Top Web Platforms Duke it Out

Today's post is extra special, because my friend Hannah Robinson is here and we'll be sharing about our favorite web platforms as well as giving you a summary of other top platforms and all the features they provide.

Hannah is the owner of Hannah Robinson Design, is a fellow brand designer, (business bestie!) and Showit expert. We decided to share our combined knowledge about what we know with the platforms we work best on.

We see so many comments in Facebook groups asking which platform is best and a lot of "this vs. that" questions. So today we teamed up to cut through the noise with this super informative post giving you the rundown on the top web platforms so you can make an informed decision. 

 

 

In this post, I will be sharing my experience and why I love Squarespace, because it's my jam. And when we get to Showit, I will link to Hannah's blog where she eleborates on why Showit works best for her and how it can help you too.

Squarespace

Squarespace is an all in one website platform that can get you looking like a pro right from the start.

Features:

• Good customization
• Good SEO|
• Blog and E-commerce provided
• Medium price level
• Good range of template options
• Ability to switch between templates at any time
• Amazing Customer Service Team
• 14 day free trial

Company is continually updating and releasing new features.


I’m a gatherer of information and I love learning new things. I always wanted to learn website design but I was always intimidated because of the coding. I did try my hand at coding, but it just wasn’t something I wanted to dive into.

I knew I needed a website of my own that I could design without too much coding and I was open to trying a variety of platform options. After trying a few like Wordpress, Wix, and Weebly, I finally made it to Squarespace.

Just like the other platforms, there was a small learning curve but once I discovered how easy it was to design using their beautiful templates, I was hooked.
 

Squarespace is perfect for perfectionists, or people who can't make a decision.

What I mean is, with a platform like Squarespace, you have a limited amount of control, which can be a good thing. They keep parameters in place so you can’t really screw it up.

It’s kind of like when you have so much control it can paralyze you with indecision, but Squarespace takes away that worry and frustration by giving you a beautiful selection of templates with a limited amount of customization.

If you love the look of their templates, you’ll love using Squarespace.

Another great thing is that their customer service is top notch and they have a large archive of videos and blog posts that walk you through everything you would need to know for working within your template.

I'm so happy with this platform and I love using it for my clients.

If you’re looking for a clean and simple platform that helps you stay focused, Squarespace is the way to go.


Wordpress

Wordpress is a premium blog and website provider that is probably one of the most widely used. It offers a variety of plugins and a large community, as well as a range of features to best suit your budget.

Features:

• Plugins like ProPhoto allowing for a wide range of templates to purchase and customize
• Good customization options
• Advanced SEO
• Tons of pricing options from small to large budgets
• Good customer service
• Free Trial options
• Millions of users


Shopify

Shopify is one of the most used e-commerce site providers for online shops. It has a variety of plugins as well as templates to make having an online store easy.

• Features:
• Ability for Customization
• A good selection of templates
• Good SEO
• Great E-commerce features
• Medium to high price range
• Light selling feature for low budgets integrated into Facebook
• Medium level of complexity
• Good customer service
• Free trial


Wix

Wix is a “pure” drag and drop website design tool that you can use to create your own website. There is a wide variety of professional and beautiful templates. A downside is that once you choose a template you cannot change it later on. This makes the pressure of choosing something you like almost too overwhelming and it can leave you paralyzed with indecision. Wix has a lot of style features you can change and they’re also releasing new upgrades to their platform monthly.
 

Features:

• Ability for Customization
• A great selection of templates
• Good SEO
• Good Ecommerce features (a paid feature)
• Medium price range
• Medium level of complexity
• Good customer service


Weebly

Weebly is a site design tool with a limited amount of templates and designs tend to be more plain and basic rather than stunning or beautiful but you can always add in more design with a little coding or you can purchase template upgrades.  Customization is limited because you can only put content in pre-designated areas, however you can modify designs with coding.

 

Features:

• Limited ability for Customization
• A fair selection of templates
• Good SEO
• Medium price range
• Medium level of complexity
• Good customer service


Showit

Showit is a drag-and-drop platform that allows you to build custom sites with ease.

Features:

• Amazing customization
• Good SEO
• Seamless Integration including Blog transfers from other hosts
• Blog hosted with Wordpress
• Affordable mid-range level pricing
• Wide range of template options
• Amazing Customer Service Team
• Free use of software until launching your site
• Growing company full of continuous new features and potential

To read Hannah's experience with Showit click here!

 


I hope this post is helpful to you if you're deciding on a web platform for your online presence. Let me know in the comments what you think!
 

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Hannah is a brand designer and offers high-end brand design, marketing materials, and website design through Showit for passionate creatives. When she's not designing, you can find her in sweats and a messy bun, loving on her fur babies and chillin with her husband. You can find all the awesome things she's up to at hannahrobinsondesign.com