You are thinking about creating a website and come across offers such as Wix and Squarespace. These modular website systems promise a simple and cost-effective solution. But are they really as good as they sound? In this blog post, we look at the advantages and disadvantages of these platforms.
Costs and entry options
Squarespace offers plans between 16 and 26 dollars per month, while Wix even offers a free entry option with prices as low as 20 euros. The best thing about it: there are no setup fees.
How do modular website systems work?
These systems are constructed in a similar way to Lego bricks and follow a simple principle:
- Select layout/template
- Design pages with predefined elements
- Add content
With features such as photo albums, guest books and contact forms that can be added via drag’n’drop, Wix offers a variety of design elements and forms.
Beware of design overload
However, the variety of options can also be a trap. An overloaded page quickly looks unprofessional. It is therefore advisable to use the creative freedom with care.
What’s the catch?
There is no real catch, but there are challenges. You must be prepared to lend a hand yourself. Wix and Squarespace offer templates and elements, but the final combination and design is up to you. The variety can be overwhelming for laypeople.
Flexibility and restrictions
Another point is flexibility. These systems have their limits. If your ideas or requirements are very specific, you will quickly come up against these limits.
What does that mean for you?
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I want to and can I create the website myself?
- Do I enjoy familiarizing myself with the subject matter?
- Do I have the time?
If the answer to these questions is “no”, it would be advisable to consult a professional. We usually work with Kirby CMS or WordPress.
Website construction kit systems such as Wix and Squarespace are impressive in their variety, but can also surprise with their complexity and limitations. Think carefully about whether they are the right solution for your needs and whether you are prepared to invest the time required.