How does Shopify compare to Squarespace? Ecommerce Platforms are a fast-growing industry. Online stores offer a convenient way to shop. As an entrepreneur, you can attract clients from all over the world. Are hoping to start an online store, Shopify and Squarespace, which one’s better? You will learn the Pros and Cons of each website builder. By the end of this presentation, you should be able to choose the right fit for your business.

Shopify is a website builder tool for e-commerce. The templates provided by Shopify are only applicable to online stores. Squarespace is a web builder tool that offers a variety of options. Squarespace is suitable for event organizers, blogs, musicians, and other businesses.

General Pros and Cons

Shopify Pros

  1. Built for e-commerce, Shopify provides templates for online stores. As a store owner, all you need to do is to fill in the fields and add pictures or illustrations of your products.
  2. Shopify offers many sales channels across social media. Shopify’s Facebook channel allows you to display your products on your Facebook Store. People can buy your products without leaving Facebook. This sales channel is crucial in keeping your conversion rates high.
  3. Shopify has better credit card rates. Advanced Shopify offers better credit card rates at 2.4% + $0.30 for every transaction.
  4. Shopify integrates with a ton of add-ons and apps. It integrates with Pinterest, product listing ads, and social media platforms.
  5. Shopify has a more extensive user base.

Shopify Cons

  1. Shopify is reliant on third-party apps. The integration of these apps costs a lot of money.
  2. Shopify imposes fees for using third-party payment avenues.

Squarespace Pros

  1. Squarespace is cheaper than Shopify. For as little as $12 a month, you can run a Squarespace store.
  2. Squarespace is simple for small stores.
  3. Squarespace is great for blogging. Having a blog can support sales. Squarespace lets you sell and blog on the same platform.

Squarespace Cons

  1. Squarespace has a smaller user base compared to Shopify. It is harder to get help if you run into an issue. The user community is not as big as it is in Shopify.
  2. Squarespace is not built for e-commerce as Shopify is.

Shopify v Squarespace: Ease of Use

Let us take a look at how these website builder tools compare in terms of the user interface. When it comes to setting up your store, Shopify uses the drag-and-drop format. This format is easy for including media elements like videos and pictures. It’s great for text too. Create your product descriptions in Grammarly, then paste in your store.

Squarespace is harder to use than Shopify. Squarespace has sophisticated creative tools. You may need a few video tutorials and some trial and error before you get the hang of these tools. Like Shopify, Squarespace also uses the drag-and-drop editing format.

Verdict: Even though Squarespace has appealing templates, Shopify takes this round. Shopify delivers a delicate balance between sophisticated business tools and simple design features. Squarespace’s editor page is harder to navigate. The editor’s page lacks visual cues to support you.

Shopify V Squarespace: Store Plans

Like a physical shop, your storefront needs to entice customers. A neat and colorful store converts better than a dull and messy store. Presentation is essential in e-commerce. It can provide you with the edge that you need to outshine your competitors.

So, which website builder tool offers the best store design? Shopify has a decent variety of themes. You can any of the ten free templates available. For more options, you can access over 50 premium templates for the price of about $160. Shopify has industry-specific themes. Stencils for different industries including; electronic devices, clothing, cosmetics, and sports are available.

Shopify allows its users to make custom edits. Through code, you can personalize your Shopify store. You can edit the CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and the HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) codes on Shopify’s admin page.

Squarespace is the industry leader in website design, and its themes will perfectly summarize your store. Shopify offers websites for multiple industries. Squarespace, on the other hand, seems more beneficial to the creative industry.

You can personalize your store in Squarespace by the addition of HTML and CSS using a Code Block and CSS Editor respectively.


Both website builders optimize well for mobile. Both Shopify and Squarespace look fantastic in any screen size (mobile phone, tablet, and PC).

Verdict: Building websites on Squarespace yields professional quality results. Squarespace wins this round.

Shopify V Squarespace: App store

Apps, add-ons, and plug-ins can improve your store’s performance. The App Store includes tools everything from shipping, marketing, financial, and analysis. Squarespace does not have an App Store. Shopify has an extensive App Store that has all types of tools.

Verdict: Shopify wins this round because Squarespace does not have an App Store.

Shopify V Squarespace: Value for Money

It costs $29 a month (Shopify Basic) to run a Shopify website. For $12 a month (Squarespace Personal), you can own a store on Squarespace. Like other things in life, cheap does not always mean better and expensive does not consistently deliver the best. How do these website builder tools compare in the value for Money bout?

Even though Shopify costs more, it offers more comprehensive and advanced features. Shopify apps can help you track and improve your online sales. You can sell your products across multiple channels, including social media sites. Squarespace may have the cheapest bouquet, but it does not offer as much as Shopify does.

Verdict: Shopify wins this round. Even though you pay more for Shopify, you get more options. The Apps and Add-ons available to you will help you grow your online business faster.

Shopify V Squarespace: Which One’s Better?

We have compared Shopify to Squarespace in the lines user interface, design, app store content, and value for money. Shopify was better than Squarespace in all regions except website design. With a score of 4:1, Shopify is the best eCommerce platform between those two eCommerce solutions. 

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