Today’s article will be a fierce showdown amongst the big names in online web builders: Wix, Squarespace & WordPress.
These three have shined, dominating the online market entirely, but how do they stack up against each other. Let’s go into the details to find out.
Now before we begin, let’s explain exactly what Wix, Squarespace & WordPress are. These three big companies are online web builders with management systems built into them to provide the best possible experience when creating your very own personalized website. These can provide ways to build from an e-commerce store to a blogging site, making all three versatile for any use.
This comparison article will compare each three against ease of usage, value for money, flexibility, features, customer support. In the wrap-up section, we will reveal our winner for this showdown and explain precisely why it was chosen.
Main Differences in Each
Each of them is a website creator site online based. How exactly do they differ from one another?
Starting with Wix, a simple online website creator that allows you to build websites or blogs without even knowing code only because it does not use code to make sites. It’s best for a beginner in web creation or for anyone who dreads coding.
Then we have Squarespace. Squarespace is exactly like Wix in terms of it being a platform where you don’t need to know how to code; however, it provides a section for coding to add a unique feel to the site. It requires a little more expertise in the web development department; yet, still relatively simple to use.
Then we come to the final contender, which is WordPress. WordPress is the most powerful of them, meaning you will need to know to code to develop websites, allowing for total control over everything possible. One thing to note is that WordPress, unlike the other two platforms, requires users to find their web hosting service.
Ease of Usage
Hands down, Wix wins this segment with ease. Wix is the simplest form of web development as it requires no coding compared to WordPress and provides many more templates than Squarespace. While Squarespace does offer a similar feel to Wix in terms of web page building, Wix is much simpler than its counterparts.
Squarespace comes in second place, providing a simpler feel than WordPress while giving a premium feel to web development.
WordPress comes in at third since knowledge in development is needed, added with the fact that users must find their web hosting service to host their website.
In this segment, we investigate which of the three online builders provide the best design flexibility.
Wix & Squarespace provides themes that you can click & drag into the website’s design, whereas WordPress requires the code for your content to be displayed on the web page.
While Wix & Squarespace provide themes, Squarespace goes one extra step providing theme edition capabilities, making it more extensive than Wix.
The winner of this segment is Squarespace, with more theme customization compared to Wix.
Although WordPress allows for more customization than Squarespace and Wix, it’s less user-friendly than the previously mentioned hence its place in this comparison.
Features that can be added to a website or could be used to develop a website are crucial in today’s day and age.
In this segment, we see the options available during construction and any plugins that can be added.
With Wix, you can choose multiple packages to purchase, ranging from free to $35.00 per month.
WordPress & Squarespace only provide paid plans. Wix & Squarespace provide some plugins to add at no cost and have some paid plugins options in terms of plugins.
WordPress does not provide plugins and must be found via third-party sources. While WordPress does not offer plugins themselves, their third-party sources are much more extensive than those offered by Wix & Squarespace however require some technical know-how to add them.
The winner of this segment is WordPress for having the largest third-party plugin sources. If WordPress provided more in house packages for the different users, it would be miles ahead of both Wix & Squarespace in all feature aspects.
Value for Money
While Wix provides free plans limited in features, WordPress & Squarespace offer paid-only options.
Wix provides plan options range from free to $35 per month, as mentioned before. On the other side, Squarespace has no free plan but starts from $12 per month, ranging to $40 per month.
WordPress also doesn’t have a free plan but starts from $2.95 per month, ranging to $5.45 per month.
We should mention that with WordPress, you must calculate the hosting costs, which can vary greatly. Both Wix & Squarespace provide hosting in their pricing. With the overall value versus the pricing, it’s clear why Wix wins this segment.
A big deciding factor for any company would be the support they receive if something went wrong. Customer support is a significant, influential factor when purchasing or contracting a product or service, so let’s see how the big three stack up against each other.
Wix provides Phone and email support between Monday to Thursday, 5 am to 5 pm PST, has social media support and its built-in platform, the Wix Support Centre.
Squarespace provides a similar but smaller style of contact with 24/7 email support, Chat Monday through Thursday 4 am to 8 pm ET, and a Knowledge Base built into their platform.
Finally, we have WordPress which has no customer support. However, because it’s a hosting service, there are plenty of tutorials, guides & support on forums.
This final segment winner is Wix, with its extensive range of contact points and lengthy contact hours.
Between these three great tools, it’s tough to elucidate a clear winner. Each has its differences, which make them unique from each other.
Given Wix’s easy-to-use interface, never-ending theme gallery, competitive pricing points, and excellent customer service, you’d be inclined to think they are the winner of this comparison. The truth is, it depends on your skill level and needs.
We’d recommend Wix for those on a budget with little knowledge about coding, Squarespace as a step up from Wix and finally WordPress as the option for more bespoke solutions.
WordPress? But what if I don’t know how to code? you may be asking yourself. That’s where we come in.
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