Your business decided to go the “do-it-yourself” route and made a simple website on Squarespace. Do you even own your website when it’s all said and done?
Squarespace is no different than Wix and Weebly in that they offer a “do-it-yourself” all-in-one solution. With DIY site builders like Squarespace, you are using their design templates which are very limited, meaning your website will look like hundreds of others out there.
The important thing to keep in mind with Squarespace is you do not own your content. You do not own the website you just made. If you’re not happy with Squarespace, you should be able to take all of your hard work and move it somewhere else. A full export of your website is not possible with Squarespace.
And the Squarespace service agreement about termination would make me nervous before I would even begin! This is copied right from their website:
Services may be terminated by Squarespace, without cause, at any time. Notice of termination of Services by Squarespace may be sent to the contact e-mail associated with your account. Upon termination, Squarespace has the right to delete all data, files, or other information that is stored in your account.
Section 12. Termination
What does that mean? Squarespace can terminate your service without warning. They can delete all of your files. They may email you about deleting your entire website (they don’t guarantee or promise that they will contact you).
In regard to building a website with Squarespace, the whole user experience is not very friendly and editing/adding content is very confusing. Finding your way around to make a simple edit can be time-consuming, not to mention frustrating.
It blows my mind to see so many businesses (and designers) using Squarespace. Your website is an asset for your business, not an expense. You need to invest wisely in the most important marketing piece for your organization – your website!
Please keep in mind this post is my opinion. I felt it was important to share because I want what is right for business owners. Local businesses should own their websites and content – whether they are my client or not.
Bottom Line: I do not think Squarespace is a viable option for businesses. Please consider the consequences. If Squarespace decided to terminate your service and your business is left without a website… now what?
Full disclaimer: I design and develop websites using self-hosted WordPress software. As a designer, I have a choice. I choose WordPress for my clients.