SQUARESPACE + DOMAINS
"WHAT IS SQUARESPACE?"
Back in the day people would create websites by typing out lines of code and they looked ... well, horrible. Over time there's been new, simpler and prettier ways of creating websites. Squarespace is, in basic terms, a website creation platform.
"Should I use SQUARESPACE?"
Here's the Squarespace details, Squarespace produces modern and stunning websites, not to mention it's as headache-free of a website creation platform as they come. Someone with experience (ie. your new designer) is able to make a Squarespace site extremely customized, so it won't look like any others. Squarespace is easy to use and powerful, which is what most small business owners are really after.
I suggest Squarespace for small business owners, bloggers and creative professionals.
I suggest WordPress or Shopify for large businesses, and organizations with complex website requirements (forums, very complex booking systems, online shops requiring individual client login accounts, etc.)
"HOW MUCH DOES SQUARESPACE COST?"
90% of my clients use the $12/month plan. Included in this is the cost of website hosting. You'll also want to purchase a domain name (roughly $10-$20/year).
Clients of The Paige Studio receive 20% off their Squarespace plan for the first year as a perk of working with a Squarespace Circle member.
"CAN I KEEP MY CURRENT DOMAIN NAME?"
Yes, you sure can!
"IF I BOOK TODAY, HOW MUCH DO I PAY?
You pay 50% of your package price; this saves your spot in the design queue. Then on the last day of your two week design period, just before we launch, you'll pay the 50% remainder.
"WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I BOOK?"
You'll receive an email with the studio's Welcome Package. It will walk you through preparing your content; you can get started right away if you'd like! I will also follow up by email with a contract to be signed. (You can sign it easily online). Once the contract is signed your preferred design date will be saved for you and become unavailable to others.
"CAN YOU START ON MY WEBSITE TOMORROW?"
I take on a limited number of clients at a time to ensure I produce stunning projects in a 2 week period. While I won't start on your website tomorrow, it will be perfectly completed by your project end date.
"WHAT DESIGN DATE SHOULD I CHOOSE?"
A design without content will make your website look a little … well, naked.
If you have photos and text content prepared (say, on a current website) choose the next available design date.
If you need to write your text content and take photos, choose a start date 1 month out.
If you'll be hiring others to write your text and take photos, choose a start date 2+ months out. Speak with your photographer and copywriter to get a firm estimate of how long the project(s) will take them and book accordingly.
These suggestions work for most client's, however be sure to adjust according to how busy your schedule is.