Website Design

31 Website design tips

31 Website design tips

In March I posted one tip for your website design per day on my Instagram stories. It was a challenge I asked myself to do in order to stay consistent with my IG stories.

In this post I have written all of my 31 tips for website design down for you and you can also watch the video I created in addition with some more explanation for some of the tips.

Some website tips where a little more elaborate and for some I just posted one sentence.

In this post I have written all of my 31 tips for website design down for you and you can also watch the video I created in addition with some more explanation for some of the tips.

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.

Why you should have a blog for your website

Why you should have a blog for your website

We hear it all the time: we should start a blog for our website, blogging is great for SEO, having a blog for our website is essential. In this blog post I want to examine why blogging is so good for a website and not only for SEO.

In what ways you can blog, what to blog about, how often and most importantly how to make it enjoyable.

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 write a compelling about page for your website

How to write a compelling about page for your website

I get this question asked all the time: can you help me with the copy for my website?

And the answer is, yes and no. I am not a copywriter, I am sorry. Copywriting is a skill and it’s actually a job, you can hire a copywriter. Which is something I would definitely do if you can. I have also hired one for my own website initially! So, no I can’t write it for you. But what I can do is point you in the right direction and of course support you with headlines and also give my input on how I would do it.

 In this blog post however I want to write about the about page specifically as many people find it so hard to write about themselves and might want to leave it out completely. And others love writing about themselves and describing on long paragraphs who they are and what they want, do and desire. Both is not ideal.

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.

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.

Why you should display your prices on your website

Why you should display your prices on your website

When I speak to my customers there is always a point when the question arises whether or not they should display their prices on their website.

If you have an online shop there is no question about it, of course you display your prices. However if you have service based business or a product based business but don’t have an online shop - may be you just want to display your products somewhere - the same question still arises. Should you display your prices on your website?

 When talking to my clients I realized that many are very hesitant of putting their prices on their website. They feel it’s like putting a label on them.  I get so many answers like

“What if I am too expensive?”

“What if my competition sees the prices?”

“My price depends on the customer and I always do custom quotes.”

“Nobody else does it.”

In this blog post I wrote down 5 reasons why you should display your prices on your website.

And I will be answering your above questions!

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.

My number ONE website design TIP

My number ONE website design TIP

There are many things you can look out for when designing your website. I have written about a lot of them in the past.

However if you are just starting out, you are probably having a slight overwhelm at the moment. You might be doing everything yourself and you know you need a website but you don't know where to start. I totally get you. I have been there as well!

That is why I thought about the one tip that I would give you for your website. And to be honest this also applies to your business in general. Especially in the beginning.

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!

8 simple ways to improve your homepage

8 simple ways to improve your homepage

Today I want to share with you eight tips on how to improve your homepage and make it more user friendly.

Visitors decide within seconds if they want to stay on a website or not, they scan the content and images and decide whether this website will be able to help them find the answer to their problem or question or not.

Most of the time a visitor lands on your homepage first. Make the most of it! Use your homepage to make your visitors curious about you within three seconds.

You might have a website already and don’t have the time or money to hire a designer and re-design your website completely. And often this is actually not needed. With just a few simple steps you can improve your homepage dramatically already and make visitors stick around and fall in love with you.

Why you need a website and not just a business Facebook page

Why you need a website and not just a business Facebook page

Today I want to write a topic I have become very passionate about: Why you need a website and not just a business Facebook page and/or an Instagram account.

 First I want to say I really really like Facebook (and Instagram) - personally and as a business! Having lived abroad for a long time and having moved countries I love Facebook to keep in touch with friends all over the world. And don’t we all love to be reminded of our friends birthdays? Or getting messages on our own birthdays? I think Facebook is a fantastic social network and I just want to make that clear before I go into details why a business Facebook page is not enough and you need a website for your business as well.

My brand and website design process for Marcella Moohan

My brand and website design process for Marcella Moohan

Marcella Moohan, a business writer, editor and copywriter who now lives in Spain, approached me a few months ago about a logo as well as a website for her business. At that time she was still living in Dubai and we met up in person and clicked immediately. We have now also partnered up so that I work with her whenever I need a copywriter for my clients websites and she has done most of the copy on my own website as well.  

 She wanted the logo as well as the website to be quite minimal and professional and she wanted to use a serif font as that matches the writer style but was open about anything else. Her personal favorite color was green so I kept that in mind as well. For the website she again wanted it to be minimal and had some ideas ideas about scrolling in mind.

As with all my projects I started off with a research phase to find out more about her industry as well as her style.