Wordpress Vs Squarespace: Which one should you choose?

Wordpress vs Squarespace: Which Should You Choose?

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

-Cost differences

-My Experience with both

Let's get started!

Wordpress:

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Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 12.37.33 PM

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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

Squarespace:

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Screen Shot 2015-10-08 at 12.37.45 PM

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • Limited number of templates
  • Not as customizable
  • Not as many plugins
  • Steady rate per month

Cost differences:

Wordpress

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

Squarespace

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.

My Thoughts:

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?

Jenna