It’s not a secret that I’ve always had a love for Squarespace with their easy-to-use platform and great user interface (UI) and consequently, it has been my go-to platform for some time now.
Things however, started taking a turn for me in 2018 and after having built many sites on SS for myself and my clients, the restrictions of the platform were becoming more and more prominent where eventually, it became difficult to provide workarounds for things that should’ve been easy from the get go.
It’s public knowledge that WordPress holds superiority amongst the website platforms out there and it’s easy to see why – with it being open source, it allows anyone to create themes and plugins and thus, truly boost it’s performance.
With the likes of Divi, WPBakery and Beaver Builder being leaders in the field, there seemed to be a surge of people building websites on the platform using these builders. This would’ve been fine except for the fact that I just didn’t find any of these to match the Squarespace UI and instead, found them to be rather clunky to work with. In order to build something that catered to my clients’ and their need for an easy to manage platform, I needed to find an alternative.
Fast forward a few months and along came my Elementor discovery. What started out as a “let’s see what all this hype is about” soon turned into “why and how did I not find out about this sooner?!” and from then on, I was converted.
You may be thinking, “hang on, why the sudden change?” and well simply put, the speed, the support and the capabilities that outweighed all the other page builders I had used in the past.
First and foremost, the beauty of Elementor is that you only need a bare-bones theme/framework to work with it. No more clunky themes, additional plugins or coding that slows down your site and conflicts with each other. You can use the standard TwentyNineteen WordPress theme if you wanted (I personally recommend OceanWP or Hello). The plugin comes in two versions; Free and Pro, with the latter allowing you to create custom templates, headers and footers and build out the theme to your hearts content.
Getting into more technical features, it allows you to create dynamic content and global widgets, works seamlessly with custom fields (ACF/Pods etc), allows custom woocommerce pages and has the ability to create any type of website for any industry.
Although I am converted, I do still use Squarespace for those clients who are just wanting something simple and easy to manage and believe there is a need for both platforms – website design is simply not a ‘one size fits all’ approach and should not be treated as such.