I’ve been designing websites for over a decade and continue to research all available platforms. WordPress is still a no-brainer for everyone. Because, at the end of the day, you have complete control over your website. You are not renting space from Blogger, SquareSpace, or any other trendy platform that appears on Pinterest. WordPress is a content management system, which means it organises your files and serves as the foundation for you to build whatever your imagination can conjure up. The most common misunderstanding is that the two are even on the same level; one is a content management system, while the other is a drag and drop website builder. That being said, anything SquareSpace can (and does) better, WordPress can (and does)
10 Reasons Why WordPress Will Always Outperform SquareSpace
1. You have complete control over your site when you rent it from SquareSpace.
2. There is virtually no limit to how far you can go.
3. Every single file is accessible.
4. You are the sole owner of your website. If SquareSpace goes down, so does your website. You close if they decide to close one day. It doesn’t matter if you like it or not. With WordPress, you can choose the quality of your website host and even have your own server.
5. More ability to customize your design.
6. WordPress gives you complete control over your SEO. You could have the best website in the history of the internet, but if you don’t have control over optimising it for search engines, it might as well not exist.
7. The price. WordPress is a free platform. You must pay a monthly fee to SquareSpace. Any money you spend on WordPress will go toward hosting, a theme, or possibly a paid plugin, and you can choose whatever best meets your needs.
8. Usefulness. WordPress has thousands of plugins to add any function you can think of. What is SquareSpace? If you want to add functionality, you’ll have to wait for what their in-house developers come up with or choose from what they’ve already created. Because WordPress is open source, developers constantly create (thousands of plugins!) plugins for others to use. SquareSpace is not an open source project.
9. The concept of community. The WordPress community is incredible. A simple Google search for any WordPress-related question will yield thousands of results. Support for plugins, themes, and so on is usually available directly from the developers. SquareSpace currently employs 285 people to serve ALL of its customers. 285th. Last year, they spent $40 million on advertising, but they only employ 285 people to care for their customers.
10. CNN, People magazine, The New York Times, and any other Fortune 500 company that is currently using WordPress will not be switching to SquareSpace anytime soon. Because you do not have ownership of your SquareSpace website. Remember when Facebook didn’t have ads? And you had say over what appeared in your news feed? They changed it one day, and you couldn’t do anything about it because you don’t own your Facebook account.
Bonus Point: Why rent and have to ask permission to paint the walls when you can own and remodel your kitchen for free? WordPress never puts you in a bind. If you decide you want to completely redesign your site one day, you can search through millions of WordPress themes in every price range (including some that are free) instead of the limited selection SquareSpace provides.
I’ll leave you with this, words from the WordPress.org website:
“WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.
The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family.”
“WordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing and with fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on millions of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day.
Everything you see here, from the documentation to the code itself, was created by and for the community. WordPress is an Open Source project, which means there are hundreds of people all over the world working on it. (More than most commercial platforms.) It also means you are free to use it for anything from your recipe site to a Fortune 500 website without paying anyone a licence fee and a number of other important freedoms.”
Alice Media uses WordPress for all website creation.