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WordPress versus Squarespace for My Website: A Few Differences

When you’re designing a website for your company, there are about a hundred different things to consider. You have to think about what kinds of pages you want to have, what language you’re going to use to describe your products or services, what font you’re going to use, what photos you’re going to feature, and many more items to choose.

In addition to all the details your customers are going to see, you’ll also need to think about what kind of back-end platform you want to use when building your website.

Two of the most popular web platforms for companies today are WordPress and Squarespace. While they are pretty similar—they both have the tools to help you create professional, functional websites—they each have a few pros and cons for you to consider.

Let’s go over some of the differences in order to help you determine which will be the best fit for your business.

Ease of Use

Squarespace and WordPress are both pretty simple to navigate around, but which one is easier for the person who isn’t interested in a high learning curve? Experts typically agree that Squarespace is ultimately the easier of the two platforms to use.

Within a few seconds of signing up on Squarespace, you can pick your template and customize your page to your liking. With WordPress, you’ll first need to sign up for your own web hosting and purchase a domain in order to start designing your website. It can also be a little more complex to change out themes and personalize your web page on WordPress, but it’s certainly something the average user can learn to do fairly quickly.

Control Over Functionality

When it comes to your website, one of the most important aspects is the ability to control what goes on it. In this category, WordPress takes the prize. It has a massive amount of third-party plugins and themes that can add functionality, whereas Squarespace just a few integrations that only Squarespace supports.

However, one thing to add is that the only tricky thing about WordPress is that it may take a bit to get up to speed on how to use those third-party plugins in order to get the full customization that you may want.

Use of eCommerce on Each Platform

If you’re wanting an eCommerce functionality on your website (a very important feature for websites), then you might be curious to know which of the two platforms handles it better. Again, we have to say that WordPress takes the prize in this category. Although Squarespace does support eCommerce, it’s much more limited than it is in WordPress. WordPress has a bigger amount of payment options (versus Squarespace’s three), and WordPress has a lot of eCommerce-focused plugins that help with the functionality.

On top of the fewer payment options, Squarespace will also charge a 2-3% transaction fee if you don’t upgrade to a more premium plan.

Still unsure of which platform you want to pick or just need some general help with your website? Our virtual assistants have extensive web design experience and can help you get your site off the ground and running. Visit our site to learn more information!

photo credit: SATOSHI TOMIYAMA

 

 

Posted on May 2nd, 2018 by Rachel Braam, Office Manager

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