Squarespace vs. WordPress.com: The battle for the best place to host of your website

So you want to build a website -- maybe to support your business, to show off your portfolio, or to share information with wedding guests. Only problem is, you don't know where to get started. Enter website building services WordPress.com and Squarespace, two solid options for quickly getting yourself from an idea to a live site.

Both WordPress.com and Squarespace are hosted website building platforms that give you tools and templates to create a personalized website on your own domain without any coding experience. While the end results from each site can be similar, their user interfaces and pricing are very different.

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Here's everything you need to know to decide if WordPress.com or Squarespace is the better web building platform for you.

The bottom line

As with almost any online platform, the best web-building and hosting service for you depends on your individual needs. If you're a true beginner to creating a website and want an easy, intuitive platform with beautiful, premade templates, I'd recommend Squarespace. But if you've got a little bit of website creation experience under your belt and want a highly customizable platform, I'd go with WordPress.com.

The good news is you can try both WordPress.com and Squarespace out for free, to get a feel for what will work best for you. With WordPress.com's free version, you can create a working website with a .wordpress.com domain. With Squarespace, the free version of your site is set to private by default -- while you can turn it live, it will be hidden from search engines and only accessible with the URL.

Pricing between Squarespace and WordPress.com differs: WordPress' option for a personal site costs less ($48 annually for WordPress.com vs. $144 annually for Squarespace), but its option for e-commerce costs more ($540 annually for WordPress.com vs. $360 annually for Squarespace).