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  • #85738

    painthog
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    A big ‘Thanks You’ to Studiopress and the reliable Genesis framework for creating simple and effective themes/framework.

    I switched over from Squarespace to WP and did days worth of research before deciding on Genesis. It has proven to be a right decision and in a short few months I’ve improved my page ranking dramatically.

    I’m using Minimum Pro with no advanced customizations. Have a look and let me know your thoughts :)

    http://painthog.com

    Thanks again and keep up the fantastic work.


    -Robert Joyner
    http://painthog.com

    http://painthog.com
    #85800

    Allie49
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    Your creations are impressive. For the STORE tab though, I was expecting to see a gallery. I guess that front page for the STORE tab works, too. Other than that, it looks great. Nice job!

    #85811

    painthog
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    Hi Allie49,

    I appreciate your feedback and thanks for having a look.

    You make a great point. I should have the STORE link go directly to a products page and not another HOME page. That’s a great idea. On it!

    Thanks again
    Cheers


    -Robert Joyner
    http://painthog.com

    #88406

    sssv
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    Robert,

    I’m curious as to what prompted you to switch from Squarespace to WP? I love working in WP and Genesis but was thinking about doing an upcoming project in Squarespace.

    Would love to hear your thoughts….

    Thanks!


    Sara @ wirebird media – WordPress and Genesis web developer

    #88409

    painthog
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    Hi sssv,

    I decided the move my main website back to wordpress because none of my images were getting listed on Google. Since I’m a visual artist I had to reconsider having my blog and portfolio platform. I switched to squarespace from WP because they offered a great ecommerce solution and took care of all the SSL certificates. I also loved their clean and elegant themes and took care of all the updates.

    I knew wordpress would get my images and page rank back to where it was before I switched to Squarespace. Organic views were at 200-275 hits a day before I moved to squarespace. That number dropped to 25-30 visits in a very short time. Since I sell my art strictly online I couldn’t afford that drop in numbers.

    In just a few months I’m already seeing a 300 percent increase in organic hits since moving back to WP. Although I love the Squarespace platform and it’s far more enjoyable and intuitive than WP, I have to say it was the right move for my business model.

    That being said I created a sub domain for my shop and that still is hosted at Squarespace. I can’t find anything out there that shows the products better than their themes, certainly not Woocommerce. But my workhorse is back to WP since I feel that has the best results for getting my work in front of new prospective collectors.

    Hope that helps.


    -Robert Joyner
    http://painthog.com

    #88492

    painthog
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    Hi sssv,

    One last thing I failed to mention. The reason why my website images weren’t being indexed by Google is Squarespace stores them on a separate server. When an image is uploaded they create several size images for different page layouts, and mobile devices. Those images are then stored on their server and the url’s do not have your/my main included. So there was no way Google could properly index them as part of my website thus the reason why my images weren’t getting discovered.

    -Robert


    -Robert Joyner
    http://painthog.com

    #88591

    sssv
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    Robert – I really appreciate your detailed explanation! Very helpful in comparing platforms. Your site looks good!

    Thanks,
    Sara


    Sara @ wirebird media – WordPress and Genesis web developer

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