5 reasons you should be using the RALLY squarespace template (or something in the Brine family)
Squarespace is great because it offers several templates for free to help you get a handle on your new site in no time flat. But choosing a template can be a daunting task for Squarespace newbies. So I'm going to make your life so much simpler-
Install the RALLY template.
That's it. Just do it. ... Oh, you need a few reasons to support that advice? Ok, Ok, here are 5 insanely good reasons to use a Brine-family template.
The Flexible Header
Being able to have a solid header bar at the top of a page, or overlay it on banner images is phennominal. But that's not the extent of Rally's flexible header styles.
You have 2 separate navigations, the tagline position, and the logo position to mess with. Each of those can be on the top (left, center, or right) or the bottom (left, center, or right). This gives you so much customization possible in how your site header appears without having to change the template again.
It also has the option of converting a one navigation to a button- for those who swoon over Bedford's button in the navigation.
When you need to organize a lot of content onto one page, an index page is a dream. It allows you to really distinguish the page into sections while creating less clicks for your readers. Rally lets you stack pages into long, flowing indexes to help your content shine.
You can even create content links to help your readers find the right section of the page easily.
Parallax ... or Not
I love a good parallax scrolling effect, but sometimes it can be dizzying. I love the Rally template because it's an option, but you can turn it off as well. This lets you really change the feel of the site with just 1 click of the style editor.
Advanced Style Editor (and CSS capabilities)
When Squarespace released the Brine family, the heavens parted for non-coding and coding designer alike.
The style editor in the Rally template (and all Brine family templates) is nearly 4x as long as the older squarespace options. You can control fonts better, change your footer color, edit your site's content width (goodbye super-wide, unreadable, paragraphs), and even give your site a border. These options had to be coded into the old Squarespace templates making a truly custom site hard for non-coders.
But coders also rejoiced as the Squarespace developers cleaned up the code for the Rally template and made it even easier to write effective, reliable CSS changes for. If you're new to CSS coding- or thinking of learning- be sure to use Rally. You'll thank me once you see the difference.
Mobile Styling Control
The built-in style editor also has a mobile section. You can set your mobile navigation style, the fonts, colors and spacing all independently of your desktop styles. For design-savvy, type A personalities (hand raises, head hangs) it's a game-changer.
You can set your navigation menu to be fixed to the top of the screen or scroll offscreen. You can set a background color for when people click open your navigation. You can even change the menu icon to something other than the standard 3 lines.
Interested in making the switch?
All of the following templates are within the Brine family & will have these capabilities. I usually just start with Rally, but the choice is yours.