Welcome to my updated - and much simpler - site!
If you've been following Lemon and the Sea for more than the last few days, you may have noticed that I've made some big changes. After doing some research, watching a fantastic webinar with Mariah Coz from Femtrepreneur and Jenna Soard from You Can Brand, I decided to check out Squarespace. I had been blogging on WordPress for over six months, but I couldn't get my website to look the way that I wanted it to. I purchased a template - which looked great in the preview and was fairly flexible - but the coding and necessity of adding all kinds of plugins made everything more difficult than I thought it needed to be.
You should know that I have some background in website design and coding - and I'm great at Google when I don't know how to make something work - but WordPress was beyond me. I would spend hours trying to make one thing on my site look the way I wanted and was never quite able to accomplish it. Since Lemon and the Sea is still in it's early stages, I didn't want to spend the money to hire a WordPress developer.
So I joined Sqaurespace through their free trial period. I was able to get my website up and running at the level of my WordPress site within two days! During my redesign, I played around with a few templates and I love that I can add a template and make all the changes I want without changing the live site.
For me, Squarespace is very intuitive. I was able to look around on the back end of my site and make all the changes that I wanted without having to Google anything. From changing the fonts to making the colors and layout consistent, it is very simple to use. And creating new pages is easy too! Basically, I can create any new page that I want and have it fit in seamlessly with my existing brand - or make it stand out if that's what I want.
Lauren Hooker over at Elle & Company has some great Squarespace tutorials and webinars as well to get you started if you're interested in creating or moving your own site.
I'm excited to keep learning more about everything that Squarespace has to offer, but for now I'm glad that I've found an easy platform that allows me to focus more on creating less content and less on website design. Check back for Squarespace tutorials and to learn how I set up my site.
Note: I'm using the Devlin template, which has allowed me to make a blog that I love.