In this article, we’re going to look at Squarespace vs WordPress and take an in-depth look at two of the most popular publishing platforms on the web. In reality, either one would make a great choice, but the one question we want to answer is, which one is the absolute best choice for you and your needs.
This comparison of Squarespace vs WordPress is not meant to be a review site, but more of a comparison site that outlines the features of each service. All we do is give you the full details so you can make an informed and educated decision.
For the sake of comparing apples to apples, we’re going to compare the Hostgator Hatchling with the Squarespace Standard plan. These packages are very similar to each other in both cost and features, and will therefore provide a fair comparison for the remainder of this guide.
In this section, we’re going to compare the different costs associated with each platform. Cost is kind of a big factor, because a website can be kind of a long term investment. Sure, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg every month, but each of us will have a budget, and that will inevitably influence our final decision.
Both Squarespace and WordPress hosting services have several billing options. The more you pay in advance, the lower the monthly price. The prices below are based on the monthly billing cycle and also reflect the cost AFTER available coupons have been applied.
*Note that Hostgator coupons are only good for the FIRST billing cycle. As such, it’s best to use the “1CENT” coupon for the month-to-month plan, and the “25PERCENT” coupon for the 6-month, 1-year or 2-year plans. Squarespace coupons are effective for every consecutive billing cycle, including but not limited to, the month-by-month billing cycle.
This section focuses on comparing the features that each platform has to offer. While it may appear that WordPress comes out ahead in this section, Squarespace still offers everything you need if you’re creating a single website. The extravagant feature list offered by Hostgator probably be unnecessary for most. So don’t get caught up in the “more is better” mentality, unless you actually really need it.
Technical & Design
When installing and managing a website, there can be many technical requirements; and for some that can be an intimidating factor. And let’s say you can get through all the technical parts, but you’re then faced with having to customize a template or theme. This is where we examine which platform is more user friendly for the average user to build and design their website.
When building a website, one of the biggest concerns for user experience is the amount of time it takes a page to load. This is because it’s been proven that anything over 5 seconds, and the visitor is highly likely to go elsewhere.
So page load times are an extremely important thing to consider when selecting a platform. And that’s why I like to test this metric with one of the most trusted and detailed resources online- WebPageTest.org.
Support is perhaps one of the most important things to consider when choosing a platform. Inevitably, at some point in the process, you’re going to have to reach out to someone for support. Will it be available when you need it? Will it be professional and help you resolve your issue quickly? Will it be the type of support you need? These are all questions that need to be answered, and we’ll attempt to do so below.
Conclusion For Squarespace vs WordPress
As you can see, Squarespace provides clear benefits to the novice website builder who might need a drag-and-drop editor when going through the initial design stage of their website. It also offers ongoing support, should one need it, for any questions or issues that may arise with the platform. And last, but not least, performance with Squarespace is higher than you’d get with any shared hosting plan.
WordPress is full-featured platform that’s a little more suited to those with some experience. It suites those who feel comfortable digging in code and would rather customize their design via CSS files rather than through an interface. While technical issues with the server are well supported, you would want to feel confident troubleshooting any problems with themes, or plugins that arise.
So that’s all I’ve got. Now I want to know…
Which service would you choose and why? Let us know in the comments below.