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Being web designers who often work with WordPress, we can be faced with the issue of whether WordPress is the right choice for all our customers or not. WordPress, right? We will examine WordPress alongside Squarespace in particular in this paper. You will see in other episodes how we compare WordPress with other website builder, such as our WordPress vs. Temblr contribution.
Being someone who works only with WordPress, I'm not scared to tell certain requesters that they probably shouldn't be paying for my work. Naturally I sincerely think that WordPress is easy enough that even beginners can create their own website with it if they have a little bit of time. Sometimes, however, a single individual needs something even easier than WordPress.
If you don't know, for example, how to setup WordPress in cPanel, you most likely need a programmer to help you. And if you can't really manage it or just want to take full responsibility, then yes, there are other do-it-yourself (DIY) website solution for you, and Squarespace is just one of them.
The majority of papers that compare Squarespace to WordPress on the web are from the point of views of someone who wants to create their own website without the help of a programmer. We will look at this from a developer's point of views when talking to customers about a website trading system.
If you talk to customers about the Squarespace vs. WordPress option, find out these issues to help them (and you!) choose a solution: In spite of the fact how simple it is to use today's softwares in comparison to ten years ago, some still find the technologies daunting and don't want to go near them.
When you find Facebook or LinkedIn difficult to use, you need a simple CMS (Content Managing System). This is what can be explained by explaining the difference in usability between Squarespace and WordPress: For a non-encoder, Squarespace might be simpler to adjust the appearance of his website.
But when it comes to manipulating contents after a website has been created by a web development engineer, I would say that WordPress can sometimes be as simple (depending on how a web designer creates it), if not simpler. Squarespace allows you to modify the appearance of your website with a "live preview".
Previewing your contents is not that easy - you still have to return to your back-end preferences (but you can see how the front-end looks much simpler than WordPress, admittedly). Generally, if you find only one page and want to make a formulation modification, the procedure is not very different from using WordPress.
You will notice that WordPress contains many more features. Squarespace is okay if what you want to do on your website is very easy and you want it to stay that way. However, this does not mean that WordPress would be more difficult to use. Just that you see more "things" in the user interfaces of your pages and have more preferences to work with.
Search for pages to edit: This is how the Squarespace background appears when you want to find a page to edit: This is how the WordPress window looks when you want to find a page to work on. Use of the WYSIWYG publisher to administer content: WYSIWYG publishers are all quite the same regardless of which you use.
Using WorldPress you can create some extra with TinyMCE Advanced plug-ins. WorldPress out of the Box doesn't have so many'extras' in its WYSIWYG editors if you're looking for a basic UI. As you can see, Squarespace can be very limited when you compare the Squarespace WYSIWYG editors with the WYSIWYG editors with their formats option.
WorldPress has a pushbutton named "Kitchen Sink" that just displays a few additional edits, making it more useful without being crowded. This is how the Squarespace WYSIWYG is like: WYSIWYG editor: This is how the WordPress editors look like, with some additional icons (e.g. "Use Page Builder"), because we have the Divi topic on this page already in place, which we will discuss shortly.
You can see, it doesn't make much different when it comes to learning, although WordPress seems to be much more versatile. WordPress also lets you click your page header and permission link directly in an edited window to manipulate it. Squarespace doesn't make it that simple. What is surprising about the WordPress editors is that from WordPress 3.
For example, if you want to change your bottom line in Squarespace, click on a different option according to the selected style sheet, which will ask you to change other pages that form a link in the bottom line. The way you navigate the contents of the bottom line in WordPress varies according to the design you use.
Often you can find this in the "Widgets" section of WordPress or in the topic preferences. However, your pages are just your pages - if you use your bottom line to place hyperlinks to your pages and want to modify the pages you link to, just go back to your Pages page drop-down as shown above and make changes as needed.
On Squarespace, your website navigator will be the lists of your pages arranged in a hierarchical order of "folders" that are a mirror of what you see in your back-end. So in WordPress you would go to Appearance > Menus to navigate what appears in your navigational menus (in most topics nowadays).
What's simpler? Please keep in mind that we do not compare Squarespace with WordPress, here for do-it-yourselfers. We' re guessing that a pro has a website with one of the two platforms in place, so a customer just has to go in and do small scale Content Upgrades ( no Style Upgrades... but we will do that too).
I do not see, however, that Squarespace is so much simpler in this respect than WordPress. Now we can look at other determinants of the choice of platforms. If you are planning to make something easy now and later build something more complex for a business, there are still things you need to consider about the futures of your webcase.
In this section we will talk about what you can expected from Squarespace vs. WordPress. Squarespace doesn't make all of this possible. WordPress could, however, make it possible, even if it has to be tailored entirely at a cost that is high. However, with WordPress there are usually no problems with excessive cost. Exactly like there is an application for it, there will usually always be a plug-in for it with your cell phone when you use WordPress Sites.
Solely the WordPress Repository has more than 33,000 free plug-ins available, not to speak of plug-ins that are offered by many providers. If Squarespace is the answer: But there are other grounds for creating a website, and these would warrant using something like Squarespace to keep things easy in the long run.
For such simplified cases Squarespace would be great, while WordPress could be a little exaggerated. Restrictions for expanding companies may occur when using Squarespace: To return to our vision of a company in the expansion stage, we will also be aware of the limitations that a website can have on the Squarespace space as well.
That' not to say Squarespace is evil. That only means that Squarespace has a different kind of client base. And to keep things on their side easy, robust and scaleable, they decided to deliberately restrict their functionality. By saying this, you know it's imprudent to think that you can be a Squarespace client today, and then move to WordPress when your needs grow beyond your actual website in the future.
It' not gonna be that straightforward. Now you should know which platforms you want to work with in the long term. Did you know, for example, that you cannot do any of the following with Squarespace? Users in the square room are restricted to the above mentioned control. When you look at their boards, you will quickly find that some things that are quite straightforward to do on a WordPress page are still waiting to be implemented or notified by Squarespace.
Yes, a developer can change the source in Squarespace if they use a higher pay scheme, but as Jake Jorgovan pointed out in his comparative report, this is bad advice. And Jake also makes a great graph in which he compares the two website plattforms here. Squarespace's restrictions on e-commerce websites will be more severe than before.
Yes, you can do things better than just using PayPal badges, such as making changes, but the links to carriers will be restricted, as will the option for gateways. Even if you think that your e-commerce requirements are currently easy, if e-commerce is your main objective, Squarespace should not be your basis.
Use the ecommerce feature in Squarespace only as a completely subordinate need of your website that you can dispense with when it comes to. Below are some screen shots that show a little of the e-commerce in Squarespace interfaces at the moment of typing, for reference: WordPress, and let's say the WooCommerce plug-in, won't restrict you if you need client account, login specials or other shop type we've written about here and here.
If it' s about scale your website by pages and contents alone (let alone by functionality), your back-end things will become important too. WorldPress can do that. Encoding rules in the WordPress code such as Custom Post Types and Post Formats (which can be integrated into any topic) will also be very useful for organising parts of a website in a CMS.
And if you are a company that will be growing in different places, you will definitely want to consider WordPress Multisite, which will make your job much simpler. When you or your customer has already begun with Squarespace and are considering switching to WordPress, don't worry, there is still room for improvement.
The Squarespace has an exporting function that you can use. Here the use of Squarespace could be more useful. You can see in this scene that Squarespace makes things a little bit simpler for the non-coder. When you want to get into some serious adjustments to your style sheet, you can use the Squarespace function to do this, but you can say from the beginning that this is neither a developer-oriented nor a user-oriented one.
On the other side, if you are not a beginner and are familiar with changes or extensions to your CMS, the simple editing tool available in CMS will probably not be as masterly as you are used to working with Ftp'ds. If you know how to find out CSS class and ID you want to modify on the current submission, you are probably too far ahead of a Squarespace user:
On the other hand, there are clear grounds why Squarespace has deployed these style capabilities, and undoubtedly some of their customers will find this style guide useful, and just the right mix of convenience and complexity. To those who claim that Squarespace is much simpler in this regard than WordPress, I would invite us to look a little more deeply.
WordPress has introduced customization in Word3. In 2012, the selection of colours and scripts has become child's play for non-coders (provided the design selected does support this feature): however, when we make changes to the design, we have an animal on our palms when it comes to WordPress. Yes, your customer would need to know at least some encodings to be able to modify in most cases layout, table or div ( it will depend on how you as a programmer create templating or templating picker in the theme).
Clicking this icon immediately turns WordPress into a drag-and-drop website Builder that is just as simple, if not even simpler, to use than many dozen website builders out there, Squarespace included. Here we won't show too many screen shots of Divi, because the topic descriptions page and her Tutorials do her more than we can do without repeating her words.
Here, however, is a look at what you'll see in the WordPress baking when you use the Divi topic to get an impression of how simple it is: You will probably find that Divi is not only incredibly dummy-proof, but also contains much more features than simple ones like Squarespace, without being overpowering.
Simultaneously, you can take advantage of the power of WordPress with its many other advantages: comprehensive e-commerce tools, advanced features of WordPress, users roles control, member skills and just about everything you can imagine with the above plug-ins. This will not be discussed too much, as other WordPress vs. Squarespace related blogs have already discussed it.
Briefly, when you choose a Squarespace site, you buy the entire inventory: web site, templates, CMS softwares, technical assistance and even a name. The prices for Squarespace are not poor. However, even here you cannot select your suppliers (e.g. if you are not satisfied with the performance or the level of service provided by Squarespace and want to use another supplier only for the parts of your website services).
If you are using WordPress, your charges will be split between different service providers. Rather than choosing which website platforms to use, I would base my decision on the costs alone, but rather on the value and the above issues we have been discussing in this brief. All these are issues that have to be considered when making a decision about Squarespace vs. WordPress.
Actually, these are not big obstacles that have to be overcome with WordPress. Nobody should use too many plug-ins, and certainly nobody should use poor plug-ins - this is not a WordPress issue, this is a development issue. In terms of usability, I doubt that WordPress has as much of a learner's path as some people imagine.
But the point is that we should ask ourselves the right question about our long-term need for a website and choose a website that builds on it. Please tell us in the commentaries which kind of question you ask when choosing a website plattform and what kind of Squarespace or WordPress you like or dislike in comparison.