My love letter to Squarespace (why I love and use it)

It’s Pretty

Given my background in design, my entire life is pretty much driven by aesthetics; beauty plays a pretty big role.

One of my favorite things about Squarespace is how beautiful it is “out of the box.” You aren’t wrestling with a clunky template that needs a ton of styling and TLC to make it elegant. Squarespace’s templates are stunning from the start.

Squarespace also has a formidable font library that is free to use. You have standards like Futura, Helvetica Neue, Adobe Garamond and Merriweather. You also have some awesome additions like FF Tisa Sans Pro, Brandon Grotesque, Proxima Nova and Museo. Beautiful typography makes a massive difference in a website and I love that Squarespace goes above and beyond in this regard, including such a wide variety of commercial fonts with their websites.

You ca also upload your own fonts with a bit of CSS, which is what I’ve done here on my site. The headers are Noe Display and the subheaders are Apercu.

It's Flexible

For a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor, Squarespace is surprisingly spry. The grid system that they use for their layout engine allows the entire site to be responsive. So whatever you build on your desktop is going to look just as awesome on your phone.

And with a bit of custom code, you can even switch out the images for those viewing your site from their computer or phone—and not just in the sense that they change size.

For Ritual’s home page, I created an overlay to go over the hero image. The creative direction included lots of thin lines & small type which looks great on a desktop, but the horizontal image was a tad too small on a phone. To remedy this, I added in the images with a custom code block and assiged DIV ID’s to them:

 

<img id="maincard" src="IMAGE URL HERE">



<img id="mobilecard" src="IMAGE URL HERE">

 

And in the Custom CSS section of the site panel, I added the following:

 

@media(min-width: 600px) {
#mobilecard  {
display:none;
}
}



@media(max-width: 601px) {
  #maincard{
       display:none;
}
}

The first line of code: @media(min-width: 600px), hides the mobile version of the image when the screen is wider than 600px (like on a desktop screen) and the desktop-sized version takes its place. When the screen is smaller, the desktop image is hidden, and the mobile version takes its place. That way, the overlay is optimized for whatever screen you’re viewing the page on.

It's Accessible

And perhaps most importantly, Squarespace is easy to use. With a few clicks you can switch templates, build out pages, integrate your newsletter or write a blog post. You don’t have to add custom code or CSS to make it beautiful, but the option is there if you want to. It’s accessible regardless of your skill level.

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