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When you try to compare pricing of a Squarespace templates to other builders it is always a hard task.
Each platform offers its own unique product set that can hardly be measured by installment payments. Yet we will try to see if we can give a rough estimate of what you pay and what you get for.
First of all, let’s talk about Squarespace templates advantages as all-in-one platform for site building. It provides you with hosting of your website, along with domain parking platform.
At the same time, it has a great number of different templates to choose from. Apart from that there is a big number of different custom Squarespace templates being sold by numerous top-notch designers. Another positive aspect of the Squarespace is its ability to help you out with all kind of questions through their responsive customer support.
Speaking about pricing structure let’s compare Squarespace templates to other popular site builders such as Wix, Weebly, WordPress, and Shopify and Showit.
First of all, lets see what pricing structure Squarespace has itself.
Squarespace usually uses plans on a monthly basis but prefers to charge you annually.
It has 3 plans:
All these price plans allow you to start your on-line shop at literally no costs. At the same time you are going to have bunch of advantages.
Your plans will include such important features as custom domain , SSL certificate security and e-commerce options with their own payment processing. Keep in mind that the prices of Squarespace is not far higher than the ones of robust html website with domain and hosting.
But for this price you can get a really beautiful and visually attractive template that was professionally designed. Another important note to mention is that you can get a top design template that can be customized according to your needs.
This is impossible using plain html website. Every time you need any sort of customization you would have to apply for help from a professional html coder.
To understand how Squarespace works, you need to start a trial with the platform and check everything for yourself. Here it is necessary to mention that if you purchase a template from a professional designer Squarespace would provide you a six month trial. What it means is that you can use the template for six month customize and fill with your content.
You only have to pay if you want to make it public under first level domain.
Let’s pass on and compare other site builders pricing structure.
Wix is one of the main competitor to Squarespace so let’s look at its pricing structure in detail.
Initially created like a simple website builder for artist Wix outgrew into versatile platform. Today this platform allows you to create website for any type of businesses and profiles.
Wix is similar to Squarespace in terms of providing services as all-in-one platform.
It provides hosting of your website along with domain parking and SSL certificate security. It is all incorporated in each of its plans.
Wix Free Plan:
Contrary to Squarespace trial period Wix offers a free plan without any time limitation. The only limitation you will have is a second level domain (xxx.wixsite.com) and a sign of Wix logo over your site pages along with Wix ads.
Under this plane you get only basic features to keep your website on and working.
Now let’s switch to the paid plans of Wix with the features provided.
Wix Combo plan:
The minimum plan that wix has is a 14$ per month (annual billing) where you get your first level domain.
Under this plan you get 3GB of storage along with 30 minutes of video storage. Also, domain goes free of charge.
Wix Unlimited plan.
For this type of plan, you pay 18$ per month (annual billing).
Wix Pro plan:
In this plan you get everything that you have in a previous plan but with greater volumes
The price is 23$ per month:
Wix VIP plan:
For the price of 39$ per month you get everything that you had in Pro plan. The only difference is that for this price you will get Priority and VIP support.
Another benefit of Wix is a great variety of custom-made templates. Wix has big number of designers that are providing excellent custom-made masterpieces. Similar to Squarespace you can get a top design template and then customize it according to your needs. The user interface is slightly different from Squarespace but is not harder to learn.
The next builder to compare is Shopify. This platform was specifically developed for e-commerce activity while there are also custom design options available.
Shopify is a platform that similarly to Squarespace allow people to create an on-line store from the scratch. It also can be considered as all-in-one platform. This platform does not have such level of design freedom as Squarespace and Wix. At the same time, it allows to make some customization through coding.
Similarly, to both above providers it has its provides hosting of your website and domain parking of the first level. It also has number of great custom templates that can be purchased from professional designers.
Another advantage of Shopify is that it has an option to integrate a number of apps and plugins into your on-line store.
Shopify offers security measures for its stored data and payment processing.
It has responsive customer support and is perfect to scale your sales in case you go on to the next level.
Shopify plans cost more than competitors as it offers much more versatile options.
Basic Shopify plan costs 29$ monthly where you already can have an unlimited number of products(storage)
Shopify plan costs 79$ monthly and provides you all the same functionality plus 5 staff accounts and professional reports.
Advanced Shopify plans cost 299$ and provides you advanced report builder with 15 staff accounts.
As you can see each of the site builders has its own advantages and is tend to be more applicable to a sphere for which it was initially created.
They all have similar price structure.
Thus we cannot really take the price into account.
Squarespace templates sits in the middle of Shopify and Wix. Wix is famous for its easy design customization while Shopify is strictly selling platform.
We did not take a WordPress into account as it is not an all-in-one system and is similar to plain html hosting plan in terms of pricing.
Before making your choice, you should consider the long-term results that you want to get from your site builder. It would allow you to start with the system that best fits your needs. Start with the trial period and see whether you get along with any of above. Do not not worry you can always change it later.
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