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Process Post #6: Squarespace vs. WordPress

I’ve now built two websites with Squarespace, my personal portfolio website where I think I’ll eventually move all of my Let’s Talk What I Watch blog posts to, and the SFU Communication Student Union website cmnsu.com, of which I’m the vice president of marketing for 2020/2021!

I’ve always been disinterested when it comes to computer stuff. I never had an interest in any sort of digital software other than editing photos for a brief 2-3 years in high school using Affinity after developing an interest for simplistic meme making back in middle school using random apps on my iPod touch. So, when it comes to website design, WordPress is daunting. The interface of WordPress’ back-end is terrifying to me. This is why when it came to me building two websites during quarantine, I immediately chose Squarespace with no questions asked. 

Now, with this class introducing me to the world of WordPress, I have learned a lot and continue to challenge myself every week by tweaking and adding things to my site. 

In sum, taking on two squarespace websites and one wordpress one has taught me a few things. Let’s talk about them.

1: Squarespace is Easy Peasy 

If you want to get a basic website up and running, whether it be a blog or an event information site, you can honestly master Squarespace in terms of simple tasks like that in one day. 

Squarespace has so many pre-built themes you can use that are all very modern and with-the-times, meaning what most new website builders today will probably want. Also, when it comes to adding headers, organizing your blog page, adding new pages, etc. Squarespace always has templates for you to choose from with pictures so you can visual what you want ahead of time. However, this (so far from my knowledge) makes building a website with them less customizable, which I’ll cover in point #2.  

2: WordPress is More Customizable 

Although Squarespace is easy, that makes it less customizable from what I’ve seen. While WordPress has plugins and widgets, Squarespace doesn’t have that same scale. While this makes WordPress infinitely more complicated to someone who knows virtually nothing about HTML coding and struggles with navigating new software, it ultimately can rise above and build you the website of your dreams. As long as you know what you’re doing. 

3: WordPress is Cheaper

Another win that WordPress takes is depending on your domain host, WordPress is infinitely cheaper than Squarespace. So if you’re willing to work a little harder on your site, it’s definitely going to save you money. 

All in all, I’m glad I’ve learned both and I look forward to tackling WordPress more as the semester goes on.