Our Premium Squarespace Templates vs the FREE Squarespace Templates
As some of you may know, I sell Squarespace templates as part of my business. I get a lot of questions about my templates, and one question people often ask me is “What is the difference between one of your premium templates, and one of the free Squarespace templates?”
I totally get it, they’re wondering why they should be forking out $100+ if they could just use one of the FREE, built in Squarespace templates.
So today I’m gonna give you a bit of a this vs that, so you can have some more info and make the best decision for you and your biz!
1. You’ll learn how to build, design and maintain your Squarespace website
If you purchase one of my premium templates, you’ll notice that it involves a bit of DIY. Yup, you’ve gotta build the template out yourself.
But don’t freak, it’s hardly by yourself, I’m with you (via video tutorials) every step of the way. I give you all of the files and tools, and walk you through every step of the whole website setup.
I see this as a huge bonus. If you chose a free Squarespace template, you can plug it in instantly and get started. But how are you supposed to know what to do once you’ve installed the template?
Having to build your website from the ground up with my thorough instructions and tutorials, will make you so much more familiar with the platform.
I didn’t just want to supply you with a instant solution, I wanted to empower you with the tools and skills to build, update, and completely maintain your website.
If you know how to use your website, you won’t have to pay anyone to maintain it (which as small biz owners with small biz budgets, we totally don’t want to be doing!) You’ll be able to make design changes and update text, blogs, and feel completely in control of your own website. Cool, right?
That’s not the case with a free Squarespace template. It’s free, so you don’t get all of the extra educational value, you’ll have to figure it out on your own.
Luckily Squarespace isn’t too complicated, so if you have the extra time and a bit of design knowledge, this option should be ok for you!
2. Your design will stand out from the crowd
This one seems to be a big reason people deter from the free Squarespace templates, and choose to purchase my designer templates. They don’t look like anything else out there!
So often people message me saying that they want something “different”, and that the free Squarespace templates are all too generic and boring.
This is totally a personal preference thing, some people love the simplicity of the Squarespace templates.
But because I was going to be charging for my templates, I wanted to make sure I was creating something completely unique.
You might be thinking “Well, they can’t be that unique, they’re templates!”.
True, I sell the same template multiple times, but, every finished website that gets sent to me is completely different! Back to point #1: because I give you the tools to design and update your website from beginning, you can take the template design and run with it! It’s awesome seeing what people create.
Also, my template store is pretty "boutiquey", you would be very unlikely to stumble across someone else who is using the same template as you!.
3. You get my expertise
Squarespace is made to be a super user friendly DIY platform. But as someone who’s been working with it for a long time, I’ve discovered (and continue to discover) all of the little tricks and tweaks to create really comprehensive websites.
For someone who really knows what they’re doing (me), there’s not much you can’t do with Squarespace.
For someone who is brand new at Squarespace and web design in general, (and doesn’t have a spare year under their belt to learn it all) there’s a lot you CAN'T do with Squarespace.
The free Squarespace templates cater to those who are just starting, and want really basic websites.
Our premium templates cater to those who are just starting, but need something more robust, and want more specialized features.
Also, did you know that every Squarespace template has different functionalities? For example, one family of templates could have a sidebar function, but another may not. Not all Squarespace templates are equal.
So, if you chose to go with the free option, make sure you do some good research before you start, otherwise you might spend a huge amount of time building your website, only to find out that something that you really wanted, isn’t actually possible.
With our premium templates, everything is written out clearly before you buy, for example: “sidebar function not available with this template” which makes the job a choosing a suitable template much easier!
So, with all that being said, this is a typical situation of "you pay for what you get".
You get A LOT more from the premium templates, but of course, they come at a price! On the flipside of that, you could score a free template from Squarespace and set up something nice, but probably pretty basic.
It comes down to what you need for your business, and what's going to be more valuable to you right now!
I hope that helped with your decision making. You can check out the templates below! And drop me a comment below or contact me if you have any questions.