Evaluation of blogging at Squarespace

by admin on January 27, 2009

If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!

Squarespace.com was my first evaluation of a low cost, point and click solution for new bloggers.

I allowed myself two hours with the goal of creating a blog with images, video, affiliate links and then perform some search engine optimization

Evaluation of Squarespace

I started with the Squarespace video presentation on th home page and this provided a brief but cogent introduction to the benefits and features of the product. So far so good.

Next was the fifteen minute demonstration video. This was less engaging so I abandoned this half way through feeling that I had enough to get going.

Now I had to choose a topic for my blog. The snoring of my dogs under the table was the inspiration I needed so  I bought the domain cavalier-king-charles-spaniels.com at joker.com and then signed up to Squarespace with a login name of cavalier-king-charles as there was a length restriction on the name.

This is what the blog contains:

  • first blog post with text, pictures and embedded video 
  • about me page with pictures
  • picture gallery
  • an RSS feed
  • site search facility
  • product recommendations with affiliate links to a Amazon and Dog online

I then did the DNS set up of http://www.cavalier-king-charles-spaniels.com to point at http://cavalier-king-charles.squarespace.com

The end product looked like this….

Positives about Squarespace

  • Very good documentation
  • Intuitive user interface
  • Main facilities are right out of the box

Negatives about Squarespace

  • Site was slow - in fact all squarespace sites were quite slow - even the ones they recommend on their home page
  • Editing of large images was unreliable, - small images were okay
  • It was not obvious how to change meta data for search engine optimization, i.e. title tags, description and keywords.
  • Creating of book recommendation link to Amazon did not work - this might be because I was using an evaluation version - free 14 day trial.

Squarespace Tips

  • Edit your images locally on your PC first to make them approximately the right size before uploading them to Squarespace for inclusion on a page
Share and Enjoy:
  • Digg
  • Sphinn
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Mixx
  • Google

{ 0 comments… add one now }

Leave a Comment

You can use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>