While Subbly is known for everything else commerce and subscription related, Squarespace is known first and foremost for their website builder.
Indeed, Squarespace is widely known as an excellent, simple, and powerful website builder tool often praised for its beautiful website templates. You don’t have to be a coder or even that tech-savvy — the Squarespace drag-and-drop website builder will easily get you where you want to be.
Yet, as Subbly’s website builder has evolved, we’ve heard an increasing amount of positive feedback similar to how Squarespace is regularly complimented, and we’re incredibly proud of that.
Most people already know what Squarespace can do as a website builder, so let’s instead compare Subbly and Squarespace in the context of running an ecommerce store.
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Subbly has been around for almost a decade and has quickly built a name for itself as the platform of choice for subscription-first businesses (i.e., those with a primary focus on building recurring revenue).
A main advantage of our platform is that we offer a very simple, code-free option to turn your existing website into a subscription store in minutes for a very affordable price! And yes, you can recreate any website, including ones built on Squarespace.
While Squarespace is a website builder first, Subbly is a full-featured, all-in-one ecommerce platform. This means Subbly offers more features covering all aspects of running an ecommerce (and subscription) business, including fully customizable billing/shipping cadences, automated workflows with conditional logic, checkout funnels, trial periods, survey quizzes that modify the checkout based on the customers’ answers, and more.
Not only is Subbly one of the most feature-rich platforms for subscription entrepreneurs, but it’s also one of the most affordable.
This has made Subbly a favorite for business owners of all sizes concerned about value and price, from first-time subscription entrepreneurs to established retail shop owners looking to create new revenue channels, to huge multinational companies experimenting with new growth ideas to futureproof their business.
A big part of the value we deliver comes from our world-class, hands-on support team, available 24/7.
We make it super easy to migrate your subscription business to Subbly.
Also, if you only sell one-time products and don’t have the need or desire to sell subscriptions, Subbly may not be the best solution for you (although it is possible).
It’s also important to note that Subbly’s library of themes and templates is not as vast as Squarespace’s, although it is growing every month. Indeed, although you can customize your website without a template, many merchants prefer using one as a starting point.
By browsing through a vast library of templates which you can further customize to your liking, you can be up and running very fast. Squarespace also allows you to manage your site’s SEO through the dashboard, and all templates and designs are already mobile-optimized as well. If you’re skilled in JS or CSS, you can even manually make edits to the code.
Like many current well-established website builder companies, Squarespace’s ecommerce capabilities are great for selling one-time products. Squarespace also easily integrates with many other platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram, which makes it very powerful in some unique ways.
Squarespace also has a partnership with Square, a popular point-of-sale hardware company, so you can integrate online and offline sales data.
This is perhaps the main reason why Subbly frequently hears from Squarespace users wanting to use their existing website but add Subbly to handle subscriptions, or switch to Subbly entirely because we offer both. NB: You are now able to integrate Subbly into Squarespace -
Pricing on Squarespace looks extremely affordable at first glance, but note that all subscription features are only available on the most expensive Squarespace plan. And, although the Advanced Commerce plan has a 0% transaction fee, other payment gateway transaction fees will still apply.
Although Squarespace advertises 24/7 support via email and Twitter, their live chat support is only available during weekday working hours. Most of the time, you’ll be limited to a ticketing system, which can be a big turnoff especially if you’re looking to set up, go live and start selling as soon as possible.
It’s very simple.
If you’re reading this, it’s likely you’re looking for a full-featured ecommerce and subscription platform. In this regard, Subbly delivers an incredible value: a feature-rich ecommerce platform built with recurring revenue at the core of every decision, backed by industry-leading support, featuring a website builder, and supporting one-time purchases along with subscription. That's why Subbly is trusted by businesses of all shapes and sizes.
However, if you’re looking for the best platform to build a blog or company website that’s not related to ecommerce at all, you will get everything you need on Squarespace.
Even then, you still might want to consider trying Subbly’s website builder because it’s just so affordable.