The Perfect Portfolio Pal
Mandy Cramer | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 05, 2017

The Perfect Portfolio Pal

Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Squarespace

I am full time freelance graphic designer who often doesn't have the time to work on my own website or personal branding. Squarespace offers a platform where I can easily update my portfolio and blog in order to create a simple landing page for potential clients to review my work. I love how it is easy to customize and how the blog is integrated into the website. While I haven't fully utilized the shop feature, I really appreciate that you can do that as well.

Squarespace is really quite affordable and you don't have to worry about finding a host and uploading your design like I had to do in the past when designing my own website from scratch.
  • Integrated blog with website.
  • No need for additional hosting.
  • Simple to use layouts and customizing without having to deal with any jquery or java, etc.
  • Easy to control and even edit on the go via their app.
  • Sometimes it can be a little difficult to shift things around.
  • There are limits on how many pages you can have depending on the payment tier you have.
  • I'd love to be able to adjust the size of items more easily without it affecting the way other images or items appear on the page.
  • I've been able to land clients that weren't sure about my design skills after they were able to check out my portfolio.
  • The cost is pretty low, so I easily make much more than I invest into the services provided.
Squarespace is much better than other website builders because it is cleaner, more user-intuitive and advanced than other web page building sites. I used to use Wix and I really didn't like it at all. Wordpress can be too difficult to customize for someone who isn't too savvy on technology. Overall, I love Squarespace's simplicity and the ease of being able to adjust layouts and customize.
Content Author / Administrator
Squarespace is especially good for the graphic designer or artist who simply doesn't have the time to develop an in-depth website portfolio. Most designers can attest that they are too busy designing for actual clients than polishing their own branding. While most designers would love to have their own built-from-scratch website, it really is a quick way to have a main page to direct clients too.

Squarespace is also fantastic for clients who aren't too web-savvy but want to be able to have some control behind their content.

Squarespace Feature Ratings

WYSIWYG editor
Not Rated
Code quality / cleanliness
Not Rated
Admin section
9
Page templates
10
Library of website themes
8
Mobile optimization / responsive design
9
Publishing workflow
10
Form generator
6
Content taxonomy
Not Rated
SEO support
7
Bulk management
Not Rated
Availability / breadth of extensions
Not Rated
Community / comment management
8
API
Not Rated
Internationalization / multi-language
Not Rated
Role-based user permissions
Not Rated

Using Squarespace

1 - Portfolio of my design and artwork. I can also create a shop where people can buy prints. I also have an easy to use contact page where people can contact me directly.
1 - Myself. I own and manage my business working as a freelance designer with clients all over the world.
  • Online Portfolio
  • Contact
  • Blog
  • Blog
  • Hosting
  • Shop
  • Surveys
  • Payment Forms for services
I've renewed my Squarespace 3 years in a row

Evaluating Squarespace and Competitors

Yes - I replaced Wix. Wix was more cumbersome and at the time didn't offer support for a blog that wasn't linked to another website. I love that Squarespace has a blog built into their websites.

Another reason I chose to use Squarespace was because it allowed me to keep all my hosting in one place. I was able to replace having a blog, a hosting site, and domain site and have it all in one location.
  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Product Reputation
The ability to have a blog that was attached was essential for me. I hate having multiple accounts across many platforms so this was integral! Being able to have something so simple to update and create quick content was ideal for me. Prior to that I'd have to link a wordpress or other blog to the website.
I would not change my decision at all! Squarespace has been so simple to use and I love it!

Squarespace Support

Easy to find support on their website.
ProsCons
Quick Resolution
Good followup
Knowledgeable team
None
Yes - Yes, the main bug was with the site crashing on Mac, but that is something they have worked on.
I cannot as I haven't really had to use their support to talk to a person directly. That said, their website has simple to find support and FAQ, as well as troubleshooting. Also, because there are so many users, if you need to get help or support, you can find a quick fix by searching on google for issues others have had.

Using Squarespace

It's simple to use for someone who is really good with computers as well as those who are not. I've been using my personal squarespace for years and have also helped clients build a starting page which they are later able to manage theirselves.
ProsCons
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Consistent
Quick to learn
Convenient
Feel confident using
Familiar
None
  • Point and Click style
  • Easily customizable
  • Easy to move things around
Yes - It resizes really well without my need to do any script to make it mobile-friendly. I'm personally not a fan of coding so this cuts out so much time for me.