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144 Ratings
60 Ratings
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Score 8 out of 101

Squarespace

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Score 8.3 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

The service provision is good the accounts customer service is poor so I would struggle to give BC a better than average review, if only they could offer customers a better accounts service then the value would be much higher.
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Squarespace

Squarespace is great if you're updating a client's site that they've made themselves using less-than-optimal software. I've used it for lots of small businesses and sole proprietors that know that their site is out of date and doesn't serve their needs any longer, but are not sure where to look for an alternative. Squarespace allows me as a designer to set up a functional and beautiful site quickly for my clients. If I'm dealing with an enterprise-level client that has more specific needs, Squarespace would not be my first choice since its customizability is limited (though well-suited for most small businesses).
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.6
Squarespace
WYSIWYG email editor
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
2.4
Squarespace
Dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
9.0
Squarespace
Ability to test dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.8
Squarespace
Landing pages
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.9
Squarespace
A/B testing
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.0
Squarespace
Mobile optimization
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
8.0
Squarespace
Email deliverability
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
8.1
Squarespace
List management
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
3.1
Squarespace
Triggered drip sequences
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.8
Squarespace

Lead Management

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
1.7
Squarespace
Lead nurturing
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
1.7
Squarespace
Lead scoring and grading
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
2.2
Squarespace
Data quality management
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
1.4
Squarespace
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
1.7
Squarespace

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
2.4
Squarespace
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
2.4
Squarespace
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
2.3
Squarespace

Social Media Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
8.2
Squarespace
Social sharing and campaigns
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.8
Squarespace
Social profile integration
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
8.6
Squarespace

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.0
Squarespace
Dashboards
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
8.0
Squarespace
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.0
Squarespace
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.0
Squarespace

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.5
Squarespace
8.1
API
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.6
Squarespace
7.9
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.0
Squarespace
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.0
Squarespace
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
5.5
Squarespace
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Squarespace
8.3

Security

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Squarespace
8.8
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Squarespace
8.8

Web Content Creation

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Squarespace
8.5
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Squarespace
8.6
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Squarespace
8.1
Admin section
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Squarespace
8.4
Page templates
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Squarespace
8.5
Library of website themes
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Squarespace
8.4
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Squarespace
8.9
Publishing workflow
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Squarespace
8.6
Form generator
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Squarespace
8.3

Web Content Management

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Squarespace
7.3
Content taxonomy
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Squarespace
7.6
SEO support
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Squarespace
7.5
Bulk management
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Squarespace
6.6
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Squarespace
7.1
Community / comment management
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Squarespace
7.6

Pros

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

  • Analytics: I am able to see on multiple levels traffic, clicks, and most importantly search terms for improving SEO. The reports are easy to generate as well as read, especially for small inexperienced business owners.
  • Marketing: When using the BC platform businesses are able to link up easily with Adobe Marketing to automatically send out emails and newsletters. Its a very smooth and painless process.
  • Online Editing: This is probably the best part of BC. Once a design is approved and launched on the platform, my clients do not have to contact me for small content updates. This frees me up as a small business owner to concentrate on design, new clients, and larger projects for existing clients.
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Squarespace

  • Very robust how-to and troubleshooting guides – if you're trying to do something specific, a quick google search will lead you to a writeup by Squarespace of exactly the issue you're trying to solve. Comparing this to competitors where you're more or less on your own, Squarespace makes you feel confident that you can make any change you'd want.
  • Well-designed template sites – you'd have to try very hard to create an ugly site when you've got such robust templates to work with. Plus design fundamentals like ample white space and color palettes are built in to the design process.
  • Lots of options – Squarespace has beautifully-designed add-ons that clients ask for (such as adding a dynamic map to their site which shows their shop's location). These options require no jury-rigging and dovetail with the design of the site.
  • Unbreakable web design – there is no way to break your site, unlike with competitors where you're trying to cobble together plug-ins to make your site function how you'd want it.
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Cons

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

  • The Web Forms is very helpful and easy to create. Placing the forms is simple especially when inserting as a module. The problem comes after placement. It is time consuming if there are any edits that need to be made to the form. For example, if you are in the U.S., you typically do not want other countries to show up on a dropdown menu. It would be great if BC would allow you to check the countries (or states) that you want to be active. Also, often times within a web form you may want to include to separate address fields. That is not allowed unless you go back and do custom editing for the forms. "Workarounds" are typically possible but for the designer, anything that adds time to the process also cuts down on profitability.
  • Where we enjoy the ease of creating Photo Galleries, we also don't like the fact that you can style the output like you can within other module templates. For example, many clients would like to offer better descriptions and even style the descriptions. If displaying a photo from a art museum, you may want to give the proper title and that would include italicizing the name of the artwork.
  • One of our biggest pet peeves is the fact that BC only offers the European date style when displaying that dates in the modules. You should be able to check a box on which date style should be shown.
  • On Web Apps, almost everything is fantastic EXCEPT for the ability to sort web app items by date. If I wanted to create a calendar of events based on a web app I want to create, I would want to be able to display those items in chronological order.
  • The Event Module is great except the way it uses a quirky form to process payments and reserve events. It should behave more like an ecommerce solution where the form is easier to fill out, customize, submit and process.
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Squarespace

  • I had difficulty embedding video content into it. I got it to work but it took longer than it should have.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 9.4
Based on 10 answers
It's a robust and reliable product.
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Squarespace

Squarespace 10.0
Based on 4 answers
Unless our website requires significantly more functionality in the future, I can't see us terminating our contract
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Usability

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 9.7
Based on 4 answers
It's easy to log in; areas are well marked, and support is available if needed.
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Squarespace

Squarespace 10.0
Based on 3 answers
It's dead simple to use. There are no over complicated controls or tons of menus to screw things up. People with bad taste couldn't make an ugly website. While it may be frustrating for the pro designer to get exactly what they want, it prevents the uninitiated from making something ugly
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Reliability and Availability

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 9.0
Based on 4 answers
very few issues with availability
Jerry Dever profile photo

Squarespace

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Very few issues
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Squarespace

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 8.6
Based on 5 answers
The support provided by Adobe is excellent. Though the knowledge base, forums, blogs and online chat questions most all answers can be found. In the event that you are unable to find an answer or you have a unique situation simply post a question to the forums. These forums are regularly monitored by Adobe and its users.
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Squarespace

Squarespace 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Easy to find support on their website.
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Online Training

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 8.6
Based on 2 answers
bcgurus.comkiyuco
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Squarespace

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 9.6
Based on 3 answers
Pretty easy to do
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Squarespace

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

I prefer Adobe Business Catalyst to the open source competitors because they require a bit of upkeep to keep versions and plug-ins updated; BC does the versioning and updating for you.
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Squarespace

When it comes to website management, user interface is everything. You have to be able to dive in and make sure things get done. If you can't operate the site - or make changes - easily, then you are going to sink with the amount of things you need to do to remain current. We chose Squarespace because it was the most efficient design when it comes to UX that would also cultivate the ability to make changes quickly. We wanted a program that anyone could use if something happened to the person managing it, and Squarespace provided the best option.
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Scalability

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 9.0
Based on 2 answers
It's easy to build small sites or large sites and there is lots of templating.
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Squarespace

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

  • Has allowed us to develop websites about 25-50% faster when compared with WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Umbraco, Modx, Miva, etc.
  • Has eliminated the need to manually updated the content management system, which is the main weakness of WordPress
  • Has become our default web content management system, which has led to website development driving growth for our business in addition to our strategic marketing consulting and research services
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Squarespace

  • I can't really justify this as we use our site to gather leads, and the leads are all funneled through the site. Our estimate would be imbalanced because everyone goes to our website to schedule a tour and the website sells the school. So, the answer would be that it is very positive; however, there is no other direction for it to go unless we start getting no tours!
  • Squarespace is the foundation of our business objectives because it allows us to convey them on the web. It makes it easy to display them, so it has helped encourage our objectives.
  • The only negative would be that at times it can be too easy. We are wordy and have - at times - overextended ourselves in writing way too much on our site, and overloading the content to a point where it was just too burdensome to read.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Squarespace

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

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