Squarespace

User Rating
  • Best quality templates in terms of design and flexibility
  • Best quality features of any builder on the market
  • Full customization control without need for coding
Score
9.7
Ease of Use
Simple
Templates
500+

Interface

Like the pages Squarespace designs, its editing interface is one of the most elegant things around, though perhaps not the most intuitive. You can't just start editing the template site. Rather, you have to first create a page based on any template page. Furthermore, the lack of a sidebar for adding elements, like that in DudaFree at Duda, is disorienting at first. Instead of using a permanent toolbar along the side of the builder interface, squarespace cost opens a dialog box of content items when you click on a spot on your page that can accept a new element.

You hover the mouse over an available content block (which appears as a sort of sideways teardrop icon) to edit or add more elements. This marker includes a horizontal line, and sometimes it can be hard to figure out which element two overlapping markers belong to. You edit in full-page view, and you just tap the Edit button at the top or on an element to start editing. The first time you do this, a help box pops up with an animation walking you through the process.

Prefab page layouts for things like About, Contact, and Team pages look great, and you may not need to modify their layouts at all.

Squarespace lets you navigate your site using the navigation on the preview itself, rather than making you use a separate menu, as Wix does. There's a healthy selection of page elements to choose from, one of which lets you enter markdown, a lightweight webpage-editing language. There are, of course, all the usual elements for text, images, galleries, spacers, buttons, charts, forms, and links. But you don't get free-form shapes as you do in Wix, and you can't precisely place things where you like on your page.

You need to be proficient at using and placing the Spacer element to position elements where you want them. Some useful integrations like SoundCloud, Flickr, and OpenTable are available, but it's nothing like Weebly and Wix's galleries of third-party widgets. Of course, you can always use the Embed element to grab embed code from any site that offers it.

You add pages from the side menu panel, with several choices (the number depends on your template), including Album, Blank Page, Blog, Cover Page, Events, Folder, Gallery, Link, and Products. You can move pages up and down in the navigation, but you can't drag them onto other pages for a subordinate navigation level, as you can in Wix. Instead, you have to use the Folder type to effect nested navigation.

# Score Plans Main Advantage Get Started
9.7
Templates
500+

 

  • Best quality templates in terms of design and flexibility
  • Best quality features of any builder on the market
  • Full customization control without need for coding
8.2
Templates
80+

 

  • Beautifully-designed, mobile-responsive portfolio templates
  • Quick and easy to get started – get your site live in under an hour
  • Wide range of ecommerce options for selling your photos
8.7
Templates
100+

 

  • Ease of Use
  • Manage Your Website from Any Computer
  • No HTML Editing or FTP Software Required
  • Search Engines Love WordPress Sites
  • The Design of Your Website is 100% Customizable
  • A Blog is Built-in and Ready to Go
  • Extend the Functionality of Your Site with Plugins
  • Your Site Can Grow as Your Business Grows
  • Have Multiple Users
9.1
Templates
100+

 

  • Best website builder for small businesses, with all the basic tools you need to build a great business site, or even an online store.
  • Cool customizable templates – all Weebly’s themes are simple, stylish, and mobile responsive, and you can even switch between them.
  • Really helpful SEO guides in Weebly’s help and support center, for advice on coding, keyword optimization, and tips on boosting your site’s ranking
9.5
Templates
50+

 

  • Most scalable ecommerce platform
  • More built-in features than any competitor
  • Lets you sell across multiple channels like Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest
  • Fantastic SEO tools