Two days ago I’ve entered my Weebly account to make a few fresh screenshots for my guest post (I have accounts on all free website builders for testing purposes) and I was pleasantly surprised – it seems Weebly has survived a major overhaul (at least, their admin panel interface). Now it has a more apps-look style and modern atmosphere. I was really happy to see that their Team works on the system improvement, as I like this great platform and often recommend it. Another great platform I like is Squarespace. So, I’ve decided to put these website builders head to head to re-appraise their benefits and disadvantages.
I’ll use the most essential characteristics, as usual:
#1 Ease of Use
Weebly. If there was The Easiest Website Builder Contest, Weebly would definitely win. I think it has one of the most user-friendly interfaces imaginable (this is also applied to their old admin panel). It’s biggest competitors could be only Wix and Yola.
Squarespace. Ease of use is probably the only Squarespace’s drawback. While most of the site constructors offer pure WYSIWYG and drag-and-drop editors allowing you to see the changes immediately as you edit your website, on Squarespace you need to jump between different pages in order to implement the edits effectively.
Weebly vs Squarespace. I think Weebly wins here, and it makes no sense to argue.
#2 Feature Set and Flexibility
Weebly. Weebly offers a free basic toolset and some advanced features in their Pro plan. However, it seems to lack such options as forum and user group management (I couldn’t find those).
Squarespace. It seems you can find everything but the kitchen sink on Squarespace: from mobile-compatible versions of your website (this option is also available on Weebly since recently), to their smart commenting system and full code control (Developer Platform).
Squarespace vs Weebly. From the flexibility standpoint, Squarespace is the clear winner. On this platform the only limit is your imagination – all you need is just to get used to their sophisticated admin panel :).
Weebly. Weebly does have a few good themes, but the majority of their default templates are too default-ish. These are good to start off, but in the long run you’ll have to upload your own template, I think.
Squarespace. Squarespace designers are more diligent – you won’t find a single mediocre template on Squarespace, they’re all gorgeous.
Weebly vs Squarespace. Squarespace themes are very simple and stylish – I vote for them. But those who like traditional templates and predictable navigation would prefer Weebly.
#4 Customer Support
Weebly. Weebly is very simple site constructor, so I think you won’t face any problems there. Anyway, there is a helpful FAQ section and ability to contact their Team via email.
Squarespace. Squarespace offers a better choice – their Help Center offers Getting Started, Questions and Answers and Live Chat sections.
Squarespace vs Weebly. If to believe what they offer, Squarespace has a more responsive customer support. Weebly’s is also good, but they don’t have live chat help.
#5 Pricing Policy
Weebly. Weebly offers a free lifetime plan, Starter plan ($4) and a Pro package ($8). The higher the price – the better the toolset. What I don’t like about Weebly’s pricing – is that they don’t display their features-pricing lists, and sometimes it’s difficult to understand what features come in each package.
Squarespace. Squarespace is one of the most expensive website builders. It has no free package (free 14-day trial only). Their cheapest plan is $8/month, while the priciest is $30/month. You can clearly see what features and perks come with each plan on their Pricing Page.
Weebly vs Squarespace. Weebly is better because they have a completely free plan, while Squarespace seems to overcharge a bit. However, in the light of their cool features and Customer Support options their prices are justified.
I think these two platforms are very different to put them head-to-head. As for me, Weebly is more suitable for those who’re unsure whether or not they need a website, while Squarespace is a better destination for serious business owners who know exactly what they’re going to build. But it doesn’t mean Weebly is inferior to SS – it’s just different :).