SquareSpace is very well known for it’s simplicity and speciality when it comes to design, this was clear when using the site as all templates were nicely laid out (even if they were all a little similar) and also the layout of the website is completely non-intrusive which can be seen from the homepage and throughout. SquareSpace is a good option and my experience created a great result without much hassle.
The free option on SquareSpace is about as basic as you’d expect, there is no option to publish so all you can really make is a custom template on their ‘trial account’. To even publish you have to pay a $10 a month for the cheapest ‘personal’ plan, on which you only can make 1 published website. You do on this option get a free custom domain however that still does not warrant a $10 a month price. We rated SquareSpace poorly on value for money because many other websites offer a publishable site on their free accounts, something SquareSpace would do well with.
We were impressed with SquareSpace’s editor in many ways, the layout, how non-intrusive the controls are compared to other sites and also how simple the editing process was. It is clear to see that someone could easily make a good looking website using this editor with no trouble at all. My only gripe with the editing process whilst using SquareSpace is that it maybe is not quite perfect for a beginner, who has maybe not made a website before or who does not have a designing flair. For those who do have design flair and a love for aesthetics, I cannot recommend it more!
As mentioned before, we were impressed by the look of all the templates; clean,professional and ideal for any use, but were unimpressed by the lack of range when it came to looks, given it looked great, but a bit more creativity from SquareSpace would have gone a long way when it comes to templates. We’re in no doubt that for those who are well developed in the business of aesthetics will have a ball on SquareSpace, but for the builder or florist who wants to promote their business without the need to fine tune the look, it maybe is not the service for them.
To the left of the editing space you will find the feature centre, which is packed full of extremely useful tools, for example, we found the ‘Metrics’ and ‘Commerce’ rather impressive and is fantastic for people who would like to keep track of how there website is performing in terms of views and also people who want to use there site as an ecommerce front.
Most of SquareSpace’s customer service and guides will come via the ‘Help’ section which can be accessed straight from the editor, however, as easy as the help front is to access, the actual help is not so direct. To find the exact help you need isn’t super easy as there are copious amounts of topic and article in their ‘Knowledge Base’. In contrast, one very helpful link is to the ‘Help Videos’ page, which is much more direct in it’s help and has the advantage of showing you through it, not just telling you.