It’s probably fair to say that Squarespace’s core audience is comprised of users without web development skills. The key idea behind Squarespace is that anyone can use the platform to make their own website, without needing to code at all.
This leads to a ‘walled garden’ approach, where everything is very tightly locked down in order to:
- create a user-friendly interface
- avoid scenarios where Squarespace users manage to ‘break’ an aspect of their site
- preserve the quality of the templates.
Why WordPress over Squarespace?
The Answer is WordPress is more easy to use and flexible than Squarespace. More configuration of WordPress is needed before you can publish a website; and that setting up a WordPress site involves a steeper learning curve.
What is Squarespace good for?
Squarespace is a website builder designed to help creatives build their own websites and showcase their work, no matter their technical ability. … All you need to do is create an account, choose a template, and then edit it to create a totally unique and professional looking website
Like Squarespace, WordPress can also cater for users without web development skills — it is certainly possible to create and maintain a WordPress site without resorting to coding.
I’d argue however that in many cases, more configuration of WordPress is needed before you can publish a website; and that setting up a WordPress site involves a steeper learning curve.
Due to its open-source nature, WordPress is also geared towards another audience: users who wish to use the platform to create an extensively-customised website with significantly more functionality that is available from Squarespace.