Weebly and Squarespace are two renowned website builders. Though Squarespace was founded in 2003 and Weebly in 2006, both have millions of users now. Weebly Vs. Squarespace comparison is tough as both claim to be experts in providing the best services to their customers.

However, online retailers need to select one over the other to efficiently run their business. So which one is it? This article is a comprehensive comparison of Weebly and Squarespace that discusses their pros and cons. Based on an 8-point comparison of various features offered by both, you would be able to choose the best website builder for your online business.

Weebly Vs. Squarespace: Striking Similarities & 180-degree Differences

One of the biggest reasons why it is hard to compare the two is that both website builders sometimes offer similar, if not the same, services to their users. However, this is not to suggest that they are both the same.

Weebly Vs Squarespace

weebly Squarespace
➔     It has a beginner-friendly structured editor

➔     Has more than 50 professionally designed templates

➔     Has an extensive app store having 371 apps

➔     Has built-in blogging features and can use a regular editor to add elements

➔     It has multiple touchpoints for customer support:

❖     Help Center

❖     Live Chat

❖     Email

❖     Social Media

❖     Forum

➔     It also has an easy to use structured editor

➔     Has around 70 professionally designed templates

➔     Does not have an app store

➔     Has built-in blogging features including social sharing and multiple author contribution

➔     It has the following customer support touchpoints

❖     Help Center

❖     Webinars

❖     Forum

❖     Emails

❖     Live Chat (It is not available 24/7)

Ease of Use

Not every online retailer is a tech whiz and therefore there are many who are looking for an easy to use website builder.

Weebly Vs Squarespace

weebly squarespace
➔     When it comes to ease of use, Weebly is more beginner-friendly

➔     Has structured editor

➔     Beginners may take time to understand the platform, however, it is easy to use once you get the hang of it

➔     Has structured editor

➔     Would let you edit the code

Weebly

Weebly offers a very beginner-friendly editor. Any non-tech savvy user can get the hang of it within a matter of minutes. Everything is available right in front of you. You don’t need to go anywhere for themes, apps or pages.

Not only this, it provides in-app help (As shown in the picture at bottom right).

weebly interface

You just need to drag and drop the elements and that’s it. However, its editor is structured. That means you cannot drag and drop elements anywhere you want. That gives you less freedom to become more creative with the design.

However, Weebly’s intuitive editor would not let you feel lost while editing. Moreover, you can preview the desktop or mobile version at any time.

Squarespace

Just like Weebly, Squarespace’s editor is also structured, which means that you’ll feel limited while designing your website.

Unlike Weebly, it is not beginner-friendly. Understanding the platform is time taking for a novice. However, once you learn the platform, it is easy to use.

Squarespace gives you the freedom to edit the codes. So, if you are a developer, you can do a lot with Squarespace.

Squarespace interface

Verdict

Weebly wins here as it is comparatively beginner-friendly. You won’t feel lost while editing due to its intuitive editor and in-app help.

Templates

Weebly Vs Squarespace

➔     Has more than 50 templates covering more than 5 variants

➔     Would let you import themes

➔     Has around 70 professionally designed templates covering a wide range of categories

➔     You can change the theme any time without losing the content. Weebly lets you do the same

Weebly

Comprising different variants, Weebly has over 50 templates, covering:

  • Online-Store
  • Business
  • Portfolio
  • Personal
  • Event
  • Blog
  • Others

These are professionally designed and you may find them complete. If you want to have your own theme, Weebly provides you with the option to import it. However, the theme should be in the following format while importing:

  • Theme in a zip file
  • Template layout data in a file called index.html
  • Style information in a file called main_style.css
  • A file containing the images of your theme
  • All files must be in the root directory of your zip archive. Files in a subdirectory will not be imported

Moreover, while editing, if you feel you need another theme, you can change it without losing the content.

weebly theme gallery

Squarespace

Squarespace has over 70 templates. Just like Weebly, these are professionally designed and cover the following categories:

  • Photography
  • Blog and Podcasts
  • Online-Store
  • Professional Services
  • Local Business
  • Community and Non-profits
  • Events
  • Wedding
  • Musicians and Bands
  • Restaurants
  • Personal and CVs
  • Real Estate and Properties

squaresapce theme gallery

Like Weebly, you can change a theme while editing or you can do the same later.

Verdict

Though both Weebly and Squarespace offer equally attractive professionally designed templates, it is Weebly that lets you import your theme, which gives it an edge over Squarespace.

App Store

Weebly Vs Squarespace

Weebly Squarespace
➔     Has an extensive app store with around 371 apps ➔     Does not have an app store

Weebly

Weebly has its extensive app store having around 371 apps. These apps are related to categories such as:

  • E-commerce
  • Communication
  • Marketing
  • Social

weebly app center

Some of the apps are free while others are paid. Some of the free Weebly themes are:

  • Facebook Lite
  • Scroll back to top
  • Simple table
  • Content Colour Box
  • FAQ
  • Counter

With so many apps to choose from, you would just have everything you need for website building.

Squarespace

Squarespace does not have an app store. However, it offers complete built-in tools and features.

Verdict

Weebly clearly wins here. Though Squarespace offers various complete built-in tools and features, it still needs to build its app store to give its users more options.

SEO

Weebly Squarespace
➔     Would let you edit meta title/description and URL slug

➔     There are apps to improve website ranking

➔     Just like Weebly, it would also let you edit meta title/description and URL slug

➔     Has other built-in features such as site map, SSL certificates, clean HTML markup, etc

Weebly

Weebly would let you edit meta titles, meta descriptions and URL slug that help to improve your website ranking.

Meta titles/Descriptions: The text that appears in Google search results

URL Slug: The text that comes after your domain

Moreover, throughout website building, if anything needs to be optimized, Weebly is there to assist you.

There are SEO apps that would help you stand out your website on the search engine. Also, Weebly has a comprehensive guide to make its users understand SEO.

Squarespace

Squarespace has following built-in SEO tools:

  • Site map
  • SSL certificates
  • Clean HTML Markup
  • Automatic tagging
  • Clean URLs
  • Automatic redirects
  • Search engine and page descriptions
  • AMP
  • Google rich image search for products
  • Built-in mobile optimization
  • Built-in meta tags

Just like Weebly’s comprehensive guide, Squarespace offers help through SEO related videos.

Verdict

Both are equally good when it comes to SEO. If Squarespace has more built-in SEO features than Weebly has apps to improve website ranking.

Blog

Weebly Squarespace
➔     Has built-in blogging features

➔     You can add every element available in the regular editor

➔     Has built-in blogging features such as social sharing, multiple authors contribution, etc

Weebly

Weebly has built-in blogging features. You can add almost every element that is available in its editor. That means there is more to add other than just text, images and video. So, here you have the opportunity to create more complex layouts with good SEO features.

Squarespace

Squarespace has amazing built-in blogging tools such as:

  • Multiple authors contributions
  • Social Sharing
  • Category support
  • Add podcast
  • Customizable URLs
  • Setting members permission
  • Setting a time limit for comments
  • Scheduling posts
  • Adding excerpts
  • Adding a location to posts

Just like Weebly, it has really good SEO.

Verdict

Though both offer really good blogging features, Squarespace is one step ahead. It allows multiple authors to manage the blog while Weebly allows only one author. Moreover, Squarespace is supportive of high-quality graphic designs and photos.

E-commerce

Weebly Squarespace
➔     Can sell digital and physical products as well as services

➔     Has payment gateways such as:

❖     Square

❖     Stripe

❖     Paypal

❖     authorize.net

➔     Also lets you sell physical and digital products and services

➔     Has only two gateways:

❖     Stripe

❖     Paypal

Weebly Ecommerce

Weebly lets you sell digital and physical products as well as services and vouchers. It also has an automatic tax and shipping calculator for sellers in the USA. This is a very useful feature.

Weebly has the following payment gateways:

  • Square (Not Squarespace)
  • Stripe
  • Paypal
  • net

Recently, Weebly is acquired by Square, which shows the company’s future e-commerce focused direction. Square is a financial service that allows online credit card payments.

It makes the import and export of the data easy that is mainly through .csv file. Furthermore, it is easier to make big changes on Weebly than on Squarespace.

Squarespace Ecommerce

Just like Weebly, Squarespace lets you sell digital and physical products as well as services. It has very limited payment gateways though, namely:

  • Stripe
  • Paypal

However, unlike Weebly, it has customers logins, but lacks a tax calculator.

Verdict

Weebly wins here as it has more payment gateways and a tax calculator. Moreover, item management is easy with the import and export option. So, while Squarespace customers login feature is advantageous, Weebly offers more features.

Customer Support

Weebly Squarespace
➔     Offers customer support through:

❖     Help Center

❖     Live Chat

❖     Forum

❖     Email

❖     Social Media

➔     Offers customer support through:

❖     Help Center

❖     Email

❖     Webinars

❖     Live Chat

❖     Forum

Weebly

Weebly has its Support Center that provides help through guides and articles. These guides and articles cover questions and queries regarding:

  • E-commerce
  • Building your website
  • Your account
  • Domain and email
  • Weebly mobile app
  • Email marketing
  • Weebly for web designers

You just need to enter the related keywords and find help. Weebly help would also suggest articles based on your recent activities on your site.

weebly help center

If you are unable to get an answer for your query, you can access help through:

  • Live Chat
  • Forum
  • Email
  • Social Media

If you are a premium account holder, you can get help on the phone as this facility is only available for premium account holders.

Squarespace

Just like Weebly, Squarespace also has a help center. Its knowledge base consists of guides, videos, webinars and community forums. Just enter the keywords and get help.

Squarespace help center

You can also access help through:

  • Live Chat
  • Email

When it comes to live chat, it is available from 4 AM to 8 PM (United States) Eastern time. Apart from this, Squarespace does not offer help over the phone.

Pricing

Weebly Squarespace
➔     It offers a free plan for unlimited time

➔     Can upgrade features with paid plans that are comparatively  inexpensive

➔     Does not offer any free plan; however, it offers 14 days of free trial. There are other paid plans with upgraded features

Weebly Cost

Weebly offers a free plan with four paid plans. These plans offer different features. You can choose them according to your requirements.

  • Connect
    • To connect to a custom domain
  • Pro
    • For professional & branded website
  • Business
    • To facilitate your online store with professional e-commerce tools
  • Business Plus
    • For your growing business with advanced e-commerce tools

weebly cost

The below table shows the Weebly prices on a monthly basis. However, you can save money if you pay annually or avail 2-years payment plan.

Tip: Choose 2-year payment plan when you are sure you are going to stay with Weebly for this span of time

weebly planSquarespace Fees

Unlike Weebly, Squarespace does not offer any free plan. However, it offers 14 days of free trial to get to know what it offers to its users. After which you can choose one of its four paid plans that suits your requirements and budget. These plans are:

  • Personal
  • Business
  • Basic Commerce
  • Advanced Commerce

Squarespace fee

The table shows the monthly pricing of Squarespace. However, if you pay annually, you can save on every plan.

squarespace monthly pricing

Verdict:

Weebly clearly wins here. If offers a free plan that gives you the opportunity to understand the platform.

Moreover, if you compare them financially, i.e. Weebly Business Plan and Squarespace Basic Commerce plan then Weebly will cost you $1 less.

Weebly also offers a 2 years plan that gives you even more discounts.

Weebly Vs. Squarespace: The Final Word

By now, you must have had a pretty good idea about which website builder you are going to go for.

To sum up, if you are a student, someone on a tight budget or you simply want to explore website building, then consider using Weebly. It has almost everything for its users. Moreover, its extensive app store is there to support every aspect of website building.

On the other hand, if you are a blogger, musician or a photographer etc., and you need to add high-quality graphic designs and photos to your website, Squarespace is your best bet.