Squarespace Templates – Professional, Polished & Thoughtful

Last updated on November 6, 2014
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We don’t have to try to convince you that Squarespace templates are some of the most professional looking designs amongst website builders.  You just have to look at a few of their templates and you will agree with our conclusion.

You can tell that they have dedicated and invested a lot of time into crafting the templates (to help you look good), the templates are also responsive – meaning that they will automatically adjust to the viewing device (desktop or mobile) give your visitors the best website experience.

So what else is impressive about Squarespace templates?  Here’s a list:

  1. Mobile preview
  2. Live examples
  3. Categorized for you
  4. Template user guides
  5. Video workshops

All the items above are designed to make your life easier when using Squarespace, especially when it comes to picking your template and learning how best to use it.

One thing to mention before getting started below, Squarespace is not only catered to the everyday average Joe/Jane, their customers also include some very well known companies as well!

1) Squarespace Templates – Mobile Preview (and Our Little Trick)

Since mobile is growing to be such an important part of website surfing experience, and that Squarespace templates are specifically designed and built to provide the best experiences, Squarespace has built in a Mobile Preview function to allow you to see exactly how their templates are viewed on a mobile device.

squarespace templates mobile

You can play around with their mobile view, and see for yourself how your visitors will experience the template.  You can access each mobile view for each Squarespace template here by clicking on the “Mobile View” button:

squarespace templates mobile view

Although the mobile viewing function from Squarespace is helpful, here’s what you might also be thinking – what about mobile phones or tablets that have different screen sizes?

This is where our little trick can help you get comfortable that no matter what size the desktop or mobile screens your visitors are using, that Squarespace templates will adjust accordingly to give your visitors a great experience:

As we mentioned in our full review of Squarespace, the fact that Squarespace templates are responsive is one of the bigger benefits of using them.

2) Squarespace Templates – Live Examples

A lot of website builders out there will give you a long list of templates to choose from. What they don’t do, is show you how other real users are using the templates to build their websites.

It is so natural for you to ask the question, “how are other people using this template?”

And you deserve to ask this question for a few good reasons:

  • Curiosity
  • To get comfortable that you are picking the right template
  • To get reassurance that Squarespace works
  • To get design inspirations from others

squarespace templates examples

So Squarespace thoughtfully placed a lot of example websites below each template to demonstrate how other users are using the template, not only so that you can see it working, but also to show that you can also create something similar.

Here is also a collection of Squarespace customer websites for you to check out – some of them are very well known companies as well!

3) Squarespace Templates – Categorized for You

One of the challenging aspects of website builders is selecting the best template for your website.  A website builder can provide you with polished, professional templates such as what Squarespace has done, but let’s face it, if you can’t pick the best, most suitable template for your website, it just won’t work out too well.

What Squarespace has done is categorize their templates into 5 categories so you can focus and narrow down your search (saving you time):

  1. Businesses
  2. Portfolios
  3. Stores
  4. Restaurants
  5. Personal

squarespace templates categories

We found this to be a nice touch as it’s always easier when the “pros” make a few recommendations.  You can narrow your final choice of Squarespace template from there.  Just remember that you can always change your template to another one later on if you need to.

This isn’t a mind-blowing feature, but a thoughtful one nevertheless.  Instead of going through all 20 Squarespace templates, you can save time by considering only the recommended ones.

4) Squarespace Templates – User Guides

Speaking of thoughtfulness, here’s another “over delivery” from Squarespace.  What they have done is create user guides to walk you through how to use some of their more popular templates.

The guides are created to help you navigate through customizing and using Squarespace templates, and includes topics such as:

  • Structure and style (site title, menu, sidebar, footer, social icons)
  • Gallery
  • Blog (features, excerpts)
  • Mobile display (navigation, design)
  • Special features (these are specific to each template)

squarespace templates user guides

Here are a few examples of these user guides:

Squarespace templates are powerful and elegant, so this guides are excellent to get you and your website started.

5) Squarespace Templates – Video Workshops

Squarespace also offers you free workshops to get you started with your website, and to also give you some inspirational ideas to consider.

There are a few video workshops that you might find helpful:

While these workshops will not build your website for you, they will get you started in the right direction, and hold your hand and walk you through the some of the basics.  We can only hope that they continue to produce even more video workshops in the future.

Squarespace Templates – Conclusion

Squarespace templates are not only professional and polished, they are presented to you with a lot of thoughtfulness to help you pick the best one for you, and to also get you started.

If it’s one thing that Squarespace does well that a lot of other website builders don’t, is that they make things easier for you, by categorizing their templates into different industries, creating desktop and mobile previews for each template, showcasing real / live examples of other users using each template, and providing you with template user guides and video workshops to get you started.

It’s the attention to details and user (you) experiences that really impresses us about Squarespace.  You can tell a lot about a website builder by their attention to details.

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Jeremy Wong
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About Jeremy Wong

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

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About Jeremy Wong

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

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16 Responses to Squarespace Templates – Professional, Polished & Thoughtful

  1. Warren May 22, 2014 at 12:02 AM #

    Hi Jeremy and Connie,

    I’m looking at starting a website that is image rich, but also features meaty articles. What template do you recommend?

    Some really caught my eye (I particularly like the templates that feature full bleed), but I got stuck trying to find a template which showcases amazing photos (via a gallery at the homepage), that when clicked on goes to a feature article.

    Any hints?

    • Jeremy Wong May 22, 2014 at 12:25 PM #

      i Warren,

      I don’t have any suggestions of which Squarespace template works well for you as it’s a very personal choice! But all templates are 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

    • Jason Barone July 14, 2014 at 12:05 AM #

      Hey Warren, I’ve been building Squarespace websites for a very long time. The amazing thing is that Squarespace’s “block” system is quite frankly amazing. The Gallery Block and Summary Block allow you to display photos in all kinds of ways. It’s almost like having 50 different templates WITHIN the overall template. With some basic customization you can create some pretty awesome layouts with these blocks…

  2. MJ Stamper March 7, 2014 at 11:02 AM #

    Getting ready to set up a website for my husband art (painting on palm fronds) and ecommerce store also. Looks like Squarespace will be the best bet from all your reviews, but I’m wondering: do any of them have the ability to make the store “inactive” for a period of time, like if we’re on vacation for a week or 2 and won’t be able to ship product? Thanks so much!

    • Jeremy & Connie March 7, 2014 at 7:32 PM #

      Hey MJ,

      What you can do is set your inventory levels to zero, then Squarespace won’t allow your visitor to add any products to the shopping cart. So this workaround will definitely work for you!

      – Jeremy

  3. Robp August 27, 2013 at 5:01 PM #

    Re – at least on Weebly I can upload my own images and don’t have to settle for what they use in the various templates.
    Surely Squarespace allow uploading your own images to use within their templates? This seems absolutely essential!
    Thanks also for your very thorough reviews.

    • Jeremy & Connie August 27, 2013 at 8:22 PM #

      Hi Robp,

      Yes you can. It would be pretty crazy if they forced you to use their images! :)

      – Jeremy

  4. chwilowki August 17, 2013 at 7:59 PM #

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  5. R. August 12, 2013 at 7:50 PM #

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    • Kelly August 14, 2013 at 5:25 PM #

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      • Jeremy & Connie August 14, 2013 at 6:09 PM #

        Hi Kelly – thanks so much for your kind words. Glad we can be helpful and please do share our resources with your friends! An easy way is to share them on your social network (there are buttons above for you to quickly and easily share this post) :)

        – Jeremy

    • Jeremy & Connie August 14, 2013 at 6:10 PM #

      Thanks R!

      Glad you found our articles helpful. Do share them with your friends if they are also considering building websites!

      – Jeremy

  6. Linda Smith July 30, 2013 at 6:38 AM #

    Weebly and others have the same drag and drop. I was going to try squarespace until I saw the templates. Not a big choice, and at least on Weebly I can upload my own images and don’t have to settle for what they use in the various templates.

    • Jeremy & Connie July 30, 2013 at 1:06 PM #

      Hey Linda – thanks for your thoughts. Squarespace doesn’t have as broad of a template selection as Weebly, but they’re definitely more polished (at least from our perspective) :)

      Another thing to consider is that Squarespace templates are responsive and so it caters more towards to the growing mobile crowd.

      One other option if you like to use Weebly, is that you can consider is checking our some premium Weebly templates from DivTag Templates (http://divtagtemplates.com/). [Disclosure – we operate DivTag Templates].

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts though, and adding to the discussion.

      – Jeremy

      • Matthew September 22, 2014 at 2:53 AM #

        Hi Jeremy,

        I like Squarespace’s default templates better than Weebly… but one thing I like is the ‘www.weebly.com homepage page transitions! The scrolling up/down is fantastic! (as well as the “three button” page navigation on the right side of the page.

        How do I achieve this in either Squarespace or Weebly?

        I provide real estate services, and will be building an informational website with a call to action to contact me.

        Matthew

        • Jeremy Wong September 22, 2014 at 10:24 AM #

          Hi Matthew,

          If you want to achieve that look you will really have to heavily customize your website in either Squarespace or Weebly. If you’re not very proficient with codes, you will have to hire a very capable developer to help you do that.

          I haven’t seen any templates that work out of the box that way. It looks like it’s going to be a very customized website.

          – Jeremy