Released just this year, 7.1 is the new kid in town. We were fortunate to be included in a beta program launched by Squarespace to introduce 7.1 to Squarespace Specialists so that we could get our hands on the platform first as their test group. We love that in 7.1 you have one template as opposed to all the choices you had in 7.0. This makes things easier for updating and adding customizations as opposed to having to change themes like you had to do in 7.0. Our current site here is built in 7.1 and it has been a lot of fun creating our new look with their new option.
We do feel that 7.1 has some improvements to make in the future and we have been told by Squarespace that they are adding new features all the time which is great to hear. A few items we miss that were offered in 7.0 are parallaxing images or banners, you can’t edit your blog posts on a page and have to edit them in the small blogging window which is tough to get used to and lastly, there is no developer mode yet you can still add custom CSS and code injection with no problem at all.
We do find the Style Editor to be a bit difficult to learn. Where we would expect items to be for editing, they are simply not there and you have to go on a long voyage to find them. However, the on-page editing experience is really nice and it is really what made us switch from 7.0 to 7.1.
Summary: If you want to build your site in the newest platform, not having to worry about your theme becoming out of date, this is a great choice for you however, it is not as intuitive for editing and can frustrating at time. If you would like a site that is easy for you and your team to update, 7.0 may be a better choice. Because 7.1 is really just one template, when you view their choices you are really looking at a prebuilt layout which just like 7.0, can be customized.