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Wix vs Squarespace vs WordPress

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Wix vs Squarespace vs WordPress Which is better for blogging?  How to choose the best one for you a side by side comparison with www.IamMichelleGifford.com

After mentoring hundreds of women, I’d say that this question is up there for one of the most asked. Which website host should I use? Which is better Wix? Squarespace? WordPress?

Wix vs Squarespace vs WordPress

You know that I am more of a choose your own adventure type of person, so I’m going to show the reasons you might like or dislike each.

Wix vs Squarespace vs WordPress Which is better for blogging?  How to choose the best one for you a side by side comparison with www.IamMichelleGifford.com

Summary:

Wix: Is great for the beginner who isn’t looking to do much growth on their website but just want something that is quick and easy and ready in minutes.

Squarespace: Is great for the creative who puts aesthetics about all. Squarespace is known for their beautiful design and drag and drop features.

WordPress: Is great for the business grower. If you are looking to use your website for more than just a blog and landing place, then WordPress is for you.

Let’s break down the details:

Wix vs Squarespace vs WordPress Which is better for blogging?  How to choose the best one for you a side by side comparison with www.IamMichelleGifford.com

Is Wix right for my business?

Wix is for beginners. It offers a drag and drop design feature that makes it really easy to get a website built fast. It offers less options as far as growing your business, but if you just need a website to represent you and your business and you don’t need to have a lot of different functions, then Wix is great for you.

  • Who is it for: Beginners
  • Cost: $11-$35/month
  • Design: Drag and drop
  • Not great for SEO (search engine optimization)
  • For the person who wants a website but doesn’t need it to be super powerful
  • Once you choose a template, you can’t change it without redesigning your whole website. Boo.

Is Squarespace right for my business?

Squarespace is for the creative, someone who wants a really beautiful design quickly. It has hundreds of pre-designed website templates that you can drag and drop your content into. This is why most people use Squarespace.

It has some limitations when it comes to blogging and SEO, but overall it is a solid choice.

  • Who is it for: Creatives
  • Cost: $12-$40/month
  • Design: Beautiful, drag and drop
  • Okay for SEO
  • Can change template anytime
  • Better for ecommerce than Wix
Wix vs Squarespace vs WordPress Which is better for blogging?  How to choose the best one for you a side by side comparison with www.IamMichelleGifford.com

Is WordPress right for my business?

I’m going to be honest, I’m a little biased to WordPress because of its ability to grow with my business. Before we dig into the benefits, let’s explain a little about WordPress. WordPress itself is free, but you need to buy hosting to store your website and its content. I use Bluehost to host my website and I’ve loved them. So, in the price below, that is where the cost comes in. WordPress is the framework to your website and Bluehost is your storage, then, because it is so versatile, you can build your website however you want.

WordPress has templates to help you design your website, but it does not have a drag and drop feature. This one reason alone is why many people do not choose WordPress. There is a learning curve to joining WordPress.

One of the biggest things that sets WordPress apart is is plugins. Plugins are like apps for your website. They allow you to make your website do whatever you need it to do. I use a plugin that connects my site with my email marketing software Ontraport and I’m able to quickly build pages, opt in forms, password protected parts of my site and a bunch more.

WordPress allows you to connect with commerce sites like Big commerce to sell your things and is the only site of the three that allows you to send digital products. My courses are all done through my WordPress site. I would not be able to do that on Squarespace or Wix. Lastly, what you post on your site is yours while the others reserve the right to shut down your website if they don’t like your content (it is unlikely, but good to know).

In summary, if you are looking to use your website to build a diverse business, WordPress is the way to go. (And I have a free tutorial on how to set up your site in 30 minutes or less, click here.)

  • Who is it for: people who want to grow and have more control
  • Cost: $3.95-$14.95
  • Design: customizable templates, harder to customize than Wix or Squarespace
  • The best for SEO
  • Plugins to connect with any other platform you need to use
  • You own your content
Wix vs Squarespace vs WordPress Which is better for blogging?  How to choose the best one for you a side by side comparison with www.IamMichelleGifford.com

Which website do you use or are you going to start using? I’d love to know. Leave a comment below. AND if you want my free resources, make sure you check out my FREE resource library below.

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