Squarespace vs. Wordpress

 
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How do you decide between Squarespace and Wordpress?

I've been working on this post for a while (mostly because I want to make sure I've got all my facts straight). But I realized I kept putting it off because theres soooo many factors that go into determining what platform to use for your website. Below are just a few of the major points I go over with clients when choosing a platform. Mind you, there are dozens and dozens of other platforms available to use, I personally however, have chosen to use Squarespace and Wordpress for creating websites for my clients. I am though totally dying to try designing a Showit site (blog is based in Wordpress) so eventually I may need to update this to include Showit!

Personally my favorite is Squarespace—I may be partial to it because my website (www.luxandvita.com) is done through Squarespace. I love using it because all I need to manage my site (including domain, hosting, website editing) is all in one place. Plus the support team at Squarespace is top notch. I'm not a huge fan of continually having to check for plugin updates which is one of my personal reasons I don't use Wordpress.

When it comes to determining what platform to use I tend to tell clients to ask clients how much time they want to spend updating plugins and how tech savvy/comfortable they are. Most of my clients like the idea of set it and forget it type website which is why I tend to recommend they use Squarespace. Aside from updating their portfolio and blog they really don't need to do anything else to their site to make sure it's in tip top shape 24/7.

If you're looking for a super customized site (or one that has more available templates and plugins) then I'd say try out Wordpress. While Squarespace can absolutely get you a 100% custom site, there are limitations within Squarespace that can only be solved with heavy coding. When determining what platform to use make a list of every feature you're going to want to have on your website. From an online shop to a blog or an online forum there's a lot of additional features you may be wanting beyond the basic pages with content and forms. Based on what features you need you'll be able to better determine exactly what platform you'll want to use.

So let's dive into the biggest differences I've found between Squarespace and Wordpress.


Themes and Customization

Squarespace

  • Free themes available
  • Ability to purchase themes (prices vary greatly)

Pros

  • Ability to add plugins that will enhance features on your theme/site
  • Very user-friendly, drag & drop website builder

Cons

  • Need to know coding to fully customize beyond themes capability

Wordpress

  • Free themes available (not great or very customizable)
  • Purchase themes (prices vary -- $15+)

Pros

  • Ability to use a theme you've chosen that fits your exact needs
  • Developers update themes so new features may be available later on
  • Ability to add plugins that will enhance features on your theme/site
  • Very customizable within the theme chosen

Cons

  • Need to purchase a theme to find one that will fit all of your needs
  • Need to know coding to fully customize beyond themes capability
  • Developers may not update the theme and it may become incompatible with Wordpress updates or plugins
  • May require multiple plugins (that have the option to not work with each other)

Support

Squarespace

  • Dedicated Squarespace support team
  • Organized online tutorials
  • Live chat
  • Email support

Wordpress

  • Community of Wordpress users that act as a support team
  • Online tutorials
  • Not always correct or relevant tutorials

Cost

Squarespace

The cost of a Squarespace site has several factors, below are several of the typical costs found to be associated with a Squarespace site.

  • Theme (free or paid)
  • Domain name
  • Hosting

Squarespace has multiple packages available. If you're wanting to add custom code or use some of their premium features, I recommend the Business account at $18/month annually. It allows unlimited amount of pages along with many other great features (see list here). Through the Squarespace Business account you'll be to get a free domain name (for 1 year), 1 email account (via Google), and hosting. All Squarespace plans include hosting in their packages.

Wordpress

The cost of a Wordpress site has several factors, below are several of the typical costs found to be associated with a Wordpress site. 

  • Theme (free or paid)
  • Domain name
  • Hosting
  • Support/Website designer

To get started with a Wordpress site you'll need to find a company to host your site (i.e. BlueHost, Siteground, Flywheel, etc.); purchase a domain name (luxandvita.com is an example of a domain name). You can find one using name.com, Google domains, etc.; find a package through your website host who does email accounts (i.e. hello@luxandvita.com). Some of these sites can package these items together but the price and quality vary.


Liz Strong

Lux + Vita, Texas

Hey, I'm Liz. I help small businesses and non-profits create solid brands by designing logos, websites, and graphics to enhance their online and social media presence.

I have worked in the non-profit sector as a designer for over 5 years. Over the past 5 years, I have worked as a freelance designer, a graphic designer for a regional church denomination office, and until 2016, I worked as the Communications Director for a multi-site church in New Hampshire. I currently co-own and design for Lux + Vita, a full service graphic design company