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wpSites is a great alternative to Wix and Squarespace for Marketers

Marketers and designers have their choice of a plethora of Web builders. Wix and Squarespace dominate the market thanks to massive advertising spending and GoDaddy jumped in with their Website + Marketing offer (which is actually advertising). Despite the heavy competition, we decided to complete our flowww sites website experiment and launch wpSites.

The many small business people, students, and non-profits we encounter every day deserve a lighter weight, more powerful website option, free from the worries of maintenance and security. They deserve to be supported. They deserve to be successful. And most of all, they deserve not to be viewed as a money metric.

It took some digging, but we found enough info to help you compare wpSites against Wix, Squarespace, Weebly, GoDaddy, and even HubSpot Starter. Take a close look. Make an informed decision.

The website platform decision lies in what you intend to do with your website, if you need help creating it, and how skilled you are at building websites. All platforms provide customer website hosting via SaaS services. The quality of SEO optimization for each platform varies.

wpSitesWixSquarespaceWeeblyHubSpotGoDaddy
FREE ACCOUNT
Ad-free check mark check mark
Expiry14 DaysGated info90 days of inactivity
HOSTING
SSL/HTTPS Security check mark check mark check mark Manual check mark check mark
Separate Microsite check mark check mark check mark check mark
Unlimited Pages check mark
E-COMMERCE
Online StoreSiteShopWixSquarespaceSquareShopifyeCommerce
DESIGN
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Design Templates check mark check mark check mark check mark check mark check mark
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SUPPORT
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TrainingBootcampsAcademyTutorialsCircleAcademyHow-To Videos
MARKETING
HubSpot CRM Suite IntegrationHubSpot
Plugin
AppScriptScriptNativeScript, App, Plugin
SEO
SEO IntegrationRankMath SEOWix SEOSquarespace SEOManual ChecklistHubSpot OptimizeGoDaddy SEO
Keyword Optimization check mark check mark check mark check mark
Ai Content Optimization check mark
Browser Caching Controls/CDN check mark
Cloudflare Integration check mark check mark check mark
PARTNER PROGRAM
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RemunerationAssociate ProgramPoints & RewardsAffiliate ProgramReferral ProgramSolutions
Partners
Affiliates, Resellers
There are many more items to compare than we have space for. These are the most important.

Uptime Check: wpsites.site

A quick way to find out if our website is up around the world (in this case, North America), and how fast it is in each location.

Uptrends’ Free Website Uptime tool tells more than forty of Uptrends’ 228 checkpoints to send a request to your website and checks each response. Check your own site. Uptrend generates a report based on your website’s availability and response time.

You’ll know if your site is available from each test city based on a green or red tile. Each tile tells you how long the test took. Hover over a tile to get the resolve, connect, download times, and response size.

uptime speed test

See for yourself. Core Web Vitals scoring with Google Lighthouse: Mobile

cwv-wpsites-mobile-scores
wpsites (379/400)
cwv-godaddy-mobile-scores
godaddy websites (360/400)
cwv-squarespace-mobile-scores
squarespace (304/400)
cwv-weebly-mobile-scores
wix (306/400)
cwv-hubspot-mobile-scores
hubspot (346/400)
cwv-wix-mobile-scores-updated
weebly (332/400)

See for yourself. Core Web Vitals scoring with Google Lighthouse: Desktop

cwv-wpsites-desktop-scores
wpsites (381/400)
cwv-godaddy-desktop-scores
godaddy websites (340/400)
cwv-squarespace-desktop-scores
squarespace (328/400)
cwv-wix-desktop-scores
wix (364/400)
cwv-hubspot-desktop-scores
hubspot (341/400)
cwv-weebly-desktop-scores
weebly (340/400)

Google Lighthouse scores on Mobile from best to least:

  • 379 wpSites BEST
  • 360 GoDaddy Websites
  • 346 HubSpot CMS
  • 332 Weebly
  • 306 Wix
  • 304 Squarespace

Google Lighthouse scores on Desktop from best to least:

  • 381 wpSites BEST
  • 364 Wix
  • 341 HubSpot CMS
  • 340 GoDaddy Websites
  • 340 Weebly
  • 328 Squarespace

Surprisingly, Wix scored pretty high on Desktop but completely flunked out on Mobile. HubSpot came in at the middle of the pack on both scores and Squarespace tanked everywhere.

This post is biased, though for good reason. Our team designed wpSites to be as good as or better than our biggest competition. wpSites is positioned to be an authentic alternative to Wix and the rest for small businesses, students, non-profits, and startups.

Google Lighthouse scores tend to vary slightly each time they are run. Should you want to check your own website scores, simply “Inspect” (Right Click) on a webpage. Select Lighthouse from the menu. Be sure you are viewing in an Incognito page so your browser extensions won’t interfere with the scoring. Lighthouse is a ‘lab’ simulation. Many factors impact website performance, so use as a guide only.


See for yourself. Speed visualization with GT Metrix.

gt metrix speed visualization
Head-to-head, wpSites smokes the competition. Speed visualization by GT Metrix.

We’re so certain you’ll love wpSites, we offer a Forever Free subscription that doesn’t expire, and upgrading is optional. Create your most powerful website ever, starting now.

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