Mobile Editor Review for Wix, Weebly, Squarespace and Jimdo

Last updated on May 2, 2019

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

If you haven’t been hiding underneath a rock, you probably know that smartphones are blowing up.

Everywhere we go, we see people on their mobile phones checking emails, surfing the web – searching for information.

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

So what does this mean to you and your website?

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

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Mobile-Optimized Website Interface

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

Recognizing the growing trend of mobile users, website builders started to provide you with “mobile-optimized” versions of your website, to help you provide you a better surfing experience for your visitors.

These mobile-optimized versions of your website basically re-arranges our content and compresses your website into a tall, narrow stripe of information so it’s easy for your visitors to scroll up and down on their mobile devices.

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

Are All Website Builders’ Mobile Editors Equal?

Nope.  Although most website builders provide you with some sort of mobile optimization, they are not all built equally.

Some are better than others, and at the end of the day, it really depends on what you’re looking for.

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

1.Wix Mobile Editor Review


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

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

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

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

Mobile Editor Review

Click image to see Wix’s mobile editor & how it works for your website.

 

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

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

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

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

2.Squarespace Mobile Editor Review


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

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

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

Squarespace mobile editor

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

In addition, Squarespace supports Google’s open source AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) project for your blog posts.  What this means is that you have the option of stripping down all the “excess” items on your blog posts so your blog will load lightening fast – which your visitors will surely love.

Squarespace mobile editor AMP

Comparing loading speed between Non-AMP and AMP blog posts

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

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

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3.Weebly Mobile Editor Review


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

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

Weebly Mobile Editor

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

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

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

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

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

Update: Weebly has been introducing more mobile responsive templates. If you use their responsive templates, you won’t need to use their mobile editor.  Your content / pages will automatically be configured to fit into mobile devices.

The advantage is that it results in less work for you. The disadvantage is that you can’t customize the way your mobile view looks (without editing the codes to the template anyway).

4.Jimdo Mobile Editor Review

Similar to Weebly and Squarespace, Jimdo’s design templates are all mobile responsive.  As such, you don’t have to edit your Jimdo website at all as it will automatically look good on mobile devices.

Jimdo mobile editor

Jimdo used to have a separate mobile editor and offered you a broad selection of templates (over 120).  However, they’ve since “culled” this approach and now offers you a much smaller selection of templates (only 15 at the moment but we expect Jimdo to introduce more soon).

Do keep in mind that all of these templates are fully mobile responsive and so you won’t have to worry about how your website will look on mobile devices.

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

5.Summary and Recommendation


As a recap, here is a summary table of our comparison above. We’ll have some final thoughts below the table:
Website BuilderOur Analysis
WixWix has a separate dedicated mobile editor which gives you separate design control over your mobile website.
SquarespaceAll Squarespace templates are mobile responsive.  Blog pages are AMP optimized so will load lightning fast.
WeeblyWeebly’s newer templates are mobile responsive. They give you a separate mobile editor for older templates, but you can’t edit the layout of your mobile website like Wix.
JimdoAll Jimdo templates are mobile responsive.

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

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

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

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

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

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Jeremy

About Jeremy

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

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.

32 comments

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    D'Lane Miller
    I have enjoyed exploring your website and found it to be an excellent informational resource!! Your comparison charts helped me filter through the facts about different website builders in a clear and unbiased manner. I also thought that your list of points to consider in decision making and your road map to be good starting guidelines for a person new to website design. Thank you for the hard work and your personal story.
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    • Natasha Willett
      Natasha Willett
      Hello, Welcome to the community. Thank you for the comment, it's always great to hear when others have benefited from the articles that we write. Please do feel free to share with others who you think too will find the content useful. Out of curiosity, which website builder do you think you will use to create your website? Do keep us informed with how it all goes. Best of luck, Natasha.
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    Palden Darvish
    Thanks for the top tips! Very useful to know. :)
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    B. Houben
    I've built a website. When I switch to the mobile editor, none of the content appears and I cannot find a way to add any elements. What do I need to do to see what I've built on my website on the mobile version? I cannot find any information on this..
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    • Tom Watts
      Tom Watts
      Hi B. That sounds like a frustrating problem! However, without knowing which platform you're using, I can't provide too much help I'm afraid. If you can let me know, I can have a little poke around and see if I can figure out a solution for you. - Tom
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    Shi
    Hi Which website builder allows 2 Columns product for mobile site. Wix doesn't have this feature.
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    • Jeremy
      Jeremy
      Hello Shi, I'm not entirely sure actually. Personally I like a single column layout as mobile screens tend to be smaller so displaying one product at a time maximizes the ability to share more information about each product.Check out Shopify - probably the best ecommerce store builder around today. They might have more mobile display options for you. Jeremy
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    Dawn
    Hi Jeremy, First, a thank you to you and your wife for taking so much time and effort to share your knowledge of the pros and cons to each of these editors. In 2007, I used an HTML editor to create a 90 + page website on art instruction and projects to sell. I have attempted to create a mobile version using the same editor, but I found it to be overwhelming. The layout on my pages are different from one another depending on the content, and they also contain many images. I'm not sure any of the above mentioned editors is the right one for me? From your knowledge, can you recommend a responsive design editor for me to use? Thanks! Dawn
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    • Jeremy
      Jeremy
      Hi Dawn, Definitely look at Squarespace and Weebly, as all their design templates are mobile responsive. Here's also another article about responsive designs. You might find it helpful. Thanks! Jeremy
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    Roderick Davidson
    I have a (free) wix website and it is not compatible with mobiles or ipads or other tablets, you just see a portion of what you see on a desktop or laptop.
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    • Jeremy
      Jeremy
      Hello Roderick, You should be able to see your mobile site when you load up your website with your mobile device. I have an account with Wix and I just started up a new site and loaded it on my iPhone in a few minutes. Make sure click on the mobile mode in the Wix editor, edit it, save it and publish. Give that a try. If that still doesn't work, try reaching out to Wix's support team. Jeremy
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    Amiko
    From my understanding Wix has the capability of editing the mobile version (what about a tablet?), while SquareSpace doesn't, it's automatically done by the program. If so, I'd rather have the editorial capabilities of Wix, so I can decide what I want to change or eliminate. Do I make sense?
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    • Jeremy
      Jeremy
      Hello Amiko, I believe with Wix, the tablet view is the same as the desktop view of your website. So you only get to configure the mobile phone view of your website. When someone visits your website on their tablet (such as iPad), they will see the same version / design as the desktop view of your website. Best thing to do is just set up a free account with Wix, and test it out for yourself so you can see exactly how it works! Jeremy
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    Ross Ladehoff
    Great article. I am in the process of building my personal website with sitebuilder.com and I was very frustrated with how the mobile version ended up. Even viewing the website on a mac vs pc yielded some ugly versions. Do you recommend any of the website builders you've reviewed for someone like me who is using the host for a personal website? I only need a few pages, mobile ready, email hosting, ease of use Web builder and cost isn't an issue. (I am willing to pay a few bucks more per month to get the features that I will need)
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    • Jeremy
      Jeremy
      Hey Ross, Sorry to hear about your experience. Sometimes (as in most things), it takes a couple of tries to get what you want! It can take time and is frustrating indeed. If you prefer a mobile version where you can have certain control over the layout of your content, take a look at Wix. If you prefer to just create a website, and the mobile view is automatically optimized for you, then look at Squarespace or some of the newer templates from Weebly. These templates are mobile responsive (see our discussion here) so the content automatically adapts to the mobile device's screen size. The drawback of mobile responsive designs, is that you don't have any control over how the layout will look like (without editing the codes anyway). So you're at the mercy of how the template "automatically" adapts to the mobile device. Jeremy
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    Francisca Rojas
    Thank you so much for the information. The problem that I have is that our website is no Mobile friendly at all and we are such a small company and they charge usualy an arm and a leg. Any suggestions? Francisca Rojas
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    • Jeremy
      Jeremy
      Hello Francisca, Which website builder are you using? If you want your website to be mobile friendly, definitely consider testing out one of the website builders we've mentioned above. We also have a side by side comparison chart so you can compare the features between them. Also take our short quiz here to see which one might work best for you! Jeremy
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    Jaime
    I am unable to adjust my mobile view in Weebly even with the new themes. Any advice?
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    • Jeremy
      Jeremy
      Hi Jaime, For the newer Weebly themes, they are all mobile responsive so you can't edit them via their mobile editor. These mobile responsive themes automatically adjust to fit your visitors' mobile device. If you want to adjust how it shows up on your visitors' mobile devices, you'll have to edit the codes to the theme. Weebly does allow you to edit the HTML and CSS codes, so it's possible if you're proficient with coding. Alternatively, you can always hire someone to help you out. Jeremy