Oversimplification leads to restricted design, but if you're on a tight budget...
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 23, 2018

Oversimplification leads to restricted design, but if you're on a tight budget...

Score 5 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Squarespace

I use Squarespace not for my own website, but for clients. I have had four clients over the past year that have chosen to use Squarespace for their website and they have hired me to help with various tasks, such as styling, third-party integrations, design review and more. Squarespace was being used by independent artists and small business owners.

Squarespace makes creating a simple website easy for people with no real web development experience. It offers a fairly clean interface featuring a visual builder WYSIWYG editor and the ability to drag and drop elements quickly.
  • Fairly simple to use visual builder for front-end website development
  • The cost is very low
  • The setup, from purchasing a domain and certifying with SSL through building pages is relatively simple for non-coders.
  • Restrictive when it comes to design. I tend not to recommend Squarespace to any organizations of more than one or two people because it is more or a temporary "fix" for not having a website, in my POV.
  • You never own your website, as it is stuck to Squarespace's proprietary platform.
  • Your website design will most likely look like everyone else's who uses the same Squarespace theme, as people who go this route tend to do very little customization.
  • There is still a learning curve, regardless of how easy people say it is for beginners.
  • The Acquity appointment scheduling platform allows people to book directly on a Squarespace site, which helps keep more of each purchase as opposed to going to a third-party ticket sales platform.
  • WordPress can be cheaper and has MUCH more functionality—plus it is open-source. I opt to go with WordPress whenever possible.
  • As a web developer, I tend not to recommend Squarespace due to the lack of customization and uniqueness when establishing a web presence.
I select Squarespace only when my client is on an extremely short budget, otherwise I'm going with WordPress. Wix is basically the same animal as Squarespace and I do not really see the benefit of one over the other. Shopify is one of the most useful DIY builders when it comes to creating an online store; I often recommend it over WordPress for simplicity (when recommending for a noob).
Well-suited for:
  • temporary websites
  • photographers
  • hobby blogs
  • artists
Not well-suited for:
  • B2B businesses
  • Robust websites
  • Monetized blogs
  • Custom-designed websites
  • Anything with even a remote amount of back end functionality
  • Anyone who needs to establish significant business credibility to get clients or make sales

Squarespace Feature Ratings

WYSIWYG editor
8
Code quality / cleanliness
8
Admin section
8
Page templates
8
Library of website themes
9
Mobile optimization / responsive design
7
Publishing workflow
8
Form generator
8
Content taxonomy
7
SEO support
5
Bulk management
6
Availability / breadth of extensions
5
Community / comment management
5
API
5
Internationalization / multi-language
7
Role-based user permissions
9