Squarespace Review 2014 – What’s with the Hype?

Last updated on July 24, 2014

Squarespace Review Highlights

  1. Visually pleasing, mobile responsive template designs – Helping you look good!
  2. 24/7 support – 1 hour email response times
  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.  The visual experiences are undeniably rich, causing us to believe that Squarespace is targeting a unique segment of users such as designers, boutique 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 Weebly or Wix.  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.

Squarespace is able to achieve an unprecedented level of control over the experience of creating and hosting a website. This end-to-end control allows Squarespace to deliver the best website creation tools on the web, which in turn enable the most sophisticated and modern customer websites in the industry. - Anthony Casalena, Squarespace CEO and Founder

REVIEW OUTLINE

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 the majority 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, making it difficult for you to format your website layout the way you want.  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.  We find that we have to preview our pages live, then go back into editing mode and make adjustments, then preview live again, only to find our adjustments not being reflected the way we want it to be. Patience is most definitely needed here.
  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.  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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SQUARESPACE IS IDEAL FOR….

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

Just about any user who want to create a website that’s imagery / gallery focused.  The templates available to you are very designer-like, and should make a great first impression for 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.

EASE OF USE

During our test, Squarespace is fairly easy to use most of the time, especially if you watch some of the Workshop tutorial videos, which are helpful in giving you a proper introduction into how to use it.

Squarespace is basically a drag and 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.

However, when we dug deeper in our tests, there were a few nuisances which we have highlighted in the “Pros and Cons” section above, mainly being:

1) Squarespace separates the editing screen and the live preview screen, making it challenging for you to format your website layout because what you see while in editing mode, is not necessary how things will appear in the live mode.

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2) Adding, and dragging and dropping Blocks in Squarespace were slightly buggy and not as smooth as other website builders.

Patience is definitely required at certain times

TEMPLATE DESIGN OPTIONS

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.

Squarespace currently has 11 portfolio templates, 9 blog templates and 8 business focused templates (a couple of business templates overlapped with blog templates).  It’s a classic case of high quality over quantity.

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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 polished templates. We really like and appreciated this piece of thoughtfulness.  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.

SUPPORT / TUTORIALS / COMMUNITY RESOURCES

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 a series of “Workshop” videos, which are just a webinar series that show you how to use their website building tools.  We found these immensely helpful in learning the basics of how to use Squarespace, instead of trying to figure everything out ourselves.  These Workshop videos are a good way to speed up your learning curve as to how to us Squarespace properly.

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.

SQUARESPACE E-COMMERCE ONLINE STORE

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.

Squarespace review e-commerce

SQUARESPACE SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

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 great website builders in the market, so it’s right on par.

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 provides you with a real-time analytics dashboard which helps you track hourly traffic, up to traffic data for the past 12 months.  Squarespace’s analytics also tell you information about who referred you to your website, the most popular content, etc.  Alternatively, you can also insert Google Analytics to start tracking your website visitor statistics as well.

Squarespace real-time analytics

We recommend using a combination of Google Analytics and Squarespace’s own tracking to maximize the usefulness of the information.

HOSTING AND EXPORT OPTIONS

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 doesn’t hold you hostage – that’s a nice touch.

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PRICING – IS IT WORTH THE INVESTMENT?

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 $10 if you are paying month-to-month)

2) Unlimited – $16 per month for an annual plan (or $20 if you are paying month-to-month)

3) Business – $24 per month for an annual plan (or $30 if you are paying month-to-month)

Squarespace review pricing

The pricing for the plans are 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.  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 TrialAll 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.]

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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We worked with various website builders extensively on live projects. We've discovered the pros & cons of each website builder through our own trial & error, and we want to share our experiences and recommendations with you. Choosing the right website builder depends on your individual needs. Our website provides comprehensive expert reviews on website builders, so you can pick the perfect website builder that fits your unique needs.

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288 Responses to Squarespace Review 2014 – What’s with the Hype?

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Ketim July 28, 2014 at 8:43 AM #

    I found this article very useful and informative. I am also checking the comparison chart. Thanks!

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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!!

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. Chef Kendra June 21, 2014 at 4:00 AM #

    Very clear and detailed review. Thanks.

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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!

  19. 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

  20. 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!

  21. 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

  22. 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!

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. John Schmidt April 24, 2014 at 5:12 PM #

    Thank you so much. Very thorough and appreciated. I watched the entire video.

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. 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

  46. 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

  47. 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

  48. 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

  49. 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

  50. 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

  51. 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

  52. 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

  53. Melissa Roberts February 17, 2014 at 2:17 PM #

    Very helpful review! Thanks.

  54. 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

  55. 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

  56. 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

  57. 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?

  58. 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

  59. 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

  60. 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.

  61. 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

  62. 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

  63. 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

  64. 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

  65. 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

  66. 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

  67. b ston January 21, 2014 at 9:41 AM #

    just discovered your site, amazingly helpful, thanks for all this info

  68. 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

  69. 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

  70. 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

  71. 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

  72. 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:

        http://help.squarespace.com/customer/portal/articles/413088
        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

  73. 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

  74. 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

  75. 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

  76. 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

  77. 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.

  78. 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

  79. 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

  80. 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

  81. 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

  82. 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

  83. 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 :)

  84. 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

  85. 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

  86. 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

  87. 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

  88. 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

  89. 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

  90. 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

  91. 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.

  92. 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. :)

  93. 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

  94. 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

  95. 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

  96. 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

  97. 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

  98. 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.

  99. 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

  100. 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

    • Craig October 20, 2013 at 5:10 AM #

      Yes very simple video plug ins from Youtube – you can add your own front end pic – which SS suggests this helps the link to Youtube load quicker to see the video – it is also neat that you can add more creative front end to the Youtube start so that if you have a blog and the Youtube automatic front end pic does not look cool or not match your design you can add what you like – I have used this on my start-up blog at square space.

      • Jeremy & Connie October 20, 2013 at 8:33 AM #

        Hey thanks Craig, for adding to this discussion.

        You’re right and that’s a really great point you brought up. It’s pretty awesome how Squarespace allows users to add their own custom thumbnail instead of the default YouTube one (for others reading this, Squarespace calls this “Image Overlay” in their Video Block)

        This way, users have more control over what exact image they want to display and it also does help improve load time marginally as the thumbnail you choose is cached in Squarespace’s system (versus having to reach out and “grab” the YouTube image).

        I think YouTube now allows you to upload specific images as well now. Nevertheless, it’s an added flexibility from Squarespace which is great.

        Thanks for pointing this our Craig.

        - Jeremy

  101. Sara October 6, 2013 at 1:49 PM #

    Hi there,

    Great review, almost sold on squarespace after loads of web hosting research.

    I am an artist intending to sell my work online. Would squarespace be good for me?
    does it offer the PayPal feature when you create a store?

    I haven’t uploaded my best art pieces anywhere yet as I’m on the hunt for the perfect web host. would you say squarespace is the best for showcasing and selling art?

    Thank you for the helpful review

    Sara

    • Jeremy & Connie October 6, 2013 at 4:38 PM #

      Hi Sara,

      Squarespace does have a pretty good set of e-commerce tools (our review here – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/squarespace-e-commerce-business-review/), but if you want to access those tools, you will have to sign up to their Business plans.

      With Business plan, Squarespace don’t have PayPal integration as they use Stripe as their primary transaction services provider.

      But what you can do, if you want to use PayPal to manage your sales, is to embed a PayPal payment button using the “Code Block”. This way, after you publish your site and you will have a payment button from PayPal. Further, you don’t have to upgrade to the Business plans to use this approach, so to save yourself a bit of money.

      Since Squarespace has really good looking templates, I think that using Squarespace to showcase and sell art pieces is a really good option. I”d suggest you sign up for their 14 day free trial and test it out for yourself, just so that you are comfortable with them before committing to a premium plan!

      Hope this helps!

      - 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.

  102. Ed October 6, 2013 at 11:34 AM #

    Hi……very good review. We have two business websites: one is a Yahoo Store where we sell our products, and the other is strictly a small, informational site for displaying our products to prospective distributors and/or retailers. Our current site on Weebly isn’t professional enough for us….kind of “backyard”.

    I’m looking for a better platform for the informational…….heavy on rich visuals. Our product labels are colorful. SS might fit the bill. One question, though.

    I would like a slideshow at the top of the home page. I find them to be appealing and impactful. Can this be done with SS?

    Thanks……

    • Jeremy & Connie October 6, 2013 at 5:14 PM #

      Hi Ed,

      I believe so. I think a lot of the templates that Squarespace offers provides you with slideshow gallery and I think I’ve seen some examples where they displayed header slideshows.

      But best to shoot Squarespace an email or use their live chat during their support hours to re-confirm this. Do let us know what you find out as we’re also curious.

      - Jeremy

  103. Susan September 25, 2013 at 5:25 AM #

    Hi, I’ve been attempting to figure out which will work best for a new business I’m launching, squarespace or shopify… they’re both pretty great, and there are features I really like about each of them.

    I just wanted to compliment you on this review. It’s been really helpful. : )

    The one thing I would say about squarespace is that I wish they would publish some of the # tags for css customization of each template, within the editing panel, for people who know a little css, and only want small tweaks made. Though, I have not tried contacting support about my tweaks – after reading this it seems like they would actually help me. (!)

    Anyway, thanks a lot for this. Really appreciate it.

    • Jeremy & Connie September 25, 2013 at 8:09 AM #

      Thanks Susan!

      I think there is actually a CSS Editor that you can test out. Go to their support page and type in “CSS Editor” and it will show you where to find it on your Squarespace editing dashboard.

      As for Shopify vs Squarespace, it is a difficult choice. I like Squarespace for all the reasons I listed above, but there are also a lot of good reasons to consider Shopify. I would say the biggest reason to test out Shopify is if you have a lot of different products to sell, to a point that you need a much more powerful e-commerce engine to help you manage your store.

      So if there is a potential of you building a “big” store and may potentially need add-on’s (Apps) to help you support your store, definitely consider Shopify. Here’s our detailed review – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/shopify-reviews/

      Thanks for sharing!

      - Jeremy

  104. Tracey September 25, 2013 at 12:23 AM #

    Good review! I set up my site with Squarespace about 9 months ago and due to various bugs with pictures and long blog posts with multiple pics have regularly thought about making the change to WordPress. However, not being an IT person and after investigating and realizing that WordPress also has its challenges and can be even more time consuming, I decided to stick with Squarespace. I also dearly hope SS iron out the bugs.

    I use the Five template. My site is still a work in progress (a weekend thing when I have time). But I like the fact that it has the side bars, however……. I have numerous pages/tabs (menu items) set up as blog pages. eg Travel, Gold Coast, Movies etc. My pet hate is that you cannot have different items on the side bars for different sections/pages. Whatever is on my Travel sidebar will appear on every pages side bar including my Movies page sidebar – that seems crazy to me.

    But, I have stuck with SS so far because they do offer support which is included in the yearly or monthly price and I don’t have to spend as much time on setting up and maintenance as I would on a WordPress site.

    If I was prepared and happy to spend time learning and forever tinkering and researching how to do things, I would rather set up a Word Press Site for the flexibility! However, for the person (like me) who just doesn’t have the time or inclination and wants support without having to hire someone each time, then Squarespace is very convenient and worthwhile indeed.

    • Jeremy & Connie September 25, 2013 at 7:53 AM #

      Thanks for sharing your experiences and opinions Tracey. I just had a look at your site and it looks really nice! Good job!

      Regarding the repeating sidebar, I suppose it automatically repeats so that it can save some users times from rebuilding the same sidebar for every single page, especially if a user wants to insert the same content such as search bar, contact info, etc on all the pages.

      Have you considered not using the sidebar option, but just manually building in your specific content for each page? It’s a bit manual, but may work? I wonder if Squarespace’s support team may offer any creative workaround as well.

      - Jeremy

  105. Ed September 14, 2013 at 9:12 PM #

    Jeremy, Great review about Squarespace. Loved the video also. I’m a novice website builder thinking about creating a website for the marketing of training videos and slide shows. It will be for virtual sales online only, no material products. The E-commerce features of Squarespace seems to provide much more functionality than I would ever need, but the other features of the site would seem to suit my needs. However I’m having a hard time finding a template with a search tool that would allow my customers to easily find exactly what they are looking for. Also, I haven’t read anything about any of the website builders providing membership options for premium access versus public access. Additionally, I have foreign markets to consider and was wondering if any of the website builders provide bi-lingual options, or am I forced to create duplicate web sites in two separate languages for the same content? Hope I haven’t asked too many questions. Thanks for your advice.

    • Jeremy & Connie September 15, 2013 at 8:58 AM #

      Hi Ed,

      Thanks for your comment. Squarespace does provide a search bar tool (they call it a “Search Block”). So your visitors can find information through it. Alternatively, you can also use Google Custom Search Bar which you can insert into your site through the “Code Block”. But try using Squarespace’s native search tool first and see if you like it.

      In general, the website builders will suggest that you duplicate your website content and connect them through sub-domain set up which is fairly common (for example – spanish.example.com). Google also has a translation widget that you can insert into your site through the Code Block. It allows you to translate everything on the page into another language. I’m guessing it’s the same translation engine that runs Google Translate. Not the ideal solution, but it is a solution.

      As for gated community membership sites, I haven’t seen anything done very well with website builders. There is a service provider called Sentry Login that works with Weebly. It just might work with Squarespace as well. But if you want a very sophisticated set up, I know WordPress can manage active membership sites, including helping you manage your membership billing cycles. Perhaps you can run your premium membership site on WordPress, while your main website on Squarespace.

      Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

      • Ed September 15, 2013 at 10:00 PM #

        Thanks Jeremy. That’s a big help. I’ll continue to search for a gated membership option using one of the web builders. As a startup operation, I don’t have time or money to do a lot of sophisticated web site development, so a web builder is my only option at the moment. I’ll see what I can do with the tools you mention. Thanks for the great web info.

  106. Gary Perkins September 13, 2013 at 12:38 PM #

    Hi Jeremy and Connie,
    as you might guess I’m searching for a suitable website for my imminent business launch. I’ve pretty much browsed all the best/common site-builder websites including 1&1, and Go Daddy. I have also read all your appraisals of the same sites.

    I’m going to ask your advice as you are the experts and I am a novice (but learning)

    My new business is in the field of word games and word/number games, all of which I have created and which I believe are different from the usual games we all see in newsagents, book shops etc… so I would call them original and they all have a common theme..a unique quality.

    Anyway…to get to my point in question, what site builder have you come across which would serve my business model best, as I’m assuming I will need a page per game or grid (per game type of which there are many, but I will concentrate on one or two for now)
    Initially I want to provide ‘freebies’ maybe on a daily basis which I can forecast will accrue rapidly or rather munch through pages pretty fast! I will also be looking to get a printed booklet created containing various games which will be for sale through the site (and elsewhere)

    I don’t mind paying for the service but are on a budget (naturally) but want a site builder to provide the website building, hosting, business email, mobile device adaptor – pretty much what a middling service is, provided by many sites.

    For example, game type 1 – each game or grid with a little text will be 20 cm across and 13 cm down (this is the standard game and I have a lot of variations of the same game – different sized/shaped grids) then allowing for space around the grid to present it properly.

    I hope this makes sense ;0) and if you require any more information before possibly advising, please contact me at the above email address or [email removed]

    Many thanks for all your work in providing people like me with great advice and a balanced perspective/overview.

    Kind regards

    Gary

    • Jeremy & Connie September 13, 2013 at 12:56 PM #

      Hi Gary,

      Thanks for your feedback and questions. I think what you need is most likely a custom solution that WYSIWYG website builders won’t be able to cater to. I’m not entirely clear on your business model but assuming that part of your games that are embedded on your site will be free, part will be paid, it sounds to me you will have to hire a developer to build a custom website for you, in order to tailor your site to how you want to present your business.

      One of the weaknesses (and strengths – depending on how you look at things) of WYSIWYG web builders is that they are simple, and straight forward to use. The drawback of providing such simplicity is that there isn’t a whole lot of flexibility to bolt on very complicated programs such as how you want to run your business.

      I’d suggest that you sound out some professional developers to see if see what they say. Most “good” developers will be able to communicate the hurdles and potential costs of coding up such a website.

      - Jeremy

  107. Antara September 12, 2013 at 6:19 PM #

    Hi,
    Great review. I love the themes—but– I am wondering if any of them are appropriate for long text, like short stories and journal entries, without resorting to blogs? I want a site to publish not only my photos and artwork, but also writings.

    • Jeremy & Connie September 12, 2013 at 7:12 PM #

      Hi Antara – absolutely. You can check out a category of themes they call “Personal”. I saw some examples that has the potential of displaying longer text / pages. I think the theme called “Five” has some good potential for this!

      - Jeremy

  108. Robson Desa September 11, 2013 at 10:32 AM #

    Dear Jeremy

    Greetings… first I would like to thank you for all of the reviews posted. Second, planning to put my small home base t-shirt (plastisol heat transfer, screen printing and vinyl cad cut) business online, I was wondering: Which way could be quicker and easier to achieve it? I’m a sign and t-shirt designer but not web programmer. My main focus will be on the daily business (advertise, sell, produce and ship the t-s) attributes not the technically issues and security to manage a website. Initially I plan to have 100 to 300 products (3 pictures each).
    I’m checking into SquareSpace e-commerce, Shopify and BigCommerce. I did read all of your 3 reviews. My inclination (newbie) is for SquareSapace. Do you think will it be good start or should I better be off with BigCommerce?
    Thank you in advance for take the time to answer this question.

    Robson
    o have a small

    • Jeremy & Connie September 11, 2013 at 10:13 PM #

      Hi Robson,

      Thanks for your email. If you are planning on having 100 – 300 products with 3 products each, I wouldn’t suggest Squarespace. As much as I like their e-commerce features, I just don’t think they are ideal for you if you plan to have this many products.

      I would actually suggest Shopify or Bigcommerce. Both are great platforms to build your online store and it really comes down to which one you like better. You can see our Shopify vs Bigcommerce article here – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/bigcommerce-vs-shopify/ – and at the end of the day, you can sign up for both to test them out. But I layout my thoughts on each one of them in the article. Hope you find it helpful!

      - Jeremy

  109. Jeremy September 9, 2013 at 1:42 PM #

    Hello Jeremy (from another Jeremy!)

    Thanks for the awesome reviews on multiple web hosting sites. Your info is unparalleled to anything else I’ve seen regarding this topic. I’m very close to switching to SquareSpace from Webs. (Webs was terrible with loading all of my items when others visited my site.) My only concern in switching is the problem with the live mode. While the live mode differs from editing mode, is it still possible to create a great looking site? I’m nervous that I may not be able to get my site looking exactly how I want it to. Thanks in advance!

    • Jeremy & Connie September 9, 2013 at 2:14 PM #

      Hey Jeremy – thanks!

      Great question. The main reason the “live” mode looks different from the “editing” mode is that their themes are fully responsive – this ensures that no matter what screen sizes you and your visitors are looking at (desktop monitors, mobile devices), your website will be “optimized” so your visitors can consume your website content better.

      So in a way, it doesn’t really matter if the layout looks a bit different in your editing vs live modes, you can be fairly confident that it will look really good with Squarespace’s responsive designs.

      I think the best way is to sign up for a trial account (14 days) and quickly build a few pages, and see if you like the results. If you do, then you can invest a bit more time to build out the site, and change your domain name over (point it over to Squarespace).

      Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

  110. Sarah September 9, 2013 at 5:43 AM #

    I currently use WordPress and my site has a separate hosting service. It’s a nightmare to log in to the host then to log in again with wordpress. Then editing in wordpress is very time consuming. If this is faster and I can sell my product online then I think I’ll give it a go. I had someone recommend it to me but your review addressed 95% of my reservations. I spent too much time editing and not enough time working on my product so I hope this will put time on my side!

    It would be nice to focus on what I want to do instead of constantly messing with code and hitting refresh.

    • Jeremy & Connie September 9, 2013 at 8:09 AM #

      Hey Sarah,

      Glad our review answered most of your questions. It is frustrating when one is spending too much time figuring out technology instead of “working”!

      Squarespace does have really good ecommerce functions. If you haven’t seen our review of it, here it is – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/squarespace-e-commerce-business-review/

      Hope it helps!

      - Jeremy

  111. Jon September 6, 2013 at 2:26 PM #

    I spent several days researching different options concerning a website. I initially liked the integration with MailChimp, Facebook, ect., and I now have no regrets choosing them, customer support is like none I have ever experienced! They are true to their word about a timely response and in the end, you have a clean, crisp, professional looking site. While the site takes time to learn and navigate, it is simple and an excellent choice for those on a budget.

    I would recommend Squarespace without hesitation.

    Thanks,

    Jon

    • Jeremy & Connie September 6, 2013 at 2:31 PM #

      Hey Jon – thanks for sharing your experiences with Squarespace. They are really exceptional when it comes to 24/7 support!

      I just saw your site as well – looks pretty awesome! Thanks again for sharing!

      - Jeremy

  112. Sophorn Chhay August 28, 2013 at 9:41 AM #

    Jeremy, this is probably the best review that I’ve read on Squarespace. You are currently ranked #1 for Squarespace Review. Congratulations! Many people are going to find your review very helpful. Anyhow, small businesses with out the technical expertise will find services like squarespace.com, wix.com, and webestore.com very useful as a starting point.

  113. olee22 August 28, 2013 at 1:39 AM #

    I have been using Squarespace 6 since Jan 2013. My experience is mixed. The overall design, and customer friendliness and all that you mention in your review is there.
    I have a simple website, with a few pages only at the moment, and have trouble to scale up.
    However, the whole interface is sluggish (I have recent Core i7 machine with 12GB of Ram, with 16 Mbit/s internet), and buggy. Even basic things like entering text is a pain, it gets misplaced, paragraphs are jungled up when I hit enter, and I have to constantly verify how it will look. Sometimes the whole page gets corrupted, just by typing text into a simple blog article without photos, and I have to delete it, and recreate from scratch.
    Positioning photos in a page is even harder, all new photos in my blog articles are added to the bottom, and if I want to put it higher, or float around text, it’s a tiresome trial-and-error placing the image gradually up.
    See the comments and details in this blog: ‘http://stylefactoryproductions.com/blog/2013/1/27/squarespace-6-review#.Uh2xnBt9uig

    Now I’m looking for an alternative.

    • Jeremy & Connie August 30, 2013 at 8:26 AM #

      Hey there,

      Thanks for your detailed feedback. I think I’ve also experienced some minor bugginess as well – I went over this in the “Cons about Squarespace” section towards the top. However, the issue is very minor and not as extensive as yours. Did you try reaching out to their support to see what they say?

      Sometimes on shared hosting where platforms have to support tens of thousands of websites (sometimes millions!), it gets tricky when ensuring everything works well. It is, however, their job to do so and so I can totally understand it gets frustrating.

      I suppose everybody’s experiences are different, and I want to thank you for sharing your experiences with all of us! I really like your in-depth analysis of Squarespace as well – thanks so much for sharing!

      - Jeremy

  114. Robert I August 27, 2013 at 11:56 AM #

    Hello, I just wanted to add my thanks for your review – very helpful. I also wanted to say how impressed I was with the attention you give to your viewers, I found the conversation trail to be very helpful as well!.

    Thanks, R

    • Jeremy & Connie August 27, 2013 at 2:17 PM #

      Thanks Robert! Do click on one of the social buttons on the floating bar on left side of the article to share this article with others! :)

      - Jeremy

  115. Tom August 25, 2013 at 8:54 PM #

    Now only if there was something similar to squarespace for creating iOS mobile applications. Any recommendations?

    • Jeremy & Connie August 25, 2013 at 10:22 PM #

      Hi Tom – interesting question and I don’t know of any. If any one knows of one, please do share!

      - Jeremy

  116. jim jones August 24, 2013 at 12:02 PM #

    Thanks for the assessment of Squarespace. Just what I was looking for. My websites (to be) are reflectionsby jim.com, which will be a platform to promote my writing and photography, mostly about the outdoors and travel. I need to be able to include samples of my magazine newspaper articles as well as galleries.

    The other website, essenceofU.com is for my portraiture work.

    Jim Jones

  117. Ted August 3, 2013 at 6:14 PM #

    Hi,
    Great review. One thing missing though is mention of Remarketing TAGS. Can’t do them with SquareSpace. I just switched from Weebly to SS and this is a dealbreaker for me. The switch was wasted. I’ve got to be able to paste the remarketing code in the body, and SS only allows it in the header or footer. They also have “code blocks” that you can put anywhere, but you’re pasting them blindly, and the remarketing tags can’t be between any other tags ie. div tags etc. So my tags keep having errors because I can’t get them placed in the right spot. Bottom line is I’m going to have to switch to WP.
    Something to consider if you plan on doing Remarketing Campaigns

    • Jeremy & Connie August 3, 2013 at 6:36 PM #

      Hey Ted – thanks for sharing your experience – very interesting. Something other users should definitely consider if they’re interested in doing remarketing!

      Thanks for adding to this discussion.

      - Jeremy

  118. Bart July 31, 2013 at 7:14 PM #

    Thanks for the great review. Before I make the plunge, do you see SS as a good source for sharing .audio and video clips. My sight will be a portfolio for my music and short films.

    Thanks!

    Bart

    • Jeremy & Connie July 31, 2013 at 9:40 PM #

      Hey Bart,

      Squarespace allows you to embed video blocks (YouTube and Vimeo) as well as audio blocks on your website. So you’ll definitely be able to share your videos and audios with your visitors.

      One of the things you can do is just sign up for a free trial and test things out to see if you like it or not. The best way is to just dive in and investing a few hours so you can see for yourself.

      Hope this helps.

      - Jeremy

  119. Alex July 29, 2013 at 4:44 AM #

    Thank you so much! I have been waffling for a while over whether to move from Blogger to my own domain, and Squarespace has been the most attractive option for the past few weeks. I really appreciate your thorough and thoughtful review; it’s convinced me to take the plunge and move my blogs there! :)

    • Jeremy & Connie July 29, 2013 at 11:48 AM #

      No problem Alex – glad we can be helpful. Congrats on moving over to Squarespace! I think it will really make a huge difference to how your site looks :)

      - Jeremy

  120. Dee July 27, 2013 at 12:09 AM #

    I wish I found you a few days ago! Your review was one of the best I have seen.You should review everything. It was fast and so much info about Squarespace. I made up my mind very fast. I will sign up to your site also! I am new at this and need all the help I can get.I would never had signed up with WordPress.They would not talk to me. If I paid $9. No way! No chat only email and it took a long time to get back to me.I also had to pay for my domain name. That is not a free trial. I could not sign up or in for hours.They sell their web site as easy. No way! You helped this old lady and made my day and night! Thank you Jeremy & Connie!

    • Jeremy & Connie July 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM #

      Thanks Dee! Glad you found our review helpful. WordPress is a much more complex builder to use, so they’re not great for everybody. But they do have their benefits if one has the time and resources to get to learn it.

      In any case, glad you found our review helpful :)

      - Jeremy

  121. Desiree July 24, 2013 at 2:08 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I love this review! I’m going through the process of choosing which website host to use. I’ve been debating on a few different ones. How would you compare SquareSpace and Creative Motion Design (if you’ve heard or tried them out)?

    I’m a photographer looking for design quality, password protected galleries, space and basically more bang for my buck.

    Thanks,
    Desiree

    • Jeremy & Connie July 25, 2013 at 9:50 AM #

      Hi Desiree,

      Thanks! I haven’t seen Creative Motion Designs before, but looks like they are a web builder that’s targeting photographers. Based on my quick peek of the site, you may want to consider whether you are selling images or not. It looks like CMD has e-commerce features that’s built specifically for Photographers. This is not to say that Squarespace doesn’t have good e-commerce tools b/c they do (our review here – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/squarespace-e-commerce-business-review/) and you can still be successful using Squarespace e-commerce.

      One thing that I’m still a bit confused about CMD is that in their pricing page, they sell templates for $150 (1-time fee), hosting for $100/year and custom designs. I’m not entirely sure what the template comes with and if their platform updates, will they be updating the template you purchased to remain compatible or not.

      For Squarespace, you can be pretty comfortable that all of their responsive templates will be updated together with the builder. This is not to say CMD won’t, but it’s something to consider.

      Lastly, Squarespace has a very strong reputation and credibility in the web builder market. So if you’re on the fence, go with the one that has a bigger presence and reputation.

      Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

  122. Nik Cannon July 23, 2013 at 7:18 AM #

    Hi, like many I’ve been pouring over the articles swaying one way then the other as to which website builder to go for!
    I have a few questions, I’m a graphic designer/ illustrator but didn’t get the web design bug that many did, I tried but just got turned off by coding etc…!
    I’m looking to start my own site, with a view to selling posters and t-shirts, I like the thought of a simple website builder that looks good, but is easy to maintain, as I obviously want to spend time generating product!
    Which platform offers the best in terms of looks, and ability to incorporate selling, functionality etc.. Squarespace, Weebly etc.. and how difficult is WordPress to learn if I went down that route?
    Thanks,
    Nik

    • Jeremy & Connie July 23, 2013 at 10:58 AM #

      Hi Nik,

      If you’re afraid of codes – You’ve come to the right place! :) Your approach of leveraging off technology so you can focus on other aspects of your business is the right approach. There are way too many things to worry about and codes is one of the last things you want on your plate! We can totally relate on our side.

      If you want to build an e-commerce site that looks good, Squarespace has really good e-commerce tools that are often over-shadowed by their good looking themes (so people underestimate their e-commerce tools). Here is a review that we did on their tools – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/squarespace-e-commerce-business-review/

      Also check out Shopify (http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/shopify-reviews/). They have awesome themes as well, and they are a pure e-commerce site builder. One of the best parts is the apps market. If you need any more tools to extend the functionality of your online store, they have a lot and they’re helpful for you to leverage off down the road when your business gets larger.

      Weebly’s e-commerce tools are known to be a bit weak. It has been a well known weakness for a while now, so hopefully they’ll come up with some new and improved tools soon.

      As for WP, it’s powerful, flexible, but has a very steep learning curve. Here is an article that we wrote which you may find helpful – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/squarespace-vs-wordpress/

      Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

  123. TN July 14, 2013 at 6:14 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks as always for a great insight. I am just starting up my own website now and have found your feedback invaluable.

    I just have a query though which I was hoping you would be able to help me with? I am deciding between Wix and Squarespace as my website builder, and both of these offer a free domain name on sign up. If I do this and then decide to switch from their hosting after the year, can they do anything to prevent me from using that domain name on another host? i.e.. Is it best to buy the domain name outright and just connect it to the host?

    Many thanks again,

    TN

    • Jeremy & Connie July 15, 2013 at 12:07 PM #

      Hey TN,

      That’s a great question! In general, if you pay for a domain name, you keep it as it is yours and you can transfer it out of a registrar into another if you want to. However, if it is given to you as a “gift” such as what Squarespace and Wix offers, that may work differently.

      To be honest we don’t have any experience with this specific scenario, so the best way forward is to clarify it up front with Squarespace and Wix. Do share your findings with us though, as this will be helpful for all the readers as well!

      Thanks in advance,

      - Jeremy

      • TN July 18, 2013 at 2:14 AM #

        Hi Jeremy,

        Thanks so much for your response, I had a look around Wix and thought I would share what I have found.

        The following is taken from the Wix website:
        “Currently a domain can only be transferred from Wix to another domain host. You will not be able to transfer a non-Wix domain that you already own to Wix.

        Please note that you will only be able to transfer your domain 60 days after you purchase it from Wix. In accordance with ICANN rules, there is a mandatory 60-day waiting period between registering your domain and transferring it.”

        So I think I’ll receive the free domain name, stick it out for the year and re-evaluate where I want to go from there (ie. transfer or stay), but at least I would have one year free domain. I think that is best?

        Would love to hear if anyone has had this scenario as well!

        • Jeremy & Connie July 18, 2013 at 11:43 AM #

          Hi TN,

          Thanks for sharing your findings! I think that makes a lot of sense. When we use GoDaddy as our domain name register, it’s true that we can’t transfer the domain name within 60 days. But at least if you can transfer the domain name out of Wix to somewhere else, it’s an added flexibility, which I wouldn’t know why they should restrict you anyway.

          In any case, thanks so much for adding to this discussion. Much appreciated!

          - Jeremy

  124. Mike June 27, 2013 at 8:24 AM #

    Looks like a great tool, and you gave a great review. One concern is there seems to be no self-hosting option. So you’re always on a shared server with no guarantee of up-time or performance, etc. What happens if your site grows beyond their capabilities or expectations?

    It would be great if like WordPress you could use their software with the host of your choice. Maybe that makes it too difficult to manage their own billing.

    • Jeremy & Connie June 27, 2013 at 1:36 PM #

      Hey Mike,

      Thanks for adding to this discussion and you brought up some very valid points. One of the downsides of using a hosted website builder is that if your site gets big, or “outgrows” the capabilities of the website builder, you might have to find another solution – but of course, this is a great problem to have as it suggests that you’re growing!

      Most of the reputable website builders (such as Squarespace) has solid up-time and decent speed so I don’t think that’s a huge issue to be concerned about.

      Hosting your own site (such as using WordPress) is probably a better solution, but there are pitfalls with it too if you don’t have time, financial resources or the technical know-how. I went over some of these issues in this article here – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/squarespace-vs-wordpress/

      Thanks for leaving a comment!

      - Jeremy

  125. Ken Richman June 27, 2013 at 3:01 AM #

    Thanks for the review. I’m a WordPress developer but always interested in other platforms. I think Squarespace will suit some people but is not the answer for everyone, by any means. Nevertheless I will certainly try it for some projects.

    It looks shiny and gives Wix a run for its money; I don’t see it denting WordPress seriously. Maybe WordPress.com but not those who take the trouble to look into self-hosted. (wordpress.org)

  126. Frank June 23, 2013 at 6:30 AM #

    J & C thanks for the review and I thought it very comprehensive. I am still to decide what platform to use for my new website (my first) and Squarespace seems to be the leader so far (WIX was my other preference – but for a newbie???) I am also intrigued by the soon to be released 10 minute pages so i may hold off for a few days. Interested in your views on 10 min pages when it’s released.

    • Jeremy & Connie June 23, 2013 at 6:56 AM #

      Hey Frank – I think both Squarespace and Wix are just fine for newbies. They have good supporting material (Wix has a good support center with videos and Squarespace has live chat and also 24/7 email support). So you should be in good hands.

      As for the website builder you are referring to, we haven’t heard about them but are happy to check them out when we get a chance.

      - Jeremy

  127. sq June 20, 2013 at 9:41 PM #

    You’re very thorough in your review, it’s good.

  128. Howard Steele June 18, 2013 at 4:29 AM #

    Great platform, I think it’s the perfect candidate for those who’re striving to create a ‘wow-effect’ website :) – musicians, artists, designers.. and those who are ready to invest in their web presence.

    The only ‘drawback’ is that there’s no completely free plans on Squarespace.

  129. JC June 15, 2013 at 2:07 PM #

    Excellent review w/substantive comparisons and detail.

  130. Sheila May 28, 2013 at 1:15 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I have read a lot of your articles now on the different website builders and I have narrowed it down to Weebly or Squarespace. I want to start a Blog and eventually make money with affiliate marketing so SEO and analytics are important to me. I am new to building websites, but I have worked for a retail company in the ecommerce department so I have a very basic understanding of a lot of the components. Simplicity is very important right now while I am still learning, but I also need to consider what builder will give me flexibility to grow or make my transition to another platform easy. Hopefully you are already working on a Weebly vs. Squarespace article. :0)

    Thank you for sharing all of your knowledge and insights! They are greatly appreciated!

    Sheila

    • Frank June 8, 2014 at 4:47 PM #

      Hi Sheila

      My situation is practically identical to yours. I’m intending to start blogging with a view to expanding, making some money in time. After much reading I have narrowed down to two, Squarespace and Weebly. I would have liked to see the Squarespace v Weebly article.

      Have you chosen?

      Frank

      • Jeremy Wong June 9, 2014 at 4:34 AM #

        Hey Frank,

        We don’t have an article addressing both Weebly and Squarespace, but you can check out this comparison chart which will give you some quick highlights addressing the differences. Make sure you also read the footnotes to get the most out of the chart!

        - Jeremy

  131. Doug May 22, 2013 at 1:56 PM #

    Thanks for the review. It is very helpful and I learned a lot from it.

    I’ve never built a website. Do you have any recommendations for books or sites to learn general content principles. We just want to create a family website, with information about our local area,

    Thanks again for putting all the time into the analysis and review.

    • Jeremy & Connie May 22, 2013 at 3:18 PM #

      Hey Doug,

      We haven’t seen any books that teach how to have great website layouts, but what can help is if you start studying how others are constructing their websites. Maybe go to Squarespace’s website and see if they have any real examples, and just start observing them. What you like, what you don’t like, and use those inspirations to create your site.

      Most people will take a few tries in designing websites. So using website builders such as Squarespace allows you to do this fairly quickly (you don’t need to hire a professional designer to help you) – just drag and drop!

      - Jeremy

  132. JC May 8, 2013 at 2:21 PM #

    Question: Can you export an entire Weebly site into Squarespace without losing the slide shows, photos and blog and continue our normal editing?

    In other words, is Weebly editing (we have the Pro) compatible if we were to switch to Squarespace?

    Our domain is hosted elsewhere and email pointed to Weebly. While it’s a great program, we may outgrow it very quickly as we’re already beginning to see.

    We would prefer to have the ability to download/archive our site as with Weebly, but without losing the slide shows, photos, blog, etc.

    And while we can check it out, just wanted to throw this question out there.\

    Since we have an e-commerce as well as relevant content site, there’s obviously lots of information to relocate if we change. That said, better to do it now vs later when the site grows even more.

    Thanks and we look forward to your reply soon.

    • Jeremy & Connie May 9, 2013 at 9:21 AM #

      JC – While you can export your website on Weebly, I don’t think there is a way to import the site into Squarespace (best to check with their support team to confirm this of course). The core issue is compatibility. Weebly and SS both have their own unique website building technologies, and they are most like not compatible (e.g. the slideshow for Weebly works differently from SS).

      The last time I checked, I didn’t see a function to import external sites / data. Again, best to check with SS’s support team. If there is a way to import a site, do let us know!

      - Jeremy

      [UPDATE - Squarespace can now import content from WordPress, Tumblr, Blogger and Posterous. Just go to Squarespace's help page and type in "Import" in the search field and you will see how!]

  133. tim hollings May 7, 2013 at 6:15 AM #

    Hi guys, nice review. Unfortunately I had already chosen Squarespace before reading it. Have been live with the new site 3 weeks and already in page one Google searches for my keywords.

    Squrespace do indeed answer queries within the hour, I have asked two questions of them and they replied and followed up on both occasions.

    The websites look very polished and easy to use and create and make my old Wix site look very poor by comparison.

    Thanks again for the review. Tim.

    • Jeremy & Connie May 7, 2013 at 9:06 AM #

      Hi Time – thanks for your feedback and sharing some of your experiences. Customer service is one of the things that Squarespace do excel in (especially the turnaround time).

      Also interesting to hear that you’re ranking very well in Google with with Squarespace :)

      - Jeremy

    • adacorn September 10, 2013 at 3:37 PM #

      Hello,
      Are you still happy with Squarespace?

      Thank you

  134. Des April 23, 2013 at 7:46 AM #

    Hi Jeremy & Connie

    Thanks for your in-depth reviews. However, with each of them there’s no mention about creating multiple sites. And I couldn’t find on the various sites about the ability to create multiple sites.

    Which of the website builders supports this aspect? Or are they only allowing single sites to be created?

    All the best

    Des

    • Jeremy & Connie April 23, 2013 at 4:06 PM #

      Hey Des – Thanks for pointing that out. Weebly, Wix and Webs support multiple sites.

      Hope that helps!

      - Jeremy

  135. Debbie April 10, 2013 at 6:30 AM #

    Thanks so much for all the information you have provided. I am very new to site building and having recently started a new business with almost zero budget, I am leaning toward SquareSpace. Do I need to purchase my domain and email addresses elsewhere – sorry if that sounds dumb, but it really is all very new to me.

    Thanks

    Dx

    • Jeremy & Connie April 10, 2013 at 7:47 AM #

      Hi Debbie,

      You can purchase a custom domain name from registrars such as GoDaddy or NameCheap. But I believe if you sign up for an 1-year or 2-year plan, Squarespace gives you a custom domain name to keep.

      As for custom email addresses, you can get one fairly quickly with Google Apps. Here is a link to Squarespace’s help page for more details – http://help.squarespace.com/customer/portal/articles/1023587-how-do-i-get-a-custom-email-address-

      You can always reach out to their support team if you run into any installation questions!

      Jeremy

  136. Darlene April 3, 2013 at 2:16 PM #

    This is great Jeremy!! Awesome. I trying to decide between Squarespace and WordPress.

    • Jeremy & Connie April 3, 2013 at 9:14 PM #

      Hey Darlene, thanks for leaving a comment.

      I think Squarespace vs WordPress is definitely a good “battle”. Both are great website builders, but I think one key thing to consider is how “hands-on” you want to be with regards to your website building process.

      With WordPress, you will have to roll up your sleeves and deal with setting up of hosting, purchasing and installing of templates, etc. WordPress is super flexible if you don’t mind learning how to use it properly, but that’s IF you want to spend that time to climb the learning curve.

      With Squarespace, everything they offer is integrated (such as hosting, themes, website building tools), so you don’t have to spend time fixing bugs yourself if they arise (and believe me, they will always come up if you decide to build a website yourself using CMS such as WordPress).

      Another major issue to consider is availability of support. Currently, Squarespace commits to respond to all questions within an hour. That’s a pretty impressive promise. With WordPress – you’re pretty much on your own. If you run into issues or want to get some advice, you’ll most likely have to hire a developer of some sort to fix things (if you don’t do it yourself that is).

      So I think the pros with going with WordPress is that it is very flexible and you can almost do anything you want (if you are willing to learn, or have the money to hire developers). The negative side is that you won’t get a whole lot of support along the way (unless you hire that is).

  137. Dan A. March 26, 2013 at 11:22 AM #

    Jeremy, This is a spectacular review: detailed, not biased, professional, competent. I have built sites in the past and you expertise has really influenced my decisions.

    BTW, I’m leaning toward SquareSpace.

    Thanks again.

    Dan

    • Jeremy & Connie March 26, 2013 at 5:07 PM #

      Thanks Dan – glad you found it useful.

      1) You should also take a look at our review of Squarespace’s e-commerce functions in this article here (if you haven’t yet) – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/squarespace-e-commerce-business-review/

      2) Share this review article with others who might find it helpful by clicking on the social sharing icons above! :)

      Best,

      Jeremy

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