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Squarespace vs WordPress | Which One Is Better?

In today’s post I wanted to compare Squarespace and WordPress (self-hosted) to see which one is better in terms of platform. Both of these platforms are very advanced and really good in their own ways so if you’re interested, keep on reading!

Dans le post d’aujourd’hui, je voulais comparer Squarespace et WordPress (auto-hébergé) pour déterminer lequel est le meilleur en termes de plate-forme. Ces deux plates-formes sont très avancées et très performantes, alors si vous êtes intéressés, continuez à lire!

Related: Self-Hosted vs Plan Upgrade | Which One Is Better?

 

WHY SQUARESPACE AND WORDPRESS?

Squarespace is an all-in-one platform. In simple words it’s much more advanced than WordPress.com and provides more tools and features. As you know with a self-hosted website, you own everything and you have much more control but that requires a lot of time and attention as well.

Both of these platforms are really good for bloggers, creative hustlers and small businesses depending on your needs that’s the reason why I wanted to compare both of them. If you’re planning on going self-hosted or thinking of switching platforms, this will be a good opportunity to see which one is worth for you.

When it comes to a self-hosted website – obviously I’ve picked WordPress – the hosting service I’ve chosen is Siteground with the GrowBig plan. When it comes to Squarespace, I’ve picked the Business plan which seems perfect for blogs and businesses.

Squarespace est une plate-forme tout-en-un. En termes simples, il est beaucoup plus avancé que WordPress.com et fournit plus d’outils et de fonctionnalités. Comme vous le savez avec un site Web auto-hébergé, vous possédez tout et vous avez beaucoup plus de contrôle, mais cela nécessite également beaucoup de temps et d’attention.

Selon vos besoins, ces deux plates-formes conviennent parfaitement aux blogueurs, aux créatifs et aux petites entreprises. C’est la raison pour laquelle je voulais comparer les deux. Si vous envisagez de vous auto-héberger ou si vous envisagez de changer de plate-forme, ce sera une bonne occasion de voir celle qui vaut la peine pour vous.

Pour ce qui est d’un site Web auto-hébergé, j’ai évidemment choisi WordPress, le service d’hébergement que j’ai choisi est Siteground avec le plan GrowBig. En ce qui concerne Squarespace, j’ai choisi le Business Plan qui semble parfait pour les blogs et les entreprises.

 

DOMAIN & HOSTING SERVICE

Starting off with the domain and hosting service, with the plan (GrowBig) I’ve chosen for a self-hosted website, you can host multiple websites in one account, plus you have 20GB of web space. There are additional features as well such as premium backup and free website migration.

You’ll have to register your domain depending on your situation, if you already have a domain then your website will be transferred, if not then you’ll have to register one which will cost £11.95 per year.

The customer care of Siteground and WordPress are really good as well, they’re available 24/7. If you have any problems, you can contact their teams at anytime. Besides, Siteground includes great tools such as SSL certificate, daily backups, CDN service, etc. so you know for a fact that your website will be secure from malware and hackers which is reassuring.

On the other hand with Squarespace, you’ll have to register a domain for £16 which is a bit more expensive compared to a self-hosted website and you can transfer your domain as well if you already have an existing one. They include additional tools as well such as SSL certificate, DNS management, etc. for the security of your website. They have 24/7 customer support as well.

There is an unlimited storage space which makes it much easier when uploading graphics and pictures on your website compared to Siteground which only allows 20GB. In addition, Squarespace allows you to create a professional email (yourname@blogname.com) which you can do in a self-hosted website as well but it’s not as easy and straightforward. However it’s only free for a year (for the business plan) then you’ll have to pay £40 per year (£4 per month).

En commençant par le domaine et le service d’hébergement, avec le plan (GrowBig) que j’ai choisi pour un site Web auto-hébergé, vous pouvez héberger plusieurs sites Web dans un seul compte, sans compter que vous disposez de 20 Go d’espace Web. Il existe également des fonctionnalités supplémentaires telles que la sauvegarde premium et la migration gratuite de sites Web.

Vous devrez enregistrer votre domaine en fonction de votre situation. Si vous avez déjà un domaine, votre site Web sera transféré. Sinon, vous devrez en enregistrer un qui vous coûtera £11,95 par an.

Les services à la clientèle de Siteground et de WordPress sont également très utiles. Ils sont disponibles 24h par jour. Si vous rencontrez des problèmes, vous pouvez contacter leurs équipes à tout moment. En outre, Siteground comprend d’excellents outils tels que les certificats SSL, les sauvegardes quotidiennes, le service CDN, etc. Vous savez donc que votre site Web sera protégé contre les logiciels malveillants et les pirates, ce qui est rassurant.

D’autre part, avec Squarespace, vous devrez enregistrer un domaine à 16€, ce qui est un peu plus cher par rapport à un site Web auto-hébergé. Vous pouvez également transférer votre domaine si vous en avez déjà un. Ils incluent également des outils supplémentaires tels que le certificat SSL, la gestion DNS, etc. pour la sécurité de votre site Web. Ils ont également un support client 24/7.

Il y a un espace de stockage illimité qui facilite beaucoup le téléchargement de graphiques et d’images sur votre site Web par rapport à Siteground qui n’autorise que 20 Go. En outre, Squarespace vous permet de créer un courrier électronique professionnel (votrenom@nomdeblog.com) que vous pouvez également créer sur un site Web auto-hébergé, mais ce n’est pas aussi simple et facile. Cependant, ce n’est gratuit que pour un an (pour le business plan), puis vous devrez payer £40 par an (£4  par mois).

 

BLOG DESIGN

One of the biggest differences I would say between WordPress and Squarespace are the templates and customisation. WordPress has a couple of free templates which are really beautiful. If you had used WordPress.com in the past, you would know they are the same free templates. However, Squarespace has a range of stunning templates which are not only professional looking but very advanced as well.

You can obviously get similar templates for WordPress but they won’t be available for free and you’ll have to purchase them from a designer/shop. When it comes to buying templates, there are a lot more designers that sell WordPress themes than Squarespace templates which is the only downside. Also, if you know HTML/CSS coding then you can create a website up to your preference on both of these platforms.

L’une des plus grandes différences entre WordPress et Squarespace réside dans les modèles et la personnalisation. WordPress a quelques modèles gratuits qui sont vraiment beaux. Si vous aviez déjà utilisé WordPress.com, vous sauriez que ce sont les mêmes modèles gratuits. Toutefois, Squarespace propose une gamme de modèles époustouflants, à la fois professionnels et très avancés.

Vous pouvez évidemment obtenir des modèles similaires pour WordPress, mais ils ne seront pas disponibles gratuitement et vous devrez les acheter chez un designer/studio. Quand il s’agit d’acheter des modèles, il y a beaucoup plus de concepteurs qui vendent des thèmes WordPress que des modèles Squarespace, ce qui est le seul inconvénient. De plus, si vous connaissez le codage HTML/CSS, vous pouvez créer un site Web à votre guise sur ces deux plateformes.

Related: Best Personal WordPress Themes

 

PLUGINS

When it comes to a self-hosted website, there are a ton of plugins available for different needs and uses but with Squarespace, there isn’t such thing. This won’t make a big difference if you don’t use/need plugins.

You can sell products on both platforms which is amazing for small businesses. In terms of SEO, Squarespace will manage everything from that aspect whereas with WordPress, you’ll have to install plugins and do it manually.

En ce qui concerne un site Web auto-hébergé, il existe une tonne de plug-ins disponibles pour différents besoins et utilisations, mais avec Squarespace, ce n’est pas le cas. Cela ne fera pas une grande différence si vous n’utilisez pas/n’avez pas besoin de plugins.

Vous pouvez vendre des produits sur les deux plates-formes, ce qui est incroyable pour les petites entreprises. En termes de référencement, Squarespace gérera tout de cet aspect alors qu’avec WordPress, vous devrez installer des plugins et le faire manuellement.

Related: The Best Blogging Resources & Tools

 

NEWSLETTER

With a self-hosted website, you have the option to send newsletters to your followers which is a great method to communicate and interact with your readers. The same option is available for Squarespace as well.

Avec un site Web auto-hébergé, vous avez la possibilité d’envoyer des newsletters à vos abonnés, ce qui est une excellente méthode pour communiquer et interagir avec vos lecteurs. La même option est également disponible pour Squarespace.

 

ADS

When it comes to monetising your blog, you can add affiliated links for both platforms and you won’t have a problem joining an affiliate network and program. With WordPress, you’re allowed to add any ads you want from any programs that’s the reason why more people like to have a self-hosted website.

However with Squarespace, you’re only allowed to use Google AdSense and it’s only available for the Business plan (and Online Stores plans). If your application gets rejected, you can obviously try another time but you’ll have to take into consideration that you might not be able to monetise your blog through ads.

Quand il s’agit de monétiser votre blog, vous pouvez ajouter des liens affiliés pour les deux plates-formes et vous n’aurez aucun problème à rejoindre un programme et un réseau d’affiliés. Avec WordPress, vous êtes autorisé à ajouter des annonces de n’importe quel programme, ce qui explique pourquoi de plus en plus de gens aiment avoir un site Web auto-hébergé.

Toutefois, avec Squarespace, vous n’êtes autorisé à utiliser que Google AdSense. Ce dernier est uniquement disponible pour le plan Business (et les plans de magasins en ligne). Si votre demande est rejetée, vous pouvez évidemment essayer une autre fois, mais vous devrez tenir compte du fait que vous ne pourrez peut-être pas monétiser votre blog par le biais de publicités.

Related: WordAds vs AdSense | Which One Is Better?

 

PRICE

Now the part that we’ve been all waiting for, I’ve already talked about the cost of having a self-hosted website but as a recap, Siteground are having a special sale (when I’m writing this blog post) which means the cost is £4.95 per month instead of £14.95. On top of this cost, you have other expenses such as your domain registration (for your domain name) and a site scanner (optional) plus VAT at 20%.

Maintenant, la partie que nous attendions tous, j’ai déjà parlé du coût d’un site Web auto-hébergé, mais en résumé, Siteground organise une vente spéciale (lorsque j’écris ce billet de blog), ce qui signifie le coût est de £4,95 par mois au lieu de £14,95. En plus de ce coût, vous avez d’autres dépenses telles que votre enregistrement de domaine (pour votre nom de domaine) et un scanner de site (facultatif) plus la TVA à 20%.

  • Hosting service: £59.40 | normal price: £179.40
  • Domain Registration: £11.95
  • Site Scanner: £15.60
  • VAT at 20%: £17.39
  • Total = £104.34  | normal price: £224.34 – per year

On the other hand, with Squarespace the cost will be £15 per month for the Business plan and without forgetting the domain cost which is £16 per year and the professional email which costs £40 per year.

D’autre part, avec Squarespace, le plan d’affaires coûtera £15 par mois, sans oublier le coût de domaine qui est de £16 par an et le courrier électronique professionnel qui coûte £40 par an.

  • Business Plan: £180
  • Domain Registration: £16
  • Professional Email: £40
  • Total = £236 – per year

 

CONCLUSION

In terms of cost, there isn’t any huge difference unless you’re planning on going self-hosted when there is a special sale. I’d say having a website on Squarespace is much easier, you don’t have to handle anything since Squarespace does everything for you in terms of technical work which is very similar to WordPress.com from that aspect.

The templates and customisation are literally something else, even someone who has no knowledge of web design can create a gorgeous website with the advanced customisation without paying any extra money.

However with a self-hosted website, you own everything which means you have to take care of everything including the maintenance and technical work of the website which isn’t fun. You do get to add plugins and have no limits when it comes to customisation and monetising your website.

In my opinion, I’d recommend to go for Squarespace if you don’t want to spend time working on your website and want to do everything within a click. But as I said multiple times, having a self-hosted website should be every blogger’s end goal because of the features and functionalities it provides.

En termes de coût, il n’y a pas de grande différence sauf si vous envisagez de vous auto-héberger lors d’une vente spéciale. Je dirais qu’avoir un site Web sur Squarespace est beaucoup plus facile, vous n’aurez rien à faire puisque Squarespace fait tout pour vous en termes de travail technique qui ressemble beaucoup à WordPress.com de ce point de vue.

Les modèles et la personnalisation sont littéralement quelque chose d’autre, même quelqu’un qui n’a aucune idée de la conception web peut créer un site Web magnifique avec la personnalisation avancée sans payer d’argent supplémentaire.

Cependant, avec un site Web auto-hébergé, vous possédez tout ce qui signifie que vous devez vous occuper de tout, y compris de la maintenance et du travail technique du site Web, ce qui n’est pas amusant. Vous pouvez ajouter des plugins et n’avoir aucune limite en ce qui concerne la personnalisation et la monétisation de votre site Web.

À mon avis, je recommanderais Squarespace si vous ne voulez pas passer de temps à travailler sur votre site Web et que vous voulez tout faire en un clic. Mais comme je l’ai dit à plusieurs reprises, avoir un site Web auto-hébergé devrait être l’objectif final de chaque blogueur en raison de ses fonctionnalités.

 

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING!

xo N

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70 Comments

  1. Great post. I’m actually using both platforms – WordPress for my primary blog and Squarespace for my website. I mirror some blog posts in my blog on Squarespace. I’ve found Squarespace an easier platform for web hosting and publishing. The one thing it’s missing, unless I’m missing something, is a built-in blog community like we have here on WP.

  2. I’m way too bad at this website stuff to ever leave WordPress, but I wanted to say you’re blog site is beautiful. The most elegant one I’ve seen here inspirational 🙂

  3. This is really interesting. I know very little about Squarespace, I’ve always been self-hosted with WordPress from the start. I do love the freedom and massive range of plugins available in WordPress though. Am I right in thinking that with Squarespace you don’t own your site, unlike with self-hosted WordPress? Fab comparison, so detailed, thank you for sharing 🙂 xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.cm

    1. Thank you so much hun! 💗 You’re absolutely right! You don’t own your website with Squarespace, it’s a fancier version than WordPress.com whereas with a self-hosted, you own everything! xx

  4. Great information! I’m hoping to possibly start self-hosting this year, so this was really helpful. I get so confused because the whole process sounds really complicated! So everyone needs a hosting service (like Siteground), and then a platform like either WordPress or Squarespace? Or do you not need Siteground when you go with Squarespace? LOL I don’t know why I get so confused!

    1. Thank you lovely! So glad you found it helpful! If you are going with WordPress, you need a hosting service (eg. Siteground, Bluehost, etc.) whereas with Squarespace, you don’t need one. It’s a fancier version than WordPress.com, it’s a hosting platform but you get to have some of the same functionalities of a self-hosted website! x

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  6. Such an interesting post! I’ve never tried Squarespace before but I am on WordPress and find it really easy to use. I used to be on Blogger and whilst it was ok, it doesn’t have the functionality or flexibility as WordPress does!xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.co.uk

    1. So glad you found it interesting! I completely agree with you, you have much more functionalities when it comes to a self-hosted website compared to any other platforms x

  7. This is really informative! I never knew much about Squarespace, I am self-hosted with Siteground and blog with WordPress. I haven’t had any problems so far, although Siteground has been expensive to renew on the 2nd year so I’ll might have a look around for a better offer when it comes up for renewal at the end of the year 🙂 It’s interesting to see the differences, thanks for sharing! ❤ xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  8. Ooh I didn’t know much about Squarespace so this was interesting to read! I’m with WordPress self hosted through Siteground and I completely agree that their service and support is great. I really love that I can use Plugins too as I find it so helpful!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com/ x

  9. I never really knew much about Squarespace, so this is so helpful! As I’ve been on WordPress for so long, I think I’ll stick with it, as I’m used to it by now. It’s great to know there are easier alternatives though xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    1. I’m thinking about doing a blog post talking about some of my favourite blogs, I would love to share a link to your blog and share some links to your posts. would that be okay?

  10. I’m self hosted with WordPress, so I prefer WordPress over Squarespace though I don’t really know much about Squarespace.
    This is a really informative and interesting read. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  11. Very interesting reading the comparisons. I went self-hosted with WP within 3 months of starting my blog , I chose SiteGround but I have my blog a makeover a couple of weeks ago and switched to Pipdig’s own hosting. SiteGround have upped their price and I was paying £58 a quarter for Grow Big. I asked them why the increase and they told me they’d improved their service. I’ve got everything in one place now, my blog theme and hosting so it’s more cohesive.
    Have a lovely Sunday x

    https://thebeautyspyglass.com

    1. I saw your makeover, your blog looks amazing! Ohh I might look into Pipdig’s hosting when I go self-hosted, it sounds really good. I’ve heard great reviews about Siteground but the price is way too expensive. Hope you had a lovely weekend x

  12. I had to use SquareSpace for work. Let’s just say the customer service was horrible, so I will probably never use it for my personal blog. WordPress works fine for me. Thanks for the comparison, though. It was informative.

  13. Nice read! My favorite platform is WordPress for blogging and business purpose. Because WordPress is available for free to use, many plugins & themes are also available for free and WordPress have a user-friendly interface. It might be good to know the difference between both of the platforms. Thank you so much for sharing an informative post with us.

    Rajinder – https://www.thehotskills.com

  14. I have to use WordPress instead of using Squarespace, Wix or other website creating platforms because I have a payment issue. I am a Chinese junior high student YouTuber and Blogger and I only have my WeChat Pay account, Alipay account with a UnionPay debit card. Only WordPress support them.
    I started to create my website via Wix when I started my YouTube channel, then I found I can’t upgrade my account to a paid plan because of my payment issue. And then, I have to use WordPress to create my website.
    I found so many advantages in WordPress and I wrote an article in my website about it.

    1. Oh that’s such a shame! I didn’t know there were payment issues for different platforms, I thought all the platforms would accept most payment methods. Thanks for reading x

  15. Definitely WordPress. According to BuiltWith research, most Squarespace users are moving their sites from Squarespace to WordPress.

  16. Totally enthralling read on Squarespace & WordPress (self-hosted). Having began with the free WordPress hosted Blog and whilst improvising with (Please feel free to laugh here, but I had to st) a Chromebook for my Desktop and an Amazon HDX Fire 8″ Tt able

  17. Continued,,,, OOps….. My apologies for that! I was just saying the word “Tablet” when I posted the first part of my reply by mistake!. I was about to say that I thought I preferred WordPress given the equipment I am using.
    Reading your post has literally stopped me in my tracks considering that I Prefer WordPress, but you are so right… I have this month upgraded my WordPress account to “Freelance” but when it comes to advertising? It’s their Lists that you are limited to isn’t it?.
    Does this mean I cannot import goods off any website onto it?.
    I’m not sure if a further Upgrade to “Business” would allow me to use e-commerce and allow me to do that even?.
    So it is limited, and as you can guess I am now thinking about Self Hosting WordPress.
    Reading this post has certainly made me reconsider as I originally wanted to upgrade so
    I could have a “Magazine” Style Site so that other people could write their own content and know that if someone was going to be checking online to read what our “Political Person” has to say about last nights “Question Time” on BBC1 for example? Well if it was me on the way to work reading I sure would not appreciate lots of adverts being thrown in between paragraphs, so rather than irritate the heck out of people I upgraded thinkimg that instead of relying on advertising to cover costs I’d be able to sell products to do this instead – wrong!? There are so many good Subject Columnists from “Current Affairs” to “Theatre & The Arts” that I want to show and you’ve got me sold on the Idea of Self Hosted WordPress but the thought of having to wait until I don’t have to Improvise equipment wise, like, Is it even possible to run a self hosted wordpress site using a Chromebook?. I guess there’s only one way to find out?. If anyone has already tried this? pleasse let me know, thank you.
    Such a wonderfully informational article, and after six years I wonder if it’s possible to change my current blog name karmashadows blog to something that sounds like it belongs to an online magazine even now it’s down as a .com due to going freelance to get a Theme and the layout for a magazine. If you have any ideas, please let me know please?
    kind regards, and thank you again for the read, Lynda

    1. I’d definitely say go for a self-hosted website, it has so many features and it’d fit your niche perfectly. You can definitely maintain a self-hosted website with a Chromebook. As for the name, try to look at others websites’ names for inspiration. Thank you for the kind words x

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