How WordPress designer tried Squarespace for the first time
Today I want to tell you a personal experience. With Squarespace.
To explain what’s going on – I own two websites. My Medleythink Design Studio website (that you are currently visiting) runs on WordPress (Divi theme). However, my second one – Lollipop Stock website www.lollipopstock.com – runs on Squarespace.
Are you asking why?
Here’s the thing…
I am a Wordpress designer and developer who had a new project on the table and who decided to use Squarespace because:
- I was not sure if this project will be something I want to do long-term and for that reason, I wanted to build something quickly. Which, by the way, in the end really wasn’t the case since I build a CUSTOM Squarespace website. And it took me a few weeks to make that happen as a Squarespace virgin.
- I knew I need a really secure website that I won’t have to take care about. Because running two business is no fun.
- I wanted to test its capabilities, customization options, and usability on my own.
- Oh, and I also thought it will be super easy. Because it’s Squarespace, how hard can it be? Right?
So, if you want my super biased opinion I can give it to you here. Because if you do not want to upload your texts and pictures into some premade template and call it a day, Squarespace is not really easier or more user-friendly than WordPress.
Quite the opposite, actually.
I found it less user-friendly for several reasons:
1. No obvious template customization settings:
Many times it happened that I was trying to find a design set up for some particular thing (like for a big button – and yes, there was something called small, medium and big button, don’t ask me why) just to find out I will not see this setting until I place that button into some page. Frustrating, let me tell you.
2. No media library:
Unlike WordPress, when you upload a picture to Squarespace, it will be only uploaded to that specific container you chose. That means, if you want to insert the same picture on some different page (or even on the same page), you need to upload it again, And that ladies and gentlemen, is the real pain in
3. SEO “friendly”
Ok so yes, Squarespace is SEO friendly. But naming pictures and even some pages can give you a real headache. Let me explain closely…
If you want to do a good job with your site SEO, you need to name your pictures properly and add an “ALT tag” to them as well. With Squarespace, it never was harder. Because Squarespace does not have any special field to put this info into, you need to place it into the real description of your picture – and then hide the description so people do not see it. Every single time. With every single picture…UGH.
4. Custom code:
I have seen so many stunning Squarespace websites online, don’t even get me started. But you will find out that in order to achieve even smaller customizations (like custom spacing changes, more than 3 text size options, mobile layout corrections etc.), you will need a custom code. Your design and layout settings without the code are very limited, which was not a real problem for me, but I am sure it is something you would like to know.
Other than that, I think it is a great way to build a website for someone who does not want to take care of further maintenance.
It will give you nightmares on its own, like the idea of migrating the site to WordPress one day (when/if I need features that Squarespace cannot provide)….yeah, I do not want to think about that now. 😀
Until next time, xo, Z