The following summary of key features is based on our opinions after using the builders extensively, and also based on feedback of what is most important from surveying hundreds of our visitors.
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|Websites Powered ||1.8m||20m||44m||10m||55m||3m|
|Easy of Use||4 / 5||5 / 5||4 / 5||4 / 5||3.5 / 5||4 / 5|
|Design Flexibility ||5 / 5||5 / 5||3 / 5||4 / 5||3 / 5||3 / 5|
|Themes Design ||5 / 5||3.5 / 5||4 / 5||3 / 5||3 / 5||4 / 5|
|Free Plan?||14 Days Trial||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Free Custom Domain ||Yes||No||Yes ||Yes ||Yes ||No|
|SEO ||5 / 5||3.5 / 5||4 / 5||3 / 5||3 / 5||1 / 5|
|Export Website? ||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||Yes|
|Support ||24/7 Email|
|Blogging ||5 / 5||3.5 / 5||4 / 5||3 / 5||3 / 5||1 / 5|
|e-Commerce ||5 / 5||4.5 / 5||3.5 / 5||4 / 5||2 / 5||1 / 5|
|Email Service ||Not included||Not included||Not included||Premium Plans||Premium Plans||Premium Plans|
|Mobile Apps ||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Multiple Editors ||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Overall ||4.8 / 5||4.2 / 5||3.8 / 5||3.5 / 5||2.9 / 5||2.3 / 5|
|See our Detailed Review||Squarespace Review||Weebly Review||Wix Review||Jimdo Review||Webs Review||IM Creator Review|
|See Squarespace||See Weebly||See Wix||See Jimdo||See Webs||See
 Websites Powered – Number of websites powered (in millions) by each website builder is based on publicly available information. This does not necessarily equal to the number of active websites, or number of paying customers, but will give you an indication of its size.
 Design Flexibility - Refers to access to HTML / CSS codes to make further customizations, or extent of tools provided by website builder to make modifications to design
 Themes - Squarespace themes are responsive and polished – by far the best amongst its peers. Weebly is gradually releasing more updated themes.
 Pricing – Monthly pricing based on annual plans. Monthly price will be a bit higher if you enrolled on month-to-month payment plans. Pricing plans should not be compared directly based on pricing, as each website builder offers different features for their own plans. Please read our detailed review for each website builder for further details.
 Free Domain – For web builders that offer you free custom domain names, you have to sign up to their annual plans. For Wix, you only get a free domain name if you sign up to their Combo or higher plans. For Jimdo, you get 2 free domain names with their Business Plan, and 1 free domain name with their Pro Plan. For Webs, you get a free domain name if you sign up to their Enhanced or higher plan.
 SEO - Squarespace gives you full control over page titles, meta descriptions and custom URL. It also has the “Google Author Rank” built into your profile to improve your search engine exposure & site indexing. This is automatically done so you don’t have to manually insert snippets of codes into your site which is very convenient. Weebly allows page level control but no H1 title tags (on page level) or custom URL. Wix allows page level control, including H2 to H6 titles, but no H1 title tags (on page level) or custom URL. Jimdo and Webs only allow page level title and meta description controls if you upgrade. IM Creator only allows you site wide SEO configuration, but not on a page level.
 Export Website - Squarespace websites can be exported into WordPress, allowing you to edit your content in WordPress without knowing codes. For Weebly and IM Creator, you can export HTML / CSS codes to upload into your own host. But to edit your site, you will need to modify the codes yourself.
 Support – Squarespace provides 24/7 email support and answers you within 1 hour. Live chat support (Squarespace & Weebly) only available during day time. Wix’s phone support is only available for for everyone which is fantastic, and if you are a VIP plan user, you get first priority. Webs’ live chat and phone support are only available for higher premium plan subscribers.
 Blogging – Squarespace allows you to schedule when to publish your post (so you can write ahead of time). It can also connect & automatically publish your blog post on your Facebook & Twitter accounts. Squarespace has the “Google Author Rank” built into your profile (to improve your search engine & blog indexing), a spam blocker, built in integration with Disqus commenting system (if you don’t want to use Squarespace’s commenting system), and has multiple author support for guest postings. Wix integrates Facebook commenting system and you can style your blog background, which is an added flexibility. IM Creator does not offer a blog system, so you need to set up your blog somewhere else (such as Tumblr or WordPress).
 e-Commerce - If you are building an online store, see our e-commerce builder recommendations. Even though Wix has decent e-commerce tools, you can access even more powerful tools through the Wix App Market (our review), allowing you to bolt on powerful e-commerce platforms such as Shopify (our review) or Ecwid. For IM Creator, you can use a 3rd party e-commerce provider (such as Ecwid) to add e-commerce functions to an IM Creator website.
 Email Service - “Premium Plan” means that email service is only included if you upgrade to the web builder’s premium plans. See our thoughts on email services in the comments section below (under January 3, 2014)
 Mobile Apps - Squarespace as 4 mobile apps, allowing you to write blog posts, manage comments, monitor traffic, track social followers, showcase your galleries / portfolio in a as a presentation on your iPad / iPhone, and a note app so you can keep track of your ideas which syncs with your website, Evernote, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. The Weebly App allows you to write blog posts, manage comments, monitor traffic, and manage products & get sales notifications for your online store. Jimdo’s mobile App allows you to build / update your entire site (including blog posts), and monitor your traffic. It is the only App that allows you to build an entire website through the App.
 Multiple Editors - Squarespace & Weebly allow you to add editors with different levels of access / authority rights to help you manage your website. You can set limits so some editors can’t access all parts of your website. This is a very handy tool if you plan on having a team to help you manage and/or build your site.
 Overall – Scores are based on average of scoring above – You should not base your decision solely on the average scores as there are many qualitative / subjective factors that you should consider prior to deciding. Our scoring is to help you narrow your choices, then you should always test out at least 2 of the website builders to see which one you are comfortable with before investing your time and money. We highly recommend you read our detailed reviews for each website builder as we cover each builder in much more depth in those reviews.