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May 30, 2010

Squarespace Losing Bloggers Over Lack Of Android App?

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Ever since Squarespace released an iPhone app to the masses, bloggers have been wondering whether the company would release apps upon other smartphone devices like Android (not to mention Blackberry as well).

Despite the advances of Google’s mobile OS, Squarespace has viewed Android as second rate when compared against Apple’s mighty iPhone, despite the fact that WordPress has created a powerful Android app that rivals WP for iPhone (not to mention Squarespace as well).

With demand for a Squarespace Android app increasing, it looks like some users are having second thoughts about migrating upon the platform and instead looking at WordPress as a decent alternative. read more

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May 10, 2010

Would AOL Powered Blogs Threaten WordPress, Typepad And Squarespace?

Blogsmith (a company AOL purchased many moons ago) is probably known mostly (if not entirely) for powering heavily visited sites like Engadget and AutoBlog (as well as many others).

While rumors surfaced in 2007 about a public launch beyond AOL’s official network (which would open up Blogsmith to the masses), nothing much has emerged regarding Blogsmith which thus far remains a “gated community.”

However with AOL facing financial woes (as they struggle to regain their former glory), we may see AOL  re-enter the blogosphere again later on this year by opening up Blogsmith to the masses (at least for a price). read more

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April 29, 2010

Video: Squarespace Launches Social Widgets (Joins 21st Century)

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It looks like the boys and girls at Squarespace are (finally) embracing social widgets, which will allow users to easily embed content from both Twitter and Flickr (with promises that Digg and Delicious will be integrated in the future).

So what took Squarespace so long? They wanted to “get it right.” read more

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April 6, 2010

Rumor: Squarespace To Develop An iPad App (Still No Word About Android)

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After launching an elegant iPhone app last year, it looks like the boys and girls at Squarespace are considering creating an iPad app after receiving their brand new iPads a few days ago.

(Squarespace Community) We’ve been asked whether we’re going to be developing an iPad app. I can’t answer that definitively, but I can tell you that we’re extremely impressed with the device and have fallen in love with it here. I wouldn’t be surprised if an iPad app made its way into our roadmap, but like I said I can’t say anything for sure…

Squarespace’s iPad launch would trail that of its rival WordPress, who launched an iPad app at least a day before Apple’s tablet hit the public market. read more

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November 23, 2009

I Love Squarespace! But I Love Their iPhone App Even More

Squarespace has done a phenominal job in creating an official iPhone app for their users, one which may make Blogger guru’s and WordPress disciples jealous.

While it supports the basics of iBlogging (photo uploading, categories & tags, drafts, editing previous posts, etc.), the Squarespace app also boasts a few extra notable features that make it shine against it’s rival blogging apps. read more

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June 11, 2009

Look for the Fine Print

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Whether it’s tiny text in the newspaper or the voiceover guy on the radio, every “deal,” “discount,” and “giveaway” has fine print. Here are two that are irritating me today. read more

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July 28, 2008

SquareSpace Gets Even Better

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Since early 2007 I’ve hosted my primary blog, Jobacle, with SquareSpace. As a user of WordPress, Blogger and several other platforms, I’ve always been impressed with the ease-of-use of SS.

Recently, the publishing platform launched system wide upgrade (V5) that is worth giving the company a second look if you’re searching for a blog solution.

You’ll find all of the goodies you’ve come to expect: WYSIWYG editor, pretty spiffy templates, metric counter, etc. However, what really sets SS apart from the pack is its back-end CMS, enabling novices to create a fully functional Web site. And the more advanced users can fully customize.

“Squarespace V5 seamlessly welds together easy-to-use content creation and management tools with a structured back-end that has all the building blocks for creating powerful and elaborate websites,” says Anthony Casalena, founder of Squarespace Inc. “Central to this experience is a new way of thinking about website design and management—semi-structured publishing—that seeks to make advanced web publishing widely accessible.”

Among the recent upgrades:

- Drag and drop editing interface, allowing complete real-time website control directly from the browser.

- Powerful pluggable architecture with modules covering every aspect of Web site construction from blogging to galleries, search, form-building and more. Each module is completely configurable and flexible enough to fit into any sized site.

- 60+ Web site styles that are completely modifiable by users with point and click simplicity and speed. The number of controls available virtually ensures that no two Squarespace sites will look the same while their owners can get the exact look and feel they want in the least time possible.

- A robust back-end grid architecture powered by Oracle Coherence and hosted by Peer1 Networks to ensure reliability for each and every Squarespace website, no matter the size. All features are implemented using the same high-performance back-end to eliminate worries about system downtime.

One thing that turned me on to SS was their 14-day trial. They give you full use of the tool to make sure it’s a fit. You can expect to pay around $12 a month.

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