Squarespace has always been a complicated platform for bloggers—that’s just the reality. In fact, my woefully out of date series about building a Squarespace blog is still one the most popular pieces of content on this site.
But what does Squarespace’s new 7.1 platform mean for bloggers?
What do we mean by blogging with Squarespace 7.1?
The reason I set these types of sites aside as a distinctive category is that the website goals are different than someone who’s blogging for their business, which is a different situation. The infrastructure needs are different. The blog is a critical part of that type of site, but it’s not THE site. It’s a subtle, but important, delineation.
If your primary website purpose is blogging, will Squarespace 7.1 work for you?
Squarespace 7.1 has made some fantastics strides in terms of layout for blogs. I’d say that unless you need a very customized, granular layout (and in that case WordPress is likely a better solution), you’ll be much happier with the out of the box options on 7.1 versus the old Brine template layouts available in 7.0. They just look slicker and more modern. Check out a couple of screenshots from recent 7.1 Design in my portfolio projects’ blog landing pages:
Are you worried about speed and blogging with Squarespace 7.1?
How does Squarespace 7.1 work with Schema?
I consistently see that more TLC is needed on Squarespace sites, including embedding manual schema into posts in order for it to be scanned correctly by Google. This isn’t a deal-breaker, but it may frustrate you if you’re less technical. (Which is totally fine!)