Squarespace vs. Wordpress: Which Is Better + Why I Use Squarespace
Since blogging has become so popular, I always see a lot of questions about the difference between Squarespace and Wordpress.com. Well, as someone who has used both, I feel confident in which one is better (for me).
While I share with you my personal pros and cons, please be mindful that what I look at may be different from what you look at.
If you have a specific question about a specific thing within each platforms, please ask me in the comments section down below :)
- simple web design
- clean and unique templates
- does not count storage
- intuitive to use after awhile
- very easily customizable
- smooth phone app that is user friendly
- everyone uses wordpress.com/.org so a lot of help out there
- great stat view, especially if you don't use Google Analytics
- gives you a space to brainstorm/plan
- functional phone app to do anything you need to do for your blog on the go
- monthly price does not include domain price
- analytics page isn't always reliable (I've heard - I haven't paid attention to know if it's true or not!)
- everyone uses wordpress.com/.org so a lot of similar templates
- counts every upload towards storage and you have limited storage space (unless you buy the unlimited option)
- Hard to plan out your feed because all your blog posts (posted, drafted, and scheduled) are in one big folder on the dashboard
One of the biggest problems I had with Wordpress is that for every photo you upload, it counts storage, and unless you buy the unlimited plan, you can run out of storage really easily.
That was just not sitting well with me, because for every blog post, I usually upload 2-3 photos, which meant I had to be picky about what photos to upload.
One of the biggest reasons as to why I switched to Squarespace is because I can put as many photos in a blog post, and not have to worry about anything except maybe a slower upload.
Not going to lie, for the very first blog I had on Wordpress, it was great. But through time, I realized that I wasn't utilizing as many aspects of the platform as much as I could because it was hidden, and I didn't know about its uses.
With Squarespace, everything is formatted in a way that is easy to find, easy to use, and is also given an explanation with! And that makes me being able to incorporate more ideas and cool things into my blog (i.e. a newsletter).
So many customizable aspects
When I first switched to Squarespace, not going to lie, I was very overwhelmed. That feeling only happened because there were so many options with a click of a button! Just writing a blog post, you get all these options:
Even to this day, I still do not know all these buttons, not because I don't want to, but just because most of them are irrelevant to me haha
Squarespace is definitely more expensive than Wordpress
I'm just going to break it down for you.
I pay $26/month because I wasn't sure if I wanted to keep my blog with Squarespace. I will be changing it to the annual plan though!
So let me just break it down for how I currently pay:
$26/month = $26x12 = 312 + $20 (domain name/one time pay for the entire year) = $332
Basically I pay more for Squarespace, at least according to my current plan. Still, no regrets.
Making The Switch
I made the switch almost 2 years ago so I don't remember the details. But there are a lot of tutorials out there that explain to you how to export your WP posts to Squarespace. I read somewhere that going to WP → SS is easier than going from SS → WP. I'm not sure if that's true, but I don't think I'll be going back to WP any time soon.
SS definitely takes time to get used to. I made my blog switch Oct 2016, and it took until Dec 2016 to be ready to officially launch my SS site. There are a lot of format differences, so if you had been like me, who had been blogging for 2 years already and had 2 years worth of content, it takes time to reformat. But also, because Squarespace has so many options for customization, I was continually playing around with it.
To be fair, I've been on SS for almost 2 years, and to this day I am still playing around with things. But I think that's the way it should be.
I LOVE SS. Everything has been worth it for me! Even the price.
I just really preferred not having the storage limitation. But also I enjoy not having WP store all the photos I upload... It just got plain annoying honestly.
I definitely don't think SS is for everyone though, not just because of the price but because of what it offers. I wanted the simple website, and SS could offer me that more than WP. Sometimes I do wish I had stuck with WP because of how easy it is for others to subscribe to you, but I feel like for all the pros of SS, I am willing to sacrifice that one option. But that's just me!
If you are a user of these platforms, what are your pros and cons?