For most of you who are looking to start a blog or website, you've probably been trying to find the best platform for you. You probably considered WordPress, Squarespace, Wix, or another platform for your blog. In this post, I'm going to compare Squarespace vs WordPress and talk about why WordPress is better.
Squarespace vs WordPress
There's actually a really awesome article on the internet that talks about 27 reasons why WordPress is better than Squarespace. And quite frankly, a lot of those reasons make perfect sense. I want to touch on just a few of those reasons that might scare you when you realize how important it is to host your website on WordPress.
#1 WordPress Gives You Full Control
The number one reason is kind of a generic reason why WordPress is better than Squarespace. That reason is that WordPress gives you full control over your content. This means that you own your content and no one can take your content away from you.
There are a lot of platforms out there such as Wix and Squarespace that technically own your content. Squarespace actually says in their terms of service that they can use your content for promotional purposes. Meaning they can use your blog articles, your pictures, or whatever you put on your website and post it wherever they want without your permission.
When you create a site with Squarespace, you consent to this whether you like it or not. You can find this in their terms of service 2.2 and 2.3.
#2 WordPress Won't Pull Features
Another nice thing about WordPress, which you won't get with Squarespace, is that WordPress will not pull any features from you without notice. Squarespace may have their platform for building your website but they can change features without even notifying you. They can remove certain features, change things, add things, remove things, or even go out of business and you would be stuck without a website.
WordPress is an open-source platform which means it is not owned by a single corporation that is profiting from its use. WordPress is free to use. Any type of engineer can create plugins or themes that can be used with WordPress.
With WordPress, you will have to pay for hosting which is a totally separate story, but the WordPress platform really is open and free for anyone to use. That gives you full control over your content.
Here's another thing that was interesting to me with Squarespace and WordPress. If you do run into some crazy problem or you have a hugely successful website on Squarespace and then something happens with Squarespace. Such as they ruined your website, it gets taken away, or something gets changed, and you want to sue Squarespace for those losses. Well, it's actually written into their terms of service that you cannot sue them for specific limits.
If you do need to sue WordPress for some reason, you're not limited to anything and you can sue for whatever you wanted, although they are a non-profit organization.
#3 Unlimited Server Resources
With WordPress, your server resources are not limited. You can choose whatever hosting you want depending on the needs of your website. If you have a Squarespace blog or website, you're limited to the resources they have. That means if your blog really takes off and your website grows to have a lot of traffic and Squarespace servers can't handle your blog or website, then it's going to slow it down which will greatly hinder your results. And, there's nothing you can do about it.
With a WordPress website, if you need to speed up your hosting, you can just buy a new hosting provider, private server, or increase your bandwidth. With WordPress, there really is a lot of options for you to customize your hosting depending on your specific needs.
#4 Top Companies Online Use WordPress
One of the biggest reasons why I like WordPress over Squarespace is that the top brands and websites on the internet today are run with WordPress. Websites like the New York Times, CNN, PlayStation, Disney, LinkedIn, Facebook, and hundreds of other websites, are all run on WordPress.
#5 You Own The Domain Name
When you start a blog on WordPress, you can purchase a domain name from whoever you want and you will actually own that domain name. With Squarespace, you might get a free domain name and you can pay to upgrade that later. However, it is written in Squarespace terms of service 11.1 that they actually own your domain name.
While you can actually change the ownership or transfer your domain name, it is not something that you're going to want to do. Plus, it's also definitely not something that I'd recommend for the average blogger.
#6 WordPress Has Unlimited Pages/ Users
With WordPress, you can set up as many pages or users as you want. Meaning you can build thousands or millions of pages on your website and you could have as many contributors as you want. That means you can actually have user accounts for however many people you want to be able to access and contribute to your blog or website.
Squarespace, in their personal plan, is actually limited to only 20 pages and you'll only get 2 contributors. Meaning, after you've created 20 pages, you have to upgrade your plan if you want to create more.
#7 WordPress Has No Age Limit
WordPress can be actually used by anyone. A 5-year-old or 8-year-old could use WordPress if they wanted to. With Squarespace, you actually have to be 13 years or older to start your own blog or website.
These are just a few of the reasons why WordPress is better than Squarespace. Plus, there are probably hundreds more that you could find that would tell you why WordPress is better than Squarespace.
I encourage you to start your blog or website the way you want from the beginning. If you're ready to start your blog or website today, go check out this link for my tips on starting a blog. I've got full step by step instructions to help you get started with your blog or website using WordPress and SiteGround (my recommended hosting provider). It will help you get set up with your blog or website in less than 15 minutes!
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