"Hello, I used to use both Wix and Wordpress but found Square Space, have been building sites in it for 6 months and not had a problem and Google loves it."
Actually Alan, that is not entirely true...
- Alt Tags and Meta Descriptions on images are placed on the screen as opposed to in the back end, something Google doesn't like.
- No 301 redirects when changing URL's, something Google also doesn't like. (Yes you can manually redirect pages but the majority of people forget to do this which has a detrimental effect on your ranking)
- No built-in SEO checking, meaning that users will have to use external services to monitor the SEO properties of their pages (something the majority of people have no idea about). Bad on page SEO = Detrimental effect on rankings
- Unable to edit rich snippet information without uploading to the Data Highlighting Tool from Google (again something the average user will not have a clue about)
- Unable to change URLS for a cleaner presentation.
The bottom line is that the things that SquareSpace shorts out on are the exact things that cause detrimental effects to the SEO of a site or page. Unfortunately, with services like SquareSpace, there is little you can do to rectify the situation unless the provider deems that it needs to change it themselves.
These code free websites such as Wix, SquareSpace, Weebly etc all look good from the outside, and do a lot of things right, however, if you ever need to scratch the surface or tweak things, particularly in regards to SEO, then you soon find out their limitations.
I am in the process of creating a full comparison matrix which I am going to include with other resources so that people can make informed choices about the services they choose to use, instead of going on the "it works for me" brigade who in all honesty usually have very little knowledge themselves.