Why I Moved My Website From Wix to Squarespace and What I Work With Now
So, I've done it. I bit the bullet. Less than few months into my rebrand as Make.Be, I parted ways with my longtime friend, Wix, and now offer services on 3 different platforms: Shopify, Showit, and Squarespace.
If you've been following me for some time, you know that I love Wix because it's easy to use and gives me total design freedom, which is of course what a designer wants. But after a few months of no improvement to their blog, I said buh-bye.
It's not possible to run a business that relies on Pinterest marketing when Wix's blog doesn't even support Rich Pins. If you're new to Pinterest, just know that using Rich Pins vs normal Pins is a good move for your business.
So, how did I make the move so quickly, and what services am I offering now? I'll tell you why I now work with clients on Squarespace, Shopify, and Showit.
I ended up switching my on site to Squarespace. I had held off on SS for a long time because I find the straight Squarespace look boring, and without using Photoshop or Illustrator, you can't do much in the editor.
But when I needed a quick fix (and since I had already purchased a SS plan), I moved my website over within a week.
Why? For the blog.
Will I change again in the future? Possibly. But for now, Squarespace works fine for me, and I'll keep working on it with clients for the foreseeable future, as it is still a great DIY website builder for small businesses.
The core of my business and my interest lies in helping handmade businesses set up shop online. Squarespace does how great ecommerce features such as abandoned cart recovery, and everyone loves their clean look. But I find their templates a bit strict.
Shopify is, IMHO, the best platform to create a great-looking site that's easy to manage. Shopify's analytics and apps (or, plugins) help extend a site's capability to do pretty much everything. And best of all, Shopify sites run smoothly without too much back-end hassle on your part.
Yes, you will probably need to hire a developer to tweak your templates, but once everything is set up, you can make changes on your own, if you feel like it. And since Shopify is solely dedicated to making the best ecommerce experiences around, it's sure to only get better.
I haven't used Woo Commerce, but I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on it, if you've tried it.
Showit's my new baby, and it's a great hybrid between Wix's design freedom and WordPress blogging. (Their blog runs on WordPress software).
When I first heard of Showit about 2 years ago, it was obvious that they were going to be big. They had beautiful design, an already loyal following (with the likes of GoLive HQ and amny other talented designers), and great marketing.
However, Showit was billing itself as a platform for photographers, and especially wedding photographers. It seemed that my market wasn't there. I was still working with small businesses and entrepreneurs in several other niches. Also, Showit lacked a lot of essential features in comparisson to Wix and Squarespace.
Now, two years later, Showit has caught up and even excels in several other areas, taking the best of both Wix (a pure drag-and-drop builder) and Squarespace (beautiful design sensibilities and powerful blog), with Word Press software.
Sounds like a match made in heaven!
I'm still learning this platform, but I find it easy and intuitive to use. So, it also makes this lists of website builders that we use to create amazing, classy sites for creatives.
Wrapping It Up
I'm very happy with my switch to Squarespace and though I still have a lot of ground to cover on my new website, it's SO much easier to manage than the old Wix one.
Are you looking for the best platform for your new website? Not sure what will help you grow?
Get in touch and let's talk about it!