Wix (Easiest):

Pros:

  • Users and business owners who want to handle all of the work themselves and need a tool that would enable them to do so – from start to finish, and relying on the pre-made designs to choose from. In other words, if you just want a solution where you can jump in, choose the design you like, put in your information and be done with it in a matter of minutes, Wix is the alternative for you. Also, Wix is optimized for pro web designers working on client projects. This is great news if your business is based on creating a steady number of sites with similar features for a larger number of clients.
  • Right after you sign up, Wix will ask you about the site category you want to create. There’s not too many of them, just so you can make a selection easily enough and don’t get hung up on picking from similarly sounding things. This ease of use follows through on the rest of Wix’s interface. When you select a design you like, you can adjust it in their custom builder app, and you get video-tutorial guidance as you go along.
  • Overall, I was able to jump right in and use Wix without going to the docs. Everything is intuitive and easily accessible. Wix vs. everything else looks quite good at this point.

Cons:

  • This will sound strange, but perhaps there’s just too many designs to choose from. The sheer volume of what’s available can be a bit overwhelming when you fire up Wix for the first time.

Squarespace (Easier):

Pros:

  • Squarespace is for users and businesses that desire a modern presence on the web.
  • Squarespace is really easy to use even for the beginner user. Their site builder interface guides you by the hand through every step of the process. You start by selecting your site’s purpose (such as “business”), name, your location (for brick-and-mortar businesses), and then you get access to their intuitive site builder app. When styling and adjusting your site, you get to see the results right away.
  • Overall, you don’t need any previous site-building experience in order to be able to use Squarespace. Everything is as user-friendly as it should be. Squarespace compares well vs. WordPress, Wix, and other solutions on this list.

Cons: 

  • The majority of the designs offered at Squarespace are based on good visuals and attractive imagery. This can be a huge advantage if you have just the right image at your disposal, but it can also backfire in the hands of a less design-conscious person. In other words, to build a good looking site with Squarespace, you need images of a very high quality.

Weebly (Easier):

Pros:

  • Weebly was made to help users build simple sites for various purposes, like sharing a resume online or a portfolio. This mission is still visible in Weebly’s current structure, features, and the way the site interacts with the user (who might not be very web-savvy – Weebly is a great alternative for those users).
  • Weebly makes the setup process easy on you by asking about the purpose of your site right away (is it a blog, a store, or simply a website). Then you get to choose the theme and its color version, and your new site’s web address right away. At that point, you get redirected to the builder tool. It’s based on a very intuitive drag-and-drop interface, and it literally takes no effort to find your way around it, plus there are tooltip messages to guide you.
  • Overall, getting your site created and launched to the public takes only a couple of steps and minutes. If you’d want to speed-run through it, I guess it can be done in less than 60 seconds. Weebly looks very good in that department vs. Squarespace and other solutions on the list.

Cons:

  • You can only create up to five pages on the free plan. This may not be a problem for a small business site, but you won’t be able to do much with your new site in terms of content.

Comparison Chart:

vs WordPress (Powerful): Coming Soon!

External Resources:

  • http://www.codeinwp.com/blog/wix-vs-squarespace-vs-virb-vs-weebly-vs-wordpress-theme-builders/
  • http://www.websitesmadesimple.org/wix-vs-weebly-vs-squarespace/
  • http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/wix-vs-weebly-vs-squarespace-vs-jimdo/