Save Money on Your Web Design: Wix, Weebly, Squarespace, Or None of the Above?
Congratulations! You’ve realized that you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on a custom website for your business.
Whether it’s because your needs don’t justify hiring a pricey designer, or you just don’t have the resources to make a custom site happen, one question surely has come to mind:
The 3 Most Popular Drag-and-Drop Website Building Platforms
Once you realize you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a new website, you’ll want to choose a platform to help you get the site you want without spending outrageous amounts of money.
While there’s so many sites to chose from, the three most popular drag-and-drop website building platforms are:
- And Squarespace
However, if none of these tickle your fancy, there’s always a fourth option, so make sure to stick around until the end of the article.
For now, join us as we break down Wix, Weebly, and Squarespace to help you figure out what’s your best bet for your website design.
What Wix Has to Offer for Your Website Design Project
Wix is a very popular option for drag-and-drop website creation.
Websitebuilderexpert.com ranked it as their #1 choice (followed by Squarespace, then Weebly)!
Some of the reasons it’s so great include:
- It has a free option! Yayy!
- It’s a drag-and-drop content creator with an easy to use platform and constant on-page help, alongside an awesome support team.
- Wix has over 500 site designs to choose from. So your site might not be totally unique, but it won’t be a carbon-copy of every other site.
- Their sites are mobile responsive (HUGE for SEO) and the mobile site editor is simple and easy.
- There are a lot of features, like an advanced image editor, social media integration, email subscriber integration, Shopify, and live chat.
Some possible drawbacks:
- Once you pick a template for a page/site, you can’t change it in the future. So you better like what you choose.
- Google spiders and bots have a tough time reading sites made with Wix’s drag-and-drop technology, so your SEO needs to be beyond perfect if you want to rank as well as you should.
- You can’t export your data from the site. Once it’s there, there’s no easy way to take it out if you ever decide to change platforms. Uh oh.
Insider’s Tip: Wix Is Simple, but its SEO is No Bueno
For business owners who want to craft their site by themselves, quickly, easily, and cheaply, Wix is a great choice. But it’s drawbacks can be significant, especially related to SEO.
If you’re going to go with Wix, make sure you’re ok with not ranking as well as you should (which we don’t think is ok at all!) and being locked into your template.
What’s Weebly’s Deal? Is it right for my web design project?
Weebly consistently ranks in the top 3 website creation platforms and for good reason. It’s a very flexible platform with a lot of Wix’s features and more.
Weebly Pros Include:
- Like Wix, Weebly is a drag-and-drop content builder with HTML5 Designs.
- Again, like Wix, it’s mobile responsive (reminder: this is super important for SEO).
- Weebly goes above and beyond the call of duty because it has e-commerce integration, cloud hosting, and built in site analytics which will help you understand which pages are performing the best on your site!
- Weebly even has apps for Android and iOS so you can edit your site on the go. Who doesn’t love that?
- The biggest advantage Weebly has over Wix is that you can change templates for your site whenever you want, and even import external templates. That way, you’re not stuck with whatever website you built two years ago.
Getting to know the Weebly Cons:
- Weebly has a free plan (like Wix), but you can only create 5 pages, and 10 if you pay for the next step up. You can’t fit much content on a site like that so you’ll have to pay more for a decent sized site.
The Skinny on Squarespace:
Squarespace is great for beginners and advanced users because it makes modern, clean sites through a user-friendly drag-and-drop content builder.
It features HTML5 designs, mobile compatibility, and e-commerce components.
What stands out with Squarespace is the visuals. The company specializes in modern, beautiful designs that center on high-quality images.
Simply put, Squarespace is the most feature-rich platform out there, as long as you have high-quality images to use.
Still Not Swayed? Try WordPress
WordPress is a stalwart in the web design world. Originally, it was known for blogging, but now it’s capable of creating websites of all shapes and sizes.
In fact, roughly ¼ of the world’s websites run on WordPress.
So, Why Choose WordPress?
- Because it’s so popular, there’s a huge support community. Forums and advice can be found everywhere online.
- WordPress is more complicated than drag-and-drop sites, so you can incorporate more complex designs and functions.
- Because it’s an open-source platform, anyone can make plugins or themes that you can use on your site. There are a lot of duds out there for plugins and themes, but there are also plenty of hidden gems!
Alas, WordPress is Not So User-Friendly
- Unlike the other options on this list, WordPress isn’t super user-friendly, so you may need to hire a WordPress designer/expert. This can get costly, but it’s still much cheaper than building a custom site from scratch!
- Like I said before, WordPress is an open-source platform with a lot of tools, but you have to double-check these tools for quality. Free ones can be junky, so check out online reviews.
- WordPress is more complicated than other platforms. If you don’t have a little coding knowledge or aren’t willing to learn the ins and outs of WordPress, this isn’t the solution for you.
More Complicated, More Complex … More Options
Despite the belief that WordPress is user-friendly “out of the box”, the reality is, it’s certainly more complicated than a drag-and-drop solution.
Them’s the facts.
But this so-call downside is what makes WordPress so powerful: you can make some seriously awesome sites that’ll be unique, without having to build from scratch.
And the winner for best website builder is…
Do we get participation awards? Because there is no clear-cut winner. It depends on what you need, what your budget is, and how code-savvy you are.
Are you on the more savvy side? Go for WordPress.
Think Photoshop is a camera store? Stick with something like Wix.