I’ve been building websites for years. As a blogger and 6-figure affiliate marketer, the website I use matters. Today, I’ll compare WordPress vs. Squarespace although, in my opinion, they are very different platforms.
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If you get your WordPress through a platform such as Wealthy Affiliate, who offers a one stop solution for WordPress, Themes (4000+ to choose from), URL registration, SSL certificate and more, you’ll be able to watch tutorials as you build.
It’s also a great platform for those that also want to learn how to monetize their websites outside of the original purpose (such as affiliate income and ads).
WordPress has themes that help you with the design, but these themes do need to be customized. You’ll move around widgets into your header, side column’s, footer, home page and more and these themes will give you step by step instructions on how to do that.
Here’s a quick video that will help you get to know your WordPress Website.
I’m a fan of Studio Press Themes.
Squarespace gives you a lot of functionality, yet WordPress has no limits. Be careful though, you don’t want to break it unless you have a support team nearby. For easy, Square Space wins. For growth and functionality, I’d give it to WordPress.
WordPress has thousands and thousands of Plugins, free and paid (generally inexepensive) that add functionality to the website as you grow. With Squarespace, what you see is what you get. Now for most, that will be fine. For anyone that likes to build and grow their website like I do, you might want the plugins.
Check out WooCommerce for WordPress.
Again, Squarespace wins for simplicity here in that it offers Stripe and Paypal only. The ease is there, the choices are not.
With WordPress, you can add whatever e-commerce systems and payment gateways that you choose. This can all be done with plugins or themes with the plugins.
Search Engine Optimization
If your goal is to rank on the search engines, you want WordPress. If you are going to be paying to promote or driving traffic over through links on Youtube, Pinterest, and other social and marketing channels, then Squarespace could be for you.
Maintenance and Security
Both Squarespace and WordPress offer maintenance and security features, with WordPress, of course, having the ability to add more via plugins. Keep in mind that plugins bloat the website causing it to be slow. This is one of the major drawback with WordPress. Easy to grow, often becomes slow.
Forums and Community
Squarespace is cheap. Period. WordPress will cost more after you add in hosting, themes, and plugins. Yes, you can go to WordPress.org and download WordPress for free. You still need to pay for hosting and get it up where it’s visible on the web and to search engines.
If you want unlimited growth, choices, more unique design and are willing to learn how to use it and put in the work, then WordPress is for you.
WordPress Articles and Tutorials
- Broken Link Checker for WordPress
- How to Embed a Youtube Video in WordPress
- How To Build a WordPress Website Webinar June 20th
- WordPress vs. Squarespace
- WordPress Themes – Paid or Free?