After hearing about Squarespace all over the Internet, especially in photography communities, and how easy it is to use, get set up and running, customize, etc., I decided last night during a brief break from work to set up a trial account and give it a test spin. Well, what was supposed to be a break of maximum 30 minutes turned into an hour and I had a fully functioning Squarespace site that showcases not only my blog (imported from my previous WordPress website) but also my photos in beautiful galleries. Galleries and media management in WordPress were always annoying aspects of the platform but here - no worries.
Now, Squarespace does cost money. It's not free like WordPress, but unlike WordPress is takes out all of the headaches. You pay for the software, the host and the domain all in one. The only issue that I have with Squarespace is that it does not provide webmail management (so I'm sticking with my previous host Uberspace for that and they also run my webmail). The nice thing about Squarespace, though, is that they have three plans, so you can pick what you want and discard the rest. The prices are perhaps higher than other hosts but the back-end software is such a dream to use... Truly amazing stuff.
You can also create your own logo with Squarespace and for existing customers it's free. The logo in the upper left corner of this site? Made using Squarespace's editor. The variety seems to be quite large and you can customize the size and colors, so you should easily be able to differentiate yourself. The only thing I found lacking is that the fonts available for the logo are quite limited in comparison to the fonts available for the various templates.
The templates are quite varied, too. I imagine if you're constantly looking at private websites then you might come across some Squarespace designs but the nice thing is that the back-end provides you with a great styling tool to change what you want. The best part is that everything is uniform. One thing I despised about WordPress was that every theme's customization and styling depended on the developer. If the developer made customizing a pain, it might take hours or even days to get everything up and running. Not so with Squarespace. Open the styling tool and you can edit everything and see the changes as you are editing. No need to ever open a CSS file (although you can inject your own code if you want).
Then the knowledge base and the help forums are huge. Just open your search engine of choice, type in "Squarespace <QUESTION>" and you should find exactly what you want within the top three search results. Like I said, it took me only an hour to get everything set up as you see here and I clicked into every submenu and section of the back-end, looking at what was available. If you just wanted a site, you could be up and running and fully styled in probably half the time.
I'm never going back to WordPress and I am no longer recommending anyone else to ever use WordPress. Just use Squarespace unless you need something really crazy. My mother has been asking me for a host I would recommend for her archery club and I was already hesitant about recommending WordPress to her after a long and drawn out experience getting the website for my friend's hair salon set up but now? Squarespace all the way. They have tools for clubs, businesses, eCommerce, etc. It's all there in one platform, in one back-end.
Why use anything else?