Squarespace vs. WordPress: Which to Choose?

Squarespace vs WordPress

In my website design package, I offer websites built using Squarespace or Wordpress. But which should you choose?

I will always recommend which I think is best for your business, but I think its important that you understand the pros and cons of each platform, to help you make the decision yourself!


Wordpress back-end example

Cons of wordpress

  • It has a complicated back-end (which can be difficult for beginners to navigate)
  • Set up is more complicated and time consuming
  • A WordPress website will require more maintenance than a managed platform like Squarespace




pros of wordpress

  • There is a huge variety of free & paid themes
  • Due to its open source nature, there's also a large variety of free & paid plugins that can add functionality to your site
  • WordPress is great for larger, more complex sites that require a lot of add-ons
  • There are unlimited customisation options with CSS


Squarespace back-end example


  • There are a limited number of themes to choose from
  • It doesn't have the ability to add third party apps or plugins for extra functionality
  • If you want an e-Commerce website, you'll be tied in to using Stripe as a way to receive payments


pros of squarespace

  • Very quick to set up
  • The drag and drop editor makes it easy for beginners to manage
  • Squarespace takes care of the hosting for you (you don't have to buy an external package)
  • It is great for minimalistic, simple websites such as blogs or portfolios (byRosanna.co.uk is built using Squarespace!)


While I charge more to design WordPress websites due to higher complexity, there are ongoing cost considerations that you should be aware of:

  • Squarespace = £63, £125, or £188 per year
    This depends on the package level you choose, and includes hosting, support and a free domain name. 
  • WordPress = Between £90 and £200 per year
    WordPress itself is free, but you need to pay for your own hosting package, which can cost anything from £50 to £80 per year depending on your provider. You'll also need to pay for your own domain name (unless you get it free with your hosting package) which could be around £10 per year. Usually, you will need to pay for a theme for your website too, which can range between £30 to £80. However, this cost is included in my package. Plugins can incur one-off fees or monthly payments too, but there are some great free ones around for simpler websites. 

Which platform do you prefer & why?