Squarespace is a website builder. WordPress is a content management system. With Squarespace all of the security, plug-ins, and integrations are set-up and ready to use. With WordPress, a developer has complete control and greater flexibility, but it also requires that they know how to code in order to make customisations.
Squarespace manages and requires you to have a hosting account with them. WordPress is an open-source platform that allows you to host your site wherever you want. Most of my clients’ WordPress sites are hosted with Sitehost, a NZ company.
Design and customisations: Both offer front-end design options meaning you can see you changes in realtime. They are both very flexible however Squarespace has design and layout limitations that can frustrate some people.Wordpress is pretty much limitless in its flexibility.
Apps and Plug-ins: Both options have a wide range of apps and plug-ins available however since WordPress is an open-source platform, it has a continually growing library. Both have free and fee-based options. Being open-source, WordPress plug-ins are not always managed properly and can cause issues and security risks on websites. This is not an issue with Squarespace.
Search engine optimisation (SEO): Both offer SEO options however WordPress is more customisable.
Ecommerce: Ecommerce is a native feature of Squarespace on the Business and Commerce plans. WordPress requires an external plug-in like WooCommerce. Woocommerce is far more extensible and complex than Squarespace and is best for larger sites.
Ongoing maintenance: All updates with Squarespace are automatic. WordPress requires regular (monthly) manual updates for the platform, plug-ins and templates.
Security: Security is built into Squarespace. WordPress requires a security plug-in which will need to be maintained. SSL (security certificates) are included with Squarespace. An external SSL certificate will need to be installed on the WordPress sites.
A 50% deposit is required for the project to commence. The final payment is due before the website goes live. For projects that take more than 4 weeks, invoices will be sent on the 5th of each month and are due by the 20th of the month. Please note that late payments will bring a halt to the project.
Thankfully my clients have been happy with their websites. If however, we have reached the end of the project time frame and you are not happy, I will work you to resolve any issues at my regular hourly rate.
I include basic search engine optimsation in all of my packages however, if you require specialised SEO services I would recommend getting in touch with an SEO expert. I have a couple I can refer you to.
Did you know?
Users spend an average of 5.59 seconds looking at a website’s written content.