'Bachelor' Host Chris Harrison Ties The Knot With SquareSpace

Thu, 12th December 2019, 18:29

According to his new website, fans of the hit reality shows Bachelor and Bachelorette can now request to have host Chris Harrison officiate on their own special day. Harrison, an ordained minister with Universal Life Church, will customize each ceremony to the couple and is available for travel throughout the continental United States, including Hawaii. International venues are also an option as Harrison will travel to officiate at destination weddings!

In order to have the host of the hit franchise officiate a wedding, couples must provide their name, email, phone number, wedding date, wedding venue/location, budget and wedding details through a contact form on Harrison’s website. The handy contact form makes booking easy but does stipulate that due to popular demand and limited amount of select dates available, serious inquiries only!

While Harrison forte may be akin to cupid’s, he’s not limiting his skill set to archery and bringing couples sweet happy bliss. If marriage isn’t your thing, Harrison will host/emcee events, and is even available for corporate functions as well. How about a video to promote your business, a collaboration or endorsement, Harrison can do it all according to his website!

He’ll even rent you his pad. Just go to the website where a link allows you to book the Bachelor mansion. “Villa de la Vina is the ideal setting for hosting corporate conferences, team-building workshops, seminars, proposals, weddings and event receptions. Nestled on a beautiful 10-acre property, Villa de la Vina is situated within the Santa Monica Mountains of Malibu. It offers 10,000 square feet of interior space and 20,000 square feet of outside space.”

Picture of Villa de la Vina 

While there is little doubt that Harrison will endeavor to placate every fanciful little whim that comes his way, scheduling conflicts and budget constraints will dictate the reality that not everyone gets a rose. Second best is second only to the feared friend zone, so yes life can be disappointing. Then again it could be an opportunity. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery so if you can’t have Chris Harrison...   what about his website!

The domain was registered recently using domain registrars and web hosting mega player GoDaddy. Apart from those scantily clad models in advertisements the internet won't forget, GoDaddy is best known for its custom domain names and web hosting services. It is less well known for its great website builder software. Which may be why Chris Harrison, or his agent, have chosen to use SquareSpace for the building and deploying his website. (editor’s note: it was indeed the agent.. The founder and former editor of Style Unveiled is now endeavoring to remove the ugly from the internet one website at a time!). While Squarespace may have its faults and blemishes, it has never been accused of being ugly. More likely than not, Squarespace would be described as the flashy and hipster version in the website building space

Squarespace is one of the better known brands in the drag and drop website builder marketplace, having spent a small fortune on affiliate marketing and advertising with everything from podcasts to the Super Bowl. Regardless of the reviewer’s allegiance, Squarespace will get consistently positive marks for the quality of it design templates.

Squarespace does allows you to upload your own design if you prefer but their primary appeal is the large selection of templates available for use that will make your site look professional in no time at all. They make it easy to give any template a customized makeover. Just switch out the stock photographs in the template with your own and you’ll have an impressive site. (editor’s note: oh yeah.. just swap all their high-resolution, professional images for your crappy Polaroids. We all know how that will end!). The coding is such that most templates will keep your colorization, typography, and responsiveness aligned even with the photography switch which means your site will always look good on mobile (even if you are not able to make mobile-specific edits).

Squarespace hosting is always optimized and you can have confidence in the fact that your template and site are compatible. The monthly subscription price includes your website, hosting, security, and back-ups so the days of ensuring various 3rd party providers play nice and work harmoniously together becomes redundant. You don’t have to worry about plugins, widgets, or apps when you use this builder. Everything is built in. If you’re familiar with WordPress, Blogger, or a similar platform, then you’re ready to use Squarespace. Even website analytics are included with the overall platform. That means there are fewer issues with troubleshooting a site because something added to it has suddenly become incompatible with a recent update.

Everything may fit together just right with a website builder like Squarespace, but that may or may not be what you’re looking for. Squarespace is like leasing and customizing an apartment in a really classy development instead of buying and owning your own house. You’re still in control of decor, cleaning, and everything living-wise – but you leave the construction, plumbing, security, and infrastructure to the property owner.

Squarespace all-inclusive solution provides everything you need to get started quickly. It contrasts with solutions where you buy, install, and manage all the “pieces” of your website separately. Many of the out of the box drag and drop site builders models lock you into their hosting service and platform. It can’t be overstated that exporting your data is not necessarily the same as exporting your website! If you're afraid of commitment or think you might want to switch as your business model evolves, consider options that allows you to readily download your website files for easy setup on another web host.

Putting basic content and images on Squarespace is a straightforward process. The new features and options which do get rolled out for this platform must be rolled out by Squarespace, meaning you have less control over its functionality. Trying to edit your design templates, add or move elements, or add functionality can be time consuming and complex. There is no regulated ecosystem for quality extensions and apps to get integrated into Squarespace. 3rd party features are possible, but you have to use a developer to integrate it…which kind of defeats the main purpose of using an inclusive drag and drop website builder. Squarespace setup is uniform, beautiful and apparently easy…until it’s not.

Squarespace does have 24/7 support through email tickets and live chat boxes. There is no phone support but they do have a thorough Knowledge Base and a pretty high-quality customer forum.

Squarespace paid annually plans starts with the $12-a-month Personal plan, which includes unlimited storage, bandwidth and a domain.The $18 Business website plan that includes unlimited contributors, a Gmail pro account, and e-commerce capabilities. Basic and Advanced Commerce plans up the price between $26 and $40 a month, the latter of which includes a few final touches like abandoned shopping cart recovery and gift cards. It's important to note that the $26 online store plan comes with no transaction fees. Depending on your sales volume those savings for an online store could really add up. Billed on a month-to-month basis, will increase the personal plan to $16, with business plan seeing the biggest jump, going to $26 per month for your site. Commerce plans are $30 and $46 respectively. There is no free domain with the billed monthly plans but Namecheap will set you up with a domain cheap! 

Squarespace may have some drawbacks but they also have truly beautiful designs and lots of functionality. If the all-inclusive website builder is the right solution for you then Squarespace may be one to consider. Launching the website is a good first step. But unless you are some reality TV star like Chris Harrison, the work has just begun!


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