There is a big debate between Squarespace and WordPress. Some people only swear by WordPress, and they don't want to come close to a Squarespace website. Some others love Squarespace so much that they will go on every social media platform and share the service with all their followers.
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Before I go in depth on which website platform is the best fit for your business, let me just explain that Squarespace and WordPress are both great platforms. I like to compare those two platforms to an apple and a banana. Some people will prefer an apple some will prefer a banana. Nothing wrong with that. They both will fill you up when you are hungry. That's the same with Squarespace and WordPress; they are both an excellent platform for your blog and business.
For those of you who wonder, I used both platforms for my businesses and for my client's design. So I know both platforms well. I see so many blog posts that are supposed to tell the difference between both, but when you read the blog post, you know exactly which platform the author use. Sometimes they even promote something to bring you into the platform... Me, I don't want to share the platform that I use for my own business. Why? Because I don't want you to make a choice based on my preference. If you are curious to know or if after reading this post, you are not sure of which platform is the best FOR YOU. You can contact me, and I will be more than happy to help you.
Easy to use
Squarespace is easy to use web site platform. If you are a non-tech person or even never work on a website before, Squarespace allows you to add images, videos, and audio files quickly. With its drag and drop content editor, adding new content is easy to use. After a couple of minutes, you will be able to learn most of the platform. With Squarespace, you are limited to the template available for your design (Visit their website to look at their templates and see if one appeal to you) All the tools are integrated with Squarespace, so you don't need to download any plugins. Squarespace also offers a 14 days trial that allows you to test their platform and see if it's a good fit for your business.
Wordpress is a robust platform with a lot of choices. With the right theme (template) and plugins, you can create any design you want. Adding content and videos can be challenging for beginners. Some themes are easier that other to work with. Even if with most themes, you don't need to learn to code, knowing the basic coding can help you creating the website you dream of. The biggest problem with Wordpress is not every plugin is good, and a bad plugin can damage your site. Also, Wordpress has over 48 000 plugins so it can be hard to find the one that suits your need.
The biggest problem with Squarespace is if you plan on having an e-commerce or membership site. Based on the number of products you want to sell, the cost of having an e-commerce can become expensive. For membership, you can easily create a log page (with no extra cost) that everyone will have the same password and have the same content.
Wordpress offer several premium themes that will allow you to create e-commerce.
Squarespace offers great support, with workshop videos, live chat, and email support. With Squarespace you don't need to do any maintenance or update, everything is done through them.
WordPress does not give any support if a problem happens on your website. You will need to find help on their community forum and or hire a developer. WordPress is continuously updating its platform which means you have to update your plugins regularly. Keep in mind that when you update your WordPress version, this may potentially conflict with other plugins.
Squarespace offers 4 different options based on your needs. Every tool is included in their program. You will only need a domain name that you can purchase with them of through another company.
With WordPress, you will need a hosting and domain name and probably will need to purchase a theme (template). The hosting can vary from hosting company to another. You can expect to pay around 7$ per month. You will also need a theme. Even if Wordpress have free themes, I recommend paying for one who will look good and allow you more design flexibility. The themes usually range between 30-100$. Also, you may need to pay for some plugins. Several of them are free, but if you want more functionality, you might want to invest in a plugin or two.
If you still have any questions to choose the right platform for your future website, please leave a comment below or email me, I will be more than happy to help you.