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Squarespace Alternatives

No matter why you’re here, I’m going to show you the best Squarespace alternatives to build your next online store or transfer an existing one.

Trying to figure out which website builder works best for you is a daunting task. Many of the site builders out there are similar while others are completely different. Ultimately, they all do the same thing at the end. And that’s building websites and online stores.

So how do I choose the best alternative to Squarespace?

The most logical approach is by researching and trying various platforms on your own. You’re going to want to go with a platform that covers most of what you’re looking for.

Let’s take a look at some of the best platforms to use.

Best Squarespace alternatives

1) Shopify

Shopify

Price: $9/month to $179/month

It doesn’t take an expert to figure out that Shopify is going to be the best option here. Their platform offers an array of ecommerce themes, third-party apps, and integrations that you won’t find on Squarespace.

While Shopify is great for an online store, it just wouldn’t make sense to use their platform for building anything other than a store. I wouldn’t recommend their platform to build a non-ecommerce website.

The good:

  • A complete all-in-one ecommerce platform with the necessary features to build and manage an ecommerce business.
  • The platform is as easy as it gets. You can launch an online store within minutes of signing up, literally. You don’t have to be much of a tech-savvy individual to accomplish any of this.
  • Shopify does security and store performance extremely well.
  • Their advanced search engine optimization tools will help you achieve better search engine rankings.
  • Customer support is standing by in the event that you run into a problem.

The bad:

  • The platform is skewed heavily towards merchants in North America and United Kingdom. You’d have to perform various hacks and work around the code to change the language of your store.
  • When you factor in the transaction fees and app costs, the monthly cost may rise dramatically. Transaction fees can be waived though.

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2) Wix

Wix

Price: Free to $24.92/month

If you’re in need of a true website builder that’s fairly easy to use, Wix is something you might consider looking at. Their drag and drop editor makes designing your store a breeze.

Wix offers a basic version of their platform for free. Unfortunately, you quickly realize that the basic version isn’t enough and limits a lot of the features you’ll need down the road.

While it’s definitely possible, I wouldn’t recommend using Wix for an online store. There are easier, more powerful platforms out there to help you build an online store.

However, if you’re building a non-ecommerce website, I’d recommend giving Wix a shot.

The good:

  • Almost all of their premium plans will give you a free domain name and $300 in free marketing credits.
  • You’ll be able to create unlimited pages, even with the free version.
  • Their drag and drop editor will help you build websites with ease. You’ll also get access to 100 website templates for free.
  • Wix has an external app store where you’ll most likely find what you’re looking for to take your site to the next level.
  • Customer support that’s available 24/7.

The bad:

  • The free version and the cheapest premium plan will show ads on your website which can be very annoying and distracting to your visitors.
  • They’re limited to only a handful of payment gateways and their ecommerce tools are almost non-existent.

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3) Weebly

Weebly

Price: Free to $25/month

Weebly is one more alternative to Squarespace that shares many similarities with Wix such as the drag and drop editor, multitude of website templates, and the ability to build both websites and online stores.

Kind of like Wix, Weebly offers both a free and premium version of their website builder.

If you don’t find Shopify appealing to build your online store, I’d recommend giving Weebly a shot.

The good:

  • Since their platform utilizes a drag and drop editor, you can expect a lot of simplicity here and barely any coding knowledge.
  • Weebly takes care of the hosting, speed, and security. While this can be both good and bad, it’s a pro in Weebly’s case. All websites built on their platform are optimized for their own hosting.
  • They understand that learning new software can be overwhelming at first. That’s why they give you access to hundreds of guides, tutorials, and other educational resources.
  • Weebly is flexible and can be used for both general websites and ecommerce stores.

The bad:

  • You’re pretty much locked to the platform. Migrating your website or store to a new platform is going to be a huge hassle and might not be worth the headaches.
  • While they offer a decent amount of built-in features, you’ll find that they don’t have everything. Other platforms offset this by allowing you to integrate with third-party apps – Weebly doesn’t.
  • Two of their premium plans charge transaction fees of up 3%.

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4) WordPress

WordPress

Price: Free

WordPress is my platform of choice when I’m in the process of creating a blog or a simple website that pushes content. To get started, you’ll need a domain name, your own web hosting, and a good looking templates.

And the best thing of all, WordPress is free of charge.

WordPress is excellent for blogs and information websites, but it’s not the best for ecommerce. If you want to set up an online store, you’d have to mess with various ecommerce plugins that impact the performance of your WordPress website.

The good:

  • WordPress is easy to use and configure. Most web hosts will automatically install WordPress for you.
  • You’ll be able to find and install a third party plugin for almost anything you’re looking for (plugins for SEO, marketing, etc.).
  • WordPress is arguably the best platform for publishing, editing, and accessing content.
  • WordPress has the largest developer community that constantly releases plugins that improve the software.

The bad:

  • Certain plugins may not work properly after updating WordPress and you’ll have to wait for the developer to release an update for the plugin.
  • If you’re not a tech savvy individual, you’ll need to install a different plugin for every little thing.
  • You’ll need to purchase web hosting that’s optimized for WordPress. Generally, optimized WordPress hosting is pricey.

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Which website builder is best for me?

It’s all going to depend on what you’re trying to build, a website or an online store. We all have different needs too, so what’s best for me might not be ideal for the next guy.

I think that Shopify is the best Squarespace alternative for building an online store.

If you plan on creating a non-ecommerce website, I would go with WordPress as it gives you plenty of flexibility and very few limitations.

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