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WordPress vs. Squarespace: Choosing the best platform for your blog

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Recently, someone asked me about which is better between WordPress and Squarespace.  But, I couldn’t answer her question because even I am so curious about the potential of Squarespace. Seeing bloggers moving from WordPress to Squarespace made me think that there is something special with Squarespace.  I am eager to give an honest comparison between the two platforms. So, instead of giving conclusions based on others’ opinions, I tried Squarespace myself.
Surprisingly, I find Squarespace pretty, clean and another great platform. Squarespace is a platform that I may recommend to others depends on their needs. Squarespace has a great potential to be the platform that works best for many, but not what works best for me. Let me tell you why.

Why WordPress is the best platform for me?

As a blogger, blog designer, and someone who owns an online shop, I choose WordPress because I have  100% control over my blogs and websites. I have the freedom to choose which hosting and domain providers I prefer to host my sites. Also,  I can turn my websites just how I imagined it. It’s been too flexible as I expand my blogs and websites.

When WordPress is the best platform for you

If you are a blogger who loves to try different things and create big improvements as you expand your blog and business then WordPress is for you. WordPress can handle both small and wide range of  needs – forum, e-commerce, etc. In instances that you need to do a major change, WordPress can do the work easily. If you are willing to exert effort in learning, building and maintaining your website then WordPress is the best for you. But, having full control can be overwhelming so if you are confident that you can manage things, then join the WordPress family.

When Squarespace is the better platform for you

I love WordPress because it is what works well for me, but it may not be what works well for others. Although I believe that WordPress is the best choice in most instances, it may not be in some instances. WordPress is not an easy solution. If you are a super busy and non-techy blogger or entrepreneur, then you may not afford to spend more time in learning the how-to of WordPress. You may prefer a platform that can provide you the domain,  hosting and theme you need at one click. Then, Squarespace is that platform that works best for you.
I asked other bloggers who moved their blogs to Squarespace from WordPress about the reasons of their migration. They have similar reasons.  First, they find the wide features on WordPress distracting which make them unable to concentrate with blogging (I admit, sometimes I find Wordpress distracting.). Second, they have less time to spend in the learning-curve of WordPress.
To conclude, there is no better platform between Squarespace and WordPress.There’s no platform that satisfies everyone’s needs. In choosing a blog platform, check your needs, budget and abilities. It’s all about you and not about the platform. If you prefer full control over your blog and websites, and  willing to exert effort in learning the how-to of WordPress, then WordPress is for you. If you prefer an instant yet professional and pretty looking website that does all the work for you, then Squarespace is for you.
Najmah is a 23 year old Filipino Muslim, Clinical Nutritionist and Med student. Born and raised in Saudi Arabia. Living in the Philippines since 2010. By Najmah contains posts about her life lessons, personal excellence and journey to becoming a doctor. You can also find her blogging on The Muslim Bricks

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