One of the coolest new kids on the blogging scene is this very design-conscious publishing service. We see what all the fuss is about and hear from the man behind it…
It’s fair to say that one of the drawbacks for popular blog publishing platforms is in achieving enough uniqueness as far as design identity. Many promise accessibility and ease for maintaining content but prove more complex when engineering bespoke template styles – encouraging a reworking of existing examples that can be quite formulaic. This is specifically where Squarespace pitches its service and offers a very graphically rich approach to building ready-hosted site solutions. A slick but very stripped-down IDE lets users literally build up their blogs from a growing selection of preformatted sites that can be tweaked on the fly. Intuitive controls then enable users to dig deeper into the CSS to make more advanced changes, with instant previews allowing you to see live changes as they happen. All the dashboard tools hover above the current page viewing area and enable edits to occur without moving away from the published page. New pages and default sections can be inserted with equal ease to widen site structure without the hassle of re-engineering everything.
Once you’re happy with the initial incarnation of your site it is published within the Squarespace community via the chosen hosting package. All sites must be served this way although subscriptions above the basic level offer custom domain-mapped URLs and varying levels of support. Prices start at $8 (just over £5) per month and extend to $50 (around £33) for the premium Community option, with key differentials being bandwidth, storage space and audience capabilities. Where applicable, the latter allows you to set up groups of registered subscribers to your site and deliver a customised experience while allowing a group of editors or contributers to submit content to the site.
One of the most useful extras are the built-in capabilities for monitoring site performance and tracking the average amount of page views, unique visitors and hits that have been accumulated daily. This information is presented in a digestible way and could be critical to commercial webmasters when making design decisions that could impact on the way their sites are employed. www.squarespace.com
THE SQUARESPACE DESIGN CYCLE:
1) Page text
The text that inhabits the default pages of the site can be stripped away or edited on the fly to reflect the content that you wish to add. You can then view any changes instantly
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