Squarespace redesigns its creative tools

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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) officially moving out of beta.

What do you think of Squarespace 7? Let us know your views in the comments below!

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Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity (opens in new tab), published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, T3.com and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.