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Squarespace Templates Review – How Their Designs Can Help You

Squarespace Templates Review

                        Squarespace Templates review


5 out of 5 stars

Squarespace offers you the best looking design templates amongst website builders. They’re polished, professional-looking, and gives the impression that you’ve hired a designer to help you build your website. They’re mobile responsive and comes with good user guides.

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Last Updated on April 3, 2019

We don’t have to try to convince you that Squarespace templates are some of the most professional looking designs amongst website builders.  You just have to look at a few of their templates and you will agree with our conclusion.


You can tell that they have dedicated and invested a lot of time into crafting the templates (to help you look good), the templates are also responsive – meaning that they will automatically adjust to the viewing device (desktop or mobile) give your visitors the best website experience.

So what else is impressive about Squarespace templates?  Here’s a list:

  1. Mobile preview
  2. Live examples
  3. Categorized for you
  4. Specific template user guides (so you learn the in’s and outs of how to use the specific template you choose)
  5. Video workshops

All the items above are designed to make your life easier when using Squarespace, especially when it comes to picking your template and learning how best to use it.

One thing to mention before getting started below, Squarespace is not only catered to the everyday average Joe/Jane, their customers also include some very well known companies as well!

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Want to get the full lowdown on Squarespace and find out whether it’s the right website builder for you? Check out our in-depth Squarespace Review.

Want to compare Squarespace against other website builders? Head to our Best Website Builders of 2019 article.

1) Squarespace Templates – Mobile Preview (and Our Little Trick)

Since mobile is growing to be such an important part of website surfing experience, and that Squarespace templates are specifically designed and built to provide the best experiences, Squarespace has built in a Mobile Preview function to allow you to see exactly how their templates are viewed on a mobile device.

Squarespace Templates - Mobile
Click on image to see this design.

You can play around with their mobile view and see for yourself how your visitors will experience the template.  You can access each mobile view for each Squarespace template here by clicking on the mobile device:

Squarespace Templates - Mobile Preview
Click on the mobile device to preview the template in mobile mode.

Although the mobile viewing function from Squarespace is helpful, here’s what you might also be thinking – what about mobile phones or tablets that have different screen sizes?

This is where our little trick can help you get comfortable that no matter what size the desktop or mobile screens your visitors are using, that Squarespace templates will adjust accordingly to give your visitors a great experience:

As we mentioned in our full review of Squarespace, the fact that Squarespace templates are responsive is one of the bigger benefits of using them.

2) Squarespace Templates – Live Examples

A lot of website builders out there will give you a long list of templates to choose from. What they don’t do, is show you how other real users are using the templates to build their websites.

It is so natural for you to ask the question, “how are other people using this template?”

And you deserve to ask this question for a few good reasons:

  • Curiosity
  • To get comfortable that you are picking the right template
  • To get reassurance that Squarespace works
  • To get design inspirations from others
Squarespace Templates Examples
Click on image, then scroll down the page to see these live website examples

So Squarespace thoughtfully placed a lot of example websites below each template to demonstrate how other users are using the template, not only so that you can see it working, but also to show that you can also create something similar.

Here is also a collection of Squarespace customer websites for you to check out – some of them are very well known companies as well!

3) Squarespace Templates – Categorized for You

One of the challenging aspects of website builders is selecting the best template for your website.  A website builder can provide you with polished, professional templates such as what Squarespace has done, but let’s face it, if you can’t pick the best, most suitable template for your website, it just won’t work out too well.

What Squarespace has done is categorize their templates into 5 categories so you can focus and narrow down your search (saving you time):

  1. Businesses
  2. Portfolios
  3. Blogs
  4. Musicians
  5. Restaurants
  6. Weddings
  7. Personal

Squarespace templates categories

We found this to be a nice touch as it’s always easier when the “pros” make a few recommendations.  You can narrow your final choice of Squarespace template from there.  Just remember that you can always change your template to another one later on if you need to.

This isn’t a mind-blowing feature, but a thoughtful one nevertheless.  Instead of going through all of the Squarespace templates, you can save time by considering only the recommended ones.

4) Squarespace Templates – User Guides

Speaking of thoughtfulness, here’s another “over delivery” from Squarespace.  What they have done is create user guides to walk you through how to use some of their more popular templates.

The guides are created to help you navigate through customizing and using Squarespace templates, and includes topics such as:

  • Structure and style (site title, menu, sidebar, footer, social icons)
  • Pages and content
  • Troubleshooting
  • Style editor tweaks
Squarespace Templates User Guide
Click here to see the template guides. You can see each template listed on the left side column.

Squarespace templates are powerful and elegant, so this guides are excellent to get you and your website started.

5) Squarespace Templates – Video Guides

Squarespace also offers you comprehensive video guides to get you started with your website.  These videos cover areas such as:

  • Images & Videos
  • Pages & Content
  • SEO & Metrics
  • Templates & Design
  • Social

While these video guides will not build your website for you, they will get you started in the right direction, and hold your hand and walk you through the some of the basics.  We can only hope that they continue to produce even more video guides in the future.

If you’re not a hardcore designer, and you’re not sure how to pick the right design that works well for your website, here is a free tutorial to show you how to choose the right website template design with 3 simple criteria.

Squarespace Templates Review – Conclusion

Squarespace templates are not only professional and polished, they are presented to you with a lot of thoughtfulness to help you pick the best one for you, and to also get you started.

If it’s one thing that Squarespace does well that a lot of other website builders don’t, is that they make things easier for you, by categorizing their templates into different industries, creating desktop and mobile previews for each template, showcasing real / live examples of other users using each template, and providing you with template user guides and video workshops to get you started.

It’s the attention to details and user (you) experiences that really impresses us about Squarespace.  You can tell a lot about a website builder by their attention to details.

So if you’re looking to build a professional and beautiful design, definitely take a look at the templates that Squarespace has to offer.  We’re confident that you’ll be impressed as we were, as well.

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About Jeremy


Maybe just like you, at first we didn't have a darn clue about how to build a website, nevermind write half a line of code if our life depended on it! We wanted to build a website to start a side business, and felt overwhelmed, confused & scared about how to actually do it, which builder to use, and making wrong decisions. After years of trials & errors using different website builders, we're here to share our experiences with you.


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    Thank you for sharing your wealth of information. Really can't tell you how much of a help it is as I create a website (for the first time!) for a charity I'm involved in. I know on Wix once you've chosen a template, you're stuck. Is it the same with squarespace? Also, do you suggest one platform over the other for a non-profit website? Thank you thank you thank you!
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    • Jeremy
      Hi Ansley, You can switch templates with Squarespace and your content will be automatically migrated into the new template. With Wix, you can switch templates, but your existing content will not be migrated into the new design. So the long way around that is to copy your text content into a text document, set up your new design template, and copy the text into the new design (and upload your images again of course). So it's a bit of a pain, but it is possible. If you want another option, take a look at Weebly. With Weebly, you can also switch between templates and your content will be automatically migrated into the new design. Jeremy
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    Another question for you Jeremy - I want my website to be in at least 2 languages, if not 3 possibly four. Which templates cater to multi lingual websites without having to build each page from scratch. Thanks again for your time.
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      i tried wix there is a tool that give you multi lang interface but dont know about other sites
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      • Jeremy
        Yes - Wix has a specific App for multilanguages as per our discussion here. The other other website builders don't have a specific tool, but can still work. We went over a few ways to do this in our discussion here Jeremy
    • Jeremy
      I don't think Squarespace can handle multiple languages. But some of their templates can handle two languages I believe (which also then narrows down your choices, relating to your other question below). We have a bit more discussion about creating bilingual websites here. Hope it's helpful to you! Jeremy
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    Hi Jeremy, very interesting and convincing. Which template would you recommend for a vacation rental?
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    • Jeremy
      Hi Nioc, It's really up to you to be honest. Each template has its own "feel", so it depends on what you're trying to portray. One thing about vacation rental is that Squarespace doesn't have any hotel / bed and breakfast type functions, where people can see availability and reserve online. So it's a bit challenging for you to manage your room inventory, etc. Have a look at Wix as they do have a hotel management feature that you might find interesting. We talk more about WixHotels it here. Jeremy
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    Hey Jeremy, if I get a domain or an account on SquareSpace is it possible to get an offline version? I need it for school, and our school has crappy internet. So it's best if I had an offline version.
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    • Jeremy
      Hi Michelle, You won't be able to do that, as all websites built with Squarespace is hosted on their platform, so you have to be connected to the internet in order to load the website. This is the same across all other website builders that we discuss on our website. I know for WordPress, for some developers, they build the entire website on their computer before uploading it online. But for most non-advanced users, you will have to create and load websites while connected to the internet. Jeremy
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    Jeremy, Wow, what a wealth of information. One question... what "platform" is square space build on? I may not be using the right word.... what I am looking for is a place I can build in wordpress...any thoughts would be appreciated
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    • Jeremy
      Hi Bret, Squarespace and WordPress are completely different platforms / website builders. Generally speaking, WordPress is much more flexible, but the learning curve is much higher and to use it effectively, you'll have to know how to modify codes (or else hire a capable developer to help you). WordPress is a drag & drop website builder, so you don't need to touch any codes and you can build a good looking website in a very short period of time. Here is a comparison chart comparing Squarespace and WordPress which will highlight some of my thoughts and differences between them. Hope this helps! Jeremy
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    Hi Jeremy - I built our current website with Volusion, and am looking to update. I'm familiar with code, but honestly am running a business, and not wanting to create another website which requires as much work. Squarespace looks amazing. Can you still receive credit card payments and have the payment system integrate with quickbooks? Thanks for your advice! Angie
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    • Jeremy
      Hi Angie, I don't think Squarespace's check out is able to integrate with Quick Books. Squarespace only uses Stripe to power its ecommerce tools, so at the very least, you can process credit cards. What you can do with Squarespace is export your sales orders in a .csv file, then import the details into your Quick Books account. That might work well. Alternatively, check out Shopify as they do have an app that integrates with Quick Books. Take a look at this discussion comparing Shopify and Volusion, and you'll get a sense of how they benchmark against each other. Jeremy
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    Hi Jeremy, May I ask you two questions? Do squarespace allow you to register .Co.UK. domain names? Do squarespace add their branding to all the paid for packages? Thank you.
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    • Jeremy
      Hi Steve, If you subscribe to Squarespace's annual plan, they give you 1 year use of a free custom domain name. However, they only offer .com / .org / .net / .biz / .info domain names (at the current moment anyway). But if you purchase a .co.uk domain name elsewhere (such as GoDaddy), I'm sure you can connect it to your Squarespace site. They just don't offer it, but you can connect one if you purchase it elsewhere. Jeremy
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    Deepak Bhorkhade
    Hi Jeremy, Thank you for sharing about squarespace. It has surely helped me to understand it better. But there are few questions that i have and would appreciate if you could help me with it. I am an HR professional but have a lot of interest in photography. I have done few photo shoots for couples (for free to build my portfolio) i am also interested in bird photography. And a lot of portraits. I want to have my own website and build my portfolio. Would also like to sell my pictures online. But i am confused about the fact that how will i be paid. I live in India and concerned about the money I might lose in USD to INR conversion. Secondly, is it a good proposition to just take help from a local website builder rather than looking for an international provider. Because my clients would be from India and mostly local. Thanking you in advance. Deepak Bhorkhade
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    • Jeremy
      Hi Deepak, One thing to know is that with Squarespace, only Stripe is integrated with their ecommerce features. As far as I know, Stripe is not available in India (yet). So if you are going to use ecommerce functions to sell your images, you'll probably have to look for another website builder. Take a look at Wix or Weebly (you can see our comparison table here). Both have good ecommerce features, can sell digital products, and can be integrated with PayPal which is available for Indian merchants. With PayPal, your customers have a choice of paying with their own PayPal accounts, or with major credit cards. Also with PayPal, you can charge your customers in your local currency so you won't have to worry about exchange rates. Regarding website builders, Wix and Weebly are global organizations and so they have users all over the world, including India. I wouldn't worry too much about it! Jeremy
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    Rose Marie
    Hi Jeremy, I a going to start a non profit so want of course a professional site that shows up on all mobile sites, with the SEO feature, important both visual & verbal for people to find you or you have nob business, right? But, as a non profit I want to have the feature to sign up & have an address database & also newsletter features, so looks like if I used Squarespace, I would use my Google apps. for address, but then where would I get a newsletter feature? Or should that be the main priorities I should look for before I chose my site builder? The main reason I like Squarespace is the professionalism of the look, which I think is very important for a non profit. & the mobile response feature & SEO, people need to find you in the first place, so thing that should be the main pull for any site. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! ps. I have not register my domain name yet. I all a just figuring this all out & found your site! Very helpful!! Thank you, Rose Marie
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    • Jeremy
      Hi Rose Marie, I think Squarespace can give you those things that you listed. Although they don't have their own newsletter service, you can use popular newsletter service provider such as Aweber or Mailchimp. You can insert a sign up box in your Squarespace website so that people can subscribe to your newsletter. Don't worry about registering for a domain name yet! You can sign up for a trial account with Squarespace for 14 days before deciding if they're the right platform for you. Jeremy
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    Hi Jeremy and Connie, I'm looking at starting a website that is image rich, but also features meaty articles. What template do you recommend? Some really caught my eye (I particularly like the templates that feature full bleed), but I got stuck trying to find a template which showcases amazing photos (via a gallery at the homepage), that when clicked on goes to a feature article. Any hints?
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      Jason Barone
      Hey Warren, I've been building Squarespace websites for a very long time. The amazing thing is that Squarespace's "block" system is quite frankly amazing. The Gallery Block and Summary Block allow you to display photos in all kinds of ways. It's almost like having 50 different templates WITHIN the overall template. With some basic customization you can create some pretty awesome layouts with these blocks...
    • Jeremy
      i Warren, I don’t have any suggestions of which Squarespace template works well for you as it's a very personal choice! But all templates are pretty flexible. I can certainly understand that it’s challenging to see the potential of each template and how your website can potentially work! One option if you don’t know a friendly designer, is to hire someone to help you visualize. Some designers aren’t cheap, but they’re well worth it as they can help you create exactly what you are looking for! - Jeremy