WordPress vs. Squarespace are both reasonably priced options for building beautiful websites. If you’re a photographer, business owner, student, blogger or looking to build your personal portfolio then both WordPress and Squarespace are wonderful. How are WordPress vs. Squarespace different from each other? Which is better? In this article we will examine the differences — with examples — of the pros and cons of both WordPress and Squarespace.
What are the benefits of WordPress?
WordPress has been around since 2003. You may know it as a blogging platform, but what else can it do? WordPress is a type of Content Management System ( aka CMS). What’s a CMS? Every website on the Internet needs a place to store and organize content — that’s what a CMS does. When you first login to WordPress the Dashboard you’ll see the WordPress Dashboard, this is where you create new posts, upload photos, edit pages, tags, categories, and monitor your comments, etc.
WordPress powers 29% of the Internet. That means that 1 in 4 Website, of all the Websites in the world, are WordPress Websites.
There are two types of WordPress sites you can create:
- WordPress.com is where you go to launch a simple personal blog
- WordPress.org is where you go if you’re a business, or if you need custom design, analytics, or room for scaling your blog’s growth. Here are 30 of the most notable sites today using WordPress.org
What are the benefits of Squarespace?
Squarespace is a publishing platform for the non-techie. Squarespace is also used by photographers, entrepreneurs, and bloggers. With Squarespace you can easily create a portfolio website, an e-commerce store, or even run your small business. Their claim to fame is their dead simple WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) drag and drop editor that allows you to create your site with fluidity and ease.
With Squarespace, you are required to host directly through Squarespace, while WordPress allows you to host your website on any hosting service (which allows for more customization).
Ease of Use Creating New Content
WordPress is a dead simple platform to use, albeit a powerful one. This is why it continues to be a very popular option for creating and growing websites. To get started all you need to do is simply download the WordPress open source code, host it on a server, choose a theme, and you’re up and running.
Squarespace’s WYSIWYG editor can have your site up and running in minutes. They offer beautiful designs and their simplicity allows for people with non-technical backgrounds to build websites with ease. Due to the “live” nature of the building stages, you can instantly see how your site will operate, which is perfect for the ADD generation.
Look and Feel: WordPress Themes vs. Squarespace Templates
With WordPress you have a plethora of choices available when it comes to themes. Themes are basically how your site looks, feels, and operates. Without knowing how to hard code with HTML and CSS, you just click “apply” and you’re good to go.
WordPress theme examples:
Squarespace on the other hand uses something called Templates. For all intents and purposes, they are more or less the same as WordPress’ themes. The aesthetic is perhaps a bit more “modern”.
Squarespace template examples:
Adding theme extensions: WordPress Plugins vs. Squarespace Content Blocks
Plugins are pieces of software you can install to add or enhance functionality on your WordPress site. There are thousands of free plugins to choose from in the directory. There is the option for paid plugins that provide customer support if need be. Plugins can be great additions and enhancements to your website as the library continues to grow.
Squarespace calls their extensions Content Blocks. With these “blocks” you can add information such as text, video, forms, and images. They are fairly similar to plugins, yet are perhaps a bit more intuitive in nature. They too create a more dynamic feel to your domain.
When considering to go the WordPress or Squarespace route, you’re going to need a place to park your domain. With WordPress, your site will need to be hosted on a server. There are plenty of Web Hosting platforms to choose from such as Bluehost or HostGator. Many of these Web Hosting services provide similar experiences. The good thing is that they’re all fast, reliable, and inexpensive.
With Squarespace on the other hand, hosting is automatically included. In a nutshell, you are the guest and they are the host! If your domain(s) are hosted elsewhere, you have the option to transfer them to Squarespace if you so choose.
Support: The Support Team
WordPress is the way to go. If you want a more robust platform that offers a “beefier” dashboard then WordPress is your option.
These two platforms offer excellent means to getting a site up and running. Depending on your wants and needs, each can provide something a little different. Both WordPress and Squarespace offer simple solutions for you Web needs. Like anything else, it is a matter or preference.
If you would like to dive deep into WordPress, One Month now offers the course, One Month WordPress. Chris, the teacher for the course, has been using WordPress for 10 years and will surely get you moving in the right direction. He’s created WordPress themes for The Black Eyed Peas, General Assembly, Toyota, Aldo, Agency Sacks, and New York Green Roofs. We hope to see you there!