A web development platform helps to give a business presence on the internet. With the establishment of many platforms, it is simpler to create a website even without the basic coding skills.
There is also an option to hire web developers such as Jemcologics to handle all the processes. For individuals who would like to do it themselves, there are platforms such as WordPress and Squarespace.
Many would ask, which is the best between the two?
Both WordPress and Squarespace have advantages and disadvantages. We will discuss the basic differences and it is up to you to choose the best one for your needs.
Ease of use
WordPress is suitable for beginners and advanced users. However, if there is the need to make changes to the custom appearance, a bit of HTML and CSS is necessary and has a learning curve.
WordPress is involving when compared to Squarespace. Using the post editor is easy, with a developer and visual view.
Squarespace does not require any coding skills. It has a clean interface that is easy to use. A great selling point for Squarespace is that it is an all-in-one platform supporting drag and drop editing and WYSIWYG.
WordPress is free to use. We at jemcologics.com use this on most of our clients websites now. However, you as the user need to get a domain name and hosting separately. The cost depends on the choice of hosting company. Additionally, you can incur other expenses in buying paid plugins, templates and themes.
Squarespace does not have a free version. However, there is a 14-day trial to help you know how to use it. There are three packages available that include hosting and domain. The packages include personal costing $12 per month, professional plan $18 per month and business at $26 per month.
Every package has different features such as number of pages, galleries, blogs, bandwidth and space. They depend on what type of site you need.
WordPress is greatly extendable with thousands of plugins. The plugins are both paid and free. The plugins help to add new features to the site. Moreover, the themes are also unlimited. The themes affect the visual appearance of the website depending on the industry. Another great thing about the themes and plugins is that they are easy to install and use.
Squarespace has a limited number of templates. It offers fifty-eight templates to be used in websites and nine for store-types. The advantage of these templates is having a mobile version matching the theme style. Furthermore, the application of custom CSS is possible in a template design.
Security and support
WordPress does not have a specific customer service support. However, there are several forums, video tutorials and resources to refer to. The resources assist in creating and maintaining the sites.
Squarespace has a great customer support. They offer live chat, email support and community forums. In addition, they hold one-on-one workshops in their headquarters in Portland and New York.
Both of the website building platforms are great. The distinguishing features discussed will help you choose the right one for you.