Switching from Wordpress to Squarespace doesn't have to be difficult.
I never thought I would make the switch. I started my first website in 2009 using Wordpress because quite honestly that is all there was to use. Then I had a vision and my website decided to take a life of its own-with intricate data feeds on the backend and affiliate product links on the front end. There was no way I could do that on my own so I hired a web developer. Actually several of them. I will save that story for another time! When I created my second website, I still resorted to using Wordpress. However I found if I needed to make a change or had to have an issue fixed I had to use a developer again to help me. I was tired of wasting time or waiting for the developer to get back to me. It was until my graphic designer and soon to be website developer, Becky Kinkead of Kinkead Designs told me I should make the switch. To tell you I was beyond nervous leaving the land of Wordpress would be an understatement. I could not have been more wrong. I am so delighted with the switch I am wondering why did I wait this long?
So if you are thinking of making the leap like I did, Squarespace has an amazing library of tutorials that help you figure out how to do all things Squarespace-related. They also have an amazing responsive support team ready to answer your questions.
Let's go through a few common Wordpress/Squarepace scenarios that I asked when I was making the transition:
Hosted vs. Self-Hosted:
I believe Squarespace is mainly targeting the end user or customer who does not want to spend time figuring out code and configuring their website. They want to plug and play/drag and drop and frankly move on with it. Wordpress is meant for those who know a thing or two about website creation.
Squarespace is a hosted platform includes a library of themes, ready-to-use widgets, and hosting. This is a secure, managed hosting platform, which means you don’t have to do anything in terms of hosting. With WordPress, this is known as a self-hosted platform. You have to purchase and manage a web hosting account yourself.
This is both a disadvantage and advantage using Wordpress over Squarespace. It’s an advantage because you have full control over your site and can transfer it to any other website platform, at any given time. However it can be a disadvantage because website maintenance is a complex process for a web newbie like I was years ago.
Squarespace offers over 50+ beautiful templates. Every design automatically includes a mobile version that matches the overall style of the theme. Custom CSS language can be applied to any template design. You can switch Squarespace templates, but it’s important to note that certain changes may not carry over from template to template. The themes do not require installation which is a great thing if you are setting the site up on your own.
Wordpress. There are loads of both free and paid themes for Wordpress out there. However, it can take you awhile to learn customizing them. As I quickly found out from my first website, wordpress theme customization requires at least a basic knowledge of CSS and HTML. Even some cases you need to know PHP language. If you have not idea what I am talking about stop right here. I did not have any of those skills so hiring a web developer was an extra expense I was not expecting at the time. Can you set up a wordpress site on your own? Yes, you absolutely can.
Wordpress one good thing it’s technically free. However, you’ll still have to pay for hosting. Besides, you may have extra expenses (paid templates, plugins, and developer expense, etc).
Squarespace while there is there is no free version on Squarespace, you can try it free during a 14-day trial. They offer three packages in case of annual subscription: Websites ($12-18/monthly) and Online Stores ($26-$40/monthly). The price depends on the website size and subscription period. All annual packages include a free domain name. You can find out more about the pricing options here.
I think there are advantages and disadvantages of using both platforms. When it comes to my own personal preference I am going with Squarespace. I have used both so I can honestly say I love the functionality and design. I don’t have to worry about the sizing of my graphics. Think of Squarespace as your DIY website builder. I also love that it has a live chat for support where Wordpress unfortunately did not have. Are there limitations? Absolutely but for now for a service based business like mine it is working out splendidly!