Do you use wordpress? How do you like it? Do you use squarespace? Is it easy to set up?
These are the questions I hear constantly being asked in the Facebook groups I'm in on a daily basis. Wordpress vs Squarespace. I keep wanting to jump and give my thoughts but didn't want to keep repeating myself so I thought I'd share my thoughts, as I use both!
I will share with you the
-Pros and Cons
-My Experience with both
Let's get started!
- Super customizable,
- able to purchase templates
- many plugins to add
- works with Woocommerce
- you can find your own host and pricing
- you own your site
- Can use SEO plugin to handle your own SEO
- Hard to figure out how to set up
- doesn't look good unless you get a good template
- have some skill to customize
- Expensive templates and frameworks
- 24/hour support
- Great looking themes
- Easy to understand and customize
- Supports customization
- Free 14 day trial
- SEO is handled by Squarespace to be optimized
- Limited number of templates
- Not as customizable
- Not as many plugins
- Steady rate per month
Theme + Monthly Hosting + Domain
I spent $100 on the Genesis Framework + Foodie Theme, $10 on monthly hosting and $10 for my domain
This year: $230
Next Year: $130
Either $8/month, $18/month or $26/month + including a domain name.
I spend the $8 a month (cheaper if you do yearly)
This year: $96
Next year: $96 (10% off using the code jj at checkout (thanks Jenna and Julien Podcast!)
Squarespace to me is both easier and cheaper to set up.
I like both Wordpress and Squarespace for different reasons.
But the real question and the takeaway from this blog: Which one is for you?
Some specific things I like better about Wordpress:
-I use the Google Analytics for both, but the Jetpack enabled Wordpress analytics is much better and has more information that the Squarespace Analytics
-I'm a plugin junkie so using the Wordpress Plugin shop is much easier than Squarespace
-You can add more to the sidebar, including a FB likebox (you can only do that on Squarespace with the Business account)
If you are:
A quick learner
A plugin lover
Wanting to use a template you've found/bought
I vote Wordpress!
Some Specific things I like better about Squarespace:
-It just looks good no matter what template and what you do to it
-Easy to maneuver and add content blocks. Very easy to customize compared to Wordpress
-Free sliders and galleries that are easy to add new images to.
If you are:
Brand new to blogging,
Want a website that non-techie small business owners or entrepreneurs can use
Put value on Design over Customization
Wanting to save money
I vote Squarespace!
What are your thoughts? Which one do you like better?