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Website Design for Women of the New Generation

Website Design for Women of the New Generation

When Dee Boys approached me to help with an idea for a website/blog she had in her mind I was immediately intrigued. Although I am not her target audience yet, I quickly realized that her concept was highly needed and was super happy to help.

She needed a website to share the stories of amazing female athletes over 50 and she needed a Facebook page to create a community for them.

4 key advantages Squarespace has over Wordpress

4 key advantages Squarespace has over Wordpress

I know a lot of people, including me, who start designing their websites with Wordpress and then make the switch to Squarespace and wish they had done it sooner.

I am the same… When I switched my own site from Wordpress to Squarespace and then started designing all my clients sites on Squarespace I wished I had done it sooner and not contemplated for such a long time. There were so many things that were suddenly easier for me. And especially the handover process of a finished website with my clients was so much easier as they actually understood how to update their website much quicker. Consequently I got a lot less maintenance questions afterwards :-) Although I still sometimes design on Wordpress or work with Wordpress I am reminded every time I do it, why I prefer Squarespace.

So I decided to write down the main reasons why I prefer Squarespace over Wordpress. And why I recommend Squarespace over Wordpress to most of my clients.

The complete guide to blogging on Squarespace

The complete guide to blogging on Squarespace

One of the pre-assumptions of Squarespace is that Squarespace is not ideal for blogging. I’ve heard that a lot. And everyone thinks Wordpress is the go to solution for blogging.

I have blogged on Wordpress and I have designed a few wordpress blogs and now I am personally blogging for two blogs on Squarespace and have designed many blogs on Squarespace. And I love blogging on Squarespace. I don’t find it restricting and can highly recommend it. Especially when you are looking for an easy solution where everything is taken care for you. With Squarespace you don’t have to worry about updates and backups and if you have a problem you can contact their great customer service team.

So in this post I want to show you how you can write your blog with Squarespace.

30 great Squarespace website examples

30 great Squarespace website examples

Over time I have been collecting websites that have been built using Squarespace as an inspiration for me and also to see what is possible. And in this blog post I want to share 30 of them with you. If you are thinking of designing your websites on Squarespace you can have a look and see what can be done using this all in one platform. If you are using another platform you can use these as an inspiration as they are truly great websites.

How to add a purchase button to your Squarespace website

How to add a purchase button to your Squarespace website

Squarespace also offers us the options to sell through our website. We can sell physical products, digital products or services through Squarespace.

In this blog post I want to show you how you can sell a service through your Squarespace website and just have a button on your sales page that says ADD TO CART or BUY NOW or anything else you want.

I have done this on my Squarespace Start Up Sales page and you can have a look here to see what I mean and what it can look like.

How to add a background color to a section of your Squarespace website

How to add a background color to a section of your Squarespace website

Long scrolling websites have been very popular for some time now. However having just a white background and lots of text, mixed up with some images can be a bit boring. It is often nice to split it up with different colors or images in the background.

In this blog post I want to show you how you can create this effect on your Squarespace website. How you can have sections of a page with a different colored background.

How to add a link to an email address in Squarespace

How to add a link to an email address in Squarespace

The other day I got a great question which I want to answer in today's blog post.

“How can I make my email address a link so that my website visitors can click on it and directly send me an email?” Basically how to add a link to an email address.

My three top reasons why I love Squarespace

My three top reasons why I love Squarespace

I always rave about Squarespace and tell the world that it is my favorite website design platform.

However I now got the feedback that I don’t make it clear enough why Squarespace is the best website design platform I have used so far.

That is why I decided to make it really simple and write down my top three and the main reasons why I only use Squarespace.

How to add a slideshow to your Squarespace website

How to add a slideshow to your Squarespace website

Having a big slider on your homepage can often make a great first impression for people landing on your website. Especially if you have great high quality images. And for many photographers this is a great entrance to their website as they can show a few of their best images.

You can also use a slider to bring across different information on each image or link to different blog posts with each image.

In this blog post I am explaining two different ways to insert a slider on your homepage of your Squarespace website. A video tutorial is also included.

As the third option I am also showing you how to insert a slider on any regular page.

How to use Summary Blocks for your Squarespace Website

How to use Summary Blocks for your Squarespace Website

One of the myths about Squarespace is that Squarespace is not good for blogging. That is definitely not true. You can use Squarespace perfectly fine for blogging. I think this misconception is partly because many people don’t know about summary blocks and don’t know how to automatically display recent blog posts or specific categories of blog posts on different pages so they shy away from blogging on their Squarespace website.

To sum it up, Squarespace summary blocks can be used for blog pages and also for product pages to display a predefined selection of blog posts or products in a specific page and place on your website.

 In this blog post I wrote about how to use the summary blocks and what I use them for.

It also includes a video tutorial on how to use them.

How to connect Mailchimp to your Squarespace website

How to connect Mailchimp to your Squarespace website

Creating a mailing list is a very important part of connecting with your customers.You may want to  collect emails from your website or have a Freebie (opt-in) that you want to give to potential customers that visit your website. In this blog post I am going to show you how simple it is to connect your Mailchimp account to your Squarespace website and use Mailchimp to deliver freebies.

My Squarespace website design process for Jodi Davies Photography

My Squarespace website design process for Jodi Davies Photography

When Jodi, a photographer in Dubai, contacted me to design her website and I saw her beautiful photographs I was very excited to be able to help her grow her business.

Jodi had heard about me through a friend and got in contact with me because she was leaving Dubai and her job and wanted to take her side business – family photography – full time once she had returned to England. Therefore she needed a website. We met up to discuss her ideas for the website and Jodi told me in which direction she wanted to take the business. Of course she also showed me her photographs as well as the websites she liked and we immediately clicked and kind of knew we would be working well together.

How to use the index pages in Squarespace

How to use the index pages in Squarespace

In Squarespace you can create all sorts of different types of pages besides the normal page. The so called index pages are a great tool to create different kind of effects and in this blog post I am going to write down how to create them and what you can use them for. There is also a video inside the post where I give an even better demonstration.

How to add a custom font to your Squarespace website

How to add a custom font to your Squarespace website

Squarespace gives you option of using different types of fonts. You can determine 3 different fonts for headings 1 to 3 and you can determine one font for the body text. And you can also determine the font of a quote as well as different fonts for your navigations.

However sometimes you might want to add another specific font for your brand that is not available within Squarespace. And this needs to be done with a little bit of coding as well as uploading your font files. In the video tutorial in this blog post I am showing you how you can easily do this.

How to add a form to your Squarespace website

How to add a form to your Squarespace website

Having a form on your website is very helpful and it can actually be used in many ways.

Squarespace makes it very easy for your to add a simple and beautiful contact form. But you can also do a lot more with Squarespace’s form block. In this video blog post I am showing you what you can do with the form block on Squarespace and you will find some ideas you can do with it below the video as well.

How to add a logo testimonial to your Squarespace website

How to add a logo testimonial to your Squarespace website

You might have seen websites which showed the logos of brands the company has worked with or logo of magazines the company has been featured in. 

This can easily be done in Squarespace as well and in this video blog post I will show you how.

My pre-launch checklist for your Squarespace website

My pre-launch checklist for your Squarespace website

As you might know by now, I love building websites for my clients on Squarespace. And I would - 95% of the time - recommend Squarespace to my clients and also anybody else who wants to build their own website. It is easy to use and update and I love their beautiful and optimized templates. You can read more about why I love Squarespace so much here.

One more reason why I like Squarespace so much is, that they make a lot of things very easy for us, especially for the non techie entrepreneurs among us. Some of the things are very important and you basically just need to double check that everything is done before you launch your website.

Today I have written down a list of things you need to remember before you launch your new website with Squarespace, find my pre-launch checklist for your website, also to download, below!