so if you are looking to create your first website and you don't want to get very technical with WordPress or self hosting or anything of that sort you probably are looking at either Squarespace or Wix which are two of the most popular and the largest website builders on the Internet now I've used both of these I've made tutorials on both of them and in this video I want to break down the similarities and differences to help you decide which one is actually best for your specific needs now everybody will have a different answer to this some people are making blogs some people ecommerce some people just want a quick website for maybe a wedding or just a photo album for to share with friends whatever you're trying to do you may have a different need and you're gonna have a different answer to this question so I want to break down the differences to help you decide for yourself which one is actually the best one for you now right off the bat the first thing that you're going to notice when you use either one of these is that the editor is drastically different on these the way you edit websites and just fundamentally put them together it's completely different in many different ways now the the biggest difference really is going to be that Wix is much more freeform it Wix gives you much more options to place things wherever you want it's drag-and-drop so you just go to the menu on the Left select anything you want can be taxed it could be a button it could be an image whatever it is and just drag it to anywhere you want on the canvass place it there and you can put things on top of it you can move things around and it's really really customizable in that sentence so both of these website builders you start with a template you don't have to with Wix you can make your own but assuming that you're starting with a template with either one of them you can definitely customize it much more with Wix so you can do a lot more with that now Squarespace on the flip side is a little bit more a little bit less freeform a little bit more structured a little bit more curated where it's going to be not drag and drop but rather sort of a grid system already set up with things already there from the template and if you want to remove things you're going to be deleting blocks and then kind of clicking on the line there and adding new blocks and this gets a little bit tricky if you're trying to change a lot about your template if you like your template and you just want to dump information in both Wix and square space work very well but like I'm saying here if you are trying to really customize it it's gonna a little tougher on Squarespace so if you want to take an image and put it in the middle or on the right side what you actually have to do is add spacers to the left or above it and things like that so you can't just drag and drop you're gonna be adding spacers and things of that nature so for that reason I think Wix seems to be a little bit more intuitive a little bit easier to quickly understand just drop everything in there and customize it as you want now another benefit of Wix is actually the ability to kind of start your website early and not just put it out there right away so this comes in two different ways the first way is that you can create your website and start doing things before you even publish and then once you publish if you want to go back and make some changes you can change everything save it and it's not all it's not live publishing you can save things and just keep iterating and then when you're ready publish your whole website out there now Squarespace you will be doing a little bit more like live publishing now part two is actually that Wix has the free website builder whereas Squarespace you need to have a subscription so Wix you can have a free website out there where it's like Mike Wix calm slash my first web site or something like that you're gonna have a domain that's not custom but we do get to do is actually have a website that's ad-supported out there and this allows you to create more content fill up your website a little bit more and then upgrade to a premium site obviously I always recommend upgrading to a premium site but Squarespace on the flip side makes you do that right off the bat if you're making a Squarespace website you might get like a 7 day free trial maybe and then after that you're going to have to upgrade to publish your site and upgrade to just not lose all of your content so speaking of losing all of your content there's two things to talk about here with Wix one of them is you cannot actually change your template without losing all of your content with Wix this is something that you want to keep in mind when you're choosing your template make sure you pick one that actually looks good otherwise you will be either a entirely losing all of your content to pick a different template or be to spending a lot of time restructuring your website so for that reason it's very important to choose the right one right off the bat now the other thing I wanted to talk about is with Wix you actually have a backup and restore feature where you can kind of roll your website back if you ran into issues or if anything happened you can go back and find recent version of your website and reinstate that version so from what I've said so far it probably sounds like Wix is a clear choice but honestly it's really not now I want to talk about some things that Squarespace is better at the first one may seem small but can definitely be important is actually the e-commerce world so ecommerce seems to be a little bit better in my opinion on Squarespace for several reasons they really just have a very easy to very easy set up for your store and I show that in my tutorial of it but also they have some other features in here that are a little bit tougher to find when you're trying to make websites now Squarespace offers these things and this is like a customized email receipt for somebody this is gift cards taxes and like all kinds of stuff essentially everything you will need when you're hosting your own store on Squarespace they do you know they have it all there it's all really easy to use now Wix oh you can still do a lot of stuff but I haven't seen like customized email receipts and and some other things like that are a little bit maybe you can do that but it's definitely a little bit more hidden and a little trickier than it is with Squarespace so if you're looking to make an e-commerce website I think I would recommend Squarespace for the most part of course unless you're restructuring a lot and you really want to customize things obviously Wix is a good choice for that now the next thing to talk about is actually blogging blogging is really what puts Squarespace on the map so they have some excellent features in there if you're trying to host a blog and you want something with like multi author you want post tagging you want things like scheduled posts there's a lot of other features that are baked into Squarespace that really give you a little bit of an edge when you're trying to make a blog now Wix on the other hand is actually very simple to make blog posts you just go in there it's very much like when you're creating a website you just create a new post and you can do most of the stuff that you want to do as far as SEO is concerned with this with having like URL slugs and things like that but you know so for the most part you can get blog you can get everything done with Wix that you need to as far as blogging goes but Squarespace gives you a couple extra tools to make things a little bit more powerful so like multi-author is a big one that a lot of people talk about and it's something that if you have a team of people then Squarespace might be the choice that you're looking for now considering that you're just starting your website now it's probably doesn't matter that much I imagine most people starting off probably don't already have a team of writers but regardless it is something to consider if you plan on getting a lot bigger an extremely important thing to consider when making a website is your traffic and more specifically two different things the first one is actually what device people are using when they visit your website and because more and more people are using mobile devices you really want to consider between Wix and square space which one has better options for your mobile site your mobile site will be extremely important for almost any Content niche out there and so for me I personally prefer the mobile editor for Wix I think that they do a better job of this they make things a little cleaner a little easier to see and a little bit easier to remove sections and add sections as needed now for that reason I do think Wix is a little bit betel better with mobile sites but another thing to think about is also search engine optimization or SEO so again with traffic you want to think about where the traffic's coming from so not only what device but where it's coming from and in most cases people find your website from Google and because they're finding it on Google you want to make sure that your blog posts their pages your articles or your store whatever you're doing is optimized for Google to find it and post it or list it higher in search rankings so you want to make sure that you have your SEO fully ready to go and you want to have a robust system for that now that was pretty long-winded but what I'm getting at is Wix generally has a better set of tools for SEO than Squarespace so if you're trying to rank higher on Google I generally think that Wix does a better job of giving you tools with their SEO is and just doing a lot of other things that they have on there to allow you to rank higher on Google now that is not to say that you cannot rank with Squarespace websites honestly there are many websites that use Squarespace and ranked on Google and do very well especially with blogs but for me personally I just find that the Wix editor allows you to do a little bit more search engine optimization which gives you a better chance at ranking higher in Google ultimately it comes down to your content though if you have great content you're going to rank higher on Google than you otherwise would so it's not always about which one has better SEO tools another big win for Wix is the massive library of apps they have that you can integrate in your website very easily just by clicking on the menu on the left now you can add apps to Squarespace but it generally requires a few more steps and you are going to be pasting code in there so Wix makes that significantly easier as far as pricing goes between these two I think they both come in at almost the same amount so I've seen it sometimes as Wix as $1 more per month sometimes Squarespace is $1.00 more so I don't want to comment on that I've seen other videos and blogs out there where people show you the prices but they honestly change so much that I think what would be better is if I'll just put the link in the description if you guys want to see the latest prices go down there click on the link maybe upgrade your site if you want to today but essentially between these two which one is actually best so I would say it comes down to this if you are looking to really build a custom website if you really want to spend more time and make your website more unique than just what a template has to offer I think Wix is a no-brainer I personally like Wix for most websites out there but if you're somebody who has an online store ecommerce I think yes you can do it on a Wix yes you can customize it but I do think that Squarespace has some extra tools that are really nice to use so between the two for that I would tend towards Squarespace but I would say it's definitely not necessary if again if what Wix are showing is attractive to you go with Wix obviously now if you're looking to make a blog I think it is actually pretty similar the blogging tools are a little bit more advanced on Squarespace but the able the ability to customize your website and the SEO on your website is a little bit more advantageous for Wix now between these two guys I think that they're both very very powerful tools I prefer Wix for my websites but comment down below and let me know which one you guys prefer and why as always guys thank you all for watching I'll see you next time .
1. Website construction:
Wix is based on a drag and drop setup while Squarespace is more oriented around a grid system in which you can insert items. While both work well, the Wix system seems to be more intuitive and similar to what many are accustomed to (i.e. similar to the features seen in Microsoft office products, canva.com, etc.) Wix also offers more customization as a result of this style as well. Rather than being limited to a grid, Wix allows you to make your site look EXACTLY as you want it to!
I cannot tell you which is cheaper because depending on when you watch this video, Squarespace may be cheaper than Wix or the other way around. What I can say however is that it is important that you check to verify the price is the monthly price, paid monthly vs the monthly price paid annually. This is a tricky little thing that the site builders do!
As far as ecommerce goes, both website builders are very capable but Squarespace generally has a few more tools, including gift cards, custom receipts, and more of that sort.
I really like the blog features and layout on Wix, but Squarespace is famous for their blog capabilities. Depending on how large you want your blog to become, it may be worth it to check out WordPress.Org as a blog site (and have it hosted with Blue Host, Host Gator, or Siteground.
Wix has more templates and allows for more customization for each one, but Squarespace still has quite a few templates! Overall though, if you want a professional personalized website, Wix is a clear choice.
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