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More people are shopping – and working, and learning, and exercising and basically everything – online than ever before. For artists and designers, that means that a digital portfolio and retail space are no longer optional, but essential elements in their professional and creative lives. The art and design worlds have in many ways moved entirely online – creating a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ensure that their work is a part of these digital conversations. With Squarespace, it’s easier than ever to create a beautiful, unique space.
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It’s just as easy to create a store. Squarespace offers unlimited product listings, with rich product pages. It’s easy to add product photography and descriptions, as well as embedded video – a must for many buyers. The Quick View option allows shoppers to make a purchase with minimal fuss, while other tools will allow you to schedule out promotions, sales and new products ahead of time. Squarespace also offers powerful inventory tools. With minimal setup, you’ll receive alerts when product inventory is low and you’ll have the benefit of easy integration with production print-on-demand partners like Printful. With Squarespace shipping is a snap, thanks to flexible shipping options (including options for flat-rate, pick-up and real-time rates) and more integrations with shipping services like ShipStation.
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