Which platform to use, WordPress or Squarespace

Today, I want to talk to you more about the choice between WordPress and Squarespace. This is a question I often get asked when I’m helping people to start their website or to redevelop their existing website. The choice between WordPress and Squarespace can be kind of baffling, because they basically do the same thing, you can use them to make your website, but ultimately the experience of using them is quite different.

I have broken it down into a couple of different points and maybe it could help you to make the decision between WordPress and Squerespace:

Flexibility

Getting started

Ongoing use

Point one – Flexibility

Both WordPress and Squarespace have the ability to do many things, but if it comes to down to ultimate flexibility in all things, if your priority is flexibility, I would go with WordPress.

Statistics say that WordPress runs 32% of entire internet. 

This is, if you think about it, massive.

So, if you want to do something with your site, flexibility is definitely there. If you can imagine that everything that you need and want to be made about your website is already done. So tools, plugins and themes that do everything you need are already there, no need to get a custom site made. If you want something specific to be made, WordPress is definitely a great choice; its got a massive flexibility in terms of design and functionality.

Squarespace has a lot of flexibility as well, but in essence it’s designed to be easy to setup and easy to run. So flexibility comes if you’re getting a lot of customization done there. So if you’re comparing WordPress and Squarespace for flexibility, WordPress wins.

Getting started

In terms of getting started with either tool, you should know that WordPress has a much steeper learning curve, while with Squarespace, you can just get in there and start making pages. It’s all drag & drop and very easy. You can’t go wrong because it won’t let you go wrong. That goes back to flexibility – There are other things that you can’t do, because it doesn’t want to overwhelm you with loads of stuff.

So, in terms of learning it as a tool, Squerespace wins, because it’s very easy to get your head around where things are. They also offer you support, so If you are paying for Sqaurespace, you can use this support at any time, which is not the case with WordPress. It’s because WordPress is an open source. There’s no support team there, there are thousands of forums though.

Conclusion: In terms of learning curve, WordPress is much more steep learning, while Squarespace you can get started and get stuck in.

Ongoing use

The ongoing use of either Squarespace or WordPress, it comes to down to a couple of factors. By the ongoing costs – Squarespace is more expensive.

With WordPress you are basically paying for hosting, which can be 5-12 euro a month. So the hosting of WordPress is much cheaper than Squarespace.

The ongoing maintenance is a completely different story.

You can basically make a Squarespace website and then totally forget about it. It doesn’t need your love so much. With WordPress you need to come and check things at least once a month. Just to make sure that everything is running smoothly. WordPress does need you to pop in there and run updates. Even with that in mind, in terms of being visible and using your website as a real business tool, you’d need to get in there anyway.

You’ll need to add stuff all the time if you want to be ranked good on Google if you are using social media and your website is your online hub, you are going to need to be getting in there. You are going to need to be getting in there anyway, if you really want to get the most from your website as a business tool.

So, in terms of ongoing, Squarespace is easier to maintain, but it’s more expensive. WordPress is more involved in terms of maintenance but it’s cheaper.

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