Having made the move from Blogger to Squarespace as long ago as last summer, I figured it was finally time for me to address the change and give my thoughts on Squarespace as a platform. It actually took me a fairly long time to take the plunge from using a free platform such as blogger to committing to one that charges a fee. I use the personal service which equates to around £6 per month and includes unlimited bandwidth, storage and the use of up to twenty pages, galleries and blogs. I was initially unsure whether this sort of set up would suit my needs in the long term so I still pay on a month to month basis and am able to chop and change my package if I need to; although 8 months in I haven't found myself needing anything more than this package gives me. Mine is the most basic, although Squarespace offer 3 tiers of pricing depending on your individual needs and preferences.
I know that many bloggers will use the revenue created from their page to pay for a platform such as Squarespace, however I do believe that it's still a viable option for people that don't receive any form of income from their site. I'd love to be able to say that the money I make from my blog is put straight back into it, however as I don't offer advertising space nor use affiliate programs I don't actually make anything to put back. Although Squarespace is therefore an additional cost, I see £6 a month as a relatively small price to pay for a service that allows me to make this space exactly what I want it to be. I genuinely enjoy blogging and working to make my site something that I'm proud of, so it's always been well worth that little investment and I don't feel as though I could have created something that suits my vision so well without making the change.
Although I have a little experience in web design under my belt, I'd recommend Squarespace to anybody as it's just so simple to use. In the same way that Blogger allows you to alter existing layouts through the use of widgets, Squarespace offers a series of 'blocks' that can be added, retracted and moved around the site. Unlike blogger where I found myself using a lot of individual html coding, I've found that I hardly have to create any codes myself in order to make Squarespace work for me. Everything is simple, clean and laid out in a way that makes it super easy to navigate and manage your site as you want to. Images are automatically resized to fit the width of my blog without losing any quality or altering the colours (*cough* blogger... ahem). For me, the moving process ran relatively smoothly; although even now I haven't gotten around to re-formatting every post in my archive. The process of re-formatting was definitely the biggest struggle and it really is time consuming; although the main bulk of actually shifting the content over from Blogger to Squarespace was all done automatically. I also had to shift some things around on GoDaddy in order to move my domain, but there were a load of videos and online tutorials that made that process quick and easy, too.
The main reason behind my writing this post is that recently I've felt a desire to change the look of my blog, or at least alter my existing layout a little. This was something that I hated doing through blogger but that I actually relish now that I've switched up my platform. Changing the appearance of my site is no longer a hassle and I think that's probably the highest praise I can give to Squarespace. The ease with which users are able to make tweaks really does make the whole experience a lot more bearable and it's actually fun to play around with different themes and layouts until you get the right fit. I'd describe it as a happy medium between the simplicity of blogger and the complexity of Wordpress, giving users the freedom to create a great looking site without needing a degree in I.T beforehand. Wicked.