Squarespace Pricing and Official Coupon (for You)

Last updated on May 6, 2016
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See Squarespace PricingIf you’re interested in building a website with Squarespace, you are probably asking if Squarespace pricing is worth your investment.

It’s a well known fact that their template designs are probably one of the best amongst most website builders, not to mention that they are responsive so they look good on all desktop and mobile devices [see our full review of Squarespace here].

But understanding the “value” that you will receive from using Squarespace to build your website, is the key to knowing whether Squarespace pricing is worth it or not for you.

You should consider 2 separate items when you think about their pricing:

  1. How much Squarespace costs each month – this is easy to find out
  2. How much time Squarespace can save you each month – this is the real hidden benefit

To us, the amount of time you can save by using Squarespace is a massive hidden benefit, and in situations where you are desperate and need help, this benefit could be priceless to you.

Squarespace Pricing and Packages

Although Squarespace does not offer you a free plan, they do have a 14-day risk-free trial for you to thoroughly test out their website builder before you make your decision.  This removes all financial risks from you without you having to commit to Squarespace without trying it out.

Squarespace offers 5 packages (click here to see):

1) Cover Page – $5 per month for an annual plan (or $7 on a monthly plan)

2) Personal – $12 per month for an annual plan (or $16 on a monthly plan)

3) Business – $18 per month for an annual plan (or $26 on a monthly plan)

4) Basic (eCommerce) – $26 per month for an annual plan (or $30 on a monthly plan)

5) Advanced (eCommerce) – $70 per month for an annual plan (or $80 on a monthly plan)

Squarespace Pricing - Packages

Click to see Squarespace’s pricing page

So the ongoing cost for Squarespace ranges from $60 per year (Cover Page Plan) to $840 per year (Advanced plan).

The Advanced plan is not as economical as the other plans, but that plan is reserved for those who want to operate advanced or more sophisticated ecommerce stores. We have more discussions about Squarespace’s ecommerce features here. While you may feel that the Advanced plan is expensive, for a good ecommerce plan, it is actually pretty much on par with other advanced ecommerce store builders.

In general, once you’ve had a chance to try and experiencing building a website with Squarespace, you’ll understand that you are getting great value from them.

The investment and thoughts that the team at Squarespace has invested into their platform and their professional and responsive templates, is comparable to you hiring a designer and developer to code up a website for you for a few thousand dollars. [See our full review on Squarespace templates]

Not to mention, here are a few costs that you would otherwise have to pay, but Squarespace offers them to you for free as part of the package:

1) Website hosting:  a $4 – 10 per month expense (included with Squarespace)

2) Custom domain name: a $10 – $12 per year expense (included with Squarespace for the first year)

So if you decided to host the website yourself and get your own domain name, this will cost you anywhere from $4 to $10 per month anyway (Squarespace starts at $5 per month).

Furthermore, you won’t get professional templates like the ones Squarespace gives you, access to Squarespace’s drag and drop website builder, or the 24/7 support that Squarespace’s team offers you.

Squarespace starts at $5, and all their plans hosts your website for you, give you a free custom domain name (for the first year), access to their “anytime support“, beautiful mobile responsive templates, and their drag and drop website builder.

The value of building a website through Squarespace really starts to become compelling when you factor in all the benefits you get from them.

Cost To Building A Website (Our Definitive Pricing Guide) – see this guide to understand pricing and other important issues relating to using a drag & drop website builder (such as Squarespace), compared to building a custom website (such as WordPress)

Furthermore, here is an official coupon from Squarespace for you which will save you money and get you started.  [When and if you are ready to upgrade, just click on the “Enter an offer code” link in the upgrade page, and insert the coupon code.  You can find this link on the lower left side of the upgrade screen.]

We’re not trying to be biased to Squarespace, as we’re an advocate of testing and trying different website builders to understand which one works best for your needs, but we merely want you to understand that there are a lot of different considerations to think through before judging whether Squarespace pricing is fair or not.

Squarespace 24/7 Support

Have you ever tried to build a website, or use any online tools, get stuck, and out of frustration want to pull your hair out?   We certain have.  This is why it makes so much sense to consider Squarespace as they offer you 24/7 support either though live chat or email.

It is their policy to reply to every email message in less than 1 hour, no matter what time you send in support requests.

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Most other website builders don’t offer this invaluable service, which is why Squarespace can deliver so much more value to you.

While we can try to put a dollar value to the 24/7  support you will receive, at the end of the day, it’s really how much you value your time, and how much you value the fact that their support team will help you through a rough day.  Sometimes you just can’t put a dollar value to this committed support.

To us, this is a hidden benefit that you should factor into your consideration when picking a website builder.

Conclusion – Squarespace Pricing

Understanding whether Squarespace’s pricing plans are worth it  is not just about how much you pay per month.  In addition to looking at the prices (how much it will cost), you also need to consider other benefits that you will receive.

Starting at $5 per month and going up to $70 per month, you get to choose professional, designer-caliber responsive templates, access to their drag and drop builder, 24/7 anytime support, free hosting, free custom domain name, etc.

If you wanted to build a website on your own, and hire your own designer or developer to build something that looks like what Squarespace can deliver, I can promise you that it can potentially cost you hundreds and thousands of dollars.

To us, the most valuable parts of the Squarespace plan are their designer-caliber templates, web builder and 24/7 support.  It’s so hard to put a value on the responsiveness of their support (they answer within 1 hour), but on a terrible day when you urgently need to fix something, this can be priceless.

In summary, we’d encourage you to try them our for 14-days on a risk-free basis.  If you want to sign up to their paid plans, you can use this coupon code here to save.

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Jeremy Wong

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Maybe just like you, at first we didn't have a darn clue about how to build a website, nevermind write half a line of code if our life depended on it! We wanted to build a website to start a side business, and felt overwhelmed, confused & scared about how to actually do it, which builder to use, and making wrong decisions. After years of trials & errors using different website builders, we're here to share our experiences with you.

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Maybe just like you, at first we didn't have a darn clue about how to build a website, nevermind write half a line of code if our life depended on it! We wanted to build a website to start a side business, and felt overwhelmed, confused & scared about how to actually do it, which builder to use, and making wrong decisions. After years of trials & errors using different website builders, we're here to share our experiences with you.

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66 Responses to Squarespace Pricing and Official Coupon (for You)

  1. Jeffrey Robbins February 29, 2016 at 9:12 AM #

    How much does Square Space’s “Momentum” cost?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 2, 2016 at 2:07 AM #

      Jeffrey,

      You can’t purchase this specific theme / design. To use it, you’ll have to subscribe to Squarespace’s services, then you can access all their available themes as part of your subscription.

      Hope this explains things.

      Jeremy

  2. Tom February 17, 2016 at 3:41 AM #

    Hi,

    Do square space offer a business e-mail?

    Thanks,
    TOm

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 17, 2016 at 7:21 AM #

      Hi Tom,

      Squarespace itself doesn’t offer any custom email addresses. However, they’ve partnered up with Google so you can use Google Business Apps which will provide you with custom email addresses. It’s only a few dollars per month, and we use this service ourselves.

      Jeremy

  3. Tommy February 6, 2016 at 1:00 AM #

    Hi what do you think about Square space when compared to something like Google Sites?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 9, 2016 at 2:20 PM #

      hi Tommy,

      We haven’t used Google Sites before so can’t give you any meaningful insights. Best way to get a good understanding is to sign up for trial accounts with both Google Sites and Squarespace and test them out yourself!

      Jeremy

  4. Ceri January 5, 2016 at 4:03 PM #

    Hi there,
    I wonder if you could help me? I was thinking of setting up a simple website with some news stories of ordinary people from around the world and then trying to link it with google adsense to see if I can make any money out of it if we get any hits etc Is this possible with Squarespace or can you think of anyone else if it is not? Thanks

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 6, 2016 at 12:12 PM #

      Hi Ceri,

      Yes – you can definitely place Google Adsense on your Squarespace site. They have a tutorial here.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

  5. Leslie December 29, 2015 at 11:10 AM #

    Thanks for the great information. So, in your opinion, over the long haul, after the first year of Squarespace hosting your domain, is it cost effective to stay with Squarespace or look into GoDaddy or one of those?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 30, 2015 at 10:44 AM #

      Leslie,

      Given that the annual renewal cost of domain name with Squarespace is $20, you can just work the math to see what works best for you.

      The first year is free (if you sign up to Squarespace’s annual plan), so that will save you about $10 – $15 in domain name costs (that’s the average / typical domain name fee with registrars such as GoDaddy).

      But every year afterwards, you’re looking at a “premium” of $5 – $10 to renew your domain name with Squarespace. So the longer you stick with Squarespace, getting a domain name with GoDaddy starts to become a better deal (assuming the your domain name fee is $10 – $15 per year with GoDaddy).

      One of the key benefits with getting your domain name through Squarespace is that they make it seamless / easy for you to connect the domain name to your website. If you purchased a domain name through GoDaddy, you’ll have to manually connect it to your Squarespace site.

      It’s not too challenging as Squarespace does provide tutorials on how to do it, but it does require a few more technical steps. Keep in mind that it is a one time set up so you won’t have to deal with it later.

      One benefit of registering your domain name with GoDaddy is that if one day you decide to stop using Squarespace (for whatever reason), you can just disconnect your domain name (from GoDaddy to Squarespace) and re-connect it to your new website.

      Whereas if you registered your domain name at Squarespace, you will have to transfer the domain name out of Squarespace, and into a registrar such as GoDaddy. So it’s a bit of a hassle there, and there is a transfer fee (about $10 – $15).

      So all in all, I think that registering your own domain name at GoDaddy makes more financial sense over time, and is a lot less work / headache if you ever decide to switch web building platforms.

      We have a beginners guide to domain name here which will highlight some of the issues I listed out above.

      hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  6. Dash November 11, 2015 at 6:24 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Thanks for your article. Very informative.
    I’m looking to create a website which sells my one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, and I’m looking to position it along the lines of an art gallery appearance/format. Which do you think would be the best format for me? I don’t know any coding.
    Thanks so much!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 16, 2015 at 8:48 AM #

      Hi Dash,

      I don’t have a specific template suggestion. But Squarespace does have a number of Commerce related template designs that they do suggest. Just go to their menu bar and click on “Commerce” and you’ll see those templates!

      Jeremy

  7. Eliza November 11, 2015 at 1:09 PM #

    If I want to have a blog with an online store connected to it does the commerce cover that?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 15, 2015 at 6:06 PM #

      Hello Eliza,

      Yes. With Squarespace’s commerce plans, they come with blogging capability.

      Jeremy

  8. Heather November 6, 2015 at 7:38 AM #

    Hi Jeremy
    What do you think about the optimization of Squarespace sites? Are they “Google friendly”? Ate they structured in a way where an average person can add meta data keywords and tags to pages and images? I probably don’t even know what really to ask formally, but the basic question is, “will the sites be found & come up in search results? ”
    Thanks

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 9, 2015 at 5:56 PM #

      Hi Heather,

      Yes – you can add those to your Squarespace webpages and images. Here is some more discussions about Squarespace’s SEO settings from their help guide.

      However, just because you configure those basic settings does not guarantee that your website will rank high in search engine results. If it was this straight forward, then everybody will rank well! So it is an advanced topic and there are a lot of discussions around the web concerning how to improve your search engine ranking results.

      A couple of good places to start understanding more about how to achieve better ranking include Moz and Quicksprout. It’s a long term game but it will be well worth it!

      Jeremy

  9. Simone August 12, 2015 at 4:09 PM #

    Hi Jeremy!
    I love the internet and I especially love it when folks write about stuff that I want to know, like the difference between Squarespace and WordPress for a website builder. I am super novice in this area and I just want a simple web page to share my experiences.
    Squarespace seems to fit the bill. I took the survey and it recommended WIX #1 Squarespace #2.
    I was desiring to embed some of my vlogs I do on YouTube as well and cannot tell if I will be able to do this on Squarespace. Would I be able to do this on the standard plan?
    Much gratitude
    Simone

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 14, 2015 at 10:56 AM #

      Hey Simone,

      Yes you can definitely embed YouTube videos into your Squarespace website (or Wix, if you decide to use them).

      You can embed videos across all the plans for Squarespace.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  10. Wad July 10, 2015 at 8:12 AM #

    Hello.

    Your site is very resourceful – i’m going through it on a daily basis to learn more about setting up an ecommerce site of my own. Thank you!

    One question: can i build a squarespace site with the cart & all, but without the payment processor. Basically, i want to limit the options for my potential buyer to domestic bank transfer/COD, so that i can offer ‘true’ full refund i.e. without the cut that payment processors charge. Thanks again in advance.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 10, 2015 at 12:04 PM #

      Hi Wad,

      I don’t think Squarespace has features to help you process offline payments at the moment. If that’s important to you, take a look at Wix’s ecommerce builder. They do allow you to manage payments offline when you sell products.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  11. Kevin May 16, 2015 at 11:22 AM #

    Hi,
    Thanks for your informative blog.

    Regarding Squarespace’s basic offering it says 1 product. Does that mean I can only sell one product? It might be obvious but just want to confirm.

    So if I have 10 area rug designs in 3 different sizes each for a total of 30 combinations, can I only sell 1 area rug design in 3 different sizes?

    Thanks much.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 16, 2015 at 11:45 PM #

      Hey Kevin,

      I think when they say 1 product, it’s a single product but you can have different variations of this single product. So you can sell 1 rug, but in 3 different sizes.

      The best way to confirm this is to sign up for a test account and see for yourself!

      Jeremy

  12. Becks April 27, 2015 at 1:35 PM #

    Hi.
    I’ve been recommended your Squarespace but i’m based in the UK. Will this deter my site from UK search engines? Is there a conversion to GBP?
    Thanks

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 27, 2015 at 7:38 PM #

      Hi Becks,

      It doesn’t matter where you are located (as far as my understanding goes). Plus, UK is a large market and so I wouldn’t think Google will for some reason discriminate against UK specific web domain names / addresses!

      Squarespace’s servers are pretty global so I don’t think you have much to worry about there.

      Jeremy

  13. Biscuit April 8, 2015 at 6:08 PM #

    If you’ve never created a website nor don’t know the codes is Squarespace the write choice? I want to be able to upload an image without having to resize it will Squarespace do that for me?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 8, 2015 at 6:51 PM #

      Squarespace can definitely allow you to resize your image after you’ve uploaded it into the website.

      But one note is that it’s best practice to resize your image down to an appropriate size before you upload the image. The main reason being that if you upload a massive image, whenever your website loads, it may affect your loading speed even if the image is displayed as small on screen.

      But the answer to your question is a “yes”.

      Jeremy

  14. george February 28, 2015 at 10:08 PM #

    what about emails? having a website without email service is meaningless

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 1, 2015 at 7:42 PM #

      hi George,

      Squarespace doesn’t include email services as part of their package as they’re focused on building a better drag and drop website building platform. So for emails, they recommend you sign up with Google Business Apps in which you can get your own custom domain email address. Here is a tutorial on how to do that.

      We use Google Business Apps ourselves as well, which allows us to have our own custom domain email address, and utilize the Gmail interface. We’re really happy with this email service as it’s easy to use and it’s super reliable.

      Jeremy

  15. Cortney Ellis February 4, 2015 at 12:42 PM #

    Hello, I’m interested in creating a website and I can not decide between your standard and professional option. The standard says 20 pages so does that mean it is 20 images only on the site? Which is more beneficial?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 4, 2015 at 1:22 PM #

      Hi Cortney,

      With the Personal Plan, you get to build up to 20 webpages with Squarespace. So you are not limited to inserting only 20 images. Technically you can insert a lot more images, you just can’t create more than 20 pages on your website.

      Hope this clarifies things!

      Jeremy

  16. Michael January 30, 2015 at 8:38 AM #

    You right about Squarespace templates – they are beautiful and very functional. I love many of the features….very cool!

    However, have I missed something or is there no way to upload directly from Lightroom like you can with Photoshelter. I’m in the trial and seems like images can only be uploaded one at a time manually. Big problem for me.

    However much they minimize it on their website, their lack of phone support is an issue for me.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 30, 2015 at 2:20 PM #

      Hi Michael,

      I think with Squarespace you can upload one file at a time. So I don’t think you can do bulk uploads.

      They only provide support via email, but most of the time they respond within the hour unless they need to escalate the issue to their tech team. So I think they are quite responsive!

      Jeremy

      • Michael January 30, 2015 at 2:40 PM #

        Hi Jeremy……Thanks for doing the invaluable survey and comparison….I really appreciate it.

  17. Lyes December 15, 2014 at 6:44 PM #

    Hey Jeremy,
    I’m not really worried about the page limit, but does this also mean that you are limited to 20 blog posts a month? I was previously writing a blog using wordpress, but the price is making me lean over to Squarespace. However, WordPress offers you unlimited blog posts, so that’s why im wondering what Squarespace offers.
    Thanks,Lyes

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 16, 2014 at 9:33 PM #

      Hi Lyes,

      That’s what the pricing chart says, unfortunately. But if you want to re-confirm this you can always reach out to Squarespace’s team directly.

      WordPress does offer you unlimited posts, but they don’t offer you 24 support, ensuring that all your web building tools are working and that all the tools are fully integrated. If you run into issues with WordPress tools, it’s really really challenging to find someone to troubleshoot for you right away.

      So there are a set of pros and cons to consider! We have a more detailed discussion comparing Squarespace and WordPress here.

      Jeremy

  18. Lyes December 15, 2014 at 6:26 PM #

    Hey Jeremy,
    Is the “20 pages, galleries, and blogs” for the 8 dollar plan for every month? Or do you get 20 for the whole year?

    Thanks, Lyes

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 15, 2014 at 6:29 PM #

      Hi Lyes,

      The 20 page limit is for the life of the website, so in other words as long as you are building / using the website under the Personal Plan ($8 per month), you can build up to 20 pages in total.

      So if you want to be able to build more pages, you will have to upgrade to a higher plan.

      Hope this clarifies things!

      Jeremy

      • Christy December 19, 2014 at 1:16 PM #

        Hi Jeremy!

        Just to clarify, this doesn’t mean I can only write 20 blog posts, total, right? It would just mean I could only create 20 pages total (blogs, shop, galleries, or otherwise), if I understand correctly? But within those pages, there isn’t a limit on the number of actual blog posts themselves, is there?

        Thanks!

        • Jeremy Wong
          Jeremy Wong December 19, 2014 at 9:17 PM #

          I’m not 100% sure, but I think you’re limited to 20 blog posts as each post has its own page.

          You might want to contact their support team just to get 100% clarify on this. I’m curious to know what they say!

          Jeremy

          • Cheng April 27, 2015 at 3:47 AM #

            Hi,

            Just trying to shed light regarding pages, I found this article in their Help & Support page.

            http://help.squarespace.com/guides/page-limits

          • Raluca June 29, 2015 at 9:59 AM #

            Hi,

            I use squarespace personal plan for 2 years, and I already have 20 pages built. Among them there is a blog page with 50+ posts. So, there is no limit for blog posts.

  19. Sharon December 7, 2014 at 1:38 PM #

    I have just set up a squarespace website for my cake business, but when I google Cakes Kempsey it does not come up. I need this to happen. How do I fix it?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 7, 2014 at 6:32 PM #

      hi Sharon,

      Sometimes it takes a while for Google to show updated results in their search results. Make sure you submit your website to Google by setting up Google Webmaster Tools with your Squarespace site, so at least Google knows the new website exists.

      Also you should look into SEO (search engine optimization) to learn more about how to promote your site and to increase value / recognition of your website so Google may rank it a bit her in the search results.

      Jeremy

  20. D Diagne November 24, 2014 at 1:17 AM #

    Hi Jeremy?
    Does Squarespace’s Student discount apply to Ecommerce websites?
    Best Regards,
    D. Diagne

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 24, 2014 at 11:08 PM #

      That’s a good question – I’m not sure! Have you tried asking their support team to see if the discount is applicable to their Business Plans? I’d be curious to know as well.

      Jeremy

  21. Matt November 19, 2014 at 3:30 PM #

    Jeremy,

    Thanks for your work, it has made me change from goDaddy to squarespace. I agree with your diagnosis and would not have come to the same conclusion without your guidance, so thanks! One question, is the professional package worth the extra money? From what I can tell, if your site is not for e-commerce (mine is not), the upgrade would only be beneficial if you make use of the Developer Platform. So, my question is, is the Developer Platform worth it for me? The Developer Platform gives one more control over Git and SFTP coding. How important is this concerning hits? As a relative noobie, I do not know how important these features are. Are they important? And are they worth it? Thanks in advance.

    Best regards, Matthew L

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 20, 2014 at 12:58 AM #

      Hi Matt,

      Glad you’re finding our discussions helpful!

      If you’re new to website building (and not a hardcore coder / developer), then then Developer Platform probably won’t be helpful for you. It’s for very technical users to really customize their Squarespace websites.

      The thing to consider for you is if you’re going to exceed the 20 page page limit for the Personal plan. If you’re not going to exceed 20 pages, then the Personal Plan should work fine.

      Keep in mind that you can always upgrade to the Professional Plan later if you need more pages!

      Jeremy

  22. Nad October 25, 2014 at 10:12 AM #

    Hi,

    I’m new to all of this. Is there an advantage or disadvantage with taking your domain name with squarespace versus purchasing it with another company like godaddy or namecheap ect..?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 25, 2014 at 10:52 AM #

      Hi Nad,

      From a simple functionality perspective, there are no differences.

      However, if you ever decide to leave Squarespace for whatever reason, it’s always easier if you held the domain name with registrars such as GoDaddy.

      But even if you were to leave Squarespace and you got your domain name through them, you can always transfer your domain name away from Squarespace and into another domain name registrar. It’s just a few extra steps.

      Jeremy

  23. Neil October 24, 2014 at 7:34 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I have found your website to be really helpful for newbies like me who are also at the same time very particular with the small details. I just have a few questions in mind regarding the pricing of the plans and what each plan has to offer. what does it mean when you say that the plan offers 20 pages compared to unlimited pages? does this mean that if I get the personal plan the website as a whole would only have 20 pages starting from the home page?

    We are starting an online travel agency where mostly we will just feature partner resorts and description of each area in our website. Is 500 GB for a bandwidth enough for this kind of set up?

    What does having a “developer platform” mean? is it really that important?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 24, 2014 at 10:15 PM #

      Hi Neil,

      Yes – 20 pages means that your entire Squarespace website can only have 20 pages at the maximum. If you need more pages, you will have to upgrade to at least the next higher plan.

      It’s hard to say if 500 GB is sufficient as it’s really challenging to measure. It depends on how many people visit your site, how many pages they browse, how much content / images you have on each page, etc etc.

      Perhaps you can start off with the Personal plan and if you run out of bandwidth due to a good amount of traffic, you can always upgrade.

      The developer platform is for code proficient people to really customize a Squarespace site from the ground up. So it’s for highly customized site that is powered by Squarespace. Most users won’t take on this option as it can be very complex if you don’t know what you’re doing!

      – Jeremy

      • Neil October 24, 2014 at 11:44 PM #

        Hi Jeremy,

        Thanks for the prompt reply. In my search of what could be the best website builder I can use for my business, I find that Squarespace, no matter how good it is, will not be able to cater to my needs. I just learned that I won’t be able to use Squarespace’s commerce option since Squarespace only uses Stripe as its payment carrier.

        • Jeremy Wong
          Jeremy Wong October 25, 2014 at 10:54 AM #

          Hey Neil,

          Yes that’s definitely a drawback if you don’t want to use Stripe. Stripe is a really good payment system, but they’re not catering to merchants around the world yet, only in selective major countries.

          In any case, perhaps you can check out Wix or Weebly, as both have pretty good ecommerce options as they have more payment processors for you to select from.

          Take a look at our ecommerce builder comparison chart here.

          Jeremy

  24. Nel October 11, 2014 at 8:44 AM #

    Thanks for your generous and comprehensive good work here, Jeremy. I found this very helpful.

  25. Derek July 11, 2014 at 9:22 AM #

    Hi Jeremey!

    Your blog is very helpful! Got a question Squarespace themes and reports. Does it cost money to use their templates or are they all free? As for the back end reports on sales, visits, etc, how are they compared to Shopify? Is it just as good or better?

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 11, 2014 at 12:33 PM #

      Hi Derek,

      To use any Squarespace templates, you have to subscribe to at least their Personal Plan. Their templates can only be used on their website building platform.

      But you do get to have a 14 day free trial if you sign up to Squarespace, so that you get a sense of whether you would like to continue to use them to build your website.

      As for backend reporting, Shopify will probably be a better option when it comes to e-commerce, as Shopify is a dedicated, pure e-commerce online store builder.

      – Jeremy

  26. Carol June 22, 2014 at 10:31 AM #

    Hi Jeremy! Thank you for such an insightful article about Squarespace. I just had a single query. Though Squarespace offers custom domains in all the plans, I still see several websites with a ‘www.xyz.squarespace.com url. How does that happen?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong June 22, 2014 at 1:36 PM #

      Hi Carol,

      I think those sites just haven’t connected their custom domain names yet. Once you connect you domain name to the Squarespace website, then it will be fine!

      Here is a guide from Squarepace on how to do this.

      – Jeremy

  27. BW April 8, 2014 at 6:23 PM #

    If you don’t get an annual plan, then do you still get a free custom domain? I didn’t see that anywhere. Thanks.

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie April 8, 2014 at 6:51 PM #

      Hey BW,

      Good question and sorry for not clarifying. The free domain is only given to you if you sign up to the annual plan. So if you pay month-to-month, you won’t be entitled to the free domain from Squarespace.

      – Jeremy

  28. RichardL September 16, 2013 at 11:00 PM #

    > So if you decided to host the website yourself and get your own domain name, this will cost you $14 to $18 per month anyway (Squarespace starts at $8 per month).

    You need to do a little fact checking on that pricing: $10-$12 month for a domain name? Really?

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie September 17, 2013 at 8:48 AM #

      Hey Richard – that was an oversight on our part – thanks for pointing that out. What I meant was $10 – $12 per year. If it was a per month basis, that would be ridiculously expensive!

      Thanks for taking the time to leave us a comment! I’ve updated the text to reflect this.

      – Jeremy

  29. Cw July 12, 2013 at 1:34 PM #

    Squarespace commerce vs shopify? Which is one is more suitable for newbies in online business owner?

    • Jeremy & Connie
      Jeremy & Connie July 12, 2013 at 2:47 PM #

      Hi CW – it really depends on what you need.

      Shopify has a lot more comprehensive e-Commerce tools (especially with their Apps store – see our review – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/shopify-reviews/), so it’s great if you require a lot of add on services, and if you have a lot of products to sell.

      Squarespace’s e-commerce tools are also very effective, but they don’t have as broad of a selection as Shopify. In my view, if you have a smaller number of products to sell, Squarespace is also a very good choice, especially if you want a very nice design to go with your online store. (See our review – http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/squarespace-e-commerce-business-review/)

      I’d encourage you to sign up for a trial account for each one of them, and invest a few hours in testing them out. It’s important that you invest this time as the last thing you want to do is spend a few weeks building out your store, then discovering that something wasn’t working out for you.

      Hope this helps.

      – Jeremy

      • Maria July 15, 2014 at 1:29 PM #

        Hi, very helpfull review. What do you think about weebly, is it really bad to start a blog or a on line small business with the free weebly domain. I have never seen any blog or web page with the weebly at the end….

        Thank you 🙂

        Maria

        • Jeremy Wong
          Jeremy Wong July 15, 2014 at 5:33 PM #

          Hi Maria,

          It’s not necessarily bad if you are just starting out. But most people do upgrade to at least their Starter plan in order to connect their own custom domain name to the Weebly site.

          It’s a better to brand you website over the long run. But if you’re not sure about Weebly yet, you can definitely get started with their free plan, and take your time to see if it’s worth further investments!

          You can see some of the extra features you will get if you upgrade your plan with Weebly here.

          – Jeremy