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Welcome to The Design Den.
Squarespace designers and developers.
Squarespace is fast becoming the go to platform for small and medium sized businesses to have an engaging, dynamic and easy to manage website for their business. Squarespace is an easy to use, manage and maintain while providing powerful tools to help you grow and promote your business at the same time.
Before we begin, some of our work
So the big question...
if Squarespace is so easy to use, why do I need your help?
Great question, and having some of your own deign skills, and the time to fiddle around with Squarespace to get it right, you can create a website that "works", however if you don't have the skills or the time to not only get it "working" but to get it being effective and well set up, then The Design Den has you covered.
When time is money, The Design Den will work with you to design, develop and deploy a website solution that not only works, but also helps to deliver real business results for you.
We love Squarespace so much so, we built this site on Squarespace too. Infact we only build all our websites on Squarespace, which allows us to build the efficiently and effectively in turn making your dollar go further when using us.
There are so many ways in how we can help you when choosing The Design Den and also choosing to have your businesses website built on the Squarespace platform. Here's what else we can do to help you in the process.
Deciding which Squarespace template is right for you.
There are so many Squarespace templates to choose from, each with its own set of design and functional features. Some suited for eCommerce, some suited for blogs, portfolios or even services and/products. Squarespace have plenty of options to choose from, however we are here to help choose which one will suit your business not only for now, but into the future.
The Design Den has a complete understanding on each of the templates capabilities and functionalities to include everything you need in your business communication. As we solely use the Squarespace platform for all our clients we understand how to integrate videos, blog content, social media, documents and all other media into our solutions, giving the best possible result for you and your business.
We'll train you on the Squarespace basics.
Squarespace has a very intuitive and easy interface to allow you to manage and maintain your site ongoing. Sure there will be a bit of a learning curve, however part of our process and service is setting you up right with Squarespace so you have the full power at your fingertips.
In no time you'll be uploading images, adding videos, creating new pages and inserting new content blocks making your Squarespace site interactive, engaging and up to date.
accredited and respected Squarespace Circle Member
As The Design Den is an accredited Squarespace Circle Member you can have 6 months FREE subscription while your site is being developed, however If you design and develop your own Squarespace site on your own you'll only have a two week free period to build your site. As you will know in small business time and money is everything.
We can design, refine and strengthen your brand and online presence
When developing a new website, or even updating an existing one, the first thing is to make sure the foundations are right. Having a brand that is compelling, dynamic and relevant will help you get more user interaction and recall to memory.
We have a saying at the Design Den...
So make sure before you start with a new website to ask us how we can help with your brand and the messages you're putting out to your customers.
From a new logo, to creating new content and imagery to even re-positioning your whole brand The Design Den can point you and your brand in the right direction.
So why do we use Squarespace?
Over our time developing websites and brands for our clients, we have used various Content Management Systems and other web services to build sites. Squarespace is the most intuitive, user friendly and efficient way to build websites. More importantly Squarespace has proven to be easier for our clients to manage and maintain long term.
So you know, The Design Den doesn't receive any commissions or referral bonuses for using or recommending Squarespace. We just love it, and prefer to give your customers the exact same experience we have.
There are plenty of reasons why we love the Squarespace platform. Here are just a few...
A proven reliable platform since 2003
With over 1 million registered websites on Squarespaces's platform, Squarespace has proven to deliver a wide range of sites from the small home business to the large multinational company.
Search engines love Squarespace
Squarespace has been engineered to be allow the the sites on its platform can be found easily and indexed on all the major search engines. Squarespace gives you the ability to manage your site description, custom URLs, page titles and also has search-friendly formatting. This is crucial for being found within search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo. Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is crucial for your business to be found when your customers are looking for products and/or services you offer.
The Design Den can also help you to migrate your site from its existing platform to Squarespace, using all the tools and features that Squarespace offers
Modern, flexible templates
A great looking website is just the start with Squarespace. Every template is flexible and can be customised to suit your needs. Content and features can be added easily and the look of the site – logo, fonts, colours and layout – can all be tailored to be consistent with your brand.
So whether you want a single page, a stunning gallery, a blog, or an online shop, there is a template that will suit your needs. You can even switch from one template to another smoothly
Easy to use CMS (Content Management System)
To us this is the most important reason to recommend Squarespace. Having used other Content Management Systems like WordPress and Joomla (and other proprietary CMS), we believe that the Squarespace online CMS is the easiest to use – and enables clients of most skill levels to be able to manage the content of their own websites.
24/7 Customer Service
Even though Squarespace is based in the US, their Customer Care team is ready to help 24 hours a day. While taking into account the time difference with Australia is important, in our experience their award-winning team provides timely and well considered responses. Their online help knowledge base is also extremely good and can often resolve your questions.
More great features
Squarespace has many great features.
Here are just some that may be of interest to you:
- Organise events
- Free Google fonts
- Fully responsive line graphs, bar graphs and pie charts
- Getty Images integration (images cost just $10 each for web use)
- Lightbox presentation of gallery images
- Galleries can include images, videos and audio
- Include Google maps
- Use MailChimp to build a maiing list and integrate with your blog or your email newsletter
- Save form submissions to Google Docs
- Use custom CSS to tailor the templates
- Use sitewide or page-specific passwords
- Have multiple contributors with access to selective levels of your website manager – levels include Administrator, Content Editor, Billing, Reporting, Comment Moderator, Trusted Commenter, and Store Manager.
- Blogs are syndicated via RSS and fully integrated with most major readers such as Flipboard, Feedly and others.
- All the commenting features you expect – use Squarespace's built-in system or replace it with Disqus
Squarespace has built-in metrics that enable you to view the traffic to your site, their behaviour, where they have come from and what search keywords they have used – all in real-time. And adding Google Analytics is no problem.
Get social online
Squarespace has all the tools and plugins to integrate all your social media platforms into your new Squarespace site. Publish directly from Squarespace, or import existing content into Squarespace, all done pretty much, with a click of a few buttons.
Cost effective plans
Squarespace has a range of cost-effective subscription plans to suit most requirements. Options start at $5 per month for a cover page, $12 or $18 per month for multiple page websites, or $26 or $40 per month for fully-featured commerce websites (prices based on an annual subscription and are current as at May 2016).
This pricing includes use of the online CMS, website hosting and use of a free custom domain.
These prices are often compared to other CMS options like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, WIX and Shopify.
WordPress, Joomla and Drupal are open-source and free to use – but do require the website to be hosted (which can cost anywhere from $10 per month). WIX is also free to use – though to use all the features requires a premium plan subscription which is similar in cost to Squarespace. Shopify is more expensive than Squarespace.
Current Squarespace subscriptions can be checked by visiting https://www.squarespace.com/pricing
Use a Squarespace custom domain,
or use your own domain
If you subscribe to an annual plan then you receive a free Squarespace custom domain (ie. yourcompany.squarespace.com). If you own a domain (ie. yourcompany.com.au) then you can use that domain by ‘mapping’ the domain to Squarespace. Our website is an example of using our own domain and ‘mapping’ it to Squarespace.
Squarespace’s commerce capabilities are fast being recognised as among the best available. A range of templates optimised for commerce has been developed and integration with a Stripe payment gateway gives you instant approval of credit card payments.
Squarespace do not charge any transaction fees when one of their commerce plans is used. Small transaction fees are charged when non-commerce plans are used. Stripe charges a low rate for processing changes. Visit stripe.com/pricing for pricing details.
Squarespace provides a highly secure shopping environment – PCI compliant. SSL enabled.
Some of the other key features are:
- Unlimited number of products (depending on plan)
- Sell physical or digital products, or services
- Rich product descriptions can include text, images, videos, audio, maps and much more.
- Flexible product variants (such as size, colour, sale price)
- Manage inventory
- Manage tax rates for countries and regions
- Product image zoom and quick view (some templates)
- Accept donations
- Customisable checkout
- Collect information from customers for each product they add to their cart using custom forms
- Express checkout – no need to use a shopping cart
- Track payment activity and manage orders
- Create flexible discount options
- Set-up shipping options
- Encourage customers to sign up to your mailing list using MailChimp
- Manage your store using the Squarespace mobile app
The full list of commerce features can be viewed in the section titled ‘Commerce’ on https://www.squarespace.com/feature-index/
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The Design Den is based in Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula and work with customers all across Australia.
The Design Den is there for you to help you with your design and website needs, and rest assured Squarespace has the customer support to ensure you are never left in the dark when updating and maintaining your new Squarespace website. Squarespace has a 24 hours, 7 days a week Customer Care team based in New York that provide award winning support and service.
Ready to get started?
Get in contact with us today, and we can get the ball rolling on your Squarespace website.