Mobile Editor Review for Wix, Weebly, Squarespace and Jimdo

Last updated on August 7, 2014

Mobile Editor ReviewMobile Editor Review for Wix, Weebly, Squarespace and Jimdo – What’s the big deal?

If you haven’t been hiding underneath a rock, you probably know that smartphones are blowing up.  Everywhere we go, we see people on their mobile phones checking emails, surfing the web – searching for information.

Heck, Connie and I use our smartphones to check prices when we visit Costco.  That’s how interconnected we all are to information (and also how dependent we are on being connected!)

So what does this mean to you and your website?

It means that you better start understanding how you can improve your visitors’ experiences if they log on to your website using their mobile phones.

Mobile Optimized Website Interface

Due to the smaller screen real estate for mobile devices, it’s inefficient for them to display the same website layout as what you would see on your desktop.

Recognizing the growing trend of mobile users, website builders started to provide you with “mobile optimized” versions of your website, to help you provide you a better surfing experience for your visitors.  These mobile optimized versions of your website basically re-arranges our content and compresses your website into a tall, narrow stripe of information so it’s easy for your visitors to scroll up and down on their mobile devices.

It also removes your navigation menu bar, and compresses that into a separate button so when someone clicks on it, it will expand and show your menu items.  This is a real space saver.

Are All Website Builders’ Mobile Editors Equal?

Nope.  Although most website builders provide you with some sort of mobile optimization, they are not all built equally.  Some are better than others, and at the end of the day, it really depends on what you’re looking for.

In the following mobile editors review, we’ll go over how each mobile editor works for:

  • Wix
  • Weebly
  • Squarespace
  • Jimdo

Wix Mobile Editor Review

Wix automatically gives you a mobile optimized version of the template that you are using, so you don’t really have to do much to get your website optimized on a mobile device.

What some website builders do is that they just take your website and compresses it and that’s about it.  What Wix offers you is a fully interface so you can still make edits to the mobile version of your website such as changing the colors, background, and make other styling changes directly in the mobile editor.

Since Wix transfers all your content directly into the mobile version of your site, you can also hide certain content, so that you have control over what to show and what not to show on the mobile version of your website.

So not only does Wix automatically give you a mobile optimized version of your website, you also have the flexibility to make little edits to only the mobile version of your site, giving you more control and freedom over your site.  In our view, we don’t like to waste time poking around a mobile website looking for the right information while when we’re outside.  Just give me the key information, and we’re done – Wix allows you to do this.

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Another unique feature that Wix provides is that you can insert a phone number so your visitor can just tap it and it will automatically call you – great for businesses (the other website builders don’t have this feature).

Wix has built their mobile editor so that when a visitor comes to your website, it will automatically sense whether they are on a desktop computer or using a mobile device.  This way, Wix will automatically send your visitor to either the fuller desktop version of your website, or to the condensed mobile version of your website.

Here is a video from Wix showing you how to quickly build and configure a mobile site for free:

(If you’re interested in Wix, see our full Wix review here)

Weebly Mobile Editor Review

Weebly recently created a new mobile editor (as at the time of this article), which is  a big step forward for them.  Not only do you get to preview the mobile site, the mobile optimized site is automatically created for you.

So unlike Wix, you don’t have to create a separate site.  However, the downside is that you won’t get to customize your visitors’ mobile experiences as Weebly currently doesn’t offer that flexibility.  Weebly basically takes your desktop version of the website, and compress it into a mobile screen.

Weebly Mobile Editor

A neat feature is that Weebly also allows you to drag and drop elements directly into their mobile editor.  It’s a neat feature, but in our view, doesn’t add too much value overall as it is no different than drag and dropping elements in the main desktop website builder.

You do get to pick from a few templates and color schemes, add in social icons, a phone number (but your visitors can’t tap on it to call you – Wix allows this) and that’s basically it.

Weebly’s mobile editor gives you the basic tools, and gets the job done.  Is it as flexible as other website builders’ mobile editors?  Not really, but it gets the job done.

Here’s a short video that we put together that will show you how Weebly’s mobile editor works:

(If you’re interested in Weebly, see our full Weebly review here)

Squarespace Mobile Editor Review

Actually, Squarespace does not have a mobile editor.  Why?  It’s because all their stylish themes are responsive.

What this means is that their themes are built in a way that will automatically react  and adjust to whatever size of the screen to display the site in an optimized way.

So it doesn’t matter if you are using an Andriod phone, or an iPhone, Squarespace themes will adapt automatically and you don’t have to touch anything.

Squarespace mobile editor

This sure is convenient.  The style of the themes still look really good and professional even on a small mobile screen.  This is one of Squarespace’s strengths as a website builder – stylish and polished designs.

Squarespace does share a similar downside as Weebly, in that it does not give you the option to have a dedicated mobile editor.  But on the flip side, you don’t have to spend time to create a dedicated mobile site.

(If you’re interested in Squarespace, see our full Squarespace review here)

Jimdo Mobile Editor Review

Jimdo’s mobile editor is slightly simliar to Weebly’s new mobile editor.  So what Jimdo does is take your website, and compress it into a smaller size so it fits well into a mobile screen.

Where they differ is that Jimdo doesn’t allow you to drag and drop elements directly into their mobile editor, which is fine as we mentioned above, we don’t think it adds that much value as you can just add elements in the regular website editor.

Jimdo mobile editor

However, overall, we feel that Jimdo’s website editor is much better than Weebly’s, due to:

  • Jimdo allows you to customize the CSS codes of the mobile site.  What this means is that you can provide your mobile site a bit of a custom style, to make it unique and stand out.  None of the other mobile editors we’ve reviewed in this article allow you to modify the styling of the mobile site, so this is a very unique Jimdo feature.  If you don’t know CSS, you can find someone who does to help.
  • Jimdo allows you to build a “Mobile Express Page” (basically a mobile landing page) where you can insert your business description, phone number, operating hours, and address / map directly to a landing page.  The benefit of this is that your visitors see all the important information up front in a neat, organized manner instead of searching all over your mobile site for these information – this is great for businesses.
  • Jimdo’s mobile site is e-commerce ready.  One of Jimdo’s key strengths is that they have fully integrated e-commerce functions (we have more details in our full review here).  They have taken this into their mobile editor as well, so if you have an online store, your visitors can seamlessly purchase your products with their mobile device.

Jimdo mobile editor - e-commerce

Here is a short video from Jimdo which will show you exactly how their mobile sites can help you:

(If you’re interested in Jimdo, see our full Jimdo review here)

Summary and Recommendation

Overall, there really isn’t a superior mobile editor in our view.  It all depends on what you perceive as important.

For example, if you think the ability to custom style your mobile site or provide a seamless online shopping experience, Jimdo will be a good choice.

If you feel that have a separate, dedicated mobile site where you can pick and choose what to insert into the site, then Wix will be a good choice.

Squarespace has fully responsive themes, and Weebly’s mobile editor is also solid.

Just know that all of them are “mobile ready”, and when you are trying to pick a website builder, you need to consider other important factors as well – we go over them in a lot of in-depth details in our full reviews:

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About Jeremy Wong

Maybe just like you, at first we didn't have a darn clue about how to build a website, nevermind write half a line of code if our life depended on it! We wanted to build a website to start a side business, and felt overwhelmed, confused & scared about how to actually do it, which builder to use, and making wrong decisions. After years of trials & errors using different website builders, we're here to share our experiences with you.

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About Jeremy Wong

Maybe just like you, at first we didn't have a darn clue about how to build a website, nevermind write half a line of code if our life depended on it! We wanted to build a website to start a side business, and felt overwhelmed, confused & scared about how to actually do it, which builder to use, and making wrong decisions. After years of trials & errors using different website builders, we're here to share our experiences with you.

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6 Responses to Mobile Editor Review for Wix, Weebly, Squarespace and Jimdo

  1. Diana September 20, 2014 at 12:19 AM #

    Hi Jeremy, Thanks for in depth reviews. They are very helpful. I’m in the process of starting a boutique business and the service needs to be collaborative and mobile adaptable. Loved the squarespace easy, clean options & that it can be paired with google+ biz apps which I’ve already researched. The pricing for web building, hosting and app collaboration between me, customers and the over all functionality will make for a seamless and synergistic website that is very exciting. I have often shied away from the idea of building a website b/c it was daunting, expensive and a labor for one person to manage all while trying to work and grow a business. Your review has helped me come full circle on my website building research (thanks for interactive videos!!). Now I just need to figure out how to affordably create the logo and graphic content on a budget!! Any reviews for that? :)

    • Jeremy Wong September 21, 2014 at 11:29 AM #

      Hey Diana,

      Glad that you’re becoming more enthusiastic about building websites!

      Regarding logos and graphic content, the cheapest place I can think of is Fiverr.com. It’s $5 per project, but in a way, you get what you pay for so don’t expect ultra high quality outcomes. But it’s a very economical way to get some “basic” work outsourced.

      If you want something more sophisticated, try 99designs which is a bit more pricey, but the designers there can be quite good.

      Good luck!

      – Jeremy

  2. Terri June 10, 2014 at 11:58 PM #

    Hi Jeremy, this was really helpful. I am desperately looking for a wysiwyg type website builder to replace the iWeb ones I build some years ago.

    The factors are 1) cost – as iWeb was free for me to use once purchased. 2) ease of us (I’m not a techno-moron but I dont like having to use code), 3) professional looking, 4) mobile ready, 5) features to include social media threads, 6) image / video gallery. 6) interactive components such as polls/voting/forum.

    Could you please recommend one for me out of these or any others? Thank you in advance.

    • Jeremy Wong June 11, 2014 at 2:30 AM #

      Hey Terri,

      I think all of the website builders that I mentioned in the discussion above will work under those criteria. The monthly fees, if you decide to upgrade, aren’t too high at all (depending on which plan you select). Some of them even allow you to keep using their services for free!

      Check out our comparison chart for a quick comparison between some of them. Best way to move forward is to invest some time and test some of them out for free!

      – Jeremy

  3. Kat January 29, 2014 at 3:41 PM #

    This has helped me quite a bit. It sounds like Wix would be a great choice, since you can modify how your mobile version looks like.. but perhaps.. too much choice is a bad thing.

    Never herd of Jidmo, will certainly look at your review for that.

    Thanks for the post!

    • Jeremy & Connie January 30, 2014 at 11:09 AM #

      Hi Kat,

      Glad this article is helpful. Jimdo is a German based website builder and they’re great. We’ve had email correspondences with their leadership team and also have met their Japanese and Chinese teams when we were traveling. We’re very impressed with their culture, philosophy to website building and overall support!

      – Jeremy