Ah, my apologies. Yes Jeremy is right, I meant “square pads” to indicate that I don’t want stripboard. I wasn’t aware that circular pad types existed. To be honest, circular ones would be fine too.
Ah - ok; I was thinking by “square pads” you wanted square-shaped pads around each hole, instead of circular shaped pads. I would imagine that the need would be for more surface area for bonding of solder or such, but that raises the price of manufacturing the board.
However, your explanation of individual pads as what you need suffices.
Am I right in thinking that these boards have one side insulated from the other (no “vias”)? I haven’t been able to lay my hands on anything like this even in my local shops in town (Maplin sucks these days)
Some do, some don’t - generally, those that have what appear like a “via” are called “plated-thru-hole” or “plated-through-hole” construction; those that don’t (that just have a pad around each hole, one on each side) generally aren’t noted as such; in other words, if the holes are connected, it will be noted in the description that it is of “plated-thru-hole” design; if they aren’t, generally there won’t be an indication.
PTH construction, by the way - while being more expensive, can be a preferred board, simply because the solder for a joint will have much more contact area and form a much stronger joint more resistant to flexing and other mechanical stress. However, your layout of parts when doing a double-sided design would have to be carefully considered to prevent problems, of course - whereas on a non-PTH board this wouldn’t be an issue.