Weebly vs Squarespace is a great match-up between two of the biggest and best website builders in the game.
For anyone who doesn’t know, website builders are online platforms that allow you to create your own website, without having any coding knowledge!
Weebly powers over 40 million websites, and is known for its high-end features at low-cost prices.
Squarespace powers just over a million sites itself, but that’s not to say it doesn’t compete with Weebly. Squarespace’s strengths lie in its design. Its templates ooze class, with unrivalled aesthetics and brilliant functionality.
We know it’s easy to be left scratching your head when deciding on a website builder, which is why we’re here to help. We speak to people, just like you, before conducting our own research and user testing.
Having reviewed hundreds of platforms over the years, we’re in a great position to tell you all about Weebly and Squarespace; what they’re best at, and who they’re best for. By the time you’ve finished reading, you’ll know exactly whether Weebly or Squarespace is right for you.
Weebly Pros and Cons
|#1||Vast amounts of scalable features and apps|
|#1||Can’t restore your website without contacting support|
|#2||Not the most intuitive editor|
Squarespace Pros and Cons
|#1||Beautifully designed templates|
|#2||Real quality in its features|
|#1||Relatively expensive pricing plans|
|#2||No app store|
By its very purpose, a website builder should be easy to use. Not everyone can code a website from the ground up, nor can they afford someone to do it for them.
Both Weebly and Squarespace are easy to use, but what we want to know is, how easy?
To get that answer, we asked everyday people to build a website using either Weebly or Squarespace. They were asked to score certain tasks based on how easy (or difficult) they found them. We also interviewed them afterwards to hear their thoughts. Here’s a couple of them:
With Weebly, it was fairly straightforward to add things. Using the app store, you just had to type in what you wanted and pull it into your site. It was the same with the features – just a simple drag-and-drop motion to move it onto the page. Editing text was also fairly straightforward.
Squarespace made me feel like a proper designer, even though I don’t have the professional skills.
The final scores showed Weebly was slightly easier to use. Its structured editor and vast app store made people feel more comfortable than Squarespace’s more creative layout.
Weebly vs Squarespace – Ease of Use: Verdict
Weebly scores first with a win for ease of use. Squarespace is more artistically laid out, which is nice to look at but not always practical. It’s worth noting that both are relatively easy once you know your way around the platform, but for a faster start, go with Weebly.
Your site’s design could be the difference between someone interacting with your website or bouncing straight off it. Looks matter.
Weebly has 35 different themes to choose from, which are broken down into categories (such as business, portfolios and online stores) for you to browse. Once you’ve found one you like the look of, you can preview and test it out before you begin editing.
There are a couple of points Weebly could improve upon here. Firstly, there’s no search function. This means that if you’re looking for a particular industry – let’s say real estate – you’ll have to scroll through all the ‘Business’ themes before you find a suitable one.
Secondly, there’s no way of previewing how the themes will look on mobile and tablet screen sizes until after you’ve picked one. Weebly’s themes are all mobile responsive, but with more people browsing on mobiles than ever before, it would be good to be able to preview this.
Squarespace is the God of design. Its luxurious themes are a masterclass in how websites should look. We’ve spoken to Design, UX (User Experience) and Branding experts, and they all agree: Squarespace has the best themes of any website builder on the market.
Squarespace’s themes are also mobile responsive, and can be previewed on different screen sizes – plus there’s a search bar. Squarespace is more suitable for creative industries, though, and its themes reflect that. If you need a website for a white-collar business, check out 1&1 IONOS here.
Both Weebly and Squarespace work with drag-and-drop functionality. This means you can move images and text around each section of your website simply by clicking and holding down on them, then dragging and releasing the cursor.
Weebly vs Squarespace – Design: Verdict
Squarespace fires straight back to win design. Weebly has a nice range of templates and they’re easy to edit, but they really are blown out the water by Squarespace’s themes. Squarespace is well-designed, good-looking, and mobile responsive. Classy stuff.
Features are fundamental to any site. They’re what allow you to do certain things, and stop you doing others.
Weebly has tons of helpful built-in features that give you so much variety when creating your website. On top of that, its comprehensive app market is packed full of useful add-ons which you can integrate into your site.
Squarespace may not have as many features as Weebly, but what it does offer is real quality. Squarespace doesn’t have its own app market, though, so what you see is all you get.
Now let’s take a look at a few key areas, and find out more about the features Weebly and Squarespace offer for each.
When it comes to ecommerce, it’s pretty much neck-and-neck. Both have dedicated ecommerce pricing plans, both allow you to sell unlimited products, and both let you sell physical or digital products. Here’s a list of other important ecommerce features that both cover:
- Discount Creation – make sales codes for your customers
- Abandoned Cart Recovery – send customers reminders if they don’t check out
- Shipping Management – sort out couriers and postage costs
- Multiple Payment Options – connect to the likes of PayPal
- No Transaction Fees (on upper-tier plans) – no extra charges
The only major feature Squarespace has over Weebly is multi-channel integration. This means Squarespace can sync with Instagram, and allows you to sell directly via the social media platform.
Weebly, though, has been recently taken over by payment processors Square. It’s clear that ecommerce will be a big area it looks to improve over the coming years, so watch this space.
Both platforms allow you to create and publish blog posts, and blogging is another really close match-up between the two. Here’s a closer look at the specific features they provide:
- Category Display
- Social Bookmarking
- Allowing Comments
- Search Feature
- RSS Feed
Weebly and Squarespace let you create custom email addresses that are relevant to your domain through G Suite. After that, you can start creating and sending out campaigns to your site’s visitors.
Weebly offers a service called ‘Weebly Promote’, which helps you build email marketing campaigns. It’s free to try and starts at $10/month. It works with you to craft enticing copy, provides email templates, and helps schedule send-out times.
Social Media Integration
This is another stalemate category. Both let you embed social buttons on your website, which can take the form of likes, shares or follows. You can also use either platform to put live social media feeds directly on your website, so visitors can see your latest statuses, tweets or photos.
Surprise surprise – choose Weebly or Squarespace, and you’ll get the same analytics options. Each has its own built-in, onsite analytical tracking, which lets you monitor things like page views, bounce rate and sales. Both also integrate with Google Analytics should you need more detailed data.
Weebly vs Squarespace – Features: Verdict
It’s close – real close – but Squarespace has better features than Weebly. While Weebly has more features, Squarespace’s are built to a slightly higher standard. It also shades ecommerce features, which is a big bonus if you’re looking to build an online store.
A lot of people preach the benefits of websites having good SEO, but let’s take a step back. What actually is SEO?
SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is the practice of making subtle changes to your site which affect how highly your website ranks on the likes of Google. The better your website’s SEO is, the higher up the page you’ll be when people search for things related to your
Weebly and Squarespace both allow you to edit things that can improve your website’s SEO. Here are a few things both
will let you manage:
- Meta Titles/Descriptions
- URL Slugs
- Image Alt Text
If that all sounds like a load of techie jargon to you, don’t worry. The meta title and descriptions are just the text that appears in Google’s search results (see image, right).
A URL slug is the text that comes after your domain e.g. www.websitebuilderexpert.com ‘/website-builders/comparisons/weebly-vs-squarespace’
Image alt text is something you type in to describe an image on your site. This text lets Google know what that image is, so it can be taken into account when people search.
Weebly vs Squarespace – SEO: Verdict
Both Weebly and Squarespace have pretty identical SEO tools and help. Weebly wins because of its SEO apps, which can help you with further things like keyword support, SEO analytics, and coding.
Everyone likes to get help in different ways. That’s why it’s important for website builders to offer a variety of help functions.
When it comes to help and support, Weebly vs Squarespace is an interesting one. Both have loads of different ways to get help, but it’s what works for you that’s important.
Weebly has email, phone and live chat support available from 6am-6pm Monday to Friday and 8am-5pm on weekends.
Squarespace has 24/7 email support and live chat available Monday to Friday, 4am-8pm EST. Currently, there are no phone services.
Your main source of help, however, will be Weebly or Squarespace’s help centers.
You can think of the help centers like the platform’s own little search engine. You type in a question and you’ll get a list of results that link to help guides. This acts as your first port of call when trying to find the answer to a problem.
Weebly vs Squarespace – Help and Support: Verdict
Squarespace takes home the win for help and support. Weebly has extra support over the phone, but Squarespace has round-the-clock personal support for email. It also has the more intuitive help center. Having tested both, Squarespace was better at returning relevant answers to our searches.
One of the other main reasons people opt to use website builders is the price. Not everyone can afford to pay an arm and a leg for a web designer to build their site.
Weebly has some of the cheapest priced plans of any website builder. You don’t sacrifice quality for the low cost, either!
Weebly has four premium plans which range from $8/month to $38/month. If you want to build an online store, you’ll need to be on the Pro plan ($12/month) or higher.
Weebly also has a completely free plan. This lets you build a website with all the same features and tools as on the other plans, but there is a catch: your domain will have a tacky ‘.weebly’ attachment to it, and there will be Weebly adverts on your site.
Still, it’s a good way to build your site and see if you like the platform, then you can always upgrade before you hit publish.
Squarespace also has four premium plans, but they’re a little pricier, ranging from $12/month to $40/month. The two most expensive plans give you ecommerce functionality.
Squarespace doesn’t have a free plan, but does offer a 14-day free trial. It prides itself on design, and therefore doesn’t want to compromise its themes with tacky advertising. But two weeks should still give you plenty of time to decide whether it’s worth upgrading.
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From a pure pricing perspective, Weebly is the better option.
If you want a general website for personal or small business use, Weebly is more cost-effective. If you need a website for a portfolio of work, or you work in a creative industry, Squarespace is worth the extra bit of cash.
Weebly vs Squarespace – Value for Money: Verdict
Weebly scores a last-minute equalizer to win value for money. The fact Squarespace doesn’t have a free plan, and its pricing is generally more expensive than Weebly’s, tips the balance for us. Like we said though, Squarespace will be worth the extra cash for creative types.
It’s been a great match-up, and in the end, it’s ended all square. To recap, let’s take a look at which platform won each category:
|Weebly vs Squarespace||Weebly||Squarespace|
|Ease of Use||Intuitive and user-friendly editor which is clear and responsive.||A bit of a steeper learning curve, but fine once you’ve got to grips with it.|
|Design||Simplistic, mobile responsive themes that are easy to edit.||Gorgeous themes that are mobile responsive and designed excellently.|
|Features||Loads of features to choose from, backed by an app center that covers any blind spots.||Focus on quality over quantity with a smaller selection, but a higher spec of features.|
|SEO||Control over meta titles/descriptions and URL slugs, alongside keyword support.||The same control over meta titles/descriptions and URL slugs, but no extras.|
|Help and Support||Email, phone and live chat. A helpful if slightly under-resourced help center.||24/7 email and live chat. Brilliant help center packed full of useful guides.|
|Value for Money||A free plan and four relatively cheap premium ones. Worth upgrading.||Fairly expensive premium plans, but they’re offset by the quality of design.|
As you can see, Squarespace and Weebly are a very even match.
Squarespace has a slightly steeper learning curve than Weebly, but its designs are the best on the market. Weebly has more features (and an extensive app centre), but Squarespace’s are of a higher quality, and Squarespace is the better option for an ecommerce business.
Weebly is the cheaper option, with a free plan available and paid plans starting at just $8/month. Squarespace doesn’t have a free plan, but does offer a 14-day free trial. The cheapest Squarespace plan is $12/month. Weebly offers support over the phone as well as over email, but when we tested both platforms we found Squarespace’s to be more helpful.
It may have ended in a draw, but it should still be very clear who should use Weebly and who should use Squarespace.
Weebly is for the price conscious individual or small business looking to get an online presence. It has tons of features and can do a bit of everything, from blogging to ecommerce.
Squarespace is for the creatives: artists, photographers, musicians. Its themes are second to none, and you’ll get a quality website that looks like it’s been knocked up by a pro designer.
Why shouldn’t I hire a web designer?
Besides the fact most web designers charge you a small fortune to build a website, you ultimately don’t have control over your own site. If something goes wrong, or even if you just want to tweak something, you’ll need to contact your designer.
To read more about website builders vs designers, read our article on the subject here.
What if I only want an online store?
You can sell through both Weebly and Squarespace, but neither are dedicated ecommerce website builders. For creating a powerful online store, you’ll want to look at platforms like Shopify or BigCommerce. You can read our reviews of both below:
What are the best alternatives to Weebly and Squarespace?
Wix is the only other standout candidate when it comes to the best website builders on the market. It has beautiful themes, a super easy-to-use editor, and has hundreds of great features and apps. Read our expert and detailed Wix review here.
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