I Exported My Website Away from Squarespace

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The Problem With Exporting Your Website Away From Squarespace

I finally — FINALLY! — managed to pull the rest of my images and blog posts off my older Squarespace website, get them imported correctly into this WordPress based site, hosted by Dreamhost (Affiliate Link) where all the images are now correctly imported into and served directly from the media library.

Formatting for some image galleries is off, but that can easily be fixed. The important part is not having to chase down broken image links that point to a defunct website as the source and having to re-upload them one at a time, per blog post, to fix them.

I let it sit for nearly a year because I didn’t want to deal with it while editing single blog posts whenever I felt up to it.

What a ?!*#%$&!?! pain in the ass it is to migrate data I own away from Squarespace! And, as I understand, with Squarespace’s newest templates, exporting away is not even supported.

If you are looking to build a website and want to choose between an integrated website builder platform like Squarespace, Wix, Weebly, Shopify, etc vs building with WordPress, Drupal, Concrete5, or some other open source CMS, consider how important your content is to you, and what your options are should you need more functionality or resources than what you started with.

If you hit that point, will you be able to easily take ALL of your content with you to another platform or website, if at all? What happens if you export everything into an XML file, only to find that all of the images you had posted didn’t import correctly and now you have to fix dozens of broken image links.

Or what if you want to export everything but find out, at that moment, that you cannot because the platform will only export certain things or won’t allow you to export out at all..?

Choose carefully.

By Adrian Feliciano

Adrian Feliciano specializes in on-location portrait and boudoir photography, documenting events for Boston's thriving nightlife scene, and fire performer photography. Adrian also runs a shop over at Americanbogan.com for non-photography related things and makes one hell of a delicious Filipino adobo. You can always ask him for the recipe whenever you're ready to try something new for dinner.

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