to be greater longterm value with squarespace, my question is this, as i read your review and 10 or so of the comments, it seems that most of the info is coming from people with web development experience…….is that the case? i have NONE………as u mentioned in your article, “easy” is defined differently by different people.

    rookie on a timeline, taft

    1. Todd Post author

      Hey Taft,

      You’re welcome. Thanks for leaving your comment along with a very good question.

      I can understand what you mean about the difference in templates between Wix and Squarespace. Sometimes I feel the same way. However, I always end up going back to the most simple designs, even though they might seem a little “boring”.

      Take my website for instance. There’s not much going on with the design here but it’s simple, clean and easy to navigate.

      As far as your level of website development experience, Squarespace is entirely point-and-click and drag-and-drop. It truly allows you to build a website without any coding. The question is, whether or not you can build the website that you want with the templates and tools provided.

      I would highly recommend signing up for the 14-day trial and playing with it a little to see what you think. It doesn’t require a credit card, and you can have your site up and running within minutes.

      If you do give it a try, let us know what you think.

      Todd

  18. Didier

    Good review! But in your comparison you did not take in consideration the storage capacity, the bandwith and the amount of web sites for each registration plan. If we taking count of these 3 features, Weebly is not so bad …

    Best Regards

    Didier

    1. Todd Post author

      Hi Didier,

      You’re right. I did leave those things out. Sorry about that.

      And since they are kind of important, I’ll try to look them up and then add them in right away.

      Thanks for the feedback!

      Todd

  19. Men

    I haven’t checked squarespace yet, but I have spent many hours with Wix. The templates and tools look very professional. However the builder is extremely buggy and you can find yourself spending plenty of hours trying to do simple things. Even after you are sure that you finally fixed everything, the result does not work like it was during the design phase. So do not judge only according to specs, but rather try the tool in a real case before you come to any conclusion. And probably a major point for me, that many have to double check, is the ability to export your site if you ever want to leave to another server. Products like Wix do not allow that.

    1. Todd Post author

      Hi Men,

      Thanks for contributing to the conversation here.

      You bring up some very valid and useful points. I’ve experienced some of the same frustrations you speak of when using website builders.

      I remember running into the same problem you describe, where the published version of the site looks different than the backend version. It’s frustrating because no matter what you do, you can’t get it to look exactly like you want it to.

      To be honest, I don’t remember which builder I was having trouble with, but I do remember that Squarespace had the most intuitive interface and the tools behaved in a predictable manner.

      So, I would recommend giving Squarespace a try. It’s so easy and quick to sign up.

      Let us know what you find.

      Todd

  20. Ericka

    I believe I’ve spent the entire day researching this and more and more…drifting away from WIX though the templates and apps are as tempting as colorful boxes under a Christmas tree. I’ve really enjoyed this thread the most, and thank you for the links on posting video. However wondering if you were able to find an answer regarding the bandwidth question? As far as hosting goes, I’m about to expire with host monster so I’d also like to know your pro-cons on WIX and Squarespace’s client service when it comes to hosting/managing your website. Thank you!

  21. Todd Post author

    Hi Ericka,

    I’m glad to hear you found the information in this post and comments useful.

    I’ve done a bit of research, and have come up with the answers to your questions, along with a few other feature comparisons that might help you reach a decision.

    I’ll add these to the table above so others won’t have to dig for the information.

    As far as the pros and cons of hosting with a service like Wix, or Squarespace, I’d have to say there won’t be too much of a difference between using a self-hosted solution.

    The main thing I wouldn’t like with the website builder services, is the restrictions on the number of websites you can have on each account. I’m able to use one shared hosting account for all of my sites that are just starting and don’t have much traffic, and that saves money over using a service that only allows one site per account.

    The other thing is, I like to have more control over my databases and files. That’s, perhaps, not something the average user would be looking for, but something a self-hosted solution provides, versus the alternative.

    Let me know if you have any other questions that come up.

    Good luck with your decision.

    Weebly
    Bandwidth – Unlimited
    Storage – Unlimited
    Number of Websites – 10 Sites
    Number of Pages – Unlimited
    Type of Hosting – Cloud Hosting
    Upload File Size – 100MB

    Wix
    Bandwidth – 2GB
    Storage – 3GB
    Number of Websites – 1 Site
    Number of Pages – Unlimited
    Type of Hosting – Grid Hosting
    Upload File Size – 15MB (audio) / 10MB (images)

    Squarespace
    Bandwidth – 500GB
    Storage – 2GB
    Number of Websites – 1 Site
    Number of Pages – 20 Pages
    Type of Hosting – Cloud Hosting
    Upload File Size – 120MB (audio) / 20MB (images)

  22. Will

    Thank you for your comparisons. However, one thing I am having a problem with is domains. I currently own a domain and noticed that of these three Squarespace tells me that my domain has to come from Dot or something like that? I want to keep my domain name no matter which one I choose but I am finding that this is my biggest concern. Suggestions?

    Thanks.

    1. Todd Post author

      Hi Will,

      Thanks for your comment and great question.

      It seems like the standard procedure for your situation is to map the domain to Squarespace. It looks like it should be fairly easy to do. They have detailed instructions listed here:

      http://help.squarespace.com/customer/portal/articles/413088-mapping-a-domain-general-instructions-

      You’ll also notice that they have specific instructions for different registrars listed at the bottom of that page.

      If you run into any problems along the way, just post your question in the forums, and I’ll be happy to help out.

      Good luck!

      Todd

  23. Skot

    Hi Todd
    Thank you for informative post. You’ve definitely got me leaning to Squarespace as I’m a photographer and author. However I’m concerned about the 20 page limit. Do I just need to rethink format and layout to fit in 20 pages? Also weebly offers up to 10 sites. I’m trying to figure out why someone would need that many. For me would it be less confusing for visitors if I had one site for photos and another for books? Trying to think of practical reasons for more than one site. Thanks.

    1. Todd Post author

      Hey Skot,

      Good questions. I’m glad you asked them, and will do my best to answer them for you.

      The 20 page limit shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Your site would probably have something like a home page, a contact page, an about page, and maybe a page about your books. That would leave you with 16 pages for each “gallery” that you’ve divided your photos into. In most cases, that would be enough.

      As far as creating two website, I would highly recommend against it if your books are about your photography. The reason being that it’s better to keep your visitors in one place instead of making them jump back and forth between domains. Also, it’s much easier to manage one site rather than two.

      I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any additional questions.

      Todd

  24. Sheldon Williamson

    After all ive read i really like square space but ive also read one article that really slamed it. basicly saying if you intend to stay in business over a year then its not worth your time. They talked about how it does not have a lot of room for growth. What do you think about that?

    Also I worried about the storage space of square space I will be putting up a flash player for each of our designs that is a 360 degree click and drag image so you can see all the way around our jackets like the sample ones on our web site http://www.neoluxllc.com/products.html at the bottom of the page. Do you think that will be a problem? What does the storage actualy pertain to? all the info on the site must be under 2GB?

    1. Todd Post author

      Hi Sheldon,

      I don’t think growth would be a problem with Squarespace. The only thing you might want is the abundance of features that WordPress has to offer.

      And if you ever decided that you wanted to migrate your Squarespace site to WordPress, it’s quite simple to do. Squarespace allow you to export your data in the form of an XML file, and WordPress allows you to import your data in that same format.

      Yes, the 2GB of storage refers to all of the files and images on your site. The text files won’t add up to much, but the images, and flash files if you use them, could eventually put you over that limit. Just make sure to optimize your images and flash files, and you should be okay for a while.

      Hope that helps. Thanks for your questions.

      Todd

  25. Sheldon Williamson

    Also i wanted to add ive been using weebly for about a year now and its been great until i realized i think the site has been abandoned. I finaly needed some help from the techs and no one will return my email and after reading further on their page of all the comments left by users no one is getting any responses. NO CUSTOMER SUPPORT AT ALL. Its very frustraiting and i think im going to make the switch to square space.

    1. Todd Post author

      Good information to know. I haven’t heard anything about them going under. But if they’re not responding to tech support requests, that’s not a good sign.

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  27. Elena

    Hi Todd,

    I think you’ve missed very important point – ability to export site to another host or platform. I found out that Weebly do the great job by giving you .zip so you can do whatever you want with archive. I was going to start with Squarespace, but now i’m choosing weebly instead. May be i’m wrong about Squarespace? They can move you only to a WordPress platform, aren’t they?

    Also, you’ve mentioned about bad SEO in Weebly. What exactly does that mean? It’s important moment to understand. Thanx a lot for your post!

  28. Gary

    How do these two compare to the business specific website builders like Just Add Content? They don’t have a free trial so I haven’t checked them out but i wan to know if they’re worth the cost since they’re more expensive. I’m on a free weebly site now, but would pay more for something better just for businesses. Are the more expensive business only ones worth it? I’ve seen more of them lately.

    1. Todd Post author

      Hi Gary,

      To be honest, I haven’t checked out Just Add Content. It looks interesting and there are a ton of these website builders coming onto the scene. I’ll have to look into it and do a review if it’s worth anything.

      Thanks for leaving a comment.

      Todd

  29. Christopher Arlaud

    I’ve now tried Wix, Weebly and Squarespace in an attempt to find one that could work as a workable site for a hardware vendor. Unfortunately all of them fall short – either because they don’t support custom HTML (Wix) or they lack decent password protection options (Weebly & Squarespace) – hard to build a site for partners where you can only have 1 password for the site or page :-( And Squarespace’s templates (a measly 20 compared to the hundreds offered by the other 2) are so uniformly minimalist that you gotta wonder how they can appeal to a broader audience.

    Very disappointing – I guess I’ll have to go the WordPress road after all (SIGH!!).

    1. Todd Post author

      Hi Christopher,

      Thanks for your comment.

      I can sympathize with the shortcomings that you pointed out for each website builder service.

      I think that’s because someone like you and I are looking for a solution we can use to build websites for clients.

      However, the average person will probably do just fine with what they have to offer. And that’s why I Ultimately went with WordPress myself too.

      Thanks again for your thoughts.
      Todd

  30. Mont Allen

    I’d love to know how Foursquare compares to Weebly as a blog platform. Weebly’s seems decent enough, but it lacks any native feature allowing visitors to subscribe for blog updates via email. You can work around that by using Feedburner — Feedburner will produce a bit of code you can past into a ‘custom HTML’ field in Weebly which allows people to subscribe via email — but Feedburner is moribund. MIght anyone know whether Foursquare’s blog platform is any better in this regard?

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