When comparing Hexo vs Squarespace, the Slant community recommends Hexo for most people. In the question“What are the best solutions for a personal blog?” Hexo is ranked 4th while Squarespace is ranked 7th.
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Pro Fast and easy to use
Pro Deployment is easy and fast
Hexo built sites can be easily deployed to Github pages, Heroku, Openshift (custom cartridge needs to be setup) or any other custom solution (just copy over the
public folder). Any deployment is as simple as editing the
_config.yml file and running the
Pro Generating a blog is pretty fast
Generating a new blog with Hexo is generally really fast. Hexo truly lives up to it's name as a simple and fast static website generator.
Pro Constantly updated and actively maintained
Hexo's repository in GitHub is very active and it's actively being maintained. Updates are released every two or three months.
Pro Complete and helpful documentation
Hexo's documentation is very thorough and helpful, especially for people who are just starting with it.
Pro Easy to customize & update
Squarespace's WYSIWYG tools are intuitive and support drag & drop functionality allowing you to change existing layout or add an article quickly.
Pro Responsive templates
Squarespace templates offer an optimal viewing experience depending on the width of the browser window so they will work and look great both on desktop and mobile devices.
Pro Lots of flexibility
Squarspace allows complete creative control over how you want your website to look and function. It can be a complete website.
Pro Extensive styling options
Pro Detailed real-time metrics
Squarspace offers detailed metrics, that can also easily be accessed from your phone via an iOS app.
Pro Attention to detail
Squarespace has a bunch of small nice-to-haves that make it a pleasure to use, like automatically getting a screengrab when adding a video so that the site doesn't load the whole video before the user has clicked on it, or a sign-up process that's sane among other things.
Pro Lots of good example projects
Squarespace offers a great selection of highly polished templates across a variety of categories and styles.
Pro Great support
Squarespace promises to answer all question within an hour.
Con Relatively large community but the majority is non-english speakers
Hexo has a relatively large following and community, especially in China. While this is certainly a positive, many developers who do not know chinese would be unable to follow all the guides and tutorials out there written by their chineses counterparts.
Con Dependent on a third-party host
This is dependent on a third-party host, instead of creating a site that you can deploy on your own server.