I've come to the point where I need my Squarespace website to do more than the Squarespace platform is designed to do, namely provide server-side access to Node.js and Ajax. Squarespace permits no server-side access whatsoever even from within its "Developer Platform."

The critical page on the site retrieves data stored on the AWS DynamoDB servers and dynamically populates a table on the page. I need secure, credentialed access to the servers, thus requiring server-side Node.js and Ajax functionality. I need a site-builder because I'm not competent to build one and my non-profit group hasn't the money to hire a professional. Those twin requirements constrain the set of appropriate site hosts.

It seems that I need to migrate the site to some other website-building platform similar to Squarespace but that allows server-side access.

I would like recommendations for quality website-building platforms similar to Squarespace but that provide server-side access to Node.js and Ajax functionality.

I would like to solicit recommendations from knowledgeable people for three to five sights ranked from most to least preferred with reasons.

I would also like to know if you believe that more information about my site and its requirements is needed for a reader to respond effectively.

What Stack Exchange site(s) is (are) appropriate for this specific question?

Do you believe that more information will be needed? What?


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To the extent you're asking for someone to recommend a software platform rather than a hosting service, this question would be on-topic at Software Recommendations.

Please make sure to carefully read over Are hosting recommendation requests on-topic? before posting to ensure that your question is on-topic. It sounds like you're looking for a software platform rather than a service, so I think you'd be good, but you should still read it over. You'll probably also want to have a look at What is required for a question to contain “enough information”?

This question would not, as is suggested in the comments, be on-topic at Webmasters.SE, which forbids questions asking for "[r]ecommendations for sites and resources," including tools. They also have a canonical question that states that "[a]ll future questions [on Webmasters.SE] pertaining to finding web hosting should be closed as a duplicate of this question."

  • Software Recommendations.SE appears inappropriate. I agree that Webmasters.SE is inappropriate. I don't need software advice, just the identity of some web-building sites like Squarespace but that allow server-side access for developers, unlike Squarespace. If I can just be pointed in the right direction, I'll do the rest. Perhaps there is no such SE site. I'd like to know.
    – alxfyv
    Mar 4, 2021 at 2:32
  • Based on this answer, your question seems more like the example on-topic question. it seems that your question is asking for a software platform with certain features.
    – Ryan M
    Mar 4, 2021 at 2:36

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