Weebly and Squarespace are two major players in website builders. Weebly is more beginner-friendly, while Squarespace has more sophisticated features. This blog post will cover the key differences between these two site builders to help you decide which one is better for your needs!
Here are some key differences between the two builders:
Squarespace includes a free custom domain with all of their paid plans. Weebly includes a custom domain with the top two paid plans. You can also register a custom domain at GoDaddy and connect it to your websites.
Your domain is the name people will use to access your site, so it’s important that you own the domain name rather than renting it. A custom domain is better because it appears more professional and makes your website seem more reputable.
Bandwidth and Storage
Your website will need storage to save files and images, and bandwidth to receive and send information. If you don’t have enough storage, your website might run slow and crash. If you don’t have enough bandwidth, your website will become inaccessible to the public.
The best way to receive support is over the phone because you can talk directly to an experienced representative without waiting for a response in your inbox or watching an online chat go unanswered.
Pricing Options and Flexibility
Squarespace has 4 paid plans ranging in costs from $12.00 to $40.00 per month with savings if you pay annually. Weebly has 3 paid plans ranging from $6.00 per month to $26.00 per month. You’ll want to spring for the $12.00 or $26.00 plan with Weebly to get things like unlimited storage, and custom domains.
The $26.00 plans that both companies offer are similar, yet Squarespace offers more of the “Bells and Whistles” feature. I’m a “Bells and Whistles” kind of girl, so I’d be splurging for Squarespace in this case.
Squarespace offers more than 100 templates to customize your website design. Templates give you pre-built page layouts so your website is ready to go out of the box.
If you are looking for more designs, and customization abilities, you might want to go with Squarespace.
While optimizing your web pages to rank on Google, has a lot more to do with content, trust, and authority than meta descriptions, and tags, it’s still a good idea to build on a website that offers built-in technical SEO features.
- Google Search Console Integration
- SEO Checklist
- SEO Page Titles and Descriptions
- Robot.txt to hide a page from indexing on Google
- Image optimization
- Schema Markup
- Mobile Optimization
- Clean URL’s
- eCommerce SEO
- Local SEO
- Dedicated SEO Panel
Weebly offers the following SEO Features
- SEO Page Title and Descriptions
- HTML Formatting
- Image Optimization
Both websites allow for the addition of other users that will either contribute content to the website or edit the content on the website.
Squarespace only provides you with 2 contributor licenses in the lowest plan, so you’ll need to upgrade if you want more contributors to the account.
Squarespace takes it one step further, however, by also giving you basic author abilities.
Your website must be optimized to perform well on mobile devices. Most website builders today, automatically include mobile-optimized websites, and themes, which is the case with both Squarespace, and Weebly.
Website analytics help you to learn how well your website is performing. Reports can help you gain insight into your audience demographic, traffic sources, and page views.
When choosing a website builder, you’ll want to choose a company that offers a robust analytics platform.
Use engagement stats like time on page, pages per visit, and bounce rate to learn more about your audience.
ECommerce analytics can show you products sold, revenue, and conversion rates.
With either website builder, you’ll have access to basic e-commerce reports, but Squarespace may offer more robust analytics for you. If you are running an online business using your website as a lane to purchase goods or services, I’d choose Squarespace over Weebly.
Extensions and Apps
Extensions are apps that are built by the company to help you add features to your website. Some, like Squarespace’s SEO extension, can be easily installed without any coding knowledge.
With Squarespace extensions, you can connect with more tools in the categories of :
- Social Media
- Music and Video
- Commerce and Business
- PPC Tools
- Data Feeds
- Graphic Design
- and more
Weebly uses Apps to integrate 3rd party applications in categories like:
- PPC Ads
- Call to Action Bar
- eCommerce Tools
- Social Media
- Price Charts
- Testimonial Builders
- and more
Both websites have comprehensive libraries of apps and extensions.
Pop-Ups and Banners
While you want to avoid too many interruptions and annoyances that can disrupt the user experience. That being said, using the call to action strategy, in a smart way, can lead to more subscribers, and sales.
Squarespace offers more options in this category.
With Squarespace, you can sell products, services, digital content, and in-person. It comes with built-in tax tools, discount codes, gift cards, abandoned cart recovery, after pay, and secure checkout.
Collect payments through stripe, apple pay, Fedex, Shipstation, Paypal, and Afterpay.
Weebly is much more focused on product sales and includes all of the top e-commerce features like:
- Secure Checkout
- Display and Merchandising Options
- Mobile store and checkout
- Process and Manage Orders
- Payment Options
- Shipping Options
- Coupon Codes
- Tax Calculator
Abandoned Cart Recovery
Abandoned Cart Recovery is a popular feature for e-commerce websites. It’s a great way to recover lost sales. When someone begins to checkout, but then leaves the website before completing the purchase, an email will be sent encouraging the visitor to come back and complete the purchase.
With both Squarespace and Weebly, you can add email signup forms to your site. You can also create specific popups for registration when someone enters a certain page on the website, such as an offer for a newsletter subscription.
They also have the ability to use social media scheduling tools that will allow you to manage your content across several different channels at once. This saves time when marketing online because it’s important to be active on social media.
You can easily arrange your scheduled posts into queues, publish them at scheduled times through one platform, all while organizing them by category or hashtag.
Content Management Systems (CMS)
Squarespace has a proprietary Content Management System with custom editing controls. You can create unlimited pages using Markdown-style formatting with 100s of built-in design blocks. It also comes with an image gallery, automatic sitemap creation, version control, and built-in SEO tools.
Drag & Drop Editor
It is important that your site has engaging and original content to engage and convert your visitors. Weebly’s editor offers some pretty creative templates, while Squarespace has a lot more options for page layout and design.
Squarespace and Weebly both allow you to add a video to the homepage and blog posts. They also come with image galleries and content sliders that help break up large amounts of text into easier-to-read sections.
Personalized Homepage Layouts
Both site builders offer extremely customizable homepage designs which makes it easy to get started on designing your website.
User Interface (UI) Design
Overall, both site builders offer equally great options in terms of templates, e-commerce tools, social media integration, etc., but Squarespace takes the cake because it is so much easier to use than Weebly with its drag and drop interface for editing content.
Squarespace has a better user interface, too; with its color coordination and consistency between pages and elements within the page (i.e., tabs). Squarespace is also more geared toward product sales whereas Weebly is more of an all-inclusive site builder for those who want an e-commerce website as well as other features like blogs and portfolios.