Well, I've been sitting here for a few hours this morning, doing some more work on the site. Learning Squarespace is sort of fun. Kind of like WordPress. I actually think it's a little easier to navigate than WordPress though. Once you get the hang of Squarespace, and choose your right template, you're off and running. Learning how to adjust Style Editor can be a bit of a challenge, but at least you don't have to visit twenty different menus (as in WordPress) to change one of the simplest things.
So far I've noticed a few things...
- Hosting WordPress can be cheap and cost effective, depending on your web host, but backing the site up, updating plugins (which seems like every day), and so on, now that's a different story. Some plugins just die off, which is annoying too. You'll find something that you really like, only to use it for a few months and it stops working, never to be updated again.
- Using the hosted version of WordPress (wordpress.com) can be ridiculously expensive, especially if you want to be able to have the ability to have your own plugins. I'm not saying that Squarespace is a steal, it can be pricey too, but to me (after hosting my own WordPress site for years), I'm finding that I'm falling in love with Squarespace more and more each day.
- Of course, there are a lot of other alternative options out there, Ghost, Blogger, Wix, Weebly, Medium (don't get me started) and the list goes on and on, but the 'smoothness' of Squarespace is something that I'm really enjoying.
- Creating a beautiful site on Squarespace is incredibly easy, and just takes a few minutes, to a few hours to learn (depending on how 'tech savvy' you are).
I could go on and on, but I'll stop for now. I don't want to sound like I'm bashing WordPress, it's fun to learn, is very customizable, has a billion different themes (that would suit anyone), but I felt it was time for me to move on to something different.
I used Blogger years and years ago, and still do some things with Tumblr. Blogger hasn't changed much since I used it almost 10 years ago, and Tumblr, well with Yahoo now being owned by Verizon, I just feel the future of Tumblr is too much up in the air. I don't doubt that it will live on, but what changes will be made?
Anyway, that's my rant for the day. If you're a fan of the others, I'm super excited for you. Continue to do what you do. There are lots of awesome sites out there, on each platform. I just decided to give something else a try this time. Now, I might be back a few days from now, blasting Squarespace for not having this, or having that, but for now, I'm enjoying the ride...
I think I'm going to go and enjoy the rest of my day for now, and get off of this damn computer...