Wix vs Weebly vs Squarespace vs Jimdo – Pros and Cons of Each

Last updated on August 7, 2015

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Trying to figure out which website builder works for you is tough.  Sometimes they all look the same, sometimes they are a world apart.

So how should you choose?

Taking the time to try all the website builders can be draining.  So here is a summary table which presents the pros and cons of each of the website builders for you.

It will really help save you time and brain energy to review this summary first, so you can narrow down the ones that do not meet your needs.

The following summary of pros and cons is outlined in the following order (in no specific order):

1. Wix (Full Review)

2. Squarespace (Full Review)

3. Weebly (Full Review)

4. Jimdo (Full Review)

Also see Side-by-Side Comparison Chart on how website builders compare to each other

1. POPULARITY FACTOR


As much as we don’t think how popular a website builder should have a significant impact on your decision on which one to use to build your website, we thought that we should cover that here as well.

It’s more as an “interest” factor, before we head into discussing the pros & cons of each website builder below.

Here is how Wix, Squarespace, Weebly and Jimdo are trending on Google searches:

Squarespace vs Wix vs Weebly vs Jimdo - Google Trend

What this tells you, is that Wix gets the most searches online, then Weebly, Squarespace and Jimdo.  It’s not surprising that Wix is trending the highest, as they have over 63 million websites published.

2. TOP PROS & CONS (Wix vs Weebly vs Squarespace vs Jimdo)


Wix vs Weebly vs Squarespace vs Jimdo Comparison Table – If you prefer a table / chart based analysis, click here to see it.

PROS OF WIX

  1. Large Selection of Professional templates – Wix offers over 510 professional looking templates for you to choose from, or you could create your own custom design.  The best part about Wix’s templates is that they are already structured, formatted and pre-populated with content so you simply have to pick your favorite one, replace the pre-set content with your own.  All the templates are already user ready.
  2. Intuitive Drag & Drop interface – Wix’s website builder is simple enough to use.  Just drag and drop any elements (building blocks) you needs, such as images, slideshows, text, etc and place them wherever you want without any restrictions. There really is no limitations where you insert the elements.
  3. Support and help available everywhere – Wix has one of the strongest support infrastructure available amongst all website builders.  They have help / support buttons everywhere.  You can either click on the main help button at the top of the page, or each element that you use also has its own unique help button.  It’s nice that the help buttons are right there for you to click on without looking any further.  If you need a bit more “hand-holding”, Wix also offers you phone & email support..

PROS OF SQUARESPACE

  1. Squarespace provides you with beautiful, mobile-responsive, designer templates that undeniably commands attention.  The templates are clean, minimalistic and gives off a sophisticated vibe.  Their finishing quality is high, as if a designer has invested months in polishing them.  We like and appreciate their clean lines compared to other website builders’ templates which could be a bit noisy.
  2. Squarespace offers responsive templates, meaning that you can resize your browser and the content (including the images, slideshows) will also automatically adjust to help give you an optimized viewing experience.  This is especially helpful if your visitors tend to use mobile devices.
  3. Squarespace gives you extensive styling options that the majority of other website builders do not provide. You can certainly do custom styling with other website builders, but you need to know how to edit codes.  Squarespace has a style editor that helps you do all the custom styling without touching codes, from changing of background images all the way down to customizing thumbnail details.

PROS OF WEEBLY

  1. One of the easiest and user friendly drag & drop website builder in the market – Weebly doesn’t  overwhelm you excessive number of tools.  They keep things simple, yet effective.  Tools are straightforward to use, and you can literally build a good website in less than an hour.
  2. Best free builder – Weebly’s free platform provides you enough tools to build a functional website (even when you’re not paying a dime, which is awesome).  There is no pressure to upgrade to the paid platform and there is no time limit to the free account.  The best part is, they only place a very small advertisement in the footer of the free website – this is by far the best amongst the other free website builders.
  3. Broad range of templates allows you to build a decent looking website (not the best, but good enough).  You get access to all the templates from Weebly (even with a free account) and they are adding more templates lately.  Weebly also allows you free access to their HTML / CSS editor so you can modify the website design as you wish (or hire someone to help you do this).  Very flexible indeed.

PROS OF JIMDO

  1. Strong e-commerce tools for online stores – Jimdo’s e-commerce tools provide you with back-end support such as tracking of inventory, open / close orders and automatic pre-set email responses to your customers.  You can also set up discount codes for promotion purposes.  You can also tag products which allows you to cross-sell other products.  This makes managing of your online store easy, and also makes Jimdo stand out from other website builders.  (Click here to see a good overview video here)
  2. Free platform – Jimdo’s free platform (JimdoFree) provides you enough tools to build a very functional website. There is absolutely no pressure to upgrade to the paid platform (JimdoPro and JimdoBusiness) and there are no time limitations as to how long you can remain a free user.
  3. Large community forum – Jimdo has a large community forums in multiple languages which allow you to post questions and find answers from other fellow Jimdo users as well as from Jimdo’s forum moderators – in multiple languages.

CONS OF WIX

  1. Visibly large advertisements on the free version – Using Wix’s free website builder comes with noticeably large and prominent advertisement Wix logos on the side and at the bottom of the website after you publish.  All free website builders have their own advertisement credits (understandable since they’re providing services for free) but Wix’s are really quite prominent.  You will need to upgrade to remove the advertisements.
  2. Once you pick a template, you can’t change it – Although Wix has plenty of pre-made designer templates for you to choose from, once you’ve picked one to use, you can’t switch to another template.  If you do, you will have to rebuild your website.  It’s a bit annoying, so you have to make sure you love it!
  3. Not designed to manage complex e-commerce needs – If you want to build an online shop, Wix’s e-commerce tools are not advanced enough to help you fully manage your store.  But to be fair, they do have better e-commerce tools than most standard website builders, but they don’t include basic management tools such as sending out automatic confirmation emails to your customers after they pay, configure taxes and shipping costs, and just general management of orders such as marking orders as shipped or paid.   [UPDATEWix has since introduced more advanced e-commerce tools (see our full review here).  These include allowing you to configure your own shipping & handling fees based on shipping destinations and the product price range.  You can even set shipping & handling fees based on which state you are shipping to, allowing you to have more granular control over this.  You can also set up tax rates based on your shipping destination (you can set up different tax rates for different countries and states).  Once you have shipped your products, you can also mark each order as “complete”, allowing you to track which orders are still open and needs to be fulfilled.]

CONS OF SQUARESPACE

  1. Squarespace separates the editing screen and the live preview screen, making it challenging for you to format your website layout.  What you see when you are in editing mode, is a bit different from what you will see when you publish the website.  Although you can take comfort that the website will be responsive so your visitor will see a “similar” version of what you want your layout format to be, it is a bit of a nuisance in terms of user experience when what you see as your website layout while in editing mode, is different from live mode.  [UPDATE Squarespace revamped its editor completely and now what you see when you are editing your Squarespace website is what it actually looks like after you publish your site.  In our opinion, this is a drastic improvement.  Squarespace is pretty fun to use already, and this makes it even better.]
  2. Adding, dragging and dropping Blocks in Squarespace were slightly buggy in our tests (Blocks are Squarespace’s basic website building components such as text, image, slideshows).  We had to try numerous times to add or re-arrange Blocks, which was slightly annoying. For example, we wanted to move an Image Block from the top of the screen down to the bottom, we expected to be able to click on the Block, drag it to the bottom of our screen and the page will automatically scroll down to the bottom so we can drop off the Block.  This didn’t happen, so at the time of our test, we had troubles re-arranging content.
  3. Although Squarespace’s Style Editor gives you the ability to customize or style almost everything in the website without going into codes, this could be a bit overwhelming to some people.  Having a lot of styling flexibility can be overwhelming and sometimes trying a bit too hard to get creative takes away the minimalistic beauty of a website.  The key here is not to do too much with all these flexible tools.  You can still built a very attractive looking website with Squarespace without feeling the need to edit every single design element on your site.

CONS OF WEEBLY

  1. Not designed for complex e-commerce needs – If you want to build an online shop with a lot of products (such as 10 or more), Weebly’s e-commerce tools are not advanced enough yet to help you manage your online shop needs (such as multiple product displays, inventory tracking, item options, different payment option other than PayPal, customization of emails to confirm orders).  However, you can integrate third party shopping carts into a Weebly website to supplement this. [If you need advanced shopping cart functions, check out some dedicated e-commerce store builders here[UPDATE – Weebly launched a brand new eCommerce solution in November 2013 which makes their eCommerce features some of the best amongst website builders (click here to see our detailed review)]
  2. Limited number of designer-caliber templates – The quality of Weebly’s templates is average if compared to other website builders.  But the good thing is that they are releasing new templates on an ongoing basis and the templates are getting better.  There are also third party Weebly templates providers which really help.
  3. Page restrictions for Free and Starter plans – There are page creation restrictions if you use Weebly’s Free or Starter plans.  With the free plan, you can only create up to 5 pages.  With the Starter plan, you can only create up to 10 pages.  To be able to set up unlimited number of pages, you will need to sign up to either the Pro or Business plans.  With other website builders (see them), you can create unlimited pages for free (except for Squarespace where their lowest plans allow you to create up to 20 pages, which is still a lot more than Weebly).  So if you plan on building a lot of pages, this is something you should factor into your decision making process.  [UPDATE – Weebly has removed any page limits now.  So you can create unlimited pages across all their plans, including the free plan!]

CONS OF JIMDO

  1. Needs more professionally designed templates – The caliber of Jimdo’s templates is average when benchmarked against its competitors.  Using the free version of Jimdo gives you a certain number of templates to use, so to access even more templates, you will need to subscribe to their premium packages.  However, there are also third party Jimdo templates providers. [UPDATE  – Jimdo recently added more template choices to their collection.  They also added advanced features such as (1) full background slideshows with tools to customize different visual effects into the background image, and (2) full background video, which allows you to insert a video as the background to your website – pretty impressive!  As a this point, this is the first of its kind amongst website builders we review.  These updates show that Jimdo really focusing on improving their templates.  We’re looking forward to more impressive features.]
  2. Jimdo advertisement on its free version is quite visible – If you are using Jimdo’s free website builder (so if you are not subscribing to their premium packages), it includes an advertisement logo on your website which is quite visible.  All free website builders have their own advertisement credits (understandable since they’re providing services for free) but Jimdo’s is a bit more prominent (but not the worst amongst all the website builders).  Upgrade to the paid platform to get more functions and also to remove the advertisement. [UPDATE – Jimdo has now significantly reduced the size of the advertisement, and moved it to the footer area – away from the main content area.  This is actually a very generous gesture from Jimdo, considering you are using their services for free!]
  3. Not a true drag-and-drop user interface – Even though Jimdo’s website building tools are not drag and drop, don’t let this fool you into thinking that Jimdo isn’t easy to use.  Its functions and user-friendliness still gets the job done, although it would feel more interactive with drag and drop.

Wix vs Weebly vs Squarespace vs Jimdo Comparison Table – If you prefer a table / chart based analysis, click here to see it.

3. PICK THE WEBSITE BUILDER DEPENDING ON WHAT YOU NEED


As per the summary of pros and cons above, each website builder has its own strengths and weaknesses.

Here are our recommendations based on what you might be looking for:

1) Easiest To Use – check out Wix (see promo code) or Weebly.

2) Stylish & Professional Design – see Squarespace (see promo code) and Wix.

3) eCommerce Builder – you should consider Wix, Weebly or Squarespace (click links to see our reviews on their ecommerce tools).

For direct comparisons between website builders:

Side-by-Side Comparison Chart – how website builders compare to each other

Wix vs Weebly – see the 8 key differences

Wix vs Squarespace – see the 4 key differences

eCommerce Builder Comparison – see this chart if you’re building an online store

4. OUR RECOMMENDATION TO YOU


At the end of the day, we recommend that you sign up for a free account with at least 2 website builders and test them out yourself.  It’s the only way you can get a good feel of which one works best for you.

Building a website is an investment of time and money – more so an investment of your time.  So it’s important to conduct your due diligence and check to see which website builder you feel the most comfortable with.

Don’t skim on spending some time in trying them out, as you will pay heavily in time if you need to switch website builders later.

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About Jeremy Wong

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

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About Jeremy Wong

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

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266 Responses to Wix vs Weebly vs Squarespace vs Jimdo – Pros and Cons of Each

  1. Ken Fisher August 28, 2015 at 4:46 PM #

    I need a DIY web-builder that allows me to organize a number of preformatted HTML/CSS pages and about 4 GB of videos.

    MY CRITERIA –

    1) For the videos I do not want to post them on a publicly accessible site. They are not top secret but there is a business advantage to keeping these away from nosey eyes.

    2) I prefer to have some kind of basic logon security. I don’t need bullet proof security. It’s not for ecommerce or personal information. I just don’t want competitors to gain easy access to my content.

    3) I don’t want ads on my site and am happy to pay a monthly fee to avoid those.

    4) I don’t need 1000 templates or the best templates, just some basic templates will do.

    Thoughts anyone?

    • Jeremy Wong August 31, 2015 at 10:57 AM #

      Hi Ken,

      Maybe consider Wix or Weebly – both of them offer you membership gateways where you can protect selected pages so that only people who you invite as members can access them.

      Advertisements for these website builders can be removed once you upgrade to their premium plans, and have some good templates to choose from.

      Jeremy

  2. Adriana August 25, 2015 at 11:03 AM #

    Great information! This article is extremely useful! I’m working on updating my company’s website and I’m looking for a solution with both creative flexibility and ease of use. Thanks for this!

  3. Max May 19, 2015 at 7:14 AM #

    Jeremy

    Great article and so well eluded. I am starting an IT consulting company that will have no e-commerce and mostly informational capability. But few things such as ability to post a calendar or events, upcoming webinars and blog are important. Also integration of twitter, LInkedin, FB is something that will be critical to generate traffic. Which of these website builders would you recommend for such a need?

    • Jeremy Wong May 23, 2015 at 9:27 PM #

      Hi Max,

      Squarespace has tools for events and calendar. Wix’s app market also have some free tools there.

      For social widget integration, you can get the embed codes directly from the social networks, then embed them into the website builder directly. All of the 4 website builders discussed in this article has the capability to do that.

      HOpe this helps!

      Jeremy

  4. Daphne May 17, 2015 at 3:18 AM #

    Hey Jeremy,

    Thanx so much for your review! It is so helpful to have an overview like this with pros and cons!

    However, i think you’ve got one thing mistaken, or maybe it has been changed after you wrote this. Looking at Weebly and comparing their priceplans, i see that they say that in all plans you can have an unlimited number of pages. I think that’s good news : ) Or am i overseeing something?

    Thnx and all the best!
    Daphne

    • Jeremy Wong May 18, 2015 at 2:11 AM #

      Hi Daphne,

      Yes – Weebly lets you created unlimited pages across all their plans.

      Prior to this, they tested limiting the number of pages you can create based on their plans, but they removed this limitation. We’ve updated our discussion point under “Cons” for Weebly regarding this a while back already. Sorry if we aren’t clear!

      Jeremy

  5. Cole May 10, 2015 at 8:12 AM #

    Thanks for the article! But what about mobile support? We are in a mobile age now. Here’s what I really want to know…which of these builders can you significantly modify/alter/ or build using a mobile phone, android and ios.

    Jimbo appears to have an android app for this. Does it work. Weebly has one, but it appears to only work for blogging.

    Thank you.

    • Jeremy Wong May 10, 2015 at 6:31 PM #

      Hi Cole,

      You can actually edit your website with Weebly’s app too! But generally speaking, I would (personally) recommend that you build out your site on your desktop, and only make edits on your iPad / tablet if need be. You can definitely build your entire site on the tablet apps with Weebly and Jimdo, but I personally prefer using desktop / laptop for that as it’s just easier to move things around, and also to upload images (which is a big part of most websites).

      One thing that I really like about Wix’s mobile editor, is that you can choose to hide / display content. So what you show on your website on non-mobile devices can be different from what you actually display on mobile devices, which gives you added flexibility.

      Some people’s websites have a lot of content, but you might want to pick and choose the “most” important content to display on mobile devices so as to not overwhelm your mobile visitors with not as important information. Wix allows you to do this.

      They also have a “mobile action bar” where people can tap on icons to either email, call, or map you out on their mobile phones.

      We have a more detailed discussion on mobile for these four website builders here.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  6. Bobby May 5, 2015 at 5:52 PM #

    Jeremy,
    Which of these (or another) do you reccomend for a site that will be hosting (not linking to) short videos and will/may also have podcasts on the site itself?
    thnx

    • Jeremy Wong May 5, 2015 at 10:01 PM #

      Hi Bobby,

      Only Weebly allows you to import your video file, as long as you sign up to their Weebly Pro or Business plans. The other website builders only allow you to stream videos from YouTube or Vimeo.

      As for podcast, Squarespace has some tools that specifically caters to podcasts so you’ll find those helpful.

      So none of the website builders will have both tools you need. So you’ll probably have to determine which of these are more important to you, or find some external widgets to embed into the website (such as a podcast playing widget).

      Jeremy

  7. Daniel Keith April 21, 2015 at 10:31 PM #

    Nice article!
    I have to build an educational website. I want to use it for discussions, share notes. But my budget is very low. Can you suggest which one these four is best for me.

    • Jeremy Wong June 22, 2015 at 9:40 PM #

      Hi Daniel – I would suggest either Wix or Weebly, as they are either free, or their lowest plans are very affordable (just a few dollars per month).

      Have a look at our comparison chart here to compare prices across various website builders.

      Jeremy

  8. Aleiya April 19, 2015 at 5:27 PM #

    Good day,
    Great article and website.

    I would like to create a history website for my mother who is a history teacher.
    I need it to:
    . Be able to host picture
    . Be able to have large spaces for maps
    . Be able to have an interactive/?blog/?Q&A section
    . Be able to hold videos she may do of historical site visits.
    . Have easy tab features etc

    Do you have any idea which may be the best host site for a project of this nature. I have used wix in the past for another project but found it a bit…stiff.

    Thanks,

    • Jeremy Wong April 21, 2015 at 3:35 PM #

      Hi Aleiya,

      If you tried Wix already, then I’d suggest you test out Weebly. They will be able to help you build your website.

      Squarespace should be able to do so as well, but Weebly is an easier website builder to use.

      Jeremy

  9. Janice April 15, 2015 at 4:49 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I have a site built on webs.com (paid acct) for the last 4 years but they recently changed policies and no longer allow you to buy more storage space without upgrading to their most expensive package, which I can’t afford and have no need for all those feature, so I must move it.

    I am shying away from Wix simply because of the lack of ability to change templates, which I do sometimes just to freshen up the site and keep people’s interest, so I’m down to Weebly and Squarespace. I need one that will allow me to upload photos, PDFs (newsletters), and videos, but people also make financial donations to our work via the site. It has a link to a PayPal account by which they do that…will Weebly or Squarespace try to charge the listed 3% for those donations? Do either of those restrict changing the template?

    Thanks
    Janice

    • Jeremy Wong April 16, 2015 at 2:24 PM #

      Hi Janice,

      Squarespace and Weebly do allow you to change templates as often as you want to. You can also upload images, PDFs, videos, all that standard web building tasks with these two website builders.

      As for donations, Squarespace has a “Donation Block” that you can use, but it has to be powered by Stripe (the payment processor).

      If you prefer to use PayPal, you can embed it into your Squarespace or Weebly site using the Code Block (for Squarespace) or Embed Code element (for Weebly).

      I think there will still be the standard PayPal transaction services fee, though I’m not sure if they have a special discounted rate for qualified donations/ charities? You might want to check with them about that?

      Jeremy

      • Randy May 13, 2015 at 6:49 PM #

        Have enjoyed your write-ups on web builders. Am being forced out of Go Daddy 6 and not sure I want to stay with them with version 7. I want a 10-15 or so page website but do not want them to be able to order through it or maintain inventory. They can email me orders through the websites email. The purpose of the website is education about my products but my personal intervention is often necessary before getting an order so check-outs are not important. I would consider SquareSpace but they are so stupid they don’t even have phone contact for interested new prospective customers.

        Would you be so good as to make a suggestion for my use.

        • Jeremy Wong May 14, 2015 at 12:36 AM #

          Randy,

          If you don’t need the ecommerce functions, then really any of the website builders above can get the job done.

          The question is which one you prefer to work with, and you can only find out if you sign up for free accounts to test them out. All of the website builders have good tools for you to build 10 – 20 pages, but their user interfaces are quite different. So you might favor one over another.

          The only way to find out is to give them a test run and pick your favorite!

          Jeremy

  10. Max April 12, 2015 at 7:20 PM #

    Hi Jeremy

    I was very angry with Weebly yesterday!

    I have been with them for years. I have a PRO account with the 10 website facility. It cost’s me $99 a year. Since they only allow 10 sites in this account, I decided to open a second Weebly account, thinking that this would give me the facility of adding another 10 sites for the single pro account fee each year. I put the first domain together in the new account.. and upgraded it to pro, then I added a second domain and they wanted me to upgrade that to pro as well (another $99), I was fuming… they told me that they had changed their policy a while ago (I did not know this) to stop allowing all the domains in one account to become PRO once you had upgraded just one of the domains in the same account.

    Is there a good alternative to Weebly (I like their system), that allows a reasonable number of domains in a single account without having to upgrade each and every domain to get the PRO service?

    Max

    • Jeremy Wong April 13, 2015 at 3:51 PM #

      Hi Max,

      Sorry to hear about that. Weebly updated their usage policy a couple of years ago, so the current policy / plan has been around for a while now.

      Back then, like you said, you can upgrade all 10 websites as a group under the same account, so it was a much better deal back then. Now, you have to upgrade one website at a time (since a couple of years ago).

      I think the economics of the previous pricing system just doesn’t allow Weebly to grow their platform. As a business, they need to continuously innovate, create a better website builder, hire more support staff to service the millions of users, etc.

      That said, in order to make the user experience better and to provide better support, takes a lot of financial commitment and investment on their part. As the saying goes, “no such thing as a free lunch”, right?

      As for your question, all the “good” website builders that we’ve discussed require you to upgrade or subscribe to their plans on a per website basis. You can definitely still use their free plans, but if you choose to upgrade, it has to be on a per website basis.

      I personally would be a bit careful about finding a website builder that will claim to give you all the support and platform growth at a very very low price. It might be possible years ago, but nowadays as the industry is growing and maturing, I would be a bit more careful with those marketing statements.

      Just my thoughts and hope it helps.

      Jeremy

  11. Kim April 9, 2015 at 9:09 AM #

    I am creating a site for renting off road vehicles. I would prefer a simple layout, clean and professional looking. I would like sub folders for the different types of vehicles. The most important part is that I need to make bookings through the website. I want a calendar that customers can choose an available time. Then, have the booking page take them to a payment and deposit page. I know that I can use a separate website for this calendar, but just wondering if any of these website builders offer this service.
    thanks.

    • Jeremy Wong April 10, 2015 at 6:15 PM #

      Hi Kim,

      All of the website builders will enable you to create sub-menu items. But Weebly allows you to create as many sub-menu bars as you want to. So if you don’t have a need to create multiple layers, then all of them will work just fine.

      Wix has App that enables you to creating a booking function with a calendar. Here is more discussion about their App Market. Just search for “booking” when you get to their App Market.

      For Squarespace, if you visit their support page and type in “book” they will also make a couple of recommendations regarding booking engines and also show you how to integrate them with a Squarespace site.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  12. elsie phipps March 29, 2015 at 9:56 AM #

    I watched your video on how to export weebly content using filezilla. although i followed most of it i am very very clueless when it comes to technical terms and procedures and the parts in your video when you said this information is widely available led me to spend several hours trying to find and understand these missing details. as a result i still havent been able to do it. briefly, i am trying to export the content of my fairly basic weebly site (and my web address) to squarespace. i have managed to instal file zilla and it has picked up my computer files but the remote host does not have anything like what you show in the vido. im not sure what im supposed to type in the remote site box in order to drag the files accross?i have currently used my internet details to quickconnect and tthere is no html public folder. can you help me please?!

    • Jeremy Wong March 30, 2015 at 5:25 PM #

      Elsie,

      Unfortunately I don’t think there is a way to import a Weebly site into Squarespace. Their code base are just not made compatible as both platforms are very different.

      But do ask Squarepace’s support team just to confirm this, just to be sure. I’d be surprised if they say it’s achievable and if that’s the case, do let me know!

      Jeremy

  13. Daleen March 29, 2015 at 5:54 AM #

    Hi Jeremy Im a professional photographer can you please assist on witch one I should go with?

    • Jeremy Wong March 30, 2015 at 5:19 PM #

      Hi Daleen,

      Give Squarespace a try (they have a 14 day free trial period) as their design templates can be really good for photography based websites. Wix also has some photography-oriented templates as well so check them out too.

      But at the end of the day, I’d suggest you test out at least both of them to see which one you feel more comfortable with. Their user interfaces are different so you may prefer one over the other.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

  14. manuel March 18, 2015 at 1:57 PM #

    Sorry, its me again.

    How can i copy the contents of one page on wix to be repeated on another page? For example, if i have buttons on the left side of the screen and how do i copy all buttons on another page?

    And again, regarding SEO, the verbiage on these buttons help, right?

    Thanks.

    • Jeremy Wong March 18, 2015 at 5:09 PM #

      Manuel,

      You can copy elements across your pages. Here is the tutorial from Wix.

      I don’t think the text on he buttons have much impact. It’s more helpful as a way to get people to actually click on the button more than anything else.

      Jeremy

  15. manuel March 18, 2015 at 1:37 PM #

    Good Day Jeremy,

    Thank you for answering some of my questions previously. Some other clarifications:

    1. Working on WIX, for SEO purposes, is it better to have the buttons linked to a page within the website or use the actual weblink per se?

    2. If you open the website below, if you look on the upper left corner, what website has capability to enlarge the font within the site? The one with “A”s.
    ‘http://www.medicare.gov/

    Peace.

    • Jeremy Wong March 18, 2015 at 5:07 PM #

      Hey Manuel,

      1) I don’t think it makes a difference. At least I don’t think it does anyway.

      2) I haven’t seen that done with a Wix site before. Maybe you can ask Wix’s support team to see if it’s possible?

      Jeremy

  16. Martin March 16, 2015 at 12:45 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Many thanks for the informative articles! I tried posting this before but it hasn’t appeared…my apologies if it has elsewhere and i’m just being dim!

    I’m about to go freelance; I’ll be doing research with academic partners and offering professional training and expert witness services.

    I need a website that will allow me to:
    – Blog
    – Podcast
    – Have several pages for each aspect of my business
    – Link to a Twitter account
    – Use my own domain name (which I may buy separately)
    – At least link to an external email account (gmail) if not host it.
    – Contact form so people can contact or book me for training/witness services

    Sqaurespace seems the more visually appealing and seems to offer what I want; weebly *seems* to be easiest to get to grips with and offers a cheaper in-road.

    Would you agree there isn’t much to choose between them for my needs (which probably just brings it down to pricing in the end?)

    ANy clues would be much appreciated!

    • Jeremy Wong March 16, 2015 at 3:21 PM #

      Hi Martin,

      Squarespace is a good choice as they have the tools to help you get the features you want. What makes them stand apart from other web builders discussed here is that they have tools to help you feature podcasts.

      They don’t offer the hosting of your emails though, but they’ve partnered with Google Apps so that you can create your own custom domain email address and have it integrated with your Squarespace site (more information here).

      Jeremy

      • Martin March 19, 2015 at 4:41 AM #

        Awesome – thank you Jeremy!

        One question regarding the email thing; is it possible to set it up on either squarespace or weebly (although I think I’ll go with squarespace now, thank you) to use an existing email address rather than using google apps? I’m not sure I see the value of paying for Google apps when I have a gmail account already for my research/training stuff.

        Kind regards

        • Jeremy Wong March 20, 2015 at 10:24 PM #

          Hi Martin,

          You can connect any email addresses to your Squarespace contact form. The form set up will just ask you to insert which email you want to, so that any form submissions will be directed to your email address.

          Google Apps is just a way for people to create an email address with a custom domain name. But if you want to use an existing email (Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc), you can definitely do so.

          Jeremy

  17. Bob March 8, 2015 at 10:02 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I really need navigation menus with the ability to drop down 2 of more levels of submenus. I just started trying Weebly because I found they have this multi-level menu ability.

    Would you please tell me which other builders that you have reviewed also have this menu capability. (I did see some posts about there being “workarounds” on some site’s but that’s definitely NOT what I’m looking for).

    Thank you for all your reviews and research. Extremely helpful.

    • Jeremy Wong March 9, 2015 at 10:42 AM #

      Hi Bob,

      Weebly will definitely let you add more sub-pages. I’m not sure why other web builders like Wix or Jimdo don’t have this feature and I know users have been asking for it.

      So you’re on the right track with Weebly!

      Jeremy

  18. Scaramanga March 5, 2015 at 8:34 PM #

    Hi Jeremy – exceptional content.

    Just so that I know I’m doing the right thing…

    I want to create a website that is aimed at the dog loving community. I would like to run it as a blog but also want to sell goods and services via affiliate sites initially and then selling my own goods and services in the future. Obviously to sell my own ‘stuff’ I need the e-commerce elements but I don’t want the site to appear well… too much like a store as this isn’t my prime motivator.

    I would like a managed forum, where registered members have the ability to upload pictures.

    Does Wix tick all of the boxes?

    • Jeremy Wong March 7, 2015 at 7:47 PM #

      Hi Scaramanga,

      I think Wix will work for what you need. You can definitely insert advertisements into your site to earn advertisement revenues, and you can upgrade to Wix’s ecommerce plan later on (so you can save some money at the beginning without having to upgrade to the ecommerce plan, which is a higher plan).

      You can also visit Wix’s app store (more discussion here) as you can insert forum apps to your Wix site.

      But the best way to see if Wix works the best for you is to sign up for a free account and test them out. Get a feel for things, so you can make an informed decision.

      If Wix doesn’t work for you, there are other website builders you can consider testing!

      Jeremy

      • Scaramanga March 8, 2015 at 9:50 PM #

        Thanks Jeremy. Will give it a go although already being given offer of cheap upgrades…

  19. Isira March 2, 2015 at 9:08 AM #

    Jeremy thanks for all these reviews.

    One question. I already bought a domain from Godaddy but wish to make a site from either Wix or Squarespace. Can I migrate the domain to the new host in the free design accounts of either Wix or Squarespace?

    • Jeremy Wong March 2, 2015 at 5:43 PM #

      Hi Isira,

      You don’t have to migrate your domain name to the website builder, as you can just keep your domain name with GoDaddy and connect it to your website builder from there.

      Here are the tutorials from Squarespace and Weebly on how to connect the domain name directly from GoDaddy.

      Jeremy

      • alvin March 9, 2015 at 6:59 AM #

        well chaps, i don’t know abt wix or squarespace, but weebly does make you upgrade to at least starter which is US$4/mo which translates to us$90 for 2 years.. that’s the minimum contract period if you want to get the $4/mo price. For that money, you may as well buy a domain from weebly. Essentially Jeremy, your remark about weebly;
        “There is no pressure to upgrade to the paid platform and there is no time limit to the free account. ”

        is misleading. I too bought a domain from elsewhere. As you can see from here,
        http://hc.weebly.com/hc/en-us/articles/201273693-Buy-Your-Own-Personal-Domain-Name
        http://hc.weebly.com/hc/en-us/articles/201372693-How-to-Use-a-Domain-You-Purchased-Elsewhere

        both require you to buy at least starter SLA.

        • Jeremy Wong March 9, 2015 at 10:51 AM #

          Hi Alvin,

          Thanks for your comment. Yes if you want more access to Weebly’s tools, you do have to upgrade to at least their Starter Plan (which by the way, if you sign up for 2 years, is $3.29 per month, or $80 in total).

          But you don’t have to upgrade if you don’t want to, so there is definitely no pressure whatsoever.

          You can continue to build a functional website for free. You have access to all the basic tools you’ll need to build a website for free (insert text, titles, images, slideshows, pick from over 100 free templates, etc)

          There is no time limit at all. As at the moment, you can continue to use their free account for as long as you want to. Sure, they’ll ask you if you’d like to upgrade or not, but you don’t have to if you don’t want to.

          Yes – there are some limits to what you get for free (such as all things in life, right?) So if you want access to more advanced tools (we go over some of that here), you will have to pay a few dollars a month to access them, including the ability to connect your own domain name to your Weebly site.

          Hope this clear things up and thanks again for taking time to leave a comment!

          Jeremy

      • Isira March 9, 2015 at 12:12 PM #

        Thanks Jeremy.

        Next question: I bought a domain name for my new production company ‘ten8.tv’ and also a separate domain for my last award winning documentary film ‘shadowofthebull.com’ in order to promote it through film
        festivals/Facebook/Twitter, etc.

        ten8.tv is the whole company profile thing – Team, About, Films, n new productions, etc. Both should have a link to the same Vimeo page where my film and those of my team are visible.

        No e-commerce as yet but definitely a blog is also needed to create discussions and features about films we make on ten8.tv.

        I was thinking of Squarespace to build ten8.tv and Weebly for shadowofthebull.com to try both but not sure if it’ll create comparability issues later.

        Also which website builder faciitates integrating a blog into the ten8.tv page and allows linking to a Vimeo site that holds all out films?

        We cannot have proxy ads showing but as this is a new company we don’t want to go mad on expensive subscriptions but need to make sure the site(s) look good. It’s TV and film and need
        to grab attention.

        Hope my questions are clear. Let me know what you think.

        • Jeremy Wong March 10, 2015 at 3:27 PM #

          Hi Isira,

          For me, I would prefer to use one single website builder so that I can become an “expert” at it. So it’s a bit more efficient that way since you’ll know the in’s and out’s of it once you start investing time into using it.

          So if I were you, I’d sign up for a trial account with Squarespace and a free account with Weebly and invest some time to test them out.

          But given that you are a production / film related company, Squarespace might have some really appealing design templates for you to consider! They create really great looking templates.

          Jeremy

  20. Kimberly March 1, 2015 at 3:02 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    We are trying to start a website for recruiting customer service agents form employment with our company. What would be the best website creator for us to use for our business, as far as user friendly for the end-user & ourselves (like forms, training videos, Help with advertisement for our company through many search engines and not just google)?

    • Jeremy Wong March 1, 2015 at 7:52 PM #

      Hi Kimberly,

      I think all the website builders above have tools for you to create basic content, such as forms and video players.

      If you want fully mobile responsive templates that look really good, Squarespace is best for that. If you want a pure drag and drop interface where you can place content literally anywhere on your site, Wix is good for that. If you want something really simple to use, Weebly is a good choice.

      At the end of the day, I’d encourage you to sign up for a few test accounts and see which one best suits your needs. Each builder has a different user interface and so you may like / dislike them.

      Here is a comparison chart as well so you can compare the website builders across a number of different categories. It might help you make a more informed decision!

      Jeremy

  21. Bri February 27, 2015 at 8:44 AM #

    Hello Jeremy, thanks for all you articles.

    My question is- I’m opening a service business that needs to get out to retail customers. Which one of these site builders is best for SEO.

    • Jeremy Wong February 27, 2015 at 1:40 PM #

      Hi Bri,

      When it comes to SEO, it’s not a very straight forward answer.

      But in general, getting good search results ranking is more of what you do outside of your website, and less so of what website builder you use (this does have an impact, but a lot less than what people think, in my own view anyway).

      Here’s what I wrote in one of my comments in our Wix review post dated January 4 2015:

      I think that just by setting up a website, and not doing anything to “convince” Google that your website is worthy of showing in search results, then for sure a website’s chances of appearing in search results will be very low. It doesn’t matter which website builder you are using.

      Google’s intent is to display websites that they believe will be helpful in answering people’s search for information, and there are a lot of ways they “score” your website to determine where you should appear in their search results. For instance, how many other websites link to your site (suggesting that they endorse your website and content), how much social signals your website is creating (are people sharing your site with others), how much content you have on your site and how frequent do you generate that content, etc.

      All these “signals” just tells Google if you are worthy of being ranked high, and whether your content is helpful to people searching for information.

      So if you set up even a Wix website, and invest time and energy into creating helpful content, share them with people, ask your readers to share your website, asking others to link to your website, this sends appropriate signals to Google, then it’s really up to Google to see where you should be placed in search results.

      There are a lot of discussions about this topic on the internet. Some are good, some are not so good. But the more you study this, the more clarity you’ll have!

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  22. bene February 25, 2015 at 4:33 PM #

    Hello Jeremy, thank you for the great article!

    What about multiple websites? I have several domains, one is for a travel blog, the other an ecommerce store, and the third is for a project/information/videos site.

    Now im looking for a platform where i can build and manage all three…do you know which one would be best for that? do they even have that option?

    I tried using wordpress individually but it is too overwhelming for me, and i dont want to pay for a developer to help me…my intuition says Squarespace, or Wix…any advice would be appreciated!

    Thank you!

    • Jeremy Wong February 26, 2015 at 1:09 PM #

      Hi Bene,

      Yes Squarespace or Wix will do just fine as you can manage your 3 websites within the same account. Weebly can do that as well.

      I think any of the web builders here will be able to cater to your needs (blog, ecommerce, info sites).

      Jeremy

  23. Cesar February 20, 2015 at 1:04 AM #

    Hello Jeremy, I am opening a pizzeria do you recommend WIX to post my menu? I will offer delivery over the phone but will add online delivery in the future, will WIX work for me?
    Thank you!

    • Jeremy Wong February 20, 2015 at 2:45 PM #

      Hi Cesar,

      I think Wix will work, as they have templates that’s tailored for food & beverage industries.

      You should also check out Squarespace, as they have “menu” related tools to help you set up a menu on your website. If you visit our “Business Category” page here, on the row about Squarespace, we’ve included a link to a Squarespace video that shows you how to build a really good looking menu on a Squarespace site.

      Jeremy

  24. Michelle February 14, 2015 at 7:18 PM #

    Hi I over a professional service to my clients. I have my own domain and email address. Can you recommend a web building site that can accommodate my existing domain name & email address.

    • Jeremy Wong February 16, 2015 at 4:15 PM #

      Hi Michelle,

      You can connect your domain name to any of the website builders above.

      As for email services, only Jimdo offers integrated email services if you upgrade to one of their plans.

      But in general, you can use Google Business Apps to power your custom domain email address (as long as you have ownership of the domain name).

      Take a look at our comparison chart here and look for more discussions in the footnote section.

      Jeremy

  25. Tim January 28, 2015 at 1:24 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Opening a Diner in Phoenix, secured my domain at GoDaddy. A bit overwhelmed with all of the website builders out there. I think I have it narrowed down to 3; Squarspace, Wix and GoDaddy. GoDaddy gives you 5 emails but they recommend getting email via Office 365, they say it is more reliable and consistant as it uses a different email exchange??? This is all Latin to me. I have read nothing but good about Squarspace and Wix and have heard good about GoDaddy and there 24/7 online and phone support.
    Can you please point me in the right direction here? I only want to do this once.

    • Jeremy Wong January 30, 2015 at 1:07 PM #

      Hi Tim,

      I think that Squarespace and Wix has better website building tools than GoDaddy (you can take a look at our comparison chart here).

      If you want a bit more support, Wix also offers phone support. Squarespace do answer support emails 24/7 and within an hour.

      So given that they’re all support oriented, you may want to consider signing up for test accounts with them to see which one you like the best.

      They all have different user interfaces and different support centers (help articles). So finding one that works best for you is a personal choice. That’s why it’s not a bad idea to sign up for test accounts and invest some time to looking around their platforms!

      Jeremy

  26. Jeana January 15, 2015 at 11:54 AM #

    I’ve used Wix for a few years now since it’s so easy, but will be moving some sites away from it because 1) it’s not responsive and 2) if you copy a blog url from your website into the LinkedIn status update, it will not populate correctly. For professional services firms, both are deal breakers.

    But, for ease-of-use in creating a site, there’s nothing more simple.

  27. RDH January 9, 2015 at 7:34 PM #

    Thanks heaps for your website builder comparison. It was a great time saver for me. What I’m after is a private area that only people I know have access to and where they can write what tasks they are good at. Eg a trades and services listing

    • Jeremy Wong January 11, 2015 at 11:23 AM #

      Hi RDH,

      It sounds like what you’re looking for is some sort of private forum where people have to sign in to participate in some sort of discussion, for all your other private members to see?

      If that’s the case, none of these website builders are built to facilitate that. You might want to search for some forum software?

      Jeremy

  28. Journey January 1, 2015 at 5:05 PM #

    Great Article! Which website would you recommend for a Life Coach? I have seen a little bit of something different with each website but none that I can be fully content with.

    • Jeremy Wong January 4, 2015 at 8:05 PM #

      Hi Journey,

      Each website builder has its own strengths and weaknesses, and each person has his/her own unique needs. So it’s really challenging to find the “perfect” web builder for each user, unless you hire a capable developer to custom build everything for you!

      I think one way forward is to determine what is important for you. Design? Ease of use? Features? Support?

      Once you have that sorted out, then you can narrow down your options, test them out and pick a winner.

      For instance, if you place a higher priority on design, then Squarespace and Wix are great options. If you really want a web builder that’s really easy to use, then Weebly is a good place to start.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  29. Russell January 1, 2015 at 3:52 PM #

    I alreay have a domain name purchased through godaddy, will I be able to use it on squarespace, and not have any sub domain names showing when a customer checks out? Or anywhere else on site? Thank you for your comparisons, I certainly like the looks/service of squarespace! Thanks in advance!!

    • Jeremy Wong January 3, 2015 at 6:25 AM #

      Hi Russell,

      Yes you can definitely connect your domain name held with GoDaddy to your Squarespace site. Here is more guidance on how to do that. Your domain name will be the only domain name / web address being displayed on your Squarespace site.

      Jeremy

  30. jesse joyce December 30, 2014 at 11:19 AM #

    Hi
    Thanks this is such an interesting site! I’m trying to decide which platform to use for a site that has photos and essays about international travel. I have three criteria:
    I’m looking for one that has great visuals (sounds like squarespace), but also great SEO so Google can find it— and that can accommodate 600 word blogs and lots of hyperlinks. I read below that WP is more robust for blogging, but I don’t know what that really means. What would you advise?
    Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong January 3, 2015 at 5:58 AM #

      Hi Jesse,

      Yes, Squarespace can give you great visual effects for sure as their templates are really professional looking and are all mobile responsive (so looks great on all mobile devices).

      Their SEO capability is also pretty decent, and you can definitely create 600 word blog posts with hyperlinks to either internal pages or even external pages.

      You can see a much more detailed breakdown comparing various website builders in this chart here.

      Regarding WordPress, they have really strong blogging features and can automate a lot of functions for you, such as featured posts, recent posts, related posts, etc. The trade off is that there is a big of a learning curve to climb if you want to use WordPress proficiently. Also, you’ll most likely need to purchase a premium theme (if you want a nicer looking design) and if you want to alter the layout, or move some content around, it’s not that easy at all and you may have to modify the codes for that, or hire someone to help you.

      So the beauty of using web builders such as Squarespace is that they give you the flexibility to make a lot of changes to the design of their templates, and also move content around by dragging and dropping, all without touching a line of code. We have a much more in-depth discussion comparing WordPress and Squarespace here.

      But of course there are some limitations to what you can do, while with WordPress, if you know code very well, there really isn’t much limitations.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  31. Elaine December 27, 2014 at 5:32 AM #

    Again, great comparison information! Have you reviewed GoDaddy.com?

  32. Patrick December 22, 2014 at 12:38 PM #

    Great article, Jeremy. I have been a song writer for many years, but never tried to market any of them. I recently retired from the military and am looking for a web site to introduce original songs to the public. Was thinking to try a free Weebly site to start off. Do they have a songwriter template that you would recommend? Thanks! Patrick

    • Jeremy Wong December 22, 2014 at 8:26 PM #

      Hey Patrick,

      Thanks for your comment. I’m not aware of any Weebly templates targeting musicians. But you can always go through their selection of templates and see which one represents closer to how you want your site to look.

      Alternatively, Wix and Squarespace do have templates that are more focused for musicians. You can see the templates from Wix here, and the templates from Squarespace here.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  33. Melaine December 21, 2014 at 3:06 AM #

    Hi Connie and Jeremy

    I am comparing the Web builder between Wix and Weebly. I would like to know which one is more suitable for a Property agent website. Will prefer it can upload a lot of new property images and information.

    Please advise : )

    Cheers
    Melaine

    • Jeremy Wong December 21, 2014 at 8:17 PM #

      Hi Melaine,

      I think both website builders can do a good job, so it really depends on which on you prefer to use. Both will allow you to upload plenty of images and content.

      Have you seen our discussion comparing Wix and Weebly? You might find that helpful.

      At the end of the day, both can do a pretty good job and if after reading our comparison discussion you are still unsure, you should sign up for free accounts with both platforms and spend a little bit of time to test them out.

      The benefit of that is that you will then know which web builder you actually prefer working with!

      Jeremy

  34. Seann December 20, 2014 at 8:34 AM #

    Jeremy, you have provided some great information. I need your advice. I want to create a website similar to bookoo.com where a customer can upload photos and name their price for a limited time before they subscribe (Sentry Login-thanks for the tip). I want a customer to be able to have a profile/log-in feature as well. In addition, an interested customer can email the product owner to negotiate either immediate pickup or have the product shipped. I also want to add a bid feature like ebay. How should I proceed?

    • Jeremy Wong December 20, 2014 at 8:04 PM #

      Hey Seann,

      It sounds like what you’re looking for is quite advanced / complex and I don’t think any of the drag and drop website builders we’ve discussed on our site has the capability to do this.

      You might be able to create something with WordPress (or other more flexible platforms) but it will require some pretty hardcore modification to enable you to have these functions.

      Jeremy

      • Seann December 21, 2014 at 1:47 AM #

        Thanks Jeremy. I have more research to do.

  35. Tammara December 19, 2014 at 3:42 PM #

    Hello Great article, I’m building a site for our used bookstore. I need it to link to twitter, facebook and our online stores such as amazon and ABE. It also needs an area on the front page for a daily blog. Any suggestions. We want a 40’s feel to the site

    • Jeremy Wong December 19, 2014 at 9:23 PM #

      Hi Tammara,

      To be honest, all of the website builders discussed above should be able to do the job. They all have the tools to enable you to do that.

      So after reading the pros and cons of each website builder above, and there are no glaring points that affects you decision (such as a definite “no” to any of the website builders above), then it really comes down to which website builder you find more comfortable in using. They all have different user interfaces so it’s more of a personal decision.

      The best way forward is to just sign up for free accounts and test out which one you like the most.

      You can also check out our comparison chart to get a high level sense of the differences between the web builders. It might be helpful to you as well.

      Jeremy

  36. Martin December 15, 2014 at 10:38 PM #

    Hi, thanks for putting out this in-depth review–very helpful! I am an acupuncturist and healer, about to build my first website. I know my way around my iMac, though I’m not a pro web developer, to be sure. I am interested in on line booking and possibly selling a few items; but mostly the website will be to sell my services. Which website builder would you recommend for me?

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong December 16, 2014 at 9:38 PM #

      Hey Martin,

      I’d suggest you take a look at Squarespace and Wix.

      Squarespace has some tutorials in their support center that goes over some booking tools you can use. Just visit their support page and type in “booking”.

      For Wix, they have a few Apps in their App Market that can help power your online booking services. See our discussion on Wix’s App Market here.

      To be honest I haven’t used those tools myself, but definitely worth checking out to see if they can help you out!

      Jeremy

      • Martin December 18, 2014 at 10:03 PM #

        Thanks very much!

  37. Edward November 30, 2014 at 6:06 AM #

    You have answered many of the questions that I had regarding this somewhat confusing matter. Unlike most kids doing this stuff, I’m an old-timer and these things don’t come easy. Thanks for the insight and help, Ed

    • Jeremy Wong November 30, 2014 at 8:59 PM #

      Hi Edward – glad we can be helpful!

      There are a lot of discussions taking place on our site (our main discussion articles and also the comments). So feel free to dig through even more information if you have questions!

      Jeremy

  38. Kelli Moyer November 20, 2014 at 12:37 PM #

    Hi Jeremy, I appreciate all the information you are providing for us, it is very helpful. I have been using a Weebly starter site for a basic info page, and a Square reader in my (physical) storefront to accept credit card purchases.

    I am now ready to start offering my products online, and am hoping to transition to a completely online store. I am researching my best route. Is it possible to keep my Square account and embed a link to a Square market on my Weebly site? Or in your opinion, for a small business of handmade items, which would be more worry free, Weebly or Square?

    I do not have piles of inventory or multiple items. My items are handmade, but there are over 100 items, each original. Please lend your opinion.

    Also, I was reading on the Weebly site that creating a Square market is free, which is different information from your review. Is it free because I already have a square account, or did I just not get to the fine print? Again, many thanks for the info.

    • Jeremy Wong November 20, 2014 at 6:19 PM #

      Hi Kelli,

      I haven’t used Square before so can’t give you a very strong opinion on whether it’s good / effective or not. But I know for sure that it really empowers people to transact in the physical world. But when it comes to online sales, I can’t quite say for sure.

      One general guideline is that it’s always preferable to use tools that are “native” to the website builder platform, since the tools are fully integrated and if you ever run into issues, the website builder will troubleshoot for you.

      If you are using an external plugin / widget, the website builder may not be able to be too helpful for obviously reasons. Then you’ll get stuck in the middle going back and forth between Weebly and Square to see figure out who’s responsible for what…

      So if there isn’t a very strong compelling reason to remain with Square (other than you already have an account), it’s not a bad idea to consider using the payment processors that Weebly has fully integrated into its website (such as PayPal, Stripe, Authorize.net) – we go over these options in our detailed ecommerce discussion for Weebly here.

      Regarding Square’s pricing plans, I don’t recall discussion it on our site at all since it’s not a website builder. So I’m not sure if its free or not, but my hunch is that it’s not free and that they charge you a processing fee. No such thing as a free lunch, right?

      Jeremy

      • Kelli November 26, 2014 at 4:51 PM #

        Thank you, Jeremy, for spending the time to share very sound, logical advice. After giving it thought myself, I agree. The fees to have compatible web operations will be worth having the compatible support!

        Again, much appreciation for your efforts here! They are a big help! : )

        Kelli

  39. joyce nance November 19, 2014 at 8:52 AM #

    hello

    Thanks for all the great information. I am an author and I want an easy DIY website. Right now I am using go daddy’s self-serve website and it is not very flexible and only allows 5 pages. Currently I sell my books only on AMAZON.com but I would like the ability to sell them myself as well. I also want to start publishing a blog.

    What I want to have most of all is an opt-in email popup (or something like that) that shows up first when they visit my webpage. Which of these websites would work best for me.

    thanks
    joyce

    • Jeremy Wong November 20, 2014 at 1:10 AM #

      Hi Joyce,

      I think any one of these website builders will work just fine. However, none of them have pop up email opt-in forms built into their platforms.

      What you need to have is a newsletter / auto-responder service (such as Aweber). Then you can start using them to collect emails and you can send out automated newsletters.

      In Aweber, you can create a pop up lightbox so that you can invite people to join your email list. I’m sure other auto-responder services (such as Mailchimp?) will also have this feature.

      You can insert a snippet of code into the website builder, and it should work!

      Jeremy

  40. Scott November 17, 2014 at 2:04 AM #

    Awesome info provide good sir.

    My question is 2 fold:

    1) Which website builder is best if you plan to feature multiple videos? (20 plus videos at 5-10 minutes) Like Funny or Die?

    2. I purchased a domain name from GoDaddy. I can choose any web builder and just transfer over that domain name for a given price right?

  41. Lenoir November 12, 2014 at 12:02 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    I read your comparison article and think it’s great info on style, usability, etc. but found that it didn’t hit on amount of space and traffic supported vs any of others… I want to build an informational site to help me re-enter the job market, (maybe 5-6 pages) and leverage it as a tool for an online social media marketing course (drive traffic). Do you know which of the website builders w/hosting is really inexpensive and best for that? thank you in advance for your valuable insight ; )

    • Jeremy Wong November 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM #

      Hi Lenoir,

      How you drive traffic to your website is really dependent on how you promote your website. So that’s why we’re only benchmarking website building features here (which is what these website builders provide) instead of how much traffic they can generate (which is the users’ own responsibility).

      There are a lot of techniques on how to promote your site (a lot of resources online available about this, but it is a really big / broad topic). Such as optimizing your content to rank in search engine results, actively engaging users in social media platforms, using paid advertisement, etc.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

  42. Emma November 10, 2014 at 7:23 PM #

    Hi

    I am looking to build a site which “matches” people. It’s not a dating site but similar.

    Can you recommend any of the sites or will I have to get someone to build it?

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    Regards

    Emma

    • Jeremy Wong November 17, 2014 at 7:32 PM #

      Hey Emma,

      What you’re looking to build is quite advanced and so the website builders that we discuss here won’t be able to help you build such a website!

      It sounds like you’d probably have to hire a professional developer to help you do this as you’ll probably need a lot of customized solutions / functions to get what you want.

      Jeremy

      • Emma November 18, 2014 at 12:55 AM #

        Thanks Jeremy – I’ll see if I can source some web developers. I have built test website on Wix.

        Many thanks

        Emma

  43. Mishtu October 31, 2014 at 10:07 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for the information.

    I am starting a new lifestyle experience business that will provide motor racing and rock climbing experiences to our clients.

    I’ve bought my domain name from go daddy and now struggling to make decisions on the rest. The version of wordpress Ive used looks like a blog and not like a professional website so I’ve shied away from wordpress. Not sure if their paid business package has templates that look more like a professional business and not a blog.

    My business will be based in the UK. I believe all the squarespace servers are probably in the States. Will this effect the user experience my clients will have from the UK in terms of site availability and speed? Also do squarespace provide any SLA for website uptime ?

    In the future I would like to go towards the ecommerce path so want to make sure that the web site builder I use today is compatible to ecommerce.

    Also would you be able to recommend a software that I can use to make my companies logo ?

    Thanks

    Thanks

    • Jeremy Wong November 1, 2014 at 4:40 PM #

      Hi Mishtu,

      Squarespace (and most website builders) utilize CDN (Content Delivery Network), which very simplistically means they store your website content in a global network.

      So for instance, if someone from Australia visits your site, your site content will not be served from US based servers, but rather, from servers that are closest to Australia (perhaps even located in Australia).

      So the loading speed of your site will be faster than delivering data from across the globe!

      And Squarespace is indeed ecommerce ready. They are integrated with Stripe (the payment processor) and Stripe is available in the UK.

      We have a bit more discussions on Squarespace’s ecommerce features here.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  44. Dimitrios October 22, 2014 at 3:36 PM #

    Another Con for Wix-is they DO NOT allow SSL. This can be a deal breaker for some business’s and sites.

    • Jeremy Wong October 22, 2014 at 6:28 PM #

      Hey Dimitrios,

      Most website builders won’t offer SSL for “regular” pages, which is quite normal. But if it is an online store, and a customer gets to the check out cart, an SSL protection will be applied to the check out page where the customer inputs his/her credit card and personal information – so private information will be protected.

      – Jeremy

  45. Verne October 21, 2014 at 10:47 AM #

    First let me say thank you so much for these very helpful reviews. Although I’ve created websites before, I still find myself feeling like a beginner because they are all different. Your comparison chart, notes, and reviews really provide a very thorough look at the many options offered by each, to help a potential user decide which is best.

    My question is about creating a coupon website for businesses to upload and offer to users (similar to Retailmenot.com). Can that be created using any of these builders, or do I need to look into something else? If I do, do you have any suggestions or can you please point me in the right direction?

    Thanks! Keep up the great work! : )

    • Jeremy Wong November 17, 2014 at 8:25 PM #

      Hi Verne,

      Unfortunately none of the website builders we’ve discussed here can do that. It sounds like you need a pretty advanced platform so that your users can freely upload content. You might need a more advanced platform such as WordPress, or even hire a developer to custom code up a system for you to do that.

      Jeremy

  46. Rads August 20, 2014 at 10:32 AM #

    A very helpful article for beginners, I must say!

    I’m building a site where members of a scientific community can exchange ideas. Kindly let me know which website builder is best suited for this, and which category would this site fall into.
    Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong August 20, 2014 at 2:01 PM #

      Hi Rads,

      Wix and Weebly actually has forum functions where you can set up a discussion forum for your visitors to participate. However, understandably those features are not built with a lot of advanced features, but will do the basic work just fine.

      – Jeremy

  47. Phil August 10, 2014 at 6:10 PM #

    Great article!

    I briefly tried out a few of the builders mentioned in the article and with most I was just scratching my head and felt intimidated. So for me there was only Weebly : ) I can focus on the content and not fight the interface.

    My site has many pages and will have a lot more and one downside is the speed / loading times when you make changes. I wonder how other builders compare as this is something most reviews don’t look into.

    • Jeremy Wong August 10, 2014 at 7:22 PM #

      Hi Phil,

      All the website builders that we discussed above provide free hosting services to its users, and technically it is a “shared hosting” services meaning that you do share bandwidth resources with other users.

      Having said that, in my experience the loading time isn’t terrible for published sites but there are some mistakes users usually make that can affect the loading speed.

      One major one culprit is image size. If it is your intention to only display a small image (from a dimension perspective), and you upload a very large image, it still takes a lot of loading resource to load that image.

      So a quick win is to make sure that the images that you upload into your website is sized to what you need. Don’t upload a raw image file that is 6 inches in width and height when you are only trying to display an image on your page that is 1 inch tall / wide. Use a free image editor program and resize the image, which can substantially reduce the resources required to load that image.

      If you do that for all the images, this can have a significant impact on your loading speed.

      – Jeremy

  48. Frank June 8, 2014 at 2:07 PM #

    You guys put the help centers of the products you review to shame. Well done!

    Now to my question. I quote a comment of yours from 2013 on this page, “Just note that as per the ICANN rules, you can only transfer domain names away from a registrar after 60 days. This rule applies across all domain name registrars (such as GoDaddy) so you’re not getting any unfair treatment.”

    I just bought a domain from namecheap. Reading above statement I cannot point that domain to weebly or squarespace for 60 days because namespace is the registrar (and not the host). Is this correct or do I get the wooden spoon for stupidity?

    On a more general not this is truly a minefield. I am somewhat tech savvy and have coded extensively in the past (not much web oriented though, I’m old) But I don’t want to do much of that now, preferring to be creative content wise. I have a large headache trying to decide, now that I have my chosen domain, how to build my website. Yours is the best resource I have come across and I have been reading it for the last couple of days.

    Four days ago I was happy, it was wordpress. Kept reading, then not so sure, too steep learning curve etc. Back to step 1. Mmmm… Wix or Weebly will do fine for my needs. By yesterday evening I was happy once again, It was definitely Weebly. I can tweak code if I have to but don’t need to, suits me fine.

    Made the mistake of continuing to read your site today. But what about Squarespace, I don’t need ecommerce immediately but I might in the future if the site is successful. And I like the sound (should this not be vision?) of its templates. Also Weebly does not sport the best blogging tools.

    I am a writer and will mostly blog in the beginning and Squarespace is better for blogging. Oh boy!!. Lets have a closer look at squarespace. It does have good ecommerce for when I start selling my ebooks.

    But wait! If its a really good blogging tool you want, think about WordPress. It has the best blogging tool of them all, AND the learning curve of the blog part of WP is straight forward and does NOT have a steep learning curve. Aaarrgh!

    So, I am going to stay up late again tonight and my next read is Squarespace vs WordPress.

    I thank you so much for all you have done and will definitely mention you if I EVER get a blog up and running.

    Any advice now will be appreciated. And may help me get some sleep tonight.

    Frank

    • Jeremy Wong June 9, 2014 at 4:21 AM #

      Hey Frank!

      Thanks for your comment and I’m glad our discussions is triggering more options for you! It’s always best to commit some time into doing your due diligence before fully committing to a platform – no different than any other big commitments that will require your time!

      As for your question about ICANN. What the 60 days mean is that you cannot transfer your domain name from one domain name registrar to another. For instance, you cannot purchase a domain name from NameCheap, then transfer it to GoDaddy (another domain name registrar) right away.

      But if you want to point your domain name to any website that you build, you can do that right away – no problem there. You can do that as often as you want.

      Hope this is clear!

      – Jeremy

  49. Tim June 2, 2014 at 1:30 PM #

    Jeremy,
    Great information and thanks for “Top 8 Tools” report, very helpful.
    I have read quite a number of your responses which are quite informative however I would greatly appreciate some feedback for non-technical aspiring authors like myself.
    I will soon publish a book (print & digital versions) and I am in need of a base from which to market same.
    – target market is “Canadian” small business owners and those considering becoming an SBO.
    – the title is “How Much Money Can I Make?” which is a brand I will try to build over time.
    – the book cover is a background of Canadian money (full color) and eventually US money.
    – I wish to take this money background scheme and match it to my new website.
    – I will eventually sell the book from my site along with digital financial reports.
    – once I have the background set up on my website I don’t anticipate much design work outside of type styles etc.
    – my site must look professional.
    – hoping for mid price range.
    – I have purchased my domain from GoDaddy (not sure if this makes a difference?)
    – likely need 3 email addresses.
    Your thoughts and recommendation would be greatly appreciated.
    Regards!
    Tim
    Kelowna, BC

    • Jeremy Wong June 4, 2014 at 7:13 AM #

      Hey Tim,

      I think you should test out Squarespace and Weebly as both platforms all you to sell digital products using their e-commerce tools. Personally I think that Squarespace templates are a lot more stylish, but Weebly has been releasing new templates that are looking much better than before.

      Perhaps you can sign up for a trial account with Squarespace and a free account with Weebly and just test things out to see which site builder you prefer. Squarespace has better design in my view, but Weebly is easier to use.

      For both website builders, you can point your domain name (which you got from GoDaddy) to them. So you can definitely connect your domain name to either a Squarespace or Weebly site.

      – Jeremy

  50. Karima May 29, 2014 at 3:46 AM #

    Hello,

    I sell jewlery and accessories. What would be the best website builder for this type of business. I would like it to look professional as well as have payment options, ways to promote items and a blog page.

    Thanks

    • Jeremy Wong May 29, 2014 at 5:30 AM #

      Hi Karima,

      If you are looking to build an online store, I’d suggest you take a look at the ecommerce online store comparison chart we have.

      In general, if you want something more advanced with the opportunity to add a lot of extra functions / features to your store, I’d suggest you take a look at Shopify or Bigcommerce.

      But if you prefer something simpler, straight forward yet functional, I’d suggest Squarespace, Weebly or Jimdo.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      – Jeremy

  51. PeterZ May 23, 2014 at 8:38 AM #

    Do these free Site builders restrict you to their choice of Hosting ?

    • Jeremy Wong May 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM #

      Hi PeterZ,

      All the website builders provide their own hosting services, so you don’t have to worry about getting hosting at all. So to answer your question directly, you don’t get a choice of hosting, as you won’t need to get it yourself.

      – Jeremy

  52. Emi May 22, 2014 at 6:47 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Do any of the web builders allow you to take your website elsewhere if you want to change to a different provider? (If you designed it yourself and not use one of their templates. Or do they claim your template theirs if you design it on their site?)

    Thanks,

    Emi

    • Jeremy Wong May 22, 2014 at 12:23 PM #

      Hi Emi,

      If you check out our comparison chart for website builders, you will see that Squarespace and Weebly allow you to export your website. If you build your own template, you own the creative rights to that template (I’m not a lawyer though so be sure to consult an advisor if you want to find the right answer!)

      – Jeremy

  53. Carol May 21, 2014 at 5:06 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    I have a dog training and pet behavior business. I need to upgrade my website to something that is more professional, however I am absolutely not tech savvy!! I need something that easily links to social media, and is easy for me to handle. Any suggestions gratefully accepted.

    • Jeremy Wong May 22, 2014 at 1:50 AM #

      Hi Carol,

      If you are not tech savvy, I’d suggest taking a look at Weebly as they are one of the easiest website builders to use. Also take a look at Wix as they have better looking templates (our discussion here), but are also easy to learn to use.

      – Jeremy

  54. David May 19, 2014 at 5:50 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for your time and efforts to explain to us the various website pros and cons. I’m a real estate agent and have no knowledge in building website. What is your advice if I need to build a website consist many info on my company new launch projects, integrate with SEO in google. Which website builder is the easiest? Thanks a lot.

    • Jeremy Wong May 20, 2014 at 8:51 AM #

      Hi David,

      The easiest website builder to use in my opinion is Weebly (at the moment anyway). Their user interface is simple enough and you shouldn’t have any troubles learning how to create content fairly quickly.

      – Jeremy

  55. Goldman May 18, 2014 at 12:41 PM #

    I want to create a single web Information page. Which DIY should I choose if I am looking for the following features:

    1) Client Login button and
    2) Contact Us Form

    Thanks in advance

    • Jeremy Wong May 19, 2014 at 12:16 AM #

      Hi Goldman,

      I think Wix will be suitable in this case as they have a membership app that you can add to your Wix website. See our discussions on Wix’s app market here. Once you visit their app market, just search for membership and you will find out more about how it works.

      One alternative is to use Sentry Login (an independent membership plugin) that is compatible with Squarespace and Weebly.

      All Wix, Squarespace and Weebly allow you to add contact forms to your website so that your visitors can contact you.

      – Jeremy

  56. Dale Grant May 16, 2014 at 7:23 AM #

    Hi
    Outstanding information thanks. My site I am creating will be heavy on video content that will be available for purchase. There will also be blog updates and camp advertising. I am considering a subscription based system and an option to purchase some of the videos individually for delivery the video to consumers.. I have checked out services like pivotshare which seem great except for the limitations on being able to create more out of the website and the cut of the profits they take. Does one of these site builders meet my needs better?
    Thanks in advance

    • Jeremy Wong May 16, 2014 at 12:35 PM #

      Hi Dale,

      You can definitely sell digital downloads with Squarespace and Weebly. For Squarespace, there is a file size limit of 200MB per digital product. For Weebly, I’m not entirely sure as I haven’t tried uploading a very large file yet, so it’s something you might want to check with their support team.

      So how it works is that after your customer purchases the digital product (video in this case), they will receive an email from you automatically which will contain a download link for them to download the product.

      – Jeremy

  57. Daniel May 5, 2014 at 12:54 AM #

    Hello Jeremy! First of all i would like to say you did a great job regarding the reviews about websites builders. Keep it going! I have a question…i would like to make a news tech website, i.e. cnet.com…well, in your opinion, which is the most suitable for this kind of website? I know that WP is the best for this kind of website, i have access to all kinds of plugins, but at some point i think i will need to enter some code on my own. I would like to mention, that i will wanna use google adsense on my website. Between Weebly and Squarespace, which do you recommend, regarding all my needs…(plugins, hude traffic at some point and so on? off course, if you have any other suggestions, or things that i need to look for…Thx very much.

    • Jeremy & Connie Wong May 5, 2014 at 12:34 PM #

      Hi Daniel,

      I would suggest using a much more powerful platform such as WordPress (as you mentioned), or even hiring a developer to custom build this site for you. If you want to build a massive tech news website, that’s what I would suggest you do.

      However, if you want to use a drag and drop builder, I would suggest Squarespace as they have tools to not only allow you to create your blog posts, but also to summarize them on your home page in various summary forms. This can be helpful if you are creating a lot of different blog posts, and want to automatically showcase them on your home page. Squarespace is the only drag and drop builder that we’ve discussed that has this capability (currently anyway).

      – Jeremy

  58. Brian April 22, 2014 at 11:40 AM #

    Hello,
    I am looking to build a site for a boutique type western wear store. After much comment and review reading I’m torn between Weebly and Squarespace. Most comments adress online purchasing issues. This site would be strictly for web presence and showcasing inventory. Any suggestions on which would be better for showing a variety of mens and women’s clothing as well as decor items or does is just come down to ease of use and template options?

    Thank you

    • Jeremy & Connie April 22, 2014 at 8:54 PM #

      Hey Brian,

      Both Squarespace and Weebly are great website builders, so in my mind it really comes down to a few different factors to consider if you are just thinking of showcasing items (images).

      These include template designs (Squarespace is better) and ease of use (Weebly is better). Of course, there are many other factors to consider as well, but I’d say that you should probably start by signing up for a trial / free account with both website builders, and invest some time to see which one suits you better.

      You’ve already done a lot of work by narrowing down the website builder choices, so now I think you should test both out in order to make an informed decision!

      – Jeremy

  59. Joel April 19, 2014 at 1:38 PM #

    Good Afternoon,
    I have been really frustrated with a catalog service website I have used for my educational supply/toy store. It seems as if everyone uses this company because its the only option in our industry. I recently decided to go out on my own and develop a website that looks amazing, and that I can add new and used products to so customers can shop online. The only problem is, I cant make it look amazing because I stink at this!!! Can you suggest a great website builder that allows me to continually add products during the day (new and used items) or should I just link things to an eBay store page (which I also don’t have yet)
    Thanks

    • Jeremy & Connie April 20, 2014 at 12:48 PM #

      Hi Joel,

      It depends on how many product items you are intending to sell. If you are looking at a handful of products or even up to maybe 20, Squarespace, Weebly and Jimdo have good e-commerce features that can help you with that. Squarespace & Weebly has really great looking template designs that you can choose from so that really helps make your website look great and stylish.

      But if you have the intention of continuously adding more products, then you can consider Shopify and Bigcommerce. They both have a lot more stronger and comprehensive set of e-commerce tools to support your business

      We have an e-commerce builder comparison chart here that will give you a quick breakdown of some recommended online store builders.

      – Jeremy

  60. Josh April 18, 2014 at 9:08 AM #

    Awesome awesome awesome breakdown. I actually wished I had read it before I started messing around with these builders myself. I used Wix for a year but I could never really get what I wanted (design-wise) out of the platform.

    That’s when I discovered Squarespace. It was a big jump from wix as far as how you build out the website and make customizations to the design. But I have to say that Squarespace has the best designs ready to go out of the box. And if anyone out there is like me and discovers how little time you actually have to dedicate to the maintenance of your website you could even check out Set My Site which will update and manage your website for you. They’re not a website builder but they make it so you don’t have to bother with updating your site yourself. Thanks again for the break down.

    Oh also, check out Shopify if you’re ever in the market for an awesome shop builder. It can get pricey but the features are great.

    • Jeremy & Connie April 18, 2014 at 10:53 AM #

      Thanks for sharing Josh. I think it’s pretty common to try out a few website builders before settling with one that’s most comfortable. When Connie and I started building websites a few years ago, we went through a lot of them as well!

      There’s no such thing as a “perfect” web builder, that’s like chasing a unicorn so to speak! But the key is to be patient and find one that best suits your needs, and I’m glad you found that in Squarespace, which I have to agree, has some of the best looking / stylish templates out there!

      Shopify isn’t too pricey at all if you stick with their core tools, but I’d agree that if you start to add on their Apps then the monthly investment an add up. But in our experiences in building businesses, we only start to add / invest in more tools when we have a need for it, which usually means growth! If adding another $30 or so to our monthly bill means it frees up a few hours of our time every month so we can focus on more important things, that’s money well invested for us!

      Thanks for sharing and adding to this discussion Josh!

      – Jeremy

  61. Rome April 9, 2014 at 10:47 PM #

    Hi Jeremy & Connie

    Thanks for you review! Now I am using Jimdo. As everyone know if you select one platform. it’s very hard to change it. You review exactly right! The very bad point of jimdo is design and one thing to add you can not name the page other than English and Support Language. Anyway, Support team is good and responsive and Jimdo is good at ecommerce platform.

    Rome Bangkok

    • Jeremy & Connie April 10, 2014 at 10:26 AM #

      Hey Rome,

      Thanks for sharing. Jimdo has a solid international support team, and as far as I know, has the most offices across the world to support their users when compared to other website builders.

      We’ve actually met with their China and Japan teams when we were traveling, and have had multiple email discussions with Christian Springub (their founder) and their current US CEO (Stephen Belomy) and we’re very impressed with their passion and mission in helping people build websites. We mentioned meeting them here in our detailed review.

      In terms of language, if you are using Jimdo in an English oriented country, or in a country where they don’t have the native language version set up yet, then you will see the English interface. But if you were accessing Jimdo from Germamy, Spain, Russia, Japan, China, etc, you can use Jimdo using the native language there if you want to.

      – Jeremy

  62. Shimon March 7, 2014 at 11:47 AM #

    Great post! I am a graphic designer and I’ve been using Wix since 2008 and its crazy seeing it grow to what it is today. I’ve recently started confidently offering web design services to clients primarily because of the surge of consistent updates the builder as of last year. It wasn’t until around the summer of 2013 that they went full steam on highly requested features, that include current design trends like a simple fixed header/footer.

    Since the date of your post, I looks like they got around to updating the e-commerce management system. I’m curious though about the improvements as I head into project that include e-commerce. It looks promising though.

    • Jeremy & Connie March 7, 2014 at 7:53 PM #

      Hi Shimon,

      Yes you’re right, Wix has since updated their core e-commerce tools which is much better than before when we were using Wix for a few websites. I think the new additions are long overdue!

      One thing to consider is that Wix has an Apps Market in which you can bolt on even more powerful e-commerce tools such as those from Shopify (see our review) and Ecwid. So you definitely have more access to more comprehensive e-commerce tools with Wix if that’s what you want!

      – Jeremy

  63. Mustafa March 7, 2014 at 1:21 AM #

    Hi, great article, I’ve read it and also read most of the comments below. I’ve just created a website with pages, including a forum, chatting and videos using WordPress, but other than that, it looks boring and empty. As u know, WP only helps ppl with plugins and themese, etc.; they don’t actually help u build the website, that’s one of the reasons why I’m here. I’ve read the web builder comparison article and so far I’ve decided to go with Wix because I love those drag-and-drop software, because they usually don’t require any coding experience, which I have a little of. My question is: will Wix help me design, build and the entire website? Do I need to back-up my website/plugins from WP before I make I download the Wix software? Do i need to change my theme? And finally, how does a web building software differ than WP?

    Thanks a lot.

    • Jeremy & Connie March 7, 2014 at 7:21 PM #

      Hi Mustafa,

      I think there are a few things that I can help clarify here. If you want to use Wix to build your website, you will have to start from the beginning as Wix (and all the other website builders) cannot import any websites from other platforms, mainly due to coding compatibility issues. All platforms are built differently so you can’t take one website and insert it into the other, not yet anyway.

      Wix is not a downloadable software. It is online based so you need to be connected online if you want to use their drag and drop tools. You build your website entirely online, and they host the website for you. So there is nothing to download in this case.

      As for getting help to build the website, I don’t think Wix offers any design or website building services as they only focus on providing you with the tools to build your own website (it’s DIY). But I’m sure there are some freelancers out there who can help you build your site for a free. Check out marketplaces such as Elance or oDesk where you will be able to find a lot of freelancers offering their services there.

      – Jeremy

      • Mustafa March 8, 2014 at 12:46 AM #

        Thanks Jeremy, so in that case, should I just choose Weebly then? Because WordPress is not really the best way to build a website; you’ll have to create a .css page and put the coding in there and so forth. And I have a lil coding knowledge. After reading their Codex pages, I got a huge headache. I can start over the website if I have to in order to use either Weebly or Wix. I’ve only created a few pages, a bbpress forum, a chat room, and a Disqus comment plugin. I know how to recreate those even if I decide to go back to WordPress. What do you suggest? BTW what theme are using for this site. Thanks in advance.

        • Jeremy & Connie March 8, 2014 at 9:59 AM #

          Hi Mustafa,

          Weebly gives you the flexibility to modify some codes so you can custom style your Weebly website. That’s one of the main advantages you will have over choosing Wix. But of course, you have to decide whether you will find this flexibility helpful down the road (maybe you might even hire a designer later?)

          For our website, we are using the “Canvas” theme from WooThemes. We built this blog on WordPress as this site is mainly a blog, and WordPress has the best blogging functions in the market!

          If you were to choose Weebly, you can consider using DivTag Templates if you can’t find a suitable theme for Weebly [Disclaimer: We also operate DivTag Templates].

          – Jeremy

  64. Josh March 6, 2014 at 10:48 PM #

    If i want to remove the “powered by” option from my site,which weebly plan should i choose. I wouldn’t be doing much on weebly,just want to create a landing page.

    • Jeremy & Connie March 7, 2014 at 7:16 PM #

      Hey Josh,

      Pick the “Starter” plan which is the lowest paid plan available from Weebly. This will remove the “Powered by” advertisement from Weebly.

      – Jeremy

  65. Josh March 6, 2014 at 1:55 PM #

    Hi, i just need a one paged website with my logo and some images with text. Whenever users click on the image they get redirected to another site. The website will just be like a landing page.

    • Jeremy & Connie March 6, 2014 at 2:44 PM #

      Hey Josh,

      I think Weebly might be a good candidate for this. You can hyperlink images to any internal or external pages.

      They’re extremely easy to use, and you can use your own custom domain name with their Starter plan which is quite cheap per month. Here is a fuller review on Weebly so you can learn a bit more about them.

      – Jeremy

  66. Tea March 5, 2014 at 9:25 PM #

    Hi Jeremy and Connie,
    I am an artist and am trying to build a functional website with the gallery of my work. The most important question I have is what web site builder will allow me to have unique url for each of my images. In another words, I want people to find my paintings in google image search. I tried weebly and squarespace and it seams that they do not offer this. Maybe I just don’t know how to make it happen ? When I click on the images in my gallery there is just one url showing for all images. Example in weebly: ‘teofana-art.weebly.com/gallery.html instead of what I would like ‘teofana-art.weebly.com/gallery/acrylic-on-canvas-30×40. Do you have any suggestions?THANKS

    • Jeremy & Connie March 6, 2014 at 11:54 AM #

      Hi Tea,

      If you want your images to be found on Google image search, I don’t think the exact URL of the image matters (my opinion anyway?)

      All images will have their own specific URL and if Google crawls your site, they will know that the image exists. They key is to give it a proper “alt text”. “Alt text” is how Google bots understand what the image is about, since their bots can’t actually see images so they have to read text.

      So when you are uploading an image into either Squarespace or Weebly, both builders allow you to insert “alt text” for each image. So I would suggest using very targeted keywords for each image so Google knows that the image is about. So when someone google search a specific keyword or keyphrase, your images will have a higher chance of showing up on the image search results.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  67. Leon February 6, 2014 at 5:40 AM #

    Hi Jeremy and Connie,

    This is the 2nd time I ran across some of your posts regarding web page software and have been truly educated by your posts as well as the comments and dialogues of others that come across. Your site is truly beneficial! What a blessing to me also was your story of how you took the chance and pursued another interest and became successful. So there is life after corporate America! I did the same.

    I have a question for you too. My wife is an artist and we also want to start up another business selling fashion jewelry and fashion. So we need 2 web sites – 1) for her art work (displaying and selling – paintings), blog, Bio, etc – and the other 2) for selling fashion jewelry –

    we were looking at Templatemonster and saw some pretty sexy ones for fashion/jewelry built on Joomla for $75 – and were responsive. Nice looking. Are you familiar with Templatemonster? Any comments? And for the types of web pages that we might want to use for the art site.

    Thanks

    Leon

    • Jeremy & Connie February 6, 2014 at 12:44 PM #

      Hi Leon,

      Thanks for your kind comment! I did see your other email and just answered it a few minutes ago.

      In terms of Template Monster, yes we’ve heard of them but we haven’t used their services before. I think a lot of times, it really depends on the author of the template, how responsive and support he/she is if you have questions. Some of the templates (we heard) can have poor guides, so make sure you are picking a template that has been purchased by many, AND check their support to make sure they answer other people’s questions on a timely manner.

      We haven’t used Joomla before, so we can’t really comment on them. But we know it’s a much more powerful website building platform than some of the ones we discuss here. I suspect if you are not proficient with “techie” stuff, or if you don’t have time to learn the in’s and outs of Joomla, perhaps you will need to hire someone to help you get things set up – which is good and bad. A lot of people (like us!) are afraid that we don’t know how to make edits on the go, and have to rely heavily on programmers / designers. That’s why we went with the “DIY” route at the beginning!

      – Jeremy

      • Leon February 6, 2014 at 7:26 PM #

        Thanks Jeremy,

        I appreciate your time and insight. Yeah, I have been on the hardware side for about 25 years or so back in the day, but now have another profession (music). So that might be a learning curve where I won’t be able to put the time. So maybe the DIY route is the way to go. Thanks for the suggestion.

        Leon

      • Snehal March 12, 2015 at 3:57 AM #

        I just want to ask can I embed bbpress forum into my weebly website.. And if it is possible how can I do this?

        • Jeremy Wong March 13, 2015 at 7:40 AM #

          Hi Snehal,

          I’m not entirely sure actually, as I haven’t tried it myself. But in general, isn’t bbpress built for WordPress users? You might get a better / more informed answer if you asked Weebly’s support directly as they might have seen this done before. But I haven’t attempted this before.

          Jeremy

  68. DaveB February 5, 2014 at 6:23 AM #

    Jeremy & Connie,

    Very useful site, but before I start working with a candidate, I have a question.

    I have a large (12,000 page) history site, composed almost entirely of transcribed documents and short essays. There are over 100,000 internal links, a few dozen maps and a few dozen images. I created this in FrontPage 2000 about 12 years ago and host it on HostGator. I add about 10 pages a day.

    While I dread the thought of the time required to move to a new program, I may have to since there is essentially no support for FrontPage any longer. Which of your builders would you suggest and do you have any thoughts on how to move that many pages to the new site?

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy & Connie February 5, 2014 at 8:10 PM #

      Hey Dave,

      Wow 12,000 pages? I think that’s going to be quite a large project to port over! Unfortunately given the size of your webpage, I’m not sure if any one of these website builders are going to make your life easier. I’d actually suggest using WordPress for this as it is a much more advanced content management system that can bring a lot more efficiency to how you maintain your website!

      – Jeremy

  69. Joe February 4, 2014 at 6:50 PM #

    Hi Jeremy & Connie,

    I’ve been reading all website building reviews, great posts!

    I’m interested in doing an e-commerce membership site as well, and would like to know if Squarespace offers anything that will allow me to have member logins?

    Please let me know.
    Thanks!

    • Jeremy & Connie February 4, 2014 at 8:12 PM #

      Hi Joe,

      Sentry Login also works with Squarespace (according to their website anyway). Maybe you can email them to see what sort of functionality might work well with what you’d like to do with your e-commerce site?

      – Jeremy

  70. Ernest January 27, 2014 at 2:36 PM #

    I would like to choose which website builder is better in helping or allowing me to make a membership e-commerce site successfully.

    I may consider joining two of the best website builders such as Weebly and Wix.

    • Jeremy & Connie January 28, 2014 at 12:11 PM #

      Hi Ernest,

      Weebly doesn’t have a membership tool, but I know that Sentry Login which is a membership gateway service can be integrated with Weebly.

      As for Wix, you can visit their App Market and you can find a members login app (free) to add on to your Wix website.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  71. tony blinks January 22, 2014 at 2:02 AM #

    Thanks a lot, but i need to know which one offers the best bandwidth allocation, and which one is better for making video tutorials.

    • Jeremy & Connie January 23, 2014 at 11:09 AM #

      Hi Tony,

      Great question. Bandwidth is a common concern and I remember that was something we were wondering about a few years ago when we first started! We did a lot of digging back then, but at the end of the day, it’s extremely difficult to determine what level of bandwidth would be sufficient.

      It’s really a 2-edge sword: If I need more bandwidth, it generally means I’m getting a lot of visitors which is great! But does that mean I need to pay more for bandwidth?

      For others who are reading this, bandwidth is simplistically how much data the host can deliver and how fast data can be delivered. Think of bandwidth like a water pipe. The water that flows through the pipe is data. The bigger the pipe (bandwidth), the more water can flow through and at a much faster speed. This can affect your visitors’ user experience, of course, if your site can load fast and serve up more data.

      In general, unless you have a very popular site that draws in a lot of visitors, you don’t have to worry too much about bandwidth from website builders such as Squarespace, Wix, Weebl or Jimdo. They allocate sufficient bandwidth for the majority of websites. But I suppose if you site hits the front page of a major newspaper, then it’s something you should worry about!

      Here is a breakdown of bandwidth from the website builders mentioned in this post:

      Squarespace: 500GB (Standard Plan) / Unlimited bandwidth (Unlimited Plan) / Unlimited Bandwidth (Business Plan)

      Wix: 500MB (Free) / 1GB (Connect Domain) / 2GB (Combo) / Unlimited (Unlimited) / 10GB (e-Commerce) / Unlimited (VIP)

      Weebly: Unlimited bandwidth

      Jimdo: Unlimited bandwidth

      Again, in my experience, it’s easy to get bogged down by these technical issues. It’s almost impossible to estimate how much bandwidth you need as bandwidth is affected a number of things such as:

      * Average page views
      * Average page size
      * Average daily visitors
      * If you have any downloadable files

      Again in general, if you have an average website then the website builders will have sufficient bandwidth to support it. But if you have a very popular site with thousands of visitors every day, then maybe you may need to upgrade to higher plans that provide more bandwidth.

      Hope this helps.

      – Jeremy

  72. RumenIS January 17, 2014 at 1:03 AM #

    Thank you very much for reliable and useful advise.
    Best regard,
    Rumen, BULGARIA

  73. jacki December 30, 2013 at 12:40 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I was wondering what do you recommend for a photography showcase? I am currently using flickr and behance but I would like something more creative.

    Please and thank you

    • Jeremy & Connie December 30, 2013 at 6:05 PM #

      Hi Jacki,

      To showcase images / photography, I would recommend testing out Squarespace and Wix. Both have really nice templates which can really highlight the pictures you are showcasing. We have a few recommended website builders here as well.

      – Jeremy

      • jacki December 30, 2013 at 6:08 PM #

        Great thanks for the feedback I really appreciate it.

    • James January 6, 2014 at 7:34 AM #

      Smugmug is pretty good for photo portfolios, very flexible and handles the commerce side as well.

  74. Erica December 20, 2013 at 7:34 AM #

    Hello and thank you for the review on these sites!

    I have used Squarespace for a personal website of mine and I love it but now I am wondering which one I should use for a couple of businesses I work for.

    One is a specialist medical clinic that will have links to applications within our network and out to an affiliated customer login service. The other site is a pediatric website with a similar link to within our network (for employment applications and such).

    These sites are currently hosted within our network and house about 20 pages of information with some images interwoven within this. There is no need for a store of any kind within. Given your experience, which web builder service would you recommend?

    • Jeremy & Connie December 20, 2013 at 2:53 PM #

      Hi Erica,

      If it’s just a basic website, linking out to numerous other sites without the need for any special applications, I think any of the sites I mentioned above should work just fine. So it really comes down to design (available templates) and also whether you would like some sort of future export ability for the websites. For instance, Squarespace and Weebly allows you to export the website to a certain extent, while Wix and Jimdo don’t have this ability yet.

      Also, maybe our Website builder comparison chart will be helpful.

      – Jeremy

  75. Larry December 11, 2013 at 10:55 AM #

    Hi Jeremy and Connie,

    Thanks for your great reviews.

    One thing I haven’t seen much is discussion of security and hacking by hackers.

    How secured are the websites built with these builders?

    How secured are the widgets and plugins and 3rd party softwares?

    Please advise.

    I am not using WordPress for now because of the many unsecured plugins.

    Thanks a million.
    Larry

    • Jeremy & Connie December 11, 2013 at 2:55 PM #

      Hi Larry,

      That’s a great question. I think in general the website builders discussed in this article is pretty secure, since they manage all the security features for you. One of the issues with using WordPress is that you manage so many different platform tools yourself, such as choosing your own hosting, choosing your own plugins, etc. Also, not all plugins are created equally when it comes to security. Whereas for the builders such as Squarespace, Weebly, Wix or Jimdo, since they manage everything on your behalf, they can ensure that their security practices are constantly being monitored and updated.

      Also, one of the best, preventative ways to protect yourself is to use a very strong alpha-numeric password, and to rotate that frequently.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  76. brian December 4, 2013 at 7:00 AM #

    Too many choices! I need a simple website with minimal content. I have an equipment rental business. I am not selling anything on the site. I just want exposure when people search for my specific rental equipment on Google or other search engines. Thanks!

    • Jeremy & Connie December 6, 2013 at 1:21 AM #

      Hey Brian,

      I’d suggest you take a look at our collection recommended website builders that’s suitable for businesses.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  77. Chantal December 3, 2013 at 9:27 AM #

    Hi there !
    Thank you so much for your reviews !

    My questions are 1.) what would you recommend for a photography site , best photo quality and gallery options
    2.) do any of those have the option to create a private link I could send to my clients that tey could password enter to view their photos , if you know what I mean …

    I am obviously terrible at all things website but it’s time I create one !!

    Thank you!

    Chantal

    • Jeremy & Connie December 6, 2013 at 12:28 AM #

      Hi Chantal,

      If you need more advanced features to manage your photography clients, I would suggest PhotoShelter (see our review here).

      They have tools to help support a photography business, such as private / public links to sharing photos, storing photos in the cloud so you can access them anywhere, watermark protection, fulfillment process, etc. So they provide infrastructure that serious photographers need in order to run their businesses.

      If you don’t need that level of control, and just want to showcase your photographs, I would suggest Squarespace which has gorgeous, polished, responsive themes, or Wix or Weebly. You can see our recommendations here.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  78. william moore November 25, 2013 at 5:12 AM #

    Surely, in order to get your website ranked it must be constructed in HTML? Wix and others are not html and therefore cannot be recognised by Google and others.
    SEO can only be done with HTML. I heard that Wix is changing its format to HTML

    Regards

    • Jeremy & Connie November 25, 2013 at 1:36 PM #

      Hi William,

      Wix uses HTML5 so I believe they are SEO friendly. They used to create only flash-based websites, but have switched their platform over to HTML5 a couple of years ago.

      Hope this clears things up!

      – Jeremy

  79. Christopher November 22, 2013 at 11:14 PM #

    I like Wix a lot but for me it has a major weakness – when I upload a new version of, say, an existing file like a PDF (with the same name as the old one), it treats it like a new file and I have to make new links to it.

    This means that if that file has links on multiple pages, I have to remember to update them all.

    Do all the website builders do this? Or do any of them let you simply open a ftp window via, say Windows Explorer, and drop in the new file version (writing over the old one) and thereby eliminating the need to manually find and update ball the links?

    Thanks – really appreciate the work you do on your site.

    • Jeremy & Connie November 24, 2013 at 5:24 AM #

      Hi Christopher,

      I “believe” that for all the website builders, when you upload a new file, it will assign a unique URL to it. So I “believe” it’s inevitable that you will have to re-link them.

      However, if you link to the page which has the PDF, then you don’t have to keep updating your links. Since your page won’t change, and that you are only updating the PDF file on the page, then all your links to the page won’t change at all.

      – Jeremy

  80. Kyle November 19, 2013 at 1:02 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Just wondering, if you know which of these website builder is at best for seo friendly?

    I was informed that WordPress is the best, but I don’t know much about coding and I’ve tried wix and love the idea of just drag and drop…

    Thanks in advance for your time,
    Kyle

    • Jeremy & Connie November 20, 2013 at 12:28 AM #

      Hi Kyle,

      Most would say that WordPress out-performs drag and drop website builders due to better coding structure so that Google bots crawl them better.

      However, that’s not the only consideration when it comes to SEO (or how searchable you are on the internet).

      A very effective way is to do what people call “inbound marketing”, which is basically writing / producing a lot of helpful content so that:

      1) Google picks up a lot of these articles which it will index and help you get discovered

      2) Readers, if they like your articles, can share them across different social networks, or help you grow your readership through word of mouth.

      So while WP is arguably better than most drag and drop website builders, it’s not the only consideration you should have. For instance, if you set up a WP site and just let it sit, it’s still not going to help you get discovered through search engines. You have to be a lot more proactive in promoting your website!

      – Jeremy

  81. Shay November 18, 2013 at 10:42 AM #

    Hello guys!

    You mentioned in one of the earlier comments that once you link your own domain to weebly, you no longer can use their drag and drop features? I’m really bad at code. Any way around this?

    • Jeremy & Connie November 18, 2013 at 2:32 PM #

      Hi Shay,

      Sorry for any confusion. Where did you see that comment (what was the comment date?)

      You can still use all of Weebly’s drag and drop tools even if you link your domain name to the website. Nothing will change. Hope this clarifies things.

      – Jeremy

      • Shay November 18, 2013 at 9:24 PM #

        It was in response to James’ comment on September, 13, 2013, but it’s more likely I misunderstood your response. Thanks for clarifying that up.

        I have another query. I’ve read so many comments about Weebly being pricier than other sites for domain registration, but if you want to create your own site using Weebly, and then link it up to your own domain, then you have to purchase a starter package (at the very least) which costs about $40 per year + your cost of the domain. Isn’t it less pricy then to just register your domain with Weebly at $40 per year?

        Am I going wrong somewhere in this reasoning?

        Thanks : )

        • Jeremy & Connie November 18, 2013 at 9:36 PM #

          Hi Shay,

          No problem.

          You don’t have to purchase a domain from Weebly directly,which is pricier than purchasing it yourself.

          If you go to Godaddy or NameCheap, they have domain names for sale for about $12 – $14 per year. So that’s just a dollar or so per month – not too bad! If you go to Weebly’s Help Center, they will have instructions on how to connect the domain name that you purchased to Weebly.

          Just to be clear, you still have to upgrade to Weebly’s Starter plan in order to be able to link up your own domain name. But you can get a custom domain name at GoDaddy for much cheaper than with Weebly.

          – Jeremy

          • Shay November 18, 2013 at 9:48 PM #

            Right, makes sense. Thanks. But say I purchase a domain from Weebly, then the free site I create automatically links up to that domain, right?

            • Jeremy & Connie November 19, 2013 at 3:10 AM #

              Shay – you still need to upgrade to at least a Starter plan before you can link up your own custom domain name. So it’s a better deal to purchase your domain name with GoDaddy (or someone else, instead of weebly)

              • Shay November 20, 2013 at 3:11 AM #

                Ohh! Now I see what you’re trying to tell me. For some reason, I was assuming that Weebly wouldn’t make you upgrade if you purchased the domain for them. Thanks for clarifying that up.

                Just so I don’t make more stupid mistakes: I register a domain from GoDaddy. Upgrade to starter in weebly, and link my custom domain to my free weebly site. And my site should be online, right? Any step I’ve missed?

                Thanks!

                • Jeremy & Connie November 20, 2013 at 3:13 AM #

                  That’s about it! Weebly’s support team can walk you through all the detailed steps as well : )

                  – Jeremy

              • Hugo December 9, 2013 at 7:21 AM #

                Hello guys, thanks so much for your support – i´ve just learned that basically a payment is required to link anyone´s personal domain name to a weebly site, right? (the starter plan?) that was a complete surprise – What about IMCreater? (Or wix/square) i have my own domain and if i decide to point it to IMcreater, is there any fee as well? I didn´t know any of this stuff, some friends, at least for weebly allegedly didn´t pay a dime – thanks so much in advance

                • Jeremy & Connie December 9, 2013 at 4:37 PM #

                  Hugo – WEebly used to allow you to connect your own custom domain for free. But now most (if not all) drag and drop builders require you to upgrade to at least their lowest plans (this goes the same for IM Creator as well). In a way it’s fair, as they are providing users with invaluable services of being able to create a website without any coding knowledge – at least in my view anyway!

                  – Jeremy

      • Gustavo November 27, 2014 at 3:36 AM #

        Hi Jeremy! You mentioned it at September 13, 2013 at 8:05 AM. Thanks!

  82. Linda November 18, 2013 at 12:29 AM #

    Hi! I was wondering if anyone could help me…I’m in Australia and have a weebly website, and I was wondering if it was possible to have .au on the end of my web address.
    I have tried to use their live chat so I could ask someone who works there, but have had no luck.
    Thanks,
    Linda.

    • Jeremy & Connie November 18, 2013 at 2:28 PM #

      Hi Linda,

      You should be able to use it as long as you have ownership of the domain name. I don’t think it matters what sort of domain name you have, just as long as it is configured properly to point to Weebly’s IP address through your domain name registrar.

      – Jeremy

  83. Trent November 8, 2013 at 6:47 AM #

    Hey Jeremy!
    You mention on Weebly’s cons segment that it isn’t the best to “manage a large number of blog posts with a wide range of categories”. I know Squarespace, for instance, allows you to add several tags and categories to blog posts.
    In your opinion, which one of these website builders wins in terms of blog capabilities?

    • Jeremy & Connie November 8, 2013 at 5:18 PM #

      Hey Trent,

      Both Weebly and Squarespace allow you to categorize blog posts by categories, but you’re right, Squarespace has the tag function which Weebly doesn’t. So from that perspective, Squarespace is slightly better.

      Also, Squarespace’s templates are much more polished that Weebly’s templates, so your blog pages for Squarespace, in our opinion (at the time of this post anyway), will probably be more stylish.

      At the end of the day, if you are only setting up a blog (and don’t need a whole lot of other features such as galleries, videos, etc), you can try setting up a WordPress blog which by far has the most blogging friendly features. WordPress blogs are relatively straightforward to set up (note this is only true if you are only using its blogging functions)

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  84. Diego November 3, 2013 at 7:32 PM #

    Thank you guys! You have saved me so much time with your posts. I’v gone from considering WordPress to then Wix to then Weebly to now not-being-sure (in that order), just by reading your reviews. Maybe I am too easily impressionable, but you’ve also presented very good points along the way, so thanks for that!

    Hope you can enlighten me in choosing the best option for my current project on basically 3 big points:

    1- CONTENT/CATEGORIES: I am going to outsource most of my content from about 8 different websites/authors in english (since I will be translating their content into spanish) and as of now I’ve counted about 300 good articles worth of being translated. There will be 6 general topics or sections on the site, so any post/article will belong to one of those 6 mayor sections, but at the same time, different posts will have different subtopics in common (maybe more than one per post) so I would like visitors to easily find/organize content depending on the general section, the subtopic, the author or the format (video or text) Will I need a regular blog like WordPress or is there something similar in the website builders you have worked with, that will allow me to organize it like this? (more than one newsletter would be great as well, altough not that important)

    2- MEMBERSHIP: Some of those content pages will be premium ones, so a membership area is also ideal.

    3- E-COMMERCE: Likewise, I intend an online store from 20 to 40 products (again more than one category per product depending on its original brand/source, its benefit/topic or its format). Hopefully with different payment options like Paypal or credit cards and to be sold in South America and Spain.

    Do you have any ideas on the best way to integrate those three? I have even considered having two different sites, one for content & membership and one for e-commerce.

    I know that’s a lot of questions, but any comments will be greately, greately appreciated.

    Diego

    • Jeremy & Connie November 5, 2013 at 2:56 PM #

      Hi Diego,

      Thanks for your feedback!

      I think in general, you are looking for a lot of different things that no one single drag and drop website builder will be able to satisfy them all.

      In this case, if you are looking to have a blog that can organize a lot of posts for you, while being able to add a premium membership gateway function and also e-commerce tools, I think your best bet is to use a more flexible platform such as WordPress.

      You can definitely achieve this with WordPress, but at the end of the day, depends on how comfortable you are with using them, and if not, how much money you have budgeted to hire a developer to piece together all the important functions for you.

      – Jeremy

      • Diego November 8, 2013 at 4:59 PM #

        Thanks… Actually I just read your review on Webs and it also looks like a good option, since it offers both membership and e-commerce tools. Not sure about the blog though,

        • Jeremy & Connie November 8, 2013 at 5:25 PM #

          Hi Diego,

          Yes, Webs do offer a blogging function. Look under their “Features” page and you can find more description on their blogging platform there.

          – Jeremy

  85. Jeff October 29, 2013 at 5:44 PM #

    Jeremy & Connie,

    I want to start by saying that your reviews are tremendous – highly useful, informative and easy to understand – perfect for a site building rookie like myself!

    We’re in the developing stages of our consulting firm and we’re stuck between Wix, Jimdo (which we lean towards even though, as a service, we won’t be utilizing a lot of the e-commerce features), and Weebly (which was a close second). We’d like a professional looking site with solid support, email, and the tools that make our web presense known (SEO; FB and Twitter connectivity).

    Any advice you have for us would be much appreciated!

    • Jeremy & Connie October 29, 2013 at 9:19 PM #

      Hi Jeff – thanks for your feedback!

      For your top choices (Jimdo and Weebly), both are good website builders and they respond to email support requests pretty promptly.

      If you upgrade to Jimdo’s premium plans, they also provide email services that’s hooked up to your account. Weebly doesn’t have this, but it’s not a huge issue as Google Business Apps provide this service in the form of Gmail application (very user friendly) for a few dollars a month.

      Both can have your social networks hooked up as well.

      So it really comes down to which platform you prefer. Try out both builders and see which one you feel more comfortable with in terms of what their tools allow you to do (or not do).

      At the end of the day, they’re both solid builders with good reputations.

      HOpe this helps!

      – Jeremy

  86. John October 27, 2013 at 12:15 PM #

    Hi

    Great website with lots of useful information, but sometimes you just feel there is just too much choice to narrow your search down.

    I am an abstract artist, and really need your advice on which one you feel would be the best for me.

    I sell my artwork all over the world and at present I do this through other websites. But its time I need my own website to sell my artwork. Lots of photos of art produced and interaction with social media sites e.g facebook, pinit etc.

    any adivce please

    • Jeremy & Connie October 27, 2013 at 1:25 PM #

      Hi John,

      For artists, I would suggest checking out Squarespace as they have some really great portfolio focused themes which can help you make your site visually stunning.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  87. jon shestack October 22, 2013 at 12:38 PM #

    Super helpful. I have to put up an e commerce site and a blog and a site about a non-profit
    and this will help inform the decision.

  88. Rafi Ton October 20, 2013 at 12:19 AM #

    Great review and very insightful info. One thing I think you are missing is the app store platforms which is a great way to extend designs with 3rd party widgets and apps. Wix has a great widget app platform.

    Cheers,
    Rafi

    • Jeremy & Connie October 20, 2013 at 8:26 AM #

      Hey Rafi,

      Thanks! Wix does have a great app store which really helps it stand out above the crowd. We talk about it here – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/wix-app-market-review/

      Great point about making it more obvious to our readers. Thanks for pointing this out.

      – Jeremy

  89. Tim Cummings October 15, 2013 at 8:51 AM #

    Hi Jeremy and Connie –
    No question here… just want to say thanks for all your information. It’s really helpful and seems like you strive to be impartial. I’m not sure what’s in it for you, but you are doing a great service to do-it-yourselfers like me. I am book-marking you now, because I suspect I’ll be checking your posts a lot in the coming months.
    Thanks again~
    Tim

    • Jeremy & Connie October 15, 2013 at 9:09 AM #

      Hey Tim – thanks so much for your words of encouragement! We’re glad that you’re finding our articles helpful : )

      – Jeremy & Connie

  90. Matteo October 14, 2013 at 12:48 PM #

    Hi Jeremy and Connie,
    really appreciate this website. It is a very helpfull site for those who doesn’t know much about building a website.
    I would like to create a multilanguage e-commerce website (SEO is also important).
    Which would you say I should try?

    • Jeremy & Connie October 14, 2013 at 6:02 PM #

      Hi Matteo,

      If you look at my response to Angelo right below, you should be able to find information on how to set up multi language on Jimdo, which also has pretty good shopping cart functions.

      Another option is to check out Squarespace as they also have really good e-commerce tools. If you go to their help page and type in “language”, they’ll walk you through how to set up Google Translate on a Squarespace website.

      If you are interested in reading our reviews on Jimdo and Squarespace, here they are:

      Jimdo – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/jimdo-review/
      Squarespace Commerce – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/squarespace-e-commerce-business-review/

      Good luck!

      – Jeremy

  91. Angelo October 14, 2013 at 12:06 PM #

    Hi Jeremy & Connie,

    this website is very usefull for people like me who does not know much about building a good website.
    After I tried all this builder i think Jimdo will fit me but I would like to ask your opinion about. What I am looking for is a website to promote my products, have the possibility to insert htlm items (such as a flag, or anything else) on every place i need. The idea is to have a multilanguage site… Which builder could help me to achieve my goad?

    Thanks

    • Jeremy & Connie October 14, 2013 at 5:57 PM #

      Hi Angelo,

      Thanks for your feedback! Creating a multi-language site is always challenging for all drag and drop website builders. Jimdo does have suggestions on how to do this. If you just go to their support page, and type in “multilingual” and they will have some information and examples.

      As for inserting HTML codes, you can do that using Jimdo’s elements! They also have a pretty decent shopping cart function, so you can definitely set up your products and sell them online with Jimdo.

      – Jeremy

  92. Joe October 10, 2013 at 9:31 AM #

    This website was great for helping me find a website builder. I’ve tried Squarespace, and found it pretty confusing and somewhat restrictive.

    I started working with Wix and it seems great. But, I don’t like the video app.

    On the Wix home page they have a lightbox effect for their “Quick Tour” that causes their video to pop out and grey-out the background. After several calls to tech support, it appears that Wix can do this on their home page, but none of their subscribers can. Strange that they provide a website building service and utilize a feature that none of their customers can.

    I was told at one point by tech support that this is possible if I could get the javascript code, but this seems to be erroneous.

    Do you know of any website builders where you can achieve this pop-out lightbox video effect? I’m happy to pay for this feature, if need be. We will have a lot of video content and running the videos in a little frame doesn’t make sense.

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy & Connie October 10, 2013 at 9:48 AM #

      Hi Joe,

      Thanks for your feedback and sharing your experiences with us. I don’t know of any drag and drop web builders having the video lightbox function. I know some WordPress themes have this feature built in, but learning how to use WordPress is a much steeper learning curve but they are a much more flexible platform.

      The only solution is to use our Video Lightbox widget that works for Weebly. We actually operate DivTag Templates (http://divtagtemplates.com) which create premium templates and design products for Weebly. Here is the product page to our video lightbox widget – http://divtagtemplates.com/project/video-lightbox-widget/

      Keep in mind that this only works for Weebly websites.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  93. Min October 9, 2013 at 9:57 AM #

    Hi,

    I’m trying to start a simple website for promoting my own clinical practice. I would prefer a custom domain name and export it to weebly for site building. Weebly does offer custom domain but too pricy. You mentioned that to purchase a domain name cost around 12 dollars a year which is more affordable. Do you have any recommendations for where I could get a affordable domain name? Or would you suggest me to try a different site builder? Thanks a lot.

    Min

    • Jeremy & Connie October 9, 2013 at 10:30 AM #

      Hi Min,

      You can find a lot of affordable domain names at GoDaddy or Namecheap. Just Google for them and you’ll find them easily! You can then point your domain name servers to Weebly – it’s a fairly straight forward process and you can find instructions in Weebly’s Support Center on how to do this.

      – Jeremy

  94. Beginner September 27, 2013 at 10:32 PM #

    I’m currently using Jimdo FREE as my online store start up, which recomended by you is the best useful tools, but i found out the “Online Store Item” only allow to up to max 5 items only which is too bad idea : (

    Do you have any idea of other free online store similar like Jimdo but can add more item of product in? Thanks

    • Jeremy & Connie September 27, 2013 at 11:36 PM #

      HI there,

      I think for the website builders that we recommend that’s great for e-commerce, you’re not going to find any good free platforms. Squarespace has good e-commerce tools but they’re a paid service, and so is Shopify and Bigcommerce.

      You can add more products with Wix and Weebly, but unfortunately, in our opinion, those website builders are not ideal for online stores due to the limitations of their e-commerce tools.

      – Jeremy

      • Beginner September 27, 2013 at 11:55 PM #

        How about Yola? do you have any review on this? is the e-commerce great compare to jimdo or squarespace? Thanks

        • Jeremy & Connie September 28, 2013 at 10:22 AM #

          We haven’t used Yola before so we can’t give you an opinion on how their e-commerce tools compare to Jimdo or Squarespace.

          If any one here has used them before, please do share your thoughts with us!

          – Jeremy

  95. AA September 26, 2013 at 9:25 PM #

    Hi, I would like to know which site would be best to make a wedding website.

    • Jeremy & Connie September 27, 2013 at 1:34 PM #

      I would suggest Squarespace as their templates are beautiful and an excellent way to showcase your wedding website.

      – Jeremy

  96. Jana Yeakel September 16, 2013 at 9:22 AM #

    Thanks for the info, very helpful. I use jimdo right now as a platform for creating client websites. As an update to your review, Jimdo has greatly reduced the size their free website advertising & moved it to the footer of the page.

    • Jeremy & Connie September 16, 2013 at 10:04 AM #

      Hi Jana – Thanks for your feedback! We actually updated that point on our dedicated Jimdo review page, but forgot to update the our “Pros and Cons” above. So thanks for reminding us! I’ve updated it now. Thanks again.

      – Jeremy

  97. David September 14, 2013 at 12:47 PM #

    Thanks for the review. I am just starting my search for a customizable website that I can create to replace my professional real estate website that I pay a rather large fee to maintain. Would you favor one over the other for real estate listings?

    • Jeremy & Connie September 15, 2013 at 9:03 AM #

      Hi David,

      It really depends on how customized you want your website to be. Truth be told, the customization options for website builders will never be as flexible as a custom built website. So if you want to use one of the 4 website builders we’ve discussed above, just bear that in mind.

      Having said that, one of the issues is that you will need some sort of real estate listing engine that works (or can be embedded) into the website builders. I saw a service provider before, but I can’t quite recall its name. But you can take their codes, and embed it into a website and they will manage all the listing updates for you in a separate portal. I know that real estate website was build on Weebly, and it was quite well built.

      I think if you want to build something similar to the style that you currently have, I would suggest Weebly. But if you want to have a makeover and be more stylish and image driven, Squarespace might be a good option to explore.

      But again, it all depends on whether you are using an existing listing engine / widget and if that’s needs to be plugged into the website or not. You can’t be sure if the widget works with any one of the website builders until you try!

      – Jeremy

      • David September 18, 2013 at 11:04 AM #

        Hi Jeremy:

        Thanks for the thoughtful response. Yes, I will have to find an IDX provider for my local multiple listing service (MLS) that displays my properties for sale in Marietta. I am aware that a self built solution won’t be as robust as a custom build, but at this point, I really just need a site that showcases my real estate so that I can point it out to existing and potential clients. The custom solution is very good for just getting started, but the recurring expense is fairly significant.

  98. lindy17 September 13, 2013 at 7:37 PM #

    hi, im planning to build a travel blog . which of the four would be better for me?

    • Jeremy & Connie September 14, 2013 at 7:04 AM #

      Hi Lindy17,

      I think it really depends on how you want to structure your website. If you would like your website to be heavily image driven, I would suggest you look at Squarespace’s themes. They might work very well for a travel blog to display some of your images and to share your experiences. Plus, their blog function can be exported into WordPress if you ever decide to switch to a more powerful blogging platform. We talk more about that in our Squarespace vs WordPress article here.

      If you just want a very simple website and want to be able to build it for free, then Weebly and Wix are good candidates. Just be aware that if you use their free program, they will include advertisements of themselves on your page (which is fair since you’re using them for free).

      But in my opinion, I’d check out Squarespace as I think their templates can make a travel blog look “alive”.

      – Jeremy

  99. James September 13, 2013 at 3:09 AM #

    Hi,

    Just to check with you about. Weebly n wix. I started with wix n was on the verge of signing a plan until I discovered weebly. Weebly allows code export which is a good thing as I m assured that my efforts in designing the site will not go to waste if I choose to switch host. Would u recommend I go with the starter plan for weebly? I hv my own domain from elsewhere n am not sure if I can use up to how many domains in weebly , u hv any idea ? How do I link up the domain names? Thanks, James

    • Jeremy & Connie September 13, 2013 at 8:05 AM #

      Hi James,

      Thanks for your comment. If you want to point your domain name to a Weebly website, you have to upgrade to at least a Starter plan (this is a basic requirement for all website builders I’ve compared above). For each website that you build with Weebly that you want to have its own custom domain name, you will need to upgrade them on a per website basis.

      So what this means is that if you want to build 2 websites on Weebly, and for both, you want to use your own domain name, then you need at least 2 Starter plans.

      Weebly’s help pages will have detailed instruction on how to link up your domain name to the website. But in general, it’s just going to your domain name registrar and pointing the domain name to Weebly’s nameserver. It’s relatively easy but will sometimes take around 24 hours for it to work. In my experiences, it usually takes about 2 hours or so.

      Lastly, just be aware that when you do export your site, importing it into another host is possible, but just be aware that if you want to make any edits to the site, you will need to do that in the codes since you no longer have the support of Weebly’s drag and drop platform!

      – Jeremy

  100. Tony September 1, 2013 at 5:56 PM #

    I just recently started my own blog and this is how I finally settled on Weebly:
    1. Tried Blogger on Google, simple, free, just too limited
    2. SquareSpace – just didn’t work as promised and a bit pricey for a hobby.
    3. Wix – just wasn’t as intuitive as expected
    4. Weebly – for my needs it just works. You pay a little in ease of use by having to “dig in the code” on occasion. You can get some pro templates from other sites, divtag, webfire themes if you desire.

    I do it as a hobby, so if you need full control it may not be for you, but for me Weebly is working so far.

  101. Wijdan Rohail August 29, 2013 at 4:39 AM #

    My Vote for Wix…

  102. Sid August 25, 2013 at 8:36 PM #

    Thanks for the info, but I decide to use template. They weren’t offering me the flexibility of using a hosted site.

  103. Jon Lee August 20, 2013 at 4:11 PM #

    Hi,
    I like the sound of Squarespace, especially for its aesthetics and support, but will need to include e-commerce features. These aren’t mentioned in your review–are they good? bad? so-so?

    And, in general, what should the newbie know and look for in e-commerce systems in terms of payment processing and other considerations?

    Would love to hear your and others’ opinions on this!

    • Jeremy & Connie August 20, 2013 at 4:27 PM #

      Hi Jon,

      Squarespace actually has a pretty good set of e-commerce tools. We have our review here – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/squarespace-e-commerce-business-review/

      Just note that they are only available for merchants in the US, Canada and the UK. They’ve been expanding aggressively so it’s only a matter of time before more countries are added to that list.

      I terms of picking an e-commerce shop builder, it really depends on your needs. If you are trying to sell a limited number of products (1 – 30), Squarespace will do the job just fine.

      But if you are looking at closer to 100 or even more, I’d suggest looking at a pure e-commerce shop builder such as Shopify or Bigcommerce. Check out this category page for more information – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/ecommerce-website-builder/

      Good luck!

      – Jeremy

  104. Jo August 4, 2013 at 7:37 PM #

    Thank you so much for the information you present here. Looks like you have done a lot of work, which is very helpful to many.

    So far I am considering choosing between Wix and Squarespace. I have 2 questions I hope you can help me with please:

    1) One of your comments above states the template cannot be changed once chosen with Wix. Is that true for Squarespace as well?

    2) With either of these, do you “own” your domain? On other words, will it be ascribed to you or your business on the whois site?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    • Jeremy & Connie August 5, 2013 at 10:54 AM #

      Hey Jo,

      Thanks for your feedback! To answer your questions:

      1) You can switch templates for Squarespace, and retain the information / content that you’ve created. So it’s definitely better off than Wix from this perspective. What you can do is just create a trial account and quickly test this for yourself so you feel more comfortable with it. Insert some “dummy” content and switch templates within Squarespace so you can verify it as well.

      2) Yes you will “own” the domain name. So you can transfer them out of either Squarespace or Wix if you decide to leave them. Just note that as per the ICANN rules, you can only transfer domain names away from a registrar after 60 days. This rule applies across all domain name registrars (such as GoDaddy) so you’re not getting any unfair treatment.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  105. Zach July 16, 2013 at 7:36 PM #

    Thank you for writing this. This was helpful to me and exactly what I needed to read as I am looking to build a website.

    But one question- What planet are living on that Google Plus is a “major social media platform”?
    Maybe you work for Google? That’s the only reasonable answer I can think of as to why you would say that lol

    • Jeremy & Connie July 18, 2013 at 11:38 AM #

      LOL – well, Google Plus is undeniably gaining a lot of momentum as a social media platform. Plus, they’re Google and so expanding a presence on Google Plus is a very helpful way of improving search rankings in Google (as a search engine).

      And no – we don’t work for Google! : )

      – Jeremy

  106. kaori July 16, 2013 at 4:16 AM #

    Thank you for your reviews, Jeremy and Connie!
    It helps me very much to decide which website builder I will use.
    I will choice Weebly and Jimdo for a try!
    Thanks!

    • Jeremy & Connie July 18, 2013 at 11:33 AM #

      You’re very welcome Kaori!

      Give them both a try (trying is free anyway!) and see which one works better for you! Just remember that if you use Jimdo, they do have a Japanese interface / editor, so that’s an added benefit. Jimdo provides support in 12 different languages, so they’re a truly global oriented website builder!

      – Jeremy

  107. Jason July 15, 2013 at 7:37 AM #

    Thank you for this comparison. I have been using Weebly for a little over a year now, but just wnated to see if there is anything else out there. I have heard positives about Squarespace, but the price seems a little high. Overall, I have been really happy with Weebly, especially the price. And, yes, I would agree, not the best looking templates, but there are many to choose from. A couple sites I did with them- HomeownersInsuranceAustinTexas.com and BusinessInsuranceAustinTexas.com. Again, thanks for the comparison.

  108. Tiffany P. July 11, 2013 at 7:55 PM #

    I’ve really appreciated your various articles and reviews but still struggle with one issue . . . I am re-building (from scratch) a site that will be listing events (updated frequently) that generates ad revenue from local restaurants, event planners, etc. I find very limited information on any fees owed to these builders for private ads I place on my site (as opposed to use of AdSense, etc.) Any guidance on that issue and ease of updating (as opposed to ease of setting up) would be greatly appreciated.

    • Jeremy & Connie July 11, 2013 at 9:13 PM #

      Tiffany,

      I think what you do in terms of private ads is your own business so to speak, so the website builders should not be entitled to a cut of your commissions. I know that Weebly does take 50% of AdSense revenues though.

      Best to reach out to the website builders to clarify this issue pertaining to private advertisements, as I don’t think they are discussed on their sites.

      – Jeremy

      • Adam Tanguay January 15, 2014 at 2:41 PM #

        Jeremy, Connie, and Tiffany

        Weebly’s Adsense revenue sharing policy was updated in late December. Users now get 100% of AdSense revenue. Just wanted to share the update!

        -Adam

        • Jeremy & Connie January 15, 2014 at 5:10 PM #

          Hi Adam,

          Thanks so much for your update! I’ve updated some of the comments in our review post for Weebly, but I guess I missed this one. Thanks so much for taking the effort to contribute to this discussion.

          – Jeremy

  109. Clare Sturt July 7, 2013 at 8:16 AM #

    Hi I am trying to build a weebly pro site; but I need to be able to have shops order stuff by clicking on buttons; BUT then have a list of their order sent to me, so they dont have to pay then and there, instead I send an invoice with their order and of course they pay wholesale rates:

    I am already committed to weebly as I have spent a lot of time building the site – it isnt published yet:

    thanks so much; if you cd point me in the right direction it would be wonderful.

    Clare Sturt

    ps I have no real computer skills

    • Jeremy & Connie July 7, 2013 at 12:50 PM #

      Hi Clare,

      I don’t think Weebly has that function and it sounds like you need a customized solution to build such a system.

      Have you considered just using the standard contact form from Weebly, and just have your customers email you about their order with contact information? You can then just email them the proper ordering procedures.

      – Jeremy

  110. Howard Steele June 18, 2013 at 4:15 AM #

    A brilliant review!
    I agree that it’s important to test a few website builders yourself prior to putting all eggs in one basket. Reviews (especially professional, like yours) can help save you a big deal of time, yet it’s always better to see once that to hear 100 times : ) It’s important to feel the level of comfort in every way (navigation, feature set) and then make the ultimate decision.

  111. Michael June 11, 2013 at 1:01 AM #

    Jeremy & Connie!
    Thank you for your very helpful overview of the 4 website builders!
    Michael, Germany

  112. Alan Irom June 3, 2013 at 5:14 AM #

    Jeremy and Connie,

    Thanks for the useful reviews. What I don’t see covered in these and other reviews is extensibility of the tools. Similar has been issue for code generators of other types. Looking at Weebly and Squarespace, they are good and easy to use as far as they go, but don’t provide access to outside data. For example is there a way to maintain and access some data in a server database, which is needed in many applications – or another way to accomplish the same result? Doing this in some other tool with Javascript and PHP is not difficult.

    Possibly tradeoff between ease of use and more open interfaces. Is this worth considering in reviews?

    • Jeremy & Connie June 3, 2013 at 1:02 PM #

      Hi Alan,

      Thanks for contributing. All of the website builders that we’ve reviewed are “close sourced”, so they’re quite different from the likes of WordPress where if you were comfortable with technology, you can do more advanced things such as what you suggested.

      I think that a lot of people choose website builders such as Weebly or Squarespace, is due to the ease of use, as they won’t have to deal with more advanced “technie” issues. Flexibility with these website builders when it comes to more advanced tech management is limited, but that’s exactly who Weebly and Squarespace (for example) are targeting.

      If you are comfortable with managing databases, or modifying PHP, WordPress or other CMS such as Drupal or Joomla do have that flexibility, and you do some incredible things with them.

      With Javascript, you can still do a bit of it with Weebly, Squarespace or even Jimdo as they allow you to access their HTML / CSS sources.

      Hope this helps and thanks for adding to this discussion!

      – Jeremy

  113. Susan May 14, 2013 at 1:34 PM #

    thank you…

  114. jeff May 1, 2013 at 10:36 AM #

    Hi, currently trying out weebly on a free basis until I get items that I wish to sell in stock then will go Pro. I have also tried FreeWebStore.org. Was wondering what your feelings are regarding these two sites. I like both.

    • Jeremy & Connie May 1, 2013 at 3:32 PM #

      Hi Jeff,

      We don’t have any experiences with FreeWebStore, so can’t comment on how well they function as a website builder. But Weebly is pretty good and overall, we’ve had very experiences with them.

      If you are building an online store, you should also consider Jimdo and Squarespace (they have an under-rated online store features – here’s our review on their e-commerce functions – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/squarespace-e-commerce-business-review/).

      – Jeremy

  115. James M. April 29, 2013 at 11:20 AM #

    These reviews are incredibly helpful — thank you, guys — but as a person who hasn’t looked at website builders in years, I’m a little confused by the pricing on these services. If I want to build a basic site that’s unlikely to change much, or I’m comfortable tinkering with the code directly to make changes, do I need to play the monthly fee just to hang onto the code I’ve generated with these builders? If I pay, say, $7/month for one month only and then quit, is that website still mine? I’d be using my own url in any case, and all I really want is a simple building tool.

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy & Connie April 29, 2013 at 12:20 PM #

      Hi James,

      These website builders are hosted services, so their monthly fees include hosting to allow your website to remain on the internet.

      If you create your own website without using these website builders, you will still have to pay a monthly hosting fee somewhere else anyway (which could be as low as $3 – $4 per month). However, you won’t get the ability to use the website builders’ drag and drop editing tools, which is a downside you should consider in your decision making process.

      Amongst the website builders that we have reviewed, Weebly allows you to export all the codes, and you can import these codes into a separate host. However, if you want to make design changes or edits to the website, you will need to do those on the side without the ability to use Weebly’s simple editing tools.

      Squarespace also allows you to export their sites into WordPress. But as mentioned, you will have to pay separate monthly fees for hosting anyway.

      So I would recommend against doing this, as the few extra dollars per month gives you the flexibility and option to make edits / updates on the fly.

      Further, some of the website builders such as Squarespace and Wix, although they are about 8 dollars per month, they give you a free domain name which is valued at around $12 per year (or $1 per month). You will have to purchase a domain name anyway even if you host your own website.

      Weebly’s Starter Plan is about $3.30 per month, so pretty economical. That price doesn’t include a domain name though.

      Our pricing discussion and analyses are included in each website builder’s review pages.

      Hope this helps.

      – Jeremy

  116. Tami Bethune April 29, 2013 at 6:34 AM #

    Thank you for your insights, as it is well organized and to the point, your trademark style.

    I liked the Jimdo e-commerce demo and see how it is beyond the Weebly offering. If I have a Weebly site can I use Jimdo for the ecommerce portion and link out? Or should I move the whole site to Jimdo? Or would you recommend a third party add-in for the Weebly that would allow larger inventory with tags, customer comments, details, multiple payment options, etc.

    • Jeremy & Connie April 29, 2013 at 10:35 AM #

      Hey Tami – I think there are a few independent 3rd party shopping carts that are compatible with Weebly. I’ve seen them in action and looks like they do work, though I haven’t used them before so can’t quite comment on how well they work.

      But as a general rule of thumb, using 3rd party plugins may not be the best practice as those codes are not “native” to the website builder. So if you are fine with using Jimdo as a website builder, I would suggest that you use them as their e-commerce tools are built-in and will be updated as Jimdo updates their platform.

      Squarespace also has a pretty robust e-commerce platform and we have a complete review of it here – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/squarespace-e-commerce-business-review/

      Their e-commerce tools are also built-in, so they are fully integrated throughout their website builder.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  117. Bernardo R April 22, 2013 at 9:38 AM #

    Jeremy and Connie,

    Congratulations for your reviews, really insightful.

    I would like to know – and couldn’t find straight answers elsewhere, thus troubling you with this issue – how well Wix and Weebly perform with Google Adsense. I see Weebly has an integrated tool but not sure if it works and heard Wix doesn’t have such feature. Also, are the SEO features similar?

    Thanks

    • Jeremy & Connie April 22, 2013 at 10:08 AM #

      Hi Bernardo,

      Thanks for your comment. I just did a check on Wix and it looks like they don’t have a dedicated element to support Google Adsense. [UPDATE July 18 2013 – Wix now allows Adsense to run on their sites. You’ll have to visit their App Market to add this function into your Wix website]

      As for the performance of Adsense with Weebly, I can’t really share any personal experiences as we’ve never ran Adsense in any of our Weebly sites before. But as far as my understanding goes, it works as long as you can drive traffic to your site.

      Also, if you are using the free version of Weebly, I believe you will have to share your Adense revenue on a 50/50 basis with Weebly. But once you upgrade to a paid package, I believe you get to keep 100% of the advertisement revenues.

      In terms of SEO, in my own personal experience, Weebly works very well and Connie and I have received really good rankings on Google. Wix was just ‘so-so’ but of course, we didn’t benchmark both on equal basis since we did focus a bit more on our Weebly websites due to specific projects we had.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  118. Elina Mackay March 12, 2013 at 11:27 PM #

    Jeremy and Connie

    I fear I may flatter you too much but you have again excelled in your presentation “expert review” on and about “website builder”

    Thank you for you guidance

    • Jeremy & Connie March 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM #

      Hi Elina – thanks and we’re glad you’re finding this helpful!

      • Nathan April 14, 2014 at 8:13 AM #

        Hi Jeremy & Connie,
        Do you know of any tour site builders whether hiring web designer or using one of the web site builder software you discussed?
        Thanks, Nathan

        • Jeremy & Connie April 14, 2014 at 11:49 AM #

          Hey Nathan,

          I don’t know of any website builders that focuses on building tours. If the majority of your content is text, images, slideshows, videso, then you can definitely use one of the 4 I mentioned above to build out your site.

          But if you have a specific booking engine that you would like to use, you may be able to integrate that with the website builders as they do allow you to embed codes into the content area. You just need to get the snippet of codes that the booking engine / widget provides you.

          – Jeremy

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