Switching to Squarespace 6

I've had Sketchbook B with Squarespace since 2008. Over time, the service has improved and expanded -- adding and improving services continually. With the rollout of version 6, Squarespace unleashed a completely new system radically different than version 5. 

At first, I wasn't in love with version 6. Yes, it was pretty and powerful, but I found it too difficult to modify the standard templates and it was too much of a departure from version 5. I kept Sketchbook B on Squarespace 5.

But over time, new templates were added and I started to see the benefits of switching to version 6. I decided to move the site over.

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The new Sketchbook B site is based on Squarespace's "Five" template. I'm planning on adding a different header picture for each page and make some other adjustments, but I'm happy with how it looks. And I wanted to go ahead and flip the switch to Squarespace 6.

A couple of notes about Squarespace 6:

Easy import. Importing my older site was simple. Squarespace allows you to import a version 5 site and even keeps the URLs the same. My portfolio page didn't convert well, but I didn't have to completely start over. I did choose to rebuild some sections of my site to take advantage of some Squarespace 6 features.

Squarespace 6 also lets you import Wordpress, Tumblr and more. I can't vouch for how good those imports are, though.

Social. Squarespace 6 has great integration with social channels like Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram and more.

Responsive. The site looks good on a computer, tablet or smartphone with no additional modification required.

Powerful. Squarespace 6 is powerful without being overly complicated. I wouldn't go so far as to call it intuitive though. It took me a little while to figure things out. But once I did, I was impressed with what the platform could do. And Squarespace offers great help and tutorials.

The interface for making changes to the navigation, adding blog posts, gallery items, etc.

The interface for making changes to the navigation, adding blog posts, gallery items, etc.

Worth the money. Squarespace isn't free. I have lots of people ask why I pay for Squarespace when I could get other solutions for free. But Squarespace gives me the power and flexibility I need at a reasonable cost of either $10 or $20 per month depending on your plan. If I was just blogging, maybe a solution like Tumblr or Wordpress might work. (In fact, Wanted in Columbia and Music Recycled are hosted with Tumblr.) But with the blog, font downloads and portfolio, Squarespace is a perfect solution for me.

Mobile Apps. Squarespace has a great mobile app for updating your site. But they also recently added a Note app that allows you to quick post to Squarespace and a bunch of other services. And they offer a portfolio app that takes your galleries and makes them a mobile portfolio on your iPhone or iPad.

Rough Edges. There are some rough edges. I've had some minor issues. Most of my issues are part of the learning curve for a new system. However, I watched Squarespace continually improve version 4 and 5 and I know they will continue to polish and improve version 6. 

Bob Wertz

Husband, Dad (x3), Creative Director at @UofSC, Type Designer, Teacher and Volunteer. Blogs at Sketchbook B and Wanted in Columbia.