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Wordpress & PHP or Squarespace & JSON
This is an opinion question and I expect polarized answers. I'm looking at development long term: Is it better to dive deep into PHP and focus on Wordpress development or look into developers.squarespace.com and explore look into customizing with JSON.
Full disclosure guys, I'm hosting customized sites on both platforms and I really enjoy both of them for different reasons. It seems obvious that you get more out our the box with Squarespace but have more flexibility as a developer and opportunities to scale with Wordpress.
I'm looking for people with immediate experience with one platform or the other or both. What are the downfalls? How have they compared for you in terms of SEO, security, e-commerce and database integration?
Ron McCranie7,837 Points
I do Wordpress customization work for another company but would never use it as a solution for one of my products. Even though it is widely used, it is fairly easy to use starting out, and it can be somewhat powerful, it's always a target for hackers. I'm constantly helping people try to fix their hacked Wordpress sites. I could almost make a living just doing that. There are people who make good money making Wordpress sites though. If you decided to go that route I would suggest learning as much as you can about strengthening the security of your server and Wordpress installation.
I've not tried using Square Space but I've heard good things about it. It is not a long term solution though for a professional web designer / developer. I would maybe use that instead of Wordpress until you're comfortable building your own sites from scratch.
Most small website jobs I get can be built in a few hours without any frameworks (Wordpress or otherwise). Too many people try to use Wordpress for everything even when it's not the right solution for the project. Keep that in mind and you will save time, can save your clients money, and can maintain a great reputation.
These are my opinions and in no way reflect those of Treehouse.