I’ve just changed my website from WordPress to Squarespace and I’ve been tinkering about with it for the past few days. What I’ve found is that it is MUCH easier to use than WordPress. It doesn’t demand the same kind of expertise as WordPress does, although there are advanced options if you want them.
Clever website, simple to create
Basically, for less web design knowledge you get a site that’s every bit as slick as if you were an expert. For anyone logging on to your site, and with limited knowledge of what Squarespace can do, they'll be none the wiser as to your web design knowledge.
What I’ve also discovered is that there’s no need for plugins. SEO is relatively easy to set up and sorting out your social media icons is a doddle. You can use their images for your design or you can choose your own.
Beautifully designed templates – crisp, sharp images
There are 30 templates to choose from and many are very visually focused. So it’s ideal for anyone with a business that requires images to demonstrate their products or services.
More text, less images?
What may be off putting to writers, or copywriters for that matter, is that there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of more text, less visuals. However, after debating this and wondering whether it was worth migrating over to Squarespace, I decided to try it anyway.
Fiver – a popular template
Out of the many templates I went through, Fiver seemed to be the ideal choice and is used by many writers, copywriters, in fact anyone who wants more emphasis on writing than on images.
It’s so easy to set up and the only thing you really need is the time to figure it all out. Its American based, but there’s a 24/7 support through either email or chat.
So what are the overall benefits from using Squarespace as opposed to WordPress?
- It’s easy to login to your site (endless problems with WordPress)
- 24/7 customer support
- Various plans on offer, from a simple cover page, personal, business or advanced options
- A website that looks like it’s been designed by a professional web designer.
The hidden benefits are the time, support and money you save.
1. You don’t have to pay a designer to create the site for you
2. You don’t have to pay a designer to manage the site for you
3. You don’t have to wait ages to get hold of someone, Squarespace support is there round the clock.
For me, it’s the perfect solution for someone that isn’t an expert in HTML or CSS. All I really want is a website that advertises my skills, and Squarespace delivers on all levels for me.
In fact, even if you want a website that is more sophisticated than that, you can go for the advanced option.
Easy to find solutions
What I also love is that unlike WordPress, where you end up looking everywhere for solutions, it’s relatively easy to find clear help guides for any problems you encounter, or if you’re trying to conquer a new element of your website and you run into problems.
Basically, for me it’s a win-win situation and I’m glad I changed over. There doesn’t seem to be that many copywriters or writers in the UK that I’ve discovered using Squarespace yet. However, with it’s easy to use website builder and beautiful templates, it’s only a matter of time.