There are many different platforms on which you can build your new website. So how do you pick which one is best for you? This blog post is going to look at the features of Showit vs Squarespace to help you get an idea of which platform is better for you.
Not all platforms are created equally, actually, a lot of them are very different from each other. They can be different in cost, functionality, design restrictions, blogging, SEO, so picking a platform that is going to work best for your type of business is important.
Both Showit and Squarespace are not just platforms where you can design your website, with a monthly membership they also host your website on their servers. It’s really nice to have everything in one spot. For someone that’s not super comfortable in the webspace, it’s nice to just have one place for all the things.
It’s nice that both the companies have their own in-house support staff. When you have an issue or need something figured out you’re contacting someone directly in their office, not somewhere overseas. As a designer, I love this.
They both have lots of templates to choose from. You can find templates in their shops, but there are also lots of designers selling templates on their own websites, in creative market, Etsy and more.
From what I can see it is easier to implement a shopping cart, and eCommerce website using Squarespace. The eCommerce is built into the platform and works similar to Shopify (with some key differences we don’t discuss here). If you want to add a store to your Showit website you will need to implement a third-party app to your Showit website like Shopify Lite buttons or ThriveCart.
On both platforms you will find lots of templates that you can choose from, the main difference being that with Squarespace you have to use a template. You also need to find one that’s pretty close to what you want it to look like, because not everything is customizable in the template.
The Showit platform is truly a designer’s dream come true. Although you can start your website with a template you can customize just able anything on your website. Your creativity is really the only limit. You can change colours, fonts, photos, text boxes, you can change shapes and sizes, alignment, where it’s sitting on the page, of anything element on the template.
Best of all when you’re customizing your new website everything is drag & drop. You don’t have to learn any coding whatsoever to be able to customize your new website template to your brand. It’s very much like using Canva but for your website.
The Showit platform is very user-friendly. Elements are named logically, it’s easy to see where to adjust things. You can easily preview your website without posting it live and the undo feature is the best.
You really have full creative freedom when it comes to building a website on the Showit platform. Yes, you can start with any website template you like and customize it, but you can also start with a blank screen and build something truly unique to your brand.
SEO is really easy to add to your Showit website, and it has more SEO capabilities than Squarespace. You can adjust your Meta Title & Description on every page. Change your H1/H2/H3 tags on each page and add alt tags to every photo on the website.
When you get a blog with Showit, you actually get a WordPress blog. If you haven’t used WordPress before, it’s simple to learn, and there are tons of tutorials around. I love that the blog is with WordPress because WordPress is blogging. You can add Yoast for awesome SEO capabilities. Your Showit template translated to your WordPress blog so it looks absolutely seamless on your website.
Showit is an amazing company, and it cultivates an amazing community. A community of designers, photographers, educators and more. They bring each other us, celebrate each other and it’s a blessing to be a part of such a supportive community.
When it comes to Showit vs Squarespace, for me it was a no brainer. With more capabilities, flexibility and SEO, Showit is hands down the better platform for creative entrepreneurs.
If you are thinking of Switching from Squarespace to Showit but a little apprehensive about the process? It’s really not that difficult
You may also be interested in this post: Why I choose Showit for website design.
If you have any questions about building a new Showit website or would like some support customizing your Showit website give me a shout!