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Squarespace

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Score 7.8 out of 101

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Score 8.4 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Business Catalyst

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 I've used it for lots of small businesses and sole proprietors that know that their site is out of date and doesn't serve their needs any longer, but are not sure where to look for an alternative.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
6.5
Squarespace
WYSIWYG email editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
Squarespace
Dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
9.0
Squarespace
Ability to test dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.6
Squarespace
Landing pages
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.7
Squarespace
A/B testing
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
Squarespace
Mobile optimization
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
Squarespace
Email deliverability
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.1
Squarespace
List management
Adobe Business Catalyst
3.2
Squarespace
Triggered drip sequences
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.8
Squarespace

Lead Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
Squarespace
Lead nurturing
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
Squarespace
Lead scoring and grading
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.2
Squarespace
Data quality management
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.4
Squarespace
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
Squarespace

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
Squarespace
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
Squarespace
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.3
Squarespace

Social Media Marketing

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

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Squarespace
Dashboards
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
Squarespace
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Squarespace
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.1
Squarespace

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.4
Squarespace
8.0
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Squarespace
7.8
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
Squarespace
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.0
Squarespace
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst
5.5
Squarespace
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
8.3

Security

Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
8.8
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
8.8

Web Content Creation

Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
8.6
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
8.7
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
8.5
Admin section
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
8.4
Page templates
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
8.4
Library of website themes
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
8.2
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
8.9
Publishing workflow
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
8.7
Form generator
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
8.6

Web Content Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
7.4
Content taxonomy
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
7.8
SEO support
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
7.5
Bulk management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
6.7
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
7.1
Community / comment management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
7.6

Pros

  • As mentioned previously, we use the Content Holder module quite often because of the ability to place any html content that is prone to being frequently edited. It simplifies the process and allows us to simplify our templates.
  • We also like the ease of the Photo Gallery and how simple it is to either add or remove photos from the gallery once it has been placed.
  • Media Downloads seems to be a very helpful resource. With its ability to be categorized both by file type and customized categories within the web site and then placed by category also helps us streamline document placement especially when there are large number of those resources to organize.
  • News is obviously a much needed resource and it is simple to add news items, classify them and place them on template pages where they are fed. It is one of the easiest items to teach new clients how to manage.
  • Web Apps is our most prized module because of the ease of creating a database, then being able to style the output in any shape form or fashion.
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  • Ease of use with its drag and drop interface.
  • Beautiful templates — more so than other easy to use builder tools like Weebly or Wix.
  • Extensive and well-designed elements, including fonts.
  • Images are presented beautifully.
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Cons

  • The learning curve can be steep.
  • There is no access to the server side programming so some functionality needs a work around or cannot be accomplished.
  • It is more expensive for users than many of the other website options.
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  • Sometimes it can be a little difficult to shift things around.
  • There are limits on how many pages you can have depending on the payment tier you have.
  • I'd love to be able to adjust the size of items more easily without it affecting the way other images or items appear on the page.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Business Catalyst9.4
Based on 10 answers
Actually with Business Catalyst there is no renewal; once you are a partner, you are a partner for as long as you like. It is an investment in your business not simply a product you purchase...and as an investment in partnership with Adobe, both are committed to each other's success.
Pauline Kraus profile photo
Squarespace10.0
Based on 4 answers
I've renewed my Squarespace 3 years in a row
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Usability

Adobe Business Catalyst9.7
Based on 4 answers
Overall it is a "plug and play" interface. The majority of the work is done in other software interfaces. Managing billing, user roles and custom reports are all that you need to manage in the actual BC user interface. For my business this is an incredible benefit as I have to leave my preferred software less.
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Squarespace10.0
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 Catalyst9.0
Based on 4 answers
very few issues with availability
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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Adobe Business Catalyst8.2
Based on 1 answer
Very few issues
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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Adobe Business Catalyst8.6
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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Squarespace10.0
Based on 2 answers
Easy to find support on their website.
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Online Training

Adobe Business Catalyst8.6
Based on 2 answers
bcgurus.comkiyuco
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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Adobe Business Catalyst9.6
Based on 3 answers
Pretty easy to do
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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

We didn't really used many products before deciding to use Business Catalyst. When we started we developed sites using an old product (GoLive) and then created a few sites in WordPress. We didn't like that fact that WordPress needed an add-on every time we wanted additional functionality and trying keep on top of updates was distracting.Adobe's Business Catalyst gave us an all in one system to replace the multiple products clients required to run their online businesses. We also didn't have to remember which sites had what add-ons updated...or not. Business Catalyst is SaaS which allows us to always have the latest updates and functionality ready at our fingertips.
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Squarespace is more visually appealing than the other platforms, but is not quite as well suited for large libraries of content. With some work on integrating blog-type pages and navigation into the overall template (with a similar visual style) this could easily be addressed. This may also be related to the specific theme used, which is great for the main pages and content but the blog design is not quite as well-suited
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Scalability

Adobe Business Catalyst9.0
Based on 2 answers
It's easy to build small sites or large sites and there is lots of templating.
Jerry Dever profile photo
No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

  • Complete reporting connecting dollars spent on marketing to dollars earned as revenue
  • Faster turn-around on ideas into market-ready content
  • Better service to clients through greater usability in account management
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  • Boosted traffic to our website.
  • The ability to turn on developer mode helped us further establish our brand.
  • We've been able to generate sales in our shop thanks to its commerce capabilities.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Business Catalyst

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