Squarespace redesigns its creative tools

The popular website building software has its first big update in two years.

We're big fans of Squarespace – the browser-based service for creatives who want to build a website via a drag and drop interface. So we're pleased to see it's just launched its biggest update in two years.

Based on a completely new codebase, Squarespace 7 introduces a streamlined new interface, including a split-screen experience that means you can make live edits without switching back and forth between preview mode and your Website Manager.

Squarespace redesigns its creative tools

A team up with Getty Images gives users access to tens of millions of images

Squarespace has also teamed up with Getty Images gives you access to tens of millions of images to use on your website for just $10, while those who want personalised email can sign up for Gmail for Work and other Google Apps features within the software.

There's also a splash page builder with 10 new templates, and new category-specific templates focusing on areas such as wedding and restaurants. Plus a new 'device view' tool allows you to resize your browser window and see how your site looks on different devices.

Squarespace redesigns its creative tools

There's a new tool to create single landing pages

The new platform is being made available gradually to existing Squarespace customers in a controlled public beta format. The launch coincides with the Squarespace developer program officially moving out of beta.

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Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specialising in design and technology. He was previously associate editor at Creative Bloq and deputy editor at net magazine, the world’s best-selling magazine for web designers. Over two decades in journalism he’s worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, Heat, Company and Bella. Follow him on Twitter @tom_may.