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Everywhere I look, bloggers are telling you and me to use WordPress when starting a blog.
And not WordPress.com, but having a self-hosted site and then using WordPress.org to create your website.
I’ve been blogging for 10+ years now. I started out with Blogger, then used Bluehost/Wordpress, then SiteGround/Wordpress, and now I use Squarespace.
Why did I switch from WordPress to Squarespace?
Honestly, there were a few things that played a role in my decision.
1) I don’t know how to code.
Now, this isn’t a huge deal if you have a WordPress site. You can still create a beautiful site on your own or buy a theme to make your site look like you want it. My problem was the amount of time that it took to get my website up and running. I wanted things that I didn’t know how to do in code + I didn’t have a huge budget starting out. Plus, I tend to change things on my blog fairly often and didn’t want to spend money on a theme that I didn’t absolutely love.
2) I know all the prices right up front.
Squarespace has all of their prices right up front. It’ straightforward and the prices have been the same for year, I think they are here to stay. Squarespace has 4 different levels for their pricing, depending on what you want. Everything is clear and straight forward. When I was with a self hosted site, it was great for the first year (or 2-3, depending on how much you pay when you initially sign up, but then the price goes up) I feel like this is talked about, but not enough.
I love how straight forward and easy it is to know exactly how much you’ll pay with Squarespace. You also have the option to pay month by month instead of yearly if that’s something you need. You can check out all of the pricing here.
3) The ultimate reason why I switched was because I’ve been thinking about it for years.
A good friend of mine LOVES Squarespace and every time I visited her site, I knew that I wanted the cleaner look that Squarespace offers. I also loved the idea of setting up my entire website before hitting publish so I could know exactly what it was going to look like before it was up and running. When you sign up with Squarespace you get a 14-day trial to set up your website before paying or launching it!
I am a few months into my switch and every day I’m grateful I took the leap. Moving over my content was a lot easier than I expected it to be (I’m working on a post right now about how you can switch to Squarespace too) and I truly do love my site. I’m still getting it to be exactly where I want it, but we’re on the way there and I couldn’t be happier.