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A Running List of Squarespace Annoyances and Feature Requests

I’ve written about this before here and here, and although I love Squarespace as a platform, I still have a few features I’d like to have, annoyances to mention and requests to make…

Don’t get me wrong, Squarespace is still my preferred platform due to its stability, ease of use and dedicated team running it.

Most of my issues rise from the fact that Squarespace is a platform that’s first and foremost focused on the desktop and the desktop experience. Its backend is not responsive and requires a lot of horsepower just to render the pages. Which is (currently) still lacking on my iPad mini. You design your pages with drag and drop, something that doesn’t translate easily to a tablet or smartphone. And you design your website with its desktop layout visible, and there’s no visible mobile layout editor.

Although I have a Mac (or a couple of them) at home, my Mac is my work machine and I rarely use it when I’m not working. All my surfing, reading, tweeting and occasional writing happens on my iPad or iPhone. And since I discover the content I’d like to write about on Pint of Code while using these devices, I prefer creating the website’s content and the accompanying words on those devices also. Squarespace provides users with two alternatives for creating content when not using the website’s backend. One way users can upload content is via their mobile-apps, but feature wise these are as barebones as apps come, and they’re oh-so slow. The other upload method is by sending some markdown text as an email to a specific address. The content gets converted to html and the post appears online. But there’s no way to embed images without a prior upload, no tags, no linked items…

It’s a pity that I can’t use my iPad, which is the way to visit websites, to just as easily upload content to said websites. At least not via the Squarespace platform. What I’ve listed below is an overview of all the issues, request and remarks I have on Squarespaces current platform. It’s certainly not feature complete, and it’s written as positive feedback and not as a critique per sé for Squarespace’s otherwise great work.

Posting

Mobile theme CSS controls

File bucket

Styling

Sharing