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Why I Left Squarespace for Google Sites

posted Jan 10, 2014, 10:39 AM by Anjuan Simmons   [ updated Jul 12, 2016, 1:45 PM ]
I've decided to move my domains from Squarespace to Google Sites. So, the journey of my web hosting services has followed this path (including if they were free or paid):

  1. Yahoo! Small Business (paid)
  2. (free)
  3. Self-Hosted WordPress (paid for server)
  4. Squarespace (paid)
  5. Google Sites (free)
Of these five services, I enjoyed Squarespace the most, particularly Squarespace 6. It was a paid service that offerred a lot of flexibility when it came to designing websites. So, why am I leaving Squarespace for Google Sites? Here are the reasons:
  • Google Sites doesn't provide the level of design control as Squarespace, but it's good enough. There are several page templates available, and they can all be modified by selecting different fonts, font sizes, colors, background images, headers, etc.
  • Google has done a lot of integration between Google Sites and other Google properties like Google+, Google Drive, and YouTube. So, it's easy to embed Google+ picture galleries, YouTube videos, Google Drive forms, etc.
  • Google Sites easily integrate with Google Analytics which offer more insight than the analytics that come with Squarespace.
  • I assume that Google will give sites created using Google Sites a little more SEO "juice" to encourage people to use it.
  • And, of course, Google Sites is a free service.
While Google Sites lacks a lot of features (most notably, the ability for anyone to make a comment on a blog post), it is enough of a minimum viable product for me to make the switch. Google Sites gives me the ability to make sites that look good enough to not look like a thrown together site. And the price is right.