It’s like a competition, but one that is healthy and always guarantees a winner. You’ll find people on two sides of a coin: many that love WordPress or those that enjoy using Squarespace.
Universally, even the most exceptional product has its respective flaws. However, Impulse Impressions is on the side of WordPress. We go boldly to say that we believe in the platform’s universal stability and exceptional capability is better than Squarespace on many fronts.
To prove our point, here’s a short comparison that can help you choose between the two platforms or know the qualities of exceptional site-building tools for all purposes.
What is WordPress?
Even if you haven’t started building websites on your own, you’ve definitely heard of WordPress. In fact, you’ve even seen some developers endorse the platform for websites of any purpose.
Both WordPress and Squarespace are site-builders with free and paid versions. WordPress-hosted sites are free but you have to welcome Google advertisements and a domain.wordpress.com website. On the contrary, self-hosted websites often include a one-click installation of WordPress (that’s really convenient!).
In addition, it powers over 74.6 million websites according to its survey.
For this review, we’ll be comparing self-hosted WordPress with self-hosted Squarespace (or non-personal/free accounts).
Why Do Many Love WordPress?
WordPress has an exceptional interface that is easy to follow. You have a side-menu panel that contains pop-up menus upon hovering your mouse. This simple feature can save you time when you’re customising multiple elements and saves your need to click. In addition, you get all admin tools and interface in a single area in options. Content is segregated according to blogs, pages, and other media such as forms intuitively. Its user-friendliness is definitely unsurpassable.
The Forefront of Exceptional Content Management
The platform excels greatly in this area alone. You can instantly create a post by clicking a “New Post” link, see your selection of pages, content, and other media in their respective categories, and have options to turn them into drafts, submit them for editor approval, publish them, or schedule them at a later time.
In addition, you can manage all host-uploaded images and videos in the media library. Its content customisation screen allows you to add images and videos in a single gallery or individually. Lastly, you can customise content with HTML.
Plugins for SEO, Ecommerce and More
We’ll keep this section short, but you’ve got Yoast and WooCommerce plugins in WordPress’ million-item plugins market. Therefore, if you’re aiming for a website with good SEO, Ecommerce, or websites for other purposes, you’ve got plugins that help you manage everything and keep everything running smoothly. And no, you’re not limited to SEO or Ecommerce alone.
WordPress becomes increasingly stable and secure with every update it rolls out. In addition, most hosting has the option of auto-updating your entire website with your permission. Doing this gives you impeccable website security that guarantees consistent website uptime.
Furthermore, all WordPress websites have plugins that help speed up or measure the loading speed of your website to reduce bounce rates.
Free With Most Hosting
Most hosting websites have WordPress built-in for quick one-click installations. You’ll even get to choose your theme before the installation begins. Therefore, you already have a functioning website right from the start.
Why Some are Skeptical of It
Updates Leading to Faulty Plugins
Sometimes, WordPress has too frequent updates that can mess up the functions of your plugins. True enough, this is a huge problem and will likely cause website downtime. However, site owners can easily reverse it by rolling back on an earlier version of WordPress and the plugin itself.
Theme Customisation Limitations
Some of the themes have limitations on customisation options. If you know how to code certain parts of a theme, you might find yourself limited in editing options. However, the majority can have HTML customisation options that can help you turn a free theme into what you envision.
What is Squarespace?
Squarespace is similar to Wix, Joomla, and other paid website builder services. Just like WordPress, it has a free tier that grants you the basics of website development such as templates, content management systems, free-hosting, and more.
Squarespace aims to be user-friendly. It has a “standard” version that allows users to drag blocks to create designs without technical web development skills. A “developer” version gives web experts full access and source code manipulation. This unlocks a whole new level of functionality than its existing templates.
For this comparison, we will be referring only to the paid or business plans of Squarespace in comparison to self-hosted WordPress websites.
Features Fans Love About Squarespace
Great Templates and Out-of-the-Box Design
If you haven’t any idea about your website design, browsing through the free themes available in the paid suite is enough to give you inspiration. True enough, it gives you the freedom to move elements around, which can make the design better and qualify as reflective of your intent.
All these templates are ready to publish right after you fill in the necessary details. After you’ve changed the headers, texts, and added in forms and other mediums, you’re ready to publish. That’s how quick it is to construct websites with Squarespace.
Ecommerce website owners will find Squarespace’s sensibility to the industry a huge edge among the competition. In the paid and business versions of Squarespace, you can sell your products. In contrast, you won’t have any content or item-selling versions in the free/personal edition.
The advanced Ecommerce features are definitely a huge gain. You get a free G Suite account and Google Adwords credit once you sign up for the business plan. In addition, you have Xero, an accounting platform free to use for any transactions and other money-related activities on your website. You even get an abandoned cart autorecovery unit to help identify users and email them about their abandoned window shopping spree.
Premium Blocks Worth The Price
Squarespace unlocks the “premium” blocks on the business plan and other paid plans. These blocks are fully customisable and unlock a huge roster of advanced features that will contribute to your site conversions, sales, insights, and more.
Limitations of the Platform
Plans Can Limit Website Customisation
If you’re looking to test out the platform before you use it, you might find it disappointing. The business plans and other plans above this tier are the ones with fully-customisable blocks, advanced features, and the other tools you may need to create site conversions. Even third-party integrated apps have paid features, which can make the Squarespace experience expensive fast.
More Expensive Than The Competition
Squarespace charges a bit higher than its Ecommerce website development sites including Shopify, Wix, Joomla, and others. True enough, this is way more expensive than using a separate hosting and using WordPress (free of charge) instead.
Concentrating just on Ecommerce is limiting. If you’re focused on blog photography, fashion, and other possible non-sale websites, then Squarespace is definitely limiting. True enough, the free/personal edition can cater to these crowds, but with limited themes and options available, it is not a better deal when you compare it to WordPress.
Smaller Number of Available Themes
Squarespace has approximately 92 themes available for the free edition and just dozens more on the paid versions. While highly customisable, the advanced theme features is only effective if a proficient web developer is at the helm of your website’s creation.
With its huge number of themes, advanced features, countless plugins for maximum customisability, major HTML development capabilities, and other advanced features, WordPress is definitely proof that a strong website requires exceptional flexibility and customisability.
If you’re not yet using WordPress, it’s time you updated and went for the best we can recommend for a website of any purpose.