SquareSpace Review

By: Jo Savill

Overview

Whether you are looking to build a simple blog, an online ecommerce shop, a business website or a striking online home for your portfolio, SquareSpace has everything you need. With simple point and click functionality, you can build an original website with completely customizable features from start to finish, and every feature mobile responsive without any extra work for you. Using best SEO practices, and linking seamlessly with social media, allow search engines to find your brand easily, and start driving traffic towards your business today.

Feature List

Website Design FeaturesPublishing Features
Categorized TemplatesUnlimited Storage and Bandwidth
Mobile-OptimizedFree Custom Domain Name
e-Commerce Features AvailableUnlimited Pages
Social Media IntegrationSEO and Analytics Included
Easy Edit Photo Galleries24/7 Customer Support

Website Building Features

The Squarespace editor is very simple to use. The templates to choose from are split into easy to navigate categories, including business, photography, wedding, artists, and music. These templates can be completely customized by adding images and text and by choosing design features such as background or fonts, and uniquely by adding additional templates onto top in a layering effect.

The number of customizable features at SquareSpace is seemingly endless. The drag and drop editor allows users to easily customize the location of website elements and the layout itself. In addition, users will be able to see exactly what their website looks like before it is published.

SquareSpace also has a wide range of e-Commerce features that customers can use to create a functional online store. Real time carrier shipping, integrated accounting features, as well as original personal touches like label printing are all included with the Unlimited package.

Squarespace provides a superb blogging platform with great features. These include LayoutEngine Based Editing with all Squarespace pages, and all Content Block types (text, image, gallery, video, audio, etc.) are available for use within each blog entry. You can also use media management, social media integration and much more. The design templates are visually pleasing and like all SquareSpace templates-mobile responsive to attract new readers on the go.

CMS

Once upon a time, creating your own website meant learning CSS and HTML. Now, thanks to the Squarespace CMS, you can create a custom website and start managing your content in virtually no time at all—and you don't need to be a Web developer. A Squarespace CMS review shows that this platform clearly stands up to its strongest competitors: Squarespace templates are responsive, drag-and-drop capabilities make organizing content a cinch, and you can integrate Google™ Analytics.

Custom Templates

Squarespace templates are responsive, easy to customize, and allow you to tell your story with style. Choose a Squarespace theme that matches your personality or brand, and simply add your personal photos and text. Squarespace blog templates are also responsive, so it's easy for your readers to connect on desktops, tablets, and other mobile devices.

Custom Fonts

Make your custom SquareSpace site truly your own by changing the font to reflect your brand and style. Create a sophisticated feel on your homepage or add a sense of whimsy to your blog—the choice is yours. SquareSpace font size is easy to alter, and you can even add SquareSpace custom fonts to your CMS using the style editor.

Ecommerce

Creating a powerful SquareSpace ecommerce site gives you the chance to turn your store into a memorable brand and a powerful force in your industry. Display your products, tell your story, and utilize online marketing tools to reach more people. SquareSpace ecommerce pricing is reasonable, so even the smallest operation can set up an impressive online presence in no time. SquareSpace ecommerce templates make selling and shipping easy.

Examples

Deciding on the right look and feel for your website is a big deal. SquareSpace knows you want to create the perfect design, so SquareSpace template examples are available for free. View a live preview of an artistic blog, or get inspired by a SquareSpace ecommerce example. Whether you are setting up a personal blog, artist's portfolio, or making an online splash with your new store, SquareSpace examples are here to get you started on the right foot.

Logo Maker

The SquareSpace logo maker has taken the stress out of crafting personal and business logos. Simply enter your name, choose an icon, and add your tagline. Once the SquareSpace logo creator has delivered your new logo, you can add it to business cards, T-shirts, and more. The logo builder puts branding in your hands like never before.

Mobile

SquareSpace templates are always responsive, so you automatically have a SquareSpace mobile site that looks great on tablets and smartphones when you create a desktop site. Your SquareSpace mobile website will have seamless navigation, including a mobile menu. Visitors to your mobiles site will see the same attractive template theme you selected for your desktop site. Plus, SquareSpace mobile CSS alterations are possible for advanced Web developers who want to tweak their mobile websites.

Nameservers

Point your website domain purchased from a third-party provider to SquareSpace with only a few pieces of information, including your default nameservers. Thanks to domain mapping, your custom website URL will direct your visitors right to your SquareSpace site. You can also take advantage of SquareSpace nameservers by purchasing your custom domain right from SquareSpace.

Additional Features

Hosting is included with all packages at SquareSpace and all customers will receive a free custom domain name. If preferable, you can choose to add your own existing domain name. The premium packages at SquareSpace offer unlimited bandwidth, unlimited pages, unlimited storage and unlimited blogs and galleries. Websites created with this builder are also automatically mobile-optimized so visitors can easily navigate the site on their mobile devices.

SquareSpace also has built-in website analytics that enables users to view the number of visitors to their site in real time. In addition, these analytics will tell users where their visitors are coming from and what keywords they are using to search for the site. SEO techniques including proper tagging, article links, XHTML code and XML sitemaps are also built-in to all SquareSpace websites.

Pricing

After a 14-day free trial, there are four plans available, two for each websites and online stores. As the price of the packages increase, so do the number of features that are available. The Personal website package is $12.00 per month and with this package, users will get a mobile optimized-site, unlimited storage and bandwidth, and 20 pages. This package is great for those who are a creating a simple, personal site with little to moderate traffic. If you’re looking to sell more than 1 product, this is not the package for you. The Business package costs $18.00 per month, and offers lower transaction fees with unlimited pages.

PackagePrice per month# of PagesBandwidth & StorageTransaction Fees
Personal$12/month20 PagesUnlimited3%
Business $18/monthUnlimitedUnlimited 2%

Although the Business package offers fully-integrated Ecommerce, there are two packages available for those who wish to create a broader working Ecommerce site - the Basic and the Advanced packages. These come with a full range of Ecommerce features to sell unlimited products, and includes inventory tracking, tax and real time carrier shipping as well as integrated accounting, and everything else needed to operate an online store.

PackagePrice per monthTransaction FeesLabel PrintingAutomatic Discounts
Basic$26/monthNoneYesNo
Advanced$40/monthNoneYesYes

All packages offer a free domain and 24/7 customer support.

Customer Service and Support

SquareSpace offers a comprehensive knowledgebase for searching for answers to common problems, including how to manuals, tutorials and video workshops on getting started, and FAQ. They also have a forum for community based answers to your problems, where you can share experiences. If you still need help, customer support is available via live chat or through an online form. Live chat is available on the website Monday through Friday from 3am to 8pm EST.

SquareSpace customer service representatives are available 24/7 to answer inquiries submitted through the ticket system and usually representatives will respond to queries in less than an hour. There is also a knowledgebase available and workshops that show users how to make the most of their SquareSpace website.

 

 

 

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