Compare Squarespace, Wix, and Weebly (2017 Edition)

Last updated on 13 October 2017

 

There are lots of website builders.

But even then, the only 3 website builders that people keep asking me questions about are Squarespace, Wix, and Weebly. So in this guide, we are doing a side-by-side comparison of all these platforms so that you choose the one that’s best suited for your needs.

How to use our features comparison table?

To make the most of our site builders comparison table:

  1. Create a feature checklist for your ideal website builder, and
  2. Match the features in your checklist against the features in table below.

Doing so alone will help you filter out the builder that suits you the most.

This exercise will also help you set aside the right budget for your website because you might realize that you need to keep provision for some paid third-party apps as well in addition to the platform cost.

If you still aren’t sure about which platform to choose, sign up for free trials or lite versions for these website builders.

Play around and try to build your full site. You’ll soon find out the one builder that’s right for you.

Update: New table added, now you can also compare Squarespace, Weebly, and Wix plans’ pricing here.

 

Wix, Squarespace, and Weebly Features Comparison

Features  Squarespace  Wix  Weebly
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Data transfer Unlimited Starts at 2 GB for the lowest paying ad-free plans (Combo). Unlimited
Storage Unlimited Starts at 3 GB for the lowest paying ad-free plans (Combo). Unlimited
Price Lowest plan priced at $16/mo for monthly subscription; $12/mo for annual subscription. Lowerst ad-free plan (Combo) starts at $12/mo for monthly subscription; $8.50/mo for annually subscription. Lowest plan priced at $14/mo for monthly subscription; $8/mo for annual subscription.
Free domain name Yes, for all annual subscriptions. Only for Combo plan and above. Yes, for all annual subscriptions.
SSL certification Only for Business Plan.
Built-in site templates
Design from scratch
Retina ready
Built-in form builder
Blog ready
Podcast
Ease of use Not as intuitive as Wix or Weebly. Very intuitive Very intuitive
Built-in SEO capability Limited functions. Site meta description and search engine-friendly URL formats. The built-in ‘SEO Wiz’ allows users to optimize your site’s / pages’ titles, URLs, meta description, and keywords.

Wix App Market offers various apps that help users to track keyword ranking and other basic SEO operations.

Individual meta description and search engine-friendly URL formats for all individual pages.
Online Store Capabilities Sell unlimited products and collect payments via Apple Pay, PayPal, and Stripe on all plans. Built-in Online Store for eCommerce and VIP plans where Wix will take care of users’ order management, inventory, payment processing and coupons. The Starter Plan allows users to sell about 10 products. Higher plans unlock features like inventory management, shipping and tax calculations, etc. .
Transactions fees 3% for all transactions under Personal Plan; 2% for Business Plan. Zero transaction fees. 3% transaction fees for Starter and Pro; zero for Business Plan.
Site customization Templates can be customized but not as conveniently as customization happens in Wix or Weebly. Highly customizable Highly customizable
Multilingual support Yes but with additional costs: + $20/year for Multilanguage App, +$19.9 for LocalizeInternet.
Site navigation and structure Very easy to set up Very easy to set up Very easy to set up
Password-restricted content
Members-only content
Analytics Site analytics can be accessed via Squarespace Analytics registers all the users on a site, their referral sources, as well as the pages they view. Squarespace also offers the user search queries.

You can also add custom tracking scripts like Google Analytics and more.

Wix offers reporting via Google Analytics. You can add custom tracking scripts if you want. Weebly lets you monitor referrals, search queries, and popular site pages. You can also add custom tracking scripts like Google Analytics.
Membership site Third party services needed to create a membership site at Squarespace. Users can create a “Members Area” using Wix’s free ‘Forum’ app. For Pro planand above, users can create a full-blown membership website.
Email hosting (email address @yoursite.com) One G Suite account included for Business Plan and above . Not included. Wix recommends G Suite, which costs additional $5/mo. Not included. Weebly recommends G Suite, which costs additional $5/mo.
Image editor Squarespace uses Adobe’s Creative Cloud Image Editor – excellent on-site image editing capabilities. Basic image editor. But Wix comes with tons of free, high-quality images and media elements. Users don’t have to leave their sites to look for images. Basic image editor. Recently updated with 29 new image filter effects.
Creating landing pages Difficult. Mainly due to inflexible drag-and-drop builder and lack of built-in design elements.. Easy. Users can create a landing page from existing buil-in templates. Plus all Wix plans come with three built-in standard landing page templates: Coming Soon, Launch, and Campaign. Easy. With little design changes, users can create great looking landing pages in Weebly.
Creating forum Difficult. Squarespace doesn’t support forums right out of the box. However, there are some workaround or third-party app. Very easy. Wix has a dedicated (free) forum app that allows users to build forums. Difficult. Forums can only be created using a third-party software or services.
Publish from mobile iOS Mobile apps for blog posting, eCommerce, portfolio, and analytics; Android mobile apps for blog posting only. Mobile apps, with full features, available for both iOS and Android phones. Mobile apps, with full features, available for both iOS and Android phones.
Extensions/Widgets/Tools/Apps Limited extensions or third party apps. Wide range of apps and extensions (both free and paid) available at ‘Wix App Market’. Limited extensions or third party apps.
Email marketing Works with third party tool MailChimp by default.Price starts at $20/mo for users with more than 1,000 subscribers. Wix offers built-in email marketing tool – Wix ShoutOut. Price starts at $4.90/mo for users with less than 10,000 subscribers. Weebly offers built-in email marketing tool – Weebly Promote. Price starts at $9/mo for users with less than 500 subscribers.
Ads policy No ads for all paid plans. No ads for Combo or higher plans. No ads for all paid plans.
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Compare Wix, Squarespace, and Weebly Prices

Website cost estimated based on two years subscription with professional email hosting and email marketing service with less than 2,500 subscribers.

If built-in email hosting is unavailable, cost of one professional Gmail and G Suite account (+$5/mo) is included in cost calculation.

Squarespace uses MailChimp works with third party tool MailChimp by default.Price starts at $20/mo for users with more than 1,000 subscribers. Wix offers built-in email marketing tool – Wix ShoutOut. Price starts at $4.90/mo for users with less than 10,000 subscribers. Weebly offers built-in email marketing tool – Weebly Promote, which costs $19/mo for 2,500 subscribers.

Site Builder Plans Annual Plan Free Domain Domain Renewal Email Hosting Built-In Email Marketing Site Cost Estimation

  Wix

Combo $102/year $14.95/year $363.55
Unlimited $150/year $14.95/year $401.55
Ecommerce $198/year $14.95/year $446.55
VIP $294/year $14.95/year $551.55

  Weebly

Starter $96/year $19.95/year $691.95
Pro $144/year $19.95/year $739.95
Business $300/year $19.95/year $895.95
Performance $456/year $19.95/year $1,051.95

  Squarespace

Personal $144/year $20/year $764
Business $216/year $20/year $716
Basic $312/year $20/year $812
Advanced $480/year $20/year $980

 

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