The #1 Reason Why I Switched to Squarespace (It's Not What You Think!)
If you have ever popped into a forum somewhere, say, for example, a Facebook group, and ask the group which website platform is better between Wordpress.org (different from Wordpress.com) and Squarespace, you will often get virulent responses from Wordpress devotees.
COMMON SQUARESPACE OBJECTIONS
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard (and sadly, been attacked verbally) with the following:
“You don’t own your website with Squarespace.”
“What if Squarespace suddenly closes its business? You’ll lose your entire website without notice.”
“Squarespace is only templates. You can’t personalize and brand your website.”
“Squarespace SEO sucks.”
“You can’t use plug-ins on Squarespace.”
And on and on and on. I’ve heard it all.
Let me be frank with you, my friends. NONE OF THE ABOVE IS TRUE. (I’ll address these Squarespace myths in another blog post.)
That’s right. It’s not true! Then why are people saying it as truth? Because people want you to use their services and their platform regardless of what the truth really is. There are Squarespace myths out there that have been perpetuated by these same people which then gets repeated by other people unwittingly.
I know. It’s a bitter pill to swallow knowing some people won’t be as honest as they should be but unfortunately, that’s the way the world works. It happens.
But believe it or not, I’m not here to debate the pros and cons of each platform. I will say that each one does have its pluses and minuses and serve their own purposes. It’s not wrong or right to choose one over the other. You choose the website platform that best fits your needs and your wants. Of course, I’m sure you’re now wondering what’s the point of this blog post then. Let me get to that.
THE #1 REASON WHY I SWITCHED TO SQUARESPACE
I’ve built websites on various platforms for over 10 years - GoDaddy, Wordpress, Wix, Weebly, custom built, and now Squarespace. The #1 thing that frustrated me the most when working with some other website developers and platforms was the lack of control I had over the website.
ARE YOU A CONTROL FREAK LIKE ME?
Then you’re in the right place.
When it came to a website that I was supposed to manage for a company, I can’t tell you how many times I banged my head against the wall because I couldn’t do what I wanted to do with the website, especially when I knew it would benefit the business. Even simple things such as updating an events calendar, or moving an image from one spot to another, or in one case, I couldn’t even upload images to the site. I had to ask the website developer to do it for me. And that web developer decided to do it when they felt like it and had the time to do it.
Not to mention having to pay a monthly and/or yearly maintenance fee. That one always galled me, that I would have to pay someone to upload an image for me. Seriously? Do you guys understand how easy that really is to do? Or when I wanted to do something specific on the website that seems commonplace on most sites, but the website developer told me that it was a serious custom job to get it to work on the site we had and would cost a stupid amount of money to do it. I got a bruise on my forehead from all the banging.
Now don’t get me wrong. In some cases, it’s worth having to pay a maintenance fee if you have a massively customized website built on an open source platform. For example, if you are an extremely large hospital with lots of site locations, services, scheduling appointments, patient care records accessible online, etc. then you need a very specialized website that will most likely need specialized people to maintain it. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that at all.
What I’m referring to are small businesses who don’t need all that to have a beautifully modern, functional, and easy to use website. Small businesses who don’t need to pay a maintenance fee to do simple things on their website. Businesses who want and can have complete control over their own website.
What does this mean? You can add, delete, edit, and change whatever you want on your website without asking for permission and without paying someone else to do it. For us control freaks and those who don’t like being told what to do (hey, check this out...science says we might be wired that way! Now I have an excuse.), this sounds like heaven.
I also know that for some of you, that sounds like a nightmare. That’s okay, too.
THE BEST THING ABOUT SQUARESPACE
And the #1 reason why I switched to Squarespace from Wordpress? I can do what I want, how I want, when I want, to my website. Or if I feel I need extra help, I can pay someone to help me out (like the Squarespace experts at Sixty - like me). Obviously, I’m not talking a fully custom coded website…that’s a whole other ball of wax. But I am talking about a website that’s beautiful, that works, it’s user-friendly, and I can easily manage it myself.
I was tired of giving up control to someone else. I wanted to feel empowered to be able to build my website to succeed. I didn’t want someone telling me that it couldn’t be done because of whatever reason or it was going to cost me beaucoup bucks. I decided to take matters into my own hands.
LET’S BUILD SQUARESPACE WEBSITES TOGETHER
Now, I help and empower others, like you, who want and/or need a website. Maybe you’re not quite ready to do it all on your own. No worries. That’s what I’m here for. The cool part is that at the end of our website design time together, I’ll teach you how to manage your website on your own. (It’s easy, I promise.)
Or maybe you know the content you want on your site, but aren’t quite sure how to put it all together (design). I’m here for that, too.
Or maybe you just know you want a website for your small business and that’s as far as you’ve gotten. And you’d rather have someone else completely do it all. I’ve got you, my friend. I can do that, too.
Oh, hey! You’ve already built an awesome Squarespace site (awesome!), but just need a quick fix? Yep. I can help with that, also.
Whatever level you’re at and wherever you’re at with your business, I’m here for you and to work with you.
Or as Pinky and the Brain would say…
“What do you want to do today, Brain?”
“Same thing we do every day, Pinky. Try and take over the world.”
Or at least your corner of it - together.
What level are you at with your website? What parts have you struggled with in creating a website? Feel free to drop me a question in the comments below! I love hearing from you.