Squarespace and Wix are website builder tools which simplify web design and site creation to a handful of easy steps. Site builders allow users to use pre-built website templates and drag-and-drop elements to create and modify webpages.
Whether you’re experienced running a website or just getting started, website builders can help you get online in a fraction of the time.
Website builders are tools that typically allow the construction of websites without manual code editing. Typically, they require customers to sign up on a monthly basis, or a cheaper annual basis.
The main advantage of an online website builder is that it is quick and easy to use, and often does not require prior experience. The main disadvantage is that they offer limited functionality and are generally not very scalable.
Squarespace pricing starts at AU$16/month. Wix offers "free" websites which do not include custom domain names, and Wix templates are also not responsive which we consider to be a problem in today's mobile-first world.
If you would like our assistance getting set up, we're happy to provide a quote - please get in touch.
Both Squarespace and Wix provide free smartphone apps so you can manage your site from your iPhone or Android. It is simple to download the app and log in to your account to get started.
With a Content Management System (CMS) such as Joomla, a website is built from the ground up by a developer using open source software. The website runs in your own hosting account, and you are responsible for updating/maintaining the software, as well as adding your own content. CMS software has an SQL database behind the scenes, which means it is a highly flexible and configurable solution which can be scaled up or down as required. There are a variety of solutions which can be installed within Joomla, and configured to work with other extensions that each perform specific functions.
Squarespace and Wix are both Software as a Service (SaaS) website platforms. The main difference with an SaaS is that you don't really "own" the website - it's more like a lease to use their managed platform. You cannot download an SaaS site and run it within your own hosting account. This means it's a less flexible option than a CMS because you can only build within the boundaries they provide.
On the flip side, there are no ongoing requirements to update/maintain software in an SaaS website, and if all of your needs can be met then it's a great option. SaaS platforms are generally more configurable than sites like Facebook or eBay because you can use your own domain name, logo and colours, but for some businesses the limitations may prove too restrictive to achieve overall business goals.
At the end of the day, our strategy when working with clients is determined firstly by determining the client's goals and target audience, and THEN we go about selecting the right tools for the job. In some cases, the type of clients we work with have needs which an SaaS is perfectly suited to meet.