If you’re reading this, you’ve most likely already built your website with Squarespace 7 and you loved how easy it was to drag and drop elements around your website plus customize your site styles along the way.
Squarespace 7.1 is the new shiny object and you’re wondering if it’s worth it to make the switch, and if it is, what does switching to Squarespace 7.1 actually look like?
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What’s new in Squarespace 7.1
Before you make the switch, there’s a few things you should know about Squarespace 7.1 and how it differs from the previous version.
First, template families and their unique feature sets are gone. There is only one set of template features and they apply to all templates designs.
That means that in Squarespace 7.1 you can choose a template purely based off design and not on functionality.
Also, Squarespace finally added stackable page content sections built in to Squarespace 7.1 which means you get the same look as a stacked index page in the Brine template family.
The style settings have changed as well. You can now set global styles for your site and customize sections within a page so that each section has a different font color, background color, etc.
SEO settings are the same for both versions and so are most of the other general site settings so nothing new to get used to there.
Can you upgrade from Squarespace 7 to 7.1?
The biggest downside of moving from Squarespace 7 to Squarespace 7.1 is that there is no way (as of the time this post was published) to upgrade an existing site to the latest version. You HAVE to start a new site from scratch.
This isn’t too big of an issue. Typically when I’m building on a new platform, it’s nice to start with a clean slate and test out all the new design features.
What if you are already paid upfront for your annual Squarespace 7 subscription? You don’t want to lose money when you start paying for your new Squarespace 7.1 site.
You can go into the billing settings for your Squarespace 7 site and switch to monthly payments. You will then be refunded for the rest of your yearly subscription and you can make the switch at the end the next billing cycle without losing a penny.
How to import content to Squarespace version 7.1
Squarespace doesn’t have the option to export content from version 7 and import to a website on version 7.1 (although they do have the option to import content from WordPress to Squarespace 7.1).
That means if you have a blog or a site with a lot of individual pages, it’s going to be a major pain to move over all of your old content to the new site.
That’s where a handy dandy chrome extension comes in. If you know you want to move to the latest version of Squarespace, but you you have too much content to re-create from scratch, check out this tool from SquareWebsites.
This tool makes it super simple to copy any content from one Squarespace website to another regardless of the version — filling a major gap in Squarespace functionality.
But, it comes at a price. This chrome extension costs $199 to get all the features mentioned here.
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Will you be making the switch to Squarespace 7.1?
I’d love to hear your approach to moving your website to the latest version of Squarespace or maybe this article has deterred you altogether 😉 Tell me in the comments.
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