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Weebly vs Squarespace - Which One is Better for Blogging

Weebly vs Squarespace – Which One is Better for Blogging

Weebly and Squarespace are both online tools used for blogging. In this article, we have analyzed which one of the two is better than the other. With Weebly, users are allowed to use the “drag-and-drop” feature to create their website. It is free and uses a simple widget-based site builder. Weebly has been founded in 2006 by David Rusenko, Chris Fanini and Dan Veltri.

Squarespace is a SaaS-based content management system (CMS). It has a website builder, a blogging platform and web hosting service. Squarespace has been founded in 2003 by Anthony Casalena.

Features Weebly Squarespace
Plugin rating 3 of 5 rating 5 of 5
Theme rating 3 of 5 rating 5 of 5
Popularity rating 5 of 5 rating 4 of 5
Usability rating 5 of 5 rating 3.5 of 5
Community rating 2 of 5 rating 4 of 5
SEO rating 3 of 5 rating 5 of 5
Security rating 4 of 5 rating 5 of 5

Popularity

Currently, Weebly has powered over 20 million websites worldwide that get a relatively large amount of traffic. This means more than 2% of the total websites on the World Wide Web are running using Weebly.

Compared to Weebly, Squarespace signs up around 1,000 users every day. That makes it about more than 3 million customers to date.

Time magazine has listed Weebly as one of the 50 best website builders of 2007. Squarespace has been listed as one of the 50 best website builders of 2012 by Time.com.

Usability

UsabilityWeebly is very easy to use for a non-technical person compared to Squarespace. Weebly boasts of having the most user-friendly interface imaginable. However, Weebly is quite rigid and inflexible when it comes to deviating from the structure of its templates. Squarespace, on the other hand, offers a user this flexibility.

Both Weebly and Squarespace have the drag-and-drop feature in them. Weebly is a WYSWIG (what you see is what you get) editor. But in Squarespace, the editing screen is separate from the preview screen. As a result, you cannot immediately note the changes to your website as you make them. Weebly does not have any such problem.

Theme Resource

The themes in Squarespace look clean and stylish, and have a designer-like look and feel to people. It currently offers nine blog templates. Squarespace allows you to alter the CSS code of the templates to further style the site as your wish. The styling options available in Squarespace are much more extensive than those in Weebly.

Weebly’s templates are a bit faulty. The design and look of the themes available in Weebly is a bit mediocre when compared with those of Squarespace. Weebly currently offers five themes under blogging.

Plugin Resource

Both Weebly and Squarespace offer a wide range of add-ons to help you build a better website. The number of plugins available of Squarespace is much more than those available for Weebly.

Community

Weebly does not have a community forum where users can post questions to find answers or exchange ideas with each other. Squarespace, however, has a community forum, from which the public or Squarespace support staff can answer user queries.

SEO

SEOSquarespace’s SEO is better than that of Weebly.

In Squarespace, users can customize the webpage address or URL of the websites, and can make it more user-friendly. Weebly does not offer this option. Squarespace also automatically creates a sitemap that can then be submitted to Google. Its pages also produce a clean HTML markup that can be easily indexed by search engines. Squarespace covers all the basic functions of SEO.

Besides, Squarespace can track your website’s traffic data and other analytics for up to 12 months. On the other hand, Weebly only keeps track of 30 days at a time.

Security

Squarespace has a very powerful spam blocker that blocks over 99.5% of all incoming spam. Also, it allows the installation of some other spam filters for website protection. Squarespace users are privacy protected. If a Squarespace website is attacked by a hacker then, the problem can be fixed quickly.

For a Weebly site, you can ensure that your visitors navigate your site using a secure connection. This can be done by getting an SSL certificate. All Weebly websites are protected by DDoS Mitigation to protect against any cyber attack.

Conclusion

All versions of Weebly are much cheaper compared to their counterparts in Squarespace. Although Weebly is much easier to learn and use, the design options offered in it are comparatively less. Also, the security offered in Squarespace in tighter and more comprehensive when compared to Weebly. Weebly does not have a community forum where users can exchange ideas with one another.

Overall, if you are a novice to blogging and are just trying your hand at this new idea, then Weebly is a better option for you. For an experienced blogger, looking to expand the skills and garner more attention, Squarespace is the ideal choice.