There are many discussions about which platform to choose – Squarespace vs WordPress? I’ve been through both and experienced their bright and upsetting parts, so here I am, to share these insights with you!
24/02/2017 Update: As much as I loved Squarespace, now we can meet here, on WordPress. It’s a weird but exciting experience for me and, I must admit, it was so worth it!
03/05/2018 Update: If you’re just starting a new website or want to change your platform, please read the most recent article Which website creation platform to choose?
I was WordPress user for years. Although I used my blog only as an entertainment source for myself and some of my closest friends, I felt pretty sad about my decision to leave it and start my website on Squarespace.
You may have various reasons for willingness to leave, mine was pretty simple – I wanted to try out something new.
Now, as you already read, I’m back on WordPress and today I’m here with way more serious website than back in 2012…
These days, most of the online business owners have this dilemma – Squarespace vs WordPress?! Which one is the best option to choose? Which one is the best for each business specific needs? That’s exactly what I’ll try to solve in this post!
Comparison of Squarespace vs WordPress
First of all, I would like to introduce you to my overall and initial experience with both of these platforms and give the overall comparison.
WordPress wasn’t my first blog platform ever. I came to it from Blogger and at that time it seemed as something more complicated and advanced (back in 2008 if I remember correctly). First steps in WordPress were slow but by the time I learned to manage my way through it. I wasn’t selling anything (not even my blog itself), so all of my activities were just fun related. I wrote posts, added photos, changed themes, played around with sidebars, etc. I had no need for any plug-ins or domain name. I enjoyed my time there and appreciated all of the options.
As mentioned in the article below, Squarespace was the next level game for me. I came here when I had no idea about domains, hosts, options that might be necessary for me as a business owner. So why did I change after all? Because of the previously mentioned reasons – it seemed like logical next step. I wanted to upgrade my blogging game, so I came to Squarespace that offered host and domain, e-mail and variety of themes, layouts, and other options. I was confused at first, but got friendly around here pretty fast!
Which one is easier to understand?
I would go for Squarespace.
For WordPress, there is a variety of plug-in options that you have to install and work your own way through. For Squarespace, most of the necessary things are already prepared for you. For example, Pinterest button on photos.
WordPress could be easier at first sight, especially, if you are already used to some other blogging platforms since there are some similar options. But it is possible to get around Squarespace pretty fast, as soon as you check out the overall idea. It’s definitely easier for those who have no idea about coding (and no willingness to learn it).
For blogging and for business… Squarespace vs WordPress
If you are just blogging, I would go with WordPress.
If you are creating your own business, Squarespace could be a better option.
Why so? Because Squarespace offers simple and right-on-spot shop, which includes shipping, information about taxes and, well, first of all – a general guide through how everything is working. If you are not creating an e-commerce website, each option could be adjustable for your needs, since you can connect to a variety of shops in WordPress, as well as in Squarespace (whenever necessary).
WordPress is better for blogging since it is a bit easier to manage blogging process there.
You don’t have way too many additional options to choose from, you can just blog without much thinking about options that you have to look through. Squarespace is great for blogging as well, since you can manage your posts in draft, review and schedule sections, as well as add a variety of things right in the post – summary, calendar, button, etc. (That’s the thing you might not need if you’re blogging only).
Theme and style options
There are plenty to choose from in WordPress, but not as many in Squarespace.
The thing in Squarespace is as follows – you have to upgrade your account if willing to get to code where you can add and change small details.
You can choose from around 20+ different themes that have a variety of different features. Hard thing to keep in mind (and research) – which themes do have the things that you are willing to add your page. For example, sidebar, ”read more”, cover photo. Every Squarespace theme is built differently, so these options are changing for each one. You can check out my review of Squarespace templates.
WordPress offers an unbelievable amount of themes and many of them – for free. For most of them, it is easy to see right away – what you can and cannot do (for Squarespace you have to experiment a bit more). For more advanced and interesting themes you have to pay.
Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a theme on WordPress.
For Squarespace themes, you can change colors, the size of headers, the size of sidebars (for some) and so on. For WordPress – you can change these things only if you pay (for some you can change just some parts, not everything, and for others – nothing).
The offer & pricing
The main reason why I decided to import from WordPress to Squarespace was this – Squarespace offers a full package, while WordPress is platform and domain, but no host and no e-mail.
For me, as a complete starter at that point, this was a huge deal.
I had no patience and knowledge about hosts, domains or whatsoever. Squarespace helped me with the fact that everything was compact and I had no worries about details – I made my payment and created my website.
When you’re starting on WordPress, it’s good to have website hosting first. Once you’ve purchased website hosting (anywhere between $50 and $120 per year) you can get a one-click install of WordPress.
Squarespace offers plans and there are three of them. Personal is the simplest one but includes everything you need, it costs $8/month. Additional one-year payment is for a domain and monthly – for e-mail if you need one. More advanced plans cost $18 and $26 monthly, there you can get to your website code, add more pages and so on. More information about that is here.
The transition from WordPress to Squarespace was simple and fast. (While the transition from Squarespace to WordPress was a pretty big pain…)
I got all my WordPress blogs (comments and photos included) right to my new Squarespace account without much of a brain wreck.
But what about a change from Squarespace to WordPress? Tried to look through the information and didn’t manage my way through it. I haven’t done it myself, so don’t take my words for granted. I believe that it is possible, but not as easy.