Squarespace, ranked as one of the best platforms in the free website maker comparison chart, has launched a proprietary app for Android users. This application allows registered Squarespace users to manage their website from their Android-based mobile phones and tablets.
Squarespace Android App: Features
Like any other free website maker mobile application, this Android app allows users to manage content as well as the website template features. Although, the website editor options are limited as compared to the full version, however, users will not miss any important feature in the mobile app version. Content and comment management are the most important features of this app. Some advanced features are also included in the app, such as multiple account login for publishers, live site preview and real-time statistics. You can also set alerts for user traffic reports, similar to Google Analytics.
It is to be noted that Squarespace is among first few website makers to launch a mobile app. The company launched app for iPad and iPhone users in early 2011 and it is highly successful. Following the suite, many other free website makers also launched their mobile editor versions. However, the interface and feature offered by Squarespace mobile apps is unmatched.
When comparing Squarespace and Wix, it is a fight among equals. Holding top positions in the free website maker comparison chart since more than six months, these website makers offer rich user experience. What sets Wix and Squarespace apart from other free website makers is their niche consumer base.
Squarespace and Wix: USP Does Matter
Yes, the USP does matter when it comes to choice. The USP of Wix is Flash-based highly refined website that is fully customizable. This free website builder allows users to create websites for free by choosing from a range of professional quality web templates. Excellent color themes, high-end graphics and great support for images and videos make Wix a favorite among bloggers. The downsides for Wix are low-SEO friendly websites and comparatively a complex free web editor.
On the other hand, Squarespace positions itself as a smarter publishing tool. To a great extent it is. This is an ideal platform for websites that are professional or commercial in nature. By allowing web editing through iPhone and iPad, blog importing, social integration and traffic analysis, Squarespace manages to pitch itself to serious consumers. The only grey area is that the free trial period lasts for 14 days and subsequently you have to pay at least $12 per month to avail services.
For those whom money does not matter, Squarespace is the best choice. However, Wix reflects the true spirit of internet technology which fosters free space for all.
According to the Squarespace official blog, users can now head for the clouds, specifically the tag cloud. On the lines of a popular web publishing platform, WordPress, Squarespace has launched its tag cloud widget. This will allow Squarespace users to display popular tags on their website in a text-based graphical format. The bigger the font size of a tag in the cloud, the more popular it will be on the website.
Customized Tag Cloud from Squarespace
The good thing with Squarespace is that it is highly focused on usability features for all new upgrades. Testifying to its customer-centric approach, the easy web editor provides a range
of features with the tag cloud functionality. Thus, the term “tag cloud widget” and not just “tag cloud.” Some of the basic functionalities of the new widget are:
- Choose to show all the tags used on a website or a selected few.
- Select whether to display tags in a conventional cloud form or in linear pattern.
- Choose the parameters to display tags in the cloud. One can use an alphabetic pattern, frequency or count to list the tags.
- Stylize the tag cloud to sync with the website design template.
According to the official blog, tag cloud was in great demand by Squarespace users. With great functionality and customization features, this widget is expected to drive traffic. After all, users have been eagerly awaiting the upgrades that are expected to arrive as a result of the $38.5 million investment from Index Ventures and Accel Partners.