Welcome to pb+j’s first annual Website Platform March Madness!
We delve into our not-so-deep well of sports knowledge, pit popular website platforms against each other, and find the one that’s best for your business! Sportiest Jammer Matt here offered to help round out our sports knowledge, but we're pretty confident that we're stunningly accurate without him. Let’s home run this touchdown! #SPORTS #WEBSITES
Wix vs Squarespace
Wix: 500+ templates to choose from that aren’t mobile-friendly without a special plugin and can’t be changed without rebuilding your whole site.
Squarespace: 91+ responsive, mobile-friendly, beautiful templates that you can switch up or customize any time without losing content.
Squarespace (quality over quantity!)
ECOMMERCE SITE ABILITY
Wix: Basic. At $17USD/month, Wix offers an affordable ecommerce platform that can accept on-and offline payments and let you sell physical and digital goods. But it lacks some useful features like customization and an automatic tax calculator.
Squarespace: Basic. Squarespace isn’t an ecommerce platform, but they do have built-in ecommerce functionality if your business wants to sell a few items. Easy-to-use functionality that accepts Stripe, Paypal, and Apple Pay without having to download any apps.
BUSINESS SITE ABILITY
Wix: Best for smaller businesses.
Squarespace: Great if you have a designer who knows business sites. Squarespace gets bonus points for easy maintenance and great support.
COST TO BUILD ON
Wix: Platform included in monthly fee + web design + hosting. Between $0-25 USD/m ($0 - 1300/y) for various packages from barebones free to first in line, feature-packed VIP.
Squarespace: Platform included in monthly fee + Web design $ +Hosting = $216/y (Business plan)
Wix: Built-in and basic. While Wix offers the same SEO functionality as Squarespace in terms of what’s available, some features (like auto-generated sitemaps) are only available with the premium (read: more expensive) plans.
Squarespace: Built-in and good. SEO-able page titles, meta-descriptions, title tags, H1 tags, URLs, SSL, auto-generated sitemaps, and more across the board!
Wix: Auto-updates happen in the background.
Squarespace: Auto-updates happen in the background.
END USER LEARNING CURVE
Wix: The editor is very easy to understand, and the FAQ section is comprehensive and includes handy videos.
Squarespace: The drag-and-drop editor is easy to understand and adapts well. 24/7 customer support is only a phone call away!
Squarespace (that customer support, though!)
ROUND 1 CHAMP
Squarespace has made its name by offering only high-quality themes with the latest functionality. Known for their slick look and solid performance, Squarespace sites have attracted countless thousands of users away from the Wix platform. And what you give up in terms of custom control with Squarespace is made up for in terms of speed, reliability, and support. Plus, you can always get a Squarespace specialist to pitch hit with that custom control thing, so it’s not really an issue. Even better, Squarespace comes with built-in hosting and security so you have one less thing to worry about!