Hip to Be Squarespace

If you listen to any podcasts by members of the Apple community, you’ll eventually listen to a Squarespace ad.

When I was restarting this blog, I spent about a month on and off experimenting with using Squarespace. Give myself a clean break, you know?

Now, because starting a new blog would require moving over my old Powers of Observation content and my old Helpful Tiger content, I needed a system that would provide robust importing capabilities.

Squarespace is not that system.

Here are some of the problems I found when trying to use Squarespace to do those imports:

  • Multiple content problems with WordPress file imports, including not recognizing the returns after the first paragraph, not recognizing tags if there was a / in their enclosed contents, not converting links properly, and more.
  • Several times, when I tried a new import file, the import would just stop dead, with a status of “Waiting”, for two days or more at a time, when otherwise it took less than ten minutes. Their support line was unable to give me a reason or to fix it for me. Eventually, after multiple days of delay, the stalled import would finish without problems.
  • Their blog post editing tools would discard formatting from the imported posts, requiring me to add it in again if I did any manual touchups.
  • No ability to add tags to multiple posts at once.
  • Looking at my own posts in Safari would peg my Mac’s CPU at 100% or more.
  • Inability to link to the comments section of a post.

Finally, I just said, “Enough!” and decided to re-invest in WordPress.

And you know what?

The imports went just fine. Editing is much smoother. And there are far more and better tools.

Plus, it’s cheaper.

My experience might not have been typical, I’m happy to admit. If you’re not doing any importing, it might be fine. But from my perspective, I don’t know why anyone with any technical bent at all would choose Squarespace over WordPress.

Maybe that’s why they need so many ads?