So you’re looking for a way to create a website, but you don’t want to hire an agency, nor do you want to spend days trapped in the source code of your future site. This is what probably got you interested in reading our Strikingly vs Squarespace comparison.
Which is better? Which will give you the best results in relation to the money invested and effort required? Let’s find out. Fortunately, it’s quite easy, since the two site builders are very different.
#1 Ease of Use
Strikingly. Fun and intuitive, Strikingly makes it really easy to get online. Its interface is completely code-free, unless you decide to opt for the custom HTML feature or switch to the advanced editing mode where you can make changes to the website’s footer and header through the HTML/CSS editor.
Squarespace. Squarespace is now running in its seventh version, which is much more intuitive than its predecessors. Nevertheless, it still has a slight learning curve.
Strikingly vs Squarespace. Based on my experience, Strikingly surely beats Squarespace on usability. Though the new version of Squarespace feels better organized, you still have to figure out how to do things, while in Strikingly, everything is right there.
#2 Feature Set and Flexibility
Strikingly. Strikingly is a complete website builder. It creates modern websites,e-stores and long landing pages that help users present their product, service or personality in a compact and visually impactful way. Since scrolling is expected to dominate clicking in 2016, Strikingly is likely to get lots of love from marketers and independent businesses.
The builder has seen an impressive growth in past years, and it still continues to improve. Some of the recent updates include the release of the Simple blog and document uploader. Here’s a brief overview of what you can do with the builder:
- add various sections to your page (apps, project blocks, large media blocks, infо boxes, contact forms etc.);
- start a blog;
- embed HTML snippets;
- modify your site’s header and footer in the HTML/CSS editor;
- add meta tags;
- password-protect your pages;
- enable mobile-specific actions like click-to-call;
- manage your website on the go using an iOS app.
All in all, it offers enough tools to build a simple brochure-like website. Since recently, Strikingly users can also add external links to the menu of their one-page website.
Squarespace. Squarespace is targeting both veteran web developers and new users alike. It offers both a DIY editing interface and advanced Developer mode that lets users deeply personalize their multi-page websites.
Squarespace’s feature set is very rich. Here are some of the unique options it offers:
- content import/export;
- multiple contributors with multiple access levels;
- powerful blogging engine;
- native commenting system;
- eCommerce platform;
- a family of mobile apps.
See the full list of Squarespace features on the official website.
Squarespace vs Strikingly. They key difference between the two platforms is that Squarespace is a sophisticated CMS that leaves much room for customization and growth but it needs much more experience to customize a website correctly. On the contrary, Strikingly is a website builder with an intuitive interface which makes it good for beginners.
Strikingly. Strikingly offers a collection of modern product-centered templates. These are switchable: once you’ve published your website, you can go back to the library and pick another theme. The good news is that changing the template will stay all data from your page. Each Strikingly template comes with a ‘block’ content structure, so content is easy transferable between templates.
Strikingly themes are all responsive. Use the mobile/tablet preview option to see how your site looks on smaller screens.
Squarespace. Squarespace templates also fit to all screen sizes. Their collection is bigger than that of Strikingly – there are about thirty themes, some created in collaboration ‘with a few of the world’s most influential people’. You can switch at any time without losing your content.
Strikingly vs Squarespace. Strikingly is the clear winner here. First, its collection is more diverse. Second, users can easily switch between templates at any time. Third, Strikingly templates look modern and attractive.
#4 Customer Support
Strikingly. There’s a great Pre-publish checklist, Idea Forum and extensive knowledgebase. You can also contact one of the Strikingly gurus over email.
Squarespace. There’s email support, live chat support, Squarespace help center and a community-driven Q&A website. Squarespace also holds regular one-on-one workshops that take place in their Customer Care offices in New York. They’re free, and anyone can attend them.
Squarespace vs Strikingly. Both site builders offer enough support options. As a more sophisticated platform, Squarespace provides more types of support.
#5 Pricing Policy
Strikingly. There’s a free ad-supported plan and two premium versions: Limited and Pro, $8 and $16/mo respectively.You can publish unlimited websites using their free plan.
Squarespace. Squarespace has no free plans, but you can try it free during a 14-day trial period. Premium subscriptions range from $12 to $40/mo. If you want to start a simple informative site, the Standard plan will handle it. But if you want a full-fledged webstore, then you certainly need the highest plan.
Strikingly vs Squarespace. In my opinion, Strikingly’s pricing is more reasonable. First, it has a completely free plan. Second, with a paid plan, for $8/mo you’ll get more features and options with your site (while in Squarespace, in ‘Personal’ 12-dollars plan, doesn’t provide with so much benefits).
Strikingly vs Squarespace: Conclusion
For the sake of comparing apples to apples, I must say that each site builder does exactly what you expect from it: Strikingly builds beautiful websites, blogs, e-stores and landing pages, while Squarespace operates as a full-fledged content management system for medium and large websites for developers. They simply target different target audiences.
Which one is right for you? It all depends on your needs. Nevertheless, Strikingly seems to be a bit more rational solution, since for the lower price it offers more. At the same time, it’s more intuitive.