What is Squarespace?
And why are creative entrepreneurs choosing it?
Squarespace is one of the most widely used website platforms today. (Examples of other website platforms include: Wordpress, Wix, Joomla, Shopify, etc). Squarespace is the simplest and most elegant option I know for modern websites. As a company, Squarespace has been compared to Apple because they have created an elegant solution within a messy industry.
Why are tons of professionals in the design industry turning to Squarespace over other platforms?
Here are a few reasons
- Squarespace websites have a particularly clean aesthetic, which allows photos of a designer's work to stand out.
- Simple edits (such as adding to a portfolio) are easy to make without relying on a web designer.
- Squarespace websites look particularly elegant on a mobile phone compared to other platforms.
- Squarespace website security and backups are professionally managed by Squarespace so that we can focus on the content. Free platforms such as Wordpress do not have this service.
- Squarespace websites are SEO (search engine optimization) robust so that your website can be found on Google.
Summary of benefits
1. VERY CLIENT FRIENDLY
2. COST EFFECTIVE PRICING
3. INTEGRATED BLOG PLATFORM
4. INTEGRATED E-COMMERCE FUNCTIONALITY
5. MAILCHIMP INTEGRATION
6. RELIABLE CLOUD BASED INFRASTRUCTURE
7. 24/7 CUSTOMER SUPPORT WITH REAL PEOPLE BASED IN NEW YORK, PORTLAND, AND DUBLIN
8. ACCESS TO FULL WEBSITE TRAFFIC METRICS
9. MOBILE APP FOR THE CLIENT
How much does Squarespace cost?
First, you should understand what you are paying for. Your website is literally a collection of files, organized by an operating system. You are paying Squarespace to host your files on their servers (literally warehouses of hard-drives around the world with teams of maintenance staff responsible for backups, optimization, etc) and maintain and update the operating system. Regarding price, Squarespace has two price tiers: Personal ($12 per month if paid annually) which allow you up to 20 pages and Business ($18 per month if paid annually) which allows unlimited pages. Notes that you can cancel your annual contract at any time and receive a prorated refund. you can view full pricing details here: https://www.squarespace.com/pricing
What are the other costs besides the Squarespace website hosting fee?
Besides paying Squarespace for website hosting and paying me to design and build your website, there is generally only one other fee: your domain name fee, which typically runs about $12 per year. Your domain name is your website's address. For example, our domain name is websitehero.nyc
Will my website be backed up?
Yes it will. Squarespace automatically backs up all of websites to protect from outages, natural disasters, etc.
How secure from hacking is Squarespace?
Very secure. Here's a description from Squarespace: "We employ security measures such as using firewalls to protect against intruders, building redundancies throughout our network and testing for and protecting against network vulnerabilities." From Squarespace's privacy page.