Why I Switched From Wordpress To Squarespace
I’m going to level with you. Before I switched to Squarespace I never really took it seriously. I thought it was for amateurs. Sure it's fine for non-designers who need a basic website, but I needed something more, or so I thought.
So what changed my mind?
It was a whole bunch of things added up over time but I'll break down the three main things that pushed me over into the Squarespace camp.
1. It's so stinkin' easy
Squarespace's ads do not lie, this thing is easy to use! From adding pictures to widgets, it's drag and drop interface makes it super simple and even fun to build a website.
I'm still currently exploring all the ins and outs that the platform offers but I encourage you to try the free 14 day trial if you're on the fence. You really can build a beautiful website with just clicks.
2. Less distractions
As a designer, WordPress offered this huge world of possibilities. Which made it easy for me to distract myself. All the different themes and plugins seemed great but it often caused me to lose site of actually getting my website to work for me instead of the other way around.
With Squarespace, while the themes can have their limitations, I find I have a much clearer sense of what I need to do and how to do it.
3. Peace of mind
Despite what my Grandma thinks, I'm not an expert when it comes to the inner workings of the internet. I'm a designer. Sure I know enough HTML and CSS to hack something together if needed but I'm far from what anyone with knowledge of the subject would call a developer.
Just the thought of trying to fix something that required anything more than a few lines of code scared the crap out me.
So I'm sure you can imagine my reaction last summer when someone reached out and told me that my site's Google search results were returning a "This site may be hacked” warning.
Not cool. 😑
What do you mean my site was hacked? Who would want to hack my site? How do I even fix this?
I’ll spare you the details but after a few days of research, emails, and eventually paying a service to clean my site, I pretty much had enough.
With Squarespace I don't have any of those concerns.
Unlike WordPress where themes and a plugins are all developed by different parties (which can cause issues if you're not constantly watching for updates) Squarespace is all under one roof. Which makes tech support much easier as well.
I've found if and when something does go wrong you don't need to contact a hosting company, theme developer, or community forum for answers. You can easily jump onto a live chat or search their articles and videos to find what you're looking for.
Overall, I've had a great experience using Squarespace the past few months and I will definitely recommend it to all of my branding clients in the future.
If you have any questions on this topic or anything else you'd like to see covered, leave a comment or send me an email. I'd love to hear from you!