Wordpress or Squarespace? Part I

In today’s market- you’ve got a few standout options to choose from when looking to build a website. Squarespace and Wordpress are the two most popular companies providing platforms on which to build from. But are they the same? Nope. They sure aren’t. When looking to build a site, whether it be on your own, with a creative team, or with a developer, there a lot of things to consider. In this post we will examine two of the important questions to ask yourself, with more questions for consideration in a follow up post.

How much freedom do I want?

Wordpress is considered to be an “open source platform”, which means it is open to the public for sharing and creating new codes and templates. This boosts the potential for picking and choosing the details for your site that are jusssst right for you are basically limitless. They are currently hosting about 23% of websites on the internet, with more developers and users joining ranks every day. The downside to this is that there is no regulation on what is being created, so you could potentially pay for a plug in only to find out it is glitchy or slows your site down. Some developers may feel less inclined to develop using paid-for tools, because they will not want to be held accountable for fixing them if they turn out to be bad.

Squarespace on the other hand is not an open source platform, meaning that everything they produce is done “in house”. Their tools are thoroughly tested, which ensures quality. Also, if there is ever an issue with a Squarespace site,their team commits to responding to questions and complaints within a single hour to help.

So one way to view Wordpress vs. Squarespace could be Endless Options vs. Reliability.

Do I want to be able to make changes to the site myself?

This is such an important question to ask. Without going into too much harrowing detail, let’s just say that Wordpress is more complicated than Squarespace. If you want to go into your site at some point in the future and manipulate things, then in all likelihood, you want to have a Squarespace site. They are designed for the average Joe and Judy who don’t know about coding. Squarespace is referred to as a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get), meaning when you make changes to your site you can see exactly what it will look like on the live page, making it easier to tell if you are doing the “right” thing, which is not the case with Wordpress. If you are semi proficient with code, however, and are good at imagining what that code will do on your live page, then Wordpress will work just fine.