Squarespace is a content management system (CMS), robust enough for skilled developers, yet intuitive enough that most non-technical people can use it without fear of destroying their website or worse... breaking the internet.

You don't need to download and install any software. Squarespace is a web-based service, so you don't need hosting in order to use it. You pay a subscription fee that covers your hosting costs and access to the content management interface. A Squarespace subscription costs about the same as hosting regular web site.

But what exactly is a content management system (CMS)?

A CMS is a tool that allows users to edit text, photos and other files on a website via a WYSIWYG editor (What You See Is What You Get). Updating content is as easy as editing an MS Word document or sending an email. No specialized coding experience needed.

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This is what the editing interface looks like as I created this post.

What's really cool about Squarespace as a web-based product is that you can access your site and the editing interface from any computer connected to the internet. Squarespace even has a few great mobile apps that will allow you to make certain updates to your site directly from a mobile device.

I <3 Squarespace!

And while I have developed web sites using other platforms, I strongly recommend Squarespace to most of my clients for the simple reasons outlined below. I have no affiliation with Squarespace, just great affection.

Squarespace:

  • Empowers even the most technically-challenged to be able to make content changes to their site;
  • Allows for the rapid development of a professional web site at a reasonably low price;
  • Is totally customizable and includes features such as blogs, photo galleries and custom forms; and
  • Is a supported service, which means there's always someone available to help.