SQUARESPACE

squarespace platform review

Squarespace is known for it’s gorgeous templates and incredible customer support, with a guaranteed one hour email turnaround, 24/7. Wowzer! But is it really worth the price?

Just head over to their homepage and you will be greeted with their amazing visuals and ease of a navigation.

Their styling options allow you to customize your site in a very detailed way, which can be overwhelming to the average person, but with a little work, these features are second to none.

Each template is created with modern browsers and mobile devices in mind, and all employ the latest HMTL, CSS, and Javascript techniques.

You are able to install multiple designs to a single website and work on them simultaneously. Each Squarespace template design supports all content types, including blogs, pages, galleries, commerce, calendars, and more.There are hundreds of customizable settings in the style editor, including fonts, colours, and page configurations, which allows you to achieve the look you want with just a few clicks.

Squarespace monitors your page views, visit counts, and visitor counts, including raw, unique, and robot hits. Website statistics are computed every few minutes for a real-time view of your numbers. Squarespace lets you know where your visitors are coming from, and what keywords are leading visitors to your website. This data will help you determine your top performing content, which will help you to create more streamlined content in the future.

If you are currently using Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, Posterous or Squarespace 5, you are able to easier import your blog to Squarespace, which is a feature not readily available on some other platforms. If you have a e-shop at BigCartel or Shopify, you are also able to use Squarespace’s importing tools. Exporting is available to WordPress only.

Pricing for a Squarespace personal website is $16USD/mo, or $12USD/mo when billed annually (free custom domain included with annual purchase), which includes unlimited pages, galleries, blogs, bandwidth and storage, plus 2 contributors. Pages are fully responsive for all devices with powerful Website metrics, an included SSL certificate, and 24/7 support.

Their business plan is $26USD/mo, or $18USD/mo when billed annually. This package is perfect for businesses of all sizes. It includes all of the features of the personal website, plus professional Google email, $100 Adwords credit, promotional pop-ups and announcement bar, fully integrated e-commerce with the ability to sell unlimited products (with a 3% transaction fee), mobile information bar, complete customization through CSS and Javascript, and premium blocks & integrations.

If you would like to use Squarespace for your online store, prices start at $30USD/mo, or $26USD/mo when billed annually, for the basic plan. This plan includes all of the features from the business plan, plus no transaction fees, mobile-optimized site & checkout, powerful commerce metrics, inventory, orders, tax, discounts, label printing via ShipStation, integrated accounting via Xero, checkout on your domain, and customer accounts.

Finally, their advanced online store plan comes in at $46USD/mo, or $40USD/mo when billed annually. It also includes all of the business plan features, plus super valuable tools like abandoned cart recovery, real time carrier shipping, automatic discounts, gift cards, and orders API.

Customer support is available via email for all tiers, with a one hour turn around being the typical response time. You can also check out the expansive Squarespace help centre, which offers workshops, videos, and detailed help guides.

If you are willing to pay a little bit out of pocket for a website that will look like you spent thousands, then Squarespace is definitely for you.

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