'How to choose the right blogging platform?' was not a question I asked myself when I started mindfulpixels.com four years ago. For me there was no choice at all – I got on the Wordpress.org wagon without even looking for an alternative. After all, I knew how to tweak code since I was 15 years old (that's in the nineties! oh my!) and everybody I followed back then, was rocking Wordpress. I was happy to join the party.
Well, not anymore. Let's see what changed.
Why I moved from Wordpress to Squarespace
It was an easy decision. One Friday my Contact Form 7 Wordpress plugin stopped working. Just like that, for no apparent reason whatsoever. I read a lot of forum articles, tried to find support on the plugin site and I spent a whole weekend trying things out. On Sunday, I finally gave up. I don't like giving up, but I also prefer to choose my battles.
The next day, I deleted the troublesome plugin, put my email on the contact form and started looking for alternative.
One reason I stayed on Wordpress was because of its many pretty themes. I love Wordpress themes! There are soooo many of them, all looking beautiful and full of possibilities, but what I realised during that broken-plugin-infested weekend was:
- I could only use one theme for my blog, not all of them – diversity was of no use to me.
- The themes I liked the most had a drag & drop feature and looked a lot like Squarespace themes.
- I spent much more time sifting through code, than creating content.
- If I had a problem, I was on my own – Wordpress has no support to speak of, or at least I couldn't find any.
Enough said. Moving to Squarespace was almost intuitive decision for me and here is why:
all themes look very clean & pretty
When you browse through all the examples you see how one theme can be used in many different ways. This means I can have the diversity, I am looking for, within a single theme!
It's RIDICULOUSLY easy to set up
I had my fair share of difficulties moving domains around, but setting up the actual Mindful Pixels blog was a breeze. I created a trial account in the morning. In the evening I had the design ready. The next day I transferred the blog posts and that was it!
Two days! I think I did a joyful little diddy dance, when I realised how easy my life's going to be from now on. After years of spending countless frustrating hours styling blog posts in Wordpress I was finally free to focus on writing, designing and connecting.
Everything is intuitive
You can always find answers on the Squarespace answer or support pages, but in most cases the platform is too intuitive to even give you a reason to look for help. And when something goes wrong and you cannot find an answer that works for you, the email support staff proved to be very friendly and efficient.
How to choose a platform for your blog
Pick your battles. In the end is all about priorities. This is my personal experience with two very good platforms. There will be issues and frustrations no matter which one you choose, but in the end of the day you need to know where your strengths lie and what you want to achieve with your blog.
I created a little graphic to help you choose a platform, but if the answer doesn't feel right for you –
Which platform is your favoUrite and why?
This has been my blogging platform adventure so far. Things change. New platforms are created, old ones – updated. Do you have a similar story? Or maybe you moved from Squarespace to Wordpress? Do share in the comments below, dearest, I'd love to hear your story!
Thank you for reading!