Price comparison of platforms for your academic website


September 14, 2021

This is a price comparison of 5 website building platforms: Owlstown, Squarespace, Weebly, Wix, Wordpress.

I'm comparing these platforms because they all meet the following criteria:
  • You can edit your academic website on a browser.
  • Hosting is included for the free and paid plans.
Each of these platforms have multiple tiers, so I will focus on their free versions and the cheapest paid version.

Owlstown

https://www.owlstown.com

Cheapest paid version: $24 / year

  • Unlimited pages
  • Use your own domain name

Free version

  • Unlimited pages
  • No ads
  • Free hosting on [subdomain].owlstown.net

Wordpress

https://www.wordpress.com

Cheapest paid version: $48 / year

  • Unlimited pages
  • Use your own domain name

Free version

  • Unlimited pages
  • Has ads
  • Free hosting on [subdomain].wordpress.com

Weebly

https://www.weebly.com

Cheapest paid version: $72 / year

  • Unlimited pages
  • Use your own domain name

Free version

  • Unlimited pages
  • Has ads
  • Free hosting on [subdomain].weebly.com

Squarespace

https://www.squarespace.com

Cheapest paid version: $144 / year

  • Unlimited pages
  • Use your own domain name

Free version

  • Squarespace only provides a free 14-day trial

Wix

https://www.wix.com

Cheapest paid version: $168 / year

  • Unlimited pages
  • Use your own domain name

Free version

  • Unlimited pages
  • Has ads
  • Free hosting on [subdomain].wixsite.com


Greetings from Owlstown!

Owlstown is a website builder especially designed for academics. You can create and maintain a beautiful academic website quickly and easily. Start your academic website and see what you've been missing.