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WHAT IS SQUARESPACE ABOUT?

Though there are several factors to be considered when choosing a website builder platform, in all honesty, like landscapes’ pictures or Instagram stories from Dua Lipa, Squarespace’s site is simply nice to look at.

If you want a visually outstanding website, then Squarespace is an excellent choice for you. Squarespace position themselves as the website builder for blogs, portfolio sites, and online stores. Despite the fact that it’s not as easy to use as other website builders, this one is actually pretty good for simple websites, e-commerce and customization.

THE GOOD STUFF

PROS:

+ Squarespace is the place to go if your website’s appeal is your number one concern. Squarespace offers a variety of 40 slick, modern, and hot templates that instantly command attention.  Okay, maybe not “hot” unless you are into templates. These are maybe the highest quality designs, but they rely heavily on the images used, so the quality might vary. The photo-heavy templates might also not work for you if you don’t have any interest in having HQ pictures. But if you are, then I recommend you to invest some thought, time and (maybe) cash prior to building your website.

Squarespace`s Style Editor lets you customize your template using drag-and drop controls that don’t require any coding knowledge, just a mouse and a decent sight. And if you are a coding fan, you are allowed to edit your site using CSS too.

Easy to use. The user interface has a minimalistic design. As you resize the window, you see directly how it looks on your mobile devices.  Two looks with one stone. The site editor’s interface is also very intuitive. Instead of using a permanent, boring toolbar, Squarespace opens a dialog box prompting you to select webpage elements to be placed on the spot you just clicked. To add, edit, or remove elements, simply hover the mouse over the available content block.

+ One particularly nice feature of Squarespace is the video backgrounds design feature. This can turn an already nice-looking Squarespace template into a stunning one. Fact: The latest music video at the Louvre from Jay-Z and Beyoncé was inspired by a Squarespace’s template. You can basically use any Youtube or Vimeo URL to create a looped video background for your site, add a range of filters to it, speed up or slow it down and even making a remix. Those are always trending.

+ The Squarespace website builder platform comes with a host of built-in e-commerce solutions designed specifically to help you sell your products and services online and get the big bucks. With a wide range of ecommerce capabilities, there are no limits when it comes to selling your product. Just keep it legal, please. This is a very positive feature if you are planning to grow your business in the future. On the other hand, it’s important to point out that the 'Personal' Squarespace plan doesn’t include e-commerce functionality. All other plans allow you to sell an unlimited number of products and/or accept donations via your site.

Pretty good user support. You can have an answer to your deepest and most existential concerns close to instantly by using live-chat. There are also 24/7 ticket system and video tutorials right there to help you like your bestie.

Customizations & 3rd-Party Integrations. Offering full code access means you can adjust every page and element of your site. Further to this, Squarespace offers free integration with a wide range of 3rd-parties to add additional features and widgets to your site…for free! Really, there’s no additional cost to your plan. Some 3rd-party integrations include: OpenTable, Instagram, Google Maps, Disqus, Apple Pay, FedEx, MailChimp(which isn’t actually about mailing chimps, that’s probably illegal) , Amazon and more.

THE BAD STUFF:

SquareSpace is like a Tesla: everybody talks about it and looks great from the outside, but can become very expensive. Monthly prices are based on 1-year contracts with domain name included.

$12 – Personal or the “You can afford it” plan:
A good solution if you don't need an online store.

$18- Business or the “You should afford it” plan:
Includes an online store with a transaction fee of 3%.

$26 Online Store (Basic) or the “You might afford it” plan:
Sell online without transaction fees.

$40 Online Store (Advanced) or the “Oh hi, you’re looking good!” plan:
Use advanced ecommerce features.

– No Free Plan: Unlike major website builder competitors, Squarespace does not offer a free plan. Whilst a free trial is available to all users, this only gets you as far as building your site within the editor. You will have to pay for a full plan to make your site go live and be enjoyed by millions of users out there. Yes, millions, keep your hopes up!

– Editor Navigation: If you are patient and determined you can  achieve a really high-spec site, but be ready that once you have chosen your template, it’s not obvious how to customize it.  At least not immediately. Customizing your Squarespace template is like choosing what ice cream to eat, there are so many choices that it can feel overwhelming.

– Whether it’s okay with you or not, getting familiar with Squarespace will take a bit of trial and error first. Also you can have issues with the Squarespace editor, as it has shown to be a bit clunky and personally I have lost many edits due to errors.

– No Mobile Editor. Squarespace doesn’t offer a dedicated mobile editor, so you can’t create a separate version of your site for phones and tablets. Your mobile interface is mostly a clone. Nevertheless, Squarespace templates are fully responsive, meaning that a mobile / tablet-optimised version of your site is automatically generated for users viewing your site on those devices. Sadly, there’s not VR version yet, but that’s probably coming.

– It’s great for small online shops, but may be limited for global e-commerce ambitions.

– Squarespace doesn’t provide a good way to create multilingual websites. Editor supports any language, but interface is English only. Eso no es muy cómodo si tu lengua materna es español. Sorry about that, sometimes I forget I shouldn’t randomly speak Spanish.

– Squarespace has no backup feature and restoring your content isn’t possible. They recommend copying and pasting your content into a Google Doc…WHY?! They should know sometimes people forget things or make mistakes.

As an unquestionable conclusion – When to go for SQUARESPACE?

  • Go for Squarespace if you want to create a stylish webpage and you have time to basically hang out with the editor, get to know it, perhaps fall in love and find all of the editing options you will need.
  • Go for Squarespace if you seek flexibility to customize site elements both through the drag-and-drop editor and with custom HTML.
  • Don’t go for Squarespace if you need a really easy editor or webpage speed is a matter of life or death for you.