Wix vs Squarespace 2017 | 4 Key Differences You Should Know

Last updated on August 16, 2017

Wix vs SquarespaceWhen comparing Wix vs Squarespace, on the surface it may appear that both website builders are similar.

However, if we take a deeper dive, you’ll see that they are actually quite different in a lot of ways.

Whether you pick Wix or Squarespace (or any other website builders), choosing the right website builder is important to you as the last thing you want to do is invest months building a website, then discovering that you need to switch to another builder.

In this Wix vs Squarespace review, we’ll show you where some of the biggest differences between them.

In this comparison review, I will compare Wix and Squarespace in 4 different aspects, plus our conclusion, to see which one is better.

Click on the following to see the specific sections regarding Wix vs Squarespace:

We also have in-depth reviews on Wix and Squarespace where we break down all the features and pros and cons of each website builder

1.WIX VS SQUARESPACE – TEMPLATES


Here is a quick snapshot of the difference between the templates provided by Wix and Squarespace:

Squarespace Templates

  • Responsive designs (great for mobile phones and tablets)
  • Over 40 polished and beautifully designed templates, and over 20 Cover Page designs
  • You can change templates for your website at any time (no content will be lost)
Wix vs Squarespace - SS Templates

Click to see Squarespace’s templates

 

Wix Templates

  • 510+ templates for you to choose from across different industries
  • Very professionally looking
  • Once you pick a template, you cannot change it without rebuilding your website (so pick carefully!)
  • Not mobile responsive, but they have a dedicated, advanced mobile editor
Wix vs Squarespace - Wix Templates

Click to see Wix’s templates

Our Thoughts

Although Wix’s templates are not bad by any means, in fact, they are quite attractive and they have templates across a lot of different industries so you can quite easily find one that will work for you, I just can’t help but admire Squarespace’s templates.

This is a classic case of “Quality Over Quantity”.

Squarespace has a lot fewer templates than Wix, but they are all designed by professional designers.  If you look at some of them, you can tell that the Squarespace team has invested a lot of time and effort into crafting these templates.

Mobile Ready Websites – Each Has Its Pros & Cons

Squarespace’s templates are not only are they beautiful, all of them are also responsive templates.  What this means is that no matter where you are looking at the website (be it on your desktop, mobile phone or tablet), the layout and design will always look great.

Wix vs Squarespace - SS Mobile Responsive

All of Squarespace’s templates are Responsive (mobile ready)

Wix, on the other hand, does not provide responsive templates.  However, they do provide you with a mobile interface editor so you can configure how people see your Wix site on their mobile phones (see our review of Wix’s mobile editor here).

Each has its own pros and cons.

With a mobile responsive template (from Squarespace), your design is automatically optimized for mobile devices and there isn’t much more you need to do.

With Wix’s dedicated mobile editor, you have some advanced tools to pick and choose what content to display or hide.  So you do have a bit more control over your visitors’ mobile experiences.  

You can also insert a Mobile Action Bar, which clearly displays buttons / icons on the mobile website, which enables your visitors to email, call, locate your address on a map, or see your social network profiles with just a single tap.

Wix – Cannot Change Templates

One of the biggest downsides of using Wix is that once you’ve selected your template and start using it to build your website, if you decide to change your template to give your site a different look, you will have to rebuild your content.  At the moment, Wix doesn’t allow you to transfer your existing content into a new template.  Bummer.

For Squarespace, if you pick a template and change your mind later, you can just switch to a new template in their control panel.  Your existing content will be automatically transferred into the new template, so you don’t need to rebuild your content.  You will probably have to make some styling updates to “dress up” your website, but that’s not a huge hassle as rebuilding all your content.

So from this perspective, Squarespace is definitely a lot more flexible for you over the long term.

Summary Wix Squarespace
Template Designs Wix has over 500 professional looking, trendy template designs across a broad range of industries. They are mobile ready and you can edit your mobile site through a dedicated mobile editor. Squarespace has over 40 design templates and they are all mobile responsive. Although they have a lot fewer designs, they are much more polished and high-end.
Wix vs Squarespace Comparison Table – If you prefer a table / chart based analysis, click here to see it.

2.WIX VS SQUARESPACE – CUSTOMER SUPPORT


One of the biggest concerns that most website builders have, is what type of support they will receive.  This is an important consideration for you, as the last thing you want is running into issues and have no one to turn to.

Wix and Squarespace approach their customer care / support in different ways, but both are very supportive:

  • Wix – Provides support through forums, their Support Center, also email and phone (available from 6am to 5pm PST).  Currently, there is no live chat functions available.
  • Squarespace – In addition to providing a forum and knowledge center for you, they also have live chat (from 3am EST – 8pm EST Monday through Friday), and a 24/7 email response team.  It is also Squarespace’s policy to respond to all emails within 1 hour – that’s impressive.

Our Thoughts

It’s hard to determine which of Squarespace or Wix is better here.  Squarespace offers very rapid email responses and Wix offers phone support.  So you can get fast turnaround support times with either website builder.  

I think that phone support and email support can both come in handy under different circumstances.  Phone support is great if you need a bit more hand-holding, or when you are faced with more complex challenges.  But when / if you just want more straight forward support, email might be sufficient.

Even though you do get to speak with a live person on the phone, sometimes when support desk gets busy, you might be on hold for a while, so a simple email may work better such circumstance (so you can move on to focus on other things while waiting for an email response).

Wix vs Squarespace - SS Live Chat

Although Wix doesn’t have a live chat support team, they do have a very comprehensive Support Center where you can find a lot of helpful tips and instructions on how to use their tools.  Don’t forget you also get email and phone support.

Although the phone support is only available from 6am to 5pm PST, you can also schedule a call for one of their support team members to call you.  If you are subscribed to Wix’s VIP plan, you get direct access to their “VIP Team” support.

Wix vs Squarespace - Wix Help Center

One thing I like about Wix is that no matter where you are on their website editor interface, you will find a lot of help buttons around each tool that you are using.  Their help includes video tutorials and text instructions.  This makes troubleshooting or learning very accessible.

Summary Wix Squarespace
Customer Support Wix provides phone, email, forum, and a support center where you can find a lot of tutorials. You can even setup a phone call appointment with them. Squarespace provides email, live chat, forum, and support center.
Wix vs Squarespace Comparison Table – If you prefer a table / chart based analysis, click here to see it.

3.WIX VS SQUARESPACE – PRICING


Pricing is also a very important consideration for you.  Before we dive into our analysis of their pricing plans, let’s take a look at what they are offering in terms of monthly packages.

Let’s start with Squarespace.

Squarespace offers 4 premium pricing plans. The higher the plan, the more features become available to you:

Wix vs Squarespace - SS Pricing

Squarespace Plans – Prices are based on annual plans.

If you sign up to an annual plan, you can save between 13% to 25% compared to signing up to a month-to-month plan.

Squarespace Pricing Plans Monthly Plan ($/month) Annual Plan ($/month) Savings (%)
Personal $16 $12 25%
Business $26 $18 31%
Basic (eCommerce) $30 $26 13%
Advanced (eCommerce) $46 $40 13%
Click here to see a more detailed analysis of Squarespace Pricing Plans

Wix’s premium plans off you 5 different packages. The higher the plan, the more features and support you receive:

Wix vs Squarespace - Wix Pricing

Wix Plans – Prices are based on annual plans.

The listed prices in the image above are based on 1-year plans.  If you choose to pay on a month-to-month basis, the prices per month are higher.

If you sign up for a 1-year or 2-years plan, you can save from 25% to 43% per year, depending on which package you select:

Wix Pricing Plans Monthly ($/month) 1-Year ($/month) Savings (%) 2-Years ($/month) Savings (%)
Connect Domain $7.00 $5.00 29% $4.00 43%
Combo $14.00 $10.00 29% $9.00 36%
Unlimited $16.00 $14.00 13% $11.00 31%
eCommerce $20.00 $17.00 15% $15.00 25%
VIP $30.00 $25.00 17% $22.00 27%

If you compare the monthly fees for the annual plans for Squarespace and Wix (just so we’re comparing the same subscription commitment period), you’ll see that Wix plans are cheaper than Squarespace plans.

So on the surface, if you are very price sensitive, Wix might be the better pick for you.

However, you should look beyond just dollars and cents when comparing their pricing plans, as just looking at the price per month might not tell the whole story.

They key here is which website builder gives you better value, and more stability over the long run.  We’ll break things down in the following categories:

Wix – Available for Free (but at a cost)

One of the biggest differences between Wix and Squarespace is that Wix is actually available to you for free, while all the Squarespace plans are paid.

Initially, this sounds like a no-brainer to go with Wix.  But before you jump to conclusion, just know that if you choose to use the free version of Wix, there are a few trade-offs:

  • There will be a very visible Wix advertisement at the top of your website so all your visitors can see it

Wix vs Squarespace - Wix Ad

 

  • You will not be able to use your own custom domain name, and so your website address with always have “wix.com” in it
  • Wix gives you limited storage space and bandwidth.  So Wix limits how many images, videos or audio files you can upload to your site, and also limits how many visitors you can allow on your site every month.

While all this sounds very restrictive, which they are, but bear in mind that you are using Wix’s services for free.  The saying of “no such thing as a free lunch” holds true here.

For Squarespace, you get a 14-day risk-free trial to test them out to see if you like them. If you do, you can sign up with their monthly payment plans which do not have any of the restrictive features that Wix has.  But to be fair, when you start paying for Wix, you will have a lot less restrictive features as well.

Bandwidth Limitations (Squarespace = More Bandwidth)

Bandwidth is something that’s not easy to explain, and almost impossible for you to measure.

Simplistically, think of bandwidth as how much power it takes for Wix or Squarespace to allow your visitors to look around your website.  Everything from loading of images, video, text, etc takes up bandwidth.  So the more content you have on your pages, the bigger your website, the more bandwidth it will use up when your visitors look around your site.

It’s extremely difficult for you to figure out how much bandwidth your website will use, as it depends on so many different things such as how many visitors you get, how many pages they visit, how much content you have, etc.

Here’s what we know, though – Wix has a lot more bandwidth restrictions than Squarespace.

Wix Bandwidth (Less than Squarespace)

Here’s a breakdown of what Wix offers you in terms of bandwidth:

  • Connect Domain Plan ($5.00/month) – 1GB
  • Combo Plan ($10.00/month) – 2GB
  • Unlimited Plan ($14.00/month) – Unlimited bandwidth
  • eCommerce Plan ($17.00/month) – 10GB bandwidth
  • VIP Plan ($25.00/month) – Unlimited bandwidth
Wix vs Squarespace - Wix Bandwidth

Wix Bandwidth Allowance

 

Squarespace Bandwidth (more than Wix)

  • Personal Plan ($12/month) – Unlimited bandwidth
  • Business Plan ($18/month) – Unlimited bandwidth
  • Basic Store Plan ($26/month) – Unlimited bandwidth
  • Advanced Store Plan ($40/month) – Unlimited bandwidth
Wix vs squarespace - SS bandwidth

Squarespace Bandwidth Allowance

Squarespace gives you unlimited bandwidth across all plans, which is much more lenient and what Wix offers you.

What exactly does 1GB worth of bandwidth give you (such as Wix’s lowest plan)?  How many visitors can that handle?  I’m not really sure, to be honest.  But what I know is that once you hit 1GB, your site will no longer be able to handle any more visitors.

So if you’re building a website for the long term and that you’re planning on growing your visitors, I would suggest selecting a website builder and a plan that won’t hold you back.  Squarespace gives you a lot more bandwidth, and potentially growth for you.

Customer Support (Squarespace = Slightly Better Value due to 24/7 Support)

As discussed above, Squarespace provides you with 24/7 support where one of their customer care representative can answer your emails within 1 hour, or you can chat with them on live chat on any weekday from 3am – 8pm EST.  You should factor this into Squarespace’s pricing plan.

Although Wix offers phone support, it’s not 24/7 and is only available from 6am – 5pm PST.  Outside of that time frame, you can schedule a call for Wix to call you back.  So if you are a night-owl (you know who you are!) and enjoy working on your website late at night, you may not be able to reach a live support person at say 2am (though Wix’s team is answering emails throughout the night).

To be honest, Squarespace’s monthly prices are not that much different than Wix’s monthly prices.  When you start to consider the differences in customer support packages, it becomes clear that you get slightly more value in terms of hands-on support from Squarespace.

The last thing you want is to be stuck with something and having no one to turn to during late hours.  With Squarespace, they will answer your specific question within an hour of emailing them.

This support offering in itself is pretty good value, especially when it’s in the middle of the night and you need some immediate support.  Technology is painful, so getting that extra personal attention from Squarespace goes a long way.

Summary Wix Squarespace
Pricing Wix’s pricing plans range from $5.00 to $25.00 per month. Wix’s premium plans are lower than Squarespace’s. Also, you can build and publish a website for free with no time limits. Squarespace’s pricing plans range from $12 to 40 per month. They offer a 14-day trial period and you’ll have to decide to upgrade or not.
Wix vs Squarespace Comparison Table – If you prefer a table / chart based analysis, click here to see it.

4.WHO IS MORE POPULAR?


It’s really hard to gauge which website builder is more popular, as there isn’t a whole lot of concrete data to assess this.  But here are some interesting observations and data points that we’ve put together for you, which you might find helpful.

Here is a chart which will show you how widely searched are the search terms “Wix” and “Squarespace”:

wix vs squarespace google trend

Click to see the latest trend graph

You can see that Wix is definitely getting much higher searches in Google.  We think this is the case as Wix has a much higher user count than Squarespace, and therefore more popular.  This is mainly due to Wix having a free plan, while Squarespace does not (you have to be a paid subscriber in order to use Squarespace, but you do get a 14 day free trial period).

This also suggests that Wix has a much stronger brand than Squarespace.

You should also note that Wix is a publicly listed company, so they do disclose how many registered users and paying customers they have.  A paying customer has upgraded to a premium plan, which is the best metric to see users are happy with the website builder (as people vote with their wallets, so to speak).

squarespace versus wix - wix subscribers 2q17

Registered Wix users grew 24% every year. Paying Wix users grew 35% every year.

You can see that more and more users are upgrading to Wix’s premium plans, and the growth rate is pretty high.  As of May 2017, over 109 million users have registered to use Wix, and they  have over 2.87 million paying customers.

As mentioned, people tend to vote with their wallets (why would you pay for something you’re not happy with?).  So this data suggests that Wix users are happy with their services.

The downside with observing this piece of data is that Squarespace does not disclose exactly how many paid users they have at the moment, so it makes it challenging to compare the growth rate of paying customers between Wix and Squarespace.

Based on Squarespace’s website, they have over 1 million paying customers, which is less than Wix’s 2.87 million.  This comparison is not perfect, but it does suggest that both website builders are reputable website builder.

We’ve compared the pros and cons of Wix vs Squarespace above, and you should definitely test out both platforms to see which one you like better. 

Summary Wix Squarespace
Popularity Wix has 109 million registered users and over 2.87 million paying customers. Google Trends shows that Wix is searched much more often than Squarespace. Squarespace has over 1 million paying customers. However, they are not a publicly listed company so information is scarce in this regard.
Wix vs Squarespace Comparison Table – If you prefer a table / chart based analysis, click here to see it.

5.WIX VS SQUARESPACE – CONCLUSION & RECOMMENDATION


As a recap, here is a summary table of our comparison above. We’ll have some final thoughts below the table:

Wix vs Squarespace Wix.com Squarespace
Template Designs Wix has over 500 professional looking, trendy template designs across a broad range of industries. They are mobile ready and you can edit your mobile site through a dedicated mobile editor. Squarespace has over 40 design templates and they are all mobile responsive. Although they have a lot fewer designs, they are much more polished and high-end.
Customer Support Wix provides phone, email, forum, and a support center where you can find a lot of tutorials. You can even setup a phone call appointment with them. Squarespace provides email, live chat, forum, and support center.
Pricing Wix’s pricing plans range from $5.00 to $25.00 per month. Wix’s premium plans are lower than Squarespace’s. Also, you can build and publish a website for free with no time limits. Squarespace’s pricing plans range from $12 to 40 per month. They offer a 14-day trial period and you’ll have to decide to upgrade or not.
Popularity Wix has 109 million registered users and over 2.87 million paying customers. Google Trends shows that Wix is searched much more often than Squarespace. Squarespace has over 1 million paying customers. However, they are not a publicly listed company so information is scarce in this regard.

Understanding the differences between Wix and Squarespace is important in helping you decide which website builder to use.

While both web design software is good and easy to use, I highly recommend that you test both of them out so you can decide which website builder is better suited for you unique needs.

Some people find that Squarespace’s design templates better than Wix’s so they end up using Squarespace.  Some people find Wix’s ability for you to place any content anywhere on the website more important, so they end up using Wix.

Some people pick a website builder purely based on the fact that they enjoy their user interface more.  So it really is a very personal choice and you can only find out which one is better for you if you give them each a test drive.

From a user interface and friendliness perspective, even though we think that both are not difficult to use, we feel that Wix is easier to use than Squarespace.  Also, Wix is a pure drag and drop website builder, meaning that you can insert content literally anywhere you want to on your website.

Both support systems are generally effective.  Wix offers you phone support, and Squarespace offers you live chat and rapid email turnarounds.

Both are good website builders, and both will give you different experiences (templates, user interfaces, customer support).  At the end of the day, I’d encourage you to test out both website builders to see for yourself which one you prefer.

Wix is free to sign up, and Squarespace offers you a 14-day risk-free trial (no credit card information is required to test them for free).

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Jeremy Wong

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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310 Responses to Wix vs Squarespace 2017 | 4 Key Differences You Should Know

  1. #

    Hey guys, really useful article, thanks!
    A question: I know that in Wix certain features (such as form builder) are only available in the more expensive subscriptions and only if paying annually, not paying by the month. Is it the same for Squarespace? Or are all features available for all plans?

    • Tom Watts
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      Hi Brendan,

      You can access all features on Squarespace regardless of the plan you are using. However, if you want custom features that aren’t available by default then it can be a a little tricky on Squarespace as most custom features require you to use and edit ‘custom blocks’.

      It’s probably worth giving the 14-day Squarespace trial a go and seeing how you get on and whether the available features cover your needs.

      Hope that helps,
      Tom

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    Thanks! I learned a lot from this article – especially the note about the ability to change themes in squarespace without losing content, vs the loss of content in wix. That’s important to me, bc I have found in the past I like to try new things after a couple of years.

    • Tom Watts
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      Hey BA,

      Great to hear you found the article so helpful, we always love to hear positive feedback for our content so thank you.

      Good luck testing out some new ideas – it’s always the most fun part!

      Feel freee to share this article using the social media icons above on the left. It really helps to spread the word, plus you never know who else you might help out.

      – Tom

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    Thanks so much for this great analysis – am just working out which platform to use for a new business and this has been so helpful! I will test both out.

    • Tom Watts
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      Hey Helen,

      Great to hear you found our analysis helpful. Let us know how you get on testing out both Wix and Squarespace, it will be interesting to see which you prefer.

      Thanks for joining the discussion. Feel free to give us a hand by sharing the article using the social buttons above, we really appreciate it (and who knows, one of your friends might find it handy too!)

      – Tom

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    I just got squarespace and I am highly satisfied. My sister has Wix and she also likes it. I was attracted to squarespace because Joe Rogan has always promoted it.

    I can safely say Squarespace is an incredible builder. You can essentially customize everything (although the hardest thing I have had trouble figuring out is if the typefaces can be changed, as they can but NOT for ALL of the places where type is permitted), and all it takes is a little bit of practice to figure it out; this is why it is imperative that you sign up JUST TO TRY the free trial! You can essentially build your website during the free-trial before launch.

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    Excellent article; I have started a squarespace with a paid domain and I have a google suite business
    no. yet, I find it a bit clunky on my MAC and thought WIX may be more friendly for drop and drag.

    Also, Question: can I use the domain and host paid for for Wix? I have NOT launched the squarespace yet. I also need great SEO.! How do I do that? Great info. Sir.

    • Tom Watts
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      Hi Vicki,

      Glad you found the article useful!

      Wix has a very easy-to-use drag and drop interface, which you may find a bit easier to use on your Mac. I would also suggest Weebly as another alternative as it also has an intuitive builder.

      It’s free to transfer your existing domain to Wix – that’s not a problem and is covered in the Wix Support Center. There shouldn’t be an issue with hosting either because Squarespace will host your Squarespace website, while Wix will host your Wix website – that is part of their service and part of what makes these builders so valuable for non-technical users.

      For advice on SEO, I’ll point you towards this series of articles, which will prove handy.

      – Tom

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    Thanks for the article. Very helpful

  7. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Great article, thank you! I am wondering if Wix (and/or Squarespace) allow you to post the website link externally, such as in an email blast. Since the site is hosted by Wix, can it live in an external channel and still be clickable to the site? I’d like to drive traffic to it through this tactic but am afraid it won’t work. Would love your thoughts.

    Thank you!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Nancy,

      What I think you’re asking is whether you can include a hyperlink back to your website from an email send out? If so, then absolutely you can! Just because your site is hosted by Wix doesn’t mean it can’t be accessed by your visitors from other avenues.

      If you’ve still got concerns, why not check out Wix Shout, which is Wix’s easy-to-use newsletter feature.

      – Jeremy

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    Wow, excellent in-depth review that appears unbiased thank you! And great to find something that’s current as well. I’ll certainly be sharing this. Love to see reviews on wordpress and opencart!

    • Tom Watts
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      Thanks Kaz for your kind words!

      It really means a lot to hear positive feedback from our readers.

      Feel free to share this post on social media if you think others will benefit too!

      – Tom

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    Hello Jeremy,

    I appreciate this article a lot. I am about to start a service business in which I would like for clients to purchase their service packets online. However, I am not that technologically savvy. I am way more familiar with Wix, as I currently use it for assignments in grad school. But, I find it a little difficult to use. If I struggle with Wix, do you think I will struggle with Squarespace? I just want a simple website, at most an about page, service page and purchase page. I just need a professionally-looking site until I can afford to have someone design my dream site. Oh, and I have purchased my domain site through Squarespace, even though I haven’t started my free trial. Any recommendations or advice?

    Thanks,
    Melissa

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Melissa,

      Have you tried using Squarespace yet? They offer a free trial period, so you can compare your experiences with Wix directly.

      If you are not looking to build a very advanced website (sounds like you’re going to keep your website simple as per your comment), then both Wix and Squarespace can get the job done just fine. It really comes down to your personal preference.

      Give Squarespace a try (free trial) and see how you like it?

      Jeremy

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        Thank you, Jeremy. I will.

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    If I wanted to say upload photos or a blog via cellphone/tablet which website would let me do this? Thanks

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Julia,

      Both Wix and Squarespace offer mobile apps in which you can create / manage your blog posts.

      Check out footnote 20 on our website builder comparison review and you’ll find more information there.

      I hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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    Good read and informative. I am currently a Squarespace user but at the end of the day I love to have a definitive yes to Wix or Squarespace. If one is to choose for functionality, looks and cost which is the overall winner? Still not sure. At this time I do not doubt Squarespace. They continue to be reliable but as technology changes so must we keep up with the current tech that can be helpful. This is why I sought to read this article.

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    Hi Jeremy, I am a 54 year old woman who is a computer idiot. I use my IPad for my business Facebook page for all the photos and such.

    I also have a shop on Etsy.com. I sell tea Wares. I want to start a blog about Tea and connect my shop to the blog so I can sell my items away from Etsy. I need to be able to take all credit cards too. I have no idea where to start.

    I purchased my domain name from domain monster and I tried moving it over to Wix but had trouble doing that.

    I also at one time inadvertently signed up for the free trial on square space so I don’t have that opportunity any more.

    I really am the true definition of the blind leading the blind. I have no idea as what to do. I did start my template for my blog on Wix but like I said, I had trouble moving my domain name over. What do you think a computer dummy as myself should do? Wix or Square or another platform? The Blog is important to me and so is being able to sell items and taking credit cards. Thanks so much, Judith

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Judith,

      Thanks for your comment. I think you’re on the right track in trying to diversify some business away from Etsy, instead of having “all your eggs in one basket”, so to speak.

      1) We have a guide about Etsy here and how you can integrate it with Wix. Wix offers you an app to do this.

      2) Domain Name – You don’t have to migrate your domain name from your registrar (Domain Monster) to Wix. You can just connect it from Domain Monster to your Wix website. We have a domain name guide here that will go over the pros and cons. Wix’s support center will also have tutorials on how you can connect your domain name (without having to transfer it into Wix).

      3) Squarespace – I think you can re-activate your account just by signing into it. Alternatively, you can always sign up for a new trial account using a different email address.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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        Thanks Jeremy for getting back to me so quickly. In your opinion, which one do you think would be best for me, I really am at a loss? I know you don’t know my needs but which one do you think is best for a person who isn’t computer literate? I don’t know if I link my Etsy to Wix, will Etsy still get a commission from my sales.. I know I will have to read up on it. That’s what I want to avoid. Also, what do you think about WordPress over wix and Square? The Blog is very important to me too and I know WordPress has the ability for blogs.

        Thanks again,
        Judith

        • Jeremy Wong
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          Hey Judith,

          I’m not entirely sure if Etsy will take a commission from you if you sold products on your Wix website (but through the Etsy app). I think that’s a really good question to ask. Let me know what you find.

          As for WordPress, it’s really a fantastic platform and offers you almost unlimited flexibility. However, one caveat is that you’ll have to be pretty technically savvy in order to use it effectively (or have a budget to hire someone to help you).

          If you don’t mind climbing a fairly steep learning curve and actively managing the technical side of operating a website, WordPress is a good option.

          The benefit of using a “managed” website builder such as Wix or Squarespace is that their support team takes care of the technical and administrative side of maintaining a website.

          We have comparison guides here and here, where we discuss the pros / cons of using Wix or Squarespace versus WordPress.

          Hope you find them helpful!

          Jeremy

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            Thanks so much. I appreciate your help.

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    This was super helpful! Thank you for taking the time to put all this information together and share!

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    Jeremy,

    I currently have a small side photography business and I’m looking to expand. I have used Squarespace thru the free trial and find that the interface is easy to use, so I assume working with Wix would be easy for me as well. As I have a goal of future growth, would you advise one over the other in terms of business opportunity linked into the site? For some reason I feel that Squarespace has more offers, but maybe I am wrong. Would love your input.

    Thanks so much for this article, it really is valuable!

    Rebecca

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Rebecca,

      I think Wix offers you a larger pool of tools at your disposal and they have a larger library of templates.

      Squarespace also has gorgeous designs and they have a bit more flexibility in terms of being able to export most of your content into a WordPress site if you choose to migrate your website later down the road.

      Wix introduces interesting, functional and design-oriented features fairly often and Squarespace doesn’t introduce new tools very often. So there are definitely pros and cons.

      I think a lot more photographers go with Squarespace as their website builder seems to be more aligned with portfolio-oriented users.

      If you feel very comfortable with Squarespace, then go with them. But you can always sign up for a free account with Wix to get some hands-on experience using them. You’ll get a much better sense of which website builder is better suited for your needs.

      Jeremy

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    Huge help!!! Thank you:)

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    Great article and comparison,
    I’m a small hotel which would offer me the most functions such as online booking apps. Keep up.the good work !

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    Hi Jeremy –
    Which of these two platforms allows for paid membership areas? or paid membership – watch videos? I do like Wix as the price points of entry is much lower than Squarespace but, if in the end I can’t make my videos available to paid users only then it doesn’t work for me. Would love your thoughts!

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Gemi,

      Unfortunately, neither Wix nor Squarepace give you the ability to charge members monthly subscription fees. Wix does allow you to create members where they can access members-only pages, but you can’t charge them fees for this access, yet.

      One option is to check out Sentry Login. They are a premium membership tool and I think it can integrate with both Wix and Squarespace. Apparently they can turn your website into a paid membership website.

      Jeremy

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    Hey Jeremy, Great article. I have a question regarding Squarespace. If I chose to go with Squarespace, would there be any advantage (cost or otherwise) to setting up a domain and G Suite directly through Google first and then setting up a Squarespace account after?

    Thanks again for taking the time to provide all the helpful info.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Keith,

      There are pros and cons with getting your domain name and email (G Suite) separately, versus getting these services through Squarespace (or other drag and drop website builders that offer these features).

      Cost aside, it’s also a matter of convenience and control. We go over these in detail in our domain name guide here.

      Hope the guide helps!

      Jeremy

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    This was very helpful. Thank you so much!

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    Thank You! Great side-by-side and this is exactly the sort of thing I have been looking for to help me pick.

    As an additional note / update Google has now partnered with Squarespace. Previously when you registered through Google for your domain purchase, registration and services they just gave a list of popular website builder/host companies for that aspect of your development.

    Bottom line is that Squarespace websites should be much higher in Google search rankings by default as long as this partnership is in effect (whether one agrees with that Google policy or not is open to debate.)

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    Thank you for this very good article. In the past I’ve used several platforms for building my sites.

    Lately I switched from wix to squarespace. The main reason was, that Squarespace looks automatically good on every device. That saves a lot of time, because at wix I always had to use the mobile editor to get this side in a good shape for mobile viewing. And when if I did, on tablets with wix you’ll see just the website view like on PC. Also squarespace is faster on mobile devices, which I consider as very important.

    Having the freedom of putting anything everywhere, like it is with wix, can also let you run into a style trap. With squarespace the user is more limited, but their templates come generally with a very good taste and look.

    Warm regards all over from germany, Mario

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Mario,

      Thank you for your comment and sharing your experiences with us.

      If you use Squarespace and create blog posts, they have AMP activated which enables your blog posts to load lightening fast if your visitors find your posts on a Google search. That’s very advantageous as people generally don’t like to wait for webpages to load nowadays. But just be aware that this is only activated when your blog posts are found in Google search results.

      I also agree with you in terms of the templates. Squarespace’s designs are more stylish, but Wix offers more variety.

      Wix also allows you complete freedom of placing content anywhere on your webpages. But I can see how this can be challenging for some users if they go over-board in over-designing.

      Thanks for your comment!

      Jeremy

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    I love squarespace, but last year they stopped their transfer in a preexisting domain name service. You hv to buy the domain from squarespace & then build a website. This limits their usability as a website builder.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Frank,

      You don’t have to transfer your domain name to the website builder (such as Squarespace). You can actually connect your domain name from your domain name registrar to Squarespace. If you visit Squarespace’s support portal and search for “domain name” you’ll find instructions.

      We also have a beginners guide to domain names which will explain how this all works.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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    great site to help out with the difference bt builders and what to consider
    great job with this!!

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    Thank you so, so much for the very thorough comparison! This was extremely helpful and your article was very well done.

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    Hi Jeremy,

    Thank you for this concise article. It has definitely helped me move toward favoring one site builder over the other. One aspect that I have yet to figure out and hopefully you can help with is, what about SEO advantages? I must preface this by stating that I am sadly quite computer illiterate and so this may not make sense. I am a small business owner running my own massage practice and want to try my hardest to get on the first page of my local web searches for massage. Would one of the two aforementioned sites be better for that? Or how does that work?

    Also, I have a client who is doing some back end SEO work with keywords and he is suggesting I go with a friend of his who is a web designer that wants to charge me $2000 to revamp my sad and unresponsive existing website. My naive self wants to say “no way, I’ll go with a builder like WIX or Squarespace and just have him plug in-or what ever the lingo is-those keywords and roll with that. What are your thought?

    Thanks So Much Jeremy!

    Christiane

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Christiane,

      We have a guide to website builder SEO which you might find insightful. Hopefully it will point in the right direction

      Jeremy

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    Good job Jeremy.

    Crucial things that need mention are the build your store possibility with SS and their added security.
    The add-ons on WIX.
    Domain prices after first year for each?
    Multiple account logins?

    Very useful article.

    Guillermo

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Thank you, Guillermo.

      Both Squarespace and Wix have SSL enabled websites so your websites are property encrypted.

      Relating to Wix add-on’s or apps, that’s a great point. Wix offer hundreds of apps for you to bolt on to your website, if you want to expand the functionality of your website. We have a discussion about that here.

      For domain prices after the first year (you get a domain name for free if you sign up to Wix or Squarespace’s annual plan), the renewal rate is $14.95 per year ($24.85 if you include privacy registration), and $20 for Squarespace (including privacy registration).

      You can also invite multiple contributors to your website with both website builders.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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    This article was extremely helpful. Now, I’m going to try both before making a decision. I’ve had a website up with both platforms, but did not do the actual building. My former business partner, a graphic designer, did a poor job in creating both sites and they didn’t do the job. Now, I have an actual web designer as a partner and she’s going to help me make an informed decision. I’m going to share this eye-opening article with her.

    Thanks!

    CT

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Thanks for sharing this with us, Charles. Glad you found our comparison helpful.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,
    Thanks for the comparison! Super helpful!
    Beginner with no experience here! – I am wondering about backing up content, both content and images, is that possible with wix or squarespace? If not, is there a service that provides that option? I saw a comment below that mentioned longevity….I have been wondering about that as well, which lead me to this question.
    Thank you!!! Michelle

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Michelle,

      Wix and Squarespace allow you to restore your website if you make mistakes. So technically that means you have your content backed up.

      Take a look at our website builder comparison chart (see footnote 13) for more details.

      Jeremy

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    This was SO helpful! I am going with Squarespace!

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    Hello Jeremy,

    I’ve been trying to look into a few different website builders and one of the common features I don’t quite see clearly spelled out is “Do you have to use their templates?” Can you use a third-party template? I found some amazing designs from a different website I considered purchasing, but I don’t see Wix or Squarespace allowing that because of their in house support Can I safely assume you will redirect me to WordPress?

    Thanks! 🙂

    Jennifer

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Jennifer,

      If you want to import a premium template and use a drag & drop website builder, then Weebly is an option for you. You can see our review of Weebly here.

      If you search for “weebly templates”, you’ll find a few premium template providers out there.

      And of course, there are tons of premium templates available for WordPress users!

      Jeremy

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        Ok. I read the review. You mentioned that the templates are very limited (to font a color scheme). What if I used a third-party template that promises all these customization options – would it be difficult to customize them with Weebly’s limited interface?

        I will be using this for a small video services business.

        Thanks! 🙂

        • Jeremy Wong
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          Generally speaking, any non-Weebly built customizations will have to be done in the codes. Weebly’s interface does allow you to access the HTML and CSS of the template you are using.

          So it really depends on whether the third party template provide you with the coding instructions to customize the design. Maybe you can ask them directly?

          Jeremy

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    Good afternoon Mr. Wong,

    Thank you very much for your knowledge sharing.
    Which would you recommend for professional counseling services.

    Thank you,

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Dr. Al,

      Take a look at some of the templates offered by Wix. They have a broad selection of designs from various industries so you might find one that’s suitable.

      Further, Wix offers a tool called Wix Bookings which allows you to offer the ability for your website visitors to book appointments and pay through your website. I’m assuming that might be helpful to you?

      Jeremy

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        Good morning Mr. Wong,

        Indeed, thank you very much.

        Best regards,

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    Thank you for this comparison. This information was very helpful. Although I would have preferred to get an overall answer as to which site was the best I appreciate the encouragement to explore the sites independently.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Sandy,

      I think which website builder is the best is a bit subjective as it depends on what you’re looking for. But very generally speaking, I personally feel that Wix is better than Squarespace on an overall basis.

      But if you want a very design-oriented website (especially if you are a photographer, artist, or just someone who wants a very visually oriented website), then Squarespace is worth checking out.

      One way forward is to sign up to both Wix and Squarespace and invest some time to exploring how it is like to use them before making a decision. Each user has his/her own preferences and so one website builder might resonate more with the user.

      Jeremy

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    Hi: This is the most comprehensive guide that I have read, thank you for your review. I currently have a site that was built by a friend, but I want to take charge of it and manage it. It is a family ranch site that will be informational in nature on our animals. Nothing fancy but heavy on images and profiles. After reading your reviews I would be comfortable with either however the flexibility you mention to change with Squarespace has me leaning towards them. I will give both a trial run and then decide which way to go. Would you recommend one over the other where for a site like mine which is focused more on images and video for presentation and information purposes?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Jacob,

      Thanks for your comment. To be honest, I think both Wix and Squarespace have the tools to get the job done. It really comes down to how much you enjoy working with each one of them (they both have different user-interfaces) and if you can find a suitable design template to work with. So both will provide you with different experiences.

      I think you’re on the right track in trying out both of them. That’s the best way to determine which website builder you prefer to work with.

      Jeremy

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    Does google punish Wix site because they are not responsive? How does a non responsive site effect the SEO?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Nick,

      I don’t think so. Websites built using Wix are mobile ready. They have a dedicated mobile editor so when your visitors see your website on their mobile devices, it will be mobile friendly. Have a look at our mobile comparison guide here.

      I don’t think Google specifically said that websites must be mobile “responsive”. They will be given preference if they are mobile ready. There are a lot of very highly ranked, authoritative websites out there that are not mobile responsive. They are mobile friendly, though, as they have their own custom mobile designs.

      Jeremy

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    I think in squarespace you cannot remove the square space logo at the bottom of your website. But in Wix you can Is that right??.. i know its not a big thing but people can see that you have just used a service to create the website.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Kaush,

      You can definitely remove the Wix or Squarespace logos from your website, if you upgrade to their premium plans. With Wix, you’ll have to upgrade to at least their Combo plan.

      Jeremy

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    Thank you very much for this helpful information! I initially judged based on user interface and I really just liked how Squarespace had some kind of “Apple look” so-to-speak. But after reading this article I feel I am most likely proceeding with Wix. Wix is just so much easier to work with. And I mean hey, Wix is still pretty gorgeous (specially if you know what you’re doing).

    And man I am cooking something up at the Wix site right now and I am very excited to see the final result. I think that I should only start paying once I feel that my site (graphic design portfolio) is ready for launch. I don’t think I can take my time with Squarespace 14-day trial.

    And again thanks for the additional information like pricing, customer support and bandwidth. All super helpful. And it’s so much more convenient seeing a quick, honest and detailed review side by side.

    5-stars!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Vin.

      Yes, definitely take your time with Wix and you’re not in a rush to upgrade until you are ready. They don’t have a time limit on their free plan.

      Good luck with your website!

      Jeremy

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    Thank you for this overview. Very helpful. Can you comment on WIX vs Squarespace SEO effectiveness?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Keith,

      Take a look at our website builder SEO guide here. It will go into details about the basics of SEO that you should be aware of, and also benchmarks the SEO features of Wix and Squarespace.

      Here is also a website builder comparison chart that directly compares these two website builders too.

      Hope you find these resources helpful!

      Jeremy

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    Brilliant article with loads of useful information and comparisons that were not biased.

    Thanks for this and keep up the great work

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Thank you, Tosin. Glad you found this comparison helpful!

      Jeremy

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    Wonderful write up!
    Thanks!
    I have used Wix for three years. I have gotten used to it. But I need a new platform becasue Wix has gotten boring 😉
    I am now in the process of creating a webpage based on our Email Group which shares ideas and helping others on what they need and etc.
    On the site we would like to add galleries for weekly event pictures of events around our community. (so bandwidth can be crucial here). And many other community initiatives.

    Eventually people would want to place their ads on the site. (which they will send to me and I can post it)
    Is Wix or Squarespace in your vast experience and knowlegde good for what I am trying to accomplish?

    Thank so much!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Ben,

      I think both Wix and Squarespace can get the job done. So it really comes down to if you prefer Squarespace’s user interface and specific tools. Have you had a chance to sign up for a free trial? Just to get a good feel for what they offer.

      Also, could you elaborate what you mean by getting “boring”? Are you just looking for a new experience? Or are some of the features you’re looking for are not being offered?

      But it sounds like you’re having fun, which is awesome!

      Jeremy

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    Thank you – I needed this review. Well done. Would have liked to have seen comparison information on transferring a domain to either Wix or SquareSpace.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Rene,

      The domain transfer process is relatively similar. The motion you’ll need to go through to have your domain name released from your current domain name registrar will be the same, but the final transfer address to either Wix or Squarespace will be different.

      Both Wix and Squarespace have tutorials in their support center on how to do this.

      You might want to read our guide on domain names to determine if it is the best decision for you to transfer your domain name to the website builders. There are pros and cons.

      Jeremy

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    I work for a small community bank. I’m researching a web builder to host the brochure side of our site. It will require a login box (that will send them to a separate secure site) for customers to do e-banking. Would you have concerns with either of these companies for this purpose?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Wes,

      I was just wondering, if you want to send visitors to another secure site to performing e-banking services, why don’t you set the website up to just directly send people to the secure site, without them having to log in?

      It’s safer and more secure for people to log into their accounts directly on a secured site that has security levels that matches the need for banks. I’m not entirely sure if website builders will be able to match the security levels that is suitable for e-banking.

      You can definitely use either Wix or Squarespace to build a website for advertisement / brochure purposes. But I would suggest that you just link from this website to your e-banking login page (which is simple and doable with Wix or Squarespace). No need for your visitors to log in.

      Jeremy

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    Thank you for the comparison. I’m not sure, but I was told that in 2017, if a website doesn’t have SSL incorporated into their page, Google may block the entire website. Does both Wix & SquareSpace offer SSL security on their sites? Or can you add an SSL, if they don’t?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi there,

      That’s actually misinterpreted (sorry to say!) There are a lot of mis-information floating around the web so we all need to be a bit careful about that! So I’m glad you posted your question.

      The latest update from Google is that if your page involves a login function (such as if people are required to login as a member), and if the page is not SSL protected, then the Google Chrome browser will highlight to the visitor that the webpage is not SSL protected.

      Note that:

      1) This only occurs on pages where there is a login function.

      2) The warning (if any) only takes place if the visitor is using the Chrome browser.

      Of course, no one can predict if Google is going to take this up another notch and make SSL mandatory for all pages (including non-login pages). I’m not sure why they would do that for pages where the visitor is not required to submit any personal / private information such as passwords.

      If that happens, I’m pretty sure all website builders such as Wix and Squarespace will adapt as necessary.

      But to answer your other question directly, all webpages created by Squarespace can be SSL protected. They offer this feature right now.

      Jeremy

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    This article and comparison was incredibly insightful, informative, and helpful! Thanks! (I think I may go Squarespace….I’m a novice, and you helped give me perspective with the “Bandwidth” comparison.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey TJP,

      Glad our comparison here helped! Good luck with building out your website!

      Jeremy

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    Great comparison but I do believe you should of have included SEO capabilities. I know some people may think that there is not much of a need to compare but there are differences.

    For example: on Wix sure you can change the name of the web page URL but you cannot change the name of each individual product URL in the Wix store, which is very crucial if your site is e-commerce centric.

    Also, I know that some website builders do not allow you to customize all Header texts (Wix does, fortunately), or how you cannot import your very own Sitemap.XML I created with a third party but rather forced to use the one Wix provides.

    All in all, we’ve been using Wix for just over 3 months now and we still really like it. The biggest concern is the individual product page name in the Wix shop. If you have any suggestions on how to fix that it would be amazing. Considering individual products make up 80% of our pages (URL) this is crucial for SEO…

    example:
    http://imgur.com/a/sJtlj
    – We are ‘www.lenmark.com , and our immediate competition is Coast.

    – See how ours is gibberish, and theirs is the name along with some specs (voltage)?

    P.S.
    A really good thing that Wix (among many awesome features!) is that they have a place where you can vote for updates and features that you would like to see implemented on the site builder! In my case, we have actually been chosen for feedback and to test automatic shipping calculator feature that they are looking at implementing.

    This will literally change the way we operate. Currently, we are limited to being contacted since the merchandise we ship comes in such a wide array of sizes and dimensions (we sell new and used industrial machinery and components: forklifts, lathes, motors, compressors, pumps, etc. etc,)

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Awesome feedback, Eric! Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts with us!

      I also like how Wix is actively seeking feedback and that they have a structured process in place to allow people to request features. Although not every feature request will be created for practical reasons, it really does show that Wix is improving incrementally.

      Wix has been consistently adding new and improved features to their platform. That’s one of the bright spots about Wix. You can actually see their list of updates here.

      Jeremy

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    Jeremy,

    I was super impressed by your comparison, just wanted to express my appreciation for your thorough and helpful review.

    Sincerely,

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Thank you, Kimball. Glad you enjoyed our comparison here.

      Please do share it with others who might find this guide helpful. I’d really appreciate it!

      Jeremy

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    Hello,

    I an extreme amateur and I am putting together a site for a non-profit organization. These are the two web builders that I have narrowed it down too, what it may rely on is how people will be able to donate to the organization. We would like to use PayPal, do either of these hosts allow a PayPal collaboration of sorts?

    Thank you

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Brandy,

      Wix’s ecommerce features can be integrated with PayPal. However, they don’t have a donation function. What you can do is get the embed codes for the PayPal donation button from PayPal, then insert it into your Wix page using their “HTML Code” function. That way, a donation button will appear and people can click on it to donate. You can sign up to a free account and test that out.

      For Squarespace, they do have a specific donation function, but their payment collection is powered by Stripe (not PayPal). It’s straightforward to setup a Stripe account and the money gets deposited directly into your bank account after a few days.

      Jeremy

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    I’ve built several sites using Wix and love the ease and flexibility in building pages. But when I build new sites that require new URLs, even if I follow Wix’s instructions, the sites do not show up in Google searches. A friend told me that that is a huge problem and I should stop using Wix and use SS instead because Wix sites are hard to find. I don’t know a lot about SEO so maybe it’s me.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Elizabeth,

      Having your webpages show up in search results is not “automatic” per se. It does require you to promote your pages and there are a lot of good discussions about SEO if you search for them on Google. Picking one website builder over another does not mean you’ll pop up on the top of the search results!

      We also have a guide on website builder SEO here, which will give you a basic understanding of some of the issues you should be aware of.

      Jeremy

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    Jeremy,

    Thanks for the review. Great insight into the core considerations. Appreciate it.

    Wondering if you can provide your perspective in two additional areas:
    1. Versioning and analytics
    2. Capturing visitor data

    1. Versioning and Analytics: Our intent is to use Wix or Squarespace to create landing pages (to be used with paid search, email and Facebook marketing) for lead generation. We will want to test different versions of landing pages to determine which converts traffic into leads at a higher rate. Can you provide your thoughts as to which may serve our needs better?

    2. Capturing Visitor Data: My vision is to use Wix or Squarespace to create landing pages (to be used with paid search, email and Facebook marketing) for lead generation. Landing pages will provide more info to the visitor and encourage them to answer a 3-7 multiple choice questions, and provide their contact info. This data will be captured and followed up on by a sales force. Can you provide your thoughts as to which may serve our needs better?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Michael,

      If you’re handy with Google Analytics and crunching raw data, you probably only need to use Google Analytics.

      But there are landing page software / tools, such as LeadPages, where they allow you to create landing pages very quickly and will automatically provide statistics on conversion rates, allow you to split test different versions of your landing pages to see which one performs better, etc.

      It’s a paid tool, but is quite powerful and might save you a lot of time.

      Jeremy

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        JW!!! Incredibly valuable! Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

  49. #

    Jeremy, this was a great review. Thank you so much… this made choosing a lot easier!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Great! Glad we can be helpful to you.

      Jeremy

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    Hiya. Thanks for this great review. I had no idea what Squarespace was until I looked up alternatives to Wix when I noticed a few problems that have already been listed below. My major issue with Wix is the fact they Do Not give you an SSL Certificate. Thankfully I noticed it before I made a major error in judgement. On the other hand Squarespace automatically offers you an SSL Certificate when you buy from them and their rates don’t change the next year. I’m now thinking of trying Squarespace 🙂

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey there,

      Good point. Although I think that unless you require your website visitors to input sensitive information (such as email, address, credit card information), there isn’t a need for SSL. But if you do ask your visitors for those information, SSL is definitely helpful.

      If you use Wix to sell products, their check out / payment page does come with SSL (provided by the payment processor). So your customers’ private information in that regard is protected.

      Jeremy

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    Hi
    I am curious as to how long these sites will be around?
    Will they be outdated in a short time?
    Sorry if this is a novice question ?
    Brooke

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Brooke,

      This is actually a good and fair question. Nobody wants to rely on a business if it is not established and won’t be around for a long time!

      In my view, both Wix and Squarespace have been around for years, and will be around for many years to come.

      Wix has been around since 2006 (so 10 years as of today), and Squarespace was founded in 2004 (12 years as of today).

      I know it’s not decades, but considering how fast the internet is evolving and growing, they’re “veterans”!

      Jeremy

  52. #

    Great article comparison. But I’m still unclear on a couple things. I own an art gallery and need to create a new website since Windows 10 made my website editing software unsupported! My main question is regarding mobilization. I don’t feel that I need to edit my website on a tablet/phone, but are customers still able to view my website on their tablet and phone using Wix. I feel being able to search our website on a phone or tablet is ultra important because that is how most people are obtaining information. I like the look of square space templates but they do look very contemporary. Can I change the background color from stark white to a softer white…Also, I would like about 7-8 tabs to click on to get different information from. The cost is not an issue for me. Also, why are people choosing a square space, Wix option instead of using a designer? What is the difference there? Thank you so much for your time.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Shari,

      You can build websites with Wix and Squarespace on your desktop browser. So it doesn’t matter which version of Windows you ares using. You just open your web browser, log on either your Wix or Squarespace account and you can start building your website. You do need to have an internet connection, though.

      Both Wix and Squarespace are mobile ready, so your visitors can definitely visit your website on their mobile devices. Wix has a separate dedicated mobile editor, and Squarespace’s templates are mobile responsive. We have more information about their differences here.

      Squarespace provides you with a style editor so you can edit the design that way.

      As for why people pick a drag & drop website builder, have a look at our discussion here.

      Hiring a designer is a process that takes time and money. If money is not an issue for you, read our guide on how to hire web designers or developers.

      Jeremy

    • #

      Hey Shari, check out Masterpiece Solutions. They make websites and systems specifically for art galleries.

  53. #

    Your analyses are soooo helpful! I don’t like to make a big investment without proper knowledge, and your website has definitely helped me. Thanks for providing such details in so manny different ways. May God bless you and your work!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Thank you and I’m glad you found our comparison helpful!

      Jeremy

  54. #

    I am learning a lot from your postings. 3 Questions:

    1. Just how MUCH EASIER is it to use WIX than SQUARESPACE ?

    2. And, just WHICH features, parts, processes (or whatever) are more difficult on Squarespace?

    3. What accounts for that greater difficulty?

    I am leaning strongly towards SquareSpace – but I don’t want to get myself into a mess.

    Thank you.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Kathleen,

      Thanks for your note.

      It’s hard to say exactly as it’s so subjective to evaluate how “much easier”.

      I’d say in my own experience, Wix is easier. That’s the general feedback I get from people as well. That’s not saying Squarespace hard, just not as easy.

      I think at the end of the day, I’d suggest you sign up for a free account with Wix and a free trial account with Squarespace and invest a few hours “playing” with each platform.

      This hands-on experience will give you a much better sense of which platform works better for you. What works for others might not work for you!

      Jeremy

  55. #

    You missed he most important part. You cannot effectively use squarespace on your mobile phone or iPad. When I travel I need to bring a computer. Wix is much easier to use on other devices.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Jenny,

      Thanks for your comment. Could you elaborate a bit more about what you mean?

      Do you mean you can’t edit your Squarespace website on your mobile device?

      They have Apps you can download for you to edit blog posts, track analytics and manage online sales (if you run an ecommerce store).

      But if you are referring to building or editing your webpages, then yes you’ll need your laptop / desktop to do so.

      Jeremy

  56. #

    Great comparison, Jeremy. Do you know which has better SEO capabilities? Thanks!

  57. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Which would you recommend if I’m a working actor moving to Los Angeles? I’d like to keep my site relatively simple but professional – Photos / headshots, acting resume, links to films/commercials, and my reel. Maybe several pages in total.

    I’m very involved with social media but have never built my own site before. Please help, thank you!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello there,

      To be quite honest, I think either Wix or Squarespace can allow you to build a professional looking website. Personally I think Wix is a bit easier to use, but Squarespace’s design templates look awesome.

      I think one thing you can consider doing, is signing up to both website builders and play around with them. That’s the only way you can gain some exposure to see which one you prefer working with.

      But at the end of the day, both will get the job done well for you.

      Jeremy

  58. #

    Hello,
    I have built several sites with Wix. I have just begun a site with Squarespace and lIke it so far (not for first time builders IMO). Jeremy is right on point..Wix is a much easier platform to learn…on the other side is alot of the features you may want to incorporate (forms, restaurant online ordering, list building, etc) are extra monthly costs. Also, Wix (at this time) does not support redirecting to an external mobile site when users are on mobile devices. Squarespace allows a developer to implent their own code to accomplish many of these tasks if they choose.

    -Mark

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Mark,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

      Jeremy

  59. #

    Hi,

    I am after a platform that allows you to have a social community. Basically where users can create logins and search for other people, much like couchsurfing. Could you please advise which website would best suit this. I have had a look at wix and squarespace and they dont seem to have any similar plugins/functionality for this.

    Thanks,
    Peter

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Peter,

      I think you’re right in that Wix and Squarespace don’t offer this feature (yet). Have you tried Google searching for “social network website builder” or something similar to that? A few options popped up when I searched.

      Jeremy

    • #

      You are looking for SOCIAL ENGINE.
      Best,
      Sir Robinson

  60. #

    Thank you Jeremy. This was SUPER helpful.

    I’ve been using Wix for years. I considered using Squarespace but like the review said there was a higher learning curve so I always decided against it. I DO like how Wix allows you to edit the mobile version. On the other hand it *would be nice* to have a fully mobile responsive site.

    It seems to me that Wix has more templates and may be better for the mom and pop shop or non-website designer. Squarespace has modern/minimalist templates which seems to lend themselves to fashion/ high end clothiers, swanky/ new-agey restaurants, photographers and elite hipster types. I would say Wix has a larger variety in terms of “looks” and templates for hotels (villas to B&B’s), health & wellness, education, etc.

    On the other hand, I do agree that Squarespace has better designers — the templates are cleaner, more streamlined and just have an extra refined look.

    The conclusion: Wix is best for non-designers and Squarespace may be easier for people with design backgrounds (until you get over the learning curve of course.) Wix is totally user-friendly and I’ve had good experiences with the Support team. Although I am a Wix fan, I must agree with Jeremy – “I just can’t help but admire Squarespace’s templates!”

    Thanks again Jeremy for your detailed analysis. It really helped!!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Wow, thanks for sharing your thoughts, Lauren!

      Your conclusion really summarizes and aligns with our thoughts as well. Your summary will really be helpful for our other readers as well!

      Thanks SO much again!

      Jeremy

  61. #

    I really enjoyed the article, extremely helpful. One question, I am looking to build a website with filters to enable potential customers to filter data to specific interests/tastes. Do either of these sites offer that functionality, if both do, which would you recommend?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Scott,

      Unfortunately, I’m not aware of a filtering tool for either Wix or Squarespace.

      If that is a very important tool to you, something like WordPress will have this available.

      But in terms of drag & drop builders, you will have to use something like Weebly. Weebly gives you access to its HTML & CSS codes, so you can custom code the function into the website (or hire someone to do that for you).

      Jeremy

  62. #

    Wix uses Ajax crawling and I see Google responds less well to the wix SEO… What do you think???

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Howard,

      I don’t think that is the case. Have a look at the SEO section in our review of Wix here.

      Also, this website builder SEO guide might also be insightful for you.

      Jeremy

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        Hi Jeremy
        With wix can I get my own domain and / or hosting service and if so, is this indeed preferable? ( ps. What if I try the plunge of learning WordPress … Can it be moved over to it?)
        Last and pretty important , can I get display ads put on wix if a manufacturer wants to advertise directly with me? ( box or banner, I think they call them?). What about email???
        Howard

        • Jeremy Wong
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          Hi Howard,

          If you use Wix, you won’t be able to migrate any content into WordPress.org. However, you can keep your domain name and connect it to your WordPress later, if you want to.

          If you want a website builder that can have its content transferred into a WordPress site, Squarespace is a good choice to consider. Take a look at this guide here.

          With Wix, you can certainly place image ads / banners into your website.

          They also offer you the ability to connect to an email service that’s powered by Google. This information can be found on Wix’s site.

          Jeremy

  63. #

    Great Article. Thank you. As my small business scales, can I easily upgrade my site with Square Space to take advantage of the increased capabilities?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Michael,

      Yes. You can upgrade / downgrade at any time. However, just note that Squarespace only offers you a 14-day trial period. So to continue using them, you’ll have to subscribe to at least their lowest plan.

      With Wix, you can continue to build your website under their free plan (but with limitations, of course).

      Jeremy

  64. #

    In the four differences you mentioned you left out the biggest difference which is huge and a real game changer for anyone interested in hoping to build a website for a business not just for play. That difference is that with WIX, once you have finished building your website and publish it to the web, you find out that WIX adds cryptic code to your URLs (called Ajax coding). Instead of having a clean, professional looking web address, you end up with confusing amateurish web addresses.

    For instance if you make a website for a bakery called ABC Bakery and you have a page all about your bagels you would expect to have a web address that reads: ‘www.abc-bakery/bagels. Instead, it will read: ‘www.abc-bakery/#!bagels/c1bv3 Who could ever remember that crazy URL to tell a customer?

    You WILL NOT find out about this problem until after you have spent all that time working on your site and publishing it to the web. Too late to change things! It is ruinous for a serious business that wants a professional looking website.

    Interesting to note: WIX themselves do not use the Ajax system on their own website because they know that addresses like ‘www.abc-bakery/#!bagels/c1bv3 are terribly unprofessional. They sell a service that they do not use themselves.

    If you want a serious, professional website DO NOT USE WIX.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Marc,

      Thanks for your comment. I agree and disagree with your comment.

      Including those symbols in a URL could look a bit messy, and that’s why Wix has a “URL Cleaning” function where you can alter your webpage address to whatever you want it to be.

      This pretty much solves the problem you are referring to.

      Thanks,

      Jeremy

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        I am a WIX user and have been frustrated with the Ajax thing in the URL as well! But I noticed that it seems to have gone now, WIX has probably finally fixed it! 🙂

        Thanks for your article thou Jeremy, very useful! I have been trying to do a photography site in WIX but end up I keep changing mind on the template and yes – I have to redo the whole site.

        So I went to wordpress but now I am thinking to give a try to squarespace after reading your comparison 🙂

        • Jeremy Wong
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          Hey Davistiano,

          Yup I think Wix did a good job in enabling you to customize your webpage addresses!

          Give Squarespace a try and see what you think! The best way to understanding which website builder works best for you is to get some hands on experience!

          Jeremy

  65. #

    thanks a lot Jeremy, the comparison was real help.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Thanks for your feedback Rahul!

  66. #

    Squarespace is not available in my country. Wix is. That was a pretty easy decision for me.

  67. #

    I have been told that Wix is less good in terms of Google and your SEO stuff – does anyone have any thoughts?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Stuart,

      We do have our own views about this. Take a look at the SEO discussion on our Wix review page here.

      We also have another discussion about SEO for website builders in general here.

      Hope these are helpful!

      Jeremy

  68. #

    Great article! I’m still reading. Gentle little grammar check in section 4. I think you mean: “Who is more popular?” I followed you here from the wix vs. wordpress article and feel like I’m going with squarespaces now.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Matthew,

      Thanks for the note!

      Glad we were able to point you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

  69. #

    Thankyou for a great read and – just as informative q & a.

    Appreciate everything I’ve been reading, always hard to find solid advice!.

    Cheers
    J

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Thanks for your comment J!

      Glad you found our discussions helpful.

      Jeremy

  70. #

    Very well read article!
    i was wondering if wanted to do articles, sell music and shirts and 3d printed objects, coupled with random self promotion/interpersonal promotion which would you recommend?/

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Dmar,

      Wix might be interesting for you to test out, as they have a dedicated Music sales tool to help you sell your music. You can of course, sell other physical items that you mentioned with Wix’s ecommerce tools.

      So worth exploring testing out Wix.

      Jeremy

  71. #

    Will either one of these allow me to link my existing godaddy domain to the site that I create or do they force you to use their own service?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Ricky,

      Both Wix and Squarespace allow you to connect your domain name from GoDaddy (or other domain name registrars) to your website. So you are not forced to use their own domain name services. They just have that service out of convenience.

      We have a guide on domain names which you might find helpful as well.

      Jeremy

  72. #

    Great info. Thank you! I’m looking to build an ecommerce site for a storefront with online presence. As far as integrating a POS is there a benefit one over the other?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Kyla,

      If you want to integrate a Point of Sale (POS) system with your ecommerce online store, I’d suggest you take a look at Shopify (one of the best ecommerce builders today).

      They have an in-house POS system that fully syncs with the online store that you build with their system. We have more discussion about that here.

      Jeremy

  73. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Which would you recommend for a rock band? This would include a merch page to sell CDs and t-shirts? I’ve tried the 14 day trial with SQS and must admit it took some getting used to as I have no experience with sort of thing. The main issue I’m having is with listing the t-shirts. I’m able to list them but can’t seem to allow people to specify which size they want? Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Simon,

      Take a look at Wix Music. Wix has specific tools for musicians to sell products online! I think you’ll like what you see.

      Jeremy

  74. #

    Hi Jeremy – thanks for the high level comparison. I’ve used Wix in the past and found it easy to use but there are limitations. The main sticking point I’m finding now is the inability to use a 3rd party testing site like Optimizely since I can’t insert the required code into the page. Does Squarespace allow this type of editing?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Phil,

      Sorry to hear that you can’t get Optimizely to work with Wix.

      I just did a quick search and it looks like Optimizely will work with Squarespace, based on their tutorial here.

      Jeremy

  75. #

    Btw… isnt it possible to build a website with wix just like one of those squarespace templets?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      With Wix, you can position any content anywhere. So you can mimic pretty much any websites you see out there. Of course it won’t be perfect, but at least on the surface it will look similar.

      The exception for mimicking a Squarespace website is that with Wix, their websites are not mobile responsive. Instead, you have a dedicated mobile editor where you can personalize how you want your Wix site to be displayed on mobile devices. We have more discussion about this here.

      Jeremy

  76. #

    Good read. And good comments with q and a. Heres my experience. I do renders and animation. I use Maya,3dmax,zbrush and use Vray,maxwell,iray and mentalray for the final renders. Finally I use vega and premier for my editings. Now im launching a career with my skills and never learned any code but basic Ruby. So worth that being said, I searched and came across wix and squarespace.

    I decided to go with squarespace due to the professional looking sites. But after playing with it for 3 days, im so sick of the user interface! Its not great and intuitive. Its a bit sluggish in response and i found that most of the templets are really similar to each other. Only major difference is the 4 or 5 templetes with parallax scrolling. But the rest are freaking the same in a way. I didn’t get that “ohh ahhh feeling from switching from one to the other.

    So. .. i decided to give wix a try, HUGE DIFFERENCE! . The UI is far superior and responsive. And the blank templet gives you so much freedom than all the squarespace templets combined! So ill be using wix. Only thing I’m not too happy with wix is the seo everyone says sucks. But thats not the case like this article says. Also the lack of not injecting your own code bums me out but hell, i dont want to learn another program.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Thanks for your comment.

      Wix does give you a lot more creative freedom over Squarespace. So if that works better for you, then keep testing out Wix.

      I guess it’s really a matter of personal preference. Some people will like Squarespace more than Wix for different reasons, or vice versa.

      As for getting a Wix website to rank well in search engines, yes a lot of people say that it’s “impossible”. But then, a lot of people also say it’s impossible to do a lot of things, yet time and time again we see that it is possible (with the right approach).

      A lot of folks out there said to use WordPress instead because they rank well in search results, but that’s simply not the case. One can’t expect to use WordPress and automatically be ranked high in search results. It just doesn’t work that way, unfortunately!

      A website builder is just a tool, and it’s how a person uses the tool that matters. Just because a person is handed the key to a Ferrari, doesn’t automatically make the person the best driver in the world!

      We have more discussions about SEO in our FAQ page here.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  77. #

    Jeremy: Great summary and resource! Thanks. Very helpful. I am more familiar with Squarespace but after reading everything, I am inclined to check out WIX. Curious as to how the mobile/tablet editor works on WIX and how much it solves the responsive issue.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Glenn,

      Thanks for reading our discussion here. Wix’s mobile editor does not solve the mobile responsive issue, as Wix doesn’t support mobile responsiveness.

      However, they are mobile friendly as they have a dedicated mobile editor so your site will work perfectly well on mobile devices.

      Their mobile editor allow you a lot more flexibility than a responsive design, as you can re-position content around your mobile layout, or choose to hide certain elements if you want to. So this gives you more layout design options, while a responsive design just takes what you have on your desktop version of your website, and automatically re-positioning all the content without you having any control over it (unless you edit the codes).

      So they’re quite different. It’s worth a shot to sign up for a free Wix account and check out their editor so you can assess it for yourself. We also have a discussion article here that talks about this as well – you might find it helpful.

      Jeremy

  78. #

    Hi

    We are currently using Weebly for our dog rescue & are looking at changing to Wix for more flexibility. Someone suggested trying Squarespace, which led me to this article.

    The most important thing apart from cost, is that we have a good gallery/portfolio to showcase dogs up for adoption. I was hoping to find a template or app that would have a gallery showing a single photo of each dog, which when clicked, would open a gallery with write up, for that dog. Some have videos too.

    I haven’t seen anything with this type of thing already in a template, unless I have simply missed it. As the dogs on the site change regularly, I need something that I can update quickly & easily, without having to build pages in the background each time I add a dog.

    Any advice or links to purpose built apps would be greatly appreciated please?!

    Many thanks

    Mel

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Mel,

      Squarespace has the Image block where you can insert caption below the image. But I’m not sure how much text you can add as there may be limits (a couple of sentences, but not paragraphs, I suspect).

      With Wix, check out their App Market as they have a couple of gallery apps (POWr or Impressive Slideshow). I just read their product description and you can insert captions.

      So definitely check out those tools. You can sign up to Squarespace for a 14 day free trial, or Wix for unlimited free trial. Give them a test to see if they actually work out for you!

      Jeremy

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      Mel – small company, but with gallery pages that might interest you; not sure if the photo’s can be active – but since you enter some code, maybe. Or, they might be able to do just that part for you. Nice people.

      The website for BALMORAL CASTLE is built on an Allwebco Template. Lots of designers use these templates.

      ALL WEBCO DESIGN / ALL WEBCO TEMPLATES

      but these are not for beginners. If you have experience putting up sites, they may work for you – otherwise probably not.

  79. #

    Hey Jeremy,

    Thank you for this very informative article !

    I fall into the category you mentioned in the beginning: built my website since the beginning of the year with WIX only to find out today, that WIX websites just don’t show up on google.

    What is your experience with that? I have already started to build a new site with other builders but I love my old one. Do you think there is any truth to that, will google change anything soon or should I start building with a new host?

    Thanks so much,
    Franziska

    • Jeremy Wong
      #

      Hey Franziska,

      Wix websites DO show up on Google search results! In fact, Google actually highlighted Wix next to WordPress in their Google Webmasters Discussion Forum (we discussed this in the SEO section of our Wix review article here).

      One of the things (myths) that most new website owners is that once you build a website, then your website will automatically show up in people’s searches – which unfortunately, won’t be true.

      I guess one thing to consider is how many websites there are in the world, about the same topic as your website. Probably hundreds of thousands, if not millions. A lot of these websites are much older, and much larger than yours (considering that your site is new).

      So in a way, if your website rises to the top of search results this quickly and easily, then you can just as easily be “de-throned” when someone else creates a new website tomorrow. Know what I mean?

      Getting your website to rank well in search engines is a long term game. Amongst many different things, it requires you to add a lot of value / content to your website, to promote your website to the right audience, etc.

      We have a lot more discussion about this in our FAQ page. I think you’ll find it informative.

      I know it’s frustrating not to see your website appear in search engines (yet), but I guess that’s just a way to separate those who take a long term view of good, consistent building content, and those who give up too quickly. So don’t give up!

      Jeremy

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        Thank you so much for taking the time to reply Jeremy!
        You made my day.
        (And probably that of many others with the same worry!)

  80. #

    Jeremy, you’re a saint!

    Meanwhile, my couple of questions, now deciding between Squarespace and Wix:
    1. As a photographer I like to include dynamic pages, mainly good inbuilt slideshow functionability – do you know which is better?
    Also I’ve created slideshows in the past using eg. bigfolio, I guess I can insert them into either utilizing a link?
    2. For another line of work ie. now as a massage therapist, neither would support 2 sites correct?
    3. Are there any outstanding downsides (or greater advantages) of note to either Squarespace or Wix for photographers that you know of?

    Thanks much in advance!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Suzanne,

      Thanks! Glad you’re enjoying our discussions here.

      I think in general, the best thing to do is sign up for free test accounts with both web builders, and invest a few hours into “playing” around with each one of them. Sometimes, a lot of people focus so much on studying what features / tools are available from the “outside” and find out that they don’t like how the actual website builder works from the “inside”.

      Take your time to work with some of the tools that you’re concerned about (such as slideshows, gallery functions), and don’t forget to try to use their support system to see which one you prefer. That’s a really important part of your overall experience too.

      Having said that, both web builders will work fine for photographers and for massage therapists. Generally speaking, photographers tend to lean towards Squarespace as their template designs tend to be favored by photographers.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

  81. #

    Hi Jeremy! Thanks for the great article.

    I am building a website for pizza shop that will have online/mobile ordering. Do you think one builder is better than the other for this option?

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Adrienne,

      Wix actually has a food ordering App that you can use so you can take online food orders and receive payments.

      Just visit their App Market and search for “Food”.

      Squarespace doesn’t have this function, but you can integrate Open Table with a website built with their platform.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  82. #

    I started with squarespace, and have since switched to wix. As someone coming from a graphics background rather than having any kind of coding/website building experience, I found squarespace to be difficult to use. Wix is much more intuitive and builds your site more like a graphics program in my opinion. I also like that I can design my site for free with wix, and only start paying once my site is ready to go live (to remove the adds, and start accepting payments). I’m building a website slowly over time as a part of a side business, so I’d rather not be wasting money with squarespace with a website that I don’t really need to be active yet.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Jesse,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with using both Wix and Squarespace with us. I’d definitely agree that Wix is easier to use.

      In addition to that, they are continuously introducing advanced and updated designs, and also business tools (such as booking / scheduling engines). So they are very business friendly.

      You’re also right that Wix allows you to “test out” their platform without any time limitations. So users can definitely take their time to build out their site before upgrading (or if at all).

      I guess from Squarespace’s perspective, if you don’t “love” their platform after the 14 day trial, you most likely won’t sign up anyway. In a way, that is sensible from a business perspective as free users may bog down their support staff. By implementing a time limit on the trial period, Squarepace can focus all their resources to serve paying customers.

      There isn’t a right or wrong approach I guess. It’s just different ways of doing business!

      Jeremy

  83. #

    Hey there,

    First of all, I hope you guys are nominated for a Pulitzer or a Nobel prize, because the amount and quality of information you are providing here is pretty amazing. My hat is off to you. Truly an inspiring website that others should aspire to.

    I wanted to add something about the comparison on this page. I haven’t had any experience with WIX, but I have to say that my experience with Squarespace is by and large dismal. Sometimes the email support gets back to you withiin an hour — but that is very much the exception rather than the rule — and I have waited on more than one occasion for 48 hours before getting an answer. And then, as is often the case, what if their answer prompts another question? Often they will just give you a URL in the support base which doesn’t actually answer your question (which is why you emailed!) The live chat is an improvement, but it will take much longer than a phone call would — it’s simply not as efficient as talking to somoene on the phone (who cannot be talking to four people at once as the live chat people are).

    Squarespace has some attractive features, but their support is not one of them.

    Nonetheless, this is a great resource and you should be commended for pouring so much work into this and all the other pages you’ve done so extraordinarily well.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello David,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with us and with our readers.

      I guess no single platform is “perfect”, especially with their support teams. Also, each user will have a different set of experiences.

      I personally haven’t had any issues with them and found Squarespace’s support team to be very helpful.

      Of course, my own experience is not representative of what others should experience. I may have posed questions when they weren’t as busy, or my questions might be much easier to answer compared to yours.

      Also, Squarespace has been growing over the past few years, so their support burden has no doubt increased. That may also cause some level of support quality issues, especially during peak hours.

      So thanks for sharing your experiences with us. This is a real issue across all services, so it’s good to be aware of it!

      Jeremy

  84. #

    Thanks for the breakdown. Your pages are very very helpful.
    Question: Do all of these popular web builders allow you to create both static web pages AND blog pages. I need the option of blogging.
    Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Thanks Chrys! Glad our discussions here are helpful.

      The answer is yes. You can definitely create blog posts with either Wix or Squarepace. In fact, all the drag & drop website builders we’ve covered allow you to create a blog as part of the website.

      Jeremy

  85. #

    Thanks for the great review.
    Are you familiar at all with MemberSpace or Sentry for a login on a Squarespace site? From what I read you can not have a login on a Squarespace site unless you use one of these but they do not seem to be secure options. This login is a very important piece of my site so I’m wondering if another website builder would have the login functionality built in and be a better solution for me?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Amy,

      Squarespace currently doesn’t have a membership login function, but Wix does in their app store. Weebly also has a membership function.

      However, the membership function from Wix and Weebly are non-paying subscription – so you can’t charge members a fee.

      If you want to set up a membership gateway and charge monthly fees, then I also heard that Sentry Login can work with both Squarespace and Wix. But I haven’t used them before, but I know they’ve been around for at least a few years.

      Jeremy

  86. #

    Hi. I want to build a website is bester for SEO. I want my site is easier to search on Google. So Which website builder is Better for me? WIX or squarespace? Please help me.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi there,

      That’s a really hard question to answer, and if anyone tells you that one is 100% better than the other is probably not very reliable.

      I’ve mentioned this in response to many other comments as well, but search engine ranking is not determined by which website builder you use. Not even close!

      A lot of people read somewhere online that using WordPress will guarantee high rankings, and it’s just not accurate (based on my own experience anyway). If it was that easy, then everybody would rank highly in search results (which means nobody will).

      The last I read, there are over 200 search ranking factors that Google evaluate, so I believe that one should focus on the more important factors rather than spending so much effort determining which web builder will yield better results.

      One important factor to focus on when you are working on improving your SEO, is to promote your content / website to authoritative websites, so that perhaps they will link back to your website. These sort of links are challenging to get as it shows Google that the other website is “endorsing” your website. So your website and content has to be top notch.

      In any case, my personal suggestion is to use the website builder that you enjoy using the most. Create some really helpful and interesting content, then go and share them with larger, more authoritative websites! If those sites like it, they may share a link to your website, or share it with their follows. From there, you can gain some good traction to getting more traffic.

      I wished there was an easier way. it’s a lot of work and that’s why some websites rank higher than others!

      Jeremy

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    I use Wix and link it with my domain name and there is no wix attached to it that I can see. So that piece of information may be incorrect.

    (it keeps telling me to resubmit–if you get more than one)

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Carla,

      If you connect your domain name to your Wix site, your website address will no longer display the “wix” subdomain. It will only display your own domain name.

      So it sounds like you have successfully connected your own domain name to your Wix site.

      Jeremy

  88. #

    Do you know anything about email? From what I can see is that for email with your own domain name, they both use google apps. In the Squarespace Business Plan, it seems to include that in the plan, but in the Wix Ecommerce (which would be somewhat similar to the squarespace business) you have to add it. Google Apps charges 3.75 a month for that, so it seems that in the end, with email you would end up paying more with Wix Ecommerce totaling $19.92/month and Squarespace at $18/month. Is this accurate?

    I also know that the Squarespace business only allows up to 25 products to be sold, for me that’s not a problem at all being I offer customer services and only sell a few set and already made designs at a time. What do you think about the email though?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Tyler,

      Keep in mind that while Squarespace does give you free email service with Google Apps, it’s only for the first year. You’ll have to pay for the service yourself after the first year.

      Having said that, I do suggest you test out both website builders to see which one you prefer overall. I guess what I’m saying is don’t let a few dollars of savings (for the first year only) sway you from picking the best website builder for your needs. Also, both Squarespace and Wix have different user interfaces, so you may prefer one over the other!

      Hope this provides you with some helpful guidance.

      Jeremy

  89. #

    Can you compare features please, for example which (if either): automatically resizes (optimises) image size from large primary uploaded image; enables text wrapping around image; has ‘on mouseover’ text (or image) when hovering over text (or image); allows direct import of images (& docs) from cloud storage (My Drive etc); displays pdf (or other formats) directly without downloading and opening; has blank template, allows font sizes and colours etc to be set upfront (default) for whole website; an, html code (embedded docs etc).

    Thanks, BFN Carlos

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Carlos,

      The best way to experience the features is to sign up for trial accounts and get your “hands dirty” so to speak. That’s the most effective way to evaluate which website builder suits your needs better, as each user is different.

      We try to bring out some of the bigger / macro points for potential users to consider. But when it comes down to the nitty gritty details, it’s best to dive right in and start using the website builders! Wix has an unlimited free usage period, and Squarespace gives you 14 days which is generally sufficient for you to get a sense of whether you like them or not.

      Jeremy

  90. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Firstly, great article!

    I plan on using a website builder to create my own website design business. My plan is to then use the same website builder over and over again to build customer websites ( thus getting away from the need to learn over complicated coding ). Wix will not allow you to host their website anywhere else and the option to transfer to another template is a non starter so i’m leaning towards Squarespace as WordPress is overly- complicated and potentially buggy. Do you have any thoughts on using these builders as a means of creating websites for others as a business?!

    Cheers
    Peter

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Peter,

      Take a look at Weebly’s Designer Platform. They allow you to “white label” the their website builder, so your clients wont’ know that you are building their websites with Weebly.

      So when your clients log into their website, they will only see your web firm’s name, and not Weebly’s. It’s very popular amongst web designers offering website building services.

      Jeremy

  91. #

    Hi Jeremy- Thanks for the article!

    I’m planning to build two websites in the near future…

    I’m thinking using WIX for one domain, and Squarespace for another.

    Do you think that’s an okay idea? Or is it a “smarter” choice to just use one website builder for both domains….

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Connie,

      It’s really up to you! Either way will work. But I’d suggest you test drive both Wix and Squarespace to see which one you prefer to work with. Usually a person will prefer one platform over the other. So if you enjoy using Wix more than Squarespace, or vice versa, you might want to consider building both sites with one of them. A benefit is that you can become more proficient with one website builder, which should improve your web building experience!

      Jeremy

  92. #

    Hi, thanks for the helpful comparison. I was very suprised to read you saying that wix.com cannot be removed from domain names, as that’s simply not the case (my boyfriend has a wix site with his own domain.) Could you update this info, as it’s very misleading?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Sarita,

      The only way to remove the “Wix” term from your domain name is if you upgrade to one of their paid plans. So if you’re using the free version of Wix, you can only use their subdomain structure with your website. So your boyfriend must have upgraded to one of Wix’s paid plans.

      Jeremy

  93. #

    Very helpful comparisons. Appreciate all your input and tech savvy!

    I have a website – plantbasednana.com that was built by a designer and now hosted by her. Two weeks ago my NAV bar disappeared and margins on my welcome page box off center. She is unresponsive to my phone calls and emails. Very frustrating as folks are unable to access recipes from my site; instead must do google search for recipes link. And I’m paying a yearly fee. Since she hasn’t responded – and that’s unusual for her – I might have to rebuild my own site.

    I’m still debating between WIX and Squarespace. Don’t know if you do this, but if you check out my site, you might be able to advise which builder to go with. I’m very frustrated at this point. Thanks for all you do to help us out there in cyberspace!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Joanne,

      Sorry to hear about your situation. That’s one of the risks of hiring a designer / developer to help you build your website.

      I tried to take a peek at your website but it’s not loading for me. In any case, I would suggest you sign up for both Wix and Squarespace and test them out to see which one you prefer to work with.

      Squarespace has a 14 day free trial period so hopefully that will be sufficient for you to make a decision. Wix has a free plan so you can give them a test drive as well.

      Good luck with that!

      Jeremy

  94. #

    Hi Jeremy, thanks for amazing articles and comparisons on these web site builders as well as informative answers to all the comments. I was about to rush into starting a website with Wix, now you’ve convinced me to take a step back and try Squarespace’s 14 day trial as well. I’ve also bookmarked your site, so if…WHEN…I have questions about website building in the future, I’ll know where to look first.

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Kristinn,

      Glad you found our discussions here helpful! Squarespace also has a lot to offer. At the end of the day, there is no “perfect” website builder out there, as they all offer you different pros & cons. So it’s definitely prudent to test them out to see which one you prefer to work with.

      Good luck with Squarespace!

      Jeremy

  95. #

    So I have tried both, mostly Wix because it is much easier. I created a draft in Wix utilizing the free images. I found those same images on Squarespace but for a $10 charge. Also I have reached out to the Chatline for squarespace… I could see that I was “1” in the queue, but I stayed on hold for over 10 minutes. From reading some of the post, it seemed that squarespace was favored, if that is the case I totally DISAGREE! I will stick with Wix.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Carmelita,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

      The images on Squarespace that cost $10 are from Getty Images, which is a professional images seller / licensor. That’s why it costs money to license images from them.

      As for Squarespace’s support, if you’re waiting in line for a while (they’re quite busy at times, especially during certain times of the week), try emailing them to get your answers.

      But if you’re happy with Wix, definitely stay with them! They’re a great website builder too!

      Jeremy

  96. #

    Hi Jeremy, great article. I have a question. I am currently using a custom premade WordPress template I paid for to sell digital download(instrumentals) but it’s very limited to only what the creator of the theme made it available. I was searching around for other options and I never realized that there was options to create beautiful websites easily with such as SQS, wix, weebly and etc. I am seriously in love at the moment with ideas and with the fact that I can create a website just the way I want to without paying thousands of dollars. I am currently messing with wix but I think it’s a little cheesy when it come to creating digital download options. So may I ask you, what would you suggest for music contents, service and digital downloads. Thanks.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Jay,

      Yeah for pre-set WordPress themes it can a bit limiting, but solvable if you can edit the codes (or hire someone to help you with it).

      As to selling digital products, all the of the drag and drop website builders you referenced have that capability (Wix, Squarespace, Weebly).

      So I’m not entirely sure what you mean by “cheesy” so I can’t give you an opinion. But in general, the best way to find out which website builder you like the most is to sign up for a free / trial account to test things out yourself. As there are a lot of tools beyond the ability to sell digital products – so make sure you play around with each builder to see which one better suits your needs.

      The drawback of Squarespace is that they only allow you to integrate your check out cart with Stripe (which is popular and effective, but some people prefer more options, such as PayPal).

      Hope this helps a little bit!

      Jeremy

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    Jeremy,

    I am trying to decide between SQS, WP and WIX. I am not tech savvy at all.

    What I have been reading has been saying SQS is good for some one like me, but limited on the monetizing of the site. Do you have any thoughts on that?
    Is WP actulaly better for that? What about WIX?

    Also, if I start with SQS and get better with tech, can I change to WP, if I decide it is a better platform?

    Thanks, Karen

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Karen,

      If being able to migrate to WordPress is an important consideration for you, then Squarespace is probably the best option for you here. They do have an export tool that allows you to export certain content from your Squarespace site to WordPress.

      Just note that not all content are exportable – here is more info on this.

      Jeremy

  98. #

    Great article! Thank you so much for helping me make my decision between the two platforms.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Thanks Heather! Glad our discussion here has been helpful.

      Jeremy

  99. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thank you for the interesting article.

    Would you recommend one over the other for google search results and SEO? Also I would like to transfer a current website, would you recommend one for ease of domain and hosting transfer?

    Many thanks,

    Hazel

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Hazel,

      In terms of migration, Squarespace has better tools to help you migrate. You can migrate content (but not the design) from Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger, Big Cartel, Shopify, and Etsy into Squarespace pretty easily using their import tool.

      As for search results / SEO perspective, it’s really hard to say which of Wix or Squarespace performs better. Google has over 200 ranking factors that they consider when deciding how to rank your website, so the majority of those ranking factors will not have anything to do with which website builder you use.

      So I’d suggest you focus on deciding which website builder you prefer using (maybe sign up to both to test them out for free), and work on your website ranking by considering other factors.

      Hope this is helpful in some way!

      Jeremy

      • #

        I have to add that if Tumblr is at all important to you – for our business, it’s essential – you should go with SquareSpace. There’s no support for Tumblr in Wix. There’s a widget that displays your Tumblr page. But that’s sort of useless when you want to migrate, as opposed to merely feature, content.

        • Jeremy Wong
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          Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Kristen.

  100. #

    Hi I’m trying to find a site that will allow me to have a seperate area for Trade customers which will allow them to place an order online. Is this possible on either of these sites?
    Thanks

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Cath,

      Could you elaborate a bit more about what you mean by “trade” customers? Do you mean wholesale customers?

      If so, there isn’t a specific tool for both Wix or Squarespace to manage this for you. But if you have a look at Shopify, which is a pure ecommerce store builder, they do have an App in their App Store that can help you manage wholesale customers.

      Jeremy

  101. #

    This article was very helpful. I am trying to market some hand crafted articles, I have never done a web page and I am confused.I thought your article was fair and comprehensive. As a novice, do you recommend one over the other for me? I was leaning toward Squarespace….but now I am not sure. Also, I am an Apple user.
    Thanks!!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Nancy,

      It’s really hard to say one is better than the other for all users. So it really depends on what you’re looking for (or what features you are more important for you).

      For instance, if you want complete freedom to insert content anywhere on the page, Wix is better. If you want mobile responsive templates, Squarespace is better (but Wix’s templates are mobile friendly as well, just not responsive). If you want a website builder that has phone support, Wix provides that. So on and so forth.

      I think if you’re unsure of what you want (at the moment anyway), I’d suggest you sign up to both Wix and Squarespace as they are free to use, and give them both test drives. With Wix you can use their free platform without any time limitations. With Squarespace, you get a 14 day free trial which should hopefully be enough time for you to see if you like them or not.

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

  102. #

    Thanks for this great article.

    I have few questions about Squarespace.

    First, I have several domains. They’re all with my hosting company ebound. They’re pointed to pages on my WP site. Can I host all of them on one Squarespace account too? I think Squarespace maybe easier for me to make a better looking and still functioning site, so I’m checking it out.

    What happens to the site at end of term of payment. Does it just go unpublished, or is it gone? I have auto pay to my host, and would do same if possible, but stuff happens. For $10 a month my site is hosted – with multiple domains/sites on WP with no problems. I worry that this could be problem on Squarespace.

    Thanks so much

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Janel,

      I believe you can only use one single domain name with each website built with Squarespace.

      But what you can do, is “forward” your other domain names to a single Squarespace website (this can be done with your domain registrar). So if someone types in the forwarded domain address, they will be re-directed to the Squarespace site. But once they land on the website, the domain address in the address bar will be original domain name that you set as the primary domain name. Hope this makes sense!

      As for payments, they do have auto renewals so you won’t have to worry about making monthly payments. But if you didn’t activate the auto renewal function, or if your credit card expired, I’m sure they will email you to remind you of pending payments.

      If you try out WordPress and really like it, I’d suggest you sign up to their annual plan as you end up saving around 30%.

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

  103. #

    I’m currently using Wix and I used to have my website built through Dreamweaver. I’m not sure if it’s the new mobile standards by Google or if it is that Wix doesn’t let you have as many keywords, but my search engine placement has dropped. I also noticed that the pages in Wix have little symbols like this: xyz.com/*%page* so to me, it is clear that it’s a template site and not a REAL professional site. The main reason I did Wix is because I wasn’t sure how to make my site more mobile-friendly myself through Dreamweaver, but I’m starting to regret the switch based on my dropping in SEO placement. Do you have any info on that? Is it because of Wix or could it be because of the changes in Google?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Michelle,

      Sorry to hear about the drop in your website ranking in Google search results. Honestly, it’s really hard to pinpoint what caused that. It could be a bit of everything….

      But I’ve definitely seen Wix sites that are ranked well in search results. One of the things that some Wix users find annoying is that the URL structure has a mix of what seems to be random symbols (as you have highlighted).

      I’ve read mixed reports / assessments on this. Some people say URLs have to be very clean, and some also say that it doesn’t matter. For example, if I look at my Google mail account, the URL also has a bunch of random symbols in it. So all in all, I haven’t seen any concrete evidence suggesting that one is definitively better than the other.

      One of the universal challenges with moving from one website builder to another, is that it might affect how Google views your site especially when your page addresses change. It might take Google some time to re-index your site, to understand that your site content has not changed, and just the page addresses.

      One thing to consider is to use 301 redirect so that it tells Google what your old page addresses were, and what the new addresses are now. Wix has a feature that helps you do that and you can see it here.

      Losing ranking in Google is a real pain, but there are so many different reasons why this can happen (such as Google algorithm updates, changing of page addresses, etc).

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  104. #

    Hey Jeremy, just thought I’d drop in and let you know that the Squarespace site now lists all their plans as having unlimited bandwidth.

    Really appreciate the article. Keep up the good work!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Thanks for the note Matthew! Definitely a positive improvement for Squarespace!

      Jeremy

  105. #

    Hi Jeremy!

    I definitely want to use squarespace, bc of the ability to change layouts etc. unfortunately I’m a big fan of the drag and drop feature of wix. And wix is cheaper with buying domain names.

    If I buy a domain on GoDaddy.. Do you mind telling me how I go about connecting it to a squarespace site? And how I go about saving myself money.

    Thanks!
    Ben

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Ben,

      Purchasing your domain from GoDaddy is definitely a cheaper alternative. The drawback is that you have to connect the domain name to the website builder yourself (versus having it all set up for you). But it’s relatively straight forward to connect the domain to the website.

      For Squarespace, see this tutorial from them. Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  106. #

    Hello,
    Can you do a social aggregator on Squarespace?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Jose,

      Do you mean create a website that can help you aggregate news? If so, I don’t think any drag and drop website builders are created for doing that. I mean you could, but you probably have to manually insert news and updates, which can be pretty hectic really quickly.

      If you have a lot of news updates, a better platform to consider is probably WordPress as they are a bit better at helping users manage a lot of posts / pages.

      Jeremy

  107. #

    I’ve been using Wix for about 9 months. The interface is fantastic, and very easy to use.
    BUT I put my publications available for pdf download from my website and have two major problems with Wix:

    1. You can’t customise the URL, and all pdf (or other format) files that are downloadable from Wix come with a wix.com rather than your own domain name. This is incredibly frustrating when I want to refer to my own publications using a direct URL (eg on Twitter, email, etc). Wix has said they won’t be changing this any time soon.
    I noticed that you said “Squarespace you can rename your website address (URL) to whatever you want.”
    So does that mean you can name your pdf files to whatever you want? This would be a winning feature for me.

    2. Downloading files from Wix is incredibly slow! Even a 2-5mb pdf file can take several minutes. This quickly loses potential clients. Is Squarespace faster?

    3. Wix is an Israeli company (as far as I can tell). For some this is important, for others it is irrelevant.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Sally,

      1) Yes you can alter the URL structure for Squarespace. But when it comes to download links, or the link that is directly related to the download file, I’m not 100% sure if it will have “Squarespace” in it or not. You might want to ask their support team directly.

      Also, a workaround is to sign up for a Dropbox account (free), and insert your download file into Dropbox and it can create a link for you to share with your readers. Dropbox is very popular nowadays and I personally wouldn’t think differently about a business / website if I saw a link that is connected to Dropbox.

      2) I’m not 100% sure as I haven’t tested the downloading speed between the two website builders. One option is to sign up for a free Squarespace account and quickly test that out. Just be aware that your visitors will have varying internet speeds so their experiences may be different from yours.

      3) Yes they are an Israeli company, and they are also and publicly traded company, listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange in the US.

      Jeremy

  108. #

    I’m looking at both right now and trying to decide myself. I did find both have a free domain for first year with annual plan, but I’m not finding how much domain is with either plan after the first year.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Tricia,

      A really good question!

      For Squarespace, currently it’s $20 to renew the domain name every year after your first year for free (with an annual plan). If you visit their pricing page and hover your mouse over “Custom Domain” it will show you the details there.

      You can probably find a cheaper alternative with GoDaddy (usually around $12 – $14 per year), so the saving is fairly marginal on a per month basis.

      So if you don’t mind the added work of connecting a custom domain from GoDaddy to Squarespace, you can definitely have a little of savings there.

      For Wix, I think it’s around $15 per year after your first free year (again under the annual plan). I searched around their Support Portal and their illustration suggests it’s about $15, with the option to add privacy protection if you want that.

      So again compared to GoDaddy, the incremental cost is marginal at most!

      Jeremy

  109. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    The pricing between the Squarespace Personal plan and the Wix Combo plan both look competitive, but do both of these plans include a free domain name registration and business email address?

    Please let me know, as both of these will be necessities for my website.

    Thanks,
    -Ben

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Ben,

      Both plans will offer you a 1 year free domain if you sign up to their annual plans.

      Both Squarespace and Wix don’t have their own email systems (as their core competency is relating to helping you build websites).

      However, both have partnered up with Google Apps so you can use Google to set up your own custom domain email address for a few dollars a month. The benefit is that you get to use the Gmail interface (which we find very fast, reliable and user friendly) and be able to brand the email address as your own. We use it ourselves and love it!

      Jeremy

  110. #

    I am planning on making a website with tons of photos and videos – which would be preferable? I need to make sure that there is no limit on either visitors and myself placing new photos on the website

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Luisa,

      With both Squarespace and Wix, you can upload as many pictures as you want to for yourself. They don’t have a mechanism where you can allow your visitors to upload images to your site. You’ll need a very customized website for that to happen.

      One caveat is that Wix does have some storage limitations, and starts at 500MB with their lowest plan, and goes to 20GB with their highest plan. So depending on how many images you want to upload, you may need to pick a plan that gives you the storage space you need.

      With Squarespace, they don’t have any storage limitations.

      For videos, I’d suggest you upload them to either YouTube or Vimeo and stream them to your website accordingly. The main reason being that video files are massive, and YouTube / Vimeo have the proper infrastructure to stream videos very efficiently. So if you upload your videos into Squarespace or Wix, it might slow down your site’s loading speed.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    I’m a novelist (and noob) and want to move my website from Joomla to something I can handle myself. I’ve been looking at both Wix and Squarespace and probably prefer the latter but I’ve read on some forums they are not so well-suited to text-heavy sites. Do you know of any Square space templates that might work well for this? Really just need a nice cover page then pages for books, a blog and a contact. I’d like to link to bookshops but don’t want to sell myself. Any thoughts most welcome and thanks for all your very considered articles on this.

    Myf

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Myf,

      Squarespace can work well with text-heavy sites! I’m not sure why some people think otherwise. Regardless, you might want to sign up for their free trial account to discover this yourself. This also gives you a chance to see if you actually like their user interface, as all web builders have different user interfaces and some work for some people, but not for others.

      As for templates, it’s a really personal decision. But in general, all of them have the capability for you to insert a lot of text, create multiple pages, insert a contact form and contact information, etc.

      Jeremy

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    I am in the process of doing a start-up biz.

    I will Never need to collect a dime online but Will need to have a fill-in box/space for a “quote” or “get more info” on every page.

    Also will want to add a logo graphic on every page, and a video eventually on at least the cover or main page.

    I noticed Weebly has this “Get a Quote” feature already designed on some of their templates – do you know if Squarespace & Wix do too; or if this feature is available to add?

    Thank you Jeremy for providing invaluable comparisons for the key web template service providers!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Oscar,

      What you can consider doing is insert a “contact us” box on your pages so people can reach out to you to get a quote. You can of course, insert a title above the contact form to instruct people to reach out to you.

      So both Squarespace and Wix have this feature for you to use. You just need to connect the contact form to your email address which is pretty straightforward when you are setting up the form.

      You can also insert images, videos on all of the pages for both website builders.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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    We are considering Square Space for our non profit website and receive a lot of donations via website using paypal currently. For e commerce donations (not selling products right now) how does that work with Stripe? Is it as easy as pay pal? or might donors be put off or fearful of using this?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Joanne,

      It’s not too challenging to use Stripe. You first have to determine whether Stripe is supported in your country (see this). If so, just sign up for an account and link it to your bank account (so that the funds can be transferred into Stripe then transferred into your bank account).

      I think the donation page where your donors will insert their credit card information will look quite professional, just like an ecommerce shopping check out cart page. Here is more information on how to use Squarespace’s donation block.

      But if you want, you can always keep using PayPal and just insert a PayPal donation widget directly into your Squarespace page(s). Just get the PayPal donation widget code from PayPal and insert it into your Squarespace page using a Code Block.

      Jeremy

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    Hello Jeremy

    What a wonderful resource you have provided to those of us who are website building novices, THANK YOU!

    I’m having a hard time determining which website builder is best to start an e-card business where customers can choose from sending a standard pre-designed e-card or choose templates and sentiments to design their own. In addition to e-cards, I want to sell ebooks of poetry, and receive inquiries regarding booking of speaking engagements. Obviously, I also want to protect customer financial data in addition to having a well-designed site. Your insight is appreciated.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Katie,

      Glad you’re enjoying our discussions here!

      I don’t think any of the drag and drop website builders will give you the ability for your customers to design custom e-cards online. Some of the web builders have decent ecommerce features so you can definitely sell cards, but if you want the ability to deliver pre-made or customized e-cards, it sounds like you’ll need a fairly customized solution built by a capable developer.

      Website builders such as Squarespace or Wix do have ecommerce tools to deliver physical or digital goods (digital meaning music or computer file downloads).

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for the article. I (briefly) tried to find the answer I’m looking for in the comments but didn’t see anything regarding SEO. I have built two websites off of Wix and have been happy with the ability to tag pages, pictures, making meta-titles, etc. Both websites I made perform well in Google search. I’m also fond of the ease of creating the site on Wix’s platform.

    I haven’t considered Squarespace but have been seeing it pop up more and more lately (good PR/marketing). I recently was able to help a friend with her Squarespace site the other day & definitely prefer the imagery, it is far better looking than Wix templates. However, it was not simple in trying to tag pages, make titles, and inject as many keywords that I could for SEO.

    My next website project definitely needs to have a strong SEO backbone because search is a major contributor towards my clients goals.

    Do you have any insight on which platform performs better in the SEO world?

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Allison,

      Congrats on getting good search result rankings for your Wix sites!

      I think it’s tough to assess which platform will give you better search results, as Google has over a hundred search results ranking factors, so it really depends on how much work you put into each website (on-site SEO, off-site SEO such as promoting your website content generating backlinks from authoritative sites, generating social shares, etc)

      I guess I’m saying just because you’ve had good ranking results for one website doesn’t always mean you’ll get the same results with another website (unless you consistently apply the same techniques you’ve done for all of your websites, but that’s still doesn’t guarantee anything).

      Having said that, one thing that I like about Squarespace’s SEO capability is that you can rename your website address (URL) to whatever you want. So you can insert keyword rich URLs for each page to help with SEO a bit. Although Wix doesn’t have this capability, but I don’t think that’s going to make or break your search rankings.

      I’m not sure if this answers your question, but a big part of that is because I can’t give you a definitive answer as I don’t 100% know how Google ranks websites (nobody does!)

      Jeremy

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    Hi, I was wondering if you could assist me with a concern I’m having with deciding between Wix and Weebly. My website would be an ecommerce site for a candle business out of my home and I am concerned about other reviews I have read starting that Weebly is not a good host when it comes to having alot of products(my products can range up to 50 individual items [plus the many options availability for each item])….however I am Not at all experienced with scripting and Weebly does sound like the most user friendly available. I also want to make sure my customers have login capabilities and professional yet easy checkout experiences. Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Lisa,

      Have you had a chance to check out Shopify or Bigcommerce? Those are “pure” online store builders and so they have way more ecommerce tools than what Weebly or Wix offers, especially when you start adding a lot of products to offer to your customers.

      They’re really focused in allowing you to have a lot of flexibility when building your store so that your visitors get a much better online shopping experience.

      We also have an ecommerce store builder comparison table here that will give you an overview about them.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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        Thanks so much for the assist! I will definately look into those also. Great site, very helpful for us “newbies” 🙂 thanks again!!

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    Just a quick heads up: although Squarespace looks better on paper because of their customer service policy they actually haven’t replied to my email tickets within the hour (or within 9 hours in this case) which has been problematic and they haven’t resolved my issue. I’m not a tech person and was looking for a user friendly click and drag option for my site. I thought that was Squarespace and foolishly paid for the plan ahead of time (although I can cancel and get a prorated refund and the fact that they have that option might be telling?) but now I can’t get anything done as they don’t have much in the way of basic starter tutorials and the interface is very confusing (at least for me). I might switch to Wix because even though it doesn’t look as flexible in terms of esthetics it looks much easier to use and I figure better a less pretty website that is up and running than an idea for a website that can’t go live because it’s basically just a theory in my head.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Nile,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with us.

      It’s quite strange that they haven’t gotten back to you yet, as in our experience they have been quite consistent with their emails. I’ve also heard from a lot of our other readers that they have great experiences with Squarespace too.

      I’m hoping that it’s just one of those instances where your support email fell through the cracks so to speak, but I totally understand how frustrating it is for you.

      As for Wix, do give them a try if you want to. I have to say that their website building interface is a bit easier to use and they have really great tutorials covering all their tools and how to use them.

      You can see our full discussion on Wix if you haven’t seen it here yet.

      Sometimes it takes a few tries before finding a website builder that works really well for you. It’s just like trying on clothes. It takes a bit of shopping around to find the perfect fit. At least that’s what happened to us as well a few years ago! And we spent a LOT of time testing them all out!

      Jeremy

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        Hi Jeremy,
        As it turns out my email did get lost in the cracks. I opened another ticket noting that my previous ticket hadn’t gotten a response and they got back to me pretty quickly.
        Sadly I’m going to have to cancel my account and transfer to Wix. The frustrating thing is that I agree that Squarespace has more going for it in terms of aesthetics and value but they really aren’t user friendly if you don’t know a lot about site design and stuff like that (e.g. to resize an image they ask you to enter the specific pixel numbers whereas in Wix you can just click and drag until it’s the size you want). Too bad. I’ll keep an eye out to see if they get a simpler, easier interface in the future.

        • Jeremy Wong
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          hi Nile,

          Thanks for updating! Yes I’d agree that Wix is a bit easier to use (it’s a pure drag and drop web builder).

          But I’m glad you tested out both website builders so now you know which one you prefer! It’s always wise to test a couple of website builders as each of them have very different user interface and so it’s a very personal decision.

          Jeremy

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        Yes, Sqaurespace got back to me rather quickly and they also provided a personal video of my site showing me how-to-instructions. Love Squarespace

        • Jeremy Wong
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          Thanks for sharing your experience with Squarespace Michael!

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    Hi Jeremy,

    Thank you for these helpful articles! They have been instrumental in helping to compare the different website builders available, especially for a non-techy like me.

    I was wondering if you could speak to some of the “hidden” costs associated with using Squarespace and Wix. I signed up for the free 14-day trial and all of the images on Squarespace that I saw require payment if you want to use them on your site, whereas Wix has images available for free. That can add up for someone like me since I don’t have any images of my own and would have to pay for each image I want to use on my site. With Wix, that additional cost would not be necessary. Do you know if Squarespace has free images available?

    I also saw that Wix charges an additional fee for the domain (although they offer the first year for free with most of their paid plans). Do you know how much the additional cost of a domain is with Wix and if Squarespace also charges extra for the domain name?

    In a nutshell, I’m wondering about the cost of images, domain names, and other extra expenses (hosting, something else?) that may come up when subscribing to Wix and/or Squarespace. For me, those are also considerations when considering what each web builder will cost.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Leilani,

      That’s a great question and I’m glad that you brought this up to be discussed so others can also read this as well.

      Squarespace and Wix have both teamed up with large image providers and to use those “licensed” images, you’d have to pay a licensing fee. But not all images can only be used under a paid license. There are a number of websites where you can freely use those images as long as you abide by some of the rules.

      We have a page here that points out some of these sites (some are free, some are paid).

      So it is possible to build your entire site using free images. Of course, if you are creative, you can also create your own images as well.

      As for domain name, the best thing to do in my experience is that after your first year of free domain from either Squarespace or Wix, transfer the domain out to a domain name registrar such as GoDaddy, and manage your domain name from there.

      There is a small transfer fee that you have to pay, but then the annual upkeep fee to keep the domain name registered under your name is usually about $10 – $15. Sometimes with website builders, their annual domain name renewal fee can be a bit higher than that. So you can save a little of money with this approach over the long run.

      Regarding hosting, there are no additional costs to that. But there are some bandwidth usage limitations for the lower plans for both website builders. Squarespace has a much higher bandwidth usage limit than Wix.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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    Thanks for the website reviews on Wix & Squarespace. The information was thorough and help me to make a better decision than I had if your review was not available.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Sharon – glad you found our discussions helpful!

      Do share our website with others by clicking on the social buttons at the top and left side of this page.

      The best compliment we can get from you is a social share!

      Happy holidays!

      Jeremy

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    Hello Jeremy,
    I contacted you a couple of weeks ago about Wix vs Squarespace and I thought about going for Squarespace. After giving it a try, I still find Squarespace not that flexible. I understand that their templates have a robust structure to avoid any display glitches on different devices but some simple tasks like adjusting the position of a logo or picture require CSS. I was able to make such CSS adjustments but I am scared that further down the line it will get even trickier (for external plugins etc…). My business is a hiking business and we need beautiful visual display, online booking with payment/calendar management and good SEO. On this last point I have read some awful reviews on Wix. I don’t know if these are outdated so still relevant. Ranking will be important for us so that people can find us easily when browsing different places we hike to.
    I am now considering to do it on Wix (trying to mimic the beautiful template design I had pick on Squarespace) but I would like your advice on Wix SEO.
    Thank you very much!
    Anne

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    I am trying to decide between Weebly and Wix. In fact I already paid Weebly for the 2 year service but now I need to create a table similar to spreadsheet and Weebly does not have the tools I need to make it. I can embed it but Wix seems to have more flexibility for what I need. However, I heard that the loading time for Wix is very slow. Can you let me know if Webbly is faster than Wix in loading?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Alvaro,

      I can’t say definitively that Wix or Weebly is faster, as there are a lot of variables that can impact loading speed, such as how much content you have on your site, the image sizes that you’ve uploaded, the time of the day (some hours have higher traffic in general), where you are located, etc.

      But Wix did announce that they are overhauling their platform and that all their sites will run faster than 95% of all sites on the internet. The press release suggested that this will be done before the end of this year!

      Jeremy

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    Nice article but you do NOT have to schedule a call for Wix I call them directly all the time 18006000949

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    Hi Jeremy,
    Love your “vs” articles. Very informative, particularly of the “not too savvy” and “not savvy at all” like myself. Your reviews helped me to decide that Squarespace y for me, ahead of WP and Wix. It took me a couple of hours to check the 32 squarespace templates and you are right. The are stunning, professional, clean-cut, etc… In fact, I’m struggling to show the best for my business which is related to health & fitness services, education, mentoring and personal training services, i was wondering if you could tell me what you think about my 3 favourites: “MONTAUK”, “FIVE” and “FLATIRON”.

    My main goals are promoting my services, blogging and reselling products and workshops. I know one of the great advantage of squarespace is the option to switch between templates. However, given the competitive nature of my profession, i want to make sure I’m taking the right steps. There might be more suitable templates to the ones i consider more appropriate.

    So, your enlightening opinion might steer my in the right direction. Thank you so much. Will

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Will,

      Glad that our discussions have been helpful!

      As for suggesting which Squarespace template works best for you, I’m afraid that I’m not quite qualified for that as a design is really what represents you and your brand. How you position your business may be very different than how another competitor position his/ her business within the same industry / line of business.

      So you’re right in that you can always change templates with Squarespace which is a nice flexibility to have. One way forward is to pick the one you like the best, and just go with that. Solicit your visitor / customer feedback, and see what they think. Perhaps it warrants switching templates at that point.

      It will take some time to do this, but it’s all part of the process!

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

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    I have used both wix and square space…

    Wix is MUCH more user friendly, has lots more templates to choose from, and works well the majority of the time.

    Square Space has fancier templates but much fewer, is NOT user friendly and is constantly crashing, freezing, and losing your work.

    Wix has been around a lot longer and is much more reliable platform. I highly recommend it over Square Space.

    Experienced,

    ShayRo

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Shayro,

      Thanks for sharing your experience and thoughts with all our readers!

      Regarding Squarespace, I personally didn’t have that much problems with it and it went pretty smoothly for me. Perhaps you just had a bad streak of glitchy interface, which does happen from time to time to all website builders given they are powering millions of sites all at the same time.

      – Jeremy

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    Very helpful article. Answered all that I wanted to know. Thank you!

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    Hello Jeremy,

    Really enjoyed your blog about Wix vs Squarespace.

    I am currently updating and creating my new graphic design portfolio website as it is completely out of date. Tried using WordPress as I find very difficult to handle to manage the content and the plugins as some of them are rip offs.

    I just want to ask a simple question, which website would be suitable for me to design my new graphic design portfolio as I want to make my website simple, legible, shocasing my portfolio and recent work, put out blogs and archives and making it more responsive on any mobile device like smartphones and digital pads.

    So which one shall I use Wix or Squarespace? I will be happy to take any comments and advice on board as I want to design this website faster, responsive, accessible and also giving out updates on any design work that I previously worked on.

    Please help.

    Umair Akhtar

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Umair,

      I think both Squarespace and Wix has really clean, contemporary and stylish templates for yo to use for your website.

      However, if you want a responsive template (that looks great across all mobile devices), Squarespace’s templates are all responsive / mobile ready.

      Wix has a decent mobile editor, so I’m not saying that their mobile sites don’t look good (more details on their mobile editor here).

      But if you’re looking for a responsive template, Squarespace is the way to go!

      – Jeremy

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    Great comparison!
    I have a web (shippencreek.com) and am in the process of getting control of my domain name and would like to direct it to a site that works best for me. I didn’t want to start all over again so please take a look and give me your thoughts. Does this look like something that Squarespace can accommodate?
    Thank you.
    Roy Mears

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Roy,

      Yes I think Squarespace can help you run your online store just fine!

      But one thing to consider is that Squarespace currently is only fully integrated with Stripe (the payment processor) so if you live outside of the geographic regions that support Stripe, then Squarespace might not be a good choice for you. Here is a list of countries that Stripe support.

      You mentioned that you “dont want to start all over again”. Just note that Squarespace allows you to import your existing content from WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger or Etsy. So if your site isn’t built with those, you will have to re-insert your content into your Squarespace website. Obviously, this is a one time investment of time to take your content from your current site into Squarespace.

      – Jeremy

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    Hello

    Thank you for your useful article. I have been doing a lot of research to try and decide between Wix or Squarespace and there are a couple of questions I just can’t find answers to anywhere and I was hoping you might be able to help:

    1) How many domain names can i link to a website with Wix or Squarespace?

    2) Will either or them restrict me to calling my website the same as my domain name or can I meke it different?

    Thank you!

    Lucy

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Lucy,

      With both Wix and Squarespace, you can point 1 single domain name to each website.

      If you sign up with any of Squarespace’s plans, they give you a free domain name.

      For Wix, if you sign up to their Combo plan or above, you also get a free domain name from them.

      Hope this clarifies things for you!

      – Jeremy

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    Hello,

    This is a great write up. One thing that really impressed me with the Wix editor was the ability to attach elements to a shape and use the shape to copy/paste blocks of code like a template.

    It doesn’t seem like that’s how squarespace works though. On squarespace, you can do some neat things with inserting content blocks but there’s not a ton of control over presentation or showing lists of content from one page to the next.

    I’m debating between the two to build a site for a peformance studio space so they can list the performances held there as well as showcase the space for rental. So far it’s looking like Wix would be a lot easier for relatively inexperienced web content creators to work with, both in terms of the UI, flexibility of layout, and ability to move and duplicate content.

    Do you think Wix is a good choice or are there some alternatives worth looking at?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi DP,

      I’d agree that Wix is probably more “intuitive” to use than Squarespace as they are a pure drag and drop website builder. Each builder has its own set of pros and cons, and the only way to determine which one has the tools you need, and which one suits your skill set better is to give them an actual try (Squarespace has a free trial period of 14 days and Wix has a free plan).

      Sounds like you’ve already done your homework in this regard so if you feel comfortable with Wix, you should move forward with it!

      – Jeremy

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    Hello Jeremy,

    Your site has really helped me in choosing a website for my new business. I have a couple of questions for you regarding these two site builders. As others have asked, I am looking to have about half of my site with free information and pages, but would like to sell memberships for exclusive material. You’ve mentioned the Sentry Login…is it expensive? And can you have different tier memberships through them?

    Also, what which of the two would be better for smooth video streaming? Videos and photos will be a major part of the site and it seems like Squarespace does a good job of organizing these. Lastly, which is better for SEO and getting more traffic to the website (I know a lot depends on how your market but one is probably better than the other). This is my first time creating a site and it seems like Squarespace is good for the beginner. Thanks in advance!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Anthony,

      Sentry is about $5 per month and allows you to have unlimited members. However, I’m not clear if you can have different tiers of membership, which of course can be handy. I took a quick glance at their website again but didn’t find any information on this. Perhaps you can reach out to them to inquire? I’d be curious to know as well.

      Regarding Squarespace or Wix, I’d lean towards Squarespace as I think their design templates are a bit more refined and polished. But both website builders will do the job just fine I think. As for SEO, I’d say Squarespace has a marginal advantage as they allow you to structure / modify your page URL which does have a marginal advantage in SEO.

      However, at the end of the day, you really have to heavily market your website / business and draw attention to it. Make the content very useful on your site so visitors return or share them online. Having authoritative sites linking to your site, and social share signals (amongst many other factors) are very important when it comes to SEO. So even though website builders provide you with tools, I’d say that tools won’t make that big of a difference.

      – Jeremy

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    If I already have a website with a different host, it sounds like I have to keep my account with the current host as well as squarespace in order to keep my domain name. Is this correct? I’d really rather not have both accounts.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Andrea,

      For most hosting accounts, you don’t have to purchase their hosting services at all. You just have to pay for the annual fee to keep your domain name registered in your name so you own it (this annual fee has to be paid no matter where you go).

      This is the same if you use leading domain name services providers such as GoDaddy – there is an annual fee.

      This is unless you sign up with Squarespace’s plans and you get a free domain name from them.

      I’m not 100% sure if you can transfer your domain name to Squarespace’s domain name services and inquire whether they can “waive” your fee as you subscribe to one of their plans. Might be worth while to ask their support team if that’s feasible. This might save you some money (but I believe there might be a 1 time domain name transfer fee).

      – Jeremy

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    SquareSpace is easy to use and the templates are great. HOWEVER, the biggest disadvantage is their ECommerce option which does not integrate PayPal. I am not a great fan of PayPal but the customers want an easy, secure, and FAST checkout experience. As a result I am rebuilding my SquareSpace site in WIX.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Stephen,

      Yes that’s one of the downside if you are using Squarespace to power your ecommerce store.

      Stripe is a very reputable transaction service provider that is used by powerful ecommerce website builders such as Shopify or Bigcommerce, and also Weebly. It’s definitely not as widely used as PayPal, as it is a newer company.

      In any case, just in case you haven’t heard, that you can also use Shopify’s widget to power your Squarespace store. Some people really love the design and polish of Squarespace, but they’ve decided not to use Stripe for their own reasons, can use Shopify to power the ecommerce aspect of their Squarespace site.

      – Jeremy

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    Hi, What about ecommerce functionality? Which one would you recommend?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Jose,

      I think it depends on what you need. I think Squarespace’s ecommerce functions are more advanced than Wix at the moment (see our discussion on Squarespace’s ecommerce features here).

      One drawback with Squarespace is that you have to use Stripe to manage your payment processing. Or one alternative is to use Shopify’s widget (more discussion here).

      With Wix, they have a lot more payment processing options for you.

      – Jeremy

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    So…I thought I was going to go with WIX because it sounded easier and more user friendly to create a website. My business is up and going and I need a website immediately. I signed up for WIX and started designing but found that my website doesn’t appear in older browsers. I wonder if Squarespace would work any differently? I’m afraid that I will lose customers if some people can’t even see my website from an older browser or older computer with an operating system that can’t upgrade to a newer browser? Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Lauren,

      Both Wix and Squarespace uses HTML5 (latest website browser technology) and as such, some of the older browsers may not get the best experience when viewing these sites.

      It’s just the way technology is advancing nowadays, and leading edge companies don’t really pay too much attention to cater to older browsers. It’s a conscious decision they are making as they are laying the foundation for more forward looking designs / technology.

      It’s a bit of a pain for sure, and this is the case for most website builders.

      – Jeremy

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    wix give me how many days of free trial

    • Jeremy & Connie Wong
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      Ashish,

      You can use Wix for free, without any time limitations. So the way they offer website building services to you is different than Squarespace, which only has a 14-day trial time limit. But if you choose to use Wix’s free service, you won’t be able to connect your own domain name to your website unless you upgrade to their premium plans.

      – Jeremy

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    Very helpful post thank you, I have been looking back and forth at both and had a hard time deciding, this has made it clear for me (Squarespace it is!). Would you know by any chance if Squarespace supports a multilingual website?

    • Jeremy & Connie Wong
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      Hi Matthea,

      Squarespace doesn’t have any built in multi-language capabilites (none of the larger website builders have this) but they do have a tutorial on how to use Google Translate here.

      – Jeremy

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    I wanted to use Squarespace but they don’t have a member log in option and Wix does. My client needs a member log in section on their site. Are there any other website builders that are better than Wix that offer that?

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Susan,

      I know that Sentry Login is a membership login tool that works with Squarespace, effectively turning Squarespace into a membership site. You might want to check that out.

      – Jeremy

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    hI!!

    thanks so much for this!! So I was just wondering in terms of user-friendly. Which is one is more user-friendly? I tried using wordpress and couldnt figure it out. I think I want to go with sqaurespace but not if it isn’t user-friendly.

    Let me know.

    Thanks!! 🙂

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Andrea,

      I think between Wix and Squarespace, Wix is easier to use. But in terms of overall, I’d say Squarespace can create a better website and gives you more powerful tools. But then that depends on what you are trying to get out of your website.

      I’d suggest you sign up for a free trial account with Squarespace and Wix, and invest some time into playing around with it. As for some users, Squarespace may be a bit more of a learning curve, but not to others. So the best way is to just play around with it.

      Good luck!

      – Jeremy

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    Very helpful review Jeremy! Thank you. So many of us do not know HTML and don’t really have the time or inclination to learn.

  140. #

    I am completely confused about creating my own website using one of these services; WIX or SQUARESPACE. I currently have 3 registered domain names that I pay for through TotalChoice Hosting. I created my one and only website, -www.maureendesigns.com, using SeaMonkey software and it is hosted by TotalChoice. Now I need a brand new website for my miniature horse breeding business and I don’t want to go through the hard labor I did before with SeaMonkey. But I don’t understand the relationship between WIX, etc, and their fees with what I’m already paying TotalChoice. If I build my own website with SQUARESPACE, and publish with TotalChoice, what am I paying SQUARESPACE a monthly fee for? I’m thinking maybe I need to just buy some design software and then upload it to TotalChoice, but I was hoping to take advantage of some templates to save time and effort. Anyway, color me totally confused and if you could help me understand what I need to do, I would appreciate it.
    Maureen

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Maureen,

      The difference is that Wix and Squarespace provide you with all the hosting services that you will need to publish the website. So for the new websites that you want to build, you will not need to use your current hosting services (TotalChoice). You just sign up for either Wix or Squarespace, and whatever you create, you can publish and they will host it for you.

      So if you decide to sign up to either Wix or Squarespace’s premium plans, you are paying to be able to use the drag and drop website building platform, and also for the monthly hosting that they provide for you.

      If you haven’t read our reviews on Wix and on Squarespace, I’d suggest you do! Hope this helps.

      – Jeremy

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    Thank you so much for this great article!
    I want to create a simple online portfolio to showcase my presentations in quicktime/video.
    It is a very simple site, do you recommend squarespace or wordpress?

    thanks.

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      Hi Vanessa,

      If you’re not familiar with WordPress and don’t want to invest the time to climb the learning curve, I’d definitely recommend checking out Squarespace, especially if you are trying to keep your website and keep things simple. Also, Squarespace’s templates are beautiful and will work very well for showcasing online portfolios.

      Squarespace offers a 14 day free trial period that’s an excellent opportunity to give it a “test drive”.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

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    Thanks for the great reviews and comparisons across builders. I’m tech saavy but not a coder or designer by any means. I’m looking for a design-friendly, intuitive tool to build a site myself while my restaurant is in start-up mode then hire a designer once I need more robust functionality. I have a few questions…

    1. Can Squarespace be exported anywhere besides WordPress? If not, aren’t you held hostage to the host in the same way as Wix?

    2. Can you elaborate on what responsive templates means? Is it just the smooth transition from computer to mobile or does it also adjust for differences in computer screen size/resolution? You said Squarespace has this and Wix doesn’t.

    3. Does Squarespace allow you to edit your site from a mobile device?

    4. Is Squarespace a pure drag and drop interface like Wix or are you constrained like Weebly? Trying to figure out if Squarespace gives you the best of both worlds – access to the code and freedom to fully customize.

    Thanks for the tips. I’ve played with Wix for a bit and I’m excited to give Squarespace a shot.

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Erica,

      1) They can only export to WordPress at the moment, which is a lot more flexible than other hosted website builders already. The reason is that other website builders or hosts don’t have the technology behind to power Squarespace websites properly, so the option to export to WordPress is already one of the best solutions if you choose to use a hosted website builder. Even for WordPress users, if they ever want to take their site and move it to another CMS (website builder), it won’t be an easy solution as other CMS might not be able to power WordPress site perfectly due to different technological platforms.

      2) What you can do, is load up one of their example sites, then manually shrink the size of the window and you will see how responsive works. The content will start to reorganize so no matter what screen size or device the visitor is using, the website layout will look good. Wix has a separate mobile editor in which you can build a site specifically for mobile uses. The drawback is that if you make changes to the desktop version of the site, you will also have to do the same change to the mobile version. For Squarespace, you just make the change and it will flow seamlessly into any mobile / desktop screen sizes.

      3) You can’t edit your site from a mobile device, but you can write and edit blog posts. Only Jimdo has the ability for you to build a full site using their mobile app.

      4) Squarespace is not a “pure” drag and drop per se. So it works similar to Weebly. I think the best way is to sign up for a 14 day trial and invest an hour and see if it can work out for you!

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

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    Hi,
    Excellent review. You do a great job!
    I’m a co-founder of a non-profit, and was looking for the a good website builder that will integrate a way to receive donations into the website as seamless as possible.
    Flexibility is another key factor for us. We would need a way to receive monthly (or annual) donations as well as one-time donations. Have you reviewed anything like that? Which website builder would you recommend for a small non-profit, all other things being equal?
    Thank you!

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      Hi Will,

      Thanks for your feedback. I think that PayPal has a donation button that you can use, but I’m not entirely sure if they can do monthly / annual repeat payments for donors. But I believe they can handle at least one off donations.

      PayPal does have monthly subscription payment processors, where your donors are pretty much your “members” and can therefore charge them once a month on a pre-set amount.

      I think most of the website builders that we’ve tested and discussed on our site will do a pretty good job in allowing you to build a website. I don’t believe any of them have specific features dedicated to non-profits, but the likes of Squarespace, Wix or Weebly can do the job just fine.

      If you keeping a close eye on the budget, I would suggest the Weebly Starter Plan (which allows you to connect your own custom domain). See our Weebly review here.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

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        Interesting reading. Just to let you know, WIX.com has some templates for non-profits. I used Wix a number of years ago and it was wonderful, seems even better now. However, your article brings up some interesting points, so I might check out Squarespace.

        • Jeremy & Connie
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          Hi Phoebe,

          Each website builder has its own pros and cons. The best way is to sign up for a free account or free trial and test things out!

          Good luck with trying Squarespace and I think you won’t be disappointed!

          – Jeremy

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    Hi, I was wondering for a new startup business, mines involves selling smartphone, and custom built computers, which one would you suggest? And also in the near future I will be designing apps, flash animations and websites. Which websites would work for each of my needs? I would appreciate it very much, thank you!

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      Hi Jabran,

      If you are going to run an online store, I’d suggest you check out this article that we wrote about online store builders. See our discussion there and you’ll have a good idea of which builders to test to see if you like them.

      Good luck!

      – Jeremy

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    Thank you for your informative review. I just wanted to point out that Wix has an excellent call center open to those who have premium accounts. I work on multiple Wix sites at a time and call this center weekly. The have recently doubled the amount of customer service reps to match demand.

    This call center is in addition to the excellent online help features. The call center employees are located in San Francisco and speak excellent English.

    The phone number is 1-800-600-0949

    Please consider editing you article to include this, as I consider the call center a major benefit of using the Wix platform.

    Thank you,

    Lisa

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      Hi Lisa,

      Thanks for sharing this. I was trying to dig up some information about this on Wix’s site and I did find a telephone scheduler where you can note down your questions and supposedly someone from Wix will call. I haven’t tested this out yet though, but it didn’t sound like it’s only available for premium members.

      I was also searching for the phone number that you mentioned but can’t seem to find it. Would you mind sharing the web page with us? This would be a very helpful support function.

      Thanks!

      – Jeremy

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    Thank you for sharing your knowledge on all these options we are faced with! I am wondering about the email situation with Squarespace, it says they don’t offer email services, but are you still able to have an email linked to your website, such as info@ yoursite. com ? Is that something that is provided through my domain host (currently bluehost) as opposed to the website builder? Sorry I’m new to this and a bit confused!! 🙂

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Claire,

      You can either use Google Business Apps where you can use a Gmail interface to manage your emails and get your custom email domain name, but they do charge you a small monthly fee (we use it and paying around $4 per month).

      Another option is to use Outlook Live (Microsoft) which apparently they offer you custom domain emails for free. I think you’ll find more information through the search engines.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

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    Hi Thanks for the review – we started designing a site on Wix but after doing further research we’re no longer sure we want to sign up because of the limitations in bandwidth and storage space (even when buying their most expensive package) + the fact you can not export the code from a Wix site, so basically you re stuck with them unless you build the site from scratch again.

    However another thing which is a real problem is that with Wix you can only have 1 site per account and since we are planning on having multiple separate sites for different cities we would have to pay for a new Wix account for every new site created. Is this the same with Squarespace?

    Can you have more than 1 site hosted on a single Squarespace account?

    Thanks

    Rob

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Rob – Thanks for sharing your feedback. Those are also “cons” that we pointed out in our Wix review post (http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/wix-review/) so definitely something to think about when weighing them against the “pros” of using Wix.

      For Squarespace, you also can only build one website per account. I think this is the “standard” for most website builders nowadays.

      I remember Weebly used to allow you to upgrade to their “Pro” package and you can build 10 websites under the same account and have access to their premium features. They’ve updated their program recently so now, although you can control as many websites as you wish under one email address, you have to upgrade your websites to their premium package one at a time. So no longer do you just upgrade and have multiple websites enjoying premium features.

      In a way, I think this is fair as each website has its own hosting, maintenance and servicing costs (be it Wix, Squarespace or Weebly). They need to hire big teams of programmers, customer service reps, very expensive IT infrastructures to allow people to build millions of websites and to continue to ensure that they are up and running. So for these website builders to continue to improve and “stay afloat”, they will have to charge fees for premium packages for each website. The last thing their users would want is the website builder to stop providing services (or bankrupt) as this means their website(s) will no longer be available to your visitors!

      Hope this makes sense!

      – Jeremy

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    Thanks for all of the awesome review I nearly checked them all but I have 2 nooby questions

    After I export a website what next? So if for example I used squarespace and decided I don’t want to deal with them anymore I’ll just export the website and contact host gator and thats it. i wont need to redesign or code anything?

    When they say free custom domain is that for a year or as long as I am paying for squarespace or wix services?

    Thanks

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Abdol,

      For Squarespace, you are currently able to export the blog, but not the entire website. For Wix, you can’t export the website at all at the moment.

      For Squarespace, once you export the blog, you can upload it into WordPress and Squarespace has guides for that if you search in their support page.

      As for the free custom domain, I believe you should get it for free if you keep renewing your annual plans. Just keep in mind that the free domain is only provided if you sign up for their annual plans.

      – Jeremy

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        Hi

        Thanks for the comprehensitve reviews. I had a question about the pricing. Is it only available in the US/Europe or asia too (coutries like india, bangladesh etc? )

        Thanks

        • Jeremy & Connie
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          Hi Raghav – I believe that the prices are available globally, just that you may have to pay in a different currency than from your home country.

          They would require a valid credit card, or for some builders, PayPal will work as well.

          But to get the most accurate and updated information, I would encourage you to email their sales / support team directly. Would love to know what you find out!

          – Jeremy

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            Hi Jeremy and Connie, GREAT review. One question, with Squarespace can I hide/shield my personal information from anyone looking to see who my website belongs to? I am very private, and do not want this information for public knowledge. Thanks in advance for your help!

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              Hi LeAnne,

              I’m not sure but you can ask Squarespace. I don’t think there is a way for people to find out who built the site, except if they look up the owner of the domain name.

              One way to shield that is to purchase the privacy setting from your domain name registrar. We use GoDaddy and they offer a privacy protection which they mask all the personal information, and it goes for around $10 – $15 per year which is well worth it.

              Jeremy