I recently came across this post on WordPress vs. Squarespace for photographers and the analogy used was like a point and shoot camera (Sqaurespace) to a DSLR (WordPress). I love this and it’s the main reason why I chose to work primarily with WordPress 10+ years ago.
I’ve always loved working with WordPress, it’s power and flexibility and user friendliness has been in my mind, unparalleled compared to other CMS’s, and it keeps getting better and better.
You can literally do everything with WordPress these days, and it’s a pleasure to use both on the development/management side of things, as well as for users needing to manage their content. Sure, there’s a bit of a learning curve, but there is with everything, and I wouldn’t hesitate to use WordPress for any website project.
There are two BIG things I don’t like about Squarespace:
- You don’t own your entire website, only the content. Much of the Squarespace code and platform is locked into Squarespace and you can’t do what you want with it. It’s a much more controlled system where they want to limit what you have access to in order to control and secure their platform. To some this may be great, but to me I want to be able to have control over everything and anything. WordPress let’s you do that.
- You’re limited to their platform. Along the lines of what I just explained, Squarespace is it’s own closed platform. You only have the ability to change and modify what they let you. WordPress on the other hand let’s you create your own plugins, themes, modify existing plugins and themes, and the whole WordPress framework for that matter. It’s truly flexible.
Squarespace might be a good option for the DIY’er who doesn’t mind spending hours figuring out how to fully use it, but many who try realize quickly they don’t. It’s just like hiring a mechanic to work on your car, or an electrician to fix wiring in your house. You could probably learn how to it and figure it out, but not only is it potentially dangerous, it could suck up literally weeks of your precious time.
The same thing goes for WordPress, but the big difference with WordPress is you’ll have much more flexibility and options going forward because of it not being a closed system. You’ll have a platform that you can truly build on and work with for years to come. You’ll have a platform supported and developed on by millions. You’ll have a platform that is truly yours!
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