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25/03/2015

I cheated on my first CMS love but went back to it

I cheated on my first CMS love but went back to it

 

You never forget your first love. WordPress was my first CMS love and I went back to it after a few months of cheating.
I loved Squarespace too, but it’s not the right CMS for me. Shakespeare wrote “the course of true love never did run smooth” and I agree with him. There was too much peace of mind with Squarespace and I kept thinking about my quarrels with WordPress.

WHY SQUARESPACE

squarespaceI moved to Squarespace because I fell in love with its neatness and simplicity. I thought those features would help me focussing on content. What I didn’t know is that I was going to feel powerless. I was used to play a bit with code and tweak the CMS to suit my needs and I couldn’t do this with Squarespace. Squarespace offers you a beautiful sophisticated toolset which is deliberately limited in order to prevent the user to break some functionality.

Squarespace is good for non-technical users who don’t mind about customization, but if you are like me – i.e. a control freak – you’re bound to go nuts!

When I cancelled my Squarespace subscription, I found out about their good refund policy:
Turning off your site will automatically apply a prorated refund for unused time on a yearly plan. The refund will be applied to the card that was charged and will appear in your account within 3 to 10 business days.
Note: We don’t offer refunds for monthly plans.

WHY WORDPRESS

wordpressWhen I use WordPress I don’t feel restricted. I know I can customize almost everything and maybe mess up, break something and then fix it.  I feel free to learn from my mistakes and I like it. I love the chance to evolve at my own pace, too.

Moreover, WordPress offers countless integrations, a powerful community and a great support forum. Not to mention the multitude of posts which provide tips, tricks and solutions to known issues.

But I saved the best for last: it was a plugin which convinced me to switch back to WordPress. I’m talking about CoSchedule, the all-in-one editorial calendar plugin which makes your life easier.

I was flirting with CoSchedule since 2013, but I was waiting to become more serious about blogging before subscribing for it. Now the time has come and it is a good time, because they added a bunch of new cool features in 2014! However, the essential functionality I always loved it’s there from the beginning: you can schedule a post and a queue of related social media messages at the same time; everything will be published at the time you choose and the preview will be perfect. It’s annoying to wait for the blog post to be published to schedule the social messages (in order to allow Social Networks to grab the title, description and image of your post), CoSchedule addresses and solves this problem.

I’m so glad I moved back to WordPress and feel a renewed creative spark!


Disclosure: CoSchedule link above is an affiliate link, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you choose to make a purchase. Full disclosure.


 

Are you using a CMS? Which one? 

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