Wix vs. Squarespace

Wix vs. Squarespace: need to choose between these 2 excellent website builders? In this post we’ll go through the pros and cons of each one and how they compare to each other.

Squarespace vs. Wix: How do They Compare?

First of all, they are both great options!

Wix is the best overall website builder in my opinion, balancing well cutting edge, innovative feature with ease of use and sleek designs.

Squarespace is the best in terms of polished, high quality design and themes. They also have many advanced features and have a steeper learning curve than Wix.

Design and Themes

Wix offers over 500 themes that they are particularly great at having templates customized for different types of sites: small business owners, consultants, restaurants, real estate, photographers, designers and so on.

Moreover, you can choose between a classic drag and drop editor and a cool option called ‘Artificial Intelligence’, which is a wizard that assists you in building your sites very fast.

Squarespace has fewer themes to choose from, but they are exceptionally well built, by professional designers. They are by far the most refined themes you can find in any website builders. So if your focus is on visuals, portfolio, photography, this may be an interesting option.

If you just want to use a template specifically designed to your type of business and have your site live as fast as possible, go with Wix. It will look great, have all the functionalities you need and still offer a ton of features.

Features

WordPress is the most powerful blogging platform, period. There is virtually no limit to what you can do with WordPress. Big sites, sophisticated membership sites, awesome blogs, ctting edge SEO? You name it! Whatever you ‘re after, it can be achieved with WordPress.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that this is easy or cheap. In some cases you need to buy premium plugins in order to get the functionalities you want. Or if you need to do something extremely sophisticated and customized, you might need to work with WordPress developers.

In most cases though, you can figure out by yourself how to do what you need with WordPress. It;s juts that the learning curve is steeper. If you’re willing to dedicate time though, WordPress can take you very far.

Wix is also a website builder focused on offering a lot of great features. They keep themselves at the cutting edge of innovation, adding new features every month.

Moreover, they also have an app market that you can visit when you don’t find a feature you need in the standard Wix offering. You can find there a lot of third party apps that allow you to expand the functionalities of your site.

Ease of Use

Wix balances very well ease of use and complexity. Despite offering so many features, it’s still easy to use. This is a big benefit if you’re for example a solopreneur that needs to spend as much time as possible on building the business, not on baby-sitting the site.

Squarespace offers you more options, while still delivering well on the ease of use. I believe Wix is easier to use than Squarespace, as the latter has a steeper learning curve.

However, I would say that neither of them is hard to use. If you want to get your site up and running as soon as possible, Wix is probably a better choice. If you want to invest more time in tweaking the design of your site to make it look stunning, Squarespace is better.

Support

Wix offers support via their Support Center, forums and also via email and phone (6am to 5pm PST). Currently there’s no live chat.

Squarespace provides support via their Knowledge Center, forums, email (24/7) and they also have live chat (3am to 8pm EST, Monday through Friday). They are very fast in responding to requests, having a policy to respond emails within 1 hour. Wow!

Pricing

Wix offers a free plan that you can use for an unlimited time to play around, try the features and see if you like the interface and the whole experience.

Wix plans start at $5 per month, paid annually ($7 month to month). However, with this entry level premium plan Wix still places their advertising on your site. So, I suggest to take a look as an entry point at the Combo plan, which is $10 per month, paid annually ($14 month to month).

You can take a look at all Wix premium plans here.

Squarespace doesn’t have any free plan. It does offer a free 14 days trial though, so you can test drive the platform. Then you need to choose one of the paid plans, which you can find here.

For Squarespace there are 2 paid plans:

  • Personal: $12 month, paid annualy or $16 month to month and
  • Business: $18 month, billed annually or $26 month to month

Conclusion: What Should You Choose, Wix or Squarespace?

They are both great website builders.

I believe Wix is the best overall website builder, balancing a set of awesome, innovative features with sleek designs, ease of use and good support.

Do you need to get your site live really quick? Go with Wix and in a few hours you can have your own professional site.

Squarespace is king when it comes to design. So if the visual part ranks high on your agenda, give it a thought. The learning curve is a bit steeper, but the great support and the cool features make up for it.

Wix offers a free plan and Squarespace a free trial. So, there’s no reason to test drive one or both of them. It’s risk-free, so check them out, make your choice and start your website!

Wix vs. WordPress

Wix vs. WordPress: if you need to choose between the two, then this post is for you! We’ll take a look at the pros and cons of each option, so that you can determine which one fits your needs the best.

What is the Key Difference Between Wix and WordPress?

Wix is a drag and drop website builder, offered as a service. There are free and premium plans and you can get support directly from Wix. You don’t need to know and code and you can build an awesome site very fast.

WordPress.org itself is a free platform, but you need to pay for hosting, which starts at a few dollars per month. Most websites on Earth are WordPress sites! This platform is a beast in terms of features and flexibility. Sky is the limit! But this comes  with more complexity and a steeper learning curve.

Let’s get into the details, below:

Design and Themes

Wix has hundreds of awesome themes that are look great. They have a a lot of templates specifically designed for many types of businesses (such as consultants, restaurants, real estate agents, you name it), for musicians, designers, photographers, artists and so on.

When you first sign up, they have an option called “Artificial Intelligence” – a wizard that will guide you to setup your website very fast. However, you can definitely use the classic drag and drop editor if you prefer.

Wix also offers a cool mobile editor, so that you can make sure your site looks good online.

WordPress has a ton of free and paid themes you can choose from. As WordPress gets updated quite often, it’s important to choose a theme that is maintained by its developers and updated, as well. That is why it’s advisable to go for a premium theme. However, there are many good free themes there, as well!

There is no limit to what you can achieve with WordPress in terms of design. One watch out here though. It’s not so easy to get your site to look like the demo site of some vendors. Choose a theme that it’s easy to customize and that strikes a good balance between functionality and design.

Features

Wix offers a ton of features and the guys are keeping the builder at the cutting edge of innovation, always adding new features. So if you make this choice, you can rest assured that you’re covered on this part.

Moreover, if you don’t find the feature you’re looking for, Wix has an App market, where you can find apps developed by third parties. They help you expand the base functionalities of Wix.

WordPress offers the highest flexibility in terms of possibilities. You can add pretty much any functionality on Earth via using plugins. There is a plugin for anything out there. Some are free and some are paid.

Again, the higher flexibility comes with greater complexity. So with WordPress, expect to dedicate more time when using WordPress.

Ease of Use

Among the two options we discuss in this post, there is no question that Wix is easier to use. Its drag and drop editor makes it really easy to build your pages in no time.

WordPress is the most powerful option. If you don’t want to build something sophisticated, then no need to worry with WordPress, as well. It’s when you start to add different bells and whistles that you have a higher learning curve.

I don’t know how to code and I have a number of WordPress sites. I can do pretty much anything I want with them, so anyone can do it. You just need to have the right expectations, i.e. that it the learning curve it’s a bit steeper and you just need to dedicate a bit of time.

If you just want to get your site live as soon as possible and spend very little time on your site (and more on building your business), just go with Wix.

If you’re willing to dedicate a bit more time to your site, WordPress is a great option, as well.

Support

Wix offers 24/7 access to a support team that can assist you with the challenges you face.

WordPress is a free open source platform, so there isn’t any dedicated support team that can help when you have problems. However, as there are so many WordPress sites, you just need to type your question in Google and you’ll find an answer. You’re most likely to experience information overload. And ocassionally, fixing something will take more time than you’d like.

Pricing

Wix has a free plan that you can definitely start with, in order to experiment and see if the platform fits you.

Then if you’re serious about your presence online, you’ll switch to a premium plan, which (starting with ‘Combo’) allows you to get rid of the Wix advertising a use a custom domain name (such as mybusiness.com). Moreover, starting with the ‘Combo’ plan, you also receive access to a free domain name for the first year.

WordPress itself is a free open source platform. You need to pay for the hosting though, starting with a few dollars per month. Then, you could also have associated costs if you use a premium theme and/or paid plugins. You can use exclusively free themes and plugins. However, if you need specific, more advanced functionalities, you may prefer more premium options.

Wix vs. WordPress Conclusion

Both options are excellent, but quite different:

  • Go for WordPress if you’re after the highest power and flexibility and you don’t mind the steeper learning curve. This is a beast: sky is the limit on what you can do with WordPress.
  • Go for Wix if ease of use is important. You still get a ton of innovative features that are more than enough for most people, wanting to develop smaller sites. If you’re a solopreneur who want to focus on growing the business instead of pampering the website, you may find Wix to be a good option for you.

Wix vs. Weebly

Wix vs. Weebly: in this post we’re going to take a look comparatively at the the key features of these two popular website builders. My aim is to help you decide which one is a better option for you.

So , le’s get started!

Themes and Design

Both Wix and Weebly offer great themes. I believe Wix themes look sleeker, but Weebly has made a lot of progress and they are catching up.

Wix offers a lot of industry specific themes. So if you have a restaurant, if you’re a freelancer, consultant or if you want to build a real estate site, you’re covered. Photographers and designers are not forgotten, as well. Check out the themes for yourself. They look awesome!

With the rise of mobile, it’s a must to make sure your site is mobile friendly. Wix offers a top notch mobile editor,  while Weebly’s new themes are responsive. So, both deliver on this point.

Something to keep in mind here is that for Wix, once you’ve chosen a site theme or template, you can’t switch to another one with one click. This means that while you can still change your theme later on, the content is not automatically migrated. You’ll need to insert it manually into the new theme. If you have just a few pages, this is not a big deal. For bigger sites though, this is a downside.

Weebly allows you to switch to a different template with one click and your content is automatically migrated into the new theme. Sweet!

Features

Wix offers a ton of features. The guys are very innovative and add new ones on a monthly basis. So if you want to make sure you have access to the most up to date trends and features, Wix is for you.

Weebly on another hand tries to balance functionality and complexity. They offer all the features you need to do the job, but not more than that. This allows them to deliver better on simplicity.

Both of them offer you the option to add additional functionalities via apps. Just visit their app market and choose the one you need.

Ease of Use

Weebly is the king when it comes to ease of use. They cherish minimalism and keep their interface simple and intuitive. Are you non-technical and  just want the easiest way to get your site live? Well, you could resonate very well with Weebly.

While Wix offers overall more features, it’s still easy to use. So don’t think Weebly has a huge advantage here. Wix is easy to use, too! It’s just that Weebly is the easiest to use.

Both Wix and Weebly are drag and drop website builders. You don’t need to know how to code in order to build your site. It’s totally doable to get your own site live within a few hours with both of them.

Support

In terms of support, both sites have you covered. No worries here!

Pricing

Pricing is not that different for these website builders. You can check out the plans they offer directly on their sites, but I strongly advise not to choose based on price, especially that their offer has quite a similar structure.

Both Weebly and Wix offer a free option, so it’s totally risk free for you to just sign up, test drive their features, see what interface you like the most and which one meets your needs better.

Once you decide which one you like the most, if you’re serious about your presence online, I recommend to upgrade to one of their premium plans.

This is because the free plans display advertising. This is a fair exchange if you consider that they offer you a service ‘for free’. However, it’s not very professional to have third party advertising inserted on your site. Please note that Wix displays advertising also for the lowest tier paid plan, so you would need to go at least with ‘Combo’ in order to get rid of the ads.

Moreover, when you subscribe to a paid plan, you get a free domain for the first year.

Conclusion: What Should You Choose, Wix or Weebly?

Both Wix and Weebly are excelent do it yourself website builders.

If you want supreme ease of use, go with Weebly.

If you want more feature, sleek designs and good ease of use, go with Wix.

In my opinion, Wix is the best overall website builder. However, it’s a matter of personal preference. Try one or both builders for yourself and choose the one you like best.

It’s free to get started, so don’t procrastinate! Start your website today!