Best Squarespace Alternatives

If you’re thinking of building a simple website for yourself or you’re thinking of turning it into an eCommerce business later on, but you have zero experience with coding, Squarespace is quite likely to be a website builder you might have checked out before. 

Granted, it’s very easy to use and it calls for less tech savviness on the part of its users, which is why it’s so attractive. Besides, its subscription-based model is another reason to consider it, since you can pay anything between $200 to $400 per year to have a fully functioning website.

But there are cheaper options out there, and if you are on a tight budget, you definitely have to take them into account. In today’s article, we’re looking at a number of alternatives to Squarespace that might be more affordable and that offer plenty more functionalities. Without further ado, here they all are. 

Best Squarespace Alternatives

WordPress.org

The biggest issue that people who use proprietary website builders have to consider is that they will not be able to utilize the plethora of plugins that are available for WordPress websites. 

And since WordPress is the largest CMS in the world and it’s also the most common one, this can be a quite significant issue to tackle. For example, doing SEO on your website with WordPress is so much easier compared to any other website builder, including Squarespace — and while it has gotten a lot better over time, you might still have a hard time in the long run in this sense. 

Did you know that approximately half of all websites that currently exist on the Internet (and there are over 200 million) run on WordPress? This should give you a clue as to how common it is. 

When it comes to WordPress.org, there are two versions you can choose from — an open-source, self-hosted one and their own platform (which is not cheap). Self-hosted WordPress is a bit more difficult to work with, especially for beginners, so that’s another factor to consider. 

But self-hosted WordPress is a great option for someone that’s on a budget since it can cost around $50 to $100 a year (with anything like HostGator, Go Daddy, or Siteground, for example). 

CMS Hub

Right off the bat, we would like to note that this Squarespace alternative costs a pretty penny, which is why it is geared toward actual brands that might want a no-hassle website and the right performance. 

CMS Hub is packed with all of the features you might ever want from a website builder, from a drag-and-drop editor and built-in SEO tools to theme options, command line tools, and lots of security features, too. 

Since we mentioned the slightly worrying price, we do have to note that this one tends to cost anything between $300 and $900 a month depending on your bandwidth, storage, and the functionalities you have access to. 

Duda

This is a great Squarespace alternative that’s more geared toward agencies rather than freelancers and bloggers. The price is fair, though, since it will set you back anything between $14 and $22 depending on the plan you pick — which comes down to about $170 to $270 a year. 

The Duda website editor is robust and easy to work with and it comes with a whole variety of pre-existing templates. This makes it super easy for you to create websites. Something that does seem to make Duda stand out from the crowd are their client management tools. 

Duda works for a variety of business, such as physical ones such as restaurants, plumbers, and anything else to people looking to showcase their best work, such as web designers, for example. 

Wix

If you’ve ever worked with SEOs before, you probably know that they recommend switching to WordPress if you have a Wix website — this is because ranking a Wix site can be rather challenging. 

On the other hand, Wix is very, very easy to work with since it comes with a drag-and-drop website builder. The editor is smooth and fast, but there are some restrictions that you have to mull over before choosing Wix — such as the fact that you will not have access to a HTML & CSS editor. 

Another downside to this Squarespace alternative is that (at least at the time we’re writing this) none of the templates are completely responsive. While there are more of them available, this can be a serious drawback since lots of people now browse the Internet using their mobile devices. 

Although you might have a bit of work to do later on, Wix is a decent option since it can set you back just $5 per month, for example, which is extremely affordable, especially when compared to Squarespace. 

Cargo

Since we mentioned that some of the platforms listed in this post can be great options for freelancers, Cargo is a good example of just this. The pricing is quite fair, at least in our opinion, and can set you back anything between $99 and $165 for a whole year. 

The reason we think that it’s one of the best choices for contractors is that it comes with pretty much any feature that bloggers, photographers, or online shop owners might ever wish. 

The website builder allows you to create an online portfolio where you can display your best work, but it’s just as good for physical business. If you own a restaurant, for example, there shouldn’t be anything stopping you from considering this choice since you can use photos of your location, add your operating hours, and your contact information. 

There are more than 70 templates available on the platform and one of the best things about Cargo is that it also includes a CSS editor — so you can tweak your site as you wish. 

Weebly

This platform has evolved a lot over time, which is why we’re showcasing it here. In the past two to three years, the platform has included a lot of functionalities, such as a drag-and-drop builder to an eCommerce feature, which you can get with Shopify, too. 

We’d say that the most significant reason to at least check out Weebly is that, unlike Wix, for example, it comes with an HTML and CSS editor, which means you have complete control over what’s happening on your website, at least code-wise. 

While the pricing can be described as competitive, to get all the functionalities, you will have to pay around $20 a month, which comes down to about $240 per year (slightly more than the basic plan with Squarespace). 

In any case, it needs to be considered if what you want to build is an eCommerce website.

Shopify

If you want to set up an online shop, Shopify might be the right way to go about things. It’s primarily geared toward website owners who want to sell products, so if you want your website to be made for blogging, content marketing, or whatever else, you might have to look somewhere else. 

There are many free and premium themes available and you can pick the one that best suits your online store. 

Shopify is very powerful, so we definitely recommend it for eCommerce websites – the API and the budget make it recommendable.

Site 123 

We decided to add this Squarespace alternative to the list since it is extremely easy to work with. In fact, you can get a website up and running with just several clicks. 

However, seeing how some of the functionalities might be basic, especially when compared to some of the other options showcased here, we think that Site 123 is more geared toward freelancers rather than businesses and large agencies. 

You get free hosting, which is another reason to consider Site 123. 

Webnode

This online website editor comes with a set of pretty generous features considering that its pricing is more than fair — you can expect to pay around $4 for the basic plan (per month) and up to $23 for the largest plan they have available. 

They even have a free one-year voucher available, if you get the premium plan. Webnode has plenty of templates you can pick from and it also comes with a number of predesigned pages — so your site can be up in as little as several minutes. 

Migrating to Webnode is possible, if that’s what you want. 

HostGator Website Builder

HostGator has been around for several years and the company sells a variety of products and offers a whole range of services — from domains to hosting. They even have their own affiliate program, which we reviewed in another article

While the HostGator website builder has received more or less mixed reviews it does come with a number of pretty attractive features, such as royalty-free images, landing pages, email marketing functionality, an integrated calendar, and the so-called ‘intelligent’ builder. 

The cost is another reason to consider this Squarespace alternative, too, since it will set you back anything between $8 and $20 per month. 

Webflow

The main aspect that seems to make the difference between Webflow, Squarespace, and some of the other options that we have described in this article is that it is geared toward design. 

This makes it the perfect choice for creative agencies, for example, and since the website builder is completely visual and doesn’t call for any coding whatsoever, it should at least be on your list. 

If you specialize in graphic design but you are not an expert when it comes to coding, we’d say you should give a thought to Webflow. However, what we would like to note is that while it might seem easier to use than Squarespace, it is pricier, so it might make a better choice for businesses and eCommerce websites. 

Zyro

Some might describe this platform as the best option for complete beginners. It’s got a number of pros, such as the fact that you can get a free account, at least at first, and it’s quite easy to use. There are also plenty of pre-built templates that you can install on your website with just several clicks. 

On the downside, it does have several limitations and the domain transfer can be a real hassle. In terms of bandwidth, the free plan gets you 500MB and the same in storage. By comparison, the basic (and Zyro’s cheapest) plan gets you 3GB bandwidth and 1GB of storage. 

This should be enough for most start-ups and you can always upgrade to a more generous plan later on, if you see that your website is generating a lot of traffic and you need more storage, too. 

Homestead

Even though it’s not as popular as some of the other platforms that we have mentioned before, the truth is that Homestead is definitely worth considering. First of all, it’s quite affordable, and it tends to cost around $10-$11 per month. 

When it comes to the advantages of Homestead, you might want to know that it’s got an intuitive design, it’s very user-friendly, and it also gives you detailed reports of what’s happening with your website. 

The biggest and most significant disadvantage is that migrating to this platform (or from it) is virtually impossible, and if you have already published a lot of content, this can be nerve-wracking. 

Besides its functionalities, Homestead should be considered by newbies who want a decent performance and also excellent customer service. There will be someone looking forward to helping you in case you run into a technical issue, and that can sometimes mean a lot, especially for a complete beginner. 

The Homestead tools and resources can also give you a hand when it comes to managing your search engine optimization as you begin to build your site. 

BigCommerce

We couldn’t find any information as to how much BigCommerce costs, so you will have to get in contact with a representative for this purpose. From what we’ve noticed, BigCommerce is a Squarespace alternative that’s specifically designed for scaling eCommerce businesses. 

It’s got an easy-to-work with builder and managing websites is a breeze, but we can’t really add too much about it. 

Final thoughts

In the end, choosing Squarespace or another alternative largely depends on your own needs. If you know that you can’t really handle the hassle of coding, working with lots of plugins, or anything that needs a bit of grasp of tech or development, Squarespace or one of the choices we’ve showcased before might make more sense. 

But our favorite option remains, without a doubt, WordPress as it is safe, convenient, and many more websites already run on it, so managing tasks such as SEO is a breeze — since there are already plenty of templates and plugins developed specifically for it. 

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Craig Campbell

I am a Glasgow based SEO expert who has been doing SEO for 18 years.

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