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27 Reasons Why WordPress Crushes Squarespace Every Time

premium.wpmudev.org | Mar. 24, 2017 | 19 min read

There are a lot of great points here. I never looked at the terms from Squarespace, but good to know that downside to its service.

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Sallie Goetsch (rhymes with 'sketch')

Those are all great reasons for developers and people who know, or are willing to get to know, WordPress and its plugin and theme ecosystem. They're less likely to be persuasive for non-technical clients. For some people, SquareSpace or even Wix is a good choice, because they don't need what WordPress offers--or not enough to have to contend with the maintenance.

That doesn't mean I'm a particular fan of hosted services--even when I had a Blogger blog, I hosted it on my own server, and when that was no longer an option, I imported it to self-hosted WordPress. But we do need to look at this from the perspective of the complete newbie or the client who isn't even sure what a domain name or a hosting company is, and who would look at a repository of 45,000 plugins and run screaming.

It's really more appropriate to compare Wix and SquareSpace with WordPress.com. The biggest advantage WordPress.com has over Wix and SquareSpace--possibly the only advantage--is that it's very easy to export your content when you are ready to move to self-hosted WordPress.