Squarespace Vs WordPress Review (Cost, Support, Maintenance, Flexibility + more)

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Squarespace versus WordPress, which should you use
to set up your website? I’m going to look at both options and
show you exactly what you get inside WordPress and Squarespace so you
can decide for yourself. Stay tuned. Hi, I’m Sara Nguyen, and on this channel, I make tech and social media easier for
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all of the resources mentioned in this video. I’m doing this Squarespace versus
WordPress review because I get a lot of questions about which is better. I’ve used both and I feel that it’s more
about what’s best for your individual needs than which one is actually better. So we’re going to have a look at
the differences between the two, the pros and cons. And I’ll also compare how
to use Squarespace and
WordPress to create pages and posts in both systems. And you can watch an over the shoulder
tutorial of what this actually looks like. I’ll look at the cost of running both
so you can make an informed decision on which works best for your
business needs. Let’s get into it. Really interesting when
people ask me, ‘what’s better, Squarespace or WordPress?’
and as I’ve mentioned earlier, I don’t really think there’s one
that’s way superior than the other. I think it’s really looking at both of
the options and what works best for you. So let’s have a look at what they are
and how they work and all the pros and cons of both Squarespace and WordPress, so you can decide which is the best
option for hosting your website with. Now when we talk about WordPress or
when I talk about WordPress in this comparison, I’m talking
about the self hosted option, so that’s downloading WordPress
and adding it to your own hosting. I’m not talking about wordpress.com
which is a hosted option. I’m talking about self hosting it
and when I talk about WordPress, I’m talking about the fact
that it’s open source, so the code behind it is free. You can move it from different hosting
provider and you download WordPress, the software, but you also
need to pay for hosting. You also need to pay for a domain name
separately and these are yearly charges, but you get this content management system
and a way of I guess creating pages, creating, creating blog
posts for your website. And it’s extremely customisable
because it is open source, and it’s not controlled
completely by one organization. People are able to add plugins, which is extra code to increase the
functionality of the site and it’s very, very flexible. When I
talk about Squarespace, we talk about Squarespace as a
software as a service provider. So essentially you pay a monthly fee but
you get the content management system. So the way of accessing and creating
your website, you get web hosting, you also get e-commerce, options and
support and a domain name as well. So whereas with WordPress you need to
pay separately for your domain name and for your hosting, Squarespace is
all in one, so you get hosting, you get the site builder and you get
the domain name all for a monthly or a yearly annual fee. So what
do they actually look like? This is one of my websites
and it is a WordPress website. When I log in and I go to the back end
of the site or the admin section of the site, it looks a little something
like this. For the most part, yours will look like this too. I have a couple of plugins
which you may not have, so the section that you see in the
dash board may be slightly different, but for the most part this
is what WordPress looks like. If I want to add more blog posts, I go to posts and then I can go all post
and this will be all of the blog posts that I’ve created over the life
of my site. If I want to add new, I can either select add new from this
page or add new from the left-hand side here and creating a blog post
in WordPress is pretty easy. This top section here is, once it
loads, the title of the blog posts. So title of the blog post, can’t
spell ’cause I’m being watched, and then I can just add the text here. I can add images to the blog post and
I can save that and I can publish it. So it’s pretty straightforward. And
the same goes for creating a page. So this is something that’s not in the
blog, it sits separate to the blog. And I just go to pages, add new and it will look pretty similar
to the way that a blog post looks like. So I add the title and then I can also
add the text in this visual section here. Now, this is pretty much the gist of it. You’re creating pages and
you’re creating posts. You also can add plugins to WordPress. And that’s from the plugin
section here. And you’re like, ‘what’s a plugin?’ plugin is essentially
a piece of code that increases the functionality of the site. So
I’ve got a bunch of plugins. I have a plugin for Google
analytics, I have a plugin for forms, I have a plugin so that I can add
the Facebook pixel to my page, social media plugins, a whole range of plugins and
it’s essentially done from
the plugin section here. And then I can add new and
once I add, select add new, I’m able to either upload a plugin that
I’ve purchased or I can choose from the plugin section within WordPress. So there are a whole bunch of
free plugins that I can also use. Now let’s have a look at Squarespace. So this is a demo Squarespace site. Look and feel-wise, you can definitely
get a beautiful design with Squarespace, just like a WordPress
website. You can have a page, a website with a blog post,
a shop, different pages, and when you go into Squarespace
to actually change things, it’s here that all the magic happens. Modifying the existing
template is really easy. So what you see now is one of their
existing themes and templates. And to change it, I once again go into edit in the top
left-hand corner and then now I can go in and change it. So this is the homepage, and I can change the title of the
homepage. Lots of great stuff. All I did was go and hover into this
section and then I can make changes to the text to be whatever I want
to be. So here’s the button, so if I want to make changes
to the button I select it, I select the pencil icon to edit it and
then I can change the text of it so I can change it to– let’s go here now, and I can change the URL to
be whatever I want to be. And then select apply to make
those changes. So it’s really easy. I select the area that I want, and then I’m presented with all
the options to change it, My faves. And it’s really nice and easy
to change things easily. Images, so this is an image that I
want to edit. I hover over it, everything’s hovering over it
and then selecting the pencil. So that then allows me to then choose an
image so I can either edit it myself or I can delete it and then search for
another image and I can choose images from their library or I can go ahead
and upload my own images as well. When I look at Squarespace and WordPress
and compare them in terms of price, it really is not, I think that straightforward because
there are lots of variable options when it comes to how much you end up paying
per year depending on a whole range of things. But at a basic level, let’s try
to get a comparison. With WordPress, you’re paying for monthly hosting and
you can pay anywhere from 10$ to $20 or even $50 a month for website hosting. But you’re looking at around about that
kind of price depending on the amount of traffic that you get and depending
on the provider that you go with, and you’re also paying
for your domain name. So that’s about $10 to $20 per year as
well, depending on your domain name, you can get it cheaper, you can get
more expensive. It really depends. And you’re also looking at additional
for plugins because that’s the beauty of WordPress and not everyone uses
plugins. But for a lot of people, they do use plugins in order to, in order to have more functionality of
the site. And once again, this is very, this is very significantly depending
on the plugins that you actually use. And you can be paying anywhere between
$50 a year to a hundred to $200 a year. So roundabout pricing for WordPress is
you’re looking probably at about $250 to $500 a year to keep your
WordPress website up and running. And now you may go, ‘Oh my God, that sounds like a lot of money.’ but
it’s pretty standard. And as I said, there are so many variables you
can probably go much cheaper. There are lots of cheap options out there
for hosting and domain names and you can get it for a fraction
of what I’ve presented, but this is just a benchmark to give you
a bit of a feel of how much it’s going to cost. In terms of Squarespace, it really depends on which plan you’re
on and if you pay annually or monthly, but the annual cost of Squarespace is
probably around $144 a year to about $500 a year. Once again, it really, really
depends on which plan you go with. So I think pricing wise,
Squarespace and WordPress, they’re actually quite similar. People tend to tell me, oh they think Squarespace is cheaper
or they think WordPress is cheaper, but I actually think they’re quite similar
in terms of pricing when you look at it as closely when you’re
comparing apples and oranges, which is really difficult
to do in this situation. I think they’re actually
quite comparable price-wise. When it comes to which one
is easier to use, hands down, Squarespace is the definite winner. I think Squarespace is so much easier
to use because they’ve got the drag and drop website builder. You can put
content anywhere that you want. So I showed you before
you just select the page, select which element you want and then
you don’t really need to know any code or you don’t have to engage with a web
developer to customise it to get it to be where you want or how you want. And it really is ideal for people who
consider themselves not tech savvy or people who really don’t have the time
or interest to learn code or to engage with developers to do
any of the website work. So it really is a great option in
terms of being a really easy option. With WordPress, I find that the
learning curve is so much steeper. Getting started from setting
up your WordPress website, comparing that to setting
up your Squarespace website, it will take you longer to
set up your WordPress website, particularly if you are not technical
and particularly if you don’t have a background in setting
up these online things. So it will take you much longer to set
up a WordPress website than Squarespace. With Squarespace, once you sign up, you choose a template and you can pretty
much start adding texts and be up and live within a day, I
reckon. But with WordPress, more than likely you will need a bit
more time to get it looking the way that you want. And it really is inevitable that you will
need help to modify the code to get it to be how you want it to be. And you’ll need to engage with a developer
or you’ll need to know how to do it yourself, and like who really wants
to learn how to code? Particularly, if you’re running a business that
is not code-related, you know, it’s not really something that
a lot of people want to do. So in terms of ease of use, I think
Squarespace definitely wins, hands down. In terms of user support, Squarespace,
hands down, definitely the winner. So with Squarespace you
get 24/7 customer support. So if something is not working or
you can’t figure something out, you can email or chat to their support
24/7 which is great particularly if something’s going wrong and you
need to get it fixed right away, which is pretty much all the
time with small businesses. Having 24/7 customer
support is a life changing, lifesaving component to have. So
they’re there to help and they, I found that their customers, customer
support is actually really, really good. In terms of WordPress support, it’s hard. It’s harder because you need to
kind of diagnose what’s wrong. So is it the hosting that’s an issue?
Then that’s not WordPress’ problem, you need to go to your hosting
provider. If it’s WordPress, okay. How do you then fix it? There’s a forum that you can go
on to try to find the answers. Is it an issue with the plugin?
You’re really on your own to diagnose, and 9 out of 10 times you end up
getting a developer to troubleshoot the problems if you can’t do it yourself. So I find in terms of being able to get
support to fix stuff or to just get help when you need help,
Squarespace wins hands down. In terms of flexibility of being able
to make the site function and do all the things that you want and to be able to
make the website look how you want it to look, WordPress wins in this section. So with Squarespace they’ve got style
parameters and special field features that are built into each template
that you can’t change. So there are things about the design
that you just have to live with, you can only change the text
for and you can’t modify it. And this is deliberate on their behalf. So they do this so that they can better
control things and that not as much can go wrong because they monitor
it and look after it all. With WordPress, you can
change whatever you like, particularly with the help of
develop, the help of a developer. And you can add as many plugins as you
want and to get it functioning the way that you want. There are
definitely pros and cons to this. So with WordPress being so flexible, you’re also responsible for maintaining
it yourself. But either way, WordPress definitely gives
you more flexibility. I think for the most part
with most business owners, they won’t need the level of
flexibility that WordPress offers. Squarespace definitely offers enough to
get a website up and running and to have a way of people finding you online, but WordPress just has definitely the
advantage when it comes to customising the site to do everything that you wanted
to do. In terms of maintenance, I think Squarespace wins 100% in this, this area. So we just talked about how WordPress
is great because it’s more flexible, but when it comes to
maintaining the website, you don’t have to worry about Squarespace. You don’t have to worry about updates,
you don’t have to worry about regression. You’re like, what’s the
regression? So with websites, you’re typically updating the software
quite regularly because developers push out updates to fix bugs and they also
push out updates for enhancements, and Squarespace takes care
of all of this for you. So you don’t need to worry
about this. With WordPress, because your customising it yourself. You’ve got different developers creating
different plugins and different code, but you have to handle all of the updates
and you’re responsible for handling the backups and all of
the security. Whereas, Squarespace would do all of
that for you. So with WordPress, it’s quite easy to do because you can
get plugins that help you manage updates, help you manage backups and automate
this, but you’re still responsible for it. You have, you do have to do it regularly and you
also have to worry about regression. So you have to worry about
when I do this update, is it going to break
other things on the site? And regression is not just a thing
that happens with WordPress website. It happens with pretty much
all open source websites. So I’ve seen regression
on sites for Drupal, I’ve seen regression on sites for a
whole bunch of other different platforms. It’s not unique to WordPress,
but it is in this situation, relevant for WordPress more
than it is Squarespace. So when it comes down to which one
is better, Squarespace or WordPress, my recommendation is choose WordPress if you want a website that you have
complete flexibility to customise and add your own things to and you really, really want that control of every
single aspect of your site. You also, I think can consider WordPress if
you don’t mind the thought of getting developers in and therefore paying for
developers to do things that you can’t do yourself. So whether you know
code or you don’t know code, 9 out of 10 times is you’ll probably end
up hiring a developer to help fix stuff on the site or to add things or
to add functionality for the site. And with that said, I think choose WordPress if you have a
higher tolerance for tech pain because things just go wrong with WordPress
and just websites in general. I find that you just need to understand
that there will be regression. Things will not always work
that nicely in WordPress, but they’re able to be fixed. So you need to have a bit of a tolerance
for being able to work through the tech pain. For Squarespace, I think choose Squarespace if you
really don’t want that hassle, you want a one-stop shop for your website. You want someone else to take
care of the updates, the hosting, and you want to be able to have support
and all of that is simplified for you and you just really want a website that
looks beautiful and that works so that you can add content to easily yourself, and you’re happy with working with a
design and they have so many beautiful designs straight out of the box, so you can get up and running
really quickly and you
don’t want to do any major, I guess, development or any
major customisations over time. Check out the link in the description
because I also have a tutorial that shows you how to use Squarespace
and set it all up. And this is really an in
depth step-by-step guide of
how to set up a Squarespace website so you can see exactly what
it takes to set up a blog post, set up a page and modify
a Squarespace website. If you found this Squarespace versus
WordPress tutorial useful, give me a thumbs up and don’t
forget to subscribe to my channel. And if you’re looking for more
ways to grow your business, deciding which platform to set up your
website on is just one part of the equation. You also need to figure
out how to promote your business, what social media accounts
to set up, what to post, and how to make it all work for you. So I’ve put together a
Social Media Checklist. I outline all of the things you need to
do to get up and running on social media so you can start leveraging the power
of social to make more sales with ease. To get your hands on it, simply click on
the link in the description box below, and thanks for watching.

3 Replies to “Squarespace Vs WordPress Review (Cost, Support, Maintenance, Flexibility + more)”

  1. Sara Nguyen says:

    Hope this Squarespace vs WordPress review is helpful

  2. David Pearl says:

    Thanks for the review, a great, clear comparison of both choices for building your website. Very helpful video.

  3. Sibongiseni N Bhengu says:

    This the video I was looking for. Thank you so much. 🤗

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