The world’s most popular website builder WordPress is not the only one available to users who are looking to create websites for personal or business purposes. Squarespace is one of the alternatives that has become quite popular since its creation in 2004. Many new users might be quickly impressed with Squarespace because of its full range of functions and features to build a visually appealing site, but the platforms lack the flexibility, adaptability, and economy of free, self-hosted competitor. Here we see why WordPress can be a far better long-term option as compared to Squarespace.
Squarespace is a newer addition to the rapidly growing list of site building platforms that have made running and creating a website simple for any user. No coding or software development knowledge is needed whatsoever. It offers a hosting option as well where users can pay a monthly fee that includes shared hosting with a free domain name free for the initial year. It offers a variety of plans ranging from $10-40 depending on your need. This platform is mostly used by bloggers and creatives like, artists and writers who have an inclination towards the simplicity and ease of use that Squarespace offers. These users like the straightforward approach as compared to the overwhelming options available on WordPress.
On the other hand, many users express their reservations while using Squarespace regarding the tight control developers maintain over tools because it is also a web host which makes it a closed space, hence users’ choices are limited making this a major drawback for Squarespace.
WordPress is an open-source and free platform that can be used on any hosting service depending on the users’ choice. It offers more options for revamping its basic structure, providing many customization and modification features. You have the option of choosing from thousands of themes and plugins that can make your site stand out in the crowd. If you don’t have any experience with coding, WordPress provides management tools on its dashboard available to the admin. While the more advanced users can work on the WordPress source code to make advanced customizations. Squarespace users can also choose from several templates available but their choices are limited but very visually appealing. Except for a few tweaks, like color changes, font styles and adding your images, you can’t customize your site that much. WordPress is a lot more flexible in incorporating multiple themes, importing themes and other elements from different sources or even creating your own unique theme. This option is not available for Squarespace users because all their themes are owned and created by their development team.
A significant difference between Squarespace and WordPress is their hosting structure. As Squarespace is a hosted platform, it maintains tight control over just about everything on your website, making imports and changes virtually impossible. The site owns all your site content and hinders your ability to shift to another host if you are unsatisfied. Also if the site closes down for any reason, your site will close by default.
The monthly fees cover everything if you are a Squarespace user but it limits the amount and resources you use for example, for personal accounts, the monthly subscription is $10 but your site is limited to just 20 pages. To get unlimited bandwidth you will have to subscribe to premium packages costing three times more. WordPress offers a self-hosted version that can be easily downloaded free from WordPress.org. It can then be hosted on any platform depending n your choice. Unlike Squarespace, hosts have no claim over any content you post with unlimited pages and number of posts. Here you can independently host your website and have the option to export all or some content onto any other hosting service at any time. Hence, you have control over your content, in case a host closes down you have control over where it appears online.
In today’s world, more and more people prefer to shop online than to visit physical stores. Also, it has become quite easy to set up an online store, but not if you are using Squarespace. Why is that? Squarespace allows you to build visually ravishing online storefronts within its template options. And if you have a budget on the lower side then you can only sell up to 20 products. To scale up your venture you need to opt for more expensive options and then sell unlimited products. Also, irrespective of what plan you choose, Squarespace is entitled to take a percentage of each deal made from your site according to its terms and conditions. Another drawback for e-commerce account holders is that payments in only certain currencies can be made using Stripe. In comparison, WordPress uses WooCommerce plugin that helps to set up your e-store according to your liking and payments can be collected on a number of portals while keeping all the profit from your sales.
Now coming towards the pricing, Squarespace has just one monthly fee that covers everything from the domain to hosting, customer support to analytics and more. You also get the option to pay the monthly fee instead of the annual one but you have to pay an extra $16 each month. As a plus, you do not need to buy external elements for support as the site offers within the hour support to keep your site running efficiently. But you won’t have any options if the site decides to change its pricing plans.
WordPress powers more than a third of the web that covers everything from blogs to websites, enterprise websites to complex portals. It couples simplicity for beginners and complexity for web developers, making it a flexible alternative as compared to other developers. Squarespace hosts just over a million websites, the majority of which are blogging or portfolio sites. Although Squarespace provides the best quality designer templates, this comes at a price, at the cost of your control while WordPress places control in the user’s hands. Squarespace is more suitable for new users who lack the technical skills to build complex websites. WordPress, on the other hand, has earned its reputation over the years, but it favors the more advanced builder.