When I first started to dip my toe into the world of freelance as J & J Social, I thought WordPress was my only legitimate option.
I knew other web platforms existed, but I thought people would perceive me as an amateur if I choose a user-friendly platform. I mean, why would a web designer not use the most robust platform available.
Well, it turns out there were quite a few reasons I should never have been on WordPress.
When I decided to re-brand, I knew I wanted to use Squarespace. Now, I’m sharing why I’m never looking back!
Although, I know how to code and love to design websites. I’m not a web developer.
For those not intimately involved in the web design business, you may not know that website designers and web developers are different.
A designer creates the aesthetic, design and layout of your website.
With Squarespace, you don’t need to hire a developer or purchase an expensive theme. You just use blocks, creativity and maybe a little CSS to get your website up and running.
Growth and Updates
Another major reason I made the switch, was the need to update and adapt my website with minimal downtime.
In the first year of business, your business will change and grow the most. Your goals, mission and target audience are likely to adapt as you find your place in the world.
That means, web updates are constantly popping up and if you aren’t able to make these changes on your own with ease. You’ll need to spend countless hours learning to make changes or spend a big chunk of change hiring someone else to do it for you.
At the beginning of your business, time and money are in short supply.
With Squarespace, you can easily make changes and tackle those design needs on your own, while still looking professional.
All in One Features
One of the most consistent issues I ran into while using WordPress, had to do with juggling the plug-ins, themes and hosting.
If I downloaded a plug-in, it caused an error. If I updated my theme, a plug-in would stop working. If my website went down, I couldn’t reach my hosting company.
Every day there was a new headache to solve.
With Squarespace, I never have to worry about this. They offer all-in-one features making hosting, domains and additional features a breeze. They’re designed to work together smoothly and offer amazing customer support if anything does go awry.
As a designer, creating a truly custom site is important to me.
Although, I believe with the right design elements you can easily customize your Squarespace site without CSS. I also think a little CSS can go a long way in making your website truly yours.
That’s why I include CSS in my website and the websites of my clients whenever I can
Plus, Squarespace makes adding CSS so simple.
Lastly, Squarespace is crazy affordable.
Squarespace pricing is broken down into four plans with two categories: Websites and Online Stores.
Personal Plan: The personal plan is perfect for a small website. The personal plan is the least expensive option at $12 per month when billed annually.
Business Plan: The business plan is a great option for small business owners. The business plan is a little more expensive then the personal plan at $18 per month when billed annually.
Basic: The basic plan is perfect for small shops and digital sellers. The basic plan is the least expensive option for the online stores at $26 per month when billed annually.
Advanced: The advanced plan offers everything you could need and more. The advanced plan is the most expensive option at $40 per month when billed annually.
Squarespace allows you to upgrade or downgrade your plan at anytime to best fit your business needs.
Have you made the switch from WordPress to Squarespace? If so, tell me a little bit about your switch below!