Squarespace vs Wix

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Squarespace vs Wix: What are the differences?

What is Squarespace? Everything You Need To Create An Exceptional Website. Whether you need simple pages, sophisticated galleries, a professional blog, or want to sell online, it all comes standard with your Squarespace website. Squarespace starts you with beautiful designs right out of the box — each handcrafted by our award-winning design team to make your content stand out.

What is Wix? Wix.com is a web development platform enabling anyone to build a stunning online presence using simple cloud-based creation and management tools. Creating your stunning website for free is easier than ever. No tech skills needed. Just pick a template, change anything you want, add your images, videos, text and more to get online instantly.

Squarespace and Wix can be categorized as "Website Builder" tools.

"Easy setup" is the top reason why over 32 developers like Squarespace, while over 2 developers mention "WYSIWYG" as the leading cause for choosing Wix.

Avocode, Runscope, and triGo GmbH are some of the popular companies that use Squarespace, whereas Wix is used by Raymond Matias, loop, and GoLorry. Squarespace has a broader approval, being mentioned in 419 company stacks & 23 developers stacks; compared to Wix, which is listed in 17 company stacks and 9 developer stacks.

Decisions about Squarespace and Wix
Kamaldeep Singh

I usually take a slightly different tack because the technical level of people I usually am dealing with is lower. I tend to be pitching to decision makers and not tech people. A bit of my standard answer is below.

Wix and Squarespace are proprietary systems meant for unsophisticated users who want to build their own websites quickly and easily. While they are good for that specific use case, they do not offer any way to move beyond that if your needs arise. Since they are proprietary closed systems if you need something more advanced at some point your only option is to start over.

WordPress is an Open Source CMS that allows much more freedom. It is not quite as simple to setup and create a new site but if you are talking to me then you are not looking to build it yourself so that is really a non-issue. The main benefit of WordPress is freedom. You can host it on virtually any decent web hosting service and since it uses PHP and MySQL you can have virtually any developer take over a project without problem.

I believe in open source because of that freedom. It is good for me as a developer and it is good for my clients. If something were to happen to me or my company you would have no problem finding another qualified WordPress developer to take over the site in a totally seamless fashion. There would be no need to start from scratch.

Additionally the extensible nature of WordPress means that no matter what your future needs, WordPress can handle it. Adding things like e-commerce and custom quoting systems are just two examples of advanced solution's that I have added to WordPress sites years after they were first built.

WordPress is used by tiny one person businesses all the way up to major websites like the NY Times and I think it is right for this project as well.

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Pros of Squarespace
Pros of Wix
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    Easy setup
  • 31
    Clean designs
  • 8
    Beautiful responsive themes
  • 6
    Easy ongoing maintenance
  • 3
    Live chat & 24/7 support team
  • 1
    No coding necessary
  • 9
    WYSIWYG

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Cons of Squarespace
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    Hard to use custom code
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    What is Squarespace?

    Whether you need simple pages, sophisticated galleries, a professional blog, or want to sell online, it all comes standard with your Squarespace website. Squarespace starts you with beautiful designs right out of the box — each handcrafted by our award-winning design team to make your content stand out.

    What is Wix?

    Creating your stunning website for free is easier than ever. No tech skills needed. Just pick a template, change anything you want, add your images, videos, text and more to get online instantly.

    Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

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    What are some alternatives to Squarespace and Wix?
    Webflow
    Webflow is a responsive design tool that lets you design, build, and publish websites in an intuitive interface. Clean code included!
    GoDaddy
    Go Daddy makes registering Domain Names fast, simple, and affordable. It is a trusted domain registrar that empowers people with creative ideas to succeed online.
    Joomla!
    Joomla is a simple and powerful web server application and it requires a server with PHP and either MySQL, PostgreSQL, or SQL Server to run it.
    Weebly
    Weebly is an AJAX website creator that allows you to create pages with template skins and content widgets. Users can easily drag-and-drop content widgets like pictures, text, video and Google Maps in WYSIWYG-fashion.
    WordPress
    The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family.
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    Reviews of Squarespace and Wix
    Information Technology Directory at Off the Mat, Into the World
    Review of
    Squarespace

    I inherited the SquareSpace site I support. SquareSpace may be great if all you want is a really pretty site; it's great for that. But if you use commerce and need anything more than the simplest transactions, SquareSpace will be the bain of your existence. I have it in my stack because it's my job to use and maintain it, not because I like it. The documentation is rudimentary at best, there is no published API, and tech support won't help you if you use "developer mode" - which is a must if you want to do anything more than the simplest modifications. Speaking of which, I've found the tech support to be consistently lackluster; opening a ticket is most often nothing more than an exercise in frustration. Most problems I've reported are treated as if they are a feature request rather than something broken - "we're considering adding that feature in the future" is the common response.

    The quality of available data (especially for commerce) and ease of integration with other services is also deplorable. I spend the majority of my time developing workarounds for the lack of features, customization and integration that are the hallmark of this platform.

    I will move my workplace off of this platform as soon as if feasible.

    How developers use Squarespace and Wix
    Analytical Informatics uses
    Squarespace

    Squarespace hosts our website for ease of management and with beautiful design.

    Navarik uses
    Squarespace

    Squarespace powers our public website