Licence & Webshop: Photodeck or Squarespace?

  • @Jon-Anderson Same here - I know nothing about it; maybe someone who has experience with this could help @SabineB out!

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    @SabineB Wordpress is still the best option to create an e-commerce website. People get intimidated when they hear Wordpress, but it's virtually the same thing as Squarespace: no coding required, you pick a template and put in your images and text. The only difference is that Wordpress is free, you have a lot more template and plugin options, and that you have to get your domain and hosting separately (which is a breeze). Being open source, Wordpress has thousands of tutorials available. If you type "how to set up an e-commerce store in Wordpress" in Youtube, you'll get hour-long videos that walk you through the entire creation of a shop form A to Z with recommended plugins and all that jazz. You want to sell licenses? Google it, and you are sure to find someone explaining exactly how to do it in Wordpress.

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    I have used both. Photodeck was great, but I changed my business model somewhat to focus on prints and squarespace shows the work in a much better way than photodeck did. I HIGHLY recommend squarespace. Wordpress is good too, but it's a little clunky in my opinion whereas squarespace is so easy. I want to spend as little time as possible messing with a website!

  • @Lee-White I was looking at squarespace and I was wondering if you have them print and fulfill orders or do you do that yourself? And how has that worked for you?

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    @theprairiefox I do order fullfillment myself

  • @NessIllustration Thank you for your advice! Sorry for my late reply, I am in the middle of moving home...

  • @Lee-White Thanks! I wanted to say this since joining svs in February: I am really Impressed how you, Jake and Will take the time to answer our questions and do all the lessons!

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    @SabineB our pleasure! : )

  • Hi Sabine,
    If you don't have any experience with Wordpress and want to focus on your art then I would also recommend Squarespace. It will run you a little over $200 a year and be easy to set up.

    If you go with Wordpress you will want to use as that will allow you to use plugins and do a store. Here's some info to compare the free vs. hosted Wordpress platforms.

    Since you would need to use the hosted Wordpress to use plugins (ability to add a store) then you will have the cost of hosting it. That can be as cheap as $36/year but typically will be closer to $100/yr. The main thing is that it will take you longer to set up and you will need to stay on top of the security plugin updates ( you do need to add security plugins like Wordfence and Limit Logins to keep your site from getting hacked). It is cheaper than Squarespace but will take you more time and that time will take away from your illustration time. If you love learning new things and really want to customize your store and save money then go for it. Like a previous commenter said, there are tons of free theme templates and plugins and lots of tutorials out there to help.

    Hope that helps, even if just a little.

  • I used to have squarespace and I loved it. Switched to Wordpress thinking i'd make it more personalised and interesting, but after weeks of setting up, tinkering, learning etc etc my site looked basically the same as my Squarespace site!

    For a first website, I would definitely recommend Squarespace. Then when you have some time/drive that would be when to think about switching if at all

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