Nowadays, Technology has taken over the world so much that no matter which phase of your life you are at you will be dependent on some kind of technology let it be a smartphone or Microsoft Word.
In order to connect with the world, you will be required to have some kind of platform either it can be an application or a website. So how to develop them? Or which tools or platforms to use to develop them?
Today, we are going to have a showdown – WordPress Vs Squarespace to evaluate which one is the better choice.
We will compare different features of both and figure out which one is the most affordable one. We will look deeper into their security policy and how well they maintain and response to their help and support service. We will also explore its user-friendly environment and how it will help to create SEO content.
What is WordPress?
There are two different versions of WordPress available
- Self-Hosted WordPress – WordPress.org
- Hosted WordPress – WordPress.com
We will have all our spotlight on WordPress.org in this blog. So let’s dive in and explore WordPress.org
WordPress is an open-source software
That lets you build and customize blogs, webpage, websites irrespective if you are a programmer or developer. It’s flexible, secure and powerful.
WordPress gives you everything you need to create anything that includes an E-Commerce store or a blogging site. It comes with beautiful templates, powerful features and the freedom to build anything you want according to your liking.
It is SEO friendly, has responsive mobile sites, easy and accessible, has media management power, provides high security and the best feature is you manage as you go. It also has over 54,000 plugins. A total of 60 million has chosen to work on WordPress.
What is Squarespace?
Squarespace is a ‘software as a service’ – Saas, it works on the principle ‘pay as you go’ but it provides you with a number of things that include hosting support, e-commerce, templates, content management system, and domain.
There are two versions of Squarespace. The first one is a standard version in which no development skill is required to make a website. It is the more popular one and it has a lot of users.
Whereas the other version is the developer’s version in which you will have full control over the back-end. It is mostly used by IT people or developers.
The Ultimate Showdown
Now that we have a basic idea of what is WordPress? And what is Squarespace? Let’s have a showdown between WordPress and Squarespace.
Round 1: Ease Of Use
Since WordPress is an open-source platform it is different from another website builder. It gives you third-party plugins to work on which lets you have more control over the creative side of the website. You will have more control over what you can do.
WordPress allows you to design your page every detail with page builders that provide you with drag and drop functionality which is a plus side of WordPress. One of the popular page builders is Elementor.
WordPress is highly customizable and very flexible. It gives you full access to customize your website even if you are not a tech person, you will pick up the pace and start developing website better than tech people.
Squarespace is ‘what you see is what you get’ framework. It has a drag and drops functionality which lets you have full control over the website. It offers a lot of templates that you can customize that from scratch or can easily use that and just change the content and see that change right away.
For instance, you can include an image and place it anywhere you want and design the website just the way you want it.
Round 2: Features
WordPress offers some of the most amazing features that are very essential to website creation which includes
- Customizable Designs
- Responsive Mobile Sites
- High Performance
- Manage On The Go
- High Security
- Powerful Media Management
- Easy And Accessible
WordPress has a variety of features that will level up your website and make it more presentable and easy to maintain.
One of the best features it offers that you can publish your website not in English but in over 70 languages which is quite impressive.
Squarespace has its own perk with its inbuilt features that offer powerful customization, e-commerce, blogging, designing and so on. The list goes on and on but to name a few following is the list
- Free Typekit And Google Forms
- Adobe Image Editor
- Install Multiple Templates
- Audio Collection
- Dropbox File Synchronization
- Social Integration
- Blogging Features
- Email Campaign
- Product Quick Review
- Sell Unlimited Digital And Physical Product And Services
Squarespace doesn’t require any plugin to use these features, you simply have to switch tabs and select which feature you want to use and start using it.
Round 3: SEO – Search Engine Optimization
Now that you have perfected your design and have amazing content to offer to the world. You will need the power of SEO to climb the ladder of Google results.
SEO gives you the superpower that will make your website rank number one which is every website owner’s dream and WordPress makes that dream comes true by providing some of the best plugins for SEO which will help in keeping your rank number one or will help you in going towards the number one.
WordPress takes SEO very seriously. Therefore, it has some of the best options and plugins for SEO and nobody has yet beaten it. One of the most popular ones is the Yoast SEO.
Squarespace also knows the importance of SEO that’s why it has integrated the power of SEO in this framework so that you don’t have to install any third-party plugin.
This includes indexed and searchable pages, automatic tagging, canonical tagging, clean URLs, robots.txt, automatic redirects, automatic Google Sitemaps, and more.
This can be a bit of overwhelming but don’t worry even if you don’t get it. Squarespace takes care of it all.
Round 4: Security
As the world is moving towards technology and advancement, it is opening great opportunities in a different domain but at the same time, this exposure can be a bit scary as cyber crimes are very common these days.
WordPress has also taken this matter very seriously and provides you with a plugin that helps to maintain all these security attacks.
It also depends on the hosting that you have bought that how much strong security it provides. Some packages include an SSL certificate, a security policy for protection, and SEO (which increases your Google ranking). Still, you have full control over the security and can manage all the security by yourself while the rest can be handled by the hosting provider.
But the plugin can be a bit of overwhelming. Therefore, you need to have a definite goal what plugin you want to use and check if it’s working as the older plugin can crash your website.
Squarespace doesn’t require a plugin for security purposes. Squarespace has security incorporated in the packages and you don’t need to worry about anything then. All SSL certificates, SEO and all the security-related policies are included.
It protects your website from hackers, D Dos attacks, or any illegal activity that can also be detected.
Aside from this, it also keeps customer data confidential in case you are running an e-commerce store. It behaves like a wall in front of your website which protects your website from any harm.
Furthermore, one setback that Squarespace faces is a distributed denial-of attack that doesn’t let the traffic reach the desired server and redirect it to a host server which can be very harmful as you will start to lose traffic very quickly.
Round 5: Help & Support
WordPress has a massive community of developers and a vast amount of tutorials and resources available for you.
WordPress has thousands of plugin available for you and their developer are mostly available to answer any query you get. 24/7 support is there to guide you through any problem you face.
Squarespace has a team of developers that helps you in every possible way. This team has developed a library of support articles, workshop videos, live chat, 1-hour email support and a community forum to help you build your website.
Since they have a team of the developer of their own, their tools are more efficient and any query related to them can easily be answered within 24 hours.
Round 6: Pricing
WordPress is a free platform but still, you will need to consider few things to buy in order to start your website through WordPress i.e
Since WordPress doesn’t provide hosting. You will need to buy the hosting from somewhere else. Popular hosting sites are Godaddy, Hostgator, Bluehost and many more.
If you are planning to start an e-commerce website or store you will definitely need some e-commerce integration. One of the most popular plugins for e-commerce is Woocommerce.
WordPress provides thousands of plugins some of which are free but some are paid. You will have to think it through.
If you are not developing your WordPress website then you will need to hire someone to do the job which can be expensive but affordable.
Squarespace offers the following packages i.e monthly and yearly.
In a nutshell, Squarespace and WordPress both provide some amazing features, offers some of the best security and support with very affordable price packages yet we need to have a winner which is WordPress.
As compared to Squarespace, WordPress offers more control over the website. It offers a plugin that you can easily get used to and use it in a very creative and unique way. It has more to offer than Squarespace. Therefore, a better choice would be to go with WordPress.