50 Web Publishing Apps

Website squarespace.com


Squarespace launched in 2004 — light years as far as the web is concerned — and has grown into a popular hosted CMS with a wide range of features like real-time stats, social widgets and mobile apps. Unfortunately, Squarespace hasn’t managed to foster an ecosystem of third-party theme designers compared to open-source platforms like WordPress and Drupal.

Template editor offers near complete control of visual design, including custom CSS
Full HTML editing
Built-in detailed stats
iOS and Android apps available
Advanced import support for popular blog services
Option to password-protect pages
24/7 support
Significantly active user forums
Limited set of default templates
White on black color scheme and tiny text in admin backend make it rather hard to use
Admin backend fails to use more modern interactive UI technology in many areas
Admin runs on a non-secure server (no SSL)
Basic plan is a poor deal compared to competitors
Form builder and user registration only available with top-tier plan
Domains cannot be purchased directly through the service
Starts at $13.33 per month