The main differences between Bounce House and Squarespace are related to the business model of a business, the stage of the business, the cost, time to set up and complexity, and customization options.
Set up time and complexity: Squarespace takes a couple of weeks to get perfect. With thousands of templates to choose from, it's both easy to get inspired while also being overwhelmed. Compared to Bounce House, it is a more complex site builder, whereas Bounce House takes less than a day to go live, truly. Choose your business type, enter your business name, and a template is created that you can swap images and text with and be set up within hours.
Customization: Squarespace templates are good. Once you start customizing them, they do become infinitely more complex. There are a lot of bells and whistles that come with Squarespace that may never pose useful for you based on what you're trying to achieve. Bounce House uses pre-designed blocks that you can edit images and text to shape to your needs. We chose designs that are used on all websites today so a free site on Bounce House has elements that are widely practiced in web design, except that it won't require any additional work. Add in your personal touches through images, logo, choosing a specific font and color, and being creative with the style sets.
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Pricing: Squarespace is more affordable than the other main website builders out there. If you pay monthly, the price ranges from $16/per month to $46/month. For small businesses, Squarespace is a decent choice, if design optionality is high up on your list of needs. Bounce House has a free forever option, or a More Legit plan of $19/month. For businesses who use our first party payment system, transactions will accrue a 5% fee and $0.50 per transaction. The paid plan includes custom domain, access to payments, video hosting, and unlimited contact requests.
E-commerce: Squarespace has e-commerce functionality, but would not be recommended for a full online store that needs fulfillment and inventory (physical products). For instance, a travel company may find an exact use case in Squarespace with gift card functionality, checkout, and integrated e-com. For a small business, one-off purchases, or appointments - Bounce House can be your easier and quicker alternative as we support check out and invoicing.
Business type focus: While Squarespace tries to be the catch-all for all people and businesses, this actually spreads their functionality and focus super wide. Bounce House caters to small businesses and sole proprietors. Individuals and services that require one-on-one classes, sessions, either regularly recurring or one off. We encourage websites with a large focus to the Contact Request, encouraging in-person communication.
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Necessities: Both Squarespace and Bounce House support the no-brainer features like custom domain names, video hosting, logo uploads, SEO functionality, social media connections amongst other details.
Creating a website is important for any business, new, old, small or big. It's a piece of online real estate that you own and can feel proud of. Convinced? Try Bounce House for free! Learn more, or get started today with Bounce House.