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!
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
CONS OF SQUARESPACE
- 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!)
ANNUAL COST COMPARISON
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.