I’ve been a Squarespace fan since 2007. And before you jump on me and start singing the praises of that other Web-based blog platform, all I’m asking for is a chance. I want to show you how I built a successful blog with Squarespace, and that sometimes, paying a few dollars is worth the convenience.
What got me started was the no-risk trial that allowed me to set up a blog without shelling out a single penny – not even a credit card number. It’s a great business strategy, because after tweaking your blog to look the way you’d like, why bother going elsewhere? Well done, Squarespace! But all kidding aside, any company that allows you take a product for a full test drive without any commitment, clearly believes in its goods.
What sets Squarespace apart is that it’s so simple, that even your grandmother can start that crocheting website she’s always talking about! And if you feel so inclined, you can dive into the CSS and customize as many elements as you like. That’s the beauty of Squarespace, it’s the perfect solution for people at all tech levels.
As much as I love technology, like many Web writers, I fashion myself a blogger first. Rather than worrying about MySql databases and installation processes (as simple as they might be), I’d rather be working on my next blog post. And there’s a whole lot of people shelling out several bucks a month for the Squarespace platform, so I know I’m not alone.
Founded in 2004, the company has come a long way since founder Anthony Casalena launched the idea from a college dorm. With HQ located in downtown Manhattan, Squarespace was #416 on the Inc 500 in 2010. Now that’s impressive growth!
What’s also impressive is SquareSpace’s customer service. Available from
9am – 5pm ET, you can expect an answer, sometimes, within minutes. And I have a log going back to 2007 to prove it. Despite the fact that Squarespace has an in-depth help section, I have often written them with idiotic questions – and they always respond with helpful answers, at times, going above and beyond. They also have a 24/7 tech team who respond to emergencies.
$12 a month gives you everything a blogger could want; $36 a month gives you enough tools to run an entire business. The great part is, you can toggle between service plans anytime you like.
From adding a favicon to injecting code snippets into the body of your site, Squarespace allows you to make basic changes and updates, often with a single click.
If you already have a blog on another platform, you can use the custom importer to bring your blog into Squarespace.
Give the free trial a try – you have nothing to lose! Squarespace will be rolling out a new version in the coming months, the sixth iteration of the product. From what we’ve seen, this great tool is going to get even better.