Squarespace is one application that we, as a community around WordPress, need to stay abreast of because they are building something both impressive and innovative.
Recently they released an ecommerce portion to their offering that really brings their blogging solution into a much more impressive sphere:
Giving our customers the ability to manage and sell products on their websites has been the most requested Squarespace feature of all time. Thanks to the powerful architecture of Squarespace 6, we’ve built a truly integrated commerce solution that gives our customers amazing power and flexibility within a single platform.
With seamless integration with Stripe and all the trimmings that you’d expect from a full-fledged ecommerce solution it’s something to drool over. Their dead-simple site setup makes a lot of other services look complex and confusing.
And that’s the thing – although they are offering a much more robust and comprehensive solution their blogging experience isn’t something to laugh at – in fact, I’m seeing more and more Squarespace blogs pop up as I browse the web.
Actually, let me be honest – I’ve even recommended to a few friends and family members that they should use Squarespace instead of WordPress because of their needs and the simplicity of getting started with a very small budget.
I’m not ashamed of that – I think it works very well for their specific needs and it got them up and running in a matter of minutes with the things that they needed quickly.
Now with commerce built right-in it’s an even more attractive alternative to WordPress where you’d have to install and configure a plugin, and some of them are very cumbersome to boot.
I think we need to consider what Squarespace is doing and take a look at not just their total package features but also how they are implementing their blogging experience – because there’s a lot that’s admirable about their implementation. With a full importer to move to Squarespace from WordPress the migration is simple and effective for those that are tired of managing their own system.