Wix vs Weebly vs Squarespace

There are so many website builders to choose from, it’s almost impossible to
figure out which is the best one.

Well, I’m going to let you in on a little secret…

There’s not a “best” website builder.

There are three…

  1. Wix
  2. Weebly
  3. Squarespace

The real question is…

“Which of the top 3 website builders is best for you?”

And the only way you can determine that is to first define your needs, and then make your choice.

So that’s exactly what I’m going to help you do in this article.

We’re going to look at 7 key factors that will help you define precisely what you need in a website builder.

Then then we’ll take a look at the 3 top website builders by comparing, Wix vs Weebly vs Squarespace.

And by the time we’re finished, you’ll know for sure, which website builder is perfect for you.

Alright, let’s get started…

How To Use This Guide

For ease of navigation, I’ve divided this comparison up into the following sections. You can jump directly to a section that interests you by clicking on the link provided in the “Table of Contents” below.

You’ll also find a link entitled, “Table Of Contents”, at the end of each section, which will take you back to the Table of Contents section you see below.

What Makes A Good Website Builder

Before you begin your search, it’s important to understand what makes a good website builder. There are a lot of builders on the market, but how can you tell the good ones from the bad ones?

They can range from, very “user-friendly”, to “extremely frustrating” but there are three main features that you’ll want to look for when making your choice.

  1. Ease of use.One of the biggest considerations is how easy or difficult the website builder’s editor is to use. If the editor is too difficult and you get frustrated and give up along the way, it’s pretty much useless, since you’ll never build your site.
  2. Power to build.Often people will look at the price, or ease of use when selecting a website builder.Ultimately, you need a website builder that offers the tools you need to build your site. If you can’t build the site you want, there’s no reason to select a builder just because it’s cheap or easy.
  3. Proven track record.With website builders, it’s important that you’re able to trust them. You don’t want to build a great website and then lose everything when they go out of business a few year later.If a builder has been around for a while, it’s probably popular because it’s easy to use, and is powerful enough to build websites that customers want.

    Wix and Weebly have both been around since 2006; and Squarespace was started back in 2004. With that kind of longevity, they really should be around for some time to come.

All three of the website builders in this comparison meet all three of these criteria.

The only task we have now is to find the one that fits your needs.

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How To Find The Best Website Builder For You

The first thing we’re going to do is help you figure out exactly what your needs are.

In order to determine which website builder will meet your needs, you’ll want to understand the 7 key factors for finding the best website builder.

Here’s what you’ll want to look for…

  1. ResourcesThese are the necessities such as bandwidth and storage that you get with the plan you choose. When just starting out, you don’t need to worry about the amount of resources, since you won’t be getting a ton of traffic right away. All three website builders in this comparison provide ample resources to get you started.
  2. FeaturesWebsite builders will offer useful features like form builders, photo editors and shopping carts. You’ll want to make sure to also consider the features that are available through third-party integrations, as these can help you add a lot of functionality to your website.
  3. EditorWhen looking at a website builder’s editor, we want an uncluttered interface with menus and buttons that lead to tools when you need them. While all three of these services have great editors, some are easier to learn how to use than others. Generally speaking, the more powerful the editor, the more difficult it is, and vise versa.
  4. TemplatesIt’s important that you’re able to find a template you can use for the specific type site you want to build. The more template choices a builder offers, the more likely you are to find one that fits your needs. And the better the templates looks out of the box, the less you need to adjust the elements on the page.
  5. PricePrice is often the deciding factor, but shouldn’t be the only one. As consumers, we’re always evaluating the value we get with a product or service. And website builders, shouldn’t be any different. We want to find the builder that meets all of our needs, and still fits within our budget.
  6. PerformanceYou don’t want an editor that’s slow and clunky. That will eliminate frustrations while you’re building your website. At the same time, you want your website to load fast and reliably. That will ensure your visitors stick around and read or buy what you have for them.
  7. SupportWhen building your own site with a website builder, support is critical to your success. It’s important to be able to access support 24/7 and know that they’re competent enough to help you resolve your issue right away.

This is just a general overview of the 7 key factors for finding a website builder.

We’ll go into more detail on each factor as we take a closer look at each individual website builder below.

Let’s continue…

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The Wix Website Builder

Wix is great because you can build an unlimited number of professional websites for free. Of course, nothing’s truly free, so you’ll end up with 2 small Wix ads on your site once you’re done. But it’s a great way to get started building your website without having to make a financial commitment.

Then, once you complete your site, and want to attach it to a custom domain, you can simply upgrade to a paid plan.



Wix has a limit of 2GB for bandwidth usage and 3GB for disk space. Those amounts won’t be a problem, until you start getting a significant amount of traffic to your site. The great thing about Wix is, unlike Squarespace, you don’t have any limitations on the number of pages you can create with your site.


This is where Wix really shines. They offer a total of 456 templates that are both modern and professional. As such it’s very easy to find a template that’s closely matches the layout of the site you want to build.

Which means you’ll have less customization to do and the majority of the work will have less to do with layout and design, and more about changing the text or images on your pages.


I was happy to see that Wix has included a Mobile editor which allows you to completely customize the mobile version of your site. That means you can do things like leave out your sidebar or other elements that you might not want to show on your mobile site.


Wix offers a basic list of features along with a free domain name when you sign up and pay for a year. They have a great image editor and form builder. Their online store is only available with the eCommerce plan.


Of the 3 editors, I found the Wix editor to be the most robust. Due to the fact that it’s a “blank canvas” editor, I was able to easily drag and drop, resize and position elements on the page and customize every single element on my website, exactly like I wanted it.

As an example of one thing this editor can do, I was able to create shapes with colored backgrounds to use on my site. Something that was impossible to do with Weebly or Squarespace.

Here’s the Wix editor in action…



Wix offers high-speed, cloud-based hosting that never fails to disappoint. Both the backend editor, and the pages on the frontend of my website were fast and always online.

Nothing to complain about here.


The Wix Combo plan starts at an affordable, $9.25/month, if you pay for a year in advance. If you pay month-by-month, the price goes up to, $12.95/mo. The great thing is you get a free domain for the first year, just like the other two builders.



Wix has what they call an “Online Support Center” where they offers many different ways to get support when you need it.

  • Tutorials
  • Videos
  • Forums
  • Phone
  • Email

They suggest starting with the knowledge base of videos and articles. If you can’t find an answer there, they recommend posting your question in the forums where you can choose to make it private if you don’t want everyone else to see it.

If you want to contact them by phone, you have to make a call back request between 6:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (PST).


Wix is the most powerful website builder solution. It was very easy to use and I was able to customize every single element on my website. They have a great selection of templates to start out with.

Sample Wix Website

Click the image below to check out the full website I made with the Wix website builder…


Wix Website Video

I actually had my 6 year old son build this Wix website, just to prove how easy the editor is to use.

You can follow along with us and build your own website by watching the video below.


Wix is just a little more expensive than Weebly or Squarespace. However, I think it’s really worth it if you want to have a high level of control when building your website.

I would recommend starting out with the free version and give them a try.

You really can’t go wrong.

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The Weebly Website Builder

Weebly is a hugely popular website builder. Over 20 million websites have been created with the platform. In 2007 TIME magazine was listed as one of the top 50 websites, and it has been growing steadily ever since.



Weebly is the only website builder of the three that offers unlimited resources for around $8.00 per month. Perhaps the most comforting thing is the fact that you won’t have to worry about going over a page limit, like you would with Squarespace.


Weebly has over 124 professional looking templates with a good variety for building different types of websites. Even better, all of Weebly’s templates are fully responsive, and look amazing no matter what type of device your site is being viewed on.



Weebly has a number of great features, including a cool form builder that gives you default contact, RSVP and survey forms to customize to your liking. They also employ a powerful image editor, that gives you all the tools you need for editing your images before you use them.


The Weebly drag-and-drop interface was the easiest and most intuitive to use. All of the tools were easily accessible and the navigation of the interface was very simple. My main complaints are that I couldn’t create shapes like I was able to with the Wix editor. Nor could I edit some of the colors of buttons that I wanted to change.

Here’s what the Weebly editor looks like…



Weebly’s cloud hosting was quick and reliable with decent page load times and no down time. I’ve heard that Weebly sites do fairly well with SEO, and I would assume that’s the case being that you’re able to define Title and Description tags at the page level.


Weebly’s pricing is fair, and provides everything you need for just $8.00/month. Just like Wix and Squarespace, Weebly gives you a free domain when signing up for one of their yearly plans.



Weebly offers a wide range of support options in their Help Center including the following:

  • Guides
  • Webcasts
  • Videos
  • Chat
  • Email


Weebly has made some vast improvements to their website builder since the last time I tested it out. They’ve added a lot of amazing looking templates and this version of the editor is much more user-friendly.

Sample Weebly Website

Click the image below to see the full website I made with the Weebly website builder…


I haven’t made a video for this website yet, but as soon as I do, I’ll post it here.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend giving Weebly a try as millions of users can’t be wrong. They provide a simple editor and fairly elegant templates to help you build your site.

Get Weebly For $3.33 Per Month

If you’d like to get Weebly at a huge discount, you can purchase it through A Small Orange web hosting company. All you have to do is purchase the “Small” plan for $3.33 per month, and the Weebly website builder is included for free.

The only catch is that you’re limited to 6 pages (not including blog posts), and you would also have a small link in the bottom right-hand corner of your site that links to A Small Orange.

The other option is to purchase the Weebly “Pro” plan for $11 per month from A Small Orange. It offers unlimited resources and allows you to build an ecommerce site or a membership site.

And, perhaps the biggest advantage of purchasing Weebly through A Small Orange, is the fact that you get unlimited email addresses for free. Something that you’d have to pay an extra $5 per month for through Google Apps, were you to sign up with Weebly directly.

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The Squarespace Website Builder

Squarespace is the oldest of the three website builders we’re looking at. In September of 2012, Squarespace was named as a top 50 website by TIME magazine. It’s now in its 3rd version, and has become very popular with creative types.



The Personal plan is the only one that has limitations on resources, however, with 2GB of storage and 500GB of bandwidth, you shouldn’t need to worry. This plan only allows you to create 20 pages and sell 1 product or receive donations, which might be too limiting for some.


Squarespace offers 28 clean and professionally designed, fully responsive, templates, which might be too limiting for some.


When building my website, I discovered that there are limitations based on the template you choose. For example, one template didn’t give you the option of using a sidebar on your blog. And other templates had similarly strange limitations.


Squarespace has a number of great features including the powerful photo editor, and a form builder that can be integrated with autoresponders such as Mailchimp or AWeber. For analytics, you can use Squarespace’s own tracking system, or integrate Google Analytics.


The latest version of the Squarespace editor, Squarespace 7, is quite simple and intuitive, especially when compared with previous versions. I did run into a few little glitches when trying to position elements on the page, but that’s not too uncommon with website builders.

Here’s a peek at the Squarespace editor…



Squarespace has fast and reliable cloud hosting provided by Peer1. As such, I never experienced any kind of slow page load times, or problems with my website going offline. You can read more about performance in my Squarespace review.


Squarespace is a bit cheaper than Wix and Weebly, however, they do limit you to 20 pages on your site. If you pay for the yearly plan, it amounts to $8.00 per month, and they also give you a free domain name for the first year.



Squarespace has a number of great resources to help answer your question, should you have one. One of the most popular ways to contact them is through their ticket system. They promise to provide a response within 1 hour, 24/7.

  • Guides
  • Videos
  • Forums
  • Workshops
  • Email 24/7
  • Chat 11am-7pm


I would recommend Squarespace based on its ease-of-use and beautiful templates. While Squarespace could probably be used to build any kind of website, it’s best suited for blogs and portfolios type websites.

Sample Wix Website

Unfortunately, after 14 days, Squarespace disables access to the site you build.

As such, the only thing I’m able to provide is a screenshot of the website I built with the Squarespace website builder…


Squarespace Website Video

And here’s the video of me making the website…


If you’ve never taken Squarespace for a test drive, I’d recommend giving them a try. They have a free, 14-day trial that doesn’t require a credit card.

If you decide to stick with Squarespace, you can get 10% OFF by using the Squarespace coupon code, “GIMME10” with any of their plans.

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Feature Comparison

For your convenience, I’ve created a table which lists the features side-by-side and helps you compare Wix vs Weebly vs Squarespace.

Website BuilderWixWeeblySquarespace
Starter Plan$12.95/mo.
No Monthly Plan
Professional Plan$15.95/mo.
No Monthly Plan
Business Plan$19.90/mo.
No Monthly Plan
Free Version
Free DomainOn Yearly Plans
1 Year Only
Not AvailableOn Yearly Plans
1 Year Only
Hosting TypeCloud-BasedCloud-BasedCloud-Based
All Plans
All Plans
All Plans
All Plans
Number of PagesAll Plans
All Plans
Number of WebsitesAll Plans
1 Site
All Plans
1 Site
All Plans
1 Site
AdministratorsAll Plans
1 Administrator
All Plans
Email ServiceGoogle Apps
Google Apps
Google Apps
Audio Files15MB250MB160MB
Image Files15MB250MB20MB
Video FilesEmbed OnlyUpload - 1GB
Embed Only
Blog ImportNot AvailableNot AvailableWordPress
Shop ImportNot AvailableCSV
Big Cartel
Export ContentNot AvailableNot AvailableXML File
Email (24/7)
Phone (6am - 5pm)
Email (24/7)
Chat (5am - 5pm)
Phone (5am - 5pm)
Email (24/7)
Chat (3am - 8pm)
AnalyticsWix Site Statistics
Google Analytics
Weebly Statistics
Google Analytics
Squarespace Metrics
Google Analytics
MobileAll Themes
Mobile Version
Mobile Editor
Responsive Themes
All Themes
Image Editor
Form Builder
Products3rd-Party App10
Digital GoodsNot Applicable0
Transaction FeesNone3%2.9% +
.30 cents
MembershipUnlimited0 Members
100 Members
Not Available
Free PlanFree Version
Has Wix Link
Free Version
Has Weebly Link
14-Day Free Trial
CouponNone AvailableNone AvailableGIMME10

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Final Recommendation

So there you have it…

I’ve tested and reported on all three website builders, and now it’s your turn. Hopefully, I’ve helped you narrow the field and saved you a bit of time and effort.

I would recommend starting with either Wix (the most powerful) or Weebly (the easiest). Then if you don’t like what you find there, give Squarespace a try.

Let me know which one you like the best in the comments below.

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65 Responses

  1. One really awesome update from Wix is that they just released their series of HTML5  templates for Wix users to build HTML websites – a significant step in the right  direction in my opinion.  It also helps them promote to those who believe that  flash-based sites tend to rank poorly in search engines (which is true to a certain  extent).  I think Wix has heard the mass complaints and are now serving up HTML  friendly sites which is great!

  2. @DebraRothberg I’m glad you agree!  So far i haven’t found anyone who even comes close to them.
    Thanks for joining in the conversation.

  3. @Marit Hsich , I’m glad you found the information here helpful!
    I know what you mean about Squarespace.  If i didn’t use WordPress for everything, Squarespace would be my first and only choice, for sure.
    Let me know if you have any questions about it.

  4. Can you give your thoughts on the best of these three as it relates to multimedia – uploading audio / video to the website thanks!

  5. Hi Tony,

    Unfortunately, I can’t speak from experience in regards to uploading audio or video to any of the 3 website builders. However, after doing a bit of research, I’ve uncovered a bit of information that may be of help.

    Squarespace has what they call an “Audio Block”, as well as a “Video Block”. It appears that one can upload audio files (up to 120MB), but can’t upload video files. You can, however, embed YouTube and Vimeo hosted videos as discussed in the following article.


    As for the free version of Weebly, you can only embed audio or video files using the embed code as outlined in the following KB article.


    If you want to upload the audio or video file to your site, you would need a Weebly Pro account, which allows for up to 1GB video files. More details can be found in the following article.


    From what I can tell, Wix only allows you to upload audio (max file size 15 MB) and video has to be embedded. Here are the two articles I found for that.


    Of course, each site has certain format restrictions, and that might have some bearing on which service you ultimately decide to go with.

    Let me know if you narrow it down, or if you have any more questions.

    Best of luck with your decision.


  6. You mentioned somewhere that we should make sure our website is “fully responsive” but WIX advertises websites and mobile sites. Does that mean that websites built with templates are not accessible on mobile devices?

  7. Hi Loretta,

    Good question, thanks for asking it.

    Yes, as far as I can see, Wix offers one or the other type of template (regular website or mobile website). So if you use the regular website template, your website will still be accessible on a mobile device, it just won’t look good (because it doesn’t resize), and will be very difficult to use.

    It seems the reason they haven’t developed responsive themes for their regular website templates is because it’s a difficult feat to pull off within their editor. They’re talking about adding responsive designs, but I was unable to find any specific projections on when they are planning to develop and release them.

    Let me know if you have any more questions. And good luck with whatever platform you go with.


    1. Todd,

      OK, thank you. I looked up the definition of platform and it what operating system your computer runs on, but I assume you mean what type of website builder I use.
      So, what website platform do you suggest that would be fully responsive?

      1. Hi Loretta,

        Yes, you’re right. I was referring to the type of website builder you use.

        I would suggest giving Squarespace a try. In my opinion, not only do they have the most user-friendly interface, they have the best templates as well. And the best thing is, they’re all fully responsive. I couldn’t recommend them more.

        Let me know if you have any other questions.


  8. Hi Todd,
    Great review!
    But I think there’s no ‘bad’ and ‘good’ website builders. All of them can be effectively used for different purposes. As for me, the most important aspects of site building are your ideas and your desire to implement them. Website builder is just a tool to embody your concept.

    1. Hey Howard,

      You’re right in a sense.

      All of the website builders we have at our disposal these days are extremely useful when compared to the website builders of the past. (Or the alternative – building a website from scratch with HTML and CSS.)

      And I agree that our ideas are more important than the tools we use to implement them. However, the right tools can certainly make the job a lot easier or more difficult depending on how well they help us achieve our objective.

      So, in that sense, one website builders might be a terrible choice, while another website builder might be a great choice for someone with a specific objective.

      Thanks for the thoughtful comment.


  9. Great web site here! Additionally your website loads way up fast! Just what sponsor are you currently use of? Should i buy your internet web page link for your host? I need our web-site packed up as promptly when your own house ; )

  10. Hi,
    Good discussion.
    I’ve only used Weebly & WordPress.org. Loved Weebly, totally frustrated by self-hosted WordPress.
    I’ve go a small business site on Weebly. The biggest problem is the SEO is horrible on Weebly. I’d love to keep using it but just can’t. Will check out SquareSpace and see if it’s any good with SEO.

  11. Hi Ted,

    Thanks for letting us know about your experience with Weebly. I’ve heard the same about their SEO. I guess you’ve had real experience with it, and it seems you’ve decided to move to another platform.

    I think you’ll find that Squarespace is much better in that respect. Hopefully you’ll like the rest of the features they have to offer. The 14-day, full support, trial that they offer is a great way to check it out.

    Good luck! And let us know what you find.


  12. Hmm it seems like your website ate my first comment (it was
    super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any tips and hints for novice blog writers? I’d genuinely
    appreciate it.

  13. One “B I G” negative I have found when it comes to WIX is the inability to sign up. The problem occurs after placing your password and activating the “GO” button.

    The result one receives is a “Invalid password”… but unlike other web sites, there’s no response (or information) as to why it’s invalid.

    In addition, “Nowhere” on the web site is there any type of help Q&A or FAQ’s pertaining to this problem.

    What’s really disturbing is trying to use their “send a message so we can help you”. The problem is… you can’t do it unless you’re logged in, but you can’t log in because you can’t sign up.

    As far as I’ve been able to determine, the web site is absolutely USELESS unless one can sign up and log in.

    La Cuisiniér Diabétique.

    1. Wow! That sounds like a really frustrating experience you’ve had with them.

      I hadn’t heard of anything like that before, but thanks for sharing it with us so we know what to look out for.

    2. I’m a PHP and Jquery programmer and a MySQL DBA, but I can understand why people want to use these tools. So I checked them out. If I can offer my 2-cents — stay away from Wix completely. When (not if, but when) you finally need a tech-savvy person to tweak something because Wix doesn’t have a plugin for it, that person will run away screaming. Wix is junk. Plus, if you use the Flash templates (because the HTML5 costs more), then your site will not display on Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, etc..).
      Weebly did not impress me that much. But I AM impressed by the tools offered by Squarespace, AND the ability to EXPORT your site to WordPress or just edit the HTML.
      So if I were going to use any of these, it would be Squarespace.

      1. Hi Lee,

        Thanks for taking the time to chime in here and offer your professional advice.

        That’s really helpful to hear those things from the perspective of someone who might have to perform customizations to these applications at some point down the road.

        I’m glad to hear that you were impressed by Squarespace. As you saw, I was too, but for different reasons. However, I also love the feature you pointed out where you can export your entire Squarespace site to WordPress. That’s a really valuable feature, and maybe something that I should add to the comparison.

        Again, thanks for stopping by and adding to the conversation.


  14. Thanks for this comparison. I wish you could include the date of your post since these companies often update their services in ways that change the game, so it matters to me whether your comparison is based on what was available a year ago or a week ago. Thanks!

    1. Hi Ashley,

      You’re welcome! And thanks for leaving your helpful comment.

      I fully understand what you’re saying about having dates on posts. I like to see them on posts when I’m doing my own research.

      Having said that, I took them out because they just weren’t working with the new theme that I implemented. But I can see that I’m going to have to go back and make it work somehow.

      Thanks again for pointing out the importance of having a date. I’ll try to add it back ASAP.


  15. thanks for the review. it has been helpful. i have been evaluating wix and squarespace. as of yesterday, i decided to go with wix, reason….the templates on squarspace where limited and boring. wix had a bigger selection.

    but now, your comments are pushing me towards squarespace. seems to be greater longterm value with squarespace, my question is this, as i read your review and 10 or so of the comments, it seems that most of the info is coming from people with web development experience…….is that the case? i have NONE………as u mentioned in your article, “easy” is defined differently by different people.

    rookie on a timeline, taft

    1. Hey Taft,

      You’re welcome. Thanks for leaving your comment along with a very good question.

      I can understand what you mean about the difference in templates between Wix and Squarespace. Sometimes I feel the same way. However, I always end up going back to the most simple designs, even though they might seem a little “boring”.

      Take my website for instance. There’s not much going on with the design here but it’s simple, clean and easy to navigate.

      As far as your level of website development experience, Squarespace is entirely point-and-click and drag-and-drop. It truly allows you to build a website without any coding. The question is, whether or not you can build the website that you want with the templates and tools provided.

      I would highly recommend signing up for the 14-day trial and playing with it a little to see what you think. It doesn’t require a credit card, and you can have your site up and running within minutes.

      If you do give it a try, let us know what you think.


  16. Good review! But in your comparison you did not take in consideration the storage capacity, the bandwith and the amount of web sites for each registration plan. If we taking count of these 3 features, Weebly is not so bad …

    Best Regards


    1. Hi Didier,

      You’re right. I did leave those things out. Sorry about that.

      And since they are kind of important, I’ll try to look them up and then add them in right away.

      Thanks for the feedback!


  17. I haven’t checked squarespace yet, but I have spent many hours with Wix. The templates and tools look very professional. However the builder is extremely buggy and you can find yourself spending plenty of hours trying to do simple things. Even after you are sure that you finally fixed everything, the result does not work like it was during the design phase. So do not judge only according to specs, but rather try the tool in a real case before you come to any conclusion. And probably a major point for me, that many have to double check, is the ability to export your site if you ever want to leave to another server. Products like Wix do not allow that.

    1. Hi Men,

      Thanks for contributing to the conversation here.

      You bring up some very valid and useful points. I’ve experienced some of the same frustrations you speak of when using website builders.

      I remember running into the same problem you describe, where the published version of the site looks different than the backend version. It’s frustrating because no matter what you do, you can’t get it to look exactly like you want it to.

      To be honest, I don’t remember which builder I was having trouble with, but I do remember that Squarespace had the most intuitive interface and the tools behaved in a predictable manner.

      So, I would recommend giving Squarespace a try. It’s so easy and quick to sign up.

      Let us know what you find.


  18. I believe I’ve spent the entire day researching this and more and more…drifting away from WIX though the templates and apps are as tempting as colorful boxes under a Christmas tree. I’ve really enjoyed this thread the most, and thank you for the links on posting video. However wondering if you were able to find an answer regarding the bandwidth question? As far as hosting goes, I’m about to expire with host monster so I’d also like to know your pro-cons on WIX and Squarespace’s client service when it comes to hosting/managing your website. Thank you!

  19. Hi Ericka,

    I’m glad to hear you found the information in this post and comments useful.

    I’ve done a bit of research, and have come up with the answers to your questions, along with a few other feature comparisons that might help you reach a decision.

    I’ll add these to the table above so others won’t have to dig for the information.

    As far as the pros and cons of hosting with a service like Wix, or Squarespace, I’d have to say there won’t be too much of a difference between using a self-hosted solution.

    The main thing I wouldn’t like with the website builder services, is the restrictions on the number of websites you can have on each account. I’m able to use one shared hosting account for all of my sites that are just starting and don’t have much traffic, and that saves money over using a service that only allows one site per account.

    The other thing is, I like to have more control over my databases and files. That’s, perhaps, not something the average user would be looking for, but something a self-hosted solution provides, versus the alternative.

    Let me know if you have any other questions that come up.

    Good luck with your decision.

    Bandwidth – Unlimited
    Storage – Unlimited
    Number of Websites – 10 Sites
    Number of Pages – Unlimited
    Type of Hosting – Cloud Hosting
    Upload File Size – 100MB

    Bandwidth – 2GB
    Storage – 3GB
    Number of Websites – 1 Site
    Number of Pages – Unlimited
    Type of Hosting – Grid Hosting
    Upload File Size – 15MB (audio) / 10MB (images)

    Bandwidth – 500GB
    Storage – 2GB
    Number of Websites – 1 Site
    Number of Pages – 20 Pages
    Type of Hosting – Cloud Hosting
    Upload File Size – 120MB (audio) / 20MB (images)

  20. Thank you for your comparisons. However, one thing I am having a problem with is domains. I currently own a domain and noticed that of these three Squarespace tells me that my domain has to come from Dot or something like that? I want to keep my domain name no matter which one I choose but I am finding that this is my biggest concern. Suggestions?


    1. Hi Will,

      Thanks for your comment and great question.

      It seems like the standard procedure for your situation is to map the domain to Squarespace. It looks like it should be fairly easy to do. They have detailed instructions listed here:


      You’ll also notice that they have specific instructions for different registrars listed at the bottom of that page.

      If you run into any problems along the way, just post your question in the forums, and I’ll be happy to help out.

      Good luck!


  21. Hi Todd
    Thank you for informative post. You’ve definitely got me leaning to Squarespace as I’m a photographer and author. However I’m concerned about the 20 page limit. Do I just need to rethink format and layout to fit in 20 pages? Also weebly offers up to 10 sites. I’m trying to figure out why someone would need that many. For me would it be less confusing for visitors if I had one site for photos and another for books? Trying to think of practical reasons for more than one site. Thanks.

    1. Hey Skot,

      Good questions. I’m glad you asked them, and will do my best to answer them for you.

      The 20 page limit shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Your site would probably have something like a home page, a contact page, an about page, and maybe a page about your books. That would leave you with 16 pages for each “gallery” that you’ve divided your photos into. In most cases, that would be enough.

      As far as creating two website, I would highly recommend against it if your books are about your photography. The reason being that it’s better to keep your visitors in one place instead of making them jump back and forth between domains. Also, it’s much easier to manage one site rather than two.

      I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any additional questions.


  22. After all ive read i really like square space but ive also read one article that really slamed it. basicly saying if you intend to stay in business over a year then its not worth your time. They talked about how it does not have a lot of room for growth. What do you think about that?

    Also I worried about the storage space of square space I will be putting up a flash player for each of our designs that is a 360 degree click and drag image so you can see all the way around our jackets like the sample ones on our web site http://www.neoluxllc.com/products.html at the bottom of the page. Do you think that will be a problem? What does the storage actualy pertain to? all the info on the site must be under 2GB?

    1. Hi Sheldon,

      I don’t think growth would be a problem with Squarespace. The only thing you might want is the abundance of features that WordPress has to offer.

      And if you ever decided that you wanted to migrate your Squarespace site to WordPress, it’s quite simple to do. Squarespace allow you to export your data in the form of an XML file, and WordPress allows you to import your data in that same format.

      Yes, the 2GB of storage refers to all of the files and images on your site. The text files won’t add up to much, but the images, and flash files if you use them, could eventually put you over that limit. Just make sure to optimize your images and flash files, and you should be okay for a while.

      Hope that helps. Thanks for your questions.


  23. Also i wanted to add ive been using weebly for about a year now and its been great until i realized i think the site has been abandoned. I finaly needed some help from the techs and no one will return my email and after reading further on their page of all the comments left by users no one is getting any responses. NO CUSTOMER SUPPORT AT ALL. Its very frustraiting and i think im going to make the switch to square space.

    1. Good information to know. I haven’t heard anything about them going under. But if they’re not responding to tech support requests, that’s not a good sign.

  24. Awesome, numerous truly great points! I value you penning this editorial and the rest of your site is extremely good!

  25. Hi Todd,

    I think you’ve missed very important point – ability to export site to another host or platform. I found out that Weebly do the great job by giving you .zip so you can do whatever you want with archive. I was going to start with Squarespace, but now i’m choosing weebly instead. May be i’m wrong about Squarespace? They can move you only to a WordPress platform, aren’t they?

    Also, you’ve mentioned about bad SEO in Weebly. What exactly does that mean? It’s important moment to understand. Thanx a lot for your post!

  26. How do these two compare to the business specific website builders like Just Add Content? They don’t have a free trial so I haven’t checked them out but i wan to know if they’re worth the cost since they’re more expensive. I’m on a free weebly site now, but would pay more for something better just for businesses. Are the more expensive business only ones worth it? I’ve seen more of them lately.

    1. Hi Gary,

      To be honest, I haven’t checked out Just Add Content. It looks interesting and there are a ton of these website builders coming onto the scene. I’ll have to look into it and do a review if it’s worth anything.

      Thanks for leaving a comment.


  27. I’ve now tried Wix, Weebly and Squarespace in an attempt to find one that could work as a workable site for a hardware vendor. Unfortunately all of them fall short – either because they don’t support custom HTML (Wix) or they lack decent password protection options (Weebly & Squarespace) – hard to build a site for partners where you can only have 1 password for the site or page 🙁 And Squarespace’s templates (a measly 20 compared to the hundreds offered by the other 2) are so uniformly minimalist that you gotta wonder how they can appeal to a broader audience.

    Very disappointing – I guess I’ll have to go the WordPress road after all (SIGH!!).

    1. Hi Christopher,

      Thanks for your comment.

      I can sympathize with the shortcomings that you pointed out for each website builder service.

      I think that’s because someone like you and I are looking for a solution we can use to build websites for clients.

      However, the average person will probably do just fine with what they have to offer. And that’s why I Ultimately went with WordPress myself too.

      Thanks again for your thoughts.

      1. Agree with your comment Todd about WordPress. WordPress has proven itself to me year after year as one of the most flexible platforms out there. I also have to admit that over the years I have gotten a little lazy with setting up WordPress and couldn’t be bothered with managing plugins and updates. I recently started using hosted WordPress platforms and stumbled upon Website Builder Online who manage this for me. They also provide a drag and drop page builder that allows me to create some interesting designs for clients.

  28. I’d love to know how Foursquare compares to Weebly as a blog platform. Weebly’s seems decent enough, but it lacks any native feature allowing visitors to subscribe for blog updates via email. You can work around that by using Feedburner — Feedburner will produce a bit of code you can past into a ‘custom HTML’ field in Weebly which allows people to subscribe via email — but Feedburner is moribund. MIght anyone know whether Foursquare’s blog platform is any better in this regard?

  29. Hi , first of all thanks for this amazing review!

    If I may add a suggestion:

    What I’m missing (in fact, it’s missing in almost every review/comparison I found so far between wix and squarespace) is the quality of images / pictures that are displayed in galleries etc.

    I’m a photographer, and I currently have a paying wix account – My portfoio however looks HORRIBLE due to wix compression algorithms (much like Facebook pictures looks horribly pixellated).
    My clients/customers probably think I have no idea how to take a decent in-focus picture!

    Is that any better on squarespace?
    That might very well be a very decisive factor in my choice (perhaps in many others’ chocies) to move my business over there…

    Other than that they both offer blogpost capabilities, which is awesome, and in squarespace the e-commerce shop is included in the fee, while in wix one needs to pay extra for that market app, even on top of an already paying account… (as you correctly mentioned already in your review)

    So again, if the image quality if amazing over at squarespace, that’s a game-changer (especially for photographers wanting to showcase their work).

    Any ideas/thoughts?

    Best regards,

  30. I am currently in the process of finding the best way to build a website, consumers will be inputing data themselves but it also has to be able to show the location (gps, as its going to be a community based website) any help on the subject or some guidance would be great ! Great article though, its helped alot already. Shared between local friends hope it help 🙂

  31. Weebly offers free mobile version – with Google’s ‘Mobilegeddon” tactic that makes weebly the winner. PERIOD. However,
    2 years ago Weebly was the best in the business. I tried them all thoroughly. Weebly has directed all of it’s efforts lately to gaining “new” customers and have dumped on their existing subscribers in a bad-tasting way. The ‘new’ management has resorted to less-than-honest tactics to squeeze every penny out of existing customers without concern for their reputaion of lack of ethics. One example: When publishing using a free sub-domain of Weebly, a new message apears threating that “Your website will not be found on search engines.” ( Of course they are, ) this is one of the new aresenal of blatant lies used by the new Greed-driven management. Without notice, they also removed the “free” sites on accounts that had been ‘Grandfathered’ in years ago under that promise. When questioned, the sales team has a script that has 2 lies in it. When the sales supervisor was questioned politely, she lied twice. Then she refused to reply to support questions at all. ‘Amazon integrity’ does not live at weebly any longer. The support team was the best on the web, very intelligent & omnipotent – until last year, now they rank really bad – techs now usually answer a question you did not ask. One clueless Bimbo even got creative, tossed her script & invented a story. Think pot breaks are the newest perk for the new minimum wage employees. . Downsizing ? Maybe 800 million a year is not enough for young greed-driven management. The site editor is more difficult ( You have to click 4 times to find your site list. ) & the new “text color selector” is the most faded colors in the industry. Wix must be happy that currently weebly is going the wrong direction & losing faithful customers. The dishonesty & greed is enough to want to use Wix.

  32. I have tried both and I think wix is better, but now I made my personal page very easy, quickly and for free with site.pro
    I realy enjoyed creating my website and recomend to try it.

  33. Really good info, Weebly is getting bigger and better now. They created their own apps market and add new features to the editor… You can find some Premium Weebly Themes for new Carbon editor at http://www.carbonthemes.co.uk – everything you need to create good Weebly website 🙂

  34. Thanks for this article which appears to be free from obvious bias and shilling one particular vendor. The criteria you suggest make sense. As I write this in May 2016, I wonder if you were going to do a top 5 or ten, if you would include any other major players ? The quick scan I’ve done might suggest web.com, godaddy, sitebuilder, websitebuilder as potential candidates. Any further thoughts?

  35. You’ve made a very complete and very long review (took me a while to go through it). Squarespace doesn’t have a chance compared to Wix or Weebly. Weebly is probably the best free website builder out there and among the top 3 when it comes to paid options. They’ve improved a lot since you did this review and are now probably better than Wix but not by much since Wix also added a lot of new features.

  36. Hello, do you allow guest posting on websitesmadesimple.org ? Please let me know on my email. Your blog is in the same niche as mine.

  37. Hi there. Great comparison rundown! I’m starting a small business for a pretty specific target group of clients. I doubt I would need more than 4 pages for my site. I won’t be seeking goods or taking payments through the site.

    However, one thing that is important, I believe, to my client base is knowing that the website is secure (as possible) from hacking and malware. I didn’t see that addressed in your article.

    Can you give me your thoughts on security for Wix and Weebly and also recommend, based on my situation, which of those two might be the best one for me and which plan would be the right one?


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