Squarespace Version 5 vs. V7
Although this page is not widely accessible, I know of at least a few people whose sites are hosted on the older version, Squarespace 5. I'm keeping this page live in the event that anyone looking for information on upgrading may land here and find this information useful. Please read on to get a sense of what a transition from the old version will entail, and don't hesitate to contact me if you should want to discuss your upgrade needs.
As any good tech company, Squarespace continues to grow and evolve. The latest versions of their platform are very impressive.
Version 5 was the primary version of the platform offered for quite a long stretch of time. Years. Quite a robust offering, customers were able to use this tool to create their own sites that were quite customizable and impressive.
Although many of the sites I've created on Squarespace were built on V5 and those site owners have elected to keep their sites "as-is" for now, I now begin new website collaborations using Version 7, the latest version of the company's vastly-overhauled software. Whereas I'd so fallen in love with what could be done with this platform long ago, and Version 5 had become the foundation on which much of much of my work was built and learning, "V6" followed, eventually, by "V7" blew my mind. The changes addressed many of the needs I knew I had, and solved other issues I hadn't even known how to articulate. These upgrades brought this company fully into the modern arena for clients interested in taking their sites to the next level.
In an ideal world, we could twitch our noses and have all our content miraculously managed on the most recently-offered version. Because we live in the real world, I still have clients whose online content is still hosted on Squarespace 5. Currently I am working with several of those to transition their content and redesign their sites. Others are making their plans for a similar upgrade. Wherever YOU are in this project, I encourage you to try and enjoy the journey. I've worked with quite a few long-time "Squarespacers" to upgrade their sites and it doesn't have to be painful. Building a website - brand new OR revised - is a lot of work. No question. But it can be fun, too!
Just a few of the features of Squarespace Version 7 are listed below:
- Modern Templates
- Style Editor
- Customizable Content Layouts
- Free Google & Typekit Fonts
- Responsive Image Loader
- Build a Mailing List
- Page-Specific Password
- Built-In Image Editor
- Progressive Image Loading
- Lightbox Presentation
- Image SEO
- Gallery Blocks in Pages & Blogs
- Videos in Galleries
- Audio Collections
- Socially Connected
- Dropbox File Synchronization
- Facebook Page Integration
- Full-Screen Editing
- Automatically Responsive Designs
- Form Blocks
- Multiple Contributors
For a full features list, along with explanations of each, please visit this page on the official Squarespace website.
I'm elated to have the opportunity to work on the latest iteration of the tool that changed everything about my website creation process. I do, however, continue to work with many people who haven't yet made the switch. For those who love their Squarespace 5 sites and aren't quite ready to take the leap to upgrade, that is not a problem. The older version continues, and customers are able to maintain the same level of customization and control that was offered to them when their sites were launched. For those ready for a change, I encourage you to try it. There is no added cost to set up a V7 account and try it out behind-the-scenes, using the free Squarespace two-week trial. You can read about all about the process for upgrading a Squarespace site, here.