Wix vs Weebly vs Squarespace vs Jimdo – Let the Battle Begin!!
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. 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:
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)
PROS OF WIX
- 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.
- Intuitive Drag & Drop interface – Wix’s website builder is really easy 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Very User-Friendly, Drag & Drop Website Builder – They don’t overwhelm you excessive number of bells and whistles, and include all the necessary basics to build a functional website. Weebly’s user interface is very intuitive to use, which is good for all levels of users especially if you are fearful of anything to do with technology. You can literally build a good website in less than an hour.
- Mobile Responsive Templates – Weebly’s latest template designs are all mobile responsive, so your website will look professional across desktop and mobile devices. If you want to change templates at some point to give your design an updated look, just click on a new template and all your existing content will be automatically transferred over. Weebly also gives you access to the templates’ HTML / CSS codes. So if you know a bit of code (or if you hire someone who does), this gives you the flexibility to customize your design extensively.
- Pre-Designed Page Layouts – When it comes to designing your pages, if you don’t know where to start, Weebly has over 40 pre-set page layouts for you to choose from to get you started. They’ve compiled popular page layouts for home, about, services, contact, restaurant menu and portfolio pages. You can pick any one of them, and start customize or altering the layouts to make it your own. More about this below.
PROS OF JIMDO
- 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)
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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!
- 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. [UPDATE: Wix 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
- 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.
- 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
- Design Templates Are Basic – A common complaint amongst users is that Weebly’s templates don’t offer you any advanced designs. Some examples include single page scrolling design, parallax (which is very popular nowadays), page transitions (such as fading or sliding effects), or background video players. Weebly is all about keeping things very simple so if you are looking for more advanced designs, other website builders such as Wix or Squarespace might be better for you.
- Limited Template Customization Options – Weebly only allows you to change font styles, and overall color scheme for each template. So if you want to make modifications beyond that, such as changing the menu bar color, content background design, or adjusting the content width, etc, you will have to modify the codes of the template in order to do so. So it’s definitely possible to make detailed customizations, there just isn’t a code-free way of doing so. Again, other website builders such as Wix or Squarespace offer you code-free way to customize your design.
- Blog Features Need Improvement – Another common complaint amongst users is that Weebly’s blogging functions are fairly primitive. Nowadays, websites with blogs want the ability to highlight related posts, most popular posts or latest posts. Weebly have yet to incorporate these tools into their blog. They give you the basics, such as social sharing buttons, the ability to drag and drop content into each post, or even the ability to schedule when a post should be published in the future. But in our view, showcasing related, popular or latest posts are very basic tools each blog should have.
CONS OF JIMDO
- 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.]
- 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!]
- 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.
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:
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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