WordPress vs Squarespace: A Square Off (2020)

WordPress vs Squarespace: A Square Off (2020)

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WordPress and Squarespace are two of the most popular website building platforms. Though both are completely different in terms of features, usability, pricing, and integration. While they are used for a similar purpose, Squarespace and WordPress mostly cater to a different set of audience.

In this article, I will take you through the major differences between the two so that you can make an informed decision on which one suits you better. I’ve been in the blogging industry for some time now and I often come across users asking which of the two platforms they should go for. Since both are used for building websites, users have a hard time deciding whether to use WordPress or Squarespace.

So before moving to an in-depth discussion, we need to establish a basic understanding of both the platforms.

What Is WordPress?

WordPress is a platform or a CMS (Content Management System) that allows users to create websites of all sorts. It’s the most used content management system in the world with more than 60 percent market share.

According to research by Netcraft, there are around 1.3 billion websites in the world out of which 455,000,000 websites are using WordPress. That means 20 percent of all self-hosted sites are using WordPress. Furthermore, around 35 percent of all websites use WordPress. These numbers are huge and are more than enough to reflect just how significant WordPress is.

There are two types of WordPress available to users:

  1. Self-Hosted WordPress
  2. Hosted WordPress

1. Self-Hosted WordPress

Self-hosted WordPress is the free version of the CMS that is an open-source piece of software available for download at the WordPress.org repository. For your website to work on a self-hosted WordPress, you need third-party tools like plugins, themes, and a hosting solution.

The open-source nature of self-hosted WordPress makes way for endless customization and flexibility. This is one of the reasons why developers often choose WordPress as it lets them play with its functionalities and create any sort of website they want.

Because it’s free to download, users often have this misconception that there is no cost attached to launching a WordPress website through the self-hosted WordPress. The software is free, but there are other costs attached to it like hosting, domain registration, 3rd party plugins, a premium theme, and much more.

2. Hosted WordPress

Hosted WordPress is usually referred to as WordPress.com which is a separate product owned by Automattic. I can understand if this is getting all too confusing for you, but things will become clearer once you’re done with this article.

Matt Mullenweg founded WordPress almost 16 years ago as open-source software. Later he established Automattic and created a version

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This article was written by Mansoor Ahmed Khan and originally published on The Official Cloudways Blog.

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