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Hi! Sorry if this is not the right place for this question but I could not find the answer anywhere online.

Is it possible to only build a website on squarespace then transferring the hosting to a cheaper option? Or once you create the website you are damned to pay until the end of times SquareSpace for their services?

 

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The short answer is no.

Unlike older ways of building websites, where you had files hosted on a server, that you could potentially move to another hosting service, SS doesn't allow access to their backend. SS is a proprietary system not based on something like WordPress.

The way SS manages and builds pages is also much different than the old school way of building sites. SS is not designed to accomplish the kind of site building you mention. It is designed to hide all that stuff away from the user.

In addition they way SS builds sites, lots of dynamic elements, I don't think SS would be suitable to take a snapshot of and then transfer that snapshot to some other provider. Even if you could, it wouldn't have SS features anymore.

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Thank you good sir, I am just starting to explore the world of website building and as I said this information was not listed anywhere online.

Perhaps you could still be of help. My goal is to create websites for SMBs in my area, what path would you recommend I take? Should I start with user-friendly sites and work my way up to Wordpress 

 

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My goal is to create websites for SMBs in my area, what path would you recommend I take? Should I start with user-friendly sites and work my way up to Wordpress

That is a big area that would be hard to cover in a few sentences or paragraphs.

If you want getting started advice you might want to post a new thread with a title like.

Just starting out. Want to create websites for SMBs in my area. What path would you recommend I take?

Then go into some detail about how you want to work. What are your goals?

For example. I prefer to work with folks that are DIY'ers and want to handle the day to day stuff on their own and use my services for the heavy lifting to do the things they can't. Creating custom code, help in how to organize their site, and etc.

I also have clients that I do pretty much everything for but for those sites I prefer the sites to be relatively simple. I.e. once we get it set up there aren't regular tasks for me to do. Only occasional updates.

Again these are just some of my general preferences. Everyone has different areas that interest them.

As to the technology side of things I prefer SS as a platform. It lends itself to clients who are DIY'ers or who want you do to all the work. SS being a proprietary system is not the be all end all of website builders. It has limitations because it was targeted to DIY'ers. Use the right tool for the job. I've used other website builders such as Django and WordPress but there are literally hundreds (if not thousands 🙂of different kinds of builders out there.

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