WordPress Or Squarespace?
It wasn’t too long ago that I switched my blog from WordPress to Squarespace, and at that time I felt I had a raft of good reasons to do so.
But now, less than 12 months later, I have reverted The Occasional Photoblogger back to WordPress, and it is once again hosted here in New Zealand by Hoopla Hosting.
Interestingly (to me at least) I stand by most of the reasons to switch to Squarespace in the first place but over the last few months one or two issues have come into play that have encouraged me to do an about face.
The cost of Squarespace
Cost is the prime reason I have left Squarespace.
With the slide in the value of the New Zealand dollar against the US dollar over recent months, the annual cost of my Squarespace Personal Plan increased to NZ$212.75, plus an extra NZ$30.00 to renew my domain, for a total annual cost of NZ$242.75.
Compare that annual cost with NZ$91.50 for hosting with Hoopla, plus NZ$21.50 to renew my domain name. That’s NZ$113.00 – less than half the Squarespace cost.
Sure my New Zealand hosting plan doesn’t give me unlimited storage – but there is more space than I’ll be needing for a very long time to come.
The versatility of WordPress
There are many things that can be done within WordPress that it is just not possible to do in Squarespace because with Squarespace there is no access to the back end. Admittedly the Squarespace Business plan offers a few more options but it costs half as much again as the Personal Plan.
As an example of lack of versatility is the fact that there is no media library in Squarespace. This means that if an image is needed in multiple locations on a website or blog, then a separate copy of that image must be uploaded for use in each location. Frustrating!
And as well as WordPress’s built in features, the vast number of themes and plugins – both free and premium versions – allows almost anything to be done with a WordPress website. In essence the prime difference between the two website platforms is with WordPress – everything can be customized; with Squarespace – very little can be customized.
Here is an example of a before and after image comparison that I just could not do in Squarespace. This was done using a free plugin.
I admit I did enjoy my brief Squarespace experience. It is very easy to use for non-tech savvy people; it has some classy themes; it is a fully managed platform; and many people make beautiful websites with it. On the other hand WordPress is more work to set up and and has a steeper learning curve. It also requires a bit of user maintenance to do updates to themes and plugins, to do back-ups, and so on.
But, and finally – there is another that I am happy that The Occasional Photoblogger is back on WordPress.
I have always liked to support local businesses – and now my blog is back, hosted in New Zealand, with Hoopla Hosting who, I think, have a great service that is relatively inexpensive and is certainly reliable.
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