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  1. Complete Guide to Launching a WordPress Site: Part 2 (Pre-launch) - Content Garden
    March 9, 2016 @ 10:38 am

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  2. Complete Guide to Launching a WordPress Site: Part 3 (Maintenance) - Content Garden
    March 16, 2016 @ 9:03 am

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    • Bob C.
      March 25, 2016 @ 10:26 am

      How would you compare WordPress to a WYSIWYG site such as Wix.com or Squarespace? WordPress may be truly open source, but is it worth tackling the steeper learning curve over opting for WYSIWYG type sites? (I’m thinking in terms of a small retail business)

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      • Guiseppe
        March 28, 2016 @ 8:36 pm

        This is a very good question Bob. Thanks for asking.

        So, the first thing we tell folks is that there really is no true “What You See Is What You Get” as far as websites are concerned. Wix, Squarespace, etc. are all the same type of technology as WordPress: content management systems. Each CMS also has its own learning curve.

        The MAIN difference between Wix, Squarespace, and WordPress is that Wix and Squarespace are the equivalent of WordPress.com: you can launch a complete website in a few minutes.

        The PROBLEM with using Wix, Squarespace, and WordPress.com is that every time you launch a site using one of these platforms, you have to imagine that thousands of other people are launching a site that looks very similar to yours. From a branding standpoint, that can be a problem.

        But, you’re absolutely right that doing anything more advanced than a Wix, Squarespace, or WordPress.com requires some know-how. We encourage our clients to think of it as a cost-benefit ratio: if you are willing to invest time and energy into learning WordPress, there are a LOT of great features packed in the full version. If you have no time for learning whatsoever, or don’t want to work with a consultant, then you probably are better off with a Squarespace or WordPress.com.

        Finally, I cannot recommend Wix to anyone. Squarespace is pretty good. You can’t go wrong with Squarespace or WordPress.com. Wix uses a lot of inferior features (i.e. Flash-based stuff that won’t even load on a lot of machines) that are going to hurt your ranking in search engines. Their sites look pretty, but under the hood they’re a mess.

        Hopefully that answered your question! If not, let us know.

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  3. Bob C.
    March 30, 2016 @ 4:23 pm

    Thanks for the feedback – will be referencing this blog as I create a WordPress site throughout the next few months.

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    • Guiseppe
      April 7, 2016 @ 6:57 pm

      Great. Let us know if you need a hand!

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