Did you know that I'm using Squarespace these days? You probably guessed it after reading the title of this post! Praise the Lord for Kathryn, the best designer in the world, who handled every last detail and made sure it was a smooth transition! You won't want to miss this guest post from her!
With any new platform, there's a learning curve. There are new systems you have to create to make sure that it's all working together for you and with you instead of against you. I used to use Wordpress and Showit and while I still wouldn't mind those platforms, there are a few things I didn't know I was missing until I met Squarespace. Like...
Goodness gracious. If I could rave about Squarespace SEO for a whole post, I definitely would. In fact, once I figure it all out, I will write a post for you! Since switching my site over one month ago, I have gone from being listed on the 15th page with search engines to pages 3 & 4. There's still a lot of work to be done and a lot I want to fine-tune, but ohmygosh I'm excited! That's a huge jump in 4 weeks!!
(2) Easy, no-fuss, drag and drop
When I'm creating a new page, Squarespace acts like my assistant. It's easy to add new galleries and it will be easy to make updates later on. But let's say that I'm starting from scratch and I need to create a new page really quick. I use the framework created for me (custom fonts, headings, colors - just the whole branding look) and I create a page in no time at all!
It's drag and drop, yes. I know that a lot of other website platforms have that capability, but Squarespace helps you make good design decisions so that you can get it done. And it still looks good! Like the free encouragement...
Please go help yourself to the free desk notes right here! I made them just for you!
(3) Online Store
The cat is out of the bag at this one, so I might as well be the second to tell you that I will be launching a store in 2017! There is a huge part of me that wants to launch it, like, tomorrow. But this is my year of pouring out and I'm not going to be creating those products until I have the green light!
I have looked everything over on the back end of Squarespace and it's going to be super simple to launch a store on my site! YES! I'm so excited that I will be able to keep my products on my site (and I won't have to start from scratch) for photographers.
(4) Social icons
One of the first things I knew about my site was that I wanted it to be social. The easiest and most obvious way to do that is to add social icons! These are located in the footer of every page on my site and in the sidebar on my blog. These can be added to any page - even a blog post...
Say hello to the world of simplified video! I just have to insert a video "placeholder," add the link, and I'm good to go! I don't have to embed anything or make sure that the video width matches the blog width - I just copy the URL and paste it! Easy!
You can also include a custom thumbnail which you can see on this page!