Squarespace Review: Solid Website Builder or Just Hype?

By | November 8, 2019


Hello and welcome to the latest WebsiteToolTester review. Today we’re having a look at the website builder “Squarespace” With version 7 of their website builder, Squarespace have re-loaded their marketing guns. And to be honest, it’s difficult not to get sucked in by their fabulous commercials. It might even give us the impression that Squarespace is the Apple of website builders. Their target audience is, without a doubt, anyone who does creative work for a living. Squarespace want to make a home for bloggers, photographers, artists, musicians and other creative types. But that’s not all: anyone can run a small to medium-sized online store on Squarespace’s servers. We have a detailed review of the online store on our website in case you’d like to learn more. What’s great is that you can check out real customer examples whenever you view one of their templates. However, the question remains: Is this just a very nice-looking marketing campaign or has Squarespace actually created a product that can compete with the likes of Weebly and Wix? Let’s find out! I’m happy to be able to present Squarespace on a live website. Coolphotoideas.com is a blog that showcases photo gifts and innovative photography techniques. We’re now logged in and we’re able to change the site’s content by selecting an area and clicking “edit”. To change text, simply click it and start typing, much more intuitive when compared to the previous version. Anytime one of these grey bubbles appear, you can add new blocks of content. You have a wide choice of elements: image galleries, video and audio, contact forms, store products as well as social media blocks. To see a preview of your work, all you have to do is to click the little arrow in the corner. Now we take a closer look at the settings. In “pages” you can arrange your website’s navigation. You can see here that we have only got two levels, which isn’t really a lot. Most other website builders allow you to have deeper websites. After clicking on the gear icon you can now configure each page. Importantly, this let’s you set SEO settings like page title and meta description and you can also fully customize the page’s URL, which is great. One of Squarespace’s most noteworthy features is of course, their templates. I think you’ll agree that these look very stylish. It’s important to note though that these templates are brought to life with outstanding professional photography. So when you replace photos with your own artwork, do make sure that you add high-quality images as well. For that you can use Squarespace’s special deal with Getty Images where you you can purchase images for a fixed price of $10 a piece. Let’s now preview the Peak design. Squarespace scores bonus points for only having fully responsive themes which display themselves perfectly on mobile devices. The editor here presents this quite elegantly. Let’s stay on the subject of your website’s look for a moment and check out the style menu. You can configure the individual elements of your site just by clicking on them. This includes site-wide fonts and colors as well as the positioning of elements such as your logo. All in all it allows for a lot of customization, although it doesn’t give you direct access to the template’s code. Squarespace’s blog is very powerful and is the only website builder that can really rival WordPress. Here you have an overview of all your blog posts, including draft blogs and those already published. New articles can be scheduled in advance or your co-workers can mark them as “Needs Review” so that you can take a final look at them later. This works seamlessly with their contributors feature that let’s you assign different permissions to different members of your team. There are also Squarespace apps for iOS and Android that let you work on your blog on the go. Are you planning to have your own podcast? Great, you can host it directly on Squarespace and also generate the feed that is needed to submit it to iTunes. Squarespace 7 is definitely a very solid product and quite an improvement when compared to version 6. What we like very much is that the templates are very well designed and also responsive. The blog is at the top of its class and Squarespace websites can be very well optimized for Google and other search engines. There are plenty of intelligent elements which can be added to your website and their online store is definitely worth adding to the list of pros as well. If you get stuck you can watch a Squarespace help video or you can contact their support which is usually very fast. As for the downsides we must note that it may take absolute beginners a little bit longer to get to grips with Squarespace than with comparable platforms. There is also the aforementioned limitation of just two navigational levels. This doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense but you can work your way around it with a little practice. If you want to know how Squarespace compares with other website builders, come and visit us at WebsiteToolTester.com. And if you found this video helpful I would be delighted if you could give us a thumbs up on YouTube! But for now, have fun trying out Squarespace!

37 thoughts on “Squarespace Review: Solid Website Builder or Just Hype?

  1. Sandi Paulus Post author

    I've been using Squarespace for over 7 years. Absolutely love it.

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  2. nixb Post author

    Thanks for the uperb video!! 😀

    Squarespace or Format, what do you think? @WebsiteToolTester 

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  3. FreddyTech Post author

    Is squarespace good now and is it easy to use.I was wondering is it good for a website for posting ads and chating with people on my website.

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  4. Bleh Post author

    Great Video!!! Will my websites be found using basic search engines easily or will it be a pain to find it?

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  5. moe Post author

    so what is the best for a small company Wix vs Weebly vs Squarespace vs Jimdo. something with more design features

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  6. Florian R. Klein Post author

    Still, I would love to be able to tinker on the lower levels. Of course, the hosted sites look well formatted on different machines and in different browsers due to prebuild page elements, but this limits this host in terms of testing and developing more specialized websites.

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  7. Sam Harrison Post author

    Thank you, that was helpful.  I'm going to your site now to compare the other website builders.

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  8. Anita Hampl Post author

    Thank you for this review. DO you know if "powered by Squarespace" or similar shows up on the websites? Seeing "Weebly" or "Wix" always said to me "amateur/freebie."

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  9. bundle wade Post author

    @WebsiteToolTester Would Square Space work well for an online store that offers not products, but services?

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  10. Moe Mahmoud Post author

    Great to watch and very helpful. Just had a question. Could one take a different part of a template and add it to another? Thanks

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  11. Alex Miranda Post author

    Very informative! Whats your opinion on the best website builder for a small, home-based party rental business? Squarespace seems pretty nifty…

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  12. Shonen Hikada Post author

    Honestly I find squarespace to be a let down. There is little design control and everything has been preset for each template. Overall it's an already made site and you get little options here and there to change it around a bit to your site. Compared to Wix where you can choose where to place your images, layout your sections and so forth. Squarespace lacks all these basic needs. I would not recommend using it.

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  13. carolyn fineran Post author

    Good information and easy to understand. Thanks!

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  14. Electric Dreams Post author

    Thank you for the informative video. I've been checking my options for creating a personal page and Squarespace was the first on my list. Subscribed! =)

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  15. Neon Kix Post author

    Your VO is so calming, concise and informative. I could listen to you talk about dirt and enjoy it. Watch out David Attenborough.

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  16. Marcus Pedro Post author

    Awesome video, and voice to go with it … Love your work

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  17. Percy Wilman Post author

    Great review! Very helpful. Perhaps you could have a different focus for reviews on the same sites and look at which sites work best for a certain profile of user (i.e., creative business, solo business people, bloggers, newbies in website creation, etc). I am thinking for the first time to have my own site and the fixed settings / layout of squarespace seem to work for me, but I've noticed from the comments, they might not be good for other. Have a thought about it. Cheers!

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  18. Chris Easton Post author

    So just to clarify, on Squarespace, I will receive an online store with both the Personal ($12/mo) and on the business ($18) right? Also saw that as a student I get 50% off. That's awesome too.

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  19. badboy gangsta Post author

    welll fuck u and ur adverts if u know html then you dont need restrictive bullshit use dreamwever fuck buying this shit come pay me instead ill build u a website for under 100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 dollaz if i have time time to fly time to get high time u what random vids of girls saying the shag thir dogs and fucked up people eating cactus's

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  20. Jean Logan Post author

    I need to find out how to give Squarespace a review. I would give them 0 stars. I just found out that Square space is taking a chunk out of every one of my sales. That combined with Stripe is costing me over 5% on each sale.

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  21. Cris Cris Post author

    THIS IS AWESOME!!!! YOU ARE SIMPLY THE BEST….AND YOUR VOICE IS BEAUTIFUL!!!

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  22. Phillmo8 Post author

    I think its a no brainer I might have to make my portfolio on squarespace like ASAP

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  23. Latino Toons Post author

    Two Qs: can you generate traffick revenue through it, or does it got o SS? And, can you protect images from download?

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  24. Razqua Post author

    So can I make a functional forum with multiple layers on it? That is an essential part of any website I would want to design.

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  25. Red Burtley Post author

    This is guy sounds like a robot. I am very scared.

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  26. AcroNM Post author

    Fantastic in-depth review. Hopefully I will be creating a squarespace website soon

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  27. Bohemian Lady Post author

    inspiring video, I liked it…

    I tried squarespace, but it seems too complicated compared to wix and also the cost is bigger if you want a e-commerce website. Also I didn´t find the same tool like service reservation like wix has..

    I am trying to built some good looking travel (video) blog page with wix, but they only have one blog layout. Yes you can customize it a little bit, but you can´t go to the full width size with the blog or have it placed on the left of the site or vice a versa.. i would like to create the site with parallax scrolling , but the blog tool doesn´t seem as fresh as their new modern clean look templates.. It will always keep the sites of the blog block blank..

    I already made a long research and watched and red a lot of reviews about the competitive providers such as squarespace, weebly, wordpress.com, jimdo, ukit, I purchased premium plans for websitebuilder and wix and tried the free versions of those mentioned above and I am using webnode for my 3 current pages. So far wix seems to me to be the most complex solution for a good price and the most intuitive(it has all the features I need – such as reserving tour tool, shop, etc.) but the blog problem is bugging me…

    I will never be able to code, I am more a visual person, so what platform could be the best solution for a travel video blog with written content as well, with a reservation tool and maybe a shop integration possibility in the future? Thank you for your tip. Oh, and what also bothers me with wix is that you can´t change the template (nor the code with the help of somebody else) in the future and also creating a multilingual page is a problem with all the platforms..

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  28. Bodhi Post author

    Let it be any website or hosting service you are going to use, you need to check it with www.websitereport.in beofer going. The tools I found there are accurate and free as well.

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  29. Lit3 Plumber Post author

    The templates are the thing that I believe they have overdone. Some of us just want complete customization, as you would get on Microsoft PowerPoint for example.

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  30. Ma and Pa's Attic Post author

    What about calculated SHIPPING? Is that ability integrated in Square Space or do you have to pay extra for an add on APP?

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  31. Edward Sebesta Post author

    Only two levels. Thanks. This won't work for me. So I am avoiding them.

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