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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.

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 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!

How to set up Google Analytics on your Squarespace Website

How to set up Google Analytics on your Squarespace Website

When you have a website you should not just let it sit there but you should really use it to your advantage. In order to do that it is good to analyze what is happening on your site, which pages people visit, how long they stay on your site, which blog posts are very popular, where your visitors are coming from etc.

Squarespace in itself provides a very good analytics section (When you are logged into Squarespace you can find an Analytics section on the left) where you can see how many visitors your website gets, where they are coming from, what your popular content is and they even provide an exact activity log.

However overall it is limited and Google Analytics gives you a much more detailed look behind the scenes.

It is super easy to set up on Squarespace and will take you only 5 minutes without needing to find and copy any code!

Overview of Squarespace and how to update content on your website

Overview of Squarespace and how to update content on your website

When you read this blog post you have either decided that you want to design your own Squarespace website or a designer has build a website on Squarespace for you. Now I want to give you an overview of the backend of Squarespace and how to update your website yourself.

Squarespace is very simple and easy to use. First of all you don’t have to worry about any updates like you would for example with Wordpress. Squarespace does all updates for you. And secondly in order to change or update content you simply need to use their drag and drop feature.

So the only maintenance you need to worry about is updating your content, may be blogging and monitoring your sites performance through the internal Squarespace analytics section or through Google analytics.

In this post I would like to concentrate on the Pages tab as this is where you actually update your website. Once you click on there your screen will look something like this:

Why I made the switch from Wordpress to Squarespace

Why I made the switch from Wordpress to Squarespace

I came across Squarespace through a potential client actually. She had a website with Squarespace and wanted to stay there. So I did some searching and found some great resources and started to play around with it a little bit and actually realized that I really liked it. I did not get that job but since then I have designed a few other websites on Squarespace for clients and they were all very happy with the end result. So I took this summer break to move my own site from Wordpress to Squarespace and I should have done it sooner! Now I want to outline why.