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08/29/2014 // 19 comments

5 Fab Squarespace Sites & 5 Reasons To Join!

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I realised recently that the last time I carried out a design update for Bright.Bazaar was almost two(!) years ago in 2012. At that time I moved from Blogger to WordPress and while that move certainly gave me more flexibility with Bright.Bazaar’s design than I’d had before, I’ve never really fallen in love with the platform. During a recent conversation with my friends Susan and William we came to talk about Squarespace and how they were obsessed with how easy it was to use to create a stylish looking *and* easy to update site. I was intrigued to find out more so I hot-footed my way over the internet cobbles to Squarespace to hunt out some examples of blogs and websites using the platform.

These five sites instantly caught my eye because of their clean, modern and effortlessly chic aesthetic. For me there’s a definite shift happening in blogging, by which I mean blogs, rather than the ever popularising additional social channels. The way we consume content has changed and there’s no longer a hunger for daily editorial content on a blog as one can interact with a blog author across various other channels. That’s what makes these Squarespace designs so brilliant – they make templates that are perfect for cleaner, fresher and down-right-easier-to-read blogs. After all, I don’t think a monthly archive widget is relevant anymore, for example. I’m really tempted to redesign Bright.Bazaar so it just highlights my visual aesthetic without too much ‘noise’, and in a format that’s suited to today’s way of consuming content onto the go. I’m really excited for Bright.Bazaar 3.0 and can’t wait to share it with you. In the meantime, if you’re as tempted as I am to make the jump over to Squarespace, then you’re in luck because the guys at their HQ are kindly offering Bright.Bazaar readers 10% off with the code: BAZAAR10. Have a brilliant weekend, folks!

Featured sites: 1. Collate | 2. Jessica Paul | 3. Maiedae | 4. Megan Flug Designs | 5. S. Belanger Photography

Jee | Oh, How Civilized

29 / 29 / 2014

I’m on Squarespace and love it.

Hester

29 / 29 / 2014

I’ve made the move from blogger to squarespace
last year and updating my site is so much easier now!
I love their clean design and you don’t have to be a computer geek to create a nice looking page.
Go squarespace! :D

Emily

29 / 29 / 2014

I use Squarespace for all my sites, including my blog and absolutely love it. I have been using it for about 18 months now and have been so happy with it.
And they have really great customer service too!
Looking forward to Bright Bazaar 3.0! x

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

29 / 29 / 2014

@Hester – That’s so good to know, thank you!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

29 / 29 / 2014

@Emily – Your sites are beautiful so that’s a great sign! Thank you :)

Laura knight

29 / 29 / 2014

I love my squarespace site. A huge bonus for me is the support – The longest it’s ever taken them to respond to one of my questions is about 15 minutes! Just amazing

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

29 / 29 / 2014

@Laura – 15 minutes?! Wow that’s incredible!

SAMueL SParrow

29 / 29 / 2014

We’re about to relaunch the Sparrow and Co. site on Squarespace!

Intuitive platform and great customer service.

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

29 / 29 / 2014

@Samuel – This makes me even more tempted to sign up! Can’t wait to see your new site, Sam!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

29 / 29 / 2014

@Jee – Really good to know, thank you. Love your site!

caroline @trend-daily

29 / 29 / 2014

Look forward to checking these out Will! My (in desperate need of an update ;-) portfolio is on squarespace too! As I’m so bad at regular updates on the blog, I was wondering whether to just concentrate on adding new shots onto there instead every so often and then just doing tumblr instead!?! Hope to see you soon hugs xx

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

29 / 29 / 2014

@Caroline – Personally I’m not a huge Tumblr fan (it’s SO hard to find the original source of an image) but I think you could do something simple and image-led with Squarespace instead so could be a great option for you to consider. Hope to see you soon too! Big hugs xx

sinah

29 / 29 / 2014

Hi! I just found your page!
I think it´s adorable, you look great and the way you write is so much fun to read. love the colours and the style of the blog. Wishing you all the best ..
Sinah from Germany

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

29 / 29 / 2014

@Sinah – Thank you so much for stopping by and for the kind words!

Matthew Pike

30 / 30 / 2014

I’ve been wondered what the difference is between Sqaurespace and Tumblr, so thanks for the breakdown.

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

30 / 30 / 2014

@Matthew – My pleasure!

kimberly hughes

01 / 1 / 2014

Some stunning examples there! I’ve been thinking of moving for the last 3 years to another platform. Definitely considering Squarespace now! Thanks for the info! xx

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

01 / 1 / 2014

@Kimberly – My pleasure! I’m the same: I keep thinking about moving for so long but feel now is the time to act on it!

Mary Beth

01 / 1 / 2014

Hi Will, don’t publish this but I love this post because I am not techy AT ALL & need help and ideas. But I think I signed up for Word Press and have a 3 yr subscription ?? anyway today I learned how to add a Pinterest button on my blog and I am starting a new feature called My Neighbor’s Nest. Once a mos. I’m going to my friends’ homes who have not-cookie-cutter décor to photograph their homes and will showcase their homes on my blog. Hope it will draw readers. thanks again for more information! Happy Monday, It’s a holiday here in USA