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Why I Choose Squarespace for 90% of Websites I Build

If you take a look at several of the websites that I manage, you will see that I choose Squarespace the majority of the time.  Here are some of those sites:

NilsSmith.com
AmplifySocial.Media
TVApp.Church
SacredHolidays.com

You might notice that in many ways these sites look quite similar.  The truth is, Squarespace is much harder to customize than Wordpress, but if you are looking for a simple, clean, and functional website Squarespace is a great option.  My favorite part is how well all of their sites adapt to mobile platforms.  I’ve noticed that 60% of the traffic on all of the sites I manage comes from mobile devices, so it’s important that I look for these sites to function effectively on mobile first and then desktop. Our nature is to do just the opposite.  

Here are some of the features I have loved about Squarespace:

  • All in one management - of hosting, domain and email
  • Metrics mobile app - lets me constantly check the site analytics on the go
  • Simple management tools - it’s so easy to update and so hard to break!
  • Beautiful templates - I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a bad looking Squarespace site
  • eCommerce integrations - the platform has seamless eCommerce integrations that makes selling things online so easy to manage
  • Forms - Squarespace forms look and function so great on all platforms
  • Affordable - a Squarespace site can be as inexpensive as $8/month which includes hosting.  it’s hard to beat that price point!

Have you tried Squarespace? If so, what do you like? If not, why not? Do you see any downsides to Squarespace?

 

My Experience with Squarespace

I just renewed my website on Squarespace and it’s hard to believe that it’s almost been a years since I made the move from Wordpress.  I had been on Wordpress for 6 years and thought I was a lifer.  While 6 years on the internet is a long time for anything, I can’t believe how little I regret making the move.  Actually, I don’t think I have any regrets.  

Squarespace is not for every website, but I do believe that it can work for most websites out there.  If you’re looking for something exteremely unique and highly customizable Squarespace is not for you.  If you’re looking for something simple, flexible, and highly visual Squarespace will be a great solution.  Here are the features that I’ve come to love:

  • Simplicity – it is so easy to setup and make changes along the way that don’t impact the site as a whole (it’s hard to break)
  • Integrations – Squarespace has some great integrations for podcasting, e-commerce, domain management, etc.
  • All-In-One Solution – I love that on one site I can purchase and manage the domain, hosting, CMS and even email (through Gmail).  This makes it perfect for small businesses and organizations
  • Affordable – the all in one pricing is so affordable at just $7/month.  I’ve upgraded since getting started, but the basic package will work for most websites.
  • Mobile Apps – they offer several mobile apps to help you manage your site on the go.  I espectially like the Metrics App
  • Management – I now manage 7 different websites on Squarespace for myself and clients and I can do it with just 1 login and easily toggle.  I can also add other Admins on my site and limit their accessibility very easily. 

The list could go on, but needless to say I’m a happy Squarespace customer.  I would love to get your thoughts and feedback on Squarespace and answer any questions that you might have.  Here are some links to a few Squarespace sites that I own or support: