Squarespace has been around since 2004, making it one of the most established website builders around. Now with the recent release of the 7th edition, it’s even more useful. They describe it here: "Squarespace 7 features a completely redesigned website manager interface, a deep integration with Getty Images, a cover page builder, an integration with Gmail and Google Apps for Work, 15 new category-specific designs, and much more." It’s a very intuitive system, providing a solid solution for all website builders. Complete novices will find that they can play around and find what’s right for them, while those with specialist needs wanting to upload a portfolio, blog or e-commerce platform will also find that Squarespace is a great option.
The number of templates could perhaps be bigger, but this shouldn’t detract from what is an excellent range of quality options. The designs are classy and have a sharp ‘Apple-like’ feel to them. In addition, whichever template you choose, it is complemented by a very impressive range of widgets and features, giving users the flexibility to add whatever they want to tailor their site. The interface might take you a little while to figure out, but once you get the hang of it, you should find that it’s very intuitive. The editor works on a ‘drag and drop’ basis, making it very simple to get the design just right by adding, changing and deleting elements with ease. There are two levels of navigation, which also makes Squarespace very useable. You should be able to see the changes you make in real time which is also extremely helpful.
Hosting is included with all Squarespace packages. In fact, it is somewhat of a one-stop shop for all your website needs with a domain name also included in each package. In addition, you will also receive plenty of storage too, with 2GB storage and 500GB bandwidth included in the Standard plan, which becomes unlimited with more advanced plans.
There is a whole bunch of other features to take advantage of too. Built-in analytics helps you to track traffic, while there is also a very effective SEO system - It allows users to utilize meta tags, to customize URLs and a whole lot more. Social media integration is also of a very high level, while all Squarespace sites are compatible with mobile displays, which is crucial in today’s online environment. Meanwhile, the e-commerce platform allows users to sell both physical and digital products, while handling all arrangements for payment and shipping.
There are three packages to consider at Squarespace – Standard, Unlimited and Business. The price and the number of features increases with each package. At $8 monthly, Standard users will get a maximum-20 page site (not including blog posts), which is mobile optimized and features ample storage and bandwidth. It is a great option for anyone wanting to create a straightforward, but effective and hassle-free website.
As you can tell, Squarespace quotes all prices in USD, and not local GBP currency. We have done the same here, assuming anyone can calculate the conversion ratio and price in pounds, and whichever payment method you choose to sign up and pay with will make this a non-issue.
Meanwhile, the Unlimited package does pretty much what it says! For $16 each month, users do not need to worry about any limit on pages, bandwidth or storage. There are a few other added extras thrown in too. The Business package essentially adds the e-commerce platform for $24 each month. It can be used to construct a really good online store. Features include inventory tracking and tax calculation and pretty much anything else you could want.
Support is really top class. So much so, that you may not even need to turn to the customer service staff themselves. You can find video tutorials and a well-stocked knowledge base on the site itself. However, if you do need to contact staff, rest assured that representatives are on the end of a phone 24/7. Usefully, between 8am-7pm EST in the United States, they are also available on live chat.