I'm such a fan of Squarespace. Probably their biggest fan. Challenge me, I dare ya.
Yes, sometimes Wordpress is necessary. For 100% unique only-you-have-it sites, for complicated features and specific requirements, for customer portals and memberships - yes, Wordpress is the jam.
But lately, I find myself recommending Squarespace for my clients more and more. Need an easy-to-use shop? Squarespace. Starting a business and need something gorgeous yesterday? Squarespace-a-roo. Need a secret blog for your new program you're launching? Squarespace it up, dawg.
After thinking about it more, I landed on 5 particular reasons why I love Squarespace (and why you should fall head over heels for them, too).
I don't know if you've perused the Squarespace templates lately (no? That's just my pastime?), but their templates are so gorgeous and professional. Yes, it's a template, but with the right customization and some kickass, one-of-a-kind branding? It'll look like you've invested mucho dinero into your site.
02 EASY TO USE.
Guys this is huuuuuge, you know why? This means you don't have to hire a developer to change every little thing on your site. Hello, freedom! I am drunk with thee! Squarespace makes it easy peasy to make changes to your copy, colors, fonts, and general layout. They give you the power to make the changes you'll (definitely) be making as your business grows. Major win.
03 AWESOMENESS IS BUILT IN.
Not only will you never have to learn a line of code, but you can also stop reading those snooze-fest articles about Search Engine Optimization, sitemaps, and website analytics. It's all already built in. #amenandhallelujah
04 ADD A SHOP.
E-commerce is available for all of their templates. I set up my shop on Squarespace earlier this year and the whole process was so fun and easy. I think that's the moment I officially fell in love.
05 YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE OUT A LOAN TO BUILD A SITE.
It's true. This is the biggest plus. You don't need to spend upwards of $8K to have a legit, amazing, successful website. When you're starting your business, invest in great branding, great copy, business coaching to refine your ideas, classes in your field - YES. Don't dive in by spending all your money on the site design. You just don't have to. Trust.
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