I wanted to know how AI viewed the three, competing website building platforms: WordPress, Wix, and Squarespace

According to ChatGPT, “the three are popular platforms for building websites, but they have distinct differences in terms of flexibility, customization options, ease of use, pricing, and more.

Here’s a comparison of WordPress, Wix, and Squarespace:”

WordPress:

  • Flexibility: WordPress offers unparalleled flexibility and customization options. It’s an open-source platform, which means developers can modify the code to create highly customized websites.
  • Customization: With thousands of themes and plugins, WordPress allows you to create virtually any type of website, from simple blogs to complex e-commerce sites.
  • Learning Curve: WordPress has a steeper learning curve, especially for beginners without technical knowledge. However, there are plenty of resources available online for learning. See our Beginners and Advanced WordPress courses on this website.
  • Cost: WordPress itself is free to use, but you’ll need to pay for domain registration, hosting, premium themes, and plugins. Costs can vary depending on your needs.
  • Best For: Developers, businesses, bloggers, and anyone who wants full control over their website’s design and functionality.

Wix:

  • Ease of Use: Wix is known for its user-friendly drag-and-drop interface. It’s incredibly easy to use, making it ideal for beginners with no coding knowledge.
  • Templates: Wix offers a wide range of templates categorized by industries and styles. These templates are fully customizable through the drag-and-drop editor.
  • Features: Wix provides a variety of built-in features, such as Wix ADI (Artificial Design Intelligence) for automatic website creation, e-commerce capabilities, and app integrations.
  • Cost: Wix offers free plans with Wix branding, but premium plans remove ads and provide more features. Costs can vary depending on the plan and additional features.
  • Best For: Small businesses, artists, photographers, and individuals who want a simple and visually appealing website without much technical hassle.

Squarespace:

  • Design and Templates: Squarespace is renowned for its stunning and professionally designed templates. It offers a range of modern and stylish templates for different industries.
  • Ease of Use: Like Wix, Squarespace has a user-friendly drag-and-drop editor. It’s easy for beginners to create visually appealing websites without coding.
  • Integrated Features: Squarespace includes built-in features like e-commerce, blogging, analytics, and SEO tools. It’s an all-in-one platform for creating and managing websites.
  • Cost: Squarespace has a subscription-based pricing model with monthly or annual plans. Pricing varies depending on the plan and additional features.
  • Best For: Creative professionals, artists, designers, photographers, and small businesses that prioritize aesthetics and want a well-designed website without the need for extensive technical knowledge.

Comparison Summary:

  • Flexibility: WordPress offers the most flexibility and customization options, making it suitable for complex and unique websites.
  • Ease of Use: Wix and Squarespace excel in ease of use, with intuitive drag-and-drop editors, making them ideal for beginners.
  • Design: Squarespace and Wix provide professionally designed templates, while WordPress has a vast library of themes with varying quality.
  • Cost: WordPress can be more cost-effective, especially for smaller websites, but costs can add up with premium themes, plugins, hosting, and maintenance. Wix and Squarespace have clear subscription-based pricing.
  • Support: Squarespace and Wix offer comprehensive customer support, while WordPress relies more on community forums and third-party support.

Ultimately, the choice between WordPress, Wix, and Squarespace depends on your specific needs, technical skills, budget, and desired level of control. WordPress is a powerhouse for customization but requires more technical know-how. Wix and Squarespace are excellent options for beginners or those who prioritize ease of use and aesthetics.

Comment: If you want to do the website yourself (i.e. be independent of a web agency), Wix, and Squarespace are probably the way to go. If you want to leave the design, build and maintenance of your website to an external, professional agency, WordPress is probably the solution that they will choose. WordPress has been around for 15 years +, is incredibly well resourced and popular across the world, and powers nearly 50% of all websites, worldwide! It also has a vast array of different, industry associated “themes”.

It’s what we, at Go2web, use for 100% of our clients. Our “theme” of choice is Avada, and we are pleased to offer Beginners and Advanced WordPress courses to both clients and non-clients alike.

WordPress training for beginners and advanced users

For more details of our courses, contact:

Ian Jackson

ianj@go2web.ie

(086) 832 6541