It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Squarespace around here. It’s been our go-to website platform for years for a variety of reasons. It’s easy for our clients to manage by themselves after the design process, the site security is unparalleled by other platforms, and it’s inherently mobile-responsive. All of these things are non-negotiables in our opinion. With Squarespace, we can create a clean and user-friendly site, and then add on some advanced features to take the visitor experience to the next level. Adding some of these features is a simple way to give your site a visual upgrade while retaining the simplicity and ease of the Squarespace platform. There have been many companies that have emerged in the past few years as great resources for Squarespace plugins, and our personal favorite is Square Studio.
You’ll see links to some of our favorite plugins below! We like to use these features to bring your Squarespace sites to the next level without sacrificing user experience or ease of management. Now for the fun part: sharing the golden nuggets we have found with you so you can elevate your site, giving it an updated aesthetic and fresh professionalism in just a few simple steps.
Having a blog of any kind is an excellent addition to any website for a multitude of reasons. It’s a great place to provide your customers with resources, to build credibility in your industry, and to give your site a significant SEO boost. Consistently updating your blog shows Google that you’re keeping your web content updated with the latest information and resources. Nobody wants to read a blog that hasn’t been updated in five years! But let’s face it, the same old image and text display can feel bland and a little 2010, so we use these plugins to provide a simple and user-friendly solution to subtly and effectively upgrade the look and feel of your blog!
Where to see it: https://www.portland2018.com/
Where to get it: https://squarestud.io/search?type=product&q=blog
Sometimes we have a lot of content that we need to get out to our site visitors. But you know how it goes. When you’re looking at ton of content that just goes on and on, it’s tempting to just scan over it, missing important details, or skip reading it all together (because let’s be honest...ain’t nobody got time for that!).
An easy solution we have for this is to use an Accordion feature. This allows us to condense the content in a very digestible way and use titles that POP, capturing the reader's interest! This way, the reader can click through each section and take in the information in smaller chunks.
Where to see it: https://www.f3cycling.com/formmount
Where to get it: https://squarestud.io/search?type=product&q=accordion
This feature is great for “History” or “About Us” sections on your site. A timeline is a very visually pleasing way to tell a story, and your company story is one of the most important things about your company. It really allows your clients to connect with you as real people and not just a business transaction. It displays emotion that may be difficult to convey elsewhere on your site. Plus, showing your customers that you have been around for years is a major strength, because it positions you as an expert in your industry.
Where to see it: https://www.emilmeyersconstruction.com/company/history/
Where to get it: https://squarestud.io/collections/plugins/products/alternating-vertical-timeline
5. Animated Headings
Ok, now this one is just FUN and basically speaks for itself! How many times have you scrolled right past the heading of a website? With this plugin, you just can’t. Your sucked in and captivated, and you have to know what the next word is going to be typed out on your screen. This is a really simple way to engage your readers in an interactive fashion. And engaged readers is always a valuable thing.
Where to see it: https://www.mbsimplesolution.com/
Where to get it: https://squarestud.io/products/type-animation
7. Image Slider
This plugin is a great way to showcase before and afters. Whether you’re a plastic surgeon, a photo editing professional, or a fitness guru, this is a great way to display the transformation you create in a fun interactive way! Site visitors love dragging the slider left and right to see the difference in real time. There are so many exciting ways to use this plugin!
Where to see it: https://pillasport.com/collections/shooting
(We tweaked this plug-in to work on this Shopify site, but it can be used on Squarespace as well!)
Where to get it: https://squarestud.io/collections/plugins/products/image-slider
FINALLY, Parallax. This is a feature that comes standard in select Squarespace templates but not ALL of them. With this plugin and a very simple setup process, you can have Parallax on any Squarespace template. I love seeing Parallax on websites I visit. It feels interactive, it creates motion to keep you interested and gives your website a modern upgrade without having to make any huge content changes. This is a strong feature, with simple installation, that packs a huge punch when it comes to user experience.
Where to see it: https://reachorphansworldwide.org/
Where to get it: https://squarestud.io/products/parallax
These are just a few of the options available when you build a website on Squarespace. Even without a coding background, you can integrate these features in your own sites to take that experience to the next level. A memorable website is absolutely crucial for today’s customers. Make your Squarespace website stand out in the crowd with these custom features!