What DIY website is best, Wix vs Squarespace or maybe Shopify?
How do I choose the right website platform for my business?
Wix vs Squarespace?
What about Shopify?
This is a conversation I have a lot with my clients who are coaches, healers and creatives looking to step it up and get real serious with their soul-driven business.
And while I of course can not make this decision for you, I would love to share my experience of using all of these platforms either for my own business or for client websites that I designed using these tools.
Btw, this article is in no way sponsored.
Let’s have a quick look at Shopify first as I think this one will be a pretty easy yes or no depending on your business.
Shopify is perfect for you if you are heavily focusing on e-commerce. Selling predominantly tangible products.
If this is you, look no further.
Customer service is fabulous
I’d give it a 10 out of 10 for product based online stores
Now, if you are like me a blogger with digital products, services and courses and maybe even like the idea of including branded merch products via drop shipping on some point the we can absolutely look at Wordpress, Wix and Squarespace. They all do the trick however there are some points you might like to consider…
Is incredibly powerful and the most versatile/flexible option.
However there is a steep learning curve and coding is required!
You will have many balls to juggle such as self hosting and all the various plugins you will need to manage
Overall it is a pretty complex and possibly overwhelming option, tech skills are highly recommended.
I’d give it a 7 out of 10 as is pretty complicated
At first glance seems super cool as you can pretty much do whatever you want in terms of design and placing of elements via simple drag and drop.
BUT, this is also the downfall for many. As said elements can shift out of place, or mess-up the mobile version if one is not careful.
No coding skills are needed
For a super basic blog this is good enough for sure
SEO options are great
Adding custom code is very limited
Sadly the customer service leaves a lot of room for improvement
I’d give it a 4 out of 10
This is what I currently use for myself any most of my design clients and love it
No coding needed but you have the option to add code
Design elements are easy to add and move
Compatible with most extra tools that you might need down the track
Great customer service
Ideal for bloggers, digital entrepreneurs and small product based businesses alike.
There are still limits when it comes to scaling your business but nothing that can’t be addressed with third party tools
I’d give it a 9 out of 10 some simple improvements would make it even more perfect.
I also want to mention SendOwl will be your best friend once you are scaling and growing your e-commerce side of the business.