Squarespace vs WordPress – Our Detailed Comparison

Squarespace vs WordPress – Flexibility

Simplistically, WordPress is an open source platform, meaning that their codes are open to everybody to use and customize.  So any developers / programmers can use WordPress to create their own tools (such as templates / themes or plugins) to share for free, or sell to WordPress users.

Due to a broad range of tools being made available, the WordPress community has grown to more than 65 million websites since the end of 2011, and has no signs of slowing down as more people start to build websites.

It’s hard to beat such a large community when every single feature you can imagine to be built into a website is available either for free or for purchase if you decide to use WordPress.

However, one of the biggest problems with allowing anyone to build plugins for WordPress is that the quality of the tools can either be great, or they can be terrible.  In our observation, there are probably way more terrible plugins than great ones.

Since the WordPress community is so large, it’s practically impossible to police the quality of all the tools being created.  So WordPress being an open source platform really is a double-edge sword – lots of tools, but most of them are mediocre or terrible.

As for Squarespace, which is not an open source website builder, means that their platform is gated off so only their own in-house development team can produce tools for users.  The benefit of this is that all their tools will be high quality and fully integrated into their website builder.

If you want to build a website, it’s nice to know that all the tools that you use have been thoroughly tested to ensure that it works perfectly every single time.  It’s also nice to know if you run into questions or problems, the Squarespace team will be there to assist.  Squarespace has made a commitment to answer all questions within 1 hour – you just don’t get that level of commitment from WordPress.

As for Squarespace, which is not an open source website builder, means that their platform is gated off so only their own in-house development team can produce tools for users.  The benefit of this is that all their tools will be high quality and fully integrated into their website builder.

If you want to build a website, it’s nice to know that all the tools that you use have been thoroughly tested to ensure that it works perfectly every single time.  It’s also nice to know if you run into questions or problems, the Squarespace team will be there to assist.  Squarespace has made a commitment to answer all questions within 1 hour – you just don’t get that level of commitment from WordPress.

SUMMARY

While with WordPress, you can have access to thousands of different tools and plugins to help improve your website, you should be aware that a significant number of these WordPress tools may not be built by good developers.

If you do end up using some of these poor WordPress plugins, it may potentially cause conflicts with your website resulting in poorer performance, cross-browser conflicts, or even crashing your website.

If that happens, you ask the developer of the plugin for help but keep in mind that:
They’re not obligated to help if the plugin is free. You won’t be able to pinpoint which specific plugin caused the conflict if you have multiple plugins installed

With Squarespace, everything is closely controlled, monitored and tested within their own environment.  This will give you peace of mind that your website will be conflict-free, so you can focus on more important things instead of fixing your website. Further, their support team is there 24/7 to help you.