Wanting to build a website for your business or an online store, the website builder platforms should be your first choice as they help you to build your website in no time. Squarespace and Shopify are one of the most used platforms to build the site.
Many people are having confusion as to which platform should they choose between both so Technographx has brought this article to compare both based on certain criteria. Let us continue reading and see Shopify vs Squarespace comparison.
Ease of Use
The first criteria is ease of use. We need to check which platform is easy to use as we are going to build our website on it.
First, let’s talk about Shopify, it is the most popular eCommerce builder currently without any doubt. It provides you numerous features and is also easy to use.
It uses the drag-and-drop design so it is quite easy for you to build the most complex website smoothly. You will never feel lost while designing the store as it has a clear interface with visual clues. Users also told that it is very user-friendly to work with.
On the other hand, Squarespace was found not much easy to use as compared to Shopify. It was quite tricky.
Customers love to shop in those stores which have a good look and feel. You need to design a beautiful and attractive store for the customers to have a good shopping experience.
You can get a good theme and integrate with your online store. Now, the question is which store provides better themes?
Shopify is having a lot of different themes. You can choose from the 10 free ones or the 50+ paid ones. The paid ones cost you around $140-180. You can choose the theme according to your industry as it covers themes of all the major industries.
Squarespace is also having good themes that you can use for your online store. The themes that Squarespace contains are modern and sleek and are mobile responsive too.
It also has themes for every industry. It is good to go for industry-specific themes as it gives a good look to our online store and contains many of the features that our store may need.
Can You Customize the Theme?
You should customize the theme if it is lacking some feature that you need for your store or if you want to change the font color, size or any other changes that you want to make.
Shopify lets you do this. You can make changes to the HTML or CSS code on the Shopify Admin page.
Squarespace also allows you to do so. You can add HTML and CSS here too. You can use Code Block and CSS Editor for the respective purposes.
From our experience and from the reviews of users, we can say that Squarespace wins the game here. It has some amazing themes that let your products shine. Shopify also has some very good themes but they aren’t as attractive as Squarespace.
Yes, payment options are important criteria for deciding which platform to go for. The verdict is that Squarespace is very poor in providing payment options whereas Shopify provides you a bunch of payment options.
Squarespace is very limited to PayPal, Stripe, and Apple Pay for the payment gateway options whereas Shopify provides you quite more payment options such as Amazon Pay, Square, cryptocurrency, and other 100 more.
With Shopify, if you are using its own gateway, Shopify Payments, then you don’t have to pay any transaction fees. If you are using any other gateway then you have to pay a transaction fee of 2%.
Shopify provides smooth shipping options. It provides all the components that you require for shipping such as printable shipping labels, dropshipping, etc.
Squarespace is not that good in Shipping when compared to Shopify. It now works with USP for calculating the carrier shipping rates.
You must also see how easy is the inventory management of both the platforms as this is the area which will concern you the most. From the inventory itself, you are going to upload the products, edit them, manage stock levels, view the reports and much more.
To y0ur surprise, Squarespace matches here with Shopify and offers many facilities. You can add unlimited products, check in-house revenue reports, and get direct email alerts for low stock with both. You might be thinking that Shopify is made solely for eCommerce so it should definitely win here but Squarespace has reached to this level so both are at an equal position for inventory management.
So, here was a brief overview of Shopify vs Squarespace. Hope you now got a clear idea between both and can choose the right platform between these two considering your business requirements. For more updates on eCommerce, don’t forget to follow Technographx!