Are you ready for an Awesome Artist Website?

 

If you're an artist like me, you want to invest your time and money in your artwork, not your website. Yet you know you need a website to help promote your work and make sales. Even with 20 years of experience as a professional web developer, I struggled to find an easy way to create my own artist website.

First, there are so many options available for how to create a website, including WordPress.com, a self-hosted WordPress site, Squarespace, Wix and Weebly. How do you know which platform is right for you? Then, once you choose a platform, will you be able to learn how to use it? Will the results be worth it?

 
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I found the answer to these questions when I started using Squarespace professionally to build websites for clients. Squarespace made building websites fun again! It helps me deliver websites that look amazing and are intuitive to navigate on all types of devices including laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Yet for someone who is not a professional web developer, the many steps involved in creating a website on Squarespace can be a challenge. So, I've created a Custom Build Service to create a website that will look amazing, work well on all types of computers and mobile devices, and be super easy to maintain.

Custom Build Service
 

When you purchase the Custom Build Service, Awesome Artist Websites handles all aspects of creating your website, including:

  • Setting up your Squarespace account

  • Registering and connecting your domain

  • Preparing and uploading images of your work

  • Creating a design that compliment your work

  • Connecting contact and email newsletter forms

  • Search engine optimization of your website

  • Transitioning from any pre-existing website

You will need to supply:

  • Payment information for Squarespace

  • Photographs of your artwork

  • A bio, resume and/or artist statement

  • Feedback on the design of your website

After you purchase the custom build service, you receive a link to schedule a phone call with Awesome Artist Websites to kick off the development of your website. The website will be delivered within two weeks of when you submit photographs of your work and other information to be included on the website.

Once your website is launched, you receive training on how to update your website so you can post new work, update content, and make announcements without having to hire professional help. The custom build service includes 30 days of post-launch technical support from Awesome Artist Websites. Squarespace provides excellent 24x7 technical support to all their customers, another reason we use Squarespace!

Exclusive Enhancements

Awesome Artist Websites makes Squarespace even more awesome by using custom code that enhances the design and layout of your website, to make it look even better than a stock Squarespace template while being even easier to use for your visitors.

The most important custom enhancement we make is creating a visible sub-navigation menu for your artwork categories. Stock Squarespace templates hide category links in a drop-down menu, making them more difficult to see and use. Notice in this example of painter Zoey Frank's Awesome Artist Website how categories are shown on the page so navigating through them is easy and intuitive:

Also notice how Zoey's website adapts to different screen sizes. Three columns of image thumbnails are shown on computer screens, while tablets show two columns and smartphones show one column. This ensures your website looks amazing and is easy to use for visitors on mobile devices, which according to StatCounter now make up about half of all website visitors!


Custom Portfolio Site

  • Show your work online, seek gallery representation or sell commissions, and promote openings or other events.

  • Includes step-by-step instructions for how to use Gmail at your own domain, and how to use MailChimp to send email newsletters.

  • Requires a Squarespace Business account that costs $26 per month if billed monthly, or $216 per year ($18 per month) if billed annually.

January 2019 Special:

$595


Custom E-Commerce Site

  • Show your work online, promote openings or other events, plus sell originals or prints via a shopping cart.

  • Includes step-by-step instructions for how to use Gmail at your own domain, and how to use MailChimp to send email newsletters.

  • Requires a Squarespace Business account that costs $26 per month if billed monthly, or $216 per year ($18 per month) if billed annually.

January 2019 Special:

$795

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Meet Christopher Tsongas

Christopher Tsongas has been a professional website developer for 20 years, and is a code school instructor for Thinkful, an online coding bootcamp. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from Willamette University, and an M.F.A. in Film, Video and Computer Animation from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Christopher has studied drawing, sculpting, and artistic anatomy in two of the world's best classical training programs, The Florence Academy of Art and Gage Academy of Art.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Is Squarespace included in the cost of the custom build service?

No, you will get your own Squarespace account which costs $26 per month, or $216 per year if paid annually.

 

Can I use any Squarespace template for my website?

Your website will use the Foster template. It is part of the Brine family of templates that is being actively developed by Squarespace, so it receives new features as they are developed as well as bug fixes.

 

Will my website work on mobile devices?

Yes, your website will be fully responsive so it looks amazing and is easy to use on tablets and smartphones, as well as laptops and desktop computers.

 

How do I get technical support for my website?

Squarespace provides 24x7 technical support to all their customers. Custom Build Service customers get 30 days of post-launch technical support from Awesome Artist Websites.

 

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Awesome Artist Website Case Study

Zoey Frank is a classically trained painter currently living in Loveland, Colorado. She already had a website, but needed a new site with a clean, modern esthetic that would complement her style and work well on all types of devices, including computers, tablets and smartphones. The new site is also easy for her to update on her own, without the help of a designer. To see Zoey's Awesome Artist Website, visit www.zoeyfrank.com.

 


Custom Portfolio Site

  • Show your work online, seek gallery representation or sell commissions, and promote openings or other events.

  • Includes step-by-step instructions for how to use Gmail at your own domain, and how to use MailChimp to send email newsletters.

  • Requires a Squarespace Business account that costs $26 per month if billed monthly, or $216 per year ($18 per month) if billed annually.

January 2019 Special:

$595


Custom E-Commerce Site

  • Show your work online, promote openings or other events, plus sell originals or prints via a shopping cart.

  • Includes step-by-step instructions for how to use Gmail at your own domain, and how to use MailChimp to send email newsletters.

  • Requires a Squarespace Business account that costs $26 per month if billed monthly, or $216 per year ($18 per month) if billed annually.

January 2019 Special:

$795