WordPress vs. Other Platforms:
Which is Right For You?
Have you decided that it’s time to create a new website? Or perhaps you’ve realised you really should update your existing one? If so, you’ve probably already started shopping around at the different platforms available. These days, you’re spoilt for choice—there’s a heap of options out there which have been designed to be easy to use and many of them are either free or very budget-friendly.
| 14th May 2020
WordPress is still one of the most popular platforms out there and for very good reason—is WordPress right for you though? To help you decide, we’ve compared and contrasted WordPress with a few other popular platforms including Wix and Squarespace.
The wonderful world of WordPress:
WordPress is one of the world’s most popular website builders, powering millions of websites across the globe. WordPress started as a basic blogging platform way back in 2003. Since then, it has evolved into a content management system (CMS) which allows users to build any kind of website they desire. Some benefits of using WordPress for your company or personal website includes:
- WordPress is easy to use. Adding new pages, posts and images is quick and simple.
- Your WordPress site is extremely customisable.
- You can further extend the functionality of your site through a huge range of plugins.
- As the administrator of your WordPress site, you can create multiple users and assign varying access levels.
When you opt for a WordPress website, you will discover a whole world of advantages. But maybe you want to explore your options first to see if an alternative would be better suited to your needs.
WordPress vs. Wix vs. Squarespace:
Each platform will come with its pros and cons. Let’s take a deeper look at these by comparing WordPress with two popular website building platforms—Wix and Squarespace.
Firstly, it’s important to understand that WordPress is a content management system, whereas alternatives such as Wix and Squarespace are website builders. Ultimately, they are both tools for building websites but they both have very different approaches. To put it simply, website builders like Wix and Squarespace are easier to use but far less customisable.
Options like Wix or Squarespace will include hosting—the downfall of this is that you can never move your website off Wix or Squarespace to a new web host down the track. With WordPress, you have more freedom but you will need to set up a web host. This isn’t as daunting as it might sound! These days various hosts are offering 1-click WordPress installation.
In terms of pricing, WordPress, Wix and Squarespace are all initially free. At its core, WordPress is free but you may end up paying for themes, hosting and plugins. How far you want to develop and customise your website will determine the final price tag.
So, which platform is right for you?
At the end of the day, it will all come down to your specific needs and what you want to get out of your website. If you’re after something quick and cheap, a website builder such as Wix or Squarespace is probably all you will need. If you want to get more out of your website in terms of customisation and optimisation, plugins and themes, WordPress will provide you with exactly that.
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