The Bottom Line: Which Platform Is Your Match?

After looking so closely at some finer points of what makes Shopify, Squarespace, ProPhoto and Wordpress such great options for small business owners, we’ve come to decision time. And we just LOVE all four! While it’s not our decision to make (phew!), we don’t want you to have to make the final decision alone! Part of what brings us so much joy here at AJ&C is seeing a unique vision for your entire marketing presence come to life, with us a part of your team.

Here’s a brief chart that rates how each website platform scores (in our humble opinion) on their offerings for the various points we discussed:

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SIMPLICITY:
Squarespace . 5 stars
Shopify . 4.5 stars
ProPhoto . 4 stars
Wordpress . 3 stars
ShowIt 5 . 5 Stars

 

SOCIAL MEDIA INTEGRATION:
Squarespace . 4.5 stars
Shopify . 4.5 stars
ProPhoto . 5 stars
Wordpress . 4.5 stars
ShowIt 5 . 4 Stars

 

CUSTOMER SERVICE:
Squarespace . 5 stars
Shopify . 5 stars
ProPhoto . 4.5 stars
Wordpress . 3.5 stars
ShowIt 5 . 5 Stars

CUSTOMIZATION:
Squarespace . 4 stars
Shopify . 4 stars
ProPhoto . 4.5 stars
Wordpress . 5 stars
ShowIt 5 . 5 Stars

 

SEO:
Squarespace . 4.5 stars
Shopify . 4.5 stars
ProPhoto . 5 stars
Wordpress . 5 stars
ShowIt 5 . 4.5 Stars

 

APPS FOR EDITING:
Squarespace . 5 stars
Shopify . 5 stars
ProPhoto . 4 stars
Wordpress . 3 stars
ShowIt 5 . n/a

PHOTO DRIVEN:
Squarespace . 4.5 stars
Shopify . 3.5 stars
ProPhoto . 5 stars
Wordpress . 3.5 stars
ShowIt 5 . 5 Stars

 

SECURITY:
Squarespace . 4.5 stars
Shopify . 5 stars
ProPhoto . 4 stars
Wordpress . 4 stars
ShowIt 5 . 4.5 Stars

 

SHOP:
Squarespace . 4.5 stars
Shopify . 5 stars
ProPhoto . 4 stars
Wordpress . 4 stars
ShowIt 5 . 3 Stars

 

 

If you’re about to launch out and begin a new branding journey, let me shamelessly congratulate you! It may be a bit nerve-wracking at times, but enjoy the moments. Revel in the ability to re-explore the finer points of your business and what you want to showcase. Dig deep to find what strengths and substance, colors and patterns, little moments and big audacious plans you want to ground your web presence in. And let us take in the moments with you. We love the relationships that we develop with each of our clients — the ability to work through the ideas you have and bring a plan to life that brings most people to tears. (Happy ones of course!)

We just want to leave you with a little inspiration from one of our clients; it spoke to us deeply, of how this process should go for one of our own.

 
“I never realized how a graphic/web designer could serve a small business in such a meaningful way, but there was more than one occasion that I was in tears after seeing a mockup Alyssa created because I couldn’t believe this was happening AND that it was so beautiful and felt so much like ME!”
- Sarah (Sarah Sidwell Photography)
 

This. This is what we strive for and promise to work toward. With and for you!

 
The Bottom Line: Which Platform is Your Match? || Alyssa Joy & Co. || Branding & Web Designer