Squarespace as a tool
Making a simple site with some text and some images that you still want to look super fancy and like you paid someone a bunch to set it up for you? I have to recommend you use Squarespace.
I have a lot of history with a number of CMS tools. Some hand made for a particular organisation and some open source. If you are are new to the world or websites or just want to set up a simple site super quickly then I recommend Squarespace.
The site you are looking at right now is built using it and I found within the first hour I had it pretty much set up as I wanted it. Its also really easy to change so as I have been adding more content to the site I have found it easy to make tweaks here and there.
To setup this site all I had to do was:
1) Pick a theme from the large number available. I had decided on creating a blog site so I picked one of the basic blog themes
2) Create an account. Super easy to do and you can set up a free trial account for when you are first creating content and setting up the site.
3) Add content. Play with settings. Get the site looking exactly how you want it to look when you first launch it.
4) Buy a domain. Again this is easy to do using the square space interface.
5) Pick a paid plan. I like being able to pay for the site on a month by month basis. The aim is to keep this site going as long as I can keep writing and people seem interested. However being able to shut it down whenever without having to worry about having to pay annual fees is nice.
6) Launch the site!
It is really that easy to setup.
Now is Squarespace for everyone? Nope. Of course not! There is a good reason why there are so many different web solutions out there on the market and thats because everyone has different needs and use cases. However for a simple informational site with a limited amount of web expertise at your disposal Squarespace is great.