Wordpress vs Squarespace: Which One Should You Choose?
Do you use wordpress? How do you like it? Do you use squarespace? Is it easy to set up?
These are the questions I hear constantly being asked in the Facebook groups I'm in on a daily basis. Wordpress vs Squarespace. I keep wanting to jump and give my thoughts but didn't want to keep repeating myself so I thought I'd share my thoughts, as I use both!
I will share with you the
-Pros and Cons
-My Experience with both
Let's get started!
able to purchase templates
many plugins to add
works with Woocommerce
you can find your own host and pricing
you own your site
Can use SEO plugin to handle your own SEO
Hard to figure out how to set up
doesn't look good unless you get a good template
have some skill to customize
Expensive templates and frameworks
Great looking themes
Easy to understand and customize
Free 14 day trial
SEO is handled by Squarespace to be optimized
Limited number of templates
Not as customizable
Not as many plugins
Steady rate per month
Theme + Monthly Hosting + Domain
I spent $100 on the Genesis Framework + Foodie Theme, $10 on monthly hosting and $10 for my domain
This year: $230
Next Year: $130
Either $12/month, $18/month or $26/month + including a domain name for the first year.
I spend the $8 a month (cheaper if you do yearly)
This year: $96
Next year: $96 (10% off using the code jj at checkout (thanks Jenna and Julien Podcast!)
Squarespace to me is both easier and cheaper to set up.
I like both Wordpress and Squarespace for different reasons.
But the real question and the takeaway from this blog: Which one is for you?
Some specific things I like better about Wordpress:
-I use the Google Analytics for both, but the Jetpack enabled Wordpress analytics is much better and has more information that the Squarespace Analytics
-I'm a plugin junkie so using the Wordpress Plugin shop is much easier than Squarespace
-You can add more to the sidebar, including a FB likebox (you can only do that on Squarespace with the Business account)
If you are:
A quick learner
A plugin lover
Wanting a super custom website & focused on e-commerce
Wanting to use a template you've found/bought
I vote Wordpress!
Some Specific things I like better about Squarespace:
-It just looks good no matter what template and what you do to it
-Easy to maneuver and add content blocks. Very easy to customize compared to Wordpress
-Free sliders and galleries that are easy to add new images to.
If you are:
Brand new to blogging,
Want a website that non-techie small business owners or entrepreneurs can use
Put value on Design over Customization
Wanting to save money
I vote Squarespace!
What are your thoughts? Which one do you like better?