Recently I was talking with a friend who is opening a restaurant. He mentioned a simple restaurant site (Seven Sows) and how easy his colleague said it was to manage. Curious as I am I looked it up (I also made some reservations) to find out what platform the site was built on.
There it was in the view source <!– This is Squarespace. –>
I think Squarespace is awesome and I have sent potential clients to the platform in the past. Many times a business or individual may not need WordPress or perhaps they just need a simple site, although they now offer e-commerce.
I think this is perfect for many restaurants. Personally, when I am searching for a restaurant I am looking for hours, location, phone number, a few photos of the restaurant and the menu.
My friend mentioned that he wants to update the menu regularly. While this can easily be handled in WordPress I feel that the learning curve for WordPress is much higher than Squarespace and in this case I would recommend Squarespace.
SERVANDO SILVA wrote a great article comparing the two content management systems at Stream SEO and you can read the entire article here: Squarespace vs WordPress – Which one is for me? (2013). Here is an excerpt from the end of the article:
Choose WordPress if…
You want a powerful robust platform that allows you to modify everything you want. Expect to mess up with code sometimes, install and test tons of plugins and themes. At the end it will be a 100% unique site, and you’ll be satisfied, but the learning curve could take days, weeks and even months depending on how tech savvy you are. Also, expect to pay and manage all of your services separately.
I’m a proud WordPress user, and I wouldn’t go back to Joomla or any other nowadays.
Choose Squarespace if…
You want a stunning design and an easy user interface. Think of it as the iPhone. You get functionality, great support, a great product and performance. Everything you probably need is there, at a touch of your hands. You won’t mess up with anything difficult and don’t expect to test tons of plugins and themes. However, you’ll be able to integrate everything in one platform, including payments, statistics and notes.
After testing Squarespace I can clearly see that the idea here is to focus on content, and content is King. Instead of losing hours/days on themes, plugins, statistics and more, I just focus on content and it works.
Am I moving everything to Squarespace? I don’t think so. But I’ll start some projects there and see how it goes. I’m tech savvy, and sometimes I want the ability to modify (and screw) everything with a click of my mouse
This is a great insight into the two systems and I suggest reviewing the article if you are considering a website. If your website is integrating various third party plugins or you want to do more complicated tasks I would recommend WordPress. If you are focusing on content and have a simple website in mind, maybe you want to sell a few things, go with Squarespace.
If you would like some consultation on the matter please get in touch and we will asses which platform would be best for you.