How To Choose A Squarespace Template
Building your own Squarespace website? The first thing you'll need to do, is choose a template. But... there are so many options! What do I pick!? If that sounds like you, read on, cause we everything you need to consider before making the leap. And don't forget, you can always un do it and start again ;)
// 1. WHAT DOES YOUR WEBSITE NEED TO DO?
Write out a list of things you want your site to do - do you want a long scrolling home page, or an individual page that visitors land on and immediately use to navigate to new pages? Do you need a sidebar on your blog, or the ability to show galleries and large images? Think it through, and make yourself a wish list.
// 2. CONSIDER YOUR BRANDING.
Now consider your logo and branding. Some templates restrict placement of logos, navigation bars, etc. So if you have a right aligned logo, but your template only allows you to place your logo on the left, or in the centre of a page, then you're going to hit a roadblock straight away. These are all important things to consider, but unfortunately you're not likely to not what restrictions a template has until you get in there and start playing. But, if you have a list of brand requirements to hand, you can do an immediate evaluation before setting up any pages, and determine if that template really is the one for you.
// 3. LOOK AT TEMPLATES & STUDY THEIR FUNCTIONS.
NOW we can go in and look at the templates themselves! Browse through all the options with your lists next to you, and double check if the templates you like tick your boxes. The main thing to remember here, is that the design and visuals of the templates are fully customizable, but the features are NOT! So get those bits right, and the rest can follow.
// 4. DOUBLE CHECK IT DOES WHAT YOU NEED IT TO.
Pick a few you're interested in, and start to play with them! Install as many as you like, go into the Style Editor section, and see what's possible. Add a few pages, have a play around, and double check that the template suits you, ticks enough of your boxes and makes you feel all the happy feels.
// 5. DESIGN!
Finally! Now you can get to work on the design. It's best to sketch out some design ideas before getting to work in Squarespace, so you have a real idea of what you want your site to look like, and how it will flow visitors through all your information. Does this part make you nervous? Check out this post and see the key elements you need to have on your homepage.