In April of this year Google announced that unless your website is "mobile friendly" (has versions optimized for viewing on mobile devices), you will be penalized (you will lose rankings in Google). Ouch!

Desktop and mobile versions of our website (for iPad/tablet and iPhone/smart phone).

We've designed about four dozen websites for clients on the Squarespace system (I'll call it SS) and we love it. If your website was built on the SS 6 or 7 platform (not SS 5) you already have mobile versions built in. If we created a website for you more than a couple of years ago, or if your website doesn't have versions viewable on mobile devices, you should consider having us update it to the newer mobile-friendly platform so you won't lose rankings in Google.

If you've been wondering about Squarespace or the new platform (or if you're wondering about a better way to have a brand new website), read this post and then email or call me at 310-649-4434 and I'll be happy to answer any questions you have. 

Can you do it yourself? Maybe, but is it really the best use of your time?

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We love Squarespace, and most of our clients who have a Squarespace website love it also and do updates themselves. Squarespace is a fabulous company, their customer service is stellar and they listen to their customers. They offer tons of wonderful features, not the least of which is its ability to automatically generate mobile versions of your website.

We have converted many older Squarespace sites and are in the process of converting more. Most of our clients don't have the skill to manage the conversion, or the time to devote to it, so we do most or all of the work and then we (if they want) teach them how to maintain it. 

If you decide to DIY, know that you can import your older (SS 5) site into the new SS, but none of the formatting will go along with your content. If you have another type of website you can usually quickly transfer your content over. You will have to pick a template and adapt it for your needs. Customizing a template can be a lot of work, and is it really the best use of your time? I like it because it's creative, I'm a nerd, and I'm good at it. Plus, I can transfer content and format a template fast, saving you money. We can tutor you on how to use the new platform, and there is lots of help at the Squarespace website (help area, videos, chat support).

The cost for us to help can vary depending on how much help you need. Sites we have recently converted have ranged from $400 - $1,500, averaging about $600 for a brochure website (no e-commerce). You can give it a go if you want, we can do it for you, or we can work together and have you start to learn the system by entering some of your content (and you'll save money).  

This is a good (short) article at the Squarespace blog about going mobile.

If you have a SS website and want to keep it mobile-friendly, this article is filled with great tips on how to do that.

Hope that helps. Again, call me at 310-649-4434 or email if you have questions about your website or your ideas for a new one.

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