I’ve decided to make some big changes with my website. The first being that I am going to once again put my photography on my Interrobang website. Interrobang first began around 1996 as a site for my art and photography and now it will return to being a site for my art and photography… and my woodworking.
Part of this change is because I’m tired of updating, maintaining, and dealing with problems on several websites, so I’m returning to having a single site.
The other part (for you web geeks) is that I’ve grown tired of self-hosted WordPress sites and want to try Squarespace. I’ve used WordPress for my various sites for over twelve years and for the most part loved the platform. WordPress was so much easier than building sites in HTML and Flash like I did back in the day.
My frustration with WordPress has been mainly on the security and maintenance side of things. There are constantly software related updates that need to be done and if an update breaks something you can spend way too much time trying to figure out what went wrong. And if you use free plugins or themes, you sometimes open yourself to security risks. I had one website I just had to completely delete because of constant attacks on the site—attacks which seemed to start shortly after I installed a free theme which must have had some hacker attracting code in it. Add to that cheap shared web hosting and you can find yourself spending hours if not days trying to get a website back up.
What drew me to Squarespace is that it is their own software and they host the websites. They keep the software updated, they resolve problems, the make sure things are running smoothly. Every part of their software is made by them and tested to work with their system. (Unlike WordPress where anyone can develop plugins or theme which may or may not work smoothly.) So far any support questions I had for them were answered quickly, unlike almost every web host I’ve had. Pricing is just a bit more than my shared hosting and far cheap than a VPS or dedicated server. Plus when you factor in all the paid themes or plugins you may buy to improve a WordPress site, Squarespace is a better deal. Plus they have built-in ecommerce which looks like it will be good for my products.
The change will be bittersweet, yet refreshing. I spend far too much time messing around with my websites and I’m hoping the move to Squarespace and back to just one website will free up more time to do my art and woodworking.
Stay tuned for the change over later this fall/winter.