What Squarespace 101 participants are saying:
"There are so many things I love about Kerstin's Squarespace 101 course that it's hard to know where to start! This self-paced course goes way beyond teaching the basics of setting up a website in Squarespace, although it does do that extremely well.
Kerstin, in her ever logical and ever gentle manner shares with you her whole design process from getting organized at the very beginning to exploring templates to see which would best suit your website to the nitty gritty of developing the look, content, and functionality of an effective website. Along the way, there are gems such as about how to process and label photos efficiently, resources for colour palettes, and multiple examples of websites she has expertly developed.
In the videos, Kerstin's manner is lovely and warm. You feel like she is sitting right next to you, showing you how to bring your ideas to life. Because the videos are short and well-labelled, you can focus in on a particular aspect of your website in small increments, so you don't feel overwhelmed. Kerstin's knowledge of SQS is vast and if she doesn't know the answer to a question asked (which is rare), she will find out and share her knowledge in the Facebook group.
The Facebook group is vibrant with fellow fledgling website designers asking questions that help everyone. There is a generous and creative vibe to the group that I absolutely love. Kerstin tends the group with timely responses and great encouragement.
Since developing my site with Kerstin's course, I've had more views, visitors and purchases in the first 2.5 months than in the first full year of any of my other blogs. My sales process is streamlined and I love the 'back-end' selling features that are built-in to Squarespace. Without exaggeration, I can say that Kerstin's course has been instrumental in guiding me to design a robust website that has the capacity to adjust and improve as my business grows and changes. This course is outstanding and well-worth the investment."
– Melissa Fu, Spilling The Ink
"Squarespace 101 was a game-changer for me! Kerstin is incredibly talented and made website design accessible to me, someone without any background in this area. My only regret is that I didn’t take her course at the start of this process. It would have saved me so much time! I was beyond excited to see that Kerstin recently highlighted my site in her 101 portfolio! Can you believe it? Six months ago, I didn’t understand the difference between a website and a blog, and now I have the beautiful site that I dreamed of featured on a prominent web designer’s website! If that isn’t evidence of her magic, than I don’t know what is!"
– Amy Kervin, Love Uncluttered
"Thank you very very very much for your wonderful Squarespace course, it was absolutely brilliant, thorough and straightforward. It was actually relaxing watching the videos, I love hearing your voice and I love your brain! I felt safe and held. Absolutely one of the best online courses I have ever done. I really cannot believe how much I achieved myself and how much easier Squarespace is than Wordpress. I feel LIBERATED. What you've created is EMPOWERMENT!
Crucially, your consistent and unwavering support with my process over the last year has meant the world, especially when I poured my heart out about my previous web design processes which were uber-stressful and embarrassingly expensive. Your kind and compassionate response really started the process of me forgiving myself and letting that all go. It feels so good, a ton of baggage has lifted and I feel I've really put some ghosts to rest and experienced some deep healing as a result of doing it. I think I could gush for a few thousand words! So Kerstin, you are a rare soul and an earth angel, of that I am totally sure!"
"Kerstin is an unflappable, relaxed and warm guide through the website design jungle and her Squarespace 101 course is so visually appealing and logically structured that I found myself learning without realising it. In addition to all the clear technical know-how tutorials, Kerstin also unstintingly answers questions, solves problems and offers great feedback in the Facebook group. A very encouraging, enabling and empowering learning experience!"
– Susanna Grace, Yoga Teacher
"The lessons are so comprehensive and easy to follow, you could literally start from absolute zero and have the bones of a website up and running in a few hours. Kerstin shares how-tos in written and video format, plus downloadable checksheets, but it really is the videos that are most helpful.
The lessons are broken down into bitesize chunks, so even if you've only got half an hour to spend working on your site, you'll still be able to make constructive progress. Plus, Kerstin shares examples from a number of sites she's worked on to give you an idea of the different effects that can be achieved by choosing different styling options.
I ended up enjoying the process of designing my site much more than I thought I would, and it was a great deal less stressful than I feared."
– Jennifer Cockcroft, Every Day Creative Moments
"Kerstin is a wonderful teacher who shares her vast knowledge and experience of working with Squarespace in a way that is clear and easy to understand. She continuously offers timely and helpful technical support to all of her students in the Facebook group. Before I joined Kerstin’s course I felt completely overwhelmed by the task of building my own website. Working through the course helped me to understand the small steps required to complete my website, while her calm and grounded approach meant that I also really enjoyed in the process. Thank you Kerstin!"
– Melanie Paul
"I have, like many people, come to Squarespace having used Wordpress for a long time. Now there is no denying that Wordpress is a great platform but you can spend an awful lot of time trying to work out why things aren’t working properly. Then there is the upkeep of backups, security and all the rest. I enjoyed messing with these things, but I have got to the stage where I would much rather spend my time making the front end look great and simply set up and forget about the back end.
In my frustration, I had tried a few 14 day trials with Squarespace but it was so different to use. Finally I made the plunge and learned to get round Squarespace quite well. It was the usual story of experimenting, watching videos and reading articles.
I was drawn to Kerstin’s course having spent time on her site and feeling an empathy with her and her approach. She was someone I felt I could trust.
So I came into the course with a reasonable amount of knowledge, rather than as a beginner. The course has been very enjoyable, sure, there was plenty I already knew but I also learned plenty and picked up some great tips along the way. For example I can now see how useful spacer blocks are to aid good design. She goes through each section slowly and carefully ensuring you know what you are doing. So many online videos go too fast and you miss things.
Not only was the design aspect covered well, she was also very thorough in her approach to getting the behind the scenes aspects sorted. SEO settings, connecting social media, using Mailchimp etc.
You really can go through the course and come out at the other end with the knowledge to create a great looking site with a solid set up behind the scenes. For a complete beginner this course would save so much time and frustration.
There are always people who say that you don’t need to pay for courses because you can find everything for free on YouTube. Personally, I would rather get a full step-by-step process from someone like Kerstin, who knows what she is doing. There is a big difference between people who know how to use something and those who actually use it professionally. It’s a much better use of my precious time than wading through a lot of dross on YouTube trying to find some golden nuggets.
I am now happy to say that I am a complete convert to Squarespace and Kerstin has played a big part in this. Like Apple users say ‘It just works’ and Kerstin shows you how."
– Steve Freear
“Congratulations on finishing your excellent program! I've built 3 or 4 websites on my Mac. But I spent a year - a YEAR - in and out of Squarespace hitting the same brick walls over and over again. I couldn't get in. First I got caught up on choosing a template. Each one is a little different; offers different options, and all are flexible, but what does any of that mean to a total newbie? Every time I entered the site, I'd peruse the options and quickly get overwhelmed and leave.
The other thing that kept tripping me up was photos. I'm old school. I haven't kept up with all the changes online. To be fair, I've been out of the loop for too long and didn’t have a clue what to do for pics.
Enter you. First thing, I got into your program and again got stuck on choosing a template. I had to watch the video 3 times over the course of a couple weeks before it became clear to me. Thanks for laying it all out so clearly while also narrowing the choices down to a manageable size.
Once I got through choosing a template, I completely blissed out on your toolbox! OMG!! Thank you! I got so much from that section, I spent a whole day on it and really gobbled up your suggestions. You even gave tips on file organization. Very thorough. Unlike so many programs I've taken, I don't feel like you're leaving me in the dust, or skimming through things assuming I already know it. (Thank you for that).
Great program Kerstin! So glad I signed up!"
– Jenifer Ebel, The Smiling Yogi