Wix vs Squarespace

So, you’re torn between two of the most popular website builders today – Wix and Squarespace. Which one is the best website builder? Well, we’re here to help you.

Wix logo

We’ll compare some of the most important features and functions of Wix and Squarespace to see which one is better (as far as some aspects of their services are concerned). In particular, we are going to compare how they do in the following aspects:

  • Editor
  • Elements
  • Themes
  • E-Commerce
  • Blogging
  • Ease of use
  • Tools
  • SEO
  • Marketing
  • Pricing
  • Help and Support

Squarespace logo

By the end of this post, you’ll find out which website builder is best for a particular area or function. And of course, you’ll also get to decide which one will serve your purpose better. We admit that they’re both good – so, it’s just a matter of finding out which is the best one for you.

We’ll also present you with the most frequent questions (FAQs) with regards to Wix and Squarespace. And to top it all off, we’ll show you their pros and cons so as to show you each platform’s strengths and weaknesses.

Wix editor

Editor

The Editor page is where all the web designing happens – so, it should be something that you can manage well.

Wix Editor

Wix offers its users two choices when building their website. Here are your choices:

Choice #1 – ADI

ADI or Artificial Design Intelligence is exactly what it is – Artificial Intelligence. It’s a built-in computerized system that allows Wix to create a template for you. It works by asking you a series of questions – and we advise answering them all.

By the end of the process, Wix’s ADI editor will show you a personalized template based on your answers. If you’re not pleased with the final result, you can always go back and change some of your answers (to come up with a different result). Of course, you can always further customize the final result (a few tweaks here and there will allow you to fully achieve the look and feel that you want).

Choice #2 – Classic Editor

With ADI, Wix’s Artificial Intelligence does most of the work for you. Now, if you want a more hands-on approach, you can use their Classic editor instead. Although you’ll also start with a template, it’s practically a blank canvas – with no structure AT ALL. So, you’ll need to drag and drop elements anywhere on the editing page to create your site’s structure and design.

When using the Wix Classic editor, you would indeed get a lot of freedom in styling your website. However, we’d like to warn you that it’s not that easy to use. Sure, it uses a drag and drop tool (which is very easy to use) – but expect to experience some problems throughout the whole procedure.

One of the most common complaints with Wix’s classic editor is that it takes some getting used to. When designing your website, you’ll see that adding a new element on a page will tend to automatically push down other elements (instead of overlapping and allowing you to adjust them manually). However, should you decide to delete the element that pushed the others down, these won’t automatically go back to their original position. For this particular case, you can use Wix’s built-in do and undo functions to restore previous settings.

Squarespace page

Squarespace Editor

Like Wix, the Squarespace editor also uses a drag and drop tool – making everything really easy for technologically-challenged website builders. However, unlike Wix, Squarespace templates carry built-in structures that you need to consider while designing your website. So, you just can’t drag and drop elements anywhere (these are called content blocks in Squarespace, by the way). If you think this is too limiting for you, you can consider it a point against Squarespace when making your final decision.

Winner: Wix

We’re giving this round to Wix mainly because of the options it presents to its users. You can either choose Wix’s Artificial Intelligence wizard in designing your website or go for the Classic editor and do EVERYTHING by yourself. To top it all off, Wix has every element you will ever need in creating your website (more on this below).

Wix features

Elements

You rely on elements to create features and functionality on your website. Elements can consist of text, images, effects, and more.

Wix Elements

As previously mentioned, Wix has a really HUGE selection of elements. Therefore, you will surely have access to all the features that you want to include on your website’s design. Let’s just warn you that this enormous number of available elements, while catering to your freedom and creativity, can also prove to be overwhelming.

When considering Wix due to its accompanying elements, keep in mind that less is more. It may be tempting to put everything there – animated images, elements of different shapes and sizes, colorful lines, cute buttons, and more – but try not to go overboard, ok? Having a cluttered look on your website will make it seem unprofessional. So, use Wix’s choices in elements wisely.

Squarespace design

Squarespace Elements

Squarespace’s content blocks (the equivalent of Wix’s elements) are also aplenty – but not as much as Wix’s. You can rest assured, however, that these content blocks are well thought of and structured. Therefore, you can design a full-featured, professional-looking website without feeling overwhelmed with the number of choices you have.

Winner: Wix

We’re giving the Elements round to Wix mainly because of the huge number of options available to its users. As long as you don’t feel overwhelmed with the choices and have self-control (as to not put every little thing on your web pages), Wix can work really well in your web designing efforts.

Wix page

Themes and Templates

Ready-to-use templates are also called themes. Choosing the right theme or template for your site will define the overall look and feel of your website.

Wix Themes and Templates

Wix has an impressive number of ready-made templates to choose from (catering to different types of websites). You have around 500 choices when designing your site with Wix – and that’s A LOT. However, we advise expecting a mixture of high-quality and low-quality templates (with the majority being of high quality) when you check out its themes.

Like we said before, you have the power to really customize your chosen theme (especially when you use the Classic editor). Every element on Wix can be deleted and added (as needed) and enabled and disabled (as needed).

The one thing that we don’t like about Wix’s theme and template option is that it can never be changed down the road. What we mean is that you’re stuck with your chosen theme for your website for as long as you retain your site. Changing templates would lead to the deletion of your site’s content and starting over again (and nobody wants that).

Squarespace menu

Squarespace Themes and Templates

Compared to Wix, Squarespace has a fewer number of themes and templates – it only carries around 70 choices. However, you can expect each and every choice to be really REALLY good (they’re all well-designed and have high quality). We find Squarespace’s collection of themes to be particularly useful for websites that are into creative subjects (photography, art, music, etc.).

Needless to say, you also have the liberty to customize your chosen theme on Squarespace (through drag and drop, of course). And unlike Wix, you are allowed to change your theme or template (at any time) without losing your content.

Winner: It’s a Tie

We’re calling it a draw for Wix and Squarespace when it comes to themes and templates because they both have beautiful, functional choices in their selections. Both offer customization options and total control to the users as far as designing is concerned. And while we really hate Wix’s limitations when it comes to switching templates, they more than make up for it by their huge selection of themes. And although Squarespace has fewer choices in templates compared to Wix, all their themes are really REALLY good. So, that’s why it’s a tie.

e-commerce tool

E-Commerce

If you’re into the e-commerce business, it would be wise to choose a website builder that will cater to your (and your customers’) particular needs.

Wix E-Commerce

You must particularly get Wix’s E-Commerce plan if you’re planning on building an e-Commerce website. It comes with all the features that you need for a successful online store such as email receipts, customer accounts, check out features, and more.

Squarespace E-Commerce

Squarespace has 2 e-Commerce plans to choose from (Basic and Advanced). And like Wix, they also carry all the necessary features for a good e-Commerce platform. Squarespace’s e-Commerce features are actually similar to that of Wix’s.

Winner: It’s a Tie

Both Wix and Squarespace have good e-Commerce packages. If this is a feature that you’re looking for, you can consider any of the two website builders.

Wix vs Squarespace blogging

Blogging

Whether you want to create a blog for your business (or personal use) or simply want to include a blog page on your website, it’s important to find a blogging platform that’s functional and easy to edit as well.

Wix Blogging

Wix has a decent enough blogging editor as it comes with all the usual features and functions needed for blogging (such as categories, tagging, drafts, etc.). We found one thing lacking to the whole setup, though – the ability to schedule posts for future publication. When using Wix, you can save a blog post in draft and just come back to it at a later date to publish it.

Squarespace Blogging

Squarespace has an excellent blogging platform. Some of its features include categories, tagging, comment moderation, etc. You can also schedule future posts by assigning dates to posts that you want to publish at a later time. In fact, you can even assign multiple authors to work on a single post (this is a great feature for team assignments).

Winner: Squarespace

Squarespace wins the Blogging feature by miles and miles from Wix. We actually think that Wix’s blogging platform is outdated, especially its inability to schedule future posts. In this day and age, such function should be included in blog editors to save time. Squarespace has it all as far as blogging is concerned.

Ease of Use

Users, particularly beginners, would want to use a website builder that’s user-friendly. Aside from saving on time in building your website, it’s also less frustrating to use a platform that’s simple and straight-forward.

Wix Ease of Use

As far as ease of use is concerned, consider these things when looking into Wix:

  • Wix is a drag and drop website builder.
  • To design your website, simply pick the elements that you need (text boxes, buttons, images, etc.) and place them on certain areas of your editor page.
  • With Wix, what you see at the back-end is exactly what you’ll see at the front-end of your site.
  • When you choose to go for the Wix ADI editor, Wix’s Artificial Intelligence will be the one to create your website for you.

Squarespace Ease of Use

Is Squarespace easy to use? Expect the following when you choose to go for this website builder:

  • Squarespace uses drag and drop method (just like Wix).
  • Elements come in the form of content blocks – you’ll need to position them on your editor page to create your website’s design.
  • When customizing a page, you’ll need to stay within the page’s built-in structure.

Winner: It’s a Tie

Being both drag and drop editors make Wix and Squarespace easy to use for beginners and professional web designers as well. They both provide users with a lot of leeways to customize and personalize their sites.

Tools

Today’s most popular website builders come with built-in tools and apps to make designing your website really easy for you.

Wix Tools

Aside from Wix’s built-in features, it also has an App Market loaded with apps (200+). The apps are either made by Wix itself or by Third Party Companies (some apps are free, while you have to buy the others).

Squarespace Tools

While Squarespace doesn’t have its own dedicated app store, it comes with a full-featured editor. In fact, you can create a well-designed and professional-looking website just by relying entirely on the tools in their in-house editor.

Winner: Wix

You can create a beautiful and functional website by just using Wix’s or Squarespace’s editors alone. However, we believe that having the option to use additional apps is important in truly customizing a site. We’re giving this round to Wix because of its App Market.

Wix vs Squarespace SEO

SEO

SEO is important for sites as ranking on search engines will allow your audience, followers, and customers to find you. So, before deciding on whether to go for Wix or Squarespace, check out their SEO features first.

Wix SEO

Wix has built-in SEO tools such as the following:

  • Mobile responsiveness
  • Customizable headings
  • Alt text for images
  • Customizable meta titles
  • Customizable meta descriptions

Wix also comes with an SEO guide where you can get all the information that you need in applying SEO to your website (this is especially beneficial to beginners). Moreover, you can use Wix’s SEO wizard which will show you (step by step) how to make your site SEO-optimized for search engines (without negatively affecting user experience).

Squarespace SEO

Squarespace has built-in SEO with the following features:

  • Mobile-friendly
  • Customizable heading titles
  • Alt text for images
  • Customizable meta titles
  • Customizable meta descriptions

Aside from the above SEO features, Squarespace also has a help center where you can find an SEO checklist. Following the things on the list will greatly help with your SEO efforts.

Winner: Wix

As you can see, Wix and Squarespace have similar built-in SEO tools (they’re more or less the same in this aspect). However, we’re giving this round to Wix mainly because of its SEO wizard (it can really boost your SEO campaign). This feature also makes Wix more beginner-friendly as far as SEO is concerned.

Marketing

The marketing aspect of a business plays a huge role in its success (or failure). It is for this reason why it’s important to find out if your chosen platform will support your marketing efforts.

Wix Marketing

With Wix, your marketing strategy can include the following:

  • Create customized email campaigns.
  • Share content on social media.
  • Send newsletters to your subscribers.
  • Add marketing apps.
  • Track site statistics.

Squarespace Marketing

By using Squarespace, you can use the following marketing strategies:

  • Customize your email campaigns.
  • Integrate your website with popular social media platforms.
  • Use analytics to gauge your site’s performance.

Winner: It’s a Tie

We’re calling another draw for Wix and Squarespace on the Marketing department simply because they’re both effective in this area. Aside from being able to create sites that would stand out and attract your desired audience, it also comes with all the needed tools to succeed with an online campaign.

Pricing

In this section, we’re going to discuss in full both Wix’s and Squarespace’s pricing plans. You need all the information you need on this topic to make sure that your goal and budget will match the subscription you pay for.

Wix pricing websites

Wix Pricing

Wix has a total of 8 pricing plans to choose from – a free plan and 7 premium plans. We’ll describe each one below.

  1. Free – The Wix Free plan includes the following:
  • Assigned URL that looks something like this: www.yourwixusername.wixsite.com/yoursiteaddress
  • Wix ads – Wix ad on every page and Wix favicon
  • Bandwidth – 500MB
  • Storage – 500MB
  • Customer support
  1. Connect Domain – This Wix plan works well for a basic website. Priced at $4.50/ month, it includes the following features:
  • Connect custom domain
  • Bandwidth – 1GB
  • Storage – 500MB
  • Customer support
  1. Combo – Wix’s Combo plan priced at $8.50/ month works great for personal use. You get the following features with it:
  • Connect custom domain (get a free domain for 1 year)
  • Option to remove ads
  • Bandwidth – 2GB
  • Storage – 3GB
  • Customer support
  1. Unlimited – The Wix Unlimited plan is recommended for entrepreneurs and freelancers. Priced at $12.50/ month, it offers the following:
  • Connect custom domain (get a free domain for 1 year)
  • Option to remove ads
  • Bandwidth – Unlimited
  • Storage – 10GB
  • Customer support
  1. VIP – The Wix VIP plan priced at $24.50 / month gets first priority support along with these features:
  • Connect custom domain (get a free domain for 1 year)
  • Option to remove ads
  • Bandwidth – Unlimited
  • Storage – 20GB
  • Priority response
  1. Business and E-Commerce – This Wix plan makes for a great basic business website or e-commerce site. Priced at $17/ month, it comes with these features:
  • Connect custom domain (get a free domain for 1 year)
  • Option to remove ads
  • Bandwidth – Unlimited
  • Storage – 20GB
  • Accept online payments
  • 100% commission-free
  • Customer support
  1. Business Unlimited – This Wix plan is ideal for growing businesses. For $25/ month, you’ll get the following:
  • Connect custom domain (get a free domain for 1 year)
  • Option to remove ads
  • Bandwidth – Unlimited
  • Storage – 35GB
  • Accept online payments
  • 100% commission-free
  • Customer support
  1. Business VIP – Wix’s best plan priced at $35 comes with its most advanced features such as:
  • Connect custom domain (get a free domain for 1 year).
  • Option to remove ads
  • Bandwidth – Unlimited
  • Storage – 50GB
  • Accept online payments
  • 100% commission-free
  • Priority response
  • VIP support

Wix pricing business e-commerce

Notes:

  • Note that the monthly prices above are actually Wix’s annual rate divided by 12. Therefore, the above rates are only applicable when you subscribe and pay upfront for 1 whole year. Should you decide to pay monthly, the actual monthly price will be higher than the monthly annual rate – and you’ll only find the exact amount upon checkout. We do recommend paying annually, however, in order to save on money (around 20% savings per year).
  • Wix’s first 2 premium plans are quite cheap but keep in mind that they carry a lot of limitations. Both the Connect Domain and Combo plans have very limited bandwidth and storage. So aside from only being able to upload a few files, their bandwidth can only accommodate around 20 visitors a month.

Squarespace pricing websites

Squarespace Pricing

Compared to Wix, Squarespace has a simpler pricing plan (they only have 4 premium plans) – and we’ll discuss each one below. Keep in mind that as the price of the plan increases, the more features come with it.

  1. Personal – This Squarespace premium plan is intended for simple websites. Priced at $16/ month (if paid monthly) or $12/ month (if paid annually), you’ll get the following when you subscribe to this plan:
  • Custom domain (get a free domain for 1 year, if paid annually)
  • Bandwidth – Unlimited
  • Storage – Unlimited
  • Website metrics
  • SSL Security
  • 2 contributors
  • 24/7 customer support
  1. Business – Made for all types of businesses, this Squarespace premium plan is priced at $26/ month (if paid monthly) or $18 per month (if paid annually). Here are just some of the things that you’ll get with this package:
  • Custom domain (get a free domain for 1 year, if paid annually)
  • Bandwidth – Unlimited
  • Storage – Unlimited
  • Advanced website metrics
  • SSL Security
  • Unlimited contributors
  • Fully integrated e-Commerce
  • 24/7 customer support
  1. Basic – For basic online stores, this plan is priced at $30/ month (if paid monthly) and $26/ month (if paid annually). Here are just some of the features you’ll get with this plan (basically, all the features included in the Business plan and more):
  • Custom domain (get a free domain for 1 year, if paid annually)
  • Bandwidth – Unlimited
  • Storage – Unlimited
  • Advanced e-Commerce metrics
  • SSL Security
  • Unlimited contributors
  • Fully integrated e-Commerce
  • Sell unlimited products
  • No transaction fees
  • Checkout on your domain
  • 24/7 customer support
  1. Advanced – For advanced online stores, get this plan for $46/ month (if paid monthly) and $40/ month (if you’re paying annually). It includes A LOT of features (all features from the Business and Basic plans plus so much more) such as the following:
  • Custom domain (get a free domain for 1 year, if paid annually)
  • Bandwidth – Unlimited
  • Storage – Unlimited
  • Advanced e-Commerce metrics
  • SSL Security
  • Unlimited contributors
  • Fully integrated e-Commerce
  • Sell unlimited products
  • No transaction fees
  • Checkout on your domain
  • Subscriptions
  • Flexible discounts
  • Gift cards
  • Abandoned cart recovery
  • Advanced shipping
  • Orders API
  • 24/7 customer support

Squarespace pricing online stores

Notes:

  • As you can see, Squarespace has a clearer pricing system than Wix. It’s all out in the open how much you’ll pay per month if paid monthly or annually. Again, we suggest paying annually for its savings (should you choose to go for Squarespace).
  • You can go for the Personal plan if you’re just starting out as you have the option to upgrade anyway (anytime you want).
  • The Business plan is great for personal and business sites.
  • Choose from the Basic and Advanced plans if you’re going to build an e-Commerce site. Needless to say, the Advanced plan carries all the features in all the lower priced plans plus a whole lot more.

Winner: Wix

This one is a close call. We’re only giving this round to Wix because of its many options for different needs and budget constraints. With Wix, you can actually start for free – and keep a free website for life (an option that’s not available on Squarespace). Also, all of Wix’s premium plans come with a 14-day money back guarantee – which is equivalent to Squarespace’s free trial (also for 14 days). Price-wise (for their premium plans), Wix and Squarespace prices are more or less on the same level as well. You also have the option to upgrade your Wix plan at any time – so, you really have more flexible options with Wix.

Final Notes:

  • We recommend opting for annual payments whether you go for Wix or Squarespace as you can save on money with their discounted monthly rates in the process.
  • Note that Squarespace’s e-Commerce plans are a little bit more expensive than Wix’s.
  • Squarespace domains come with WHOIS Privacy.
  • Wix domains don’t come with WHOIS Privacy. You’ll need to buy this separately (it’s currently priced at $9.90/ year).
  • Standard domains cost $20/ year on Squarespace.
  • Standard domains cost $14.95 on Wix.
  • You also have the option of getting your domain on Namecheap.com. Right now, standard domains cost $14/ year at Namecheap (including WHOIS privacy).

Help and Support

Sooner or later, you’ll need help in building and running your website. It is for this reason why you should understand the type of available help you’ll get when you subscribe to a particular platform or website builder.

Wix help

Wix Help and Support

You can expect the following from Wix:

  • Email support
  • Forums
  • Contact through social media
  • Articles and guides via Support Center
  • On-page help (by clicking on the question mark icons)

Wix also offers phone support:

  • English – 24/7
  • Spanish and Portuguese – Monday to Friday, 5 AM to 5 PM PST
  • Italian – Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM GMT+1

Please note that Wix currently doesn’t offer live chat support.

Squarespace help

Squarespace Help and Support

Squarespace offers its users the following:

  • Knowledge center with questions and answers.
  • Help center – with videos, guides, webinars, etc.
  • Forum
  • Live chat – Monday to Friday, 3 AM to 8 PM EST
  • 24/7 email support – with 1-hour response time policy

As of this writing, Squarespace doesn’t have phone support available for its users.

Winner: It’s a Tie

This is another tie for Wix and Squarespace as their help and support feature both have unique functions. Wix made up for its lack of live chat by having on-page help available all the time and phone support (you can also request for a call-back). Squarespace, on the other hand, doesn’t offer phone support. However, it has live chat and email support (where you’ll get a response within 1 hour). In our opinion, both have very good customer support.

Wix vs Squarespace FAQs

FAQs

Before giving you the verdict as to which website builder won the competition, we’re going to answer some frequently asked questions first. These will further increase your knowledge as to how Wix and Squarespace work.

Wix FAQs

Q: What is Wix

A: Wix is a website builder that you can use to create a professional-looking site even if you’re not a programmer or website designer.

Q: Do I need coding skills to use Wix?

A: No, you can use Wix’s drag and drop tools to design your website. You can do this even without coding knowledge.

Q: How do I manage my website pages in Wix?

A: You can edit and customize every page on your site’s ready-made template by moving elements around. You can also delete existing elements as well as add new ones (as needed).

Q: How do I use anchors on my website?

A: Having anchors will help your visitors navigate seamlessly on your site. Your anchors can link to texts, images, pages, etc.

Q: Can I automatically send emails to my customers through my website?

A: Yes, you can – you can do this via the Smart Actions tool found in your Wix Dashboard. You can actually set up different types of customized emails (thank you, subscribe, etc.) through the Wix ShoutOut tool.

Q: Is my Wix site mobile-friendly?

A: Yes. All Wix sites are designed to be mobile-friendly.

Q: Can I transfer my premium plan to another site?

A: Yes. If you own more than one website, you can switch plans between them. This can be done through your Wix account dashboard – it’s as simple as reassigning a plan to a different domain.

Q: Can I earn money from my Wix website?

A: Yes, you can use the Wix platform to make money online. A lot of successful businesses are using Wix as their website builder.

Q: Does Wix offer customer support for their users?

A: Aside from the large database of articles, Wix also has email and phone support for its users.

Q: Can you display ads on a Wix website?

A: There are several ways to display ads on your Wix site such as the following:

  • Upload the ad image and link to the ad’s URL.
  • Add a tracking code on your website.
  • Use third-party apps like Google Adsense to display ads.

Wix free website

Q: Is Wix free?

A: Wix has a free plan, yes – and you can use it for as long as you like. However, it comes with certain limitations such as limited bandwidth and limited storage. Free Wix sites also display ads (there’s no option to remove them). Of course, if the free version proves to be too limiting, you can always upgrade to any of Wix’s paid plans.

Q: Will I get a refund from Wix if I cancel my subscription?

A: Wix offers its users a 14-day money back guarantee. As long as you cancel your subscription within the said time frame, you’ll get a full refund.

Q: Can I use my own domain with Wix?

A: Yes. Wix’s premium plans come with the option to connect your own domain. You can get your domain from Wix or from other registrars.

Q: How do I cancel the auto-renew option?

A: Log in to your account and go to the Billing and Payments section. Look for the Cancel Domain option and click on it. Then click on the Cancel auto-renew option and click Submit.

Q: Does Wix have a free trial?

A: Technically, Wix doesn’t offer its users a free trial. However, once you purchase a plan, you are given 14 days to cancel it. And if you do (within 14 days), your money will be refunded to you. Wix also has a free plan that you can use to get the feel of the platform.

Q: What happens if I cancel my Wix plan after 14 days?

A: Although you can cancel your Wix subscription at any time, you won’t be refunded if it’s after 14 days.

Q: Can I change my Wix template?

A: Your first step in designing your site would be to choose a template or a theme. Make sure that you take your time with this as you won’t be able to change your template going forward. Well, technically, you can – however, that would erase all your content and you’ll start with a brand-new site.

Q: Can I transfer my website to Wix?

A: No. Wix has its own platform as a website builder and hosting provider on its own. It doesn’t provide for an automated way to transfer a site to its own system. If you really want to transfer your site to Wix, your best option is simply to recreate your pages in your new Wix website.

Q: Does Wix have an autosave function?

A: Yes, Wix editors have autosave function – so, your site is regularly saved as you’re working on it. Note, however, that the autosave function doesn’t work for site contributors.

Q: How does a Wix website URL look like?

A: Unless you get a custom domain with your Wix plan, your URL will look something like this: yourusername.wixsite.com/yoursitename.

Q: Why should I opt to connect my own domain?

A: When you connect your own domain to your Wix site, your URL would look something like this: yoursitename.com. Needless to say, removing the Wix brand from your URL will make it more appealing and professional-looking. It’s also good for SEO purposes.

Q: What domain extensions are available on Wix?

A: The most popular domain extensions like .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz, and more are all available on Wix. Other special extensions such as .agency, .photography, .technology, .website, and many more are also available.

Wix domains

Q: How many domains can I connect to my Wix site?

A: You can connect an unlimited number of domains to your Wix site as long as they’re all purchased from Wix. Otherwise, you can only connect a maximum of 6 domains purchased elsewhere.

Q: After buying a domain from Wix, do I still need to buy hosting?

A: No. Domains purchased from Wix automatically get free hosting from the Company.

Q: How will I know if a domain name is available?

A: Search for your preferred domain name on Wix. You’ll get a message that it’s not available if your chosen domain name is already taken. Once you’re able to search for an available domain name, click Get It to purchase it.

Q: Can I have more than one Wix account?

A: Yes, you can have two or more Wix accounts as long as you use different emails and usernames for them all.

Q: Can I edit my site offline?

A: No. Your Wix editor should be connected to the internet (and Wix servers) for changes to take effect.

Q: How can I edit my website after publishing it?

A: It’s easy – just log in to your Wix account dashboard, click Manage Site, and click Edit Site. You can then do all the necessary changes that you want on your website.

Q: Where can I find my billing history?

A: To find all the payments you’ve made on a particular Wix account, just go to the Billing and Payments section and click on Billing History.

Q: Can I reactivate a plan I’ve already canceled?

A: Yes, you can reactivate your premium plan as long as your subscription is still active. All you have to do is turn on the auto-renew option on your Billing and Payments section so as to continue with their service. Now, if your subscription has already ended, you have no other choice but to get another plan.

Q: How can I duplicate my Wix site?

A: Log into your Wix account and go to Site Actions. Look for the Duplicate Site option and click on it. You will then be asked to enter a name for your duplicate site.

Q: How can I remove the Wix banner and favicon from my site?

A: You can’t remove the Wix ads and favicon from your site if you’re on the free and Connect Domain plans. You’ll have to subscribe to the higher priced plans to get the option of removing their banner and favicon from your site.

Q: How can I delete my Wix website?

A: Free or paid, you can delete your Wix site by going to your Dashboard and clicking on Actions. Find the option Move to Trash and click on it to delete your website permanently.

Squarespace FAQs

Q: What is Squarespace?

A: Squarespace is one of the most popular website builders today. It provides its users with a lot of templates to build their websites on without using any HTML codes and the like.

Q: What do I get when I subscribe to a Squarespace plan?

A: Well, it depends on the type of plan you get (higher priced plans have more features than lower priced plans). Basically, you’ll get the following:

  • Hosting
  • Drag-and-drop tools
  • Templates
  • Built-in SEO
  • 24/7 Support

Q: How will I know which template or theme to choose for my website?

A: Squarespace carries a wide selection of templates with different features and functions. You can go to its templates store and check out their wide selection of themes for different types of sites. Know that all their pre-made templates carry basic structures, but you can customize the look of your site further by adding content blocks.

Q: How much does Squarespace cost?

A: Squarespace comes with 4 subscription plans to choose from – you need to pick one. To make sure that you’ll get the plan that’s best for you, look at all the inclusions of each one first. Also, keep in mind that you can always upgrade or downgrade your plan (if your needs change).

Q: How will I know if Squarespace is right for me?

A: First of all, read the entirety of this post to know about its basic features and functions. Also, check out how it compares with Wix – you’ll then have 2 choices in picking the right website builder for you.

Q: Can I try Squarespace for free?

A: Yes, you can. Squarespace offers its users a 14-day free trial to test out their platform. You can then decide on the 15th day whether to continue using Squarespace or not.

Squarespace free trial

Q: Will Square refund my money after the 14-day free trial?

A: No, simply because you won’t have to pay for anything when you start your subscription for Squarespace. It’s only when you decide to continue with your subscription (after 14 days) that you’ll be asked to pay.

Q: How do I get started in Squarespace?

A: Just go to Squarespace.com, sign up, and choose one of the available plans there.

Q: Can I buy a domain from Squarespace?

A: Yes, you can – whether you’re already on a paid plan or just on a free trial. In fact, if you pay upfront for 1 whole year, you’ll get a free domain (free only for the first year, you’ll need to pay for renewal every year).

Q: Can I build my website by myself?

A: Yes, website builders such as Squarespace is designed as DIY – so, you really can do all the designing on your own even without coding knowledge. Squarespace’s support team is also available to help you 24/7.

Q: Can I ask someone to build my Squarespace website for me?

A: Of course, you can. You can hire a web designer to do the work for you if that’s what you want. You can actually get one from the Squarespace Marketplace. Note, however, that these Squarespace experts work independently from the Squarespace Company itself – therefore, you’ll need to make arrangements with them directly.

Q: What if I’m not ready to launch my site yet?

A: Squarespace allows you to keep your site in a private setting until you’re ready to publish it. You can, therefore, work on your site first before presenting it to the world.

Q: Can I move from another platform to Squarespace?

A: Yes, you can. You can easily transfer your domain to Squarespace, for one. As for your website, you can import your content from your current platform to Squarespace.

Q: How long will it take to transfer my domain from another registrant to Squarespace?

A: It takes more or less 15 days to transfer a domain to Squarespace. Usually, though, it only takes a couple of days.

Q: How much does a domain cost in Squarespace?

A: It depends on the type of TLD (.com, .net, .photography, etc.). Expect to pay $20 to $70 for your chosen TLD.

Q: How can I get a free Squarespace domain?

A: New plans with annual billing cycles get a free domain with their subscriptions (good for the first year only). Therefore, you need to choose the annual billing cycle to get your free domain name.

Q: Can I get more than one domain for my account?

A: Yes, you can. Just buy additional domains, if that’s what you want.

Q: How many domains am I allowed to buy?

A: You can buy as many domain names as you want.

Q: Can I get a domain on a monthly plan?

A: Sure, you can. However, you’ll need to pay for your chosen domain name as the free domain only applies to annual billing cycles.

Q: Are all TLDs available on Squarespace?

A: Squarespace has over 200 TLDs available to their customers. These include the most commons ones such as .com, .net, .org, .info, etc. You can also go for the new TLDs like .academy, .band, .church, etc.

Q: How can I get WHOIS privacy?

A: You don’t need to buy a separate WHOIS privacy as all domains purchased from Squarespace come with free WHOIS privacy.

Q: Can I rename a domain?

A: You can rename your domain only if it’s a built-in domain name (not with a custom domain). However, keep in mind that you only have 5 days upon registration to do this as it becomes permanent after said grace period.

Q: What does it mean that a domain is not available?

A: More often than not, the reason for this is that the domain you typed in is already taken.

Q: Am I allowed to remove the www from my domain address?

A: Yes, you can do this by going to the settings section and setting it up as your primary domain. However, this step is quite unnecessary as your site visitors will find your site whether they type the www or not.

Q: Can I keep my domain?

A: As long as you renew your domain name every year, it will remain your property.

Q: What should I do when my site starts behaving oddly?

A: When you notice strange things happening on your website, contact customer support immediately. Squarespace’s support team have access to all the information about bugs and other problems that may be causing these issues.

Q: Is Squarespace available in my country?

A: Although Squarespace is based in the U.S., its services are available worldwide. Right now, however, only Stripe and Paypal are supported as payment processors. If you have accounts with those two, you can subscribe to Squarespace.

Q: How can I make my Squarespace website go live?

A: Go to the Site Visibility Settings and click on Public. Now, if you want your site content to be visible only to a number of people, you can password protect it.

Q: Why doesn’t my Squarespace site load?

A: Here are some possible reasons for this:

  • Make sure that you have verified your ownership (within 15 days of your site creation) as not doing so will cause your site to get suspended (temporarily, of course).
  • Check to see if you’ve renewed your domain name. It must always be active to keep your website live.
  • If you’ve changed DNS settings, the changes can take up to 72 hours to take effect.

Q: How does my Squarespace URL look like?

A: All Squarespace websites carry a .squarespace.com URL – so, your site URL will look something like this: www.yoursite.squarespace.com. However, you can use a custom domain and have a URL like this: www.yoursite.com. Note, however, that you will always see the .squarespace.com URL on your browser when you log into your Squarespace account.

Q: Where can I keep track of my domains and sites?

A: Log in to your account and go to your dashboard. Look for the Domains tab and click on that. You’ll see an overview of all your domain names and the sites they’re attached to.

Q: Can I move my domains and change my billing plans?

A: Yes, you can move your domains through the Domains panel. You also have the option of canceling or changing the billing plans on your other Squarespace plans.

Q: Can I connect my Squarespace domain to another hosting provider?

A: You have the following options when it comes to this matter:

  • You can transfer your domain to another hosting provider by unlocking it from your current Squarespace site.
  • You can keep your domain registered to Squarespace and simply point to your new hosting provider.

Q: Will my domain renew automatically?

A: Your domain name is set (by default) to renew automatically (yearly). However, you have the option of disabling the auto-renewal function and simply renew your domain manually. Of course, you run the risk of losing your site if you fail to renew it on time. If that’s the case, it will no longer be available to you once someone gets to it upon expiration (and grace period).

Q: What will happen if my renewal fails?

A: Granting your setting is set to auto-renew your domain, the system will try every 5 days should the first attempt fail (for a total of 15 days). You will then be given another 30 days to reactivate your domain through your account’s Domains panel. After the 45-day grace period, your domain will be released back to Squarespace’s registrar pool and made available to the public again.

Q: Can I get a refund for my domain if I upgrade my plan from monthly to annually?

A: No, Squarespace won’t refund you for the domain you bought while on a monthly plan. However, you’ll still get a free domain when you upgrade your plan.

Q: Can I cancel a domain and get a refund?

A: Yes, you can. However, Squarespace only allows for a 5-day grace period after registration for you to cancel your domain (and get a refund). After the 5 days is over, Squarespace won’t refund you your money.

Q: What will happen if my subscribed plan expires?

A: If your plan expires but your domain is still active, your site will simply convert into a parked site. You then have the option to renew your plan and convert your site back to a live state.

Pros and Cons

In this section, we’re going to summarize Wix’s and Squarespace’s good and bad points by listing their pros and cons. Hopefully, these will further help you decide in the end as to which website builder is right for you.

Wix Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Large selection of elements – If you want to add a particular feature on your website, you will surely find it in Wix.
  • Beginner-friendly – Designing your Wix website requires you to simply move around elements until you find the right spot for them.
  • Fast and easy – Wix has a built-in artificial intelligence. When you opt to use the Wix ADI editor, all you have to do is answer a series of questions (such as your site’s name, purpose, color and font styles, etc.) and Wix will do the work for you.
  • Over 500 templates – Wix has A LOT of ready-made templates for you to choose from.
  • Mobile-responsive – Your Wix site is designed to be mobile-friendly (you don’t have to do anything with regards to this).
  • App Market – Wix has an App Market containing free and paid apps.
  • Interactive SEO wizard – You can use Wix’s SEO wizard to help you set up your site’s SEO.
  • On-page help – You’ll see a lot of question mark icons in Wix editors. If you need help about certain features and areas on your page while editing, clicking on the question marks will give you answers, tips, suggestions, tutorials, etc.
  • Free plan – You can use Wix’s free plan for as long as you want.
  • 14-day money back guarantees – All of Wix’s paid plans come with a 14-day money back guarantee tantamount to a 14-day free trial.
  • Several pricing plans – Wix allows you to choose from several pricing plans with the option to upgrade.
  • Selling options – You can sell physical and digital products.
  • Import and export availability – You can import and export product data to your Wix site.
  • Several payment gateways – Wix allows for the use of Paypal, Stripe, Square, etc.
  • Customized URLs – You have the option to customize URLs on your Wix site.
  • Heading options – Wix allows for the use of H1, H2, H3, H4, H5, and H6 for your headings.
  • Password protection – Wix allows for password protection for your site and pages.

Cons:

  • Too many elements – Just as having a lot of elements to choose from is a good thing, it can also be a bad thing. You can get easily overwhelmed at the number of choices Wix has to offer in terms of elements. We’ll have to advise you to resist the temptation of using too much just because these elements are cute and appealing.
  • Can’t switch templates – Right now, you’re not allowed to switch templates once your site goes live. Doing so will delete all your content and you’ll have to rebuild your site from scratch.
  • Unlimited bandwidth not available on all plans – Lower priced plans don’t come with unlimited bandwidth.
  • Unlimited storage is not offered – As of this writing, all Wix packages come with limited storage. You’ll have to get higher priced plans to get large storage.
  • No live chat – Live chat is not currently offered on Wix.
  • Unclear pricing – When you look at Wix’s pricing plans, you’ll see the monthly charges. However, these are actually monthly charges based on annual payments. You’ll only know the real monthly rate on a monthly basis upon checkout.
  • Inability to schedule posts – You can’t schedule posts for future publication in Wix’s editors. You can only save them in draft (and then publish them later).

Squarespace Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • High-quality templates – Squarespace has around 70 templates to choose from – and they’re all very well-made and professionally designed.
  • Mobile-responsive – Squarespace sites are automatically made to be mobile-friendly.
  • Ability to switch templates – You are allowed to change your site’s templates at any time (without losing any of your content).
  • Unlimited bandwidth – All Squarespace plans come with unlimited bandwidth.
  • Unlimited storage – All Squarespace plans come with unlimited storage.
  • Live chat – Squarespace has a live chat function for support.
  • Email support – Squarespace has a policy for an immediate email response (you’ll get a reply within 1 hour).
  • Help center – Squarespace’s Help Center comes with workshops, webinars, video tutorials, and more.
  • Clear pricing – You’ll see how much Squarespace plans cost in monthly and yearly payments when you visit its pricing page.
  • 14 days trial period – You can try out Squarespace for 14 days for free. You won’t even be required to give your payment information during this time.
  • Image cropping – With Squarespace, you can crop an image by setting your own focal point.
  • Ability to schedule posts – You can schedule posts for future publication when you use Squarespace’s editor.
  • Selling potential – You can sell physical and digital products with your Squarespace site.
  • Import options – You can import product data.
  • Several payment gateways – Squarespace currently has 2 payment gateways – Paypal and Stripe.
  • Customized URLs – Squarespace allows for URL customization for your site and web pages.
  • Heading options – Squarespace has 3 heading options – H1, H2, and H3.
  • Password protection – You can password protect your site and pages on Squarespace.

Cons:

  • Limited designing options – With Squarespace, you need to stay within a structure to design your website. You just can’t drag and drop content blocks anywhere on your editor page.
  • No app store – Squarespace has a lot of built-in features and elements that you can rely on. However, you can’t opt for additional apps as it doesn’t have an app store at this time.
  • Export options – You can’t export product data on Squarespace.
  • No phone support – Squarespace doesn’t have phone support right now.

Wix vs. Squarespace

Which Should You Choose – Wix or Squarespace?

As you can see, it’s a close fight between these two popular website builders – Wix and Squarespace. There were a lot of factors where we ended up calling it a tie because they both excelled and showed their powers on several features. Still, we consider Wix as the overall winner because of its flexibility (they have a lot of options in designing as well as in pricing).

Squarespace did win over Wix in the Blogging aspect as it really excelled in that area. So, do consider Squarespace if you’re planning on creating a blog platform as the main purpose of your site.

All in all, Wix has a little of everything – that’s why we like it. Still, it depends on you – the actual user. If you’re a beginner and want to put up a site quickly and effortlessly, we suggest going for Wix’s ADI editor. Also, if you’re a little short on the budget, you can choose from any of Wix’s cheaper plans and simply upgrade to a higher plan as more budget becomes available to you.

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