I started testing Squarespace 6 during its beta process and liked it so much I switched DavidChartier.com and Finer Things in Tech, both previously on Tumblr. There’s a great balance between blogging and real website management, and the new LayoutEngine is truly incredible; you can drag-and-drop any kind of media to create columns, align media, embed galleries hosted on other pages, and more. I’ve never seen anything like it. Squarespace 6 is now out of beta. If you try it free through my affiliate link, and eventually sign up, I’ll get a kickback.
Bonus points: the Tumblr importer works really well, which was obviously crucial for my move. Plus, support is fantastic and very responsive.
It’s a big departure from Squarespace’s previous platform, though, so if you’re a Squarespace 5 user, definitely take them up on the free trial offer before diving in head first. I never used 5 beyond poking around briefly with a trial, but as I understand it, you lose access to some things, particularly a traditional UI for file-based access to the assets you upload. You can still access some of them in other ways, but it’s definitely different.
Squarespace 6 feels like a solid 1.0 reboot, and I like it so far, even though are certainly areas where it needs to mature. But with the reintroduction of link blogging that was removed during the beta and the iPhone and iPad app updates released yesterday, I’m a happy customer so far, and I’m eager to see where they take this.