How to Build a Beautiful Website in Just Hours
So you wanna build a website FAST?
This is not a joke - if you sit down and work your way through this blog post, you could be launching your website tomorrow, seriously.
So you have a great idea, and you really want to launch your biz, but you KNOW you need a killer website to back it up. Ummm, where do you even start? Do you have to learn how to code? Is it going to cost thousands to hire someone else to do it? On top of all that, do you even have enough time to figure it all out?
I got you covered, girl!
Let’s break it down into simple steps (I’ll get super detailed below!):
1. Purchase a Premium Squarespace Template
2. Sign up for Squarespace
3. Build your site
4. Upgrade your account - launch!
Before you sit down to start building anything, you’ll want to make sure you have a good idea of what you’re going to create! For example, what’s your business all about? What’s your business name? Who is your target audience? These are all things that you’ll want to have sorted before you jump into creating your website.
STEP 1 | Squarespace Template
The first thing you’ll want to do is choose a template from our Squarespace Template shop! Pick a design that you think will work well with your business. Remember, you can completely customize these designs to work with your brand.
The great thing about purchasing a premium custom template from the Squarespace Template shop is that it comes with awesome tutorials that help you not only create an beautiful website, but learn how completely take control of your website so you have the power to change it any way you like and make edits in the future. Learn more about what’s included here.
You can get free templates from Squarespace, but these are pretty basic and generic looking. Also, without the step by step tutorial videos and instructions that our premium Squarespace Templates come with, it will take you quite a lot longer to create something. But if you are creating something really basic, these can be a good option.
I recommend previewing them all here: http://www.squarespace.com/templates and seeing what would work best for your business before you choose one, because once you choose a template and design your site, it’s not easy to switch to a different template.
Related Post > How to choose a Squarespace Template
STEP 2 | Sign up for Squarespace
Now you’ll want to sign up for Squarespace. Squarespace is an amazing website creation platform that handles everything to do with your website including hosting, designing and even your domain. I recommend Squarespace for almost everyone. If you purchased one of our premium templates, they are only compatible with Squarespace. See why I recommend Squarespace here.
Go to http://www.squarespace.com/templates and choose any template to start with. If you have purchased a premium template, follow the instructions within the template kit about which template to start with!
On the next page, follow the prompts to sign up with Squarespace.
Squarespace offers a free 2 week trial account! You can easily build your website in under 2 weeks, so you can leave your site in the free trial for now and I’ll show you how to upgrade at the end.
STEP 3 | Build your Site
If you have purchased one of our premium Squarespace templates, this step will be a breeze. You just need to follow the instructions provided step by step to build your website. There are tutorials on how to do all of this, including writing your copy and sourcing and saving your images for web.
If you’ve opted to use one of the free Squarespace templates, similarly you can just replace their demo content with all of your own.
If you’re completely new to Squarespace I recommend watching the video below for an intro to Squarespace so you can learn how to use the platform (it’s pretty easy!). After you watch this you will have a better understanding of the platform, how to navigate around and how to add/remove content on your site.
STEP 4 | UPGRADE YOUR ACCOUNT + LAUNCH!
As soon as you plan to make your site live, you will need to upgrade to a paid plan and purchase a domain name.
When you are editing your site, there's a big button at the bottom that will say "UPGRADE NOW"
Choose your plan.
The biggest difference between the Personal and Business plan: is that you get lots more features with the Business plan, premium blocks and e-commerce features. You don’t need a Business plan to run a website, but you may want to purchase a Business plan for the extra features. You can compare the features when you’re viewing the pricing page.
If you sign up for a yearly business plan, you will get a domain free for a year.
If you are planning to run a larger online store, consider upgrading to one of the Commerce plans. Enter your billing information and proceed.
Now you have signed up for your plan, we'll need to connect your domain. Go to your website editor sidebar > Settings > Domains.
If you have already purchased one of these elsewhere you can connect your domain by clicking "Connect Existing Domain" and follow the instructions.
If you have not purchased a domain yet and would like to purchase one through Squarespace (and register your 1 free year), click "Get a Domain" and follow the instructions.
Whether you're transferring an existing domain or registering a new one, it will take around 24 hours to process/for your site to go live (usually it's less than that!)
Now you can pop the bubbly! You purchased a premium Squarespace template, successfully signed up for Squarespace, created your WHOLE site (with lots of help from the premium template design kit) and you’ve purchased a domain and launched your site! With hours to spare? You go girl! And not only have you created your site, you now have the knowledge to completely take control of it and own it. Go launch that biz!