Our Pick: GoDaddy
When making our decision we took several factors into account, and GoDaddy came out on top in nearly all of them. From its ease of use to pricing plans and options, GoDaddy goes the distance for its users in ways Squarespace does not.
Unlike Squarespace, GoDaddy has a free package that comes with security, analytics, and marketing tools. Although this package doesn't include a custom domain or ecommerce capabilities, it’s still a great way to buy yourself time to tool your site to perfection before upgrading.
Squarespace vs. GoDaddy: Ease of Use
Nothing puts a damper on building your website like complicated functions or tasks that feel harder than they should be. Ease of use is imperative when choosing a website builder that can grow with your business. Making your website look professional should be fun, not headache inducing.
Ease of Use: Squarespace
Like most platforms that offer templates, Squarespace begins by asking you several questions about your business to help you find templates closely suited to your needs. Squarespace puts the simple options front and center in its templates, making it easy for people at any level of experience while pushing the more intricate customization features to the background.
Anyone can create a sophisticated website with Squarespace. If you’re feeling frustrated or overwhelmed by the process, for an added fee, Squarespace has designers who can assist you.
Overall, it may take more time than you had planned to get your site up and running and looking the way you’d like with Squarespace. Plus, Squarespace only has a 14-day free trial, meaning if you don’t sign up for a plan in time, you could lose all your work.
Ease of Use: GoDaddy
By simply answering a few questions, you can have your GoDaddy website up and running in a matter of minutes. We did a trial run and found that you can have a functioning site with your logo, most of the pages you’ll need, and both desktop and mobile capabilities in under five minutes. Read our GoDaddy review for our explanation of how effortless this is.
GoDaddy does a great job of listening to its users. This comes through in how easy it is to set up your site. The company has really worked to make everything intuitive and simple. Once you’ve found the right template for you, everything else is as easy as dragging and dropping to set up your site exactly the way you want it.
The only downside here is with this ease comes a strict simplicity. The GoDaddy website builder tool uses more of a wide brush approach instead of a surgical precision tool for the placement of images, text, and other content. It can get the job done quickly, but if you want absolute control over where your content goes, this may feel frustrating.
Have your site up and running in minutes with GoDaddy.
Squarespace vs. GoDaddy: Templates and Themes
Everywhere you look, website builders are offering and advertising their templates. There is no limit to your options these days. Both Squarespace and GoDaddy come prepared with ways to find the perfect template for your business. Before choosing one at random, be sure that whichever one you choose will support your website’s purpose and your website's structure.
Templates and Themes: Squarespace
Making its name as the smooth operator of website builders, Squarespace’s templates stand out in how incredibly good they look. As mentioned before, it makes the process of finding the right template for you easy by asking what your needs are. Altering, renaming, and adding additional pages and features to your template is fairly straightforward. Once you have your template you can either play around with the built-in features or scrap them entirely and make the template truly your own. Most of these options are intuitive, but almost all of this work will take more time than you bargained for.
It is of note that Squarespace has recently undergone an update. Previously, Squarespace 7.0 allowed different templates the ability to do different things. In the new Squarespace 7.1, this has been restructured to offer just one template that you can layout with whatever content, images, or text you need. You’re always able to edit and re-edit this to suit your changing demands, but it does mean you will have this specific template forever. With this update also comes some nifty extra features, but some really simple options, like changing font color and style, have become more limited and complicated.
Templates and Themes: GoDaddy
GoDaddy has the more user-friendly option of the two, as it comes with true drag-and-drop functionality. Its website builder tool is incredibly intuitive and makes it simple to adjust the layout, theme, and content to make your website look and feel seamless. To add or alter any text, pages, or content, just click on them to adjust them however you need.
However, the same website builder tool can box you in at times, with certain unalterable functions for font sizes and headings. There’s also no “undo” button, meaning if you accidentally delete something you spent time working on, there’s no quick way to get it back. Plus, having unending options for what you can add to your site can feel like quite a burden.
Find the template made just for your business with GoDaddy.
Squarespace vs. GoDaddy: Apps and Plug-ins
Some website builders can do it all, and some need the help of third parties to provide extra services to their users. Here we will be discussing the app and plug-in offerings for both Squarespace and GoDaddy.
Apps and Plug-ins: Squarespace
Squarespace offers what it refers to as extensions, which are plug-ins that are all created and handled by third parties. Because these aren’t the domain of Squarespace, Squarespace customer support doesn’t cover these extensions. And most of these are marketed as free by Squarespace, yet they may come at a cost from a third-party provider. Connecting these extensions to your site can also be difficult, as Squarespace has made the process a bit tricky. However, the extensions available are quite popular and handy.
Possibly the most popular add-on Squarespace offers is its scheduling feature. Be sure to read the fine print, since Squarespace Scheduling comes with its own set of pricing and plans. Even the smallest options can add expenditures to your budget when taking into consideration you’re most likely already paying for a Squarespace Plan on top of this.
Apps and Plug-ins: GoDaddy
Proving it can have it all, GoDaddy has pretty much everything a small business owner would need already built into its platform and services. This means it doesn’t offer any apps or plug-ins, but you also don’t have to deal with any frustrating third parties. GoDaddy offers what it calls sections instead, which are tools you can add to your pages. These handy features range from price lists, menu functions for restaurants, or even ways to upload video or add audio tracks. It may not offer absolutely everything, but what GoDaddy already has built in makes it easy to offer more on your site effortlessly.
See what you can add to your website with GoDaddy.
Squarespace vs. GoDaddy: Ecommerce
Knowing what ecommerce options GoDaddy and Squarespace offer is a key step to choosing which website builder is right for you.
Squarespace offers limited ecommerce options beginning with its Squarespace Business Plan, with more offerings higher up in the price tiers. Its Basic Commerce Plan, which is more expensive than the GoDaddy Ecommerce Plan, doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles that GoDaddy provides. To get the best ecommerce offerings from Squarespace, you must have a Squarespace Advanced Commerce Plan, which is close to double what you’d pay with GoDaddy’s Ecommerce Plan. Of course, what Squarespace does provide at each plan tier is incredibly useful to many small business owners, from subscription services to cross-promotion on social media platforms, there is value here. But for those on a tight budget, you may find Squarespace’s ecommerce options unfriendly.
The GoDaddy Ecommerce Plan is the only one it offers that includes ecommerce capabilities. Before even signing up for a plan, GoDaddy lets you set up ecommerce features for free, allowing you to test it before you take the plunge. When you’re ready for a GoDaddy Ecommerce Plan, all your functions, from product listings to payment and shipping options, will be up and fully operational. Since this is the only GoDaddy plan to offer any ecommerce options, it makes sure it has everything you could possibly need, making this an astoundingly valuable plan.
Get your ecommerce website ready with GoDaddy.
Squarespace vs. GoDaddy: Pricing
GoDaddy and Squarespace both offer a variety of competitive pricing tiers. But only GoDaddy offers a free plan and has more options at lower price points.
Unlike GoDaddy, Squarespace does not offer any free plans to its users, just a 14-day free trial. If you don’t upgrade before the end of this, you won’t be able to save any of the work you’ve already poured into your business site.
Squarespace has four main plan tiers— for an in-depth discussion of each, check out our Squarespace Website Builder Review.
GoDaddy has four plan options: Basic, Standard, Premium, and Ecommerce, as well as a bonus free plan for anyone needing more time to get their ideas off the ground. All GoDaddy plans offer incredible value at fairly low price points.
Squarespace vs. GoDaddy Pros and Cons
To make it easier to quickly compare and contrast what GoDaddy and Squarespace have to offer, we have compiled a list of positives and negatives for each.
- No matter what pricing tier you choose, there is useful search engine optimization, as well as more promotional features and analytics at higher plans.
- Squarespace has fully customizable templates, as well as designers you can hire.
- Squarespace has an “undo” button, while also saving any work you’ve ever done to your site, just in case.
- For a price, its ecommerce functionality is really versatile, allowing you to sell both online and in person.
- Everything Squarespace offers comes at a higher cost than what GoDaddy provides.
- Having multiple versions of Squarespace running can lead to confusion, especially when trying to troubleshoot problems on your own.
- With Squarespace 7.1 you’re now stuck with the template you choose forever, no swapping.
- It is easy to feel overwhelmed by all of Squarespace’s never-ending options, especially when advanced features are hidden or come at an added cost.
- There’s absolutely no free option available, so after 14 days you must either pay for Squarespace to host your website or lose it all.
- GoDaddy is incredibly easy to use for any skill or experience level.
- With GoDaddy you can have a working website up in fewer than five minutes.
- Many GoDaddy plans offer powerful search engine optimization, marketing tools, and social media strategies.
- The GoDaddy Ecommerce Plan is a complete package without the hassle of expensive add-ons.
- The lack of total design control may be frustrating to those who want endless customization.
The Bottom Line: Squarespace vs. GoDaddy
It’s clear that GoDaddy will be a great fit for almost any small business. With competitive pricing, drag-and-drop features, as well as an in-depth understanding of its users, it easily comes out on top here. Although Squarespace offers the sleek appeal of design aesthetic, it can prove to be too troublesome to upkeep and consistently more expensive. This makes GoDaddy the superior website builder by a mile.
Ready to begin building your own GoDaddy website? Check out our guide to building your GoDaddy site.
GoDaddy is an amazing way for small business owners to get a professional site up with ease.
Starting at $9.99/month, GoDaddy plans offer amazing value. Get started for free and upgrade whenever you’re ready.