Discourse vs Squarespace

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Discourse

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Squarespace

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Discourse vs Squarespace: What are the differences?

What is Discourse? The 100% open source, next-generation discussion platform built for the next decade of the Internet. Discourse is a simple, flat forum, where replies flow down the page in a line. Replies are attached to the bottom and top of each post, so you can optionally expand the context of the conversation – without breaking your flow.

What is Squarespace? Everything You Need To Create An Exceptional Website. Whether you need simple pages, sophisticated galleries, a professional blog, or want to sell online, it all comes standard with your Squarespace website. Squarespace starts you with beautiful designs right out of the box — each handcrafted by our award-winning design team to make your content stand out.

Discourse can be classified as a tool in the "Forums" category, while Squarespace is grouped under "Website Builder".

Some of the features offered by Discourse are:

  • Remembers your place
  • Log in with … anything
  • Paste to share images

On the other hand, Squarespace provides the following key features:

  • SELL ANYTHING- Easily add a store to any Squarespace website and start selling physical and digital goods immediately.
  • PAINLESS STORE MANAGEMENT- Manage your inventory, process customer orders, print packing slips, and customize emails all in one intuitive interface.
  • BUILD BETTER PAGES WITH LAYOUTENGINE- LayoutEngine technology gives you the freedom to create visually rich pages with any configuration of text, images, products, and content blocks. Simply drag and drop your content exactly where you want and we'll automatically align them in a perfect grid.

"Open source" is the top reason why over 20 developers like Discourse, while over 32 developers mention "Easy setup" as the leading cause for choosing Squarespace.

Discourse is an open source tool with 28.5K GitHub stars and 6.44K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Discourse's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Squarespace has a broader approval, being mentioned in 418 company stacks & 23 developers stacks; compared to Discourse, which is listed in 43 company stacks and 7 developer stacks.

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Pros of Discourse
Pros of Squarespace
  • 26
    Open source
  • 18
    Fast
  • 12
    Email digests
  • 8
    Better than a stereotypical forum
  • 7
    Perfect for communities of any size
  • 6
    Made by same folks from stackoverflow
  • 6
    It's perfect to build real communities
  • 6
    Built with Ember.js
  • 5
    Great customer support
  • 2
    Made by consolidated team with a working business
  • 2
    Translated into a lot of Languages
  • 2
    Configurations
  • 1
    Easy flag resolution
  • 36
    Easy setup
  • 31
    Clean designs
  • 8
    Beautiful responsive themes
  • 6
    Easy ongoing maintenance
  • 3
    Live chat & 24/7 support team
  • 1
    No coding necessary

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Cons of Discourse
Cons of Squarespace
  • 3
    Heavy on server
  • 2
    Difficult to extend
  • 2
    Notifications aren't great on mobile due to being a PWA
  • 1
    Hard to use custom code

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What is Discourse?

Discourse is a simple, flat forum, where replies flow down the page in a line. Replies are attached to the bottom and top of each post, so you can optionally expand the context of the conversation – without breaking your flow.

What is Squarespace?

Whether you need simple pages, sophisticated galleries, a professional blog, or want to sell online, it all comes standard with your Squarespace website. Squarespace starts you with beautiful designs right out of the box — each handcrafted by our award-winning design team to make your content stand out.

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What are some alternatives to Discourse and Squarespace?
Disqus
Disqus looks to make it very easy and rewarding for people to interact on websites using its system. Commenters can build reputation and carry their contributions from one website to the next.
Flarum
Flarum is the next-generation forum software that makes online discussion fun. It's simple, fast, and free.
Discord
Discord is a modern free voice & text chat app for groups of gamers. Our resilient Erlang backend running on the cloud has built in DDoS protection with automatic server failover.
Slack
Imagine all your team communication in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go. That’s Slack. All your messages. All your files. And everything from Twitter, Dropbox, Google Docs, Asana, Trello, GitHub and dozens of other services. All together.
XenForo
It is a commercial Internet forum software package written in the PHP programming language.
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