What the Bleep is Squarespace??

 
In this post, we're talking all about website platforms and the number 1 Wordpress alternative - Squarespace. But just what is Squarespace? Read on to find out.

It’s time for a truth slap: your Wordpress site is killing your street cred (unless you’ve invested in a kickass Wordpress developer). You know it sucks to juggle the domain provider, hosting company, plugin updates, themes, child themes, and the blogging interface… so not user-friendly. And yet, so many bloggers and newbie business owners think that Wordpress is the only option. 

Why, I ask, aren’t you using Squarespace??

And you know the answer I hear most often? “What is Squarespace?” 😱

You HAVE OPTIONS! Wordpress is not the end-all.

In this post, I’m gonna break it down for you. You’ll learn:

  • What Squarespace is (and its awesome features)
  • Common myths around Squarespace
  • Big name entrepreneurs that use Squarespace
  • PLUS how to get your Squarespace questions answered

What is Squarespace?

Squarespace is an all-in-one platform for your blog and online business. It integrates custom domain names, hosting, payment processing for your e-commerce shop, WYSIWYG editor (that stands for “what you see is what you get”. AKA: drag-and-drop, code-free, and user-friendly as fuck), modern responsive templates, free Typekit fonts, an easy-to-use style editor, and the list goes on…. I could get seriously geeked out with all the features, but I’ll let you see for yourself

Squarespace Online Stores let you sell your products, promote your brand, and manage back-end business operations on a single, beautiful platform.

The gist is this:

  • You can build your business website or blog without a lick of code.
  • You can easily edit your site or change your template.
  • It’s a one-stop-shop, all-in-one platform for creating your site or online store.
  • And Squarespace has an award-winning 24/7 customer support team.

Common Myths About Squarespace

Squarespace isn’t customizable.
Squarespace is every bit as customizable as Wordpress. It has an easy-to-use drag-and-drop editor, style editor, the ability to inject custom HTML, CSS, or Javascript, and a library of sexy templates that you can swap out easily. And, just like in Wordpress, you can hire someone to build out a completely custom theme.

I can’t use [insert third-party app] with Squarespace
Wrong again. Squarespace comes with loads of built-in integrations and plays well with all your major third-party apps. Leadpages, CovertKit, Mailchimp, Google Analytics, Amazon Affiliates, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Acuity Scheduling, Bloglovin’, PayPal… you get the point.

Squarespace isn’t as good for SEO
Heck, yes it is! Squarespace has built-in features that boost SEO behind the scenes (like mobile-friendly websites, blog speed boosting, automatic redirects, etc.). It’s also super easy to implement SEO best practices like “alt” tags on images, page titles, meta descriptions, and content readability.

If I switch to Squarespace, I’ll lose my search ranking
Here’s the deal. Anytime you switch website platforms, there's a chance your search engine rankings will be affected. This, primarily, happens when you change your link structure (i.e. your links are broken when you switch over) or you change your domain name. So, with a little bit of planning beforehand you can easily minimize this risk.

Squarespace has over 1 million users.

And I bet you’ve visited some of their websites. Entrepreneurs that you and I know and love and admire are using Squarespace to create their boss sites.

Elle & Co. - Blogger + Designer
Dean Street Society - Personal Stylist + Brand Mentor
Amy Kuretsky - Holistic Health Coach
Haute Chocolate - Styled Stock Library
Femtrepreneur - Courses Guru
Megan Minns - Blogging + Systems
Tiffany Han - Brand Strategist for Creatives
Jen Carrington  - Content + Strategy Coach
Spruce Rd. - Brand and Website Designer
Paper + Oats - Blogging and Paper Products
Made Vibrant - For Soulful Creatives
Pines Up North - Workbook and Brand Designer
Lady Boss League - Pinterest Powerhouse
Caressa Lenae - Sales Funnel + Content Strategist
Sora Surya No  - Spiritual Coach + Retreat Leader
Nora Conrad - Blogging + Productivity Tips
Devan Danielle Brand + Strategy Coach
Tiffany Ima - Stylist + Image Coach
Violeta Nedkova - for Creative Rebels