Squarespace vs. Shopify — Which One is Right For You?

 
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Remember the days when the internet had a noise similar to a squealing animal? It took at least 5 minutes to ramp up and the idea of even writing something that existed on this invisible space wasn’t even conceptualized yet.


Yeah? You remember? Me too. The day I used my first blogging website I remember feeling empowered and excited. Although, back then, blogging was like a diary, and everyone’s looked the exact same until you taught yourself the HTML code to change the background color (ooooooooo).

I digress.
 

Long gone are the days of same-look websites and dial-up internet. Now, you have the complete power of how your site looks and what you share with the world. Isn’t that great? As a website designer, my biggest priority is to empower you to become a beautiful butterfly and to give you the tools and knowledge for your website when it’s done to help it flourish on the internet! In other words, I want you to be able to manage your own site once it’s designed. I know it’s intimidating, which is why I generally use only 2 platforms so you can learn, feel confident and enjoy your internet time!
 

So what are those two platforms and what are the differences? Oh, boo, I’ve got you.


Squarespace: This is your easy-to-use, unintimidating platform. Once your site is built, you have the opportunity to upload and maintain a beautiful design in just a few clicks. This is the platform I use if your business is very image-heavy, a blog or you’re not really selling many products.
 

Shopify: Shopify is your secure, safe option for an eCommerce site. If your business is heavily product-based or you make a lot of transactions, this is your go-to platform. Shopify isn’t as “easy-to-use” per say, but it’s the best option for secure transactions that is safe for both you and your customer.


As a business owner myself that has used both platforms, I’ve written down a few pros/cons for both that may help you decide where to house your website. Grab your tea, take a peak and comment below if you have found any other pros/cons of these platforms!


Squarespace


PROS:

  • Easily edit, add or delete items
     

  • Everything is laid out in an easy-to-find way
     
  • Simplicity in building + interface
     
  • Affordable

CONS:

  • eCommerce capabilities
     
  • Handling a large amount of inventory
     
  • Shipping rates are not very flexible

Shopify


PROS:

  • eCommerce capabilities (organizing products, bulk editing, handling a large amount of inventory)
     
  • Shipping rates based on products

CONS:

  • Editing/designing your website to make it stand out from the crowd. Unless you hire a Shopify designer, your website will probably end up looking pretty bland. Also, if you ever want to make design changes or major edits, you’ll need to hire that designer again because it’s all going to be coded in the back-end.
     

  • Blogging
     

  • Expensive IF you’re only selling a few products or not selling a large amount of products consistently

And that’s, that. The nostalgia is gone and the tea is still hot. If you’re on the planning stages of your site and would love a little consulting advice, schedule a free call with me!