We have been around the block or two online and have tried our hand in many platforms, hosting services, and domain providers, but when it came time to rebrand we were stuck. We pondered for months over this decision, but once we made it we never looked back! Squarespace is by far the easiest to use, cleanest interface and hands down the best decision we made for our blog. Here’s why…
Modern Design (With Esc Key)
Having an updated look was absolutely crucial to us when it came time for the switch. We previously have dealt with having our own custom coded website (DIY), large custom content management systems (in the corporate world), and Wordpress using various themes. Squarespace offers the cleanest selection of themes. Sure there aren’t 100,000 options, but the 40+ they offer have extreme flexibility and can quickly become personalized. We spent hours combing through Wordpress templates only to be left disappointed. There are some great ones out there that offer great flexibility, but I have found them to be time intensive to set up and not always that user friendly (as they are built by many different people).
Don’t like what theme you picked on Squarespace? Press the Esc key and you are flown directly into editing mode. Press save and your site is back in action. Also, you can even try it totally free for 14 days – any theme, even switch to a new one half way through!
Easiest User Interface…. Ever
Being in design, but having coding knowledge makes this a bit of a catch 22. Sure I know how to manipulate code to move something to a different column, but I am visual, so having the flexibility to just drag it over to create a new column was genius.
We love the user interface. It is easy to understand, sure there may be limited options, but each choice leads you to a new set of choices to fine tune the end result. An hour of coding to create a custom slider turns into seconds with just a few clicks of the mouse.
Compatible Across All Platforms and Devices
I am going to date myself, but that first custom website I built…. Was before EVERYONE had a smartphone, tablet or some sort of crazy mobile device. I wasn’t worried about making it responsive or easy to view on a phone, it just needed to be functional.
With today’s society having your site be fully responsive is crucial. On an average day, nearly 50% of our site traffic is from mobile devices. Many Wordpress templates are responsive, but no matter what, with Squarespace you always have that flexibility built-in. We could absolutely create a custom site on Muse without knowing code, but all of a sudden we are responsible for making the tablet and phone friendly versions separately on my own time and must update them independently.
Goofy things that you might overlook like increasing the font size for phones or rearranging photos so the page flows is automatically taken care of for you!
Many sites offer functionality to link to social sites, but we love the customized widgets that make the social streaming feel like it is apart of the original design. We have easily linked Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. P.S. You really ought to just follow us across the board!
Now many people don’t think about this, but having a secure place to host is extremely important. In the past we have had issues with Wordpress allowing loopholes in some of their widgets that offer opportunities for the not so great people to sneak their way in.
I even ended up in a situation where a site I was managing was hacked and someone was selling black market drugs utilizing the back end of our high traffic site. Sure this may be an extreme situation, but I like that all apps/widgets, etc. are Squarespace controlled. Of course that means less variety, but they are backed up by the Squarespace team so I have complete comfort in knowing they have taken care of these loopholes I may or may not be privy to.
Real support offered by real people. Unlike many other service providers there is chat and email functionality to channel questions through. In many other platforms, especially if you are utilizing home grown tools, i.e. custom themes or widgets, you must rely on user forums if you run into a problem or have questions.
Granted it is so simple to use, we haven’t even needed support! Whereas in the case of other service providers we have used we were stuck after 15 minutes when something wasn’t rendering correctly, we needed custom code to overwrite something, or even more frustrating, we had no idea where to even look to make the change we needed.
Super simple integration with Stripe makes it a breeze to list and sell products online. It is perfect for delivering digital downloads (for free or paid), selling physical products, managing shipping and more.
Why It Is Worth It
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What other questions do you have about Squarespace vs. other service providers?