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SquareSpace is a SaaS-based hosting platform which offers a plethora of integrated services.

To name a few this includes blogging platform, e-commerce website builder, domain name registrar, website builder and hosting platform.

There are many reasons why many users still don’t like SquareSpace. Some of them are:

  • Limited e-commerce support
  • No third-party app store
  • Limited analytics metrics evaluation
  • Transfer to another hosting platform is difficult
  • Knowledge base for beginners is limited
  • Template customization is limited
  • Limited content marketing features

As you can see, while there are some benefits of using SquareSpace, there are also downsides to it.

Below I have consolidated top 15 SquareSpace Alternatives. This includes some freemium as well as paid alternatives.

SquareSpace Alternatives to Build Website:

1. Fastcomet Website Builder

Fastcomet provides a plethora of web hosting solutions with shared, VPS, dedicated and cloud servers. It was launched in 2008 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Fastcomet clubs some easy to use functionalities which triggers seamless website development.

How fast is FastComet?

FastComet server speed test – A+. Credit: Bitcatcha

Fastcomet: Pros

  • It is easy to start and transfer existing website
  • Excellent customer support
  • Good inbuilt knowledge base. Provides video tutorials with easy explanation
  • Provides wide range of themes and widgets
  • Mobile responsive templates
  • Provides referral based free hosting options
  • Regular backups are available with continuous monitoring
  • It has proven speed and security metrics
  • Reasonable pricing starting at $2.95/month

Fastcomet: Cons

  • Good for experienced users, but beginners can find this a bit difficult to use
  • Provides essential and rudimentary features but nothing that is a market differentiator


2. BoldGrid with InmotionHosting

BoldGrid is a website builder created on top of WordPress.

Inmotion hosting provides BoldGrid integration support.

The seamless integration allows easy website development with its wide choice of themes and mobile responsive templates.

How fast is InMotion hosting?

InMotion Hosting server speed test – A. Credit: Bitcatcha

BoldGrid: Pros

  • Affordable pricing starting at $2.95/month
  • Easy to use for beginners
  • 24/7 customer support
  • Mobile friendly themes
  • Easy customization with drag-drop features
  • Wide range of themes and content-rich designs
  • Compatible with WordPress themes
  • Huge in-built image library
  • Easily transferable to a different hosting provider
  • Has an option to set up a staging website

BoldGrid: Cons

  • Limited knowledge base available on the website
  • No integrated e-commerce tools
  • Limited analytics and marketing support

(90-Day Guarantee)

3. WordPress with Bluehost Website Builder

Bluehost supports WordPress hosting along with shared, VPS and dedicated hosting. It is a leading web solution service provider launched in 2003.

Bluehost has been integrated with WordPress for more than 10 years and provides an array of services specially designed for WordPress users.

How fast is BlueHost hosting?

BlueHost Hosting server speed test – A+. Credit: Bitcatcha

Bluehost: Pros

  • Provides one-click installation
  • Inbuilt security capabilities such as SiteLock Security, Advanced CDN, SiteLock WAF
  • Built with custom architecture to provide high speed and guaranteed resources.
  • Good customer support

Bluehost: Cons

  • Limited knowledge base for WordPress integration
  • Pricing starts at 19.99/month which is expensive as compared to its competitors
  • Limited analytics support for WordPress users
  • No free trial

(30 days Money back Gaurentee)

4. GoDaddy Website Builder

GoDaddy allows you to very quickly build websites.

GoDaddy powers the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to independent, small ventures and has more than 17 million customers across the globe, with 73 million domain names under management.

How fast is GoDaddy?

GoDaddy Hosting server speed test – B+. Credit: Bitcatcha

GoDaddy: Pros

  • Guarantees 99.9 % uptime with site monitoring
  • Easy to use with professional themes
  • Provides excellent customer support available through live chat, phone, and emails
  • Can create multiple backup points and backup versions of your website at any time
  • Inbuilt SEO optimizer functionalitys
  • Mobile responsive designs
  • Provides free trial for 28 days

GoDaddy: Cons

  • Limited layout choice
  • Third-party app support is limited. Missing app store
  • E-commerce building is expensive

5. Shopify

Shopify is an e-commerce company headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario and currently supports more than 500,000 e-commerce business across the globe.

With Shopify, you can design an attractive online store easily. It provides well tested professional services in order to support building your online store.

How fast is Shopify?

Shopify server speed test – B+. Credit: Bitcatcha

Shopify: Pros

  • Comprehensive e-commerce apps support. More than 1,200 apps available
  • Excellent customer support with live chat, phone and email options available
  • Provides built-in speed and security for hosting
  • Has options for essential marketing tools
  • Good designs and layout capabilities with wide range of templates
  • Shopify also provides designing experts
  • Has fully featured content management system
  • Provide trial period for 14 days

Shopify: Cons

  • Pricing starts at $29/month and can increase based on the choice of add-ons
  • Limited knowledge base. Designed more for the experienced group of developers
  • Difficult to transfer to alternate platform
  • Initial setup would be difficult for someone with zero exposure to website building

6. BigCommerce

BigCommerce provides e-commerce services to businesses across different domains. BigCommerce was launched in 2009 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

They have an array of services which allow easy implementation as well as provide huge scalability to business models. Their well tested wide spectrum of e-commerce solutions makes website building easier.

How fast is BigCommerce?

BigCommerce server speed test – A+. Credit: Bitcatcha

BigCommerce: Pros

  • Provides integrated resources which also includes how-to-start videos
  • Proven speed and security metrics
  • Wide variety of inbuilt features
  • Built-in marketing features
  • Excellent customer service
  • Sufficient number of templates with different design layouts
  • No transaction fees
  • Mobile responsive templates
  • Provides 15 days’ trial period

BigCommerce: Cons

  • Restricted third-party app support
  • Pricing is relatively expensive with the starting plan of $29.95/month
  • Difficult to transfer to an alternate platform. High switching costs

7. Volusion

Volusion is a comprehensive e-commerce website builder, which offers web designing, marketing, and other business tools. It was launched in 1999 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

Volusion provides a wide array of free and paid templates along with several sophisticated hosting services.

How fast is Volusion?

Volusion server speed test – C+. Credit: Bitcatcha

Volusion: Pros

  • Build in the knowledge base. Easy navigation for beginners
  • Excellent customer support and onboarding services
  • Proven speed and security metrics
  • Wide range of features available on the dashboard
  • Good analytics support
  • Integrated marketing features
  • No transaction fees
  • Has trial period of 14 days

Volusion: Cons

  • Pricing starts at $15/month but has support for only 100 products with 1GB bandwidth
  • Limited templates as compared to competitors
  • Limited third-party apps support


SiteBuilder has a starter plan which is free and comes with free hosting, customizable templates, website Ads and drag-and-drop builder.

This is a new online website builder launched in 2014. SiteBuilder allows users to build websites quickly and is affordable.

How fast is SiteBuilder?

SiteBuilder server speed test – A+. Credit: Bitcatcha

SiteBuilder: Pros

  • Reasonable and fair pricing. Almost at par with its competitors.
  • Provides free hosting with every plan
  • Flexible with its freemium version which has basic features
  • Easy drag and drop features make it convenient to use.
  • Fairly good choice of templates based on business

SiteBuilder: Cons

  • Limited analytics and e-commerce capabilities as compared to competitors.
  • Customer Support is limited to Premium plans.
  • Cannot change to a different template without recreating the site
  • Less support for additional apps

9. Weebly

Weebly is headquartered in San Francisco and was launched in 2006.

It is easy to use website builder which allows you to create websites without writing a single line of code. Provides a free basic version.

How fast is Weebly?

Weebly server speed test – B. Credit: Bitcatcha

Weebly: Pros

  • Free version has SSL security, 500MB storage, and drag-and-drop builder
  • Easy to use drag-and-drop feature makes it easy for inexperienced users
  • Mobile responsive and professional templates which are fully customizable
  • Good third party apps integration support
  • Good analytics metrics evaluation

Weebly: Cons

  • Limited support for advanced marketing tools
  • Difficult to migrate to an alternate platform
  • Restricted scope of content management system

10. Wix

Wix is a cloud-based web development platform build on the freemium business model. It is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel and was first launched in 2006.

Wix is easy to use where everyone can create beautiful and professional websites.

How fast is Wix?

Wix server speed test – A+. Credit: Bitcatcha

Wix: Pros

  • Wix templates are automatically mobile optimized.
  • Good collection of templates which provides rich user interface experience
  • Powerful drag-and-drop editor
  • The site has comprehensive knowledge base
  • Good customer support
  • It provides business customization where you have templates and features based on business

Wix: Cons

  • Limited third-party app support
  • Lack of advanced marketing tools
  • Migrating to a different platform is difficult
  • Wix basic plan also includes Wix Ads

11. Webflow

Webflow is cloud-based SaaS service that allows building production ready, responsive websites which require zero coding knowledge.

It was launched in 2013 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. Webflow allows easy website development through its inbuilt designing capabilities.

How fast is Webflow?

Webflow server speed test – D+. Credit: Bitcatcha

Webflow: Pros

  • Easy to use drag and drop features
  • Supports intuitive designing and provides rich user interface contents
  • Sufficient choice of templates available
  • Provides quick reference guides and tutorials for beginners
  • Allows users to try it for free
  • Supports CMS controls
  • Competitive pricing starts at $12/month
  • Guarantees 99.99% uptime

Webflow: Cons

  • Limited analytics support
  • Complex for beginners. It has a steep learning curve
  • Lack of support for e-commerce
  • Difficult to use plugins and external apps


UKit is a website builder which employs easy and effective ways to create a functional business website. It provides a user-friendly and intuitive visual interface.

It supports easy and creative high-end website development.

How fast is UKit?

UKit server speed test – C. Credit: Bitcatcha

UKit: Pros

  • Provides easy to use drag and drop features
  • Flexible to provide user-friendly designs
  • Quick to set up an e-commerce store
  • Provides support to commonly used third-party apps
  • Inbuilt SEO capability and website analysis
  • Provides regular backups
  • Wide range of free, professional and responsive templates
  • Reasonable pricing starting at $4/month with your own domain
  • Has a 14-day free trial period

UKit: Cons

  • Limited image editing options
  • Though it’s easy to use, there are very limited resource guides available
  • Templates are not fully customizable


Webs offer website building capabilities with free and premium hosting plans.

It was launched in 2001 named originally as Freewebs and is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. You can build websites with zero coding efforts.

How fast is Webs? server speed test – A. Credit: Bitcatcha

Webs: Pros

  • User-friendly, provides intuitive drag and drop features
  • Reasonably flexible to use
  • Inbuilt analytics support
  • All plans have custom domain name free
  • Provides basic option to create a free website
  • Competitive pricing starting at $5.99/month with unlimited pages’ support
  • Provides inbuilt apps store and third-party apps support
  • Provides several inbuilt, versatile features for e-commerce website building

Webs: Cons

  • Difficult to transfer to alternate platform
  • Limited knowledge base
  • No guaranteed uptime metrics


Unbounce produces high conversion landing pages for websites. Unbounce was launched in 2009 and headquartered in Vancouver, BC.

It provides easy to create and launch high converting landing pages.

How fast is UnBounce?

Unbounce server speed test – B+. Credit: Bitcatcha

Unbounce: Pros

  • Competitive Customer support
  • Guarantees 99.95% server uptime
  • Sufficient variations of templates. Requires minimum customizations
  • Great choice for lead generation and high ROI on marketing campaigns
  • Mobile responsive landing pages’ support
  • Easy tracking of analytics metrics
  • Simple to use with drag and drop features

Unbounce: Cons

  • Purely focuses on the landing page, marketing campaigns. Not a complete platform for e-commerce website development
  • No free trial period
  • Expensive pricing starts at $79/month
  • Limited resource guides and knowledge base


Voog helps you create beautiful websites from scratch. Voog is a website builder company located in Tartu, Estonia.

The company was originally named as Edicy and later renamed as Voog.

It aims to provide more user rich experience.

How fast is Voog? server speed test – D+. Credit: Bitcatcha

Voog: Pros

  • High resolution and powerful user experience
  • Simple to use with drag and drop features
  • Multiple language support. Very few competitors have multi-language support
  • Equally good for blog or e-commerce or website
  • Fully mobile responsive themes
  • Good customer support
  • Competitive pricing starting at about $9/month
  • Free trial for 30 days

Voog: Cons

  • Limited analytics and marketing support
  • Limited number of templates available
  • Low on user guides and knowledge base
  • No integrated apps store


I have given a walk through about SquareSpace and its alternatives. Well, certainly each one has its own benefits over the others.

In case, budget is not a constraint and you are looking for large scale e-commerce development along with fairly good analytics, then BigCommerce or Shopify is a good alternative.

A less costly alternative would be Volusion, which also has well-streamlined e-commerce support.

In case you are looking for blog development then you can look at BoldGrid with InmotionHosting which are popular and affordable options.

Weebly, Wix or Sitebuilder can easily support small-scale blog and website development.

Another popular but slightly expensive option would be WordPress with Bluehost Website Builder.

GoDaddy and FastComet are good and easy to start options for website building.

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Chris Wagner

Chris Wagner has 7 years of experience as Network Administrator. His areas of interest includes Servers, Network Management and Cloud Computing.