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Squarespace vs. Weebly (2022) Who Will Make The Best Websites?

Annika MüllerInka Wibowo

By Annika & Inka

Squarespace vs Weebly

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If Squarespace and Weebly were salespeople, they’d have very different personalities. Weebly would be humble, understated, maybe quietly confident. Squarespace would be the flashy, stylish guy who repeatedly namedrops Keanu Reeves. The guy who regularly splashes millions of dollars on SuperBowl adverts.

Speaking of millions, Squarespace claims to have “millions of users”, without actually saying how many. Weebly has 40 million. They don’t shove the fact in your face.

But marketing is one thing, and using a platform is another. So today we’ll separate the wheat from the chaff to see exactly how the two platforms compare.

Weebly vs Squarespace: What’s the main difference?

Weebly is extremely easy to use and features around 40 pre-built themes. Squarespace is not quite as intuitive for beginners but offers better support and around 90 designer templates. Weebly has more additional apps and offers a free plan (which Squarespace doesn’t).

Overview of Squarespace and Weebly

Weebly vs. Squarespace Trend

Weebly vs Squarespace in Google Trends

WeeblySquarespace
Founded20072003
HeadquartersSan FranciscoNew York
User interest

Weebly has a much higher search volume. Even after Squarespace’s Super Bowl commercial in February, there wasn’t a notable increase.

Perhaps (spoiler alert) having a free version makes Weebly more popular?

PlatformBoth offer a company-hosted builder with optional ecommerce and blog.
Who is it forSmall and Medium Businesses. Portfolios for Freelancer and Photographers, Small Online Stores, Company Websites, bloggers and even wedding websites.

Quick note: this article is part of our series where we test pairs of the most popular website builders. We highly recommend to check them out if you want to learn more about other Weebly and Squarespace alternatives:

And now that the preamble is out of the way, let’s begin.

Which one is Easier to Use?

Both platforms are designed for beginners without coding background. Hosting is included so you can link your custom domain and it’s easy to add a professional email address with Google Workspace or other solutions. And both let you build professional-looking websites. In short, the end results are pretty much the same. But how you get there is quite different.

 

WeeblySquarespace
General ease of useThat’s an easy one. Weebly is by far the easiest website builder we’ve ever tested.Squarespace feels like a mix of WordPress and Drag ‘n Drop. It’s simple, but can be a bit overwhelming at first.
Learning curveCreating a website is super intuitive: you just click on the element from the left sidebar and drop it where you want.Steeper. In the beginning you’ll have to double-click or click a specific button to see more options. The minimalistic looks give you the impression of a sophisticated platform, but it can hinder beginners.
EditorThe editor is well organized. No need to struggle with little hidden buttons or weird icons.Some weird text in there. For example: “URL slug: The unique location slug for this page.”; “Page Layout: Page [sic] the overall layout for this page.”

Winner: Weebly, because it’s much more intuitive. Squarespace’s minimalistic design actually makes users work harder to learn the basics (although we have a Squarespace tutorial that might help).

Designs & Flexibility: Making it Look Good

squarespace designs

Squarespace Designs

Choosing a template isn’t irreversible. With both Weebly and Squarespace, you can later change designs without losing information. The templates are all responsive to automatically fit different screen sizes. Just remember: try to keep a simple layout in order to avoid any issues with the mobile view since you don’t have 100% control here.

WeeblySquarespace
Number of templates available~ 40~ 90
Quality of the templatesGood quality, but not as impressive as the Squarespace Themes.Very sleek, modern and stylish.
Editing templatesIt’s fairly rigid, which means you’re not likely to mess things up too bad.

Very flexible. Every single element can be edited (header font, navigation spacing, social icon color etc.)

On the one hand it’s great for customization. On the other, the further away you stray from the original designs (which come with great professional images), the more likely your site will look less flashy.

Custom codeYes. Pros can edit the HTML/CSSYou can add your own CSS (Business plan or higher).
ExtrasWe’ve actually got a dedicated article on Weebly Designs here.Direct access to Free Typekit and Google Fonts without extra costs. Those are fantastic online font sets. More information.

Winner: Don’t judge a book by its design. Squarespace websites might look better a first, but Weebly’s are more consistent. Let’s call it a draw.

Ecommerce: Selling Wares Online

Weebly Online Store

Integrating an online store in Weebly or Squarespace is easy and seamless. It’s an integral part of the system. Of course, the features depend on the plan you pick. The more you pay, the more get.

WeeblySquarespace
Items to saleDigital and physical products, services and vouchers available.Same.
User loginWeebly doesn’t have customer accounts yet. Apparently they are working on the feature.Available. Advantageous if you expect regular orders from returning customers.
Tax calculatorYes, automatic calculator for US stores.Unavailable, not even with the highest plan.
Item managementImport or export lists via .csv fileSame. Import and export your files via .csv files. In addition Squarespace allows imports from Shopify, Big Cartel and Etsy.
Payment gatewaysStripe, PayPal, Authorize.net and Square. Square allows credit card payments online or in person.Only Stripe (credit cards and Apple Pay) and PayPal payments available.
Online Store ReviewRead Weebly Online Store reviewRead Squarespace Online Store review

Winner: Another draw. Maintaining and setting up the store is easier with Weebly since it’s better structured and has great tax options. Squarespace gets points for the customer logins. However, we reckon it’s only a matter of time before Weebly releases this feature.

SEO: Let’s Get to The Top of Google Results

Search Engine Optimization is no picnic for beginners. It’s actually a lot of effort you have to put into your website, as we explain in this detailed article.

However, the good news is that both platforms give you the boilerplate basics, as you’ll see below.

WeeblySquarespace
SEO flexibilityGood. Title, Description, URL are all easy to edit.Same as Weebly.
Extra helpWeebly provides an ultimate Guide for understanding SEO.Squarespace has a nice video series about the topic.
What’s missingStrange that you need an extra plugin to use Headlines like H2, H3, H4 etc. Not a SEO-killer, but still.It’s confusing, but the Alt-text is called file name. This is a piece of important information to describe your pictures with words.

Winner: No one, both website builders offer decent SEO-functionality.

Blog: Post About Everything All Of the Time

Included by default in both platforms. A cool feature is that they also offer an app for iOS and Android so you can post and reply to comments on-the-go.

WeeblySquarespace
Blog editingPiece of cake. You can use the same elements (pictures, videos etc.) as with for normal pages, so no learning curve there.The blog editor is quite similar to the standard editor, which isn’t ideal. Easy enough to add posts with media. And, there is even AMP support for faster loading on mobile. A cool extra is you can insert podcasts.
SEO Really good SEO.Same, really good SEO.
User managementOne author only.You can run your blog with multiple authors.

In case you want more information on how to start a blog, check our in-depth guide.

Winner: Squarespace, because there you really have some cool pro features.

Support: What if I Need Help?

Squarespace Support

Squarespace Video Series

Squarespace and Weebly include free support in all their plans. This is good. Sooner or later you’ll have a question. Basic answers such as: “How can I connect my domain?” or “Is Email included?” are covered in their resource pages, but you can also contact support directly.

 

WeeblySquarespace
Support channelsFAQ, email, chat and telephone.Same but no telephone support
ResourcesOpen community forum availableSame.
TrainingThere is a beginner guide in the help center, but not much else.Regular workshops for groups in New York. Topics: “Getting started with Squarespace”, “Launching your online store”. They also provide Webinars.

Winner: Squarespace, because they offer more ways to learn the tool. However, you need less help with Weebly since the editor is easier to handle.

Apps & Plugins: Expanding the Site

Weebly App Center

Weebly App Center

Apps and plugins are a great way to enhance your website with specific features. They’re usually one-click installs, so you don’t need to touch any code. Not dissimilar to the Play or App Store for Android and iOS.

WeeblySquarespace
AvailableWeebly features a great app center with 250+ (Free and Premium) apps. Includes: Live Chat, Quick Polls, Countdowns etc.Some third-party tools included in their editor, which let you add widgets via Code injection. There is also the Squarespace Extensions marketplace, which features a limited selection of mostly ecommerce add-ons.
Marketing featuresWeebly Promote is an integrated Newsletter service that makes it easy to run a campaign. You send subscribers news, product infos, special deals etc. Adding products from your store is super easy.There’s an integration with Mailchimp and recently, they also released a beta version of their own email marketing solution Squarespace Email Campaigns.

Winner: Clearly Weebly! Squarespace’s app selection is very limited and they are all third-party extensions. Weebly, on the other hand, has apps of its own which tend to be higher quality overall. A little side-note: if apps are important to you, you should also check out Wix and their App Market. Wix seems to put a lot more effort into it than Weebly.

Prices

You can test Squarespace and Weebly without entering your payment information. A free domain is included the first year when you pick a 1-year plan. E-mail is always optional. Monthly plans are more flexible, but also more expensive compared to 1-year subscriptions. Weebly even provides a two-year plan subscription to save even more (only recommended when you absolutely certain you will stick with them).

WeeblySquarespace
Free planWeebly has a real free plan without time limit, but with ads.14-day free trial only.
For websitesConnect ($6/month) is a decent ad-supported entry plan for smaller websites, which allows you to use your own domain name. If you want to go ad-free, you must upgrade to the Professional plan.Squarespace has 2 dedicated plans for websites that don’t need eCommerce: Personal ($16/month) and Business ($23/month). The later one has some basic eCommerce options, but comes with a 3% transaction fee.
For ecommerceAlthough ecommerce is included in all plans (yes, even the free plan!), we’d recommend using at least the Professional plan ($12/month) as it’s ad-free and comes with a domain name.The Online Stores Basic Plan ($27/month) is the equivalent to Weebly’s Professional plan since it doesn’t have a transaction fee either.
Pricing OverviewWeebly Plan ComparisonSquarespace Plan Comparison

Winner: Probably Weebly, because of their true free plan, and the paid ones are generally cheaper than Squarespace.

Side-by-Side Comparison

Now, let’s do a direct comparison of Squarespace and Weebly:

squarespace review

4.3

weebly

3.81
Ease of use
Choice and flexibility of design (templates)
Languages
Your own domain name (e.g. .com or .net)
Depth of navigation
Widgets (small tools to add extra functionality)
Mobile App

iOS

Android

iOS

Android

E-Commerce
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Blog
Visitor statistics
Contact form
Password protection & member areas
Add HTML code
Storage space Unlimited Unlimited
Backups & Restore
Support

FAQ

Chat

Email

Telephone

FAQ

Chat

Email

Telephone

Fun Factor
Prices

Personal $16

Business $23

Online Store (Basic) $27

Online Store (Advanced) $49

Free $0

Personal $6

Professional $12

Performance $26

 

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TL; DR – And the winner is…

We’ve covered eight different website builder aspects. Of course, if you look even closer, you’ll find more differences and pros and cons, but we think that those are the most relevant ones for beginners who want to start creating a website.

CategoryWinner
Ease of UseWeebly
Designs & FlexibilityEqual
EcommerceEqual
SEOEqual
BlogSquarespace
SupportSquarespace
Apps & PluginsWeebly
PricesWeebly

Squarespace vs. Weebly: Our Final Thoughts

As you can see in the table above, we believe Weebly is generally a more beginner-friendly website builder than Squarespace. Of course, there is no magic bullet. Both have strengths and weaknesses. However, we have a few concrete pointers:

  • If you are a complete beginner: you’ll have a much easier time with Weebly.
  • Want an “artsy” website or portfolio: Squarespace will fit your aesthetic right out of the box. You can get to similar results with Weebly, but it might take you longer.
  • You are a blogger: then you’ll probably have more fun using Squarespace. They are putting much more thought into their blog.
  • Want the most affordable option: Weebly wins again.

There is one thing, however, that bugs us about Weebly. There hasn’t really been a ton of updates since they got acquired by Square (not to be confused with Squarespace) in the spring of 2018. So we are a bit worried that Weebly could be losing it, maybe fully shifting their focus on ecommerce as that’s Square’s background. It would be a pity since we really like the Weebly website builder. Right now, Squarespace seems like the more future-proof option if you ask me.

And that’s it for us! Hopefully this article will give you a much better idea of who to pick. If you still think that Weebly isn’t the best alternative for Squarespace, you’ll find more here. Questions, feedback, comments? Let us know below as we reply to everything. Alternatively, please let us know your thoughts by answering this simple question:

 

Annika Müller

Content Manager

Hi, I'm Annika and have been part of the Tooltester family since 2020. I've been professionally testing, evaluating, and processing digital tools such as website builders for quite a long time already at my previous jobs. I am very happy to be able to apply this experience at Tooltester and to expand my horizons every day.

Inka Wibowo

Content Manager

Hi, I'm Inka! I started using website builders and content management systems over 10 years ago, when I managed websites for clients in my first marketing role. Since then, I've worked on hundreds of web and digital projects. Now, at Tooltester, I'm happy to be able to use my experience to help users like you find the right website builder for your needs.

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We keep our content up to date

16 Dec 2019: Weebly pricing update
13 Dec 2019: Squarespace Extensions launch
05 Sep 2019: Squarespace SEO improvements
12 Jul 2019: Added some comments on Weebly and updates on Squarespace's blogging tools.
24 Apr 2019: Smaller updates and corrections.
22 Nov 2018: Side by side comparison added.
09 Jul 2018: Addition of Squarespace Email Campaigns

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