What’s the best choice out of Squarespace Vs HostGator to build a site? If you are thinking about purchasing a domain from HostGator to use it for your Squarespace site you can, by following a process called domain mapping, but I don’t recommend this. I recommend using HostGator to host your WP site.
Squarespace is a SaaS-based content management system which is composed of a website builder, blogging platform and hosting service.
HostGator is one of the world’s top 10 largest web hosting companies with more than 8,000,000 hosted domains. To build a website on HG hosting you need to install WP, which is the top CMS and blogging platform in the world.
The first SS plan should never be considered for serious bloggers and business owners and here is why. The pages are limited as you can see, features are limited, and you can only sell 1 product. I would like to add that the price that you are seeing is the annually plan, which is the best choice because it saves you money.
If you don’t want to pay everything upfront and you would rather pay month to month then, the $8/mo plan turns into $12/mo. The $18/mo turns into $26/mo. The $26/mo turns into $36/mo. When choosing a home for your future business you have to always look at what you’re getting and what you are paying and Squarespace is not too attractive when it comes to these things.
HostGator has cheaper prices. The more that you pay in advance the cheaper the price will be for you. As you can see in the photo it is 20% off. But for WPVSBlogger readers (Click this link) and enter the code BLOGGER100 to pay $0.01 for your first month or WPBLOGGER25 for 25% off.
Paying month to month is going to cost you $8.21/mo with the 25% off promo. If you pay one year upfront you are looking at $6.71/mo.
Both Squarespace and HostGator offer you unlimited storage and bandwidth. I have had sites with over 100,000 visitors a month on HG. The difference is not in the storage and bandwidth. The difference is in the number of pages that you are able to have on your website. With SS, only the Business and the Commerce plans offer unlimited pages.
Squarespace is an easy to use drag and drop site builder. To make your site you have to drag and drop images, text, etc.
With HostGator it is extremely easy to set up a site. I set up a site in no time even though I knew nothing about starting a blog. All you have to do is sign up and you can get a domain from them or you can get it from somewhere else. Then, from your cPanel install WP, which takes only seconds, and log into your dashboard. With HG you can have your site up in 20 minutes or less. It is simple. You have thousands of free themes to choose from, but if you want the most popular theme to rank better then (check out Genesis). Your life will be easier with WP because of the large number of plugins that you will be getting.
When it comes to selling things on your site. HG gives you the stability to do so without a problem. To sell things with WordPress all you need to do is install Woocommerce, which is an extremely powerful free plugin and you’re good to go. You can also sell an unlimited amount of products.
Squarespace only lets you sell one thing with their business plan. Their next plan only allows you 20 products.
You’re forced into getting their Commerce plan. It is better just to go with HG and WP because you are getting all that you need to run a shop for a better deal. With Squarespace I would also like to add that you cannot use PayPal, only Stripe.
Hostgator and WP
- Wind Energy to help offset server emissions
- Certified Renewable Energy Credits (REC’s)
- Fast servers
- Over 30K complex one click install plugins such as Yoast SEO plugin, bbPress forum plugin, Wordfence Security plugin, Reduce image plugin etc.
- Instantly install over 75 open-source scripts with just a click!
- 500+ Video Tutorials and 680+ Help Articles
- Ease of use cPanel
- Hotlink Protection
- 4,500 Free Website Templates + over 10,000 responsive WP themes
- $100 Google & Bing Credits
- 45 Day Money Back Guarantee
- Modern templates and template switching.
- Customizable Content Layouts
- Built-in Mobile Websites
- Style Editor
- Drag-and-Drop Management
- Image Focal Point Control
- Custom WYSIWYG Editor
- Powerful Website Metrics
- Mobile-Optimized Website
- $100 Google AdWords Credit
HG and WP are going to have more features because these powerful WP plugins are not in any other website builder. You can literally add any capability that you want for free.
HG support has been very helpful to me. They will fix all your problems for you. They have exceptional 24/7 phone support so you don’t have to worry about waiting for emails. HG also offers you live support. When you choose HG, you are not only getting HG you are also getting HG and WP. You’re getting the whole WP community, which is the biggest website builder community on the internet. You will have so many options.
SS doesn’t offer their customers phone support, but they do have live support, which is available to you from M-F and from 3AM and 8PM Eastern Time.
SS has a lot of helpful guides, but it is nowhere near the level of HG and WP combined.
I recommend that you host with HG because of what you’re getting. It’s clearly a far better option than Squarespace. HostGator has given me great service. You can either get one month free or 25% off with these two promo codes. BLOGGER100 or WPBLOGGER25.
Try it – Click this link to claim your discount.