Our Pick for Best Website Builder: Weebly
Though both Squarespace and Weebly are good website builders, Weebly wins based on the price, customizability, and its appeal for small local businesses.
With Weebly, you can take as long as you need with a free site and only pay for it once you need the extra features or a custom domain. Plus while Squarespace creates beautiful, visually rich websites for businesses, most local businesses will appreciate Weebly’s templates and customization.
Weebly vs Squarespace: Ease of Use
Weebly and Squarespace are both easy to use, but one wins for ease of use.
Ease of Use: Weebly
Weebly is a drag-and-drop editor, which has its benefits and drawbacks. On the positive side, you can place elements on your website wherever you want them. This is easier on Weebly than on Squarespace. Weebly doesn’t depend on predesigned sections like Squarespace does, allowing more flexibility in your design without making it harder to use.
On the downside, the Weebly editor can be temperamental. Sometimes you can’t get an element to drop exactly where you want it to go. Often however, just using a different browser solves this issue.
Ease of Use: Squarespace
Like GoDaddy@, Squarespace is built around predesigned sections. If you are happy with one of the sections it provides, then it’s pretty easy to modify it. However, if you want to start with a blank section, designing it becomes trickier. You can only add items above or below other items. If you want to add an item to the left or right, you have to add it first then drag it to its new location. Every time you want to edit something, you have to click on it and then click on an edit icon instead of just clicking on the element.
Overall, Squarespace is pretty easy to use, though we prefer Weebly for ease of use.
Overall, for ease of use, Weebly outperforms Squarespace.
Weebly vs Squarespace: Templates and Themes
Most (and probably all) website builders have a library of themes or templates that you can customize instead of starting with a blank page.
Templates and Themes: Weebly
When you start your website with Weebly, it will give you the option of over 40 themes that you can use. Unlike Squarespace, you can switch your theme once you’ve started your website.
Templates and Themes: Squarespace
With Squarespace 7.1, the latest version of Squarespace, there’s only one template available, but multiple layouts.
When you first start a Squarespace website, it will ask what industry your business is in and show you layouts based on that.
While you can’t change the template for your website, you can change the layout, fonts, etc.
Overall, Weebly wins for templates and themes because it allows you to choose from different themes as well as change your theme once you’ve started your website.
Weebly vs Squarespace: Apps and Plug-ins
Many website builders have third-party apps that add functionality to your website.
Apps and Plug-ins: Weebly
Weebly has 360+ apps in its App Center, some created by Weebly and others by third parties.
The highest-rated apps include:
- PaidMembersApp for creating recurring membership programs for your website
- Printful for selling products made with your own designs, but Printful prints and ships them for you
- SalesPop adds social proof to your ecommerce store by telling visitors that someone just purchased a product
Many apps have either a one-time or monthly fee, though most have a free trial period. The apps made by Weebly are usually free. Weebly only supports its own apps, so if you have problems with an app, you have to contact the app maker for support.
Adding an app to your website is very easy with Weebly.
Apps and Plug-ins: Squarespace
Squarespace has integrations with several third-party platforms, such as OpenTableⓇ and Amazon, plus it offers third-party extensions that you can add to your website.
With Squarespace, the main way you add functionality to your website is to add sections and elements rather than apps. Here are a few examples:
- Appointment scheduling
- Reservations through OpenTable
- Instagram feeds
- SoundCloud streaming
Squarespace also offers third-party extensions, but they make it difficult to find and add them. Popular extensions include:
Overall, Weebly wins for apps since it makes it very easy to add apps to increase the functionality on websites.
Weebly vs Squarespace: Ecommerce
Most website builders allow you to sell products through your website, though some builders require that you purchase a more expensive plan or they charge a transaction fee. We’ll compare Squarespace and Weebly’s ecommerce plans to help you figure out which one meets your requirements. However, for a full ecommerce store, we recommend ShopifyⓇ.
Squarespace doesn’t offer ecommerce on its Personal plan. With the Business plan ($18/month) you can sell products, but Squarespace charges an extra 3% fee per transaction on top of what the payment processor charges you. If you want no transaction fee, you need one of the two Commerce plans ($26 or $40/month). One nice feature that Squarespace offers on the Commerce plans is product tagging on Instagram so, if you use Instagram to promote your products, this is a definite plus.
Weebly doesn’t charge a transaction fee on top of the payment processor’s fee. Weebly’s Performance ecommerce plan is $26 per month, though you can sell an unlimited number of physical products on any of its plans, including the free plan. You have to have a paid plan to sell digital products.
Since Weebly is owned by SquareⓇ, it prefers that you use the Square payment platform. However, it will let you use PayPalⓇ if you have the Performance ecommerce plan.
Overall, we recommend Weebly for selling a few products, but for larger stores, we recommend Shopify.
Weebly vs Squarespace: Pricing
One of the biggest downsides of Squarespace is that it doesn’t offer a free plan. For both builders, if you pay annually, the price per month is less. Here’s a quick look at the pricing options for Squarespace and Weebly.
Squarespace doesn’t offer a free plan. Instead, it offers a free trial for 14 days. After that, you have to pay for a plan to continue to build and use your website.
We recommend the Standard plan at $14.99/month (paid annually) for most small businesses.
Learn more about Squarespace and its pricing plans to figure out which plan is best for your business.
Weebly offers a lifetime free plan, which is great to use while building and testing your site. Weebly’s paid plans cost between $6/month (paid annually) and $26/month (paid annually). We don’t recommend the $6/month Personal plan because that still includes Weebly branding.
We recommend Weebly’s Professional plan for most small businesses, at $12/month (paid annually).
Learn more about Weebly and its pricing plans to figure out which plan is best for your business.
Squarespace Pros and Cons
- The Squarespace template is image rich, perfect for businesses such as photographers, interior decorators, and others that have beautiful photography for their website
- It has an Undo button in case you make a mistake, which Weebly doesn’t offer
- Squarespace has lots of different predesigned sections that make building a beautiful website easy
- Unless you know how to alter the code, it is hard to customize
- There’s no free option so you only have 14 days to see if you like it
- Some people are still using the older version, 7.0, so that can make finding tutorials online more confusing
Weebly Pros and Cons
- Weebly is a true drag-and-drop builder
- Weebly allows for customization, though that can be confusing
- You can change your theme to change the look and feel of your website
- Hundreds of apps can be used to increase the functionality of your website
- Weebly can be glitchy, making dropping an element exactly where you want it challenging at times
- No search engine optimization (SEO) wizard. You have to do your own SEO.
- Limited blogging features
The Bottom Line: Weebly vs Squarespace
We recommend Weebly over Squarespace for most small businesses. Why? We like that it offers a free plan, doesn’t charge a transaction fee to sell products, and gives you a choice of templates.
Are you ready to build a Weebly website for your business? Read our how-to guide and start building your Weebly website today!
If you decide to build your website with Squarespace instead, check out our review of Squarespace.