NationBuilder vs. Squarespace

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
NationBuilder
Score 7.5 out of 10
N/A
NationBuilder is a content management software offering from NationBuilder.
$35
per month
Squarespace
Score 8.4 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
NationBuilderSquarespace
Editions & Modules
Starter
$35.00
per month
Pro
$159.00
per month
No answers on this topic
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
NationBuilderSquarespace
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsPersonal: $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
NationBuilderSquarespace
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
NationBuilder
-
Ratings
Squarespace
8.5
59 Ratings
4% above category average
Role-based user permissions00 Ratings8.559 Ratings
Platform & Infrastructure
Comparison of Platform & Infrastructure features of Product A and Product B
NationBuilder
-
Ratings
Squarespace
6.7
52 Ratings
14% below category average
API00 Ratings6.745 Ratings
Internationalization / multi-language00 Ratings6.734 Ratings
Web Content Creation
Comparison of Web Content Creation features of Product A and Product B
NationBuilder
-
Ratings
Squarespace
7.4
90 Ratings
3% below category average
WYSIWYG editor00 Ratings8.578 Ratings
Code quality / cleanliness00 Ratings8.071 Ratings
Admin section00 Ratings7.289 Ratings
Page templates00 Ratings7.090 Ratings
Library of website themes00 Ratings7.087 Ratings
Mobile optimization / responsive design00 Ratings7.086 Ratings
Publishing workflow00 Ratings7.678 Ratings
Form generator00 Ratings7.371 Ratings
Web Content Management
Comparison of Web Content Management features of Product A and Product B
NationBuilder
-
Ratings
Squarespace
7.3
80 Ratings
1% below category average
Content taxonomy00 Ratings7.368 Ratings
SEO support00 Ratings7.773 Ratings
Bulk management00 Ratings8.045 Ratings
Availability / breadth of extensions00 Ratings6.360 Ratings
Community / comment management00 Ratings7.360 Ratings
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No answers on this topic

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User Ratings
NationBuilderSquarespace
Likelihood to Recommend
7.1
(5 ratings)
7.8
(90 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(4 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
NationBuilderSquarespace
Likelihood to Recommend
NationBuilder
If you are managing a nonprofit agency, advocacy group, or political campaign, NationBuilder is likely the best tool available for the job. It has everything you need in one package, excellent support from NationBuilder reps, and plenty of reputable case studies that show its effectiveness. There is also a robust network of capable partners that build custom solutions and provide consulting.
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Squarespace
We've found Squarespace perfect for quick, well-designed websites that you can literally design and launch in a day. However, if you want to get more complex with your website, including custom backend integrations or code, Squarespace presents a bit more of a challenge when it comes to what they will allow you to modify on their platform (especially using third-party integration apps).
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Pros
NationBuilder
  • Great platform for managing website, social media, and donations in a single dashboard.
  • Some particularly helpful features includes turf maps for walking door to door.
  • I really appreciate the included voter files.
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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
NationBuilder
  • NationBuilder lacks the ability to create a message board.
  • NationBuilder needs to add threaded comments so you can respond to people who comment on your page.
  • NationBuilder needs to make it easier to offer tiered memberships.
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Squarespace
  • Customizing the sites can be highly UN intuitive
  • Navigation for editing the sites can be difficult and frustrating
  • Squarespace has different versions and it's hard to know which version you're on. You can't switch after you start making a site with one version.
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Likelihood to Renew
NationBuilder
No answers on this topic
Squarespace
Unless our website requires significantly more functionality in the future, I can't see us terminating our contract
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Usability
NationBuilder
No answers on this topic
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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Support Rating
NationBuilder
No answers on this topic
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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Alternatives Considered
NationBuilder
I'm not sure. I was not involved at this stage of the decision-making process
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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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Return on Investment
NationBuilder
  • The NationBuilder ecosystem is a well-connected, supportive bunch and it has been great to be a part of that
  • Most inquiring clients are already aware of NationBuilder's benefits and know what they want to accomplish. This saves time during the on-boarding process
  • NationBuilder's sales team is undereducated about the platform and I have received feedback from clients that they are sharks/difficult to work with. This is a big problem and I have lost business from it
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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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