Four Reasons I Choose Squarespace Over Wordpress
I love squarespace! I can't think of a better way to start this post than by proudly standing behind this platform. I've worked on designing wordpress sites, and it just never felt as intuitive as squarespace has. I recently made the transition from wordpress to squarespace after rebranding, and I could never go back. Don't get me wrong, wordpress is an amazing platform with some pretty powerful tools, but I haven't felt compromised since making the switch to squarespace.
While I was in the process of rebranding I noticed that most blogs, websites, online-stores, I was attracted to were all squarespace sites! The white space and minimalist design was what I was going for so I decided to jump on board and give it a try. In the end, I could not be happier with the process of designing and customizing. These are just a few of the reasons squarespace won me over:
beautiful layouts + customizable
squarespace has so many beautiful templates to choose from, and believe it or not, they are actually highly customizable. The template I used to build this site is the Greenwich Template. If you take a look at the Greenwich's demo you'll notice that my site looks nothing like it! Then why did I choose it? I loved the white space and statement option for the homepage, but customized it to my own taste. Many squarespace templates allow you to make changes and customize them to fit your design needs and purposes. At the end of the day squarespace worked for me because the look I was going for was already laid out for me in squarespace templates. I had the ability to spend more time designing + customizing, which is honestly my favorite part. All you need is a little bit of CSS + HTML knowledge to tweak and customize your template. Squarespace provides advanced users the developer platform to code sites from scratch and access the template files behind your squarespace site. Each template also has a code injection option for each page making it easy to add your own code. The beautiful layouts and customizable options are my favorite feature on squarespace!
Wordpress can be a daunting task to say the least. There are so many hurdles to get through before even getting started on the design process. Finding the right plugins, purchasing the right template to get started, hosting+domain prices can add up quickly. On top of that, if you need to hire a developer to code your site from scratch the price can double or triple. I found that with squarespace all I needed to do was choose a payment plan that worked best for me, and purchase a domain name at the same time. After that, I was set and could start laying out my wireframe and begin the design process.
Secure + no maintenance
Because wordpress has so many features that need to be added, like templates and plugins, they are constantly updating their system and things can get slow and back logged leaving you with a messy situation. I felt like I was constantly needing to update plugins to make sure they were functioning properly and sometimes I was left confused on what needed to be updated or re-installed. A hosting package with high security on your site can be an additional cost, but that is all included in your squarespace package making me feel a lot safer as I deal with an online shop. There is no maintenance upkeep in squarespace and your are guaranteed that your site is secure and protected. You get peace of mind with both aspects!
I love that squarespace has an e-commerce option. I am able to have everything in one place with customized features. The layout is so intuitive and user-friendly. You can easily add it to your site anytime! Like I said before, a lot of the online stores I love use the squarespace platform because of the aesthetic and user-friendliness. Of course there are times when shopify or big cartel are better options for your online store, but squarespace is definitely one to consider.
Overall, I could not be happier with squarespace, and I would highly recommend it to anyone considering switching over! The templates are lovely and bright, the customer care is ideal, and the peace of mind is worth it!