For the longest time, I have been wanting to create a website so that I am able to elevate my photography business. A website that showed off my work, a little about me and my rates. However, almost every website that I tried (Portfoliobox, Adobe Portfolio and Wordpress) were limited since they are free services. None of them satisfied what I wanted out of a website.
Squarespace consistently popped up and how they were the best place to create a website. I saw it in multiple YouTube videos and ads on Social Media. I always tried to avoid it simply because I did not want to spend the money if I could use free website building services.
After working on the fifth version of my website using another free service, I got fed up, caved and decided to use the 14-day free trial that Squarespace provides to see if it is worth the cash.
In conclusion: Worth every cent.
I wanted to write this article as a first impression. I do not know everything about it, haven’t used Squarespace to its full capability, but to highlight the fact that in three hours of signing up and using Squarespace, I was able to finish my website.
First, being a student, I get a 50% off discount for the first year which is always a nice bonus, especially being on a university budget. So, for me, I signed up for the personal plan which cost a total of about $80 for the first year. Afterwards, it goes up to $160 a year. They have a variety of plans all including different features on your use which you can find here if you are interested.
Squarespace templates are decent. I was looking for templates that fit my photography business which they did not have a lot of, but it provided some variety. But they have many templates for many businesses and services. I found that all of them followed the theme of simple and minimal, which is what is trending nowadays. They are not the best, but not the worst, however, what I enjoyed was complete control and customization over the template. I was not restricted whatsoever and I could freely move the logo, menu, etc. with ease. I also found it very helpful that the header and the footer were global and easy to change. I loved the fact that I was able to change it once and not have to worry about how it looks…