One of the great things about Squarespace that attracts a lot of creatives is that most of the templates look great right out of the box. You can pick a nice looking one, add your logo, and boom you have an attractive (but maybe kinda generic) website.
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One of the downsides of those great looking templates is the fact that they tend to be pretty restrictive. You either have a blog sidebar or you don't. You have banner images or you don't. And if you start working with a new template and then find out it doesn't have something you need it can be super frustrating to start over. . 
Picking a template doesn't have to be overwhelming though, you just need to do a little bit of groundwork up front so you can narrow your options down to the ones that will actually WORK for you. These are the steps I take when I'm picking templates for my client's websites:
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Organize your content first. You wouldn't build a house without a plan, don't try it with a website. Will you need a shop? A blog? Will you be selling products or providing services? Do you just need an information one-page site? Jot down a list of the content you know you want on your site. .
Decide on your deal breakers. This is huge! Is a sidebar on your blog page a must-have? Do you have killer photography you want to show off with some big banner images? Do you want your blog page to be a nice grid of images or a list of post titles? Pick 2 or 3 things you don't want to live without. You'll need these next. .
Comparison shop. Take those must-haves and search Google for a "Squarespace template comparison chart". Narrow down the list to only the templates that fill your needs. All other templates are no longer contenders!
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Check out the visuals, but don't get hung up on the content. Visit the Squarespace templates page and check out the demo pages for those sites that are in the running still. Cross off what doesn't work, but don't worry about that sexy front page layout, you can likely recreate that with content blocks later.
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Read the read me! A lot of templates come with a Read Me page with valuable info. If you don't see it in the menu try typing /read-me at the end of the URL.
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  • heylenadesignsOne of the great things about Squarespace that attracts a lot of creatives is that most of the templates look great right out of the box. You can pick a nice looking one, add your logo, and boom you have an attractive (but maybe kinda generic) website.
    .
    One of the downsides of those great looking templates is the fact that they tend to be pretty restrictive. You either have a blog sidebar or you don't. You have banner images or you don't. And if you start working with a new template and then find out it doesn't have something you need it can be super frustrating to start over. .
    Picking a template doesn't have to be overwhelming though, you just need to do a little bit of groundwork up front so you can narrow your options down to the ones that will actually WORK for you. These are the steps I take when I'm picking templates for my client's websites:
    .
    Organize your content first. You wouldn't build a house without a plan, don't try it with a website. Will you need a shop? A blog? Will you be selling products or providing services? Do you just need an information one-page site? Jot down a list of the content you know you want on your site. .
    Decide on your deal breakers. This is huge! Is a sidebar on your blog page a must-have? Do you have killer photography you want to show off with some big banner images? Do you want your blog page to be a nice grid of images or a list of post titles? Pick 2 or 3 things you don't want to live without. You'll need these next. .
    Comparison shop. Take those must-haves and search Google for a "Squarespace template comparison chart". Narrow down the list to only the templates that fill your needs. All other templates are no longer contenders!
    .
    Check out the visuals, but don't get hung up on the content. Visit the Squarespace templates page and check out the demo pages for those sites that are in the running still. Cross off what doesn't work, but don't worry about that sexy front page layout, you can likely recreate that with content blocks later.
    .
    Read the read me! A lot of templates come with a Read Me page with valuable info. If you don't see it in the menu try typing /read-me at the end of the URL.

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  • socialbrandschoolThis is very detailed info! Well done, team square space!
  • heylenadesigns@socialbrandschool Thanks!!
  • managemywebsiteGreat advice!
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