Squarespace Review: Website Builders Review

 

Squarespace is a sleek and easy to use website builder that makes it easy for anyone to create an attractive and functional website. Founded in 2004, Squarespace now has thousands of happy customers that range from bloggers to businessmen. 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." While their services don’t run cheap, they do offer a free trial so you can be sure you’re getting your money’s worth. With a truly stunning interface and unbeatable customer/technical support, Squarespace provides a sophisticated yet easy way to build and host your website.

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Feature List

Squarespace offers an array of free features included in their packages, or what they refer to as “Core Features.”

Free FeaturesPremium Features
Full Site AnalyticsUnlimited Pages
Content ManagementUnlimited Bandwidth
Cloud based hostingUnlimited Storage
Unlimited SupportUnlimited Editors
Visual Style DesignerForm Builder
Customizable Widgets & Add-OnsSSL Security Options

Website Building Features

Building your new site is easy on Squarespace. Begin by choosing from over 85 template designs by “brand-name” designers. Keep in mind that these aren’t your typical website builder templates. In fact, Squarespace specifically calls them “templates that aren’t templated”. Why? Well, because each and every item can be customized entirely. Really, it’s true. They offer far more customization than nearly any website builder we’ve tested so far, making them a favorite site builder among web designers, graphic artists, web developers and web technology consultants.

Once you’ve selected a template, choose your own layout, your own font, and upload your custom banner/logo. Feel free to change the color scheme as well, so that it fits your brand language, or your personal style.

When you’re ready to begin adding pages, take advantage of their great page layout-templates which include gallery templates, blog templates, or special forms. Using the form editor and adding in a Wufoo or Google form is a breeze. You may collect all entered information to an Excel spreadsheet or simply ask for it to be emailed to you. For those who know a bit of HTML, CSS or javascriopt, the possibilities are endless. And if you want to build your site on the go, you’ll definitely enjoy their iphone and ipad apps!

Hosting Features

Squarespace is all about easy but professional web design, which is why their packages are all-inclusive. Like most website builders, Squarespace provides website hosting as well. This means ensuring not only great design, but also reliable internet presence. Purchase your own subdomain name, or choose to point your current custom domain to Squarespace. Their hosting is standard and dependable with 99.98% uptime and premium packages that provide unlimited space and bandwidth. This eliminates the headaches associated with network redundancy, server redundancy, data backup, co-location/ shared hosting or server monitoring.

In addition, Squarespace is one of the few website builders that includes site-tracking tools. No need to install Google Analytics, Squarespace provides a full range of site analysis features. You’ll find that, although their first and foremost a website builder service, their packages definitely compete value-wise with some of the big webhosting companies.

Pricing Concerns

There are three hosting packages available with Squarespace: Personal, Advanced and Business. If you aren’t certain which package to choose, take advantage of their 14 day free trial. During this time you can assess which package would best suit your needs. In addition, should you choose a package that isn’t right for you, you can change your subscription at any time.

The Personal package works out to $12 a month, the Advanced $30 a month, and the Business package is $36 a month. If you’re looking for a basic site without too many do-dads, the Personal package offers a fantastic value. Those looking for a bit more customizable features, unlimited website pages, and features like creating password-protected areas of your website, will do best to go with the Advanced or Business plan.

Customer Support

Squarespace provides a wealth of articles to help along you as you go. In addition, we appreciated their large bank of frequently asked questions (FAQs). Squarespace also has a well-trained customer support team. They declare it’s their goal to respond to customers within fifteen minutes of contact being made! You don’t find many web hosting companies or website builders with that kind of dedication.

The help desk is comprised of experts assembled from the actual community of site users. All are highly experienced Squarespace members. There is no outsourcing here or any call centers. The support team is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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