Shopify vs Squarespace Comparison Chart

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Reviews

Anonymous
(Consumer Goods company, 1-10 employees)

Bust have for ecommerce solopreneurs

2018-12-03

Pros

Great eCommerce platform where you can customize with countless apps, codes, and add ons

Cons

Back end is more advanced than a platform like Wix or Squarespace so there is a learning curve

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Shopify Reviews
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Noah Henscheid

Solid option for e-commerce online

2018-06-10

Pros

It has great plug-and-play options similar to Squarespace, while being more geared towards e-commerce with a connection to brick-and-mortar businesses.

Cons

Some of the integrations are a little lackluster, and I feel like they are a couple years away from seeing more viability

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Frequency of use: Other

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Shopify Reviews
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Laura Vogel

Really excellent tool

2018-06-19

Pros

I love how great of an experience my customers have because of Shopify. It's easy for them to use and works we for me on the backend

Cons

It's complicated to implement - you need a web dev to do it and can't just figure it out yourself too easily like you can on Squarespace

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Shopify Reviews
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Anonymous
(Apparel & Fashion company, 1-10 employees)

Favorite website template software to use with ecommerce clients

2018-08-29

Great experience, it's a platform build for the modern ecommerce store.

Pros

Great plugins available on the app store for your site. Perfect for people selling products.

Cons

Would be nice if there was a built in page builders on every page like squarespace and wix.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Shopify Reviews
Shopify
Everything you need to sell anywhere. Trusted by 160k stores
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Gregory Allen

Great website building platform/tool

2019-03-12

In order to help users build their own online stores, Shopify also must provide their users with a solid website builder tool to accomplish this. We actually used Shopify solely for this feature - we didn't sell anything - and their website builder tool was incredibly powerful while also easy to use.

Pros

We actually didn't even have an online store, but we chose Shopify simply because their website builder tool was better than Squarespace and other offerings.

Cons

While our use case is admittedly off-brand, it would have been nice to see more features from Shopify that were focused solely on building the website, and less so on the e-commerce aspect.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Shopify Reviews
Shopify
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Rachael Abrams

Great for Larger Companies & Startups

2019-01-09

I also like Shopify because whenever I've run into a problem in the past, their customer service team was really quick to get back to us and resolve the issue. Very helpful with teaching us how not to recreate those mistakes too.

Pros

Building pages is quick and even easier than Squarespace, and listing products is also super fast and easy to reference.

Cons

I do wish Shopify could handle more file types when uploading assets. Sometimes the sizing gets weird and glitchy.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Shopify Reviews
Shopify
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Justin Raymond

Easy to use. Powerful.

2018-03-22

It's great for my website and makes fulfilling orders easy.

Pros

Just the basic version of Shopify is powerful enough to run a successful e-commerce website. The addition add-ons make you an unstoppable entrepreneur as you can build a custom store to fit your needs.

Cons

Blue Host or Squarespace, or Wix.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Shopify Reviews
Shopify
Everything you need to sell anywhere. Trusted by 160k stores
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Anonymous
(Design company, myself only employees)

A super user-friendly e-commerce platform

2019-01-31

Overall I definitely recommend Shopify for any small business owners that are looking to set up, design, and manage their e-commerce site themselves.

Pros

I love how e-commerce focused Shopify is. It has all the features you'll need to make selling online streamlined and easy. It's also super easy to set up and design your site, so you don't need any fancy skills to be able to set it up your self.

Cons

I wish there was a happy medium with more Squarespace-like capabilities.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Other

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Shopify Reviews
Shopify
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Dave Von Bieker

A friendly and growing company and community of online sellers

2018-11-14

Coming from Squarespace, there was definitely a learning curve.

Pros

The store templates are attractive (though not as much so as Squarespace commerce) and the options to integrate with a point of sale and account system are nice.

Cons

It wasn't long before I discovered some limits in the design and functionality of my site. My biggest pet peeve is the inability to swap out a set of different images when a different product variant (like a new colour) is selected. There are plugins one can pay for to do this but that only adds on to an already high cost for a Shopify store.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Shopify Reviews
Shopify
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Anonymous
Director of Marketing (Real Estate company, 11-50 employees)
Verified Reviewer

Good Out of Box E-commerce Solution

2019-02-21

Shopify has helped me get many clients off the ground quickly while leaving them with an easy-to-use platform to grow on their own.

Pros

For the casual business person, this is a great solution for e-commerce. I have dealt with large companies who use Magento or OpenCart to small Etsy shop owners who need a boutique solution. Shopify is powerful but better suited for those who need to get online fast. Like WordPress, the theme library is exponentially growing every day to provide design options to the point of being overwhelming. But in the age of form over function, this is only helpful for someone who needs to present themselves well and figure out the "how" later.

Cons

It's the same with Squarespace. I understand why there's very little peaking under the hood with their integration, but it's annoying when you want to "do more" with your online presence by moving to a more powerful platform.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Other

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: GetApp
Helpful?   Yes   No
Shopify Reviews
Shopify
Everything you need to sell anywhere. Trusted by 160k stores
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Jake Cremean

Excellent for Beginners to Advanced Users

2018-08-11

Excellent. Started a business back in college and used Shopify, made quite a bit of beer money which was great.

Pros

Can't really do that with Wix, and I thought Squarespace would be the same way based on what I've heard about it.

Cons

I really don't have anything bad to say. More customization if I want to get nit picky, but I'd just go to Wordpress and build something from scratch there if I needed to, it will just take me longer so Shopify is the way to go as long as it has everything you need, and for a lot of people it does.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Shopify Reviews
Shopify
Everything you need to sell anywhere. Trusted by 160k stores
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Mariam Fluri

Useful, but would love more options

2018-11-26

Pros

The inventory backend and order section is easy to use!

Cons

We wish it linked to more like shopify now does

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

6/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Squarespace Reviews
Squarespace
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JEN PALDINO

Perfect starter site, but limited features

2018-09-06

Squarespace has worked for us, so far, but as our e-commerce store grows, we are going to change to Shopify

Pros

Cheap, includes an e-commerce feature, integrations with shipstation

Cons

Limited design capabilities, limited layouts for store, not able to run certain promotions/sales

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Squarespace Reviews
Squarespace
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Shelly Evans

Squarespace is awesome

2018-10-06

It's the only site I use to build websites outside of dropshipping on Shopify. Excellent customer support, and awesome back-end navigation.

Pros

I've always had a keen eye for design, and I appreciate clean development but I haven't done any coding since Myspace existed so for someone like me - that appreciates well designed, clean, customizable templates without having to sit and write hours of code for good aesthetics.

Cons

Not a thing! Excellent customer service too.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Squarespace Reviews
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Alex Wong

Easy CMS

2018-08-15

Pros

Easy to use for dummies. More cool functions that WIX

Cons

Prefer it could have more integrations like shopify. Lack of integrations make this less attractive for businesses that prefer process automation

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Other

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Squarespace Reviews
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Reggie Allonce

Great website design! Definitely would recommend to someone else.

2018-06-08

Pros

I don't think Shopify offers it!

Cons

I compared with Shopify and GoDaddy and their response time is much quicker!

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Squarespace Reviews
Squarespace
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Laurie Glover

Good, but not Shopify-Good

2019-02-04

We use SquareSpace to fulfill inventory and store management for a festival hygiene kit product.

Pros

The main advantage of this other Shopify for me was the email automation side, but this is currently in early access and the functionality limited compared to MailChimp.

Cons

The page generation within the back-end of the site was clunky and unintuitive. Whilst the knowledge base was good I found myself referencing it more than I would have liked.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Squarespace Reviews
Squarespace
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Allison Watson

Only takes you so far

2018-10-20

Pros

Squarespace is great for setting up a basic website using a well put together theme that looks good on all devices. I can confidently hand over the reigns to someone with little experience and they can make edits with little training

Cons

It's lacking in eCommerce capabilities that you would find in something like Shopify or WooCommerce.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Squarespace Reviews
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Matthew Heisie

Many Improvements in Recent Updates

2018-12-07

It's now too expensive for some clients who are just starting out, who instead look at Shopify or other cheap/free options to get started.

Pros

Squarespace is my go-to referral when a non-technical person wants a great looking website that they want to update themselves. The base templates looks great, offer good customization, then I can point them to the bits that they will actually need to interact with: blogs, ecommerce, and simple content updates. Whether they build it themselves or I do it for them, it's very easy to have a classy modern sight that your average Joe can rely on for their business. The WYSIWYG editor is best in the business.

Cons

Plans are expensive for what they offer compared to competitors. Strange layout issues can haunt you if you try to stray from the pre-made templates. Sometimes the editor will freeze up and cause you to lose work. Custom code editor is very basic, and third party integrations are limited by that.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Software Advice
Helpful?   Yes   No
Squarespace Reviews
Squarespace
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Travis Brown

Good software but somewhat limiting

2018-04-10

Pros

I liked Squarespace as an e-commerce platform, though it lacks the ease of use of a Shopify. It is easy to edit pages and the cost is very reasonable.

Cons

You are more boxed into the template than you are on other sites such as Weebly/Wix/Shopify. It is not the easiest to get the look you really want.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

4/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Squarespace Reviews
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Rasheed Cheek

My company uses Squarespace to house our main site and online store in one place.

2018-04-10

It's really easy to pick up even if you're not well versed in HTML or Web Design

Pros

It has a good UX that makes building a website a moderately easy task and is great for integration with Shopify.

Cons

The thing I have the most consistent issue with is Sqaurespace not wanting to work with high quality images. I will often have to extremely compress any assets before the software is able to work with them; And this is an issue across multiple machines.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Squarespace Reviews
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Anonymous
(Design company, 11-50 employees)

Be there or be square (JK)

2018-12-04

The only platform I created that I wasn't entirely happy with was an e-com site, not only does it cost 3x but it doesn't offer a-lot of the robust options that site like Shopify and Magento do.

Pros

How flexible the templates are, once you figure out how to use spacers, blocks and all the good stuff you can really customize the templates to pretty much look like anything, and if you HTML savvy, well the then, the world is your oyster.

Cons

SquareSpace recently updated their terms so that HTML code injection are only available for business users, which doesn't make much sense to me since the people who tend to use square space the most are designers, photographers, etc. for their portfolios. I can understand why an e-commerce plan would cost more, after all you're using their platform to generate income, but why would a young designer that's just trying to get hired by showcasing his portfolio and skills should be charged more for using code is beyond me.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Squarespace Reviews
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Dave Von Bieker

Squarespace remains my top choice, but just barely.

2018-09-07

I used to build my own sites - first manually then through Wordpress. I used to have a lot of security issues. Multiple hacks and breaches. Lost sites and downtime. I haven't lost a wink of sleep over a website since I signed up for Squarespace. For me, that's worth the money I pay. The software is beautiful, slick and simple (once you understand it - it's a bit quirky). But the cost keeps rising while other, cheaper options keep getting better. I still love Squarespace, but it's increasingly tough to recommend based on price.

Pros

Squarespace is easy to set up (a site can be completed in an hour or less if you have all the info you need ready to go). Once a site is live, it rarely has any issues, becomes visible on Google fairly quickly, and there are no security worries to deal with as everything is hosted on THEIR servers, not mine. The templates are the best in the business and it's difficult to make a Squarespace site look ugly. Not impossible of course, but tough :) Drag and drop interface is great and integrations abound.

Cons

This was a deal-breaker on a recent project and drove us toward Shopify. Wix sites used to look terrible.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
Squarespace Reviews
Squarespace
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