In this article, I’m going to compare Weebly vs Squarespace, briefly review their features and ease of use to help you decide which provider is a better fit for your next online project.
Weebly and Squarespace are both industry-leading website builders, but they will each be suited to a different group of people. Weebly is known for its foolproof editing interface and advanced eCommerce, while Squarespace offers top-of-the-range templates and exceptional design features.
In this comparison, I looked closely at Weebly vs Squarespace in terms of ease of use, design flexibility, performance, business features, and more to help you decide which is the better choice for you and your needs.
Weebly and Squarespace are quite similar website builders that offer powerful eCommerce features, and a suite of marketing tools.
Weebly offers more choice than Squarespace with its free forever and cheap custom domain plans for users on a budget. On the other hand, even if they are more expensive, Squarespace’s plans come with advanced features, which means you certainly get what you pay for.
Weebly also comes out ahead on ease-of-use besides being more affordable than Squarespace. Its website builder isn’t the most powerful on the market, but it’s very intuitive and beginner-friendly.
Squarespace’s editor is slightly more powerful, but it’s a little confusing and can be hard to get started with. However, that’s only a small price to pay for all the customizations and features offered at hand.
Squarespace also offers a greater selection of templates and more attractive designs than Weebly, making it a great choice for those who want a site that stands out in an aesthetic manner.
Both Weebly and Squarespace offer great marketing tools, analytics, and SEO. And, although Weebly is better known for its eCommerce features, its competitor doesn’t perform too badly either.
In fact, Squarespace quite recently expanded its pool of features by starting to offer third-party integrations – mainly to cover up for the lack of eCommerce tools that it was previously lacking.
And finally, websites built with Squarespace excel on the performance front, while Weebly sites aren’t as well optimized and seem to be hosted on inferior servers.
All things considered, both Weebly and Squarespace are great options for those who want a functional, trouble-free website builder that offers a range of powerful business tools and features. Weebly is easier to use, but Squarespace takes its crown on the other fronts.
Pricing is a major consideration for people who are trying to choose between Weebly or Squarespace. On the one hand, Squarespace offers four somewhat expensive plans that range from $12/month to $40/month. On the other hand, Weebly appears cheaper, ranging from free forever to $38/month.
To start with, I looked at Weebly’s pricing structure in more depth. Weebly does offer a very functional Free plan which lets users test its website builder out, but it comes with extremely limited website resources and a branded sub-domain.
If you’d like to connect your own domain and unlock more advanced features, Weebly’s Connect plan costs just $6/month. Although it really only lets you connect a custom domain, it’s much more affordable than Squarespace’s cheapest subscription.
Before I mentioned that Weebly appears cheaper. Why? Well, that’s where confusion with Weebly’s pricing kicks in. It offers one pricing structure before creating an account and then if you decide to upgrade from within your dashboard… Well, you’re welcomed by a completely different pricing (and color) spectrum.
So you should not follow your first impression when it comes to Weebly’s pricing landing page as the information is completely different when trying to upgrade your site from within. However, that doesn’t change the fact that Weebly is a more affordable option than Squarespace.
At first glance, Squarespace appears to be significantly more expensive than Weebly. Its cheapest plan comes in at $12/month, compared to Weebly’s free subscription.
However, I found that Squarespace’s plans offer impressive features that justify its relatively high prices – it just doesn’t have any low-end plans.
For example, Squarespace’s Personal plan costs $12/month, but it gives you unlimited bandwidth and storage, a free custom domain, an SSL security certificate, and more.
It also comes with 24/7 customer support and basic analytics tools. Although more expensive than Weebly’s Free and Connect/Personal plans, it obviously offers many more features.
Similarly, Squarespace’s Business plan ($18/month) lets you edit your site’s code, add an online store, and access advanced analytics tools. Upgrading to the Basic Commerce plan ($26/month) will give you access to more eCommerce tools, while the Advanced Commerce plan ($40/month) unlocks all online store features.
It’s important to note that although Squarespace doesn’t offer a free forever plan, it does give new users a two-week free trial. You don’t have to enter any credit card or payment details until your free trial has finished. I’d recommend taking advantage of this to try Squarespace’s builder out.
Comparing Weebly vs Squarespace in terms of how easy they are to use is quite an interesting topic. Weebly has a reputation for its foolproof editor, but Squarespace is known to be quite confusing for beginners.
To start with, I looked at how easy it was to sign up for a new account and start building your website with both Weebly and Squarespace. Following this, I explored each builder in more depth, focusing on how beginner-friendly different elements were.
It’s important to think carefully about how easy different website builders make it to start a new website. Both Weebly and Squarespace let you sign up with Facebook and Google and neither ask for personal details beyond your name and email address.
Starting a new website with Weebly is as straightforward as clicking on the “add site” button and following the prompts. First, I was asked whether I wanted to build a simple website or a website with an integrated online store.
I selected the online store option so that I could explore Weebly’s eCommerce features in more depth.
Once I told Weebly that I wanted to build an online store I was guided through a quick, five-step questionnaire that asked me for a store name, details about my eCommerce experience, and what sort of products I was planning on selling.
I answered these questions and then I was taken to the Weebly dashboard, where I could choose a theme and start editing my website. Overall, getting started with Weebly was a quick process that took no more than a couple of minutes.
Similarly, Squarespace also lets users start a new website with no more than a few mouse clicks. But, it does work a bit differently to Weebly.
The first thing I had to do was choose a design template for my new website. Squarespace doesn’t offer a huge range of templates, but the ones that it does provide are professionally built and very appealing.
To facilitate a fair comparison between Squarespace vs Weebly I chose an eCommerce template.
And surprisingly, that was it. I did spend a bit of time choosing an attractive design, but once I had I was taken straight to Squarespace’s website editor.
Overall, both Weebly and Squarespace are very easy to start a website with. Neither of them took me more than a couple of minutes from the time I signed up for a new account until the time I was editing my site.
Weebly has a reputation across the web for being beginner-friendly and intuitive. On the other hand, Squarespace can be much more confusing and harder to use. I noted these sentiments, but I also worked through both builders and explored how their editors functioned.
I have to admit, I was quite impressed with Weebly’s editing interface. It has a very functional layout, with a toolbar on the left and a navigation menu across the top.
Similarly, I liked how quickly I could personalize my Weebly site’s existing content. Elements are separated into blocks, which can be moved around the page, added, and removed as needed. Each block can be customized by clicking on it and changing things via a small editing menu that pops up.
Similarly, new blocks can be added via the toolbar on the left-hand side of Weebly’s editor. You can add pretty much anything to your site by clicking on the relevant block and dragging it into position. On top of this, you can add code blocks that will let you include custom elements or features.
However, it’s important to note that Weebly doesn’t give you very much design flexibility. You can’t drag and drop blocks into pixel-perfect positions, and resizing is difficult at times.
In saying that, this lack of flexibility is one of the things that make Weebly so beginner-friendly. Ultimately, forcing you to stick to a pre-coded layout makes it harder to get things wrong, even if you have very limited design experience.
One more feature which deserves a mention is Weebly’s App Center. It lets you integrate advanced marketing, SEO, social, and eCommerce tools with your website. I love the range of apps on offer, and I’d definitely recommend at least having a look at them.
Once I’d finished playing with the Weebly editor, I explored the rest of its dashboard quickly. Like the editing interface, Weebly’s management dashboard is very intuitive and beginner-friendly. It lets you look after your store, provides in-depth visitor analytics, and offers some great marketing tools.
Unlike Weebly, Squarespace’s editing interface didn’t appeal to me immediately. It has a much more basic layout, and I didn’t really know where to go to get started. In the end, I began by exploring the different tabs and trying to work out how to customize my site’s content.
I eventually found a button that let me enter editing mode, but things didn’t get any less confusing. Squarespace appears to break its websites down into sections, and I could only edit one section at a time. To move onto the next section, I had to exit the editor, find the section I wanted to modify, and re-enter the editor.
However, actually changing the content and structure of each section wasn’t too hard. Squarespace elements are added as individual blocks, and each block can be modified through the small popup menu that appears when you click on it.
Similarly, new element blocks can be added to the section that you’re editing via another popup menu. I will say that I was impressed with the range of different element blocks that could be added, which includes things like image galleries, contact forms, and music players.
Meanwhile, Squarespace also lets you manage your website’s sections. You can add and remove sections as needed and reordering existing sections is as easy as dragging and dropping them where you want them.
Once I’d finished with the editor I also had a quick look around the rest of Squarespace’s management dashboard. Like Weebly, it gives you access to a great range of marketing and analytics tools, along with an intuitive eCommerce interface and impressive help resources.
It’s worth noting that Squarespace prides itself on offering native solutions for pretty much everything. While Weebly lets you integrate apps to add advanced features to your website, Squarespace has most things built in.
A great example of this is Squarespace’s promotional banners and popups. They can be added at the click of a button and come with a range of functions, including to gain more email subscribers and to offer special deals.
Overall, I actually didn’t find Squarespace too confusing to use. It did take me a few minutes to get the hang of, but I enjoyed the way its editor works once I figured it out.
Neither Weebly nor Squarespace offer a huge range of website templates, but Squarespace is more known for its very attractive designs. However, neither are industry leaders on the design flexibility front, but they both perform pretty well.
For starters, Weebly’s template library is very limited. It only contains around 40 different designs, and some of these are quite generic as well. For example, six of these templates are tailored towards event websites, while another eight are designed for blogs.
However, it could be argued that Weebly’s limited selection of templates is actually a blessing in disguise. Because it only offers a handful, Weebly’s developers can keep them up to date and at the forefront of modern design trends.
Unfortunately, the fact that Weebly’s website editor doesn’t offer complete customization potential further compounds the problem. It doesn’t allow pixel-perfect design flexibility, and this means that Weebly sites can sometimes look a little generic.
Meanwhile, Squarespace provides more than 90 design templates. They are categorized on a much deeper level than Weebly’s, and many of them are built for specific purposes.
Personally, I found Squarespace’s designs much more advanced and visually appealing than Weebly’s. Really, this is what I expected because Squarespace is known for being an industry leader on the design front.
Unfortunately, Squarespace offers somewhat limited design flexibility as well, but it isn’t as bad as Weebly. It does give you access to your site’s code files, which means that you can fine-tune your design if you want to do more than the editor itself lets you.
Both Weebly and Squarespace offer a range of powerful tools for business. Weebly focuses on eCommerce and provides great marketing features with its higher-end plans. Squarespace also offers online store solutions, along with a range of native SEO and other marketing tools.
Since Weebly markets itself as an industry-leading eCommerce provider, I spent a bit of time comparing it to Squarespace’s in-house eCommerce tools. I looked at the online store features and capabilities of each to see who really comes out on top.
I started with Weebly because it claims to offer industry-leading eCommerce features. It certainly doesn’t compare to providers like Shopify or BigCommerce, but it’s getting there. After all, primarily, Weebly is a website builder and not an eCommerce platform.
One of my favorite things about Weebly is that it’s quite scalable, allowing you to grow your store over time.
At the same time, I also like the great range of selling tools that Weebly offers. You can create coupons and discount codes, integrate customer reviews, and add product badges, among other things.
Weebly also offers a range of powerful payment options through its partnership with industry-leading eCommerce software provider Square.
Also, Weebly makes ongoing store management very straightforward. For one, it comes with a powerful automatic shipping tool to help you calculate the correct rates. At the same time, it also gives you access to a great inventory and order management dashboard.
All things considered, Weebly is a great website builder for those who want to add eCommerce to their website.
But, Squarespace is almost as good if not better. Although it doesn’t market its eCommerce capabilities as much as Weebly, Squarespace still offers powerful online selling tools.
If you had any experience with this website builder before, you might have formed a different opinion, however, Squarespace grows each day to fill in the gaps of the features it lacked before.
This website building platform is already popular because of its massive selection of in-house features, however, its most recent addition of “extensions” takes Squarespace to a brand new level of eCommerce website builders.
I’m a big fan of the sales features that Squarespace offers. Presenting your products in an attractive manner is an essential part of eCommerce, and Squarespace excels here.
At the same time, Squarespace places no restrictions on the number of items you can sell. This makes it a good option for small to medium-sized stores with high sales figures or a lot of products.
It also comes with a powerful inventory and order management system which can be accessed through your website’s dashboard.
Also, Squarespace lets you sell more than just physical products. You can also sell subscriptions, digital content, event tickets, and more. If you want to you can even collect donations.
Although I expected Weebly’s eCommerce offerings to come out way ahead of Squarespace’s, they didn’t. Weebly probably just takes the points because it’s more scalable, but Squarespace certainly isn’t a worse choice for those wanting to integrate an online store with their website.
Similarly, both Squarespace and Weebly offer quite advanced marketing features. Both come with integrated SEO tools, and both allow you to connect your social media and Google accounts.
On the one hand, Weebly provides fast social media integrations and advanced SEO features. Its top-end eCommerce plan also includes a subscription to Weebly Promote, its in-house email marketing platform. It also collects and presents a range of statistics to help you direct your marketing efforts.
Meanwhile, Squarespace essentially offers the same marketing tools and features as Weebly. It also allows you to integrate your social media accounts, comes with powerful SEO tools to help your site get found, and includes effective email marketing.
The main difference with Squarespace is that most of its features are built into its dashboard, while many of Weebly’s marketing tools need to be added via apps and plugins.
Overall, Squarespace and Weebly stack up pretty evenly on the marketing front and it’s hard to choose a winner.
To finish my comparison between Weebly and Squarespace I ran performance tests on the websites that I built with these providers. Quality websites have to perform well and the results of these tests form a very important part of the overall comparison.
First, I used the GTmetrix load speed test to compare how fast websites built with each provider are. Following this, I compared server response times and the ability to cope with high visitor numbers with a LoadImpact performance test.
I have to admit, I was actually quite impressed with my Squarespace site’s performance. The GTmetrix test gave a PageSpeed score of 81% and a YSlow score of 95%, which are both great. The 5.5 second load time worries me a little, but not too much.
On the other hand, my Weebly site gave quite poor GTmetrix results. The PageSpeed score of 76% is okay, but the YSlow score of 64% is something to be worried about. It suggests that there are problems with Weebly’s servers that could affect performance.
My Squarespace site backed up its good GTmetrix scores with impressive LoadImpact results. When subjected to 50 virtual users (green line in the image below) server response times (blue line) remained consistently low, suggesting that the site is hosted on a good server.
Similarly, my Weebly site also performed quite well. Base response times were slightly higher, at around 100ms, but they also remained consistent throughout the test.
Comparing Weebly vs Squarespace shows that although they are two very similar website builders, each one stands out for different reasons. Weebly is more beginner-friendly and offers cheaper entry-level subscriptions, while Squarespace provides more attractive design templates and better performance.
On the one hand, Weebly does come out ahead of Squarespace in terms of how easy its website builder is to use, but it falls well behind with its small template library. Its free forever subscription is a great way for beginners to get familiar with its builder and its paid plans aren’t too expensive.
On the other hand, Squarespace offers superior performance compared to Weebly. Its website builder is more confusing, but it’s also more powerful once you get the hang of it.
Squarespace also slightly overpowers Weebly in terms of business features. With the constantly growing eCommerce features list, Squarespace took its crown back from Weebly and manages to stay the number one website builder with an in-house eCommerce solution.
I’d recommend Weebly for those who want to take advantage of a beginner-friendly website builder with an intuitive editing interface and strong eCommerce features, but Squarespace is a better choice for those who want access to beautiful design templates and great performance.
As always, let’s not forget that there are alternatives to take a look at if for some reason nor Squarespace nor Weebly managed to steal your heart.
Although Weebly and Squarespace are both great options for those who want to build attractive websites, it’s always worth considering a few alternatives before you settle on a website builder.
Shopify is arguably the world’s best eCommerce platform, and it’s a good choice for those who want to focus on their online store. It provides an extensive range of advanced selling features and analytics tools, along with a usable website builder.
If your main goal is to get online quickly with the minimum amount of fuss, then GoDaddy’s Website Builder is a good choice. It is quite simple but it lets you build and publish basic sites in the space of a few hours.
Wix offers industry-leading design flexibility and customization through its powerful drag-and-drop editor. It’s a great alternative for those who want to spend time personalizing their site and fine-tuning things.
WordPress.com is a great alternative for those who want to build an attractive blog website. It gives you access to huge template and plugin libraries and has been an industry leader for blogging for years now.