This is a post that I've thought about writing for awhile. Sort of a follow-up to a post that I wrote shortly after moving everything over from Wordpress.
I'm writing it right now, not becuase I planned to, but because I just lost an entire post by trying to use their in-browser composer. Turns out that it'll let you write an entire post and try to save it before letting you know that you're not logged in and losing all of your work.
So I'm a little peeved.
But here's the deal with Squarespace 6:
It's a great as a CMS. It's been really easy to maintain. I've changed themes multiple times without any problems. I haven't had to update a bunch of plugins or configure a bunch of weird behind the scenes settings that probably only make sense to system admins and Wordpress maniacs. It just works. If my blog is ugly (and it might be), it's my fault. Out of the box, you can make incredible looking web-things.
Also, their customer service is AMAZING. They are responsive and helpful and awesome.
I'm so happy with Squarespace 6 that there's not another CMS I would trade it in for at this point. But if I do move, it'll likely be to something that is as good at CMS but is better at posting content.
Squarespace is the Fundamentalist Baptist Church of CMS posting. It is not, AT ALL, flexible. You can post via iOS App, in browser editor, or by email. That's it, tough guy. There is no API access. There is no publishing from Byword or Marsedit. There's no nifty URL scheme for Drafts or Editorial to work with. It's probably due to the complexity of the technology behind their WYSIWYG interface. Or it might be a desire to control the experience from start to finish. The Jobsian way.
Either way, don't plan on bringing your slick writing workflows along for the party. Especially if they involve posting from iOS.
It's perplexing and frustrating when considering that the rest of the experience is so good. In an age where you can post to free services like Tumblr from blog editors, text editors, phones, email, CD players, smoke signals, toaster ovens, or Micro Brew IPAs, it seems odd to be paying so much for something that is so detached from how people actually create content.
I already mentioned the iOS apps, which are very nice looking. But if you format a post beyond straight up text, you'll not be able to edit it from iOS. You're living in the year 2000. With flying cars and desktop centric publishing. That piece of glass in your pocket is essentially a brick.
Stop everything. Wait for the Squarespace app to open, wait for it to finish whatever it needs to do before it becomes responsive, then paste in the text as markdown (which is a very cool feature, btw). Oh, and don't forget to set a reminder to fill in the metadata when you get back to a computer. Cause you can't do it from mobile.
I'm hoping that they'll bring out a new app when iOS 7 launches. But at the same time, I'd be incredibly surprised.
The other issues I've had, like problems with implementing common blog functionalities, I've been able to overcome with a little elbow grease or rationalizing the need for them away.
None of that compares to the sorry state of posting. Metaphorically, they've built a beautiful sports car without a gas pedal.
So there's the review. A tale of love and hate. If you like posting content often and easily, go to Tumblr. If you need something that looks great and is less dependent on frequent or flexible content updates, Squarespace might be a good fit.
I'll be waiting it out, because they've got to be doing something great if it's taking this long. Right?