But first, what is Squarespace and why should I use it to for my new website?
Squarespace is an all-in-one website software that features a user-friendly website builder, blogging platform, hosting service, and commerce platform. Whether you are looking for a one-page website or an e-commerce solution, Squarespace offers a diverse amount of options that can be customized to suit your needs.
Features of Squarespace
DIY DNA //
Squarespace was designed with the do-it-yourself user in mind, making it notably easy for you to maintain and update your websites on your own, long after the project has successfully completed. Managing websites is a matter of dragging-and dropping, pulling on corners to resize images, and live page editing. If you've used a computer in the past twenty years you'll feel right at home.
Peace of mind //
Squarespace is a self-contained platform that works seamlessly and is fully managed from top to bottom. This means there’s never any need to update software, plugins, or widgets; patch security vulnerabilities; or worry that changing one component might break something else. It also means there’s rarely any need to investigate or pay for third-party apps or plugins since most functionality is native to Squarespace.
Beautiful design that performs //
Squarespace templates are beautifully and thoughtfully designed to incorporate cutting edge UI/UX best practices, which means your websites will have the best of the best in “form and function” baked right in.
Responsive design //
Mobile traffic now accounts for more than half of all website traffic. With that in mind, it’s critical that websites perform across any device and screen size. Every Squarespace template includes a unique mobile experience that matches the overall style of the website, so content will look great on every device, every time.
Built-in search engine optimization //
Every Squarespace website is equipped with all the elements needed for a strong SEO strategy. Site descriptions, page titles, custom URLs, search friendly formatting, and other key elements are all easily managed. Furthermore, there is an automatically generated built-in sitemap that helps Google to crawl, understand, and ultimately, rank a website.
24/7 award-winning support //
The Customer Care team at Squarespace is available seven days a week, 24-hours a day, and has won several awards for outstanding customer support.
Why work with me?
I have been doing graphic design, website design, and digital marketing related work since 2010, working as part of an in-house marketing team and as a freelancer. During this time I've developed a keen eye for design and a strong understanding of developing user friendly website experiences.
My goal is work closely with you to create a digital presence you can be proud of, while educating and empowering you to take control of your website once the project is complete. I'm a firm believe that while delegating and contracting out services can be beneficial, you should always have an understanding of how main components of your business function, including your website. Once the project is complete, not only will you have a brand new website, but a firm understanding of how to keep growing your website.
With my simplified website process, I've tried to remove all jargon so that you don't feel uneducated or at a loss. Every project begins with an in-depth questionnaire and consultation so that I have a strong understanding of your business, your strategic goals, your brand aesthetic, your ideal customer, and why you do what you do. From start to finish, the entire process takes 2 weeks, which means you'll be up in running with a new website, attracting your ideal customers in no time at all.
We will arrange to talk via Skype or phone (if you're in the Edmonton area, we can also meet in person!) to go over your business, your website goals, and get on the same page style-wise.
Site building will commence and I'll make sure your new site ticks all the boxes on design, function, and SEO.
This week I'll reveal your new site and you list off as many edits as you like! We'll make as many tweaks as needed so that you are in love with how the site looks and functions.
On the last day of your design period, I'll give you a Squarespace lesson so that you feel confident updating and editing your own site in the future.
What you get:
- 1 hour consultation to go over your needs
- Website built on Squarespace
- Theme suggestions with final theme installed (if chosen theme is a paid theme, cost is the responsibility of the client)
- Responsive website (mobile friendly)
- 10 pages (additional pages are $99 each)
- Includes home page design, seamlessly integrated blog design, up to 8 additional styled pages (examples: contact, about, portfolio, services, etc),
- Social Media Buttons
- Google Analytics tracking code installed
- Contact Form
- One hour tutorial session to show you how to use your site (after launch)
- Coming soon page on your domain during transfer or prior to launch if domain is empty at time of development
*Website package total is divided into 2 equal payments. The first payment is due upon contract signing and required to hold your spot in the queue (non-refundable) and the second project payment is due at project completion/launch.