Don’t worry, I know it’s a hard decision, I’ve had to help people make it before, myself included. That’s why I am here, the fairy godmother of marketing some might say. By the end of this article, you’ll be enlightened as to which platform you should whip your credit card out for.
*Disclaimer – This post is referring to self-hosted WordPress, not WordPress.com!
Hold on, what’s the difference between Squarespace and WordPress?
I’m so glad you asked! There’s a couple of differences between Squarespace and WordPress, but I’m going to try and explain it as simply as possible because I don’t have all day.
Squarespace is your all-in-one solution. Hosting, domain, theme, SEO, the whole shebang is taken care of with one swift click of a button.
WordPress is a CMS (content management system) that requires external hosting, so you have to go to someone like tsohost and say ‘hey, can I park my website in one of your parking spaces?‘ and they go, ‘yeh ok, here’s some space for you bro!‘. Then you have to go in, set up WordPress then choose a theme, either from their library or downloaded from somewhere like Creative Market.
Can you see why I often steer those less web savvy towards Squarespace?
Why would I go with WordPress when it’s so complicated?!
Well don’t be put off by the many steps involved in setting up a WordPress website, it can be extremely worth it in the long run!
If you know that you want to build and develop your website as you grow or as your business grows, then it’s the perfect option. It can also be the cheaper option of the two if we’re talking monthly payments!
For as little as £2.99 a month, you can get basic hosting for one website. However, if you also want a cool, snazzy custom theme, then that can set you back about £30-£40. However, this is just a one-off payment so it’s not too bad in the long run.
WordPress also gives you more control of the actual HTML and CSS of your website, which, if you are a seasoned developer, is a blessing. It also allows you to play around with SEO optimisation a little more, as well as being able to add custom widgets and plugins to improve functionality.
Ok, so WordPress sounds pretty awesome. So why would I choose Squarespace?
Well, if you are a bit of a newbie to this managing a website game, or you’re running a mega-successful solopreneur/freelance business that needs all your time and attention, then having this all-in-one option is your best shout!
Squarespace has a phenomenal support and customer service system. Their endless tutorials and FAQ sections mean that there is no question you can ask that hasn’t already been answered. Their support team will get back to you very quickly about any issues and then they’ll fix em all up for you!
It is also a great platform for creatives, as their themes are perfect for portfolio style websites. Their e-commerce feature also means you can quickly and easily set up an online shop attached to your website, no messing about with complicated code, just whack it up.
Ok, so you’ve answered the big questions, but I’m still none the wiser!
Well don’t get your knickers in a twist just yet my friend, I have many a resource for you to place your eyes on to help you make this all-important decision!
The quiz below should give you a clear and definitive answer to your pressing question as to whether you should use Squarespace or WordPress:
Still not sure?! Well ok, why not drop me a quick message and I’ll be able to give you a bit of advice on which might be better for you!
Made your decision to grab a bit of Squarespace action? Wonderful! Go you! Oh wait, you can’t be bothered to set it up yourself? No problem, I’m happy to help with Squarespace design and implementation and I’ll even give you a little tutorial on how to maintain the website all by yourself!