Squarespace vs WordPress and why Choose WordPress?

Post written by Marie Thomas
On Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Squarespace vs WordPress

In this digital era, there is absolutely no business that can run successfully without a website. A website will make the presence of your business felt and will widen its scope. For creating a website you will feel the need of a web building platform. There are many platforms that will enable you to create a stunning and fully functional website.

From all the platforms that are available out there, we will be discussing two of them. They are WordPress and Squarespace. This post will include a head-to-head comparison between the two on the basis of their individual features. It will be very beneficial for you in choosing the best one out of the two.

Let’s start by having a brief description about WordPress and Squarespace. Then we will jump into their comparison.

What is WordPress?

WordPress is an open source platform that will offer you a lot of features. They will prove very beneficial for you during the entire process of web development. Both the beginners and advanced users can easily make use of the platform.

Although WordPress has a very interactive and uncomplicated user interface, there is certainly a little learning curve that is associated with it. Especially the beginners will need to make them aware about some of the common concept and terms that are used in WordPress. Even though WordPress demands a slight prior knowledge to be had from the user end, it has always received positive reviews about its adaptability.

What is Squarespace?

What is Squarespace?

Squarespace is a website builder platform that doesn’t include a wide range of choices. This can be down point for some users, however, due to the fewer choices catered by it, using Squarespace becomes very easy. This makes it possible for the beginners to quickly get underway with the development process.

Squarespace has a drag and drop content editor, that will enable you to create posts and new pages in a very simple fashion. Users who have no experience of working on websites will also be able to easily add images, audio files, and videos. All your templates and pages can be customized with the help limited options possessed by the visual editor.

After a brief introduction of WordPress and Squarespace, now it’s time to compare the both of them on the basis of their features –

Ease of Usage

WordPress has a learning curve that is much more complex than that of Squarespace. With respect to WordPress, Squarespace as a web building tool is much easier to use. It will enable you to place the content anywhere as it is a drag and drop website builder. However, with WordPress, this is not the case. For any modifications that you want to make on your page, you will have to change the template codes.

Squarespace is best suited for people who do not have any coding knowledge and don’t possess the resources that are needed for building customizable websites. So, you have the skills required for coding, WordPress will enable you to build a highly customized site.

Flexibility

Flexibility is one aspect where no web building platform can ever complete with WordPress. It is an open-source platform, which means there are a large number of developers that are constantly working to make this platform better. However, in the case of Squarespace, only the in-house developers will be able to develop their tools. All their tools are developed by the same team, that will ensure that there is no issue between them.

Unlike WordPress, Squarespace does not have a wide collection of themes and plugins. These are available to the WordPress users in both free as well as the paid versions. The good thing about Squarespace is that all the tools that are catered by it are monitored, controlled and tested within their native environment. This will ensure that all the functions are working properly and there is no affect on the performance of your website.

Design Options

Talking about design options there are thousands of themes that are available in official directory of WordPress. These themes are available both in free as well as paid versions. However, with Squarespace, you will only get a total of 67 themes, out of which only 9 are available on the online store. This number is extremely less when compared with that of WordPress.

WordPress will offer you a great selection of themes, however, with Squarespace, you will get a seamless integration of designs. There is no need for installing them. With WordPress, you get the quantity but their quality is sometimes questionable. Therefore in case of WordPress, it becomes necessary that you buy a theme from a trusted place.

Support Services

One of the biggest positive points about WordPress is its huge user base. There are a number of forums and websites that are available online offering assistance regarding WordPress. You will be able to find a solution for almost all the queries that you have regarding WordPress.

Squarespace doesn’t have a massive forum like WordPress, but it possesses a dedicated support team that will answer any of your questions. You will be offered support through live chats, emails and user guides. Squarespace also organizes workshops at their Customer Care headquarters in Portland and New York. The low user base also allows them to offer assistance to each and every customer. With WordPress, there is no support that is provided officially due to lack of any support staff. All the support that is available is given by the users itself.

Pricing Policy

The final point of comparison between the two will come down to the cost of both the platforms. We all know that WordPress is free. However, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have to pay even a single penny for making an efficient use of it. For building your website in WordPress, you will require a web hosting provider. The cost of the domain and the web hosting will come down to the hosting provider that you choose. One of the major reasons for the popularity of WordPress is the overall or the total cost being very low.

In the case of Squarespace, the personal plan is almost same as that of shared hosting plan for WP. However, this plan comes with limited features. In addition to this, you get to create only 20 pages, add two contributions to your website and a blog.

After having an extensive comparison of both the platforms, we have come to a conclusion that WordPress is better. The above points of comparison are enough in giving this judgment. There are a few points here and there where Squarespace triumphs but they are very few.

Why Choose WordPress over SquareSpace?

As a user, you will be able to enjoy the flexibility and the scalable nature of the WordPress platform. WordPress’s popularity, widescale adoption, and open source nature provides for an ecosystem of nearly limitless possibility. One could say it’s an Engineering tool and the more you work with it the better you will become at it.

With Squarespace your experience, as well as your options will be streamlined to the portfolio of features and templates SquareSpace provides. There’s not a bustling open source community or an army of 3rd party developers creating a constant stream of new templates and new pluggable features, and in this containment you may find yourself limited in exchange for not being overwhelmed.

In the End

I hope that the article would have provided you with enough knowledge regarding WordPress and Squarespace. So the next time, you are about to build a website, the above points of comparison will help you decide which platform to choose.

Also read – Comparison between Angular JS and React JS!

About the Author:
Marie Thomas is a professional WordPress developer at Wordsuccor Ltd., where you can find her working on Custom WordPress Development and theme customization for small business and corporate clients. She also likes to dedicate her time to blogging about her area of expertise. You can follow her on Facebook!

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