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Overview

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WordPress is a website and blog creation and publishing platform with tools for aesthetic designing, visitor tracking, content...

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Squarespace is the all-in-one platform to build a beautiful website, online store, or portfolio. Drive traffic to your Squarespace...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

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  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based
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  • No credit card required
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User reviews

5

4

3

2

1

8,459

4,086

761

84

23

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
97%
would recommend this app

5

4

3

2

1

1,383

596

115

21

4

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
95%
would recommend this app

Pros

I wanted to love WordPress. It has so many great features and integrations and its very affordable.

AL

April L.

If you are a person who has many thoughts that you would like to publish or perhaps you like fashion and want to show that interest, then WorldPress is your best friend.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

WordPress is really an amazing content management system, that allows you to build stunning and amazing websites within few hours.

UB

Umair B.

Pros

I love that’s its platforms that helps you grow your business in an edgy and very appropriate way. They have amazing templates to choose from.

Tonny S.

Beautiful aesthetics; bountiful elements for customization; Squarespace takes care of keeping platform current with browser updates; mobile and desktop friendly; ability to have online store.

KM

Kyle M.

Overall, I would highly recommend Squarespace. It’s a great solution to build a website that is professionally designed yet customizable and easy to update on your own for an affordable price.

KB

Kelsey B.

Cons

As a result, I'm forced to disapprove and delete spam comments individually, and when you get hundreds of these kind of spam comments each week, you can imagine that it can be frustrating.

NS

Nikola S.

Wordpress is really limited in its features and functionalities. More than that, the support for customers is bad.

BR

Barbara R.

We've found ourselves stalled out badly with problems at times because a theme or plugin had terrible support.

Kurt H.

Cons

The options are limited. Editing pages can be difficult because everything needs to be dragged and dropped into place, but most of the time all of the other blocks will shift during editing.

Melissa H.

One of my colleagues who is taking over for me, really disliked how the Squarespace template prevented any changes. He contacted Squarespace and with their assistance was able to break the template.

JK

Jan K.

The flip side is that Squarespace has few if any bugs, while Wix and Weebly can get strange errors in my experience.

Cody M.

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Key features

  • Total features45
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Anti Spam
  • Audio File Management
  • Authentication
  • Auto Update
  • Automatic Backup
  • CAN SPAM Compliance
  • CRM
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Categorization/Grouping
  • Channel Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Contact Management
  • Content Management
  • Content Publishing Options
  • Conversion Tracking
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Templates
  • Customization
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Recovery
  • Data Security
  • Data Synchronization
  • Demographic Data
  • Design Management
  • Discount Management
  • Document Classification
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Drip Campaigns
  • Electronic Forms
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Alerts
  • Email Campaign Management
  • Email Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Templates
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Event Triggered Actions
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • Geographic Maps
  • Geolocation
  • Gift Card Management
  • Google Analytics Integration
  • Group Posting
  • Image Editing
  • Image Library
  • Indexing
  • Inventory Control
  • Inventory Management
  • Keyword Rank Tracking
  • Keyword Research Tools
  • Keyword Tracking
  • Kitting
  • Label Printing
  • Landing Pages/Web Forms
  • Link Management
  • List Management
  • Media Library
  • Metadata Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Commerce
  • Mobile Keywords
  • Mobile Optimized Emails
  • Moderation
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-Location
  • Multi-Store
  • Multimedia Support
  • Multiple User Accounts
  • Newsletter Management
  • Online Booking Tools
  • Online Store Builder
  • Order Entry
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • Order Tracking
  • PCI Compliance
  • Pageview Tracking
  • Password Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • Post Management
  • Pre-built Templates
  • Preview Functionality
  • Product Catalog
  • Product Configurator
  • Product Ratings / Reviews
  • Promotions Management
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Editing
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real-time Updates
  • Referral Tracking
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reviews Management
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SEO Management
  • SSL Security
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Search/Filter
  • Shipping Labels
  • Shipping Management
  • Shopping Cart
  • Site Search Tracking
  • Social Commerce
  • Social Media Integration
  • Social Promotion
  • Stock Management
  • Subscription Management
  • Survey Builder
  • Tagging
  • Tax Management
  • Template Management
  • Templates
  • Text Editing
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time on Site Tracking
  • URL Customization
  • User Interaction Tracking
  • Version Control
  • Video Management
  • Video Support
  • Visitor Tracking
  • Visual Analytics
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Web Traffic Reporting
  • Website Analytics
  • Website Management
  • Workflow Management
  • XML / RSS
  • eCommerce Management
  • Total features136
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Accounting
  • Accounting Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Anti Spam
  • Audio File Management
  • Authentication
  • Auto Update
  • Automatic Backup
  • CAN SPAM Compliance
  • CRM
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Categorization/Grouping
  • Channel Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Contact Management
  • Content Management
  • Content Publishing Options
  • Conversion Tracking
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customer Accounts
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Templates
  • Customization
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Recovery
  • Data Security
  • Data Synchronization
  • Demographic Data
  • Design Management
  • Discount Management
  • Document Classification
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Drip Campaigns
  • Electronic Forms
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Alerts
  • Email Campaign Management
  • Email Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Templates
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Event Triggered Actions
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • Geographic Maps
  • Geolocation
  • Gift Card Management
  • Google Analytics Integration
  • Group Posting
  • Image Editing
  • Image Library
  • Indexing
  • Inventory Control
  • Inventory Management
  • Keyword Rank Tracking
  • Keyword Research Tools
  • Keyword Tracking
  • Kitting
  • Label Printing
  • Landing Pages/Web Forms
  • Link Management
  • List Management
  • Media Library
  • Metadata Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Commerce
  • Mobile Keywords
  • Mobile Optimized Emails
  • Moderation
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-Location
  • Multi-Store
  • Multimedia Support
  • Multiple User Accounts
  • Newsletter Management
  • Online Booking Tools
  • Online Store Builder
  • Order Entry
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • Order Tracking
  • PCI Compliance
  • Pageview Tracking
  • Password Management
  • Performance Metrics
  • Post Management
  • Pre-built Templates
  • Preview Functionality
  • Product Catalog
  • Product Configurator
  • Product Ratings / Reviews
  • Promotions Management
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Editing
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real-time Updates
  • Referral Tracking
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reviews Management
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SEO Management
  • SSL Security
  • Sales Tax Management
  • Search/Filter
  • Shipping Labels
  • Shipping Management
  • Shopping Cart
  • Site Search Tracking
  • Social Commerce
  • Social Media Integration
  • Social Promotion
  • Stock Management
  • Subscription Management
  • Survey Builder
  • Tagging
  • Tax Management
  • Template Management
  • Templates
  • Text Editing
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time on Site Tracking
  • URL Customization
  • User Interaction Tracking
  • Version Control
  • Video Management
  • Video Support
  • Visitor Tracking
  • Visual Analytics
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Web Traffic Reporting
  • Website Analytics
  • Website Management
  • Workflow Management
  • XML / RSS
  • eCommerce Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations1067
  • AWeber
  • Authorize.net
  • BigCommerce
  • Dropbox Business
  • Facebook
  • Google Analytics
  • Instagram
  • Magento Commerce
  • Mailchimp
  • PayPal
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • ShipStation
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • Twitter
  • WooCommerce
  • Wordpress
  • Zapier
  • Zendesk
  • Total integrations220
  • AWeber
  • Authorize.net
  • BigCommerce
  • Dropbox Business
  • Facebook
  • Google Analytics
  • Instagram
  • Magento Commerce
  • Mailchimp
  • PayPal
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • ShipStation
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • Twitter
  • WooCommerce
  • Wordpress
  • Zapier
  • Zendesk

User reviews that mention these apps

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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WordPress

Customizable with a Learning Curve

Reviewed 3 years ago

We recently migrated our blog from Squarespace to WordPress. While Squarespace is way easier to use, we've definitely realized a significant increase in SEO. We also use Instapage to build landing pages that can be published to Wordpress.

Pros

The beauty of WP is also the difficulty of it. There's an entire industry dedicated to customizable options. If there's something you want to do on your blog/website, you'll probably be able to find a plugin, template, builder, or theme that lets you do it. Also, in terms of out-of-the-box website solutions, if SEO is important to your site, you have to go WordPress. No one else can compete there.

Cons

It's just not easy to use. You can customize just about everything, but there's a pretty big learning curve. And it doesn't always work the way you expect it should. Also, because basically anyone can develop their own products for the platform, your back end can start feeling really hodge-podgy and overwhelming as you add 3rd party tools.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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WordPress

Could be the best platform for your website

Reviewed 3 years ago

Overall, its been a great software to use. Currently using it for 5 websites. We make sure we purchase a plugin (beaver builder) which allows it to have drag-and-drop page building functionality similar to Wix/Squarespace. But with Wordpress, there is no cost!

Pros

The best thing hands down about Wordpress is the community. What does that mean... its the fact that developers worldwide are creating plugins for this platform. Why is that important? Because it means the time and money you are spending on your website won't be on a platform that can't keep up with current market-leading software. With wordpress, you can almost guarantee there will be a plugin or other integration with all leading 3rd party software, ensuring you can accomplish whatever you need for your website. Keep in mind, this is best for small to medium sized businesses.

Cons

It's still not as user-friendly as something like Wix or Squarespace. But with Wordpress you get the option to have more robust customization and options. But if you aren't remotely tech savvy, Wix or Squarespace will be the better option for you!

Overall Rating
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  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Customizable Platform, but not uncomplicated

Reviewed 9 months ago

It allows me to have a killer website that is more custom than squarespace or weebly. Lots of developer and hosting options for the product.

Pros

Wordpress has millions of plugins and themes available. It makes it easy to have a polished website with a lot of customization to fit the needs of the business.

Cons

Because it is so customizable and highly reliant on underlying XML and CSS stylesheets, it can be cumbersome to edit static pages with built in editors. There are plugins for better WYSIWYG editors, but they are of varying functionality. Editing pages is not a task for beginners.

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
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  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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WordPress

The most robust CMS option available

Reviewed 2 years ago

The main benefit I've encountered with WordPress since I started using it was being able to build gorgeous websites very quickly without giving up the ability to customize to the extent of my coding/imagination abilities. I don't think that I will quit WordPress anytime soon, and there is a reason why WordPress is still the preferred CMS and web-building platform.

Pros

While Wordpress is a platform that is easy to use and easy to implement, since no coding is required, it is not one that limits one's ability to "play outside the rules" and write code when it's needed. Additionally, being the first platform of its kind, it benefits from a large marketplace full of great options from other developers, meaning that every time I think of something to add to my website, chances are somebody else already thought of it and there is a way to do it without writing custom code. Wordpress' flexibility and large user base are some of its most attractive attributes.

Cons

Wordpress presents a steeper learning curve adn therefore can be more resource-demanding than its higher-level counterparts like Wix and Squarespace. A contract I've had included migrating a website to Squarespace and I have to admit that I was very impressed with its beauty and ease of use. Overall, I personally wouldn't trade Wordpress, but that doesn't mean that some of its alternatives may not fit other users' needs.

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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WordPress

Great CMS for Big Sites

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

WordPress is the only CMS you should be using if you're building a site with a lot of complexity or pages - if you're building a one page site or a very simple ecommerce website I would use SquareSpace or Wix as it's much eassier to do yourself and you can get it setup in hours instead of days. MVPs are much easier to do some quick testing on with SquareSpace.

Cons

There's a bit of a learning curve for new users to WordPress and the setup time will take longer than using a site like SquareSpace (although WordPress is free).

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
  • Features
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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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WordPress

Wordpress is the #1 choice for building a website that has a blog.

Reviewed a year ago

Overall I switched to wordpress from squarespace, and later coding my sites by hand. I haven't gone back since. My overall experience is positive. My pages rank on google.

Pros

My favorite thing about wordpress is that it makes SEO and ranking on search engines like google and bing fairly easy, as long as you know what you are doing. There are several SEO plugins which will help you optimize your site fairly easily. Speaking of the plugins, there are thousands of updated plugins to use that will allow you to transform wordpress into anything you need.

Cons

Wordpress feels overwhelming to use if you're just starting out, or returning after a couple of months. You need to know what settings to use, or your pages won't rank easily. You need to know what theme to use to best get your desired result, and what plugins you'll need to get the functionality you need. Plugins are often hit or miss. However, the plugin review system helps a lot.

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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The best value for a CMS, but how much is your time worth?

Reviewed 2 years ago

WordPress is a great product that can do nearly anything you want. It will take more time versus the more standard off the shelf products like Squarespace and Wix but if you're thinking "I wonder if WordPress can do XYZ" the answer is certainly almost yes, in one way or another. With Squarespace or Wix you might be able to do 75% the same thing in half the time, but the last 25% is unattainable.

Pros

WordPress has nearly infinite possibilities in terms of flexibility. Websites can be launched with minimal cost of hosting and providing a domain (or of course the free version). It's generally easy to get started and navigate the controls of the site. Add-ons can integrate nearly any service the company currently uses. There's a great deal of nice looking themes to jumpstart the creation of the website.

Cons

While the themes and add-ons are powerful, it creates a dependency that can cause headaches down the road. If you found the perfect add-on that automates a routine, or connects two different services, or makes the website look the way you want, you have now created something that can break in the future. WordPress constantly needs updating. Updates are generally good but sometimes updates can and will break something and you are left scrambling for a fix or replacement.

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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WordPress

Great for websites, future uncertain

Reviewed 4 years ago
Pros

WordPress powers a lot of the web. It was Squarespace before Squarespace existed. For power users, it's extendible as a full-fledged CMS where the only limit is one's imagination. There is an entire ecosystem built around WordPress with theme and plugin developers, agencies, and support teams. I build custom themes for a whole variety of clients, from news blogs to agency websites. It's how I make my living, so it's really important to me!

Cons

Because WordPress is so approachable and widely-used, it has become a huge target for hackers. Between WordPress core and plugins, sites need updating constantly. Updates introduce bugs and require testing. Sometimes it feels like I'm tied to a clown-themed merry-go-round that never ends. To add to that, the WordPress team has made some incredibly big flubs in the last year. For example, they made...

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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WordPress

A great platform for amateur web developers

Reviewed a year ago

WordPress has helped me to create over 26 websites from my freelance clients and it way better to use if you are presently using Shopify or wix or Squarespace to make your website.

Pros

If we look at the pros for this, WordPress is truly an inseparable part of web developers. With WordPress, websites can be very easily made with just drag and drop. Premade themes are excellent. Documentation is greatly expanded upon for help. Tons of tutorials on the internet Free plugins make your life way easier.

Cons

Cons: For a veteran developer, WordPress is not as flexible. Understanding of HTML is very important. Some updates might break your website so make sure always to have a local backup in case things go south.

Overall Rating
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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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WordPress

Mixed Bag

Reviewed 7 months ago

Overall, wordpress fits my needs. I have a list of plug-ins I use faithfully and can build effectively and efficiently

Pros

As a software developer and designer, Wordpress provides a platform that is a good balance between having the ability to customize my sites and code while providing the opportunity to use plug-ins and builders. It is definitely the most extensive option for web builders.

Cons

The learning curve is quite steep for using WP and is not for beginners. I always thought they are losing a huge market to Squarespace / wix for not providing a wysiyg out of the box

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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Is Wordpress for you?

Reviewed 8 months ago

It is a task to learn but it is somewhat worth it if you want to be a wordpress designer. I see people use squarespace and get the same look or better look for less money.

Pros

I enjoy Wordpress for the flexibility to setup my personal website. They several templates to choose from and each have unique abilities with them to make your webpage fantastic.

Cons

I don't care for the restriction they place in wordpress plans. I mean if you only need a blog then this is for you. But if you need a website, be ready to pay more because plans restrict what you utilize. Even plug-ins or PHP are not available unless you get the Premium plan. Plus, some templates are difficult to look the same when put your stuff to it.

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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WordPress

The Only CMS You'll Ever Need

Reviewed 2 years ago

Wordpress is my go-to platform for building websites that require functionality that Squarespace and Wix don't have. It's such a simple, yet powerful CMS that I would recommend it to everyone wanting to build a website.

Pros

The best thing about Wordpress is the vast array of plugins available, which allow you to execute advanced website functionality with ease.

Cons

There's not a lot to dislike about Wordpress. But there is a learning curve when it comes to implementing advanced functionality if you've never used Wordpress before. Luckily, there are plenty of free resources available to help folks navigate the learning process.