How to Create Your Own Website: A Beginner’s Guide to Squarespace

Have you ever considered starting your own website?

Maybe you need a website for your own business or for your art. Maybe you just want to express yourself more through a blog.

In this blog post, I will share with you how I created my own website.

I want to help you create something that matters to you and to others. Maybe by creating a website or by blogging, you can discover what you really want to create.

My goal for this guide is to help you understand the basics of creating a website. In this guide, I will help you:

  • create your website with Squarespace,
  • set up your website,
  • create a web page,
  • create your own blog and publish your first blog post, and
  • make your website go live.

There are many platforms out there which you can choose from to create your website. Many of which for free or for a small fee.

But today, I want to share with you how I created my own website using Squarespace. It’s my platform of choice. In other blog posts, we’ll explore the other platforms.

Four Reasons Why I Use Squarespace

1. Ease of creating a website

If you’re new to creating a website, there are three things you need to have: a domain, a web host, and a content management system (or CMS).

The domain is the name of your website: www._______.com.

The web host is the company that stores all your website’s data in its servers and makes them available on the internet.

The CMS is where you manage all of your website’s content and design. Examples of CMS are WordPress, Blogger, Wix, Medium, and Squarespace.

Sounds complicated? 

Don’t worry. Squarespace offers all three in one service. It takes care of your domain, hosts your website for you, and gives you a content management system that’s easy to use. Not to mention, it’s CMS is powerful. You don’t have to worry about anything else but your content.

2. Being in control of my website’s design

The most popular blogging platform is (and probably always will be) WordPress. I used WordPress for my first blog back in 2013. It is where I learned the basics of blogging.

One thing I wanted to have in my own website was control over how it looked. But, I didn’t have any programming background.

With Squarespace, you don’t need any programming background to dramatically change or simply tweak the design of your own website. You can simply drag and drop elements of your website to where you want them to be. Squarespace websites are highly customizable.

Design is a big thing for me. In fact, as of this writing, my website has gone through three huge facelifts since I started it in 2014. And I did all of those myself. If I wanted to change a simple element of my website’s design, I can easily change it.

With WordPress, changing something as simple as link color, font style, and font size requires knowledge of CSS. If you don’t know CSS, you’ll be stuck with a template you’ve chosen for your website.

3. Support and security

The main reason why I shut down my WordPress blog was because after six months of investing time and effort (and money) on my website, malware was installed on my blog. I don’t know if my blog was hacked, my blog’s template was hacked, or a shared server got compromised. But, when you visited my first website, it would redirect you to another website.

Again, having no programming background, I didn’t know how to troubleshoot the problem. 

What I like about Squarespace is that it offers 24/7 support. You can ask questions regarding any problem you might have on your blog. I’ve tried contacting their customer support a couple of times and they have been extremely helpful. I’m a happy customer.

Also, I had no problems with the security of my blog, the Squarespace servers, or its templates. One of the biggest problems with choosing a free template on WordPress is that malware can be easily installed on the template. Squarespace has a lifetime support on its templates.

Also, I feel secure about Squarespace’s shared servers. My previous web host (which shall not be named here) seemed to host websites which use dirty tactics to drive traffic to their websites. You won’t have any problems like that with Squarespace.

4. Scaleable without the need of plug-ins

When I started my blog, I already knew I was going to scale it to a full-feature website with a home page, contact page, products or programs page, a gallery, and so on.

Squarespace is not only a blog-builder. It’s also a website-builder. Not only can you create a blog, you can also create a website for yourself, for your art, or for your business. If later on, you decide to expand your blog into a full-feature website, you can easily do so with Squarespace.

With WordPress, you also have to install a lot of programs (or more popularly known as plug-ins) to get the features you want for your website. For example, you need to install a contact form plug-in just to create a contact form for your blog. With Squarespace, it’s not only easy to create a contact form, it’s also highly customizable.

If you’re new to creating websites, you need to do a lot of research of what plug-ins to install to your blog. With Squarespace, you don’t have to worry about the plug-ins you need to install. 

On the other hand, the lack of plug-ins also limits Squarespace’s flexibility. But, still, the features I find necessary are already in Squarespace.

How to Create a Squarespace Blog

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What are you creating?

Have you created your website? I’d love to see the website you created. Feel free to leave a comment below and share your website and, more importantly, your art with us.

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