MODX vs. Squarespace

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
MODX
Score 9.2 out of 10
N/A
The MODX Digital Experience Platform provides everything you need to build, host, and maintain amazing websites your way. The vendor says that with MODX CMS and cloud hosting, users have complete control over their creative vision and the experiences they deliver, without restriction or compromise. They can focus more on building great digital experiences, and less on hosting and maintaining. If you ever need help, MODX Professionals are available worldwide and direct support from…
$0
per installation
Squarespace
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
Squarespace is a CMS platform that allows users to create a DIY blog, eCommerce store, and/or portfolio (visual art or music). Some Squarespace website and shop templates are industry or use case-specific, such as menu builders for restaurant sites.
$12
per month
Pricing
MODXSquarespace
Editions & Modules
MODX Revolution
$0
per installation
PRO - Perfect for customers with typical marketing sites
$19
per month
STUDIO - Perfect for customers who need more power and resources
$49
per month
BUSINESS - Perfect for digital agencies and marketing departments
$99
per month
ENTERPRISE - Perfect for or organizations with custom requirements
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
MODXSquarespace
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional DetailsPAYMENT FORMS MODX Cloud accepts major credit cards and PayPal for your hosting subscription. We can only accept check (cheque) payments on the Enterprise Plan, annually. CANCELLATION You may cancel your MODX Cloud account at any time. Before you cancel you'll be reminded to backup and remove all your live websites and then follow the instructions for cancellation. If you cancel within the first month, we'll provide you with a full refund. REFUNDS If you cancel within the first month, we'll provide you with a full refund. All other cancellations will be effective at the end of your current billing period. We do not provide refunds for remaining days or months on monthly or annual billing.Personal: $12/month (paid annually) $16/month (paid monthly) Business: $18/month (paid annually) $26/month (paid monthly) Basic Commerce: $26/month (paid annually) $35/month (paid monthly) Advanced Commerce: $40/month (paid annually) $54/month (paid monthly)
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Features
MODXSquarespace
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
MODX
9.9
3 Ratings
Squarespace
8.6
57 Ratings
Role-based user permissions9.93 Ratings8.657 Ratings
Platform & Infrastructure
Comparison of Platform & Infrastructure features of Product A and Product B
MODX
8.0
3 Ratings
Squarespace
7.7
48 Ratings
API6.13 Ratings7.742 Ratings
Internationalization / multi-language9.92 Ratings7.830 Ratings
Web Content Creation
Comparison of Web Content Creation features of Product A and Product B
MODX
9.4
3 Ratings
Squarespace
8.5
85 Ratings
WYSIWYG editor9.83 Ratings8.674 Ratings
Code quality / cleanliness9.93 Ratings8.766 Ratings
Admin section8.93 Ratings8.584 Ratings
Page templates9.93 Ratings8.985 Ratings
Library of website themes7.03 Ratings8.283 Ratings
Mobile optimization / responsive design9.93 Ratings8.681 Ratings
Publishing workflow9.93 Ratings8.573 Ratings
Form generator9.93 Ratings8.367 Ratings
Web Content Management
Comparison of Web Content Management features of Product A and Product B
MODX
9.5
3 Ratings
Squarespace
8.0
77 Ratings
Content taxonomy9.93 Ratings8.465 Ratings
SEO support9.93 Ratings8.470 Ratings
Bulk management9.03 Ratings7.743 Ratings
Availability / breadth of extensions8.93 Ratings7.657 Ratings
Community / comment management9.93 Ratings7.857 Ratings
User Ratings
MODXSquarespace
Likelihood to Recommend
9.9
(3 ratings)
8.4
(85 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(4 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(4 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(4 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
MODXSquarespace
Likelihood to Recommend
MODX
[MODX is well suited for] all websites, from blogs to corporate sites. It is fast scalable and really good. A small site can be build really fast, and a large site can be made extremely scalable. A website redesign is easy to implement with a new template, without having to redo the content. It got great user groups and users and back-office access can be completely customized.
While ecommerce is possible with some really good plugins I would only use MODX with ecommerce for sites where ecommerce is not the primary role. For pure ecommerce sites rather use a dedicated system like e.g. PrestaShop (i would say the same thing with other ecommerce plugins e.g. WP woo commerce don't do it unless its a site add on.)
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Squarespace
I have a gorgeous website that I made myself, thanks to Squarespace. I'm able to integrate marketing emails, SEO, analytics, online carts, pretty much instantly. If you want to get started fast, it's really great. I think if you want to customize square space and you're having trouble, it would be most helpful to hire a square space designer. That's what I would have done in retrospect.
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Pros
MODX
  • Ease of use - the MODX platform is very easy to use for someone who may have limited experience in content management.
  • Content blocks - the content blocks within MODX add to the usability and customization of the website being managed.
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Squarespace
  • Stupid simple to use. I know very creative people who cannot code and this is probably the easiest ever platform for them!
  • Pretty website templates and great functionality with showing off portfolios.
  • They've already figured out what are the problems that non-coding people have when creating websites and they've figured out a simple solution for all of it.
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Cons
MODX
  • The user interface was confusing at times.
  • Not a plug and play CMS system.
  • The site manager doesn't always run fast.
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Squarespace
  • As a wine company it would really love it if Squarespace had an easy plugin for wine club subscriptions.
  • Squarespace would be awesome if it could automatically take your photos that you upload on the site and optimize them for the web and for the website.
  • I do wish we could have more than two contributors for the basic website costs.
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Likelihood to Renew
MODX
It is the CMS we use the most, not because we know it well but because we literally tried many of other CMS and this one did it for us.
However having said we really do not like the one shoe fits all approach. E..g for eCommerce we usually use PrestaShop etc. if a specialized CMS can do a task rather use that.
However for a general CMS [MODX] is hard to beat.
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Squarespace
Unless our website requires significantly more functionality in the future, I can't see us terminating our contract
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Usability
MODX
Great and easy to use for both the coder and the end user. Especially if setup correctly by the coder.
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Squarespace
It's simple to use for someone who is really good with computers as well as those who are not. I've been using my personal squarespace for years and have also helped clients build a starting page which they are later able to manage theirselves.
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Reliability and Availability
MODX
We have not had it go down due to bugs etc. especially when comparing it to other cms out there.
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Squarespace
No answers on this topic
Performance
MODX
Damn its fast. really good page speed out of the box.
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Squarespace
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
MODX
Great community support on slack.
If you have a paid plugin great support also esp from modmore
If you have cloud hosting MODX support is fast and all servers are optimized for MODX
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Squarespace
Help is available directly from the back end and uses full sentence searching to find answers to questions others may have asked before. With a ton of articles and support questions documents, it is very likely that your question has been answered. If not each page has the ability to open a direct email to support. Each case has a number and can be followed. Responses are often quick and have links and directions clearly stated
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Implementation Rating
MODX
Good system
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Squarespace
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
MODX
The other company that we looked into was WordPress and all of the features that it offered our organization. What MODX offered to us from development to everyday use just made more sense for our organization as a whole. WordPress is still a great CMS platform, just not exactly what we were looking for.
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Squarespace
Overall, as a designer, it makes perfect sense for small to large businesses to use a site such as SquareSpace. Costs are relatively reasonable with the ability to go in and do custom code.
The issue is certain aspects of it, depending on the plan, you can't do. So, if you want to do API to the site, you need to use the top-tier program to do so. Even at custom code, you won't have access to the API section.
As well, like all templates and themes, everybody is using the same style too.
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Scalability
MODX
Very scalable. e.g. in the [MODX] manager you can manage multiple websites at once without having to login else where. it is very convenient and this way resources and be easily managed and shared.
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Squarespace
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
MODX
  • Increased security permissions of the users and freelancers who worked on our website.
  • Gave our developers the ability to create any page that they wanted with custom code.
  • Hindered our Marketing team's ability to stay on top of our content strategy with changes.
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Squarespace
  • The key positive impact on my overall business objectives is how simple Squarespace sites are to implement new information. Whenever our services change, we can quickly update pages or even change how the website flows, in a very short window of time. This allows me to get back to more urgent work sooner.
  • Our Squarespace site for Club Swim Show helped present our web series to potential partners; Club Swim Show went on to partner with a popular swimming magazine and reach a larger audience through that magazine's hosting thanks to the professional design of our original website.
  • Squarespace does not bring in customers to my storefront, which is fine for me, since I sell things infrequently and it is not my main business, but might work against someone who is expecting a Shopify or Etsy level connection with buyer markets.
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