In 2016, I'm getting more serious about blogging. I've been blogging sporadically in the past through a free Blogger account. Anyways, in this post I wanted to share why I decided to go with Squarespace for the next chapter of my blogging years.
I started blogging on Blogger and tweaked it as much as I could in terms of design. I learned how to mess with the code to make my free blog look decent. Nothing fancy, but it looked clean.
Blogger is Free, But too limiting
But as I started putting together a personal online marketing plan for the next three years, I found Blogger too limiting.
The industry standard for professional bloggers is WordPress. The majority of people that I follow online, use it in combination with a framework that supposedly makes it easier to use. So I gave it a try... and it was miserable.
WordPress is Powerful, But not Easy to Design
I wasted a whole Saturday trying to get my blog to look right. The template I bought had only an email field in the subscription box. To add a first name field, I spent over three hours trying to figure that out. And when I did, the box didn't look right. The first name and email fields were all over the place.
Here's the thing, I had no interest in learning how to build a website from scratch, or learn advanced WordPress coding techniques. I just wanted to publish content from a beautiful blog.
It took me a while to convince myself out of WordPress. Because that's what every professional blogger uses. But you know what? the reality is that I didn't like it, it didn't work for me, and I didn't want to invest thousands of dollars on a designer.
Don't get me wrong, WordPress is incredible. There is a whole ecosystem of third-party applications that integrate with WordPress. They make it easier for businesses and bloggers to create powerful blogs. But it didn't meet my needs.
Squarespace is the Fastest Way to Build a Beautiful Blog
If you're just getting started and are looking for the fastest way to build a professional and beautiful online presence, you're going to love Squarespace.
It took me literally less than 30 minutes to setup (and build) my blog how I wanted it!
I decided to write this post to save you the day I wasted messing around with code on WordPress. Plus if you ever decide to move to WordPress, Squarespace allows you to export your blog.
But once you try it, it'll be a while before you decide to switch. Because other than being easier to use, Squarespace has "customer support". And I've never been a big fan of posting on support forums and waiting for an answer.