There’s no doubt that the Squarespace vs Showit debate is living on as strong as ever. As a designer working on both platforms for my clients, I have gained some valuable insight when it comes to choosing Showit vs Squarespace.
While there is definitely no right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing Showit vs Squarespace, there are definitely deciding factors that can help you choose which one is right for you.
Whether you’re searching for the perfect website as a photographer, or maybe looking to upgrade your wedding planning website or even stationery design website, this blog post will help shed some light on which website platform is best for you!
In this post, I’ll share the top five reasons why you should choose Showit over Squarespace!
While Squarespace certainly has some features that allow for a more interactive or eye-catching design like gallery slideshows and summary blocks, the Showit designs in this category are incredible.
The ability to create different canvas views and galleries to be shown on click is a feature that is incredibly cool and allows for almost unlimited design variations when it comes to showcasing your work on your website!
Trying to set up a portfolio page to showcase some of your best work? Showit lets you easily separate and only show a little bit at a time to keep the visitor engaged!
Separate mobile editing
Most of my website visitors actually come from desktop, but yours might be different. Showit is incredible when it comes to the mobile editing feature.
It allows you to edit your desktop and mobile designs side by side to create incredible user experiences regardless of device.
Sometimes mobile devices require a slightly simpler design, or maybe a modification to make the experience a little better on the go. With Showit, you have full control of how much or little of your original desktop design is carried over to your mobile version!
Greater overall flexibility
There’s no doubt that Showit wins when it comes to flexibility. For those used to the Squarespace blocks, and how elements have to be placed in a certain grid, this is not a thing on Showit.
You can place elements wherever your heart desires, and your imagination is truly the only boundary.
As you start dreaming up the unlimited options for designing your site, do keep in mind that this can cause some hesitation if you are used to designing and creating within limits. I know for some of us, we are so used to creating within certain boundaries, and find some comfort in that, so the blank canvas of Showit can seem a little intimidating at first!
But when you get over that? The opportunities are endless!
The number one thing people seem concerned about when choosing their website platform is SEO. While this is definitely great, and something I love that people are taking seriously, there also seems to be a misunderstanding on this topic.
SEO isn’t so much about what platform you use, as it is what you do with that platform.
You can have a decent WordPress site set up (because rumor has it that’s the best for SEO, right?) and see zero results from Google.
On the other hand you could have a killer Squarespace or Showit site (with an excellent content strategy) and land that coveted first spot on Google.
This all goes to show, it’s not so much about where you are (your website that is) as it is about what you do. But, with that said, Showit allows for your blog to be hosted on WordPress, which can be great if you’re new to the blogging world.
With a WordPress blog, you’re able to install the Yoast plugin, which is considered the number one WordPress SEO plugin out there.
With Yoast, you’ll get help optimizing your blog posts for SEO so that you can blog better, spend less time worrying about SEO, and actually see great results from your blogging efforts!
Cool Kids factor (?)
I debated adding this in there, as it’s maybe not considered a real reason per se, but then I realized there’s a lot of power in social proof.
The fact that all the cool kids, like Jenna Kutcher and Katelyn James are using Showit speaks volumes to the power of this platform.
While this may not be a good enough reason on it’s own, it is something to consider for a potential tiebreaker if you’re just absolutely not sure which platform to choose.
The final deciding factor?
Both Squarespace and Showit allow you to test out the platforms for free. While the points mentioned here might help steer you in one direction or the other, I wholeheartedly believe that the best websites are the ones you understand, feel comfortable editing, and most of all, feel comfortable blogging on.
If you’re still not sure which platform is best for you, I’d love to help you figure it all out. I’m a Squarespace and Showit web designer, focusing on creating beautiful websites that you and your ideal client lo
ves, so that you can get back to doing what you love most.
If you’re ready to take your website to the next level, learn more about my web design services below!