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Wix vs Squarespace: Comparing Two Giants [In 2024]

Andrés Gánem Andrés GánemWebsite Development Expert March 01, 2024
March 01, 2024
Wix and Squarespace are by far two of the largest players in the website-building industry. That’s not just because of fame either (though kudos to their respective marketing teams) – the two builders also offer an intuitive, customizable, and versatile website-building experience. After all, there’s a reason why the two usually make it to the top of our lists.

However, second best won’t cut it for a professional website, especially if you’re considering the more feature-rich, expensive plans. I set out to compare these two web-building giants to find the ideal choice for you.

After creating my own website using both builders and conducting exhaustive research, Wix seems to be the best choice for most users.

Most is not all, though. And as much as I love to put on my all-knowing, immaculately objective reviewer hat, more than once, the decision boiled down to personal preference. So, read on to discover for yourself which builder is right for your needs, or go ahead and sign up to Wix for free right now.

1. Ease of Use

Getting Started With Wix and Squarespace

Wix and Squarespace are as user-friendly as website builders come. For both, all you have to do is head over to their respective pages, create an account, and select create website. After that, you have three options: start with a template, a blank canvas, or use either builder’s proprietary technology to design a custom site for you.

In Wix’s case, this technology comes as an AI chatbot. This chatbot will ask you questions about your site, such as your name, general information about your website, and any further details you’d like to add. If you plan to have a blog, Wix will even ask for any topics you’d want to include.

Wix AI Website Building Chat
This video has been edited for time and to save you my attempts to spell Ecosystem
Once you’re done “talking” to this chatbot, Wix will redirect you to your website’s dashboard, which will now include apps, text, and images based on your answers. However, this isn’t the same as letting Wix AI design your website for you. You’ll still have to click Design your website to create its visual identity.

You can still start with a pre-made template at this point. If you feel like letting Wix do all the hard work for you, you can also just let Wix generate your website’s template automatically.

Squarespace doesn’t have the same AI chatbot as Wix, but it offers a more versatile template creator called Squarespace Blueprint. With Squarespace Blueprint, you can build a template that is exclusively created for your site. Simply navigate to the template page and select build your own template.

Squarespace Blueprint In Action
Squarespace Blueprint isn’t as specific, but it’s still a great way to customize your template
After you write down your website’s name, Squarespace will let you build your homepage by choosing what content to add from various pre-made sections. Then, you’ll get to pick which extra pages you want to add, the color palette for your site, and its typography. Finally, you can start editing or let Squarespace’s AI text generator pre-write some content by filling out a quick description of your business.

Though Wix’s AI chatbot gives slightly more personalized results, both builders offer simple tools to let you create a customized starting point for your ideal website. You can also go with the traditional route of selecting any of Wix or Squarespace’s high-quality templates and manually editing your site’s design.

They’re Both Easy To Use, Just in Different Ways

You’ll hear a lot about structured and unstructured design when comparing these two in terms of actually customizing your site. But what does that mean, exactly? Wix provides an “unstructured” design because it’s a proper drag-and-drop editor. Essentially, you can choose any element from Wix’s massive catalog and place it anywhere you want on your site.

Wix Drag-and-drop editor
Wix’s drag-and-drop editor is simple and intuitive
This might sound awesome on paper, and it can be, but it can also be overwhelming if you don’t feel comfortable with your web design skills. After all, Wix’s complete creative freedom also means you’re free to mess up your site’s structure, which is much easier than it seems, even for professionals.

Poorly made Wix Website
Complete freedom also involves complete freedom to mess up your site
Wix allows you to place pre-made content blocks (known as sections) onto your page, and you can easily edit global styles. So, it’s not like you’re entirely on your own when designing your site. But, almost paradoxically, you wouldn’t be taking full advantage of Wix’s flexibility if you let pre-made sections do all the work for you.

Squarespace, on the other hand, has something that is best described as a section editor. You start by adding sections and defining the structure of your site, and you can then add custom elements to almost any region. However, you can’t add a block (Squarespace’s verbiage for widgets) anywhere in a section. Squarespace implements a grid system to ensure that your content remains well-structured.

Squarespace Grid Editor
Squarespace gives you a more structured approach to design
These two builders feel different. Theoretically, you could go section-by-section with Wix or add a bunch of blank sections and fill them with content blocks with Squarespace. Establishing a set structure before tweaking things makes more sense when creating with Squarespace. Conversely, Wix encourages a more fluid approach, where you start working with individual components and adjust the overall structure as you progress.

Though both systems are straightforward to use, especially considering the creative freedom they give you, I’m giving Squarespace the win in this category. Both builders make it easy for anyone to create their own site, but Squarespace makes it considerably harder to create a poorly structured or bad-looking site.

2. Templates

You’ll Find Some of the Best Website Builder Templates Here

No matter how you look at it, Wix and Squarespace have some of the best templates out of any website builder. I’ll admit that this is, in part, a personal opinion, but both builders hit the right spot when it comes to template quantity, quality, and customizability.

Even while services like WordPress.com or Shopify offer thousands of third-party templates, these usually come at a cost and require external plugins to edit, if they are even that editable at all. Other builders might offer templates that all look sort of the same or strict layouts that you’ll be stuck with if you want to edit your site. Wix and Squarespace’s templates are free, numerous, and neatly designed.

Wix Template Gallery
Wix’s templates are varied, vibrant, and versatile
Wix offers over 800 templates separated into 19 categories and 79 sub-categories. These categories separate each template based on utility and topic, which means that whether you’re looking to create a sports blog or a recycling facility website, there’ll be at least one template that’s ideal for you (I’m not joking about those examples – there really is a template for recycling facilities).

Also, as we discussed previously, Wix offers incredible customization freedom. Turning a spiritual wellness podcast template into a stunning website for selling pet clothes is definitely possible.

Wix template Customization
You’re not restricted to a template’s listed purpose
I won’t lie. There are bound to be weak links in a list of 800+ templates. However, most Wix templates are unique, well-designed, and visually attractive. On the other hand, Squarespace offers a more limited selection of over 160 templates (which is still impressive compared to the competition). These templates are separated into 19 topics based on content and 8 types based on functionality.

Squarespace template gallery
Squarespace offers stylish, minimalist templates
Though Squarespace’s offering is smaller, almost every template in its catalog looks sleek. There’s a reason why you might hear that Squarespace has “award-winning templates.” Sure, the awards in question were the Webbys that took place over a decade ago, but still, Squarespace templates are remarkable.

This section is incredibly close to being a tie. However, considering that most templates in Wix’s selection of over 800 are great, I’m compelled to give it the win. That said, you should definitely consider Squarespace if you’re looking for gorgeous, eye-catching templates with minimalist designs.

3. Apps and Add-Ons

Squarespace Integrates Services – Wix Has an App for That

One of Squarespace’s greatest strengths is how seamlessly it integrates with third-party services. Though you might not see an app market at first, if you look closely, you’ll notice that features like audio embedding and appointment tools are managed by other services like SoundCloud and Acuity.

These integrations are smooth, almost seamless. Even when you use a third-party service, it still feels like you’re using Squarespace and not jumping over to a different site. Most importantly, all official integrations include full support from Squarespace’s team. That doesn’t mean Squarespace doesn’t offer an app market, though – it’s just a little harder to find.

Squarespace Extensions
Squarespace offers few but well-curated extensions
On your site settings tab, all you have to do is scroll down to the Third Party Tools section and click on All Sections to access Squarespace’s integration market. There, you’ll find dozens of sections specifically catered to business management under categories such as Business Tools and Shipping and Fulfillment.

Conversely, Wix adopts a “more is more” approach to its apps. Though it also offers built-in integrations with services like Vimeo and SoundCloud, its app market is more extensive and easier to find. Wix’s app market offers hundreds of third-party apps for everything from third-party integrations to analytics, fun 3D effects, and image editing tools.

Wix App Market
Wix offers a massive selection of available apps
There’s a growing trend here. While Squarespace carefully curates the elements it incorporates into the builder, Wix’s approach is more of a free-for-all.

Squarespace offers 180+ carefully designed templates for professional websites. Wix has over 800 templates for anything you can think of. Squarespace offers few but tried-and-tested integrations with business tools. With Wix, you’re as likely to find an app to keep track of your website’s metrics as one that makes it snow somewhere on your page for whatever reason.

Though it’s easy to take cheap shots at some of the more baffling apps in Wix’s market, in the end, it’s still quite impressive. The sheer number of apps on display means that while you might see more useless apps, you also unlock many potentially useful apps.

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4. E-Commerce

Both Have Strong E-Commerce Tools – Squarespace Refines Them More

Squarespace and Wix go almost toe-to-toe with regard to e-commerce. Though neither is a dedicated e-commerce platform, they both offer services like automatic tax calculation, inventory tracking, digital products, social media sales, and more. Both builders handle their e-commerce interface through a dedicated dashboard, so there’s not much difference there, either.

Naturally, you don’t get as many layout options when designing your store pages, but both Squarespace and Wix have a variety of layouts that you can try. With either service, your store’s aesthetics will change to match your overall site theme. And since e-commerce integration is built into both services from the beginning, it all looks and runs smoothly.

Squarespace Store
Squarespace makes it easy to update your e-commerce store
Whichever you choose, remember that you can’t sell products on the cheapest plan. To access e-commerce capabilities, you must upgrade to Wix’s Core plan or Squarespace’s Business to handle basic e-commerce.

Squarespace handles its integrated dashboard in a way that (seems to me) is more intuitive. Some of its more specialized tools come built-in, while you might need a third-party app from Wix for the same functionality. But frankly, that’s the only aspect preventing this category from being an outright draw.

5. Blogging

Squarespace Has the Better Writing Experience for Bloggers

The blog systems on Squarespace and Wix are very similar – but not quite as similar as the e-commerce features. With either service, you’ll have a fully functioning blog with options to save drafts, schedule your posts for publishing, and add categories.

One big difference is that Wix’s blog post editor is a separate interface from the rest of your site. It’s not a bad post editor, but while you’re writing, you can’t get a clear idea of how your content will look to your users. Wix is a site builder, so you should be able to do that, right?

Meanwhile, you write blog posts on Squarespace in a way that feels like designing a page in the drag-and-drop editor. You don’t get the same design and layout freedom, but you get a good look at how your post will appear to your readers.

Squarespace wins again. And not just because of the writing experience. On the back end, where you manage all your posts, Squarespace has a search bar to help you find older posts faster. Wix doesn’t have that. If you blog for long enough, believe me, you’ll want a search bar!

If you need a more sophisticated blogging platform – in fact, a content management system (CMS) that was initially built for bloggers – read my full WordPress review.

6. Marketing

Wix Offers a Complete Suite of Marketing Tools

Squarespace is undoubtedly a heavy hitter when it comes to marketing. Not only does Squarespace make it exceedingly simple to create email campaigns, but you also get the same focus on stunning visuals that you get on the page editor, so you can really “wow” potential clients with your email campaigns.

Beyond that, Squarespace also does an admirable job of letting you track your campaign’s performance. Besides email campaigns, Squarespace’s integrated marketing dashboard lets you control settings like your SEO appearance, add promotional pop-ups to your page, or even create ads for Meta-managed sites (such as Facebook and Instagram).

Squarespace Marketing Dashboard
Squarespace gives you useful and intuitive tools for marketing
Still, the title gives it away that Wix is the winner for this section. So, if Squarespace’s marketing tools are so good, how does Wix come out on top? Even though Squarespace offers a useful suite of marketing tools, and I’d say its marketing dashboard is more intuitive, Wix offers far more valuable marketing tools than Squarespace.

Wix Marketing Dashboard
Wix’s marketing dashboard is brimming with useful features
Wix offers every tool that Squarespace does on its marketing dashboard. However, it goes a step further by allowing deeper integration into SEO settings. You can connect to Google ads, obtain a Google business profile, and create custom visitor forms. Moreover, Wix enables the creation of custom branding elements such as logos, t-shirts, and business cards.

The fact that I haven’t seen anyone use a business card in almost a decade notwithstanding, marketing is one of those areas where you want to get as many tools as you can get your hands on. So, Wix takes the crown here.

7. SEO

Wix Takes SEO to a Whole New Level

I’ll cut straight to the chase, but stop me if you’ve heard this one before. While Squarespace offers high-quality, intuitive SEO features, Wix’s SEO is a little rougher around the edges, but it gives you more flexibility. I told you it’d be a recurring theme.

Besides the basic things like meta tags and URL editing, Wix allows you to edit URL redirects and even Robots.txt files. Those files “communicate” directly with web browsers and directly influence your site’s search engine rankings.

If you want a way to start optimizing your site quickly, Wix has you covered there, too, with an AI-driven tool called Wix SEO Wiz. Like before, all you have to do is answer a short set of questions, and Wix will automatically adjust your site’s SEO settings based on your answers.

Wix SEO Checklist
Wix can help you get your SEO up and running quickly
Squarespace, on the other hand, offers just the essential SEO tools you’d expect from a competent builder. You can change tags, meta descriptions, and make basic URL adjustments – and that’s pretty much it.

However, it’s worth noting that Squarespace also lets you hire an SEO expert to optimize your site for you. Since it’s a paid service and Squarespace still offers fewer base SEO tools than Wix, it’s still not enough to score it a win.

8. Pricing

Overall, Squarespace Is Slightly More Affordable

If you’re looking to spend nothing on your site and keep it, Wix is the only one offering a free plan. Your site will have a Wix subdomain and a fair bit of Wix advertising, and you won’t be able to access any store functionalities. A free Wix site is not an option for a professional website, but it works well enough for a school project or an RPG campaign.

Squarespace has no free plan, but you can take it for a test drive with the 14-day free trial. Though that’s shorter than the standard 30-day free trial of other builders, I would say it’s more than enough to decide if you vibe with Squarespace enough to make a long-term commitment.

That said, I’m assuming that if you’ve made it this far, you’re interested in a fully-fledged, professional website, so let’s talk prices.

The Plans Compared

Wix Light Squarespace Personal Wix Business Squarespace Business
Free Domain (1yr)
Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Storage 2GB Unlimited 50GB Unlimited
SEO Optimization
Analytics App
E-commerce features
If you choose to pay annually, the Wix Light and Squarespace’s Personal plan will cost you about the same. They’re both very similar in terms of functionality, too. They give access to a free domain for one year, a website free of branding, and a modest amount of storage space.

Just like the name suggests, these plans are ideal if you want a site for purely personal purposes, and since they’re both so similarly priced, the choice comes down to which builder you’d prefer. That gap widens a bit when we start to look at business plans.

Wix and Squarespace’s “Business” plans (both marked as “recommended” on their pricing pages) will come up to $36.00 and $23.00 per month, respectively. Both plans give you access to e-commerce capabilities, site analytics, and marketing integrations.

Both Wix and Squarespace offer four paid plans with similar features compared to their closest-priced counterpart. However, Squarespace always offers a better annual price for all plans except the starter one.

Both Wix and Squarespace charge proportionately more if you decide to pay monthly. Conversely, Wix lets you set a billing period of up to three years, which comes out as significantly more affordable when compared to Squarespace. However, as annual billing is the go-to option for most users, I’d say that this category goes out to Squarespace.

9. Customer Support

Squarespace Support Is Simply More Efficient

In my experience, Wix’s customer support has always been rather hit-or-miss. Sometimes, you get an efficient response to whatever question you have in minutes. Other times, you get dragged around in a loop of links and articles that don’t answer your question.

Squarespace’s support is a different story entirely. In his independent review, my colleague found that Squarespace is consistently efficient, regardless of whether you contact them through live chat, email ticket, or even on the official Squarespace forum.

Squarespace Support
Squarespace’s support was more efficient and far more extensive
Though Wix’s support has its moments, I’m afraid this one is an easy win for Squarespace.

Wix Delivers Complete Site-Building Freedom

As much as I like Squarespace’s approach to structured design and business-oriented features, you simply can’t beat Wix’s complete creative freedom. If you truly want to make any site imaginable, Wix is the only platform to do that confidently if you’re not a professional designer.

Wix’s massive gallery of templates, extended app store, and toolbox of marketing features also make it a more versatile option. It doesn’t matter if you need a website for your dental office, law firm, or new book. Wix can help you build that website.

However, You Should Use Squarespace Anyway If…

Squarespace emerges as the clear front-runner for those aiming to build a website with stunning aesthetics, particularly for business purposes like portfolios or galleries. Its highly curated editor not only equips you with the latest features but also prevents gaffes and awkward mistakes. Essentially, you’re guaranteed to create a website that engages visitors and makes a lasting impression.

FAQ

Which is cheaper, Wix or Squarespace?

That depends entirely on what you plan to use either for. If you want to create a site for fun or a pet project, Wix offers a forever-free plan – Squarespace doesn’t. However, Squarespace delivers lower prices and fewer hidden upsells for professional-oriented plans. Check out the section above for a complete comparison of both builders’ pricing.

Is Wix or Squarespace easier for someone who has never built a website?

Both Wix and Squarespace are exceedingly easy to use for beginners. However, since Wix offers complete design freedom, while Squarespace offers a more on-rail experience, Squarespace might be the better starting point for absolute beginners. Either way, both builders are among some of the most intuitive in the market, so you should have no problem getting started.

Wix or Squarespace for blogging – which is better?

Though Wix offers a wider array of possibilities for website design and functionality, Squarespace streamlines the blogging experience, making it easy to create and maintain an active blog.

Wix or Squarespace – which is better?

They’re both top options. Do you want a simple but visually appealing site? Squarespace. Do you want a website for an extremely niche topic with custom functionalities? Wix. Remember, however, that those two aren’t the only options, and the best website builder will always be the one that best adapts to your needs. If you’re looking for your ideal builder, I recommend you check out our list of the best website builders in 2024.

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Ana Karla Escobar
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Hola Ezequiel yo soy mexicana pero vivo en Italia, escribiste que Wix en México es +barata, estando en Italia como puedo lograr que me de precio mexicano? con tarjeta bancaria mexicana? Yo quiero abrir mi web como blog y para vender productos en Italia, pero nunca heconstruido una Pagina web. Mi segunda pregunta sería, en caso de que Wix me respete el precio mexicano, de verdad me convendría mucho más que Squarespace? Por que tu artóculo en realidad me vendió mejor a Squarespace y lo único que me hizo duda fue lo del precio +barato en México . Saludos!
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Puedes usar una VPN para cambiar tu ubicación de IP a México y obtener un precio más bajo para Wix. Dicho esto, si desea vender productos en su sitio (en Italia), podría ser más fácil ir con una cuenta italiana, por lo que no aparecerán conflictos más adelante. En cuanto a la elección entre Wix y Squarespace, ambos son constructores excepcionales, por lo que no puedes equivocarte con ninguno de los dos. Recomendaría Wix si desea acceder a más plantillas y más libertad para personalizarlas. Sin embargo, si no le importa tener menos opciones de personalización (y acceso a menos plantillas), Squarespace podría ser una mejor opción porque ofrece una experiencia general más fluida. Squarespace no tiene un plan gratuito (como Wix), pero puedes usar la prueba gratuita de 14 días para probarlo y ver si es adecuado para ti.
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Wix has terrible support and after the first year they start charging for things you didn't know you signed up for. I'd stay away from wix unless you use the free version.
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I have used both Squarespace and Wix. Wix is a definite winner for me. Squarespace is just so limited with the helpful tools and how much you can do with your site. Wix is much better, at least in my opinion.
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