Squarespace vs Wix vs Weebly vs WordPress – 2017 Review
In today’s tutorial, we’re going to be going over the four best website builders out there.
Now, for people out there who have a business, who have some type of side interest or even have something like a YouTube account, a website is definitely super helpful. And you definitely want to sort of get invested in making one one day.
So, number one on this list and my personal favorite website builder out there is going to be Squarespace.
Some of the features that Squarespace offer
- iOS and Android apps
- Integrated donations
- Beautiful music player
- Every single template is designed for high resolution devices.
- These templates are all mobile ready.
- And when I say that these templates are great, every single last one has a specifically professionally designed UI for members.
And while there are not a lot of options, each option is of the highest quality.
There are custom photo cropping options and unlike the drag and drop system, Squarespace uses the content block system which is used for adding elements.
There are many pre-designed blocks such as menu options, page designs and of course many different addons.
Squarespace is in my opinion and many as the most polished of any builder out there.
And it also has an easy billing system that’s month-to-month or by year.
Also, Squarespace takes the privacy of its visitors and its users very seriously. They do not release any of that personal info or site data to third-party companies. Which you really have to watch out when it comes to website builders. Especially full package website services such as GoDaddy or Hostgator.
Squarespace Pricing Review
As far as pricing goes, there are no free membership options. However, you can sign up for a trial period and if you decide not to go with a paid plan, you sort or revert to a free membership.
The prices range from $12 to $26 a month.
And with that you get:
- 20 pages galleries and blogs
- Unlimited content and storage depending on your option
- Unlimited bandwidth on all the plans
- Free custom domain
- There are no ads.
- SSL security throughout the website no matter which plan you choose
You get 24/7 support, ecommerce and online store plans that range from 26 dollars to 46 dollars a month. That give you some extra e-commerce stuff for those who are very very business oriented.
Some of the features that comes with Wix are:
- A blog
- iOS and Android apps
- It’s built for high resolution devices
- Membership system
- It’s the best start from scratch system out there
Some of the really good things about Wix is that it comes with so many designs and templates.
And because of all the features and things that are packed into Wix, it really is flexible to design a site of any person’s interest.
One of the features that Wix is really known for is its integrated animations capabilities. Which can really make someone’s website pop.
There’s also hundreds of apps to choose from.
Cons of Using Wix
Now, on a side note I’d say that anyone using Wix they better make sure they pick a template they really like.
- Because while you can edit and change a design all you want, once you pick a template, you’re going to have to stick with it. Or you’re going to have to start an entirely new site.
- And there’s no source code option. And because there are so many features in so much stuff in Wix it can really be a mess. Especially for novice users out there.
And my personal opinion.
While Wix offers so many features and offers so many templates and beautiful designs, I think that most of these designs are not really as professional-looking as some of the other options on this list.
Wix Pricing Review
As far as prices go, there’s a free plan and the premium plans range from 5 to 30 dollars a month.
- You get from 1 GB to unlimited bandwidth.
- And you get from 500 megabytes to 20 gigabytes of storage.
- You get a free domain on all, but the lowest tier plan.
And there are no ads except for the lowest plan. Some of the features in the premium plans involve eCommerce and 24/7 support.
So, number 3 on this list is going to be Weebly.
And some of the features Weebly has are:
- An integrated blog system
- iOS and android apps
- And Weebly designed blog called Promote
- Membership system
- It’s multilingual
- Offers the ability to put donations on your site
- And it comes with a basic integrated audio player
Pros of Using Weebly
So, some of the things that makes Weebly pretty cool is that it has a lot of great templates.
You really won’t get bored with the designs that are offered. Also many of these templates and newer ones come with the ability to work flawlessly on mobile devices.
It also has, in my opinion, the easiest to use interface out of all the website builders out there. What makes the interface so easy is that it uses a drag-and-drop system that is very responsive. And even has things such as the windows moving right out the way as you’re editing.
Weebly offers a lot of customization options such as
- Adjusting longitude and latitude on your maps
- Adjusting colors images and adding whatever type of media you really want
It also has an app store unlike many popular builders out there.
Cons of Using Weebly
- There’s no start from scratch system
- There’s really not a lot of options for custom coding
Weebly Pricing Review
As far as prices go, there is a free plan that offers
- 500 megabytes of storage
- get unlimited bandwidth no matter which plan you choose.
The premium plans start from $8 to $59 a month and you get
- A free domain with an annual purchase
- There’s a limited storage for all premium plans
- There’s no ads except for the free plan
- You also get ecommerce and 24/7technical support
So, number four in this list is going to be WordPress. And WordPress is a longtime contender. It is one of the greatest website builders out there. It started out as a blogging builder, but it has developed into something much more.
Alright, so as far as features go WordPress has an integrated blogging system and it is the best integrated blogging system.
- iOS and Android apps
- A membership system
- it’s open source.
Which means that it has a huge library of open source stuff and a huge community of open source developers.
There’s also many different extensions and add-ons (plugins) to choose from. And it’s multilingual.
Pros of using WordPress
- Coding Options
As far as pros go, there are a lot of custom coding options. So, you really won’t be restricted especially if you’re a little bit more skilled in website development.
- Easy to Update
It’s also very easy to update your content and you won’t really struggle when it comes to that part.
- SEO friendly
There’s also SEO integration and like I said it has the number one built in blogging system and the best development community of all the website builders out there.
As far as cons go, the custom coding options are great, but there’s a lot of bad options and many of them have broken extensions and libraries.
There’s old and insecure methods to get some of the stuff done. And you unfortunately have to update all the add-on software when it comes to your website.
All in all, it can make WordPress pretty complicated for novice users out there.
Aside from the cost of hosting and possibly storage, the price for using the website or setting up a website with WordPress is, well, free.
If you choose to go with
wordpress.com which is a simpler and user-friendly website builder, then you will have:
- A free plan option
- Unlimited bandwidth
- No ads except for the free plan
- From 3 gigabytes to unlimited storage
- And the premium plans will range from $2.99 to $24.92 a month
So, that was my list of the best website builders out there for 2017 and most likely 2018.
There are quite a few options out there in the world. But I think that no matter what your interest or your goal is for building a website one of these options will definitely suit that need.
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