Comparison factor

Footnotes:
[1] Overall – Scores are based on average of scoring above – You should not base your decision solely on the average scores as there are many qualitative / subjective factors that you should consider prior to deciding. Our scoring is to help you narrow your choices, then you should always test out at least 2 of the website builders to see which one you are comfortable with before investing your time and money. We highly recommend you read our detailed reviews for each website builder as we cover each builder in much more depth in those reviews.

[2] Websites Powered – Number of websites powered (in millions) by each website builder is based on publicly available information. This does not necessarily equal to the number of active websites, or number of paying customers, but will give you an indication of its size.

[3] Design Flexibility – Refers to flexibility of where you can place content, access to HTML / CSS codes to make further customizations, or extent of tools provided by website builder to make modifications to design

[4] Themes – Squarespace themes are responsive and polished – by far the best amongst its peers. Wix has a very large library of professionally designed themes that spans across a lot of different industries, so it’s easy to find one that’s suitable for you. Weebly is gradually releasing more updated themes. If you want your web design to look good, click here to see a collection of free beautiful, professional themes.

[5] Responsive Themes – All Squarespace themes are mobile responsive and as such, all your website content will display nicely across mobile devices. For Weebly, they currently have 2 responsive themes so the selection is a bit limited. But going forward, we expect them to introduce more responsive templates.

[6] Mobile Editor – Squarespace doesn’t need a mobile editor as their design themes are fully responsive – meaning your website design is automatically optimized to look good on any mobile devices. Wix & GoDaddy mobile editors allow you to hide specific content on your mobile display, while keeping these content displayed on your desktop version of your site. This gives you flexibility to have more control over your visitors’ experience while they are surfing your site on their mobile devices. If you know a bit of codes, Jimdo gives you access to edit the CSS codes of your mobile site – an added flexibility.

[7] Pricing – Monthly pricing based on annual plans. Monthly price will be a bit higher if you enrolled on month-to-month payment plans. Pricing plans should not be compared directly based on pricing, as each website builder offers different features for their own plans. Please read our detailed review for each website builder for further details. We also have more discussions about the cost of building a website here.

[8] Free Domain – For web builders that offer you free custom domain names, you have to sign up to their annual plans. For Wix, you only get a free domain name if you sign up to their Combo or higher plans. For Jimdo, you get 2 free domain names with their Business Plan, and 1 free domain name with their Pro Plan.

[9] SEO – Squarespace gives you full control over page titles, meta descriptions and custom URL. It also has the “Google Author Rank” built into your profile to improve your search engine exposure & site indexing. This is automatically done so you don’t have to manually insert snippets of codes into your site which is very convenient. Wix allows page level control, including H1 to H6 titles, but you cannot customize your URL. Weebly allows page level control but no H1 title tags (on page level) or custom URL. Jimdo only allows page level title and meta description controls if you upgrade. IM Creator only allows you site wide SEO configuration, but not on a page level.

[10] Export Website – Squarespace websites can be exported into WordPress, allowing you to edit your content in WordPress without knowing codes. For Weebly and IM Creator, you can export HTML / CSS codes to upload into your own host. But to edit your site, you will need to modify the codes yourself. For GoDaddy, you can create backup points and restore your website if you want to go back to an older design.
[11] Support – Squarespace provides 24/7 email support and answers you within 1 hour. Live chat support (Squarespace & Weebly) only available during day time. Wix’s phone support is available across all plans (including the free plan) which is fantastic, and if you are a VIP plan user, you get access to their “VIP Team”. Weebly also recently introduced phone support.

[12] Blogging – Squarespace allows you to schedule when to publish your post (so you can write ahead of time). It can also connect & automatically publish your blog post on your Facebook & Twitter accounts. Squarespace has the “Google Author Rank” built into your profile (to improve your search engine & blog indexing), a spam blocker, built in integration with Disqus commenting system (if you don’t want to use Squarespace’s commenting system), and has multiple author support for guest postings. Wix integrates Facebook commenting system and you can style your blog background, which is an added flexibility. Weebly also allows you to schedule when to publish your post, as a spam blocker, as well as allowing you to choose between Disqus, Facebook or their own commenting system, giving you a bit more flexibility on which platform you’d like to use. IM Creator does not offer a blog system, so you need to set up your own blog elsewhere (such as on Tumblr or WordPress).

[13] e-Commerce – If you are building an online store, see our e-commerce builder comparison chart. Even though Wix has decent e-commerce tools, you can access even more powerful tools through the Wix App Market (our review), allowing you to bolt on powerful e-commerce platforms such as Shopify (our review) or Ecwid. Currently, GoDaddy and IM Creator do not offer any e-commerce features – but you can use 3rd party e-commerce software such as Ecwid to add e-commerce function to your website.

[14] Email Service – For Squarespace, Weebly and Wix, you can get your own custom email address through Google Business Apps (Gmail, but for businesses) for about $4 per month. For Jimdo, GoDaddy and IM Creator – “Upgrade” means that email service is only included if you upgrade to the web builder’s premium plans.

[15] Newsletter Creator – Wix & Jimdo have built-in newsletter creators where you can send your contact list update newsletters. For Wix, their newsletter creator (called Shoutout) allows you to import email addresses from your Gmail or Outlook / Hotmail. You can also automatically insert addresses of people who has contacted you through your contact form.

[16] Membership Creator – Wix and Weebly allows you to create a membership log in function, where your visitors can register to become members of your website. You can restrict webpages where only your members have access to them. This is a helpful tool if you want to create private clubs / classes, or just restrict content from being accessible by the public. With Wix, you just add on their Member Login app (from their App Market) to your Wix site and you can create unlimited number of memberships. With Weebly, you can have up to 20 members with their Pro Plan, or unlimited members with their Business Plan.

[17] Mobile Apps – Squarespace as 4 mobile apps, allowing you to write blog posts, manage comments, monitor traffic, track social followers, showcase your galleries / portfolio in a as a presentation on your iPad / iPhone, and a note app so you can keep track of your ideas which syncs with your website, Evernote, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. Wix has a mobile app for their Wix ShoutOut function, allowing you to create newsletter directly on your mobile device to send to your newsletter subscribers. The Weebly App allows you to build your entire website (with their iPad app), write blog posts, manage comments, monitor traffic, and manage products & get sales notifications for your online store (using the iPhone & Android app). With the iPad app, you can even create your Weebly site offline (without internet connection) so you can work anywhere. Jimdo’s mobile App allows you to build / update your entire site (including blog posts), and monitor your traffic. It is the only App that allows you to build an entire website through the App.

[18] Multiple Editors – Squarespace & Weebly allow you to add editors with different levels of access / authority rights to help you manage your website. You can set limits so some editors can’t access all parts of your website. This is a very handy tool if you plan on having a team to help you manage and/or build your site.

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