Squarespace Review 2015 – What’s with the Hype?

Last updated on August 7, 2015
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Squarespace Review Highlights

  1. Visually pleasing, mobile responsive template designs – Helping you look good!
  2. 24/7 support – 1 hour email response turnaround time
  3. Powerful & flexible styling editor – Offers you a ton of design flexibility
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While we have seen a lot of raving Squarespace reviews as a website builder, we had to test it ourselves in order to validate those reviews.

We entered our Squarespace review testing phase with (unfair) higher expectations than normal, driven by 3 main reasons:

  1. Good publicity
  2. Mesmerizing marketing videos
  3. Killer example websites

Were our higher than normal expectations unfair given that we are supposed to be “objective”?  Yes – most definitely.  But at least we recognize this throughout our extensive testing process.

Did Squarespace meet our higher expectations?  Yes and no.  I’ll go over them in detail below.

Squarespace was launched in 2004 and is a drag and drop website builder specifically focused on providing rich-imagery, highly polished / finished experiences for website builders.

If you want your website to look professional, visually stunning, expensive – as if you’ve spent a lot of money on building it, you should consider Squarespace.

The visual experiences are undeniably rich, causing us to believe that Squarespace is targeting a unique segment of users such as designers, businesses, portfolio driven websites, and such.

Squarespace currently powers more than 1.8 million websites, which in appearance is much lower than other website builders such as Wix or Weebly.

But one significant distinction is that all websites created by Squarespace are paid, whereas an unknown number (we suspect a fairly high number) of websites created with Weebly or Wix are free.

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1. SQUARESPACE REVIEW – TOP 3 PROS AND CONS


  1. Squarespace provides you with beautiful, rich imagery, designer templates that undeniably command your attention right off the bat.  Our first thought of their templates is that they are clean, minimalistic and gives off a sophisticated vibe. They definitely project a highly finished quality, as if a designer has invested months in polishing them. We particularly appreciated their clean lines which is a nice contrast to other website builders’ templates which could be a bit noisy. Here are some website examples that their customers have built.
  2. All Squarespace templates are responsive, meaning that you can resize your browser and the content (including the images, slideshows) will also automatically resize to help give you and your visitors optimized viewing experiences.  This is especially helpful if your visitors tend to use mobile devices (certainly an upward trend for most users).
  3. Squarespace gives you extensive styling options that a lot of other website builders do not have. We’re not saying that you can’t do those types of customizations with other website builders, it’s just that Squarespace makes it very easy for you to customize your website’s design without editing codes.  So this option works great especially if you are not a coding ninja.  For example, you can adjust the fonts, colors, image opacity, sidebar width, background images, sizes, spacing / padding, etc of just about anything on a Squarespace website.

  1. Squarespace separates the editing screen and the live preview screen.  What you see when you are in editing mode, is not necessarily what you will see when you preview or publish your website.  Although you can take comfort that the website will be responsive so your visitor will see a “similar” version of what you want your layout format to be, it is a bit of a nuisance in terms of user experience when what you see as your website layout while in editing mode, is different from live mode.  [UPDATE Squarespace updated its editor completely and now you don’t have to switch between editing and preview modes. After the update, what you see when you are editing your Squarespace website, is how it will look after you publish.  In our view, this is a huge improvement from before!  Squarespace is pretty fun to use already, and this makes it even better.]
  2. Adding, and Dragging and dropping Blocks in Squarespace were slightly buggy in our tests, and not as smooth as other website builders (Blocks are Squarespace’s basic website building components such as text, image, slideshows).  We had to try multiple times to add or re-arrange Blocks, which slightly annoying. For example, we wanted to move an Image Block from the top of the screen down to the bottom, we expected to be able to click on the Block, drag it to the bottom of our screen and the page will automatically scroll down to the bottom so we can drop off the Block. This didn’t happen, so at the time of our test, we had troubles re-arranging content.
  3. Although Squarespace’s Style Editor gives you the ability to customize or style almost everything in the website without going into codes, this could be a bit overwhelming to the average joe.  This could be a case of paralysis from too many styling options.  It’s awesome if you have the patience, a designer-eye or high, specific design standards for your website as Squarespace really gives you fine controls over design.  However we feel that for the average person, this could potentially be a bit too much.  That does not mean you can’t create a beautiful website with Squarespace, because you definitely still can.

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3. IS SQUARESPACE IDEAL FOR YOU?


“If you want a visually pleasing website, Squarespace can work very well for you – no matter what industry you are in.”

Based on our Squarespace review, this website builder is ideal for:

Just about any one (even non-designers) who wants to create a website that looks good, Squarespace seems to work quite well for that purpose due to great looking templates (more on this below).

The templates available to you are very designer-like, and will help make a great first impression on your visitors.

Squarespace has really done a great job in creating clean, polished image-focused templates, and here are some examples of their customers’ websites.
If you are interested in building an online store, we have a detailed Squarespace ecommerce review here.

4. IS SQUARESPACE EASY TO USE?


“Just drag & drop content on to your website – pretty easy and straightforward.”

Squarespace is fairly easy to use  especially if you watch some of the extensive Help Videos, which are helpful in giving you a proper introduction into how to use most of the website building tools.

Squarespace is a drag & drop website builder in which you can add Blocks into the website to create your own content.  So it’s relatively easy to pick up how to use the basic features.

As mentioned in our “Pros & Cons” section above, Squarespace used to be a bit more challenging to use, when they separated the editing and website preview modes – you had to switch between the two screens all the time.

However, in the latest update, they’ve now consolidated their editing view and their preview view, so what you see while you are editing is how it will look when you publish your Squarespace website – this makes building a Squarespace website so much more enjoyable and easier than before.

You can also edit the style of your content and pages directly in front of you.  Just click into  specific sections on your page and Squarespace will give you editing options directly in front of you.  You don’t have to mess around with codes, and everything is editable right before your eyes.

5. TEMPLATE DESIGN OPTIONS


“Squarespace’s design templates are heads-and-shoulders above what other website builders have to offer.”

The first words that came out of our mouths when we saw Squarespace’s templates include “I love them”, “looks clean, high-end and expensive” and “very designer-like”.

Throughout our Squarespace review, we think those words pretty much summarizes how we feel about their templates.

Even though Squarespace does not have hundreds of templates for you to choose from (like other website builders), to us, it’s pretty clear that a ton of thought, care and time have been invested in each and every template.

They don’t give you a bag of mediocre templates, which a lot of other website builders do, but rather, a carefully selected, smaller group of highly polished templates. We really like and appreciate this piece of thoughtfulness – It’s a classic case of high quality over quantity. 

Squarespace currently has 32 designers templates that focuses on different industries such as business, portfolio, stores, personal, musicians, photographers and weddings.

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If you were to compare Squarespace’s templates against other website builders such as JimdoWeebly or even Wix, you’ll see right away that Squarespace’s templates are head and shoulders above its competitors.

To those who know a bit of code, Squarespace does allow you to make edits to CSS to further style your website. You can also reset the codes to revert to the original CSS codes in the template.

6. SUPPORT / TUTORIALS / COMMUNITY RESOURCES


“Squarespace helps you through live chat, 1-hour email response turnaround time & comprehensive tutorials and video workshops.”

Squarespace Customer Support

Squarespace makes it easy for you to get help.  The have a 24/7 support team which can help you, either with 1) live chat or 2) email support.

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It is their policy to reply to every email message in less than 1 hour, no matter what time you send in support requests.

This is helpful especially if you are living in a completely different time zone from New York (where they are headquartered), or if you are working in an odd hour.

Squarespace Tutorial Resources

Squarespace gives you an extensive series of video tutorials, which will show you step-by-step on how to best use their tools.  We found these immensely helpful in learning the basics of how to use Squarespace, instead of trying to figure everything out ourselves.

squarespace review - workshopsThey also have a Knowledgebase in which you can search through to find answers to your questions. The Knowledgebase articles include short video tutorials as well as text and screenshots, catering to different people with different learning styles (watching videos vs reading text).

Squarespace Community Forum

Squarespace does have a forum where you can ask questions in public and have their support staff or other Squarespace users answer your questions.  This is an excellent way for users to share experiences and troubleshooting tips.

While this is a neat idea, we personally thought that it could be more user-friendly to group the answers to questions from the forum, with the Knowledgebase articles.  For example, when we were searching on tips on how to reduce the size of the gallery Block, we found answers in the Forum, but not the Knowledgebase.  When we wanted to find this article again, we went to the Knowledgebase and struggled to find it because it wasn’t there (it was in the Forum).  So somehow grouping both resources together would be a better user experience for those looking for answers.

Nevertheless, the answers to your questions are likely there, but the process of finding it could be improved.  At the end of the day, you can always email their support team (they will answer you in less than 1 hour) or reach them through live chat.

7. SQUARESPACE E-COMMERCE ONLINE STORE


“More comprehensive & flexible e-commerce options than other website builders.”

If you are interested in creating an online store with Squarespace, they have a comprehensive set of e-commerce tools that allow you to build a successful e-commerce website.

In fact, Squarespace offers some of the most flexible options amongst a lot of website builders.

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8. SQUARESPACE SEO (Search Engine Optimization)


“Squarespace’s SEO is slightly better than other drag & drop website builders.”

Squarespace allows you to optimize all the basic SEO functions, such as titles and descriptions for your overall website and also for each web page.  It produces pages with clean HTML markup so that it is easily indexable by search engines.  This is no different from other leading website builders in the market, so it’s right on par.

One thing special about Squarespace that its competitors do not offer you, is that you can customize your  webpage address / URL.  With other drag & drop builders, your webpage title must be the same as your webpage address.  Squarespace allows you to customize your page address, which is more SEO friendly.

They also automatically create a sitemap for you, so you can submit it to Google through Google Webmaster Tools. This is a nice feature as not all website builders provide this for you.  A sitemap is basically a website map where it tells Google where to crawl and index.

Squarespace also gives you comprehensive statistics / data about your website, including a real-time analytics dashboard which helps you track hourly, daily, weekly and monthly traffic.  Squarespace’s analytics also tell you information about mobile usage (your visitors who visited your site with mobile devices), who referred visitors to your website, the most popular content, etc.

Squarespace real-time analytics

Alternatively, you can also insert Google Analytics to start tracking your website visitor statistics as well.  We recommend using a combination of Google Analytics and Squarespace’s own tracking to maximize the usefulness of the information.

9. HOSTING AND EXPORT OPTIONS


“Squarespace takes care of all your hosting & technical needs – so you can focus on building your site.”

Squarespace hosts all the websites for you, so you do not have to pay for hosting separately.

The good thing is that they manage the entire hosting process for you so you can focus on building your website and other more important things (such as marketing, or life in general!) Squarespace takes care of all the security upgrades for their servers and do all the technical details to ensure your website is always up and running, and doesn’t get hacked.

One important benefit that makes Squarespace stands out is that they allow you to export your pages and blog from Squarespace into WordPress.

It’s nice when a website builder such as Squarespace allows you to take your website with you – if you decide to leave.  They don’t hold your website hostage if you want to move on, and this shows confidence that users will stay with Squarespace for a long time.

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10. PRICING – IS IT WORTH THE INVESTMENT?


“Squarespace enables you to build a professional website yourself – comparable to what some developers or designers charge thousands of dollars to create – at a fraction of the price.”

Squarespace is different from other website builders in that it does not offer users a free plan.  There is, however, a 14-day risk-free trial for you to thoroughly test out their website builder.

This removes a lot of the risks from you without you having to commit to Squarespace without trying it out. [We also have an official coupon code for you below]

Squarespace offers 3 packages:

1) Standard – $8 per month for an annual plan (or $12 if you are paying month-to-month)

2) Business – $18 per month for an annual plan (or $26 if you are paying month-to-month)

3) Commerce – $26 per month for an annual plan (or $36 if you are paying month-to-month)

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The plans are only marginally higher than other website builders with similar capabilities, but not too far.  Once you’ve had a chance to experience what Squarespace’s platform is capable of creating, you can see why it is priced a just a tad bit higher.

The thoughts and details that Squarespace has invested into their templates, allows you the potential to create similar websites that professional developers and designers may charge you thousands of dollars.

Furthermore, even if you were to have a developer or designer create a website for you, you will have to pay for hosting services on a monthly basis.  That in itself is already a $4 – 6 per month expense (note this is at the cheaper end, and the hosting services could be questionable at times).

Moreover, you will have to deal with all the technical aspects of things, such as getting your website linked to your host, etc.  Squarespace includes all these services in their plans, which frees up your time for more important things.

Squarespace review 14-day Trial

All things considered, if you are serious about having an online presence and building a clean, polished looking and functional website, Squarespace is not expensive at all considering the 24/7 “instant” support and website building functions you receive from them.

Squarespace offers you a 14-day risk-free trial period to test out their website builder – this completely removes the financial risk from you.

Here are an in-depth analysis of why Squarespace Pricing makes sense.

To get you started, here is an official Squarespace coupon to help you save money.  [When and if you are ready to upgrade, just click on the “Enter an offer code” link in the upgrade page, and insert the coupon code.  You can find this link on the lower left side of the upgrade screen.]

11. SQUARESPACE REVIEW – CONCLUSION / RECOMMENDATION


Squarespace allows you to create a designer-like website with their responsive templates.  Their templates are gorgeous and when applied to your website, can give the impression that you paid thousands of dollars for a custom-built website.

Their styling options are second to none, which gives you the flexibility to customize your website in a very detailed way. Although this can be a very powerful tool especially if you have a very keen eye for design or a very picky in how you want your website to look, it could potentially be slightly overwhelming for an average user.  But you always have the choice of not using these tools – the ready-to-use templates are beautiful enough.

Squarespace has a pretty comprehensive Knowledgebase, Forum and Workshop videos which are helpful whenever you need help. On top of that, they offer live chat and 24/7 email support in which they promise to answer you within 1 hour. We can’t think of any other website builders that are committed to the same level of customer support.

Aside from a couple of user experience nuisance as mentioned above, which I’m confident that Squarespace will keep improving, this website builder is really very powerful, especially if your website is related to design, portfoliophotographyboutique businesses / online shops, personal websites / blogs or restaurants. We think Squarespace is definitely a leader for this niche, going head to head with Wix.

If you are interested in finding out more about Squarespace and if it’s the right website builder for you, a easiest and fastest approach is to start off by visiting their templates to see if you like them, and also view their Workshop videos to familiarize with how it works. This will speed up the learning curve by hours.

You can sign up for a trial account which gives you 14-days to decide whether you like Squarespace or not before you invest in using them as your website builder. No credit card information is required to get started with the 14-day trial.

We think you will be equally impressed with Squarespace as we are, especially if you are seeking to build a clean, minimalistic, image-rich website.


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About Jeremy Wong

Maybe just like you, at first we didn't have a darn clue about how to build a website, nevermind write half a line of code if our life depended on it! We wanted to build a website to start a side business, and felt overwhelmed, confused & scared about how to actually do it, which builder to use, and making wrong decisions. After years of trials & errors using different website builders, we're here to share our experiences with you.

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Maybe just like you, at first we didn't have a darn clue about how to build a website, nevermind write half a line of code if our life depended on it! We wanted to build a website to start a side business, and felt overwhelmed, confused & scared about how to actually do it, which builder to use, and making wrong decisions. After years of trials & errors using different website builders, we're here to share our experiences with you.

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559 Responses to Squarespace Review 2015 – What’s with the Hype?

  1. Susan August 31, 2015 at 7:51 PM #

    Hi. I have a business that is almost entirely visual and need a website that can support image heavy content that is readily searchable. Can you tell me if all images can be indexed, tagged, titled, and given alt-texts, even those in galleries or blocks? f so, how easily is this done on Squarespace? Do they offer a naming/tagging tool for each image?
    Thanks for your guidance.
    Susan

    • Jeremy Wong September 1, 2015 at 5:10 PM #

      Hello Susan,

      With Squarespace, you can add alt-text to images, including those in galleries. As such, search engines will be able to read them and understand what the image relate to. For extra SEO boost, make sure you name the actual image files with keywords that’s relevant to the discussion on the page.

      Jeremy

  2. Ulrich August 20, 2015 at 7:19 AM #

    Hey Jeremy,

    thanks a lot for your great reviews. I spent quite some time checking website builders like photo shelter, photodeck, format etc. and eventually squarespace for a photography gallery site.

    They are great sites but each has its drawbacks. Therefore I considered using wordpress and hiring a designer. After your review of wordpress I will definitely not get into that, but try squarespace.

    Since I don‘t want to sell prints and digital images myself, I assume I don‘t need the commercial part of SquareSpace. However how can I integrate a third party agency or gallery print service into the SquareSpace website? The visitors should be able to click an image and be directed to buy the corresponding image at the third party service.

    And is it possible to make text invisible that is attached to an image? Like keywords etc. wich are only there for SEO and would spoil the design if visible under the image.

    Recently I have read a lot about complaints regarding bad service of SquareSpace. I contacted their service twice via mail and they responded lighting fast – a very positive experience.

    Thanks for your generous support.

    Ulrich

    • Jeremy Wong August 21, 2015 at 9:42 AM #

      Hi Ulrich,

      Thanks for your comment and also sharing your experiences with Squarespace’s support team. I also heard a few complaints here and there recently, but mainly because the users were waiting for the live chat for over 10 minutes or so. Live support can take a bit of time during certain time of the day (peak hours), so I usually suggest to them to email for support, which gets handled pretty quickly.

      Regarding integrating Squarespace with a third party service, take a look at the Inject Code function that Squarespace offers, where you can integrate a third party widget. But if you just want to link out to a page where your visitors can purchase images / prints, you can definitely just insert images into your website, then hyperlink them to the third party product pages. It’s pretty simple that way.

      Regarding SEO, you can insert “alt text” for all the images that you upload into Squarespace. Simplistically, alt text is how search engines understand what the image is about. So make sure you describe what the picture is about when you insert the alt text for each image.

      Also, one other helpful way is to name your image files with descriptive words, which also helps with SEO. So if your image is of a cat, then name your image file as “cat picture” or something along that line. Hope that makes sense!

      Jeremy

      • Ulrich August 22, 2015 at 3:10 AM #

        Jeremy, you are awesome. That helps a lot. I am glad I found your website. Your reviews and high quality answers to the questions here helped much more than a lot of research I did on others sites in the internet.

        • Jeremy Wong August 24, 2015 at 4:36 PM #

          Glad I can be helpful! Do click on the social sharing buttons on the left side of our pages to spread the word! I’d appreciate that.

          Good luck with your website!

  3. Annie Paquette August 11, 2015 at 6:19 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for and congratulations on all your great work. I hope your success keeps rising.

    My husband and I in the process of launching an Equity Crowdfunding Platform focussed exclusively on Climate Change Solutions (Clime-IT™). We are currently preparing our own donation-based crowdfunding campaign in order to move forward.

    —I was wondering if there is any way to integrate a crowdfunding campaign on a squarespace website? IgnitionDeck and others allow this on WordPress websites. What we are hoping to achieve is to split our home page between company info and the donation crowdfunding campaign. Any idea how we can achieve this? (we would prefer a DIY campaign and not used the big sites like Indiegogo)

    Thank you again for all the time you dedicate to answering questions.

    Kindly,

    Annie

    • Jeremy Wong August 12, 2015 at 12:40 PM #

      Hi Annie,

      I’m not entirely sure actually, but it seems like IgnitionDeck is only compatible with WordPress.org, so doesn’t look like this specific WordPress plugin will work with other website builders (such as Squarespace).

      I personally haven’t seen any Squarespace websites that have integrated crowdfunding functions, but you might want to reach out to Squarespace’s support team to see if they’ve seen anything.

      If you do manage ton find a crowdfunding widget, you can test inserting it into a Squarespace website by using the Code Injection function to integrate an external widget.

      Another option, is to build your website with Squarespace, then use WordPress + IgnitionDeck to power the crowdfunding side of things. It’s not my favorite option as it requires you to manage two separate websites. But a possibility nevertheless.

      Jeremy

      • annie paquette August 14, 2015 at 10:48 AM #

        Hello Jeremy,

        I really appreciate your generosity in replying to all your reader’s inquiries.
        Thank you for your comments, I will look into all your suggestions.

        I wish you much continued success and enjoyment in what you do,

        Kindly,

        Annie

  4. Michael Bettencourt July 26, 2015 at 6:10 PM #

    I have gone through the fourteen-day trial (and lynda.com has an excellent tutorial on using the service), and I cannot wait to re-do my website. Really fantastic.

    • Jeremy Wong July 27, 2015 at 11:15 AM #

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with Squarespace with us!

      Jeremy

  5. Gareth Dobso, July 25, 2015 at 3:08 PM #

    After paying far too much for ‘professionals’ to build my website, and getting absoloutely no leads, I decided to design and build one myself.

    Squarespace was a godsend. I do not have a digital design background so it took a bit of time to get use to it, but once you’ve got the hang of the Squarespace interface, the sky is the limit.

    My site has been live for only 3 months, thanks to some on and off site SEO work my website continues to move upward through the search engine rankings, with a constant stream of leads coming in.

    Squarespace allows you to quickly and easily edit your site, no code or time consuming BS. Squarespace has my vote. I’ve built 2 other landing pages since. Here’s my site – ‘www.finsol.co.nz.

    • Jeremy Wong July 27, 2015 at 10:55 AM #

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with Squarespace with us! Glad you’re having a lot of fun building your business website.

      Jeremy

  6. Ivan Ferrero July 25, 2015 at 8:28 AM #

    Great article! Very useful!

    Just a question:

    1) what if I wanted to move a website from WordPress to SS? Am I allowed to keep the structure of the posts and the internal links, as well as the URLs of the blog pages?

    TNX!!!

    • Jeremy Wong July 27, 2015 at 10:49 AM #

      Hi Ivan,

      Have a look at Squarespace’s tutorials here. They make it pretty easy to import content from WordPress.

      To be honest I haven’t thoroughly tested this process, but I’d imagine that the URL structure will be a bit different. But it’s okay as you can use 301 redirect so that search engines (such as Google) knows that the old page addresses are now permanently renamed into a set of new page addresses.

      This article from Squarespace is helpful. Also click on the “301 redirects” link to see how to do that with Squarespace.

      Jeremy

  7. barry July 19, 2015 at 7:04 PM #

    Our community group wants to set up a website which would have members preparing audio, video digital image, written literature programs on it. Some “programs” will be regular and others just one off’s. We may have 30-50 people doing “shows” like this. Would a squarespace product meet our need?

    • Jeremy Wong July 20, 2015 at 2:05 PM #

      Hey Barry,

      Squarespace allows you to set up as many “Authors” as you want, so you can have your group of members add content to your Squarespace website.

      Hope this answers your question!

      Jeremy

  8. Sue July 12, 2015 at 6:30 AM #

    Thanks for such a great and informative blog Jeremy. I live in NZ and have a home fragrance business. I want to build a website that has an online store for only 10 to 15 products, with plenty of great photos but not too heavy on written content. I originally wanted Squarespace as I loved their sleek and stylish design templates but unfortunately here in NZ we don’t have Stripe.

    I then looked at Shopify but having read this blog and seen your comparison list I’m thinking that Weebly is a better option for me. Would you agree? I really like Weebly’s latest themes, Redux and Saucy so I just might get that sleek design that I’m after (it helps that I’m a little familiar with Weebly too!). Cheers

    • Jeremy Wong July 13, 2015 at 10:37 AM #

      Hi Sue,

      You’re right – it’s quite unfortunate that Stripe hasn’t entered the New Zealand market yet. Hopefully soon!

      I think for a store that offers 10 – 15 products, either Shopify or Weebly will both get the “basics” done quite well. Weebly is cheaper than Shopify for sure, but Shopify offers you a lot more ecommerce focused, and more advanced tools.

      So I think you can consider whether you are aiming to, and realistically going to sell a lot (high volume) of products or not. If you are anticipating a high volume (and therefore larger) business, then I’d suggest you take a look at Shopify.

      The reason is that with a higher volume business, Shopify has a lot of tools and features to help you manage your back end administrative tasks better, and also really good tools to help you market your business.

      Shopify also has a very large community of experts for hire, so if one day you want to make a lot of custom changes, custom apps, etc, there is a good pool of talent to hire.

      So Shopify is definitely a much bigger financial commitment, but is a solid platform for you to scale up your business.

      With Weebly, they do a great job in helping a smaller sized business sell products online. But if your business starts to experience fast growth, Shopify is a much more scalable platform to be on.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

  9. Omar July 5, 2015 at 5:43 PM #

    Thanks for the article you wrote it has great information J. I have the fundamental knowledge about HTML and CSS styling and know its important in website building

    My question is:” If I decide to use SS and/or Wix account to create my own website, which is better for creating multiple websites for different business purposes far as hosting goes?” Can I build more than one domain name on one account is my question in short and who is a better host in your view?? Using their premium or e-Commerce plan, does each domain name have to bought under the account? I have more than one business idea that eventually will be built by me or a professional builder

    • Jeremy Wong July 6, 2015 at 9:00 AM #

      Hi Omar,

      You can definitely create multiple websites under a single account with either Squarespace or Wix. However, if you want to upgrade your websites to premium plans, you will have to upgrade each website at a time.

      For instance, with Squarespace, if you want to their Personal plan, and you have 5 different websites in your Squarespace account, you will have to upgrade each website one at a time.

      As for domain names, each website can only use one single unique domain name. So you can’t share domain names across multiple websites.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

      • Omar July 6, 2015 at 9:53 PM #

        Thanks for the feedback Jeremy. Yes, That was useful and you gave a good pointer for that question I had. Thanks

  10. nina May 18, 2015 at 3:47 AM #

    Hi Jeremy

    fab review! thanks

    I currently have a website and a number of email addresses for my business using my domain name. If I transfer my domain to godaddy I understand I can link that to squarespace. However I am in the process of changing my email server to a company such as rackspace and want to see how that will work if my website is then with squarespace? does that make sense or should I be moving my email into squarespace?

    thanks so much for your help

    • Jeremy Wong May 19, 2015 at 2:20 AM #

      Hi Nina,

      I think that will work. You can use GoDaddy as your domain name registrar, and use another service provider to power your email. That email service provider should be able to help guide you through the set up process.

      Or else you can also use Google Business App’s email services. They’ve partnered up with Squarespace. We use this app to power our email as well and we’ve been very pleased with it.

      Jeremy

  11. Andrew May 9, 2015 at 8:13 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    A very good article, I have a couple of questions in relation to this site,

    If you are creating a site with the sole revenues coming from advertisements would a site building website/Squarespace be the best option? Or would you be better of creating it yourself?

    Also when you build a website with one of these companies is it possible to move at a later date or are you pretty much tied in?

    Thanks,

    Andrew

    • Jeremy Wong May 10, 2015 at 12:42 AM #

      Hi Andrew,

      With Squarespace, you can export your site content to WordPress if you want to migrate your site down the road. We mentioned this in one of our discussion sections above.

      You can definitely build a site with Squarespace, which displays advertisement so you can earn revenues that way.

      Jeremy

  12. Dario May 8, 2015 at 3:16 AM #

    Jeremy,

    I quickly wanted to say thanks for your review. I subscribed to the annual account and glad I did.

    Thanks,

    Dario

    • Jeremy Wong May 8, 2015 at 9:51 PM #

      Hey Dario,

      Thanks for your kind words. Glad our discussions are helpful here!

      Jeremy

  13. Jerry May 5, 2015 at 9:17 AM #

    Yo Jeremy,
    Great in depth review. I’ve read both this article and your SS v. WP article; I will definitely be using your expertise for future inquiries.

    That said I have a question regarding third party software. Does square allow for the use of external software. For example floathelm.com – The Helm is a float tank scheduling system, point of sale system, project management system, float tank maintenance system, communication system, employee management system, and more.

    Thanks in advance and please keep up the good work, you’re doing a great service.

    -J

    • Jeremy Wong May 5, 2015 at 9:54 PM #

      Hey Jerry,

      I’m not entirely sure to be honest, as I haven’t used those tools before. But generally speaking, if you want to insert “external” widgets into Squarespace, you can use the “code block” to embed the widget codes into the website.

      The easiest way to find out quickly is to sign up for a free trial account with Squarespace and try it out yourself. I’m sure you’ll know pretty quickly if it works or not!

      Jeremy

  14. Pari May 5, 2015 at 2:06 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Your blog has been very helpful in researching the best website builder. I want to start a food and health blog and eventually move into using youtube videos. However, I’m struggling with deciding to right off the bat pay for a blog that won’t give me much or any return for multiple months or starting off with a free option such as blogger.

    Thank you in advance for any advice you can give me.

    • Jeremy Wong May 5, 2015 at 9:51 PM #

      Hi Pari,

      One thing good about using Blogger, is that you can import your content into a Squarespace site when you are ready.

      Here are some tutorials on how to do that. But I haven’t used that function before so I can’t say how smooth the process is. But just something to consider!

      I hope this is helpful!

      Jeremy

  15. Vijeta May 3, 2015 at 11:19 PM #

    Hey Jeremy,
    I started building my site on Wix few months back.Great website builder but can’t transfer my content anywhere else (xpected fix at Wix) ….. needed a suggestion – as per SEO and the technical supports should I shift to Squarespace (I came across it much later). I have a food site. I’m ready to start all over again if it’s worth ! Kindly advise.

    • Jeremy Wong May 5, 2015 at 9:48 PM #

      Hi Vijeta,

      If you want to move away from Wix, Squarespace is a very good website builder especially if you want a website that looks really good.

      Their templates are by far the best looking in the drag & drop website builder community. So that can definitely work to your advantage given that you are in the food related industry!

      Jeremy

  16. Sarah April 22, 2015 at 7:10 PM #

    Hi Jeremy and thank you for such a great article! I appreciate all the detail and I am definitely keen on SS.
    I have a business selling products by monthly subscription and also one off packs with multiple items. With the inventory control, can I control the inventory but the customer not see the contents of the pack? Each month it is a surprise. So they buy the April pack and the 6 components are removed from the inventory but the client not see the individual components.
    Also, can I integrate PAYPAL subscription as a gateway or do I have to use their one? If it has to be Stripe, do you know if I can set up a recurring payment. (although Stripe is a LOT cheaper! 1.75% + 30¢ Domestic cards 2.9% + 30¢ International + AmEx – PAYPAL 2.9% + 30¢)
    Thank you in advance,
    Sarah

    • Jeremy Wong April 23, 2015 at 1:19 PM #

      Hi Sarah,

      Squarespace currently doesn’t have an ecommerce tool to allow you to charge recurring fees for monthly subscriptions. However, they do have a suggestion here where you can integrate a 3rd party widget into a Squarespace site.

      I don’t think you can “hide” your content per se, but what you can do is just sell a monthly pack and just don’t describe what’s in it. Or just disclose that every month the content is different and generally what the content relates to without going into specifics?

      Jeremy

  17. David April 21, 2015 at 3:40 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Firstly, great article and very informative.

    Does Squarespace allow for google map to be dropped into it’s website if I wanted a webpage to highlight a few different locations within a set area?

    Do know if this is easily done or requires some coding experience?

    Thanks a lot,
    David

    • Jeremy Wong April 21, 2015 at 5:15 PM #

      Hi David,

      You can embed a Google Map into your Squarespace website either using Squarespace’s map tool, or you can get the codes from Google Map directly and embed it into your site using the “Code” block.

      But I’m not entirely sure how to get a Google Map that will highlight multiple locations on the same map. I just haven’t tried that myself!

      Jeremy

  18. Kevin April 16, 2015 at 8:53 AM #

    HI there, someone just introduce me to square space. So far I have jumped from HTML to WordPress and now……….. First thing first, do you use plugins and themes like WordPress. If so, can I build a business such a job board with square space. thanks any examples?

    • Jeremy Wong April 16, 2015 at 2:40 PM #

      Hi Kevin,

      With Squarespace, there are no plugins as all the tools are created by Squarespace themselves so they all work flawlessly within their own platform, versus WordPress plugins that are created by many different developers.

      Here is an article that discusses Squarespace versus WordPress that might interest you.

      For the themes, you get to choose one you like from Squarespace, and then use their drag and drop tools to build out your content, and also their design tools to control some design aspects of the theme.

      The best way to get a lot of your questions answered is to sign up for a 14 day free trial and play around with their platform. in my view, they’re much easier to use than WordPress, but a bit less flexible.

      Lastly, I think if you want to create a job board, your best bet is to hire a capable developer to help you create it. I don’t think any website builders will be able to do that out of the box.

      Jeremy

  19. Nidhi April 12, 2015 at 2:22 AM #

    Thanks for the great review. Is SS easy to use by someone with no website building experience? Can we easily embed videos in to the site?

    • Jeremy Wong April 12, 2015 at 5:53 PM #

      Hi Nidhi,

      I think so as Squarespace’s drag & drop features are pretty simple once you get the hang of things.

      I wouldn’t say that they are the world’s easiest website builder, but they are pretty simple to use compared to platforms such as WordPress.

      You don’t need to know any coding at all and you can drag and drop content (including videos) into your Squarespace site.

      If you want something a lot easier, I’d suggest you take a look at Wix or Weebly. The trade off is that Wix or Weebly’s design templates are not as good looking as Squarespace’s templates (in my view anyway).

      Jeremy

  20. Milena April 9, 2015 at 6:02 AM #

    Hey J!

    Great article!
    I’m currently using WIX, and it’s presenting trouble on opening the main page.
    It takes about 12s to open it!

    I’m thinking about migrating to another builder and I’m considering Squarespace, after reading that.

    But before that, I want to make sure that that’s the right decision.
    Which one would you say is the “faster”?

    • Jeremy Wong June 22, 2015 at 9:52 PM #

      Hi Milena,

      It’s difficult to say which one is faster, as there is one other major factor to consider which is the images on your page. If you are using very large images, then this will definitely negatively impact your website’s loading speed, regardless if you are using Wix or Squarespace.

      One thing to try is to resize and compress the images that you are using with your current website, and test your loading speed again.

      When I say resize, I mean use an image editor and reduce the image dimension to the right size. Do not use Wix’s drag & drop image resizing tool, as when your site loads the page, it will still load the large image.

      Also put your images through an image compressor such as Kraken to reduce the file size.

      Once you do that with most of your images, I’m pretty confident that you’ll see an improvement in your loading speed!

      Jeremy

  21. Sally April 7, 2015 at 9:37 AM #

    Hi-great article. Answered a lot of questions for me. What are your opinions about Squarespace vs. Shopify or Volusion? I had been considering both of them as well.

    • Jeremy Wong April 8, 2015 at 6:43 PM #

      Hi Sally,

      Squarespace is very different from Shopify and Volusion.

      Shopify and Volusion are “pure” ecommerce website builders. Squarespace is more of a “normal” website builder, and offers you ecommerce tools. So Shopify and Volusion has a lot more advanced online store related tools than Squarespace.

      At the end of the day, you should consider what is your intent with building a website. Are you looking to build an ecommerce website? If so, how advance do you want your store to be?

      Here is a deeper discussion comparing Squarespace and Shopify for you.

      You can also see this discussion comparing Shopify and Volusion.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  22. Amy April 6, 2015 at 2:09 PM #

    Do you have any information on HostBaby compared to Squarespace? Also, does Squarespace have a way to email out either everyone or to specific people who signed up for a newsletter?

    Thank you for the great review.

    • Jeremy Wong April 6, 2015 at 4:11 PM #

      Hi Amy,

      I haven’t used Hostbaby before so I don’t have an opinion about them.

      Squarespace doesn’t have a separate email newsletter program. The only thing you can do is you can use Mailchimp (free up to 2,000 subscribers) as your newsletter service provider, then Squarespace allows you to integrate that into your Squarespace website.

      You can integrate Mailchimp into the Form block, Newsletter Block or to your ecommerce function (if you are running an online store with Squarespace).

      If you prefer a website builder with a built in newsletter function, take a look at Wix as they have a feature called “Wix Shoutout” which allows you to power a newsletter with Wix tools.

      Jeremy

      • Amy April 7, 2015 at 9:25 AM #

        What web builder would you recommend for a music website that would have a lot of photos, have news articles and links to articles, a link to be able to buy the CD from CDBaby, allow people to send an email or to sign up for a newsletter and allow us to email either everyone who has signed up or to a select group by address or other indicator to send notices of upcoming shows?

        I’ve read a lot of reviews and it seems like there are so many options and reviews. I’m not sure which way to turn at this point.

        • Jeremy Wong April 8, 2015 at 6:40 PM #

          Hi Amy,

          As mentioned in my comment, I think Squarespace and Wix might work. Best way forward is to sign up for a test account with both platforms and see which one you prefer.

          You really won’t get to know which web builder has everything you need until you sign up to test them out!

          Jeremy

  23. Tamiko April 6, 2015 at 10:59 AM #

    I am just finding out about SS and I like the clean look of the templates and I like the idea of the flexibility incorporated. My question is I currently have my webhosting and website through Yahoo for the last 10 years. I am in the process of doing a rebranding and SS looks like a great financial option at this time.

    Would I be able to transfer my domain name from Yahoo to SS? Yahoo offers a blog on WordPress.com (not the free version). What about my email addresses that are through yahoo with my domain name.

    Let me know your thoughts, I am open to suggestions on how to make this a smooth transition,

    Also, thank you for your insight and thorough research on SS.

    Simply,
    Tamiko

    • Jeremy Wong April 6, 2015 at 3:56 PM #

      Hi Tamiko,

      Squarespace currently doesn’t accept any domain name transfers. I think the main reason is that they’re hyper focused on creating a website building platform, and so they let other dedicated domain name registrars handle that piece of work.

      What you can do, is transfer your domain name from Yahoo to GoDaddy (which is the world’s largest domain name registrar). The cost of this transfer is around $10 – $15, and includes 1 year of free domain name fee.

      Once the transfer is complete, you can then connect your domain name from GoDaddy to Squarespace. When you visit Squarespace’s Help page, just type in “GoDaddy” and you will find tutorials on how to get your domain name hooked up with your Squarespace website.

      As for emailing services, you can either sign up with GoDaddy’s email services, or you can use Google Apps through Squarespace. I personally prefer Google Apps (I use that myself) as it allows me to use the familiar Gmail user interface and I personally feel more comfortable, stable and secure with Gmail.

      With both email services you will be able to create your own custom domain email addresses.

      Jeremy

  24. Fiona April 4, 2015 at 11:29 PM #

    Brilliant. Thank you. Just starting out on this task for a non for profit association. You have made this task so much easier. I’m still going with individual reviews after using the table comparison which itself is excellent
    Thank you, from Australia

    • Jeremy Wong April 5, 2015 at 3:51 PM #

      Thanks for your feedback Fiona! Glad we can be helpful here.

      Jeremy

  25. Matt March 30, 2015 at 7:39 AM #

    The design templates are beautiful. Unfortunately, I built my site in SquareSpace in anticipation of moving my domain and hosting services from Wix to SquareSpace. SquareSpace does NOT accept third party domain transfers. You can map the domain, but not via Wix or another third party. Facepalm.

    I can’t begin to describe my aggravation upon discovering that my new design is useless. The FAQs make it seem like a snap. It isn’t. If you have an existing site, check yourself, before you wreck yourself.

    • Jeremy Wong March 30, 2015 at 5:33 PM #

      Hey Matt,

      What you can do is migrate your domain name to GoDaddy (which is the largest domain name registrar in the world), then connecting it to your Squarespace site. It’s about $10 to migrate your domain name to GoDaddy, and it includes one free year of keeping your domain name there. You can look up domain name migration services on GoDaddy’s site.

      Mapping your domain name from GoDaddy to Squarespace is relatively straightforward and Squarespace’s support team can definitely provide assistance, since I’m sure they have a lot of customers who have domain names registered with GoDaddy.

      This should resolve the issue you are having!

      Jeremy

  26. ColinT March 22, 2015 at 4:47 PM #

    Hi Jez

    A good review, very informative and you are clearly taken by Squarespace. I have been looking at many reviews of hosting services and web building sites. Many reviews of other sites tell us the truth that their uptime is not always as they publish. What about SS?

    • Jeremy Wong March 24, 2015 at 11:00 AM #

      Colin – in our experiences, Squarespace’s uptime is really good. I think all hosting services will have their downtimes, but in most cases, it’s usually minutes here and there.

      Squarespace is one of the best drag and drop website builders available as of today and I think their infrastructure works just fine.

      Jeremy

  27. Kadidia March 19, 2015 at 6:31 AM #

    Sory, I forgot to ask, is there a way to set up our squarespace site in two different languages?

    • Jeremy Wong March 20, 2015 at 10:27 PM #

      Kadidia – see this discussion we have about creating a bilingual website with Squarespace.

      Jeremy

      • Kadidia April 3, 2015 at 3:41 AM #

        Thanks a lot for your answer,helped me so much, thought you haven’t answered my questions as I have not received a notification by e-mail…

  28. Kadidia March 19, 2015 at 6:29 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks a lot for all your reviews, so helpful, and being there for us all. I’m getting ready to go with squarespace, but I do worry about something : as every e-commerce websites has their own legal mentions, I would like to know if squarespace provide those, or do we have to come up with our own. Is there an easy way to do that, and free? Thanks for any advice.

    • Jeremy Wong March 20, 2015 at 10:26 PM #

      Hi Kadidia,

      I don’t think they will provide that. Maybe you can find some examples of legal disclaimers online, but then it’s really up to you whether you want to use those examples and edit them to fit your needs, or hire a lawyer to edit it or draft a new one for you. I’m not a lawyer so can’t really provide any legal advice here!

      Jeremy

  29. Tierra March 17, 2015 at 9:45 AM #

    This review is very helpful and has allowed me to make up mind and go with SquareSpace.
    I just have one question though, is there a way to allow regestration for say a class?
    So for example I have an art class that I want people to sign up for, is there a way I can link another website that allows this function to my website on SquareSpace?

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong March 18, 2015 at 4:37 PM #

      Hi Tierra,

      They don’t have a feature to register for online classes. But you can certainly sell digital products with Squarespace. So in a way, you can sell ebooks, course downloads. Or you can just sell class spaces, in a way that once they purchase from you, you can have Squarespace automatically email them a sales confirmation, with the details of how to access your class.

      The class could be on a page that is hidden from public view, and so only the person who receives the sale confirmation email will have the page address to access it.

      Jeremy

    • AJ March 29, 2015 at 10:31 AM #

      Hi Tierra,

      You may want to have a look at http://www.acuityscheduling.com

      I have recently set up a SS website and found this via the help pages. Can be embedded into your page very easily and great for what you’re after. I’ve started using it for booking appointments.

      You can embed a lot of things into your pages via code. Very easy to to.

      • Jeremy Wong March 30, 2015 at 5:27 PM #

        Thanks for sharing this resource AJ!

  30. Jennifer March 17, 2015 at 5:53 AM #

    Great review – I have used Squarespace for several year and have only just realized that images are not being indexed on their site. Any images other than headers :/ This is actually a huge drawback when they claim they are set up for “SEO Optimization” and any Photographer or Artist is going to have a huge problem here.

    I’m really not sure why they would write a robots.txt file to keep googlebot from indexing their images, but that is precisely what they are doing.

    I’m actually wondering why would would not want their images indexed at all? In any event, while I’ve been a loyal customer of Squarespace for years – this has me seriously concerned.

    • Jeremy Wong July 13, 2015 at 11:08 AM #

      Hi Jennifer,

      Strange. As far as I know, images should be indexed on Squarespace sites. Did you reach out to Squarespace support team to see what they say?

      Any one else here have similar observations? I’d be very curious to know.

      Thanks for sharing!

      Jeremy

  31. Susan March 16, 2015 at 6:03 PM #

    Thanks for the very useful review – it answered almost all of my questions except for one: My business consists of a blog, weekly video, collecting email addresses for my customer list and an e-book (data document) which I would like to make available from the website. The e-book is the ONLY item being sold, but I would like to be able to accept payment and then send a secure link for the customer to download the document. Is that possible with SS?

    Also, would I be able to give incentive “coupons” to be used at check out – or even promotional codes to business partners?

    I’m leaning toward Squarespace because they seem to be the only ecommerce website builder that can handle the data document – just need more info on the process.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Jeremy Wong March 17, 2015 at 8:34 AM #

      Hi Susan,

      Yes – Squarespace can help you sell digital products, where an email with a download link is automatically sent to the purchaser of your ebook. Squarespace also allows you to create coupon codes as well!

      We do have a bit more discussion on their ecommerce tools here.

      Jeremy

  32. Maureen March 9, 2015 at 9:31 AM #

    Very thoughtful review, appreciated. In my own (brief) research.. I have seen that one-page web-sites are trending, but I’ve not seen any one-pagers on Squarespace. What are your thoughts on one-page web-sites?

    • Jeremy Wong March 9, 2015 at 11:10 AM #

      Hi Maureen,

      I think one pagers have its place in the world of web design, but as with all tools, it depends on how you use them!

      One pagers are great if you have a story to tell, or if you have a few very distinct categories to your business (or whatever it is you’re building a site for) that you can highlight across the multiple sections on the one pager.

      So in a way, I like them, but only if they’re used well!

      Jeremy

  33. Shelley March 8, 2015 at 6:19 AM #

    Jeremy, I just found your website, and thank you for your thorough review of Squarespace. I have a few questions.

    I currently have my own MySQL/PHPwebsite, with a domain name registered through GoDaddy, hosted on a VPS. We are a small company, with online sales (through 3rd party merchant services company + Authorize.net on the backend), perhaps 20-30 pp on the entire site. Our current ISP also hosts our email accounts. I’m interested in Squarespace to update our current site without having to call in a developer, but here are my concerns:

    • Can I redirect my domain name from my current host to Squarespace, and keep our domain name?
    • Will SS host email, or do I have to find another ISP for that purpose?
    • We have logic in our sales process, as many of our customers use purchase orders to pay for their products. Does SS provide for that kind of “if/then” logic?
    • Our current merchant services account charges 0.10% per transaction (interchange rate). We are a low-volume/high-ticket merchant, so I’m not too concerned about the per-transaction cost. How does SS stack up against that kind of rate?
    • Everyone’s extolling the virtues of WordPress to me. Tell me again why I should invest $4-5K in a WordPress site?

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong July 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM #

      Hi Shelley,

      1) Yes you can keep your domain name, and connect it to a Squarespace site.

      2) Squarespace doesn’t have an email service, but they are well integrated with Google Business Apps (basically the Gmail interface, but branded with your own business name). It’s a few dollars per month.

      3) They don’t at the moment. If you need more advanced functions / logic, have a look at Shopify as they do have really capable experts for hire if you need to write some custom logic / process. Shopify is a pure ecommerce builder that will give you a lot more advanced selling tools.

      4) Squarespace uses Stripe to power its ecommerce cart. So their rate is 2.9% + $0.30 per successful transaction. You mentioned that your current set up charges 0.10% – make sure that it includes credit card fees. Some platforms charge you a transaction fee, then the payment processor charges another fee on top of that.

      5) Have a look at our discussion comparing Squarespace with WordPress here. You’ll find some interesting discussion points.

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

  34. Marc March 6, 2015 at 5:06 PM #

    Jeremy,
    This is a really nice breakdown and useful information. Thank you!
    I purchased some domains through GoDaddy and started building my site in WordPress but gave up because it was just too non-intuitive for me. I like the looks and ease of SS so I considering going this direction. So my question: I have about five different domains (and will likely purchase a few more) but I want them all to point to my SS site once I build it. I didn’t see on their site where this would be a problem to just redirect all the domains there, but I assume I can do so? Will I need to purchase a plan for each domain even though they point to the same site?

    Thanks again!

    • Jeremy Wong March 7, 2015 at 7:34 PM #

      Hi Marc,

      You can certainly connect your domain name from GoDaddy to your Squarespace website. If you visit Squarespace’s support page, you will find details on how to do that.

      However, generally speaking for all websites, each website can only have one domain name. So you can only connect one single domain name to your website, and that’s the only domain name that will show up on a web browser.

      Jeremy

  35. Geoff Beasley March 5, 2015 at 1:10 PM #

    Thanks J you,’re info is most useful!

  36. Anna March 2, 2015 at 7:13 PM #

    i just looking around the idea of my website and starting from now. I been researching different reviews from so many websites, features, prices, etc., but i have hard time to decide that which is best this one for my own website photography.

    Also looking for on show pictures portfolio as well. Since my clients want to see lot of pics on my website for wedding, portraits and events, etc. But there is does have website with include blog or separate blog?

    Any recommend or suggest? I will be really appreciate for your help, options!

    Thank you!!!

    • Jeremy Wong March 3, 2015 at 5:40 PM #

      Hi Anna,

      It’s definitely not very straight forward when you’re trying to choose the best website builder for you. That’s why it’s always helpful to study a few different web builders to narrow down to 2 or 3 candidates, then sign up for a free account or a trial account to test them out.

      While a lot of the better website builders (such as Squarespace, Wix , Weebly) have all the basic tools for you to build a good website, all their user interfaces and systems are quite different. So testing them out will give you a sense of which one you prefer.

      If you haven’t seen our pros and cons discussion for some of the better website builders yet, click here to see it.

      Hope this guides you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

  37. urbanstax February 27, 2015 at 8:33 AM #

    Very helpful indeed!

  38. Jay February 24, 2015 at 3:01 PM #

    Do you know if you can create a login driven site using SS? I can’t seem to find the answer to that- would be using a lot of social media integration such as one-click sign in using FB, posting to twitter or FB on your behalf, etc.

    • Jeremy Wong February 25, 2015 at 1:22 PM #

      Hi Jay,

      Squarespace currently doesn’t have a membership function, but I think Sentry Login, which is membership creation widget, can work with a Squarespace website.

      So adding them to your Squarespace website can turn your website into a membership site. I’m not entirely clear if Sentry allows you to use social media to sign into your membership area, but it’s worth checking them out.

      Jeremy

  39. Lemming February 22, 2015 at 7:47 PM #

    Hi,
    I was thinking of starting up a gaming blog, and I was a bit confused on what some of these restrictions were on the personal plan; do you know what they mean by 20 pages?
    Like, could I only ever have twenty articles before I’d need to start deleting some to make room for new ones?

    • Jeremy Wong February 23, 2015 at 2:38 PM #

      Hey Lemming,

      With Squarespace’s Personal plan, you can only create up to 20 webpages. So if you already have 20 pages, and want to create a new page, you will have to delete one of your older pages, or upgrade to the Professional Plan to get unlimited pages.

      Jeremy

  40. Fredrik February 22, 2015 at 9:19 AM #

    Hi,
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge about web site builder!
    I consider start using Squarespace but have also taken a look at Webflow. I will be putting up a site for my own at first and then probably add some more with different domains.
    – Do you have any experience of Webflow vs SS?
    I’d appreciate your vise reply…

    • Jeremy Wong February 22, 2015 at 2:13 PM #

      Hi Fredrik,

      I haven’t used Webflow before, but I just had a very quick look around their site. While I can’t give an opinion as I haven’t used them before, I think Squarespace looks more professional and their website provides a lot more background information about themselves (Squarespace that is).

      I can’t find out a whole lot about Webflow, where they are from, when did they start, or industry credentials.

      So based on “judging a book by its cover”, I’d say Squarespace is probably more advanced, reputable and stable.

      But again, that’s just based on a quick scan around their site. It’s not a bad idea to test them out for yourself and compare that with Squarespace!

      Jeremy

      • Fredrik February 23, 2015 at 11:55 PM #

        Thank you for swift answer Jeremy.
        I’ll sign up for Squarespace and give it a try (and hopefully the payment solutions work in Sweden…).
        – Keep up the good work with reviews!

  41. Derek Young February 19, 2015 at 3:03 PM #

    Hi Jeremy/Connie,

    I am new to this game and was following what I thought was solid advice from a friend and a few other webpages. I secured my domain name and then set up a hosting account with siteground.com and was planning on using squarespace for the builder the whole time. I didn’t realize that squarespace ‘s hosting was included in the monthly fee.
    Should I point the squarespace account to my hosting account or move everything internally to squarespace? Are there advantages/disadvantages to either? Am I an idiot and should just stick to my day job?

    Thank you for the great write up and the 8 tools guide. All were very beneficial.

    • Jeremy Wong February 19, 2015 at 7:32 PM #

      Hi Derek,

      Yes – Squarespace does provide all the hosting services for you, so you don’t need get it elsewhere.

      There’s actually no other choices here, as if you want to use Squarespace, you have to let them host it for you so they can power their drag and drop tools so you can build your website without knowing any codes.

      As such, you can probably cancel your other hosting account if you want to use Squarespace.

      You’re not an idiot at all. We’ve all been there! We really struggled at the very beginning too in 2011. But it gets a lot better if you just keep at it!

      Jeremy

  42. Jeff Pearson February 13, 2015 at 11:38 AM #

    Hi Jeremy, and thanks for a great review (and for answering an earlier personal email within 24 hours!!). I love the idea of SS/Wix and possibly Weebly, but the one thing that is putting me off any of them is the cost, which few reviewers comment on.
    I have superfast hosting that costs $70 a year, and I want a website for my wife, a website for me, and a review website for both Amazon and Clickbank products.
    I make that $64 a month if I used SS as opposed to buying a WP theme that I can use on all four for say $80 and my own hosting.
    Any thoughts?
    Regards
    Jeff P
    England

    • Jeremy Wong February 13, 2015 at 3:53 PM #

      Hey Jeff,

      I think there are pros and cons with any choice you make. With WordPress, if you don’t mind navigating through the higher learning curve, or if you have some code knowledge so you can make design changes on your own (without hiring someone), then it’s a very strong platform to consider.

      But if you don’t want to bother with learning the in’s and out’s of using WordPress proficiently, the technical work of managing your own hosting services (including security awareness and updates), or be bothered with hiring a coder to make design changes, then drag and drop platforms such as Squarespace are great candidates to consider.

      So the pricing factors in all those considerations, including getting support from Squarespace (it’s very hard to find any free, and more importantly – reliable, support with WordPress, if any).

      At the end of the day, it’s a personal choice. I tend to lean towards investing in services, so that frees up my time to do more productive and interesting work, instead of staying up for hours browsing the internet learning how to do manage my own hosting, tweak codes to make small changes, etc.

      We have another discussion article highlighting some other considerations between Squarespace and WordPress that you might find helpful.

      Jeremy

  43. luis February 7, 2015 at 10:55 AM #

    Hi Jeremy. Is possible to make a newspaper with squarspace plantate, without a designer? thanks.

    • Jeremy Wong February 7, 2015 at 1:11 PM #

      Hi Luis,

      It depends on what you want to get out of the website in terms of its functions.

      They do have the tools to help you create a good functional blog platform, but if you want all the features that a typical newspaper website has (such as New York Times, etc), then you’ll probably need a more advanced platform such as WordPress where they have newspaper templates that makes it a bit easier for you to create that layout.

      Jeremy

      • luis February 7, 2015 at 3:15 PM #

        thanks

  44. Anthe February 7, 2015 at 6:37 AM #

    So, Squarespace isn’t a free blog builder? It offers packages after 14 days risk free?

    Thanks.

    • Jeremy Wong February 7, 2015 at 1:10 PM #

      Anthe – correct. Squarespace gives you 14 days to try things out to see if you like their tools. If you want to continue with them, you can upgrade to their paid plans.

      If you don’t want to continue with them, you have that choice as well.

      You don’t have to provide any credit card information to try Squarespace so there really isn’t much risk there.

      Jeremy

      • Anthe February 9, 2015 at 2:10 AM #

        Thank you for your information, Jeremy!

  45. Bryce Morrison February 6, 2015 at 2:31 PM #

    Thank you very much, Jeremy, for posting such a detailed analysis of Square. This makes me feel comfortable about setting up a website for someone with a cafe who isn’t necessarily tech-savvy.

    • Jeremy Wong February 6, 2015 at 2:51 PM #

      hi Bryce,

      Glad you found our discussions helpful! Thanks for leaving a comment.

      Jeremy

  46. Tom Clifford February 5, 2015 at 6:13 PM #

    If I use squarespace for my web hosting, does the name squarespace need to part of my published URL?

    • Jeremy Wong February 6, 2015 at 2:34 PM #

      Hi Tom,

      You can use your own custom domain name. If you sign up to Squarespace’s annual plan they give you a free custom domain name for a year.

      But you can definitely purchase your own domain name elsewhere and connect it to your Squarespace website. There are more discussions about that in the comments directly below.

      So in a way, your visitors won’t know you are using Squarespace to power your website.

      Jeremy

  47. Ann February 5, 2015 at 9:17 AM #

    Hi Jeremy!

    Thank you for this blog! I found squarespace through a friend. I am researching because I currently have a wordpress that someone did for me. I have NO CLUE about what I am doing. I do feel confident that I can manage a squarespace site. I need to build the site here first then “move” my existing site name xxx.com to here somehow. How do I do that? I currently pay godaddy for my domain name and hosting I believe.
    I appreciate you writing this blog and being helpful!

    • Jeremy Wong February 5, 2015 at 10:24 AM #

      Hi Ann,

      Yes you can definitely connect your own domain name from GoDaddy to Squarespace. Here are some tutorials on how to do that.

      Squarespace is definitely much easier to use than WordPress. So I think you’re going to have fun working with their drag and drop platform!

      Jeremy

      • Ann February 5, 2015 at 10:29 AM #

        Thank you! Checking this out NOW!

  48. Amy February 3, 2015 at 2:19 PM #

    Hi Jeremy!

    Thank you for your easily understandable and helpful reviews!

    I have a few questions to help figure out which site will work best for our business: your advice is truly appreciated!

    Weebly offers hosting of multiple websites using its business plan. Does SquareSpace? (We want to connect or link 3 or more ideas or sites that followers can get to by typing in any of the url’s.)

    SS offers mail chimp, is there anything comparable integrated with Weebly?

    Do both offer e-commerce for digital (e-books/teleconference recording) and service (coaching/consulting)?

    Is SS or Weebly easier to upload audio digital/videos files to? We are beyond low on tech skills.

    • Jeremy Wong February 3, 2015 at 7:02 PM #

      Hi Amy,

      Squarespace does allow you to manage multiple websites within a same user account. But you will have to pay for each website’s plan separately (as in each website has to be subscribed on its own).

      Weebly works the same way – if you build 3 websites with Weebly and you upgrade all of them to their Pro plan, you will have to pay for the Pro plan for each of your website.

      Just to be clear, Mailchimp is a separate service that you have to subscribe to, as they are independent of Squarespace. Squarespace just makes it a bit easier to integrate Mailchimp into your website.

      You can definitely integrate Mailchimp into a Weebly site as well. Once you have Mailchimp set up (as in your newsletter sign up form), you can get a snippet of code from Mailchimp to insert into your website which will then show your newsletter sign up form for your visitors to sign up.

      Both website builders offer you the ability to sell digital products. Squarespace has a feature where you can sell services, but Weebly doesn’t. But you can always use a normal product feature and sell your services that way.

      I’d say both are equally straight forward to upload digital files!

      Jeremy

  49. Bobbie February 3, 2015 at 2:15 PM #

    I just stumbled upon this blog and info today and I have learned quite a bit, so Thank you Jeremy, et al!

    I want to build a website to promote myself professionally. I will graduate with my MBA shortly and am looking for ways to be more creative than just LinkedIn and Twitter with self promotion. This leads me to my first question, I have read your posts about Weebly, Squarespace, and Wix and still am not sure which is more suitable for personal professional use.

    I am not a designer, photographer, etc but I really like the clean lines and look of Squarespace templates, but the examples I have seen have been for the above-mentioned but Weebly seems more suitable for just a standard website. Does it really matter? Also, can I buy my domain name thru Squarespace… I know with Godaddy you can, but I am prefer Squarespace & Weebly to Godaddy.

    Thank you.

    • Jeremy Wong February 3, 2015 at 6:53 PM #

      Hey Bobbie,

      Congrats on graduating (soon)!

      I think you’re right on the money in that Squarespace’s templates look more professional than Weebly’s templates. But if you are okay with Weebly’s designs, then it’s really down to user interface as both of them are quite different.

      Weebly’s user interface is really easy to use, but that’s not to say Squarespace is difficult to use – just that Weebly is a bit easier.

      If you sign up with an annual plan with Squarespace, they offer you a free custom domain name for 1 year, then you’ll have to pay an annual fee to renew it if you want to keep that domain name.

      But if you want to purchase your domain name from GoDaddy directly, that works as well. You can just connect your domain name from GoDaddy to Squarespace (or Weebly). You don’t have to use GoDaddy’s website builder at all.

      Here’s some info on how to do that.

      Jeremy

  50. Alan Roth February 2, 2015 at 2:02 PM #

    My WordPress site was hacked and I’m rebuilding on SS but I do not see any security features listed on their site for malware/virus scanning nor do they offer it as an add on service. How do I know my site will be secure from hackers?

    • Jeremy Wong February 2, 2015 at 4:21 PM #

      Hi Alan,

      Sorry about your site. It’s a really hard question to answer but Squarespace are constantly maintaining and upgrading their security features against intrusions / hackers. The good thing is that they manage all the hosting / security related functions for you so you don’t have to do all that technical work / updates.

      With WordPress, depending on which hosting company you use, some of them are pretty bad and so that exposes you to intrusions. Also, with WordPress, you are more so responsible for your own technical updates and so that also exposes you as well if you are not implementing protective measures yourself.

      So with Squarespace, they manage all that for you as part of their paid services. Lastly, rotating your password once in a while, and using alpha-numeric passwords are just some best practices that can better protect your website.

      Jeremy

  51. Mel Needham February 1, 2015 at 12:28 PM #

    Great blog. Looking to redesign our website which is old and tired but been around for at least 15 years on the same domain so is quite well optimised organically with search engines.

    I’m concerned if I go with a templated option like SS I’ll loose our optimisation. We’ll use the same domain which we have control of thru Easily but not sure it’s just a case of re-pointing the domain towards SS servers? What about salvaging inwards links we’ve built up over the years for example? Does that all get dealt with by the redirection?

    I’m the first to admit it’s not something I’m on top of understanding. I’ve read a lot of expert reviews on website migration and that a mountain of work is needed to migrate with the least disruption to SEO but not sure if this just refers to when migrating to another domain. Any advice gratefully received.

    • Jeremy Wong February 2, 2015 at 4:05 PM #

      Hi Mel,

      I must admit that I’m not super familiar with site migration so just take my comment with that in mind.

      You can point your domain name to Squarespace which is just fine. But I think the key thing is to make sure that you 301 (permanent) redirect your old pages to the new pages that you set up in Squarespace, so that search engines (such as Google) knows that each of your old page are being redirected to a completely new page, so they won’t de-index your pages.

      You should be able to re-direct your old pages to your new pages in your domain name registrar. It should be fairly straightforward, you just insert your old page address and tell them which new page address you want to redirect to. Of course this means that you will have to have your Squarespace site up and ready.

      Hope this is helpful (even if just a little bit!)

      Jeremy

      • Mel February 3, 2015 at 12:23 AM #

        Thank you Jeremy. Just one more question, I find many people discussing the disadvantage of using a templated forum like wix SS etc as opposed to commissioning a developer and/or designer to build one for them. Obviously there is a cost implication with the latter but I’m still not fully understanding why one would have a custom built site when there are so many high quality out of the box options like SS which undoubtedly has very professional looking design and – although perhaps limited functionality if you want something with a ton of bells and whistles – seems to cater for most requirements of a small business.

        In you opinion, especially for a business that already has a custom built site, what are the pros and cons of transferring to a templated CMS?

        • Jeremy Wong February 3, 2015 at 6:30 PM #

          Hi Mel,

          I think you hit the main points to consider – that some businesses require custom functions that are much more advanced than what Squarespace could deliver, and the cost factor.

          Another factor to consider may want to consider the speed of edits to your website. If your website is not complex, and if you want to add in a new image, update some text, change the font style here and there, by managing your own site you can do this on the fly and make changes right away instead of emailing your developer / designer and wait a couple of days before seeing the changes you want being updated on our site.

          Also something to consider is that your web developer may hold you hostage if they want a higher fee, or if they just disappear and you’ve busy scrambling to find a replacement which is not easy. It’s a form of business interruption that you really don’t want. Such events are rare, but does happen.

          So having control over your own website in a sense that you know how to build / edit it is something that a lot of businesses consider important!

          Jeremy

  52. Lou Rivera February 1, 2015 at 10:43 AM #

    Thanks for helping this novice make sense of the countless available options. I now feel more confident and know the direction I want to take.

    • Jeremy Wong February 1, 2015 at 11:28 AM #

      No problem Lou! Glad our discussions have been helpful to you.

      Jeremy

  53. Rod Scott January 29, 2015 at 3:01 AM #

    Hi does Squarespace have a gallery/shop /page where I can sell my photos from

    • Jeremy Wong January 30, 2015 at 12:43 PM #

      Hi Rod,

      Yes you can definitely sell digital products with Squarespace. We go over a bit more details about their ecommerce tools in this post here. Take a look and hopefully you’ll find it informative!

      Jeremy

  54. Stu Wilson January 28, 2015 at 4:45 AM #

    Hi, im with Fatcow at the moment but i want to leave and come over to Squarespace for my business website but so far I cant see that Squarespace give you email addresses to match your domain name. Can you enlighten me please?

    Thank you

    • Jeremy Wong January 28, 2015 at 8:37 PM #

      Hi Stu,

      Squarespace doesn’t give you an email address, but a website built with Squarespace can be integrated with Google Business App (basically your own email address with your domain name, powered by the same user interface / technology as Gmail).

      It costs about $5 per month and we use it ourselves too as we really like the Gmail user interface and how reliable and fast it is. So for us it’s a worthwhile investment for only a few dollars a month.

      Here’s more information about how Google App integrates with Squarespace.

      Jeremy

  55. John January 27, 2015 at 4:36 PM #

    Hi
    Looking to switch from Network Solutions to SS. Is this a good site match to sell vitamins/supplements (ecommerce drop ship)?
    Thank you

    • Jeremy Wong January 30, 2015 at 12:52 PM #

      Hi John,

      Squarespace has ecommerce tools to allow you to sell pretty much physical and digital products. If you haven’t seen our discussion on their ecommerce tools yet, take a look at this page here.

      So they do have the tools to help you out I think.

      Jeremy

  56. Stelios January 25, 2015 at 7:13 PM #

    Hello, i recent purchased a website name fpr Go daddy, should i have done that our could i have bought it all via squarespace? bw. really like Squarespace and will be signing up to their hosting

  57. Joyce January 24, 2015 at 10:01 AM #

    Hello
    i have two domain names only difference between the two are .com and .cleaning can I use my own domains also i have my own graphics for my business for example business cards can I impose this onto to the website builder?

    • Jeremy Wong January 25, 2015 at 2:19 PM #

      Hi Joyce,

      Yes you can use our own custom domain name with a Squarespace website. Just visit their support page and type in “domain” into the search bar for more help. If you still get stuck you can always email their support team for further guidance!

      Jeremy

  58. larry January 21, 2015 at 8:00 PM #

    Thank for all of your effort. Very clear and concise evaluation that has helped me decide on Squarespace for my site.

    • Jeremy Wong January 21, 2015 at 9:43 PM #

      You’re very welcome Larry. Glad that we’ve been helpful!

      Best,

      Jeremy

  59. Lindsey January 20, 2015 at 10:31 AM #

    Hi,

    Was wondering if anyone has actually done a test of a website’s performance on different platforms. Form this, and my other blogs Ive read, it seems square space has a ‘marginal advantage’ for SEO rankings than wix or weebly.

    But, has anyone actually compared and seen what the results are??

    I would like to switch my Wix site to square space, but would love to know what the actual benefits would be in terms of improved rankings. Switching takes a ton of time and effort, so I need to know what ‘marginal improvement’ means.

    I’d love to see a test — with all other things being the same (same content, same meta tags, same backlinks) how much would one platform increase google rankings for a website simply from having an SEO – optimized website builder.

    • Jeremy Wong January 20, 2015 at 1:35 PM #

      Hey Lindsey,

      I wished someone had done a comprehensive test on this too! But I think it is extremely challenging (if possible at all) to keep all the ranking variables constant to really compare apples to apples in a controlled setting.

      SEO is determined by well over 100 different ranking factors so it’s almost impossible to keep all of them the same across website builders to truly get results that are relatively robust and accurate.

      Jeremy

      • Lindsey January 20, 2015 at 1:46 PM #

        Jeremy,

        I know.
        My thought was to create a mock website, very simple, with the same content, targeted for 1 or 2 keywords. (the only thing different would be the domain name). It would probably rank on the 1000 th page on google, but even a slight difference in the rankings from one to the other would be instructive.

        In other words, create a “polar bear” website, just write “polar bear” on everything — metatags, a couple fake pages, a couple tagged images — set it up on 2 different platforms and see how each ranks.

        Or, seeing what happens after someone switches from one to the other (same content, moving platforms) would be helpful.

        • Jeremy Wong January 21, 2015 at 1:47 PM #

          Hi Lindey,

          You might find some results with that but I don’t think it will be very meaningful though. There are hundreds of ranking factors and just changing a few items probably won’t make a difference at all. And as you mentioned, it will probably be ranked really really low, so at the end of the day, all the efforts in testing them will end up not really achieving very much!

          But that’s just my humble opinion : )

          Jeremy

  60. Rebecca January 16, 2015 at 7:59 AM #

    Kudos for a great article! I currently have three blogs, two are WordPress and one is my acting/voice over website created on Weebly. I have been wanting to move my Weebly site to another platform because it tends to be glitchy. I was thinking to move it to WordPress, since I love WordPress, but WordPress is more time consuming than Weebly when it comes to changing the design and adding plug-ins.

    Lately, I have been noticing that SquareSpace has been doing a lot of advertising and I have been seduced by the rich images in their ads and have been thinking of moving that Weebly site to SquareSpace, but only after researching it.

    After reading your article, I’m even more inclined to try it out. Seems like they make the entire process easy and less time-consuming. I’m not a coding ninja but I love to tool around on WordPress and learn new things, however, I just don’t have the time to do that anymore and like I said, it seems like SquareSpace might be the answer.

    Thanks again for your review!

    • Jeremy Wong January 16, 2015 at 3:44 PM #

      Hi Rebecca,

      Thanks so much for your comment! Yes, Squarespace does have this ability to make everything look good!

      The best part about them is that they are still drag and drop, so you don’t need to know any code at all and you can still build a really great looking website.

      It’s not as flexible as WordPress (we’ve compared Squarespace and WordPress here), but it’s definitely a lot easier to use and you can achieve great results.

      Good luck with using Squarespace!

      Jeremy

  61. bill calhoun January 14, 2015 at 8:07 PM #

    Heya J,

    As always you’re laying it out there for REAL! Lovin’it.
    Thanks for taking the time to help all of us weed through all the
    muddle.

    I’m thinking of diving in to create on SS myself. I’m a tech-idiot.

    Questions:

    1. What are your thoughts about paying a SS expert (they have those, can you believe it)?

    2. What are your thoughts about using SS as an online Health and Fitness platform (specifically to engage, call to action, and convert members)?

    By-the-way, I’m gonna click over to your sidebar “You may also like…” 2015 reviews.

    Dude, you’ve really set up a clever blog/review platform here.

    Thanks again
    Bill

  62. Chris January 6, 2015 at 1:55 PM #

    Hi
    I would like to try the free version but would my domain name be tied to you should I wish to choose another site

    Kind regards
    Chris

    • Jeremy Wong January 6, 2015 at 6:29 PM #

      Hi Chris,

      When you sign up for the free trial with Squarespace, you can’t connect your own domain to the website yet. Only after you upgrade to the paid version then you can connect your own domain name.

      If you sign up for the annual plan, Squarespace does give you a free domain name for 1 year. So this saves you about $10 – $15 right away. After the free year, you’ll have to pay an annual renewal fee to keep the domain name.

      If you decide to use another web builder and leave Squarespace, you can always transfer the domain name out of Squarespace and into another domain name registrar such as GoDaddy. Then you can connect your domain name from GoDaddy to your new website builder (whatever you choose to use to build your next website).

      So you can definitely keep your domain name over the long run! As long as you pay the annual fees to keep it registered under your name.

      Jeremy

  63. Beth December 30, 2014 at 9:11 AM #

    Hi Jeremy, a friend recommended Square Space to me. My uncle wants to do away with half his paper advertisement budget in order to build a website. He has a small salvage building supply company and wants to have inventoried pictures of items available. He is not interested in a web store but wants his business to be web searchable. I am the only computer literate person he knows and although I am capable I have never attempted a website. I need to find a place where I can help, like take the pictures and get it going, but I need help and don’t want to get in over my head. He will pay for this service, but it is from the ground up, requiring a domain name and anything else to make a functional website. We just don’t want a lot of headaches. Is this the right place for his business?

    • Jeremy Wong January 2, 2015 at 8:03 PM #

      Hi Beth,

      Unfortunately we don’t offer any web consultation or web building services. I completely understand how overwhelming this can be, and we were in your shoes just a few short years ago!

      It sounds like you need someone to guide you through every step of the way. There are a number of marketplaces out there where you can find capable designers to help you build a website, such as Elance or oDesk. But I would caution that not all freelancers there are the same – some are good, some are not so good.

      If you have the budget, Squarespace does recommend some specialists that can help you and your uncle out. They’re not cheap, but good designers / developers are worth the investment (trust us on this one!)

      Jeremy

    • luka January 6, 2015 at 11:06 AM #

      Hi Beth-
      I just want to point out that there are many people very comfortable using webhosting companies as well as familiar with how to get a domain name going, etc.

      If I were you, I would put an ad on your local craigslist and say what it is you are looking to do and ask for an idea of what they would charge to help you (and your uncle) to get things going. You would be amazed at how many talented people are out there and how inexpensively they will get things set up for you. You can then meet them in a public place ( library, diner, coffee shop, e.g.) and have them show you how to do things on whatever (easy) webhosting company you both agree on.

      I speak from experience. Craigslist is a great resource for quite a bit of talent.

      • Jeremy Wong January 6, 2015 at 6:26 PM #

        That’s a good suggestion Luka – thanks for sharing it!

        You make a good point – One of the benefit of using Craigslist is that you can request to meet the person and have them show you how everything works. Also this just gives you some assurance that you’re getting what you pay for.

        I think there are some resistance for a lot of folks who are looking for help online for the first time. I know we did when we first started.

        Concerns such as what if the person takes our money and runs away! So meeting the person offline does give a bit of assurance that’s hard to get virtually.

        Jeremy

  64. Elaine December 27, 2014 at 4:54 AM #

    Excellent review and summary. I will continue to read more from you…we feel the same way…overwhelmed and scared to make any decision. We know nothing about websites, domain names, web hosting etc…but are learning a lot every day! thank you

    • Jeremy Wong December 27, 2014 at 7:01 PM #

      Thanks Elaine! Glad you’re finding our discussions helpful. I remember it was a really overwhelming period for us too when we first got started, and that there weren’t much discussions about website building. So I’m glad that we’re able to be helpful!

      Jeremy

  65. Laurie Burr December 24, 2014 at 10:26 AM #

    Great review. Very helpful.

  66. Christian December 17, 2014 at 5:26 PM #

    I’m a writer who has been looking into squarespace for a while, and am just looking around at the competition before I decide on who to use to build my site. This review has affirmed everything I’ve hear about squarespace, still need to shop around more, but a very useful review. I would have liked a little less enthusiasm for squarespace to provide a more level headed review, but it could just be that this site is all it’s said to be.

    • Jeremy Wong December 18, 2014 at 8:40 PM #

      Hey Christian,

      Thanks for your comment. We sound enthusiastic about Squarespace because we are enthusiastic about them! So I’m glad our “voice” is coming through our words.

      Having said that, Squarespace does have its drawbacks, and so do all other website building platforms. Its strength is in its ability for non-coders to build beautiful websites, but it’s not going to serve “everybody”, depending on what a specific user want to build. For instance, if someone wants to build a very comprehensive ecommerce site, a membership site, a forum, etc, then Squarespace won’t have the best solutions for those needs.

      At the end of the day, we try to point out what we’re enthusiastic about, some points that they can improve (and point out what they have improved upon, such as in the latest Squarespace 7) and just answer questions from our readers when we get a chance.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  67. leo December 13, 2014 at 3:03 AM #

    HI Jeremy,
    thanks for your excellent reviews.

    I am a musician making my own pop rock and classical music, I want my own music site to be like itunes.com, or 7digital.com where customers could listen to samples of my music, and then directly download the tunes to their PC or phone or tablet, paying through paypal or a visa card.

    Do any of the websites you have mentioned allow such a direct method of business, and functionality as well as itunes or 7digital in their processing of files? Or would they be more indirect? As you can tell I have no idea about websites or how to build them.

    And which site would you recommend that would do this process the best? I would be adding new music as time goes by, deleting stuff etc..?
    thanks for your help
    kind regards in this matter
    Leo Coleman

    • Jeremy Wong December 13, 2014 at 7:13 PM #

      Hi Leo,

      You can definitely build a music oriented website with Squarespace, but they may not offer all the powerful features that you may get from iTunes (I’m sure Apple spent more than our life time worth of income to build iTunes!!)

      With Squarespace, they do have music friendly tools, such as the ability to build an “Album Page”. You can also use Audio blocks to upload your own music, which you can use to provide samples for people to listen to.

      If you use SoundCloud, that also integrates with Squarespace, so your visitors can listen to either samples or full songs.

      One of the things about Squarespace is that you can also sell digital products. So you can set up product pages for your album / songs, so if people like them they can purchase them and a download link will be automatically emailed to your customers.

      So while you won’t get a site that works like iTunes, you’ll still get a very functional site that will meet a lot of your needs. But if you really like to have something like iTunes, then you’ll have to hire a very strong programmer to custom build it for you.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

  68. Chris December 2, 2014 at 5:40 PM #

    Jeremy,
    Does SS allow you to do any of the following:
    – Transfer your domain name
    – create / use personalize email system or transfer over a current email system so we don’t loose our account. (we currently use horde and HATE IT!)
    Thanks!
    Chris

    • Jeremy Wong December 3, 2014 at 10:49 PM #

      Hi Chris,

      1) Currently you can’t transfer domain names to Squarespace as they’re not set up to store / manage domain names. But you don’t need to transfer your domain name at all, as you can just point / connect your domain from wherever it is stored to a Squarespace site.

      Take a look at this tutorial to see how to do that.

      2) Squarespace also doesn’t power any email services (understandably that’s not part of their core strength) but you can sign up for a custom email address with Google Business Apps. Squarespace has a partnership with Google Apps so you can check out more instructions here.

      We use Google to power our custom email address as well, and we really like the Gmail interface (but branded as our own email service of course)

      Jeremy

  69. Lin December 2, 2014 at 1:19 PM #

    Hi, Jeremy! Thanks very much for your excellent analysis. I know next to nothing about getting a website together — I’m most interested in soliciting comments from people and organizing an online conversation. Do these web builders make that possible/easy?

    Thanks for your time!

    Lin

    • Jeremy Wong December 3, 2014 at 10:34 PM #

      Hi Lin,

      With Squarespace, you can insert commenting sections below each blog post that you create, so that people can engage with you for that specific blog post. Alternatively, you can sign up for a free commenting widget (called Disqus) and can insert commenting boxes on any Squarespace page (beyond just the blog page) so that people can comment pretty much on any page you have.

      Creating commenting sections is the easy part with building websites. The most challenging part is to actually get people to interact with you!

      Jeremy

  70. Andrea December 1, 2014 at 12:19 PM #

    Hi Jeremy!

    This is great!! Thanks for all this useful info. Just wanted to know if squarespace has an online booking engine for a holiday house rental website were clients can make online bookings and payments.

    Cheers!

    • Jeremy Wong December 1, 2014 at 11:07 PM #

      Hey Andrea,

      Squarespace doesn’t have an online booking engine for you to operate a hotel / bed & breakfast type of business. But they do suggest a few external widgets that you can insert into your Squarespace site using the “inject code” block.

      You can visit their support page and type in “booking” and a few options will show up.

      However, just know that these booking function is not built by Squarespace, so there may potentially be integration issues.

      One option is to use WixHotels, which is a room booking engine that is built by Wix that is fully integrated into their drag & drop website builder. We have more discussions that here. The advantage here is that their booking engine is fully integrated into their website builder, so everything is built to work seamlessly.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  71. KM November 28, 2014 at 10:33 AM #

    I’m really happy that I found your site!
    Thanks to your review and awesome page I was able to find a better website builder compared to MoonFruit which was a horrific experience and awful customer service.

    ( * throws confetti * Cheers and thank you for you help ) Thank you – Thank you – Thank you

    p.s ( You did an awesome review ^_^V*)

    • Jeremy Wong November 29, 2014 at 2:31 AM #

      Glad you found a better website builder KM! All the best with your new site!

      Jeremy

  72. Kelvin November 27, 2014 at 2:27 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Great review – I wished I found out about it earlier! After setting up my own Squarespace site, I can agree with your conclusion – support is great, templates are beautiful, features are sufficient for a small photography site like mine, and cost is decent too, without having to maintain your own custom WordPress site.

    I wrote my findings/review here at ‘http://bit.ly/1xVxfWQ if you’re interested.

    Regards,
    Kelvin

    • Jeremy Wong November 29, 2014 at 2:14 AM #

      Hey Kelvin,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      Jeremy

  73. Kadidia November 26, 2014 at 4:46 PM #

    Hi Jeremy, thanks a lot for the your input on your articles, really helpful. I would like to know if squarespace does have a system that can record the stock quantities and notify the customers on the account, how much items of each categories is left to buy, for me to be able to follow and better handle my sales, thank you.

    • Jeremy Wong November 29, 2014 at 2:47 AM #

      Hi Kadidia,

      Squarespace’s ecommerce tools allow you to insert inventory levels of your product. But you have to manually go into each product settings to update that yourself – at least initially when you set up your product. Afterwards, every time a customer purchases, the inventory count will automatically be reduced by how many units the customer purchased.

      So each product will display how many units are left on the product page, so your customers knows.

      Take a look at our Squarespace ecommerce discussion here.

      Jeremy

      • Kadidia November 29, 2014 at 5:34 AM #

        Thanks a lot Jeremy! That’s exactely what I wanted to know, great!

  74. Nadine November 25, 2014 at 11:32 AM #

    Great article Jeremy!
    I have a quick question for you. I have used Portfoliobox.net this past year, which I like, but I am considering switching to Squarespace because I can import my blogger to it, and have everything in one place, rather than clicking out to my blogger from a link in my site. I think this is an advantage, but then I think, what if I want to leave Squarespace?…my only option would be to go to WordPress…any thoughts?

    • Jeremy Wong November 25, 2014 at 9:11 PM #

      Hi Nadine,

      Yes that’s right. Exporting to WordPress is the only option here. The universal challenge with website builders is that websites that are built with their proprietary platforms are all different from one another. It’s like switching a Ferrari shell and trying to put it on top of a Porsche frame (sorry, bad car analogy!)

      So extracting the website codes that’s built on top of a unique platform and trying to make it work on different platform is quite challenging. So in Squarespace’s case, the fact that you can export it into WordPress is already a huge advantage over other drag and drop builders.

      No to mention that there are a lot of WordPress experts in the market so if you run into any adaptation issues between Squarespace and WordPress, you can get help at the very least.

      Jeremy

  75. Earl Gray November 19, 2014 at 5:37 AM #

    Jeremy – I can’t describe what a help you’ve been for me, mate, and your patience in dealing with all these questions. And for no cost! All credit to you!

  76. Kris Van November 18, 2014 at 7:12 AM #

    Great article Jeremy. I am considering using Squareface for my business but need to use a language option as I’d like to have my site in 4 languages. Does Squareface support this option? Thank you.

  77. Todd November 16, 2014 at 10:25 PM #

    I am looking at developing a photography web site in the near future. Unlike most photographers, I have a strong technical background (electrical engineer with some computer science), including some programming. I don’t mind the technical stuff, but don’t have a lot of free time. I was going to go with a traditional registrar and host (Arvixe or A2 Hosting were my primary choices), but I do like the clean designs presented with Squarespace. I want to be sure that no matter who I use for a host, that I actually own my domain. Can I purchase the domain somewhere else and host/build with Squarespace? Conversely, if I register a domain with Squarespace, would I be able to take it somewhere else in the future?

    • Jeremy Wong November 17, 2014 at 8:43 PM #

      Hey Todd,

      Yes you can own your own domain name and connect it with Squarespace. Just visit their support page and type in “domain” and you’ll see additional help articles on how to connect your domain name.

      You can purchase your domain name at GoDaddy (which is the largest domain name vendor).

      If you register a domain name with Squarepace, you should be able to take it elsewhere, but there is a process that you have to go through. So might be easier to get it through a domain name registrar so you can freely point the domain name to whatever website you want.

      Jeremy

      • Earl Gray November 18, 2014 at 2:02 AM #

        I’ve been looking at domain registrars for exactly the same reasons as Todd. I want to move to Squarespace, but have a domain and hosting with another photo building website.

        Most registrars offer domain names and hosting. Not being as experienced as Todd, I’m confused about the difference between owning a domain and hosting a website. If you own a domain name through a registrar and connect it with Squarespace, do you also need hosting with your registrar? Or do Squarespace host your website and you simply point it at your domain?

        • Earl Gray November 18, 2014 at 2:15 AM #

          PS I’ve just thought of this …….

          The .com version of my domain is available. Could I use this and take advantage of the free domain offer of Squarespace (thus having everything in one place) … but then use the .co.uk version (which is with another registrar) and point my Squarespace website at this (or vice versa, whichever it is …)

          I’m getting myself in knots thinking about this …….

          • Jeremy Wong November 18, 2014 at 7:45 PM #

            Earl,

            Referring to your second comment, yes the easiest thing is probably to pick up the .com version of your domain name with Squarespace. This will make things a bit easier for sure.

            What you can do with your .co.uk domain name is to re-direct it to your .com domain name. So that when someone clicks on your .co.uk address, they are automatically routed to your .com address.

            The domain registrar for your .co.uk should have tools to re-direct that domain name fairly easily.

            Jeremy

        • Jeremy Wong November 18, 2014 at 7:43 PM #

          Hey Earl,

          Domain name and hosting are 2 separate things. Domain name is your website address, and you need to connect it to your website (hosted on servers) so that when someone types in your domain name, they will be led to your website.

          So to keep things simple, you just need two things. Get your domain name (you can get it through Squarespace for free if you sign up to their annual plan), and connect it to your website built with Squarespace’s drag & drop platform.

          Squarespace does all the hosting work for you, so you don’t have to worry about anything technical here.

          If you get your domain name through Squarespace, then connecting it will be very easy. If your domain name is purchased at another domain name registrar, then check out the Squarespace tutorials I referenced to Todd (above) to see how to connect that domain name to your Squarespace website.

          But if your domain name is stuck with another website builder, you may need to transfer it out to a domain registrar (such as GoDaddy, they provide this transfer service for a fee), then point it to Squarespace.

          Jeremy

  78. Andrea November 11, 2014 at 8:29 PM #

    Thanks for your helpful reviews. I thought I had made up my mind on Squarespace until I found out I can’t transfer my domain! I don’t want to pay both my current host AND squarespace. Is there any way to work around this? If I cancel my first one, will the domain come up as available to acquire through Squarespace?

    • Jeremy Wong November 17, 2014 at 6:56 PM #

      Hi Andrea,

      I wouldn’t recommmend canceling your domain name so that you can pick it up through Squarespace (I’m guessing to take advantage of the free domain if you subscribe to Squarespace plans?)

      You may risk someone else picking up your domain name before you get it through Squarespace (even though the chances are low). And I don’t know the in’s and out’s of domain name cancel and re-acquisition but I think there is some sort of processing time before the domain name becomes available again? Just a lot of uncertainties here.

      What you can do is just connect your domain name with Squarespace by following their tutorials found in their help / support section. Just type in “domain” into the search bar and you should see a number of options to walk you through the process.

      It’s very common to have your domain name registered with domain name registrars (such as GoDaddy) and connect it with Squarespace. You won’t get the 1 year free domain from Squarespace, but that’s only going to cost you around $10 – $12, rather than risk losing your domain name!

      For what it’s worth, hope this helps!

      Jeremy

      • Andrea November 17, 2014 at 7:04 PM #

        Thanks for your help! Unfortunately, my domain is currently registered with my current host, which is another monthly fee. It sounds like I will just have to double-up. : (

        • Jeremy Wong November 17, 2014 at 8:50 PM #

          Hey Andrea,

          I understand what you mean. But consider that it’s only about $1 a month to keep your domain name registered, it’s not too bad hopefully. I just don’t want you to potentially lose your domain name!

          Jeremy

  79. Mark M November 11, 2014 at 8:15 AM #

    Jeremy:

    Great reviews. One Thing I am not understanding, and can’t seem to find a good explanation: How do I determine how much bandwidth and storage I need, and how many “pages” I have. If I have a slideshow or gallery of photos is each photo a page? Or is the whole slideshow or gallery one page? (I am putting together a site for my small architecture practice and trying to keep it simple. I have no idea how many hits I might get – as I have no idea of how many people look online for architects in my city.)

    • Jeremy Wong November 17, 2014 at 7:23 PM #

      Hey Mark,

      Great question and a very tough one to answer! I suppose it’s much easier to assess “storage” as one big contributing factor is the number of images you upload into your site. Images tend to dominate space usage and one way to combat this is to reduce the size of your images by using compression tools such as Kraken (one of our favs!)

      Even so, it’s quite challenging to know exactly how much storage you need. 2 GB from Squarespace’s lowest plan is a lot of storage space already, and if you run out you can always upgrade to their Professional plan.

      Regarding bandwidth, it’s a bit of a mystery for sure. This really depends on how many people visit your site, how long they stay on your site, how many pages they visit, etc. So it’s really website usage which is very challenging to predict your user behavior!

      Again if Squarespace’s Personal plan’s bandwidth limit of 500 GB isn’t sufficient, you can always upgrade to their Professional or Business plan. This usually means you’re getting a ton of traffic / website interaction which is a good thing!

      Jeremy

  80. Will Arias November 10, 2014 at 5:22 PM #

    Hey, Jeremy,
    firstly, thank you very much for your ongoing work. It really helps rookies like myself.
    I was about to place my order for the FIVE TEMPLATE but I understand there are some differences between Squarespace 6 and squarespace 7… As the “using the five template” guide hasn’t been updated, i’m afraid of making too many mistakes and wasting time by try to follow old prompts. So, I was wondering if it would be a good idea to use one of the new templates that are based on Squarespace 7. I would highly appreciate your opinion. Cheers Will

    • Jeremy Wong November 17, 2014 at 7:42 PM #

      Hi Will,

      I found a few places in Squarespace 7 support guide that talks about the status of their templates in Squarespace 7.

      Here is also a list of discontinued templates. I don’t see Five in there though.

      But in general, I’d recommend using templates that they’ve identified as Squarespace 7 compatible just to avoid any issues going forward!

      It’s great that Squarespace is continually evolving and growing, and one of the drawbacks is that some of their older templates / technologies will be discontinued. All part of the evolution / growth!

      Jeremy

  81. Earl Gray November 10, 2014 at 7:08 AM #

    I’m a photographer with Clikpic, and have been looking for a new provider for my website for a while (mobile optimisation, slicker templates, good e-commerce tools), and after considering Format, Zenfolio, Smugmug et al, stumbled across SS through a mate. Can’t believe that it might actually be what I’m looking for … a couple of questions though ….

    – Bit concerned that ‘Stripe’ is not that well known in UK (well, not to me). Wondered if that might put off customers……

    – With the different plans, the personal plan suggests you can only sell one product. I’m not being stupid by thinking this means one product line (i.e. photo prints) rather than one print :/

    – All products are self-fulfilled, i.e. there’s no third party lab making a nice little cut out of my business.

    – SS doesn’t offer email – I’d need to get this thru someone like google.mail

    Great review, btw, cheers!

    • Jeremy Wong November 17, 2014 at 8:32 PM #

      Hi Earl,

      1) Stripe does work for UK merchants, and your customers won’t see “Stripe” as the payment processor. Rather, Stripe just helps you set up your payment page and processes the sales for you. So your customers will just see payment options (such as visa, mastercard, etc)

      2) The personal plan only gives you the ability to see 1 single product. So it’s not a line / category of product. You’ll have to upgrade to a higher plan if you want to sell more individual products.

      3) Yes all your physical products will have to be self-fulfilled. The only exception is if you sell digital prints, which Squarespace can help you automatically email them out to your customers once the transaction is done (you can sell digital products with Squarespace).

      4) Yes you’ll need to get your own email service and Google Business App’s email is really good (we use this ourselves). It’s a few US$ a month and given the level of service it provides it’s really worth it (for us anyway).

      If you haven’t seen our discussion about Squarespace’s ecommerce features yet, here it is!

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  82. Lelli November 3, 2014 at 7:54 PM #

    Thanks for the review Jeremy. Two questions. 1) Very basic – re domain names – I’m not understanding what the “Free Custom Domain” actually refers to… So if I want to set up a url with my business name (which seems to be available from searches on a couple of domain name providers) does that mean I can secure that domain name through Squarespace? Or do I have to buy that name through a provider and then transfer it across? and question 2) Squarespace6 vs Squarespace7 – any comments? Thanks for any assistance.

    • Jeremy Wong November 5, 2014 at 12:34 AM #

      Hi Lelli,

      1) Yes you should be able to get that domain name through Squarespace, as it sounds like it has not been taken yet.

      2) We don’t have a formal report on Squarespace 6 versus Squarespace 7 yet, but in our view the key user interface improvement is that now you don’t have to keep flipping back and forth between editing mode and actually seeing how your site looks like in live preview mode. It’s one of the “cons” we’ve listed in our pros & cons section above, so it’s really awesome that they’ve addressed this!

      Jeremy

  83. Clay November 3, 2014 at 8:58 AM #

    I currently have a website that has been hosted by Homestead for 4 years and I am not happy with their web site editor at all. I have been debating back and forth between Weebly and Squarespace. My basic question is this: is there a way to keep my current website live at Homestead while I rebuild the new one or the other’s platform? So far I haven’t seen how that can be done. Thank you for any guidance in this.

    • Jeremy Wong November 3, 2014 at 5:12 PM #

      Hi Clay,

      Yes you can do that. You can just sign up for an account with Squarespace (or Weebly) and when you are ready, just connect your current domain name to your new website and that’s about it!

      So when people type in your website address right now, they will still go to your site hosted by Homestead. Once you connect your domain name to Squarespace when the new site is done, they will be directed to your new site.

      Just visit Squarespace’s help page, and search for “Domain” and it will show you various help articles on how to connect your domain name to Squarespace (but only do that after you’re done setting up your new site).

      Hope this is helpful!

      Jeremy

  84. Gill hulley November 3, 2014 at 8:00 AM #

    Thanks Jeremy for your awesome review : )

    I am in. Australia and have been looking at diff options for a while
    I know ss in American, would this cause any difficulties living in aus?

    I’m in holistic health n fitness n want a simple, professional website where I can share info, have a blog and also have banners/links to my websites that I promote & am affiliated with. (they have shopping carts on the websites so don’t need one on mine)

    My website will summarise everything I do with links. I need diff sections, eg. Kids health, fitness info, health tips, natural makeup & cleaning products etc

    Do u think ss would be good for this or can u recommend another?
    Happy to pay a monthly fee as don’t like adverts on the free site builders.

    I’m presuming the monthly fee is US dollars, does it convert to aus dollars for you?

    Thanks for your time and help!
    Much appreciated : )

    • Jeremy Wong November 3, 2014 at 5:08 PM #

      Hi Gill,

      Yes Squarespace will work just fine for you in Australia. Even though Squarespace is based in the US, they can power websites around the world, without any issues.

      The monthly fee is in US$, but when you insert your credit card when you sign up to their plans, your credit card company will automatically convert it into Australian dollars for you.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  85. Amber J October 29, 2014 at 5:43 AM #

    This is a great review and thanks for the detailed information.

    I currently use BigCommerce for my retail store but Im looking to build a new website for my hubby’s construction business. I basically just want to add photos and do a few blogs and do not require a shopping cart system at all.

    Im happy to fiddle with designs and templates but I dont want to have to engage a develop everything i need to do – or fix from me playing around too much.

    Do you think this is a better platform for me to rather than wordpress?

    • Jeremy Wong October 29, 2014 at 3:24 PM #

      Hi Amber,

      Yes I think Squarespace will get the job done for you! It’s really just drag and drop, so you don’t have to touch codes at all!

      WordPress is very flexible and powerful, but based on your description of what you want to, I think Squarespace can do a very good job, and save you a ton of time as well!

      Jeremy

  86. Joshua October 24, 2014 at 7:35 PM #

    Hello,

    I am thinking of using square space to create a company website for a commercial real estate finance company. The site will mainly consist of text content and high resolution images. That being said, I wanted to know if square space can accommodate the following:

    1) Images objects that can rotate between 3-4 different images

    2) The ability to include icon links with downloadable content (I.E. Quarterly market summaries)

    3) An events page where I can list upcoming conferences in which our firm will be speaking at. I would ideally like to format each event with a calendar date icon on the left hand margin and the event details to the right.

    Thanks very much.

    • Jeremy Wong October 24, 2014 at 10:23 PM #

      Hi Joshua,

      1) Yes. Some of the templates that Squarespace gives you do cater to a header slideshow. You can go through some of their templates and I’m sure you’ll find one that suits your needs.

      2) I don’t think there is a specific feature where you can upload files into your pages to have people download. Perhaps you can store your files elsewere (such as Dropbox) and just hyperlink a button in Squarespace to your dropbox file folder so people can access and download your files. Also try asking Squarespace’s support team to see if they have any suggestions?

      3) There is an event block in Squarespace that you can check out. There is also a calendar block that you can use.

      – Jeremy

  87. cb October 21, 2014 at 3:02 AM #

    hi

    i’m planning to build a website for a small tutorial school (very basic, no eCommerce stuff needed) and i was wondering if squarespace would be better than Edicy (i have yet to learn of this but it boast of bilingual function), is it possible in squarespace to make the site bilingual?

    would you know how much the cost is to run the site, given i have already bought a domain name.

    thank you very much
    cb

    • Jeremy Wong November 17, 2014 at 8:22 PM #

      Hi CB,

      Squarespace currently doesn’t have any built in tools to create a bilingual site, but I did find this help website here (created by a Squarespace support staff) that shows you how to make your site bilingual. let me know if that helps!

      Depends on which subscription plan you pick, the cost of operating your Squarespace site can range from $8 per month to $24 per month. But given that you mentioned you only need very basic features, the lowest plan (“Personal” plan) should work just fine hopefully, which is $8 per month.

      Jeremy

  88. Brett October 20, 2014 at 10:38 AM #

    Great Review,

    HOWEVER!, If you plan on using square space and have any plans of being a business that sells products this is not the site for you…. They only have one payment option that forces you to pay a percentage. No paypal or other options which is vital to any online business.

    Just food for thought and it really is the only thing that has prevented me from purchasing their site packages.

    • Jeremy Wong October 20, 2014 at 2:57 PM #

      Hey Brett,

      A very valid point – thanks. One of the challenges of using Squarespace as an online store builder is that they only provide 1 payment gateway solution that is fully integrated with their platform.

      While Stripe (the payment processor that’s integrated with Squarespace) is a very capable one, having a few other options do help.

      Here are a few other online store builder options to consider (see our comparison chart).

      I’d suggest Weebly if those reading this want to keep things simple and don’t need a lot of advanced ecommerce tools. Weebly also integrates with payment gateways such as PayPal and Authorize.net, in addition to Stripe.

      For those who want to build a more advanced store with a lot of tools and options, Shopify and Bigcommerce are good candidates.

      Thanks for adding to this discusion Brett!

      – Jeremy

  89. Manny October 20, 2014 at 10:24 AM #

    Hi,
    Thanks for your review, it has been very helpful. I’m starting a subscription based business. Would you recommend Square Space?. My customers would create a profile on my website, which other clients can view. Thanks in advance .
    Manny

    • Jeremy Wong October 20, 2014 at 2:29 PM #

      Hi Manny,

      Actually Squarespace doesn’t have any good tools for you to help manage a subscription based business. Nor have I seen any one build a membership type website where people can create profiles themselves with Squarespace.

      You might want to check out WordPress as they do have a number of membership type plugins that will allow you to run subscription based businesses.

      – Jeremy

      • Manny October 21, 2014 at 10:44 AM #

        Thanks Jeremy, your have been very helpful. I have booked marked your site. A lot of useful information.
        Manny

      • Manny October 21, 2014 at 10:51 AM #

        Hi Jeremy,
        I forgot to ask is there any other website builders, you would recommend for a subscription based online business?. I’m thinking about using WordPress but after reading your review. I don’t have time for the learning curve..
        Thanks
        Manny

        • Jeremy Wong November 17, 2014 at 8:05 PM #

          Hey Manny,

          I don’t think any of the website builders that we’ve discussed on our site can help you power a subscription based business.

          One workaround to consider, is that I think you an set up a recurring billing system with PayPal. So once a customer is set up inside your PayPal account, you can automatically charge your customer on a monthly basis.

          But of course, you will have to manage the delivery of your product / services separately from the PayPal billing system.

          Hope this helps (a little bit!)

          Jeremy

  90. Nad October 19, 2014 at 12:28 AM #

    I’m doing a project for school and just happened to find this site. Thanks for the loads of info on website builders, it really helped a lot!

  91. Liesje October 18, 2014 at 7:05 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for all the great info! Really helpful!

    I noticed in your Webuilder comparitive analyses that Squarespace does not have an option to send out newsletters. Can you use a 3rd party software like Aweber or something to allow people to send newsletters?

    Thanks in advance,

    L.

    • Jeremy Wong October 18, 2014 at 11:06 AM #

      Hi Liesje,

      Yes you can! If you have an Aweber account, you can just use the code block in Squarespace, drag and drop it into your website, then insert the Aweber widget code in there and the sign up box should show up just fine.

      If you are using Squarespace’s ecommerce tools, they also integrate with Mailchimp (another newsetter service), so that all your customers are automatically signed up to your newsletter which makes it very easy for you to follow up and send newsletters / marketing materials / updates to them!

      – Jeremy

  92. Simon Vail October 16, 2014 at 7:56 AM #

    Hi very helpful review.

    I was wondering if you have an opinion on Squarespace as a way of selling your own photographs? I’d like a way to display photographs and give clients the option to buy them. I don’t think this facility is available. I live in the UK, and would like clients to pay by Visa.
    Regards Simon Vail

    • Jeremy Wong October 16, 2014 at 5:33 PM #

      hi Simon,

      You can sell digital products with Squarespace. So you can set up product pages for your photographs, and your clients can add them to the shopping cart and purchase them that way. This is of course, assuming you are delivering digital products.

      If you are delivering physical photographs, Squarespace works just as well. You can see more of our discussions on Squarespace’s ecommerce tools here.

      Squarespace uses Stripe to power their transaction processing, and Stripe is available for UK merchants. It accepts all major credit cards.

      – Jeremy

  93. Dr. Juli Westcott, DC October 10, 2014 at 4:19 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for your review. I am looking for a site for my Chiropractic practice. Would you recommend SquareSpace for a doctor’s website? We are hoping to have a blog as well as audio and video content available.

    Also, do they have domains available, or do I need to purchase those separately from a site like GoDaddy.com?

    Thank you for the great information!

    • Jeremy Wong October 12, 2014 at 12:58 PM #

      Hi Dr. Juli,

      I think if you’re focused on creating something very modern, visually pleasing, then Squarespace is a good option for you to test out. You can definitely create a blog within a Squarespace website, as well as insert audio and video content.

      If you sign up to their paid annual plans, you do get 1 free domain name from them so you don’t have to purchase it elsewhere. But if you prefer to get your domain name elsewhere (such as GoDaddy), that works as well and Squarespace’s support page has directions on how to point your domain name to your Squarespace site.

      – Jeremy

  94. Angela October 8, 2014 at 12:39 PM #

    Hi Jeremy

    Sorry – I’ve just realised I also had a second question! Do any of the website builders include generic images that we cn use, or is the assumption that all pics are sourced separately and then uploaded?

    thanks

    • Jeremy Wong October 8, 2014 at 3:49 PM #

      Hi Angela,

      Some of the website builders do include some generic images, but not the really nice ones that you can source else where.

      You can visit our resource page here to see where else you can find good looking images (both free and paid).

      – Jeremy

      • Angela October 8, 2014 at 11:23 PM #

        Brilliant, thanks so much for your help. And one final question if I may be so cheeky… To sit behind the site, I’m after a simple CRM system so that I can keep track of business leads. I don’t need anything as complex as Salesforce – almost more an extension of Outlook, something which keeps the key contact info and notes on status, but which is simple to use and can be cloud based for remote access. Does such a thing exist do you know??

        Thanks again – I think your detailed notes and site are brilliant!

        • Jeremy Wong October 10, 2014 at 2:18 PM #

          Hi Angela,

          Maybe something like Infusionsoft of Ontraport?

          – Jeremy

    • Ben October 13, 2014 at 9:18 AM #

      Square Space 7 now links in to image libraries, though you have to pay a small fee for each image…

      • Jeremy Wong October 13, 2014 at 3:22 PM #

        Yes that’s right. It will be $10 per image. Getty has some really high quality images so it’s a fantastic option to use their stock images.

        – Jeremy

  95. Angela October 8, 2014 at 12:10 PM #

    Hi

    Thanks for the really helpful review. Just one question… I’ve heard Squarespace does not work with IE 7 or 8 – and while a lot of people may not rate IE, I need to think about my potential clients who may be using it. Do you know if this is true and, if so, if Squarespace have a plan to accommodate IE users?

    thanks
    Angela

    • Jeremy Wong October 8, 2014 at 3:53 PM #

      Most website builders are moving away from supporting IE 7 and 8 as those are very old browsers and are not set up to adapt to some of the more advanced / updated web technologies. But if a user is using the most updated version of IE, it shouldn’t be a problem.

      Just like all industries, older technology tend to get phased out eventually to make room for advancements!

      – Jeremy

  96. Nadine October 5, 2014 at 2:22 PM #

    Hi, I’m looking to have a web site for my ranch which I would like to include all info about my ranch like Birthday parties, events, riding lessons, Boarding…. A separate page for my upcoming B&B, and a site for my country/resale store. I have basic to good computer knowledge and looking for something that is easily set up and managed? would your service be good for that and what package would you mostly recommend for me?

    Thank you

    • Jeremy Wong October 6, 2014 at 2:19 PM #

      Hi Nadine,

      If you look at my comment to Normand on October 1 2014 below, he is also looking to set up a B&B type of website, in which case, Wix has an app that can help you manage your reservations for your B&B.

      You can definitely include the other topics that you’ve mentioned in a Wix website. Wix is also relatively easy to use as well (our full discussion can be found here).

      Overall, both Squarespace and Wix are good website builders, but if the ability to manage your B&B with online tools (such as scheduling, reservations) is important with you, do check out Wix.

      – Jeremy

  97. Normand Bélair September 30, 2014 at 5:34 PM #

    Hello,

    Very helpful site; full of useful information!

    I would like to know if Squarespace would be good for a bed&breakfast type hotel in southern Europe?
    Needed would be a main page, a few pages about the hotel with pictures, a booking type page, pricing, availability, etc Hence everything associated with hotel management.

    Thank you

    • Jeremy Wong October 1, 2014 at 6:28 PM #

      Hi Normand,

      Yes I think Squarespace will work well as they do have very nice templates to showcase any images you have for your B&B. One of the key things to grab people’s attention, especially when it comes to accommodations, is a great layout of images!

      Another option that you want to consider is using Wix to build your B&B site (see our discussion of Wix here). Wix just released a free App which is a hotel booking system, which is intended to help businesses such as yours manage bookings and reservations.

      We also have a discussion about Wix App Market which will explain a bit more about how Wix’s apps can help your website.

      – Jeremy

  98. Iris September 28, 2014 at 11:34 AM #

    Thank-you for this review. You have helped me make up my mind. I feel at peace now.
    You have no idea how much anguish is gone !

    • Jeremy Wong September 29, 2014 at 1:09 PM #

      Glad we can be helpful Iris!

  99. Jen September 21, 2014 at 11:33 PM #

    I wanted to integrate the Yelp API into my site – to show reviews, etc. Do you know if this can be done using the SquareSpace inject code feature?

    Also, do you know how sophisticated their search function is? Can you add filters to search, such as search by category?

    • Jeremy Wong September 22, 2014 at 10:20 AM #

      Jen,

      I’m not entirely sure as I haven’t had the need to integrate Yelp in Squarespace before. But in theory it should work with the code inject feature. Have you tried asking Squarespace’s support team?

      Regarding the search function, you can limit search results to display so that’s helpful in not showing everything across your website in the search results, helping your visitors narrow down the number of search results. See this tutorial on how it works and perhaps you’ll find it helpful!

      – Jeremy

  100. Ken September 21, 2014 at 9:43 PM #

    Hi, I know Squarespace doesn’t directly work with Paypal, but do you know if Squarespace support Paypal purchase buttons (via copy/paste of the button’s HTML codes someone at the store)? Will it be a good workaround if I want to use Paypal?

    • Jeremy Wong September 22, 2014 at 10:17 AM #

      Hey Ken,

      Yes you can do that. The only downside is that the Squarespace ecommerce tools will not be fully integrated with PayPal. For instance, if you use Stripe, once your customer purchases a product, you can put the customer into a newsletter service (Mailchimp) so that the customer will get newsletter updates. You can’t do that with PayPal as now you are inserting an “external” function into Squarespace (not fully integrated with other Squarespace functions).

      Also, your customer will not get a tailored receipt after purchasing, but they will get the PayPal receipt.

      But for sure, the PayPal button will still work in helping you sell products.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  101. sumit September 17, 2014 at 10:16 PM #

    I have my own design. can i customize my design in squarespace?

    • Jeremy Wong September 21, 2014 at 11:19 AM #

      Hi Sumit,

      You can edit the CSS codes to a certain extent to modify the existing templates from Squarespace.

      But if you want something much more advanced, you can use their developers platform to create a highly customized website! But that’s only if you’re very comfortable with codes.

      – Jeremy

  102. Lisa September 17, 2014 at 3:32 PM #

    Hi, thank you for the review!

    I am considering SquareSpace for a film website. Primary use is to show trailer, contact info, etc. I do have a blog going in a Word Press site, no theme yet, just content, that I’d like to import and continue in SquareSpace. But I hear the SS blog functionality is terrible. When I asked, people said the blog has no preview, does not archive posts, so if you delete, it’s gone, there are no photo slideshows, no tagging <—can this be? so, no categories? What is your experience with the blog? I consider these things basic functionality!

    • Jeremy Wong September 18, 2014 at 3:42 PM #

      Hi Lisa,

      Actually I think Squarespace’s blogging function is pretty good. It’s not as extensive as WordPress, but still really good!

      Their Blog allows you to create drafts, then publish when you are ready, or turn the posts back to drafts again. You can also insert slideshows, tag your posts, categorize them, etc.

      Here is more information about Squarespace’s blogging functions. So it sounds like you were slightly mis-informed!

      Best to sign up for a free trial account to see if you like their functions. If you already know how to use WordPress, it will be pretty quick for you to get a good feel for Squarespace’s blogging functions.

      However, there isn’t a way to import WordPress content into Squarespace at the moment. You can export Squarespace content into WordPress, but not the other way around.

      – Jeremy

  103. Sharon September 15, 2014 at 5:36 PM #

    Hello Jeremy,

    I don’t know if you already answered this question but we need to build a website for our Real Estate business, however it needs to include an IDX function for searching the MLS for homes. Do any of these builders/ hosts include that function, or do you know of another site builder/hosting that works better for Real Estate professionals?

    Thanks,
    Sharon

    • Jeremy Wong September 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM #

      Hi Sharon,

      Unfortunately I’m not aware of any website builders that has a built in search function that caters specifically to the real estate industry.

      Perhaps there is an external search widget that provides this function, and you can insert it into Squarespace using the Code Injection function. You can test that out and see if the search function works well with Squarespace!

      – Jeremy

  104. Kim August 27, 2014 at 2:05 PM #

    Hi Jeremy, many thanks for taking the time to write this article, and answering so many questions. I have a question for you. I wonder if you could tell me how you stack up OpenCart against Squarespace? I really like Squarespace’s feature set, but if I could get just that little extra CSS customisation control from OpenCart with the same feature set, that could be the decider for me. I get the feeling you have possibly the expertise and experience to advise. Thanks in advance for any help you could provide.

    • Jeremy Wong August 28, 2014 at 2:49 PM #

      Hey Kim,

      I’d love to help but unfortunately we haven’t used OpenCart before. Obviously I’m assuming that you are using Squarespace to power your online store.

      Generally speaking, I would assume that OpenCart would have a bit more flexibility when it comes to ecommerce tools as they are a dedicated online store builder.

      However, if you don’t need all the bells and whistles, Squarespace is a very good choice as their designs are top notch!

      – Jeremy

  105. Gee August 27, 2014 at 1:14 PM #

    Hi Jeremy! Thanks for these great insights. I have a quick question about Squarespace, which seems to be the way to go for my start-up event planning business (fundraisers, retreats and conferences etc). What will happen to the web pages created once the free trial period ends? 14 days might be too short to commit using Squarespace for the long haul. Wondering if we should start with Wix and build up enough $ to pay for Squarespace, assuming we can copy content. Your suggestion/recommendation(s) would help greatly.

    • Jeremy Wong August 27, 2014 at 1:57 PM #

      hi Gee,

      I think if you try out Squarespace, you can extend your trial period beyond 14 days. If my memory serves me correctly, you can extend it by at least 1 or 2 more weeks.

      Having said that, the trial period is meant for you to quickly test out if they have the right tools for you, and I don’t believe it is for you to see if you can establish a profitable business as that obviously takes much longer to do.

      If the monthly investment is a huge concern for you, yes maybe you can consider using another website builder such as Wix to get yourself started.

      The downside, is that when or if you decide to switch to Squarespace, there is a huge cost to changing websites (cost as measured in time) as you have to copy your content over to the new site. You can copy and paste text, but you will also have to re-upload your images, redo all the formatting.

      To me personally, that’s not worth saving a few dollars per month as it will end up costing you much more time!

      Just my own thoughts!

      – Jeremy

  106. Cee August 23, 2014 at 9:12 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Thank you so much for your amazing review.

    We have an existing e-commerce site in Opencart.

    To your knowledge – will I be able to export the Opencart site to Squarespace, alter the look, create a new company website & still keep the original website – thus giving me two functioning sites.

    • Jeremy Wong August 23, 2014 at 6:23 PM #

      Hi Cee,

      I don’t think there is a way to automatically import data from Opencart to Squarespace. But if you contact Squarespace’s support directly, they might have a way around it.

      – Jeremy

  107. Jack August 22, 2014 at 3:05 AM #

    Hey Jeremy,

    I have been looking for a couple of months now at the different aspects of where to host a blog, and it seems now I have another to add to the list. I am looking to start street style blog, somewhat in the realms of the Sartorialist and Men In This Town, and I know that these two bloggers use WordPress.org, and tumblr respectively.

    I really want to do well with this blog as I am extremely passionate about it, however the thought of having to use a host site as well as wordpress builder is seemingly daunting for someone who enjoys the photography/design, and social aspect of showing my cities style (btw I live in Brisbane, Australia) more than the programming and online side, which i know nothing about.

    I just wanted to ask what your opinion would be on sqaurespace as a blogging platform mostly dedicated to pictures and videos? And more importantly, Is there a chance that sqaurespace can be used with the likes of Google AdSense and/or AdChoices, as I am hoping to one day be able to make some revenue out of what I love to do, (if my blog gets anywhere that is) to keep the blog going with the site builder/hosts costs etc.?

    Because squarespace looks extremely brilliant in the design and the ease of use, for someone like me who is focused on the content. Thank you so much for your all your help,
    Sincerely
    Jack.

    • Jeremy Wong August 30, 2014 at 1:56 PM #

      Hi Jack,

      Yes I think Squarespace is a great platform for blogging, especially if you don’t want to worry about all the technical matters relating to running and maintaining a website. Squarespace provides you with all the hosting needs and they do all the leg work to ensure that everything is updated and secure.

      You can insert text, pictures and videos in all the posts that you create with Squarespace.

      You can actually check out their video workshop which will give you a good overview on how to create a blog website here.

      As for placement of ads – yes you can do that. Here is the tutorial from Squarespace on how to do that.

      – Jeremy

  108. Joseph August 21, 2014 at 7:12 AM #

    Hi Jeremy, Im in the process of transfering a .br domain the whole site needs to be redone.
    This is nearly impossible to transfer o I have considered forwarding the domain to a S.S. drag and drop site.

    My question is ..
    This is a larger professional company if I forward it to the SS site is there a language option ?
    For the user and the Developer ?

    If the end site needs to be in Portugese would that be possible ? Thanks

    • Jeremy Wong August 21, 2014 at 9:50 AM #

      Hi Joseph,

      That’s a great question as I haven’t tried the language option before since my native language is English.

      I think you can set the language in Settings (click here to see). But I’m not sure if your entire backend user interface will convert to Portugese. But you can definitely sign up for a trial account and test this out if you want to, just to make sure.

      But even if the backend editor doesn’t convert to Portugese, you can always build your content in Portugese.

      Let me know how that goes as I’d be curious to know if Squarepace allows you to change languages even in the editor!

      – Jeremy

  109. Natalia August 16, 2014 at 12:12 PM #

    Thanks for the great review, Jeremy.
    Just to clarify- would squarespace be the best platform for publishing written (blog), high res photos, and embedded video (documentary length) content?

    Is this perhaps something the squarespace experts can help me with if I were to sign up?

    • Jeremy Wong August 16, 2014 at 1:20 PM #

      Hi Natalia,

      I wouldn’t say it’s “best” as it is a very broad conclusion, as there are definitely better blogging platforms out there – highly dependent on what you want / need. For instance WordPress, it has a lot more advanced tools to help you build a very comprehensive blog site, but then it does have a higher learning curve and from a design perspective, a lot of others do need to hire someone to modify codes to achieve what they want.

      But for Squarespace, it does offer you a very good set of tools to build a good blog and the templates are really good looking. You can also upload very high resolution images and also embed videos if you want to.

      So I’d suggest you sign up for a free trial account, and just invest some time into familiarizing yourself with them and then deciding if you need more or if it’s fine in meeting your needs.

      We also have an article comparing Squarespace against WordPress if you want a bit more discussion about this.

      – Jeremy

  110. Alex August 16, 2014 at 9:40 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for the review.

    I’m thinking of going with Squarespace, but my purposes are not entirely commercial.

    I am a writer, and would like to have an almost blog-like website that looks clean and minimalistic, yet modern, that showcases myself as a writer as I continually update the site. I’d also like to use Disqus as a comment system because there will be weekly content updates– articles, reviews, essays, poems, etc.

    Does Squarespace support Disqus? Is it easy to regularly generate new content — a new post with the accompanying comment system underneath — or should I go with another website builder instead?

    Thank you.

    • Jeremy Wong August 16, 2014 at 10:46 AM #

      Hi Alex,

      Yes I think Squarespace is a good choice for a clean, minimalistic design for blogs. I’d suggest you sign up for a free trial account and try out a few different templates to see which one you like best, and just to get familiarized with their overall tools to see if their interface suits your needs.

      As for Disqus, yes it is compatible with Squarespace. You can see this tutorial on how to incorporate Disqus into Squarespace.

      – Jeremy

  111. Sean O Donnell August 15, 2014 at 8:09 AM #

    Would Squarespace be suitable for someone offering business to business consultancy? At lot of the templates seem to be for retail!

    thanks

    • Jeremy Wong August 15, 2014 at 3:42 PM #

      Hey Sean,

      Yes Squarespace is flexible enough for you to crate a website that offeres B2B services. It’s a matter of how you design your site as Squarespace definitely gives you all the tools to create your content (paragraphs, images, contact forms, maps, etc).

      Their template designs are pretty visual oriented, and if that’s not really your “style”, you can always check out Wix which has over 280 templates catered to all sorts of businesses.

      For a high level comparison between Squarespace and Wix, you can also visit our comparison chart here.

      – Jeremy

  112. Bill August 14, 2014 at 5:10 PM #

    I just found Sqarespace today and for one who has zero skill set to build a web site I am sure impressed. My only issue is that they won’t provide an actual person to speak with in moving my current web page over to theirs. I am certainly willing to pay someone to do this, so if anyone has a suggestion that would be much appreciated.
    Thanks

    Bill

  113. Jessica August 11, 2014 at 2:52 PM #

    I heard about SquareSpace through a friend and thought I’d check it out for building my website. It’s only been a week but I couldn’t be more impressed: the beautiful templates, incredibly friendly customer service, and easy website building techniques make this the perfect site for any beginner or pro interested in building their website.

    10/10, would definitely recommend! Also students – use your student email when signing up and you automatically get 50% off! (:

  114. Jay August 7, 2014 at 10:12 PM #

    Hi Jeremy, thanks for a great review. I’m running a small Group & Personal training studio and I’m not quite sure if SS would be the right choice for me. A friend set up a dummy word press page for me but I don’t like the backend very much as it’s not easy for me to find my way around there. My girlfriend is using SS for her graphic design business and she head her site up and running in no time. What do you think? Is there any SS template you can recommended for a fitness professional or should I rather go with Weebly/WIx instead?

    • Jeremy Wong August 8, 2014 at 2:04 PM #

      Hi Jay,

      I think Squarespace is an excellent choice especially if you really want your site to stand out by using rich and captivating images (their templates work really well with good pictures).

      Having said that, even though Squarespace is quite easy to use, I think that Wix is a bit easier, and Weebly is the easiest. On the other hand, Squarespace and Wix gives you the most tools, and Weebly keeps their platform fairly minimalistic.

      So I’d actually encourage you to sign up for the Squarespace trial to see if their interface suits your needs and just try out a few templates to get a hang of things. You can also sign up for either a free account with Wix or Weebly and play with them concurrently.

      At the end of the day it’s important to invest some time into “getting your hands dirty” in order to see which website builder works best for your needs!

      – Jeremy

  115. Brige August 6, 2014 at 5:46 PM #

    Hi Jeremy, I am just wading into the world of building and maintaining a site and I have to thank you for this review. It is an enormous help. Thanks a million!

    • Jeremy Wong August 6, 2014 at 6:34 PM #

      You’re very welcome! Glad we can be helpful!

      Do click on the social sharing buttons on the left side of the article to help us expand our reach. The great compliment we can get is a share!

      – Jeremy

  116. Lisa August 5, 2014 at 3:32 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thank you very much for a useful review!

    I’m interested to know more about their security.
    You wrote that “Squarespace takes care of all the security upgrades for their servers and do all the technical details to ensure your website is always up and running, and doesn’t get hacked.”
    On the Squarespace website, it says that SSL is used when you log into your site for secure access and on checkout and payment pages on the Commerce platform. SSL isn’t available for other pages within a site.Note: Custom SSL certificates can’t be installed on Squarespace sites.

    I wonder if the entire admin area is secured ? If not, do you have any advice to secure my admin area?

    Thank you for your help in advance!

    • Jeremy Wong August 5, 2014 at 12:22 PM #

      Hi Lisa,

      Yes once you log in to your user dashboard area, it’s secure. Also an easy way to further protect yourself is to update your log in password once in a while (yes it’s a pain but it’s really effective!) Make sure you use a strong password that is alphanumeric, and blend in some symbols to make it really robust.

      Typically, SSL is the most important on all ecommerce checkout pages as that’s where your customers will be inserting their personal information, so Squarespace does have that covered!

      – Jeremy

  117. Guy August 4, 2014 at 3:40 AM #

    Looking to create a site to fill in a form, as an observation chart (like a medical chart) to email to clients with drop boxes to select paragraphs and text boxes. Want report to be either in the body of the email or as an attachments. Want the report to look nice to impress clients.

    Appreciate any recommendations.

    Guy

    • Jeremy Wong August 4, 2014 at 9:42 AM #

      Hi Guy,

      You can use autoresponders / newsletter software such as Aweber (we use this ourselves) to send newsletters to your email subscribers. Aweber helps you create nice email sign up boxes, and you can create good looking newsletters to send to your email list.

      – Jeremy

  118. Eric August 1, 2014 at 4:24 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I am interested to sell an online subscription to my site. For example, customers will be able to access some pages for free as a preview, but to access most pages of the site, they will have to buy an annual subscription for $20 per year say, where they get a log-on and password. I believe the official lingo for this is “password protected pages.” The web site would have to maintain a back-end database of users, their emails, their log-ins and passwords, and the dates their subscriptions expired.

    Does square space make an accommodation for this? If not, is there an add-on widget or plug-in that can be used to modify square space for this easily and seamlessly? This may be getting a big advanced for your typical builder program, but it would be a feature many might want. Do you know of the best way to run such a system? Is there any other program out there that is designed to run this kind of “protected” Web site database program? Or is it best to design such a thing from the ground up and not use the kind of builders you are reviewing here for this?

    Would appreciate your opinion on this. Sincerely,

    Eric

    • Jeremy Wong August 1, 2014 at 12:40 PM #

      Hi Eric,

      At the moment, Squarespace doesn’t have a built in membership login / gateway. However, you can consider checking out Sentry Login which is an independent membership widget that you can add to Squarespace. I believe this will enable you to password protect specific pages, and manage paid membership subscriptions.

      Perhaps you can give them a try, see if their features work for you, before deciding if you need to build a site from ground up which is a huge endeavor!

      If that doesn’t work, you can also explore using WordPress in which you can combine with a membership plugin called WP Wishlist. For this approach, you also have to consider whether you are comfortable with learning how to use WordPress (we have a discussion comparing Squarespace to WordPress here).

      – Jeremy

  119. Michael Harding July 31, 2014 at 7:44 AM #

    Hi Jeremy

    I’ve contributed some comments to your comparison review of different platforms for those online businesses that have been hung out to dry by Magento (GRRRHHH), with their decision to discontinue their Go service.

    Following your advice, I’ve tried trial periods with all the major platforms and have settled for Squarespace. Oddly, they only offer an import feature going from Shopify>Squarespace, but I was able to export from Magento>Shopify, try them and then port the data over to Squarespace. Success.

    I haven’t pushed the button yet, but my compliments to Squarespace for good support and excellent guides as to how to customise your site. Templates are current looking and workable, which I found I couldn’t say of Shopify (okay for paid templates, but blah free ones). Ditto BigCommerce, with charming service, but templates from the dark ages (even after their update!)

    So off to Squarespace I go, then…but my first step will be to export my data to some safe place in case they go the way of Magento!!!!

    • Jeremy Wong July 31, 2014 at 10:02 AM #

      Hey Michael,

      Glad you were able to get your data out of Magento Go and into Squarespace. It’s really unfortunate that Magento is shutting down that platform.

      Also thanks for sharing your experiences with the support team from Squarespace! I also found their user guides to be very easy to follow.

      Lastly, I wouldn’t be too concerned about Squarespace shutting its doors. Magento has a couple of other segments of services (such as Magento Enterprise and Community), so they decided to focus on those instead of Magento Go.

      For Squarespace, they only have 1 single service so to speak. Plus, they just recently raised $40 million in funding, so I’m fairly comfortable to say that they’re going to be around for much longer.

      Then again, I’d agree with you, better safe than sorry, right?

      – Jeremy

  120. Cherrie Hub July 30, 2014 at 1:09 AM #

    Hi jeremy,
    thank you for such a detailed review of Square space, I have spent few weeks now researching ecommerce hosting sites, and this one is the best I found so far. You’ve made really excellent video, and highlighted many of their features, much appreciated!
    Maggie @ Cherrie Hub

    • Jeremy Wong July 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM #

      Hi Cherrie,

      Thanks so much for your compliment! I’m thrilled to see that you found the right site builder for you!

      – Jeremy

  121. Larry Emmons July 29, 2014 at 2:36 PM #

    In 2011 a friend helped develop my website. It was developed using Dreamweaver (aspx), a language I am unable to use. My site developer is no longer available. I designed the look of that website and would need help transferring elements of the current website to recreate a similar look on a new platform. In addition, one of the product lines I plan to add to the new site uses a “configurator” and I’m told that a new platform will need to have FTP to install the configurator program on the new site. A second company whose products I plan to sell may have a similar program that will offer a challenge as well.

    This spring, I had a good experience with Weebly developing a website for a local not-for-profit I am associated with. Weebly, however, tells me that they do not have FTP and would be unable to help with some of the elements I plan to add to the site. So far it seems like Squarespace may be a good choice if they could accommodate my needs. A friend of mine is encouraging me to use Network Solutions or Web.com. I welcome your comments and recommendations.

    • Jeremy Wong July 30, 2014 at 4:02 PM #

      Hi Donna,

      Unfortunately none of the drag and drop website builders we covered here allow transferring of files over FTP. You might need something more flexible / customizable such as WordPress.

      But if you are comfortable with development (coding, etc), Squarespace does have a developers program that gives you more flexibility.

      – Jeremy

  122. Brooke July 28, 2014 at 9:29 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Great article!
    I am looking to set up an online store that needs to be able to record customers measurements each time they log in.
    Does squarespace allow this sort of customisation? Or would I be better off looking at shopify?

    Cheers
    Brooke

    • Jeremy Wong July 29, 2014 at 12:59 PM #

      Hi Brooke,

      Squarespace allows your customers to insert notes in a custom form that you can set up when they check out / purchase your products / services, so they can insert their measurements on the check out page directly.

      But if you are looking to create some sort of membership log in area, Squarespace doesn’t have that built into their platform as a feature. You might have to add a membership log in widget to your site, which I know that Sentry Login can do.

      – Jeremy

  123. Lea July 28, 2014 at 1:14 PM #

    I have been looking for a website builder for a long time and I came across Squarespace today. It looked good but I like to do my research before committing to something that could be potentially permanently attached to my company brand. Your review was well-written, extremely informative and well laid out. Most importantly, it addressed all the issues I have questions about. Thanks so much for looking out for us newbies! I look forward to reading and sharing the other content on your site!

    -Lea

    • Jeremy Wong July 28, 2014 at 1:23 PM #

      Hi Lea,

      Thanks for your comment and glad you found our discussions helpful!

      – Jeremy

  124. Ketim July 28, 2014 at 8:43 AM #

    I found this article very useful and informative. I am also checking the comparison chart. Thanks!

  125. Gregory Miller July 27, 2014 at 9:56 AM #

    Jeremy,

    I have looked at your reviews for Wix, Weebly, and Squarespace. What a nice job you have done here. Which one of these sites would be best for a “Vacation Rental” property. Clients could book and pay for the cottage on-line or call for more personalized assistance. I would like several pages to desribe our local Amish community, Mohican State Park, and activities in and around Loudonville (the canoe capital of Ohio). If you wish, you an send the answer direct via the provided email. Thanks so much, Greg

    • Jeremy Wong July 27, 2014 at 12:05 PM #

      Hi Gregory,

      I think Squarespace is a good candidate for you to test out, as their design templates look really good and so can really showcase your vacation rental properties. You can insert contact forms or phone numbers into your site so that people can call / email to inquire if they have more questions. Squarespace also offers ecommerce features so that people can pay you to book.

      Another alternative is to look at Wix (our discussion here). They also have a very broad range of designs that you can choose from. They also have an App Market that you can insert apps into your Wix website – specifically they have these online reservations app that you can take advantage of, so that your customers can book online.

      Wix is free to use so you can test them out to see if you like them in addition to Squarespace!

      – Jeremy

  126. Gardner Harrington July 23, 2014 at 7:08 AM #

    Aloha Jeremy,

    No web building experience here, and have a rather simple concept in mind. Wondering if SquareSpace is the best option for us.

    I am looking to develop a rather simple, straightforward website. That’s probably what they all say. Looking to do: We have a number of domain names ( 200 or so ) that we were holding for a company that was developing a San Francisco real estate site. Short story, Because of a poor business plan, they are selling their office furniture for beer, and we need to market these domains to interested people in the Bay Area. Can you recommend a template or a starting point where we can list names, probably alphabetically, and actively add and delete from this list? Is SquareSpace. the best place for us to develop this site? Our needs are not overly graphics-driven. Basically, a nice looking interactive list.

    In case you’re wondering, the beer that the founders are looking to sell their office “stuff” for is Jack’s Abby’s “Leisure Time Lager.” Hard to get in SF. Too much info, I guess.

    If you have any thoughts, I’d really appreciate them.

    Thanks very much Jeremy,

    Gardner

    • Jeremy Wong July 23, 2014 at 3:28 PM #

      Hi Gardner,

      If you are looking for a website builder to create a simple list, I think Squarespace, Wix or Weebly will do the job.

      But I don’t think any of them has a list function where you can sort the items alphabetically. It would be a bit manual in that you can create a list of bullet points to list out your items, and just slot in new items in between the bullet points or delete items as needed.

      Trading furniture for beer sounds brutal!

      – Jeremy

  127. Ketim July 20, 2014 at 4:40 AM #

    I really liked this review, very informative and partial. Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong July 21, 2014 at 2:05 PM #

      Thanks Ketim! Glad you find our discussions helpful!

      – Jeremy

  128. Jeremy July 18, 2014 at 3:23 AM #

    Awesome read I signed up an am loving the flexibility of being able to update, edit, post and review the traffic and stats of my website via the squarespace apps!

    Here is my squarespace website! It’s super easy to set up and I’d recommend to everyone
    ‘http://www.jeremyxlewisphoto.com

  129. Annette July 16, 2014 at 5:37 AM #

    A great review. I’ve spent months researching and your article has confirmed to me that Squarespace is the next step in creating my new website. Well done!

    • Jeremy Wong July 17, 2014 at 8:53 PM #

      Thanks Annette! Glad we are able to be somewhat helpful!

      – Jeremy

  130. Justin Gilman July 9, 2014 at 6:15 AM #

    Love everything about this. Love SquareSpace as well.

    I started using SS a few years ago after having some issues with freelance developers on a few projects. It is an absolute game changer for our company. We no longer need to contract development work! Plus, our clients are always happy with the end result and can easily manage everything. It’s just perfect for us. It allows us to simplify the process, saving our clients time and money.

    The only thing we still believe is that you still need a designer to help with the aesthetic. If you want your website to stand out from competitors, have it fit your brand, and just feel unique from the basic theme structure. SquareSpace also makes it super easy for us designers to do this. Another way of simplifying the process.

    Otherwise, we train the clients to take the wheel themselves once our part of the process is complete. Our new SquareSpace design venture is called MadeForMasses.com promoting the fact that everyone deserves good design!!

  131. richard kelman June 30, 2014 at 4:06 AM #

    my website-powered by Squarespace..goes live this morning. It has been a terrific experience working with them. As a 10-year retired/40 year software biz veteran…it is amazing how incredibly powerful and easy to use these software packages are ..and how many free/very cheap entry-level packages one can stick together…e.g Mailchimp, Zoho.

    Yes, working with Squarespace sometimes takes a lot of patience and the package sometimes seems to get lost BUT..that is always ALL forgiven by working with the fabulous Customer Support crew. they are simply the best that i’ve ever encountered for any product..and here’s the thing…the tone of all their communications is so sencouraging and supportive..they convery that they really want you to be successful in solving your problems. Hope they never change!

    • Jeremy Wong June 30, 2014 at 5:19 PM #

      Hey Richard,

      Congrats on launching your site! Also thanks for sharing your thoughts with our community / readers.

      Squarespace’s customer support was pretty outstanding when we used them and I’m really glad to hear that they are still on top of their game in serving Squarespace users!

      – Jeremy

  132. WS June 27, 2014 at 9:56 AM #

    Hello!

    Was very pleased to build a website with Squarespace. Indeed very easy to use. I needed to build an audio podcast. Squarespace does offer maximum of 120 mb (or 160mb) for uploading audio files. They provide easy way to podcast… have album pages. BUT when I wanted to allow the visitor to be able to download these files, I found that is almost impossible. There is a limit to put a downloadable file of 20mb. It seems that SS does not make it easy for sites to be able to download items. Great to show pictures, audio and video (video needs to be hosted external).

    Since our site has many audio files to be downloaded (lectures/talks). It seems to be not the best platform to use Squarespace.

    Support was fantastic, always replied in a few hours maximum.

    • Jeremy Wong June 28, 2014 at 10:22 AM #

      Hey WS,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences. For the download limitation, to get around that try storing your file elsewhere and just hyperlink to it from your Squarespace site. For instance, you can save the files in your Dropbox account, get the link to the file, and insert it as a hyperlink in your site so people can download it.

      Dropbox is free so you won’t incur any further expenses!

      Great to hear that Squarespace’s support team is super responsive!

      – Jeremy

  133. Alex June 23, 2014 at 6:10 PM #

    Hi there,

    I am looking at starting a day care/pre-school. Squarespace looks great for professionalism. Would you also recommend Weebly, Wix or Web.com? And out of these 4 do any of them allow you to change your domain name should you need to?

    • Jeremy Wong June 24, 2014 at 3:28 AM #

      Hey Alex,

      I think a good starting point is to check out our comparison chart, which will give you a high level overview of some of the website builders you listed (specifically Squarespace, Wix and Weebly).

      All of them will allow you to change your domain name if you want to, assuming that you have your own domain name (note that Squarespace and Wix gives you a free domain name if you sign up with their premium plans).

      In my view, Squarespace has some of the most professional design templates, but Wix and Weebly aren’t far behind (Weebly has launched some good templates lately). Here is a list of templates from the website builders which will show you some pretty polished designs.

      Weebly is probably the easiest to use (lowest learning curve), but Squarespace has responsive designs – meaning that your site will look fantastic and presentable no matter what viewing devices (desktop or mobile) they are using!

      – Jeremy

  134. kadidia June 21, 2014 at 3:53 PM #

    Hi! Thank you so much for all your reviews, they ‘ve been of great help. I would like to know if, living in uk, I could possibly use mercantinc via squarespace? As I absolutely do not want to use neither paypal nor stripe. Do I need to have a merchant account with the payment gateway i’ll use on squarespace? What about shopping cart and compliancy on payment cards. I am planning on signing up on shopify to use their widget. PLEASE help me, I don’t know how to go about secure online payment, I do not have a lot of money, so I have to avoid set up fees and all together too much fees. Mercantinc seems good, I need some guidance please!

    • Jeremy Wong June 22, 2014 at 8:52 AM #

      Hi Kadidia,

      I haven’t used Mercantinc before so can’t quite comment on them or if they work with Squarespace.

      But you can definitely use Shopify’s widget to power your Squarespace store and we’ve discussed about that here.

      Or, you can use Ecwid as an e-commerce independent widget to run your store on Squarespace. You can just search for Squarespace on Ecwid’s site and you will see some tutorials on how to do that.

      – Jeremy

  135. Chef Kendra June 21, 2014 at 4:00 AM #

    Very clear and detailed review. Thanks.

  136. Parves June 7, 2014 at 11:47 AM #

    HI Jeremy,

    Thanks for the review. Big help.
    Does SquareSpace have an option for user reviews and ratings? If I were to build an ecommerce site, it’s something i would like to incorporate.

    Thanks,
    Parves

  137. Chris June 3, 2014 at 7:06 PM #

    Is there ways that customers will know that my site is one they can trust?
    If after lets say a couple months have gone by and I’m not selling any items can I just cancel my website and call it quits?

    • Jeremy Wong June 4, 2014 at 7:28 AM #

      Hi Chris,

      I think if you have any social proof, such as Facebook Likes, or if you have any testimonials from customers that you an insert into your site, then that can help you build some level of trust. Just think of when you visit another website or store, how those sites help you get comfortable with trusting them. Maybe they’re associated with another trusted brand, etc.

      One thing to consider is that building a good looking site also inspires trust. After all, most people are more inclined to believe a physical or online store is good if it is well designed. It’s just human nature! So Squarespace’s templates can definitely help you on this (see our discussion on Squarespace’s templates).

      You can always cancel your website and domain name whenever you want to.

      – Jeremy

  138. Brian June 3, 2014 at 9:16 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I appreciate your reviews on Squarespace and other website builders! I’m in the midst of starting a blog with aspirations of having it generate revenue in the future. One form of revenue generation I’m familiar with is affiliate marketing. Are there any limitations you are aware of that would prevent me from pursuing this avenue? Thanks again, everything I’ve read by you has been extremely insightful and helpful

    • Jeremy Wong June 4, 2014 at 7:21 AM #

      Hi Brian,

      Nope – I don’t think there is anything that will stop you from building an affiliate marketing site with Squarespace. Obviously all website builders will have its limitations to a certain extent, but if you are just building our content, and placing advertisements (such as an image with an affiliate link, or text with affiliate links), then Squarespace can totally do this!

      – Jeremy

  139. Lisa Voncino May 31, 2014 at 6:26 AM #

    HI Noel – I thought I’d chime in here since I have used both Weebly and Squarespace. I tried Weebly a few years ago and it is extremely easy to use, so if you want to set up quickly and go, give it a whirl. I needed more options a few months down the road, wasn’t thrilled with the templates, and tried to get a refund or a discount for the portion I was not going to use and they refused. That’s okay; it’s their policy.

    Squarespace 6 is fantastic but there is more of a learning curve to it and some knowledge of code is useful although not necessary. Their customer service absolutely rocks! I’m very happy with them. I have not looked at Weebly recently so they have probably upgraded their templates and since you are non-techy, I’d start with them. Also, Mailchimp is great. Hope this helps!

  140. NOEL May 30, 2014 at 8:31 PM #

    Is Weebly paid monthly or do you have to pay for the year up front. Does Google Business app have any services like Aweber or Mailchimp to auto respond to email and send out newsletters, and which of those email sevices would you recommend. I’ve been leaning to Mailchimp due to their lower cost. One more thing I’M not tech savy at all is Weebly any good for a simple blog, and is Squarespace easy to use as the Weebly platform.

    • Jeremy Wong May 31, 2014 at 12:36 AM #

      Hey Noel,

      With Weebly, the minimum period if you want to upgrade to their paid plan is 6 months. You get discounts if you sign up to their 1 year plan, or an even steeper discount if you choose a 2 year plan. Weebly also offers you a 30 day refund policy so if you are dissatisfied you can always request a refund. You can see more of our Weebly pricing discussion here.

      In terms of autoresponders / newsletter services, we use Aweber ourselves. We haven’t tested Mailchimp before but I know it is also a very good service.

      Weebly is very easy to use, and is relatively simpler to learn than Squarespace. Though I’d say that Squarespace has a bit more advanced features and their template designs are better than those offered by Weebly. So it really depends on what you want!

      – Jeremy

  141. John May 28, 2014 at 3:05 PM #

    Hi,
    Thanks for the informative review. I have two websites through FineArtStudiosOnline, known as FASO. Their templates are rather uninspiring but they do incorporated your own blog and newsletter service, as well as social media integration and compatability with mobile and phones. An example is my cartoon site at: policetoons.com. I also have a wordpress blog at: johnpatrickweiss.com. I was told you should avoid website services where you don’t have total control of your site and domain. However, I really love the artistic design feel of Squarespace. As an artist, writer, blogger, I wonder if Squarespace would give me that “wow” factor more than the services I’m currently using? Also, I’m not the most technical guy so user friendly and support is appealing. Can you offer advice? Many thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong May 29, 2014 at 12:43 AM #

      Hi John,

      Those are legitimate concerns for sure. Your domain name is yours to keep, as long as you keep paying your annual fees to your domain name registrar. So Squarespace doesn’t own your domain name.

      As for your actual website, even though it is hosted with Squarespace, if you want to leave (for whatever reason) you can export your content and blog pages into WordPress. So that’s a good option that Squarespace provides you if you want to migrate somewhere else down the road.

      Lastly, in our view, Squarespace definitely has the most polished templates available, at least amongst the website builders that we’ve used and discussed!

      Hope this is helpful for you!

      – Jeremy

      • John Weiss May 29, 2014 at 11:56 AM #

        Many thanks Jeremy for your response!

  142. Katie May 24, 2014 at 8:08 AM #

    Thank you so much for this review! At first I started my business with WordPress having no idea how technical it was and how not-so-technical I was. A trial with SquareSpace has opened so many doors. I am able to easily design, navigate and control my own business without having to constantly be on the look out for friends of friends to assist me as I grow my business. Soon to be bringing beautiful, handmade African products from a cooperative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Thank You!!

    • Jeremy Wong May 24, 2014 at 10:53 AM #

      Hi Katie,

      Glad you’ve discovered that Squarespace is working out better for you! WordPress is a bit more technical for sure, and Squarespace enables those without much technical knowledge to build professional and functional websites for sure.

      If other readers haven’t seen our WordPress versus Squarespace discussion yet, click here.

      – Jeremy

      • BJ Rounds August 3, 2014 at 5:31 PM #

        I use Squarespace and, for the most part, am very happy with them. Their support staff is excellent. If they don’t know the answer ~ they will find it out for you as quickly as possible.

        There are a few issues with Squarespace however. I didn’t write them all down, but some applications which you would like to have may not be available through Squarespace. My biggest qualm with them is that they don’t offer Paypal as a payment option. Several of my clients would only like Paypal for payment since they don’t want to reveal their credit card info. As a matter of fact, I’m one of them. I don’t know why they haven’t set up a relationship with Paypal, but am hoping they will ~ soon!

        If you wish, I can go back over past emails to see what apps they didn’t support. I just recall asking for something and I would get a very kind and understanding ~ ‘we don’t offer that application’.

  143. Lisa Voncino May 22, 2014 at 9:36 AM #

    Very helpful article, Jeremy. I really enjoy using Squarespace and see how it works well for creatives and small businesses. Plus the customer service is fantastic! I wish they had templates targeting the medical profession. What website template builder would you recommend for the medical field?

    • Jeremy Wong May 22, 2014 at 12:18 PM #

      Hi Lisa,

      I don’t have any suggestions of which Squarespace template works well for medical field, as they are all pretty flexible. I can certainly understand that it’s challenging to see the potential of each template and how your website can potentially work!

      One option if you don’t know a friendly designer, is to hire someone to help you visualize. Some designers aren’t cheap, but they’re well worth it as they can help you create exactly what you are looking for!

      – Jeremy

      • Lisa Voncino May 24, 2014 at 11:20 AM #

        Thanks, Jeremy, for the quick reply!

  144. Pamela Fox May 20, 2014 at 11:29 AM #

    Thanks so much Jeremy. I am an artist getting ready to set up an online store and was attracted to Squarespace for the same reason, beautiful contemporary templates. I wanted to get more overview on the site and your review gave it to me.

    • Jeremy Wong May 20, 2014 at 1:00 PM #

      Hi Pamela – glad we can be helpful! Please do click on the social sharing buttons on the left side of this article to share it with others. You never know who else can benefit from this! Thanks!

      – Jeremy

  145. Bill Sloan May 16, 2014 at 2:36 PM #

    In the review of SS templates, you state: (a couple of business templates overlapped with blog templates) Do you mean that some of the business templates are better when using a blog on your website? Your review is great!

    • Jeremy Wong May 16, 2014 at 11:00 PM #

      Hi Bill,

      In our review of Squarespace templates, what we mean is that some of the templates can be used for either businesses, or “pure” blogs. So it’s really a personal preference of which template you would like to use, but such templates are designed specifically for businesses and blogs.

      Sometimes this line blurs, as a lot of businesses nowadays have a very active blogging schedule to generate helpful content for their prospective customers / shoppers to consume. It’s a very popular marketing and branding exercise.

      – Jeremy

  146. Thomas Yates May 15, 2014 at 2:57 AM #

    Thanks so much for this review Jeremy, after reading it I went and signed up for Squarespace for my own website. It was easy to set up, only took a few minutes but I think it looks pretty good, minimal which is what I wanted.

  147. kevin yim May 14, 2014 at 6:31 AM #

    Hi Jeremy

    I want to build a website for my company and I have attended WordPress Training but I find it quite tedious to use WP and am still trying to figure out how to use it to build the website. I am quite busy with my work and wants to use the simplest methods to build a website by drag and place. I have read on Wix, Weebly, Squarespace. Which will you recommend based on your experience. I do not need an e-commerce. As mentioned I am building this website for my company (my boss) so I want a website to introduce our company and products.

  148. Sherry May 9, 2014 at 5:21 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I just came across your great website, when looking for a review of Squarespace. I have been asked by a couple of people if I design sites for it, and I have only recently looked into it.

    I see that your website is done in WordPress, is that still the tool that you prefer for yourself?

    Thanks,
    Sherry

    • Jeremy Wong May 10, 2014 at 1:37 PM #

      Hi Sherry,

      We use WordPress for this website as it is primarily a blog-type website, and so the tools from WordPress work very well for our needs.

      So it all depends on what type of website you are trying to build, then you find the right “tools” that suit your needs. So if you want to build a website that that isn’t necessarily focused on blogging, but also want it to look very professional, polished and has a range of really good looking templates to help with your site design, Squarespace is a very good option to test out.

      When you sign up, you get a free 14-day trial. So it’s worth it to sign up to just look around to see if their tools work for you.

      – Jeremy

      • Sherry May 10, 2014 at 2:05 PM #

        Hi Jeremy, that makes sense. : ) thank you. Sherry

  149. James Ratchford May 7, 2014 at 1:19 PM #

    Hey Jeremy and Connie,
    There has been quite a long list of questions here and it might have previously been covered, I was wondering about setting up a photography website showcasing my work from the UK.
    How I would go about transferring the money into US Dollars would it cost me even more to do it from the UK?
    Is there an equivalent program for british citizens?
    Thanks for your time,
    Regards,
    James

    • Jeremy & Connie Wong May 7, 2014 at 2:14 PM #

      Hi James,

      If you are referring to creating an online store with Squarespace, then yes you can do so from the UK. Squarespace’s ecommerce tools are tightly integrated with an online payment processor called Stripe, and they do work with merchants based in the UK.

      I believe when you set up your store, you can configure your merchandises to be sold in US$. But I’m not exactly sure when the money is transferred into your bank account, whether Stripe needs to convert it into GB pounds or not. I know that for PayPal, if you withdraw money from the account to your bank account, they automatically exchange it into your local currency.

      – Jeremy

      • Chelsey September 11, 2014 at 6:52 AM #

        Hi Jeremy,

        Thank you for your review! I have been interested in Square Space for some time now and am wondering if it is right for me. I run the website for a contemporary fashion showroom and we currently use wordpress. Personally, I find that there are limitations here that keep me from building the beautifully designed space that I want. Do you think that square space would be good for me? Our website is rather basic, just kind of there to give our accounts round-about information on who we are and what we do–whilst maintaing a high resolution and clean look.

        I would love your advise! I would love to know your suggestions as well!

        • Jeremy Wong September 11, 2014 at 10:12 AM #

          Hi Chelsey,

          Yes I think Squarespace can do a really good job! Their templates are contemporary, stylish, clean, and can be a good fit for your needs.

          WordPress is pretty powerful, but can be a time suck to get it configured to the way you want it to be, especially if you don’t hire someone to help you.

          You can do a lot of the work yourself on Squarespace (drag and drop content around), and so will be a great candidate for you to sign up to test (14 day trial).

          Good luck!

          – Jeremy

  150. printer May 6, 2014 at 12:52 PM #

    can I move web pages, objects, text from a site hosted by godaddy , now off line, to new web page if I use squarespace for our rebuild?

    • Jeremy & Connie Wong May 6, 2014 at 9:14 PM #

      Hi there,

      At the moment, Squarespace only allows you to migrate / import content from WordPress, Tumblr and Blogger. If you run an online shop, you can import your products from Shopify, Big Cartel or Etsy.

      So you currently can’t import a website from GoDaddy.

      – Jeremy

  151. Arthur May 5, 2014 at 3:38 PM #

    1. Does Squarespace have a white label version for resellers?
    2. Can you add high quality videos without embedding from YouTube?

    Arthur

    • Jeremy & Connie Wong May 5, 2014 at 7:42 PM #

      Hi Arthur,

      1) Not that I know of at the moment. But perhaps at some point!

      2) Squarespace’s Video Block allows you to embed Vimeo, Animoto and Wistia videos (that is in addition to YouTube videos). So you should be able to embed high quality videos.

      – Jeremy

  152. Alex May 5, 2014 at 7:59 AM #

    Is Squarespace format considered an HTML 5 format?
    I’ve been solicited by a company who claims to use HTML 5 as the latest and search engine friendly.
    I am trying to decide if I should just use Squarespace to build my own site.
    Thanks for your help.

    Alex

    • Jeremy & Connie Wong May 5, 2014 at 12:15 PM #

      Hi Alex,

      Yes – Squarespace uses HTML5 and in terms of all the drag and drop website builders that we’ve discussed on our site, it is the most SEO-friendly (it has the most SEO-friendly options). You can see this comparison chart of website builders where we have a bit more discussions on SEO.

      I hope this is helpful!

      – Jeremy

  153. Barbara April 30, 2014 at 12:57 PM #

    Thank you for the detailed review.
    I have just used Squarespace to create a website for my business and THE main attraction was the templates-just what I wanted- a clean and classy look and the way the photos looked after they were uploaded was just great.
    I too, ran into minor bugs, mostly adding products in the Shop section of my web site. They definitely have bugs there, but I was able to work around them.

    • Jeremy & Connie Wong April 30, 2014 at 2:22 PM #

      Hey Barbara,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences. Their templates are really polished and stylish for sure, which I do love!

      In general all technology will be a buggy to a certain extent as no such thing as perfect, right? But I’m glad to hear that you’re working through them and not letting them slow you down!

      – Jeremy

  154. Joshua April 30, 2014 at 9:14 AM #

    I have read through your blog, and found the information to be very high quality.
    The foundation I volunteer with is redesigning our website. I am the designer though not a professional web designer. I am an architect and have a design background. The foundation would be using volunteers to edit the site when I can not. THe word press site we currently have is difficult for me, and subsequently for those that would follow.
    In your opinion, would Squarespace work well for a Foundation site that presents a lot of information with fewer galleries?
    (I would do this in dreamweaver, but that would take the universal editing out of it. We are spread across the country.)

    • Jeremy & Connie Wong April 30, 2014 at 2:20 PM #

      Hey Joshua,

      Squarespace should work well even if you have a lot of text based information you want to present. Their templates are quite stylish and so that should help make it a bit easier for readers to absorb information (versus using a typical web layout from many years ago, which does discourage people from reading to a certain extent).

      Squarespace also supports multiple contributors so you can invite others to add to the website, and you can manage how much access they have.

      Hope this is helpful!

      – Jeremy

  155. M Robson April 26, 2014 at 8:43 AM #

    A comprehensive review, clear and unbiased!
    I have a question:
    I really like the templates on Squarespace; I’m a photographer living in New Zealand (a local host just isn’t an option) and want to sell online worldwide using Paypal; is the Squarespace E-commerce system set up for selling from outside the US? In other words, are there any disadvantages if a user is not based in the US?
    Also, I don’t see a ‘watermark’ option for photographers with Squarespace…
    Thanks

    • Jeremy & Connie April 26, 2014 at 10:54 AM #

      Hi M,

      As of today, Stripe isn’t available in NZ yet, so I suppose you will have to use PayPal. The drawback is that Squarespace e-Commerce isn’t integrated with PayPal yet, but only with Stripe. As such, you can use PayPal, but you won’t be able to take advantage of certain e-commerce functions.

      One good option is to use Ecwid, an independent e-commerce shopping cart add-on, that can be inserted into a Squarespace website. Ecwid powers over 450,000 online stores in over 175 countries and so you can combine their advanced e-commerce tools (you can sell digital products such as photographs) with the professional templates that Squarespace has to offer. They do offer you the ability to use PayPal as well, along with a lot of other payment gateways.

      – Jeremy

      UPDATE: You can also consider using Shopify to power your ecommerce functions while using Squarespace. Shopify is one of the leading ecommerce online store builder, and they offer you the ability to embed an entire store or just products into your Squarespace website. We have more discussions on how to use Shopify Widget with your Squarespace website here.

      • Marianne Robson April 26, 2014 at 6:18 PM #

        Thank you Jeremy!
        I’ve just watched the video, which is going to be extremely useful as well.
        One thing I didn’t find out is if you can add buttons to any template; for example, if the template is set up for ‘portfolio’ ‘blog’ and ‘about’, can I add others such as ‘contact’ ‘artists’ etc, or do I have to chose a template that has the exact buttons I want?
        Thank you for your very helpful advice.

        • Jeremy & Connie Wong April 27, 2014 at 11:54 AM #

          Marianne,

          If I’m understanding your question correctly, you can add buttons by using Squarespace’s blocks. The best way to explore what you can or cannot do is to just sign up for a 14-day trial and play around with their tools!

          – Jeremy

  156. Kim @ WampumHome April 26, 2014 at 5:39 AM #

    Great and comprehensive review. My brother in law has a web design service and squarespace comes highly recommended! I, on the other hand have felt frustrated to no end trying to just blog with wordpress! So, seeing your fantastic video/demo along with a couple of others think this is a great match for me. I am a new blogger but have goals to monetize with affiliates and sponsors/ads.
    Before I chose from the package options you mention above a few newbie questions:
    1. What is ‘total’ price including domain name/ hosting?
    2. Do I need to purchase domain name separately? recommendations?
    3. Being limited to selling 1 product or 20 products is clear but is there a limit of links or sponsors or sponsored posts? (o.k. maybe a few questions rolled into this one)
    Again.. great review.. I really appreciate all the work that went into this!!

    • Jeremy & Connie April 26, 2014 at 11:07 AM #

      Hey Kim,

      Glad you’re enjoying and getting a lot out of our discussions here! To answer your questions:

      1) When you subscribe to any Squarespace plans, they including all the hosting services for you so you don’t have to pay extra, or hire another company to help you manage that.

      2) If you subscribe to Squarespace’s annual plans, you get a free custom domain from them. Normally a domain name is about $10 – $15 per year. So you will need to pay this if you sign up for their month-to-month plan. But you get it for free if you get an annual plan. Bear in mind that you have a 14-day trial before committing to any plans.

      3) If you are just placing advertisements and sponsored posts, there are no limitations as to how many of those you can insert into your website. Consider them as just your own images or blog posts – so no limits.

      Hope this helps out a bit!

      – Jeremy

  157. John Schmidt April 24, 2014 at 5:12 PM #

    Thank you so much. Very thorough and appreciated. I watched the entire video.

  158. Kristin April 15, 2014 at 10:29 AM #

    Hi my company is planning on switching from a huge ftp file and going to Squarespace. The thing is we just spent hundreds of dollars to SEO. Will switching to Squarespace, mess up the SEOing we just paid for?

    Thanks,

    Kristin

    • Jeremy & Connie April 15, 2014 at 5:46 PM #

      Hi Kristen,

      It really depends on what you did with SEO. If they are backlinks to your pages, just make sure that once you migrate to Squarespace, that your current webpages have the same URL structure as the new pages in Squarespace, so that the link still remains valid.

      If you can’t keep the same URL structure, try creating 301 re-directs so that Google and other search engines knows that your old pages are equivalent to your new pages in Squarespace. You can do the 301 re-directs with your current hosting service – or ask them as they should be able to help.

      If the SEO that you paid for relates to work that is done directly on your website, then there is a chance that you might lose all the work, as you will be constructing a new site with Squarespace. But in this case, if you just replicate the SEO work on your new site construction, this will obviously help.

      – Jeremy

  159. LJ April 11, 2014 at 11:59 PM #

    Thanks for the informative review. I’m a photo retoucher and I want to show a large main image with a strip of thumbnail images below it. I want the viewer to be able to hover over the main image to see it change to the “before” version. I think that’s called a rollover image. Anyway, does Squarespace have this capability and if so, do they tell you how to do it and is typing in code involved?

    • Jeremy & Connie April 12, 2014 at 1:27 PM #

      Hi LJ,

      I know what you are referring to, but I don’t think Squarespace has this slider in its core features. You can always code that as you were referring to, as there are a lot of available codes on the internet for you to retrieve (free and paid).

      The challenge is to integrate it with Squarespace (or any other website builder as a matter of fact). If you are not proficient with codes, you may want to hire someone who can implement this for you (such as a freelancer from either Elance or Odesk). It will save you a lot of time.

      – Jeremy

  160. Martha March 30, 2014 at 12:57 PM #

    Currently using Hostica. Letting that go for something that can host my pop up dinners. I will need a site that can secure online payments, showcase photo galleries, share recipes, and allow for each guest to review on all social media platforms they currently have. Will SS allow this?

    • Jeremy & Connie March 30, 2014 at 1:55 PM #

      Hi Martha,

      Yes – Squarespace can help you collect payments online (either using Stripe or PayPal – using their “code block”), they have gorgeous gallery functions and you can also use their “menu” block to create menus to share your recipes.

      As for social media platforms, yes they can all be connected to your Squarespace website!

      – Jeremy

  161. Arvind March 29, 2014 at 9:53 PM #

    Thank you for this amazing website. I finally jumped into Squarespace and I absolutely love it. Was able to make a very professional looking site with minimum of effort!

    Want to know what SS is capable of? Check out our restaurant site ‘www.mavallitiffinrooms.com

  162. Barbara Ann March 29, 2014 at 2:16 PM #

    Hello, I am starting a ‘cottage’ business that will feature my work ability to finish people’s quilting projects. So the webpage will be geared toward my talents and photos of my work so people can judge whether they could use my services. I am looking for a web page builder/provider that will be easy to use and get my name at the top of the list when people Google ‘Quilt Services” . Will Squarespace do this for me? I need need something easy and forthright to use. I am able to do basic computer tasks. Thanks for any suggestions.

    • Jeremy & Connie March 29, 2014 at 2:32 PM #

      Hi Barbara,

      I think if you’re after something that can display your images / portfolio in a very elegant and professional way, Squarespace definitely has the templates to help you with that.

      But to be honest it is not the easiest website builder to use, compared to Weebly (our review here). It’s not super challenging, but the learning curve is a tad bit higher than Weebly in our opinion. But once you get the hang of things, it’s pretty pleasant to use.

      In terms of getting your site to the top of Google search results, I think while which website builder you use does make a small difference, the majority of the SEO work will have to be done yourself as none of the builders will do this for you (or else everybody will have their sites rank high – if it would only be that easy!)

      There are a lot of good (and some bad) resources on SEO that you can find and study online.

      – Jeremy

  163. Randy March 24, 2014 at 5:29 PM #

    Hi Jeremy, great review! I’ve been using Squarespace for several months now and am a fan overall. However, I’m concerned with slow page load times that seem to plague most, if not all, standard Squarespace templates. Running my site (‘www.chinabiohacker.com) and other Squarespace-powered sites through Google’s PageSpeed Insight tool, the recommendations below have come up every time. Have you had a chance to look into load times and if so, any suggestions/advice here? Thanks!

    FROM PAGESPEED INSIGHTS

    Eliminate render-blocking JavaScript and CSS in above-the-fold content

    Your page has 4 blocking script resources and 4 blocking CSS resources. This causes a delay in rendering your page.

    None of the above-the-fold content on your page could be rendered without waiting for the following resources to load. Try to defer or asynchronously load blocking resources, or inline the critical portions of those resources directly in the HTML.

    • Jeremy & Connie March 24, 2014 at 6:10 PM #

      Hi Randy,

      I just ran your site through Google PageSpeed Insights, Pingdom and also WebPageTest which is what Google recommended in checking page speed as well, and your site actually is running at a pretty good speed.

      These speed measuring tools will always recommend more optimization and the challenge is that they are do-able if you have a custom built site and you work with a developer to make all these adjustments.

      But for website builders, their codes are structured in certain ways that make it challenging for you to update. But to be honest, your site loaded up in 1.9 seconds according to Pingdom and 3.74 seconds with WebPageTest (which times your entire page load instead of just what you see right away, so it will always be longer), so Squarespace sites’ loading time is actually pretty good!!

      – Jeremy

  164. L Feaster March 18, 2014 at 2:28 PM #

    Jeremy-

    Please forgive my simple language as I am no website expert. I want to set up a design site that highlights visuals but also has a strong blog presence. I want visitors to be able to opt-in for information or to receive a newsletter which I see that SS does not provide.I was hoping to be able to have designated blog posts emailed to a list kept by a separate email service provider. I see you mention Mail Chimp but wasn’t sure if this is seamless, meaning, can it be set up to work with SS to have auto-responders go out either via opt-in or on a scheduled basis.
    Thanks and great review!!

    • Jeremy & Connie March 18, 2014 at 7:25 PM #

      Hi L,

      What you can do is use the “Code Block” and insert the snippet of code that a newsletter service provider (such as MailChimp or Aweber) provides you. The code block will then turn into a sign up form (you can design this form in MailChimp or Aweber). That way, your visitors can sign up for your newsletter service. When you have a new email to send out, you can craft that within the newsletter service provider and send them out that way.

      – Jeremy

  165. B Foster March 17, 2014 at 10:37 AM #

    SEO is arguably one of the most important factors now-a-days. In the review, it mentioned basic SEO tools. Did squarespace leave anything out or are there any limitations that exist with squarespace and developing SEO optimized content?

    • Jeremy & Connie March 17, 2014 at 7:27 PM #

      Hi B,

      In our opinion, amongst the drag and drop website builders, Squarespace has one of the strongest set of SEO features. You can see our scoring here in this comparison chart.

      I think they do a pretty good job for SEO!

      – Jeremy

  166. Renuka March 13, 2014 at 8:58 AM #

    Hello!

    My company is currently using yahoo small business but we are unhappy with how limited this website builder is. We would like to keep our current domain as it is written on all of our business cards.

    My first question is, are we able to transfer the domain to squarespace if we do choose to go with this host? Our company is a clinical research company. None of us have a lot of tech knowledge but we do understand how to create websites.

    By using squarespace, would we be able to regularly update one of pages that involves our current and enrolling studies so that patients can see what we currently have going on in the office? Also, using this website builder, would we be able to regularly update a news and events type of page?

    Last question (sorry for so many), but would squarespace allow us to have a contact us type of page where patients can directly write in a little form and have it emailed to us for study inquiries? Thank you, in advance, for your help!

    • Jeremy & Connie March 13, 2014 at 10:23 AM #

      Hi Renuka,

      1) Yes you can. You can point your domain name from your current registrar to your Squarespace site. Visit Squarespace’s guides and click on Custom Domains and you will see instructions there.

      2) Yes you can update your pages as often as you want!

      3) Yes, the “Form Block” from Squarespace allows your visitors to leave messages. You can also insert more fields in the contact form so you can totally customize it. Here’s more info on the Form Block.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  167. Susanna Smith March 10, 2014 at 2:50 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I am very new to web-design. As my hobby I make jewelry and other arts and crafts, and thanks to popular demand I started selling them. A friend referred me to squarespace today to try it out. So I have a few questions since you are a guru in this topic:

    1) I have a site hosted through bluehost at the moment which for the life of me couldn’t figure out how to add ecommerce option to it. Do I cancel my hosting subscription and request a refund once I decide to sign up with squarespace?

    2) I also purchased a domain name with bluehost which I would like to carry over to squarespace. Does squarespace add any other info to the address, e.g. ‘www.mywebsite.squarespace.com or something in those lines?

    3) I see they have 3 pricing options: $8, $16 and $24. I notice that under $8 range it says “Sell 1 Product & Accept Donations”. I am a bit confused about it.So does arts and crafts count as one product? I couldn’t find detailed info on that option anywhere on their site. And their $16 says “Sell up to 20 Products”…… Thanks again for the great reviews!

    • Jeremy & Connie March 10, 2014 at 7:20 PM #

      Hey Susanna,

      1) If you do decide to sign up to one of Squarespace’s premium plans, you will no longer need the hosting services from Bluehost as Squarespace provides all the hosting solutions for you to run your website. So yes, you can cancel Bluehost if that’s what you want to do.

      2) You can definitely use your own custom domain name that you registered with Bluehost and apply that to your Squarespace website. In fact, Squarespace has a help article addressing this here.

      3) This is just how many product itemss you can sell under each plan. So under the $8 plan, you can set up one product to sell. For example, with the $8 plan you can only sell a paintbrush (for instance) but you can sell as many of it as you can. But you can only sell that single item.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  168. Jael Torrez March 7, 2014 at 1:36 PM #

    Thanks you guys for a great review. Because of this I have started using Squarespace to build my website, and it has been a wonderful experience so far. They have THE best customer service by far – and I have used Wix, WordPress, InMotion, Web.com, and Network Solutions.

    Squarespace has live chat which I love, and they respond to my emails immediately – even at 2am on a Saturday. The walk me through everything and make it so easy for me. And don’t even get me started on their templates – GORGEOUS! I’m so impressed. I was ready to give up and pay thousands of dollars to someone to build this for me. For anyone who is on the fence – let me help push you over the fence – don’t even bother with anyone else.

    The small monthly fee I will be paying is worth gold compared to all the “freebies” that are out there! Great job and thanks again!

    • Jeremy & Connie March 7, 2014 at 7:59 PM #

      Hey Jael,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with Squarespace here! Glad to hear that you’re enjoying it thus far. Their live chat service, and the fact that they answer emails within 1 hour even in the middle of the night are both major thumbs up points for choosing Squarespace.

      I’ve used a lot of different services before (beyond website builders) and paying a bit more for solid support is definitely worthwhile over the long term. I value my time so for me, paying for good support is a no brainer.

      – Jeremy

  169. Angi March 5, 2014 at 8:19 PM #

    Hi!
    I found this review to be very enlightening, and thank you very much.
    I’m a hairstylist in a pretty high end salon, but I also do photoshoots with other artists/designers and editorial work. I have gotten to the point in my career that I need to have a website for promotional purposes which is great. However, but after spending hours searching the internet, I was disheartened to find that most salon/ stylist website seem to be lacking creativity, too basic, portfolio exclusive, too flashy, and or not really attention grabbing. While I do want a portfolio, I would also like to blog and have a site that looks just as professional as any other industry. It should also have great Customer support and be able to be built on my my ipad. After reading this ( and many other reviews) I’m gonna give them a chance . Do you agree?

    • Jeremy & Connie March 6, 2014 at 11:45 AM #

      Hi Angi,

      If you want a very professional and attractive portfolio site, that also has a good blogging platform, then Squarespace is worth a try. Their templates are one of the more attractive ones in the market for displaying portfolio and are responsive so they look great on all viewing devices.

      The only thing I would say, if you want to build your site directly with your iPad, is that Squarespace isn’t tailored for that. For best, most efficient results, it is best to build your Squarespace site using your desktop computer.

      If being able to build content directly with your iPad is critical to you, I would suggest checking out Jimdo as their mobile app allows you to create pages and build content with on your iPad (their mobile app was an award winning app in 2013). The drawback is that their templates are not as “pretty” as Squarespace’s.

      – Jeremy

      • Angi March 6, 2014 at 1:47 PM #

        Thank you so much for responding to my question. This site is helping to navigate the wonderful ( and often frustrating) world of website building. I am in the process of checking out both, and so far Squarespace seems to be the better host for the the type of site I want. With that said, I have no problem building the website on my PC. I just need to be able maintain, add, and remove content from my ipad. In that case, should I just chalk up pretty (squarespace) for what’s most efficient (jimdo)?

        • Jeremy & Connie March 6, 2014 at 2:41 PM #

          Hi Angi,

          To be honest I haven’t tried maintaining websites with my iPad as I’m more of a desktop type of guy when it comes to creating and maintaining content!

          What I’d suggest is to sign up for a trial account with Squarespace and Jimdo (if you want to test out their iOS mobile app) and see which one works best for you. You don’t have to build out your entire site yet, but just test it out with your iPad and see if it suits your needs at all.

          – Jeremy

  170. Silas Jura February 27, 2014 at 2:11 PM #

    Hey Jeremy & Connie,

    I had a quick question for you. I am looking to build a real estate website and wondered if SquareSpace or any other visual website builder would be able to get the job done without too much customization of coding. The main function it would need to do is be able to list rental properties in a consistent manor (i.e. page template for property) that would have a picture slide, pricing, info, amenities, contact form, etc. I know I could probably accomplish this if I manually built out each property page but I was wondering if it would be possible to have a custom page template built and then just be able to fill in the info using a visual editor and just rinse and repeat. I bought a custom template for WordPress for doing just this but like one of the other comments below mentioned, it’s like hitting your head against a brick wall. I appreciate any input you can provide.

    Thanks in advance,
    Silas

    • Jeremy & Connie February 27, 2014 at 9:35 PM #

      Hey Silas,

      We did too smash our heads against the WordPress brick wall once too many times already!

      As for your question, I don’t think there is a way to code up a custom page layout for Squarespace. But a workaround is if you can manually create an “ideal” page layout, then you can use the duplicate page function to start copying the same page over and over again. The downside, still, is that you will need to go to each page and enter the different listing details.

      But at least you can duplicate your page, so you don’t have to keep dragging and moving blocks around.

      – Jeremy

  171. Chris February 26, 2014 at 12:30 PM #

    I already have a site and a host, but am interested in rebuilding using Squarespace. Do I need Squarespace to host or can I use my existing host and plan and upload the site I build with Squarespace?

    • Jeremy & Connie February 26, 2014 at 6:34 PM #

      Hi Chris,

      Squarespace is a hosted solution, so if you want to use their website builder, they will provide you with the hosting service (it comes as part of their services to you). You don’t need to get your own hosting at all!

      – Jeremy

  172. Jael Torrez February 26, 2014 at 9:02 AM #

    Another great comparison! Thank you for this! I have the same question about Squarespace as I had about Wix – if I create a DIY website with squarespace will I have the capability of adding advertisements from companies wanting to advertise on my website?

    • Jeremy & Connie February 26, 2014 at 10:35 AM #

      Hi Jael,

      Yes you can. Your advertiser can either give you a tracking URL so you can hyperlink your advertising images or text, or if they give you some sort of codes to insert, you can always use Squarespace’s Code Block.

      – Jeremy

  173. Sam February 20, 2014 at 9:14 AM #

    Dear Jeremy and Connie
    Thanks so much for your helpful review. I am quite a novice when it comes to web design and so Squarespace does make it look so easy. However, I am not sure it is for what I am looking for. I am setting up a website where users can upload their profiles and communicate with other users/profiles that are registered. Is this possible with Squarespace?

    Thanks in advance for your expert opinion!
    Best wishes

    • Jeremy & Connie February 21, 2014 at 10:36 AM #

      Hi Sam,

      Squarespace doesn’t have a native function for forum-like set up. If this is important to you, perhaps you can consider Wix? In Wix’s app market, there are a couple of forum apps where you can “bolt on” a forum to your Wix site in which people can sign in and interact with other members within the forum.

      – Jeremy

  174. Melissa Roberts February 17, 2014 at 2:17 PM #

    Very helpful review! Thanks.

  175. Karen February 17, 2014 at 12:05 PM #

    I am the owner of a UK family business have been researching website platforms for my business. I have reviewed Weebly, Wix and Squarespace6. So far Squarespace is my favourite, as I like the templates so having been researching the review sites to see why I shouldn’t go for it.

    I found out that isn’t great with IE8 – but found out only 5% of web users still use IE8. It also uses Stripe, which was USA based only, but has since been extended to UK, Oz, Europe etc. more recently.

    I contacted a really helpful UK business that uses Squarespace and Stripe and had problems using IE when I tested their checkout. I really want to commit to Squarespace but am looking for some reassurance that I am making the right choice. All of the providers seem to be good at telling you why you should go with them… not so much as to what you won’t be able to do. I currently have my domain names with Easily and would need to transfer them to Squarespace.

    Any advice or links to other UK businesses using Squarespace with Stripe appreciated.

    • Jeremy & Connie February 18, 2014 at 4:02 PM #

      Hi Karen,

      I don’t know of any examples of UK businesses using Squarespace + Stripe, but website builders, in general, are advancing and improving and as such, IE 8 (which is really outdated) is left behind.

      I suppose website builders, designers or programmers alike are moving forward to adopting newer technology to enable websites to do much more sophisticated things, rather than remaining with outdated technology. So in a way it’s a good thing if you take a long term view.

      One other option if you prefer not to use Stripe with Squarespace is to create an online store using Shopify (a really good online store builder), and use their widget to embed your entire store (or just various products of your choice) to your Squarespace website. This way, Shopify will power your shopping cart, while you still get to use Squarespace’s website building tools. You can see our discussion about this option here.

      – Jeremy

  176. Jean February 17, 2014 at 9:41 AM #

    Thanks so much for the informative website comparisons. For the moment, I feel Squarespace most answers my needs and I’ve just begun my trial with them and have a question needing your help with.

    I’m a designer/maker who works with a vast inventory of fabrics and parts allowing customer to choose and create their personalized items. I have an Etsy shop and have been reliant on their “Variations” feature. It allows me to add up to two properties each capped at 70 variations (not enough for me). Would I be able to do the same or similar with Squarespace or another website builder? Thanks in advance for your help.

    Here’s the link on Etsy to listing variations https://www.etsy.com/help/article/3385

    • Jeremy & Connie February 18, 2014 at 3:57 PM #

      Hi Jean,

      You can definitely add a lot of product variants for Squarespace’s e-commerce product function, but I’m not entirely sure if you can go beyond 70 variations. Based on Squarespace’s support guide, it didn’t say that there is a limit? I’d be interested to know though – have you tried asking their support team?

      – Jeremy

  177. Marit February 17, 2014 at 7:46 AM #

    Hi Jeremy & Connie,

    Great review thanks! But once again I don’t know if I should choose WordPress or Squarespace ;). We want to build a website where the blog is the main thing, but we also want to be able to have a shop where you can buy daily ‘deals’. Also, we would like to give our visitors a log in, where they can collect favorite blogs, have a calendar with reminders, etc. And last, but not least, we would like them to be able to insert an end date, so we can send them e-mails with what to think about at a certain point in the planning (it will be a website about getting married). Any tips?

    • Jeremy & Connie February 18, 2014 at 3:15 PM #

      Hi Marit,

      Check out our article comparing Squarespace and WordPress here (if you haven’t seen it yet).

      It sounds like what you’re looking for is pretty customized and so perhaps the website builders that we’ve used and reviewed may not provide all the solutions for you.

      Squarespace has both e-commerce and blogging functions, and if you want a log in function you might want to consider using Sentry Login which is an independent service provider which can help you turn Squarespace into a membership-type website.

      For the ability to configure a time of when your customer will receive an email, Squarespace’s e-commerce function can be integrated with MailChimp (which is a newsletter service provider) so you can configure in MailChimp to automatically send out emails to your customer after “X” number of days!

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

      • Christine April 16, 2014 at 9:01 AM #

        Hi! I’m looking into building my wedding website and was curious what you recommended between Squarespace and using Go Daddy’s Web builder which is on sale right now for $1.00/month with a free domain name as well. Is Squarespace worth the extra $60 for the year in your opinion? Thanks for your help.

        • Jeremy & Connie April 16, 2014 at 11:36 PM #

          Hi Christine,

          I think Squarespace has much better template options and they have a much more advanced set of website building tools.

          So if design and style is really important for you, I’d give Squarespace a try as they have a 14 day trial period for you to test things out for free.

          I also like GoDaddy’s support though as they offer 24/7 support via phone, email, live chat. Squarespace also has great support as they have 24/7 email support and they promise to answer all emails within 1 hour, and they also have live chat during day hours. But they don’t have a phone support option. So if that’s important for you, you might consider testing out GoDaddy (they also have 45 day refund policy if you get their annual plans)

          If you haven’t seen our review on GoDaddy yet, click here.

          – Jeremy

  178. Rich February 13, 2014 at 10:18 PM #

    Thanks for the reviews and advice. I’m a print journalist (yeah, I know …) and I want to feature PDF files (not links) of my old stories as part of a planned website that would be all about me, me, and me. I also have shot a lot of video clips that I’d want to put on there as well. Would Squarespace be good for this, or some other site like Wix or WordPress?

  179. Heather February 12, 2014 at 7:04 PM #

    Wow! Thank you for this incredibly helpful review.
    I’ve never come across such a thorough and expert review.
    Especially appreciated was the your video!
    You tricked me out of my nervous aversion to the tech side with the video and got me started without me having a chance to freak out! Thanks!

    I think I’ll try Squarespace. WordPress has just been like hitting brick walls.
    Thank you for doing all the lead work!

    Heather

    • Jeremy & Connie February 12, 2014 at 10:17 PM #

      Thanks Heather! Glad you found our review helpful!

      – Jeremy

  180. Diana A February 10, 2014 at 9:58 PM #

    Hi Jeremy and Connie!
    So far I found the review and all the questions below excellent and very helpful.
    I want to build a website where the customers are able to customize and create artwork (for example pick different shapes, colors, content and so on…) and then placing their orders.
    Would you recommend Squarespace for this type of website?

    • Jeremy & Connie February 12, 2014 at 11:08 PM #

      Hi Diana,

      I think you can try using Squarespace’s Form Block to create a contact form where your visitors can submit product / artwork specifications to you. You can then correspond with your prospective customers on price quotes and whether the customizations are possible.

      Check out Squarespace’s Form Block here which allows you to capture a lot of different information from your visitors. You can customize it quite a bit to suit your needs.

      – Jeremy

  181. Shailesh Phansalkar February 10, 2014 at 10:59 AM #

    Hi Folks

    I am looking to have a website which let’s me host my photography portfolio. I should be able to upload and display and sell my photographs through the website. I also want the website to host my blogs, my travelogues and a few other sundry things.

    I have researched smugmug for this but that website is more geared toward photography. I do want photography to be my main objective on the website, but I do want to have a couple of blogs and travelogues etc.

    Is squarespace good for this ?

    thanks
    Shailesh

    • Jeremy & Connie February 12, 2014 at 10:58 PM #

      hi Shailesh,

      I think Squarespace can be a good choice as their templates are really great at displaying photographs, but at the same time, Squarespace has tools that can be geared towards other aspects of website building such as blogs, creating pages to display different information (such as your travelogues), and also set up e-commerce functions (to sell your photographs).

      Best way to find out is to sign up for a free trial account and test it out for yourself to see if it’s a good fit with your needs!

      – Jeremy

      • Shailesh February 17, 2014 at 12:38 PM #

        thanks Jeremy; I will try it out.

  182. Estelle February 2, 2014 at 10:55 AM #

    We are considering Squarespace for our membership organization. Do we have to use Sentry or can we use a membership opton like Membee with it?

    • Jeremy & Connie February 2, 2014 at 3:34 PM #

      Hi Estelle,

      I’m aware that Sentry Login say that their membership gateway software works with Squarespace, but I haven’t tried it myself before. I haven’t heard of Membee so I can’t quite comment on that.

      Squarespace has a 14-day trial period and Sentry Login has a 7 day trial period. MIght be worth it to sign up for both on trial bases, and test to see if you like how they work together!

      – Jeremy

  183. Laura January 30, 2014 at 7:04 PM #

    Hi! Thanks so much for the information and your review of squarespace, I want to start a travel blog and also I want to do a website for musicals for children. Do you recommend to use squarespace for doing both?

    • Jeremy & Connie January 31, 2014 at 10:12 AM #

      Hi Laura,

      I think a travel blog works great with Squarespace, especially if you want to share some of the pictures that you may be taking for your trip. Squarespace templates are awesome in a way that they allow you to create visually stunning websites. So it will really enhance the whole experience of your visitors, especially with your travel images.

      As for musicals, I think Squarespace works well for this as well. Other website builders you can check out that may work include Weebly and Wix.

      – Jeremy

  184. Art January 30, 2014 at 6:47 PM #

    Hi Jeremy/Connie, Thanks, this is very informative. It is along the lines of what I am looking for, but am wondering if it is the best for me or if you have other suggestions for my speciality. I am a copy writer and novelist, and this niche is not listed above. I like the clean, polished, minimalistic look, but do not need or want anything complex to work with, and you state that this can be overwhelming, especially for novices at website building. I don’t require advanced tools, so don’t want to pay for them (though $10 monthly easily pays itself back for high quality). Any help would be appreciated.

    • Jeremy & Connie January 31, 2014 at 10:09 AM #

      Hi Art,

      I think Squarespace will work well for you. The main reason is that their templates a very stylish, yet minimalistic. They are also responsive so that your visitors get a great visual and user experience when they visit your website.

      Having said that, Squarespace is not as easy to use other builders such as Weebly, but they’re not that difficult to learn. I’m sure if you invest an hour or two you can create something quite nice within that time frame – assuming you are not setting up more advanced features such as their e-commerce tools!

      Besides, they have a 14 day trial period so the best way to find out is to give the trial a run. Hope this helps.

      – Jeremy

  185. Dave January 27, 2014 at 9:56 PM #

    Hi, I wonder if you could help me with something regarding web site builders, please. We are setting up a city guide business similar to Time Out – other than it will only be available only in digital format, either online or via mobile applications, monthly newsletter and quarterly digital magazine. We plan to have the apps and magazine downloadable so that you can use the guide offline.

    The guide will be designed to have lots of information and content that covers a city overview, culture, travel information, restaurants, bars, shopping, entertainment, tourist attractions and sports. Basic listings will be free and site access, app downloads, newsletters and the magazine will be free. We plan to offer honest reviews of bars, restaurants, hotels and attractions for our customer base and would like to build in the ability for a blog and user reviews and comments, which we will moderate before they go live! We also want to build in some interactivity and social networking so that we build a user community. All this will be paid for by advertisers on our digital formats. Although we have a technical background, I want to to save as much on the technical resource side and for hardware and software, allowing us to concentrate on content and making our guide exciting, useful and informative – along with leaving us more time for marketing and ad sales!!

    Having looked at your very helpful and informative reviews, i think that Squarespace can provide a lot of what I am looking for, but I am still slightly confused about advertising and social networking and how easy that is to insert into the site. I have tried to get to the mobile apps section in the Squarespace site, but cannot get it to load. I have assumed that our digital magazine can be downloaded easily enough. Could you recommend a web builder for this type of business, or do you think I am going down the right road looking at Squarespace.

    Once again, thanks for the informative and well laid out site. So often the web is a disappointment full of poorly laid out sites lacking specific and useful content, some of it downright misleading or even lies!

    • Jeremy & Connie January 28, 2014 at 11:30 AM #

      Hi Dave,

      I think for such an extensive site, it’s best if you a much more advanced content management system such as WordPress to manage your content. WordPress has a lot of magazine style templates which may work very well for you. Also, because the template / site is built on WordPress, it automates a lot of updating and once it’s set up, makes it a lot easier for you to expand and grow going forward. They also have plugins that allow you to run ads, as well as forum / membership type plugins.

      – Jeremy

  186. Liz January 22, 2014 at 6:56 PM #

    Just curious if you think Squarespace would be better for a blogger vs Vix – Thanks!

    • Jeremy & Connie January 23, 2014 at 9:08 AM #

      Hi Liz,

      I’d prefer Squarespace as their templates and user interface looks a lot cleaner and modern. Also Squarespace’s templates are responsive so your blog posts will look great no matter what your visitors are using (desktop or mobile devices).

      The upside of using Wix is that you can build your site for free, but in order to connect your own custom domain name, you will have to upgrade to their premium plans. For Squarespace, there is no free plan but you get a 14-day free trial to test them out. So it really depends on how much you are prepared to invest in your website / blog. In general, running a professional looking website and building it with professional tools for less than the cost of a couple of fancy coffee, isn’t a bad trade! But again, that depends on how you view your website – whether it is just for fun or if you have a bigger plan for it.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  187. S. Clifton January 21, 2014 at 1:38 PM #

    Very impressed with your reviews. Great detail and objectivity. Keep up the good work.

    • Jeremy & Connie January 21, 2014 at 1:42 PM #

      Thanks S! – Jeremy

  188. b ston January 21, 2014 at 9:41 AM #

    just discovered your site, amazingly helpful, thanks for all this info

  189. Todd January 18, 2014 at 8:12 PM #

    GREAT review! Thorough, and comprehensive, and addressed all my concerns. I’d wondered the same things as you, and I’m grateful for your giving it the once-over.

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy & Connie January 18, 2014 at 9:51 PM #

      Hey Todd,

      Thanks! Glad you found our Squarespace review helpful. You can also click on any of the social buttons on at the top of this page or on the left hand side to share this review with others – you never know who else you can help!

      – Jeremy

  190. June January 14, 2014 at 7:45 AM #

    Thank you for all the informations you provided, I’ve been searching for days to have answers and up until now your blog have it all. Your explanations are simple and useful.

    • Jeremy & Connie January 14, 2014 at 8:48 AM #

      Thanks June! Glad you’re finding answers on our site. Please click the social buttons on at the top of this page or on the left hand side to share it with others – you never know who else will find this website helpful!

      Thanks!

      – Jeremy

  191. Theresa January 10, 2014 at 8:56 AM #

    Love your review! After days of research and comparisons, I’m ready to go with Squarespace. However, one important question remains.

    I’ll need a solid plugin that allows site visitors to create their own profiles, follow other profiles, and search for related profiles (by topic or keywords).

    I really like Envato’s USERPro plugin and wonder if there is a way to make it work with Squarespace? (It’s a wordpress plugin, but I’m hoping there is a fix to convert to a SS plugin.). If so, does it work as seamlessly?

    If not, does SS have a good plugin for creating and searching member profiles?

    Thanks for any input!

    • Jeremy & Connie January 10, 2014 at 9:42 AM #

      Hey Theresa,

      I’m not sure if that plugin is adaptable with Squarespace – perhaps you can ask Squarespace’s support team if they have any technical suggestions?

      I haven’t seen any widgets / plugins that will help you create member profiles on Squarespace, but I do know that Sentry Login allows you to create a membership gateway with Squarespace in which your members can only access certain parts of your site if they are paying members.

      – Jeremy

  192. Anna January 6, 2014 at 9:07 PM #

    Hi, I need your help for which one best website builder for small business photography and SEO searching too because i want everyone can find my name for my website it is easy instead can’t find something like this. i will be appreciate that if you help me out about which one best for website? i am a little confused because there are many websites are best but on depend websites and prices.

    Thanks,
    Anna

    • Jeremy & Connie January 7, 2014 at 8:19 AM #

      Hi Anna,

      I think Squarespace will work very well for Photography sites. Amongst all the website builders we’ve used, they have the best SEO options available. This is not to say that once you’ve built your website, people will automatically start finding your website. You have to do a lot of work to make sure your website can be discovered by people. SEO (search engine optimizatoin) is a very in-depth and broad and is beyond the scope of our discussion. But you can find a lot of information on SEO on the internet.

      In general, just make sure that you have a lot of useful content on your website (blogging about photography and offering helpful tips can be very powerful here). This is so that when people are searching for some help on photography, they may find your site that way.

      Also, I’d encourage you to go on to some popular photography and actively participate in the discussions there. This gets you more attention from others and you never know who will decide to share your website.

      If you haven’t seen some of our other recommendations for photographers yet, see this.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  193. Barrett R. January 5, 2014 at 11:11 PM #

    Thank you very much for the insightful review!

    I have a trial account and have already built a small portion of a demo website and am happy with what squarespace has to offer.

    That being said, I just took a look at the pricing page and noticed under the custom domain features squarespace does not offer .CA selections. Seeing as how squarespace offers Canadian support I don’t see this as a positive in terms of their commitment to Canadian customers now and into the future – unless they offer an alternative option I’m unaware of?

    • Jeremy & Connie January 7, 2014 at 7:52 AM #

      Hi Barrett,

      That’s a fair point. I’m not sure why Squarespace doesn’t offer .CA domain name options. Have you had a chance to reach out to them to inquire why?

      – Jeremy

      • Barrett R. January 7, 2014 at 10:37 AM #

        Hi Jeremy,

        I did happen to reach out to them and got the following response:

        “Hey there,

        Thanks for reaching out. That is correct, Squarespace does not offer .CA domains however we do offer .com, .net, .org, .info and .biz. If you are interested in using a .CA domain, then I would recommend purchasing the domain at a domain registrar such as GoDaddy.com or Hover.com.

        We have a great general guide for mapping a domain to your Squarespace 6 website here

        Our free domain names are offered when you sign up for an annual account and you can select whatever domain you’d like, if available and using the endings that we offer.

        Hope this clarifies. Let us know if you have any additional questions. Thanks!”

        Fortunately there’s a workaround although a bit of a hassle and more costly. Not sure if I’ll stick it out with squarespace or go an alternative route.

        • Jeremy & Connie January 7, 2014 at 1:27 PM #

          Hi Barrett – thanks for sharing your findings. What you can do is purchase a .CA domain address from a registrar such as what Squarespace recommended, and hook it up to your Squarespace site. A domain name is about $12 per year ($1/month) so it’s not too bad.

          I think the most important part, if you are okay with the extra cost of getting your own domain name, is to find a website builder in which you are comfortable in using and that it has the tools to help you build what you want to build. So if you think Squarespace can do this (after trying them out first of course), I personally won’t let the domain name issue stop me from using them.

          Over the medium to long term, finding the right website builder that suits your needs isn’t easy. So in my own personal view, the domain name is relatively minor. But again, that’s just me and my suggestion!

          – Jeremy

  194. Sean Law December 31, 2013 at 7:33 PM #

    Hi,

    Great review!

    I have a question regarding the flexibility with the functionality of a Squarespace website, when compared to a WordPress website – do you have access to a vast array of plugins to add more functions onto your website?

    Thanks,
    Sean

    • Jeremy & Connie December 31, 2013 at 8:19 PM #

      Hi Sean,

      WordPress has a lot more plugins available as it is a open source platform – meaning that everybody who can (or think they can) code can create a plugin for WordPress users to use. This is a double edge sword though as while there are many great plugins, a lot of them are not great and may potentially pose security risks to your website.

      For Squarespace, all the tools that they provide are created by themselves so they have full control over how the tools work, and can ensure that everything runs smoothly and bug-free.

      We go over how Squarespace compares to WordPress here. Each platform has its own pros and cons.

      – Jeremy

  195. John Anthony December 31, 2013 at 7:41 AM #

    Excellent, thorough, well balanced review. It has made my mind up to build our new website and online store with Squarespace. It has answered all the questions I had about which website builder to use.Thanks very much!!

    John

    • Jeremy & Connie December 31, 2013 at 6:16 PM #

      Hi John,

      Glad you found the information helpful. Happy New Year!

      Best,

      Jeremy

  196. Thibaud December 29, 2013 at 3:17 PM #

    Hi guys,

    Very nice review, much appreciated !

    Quick question: can I start a simple blog with Squarespace (with the $8 per month offer) and in the future upgrade to a more expensive plan to – for instance – add an e-store and start selling stuffs related to what my blog is about ?

    Thank you !
    Cheers,
    Thibaud.

    • Jeremy & Connie December 29, 2013 at 4:06 PM #

      Hi Thibuad,

      Yes you can start off with a lower plan then upgrade later when you are ready. You just have to contact Squarespace’s support team through email (they respond within 1 hour) or their live chat support (when they are online during their day time).

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  197. Tammy and Brenton December 28, 2013 at 7:32 PM #

    I want to have a site that people can send me jpeg. files, that I will need to download. Does Squarespace have this option within it’s store? I will receive files, then print them, and send away. Does it incorporate shipping costs, and different tax per different provinces?

    • Jeremy & Connie December 28, 2013 at 8:32 PM #

      Hi Tammy and Brenton,

      I don’ think Squarespace has functions where your customers can complete orders and send you image files. What you can do, is have your customers complete a purchase, then email you the image file directly to your email address.

      Yes Squarespace does allow you to configure shipping cost either by weight or you can set up a flat fee (see our review on Squarespace’s e-commerce functions)

      If you are from Canada, you can also configure taxes down to the provincial level (see our post here for more details).

      – Jeremy

  198. Wilson Wood December 27, 2013 at 7:05 PM #

    Thanks for the good review. I’ve jussst started using squarespace – and I’m happier with my choice because of your review.

  199. Ashish December 25, 2013 at 3:03 PM #

    thanks for the great review. after seeing this(and playing around on squarespace), i am definitely going to use it. i am starting a small concierge medical practice soon. do you have any advice as far as templates go?

    i am having trouble deciding between them to even get started. i picked devlin and started setting it up. is it very important to make sure you pick the right one up front?….or are they customizable to the point where they can be taken to a similar endpoint no matter where you start? thanks.

    • Jeremy & Connie December 25, 2013 at 4:41 PM #

      Hi Ashish,

      Squarespace is definitely a great choice when it comes to building websites. Great to hear that you’ve tested them out. I don’t really have any advice when it comes to selecting templates as it is a very personal decision as to how you envision your website will look. But with Squarespace you can select one template and switch to another later if you wish. However, if you make any styling changes using their editor, the modifications will remain with the template that you are using, meaning if you switch templates you will lose those styling modifications. But your content will be transferred into the new template.

      There is more discussion on this in Squarespace’s help page if you search for “Switching Templates”.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  200. mark fewtrell December 25, 2013 at 9:06 AM #

    Hi, in what ways is Squarespace a gain over say blogger or wordpress.Thinking of moving from these.

    • Jeremy & Connie December 25, 2013 at 4:28 PM #

      Hi Mark,

      See our thoughts on Squarespace and WordPress here. At the end of the day I don’t think there is an absolute right or wrong answer, but your choice should be driven by what you need, and also what resources you have available. We go deep into these discussions in the article.

      – Jeremy

  201. Tony December 17, 2013 at 7:13 PM #

    Thanks greatly for all of your reviews. I am currently running a web hosting business and looking for a good website builder to build simple websites for clients.

    That said, based on all of the builders that i have seen and those in your comparisons, the ones that im considering are, SS, Weebly, and IM Creator. In saying that, i would like to use those services to design the sites, and then export the site once theyre completed to my hosting service.

    My question is: is it possible to do that with any of those services/builders, and does it have to be in WordPress only or just as is, and will they function just as they did (meaning finished product – assuming i would be updating the site once finished)? If it has to be exported in WordPress, will it look and function the same assuming i would not be adding to it or changing anything on that site?

    Which one would you recommend, knowing what i would like to do?

    The idea is that i would like to make the residual income for the hosting. S if i was to use those companies, and their hosting, there is no way for me to earn an income past the designing of the site.

    Now on the flip side, if you are aware of a company that offers a resellers program that utilizes those web builders, i would be interested to know if possible.

    Any assistance you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

    Again thank you for all of your assistance. Your website is truly helpful and very informative. It has been a real eye opener and helpful as far as researching the best possible options out there. Thanks again.

    Tony

    • Jeremy & Connie December 17, 2013 at 8:03 PM #

      Hi Tony,

      All 3 builders (Squarespace, Weebly and IM Creator) allows you to export its website. For Squarespace, you can only import it into WordPress. For Weebly and IM Creator, you can export all the codes and upload it into your own host if you want. However, I know for Weebly, their blog function cannot be exported.

      Just note that for Squarespace, at least when you import it into WordPress you can use WP’s CMS to continue to modify and build the site. Whereas for the other two, if you want to make edits you will have to do them directly in the codes, or make the changes in Weebly / IM Creator, then export and re-import them again. It’s a hassle unless you can quickly modify the codes directly.

      I think it’s best if you just signed up for a free account (or trial account for Squarespace) and test out the export functions, just so you have a hands on experience to see which one works best for you.

      Just FYI, for both IM Creator and Weebly, they have “White Label” options where you can use their CMS / website building platform, rebrand it as your own and resell the services to your own customers. Your customers won’t know that it’s Weebly or IM Creator powering it. Just an option.

      – Jeremy

      • Tony December 17, 2013 at 8:36 PM #

        Thanks for the speedy reply. Would you be able to direct me to the link referring to while labeling weebly as I would very much be interested in that option? And as for the two IM Creator and Weebly, which of the two would you recommend for white labeling in your opinion if you don’t mind me asking?

        Thanks again.

        • Jeremy & Connie December 17, 2013 at 9:28 PM #

          Tony – Visit Weebly and scroll down to the bottom and click on Designers.

          I’ve seen the Weebly designer platform in action and it looks good and functions well. I haven’t seen IM Creator’s so can’t quite comment on that.

          Hope this is helpful!

          – Jeremy

          • Tony December 17, 2013 at 10:30 PM #

            Thanks Jeremy. Definitely helpful. I appreciate your speedy replies and helpfulness.

            Tony.

            • Tony December 18, 2013 at 3:32 AM #

              Jeremy,

              I have seen online and through quickly going through the SS site, that it exports in XML. With that said, are you familiar with how to import it into WordPress. From what I have seen online, there doesn’t seem to be a straightforward answer as to how. From my understanding there is not section within WordPress to import the XML file like adding a theme. I could be wrong however I do value your opinion and suggestions.

              Would you be aware of how to do so ?

              Tony.

              • Jeremy & Connie December 18, 2013 at 6:00 AM #

                Tony – just search on YouTube I think there are some tutorials there. Also, if you have any other specific questions on Squarespace, you can email their support team and they will get back to you within an hour. If the time is right, they also have a live chat function where you can direct your Squarespace specific questions to them as well.

                – Jeremy

  202. PKLoffreda December 17, 2013 at 3:37 PM #

    Jeremy,

    Liked the article, it was helpful.
    My questions are how fast do the pages load and how reliable are they with regards to sites staying up and accessible without going down?

    Thanks,
    PKLoffreda

    • Jeremy & Connie December 17, 2013 at 4:27 PM #

      Hi PKLoffreda,

      In my experience, the pages loads reasonably fast, but not the fastest amongst all websites out there. The main reason is that at the end of the day, all hosted website builders, which hosts your website for you, can only provide shared hosting services. So some websites out there have their own dedicated hosting services, which is much faster as the bandwidth / hosting capacity isn’t shared. But again those websites do pay through the roof for dedicated services.

      As for accessibility, sometimes the hosting services do go down temporarily which is frustrating. But this happens to all hosts. I’ve seen it happen to Weebly, Jimdo, and those are the only times when I saw it. Even our own hosting services have gone down temporarily before. I guess what I’m trying to say is that nothing is “bullet proof” and while there will be temporary interruptions (due to server updates, malicious attacks on the servers), generally speaking things get patched up fairly quickly and most people won’t even notice.

      – Jeremy

  203. Michael Cooper December 17, 2013 at 12:15 PM #

    Hello Jeremy & Connie,

    I am a yoga instructor in the very beginning stages of researching whether I will use a company like Weebly or SS and build my own website, or, use a company like bewellwebsites.com who offers a website for $495 where you choose from their templates, supply the content, and they build it for you. They look pretty good on the surface, but for some reason I cannot find any solid reviews on bewellwebsites.com. Any knowledge or experience with them?

    Thanks,
    Michael

    • Jeremy & Connie December 17, 2013 at 4:36 PM #

      Hi Michael,

      We haven’t seen or used them before, so I’m assuming that they are some sort of website designer. I just took a quick look through the site and for some reason I just didn’t find a whole lot of trust factors that compels me to leap at their services. I’m not even sure who I would be dealing with and it just feels way too “corporate” for a small business, without evidence of any human interaction / touch.

      I also don’t know how the website handover process works, and whether you will have full control / ownership of the site, or do you have to run back to them for every single small update. Of course this could be mentioned somewhere but I just didn’t go through the entire site in detail.

      What about monthly fees? I’d be very suspicious if there is no monthly fee – even just hosting a website will cost money. Also, asking for an upfront non-refundable deposit by just filling in a form is a bit weird, don’t you think?

      – Jeremy

  204. Laura December 16, 2013 at 2:14 PM #

    Let me preface by saying I’m on Squarespace 5, because is allows me to have a “member” database that I need to keep the public out and employees in, so it’s not the latest version. [Editor’s Note: Squarespace is now running on Version 6 which has superceded Squarespace 5 as of July 17 2012.]

    That said, I use SS and Weebly and I hate SS. With Weebly, I have columns, buttons, divider lines, carousels, and it’s all super easy. With SS, the drag and drop feature set is limited. Also, in terms of architecture, you can only go three levels deep. Once I added a subpage at a 4th level, and it crashed the site, with no error message. The area where you arrange your pages is a nightmare, where the drag and drop function only works in certain browsers, and even then it is still awful. For instance, when you have a lot of pages and you create a new one, it goes to the bottom, so you drag it up about 12 inches of screen real estate, but the page won’t scroll when you hit the top of the screen, and then it’s mysteriously back where it started and you get to start again. The nesting function has a drop zone of apparently 1 mm because it’s almost impossible to drop something in and have it stay. IN short, SS has made me Weebly’s biggest fan. I’m learning to use DivTag products with Weebly to imrpove the design quality, and look forward to leaving SS.

    • Jeremy & Connie December 16, 2013 at 4:51 PM #

      Hi Laura,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with Squarespace 5. I guess that’s why the entire platform has since upgraded to Squarespace 6! I haven’t personally used Squarespace 5 before, but I’ve heard that the entire user experience is quite different and has improved. At least that’s what I heard from some users.

      – Jeremy

    • Mike Power December 16, 2013 at 5:22 PM #

      I like simplicity, readability and ease of navigation, so I don’t run into problems with SS. I don’t use carousels, acordians, paralax, 4th level subpages etc. so SS is fine with me. I used Version 5 for years with no problems. But then, it all depends on the type of website you want. Buttons and dividers are not important to me but they are for some. We just need to use the platform that suits our needs best. Simple as that really : )

  205. Mike Power December 16, 2013 at 4:37 AM #

    I may have posted here before but I’m happy to reiterate my support for Squarespace. I’ve been with them for almost 10 years now and they have just got better and better over that time. The support is the best in the business and I haven’t had a single moment’s downtime.

    • Jeremy & Connie December 16, 2013 at 4:56 AM #

      Hi Mike,

      Thanks again for sharing your experience with Squarespace! It’s hard to find a business that provides solid support, and it’s pretty awesome that Squarespace provides it.

      – Jeremy

    • charles hurst December 16, 2013 at 12:11 PM #

      Hi Mike

      I have been using godaddy for a year and have not been extremely happy with them at all. They have nice customer service but obviously are limited in problem solving. mainly my largest grief is that on the blog portion I have had about four friends test it and tell me they could not subscribe and godaddy just keeps telling me it is running fine on their tests.

      How would you compare to godaddy if you know anything about them as I was sold godaddy was great as well and I am quite not the tech guy at all.

      Thanks
      Charles Hurst

  206. Peter December 12, 2013 at 2:16 PM #

    Thanks. The review is very informative and helpful.
    We have a website built for us 10 years ago and look outdated. I want to rebuild it myself but not a technical person. Do you think Squarespace is easy to learn and use? How much holding hands will they provide?

    • Jeremy & Connie December 12, 2013 at 5:03 PM #

      Hi Peter,

      I think Squarespace is relatively easy to use, compared to other more advanced web builders such as WordPress. However, don’t just take my word for it and the best way to find out is to sign up to their 14 day free trial to evaluate if it’s a good match for you.

      One of the things that stand out about Squarespace (aside from their templates), is that they provide 24 hour email support where they respond to your emails within 1 hour. So you will definitely get your emails responded to if you have questions. They also have a live chat function during day time so you can interact with their support team live if you prefer it that way.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  207. Conor December 10, 2013 at 1:24 PM #

    Thanks, I just read the review and realized that I should have read it a long time ago.
    I am in the process of setting up a service based business and was looking for a really original website to get me off the ground. As I was concerned that my desired domain name would be gone soon, I purchased it and with with monthly web hosting as a functioning email address has been useful thus far. I used a crowd-sourcing webdesign company to come up with the layout of my desired website and have some great designs however I jumped the gun way too fast with this and realized much too late that there was a huge amount of coding to be done independently after I choose the design. (I see this money gone down the toilet now) but my question is as I already have a domain name and hosting for 12 months is there any way I can transfer this to squarespace etc? i.e. do my website on squarespace and host it on my local provider?
    Thanks for your help and definitely the best review website I have seen (just a little too late)

    Conor

    • Jeremy & Connie December 10, 2013 at 5:00 PM #

      Hi Conor,

      Squarespace provides hosting services as part of their package, so if you build a website using Squarespace, you can’t host it with your local host. You can only host your site with Squarespace as their platform has proprietary technology so that certain functions can only function within their own operating environment.

      But as for the domain name, you can certainly point it to your Squarespace site, and use it after you build your website. There are a lot of instructions in Squarespace’s support center for this (or you can email them directly or use their live chat).

      – Jeremy

      • Conor December 11, 2013 at 1:01 PM #

        Hi Jeremy,

        Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.
        Great advice on the page and I know what to do exactly the next time.

        Conor

  208. Jolie December 7, 2013 at 5:56 PM #

    Thanks so much for your wonderful reviews! I’m quite a techno-saur and have been overwhelmed with all kinds of technical jargon and information over the internet, so your reviews have really helped me understand what I need and what to look out for!

    Quick question: once I build a site with squarespace, can it be exported and hosted with a local IT company in future? Am just thinking about worst case scenarios if squarespace or wordpress close for some reason in future…

    Thanks for your help!

    • Jeremy & Connie December 7, 2013 at 6:24 PM #

      Hi Jolie,

      Thanks for your comment. Squarespace does allow you to export its pages and blog posts to WordPress, which is quite flexible. Now admittedly I haven’t done this myself before so I can’t share my experience with this with you. But what you can do is sign up for a free trial account and test the export function just so you are satisfied with it prior to investing in a plan.

      There are 2 WordPress platforms – WordPress.com (which is hosted for you) and WordPress.org (which you require to get your own hosting, and is a much more flexible platform). Just so that you are aware of it.

      I think your worries of a web builder closing up shop is a legit one, and it’s always wise to think ahead! But I really think Squarespace and WordPress are going to be around for many years to come. There isn’t any guarantee that any businesses / platforms will sustain “forever”, but I think these two are in pretty good shape!

      – Jeremy

  209. Ken tanaka November 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM #

    If i already have my website hosted with another company but want to switch to square space is that possible?
    I have my site registered with go daddy already, but want to change the site I have it linked up to while maintaining the domain name.

    • Jeremy & Connie November 30, 2013 at 2:46 PM #

      Hi Ken,

      Squarespace allows you to import content from WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger and Posterous. Transferring data from another hosting service / website builder is always challenging, as drag and drop builders have their own unique platforms, resulting in a lot of incompatibility.

      For instance, the way a slideshow works within Weebly’s proprietary system will be different from how a slideshow works within Squarespace. Best to ask Squarespace’s support team to see what you have in mind can be transferred into Squarespace.

      But what you can do, is keep your existing site running, then build out a new site with Squarespace. Once the new site is ready, just switch your domain name over to Squarespace so the transition process is smoother.

      – Jeremy

  210. Ken Tanaka November 30, 2013 at 9:59 AM #

    Thanks, I just read this review and the wix review. I’m an artist and video maker and need a website where people can see my art portfolio, buy work, and also see my videos. I also would like to link a google blogger blog to my site (which I understand is not really possible in Wix.

    I have messed around on wix and found that load times are slow.

    Which builder do you think is best for my needs? Wix, Weebly, Squarespace…?

    • Jeremy & Connie November 30, 2013 at 2:42 PM #

      Hi Ken,

      I think in terms of visual impact, Squarespace would be more appealing compared to Weebly. But then again, each user has different preferences – so best to try both builder before you commit for the long haul. Squarespace has a 14 day free trial, and Weebly has a free plan in which you can test it indefinitely. I would suggest investing a day or two with each builder and see which one suits your needs better!

      But based on pure cosmetics, I would suggest Squarespace.

      – Jeremy

  211. Ed Mathews November 28, 2013 at 6:57 AM #

    Awesome video and review. My small business is looking for a website and got quotes from pros between 3K and 15K just to develop. Then they want $60 a month to host. I got the square space tip from a computer geek cousin. I was a bit overwhelmed at first signing up with square space, but your video was a GREAT basic tutorial on how to set it up.

    I think we will build our own website now, it will take more hours on my part, but going from $720 per year down to $290 at the most, plus no up front cost makes a lot of sense for us. Thanks for your time and effort that you put into this.

    • Jeremy & Connie November 28, 2013 at 11:08 PM #

      Hey Ed,

      Thanks so much for sharing your story! Getting a website custom developed is always a hefty investment. That’s why DIY website builders are getting so much more popular nowadays as it opens up a lot more options for people who don’t mind doing it themselves, and the technology makes it so much easier than before when everybody HAS to know code to build any websites.

      – Jeremy

  212. Erica November 17, 2013 at 5:43 PM #

    Hi Jeremy

    I am currently researching into the best website builder for my yoga studio business. Thank you for such a great informative review with the video. I love square space and wasn’t aware of them until I did a search on wix and weebly and came across your review. I am a small business starting up and while weebley is cheap their designs are very basic. I love the professionalism of square space and the flexibility.

    I wasn’t sure who to go with but now I do. The 8/month might be a little more then the other sites but after seeing your video I think it warrants the cost.

    Thanks again for an amazing professional review.

    • Jeremy & Connie November 17, 2013 at 6:59 PM #

      Hi Erica,

      Squarespace can work very well with your website if you are focused on showcasing high quality images and want a website with very clean lines.

      Weebly also works very well as they are a very simple drag and drop website builder yet have the ability for you to create high quality websites. Check out this site here that is built on Weebly and using one of DivTag Templates’ template (template name is Cumulus) – http://www.laurentober.com [Disclosure: we operate DivTag Templates]

      What I would suggest is to test out both website builders before making your decision. Weebly is free to use indefinitely but if you want more features and to use your own domain name, you will need to upgrade to their premium plans.

      Squarespace has a 14-day trial program, so you can use this time to test them out as well.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

    • ek December 4, 2013 at 12:49 PM #

      I must say ditto. I have spent countless hours researching websites. I never heard of squarespace until i read the weebly/wix review. As soon as i opened the site i went THAT’S IT. Ty for your insight.

  213. Andrei Potorac November 16, 2013 at 2:46 AM #

    Hello Jeremy,

    This is a great review, but although I read their press release, I still find it hard to believe they power 1.8 mil websites. A simple math brings them to an average of $345.600.000 every year!

    This puts them higher than Wix. Wix has only about 700.000 paying subscribers, from their SEC filling earlier this month.

    Even in worst case scenarios, where all the users would only pay for the smaller subscription, it still generates a healthy $172.800.000 per year. And this is minimum!

    Is this really possible?

    How big do you estimate the market size of the Website Building industry?

    • Jeremy & Connie November 16, 2013 at 3:12 AM #

      Hi Andrei,

      I got the 1.8 million websites figure from a press release by Squarespace. So I’m just taking this piece of statistic at face value. This could mean that they have helped create 1.8 million sites (inclusive of active sites and inactive ones), or this figure could be for only active sites!

      But I do agree with you that it sounds a bit on the high end, but their financials and business metrics are private and so I haven’t seen any other updated numbers.

      What I can share based on my observation is that Squarespace is actually growing pretty fast and in our view is one of the best drag and drop website builders currently available to those looking to build a website without knowing code. This is the focus of this article!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      – Jeremy

      • Andrei Potorac November 16, 2013 at 3:24 AM #

        Thanks Jeremy. The reason I’m asking is because we’re working on a tool adjacent to these services, who builds on top of them, called Blogvio.

        We’ve been prospecting the entire market of site and blog and content creators (for example guides, flyers, etc), and there are about 300 of them out there. The biggest ones are obviously WP, Tumblr, Blogger, Wix, Weebly, SquareSpace, Jimdo, Webs, Web, HomeStead. : )

        But none of them go that high when it comes about numbers. I would figure Squarespace have created all these websites from start, in 2004. So that would be the approximate number of $ they did so far. This means in about 9 years, it makes it more realistic. : )

  214. Ariel November 13, 2013 at 3:54 PM #

    I’ve been doing some looking around for websites. I really appreciate this detailed review. As far as creating a website dedicated to online food ordering, do you think Squarespace is a worthy candidate?

    • Jeremy & Connie November 14, 2013 at 3:13 PM #

      Hi Ariel,

      I think so, if your need for your online food ordering system doesn’t require a very sophisticated, customized engine to power it. If it does, then I think your best bet is to create a custom website by hiring a capable developer.

      But if you are just using a simple system such as your visitors submitting their orders via the contact form provided by a website builder (such as Squarespace), then I think Squarespace can do the job pretty well, especially that their templates really professional, and you can upload some beautiful, high quality images to promote your business!

      – Jeremy

  215. Steve and Sally Wharton November 5, 2013 at 7:37 PM #

    Great review Jeremy & Connie! Thanks for the in-depth analysis and presentation. With your excellent reviews in-hand, we have just decided to not use WordPress for our photography studio website. We’re down to deciding between SquareSpace and PhotoShelter.

    A question: With the apparently unresolved issue [http://goo.gl/cNVrK1] about SquareSpace site photos not showing up in Google Images search results (something about SS storing site photos on their servers which cannot be verified by Google as being owned by each individual website…), do you feel that the SEO-hit from this issue gives PhotoShelter the edge in terms of a better provider for our new site?

    Your thoughts on a comparison of PhotoShelter and SquareSpace in general would be appreciated. We do not have the resources (e.g., time!) to simultaneously develop our new website in both providers even though they both offer a free 14-day trial. Thanks!

    Steve & Sally Wharton | Seattle

    • Jeremy & Connie November 6, 2013 at 12:14 AM #

      Hi Steve & Sally,

      I’m assuming that since you are considering Photoshelter that you are conducting a photography business and that you are selling prints and managing clients?

      If so, it really comes down to what you want to get out of the website. If you are pitching clients to take on photography engagements with them, and sharing your end products with them and delivering prints, then Photoshelter is the way to go since they have the necessary and relevant tools for you to scale your business.

      But if you are just going to post some pictures on your website, without the need for more sophisticated photography business related tools that Photoshelter offers, then using Photoshelter would be a bit too much, and I’d recommend Squarespace for that.

      I think having your images picked up efficiently by Google is definitely important, but I think the bigger picture questions that I asked above should carry more weight (at least in my mind anyway). Just my two cents : )

      – Jeremy

  216. Chris November 4, 2013 at 10:00 PM #

    Such a helpful and non-biased review. Very much appreciated. I found your site while looking for reviews of Squarespace. I currently have a wordpress site and am so frustrated with trying to get it to look the way I want it – the developer of the package I chose said it was easy-squeezy – NOT! Paying for something once and being able to fumble your way through using it for multiple sites, none of which you can publish because you can’t get the dang things to look right is not such a hot bargain in the end.

    I thoroughly (I think) read/watched the info for Squarespace and still have a couple of questions –
    1. Can each content page on a Squarespace site function as a blog?
    2. Is it possible to host a forum on a website through Squarespace site?
    3. What are “Flares” and “Remarketing?” (I googled remarketing, but the explanations found are all greek to me. Thanks again for the assist, and the excellent info!

    • Jeremy & Connie November 5, 2013 at 3:27 PM #

      Hi Chris,

      WordPress is definitely more technical and has a higher learning curve than Squarespace.

      Here are my thoughts to your questions:

      1) I dont’ think so. I think you only have one dedicated blog page per site. If I’m wrong about this, someone let me know!

      2) Don’t think they have this function as I haven’t seen it. I also checked in their support pages but can’t seem to find anything on creating a forum within Squarespace.

      3) Not sure what are flares, but remarketing is basically showing you advertisements after you leave a website. Sometimes when you land on a site, then leave and all of a sudden you start to see ads from that site appearing on random sites that you subsequently visit, trying to draw you back to the website. So it’s a pretty neat marketing and branding tactic.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  217. Zarley Zalapski October 25, 2013 at 12:02 PM #

    Thank you for this review. I have used SS to build sites for a few friends and non-profits who are grateful to have a precesence on the web. I am curently evaluating whther SS is appropriate for a larger client. I originally had two concerns.

    The first concern had to do with multilingual sites. My searches seem to indicate that SS isn’t really ideal at this time for anyone looking to publish a multi-language site. You can embed Google Translate on a SS site, which is fine in some cases, but not always the best solution.

    My second concern has to do with SEO. I’m still on the fence about how well SS is designed for SEO. When I look at the code for any SS site, it is anything but clean HTML.

    Do you know any large, well known organizations (private, public, education etc.) that use SS?

    • Jeremy & Connie October 25, 2013 at 7:20 PM #

      Hi Zarley,

      Thanks for your questions.

      1) I think for most drag and drop web builders, creating a multi-language site will always be a challenge. What you can do is create a sub-domain for your site (such as spanish.example.com or something along that line) and connect it to your main website. The site with the subdomain, of course, will be in a different language. Just have a link on your main site to point people to the second site if they prefer to consume the content in another language.

      2) We haven’t seen any yet. This might be a great question for Squarespace. If you do find out, please do let us know! If I was to guess, I wouldn’t think that they have any large institutions using their builder, not because Squarespace can’t handle it, but because it’s very typical for larger institutions to hire contractors to create their sites. It’s just the way larger organization do things – contract out and not very D-I-Y when it comes to these things. Just my opinion!

      – Jeremy

  218. Tricia October 25, 2013 at 9:51 AM #

    Hello, I previously had a comment on this site and someone else asked me something but it got erased somehow. Either way I wanted to know your expertise opinion on which website would be best for a small business painting company that will be showing video examples of our work, slide shows and bringing people to the website. I would like to make it appealing, modern and easy to navigate for our clients. Thank you

    • Jeremy & Connie October 25, 2013 at 7:23 PM #

      Hey Tricia,

      I think Squarespace would be a really good candidate for this project. They’re easy to use, mobile friendly and have really gorgeous templates for you to choose form.

      Weebly or Wix can also get the job done. In our view, Weebly is probably the easiest drag and drop builder to use, but the downside is that they don’t have really good looking templates. Wix is also a solid candidate and they have better looking templates, but not as polished as Squarespace’s.

      All the web builders I mentioned will have the tools for you to showcase your work through images and slideshows.

      Here are our reviews for:

      Weebly – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/weebly-review/

      Wix – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/wix-review/

      Hope this helps

      – Jeremy

      • Tricia October 26, 2013 at 2:11 AM #

        Ok great ! Thank you so much

  219. Ollie October 23, 2013 at 5:34 PM #

    Are you sure that 1.8 million website figure is correct for Squarespace? It seems pretty high and I haven’t seen it referenced anywhere else.

    Although it’s two years old, this quora post (http://www.quora.com/Squarespace/How-many-users-does-Squarespace-have) puts their user base in only the tens of thousands.

  220. Sally October 21, 2013 at 1:51 PM #

    Hi, Jeremy —

    Thanks so much for all of your wonderfully helpful reviews!

    I am in the process of setting up my own small business site (for writing/editing), and have narrowed my site builder choices to Jimbo or Squarespace. I do intend to try both out for free before I commit, but I am hoping you could share a few insights that might ultimately make my decision a bit easier. I keep thinking I need a site with a lot of ecommerce possibilities, but really what I want is something that will allow people to pay for a limited number of services online and possibly to purchase a few digital products (such as e-books). I would also like to be able to incorporate a blog, social networking links, and possibly a newsletter. Since I am not sure how I will want my online presence to grow in the future, I am also looking for something that will give me plenty of options for expanding/incorporating new features down the road. I have big hopes and dreams. : )

    Based on the above, would you have any recommendations?

    Thanks again!

    Sally

    • Jeremy & Connie October 21, 2013 at 8:13 PM #

      Hi Sally,

      Thanks for your note. I think Squarespace might work better for you based on your description. They have a really set of e-commerce tools including the ability to sell Digital products (ebooks). You can also insert blogs, social buttons, and even integrate Mailchimp (which is a newsletter system).

      You can check out our review on their ecommerce tools here – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/squarespace-e-commerce-business-review/

      If you go to their support forum and search for “newsletter”, it will show you how to integrate Mailchimp into Squarespace.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

  221. Greg October 17, 2013 at 4:40 PM #

    Jeremy,

    One thing you did not address in your review (and I did not read through all of the comments to find it there) is the integration with an email marketing service, namely aWeber. I like my WordPress blog because of the ability to do email marketing through aWeber. I wonder if it works the same with SS.

    Also, you mentioned how great SS is with photo galleries, but what about videos? Is there a simple YouTube or Vimeo plug-in, like they have on WP? I haven’t been able to tell yet.

    Otherwise, thanks for the thorough review. I’m still undecided as to whether to switch from WP.

    • Jeremy & Connie October 18, 2013 at 9:37 AM #

      Hi Greg,

      Great questions. Here are my thoughts:

      * Yes you can do that. Aweber (or other email newsletter services) will provide you with some codes to insert into your website and so you can insert the snippet of code into Squarespace through their “Code Block”. Just drag and drop it to wherever you want on your site and insert the codes. That will work right after you publish your site.

      * As for videos, in addition to insert images into their “Gallery Block”, you can also insert videos as well. They give you a choice to do that. Another option is to add a “Video Block” which will work as well.

      If you are deciding between Squarespace and WordPress, have a read through our comparison review here – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/squarespace-vs-wordpress/

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy