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Hey there! This is my first blog post on my fresh new blog and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve spent the past few weeks working hard on any small windows of time I’ve had to bring this blog to life and it’s finally ready to share with the world.
I figured a post explaining my switchover would be a good starting point, so without further ado, I will list my reasoning for my switch straight away, you’ll get to see how my blog looked before and I will say right off the bat that I am SO much happier with it on WordPress now!
(This post is part one of three explaining why I made the switch. Part two will explain how I did it and part three will compare Squarespace to WordPress for blogging so any aspiring bloggers can decide which platform is best for them!)
Squarespace is a website building platform and I was previously using it to host my freelance graphic design website.
This website worked as a portfolio and a place to offer my services to clients and Squarespace was an absolutely perfect platform to do that on. It is incredibly easy to learn how to use, requires no coding knowledge and has a huge amount of gorgeous, professional and responsive themes to choose from. I was super happy using it for my design business!
However, I had to stop freelancing for a few reasons but still had my Squarespace website up for quite a few months before my plan expired. During this time I decided that I would give blogging a shot. It’s something I’d been wanting to do for a while and I had a website not doing much so decided to go for it.
I recreated my website from a portfolio to a blog and was happy with the results starting out. I used this blog for the first month whilst I found my feet and could see whether or not I enjoyed the act of blogging.
After a few weeks, two things were clear to me,
- I absolutely LOVED blogging
- Squarespace wasn’t able to bring my blog to life how I envisioned it
Squarespace is an absolutely fantastic platform and I would highly recommend it if you’re after a website to build a business on but for blogging, I was finding that it, unfortunately, fell short in a few areas for me.
- Customisation is TOO limited – I highly appreciate that Squarespace’s focus is on simplicity, however, I just found it was lacking too many functions that I had in mind for my blog. You are limited to only what themes Squarespace provide and none of what was on offer fit the vision I had for my blog. WordPress offers a MUCH wider variety of themes and if you’re techy enough, you can even design your own! I also loved the idea of WordPress Plugins to offer even more layers of customisation on your website.
- Lack of community – A huge appeal of WordPress is that it is a very popular platform for bloggers and any users who have WordPress can follow other bloggers natively within WordPress’ system which I found extremely appealing. Squarespace, on the other hand, is designed to work for stand-alone websites so any comments left on my blog posts would always have sad faceless, little avatar’s next to them since barely any of my reader’s used Squarespace themselves.
Since moving my blog to WordPress, I’ve been able to handcraft my blog and build it exactly as I wanted and I couldn’t be happier! It’s incredibly important for me to have my blog reflect my branding and I feel it’s now so much for representation of where I want it to go.
Next part of this series will be up soon explaining each step of my transfer process!
What platform do you use to blog? Have you been on WordPress for years and you’ve been nodding your head this whole time thinking ‘You finally realised WordPress is great!’? Or do you prefer blogger, or are you also a fellow Squarespace user?
Would absolutely love to hear your thoughts!