As I continue to master my Squarespace skills, the focus has been on learning more about all of the gorgeous templates offered, and the best way to go about choosing one. The Facebook Group Squarespace Community, has been a wealth of information, as well as the Squarespace Help Section. After reading and watching lots of demo videos, below are my main takeaways on how I should choose a template. As always, if you are a squarespace know-it-all, and have any advice on this, please share your tips below!
PURPOSE: What is the purpose of the website? To show an interior design portfolio? To sell delicious chocolate? To showcase a blog?
NAVIGATION BAR: Is the navigation fixed? Does the client want a more traditional Side Bar, the easy to read Top Bar, or perhaps the modern Hamburger Button (appear as three parallel horizontal lines)?
SCROLLING: Is Traditional Scrolling desired? Or perhaps the client preferred the more interactive Parralex Scrolling, where the background image content is moved at a different speed than the foreground content while scrolling.
BLOG: What type of Blog layout? A Grid layout with thumbnail images linking to a post? A Stacked and more classic layout which starts with the most recent blog post and simply reads down the page.
INDEX PAGE: Are Index Pages necessary? An Index Page collects images from different pages and shows them off in a grid, scrolling page, or slideshow.
Other questions to keep in mind are: How flexible is the template? Is there an eCommerce option and what do those templates look like? Are Cover Pages included in the template and which Cover Page design layouts are offered?
Over the next weeks, I’ll create a spreadsheet with the above categories, and fill in the template that matches each feature. I have seen a few of these spreadsheet online, but feel the need to create my own to become familiar with the templates.