Awhile back, I did a question and answer session on Instagram about SM+Co’s move from website hosting on Squarespace to hosting WordPress with Flywheel hosting.
Unfortunately, Instagram shortly thereafter temporarily blocked me from uploading videos, so it got completely lost! I recently combined the questions and answers into a video and added it to our neglected YouTube channel.
There are a lot of points in this video (which I made while walking one of my dogs), but here are the key takeaways:
- Moving to a new platform forces you to really curate what you have on your website—it’s a lot of work to move things! I deleted about 50% of my content.
- It’s important to think about tradeoffs. Squarespace is very simple and relatively hands off in terms of maintenance. WordPress is not, but we’ve automated and simplified as much as possible.
- Security is less of a concern if you use proper hosting and don’t install weird and random plugins.
- The blog migration was a pain and there was a lot of manual work—we didn’t completely do this, just focused on highlights.
We used a great suite of simple tools to make our move from Squarespace to WordPress:
Got questions about platform choices? Pondering whether Squarespace, WordPress or something else is right for you? Drop a note in the comments!