The process of preparing for your website, as in many other areas of life, is severely underrated. Preparation can make or break your experience of building a website. It can mean the difference between a smooth process and a headache-inducing one, between timeously met deadlines and (very) late nights, between an excellent, well-tested end product and a rush job. Many people don't prepare for their website build, either because they don't know that they can prepare (believe it or not!), or because they don't know how to prepare effectively. Here are six ways that you can prepare for your Squarespace website build.
As someone who builds Squarespace sites for a living, I get a lot of questions about the platform. People ask me things like: Is Squarespace any good? Why should I use it? Why would you recommend it? What are the capabilities? Is it cheap or expensive? How does it compare with Wordpress? Is it safe, or will my site be hacked?
A 404 page, also known as an 'error page' is usually a default page you get to on a website when you've followed a broken link, or when content that was once there has been removed, or when that page just doesn't exist anymore.First prize is that you regularly clean up broken links, remove irrelevant content and keep your site neat and tidy, but even then it is good practice to have a 404 page in place in the event someone mis-types a word, or you've overlooked a broken link.
A crucial part of designing your website is coming up with a colour scheme, which is a set of colours that both define your brand and are used throughout your site for interest and consistency. These colours show up in your photography, backgrounds, headings, links, footers, and calls to action. If you've already worked with a graphic designer on a logo and branding elements, this particular set of colours has probably already been decided on. But if you don't have a colour scheme to refer to, this post will help you come up with one.
I really hope this Style Guide tutorial helps you plan, design and execute the building of your Squarespace site. It's always good to have a plan, even when it comes to something as intuitive and creative as the look and feel of your website. Without a plan, I waste time and energy that could be better spent elsewhere. I also struggle to know when to stop. Hopefully, armed with this information, you don't have to make the same mistakes I've been making!
I recently worked on a site that required a rather in-depth order form. The site is a next-step for a small but growing food company who need their customers to be able to place orders from a menu that changes weekly. Most of the forms I've used so far with Squarespace have been really simple and have served to gather contact details, short messages and a few options. Here's an example of a contact form I use on my site.
We all love Squarespace for its clean design, white space, and intuitive user interface. But unlike other platforms, there aren't a whole lot of plugins readily available, hence having to use some workarounds to get things looking just the way you want them to. I'm still very much a newcomer to Squarespace, having only been actively building sites for clients for about a year now (yay!) so it's only recently that I've started to play around with some custom coding. It's a whole new world, and a very exciting one at that.
I'm starting a series dedicated to Squarespace. I hope to cover some Frequently Asked Questions, reasons why I've chosen to build sites with Squarespace, comparisons with other web building platforms, and a whole lot more.