Wix vs Weebly vs Squarespace
So, you’ve decided to build a website using a Do-It-Yourself tool and you’re scouring the web for an easy-to-use platform that will help you build a decent website. Yes, there are quite a few website builders on the web, and all of them promote themselves as the easiest and most functional tools. However, when it comes to the web building process itself, it appears that just a few site creators do offer a great user experience.
Wix vs Weebly vs Squarespace Comparison Chart Overview
|Website Builder||Ease of Use||Flexibility||SEO||Design||Support||Pricing||Verdict|
Trying to figure out which tool will meet your needs best can be a time-consuming task. To save your time and effort I’ve decided to compare three solid website builders – Wix, Weebly and Squarespace – all in one review. You can look at the comparison table and then read the full text. Enjoy it 🙂 .
Ease of Use
Wix. I think Wix has the easiest editor. It’s a delight to use it: Wix offers a pure drag-and-drop editor, easy navigation and handy prompts. The builder uses the so-called ‘absolute positioning’ method that allows users to place elements and widgets literally anywhere on the page.
This approach makes it impossible to change templates in the future.
Weebly. Weebly is also very intuitive and logically structured. However, it doesn’t boast the real ‘drag-and-drop’.
Unlike Wix, it lets users drop elements to pre-determined areas only. This makes it possible to change templates painlessly in the future, without losing any of your content.
Squarespace. Squarespace gets the lowest score. Its editor is rather sophisticated and doesn’t offer truly What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get editing.
Even after the major overhaul of the builder and the release of Squarespace 7, the builder remains inferior to Wix and Weebly. It’s stylish, yet not user-friendly.
Wix. Although Wix is mainly used for creating simple pages, it’s possible to build multi-faceted websites with this platform: Wix’s App Market offers an assortment of handy apps to boost your web presence (online forms, newsletters, booking widgets and more).
These are provided either by Wix or third-party developers. Wix has its own blogging system and eCommerce solution. There’s also an all-in-one business solution for hotel and restaurant owners – Wix Hotels and Wix Restaurants.
Wix doesn’t let users tweak the site’s code.
If you’re a newbie and nothing know about creating a website, Wix hepls you with Wix ADI – an intuitive tool that allows to create a simple website even with no mouse clicking.
Weebly. Weebly devs are hyperactive these days: they’ve released Weebly for Android and updated their iOS apps, introduced the long-awaited Membership feature and keep designing new responsive themes.
Weebly has a native feature-rich eCommerce system, a flexible blogging engine and many embeddable widgets for further customizations.
Squarespace. Squarespace is the clear winner when it comes to flexibility, to my mind.
First, because they offer excellent import/export solutions. Second, because they offer a unique Developer platform giving you full code control. Squarespace’s eCommerce is also competitive, yet unfortunately its full integration is now available only in the U.S., the U.K., Canada & Ireland, with beta support in some other countries.
Important note: the most imortant point here is that Wix doesn’t provide access to the site’s code, while Weebly and Squarespace let you customize your site on a deeper level.
Wix. Wix’s SEO block allows you to add Meta Description, Keywords and Title on a per-page basis. You may also prevent you pages from indexing.
However, we should warn you that Wix has some significant SEO issues, as well. You might have noticed that all Wix-based sites have unlikely URLs that you can’t re-write to make them human-readable.
Weebly. Like Wix, Weebly offers a traditional SEO toolkit, real-time site statistics and the ability to add your unique Google Analytics code.
Weebly also offers an easy-to-follow guide to help you optimize your site for search engines.
Squarespace. Squarespace is most advanced in terms of SEO. It produces pages with clean HTML markup that’s search engine-friendly and lets you write human-readable URLs, among other advantages.
Wix. Wix offers a huge collection of stunning responsive designs. Users can change the mobile look of their site through Wix mobile editor without affecting the normal view of their site.
Wix templates aren’t switchable.
Weebly. Weebly’s gallery is smaller, yet also beautiful. All new templates are responsive by default and users can’t change the mobile view of their site – it is generated automatically based on the chosen theme.
Those who use old Weebly themes have the ability to manually optimize them for mobile viewing through a built-in mobile editor. Users can switch Weebly templates at anytime.
Templates can be edited via a CSS/HTML editor. There are third-party providers of Weebly themes on the web.
Squarespace. Squarespace’s themes are all works of art – they’re polished, modern and make an exceptional visual impression.
The only disadvantage is that they’re somewhat monotonous. Each template comes with a ready mobile solution (non-editable).
Wix. There’s email support and a vast Learning Center comprised of video tutorials and how-to articles. Nearly every element in the control panel contains explanatory pop-ups.
Weebly. Weebly offers free livechat support, free phone support, and a ticketing system. They’re also quite active on social media.
Squarespace. Email support, live chat support, Help Center and Community Answers. Squarespace also held regular one-on-one workshops in New York. But now it has temporary closed it.
Wix. Wix has a free ad-supported version and five paid plans ranging from $4.50 to $24.50/mo.
Weebly. Similar to Wix, Weebly is a freemium web service. There’s a free plan and four subscriptions ranging from $8 to $38/mo.
Squarespace. There are no free versions, but you can start with a free 14-day trial. Paid plans start at $12/mo and go up to $40/mo for eCommerce solutions.
So which one is better? Actually, it’s difficult to agree upon the best website builder. Not because they have a lot in common, but because they target different audiences.
Wix and Weebly, for instance, are perfect for the novice looking to build websites quickly and with minimum investment, while Squarespace is more popular amongst established businesses looking for an elegant way to present their companies online.