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Top 3 Squarespace Alternatives You Should Know

Squarespace Alternatives

In the world of web development, Squarespace remains one of the biggest names. Known for its ability to build really professional sites easily and quickly as well as its ease of use, Squarespace is one of those web builders that has really revolutionized the world of web development.

Are you looking for web builders just like Squarespace? Below are the top three Squarespace alternatives in 2022.

1. WordPress

Arguably the biggest name in the world of web builders, WordPress is as iconic a web builder as you can find. It is a free and open-source content management system that lets you build websites either from scratch or using already existing templates as inspirations. It is also one of the oldest web builders in the business.

This content management system is so iconic when it comes to building websites that it is claimed that WordPress powers about 37% of all websites on the internet. With such a reputation, you can already know that this web builder is a rather big deal.

Before beginning the comparison between WordPress and Squarespace, though, it is important to note one fact. There are two different types of WordPress, both owned by the same company. There is WordPress.org and WordPress.com, and these two are very different.

Difference Between WordPress.com and WordPress.org

WordPress.com is WordPress’ web building and hosting service. Every site built on this platform is hosted on a WordPress hosting service, and WordPress handles all the website’s hosting needs. While this is much easier, it also offers you less freedom. This is the WordPress platform used by WordPress websites that enjoy free hosting.

WordPress.org, on the other hand, lets you host your website yourself. To use this WordPress, you would need first to choose your hosting platform, purchase a subscription plan of your choice, and then install the WordPress software on your host. This is the better option, though it takes some more effort and expertise to use.

Want to learn more? This blog on the key differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org is a great place to start.

With that out of the way, let’s get to comparing Squarespace and WordPress.

Squarespace vs WordPress

Both Squarespace and WordPress are rather similar web builders because both these web development tools were designed to be easy to use, so much so that complete novice can create fully functional websites with them.

That being said, Squarespace is relatively easier to use than WordPress. This becomes even more obvious when we compare Squarespace with WordPress.org.

In terms of pricing, WordPress is both cheaper and more expensive than Squarespace at the same time.

This is because WordPress offers a free version (which Squarespace doesn’t) and offers subscription plans much cheaper than Squarespace ($4 – $30 per month as opposed to Squarespace’s $19 – $65 per month).

WordPress still has certain extra charges to consider, e.g., eCommerce integrations and premium themes.

When to Choose WordPress

WordPress is a great open-source Squarespace alternative. It is a great choice when you are looking to create a free personal website or blog. It is also a great idea for creating larger products or if you have some web design and development experience. 

2. Shopify

When it comes to creating eCommerce websites, there is practically no other name that compares to Shopify. One of the oldest and most influential names in the industry, Shopify has been used to create several hundred thousand eCommerce stores all over the world. 

Squarespace vs Shopify

Although Squarespace can also be used to create eCommerce stores, there is no doubt that Shopify is a much better choice. Designed specifically for the purpose of building eCommerce sites, practically all the features on Shopify have been optimized to fit hosting a store online. On the other hand, while capable of creating quality eCommerce stores, Squarespace is not as optimized as Shopify.

On the flip side, as far as simplicity and ease of use are concerned, Squarespace would win over Shopify, in my opinion. This is because, although Shopify is also easy to use, a lot of the main features offered here would require some technical knowledge to be used effectively. This is not really a problem with Squarespace.

In terms of pricing, Shopify is the more expensive of the two. Shopify’s pricing starts at $29/month, with the most expensive option costing $299. Squarespace, on the other hand, (when eCommerce is concerned) costs between $25 to $40/month. However, it is important to remember that Shopify has more features in store for eCommerce stores than Squarespace and that the higher price range is simply a reflection of that.