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WordPress vs Squarespace – which should I use?

WordPress vs Squarespace – a traditional CMS giant against a trendy upstart. While WordPress is still by far the most-used website builder out there, alternatives are arriving thick and fast. How do they stack up though? (developer pun intended)

Squarespace launched in 2003. It’s a drag-and-drop type CMS which offers a decent option for those thinking about setting up a website.

WordPress however has established itself as the top tool for creating websites. Here’s a few comparisons related to the WordPress vs Squarespace debate.

WordPress vs Squarespace – Usability

What makes these two website builders two of the most popular platforms out there is the fact that pretty much anyone can set up a site through them pretty easily.  Squarespace works as a drag and drop builder, allowing the user to simply move around blocks as they wish. Initially becoming accustomed to WordPress takes a little more time.

The placement of your content really depends on how the template you are using is set up so can vary. After the initial setup of your theme however, WordPress becomes as easy, if not easier, to use than Squarespace. The WordPress dashboard is pretty basic – but can be added to extensively the more proficient you become with the platform.

WordPress vs Squarespace – Functionality

Due to its library of third-party plugins and themes, WordPress is a winner when it comes to depth of control and functionality. WordPress has thousands of plugins that add functionality. Whereas, with Squarespace, you’re pretty much limited to the small set of integrations that Squarespace supports.

Within the Squarespace interface one can make variations to content and design, but WordPress offers more in terms of versatility.

WordPress vs Squarespace – Ecommerce

Many businesses utilise either platform in order to run their ecommerce sites and drive sales of their products and services. While there are website builders and CMSs that are tailored specifically towards ecommerce, both WordPress and Squarespace offer viable options for ecommerce sites.

Squarespace has a built-in option for online stores, which makes it an easier option but also more basic. By making use of a variety of ecommerce plugins via WordPress, including WooCommerce or Shopify, your online store can make use of powerful tools to help with selling your products.

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