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I recently made the decision to move all of my blog content over from Blogger to Squarespace, and I'm very pleased with the results so far. It was a bit overwhelming initially, but once I smoothed out a few wrinkles and formatting issues, the transition went extremely smoothly. Read below to see why I switched blogging platforms!
- Simple design options: I loved the fact that Blogger was so customizable, but I also hated that it was difficult to make simple tweaks in your layout and design without struggling to stay afloat in a sea of HTML and CSS. I consider myself intermediate when it comes web design and coding, but at a certain point I was ready for some clean simplicity, which is exactly what Squarespace offers. It has an extremely wide variety of fonts to choose from, as well as beautiful pre-made templates that make any blog look professional from the start. As much fun as it was to experiment with codes on Blogger, I feel as though it's a bit stuck in the past as far as customization goes.
- Free domain with subscription: I wanted to purchase a domain since I started blogging back in August, but I had no idea where to start, or which hosting site to use. With Squarespace, however, you get a free domain with an annual subscription, which costs less than $100 a year. I'm really serious about bettering my site and putting out quality content, so having an official domain for my blog is a great step towards that. Plus, setting it up was a piece of cake.
- Social Media Synchronization: With blogger, I chose to make my own social media buttons and then link them with HTML to each individual account. It wasn't hard, but it was tedious because I had to host each image on a separate website and meticulously code them and re-size them to make everything fit on my sidebar. Squarespace basically eliminates this process because you're able to link your social media accounts to your blog from the start, so then placing social media buttons on your blog is extremely simple.
- Flawless Content Formatting: Another great thing about Squarespace is that it automatically resizes (and hosts) images to fit on your posts and pages, which takes out a lot of guesswork for beginners. It also has the "blocks" feature, which allows you to add practically anything inside a post with just the click of a button. Setting up my contact page, for instance, literally took me about 1 minute and 30 seconds from start to finish. Compare that to Blogger, where I had to use an outside source and additional coding to make a contact form that ended up looking tacky and out of place with the rest of my blog's theme and design. You can also add things like image grids and slideshows, newsletter subscription forms, and stylish buttons with links to other content on your page or outside sources. It's seriously so simple, and so much fun to play around with.
- Detailed Statistics: Finally, Squarespace offers a much more in-depth look at your audience and numbers than Blogger does. While my blog is fairly new, and I've had very few visits on this platform so far, it was still fascinating to look at my audience reports (or Metrics, as it's called on Squarespace) earlier this morning. It shows you detailed reports of your popular posts, connects with Bloglovin' to show you how many subscribers you have, and shows you what your readers look up in your search bar. It's fascinating!
To sum it up, I prefer Squarespace over Blogger (and Wordpress too, for that matter) because it's customizable, simple, and beautiful. It's hard to make a blog or website look bad with this platform, so I really recommend it, especially for those of you who are new to blogging and are more interested in investing in your content rather than spending hours or days trying to come up with a clean and pretty design.