Squarespace

Squarespace was founded in CEO Anthony Casalena’s dorm room in April of 2003.

These days, it’s much more than a dorm room operation.

Headquartered in Maryland, the company boasts 827 employees across its three locations. Millions of websites are hosted on the Squarespace platform.

In 2017, squarespace best website builder was named the “#1 New York-Based Employer Brand” by HIRED.

The same year, the company was dubbed by Fortune as one of the best 50 places to work for parents, ranking at number 26 on the list.

On their homepage, the brand claims to be “Trusted by the world’s best,” listing off several notable clients like Lyft and Airwalk.

But is Squarespace really all it’s cracked up to be? In order to find out for ourselves, we created our own test site with Squarespace in May of 2018 (that can be found here). For those interested in raw data, see our public Pingdom page.

Squarespace is packed full of features, and they’re a giant in the web hosting world.

They offer tons of sophisticated features, including an intuitive website builder that comes with modern templates and e-commerce options. Each design is optimized for mobile, too.

Uptime is strong at 99.95%, and customer support is very knowledgeable. (Albeit, a little slow.)

Those who sign up for the annual plan will receive a free domain, and WHOIS privacy and SSL are included with all plans.

But Squarespace’s speeds are pretty slow, which is a huge deal. If your site visitors are hit with slow speeds, they might bounce.

Their refund policy is also a bit wonky and disappointing, and pricing is misleading.

You’ll have to commit to them for a year if you want to get the lowest rate, no matter the plan you choose.