Lisa, this workshop looks great, but what if I want to use WordPress or I have a WordPress site already?
I worked on WordPress for a solid 7-8 years before switching over to Squarespace (eventually becoming a Squarespace Authorized Trainer). WordPress is a great platform, but I found over time for my clients and their needs, Squarespace has been a better fit.
That said, if you’re committed to WordPress and really interested in the workshop, there are a few reasons why this workshop will still be great for you:
The majority of our focus in the workshop is on content—getting a new message dialed in or an existing one really tightened up. This is the part of any website project that most people are most challenged by. And all of that is independent of the platform you choose to build your website on. In other words, you will get a lot out of the program even if WP isn't our technical focus
We can use the Squarespace template as a prototype—a detailed guide—for how to set things up in WordPress. I've done this before on several occasions for my WP-committed clients and it's worked really well. Because here's the deal, the trial period I get you for test-driving Squarespace is 6 months rather than the standard 2 weeks offered to the general public. That means you don't have to pay anything to Squarespace for having a prototype because you're going to be done with your website update or build in WP loooong before the 6 month trial period is up (we're going for 3 weeks, remember?).
I'm happy to assist you with any technical issues you have on your website. While I won't be officially teaching WP-related things in the live sessions, we do have some Q&A time built into those AND we have a private Facebook group where you can also ask questions.
I can't make all the live sessions. Will they be recorded?
All the sessions will be recorded and posted in our workshop homebase after the session has concluded, often later the same day. If you have questions or want me to review something during the live session, you'll have a chance to post those inside the Facebook group before the call.
Besides the live sessions you'll find lots of help through guides, cheatsheets, and templates as well as the library of video trainings inside the modules in the workshop homebase. Plus, there's ongoing support through the private Facebook group where I'll be dropping in on the regular to answer questions and run Lives and demos.
What if I already have a website? Can I keep building on the one I've already started?
If you have a website but need to build out a sales page for your offer(s), this workshop will be great for you. If you're already on Squarespace, perfect, we can set everything up using your existing template. If you're on another platform, you'll be able to use the Squarespace website as a prototype for setting up a similar page on your own platform. You'll already have the text done and the content organized in the right format which makes it an easy hand-off to your web developer.
How long will it take me to do the writing and design part?
As with most things, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. If you've never contemplated your business value and positioning and you're unclear about who your ideal customer is, then you're better off waiting until the next time I offer this workshop so you can do that work first. You can add your name to the waitlist and I'll let you know the next workshop date.
If you have a general sense of your value and a pretty clear idea of your customer, then give yourself 1-2 hours to go through the training modules and another 2-3 hours for the writing portion. This is perfect work for a Friday or Saturday morning when the week's wound down and you're armed with a cup of coffee to get the creative vibe going.
What about website hosting fees or domain names or other costs I might incur?
Your Squarespace subscription covers hosting, security, back-ups, and software updates. It's all stuff that happens behind secret doors inside of boxes you'll never see and therefore you'll be none the wiser. Seriously, for the cost, it's a great deal. Plus you get my 20% discount for your first year of subscription. That works out to be just under $175 for the year with the discount, ~$216 annually thereafter. That's for the Business plan which is sufficient for almost everyone. The Biz Plan includes the ability to do ecommerce, have a blog, list events, and a whole bunch of other cool stuff—but I don't want you to get sidetracked with that right now (that's for later).
If you don't already have a domain name, you can get that through Squarespace FOR FREE for the first year. Good deal! If you do have a domain name, well then you already know it costs around $10-20/year for those.
Finally, if you don't yet have an email service provider like MailChimp or ConvertKit, you can do that through Squarespace as well. Their relatively new-ish Email Campaigns lets you do all the standard stuff and it's been getting very positve reviews.
What forms of payment do you take?
We take credit card payments through Stripe.
Do you offer refunds?
I want you to be completely satisfied with this workshop. I'll do everything I can to help you be successful and make your investment worth it. However, if you are not satisified with your purchase, I offer a full money-back guarantee within 15 days from the date of purchase. You may request your money back by emailing proof of purchase to firstname.lastname@example.org. You are not required to submit any proof that you have completed any work or meet any other requirements.