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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 eCommerce SEO Design Support Pricing Verdict
Wix 10/10 10/10 10/10 8/10 9/10 10/10 9/10 9.5/10
Weebly 10/10 9/10 9/10 9/10 8/10 10/10 9/10 9.2/10
Squarespace 8/10 7/10 8/10 8/10 9/10 10/10 7/10 8.2/10

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.

Wix Editor

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.

Weebly Editor

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.

Squarespace Editor


Conclusion: In terms of usability, Wix wins the Wix vs Squarespace vs Weebly confrontation.

Flexibility

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.

Wix App Market

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.

Wix ADI

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.

Weebly App

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.

eCommerce

Wix. Wix comes with a powerful eCommerce platform that offers a decent set of design customization options. It is possible to launch small-to-medium online stores with the system, which will feature excellent performance. Among the options the website builder ensures, it makes sense to mention the ability to create around 100-150 products and their categories, adjust multiple payment options, manage tax and shipping settings, issue coupons and discounts.

Wix Store

Wix offers quality eCommerce templates, convenient shopping cart, rich product galleries with descriptions and full-size images, multiple paid and free eCommerce apps available in the Wix App Market. You won’t be able to create large online stores with the service, but it really works great for small and medium eCommerce websites.

Weebly. Weebly also allows building and managing quality online stores. The system has a powerful and flexible eCommerce engine, which offers multiple niche-specific features and tools that can effectively boost web store performance. Launching an online store with Weebly doesn’t take much time. The system provides an integrated shopping cart as soon as you are done with your web store creation. This allows selling products without the need to handle other technical nuances that take much effort and time.

Weebly add a product

What’s more, Weebly ensures secure payment and shipping options, product management and control features, convenient search filter tool, the ability to create and manage products and their parameters, multiple settings for exclusive offers, services, digital and physical products, advanced SEO characteristics, free hosting, integrated mailouts, CSV file import/export option etc.

Squarespace. Squarespace also provides and opportunity to create an eCommerce website. The system ensures quick, safe and easy web building process. Among the features that make the system stand out from the crowd, the following ones should be initially mentioned: the ability to create and sell the unlimited number of digital and physical products, adjust tax and shipping settings, make use of Xero integration, create coupons and discount offers etc.

Squarespace add a product

You can also practice the post-checkout code injection, which allows tracking customer activity via a marketing pixel. Squarespace users can choose between PayPal and Stripe accounts for effective payment processing. The website builder doesn’t impose any extra transaction fees.

SEO

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.

Wix SEO

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.

Weebly SEO

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.

Designs

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.

Wix Templates

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.

Weebly Templates

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).


Squarespace Templates

Technical Support

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.

Pricing

Wix. Wix has a free ad-supported version and five paid plans ranging from $4.50 to $24.50/mo.

Wix Pricing

Weebly. Similar to Wix, Weebly is a freemium web service. There’s a free plan and four subscriptions ranging from $8 to $38/mo.

Weebly Pricing

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.

Squarespace Pricing

Bottom Line

When it comes to DIY website creation, the web building niche offers plenty of options. The choice basically depends upon the goals you pursue, when building a website, the type of the project you need, the available budget, the time and effort you are ready to invest as well as your web design skills.

  • Wix is a universal website builder, which allows creating different types of websites. The system is extremely easy-to-use, which makes it a perfect choice for newbies and web design pros. The website builder has flexible settings, advanced SEO parameters, convenient website navigation, reliable customer support, rich App Market, smart ADI tool and variety of high quality mobile-optimized niche templates. The service is one of the easiest platforms you can use to launch a professional website with no hassle at all.
  • Weebly is worth the attention of users, looking for a simple yet effective web building solution. The system is logically-structured and intuitive. It has powerful blogging and eCommerce engines, a traditional SEO toolkit, quality responsive templates, Weebly app center, WYSIWYG and advanced HTML/CSS website editors, flexible design settings etc. There are also Weebly apps for Android and iOS, which make it possible to create and edit websites on the go. Just like Wix, Weebly is a decent web building tool for newbies.
  • Squarespace is a bit more complicated as compared to Wix and Weebly. Its editor is more sophisticated and it takes more time to explore it. Apart from that, the website builder doesn’t offer WYSIWYG editing options, which also complicates the web building process, especially for users, who lack web design skills. At the same time, Squarespace is quite flexible as it offers import/export options and allows getting full control over the web design process. Squarespace also boasts outstanding and impressive templates, which look modern, stylish and can create exceptional impression upon users. Squarespace templates come with ready mobile solutions that cannot be edited.

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. It makes sense to test all the systems to find out their strong and weak points before you decide, which of them works best for your current web building needs.

13 Responses

  1. Jose Marques says:

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  2. Jonathan Richards says:

    I don’t understand why Wix doesn’t allow its users to mess around with the code. This is one of the things I hate about them. The other is the way their URLs look. Why in the world would they do that? It makes no sense from a SEO point wise and it also looks ugly to the eye. When it comes to pricing I don’t understand why Squarespace is so expensive. Compared to its competitors they don’t offer much more to somehow justify the price they are asking.

  3. Chris says:

    Do any of these sites allow you to easily drop in HTML5 animations like you would an image or a video (without having to manipulate a bunch of code)?

  4. Marty says:

    incredibly helpful. thanks for an unbiased overview of these three. one of the few I’ve read that doesn’t smack of someone pushing a particular site for personal gain.

  5. Howard says:

    Good article. I notice wix has URL cleanup. Does this change the problem with the SEO unreadable link?
    If so, would that not make it the clear choice? ( unless you want to export to WordPress in the future??
    Thanks
    Howard

    • Hello, Howard,
      Thanks for you comment!

      Concerning your question, the issue with unreadable links easy solves with setting up 301-redirect to any URL you want to change. And the question of choice this or that website builder mostly depends on what kind of website you need. If you need a business or corporate site, worldwide eCommerce restaurant or hotel website, Wix is a good enough solution. Weebly is in a good command with a portfolio website or a blog and Squarespace suits better for a local store, landing page and blog too.

      With regards,
      Malcolm Thomas

  6. Louis says:

    What you don’t mention is that with weebly you get responsive sites by default. This means you have to drop controls on dedicated places, so that it can reposition them on smaller screens. This is a far better approach than squarespace!

  7. Patrick says:

    Hi Malcolm – You mentioned facets. I’m just about to evaluate some of these products and wondered if any of them provided a convenient way to maintain a taxonomy which supports faceted search (site navigation)?

    • Hi, Patrick,
      At this moment neither Wix nor Weebly or Squarespace don’t have such option. But Wix, for instance, for its online store allows organizing products into different pages or galleries. This in combination with search tools, available at Wix App Market, surely, could not bу complete substitute, but it works.

      With regards,
      Malcolm Thomas.

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