Why Squarespace is BadWhat makes Squarespace bad?
Squarespace is shit and will never be a WordPress hit man - A Geek in the Wilderness
As I began the new year, I was looking forward to a new beginning with Bloggen, with a site that would take in all the tech madness of web hosting, designing and otherwise caring for a robust web publishing site for me, so that I could concentrate all my energies on my real craft: typing and bothering humans.
Thought Squarespace was this blogspace where things just... WORK, you know? There is no more manually analyzing your site for problems with your site's content and strange optimisation hacks, or struggling with inflated plug-ins, or following a thread in WordPress fora to fix a problem, or re-introducing stuff into my site that the WP developer didn't think we needed, of course I need it badly.
It took me a few working hours to keep my blogs up and running, and when I got things right (at least in the 5 minute period of rest I was enjoying before WP published another fix that ruined everything), I had no power anymore to blogs.
The Squarespace gave me confidence by providing me with an all-in-one approach, beginning with the entire hosted back end (ensuring that I will never have to do with hectic e-mails from my hosts saying that I'm using too many ressources because one of my plugs essentially destroyed their server).
Don't toggle between HTML and WinSIWYG to do things right, like I did with WordPress. Pictures in one contribution were a piece of cake, not just pictures, but pads of almost any taste that could be added and customized in almost any way you could think of.
Well, I could finally start writing in my own time. This was the kind of mistake I would get if I just wanted to remove a posting. I always took things for granted in WordPress, but they were noticeably missing in Squarespace. As it was arranged, I couldn't even right-click on a posting in my dashboard and open it in a new tabs so I could at least switch between edit and review changes.
Neither was there an "Edit" shortcut for single articles. When I wanted to work on a posting instead of just click on a single hyperlink available on the same page as WordPress, I had to return to my Squarespace dashboard and do a KEYWORD FIND for the same posting.
Even if you can't stack or remove messages, God help you if you have a 100 or so message categories you want to get rid of. You must remove them one by one using the searchkey. Oh, and if you choose to restore a contribution, don't bother.
If you erase it, you won't get it back. I' d even get tired of changeing/adding metadata in a posting (like tagging and tagging.) I would create a tag, and yet once I was done, the pop-up pop-up asking me to tag still wouldn't disappear. Occasionally it would stay there and block part of my write session where I could only store the message, exit the page and then come back.
What is even more serious is the fact that the tumbler share kernel places your TOTAL contribution on your tumbler page. There is no way to just click a mail URL (and maybe an excerpt) to your squarespace tumbler page. To make sure that my pictures get the best possible rankings when searching for Google pictures, my picture titles now have to be typed as an exact definition of what is contained in a picture, rather than just writing everything I wanted.
Like, I pose a painting of a Christmas-tree. I' ve got to put it in the headline now: BUT, if I had the option to separate the caption and ALT (as I could always do in WordPress), I could publish the same image and insert the caption instead: Then for the ALT day (which the readers never see unless it is deactivated for some reasons to display pictures in their browser) I can give an exact explanation of the image that a Googlebot likes to devour and gives me a lovely snuggle of searching engineubs.
Picture headings allow me to tell the readers what I think or give comments that inspire the picture, while ALT allows me to give the searchengines what they need to index those pictures correctly. Yet Squarespace connects both. What at first sight seems sophisticated and easy enough until you choose to attach photographs, and you realise that you can't attach them online; they can only be added at the end of a posting.
So if I had 5 pictures that I wanted to put, I wouldn't be able to place them anywhere I wanted like I could with my Blogsy application (and even WordPress's own sub-IOS apps ), so I would put this on my iPad, and all 5 pictures would appear in an unpleasant columns after the contents, and no, I can't even label them.
It'?s their dashboards and their applications or the freeway. Wherever I went, I could immediately post comments on an item, post pictures, and write fast and filthy articles directly to my Squarespace blog with just one click. Allow it to be all about blogs instead of trying to fix everything that was not right with my website.
Of course, SS had many mistakes, but they weren't things I could check anyway, so let me just concentrate on my blogs and who knows, the rest will take for themselves. Well, if there was ONE thing I really need to keep delivering, it would be to save myself the pain of spending hour s/days/even week s/he in WordPress fora, in the hope that I would find a good-hearted WP guaru to help me fix something that went terribly bad with my blog.
Instead, I knew that if something went bad on Squarespace, they would have to fix it because it would eventually concern ALL their clients and they would loose businesses if they did not. For once I knew that I didn't have to carry the weight of repairing something that went awry with my website, and that it was just a question of wait until Squarespace tackled and solved the issue.
My favorite favorites play such a big roll in my reduction of my blogs workflows that I blogged almost every day...and then it collapses, interrupting my stay for the WEEK. Naturally, I haven't blogged for week. If I read from their little known Services Updated Blogs (now no longer active, probably so as not to let folks know how flawed their platforms really are), I would dare to say A LOT.
So... it was back to WordPress. The feeling is that I have become a man at last and can at last even type like one. Whilst I'm scrawling indecent things about Squarespace on bath walling, so. Oh, and here's an Irony for you: When I wanted to remove my website completely from Squarespace after moving everything back to WordPress, the Dashboard of course went down again with another bug.