We build websites for our clients using their preference of Wordpress or Squarespace platforms. If you aren't sure which option is best for you, here's our synopsis.
A Summary: Wordpress vs. Squarespace
CHOOSE WORDPRESS IF:
We recommend Wordpress for clients who want or need for their website to have more advanced features or a unique look. Wordpress has considerably more template options than Squarespace, and we are able to customize each template to your unique needs. That said, the main reason most people pick Wordpress over Squarespace is because it has more capabilities and options in terms of both design and functionality.
REASONS NOT TO CHOOSE WORDPRESS:
If you are not concerned about having unlimited design options, and if you do not need more advanced features on your website, Wordpress will likely be more of a headache for you than necessary. Its' interface is not as user-friendly as Squarespace. With the more advanced features on Wordpress also comes a lot more "plugins" and code that, if not updated regularly, can really slow down a website and become a nuisance for the client. It is also not as easy to learn as Squarespace is. If you're wanting to blog or do a bit of small editing on your website on your own, most users feel that Squarespace has an easier platform to learn on.
CHOOSE SQUARESPACE IF:
Squarespace has beautiful templates that are also customizable. While the options are fewer, Squarespace is often easier for clients to maintain. Squarespace is also, often, perceived as being more user-friendly. If you're someone who blogs or wants to try to do a tiny bit of maintenance work on your own, Squarespace is an easy platform to learn on, and we provide the video tutorials necessary to teach you.
REASONS NOT TO CHOOSE SQUARESPACE:
With Squarespace's more easy-to-use interface comes a lack of diversity in terms of design templates.
Squarespace design and features can be customized, but to a limited extent. If you have more advanced features you need with a high-degree of customization, Squarespace may not be suitable.
• More design features
• More advanced widgets, plugins, and functionality
• With more design features and capabilities comes more challenge with maintenance
• Platform not as user-friendly for people newer to blogging or websites
• May take longer to build resulting in increased costs for the client\
• Very user-friendly platform
• Built-in system updates, backups, and SEO
• Don't have to deal with manual updates and maintenance issues as is common with Wordpress
• Not as many options in terms of design
• Has the ability to customize things, but sometimes not to the degree necessary for clients