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Which is the best platform? A Blogger, WordPress, and Squarespace Comparison

I have tried and tested almost every website platform out there. Whether it's for a job or for my own personal blog, I've had the benefit to really dig deep into which website works best. Before we get into the comparison, I want to be up front with you: there is no wrong choice when it comes to picking a platform. One is NOT better than another. Get over the idea that Blogger is for newbies or that WordPress is too hard or Squarespace is too new. All of those things are false. Instead, you need to find the platform that works for you. And that's it!

I am going to compare all of these platforms because I think the three, Blogger, WordPress, and Sqaurespace, are best. I have used each of these for years. So I think I have a pretty good handle on what features I like and ones I don't.

Which is the best platform? A Blogger, Squarespace, WordPress Comparison

I'm going to go into each one, and show you the pros and cons. Then talk about why I like each one. At this VERY moment I have 3 different blogs, all on three different sites: WordPress (this one), Squarespace (my membership site) and Blogger (my just for fun site.) I'd like to note that this website, Helene in Between, has been on blogger for almost 5 years now, before I switched to WordPress- and I'll tell you why I did that too.

Blogger

Blogger is one of the most straightforward platforms out there. You can use Blogger with very very little blogging or website knowledge. While I do agree with the popular sentiment that it's good for beginning bloggers, I think it can work for any blogger in any stage. There are many bloggers who use this platform successfully and as part of their business.

Pros:

  • Free or very inexpensive – it's free if you have a blogspot.com address, or about $10-$20 to buy your domain on GoDaddy.
  • The actual process of blogging is easy and fun to do. You can easily write and edit posts and add in SEO like headings and subheadings.
  • Gadgets make it super easy to move stuff around. Just like a drag and drop feature, it makes it super easy to move around objects or follow buttons.
  • Very easy to use, straightforward overall – everything is laid out in an easy to understand manner, the tabs on the left side just make sense.
  • Google Adsense (advertising) is built in and ready to go. This is one of the best perks.
  • Many find it hard to make your blog look “different” from others out there, I disagree. There are so many designers and templates out there that make it easy to stand out online.

Cons:

  • Very minimal support – there is not really someone you can call to fix, well, anything. There are forums to deal with problems.
  • Limitations on pictures and space. Boo.
  • Designing is not easy – if you don't understand HTML and/or CSS you're going to have a hard time manipulating it to get it the way you want.
  • You need to have a designer to make changes – kind of an addition to my above point, if you don't know HTML or CSS designing on your own isn't that easy. P.S. Here is some HTML and Design stuff you might want to know.
  • Comment system sucks – if you are on Blogger I suggest installing Disqus. Lots of people complain about the limitations on commenting.
  • Run and owned by Google- essentially, this could go on a category on it's own. While I think this is sometimes good (for SEO and being discovered online) it basically means if something happens to your content you CAN be out of luck. Now 98% of the time, nothing will happen. But still… if it did, I'd be livid.

Here are 10 things every successful blog needs.

WordPress

Let's just say this, Blogger and WordPress are entirely different from one another. WordPress is a CMS (Content Management System) so that means you have to pay for things individually (hosting, support, etc). If you don't think you're going to make money blogging I would not choose WordPress. It's expensive to maintain. However, it is a very very powerful tool.

Pros:

  • Your site is yours. You own all the content. Period.
  • Easy manipulate your site by adding plugins. I love Plugins because I can simply think of something I need and find a plugin that will do the job.
  • Fairly easy to design- you have the ability to change it up and move things around. Although I think Squarespace is the easiest to design.
  • Tons of support – I don't know how many times I can tell you that WP Help is basically the best thing ever. I send them a question, they fix the problem and send me screenshots and video support of what they did. I do pay for this and this might be the best investment in my blog.
  • You have a backup – I use SiteGround for website hosting and it's inexpensive and again full of support.

Cons:

  • Hard to learn- unlike Blogger, WordPress is not straightforward. You have to learn how to use it.
  • Expensive – additional costs to keep the site updated and running. Things like hosting, support, security, storage, backup, domains… are all things I pay for individually. I really think that if you aren't going to make money from your blog, WordPress isn't for you.
  • Things can go wrong – the other day I got a “403 error” when trying to access my own site. I freaked out. Again, thank God for WP Help.
  • You have to keep it up – since it's a CMS, you have to check to make sure things are running smoothly.

 

Squarespace

Squarespace, to me, is more middle or the road between WordPress and Squarespace. You can manipulate your design, but you do have to pay for it. It's easy to use but there is a learning curve. So when I talk about pros and cons, remember some of these can go either way.

Pros:

  • Beautiful designs- Squarespace has the best design interface. You pick what you like and can customize it at your will. This is unbeatable to me. All designs are responsive and gorgeous.
  • Very easy to design – drag and drop features.
  • Mid range as far as price- this really could go in the middle of pros and cons. Some want totally free or very cost effective, but Squarespace isn't cheap but it's just so user friendly to design the site.
  • Easy to implement SEO- the SEO provided by Squarespace is very easy to understand.
  • Support is readily available – if you ask a question, you will get an answer in 24 hours.
  • Everything included – hosting, domain, etc are all included. All support and management is also managed by Squarespace which is awesome.

Cons:

  • No main “blog” page – when you go to a website you can usually choose if you want to read the blog or not. With Squarespace you don't just get the blog. You can't just go to www.websitename.com expecting to read the blog. You have to click the blog to read the blog. Which can be annoying.
  • Not easy to blog on- I like the interface of Squarespace a lot, except the blog interface. It's just not my favorite as compared to WordPress or Blogger.
  • If you want a custom theme, you'll pay premium- custom designs are super expensive.
  • Price can add up – many say that Squarespace is just as expensive as WordPress if you pay for all features.

I'll be honest with you, and my decision changes on this often, BUT, if I were to go back in time I would choose Squarespace. It's not my favorite to blog on, but it's so easy to use, design, and ultimately publish on. I physically couldn't move my site, Heleneinbetween.com from Blogger to Squarespace because all blog posts are formulated like this:

www.websitename.com/blog/post-title

Where as all of my blog posts are:

www.websitename.com/post-title

You see the difference? Adding in that /blog really shakes things up and the THOUSANDS of posts I had would need to be changed. Something I just do not have time for. This is also a huge drawback for me. I'd like the option for my “blog” page to be my main page. So in reality, there are no bad choices.

Lastly: why I made the switch from Blogger to WordPress. I chose to switch because there were just some things that I wanted full control over. Those were: opt ins to my email list, a more responsive design, and a bit more control. Could I have gotten these with the other platforms? Probably. But WordPress was just a bit more advanced. I still stand by my statement that all platforms are great.

So there you have it, those are my two cents on the best platforms. What are you using? What are your thoughts on pros and cons?

Want to read more?!

Here's why I chose Squarespace.

And my love for Blogger.

And the Blogger VS WordPress Debate.

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Love this post, I have used Squarespace for just over a year now and absolutely love it. It is very user-friendly and I personally really like the blogging features. I have also found a way to put your blog as the main page, avoiding the extra step of having to click onto it. Would recommend to anyone who puts design as one of their main blogging priorities.

Great post. I started out with Blogger back in 2008. It was so easy to get started. i started to move over to WordPress a couple years ago, but I got super busy at work and just didn’t have as much time to blog. I do have a separate blog on WordPress, and it is harder to use than Blogger. I have not tried squarespace, but will definitely check it out. I want to make a change, and I do not like that I cannot post in Blogger from my iPhone.

I am on Squarespace and absolutely love it. They have a student deal which means students get 50% which makes it more affordable. For a quick way to create a beautifully visual site I think it’s the best! Lauren – http://www.theyoproedit.com

I am using blogger and I love it. It’s easy for me to move things around.. I love that i can have every thing with one sign in eg,, My analytics, Youtube, My blog. So far so good.
http://www.yvesofstyle.com

I started out on Blogger and was really nervous to make the switch to WP but am so glad I did! Very interesting to see a comparison of them – esp throwing the newly popular Squarespace into the mix!

I have multiple blogs. One runs on WP, two run on SS. You can absolutely set your blog to be the default homepage in SS. You just select that option, much like you would in WP settings.

If anyone out there is looking for a crazy amazing SS guide, check out “Website in a Box” from Megan Mimms and Mariah Coz: http://www.websiteinabox.co/. I NEVER spend money on anything but this is well worth it. You will kick yourself after realizing how easy SS is!

I always recommend squarespace to my newbie friends. WordPress is great if you have some tech skills but otherwise it is super overwhelming IMHO. You can have your blog as your homepage in SS, too. You just have to set the blog feature as the homepage. I helped my homegirl http://shushusameri.com/ set hers up on SS and her blog is her home page 🙂

Love, love, love! As a new blogger, these types of posts are ESSENTIAL to our education in this new world so with that, thank you!
redeornot.wordpress.com

Hi 🙂
Interesting to hear your take on the different platforms.
I have only tried blogger and WordPress, and I’m for sure going to stick with WordPress.

Being in the topic of blogger platforms – are you aware that you pink “social media” bar on the left is overlaying the first 3-4 letters in each line of the text in your blogpost (making it difficult to read).
Maybe it only happens on tablets, but as I had the issue in the bloglovin app, I also just checked in safari, where it’s the same.

WordPress FTW! I started out on Blogger and moved to a self-hosted WordPress. I love how customizable and all the plugins you can add on WordPress 🙂

what a great and thorough comparison Helene! i love blogger, though i do use wordpress for work and it’s okay. i can see the benefits!

I see the benefits of WordPress and Squarespace. I really liked squarespace when I browsed it for a few days. I know blogger like the back of my hand and that makes me such a wimp on switching to any other platform. I’m also not sure if I could justify the expense of wordpress, for what I make from my blog. I think it would hog up a lot of the income, making it not as worthwhile for me! This is a really great, unbiased post!! Love it!

Also– thanks for pimping Social&Chic– you are the best, thank you friend.

Oh totally, as we have talked before it can really really add up. I still think blogger is bad ass!

I started out on WordPress and that’s all I’ve ever used so I really don’t know what the other platforms are like. I chose WordPress from the start because I liked knowing I own all of my content. It does get a little complicated sometimes but there’s nothing that can’t be Googled 🙂

That’s so true Krystal! It is just expensive to maintain, in my opinion!

This is such a great post, I’m thinking of switching to WordPress as my online boutique is also on there and I want to streamline my blog and online shop, but i’m quite technically challenged.
Any tips? http://www.indigoandmouse.blogspot.com

If you want to have it all together I’d DEFINITELY do it! I think it’s nice to have it all in one place, and with your own domain!

I have been using WordPress on Siteground. Use WordPress cause I am a coder and wanted full control. Problem is I probably spend too much time changing up design or adding things rather than posting

haha oh i totally get that!

While I’ve been blogging with Squarespace for a little over a year now, I remain to be a fan of WordPress (it’s my first love, blog-wise), and I wouldn’t mind switching back should the need arises. 🙂

Ohhh that’s a really interesting point. I wanna know why you like it!

Which one? Squarespace or WordPress? I like both, but besides the annual fee I’m currently tied with Squarespace, I prefer it because I have full control of how I want my site to look like. I have a bit of knowledge with coding, so I was able to make my site look like it does today without seeking for professional help.

I do agree with your point, however, how writing in Squarespace sucks. I miss how easy it is to write/draft on WordPress, plus the content management system that it possesses.

Oh gotcha! I read it like you liked WordPress best but I think I see your point now 🙂

You’re right about that, too! It (WordPress) remains to be the most user-friendly interface (in my opinion) despite Squarespace being a WYSIWYG platform. 🙂

This was so interesting to read! Loved seeing the pros and cons laid out all together!

Awesome :)! Glad you liked it

This was super helpful! I am on WordPress and it took me almost a full year to really understand how to make the most of it (using plug-ins, etc.). Now that I know how to work with WordPress I really enjoy it!

Kate
katelovesmakeup.com

This was really helpful information. I have been looking to buy my domain and still use blogger.

I’d definitely buy a domain regardless. Go Daddy is cheap and easy to use with Blogger!

Great points! I started out on blogger and switched to WordPress about five years ago. I love it and found it fairly easy to navigate once I learned some basics.

Yes! I do think there is a lot of support out there for WordPress!

This was interesting and so helpful! I’ve used Squarespace almost the entire time I’ve been blogging, and I really like it.

Thank you for this post!

That’s awesome! I’m glad you’ve found what you like!

Just reiterating how awesome WP Help is! I couldn’t get Disqus working on my site and did everything I could think of — spent hour working on in myself and I asked my designer! They were the only ones who could help!

yes yes yes!! it’s the best thing ever. ever.

I don’t make any money from my blog, but chose WordPress because I like having more control over everything. And I love the support. Oh and the plugins. I recently installed WooCommerce (which is free…I couldn’t believe it) for something I am working on and it’s amazing.

And I actually find WordPress pretty easy once you figure out where to publish posts and insert media. But if you have been on Blogger for a long time, then there are some challenges – I had a few problems/questions when I switched over. Now, I couldn’t imagine blogging on Blogger again.

I will never forget out little debate! I think there are definitely benefits to both. I do like WordPress and definitely love the control!

Oh yes…I totally agree. I always remember our debate too! How can you not?!?! The plugins are one of my favorite things…they can do so many wonderful things without us knowing any code – it’s awesome.

This was so interesting to read! Very informative. I’m using blogger at the moment because I’ve just started blogging and I find it super easy, but maybe I’ll move to WordPress one day, who knows? And it’s true that Squarespace has the best design interface, every time I go to a Squarespace blog, I can’t believe how beautiful the design looks!

Flora
http://www.mademoiselleworld.com

I LOVE Squarespace. Honestly, there are benefits to all of them. You just gotta do what works for you!!

I am just not advanced enough to use WordPress and also don’t have the money or the following on my blog. I started off there and surrendered a mere 7 days later. Blogger is my jam for now!

Danielle @ afloat on a full sea

You gotta do what works for you. WordPress is NOT cheap, that’s for sure!

I just think there are truly benefits to them all!!

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