Welcome To My New Look Website!

Welcome To My New Look Website! by business consultant and former CEO, Denyse Whillier | Built To Succeed

Welcome to my new look website! I could not be more excited to share this evolution with you. Please kick off your shoes, make yourself at home and have a good look around. I hope you'll find lots to inspire. 

I've moved my website from Wordpress to Squarespace and I cannot tell you how good this feels. Squarespace is a revelation, and I wish I'd done it ages ago because this platform is so lovely (aka easy for somebody with limited tech skills) to work with.

WHY I MOVED FROM WORDPRESS TO SQUARESPACE

It was only eighteen months ago that I invested in new branding and upgrades to my website. While the changes I made were a vast improvement on the original, I still felt like my website was holding me back. I wanted to do something about it but was worried about the ramifications of migrating so much content over to a new website and having the time to manage such a large project.

I'd been using Wordpress and the Michael Hyatt 'Get Noticed' theme for around four years and loved the flexibility and freedom this open-source platform provides. It's comprehensive and well serviced by independent developers and designers. But the truth is that for a very long time, I've found the whole experience utterly stressful. I'd lost the love for using the platform - if I'd ever had it. And more importantly increasingly didn't like my website which in turn undermined my confidence and creativity.

IF SOMETHING UNDERMINES YOUR CONFIDENCE, CHANGE IT!

I don't want to dwell too much on the detail but every time I looked at my site, I'd notice something I didn't like and, more often than not, didn't know how to fix. Design is really important to me, and when things don't look right, that's very undermining of your brand. The Get Noticed theme, which initially I had loved, felt limiting and more to the point, was starting to affect how I felt about my writing. 

When I discovered that Michael Hyatt had decided to stop selling the Get Noticed theme, discontinue any on-going development of it and phase out any technical support, this was the catalyst I needed to look elsewhere.

EXPLORING MY OPTIONS

I'd heard great things about Squarespace, particularly from reading the Elle & Company blog.  Plus I'd seen a number of magazine style websites built on Squarespace which I loved. Having a platform that I could manage myself without the need for a developer really appealed to me.

Like anybody with an established blog, I was concerned about the implications of moving to another platform. Would Squarespace do everything I needed it to do? Could I make the move without losing the valuable search legacy I've built up? Could I get it to look exactly how I wanted with my limited tech and design skills?

So when I looked at the array of different Squarespace templates, and discovered Rally, with its a magazine-style layout, I decided to sign up for a Squarespace trial and find out for myself how easy it would be to migrate my content-rich website and contents.

HOW EASY WAS THE MOVE?

Migrating my content, together with comments, was very easy. As far as the website build itself went, this was straightforward  too. I managed to create everything pretty quickly, although I estimate it was still a solid week of full time work to get the website to this point. (There's still a substantial job of work to update older content which now has broken links).

Migrating to Squarespace has definitely been a learning curve, but I cannot tell you what an absolute pleasure it is to be on this platform. I love the freedom and flexibility I now have and how easy it is to use. I feel like I've recovered my creative mojo and I'm excited to be researching and writing new articles. More importantly, I hope you enjoy exploring the articles here too.

The reason I was able to get my website up and running so easily was thanks to the following resources:

SO WHAT DO YOU THINK?

I would love to hear your feedback you have about the new site. If you notice any glitches please drop me a line, and equally if you see anything you love, please share on social using the hashtag #BuiltToSucceed. I love reading your feedback so please do take a moment to tell me in the comments box below.

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