Questions and Answers

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.

How do website builders work?

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.

Why would I choose a website builder website?

We have over 15 years experience creating Content Management System (CMS) websites using Joomla and sometimes Wordpress. A CMS website is created and developed from the ground up, using open source software. The website sits in your own hosting account, and you are responsible for updating/maintaining the software (although we can do it for you if you prefer). CMS software has an SQL database behind the scenes which makes a CMS a highly flexible and configurable solution that can be scaled up or down as required. There are a variety of ecommerce extensions which can be installed into a CMS, and configured to work with other extensions that each perform specific functions.

Squarespace and Wix are both Software as a Service (SaaS) website platforms. , which is a bit different to a CMS. 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, or move it somewhere else, and you can't get into the database. This means it's a less flexible option than a CMS because you can only build a website within the boundaries they provide, and for some organisations the limitations may prove too restrictive to achieve overall business goals.

On the positive side, there are no ongoing requirements to update/maintain software in an SaaS website, and if all of your needs can be met by an SaaS 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, colours and layout via a variety of themes that are available, and there is a developer network which offers a range of software plugins that can be installed. There are also free apps which enable you to easily access your site from any device 24/7.

Our strategy when working with clients is to first determine the client's goals and target audience, and THEN select the right tools for the job. In some cases, the best solution for a client is an SaaS website.

For more information, please visit the Squarespace website or the Wix website.

Please contact us if you have any queries or to provide a quote.