Squarespace Pricing | 2 Key Things You Should Think About (& Coupon For You)

Last updated on September 4, 2018

Squarespace Pricing Review

Squarespace Pricing review


We think Squarespace’s pricing plans offer you good value as their platform offers you an easy / code-free way to build a website, they manage all the technical aspects of your website and their 24/7 support team are available around the clock.

Squarespace can save you a lot of time and money (compared to using other more complex web builders).

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Last Updated on September 4, 2018

If 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 mobile responsive so they look good on all desktop and mobile devices.

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.

To understand some of these benefits, consider that Squarespace offers you:

  • A drag and drop web building interface so you don’t need to know how to code;
  • All the technical management in operating a website is all taken care of by Squarespace’s technical team; and
  • In situations where you are desperate and need help, their 24/7 support team could be priceless to you.

You can see our full review of Squarespace here, or check out a snapshot view of what we think of the website builder in the chart below.

Design-Oriented Website Builder

4.3 out of 5

Ease Of Use

3.5 out of 5 stars

Help And Support

4 out of 5 stars

Design Flexibility

5 out of 5 stars

Value For Money

3 out of 5 stars

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 Pricing Plans Monthly Plan ($/month) Annual Plan ($/month) Savings (%)
Personal $16 $12 25%
Business $26 $18 31%
Basic (eCommerce) $30 $26 13%
Advanced (eCommerce) $46 $40 13%

Squarespace offers 4 pricing packages (click to see full details).

If you sign up to an annual plan, you can save between 13% to 25% compared to signing up to a month-to-month plan.

So the ongoing cost for Squarespace ranges from $144 per year (Personal plan) to $480 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 for hosting and $10 – $12 per year for a domain name (Squarespace starts at $12 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 $12, 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 offer code 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 offer 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 through 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.

Review 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 $12 per month and going up to $40 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 save 10% with an offer code (click button below).

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About Jeremy

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.



About Jeremy

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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114 Responses to Squarespace Pricing | 2 Key Things You Should Think About (& Coupon For You)

  1. O. Balcells September 11, 2018 at 5:42 PM #

    Despite its cost, I love all about Squarespace: the beautiful templates, the easy building interface, the amazing versatility and, for sure, the always kind 24/7 support. Having tried many web builders before, I can say that this is, for sure, the best.

  2. alan Fliegel July 25, 2018 at 7:21 AM #

    We want to sell my wife’s art on-line. We’d like to take a photo and post it on our website and show it to our family and friends. I need something easy to do. Along with some writing about the piece. Maybe twenty images at a time. What would you recommend?

  3. Jaime June 26, 2018 at 4:21 PM #

    Found this quite useful. Would you recommend also purchasing the domain name through Squarespace, v. Host Gator or comparable? If down the road I want to move from Squarespace to say, WP, would this be possible?

    • Fred Isaac
      Fred Isaac July 5, 2018 at 8:22 AM #

      Hi Jaime, buying the domain from your builder does make it easier to manage and yes you’re usually all good to take your name with you wherever you go. Hope this helps!

  4. Mary M. Boyle June 19, 2018 at 4:26 PM #

    Ok. I’m taking HTML5 at Gwinnett Technical College. I’m also trying, without much success, to follow up on a suggestion of an Emory University music composition professor a while back, to do a website of my pieces. Now, I’m about ready to give up the ship, as Free Hostia will only accept 500KBs of anything. The largest amount of MBs on one of the mp3 pieces I want to have on my website is nearly 17MBs of space. How many MBs can Squarespace accept on a piece of music? I have 13 pieces I need to upload. Another question: Can I code in HTML on Squarespace like I can do on Free Hostia? I really don’t want anyone doing my website for me. Thank you much!

  5. Grant Crowell June 15, 2018 at 11:51 AM #

    Great guide! I’m so glad I checked this out since I was debating between SquareSpace and WordPress. I would also be interested in seeing a comparison between SquareSpace and Weebly.

  6. RjOI May 27, 2018 at 5:31 PM #

    Hi Jeremy, thanks for this article.

    We are a business process outsourcing company and we need to have a booking system and also a newsletter signup for our customers. My question is, does Squarespace have these features?

    Thank you!

    • Fred Isaac
      Fred Isaac May 30, 2018 at 6:35 AM #

      Hi Rjoi,

      Thanks for the comment! Yes, Squarespace should certainly be able to cater for booking systems and newsletter registration, either through in-built functionality or extensions. Good luck!

  7. Georgiana Howard March 23, 2018 at 2:30 AM #


    I am a school teacher thats starting a publishing company to write curriculum for homeschooling. Would square space be a good platform to start? I would need a website that allows me to upload sample lessons and eventually sell curriculum for each grade level.


    • Fred Isaac
      Fred Isaac April 12, 2018 at 2:41 AM #

      Hi Georgiana,

      What an interesting question! We love hearing about all the different uses people have for building a website.

      Squarespace would certainly be able to cater to your needs, but I feel Wix might be an even more suitable option because of how intuitive it is to use. Have a read of our Wix Review and let me know what you think – https://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/wix-review-p1/

      Hope it helps!

  8. Sue Smith February 26, 2018 at 10:15 AM #

    I need a simple website for my campground. I already have purchased Reserve America software for taking reservations and credit card payments. My website will need a link to the ReserveAmerica site. I would not be using Squarespace for merchant services. Is that OK?

    • charlie Carmichael
      charlie Carmichael March 14, 2018 at 2:56 AM #

      Hi Sue,

      Thanks for your comment.

      I’m happy to say you can put links into Squarspace in order to redirect customers to your site. Squarespace does have its own payment methods but if it’s easier for you to do it that way, that’s no problem. You can read more info on how to embed the links here on Squarespace’s help page.

      Hope that helps,


  9. Philip C. Webb Sr December 26, 2017 at 10:19 PM #

    Beware! Square offers no phone support. Limited chat support. And they only take online payments from only certain limited types of credit cards.

    • Tom Watts
      Tom Watts January 5, 2018 at 2:01 AM #

      Hello Philip,

      You’re not wrong.

      Squarespace doesn’t offer phone support, and other platforms are slowly moving away from it too. However, these phone services are being replaced with very in-depth ‘help’ sections that are rich with problem-solving information. This is really handy if you’re in a rush and don’t want to wait on hold for a long time!

      The help chat is currently available between 4am – 8pm Eastern Time and so covers the majority of Squarespace’s users (who are in the US). It would be good to see it become a 24/7 live chat though as I think this is where the industry is heading.

      As for limited credit cards, I’m not so sure this is true. Squarespace accepts: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx, JCB and Diners Clubs – which pretty much covers all the major cards. It’s a little odd that Paypal isn’t accepted (yet!) but I wouldn’t think of the accepted cards as limited by any stretch.

      Hope that clarifies things a bit,
      – Tom

  10. DanB December 12, 2017 at 12:46 PM #

    Thank you Jeremy. Just starting a blog and have no prior experience with websites. Your article is very helpful to me. Appreciate it!

    • Tom Watts
      Tom Watts December 13, 2017 at 12:31 AM #

      Hello DanB,

      It’s really good to know the discussion above has proven so useful.

      Best of luck with your blogging and website building,

      Thanks for reading,

  11. logiclaser December 10, 2017 at 3:44 AM #

    It’s difficult…

    I am a website programmer and for many new clients, Squarespace and Wix are the first thing on their mind. Often clients come to me after making some progress in Squarespace but running up against it’s limitations.

    Things that you cannot do on Squarespace are things like bespoke animations, more integrated navigation systems, modern UX, UI design (Squarespace templates take a while to update while interface standards, especially on mobile, may have already moved on).

    Squarespace offers great value, but you will have to conform to their way of doing things. For a small amount of people that will mean reducing what they actually end up with when using the service.

    • Tom Watts
      Tom Watts January 5, 2018 at 2:49 AM #

      Hi logiclaser,

      You make a good point that if you’re hoping for a web building platform that offers unlimited creativity then using a website builder might lead to some limitations compared to hiring a designer to create something from scratch.

      But on the other hand, I think the biggest benefit of using a website builder is that it empowers users to overcome a huge limitation in the first place – the ability to even contemplate building their own website!

      From my experience, I love having the ability to create my own website in my own time in a way that suits me best.

      Sure, I can’t create every last thing that pops up in my head, but the fact I can still realize the majority of that vision is hugely beneficial.

      And as a further benefit, Squarespace does let users implement some custom coding, so if you know you’re way around basic coding then you’d be onto a winner.

      As an aside, it might also be helpful to mention that Wix offers a lot of updated design concepts so users can have a website that actually looks custom built. This sounds like it could be exactly what you’re looking for? Here’s our Wix review, it might give you some food for thought.

      Thanks for joining the discussion!

      – Tom

  12. Mar November 30, 2017 at 11:28 AM #

    This is nos current. squarespace has been raising the price again and again, it started in $8 now its $22…and they should have a partnership program like shopify for agencies, we are bringing a lot of clients, and they show no love back.

    • Tom Watts
      Tom Watts December 4, 2017 at 4:01 AM #

      Hi Mar,

      Squarespace prices have risen a little in the past 12 months. They are currently $12 per month for a personal website or $18 per month for non-selling business website (if billed annually).

      If you choose to pay month by month, you’ll be looking at $16 and $26 respectively. So it makes financial sense to pay the whole lot up front if possible and save yourself some money.

      Prices are a bit steeper for ecommerce stores as it is more expensive to run a store and they have more technical requirements.

      Hope that clarifies things.
      – Tom

  13. Kevin August 31, 2017 at 5:26 PM #

    I have a website and am using a web hoster. I also registered my domain name with them. After viewing squarespace, I may be interested in switching over. My question is, how can I go about switching over to squarespace and bringing my domain name? Also, I pay a yearly fee to my webhost, I do not want to pay two (one to squarespace and one to my webhost) ? What would be my next steps…please advise. Thanks

    • Tom Watts
      Tom Watts September 4, 2017 at 1:07 AM #

      Hi Kevin,

      This is possible but you will need to look into domain mapping, which lets you connect and use your existing domain with Squarespace. It does involve tweaking some DNS records to your existing hosting though, as well as changing your primary domain.

      This Squarespace help page should clarify things for you.

      For more information on domains, we’ve got this handy guide that might prove useful too.

      Hope it helps,

      – Tom

  14. Vynnie August 19, 2017 at 5:17 PM #

    Thanks for the rundown. So far in my research Squarespace looks like the best bet for me. This will be a church website.
    We want the ability to receive donations through the website. We have T-shirts for fundraising which we want to distribute online, most likely via PayPal.
    Does this mean we must sign up as a business account or can it be personal?

    • Tom Watts
      Tom Watts August 30, 2017 at 12:57 AM #

      Hi Vynnie,

      Glad to hear you found our Squarespace discussion helpful.

      Just to clarify, if you’d like to receive donations then you will have to subscribe to an ecommerce plan. This is one way of connecting the church bank account with a payment gateway and ensuring you receive the donations.

      The alternative is to insert PayPal’s donation widget directly without having to use Squarespace’s ecommerce plan (you can do this by using their donation block).

      You can get the code snippet from PayPal directly and insert the code into your Squarespace website. It won’t look as pretty, but it will help the commenter save some money.

      For more information from Squarespace, just click here and search for ‘Using the Donation block’.

      Hope that helps,
      – Tom

  15. Chris R August 12, 2017 at 4:37 PM #

    I love the simplicity of Dunked for portfolio, but what appeals to me about Squarespace is that for $4 more a month, I can have a blog and ecommerce. I eventually hope to sell some of my arts/design stuff. I have a blog using self-hosted WordPress at GoDaddy, but I’ve let it go into fallow mode because of the hassles of maintenance, updating themes and plugins, etc. This is a good overview.

    • Tom Watts
      Tom Watts August 25, 2017 at 8:35 AM #

      Thanks for sharing your insights Chris.

      I’d definitely agree that Squarespace is a great choice for a portfolio. A number of friends of mine use it for their portfolio sites and they have zero complaints!

      As you’ve noted, the nice thing about Squarespace is that you easily incorporate the ecommerce side of things and monetize your blog. It’s a really nice way of consolidating things.

      Thanks for joining the discussion,
      – Tom

  16. David August 11, 2017 at 12:08 PM #

    Hi there,

    Thanks for your article here and your responses to the various queries.
    I apologise if someone has already asked this but I have a question about the functionality of the ecommerce facility.

    Would I suit, or could it designed to work with food orders?
    I need a platform on which users can log in and select various freshly cooked items for delivery, both for immediate delivery and future dated delivery.

    Perhaps there are restaurants with online ordering facilities that are already using squarespace services?

    Many thanks

    • Tom Watts
      Tom Watts August 25, 2017 at 8:31 AM #

      Hey David,

      Thanks for reading and joining the discussion.

      I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t be able to create an online ordering website through Squarespace.

      In fact, Squarespace have a dedicated section on their support pages about creating such a site, so it should give you some food for thought (excuse the pun!).

      Just head to this page and search ‘restaurant’ and you’ll find the guides to help you develop your delivery and order taking capabilities.

      hope that helps,
      – Tom

  17. emad alkathiri July 16, 2017 at 9:27 PM #

    hi, I would like to make a privet personalized and specialized dating wedding website for an international employee in a health affairs government hospital, minding all the manners, and security issues, thank you.

  18. Antony Scott June 30, 2017 at 10:29 AM #


    I already have an fully functional ecommerce site and pay fees to PayPal – our payment provider – do I pay Squarespace 2% on top?
    Thanks in advance

    • Tom Watts
      Tom Watts July 6, 2017 at 6:44 AM #

      Hi Antony,

      Transaction fees are waived if you are using Squarespace’s “Online Stores” plans.

      However, if you’re using Squarespace’s “Website” plans, transaction fees are 3% for the Personal plan and 2% for the Business plan.

      Squarespace offer some in-depth information on this topic, which should help clear things up for you. Just navigate to the ‘Managing Payments’ option after following this link.

      – Tom

  19. DVN June 9, 2017 at 7:29 AM #

    Hello Jeremy,

    Thanks for all these reviews and comparasions. Very helpful. One problem I have with these website builders are that their email provisions are a total rip off. I have this experience with wix where for premium account I didnt even get an email address to go with the domain name but I had to pay for it seperately and that too just two email addresses per year for a $100!! Can you imagine that. Best to shop for email address provider seperately where you can get unlimited number of emails at a fraction of the cost and have it integrated in the wix/squarespace hosting.

    • Jeremy
      Jeremy June 12, 2017 at 5:32 AM #

      Hey DVN,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

      I personally use G Suite (basically Gmail but with a customized email address) and it’s about $4.16 per month. So with 2 email addresses in your case, that adds up to about $100 per year. Wix and Squarespace both offer integration with G Suite.

      I guess I look at it in a different way. From a business perspective, for me to have a custom email address that helps me brand my business, is reliable, secure and easy to use is well worth the cost per month.

      Of course, if you have a new business it’s very important to watch your finances, for sure. Perhaps start off with a generic email address such as the free version of Gmail to get started? You can always upgrade to a custom email address later once your business start to generate some cash flows.


  20. Dom March 24, 2017 at 8:12 AM #

    As general rule – you want to separate your domain company from your hosting company. This is because some companies in past have locked up your ability to renew your domain name if you switched to new company to host your website (hello hostgator). Treat your domain name as separate real estate and then your free to test multiple platforms (Square space, Shopify, etc) and have security knowing you will always be in control of keeping domain name.

    • Jeremy
      Jeremy March 24, 2017 at 8:41 AM #

      Good tip, Dom. Thanks for contributing.

      I also agree with you that there are positives with keeping your domain name separate from your host. We get this question a lot, whether to buy the domain name from the website builder or purchase it from a domain registrar (such as GoDaddy).

      I’ve always preferred purchasing domain names separately so if one day I decide to switch website builders, I can disconnect the domain name and reconnect it to the website building platform. Much less hassle than transferring the domain name out of the older platform and into the new builder.

      Some website builders (such as Squarespace) offer free domain names for 1 year and that can help save some money, not to mention it’s easier to integrate the domain name with the website as it’s all synchronized.

      But there are pros and cons and we highlighted these issues in our domain names guide here.

      Thanks for sharing your tip with us!


  21. dominique March 17, 2017 at 6:02 AM #

    hello, is there any price without hosting and domain, i have one that is already payed

    • Jeremy
      Jeremy March 17, 2017 at 8:03 PM #


      Unfortunately, Squarespace comes with hosting services so you can’t use your hosting services. This is one of the benefits of using Squarespace as they manage all the hosting for you (updates, upgrades, security) so you don’t have to pay extra for this service, nor do you have to manage it yourself.

      As for domain name, you can definitely connect your own domain name to your Squarespace website. So you don’t have to purchase the domain name from Squarespace (even though they offer you this service). We have a domain name guide for beginners here – you might find it helpful.

      Squarespace also has tutorials on how to connect your domain name to your website. Just search for “domain name” in their support center.


  22. Alice March 4, 2017 at 6:28 AM #

    Can you monetize a blog with ads?

    • Jeremy
      Jeremy March 6, 2017 at 11:28 AM #

      Hey Alice,

      Yes you can. You can insert advertisement images and hyperlink them to another website.


  23. Charles Phillips February 27, 2017 at 12:32 PM #

    I am helping a very small non profits build a web site. Do you have any discounts for registered 501.c.3 nonprofits?

    • Jeremy
      Jeremy March 1, 2017 at 10:43 AM #

      Hi Charles,

      I’m not entirely sure, actually. Have you tried reaching out to Squarespace directly to see if they have any offerings for non-profits?

      In any case, they did provide with an offer code to share with our readers. See this page.


  24. Kleb December 19, 2016 at 12:13 PM #

    Thanks! Of good help! Although I would’ve expected less obvious things….

  25. Surf13 August 15, 2016 at 11:18 AM #

    Great article! I have about 6 websites with Squarespace and love them, but never knew I could send them an email or do live chat with them. Even thought I clicked on the link you shared above, to live chat or send them an email, I still don’t see the option to do so… I’m logged in as well. Can you help me figuring this out?

    Or do you know if “Business plan $18/month”, can run eCommerce website? Or do we need to subscribe to “Online stores” plans? Thanks in advance!

    • Jeremy
      Jeremy August 17, 2016 at 10:43 AM #

      Hello Surf13,

      When you are on Squarespace’s site and logged in, click on the “Contact” menu bar item.

      As for the Business plan, you can sell unlimited number of products and have access to Squarespace’s ecommerce tools. However, there will be a 2% transaction fee each time you make a sale. So if you are selling a low level of products, you should be able to save some money without upgrading to their “Online Store” plans.

      However, if you will sell more frequently, then it might make sense to upgrade to their “Online Store” plans as those plans don’t have the 2% transaction fee.

      One option is to start off with the “Business” plan and once your business ramps up, upgrade to one of their “Online Store” plans. You always have that option. You can upgrade or downgrade your plan whenever you want to.


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

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

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


      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.


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


    Do square space offer a business e-mail?


    • Jeremy
      Jeremy 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.


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

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

    • Jeremy
      Jeremy 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!


  29. 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
      Jeremy 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!


  30. 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
      Jeremy December 30, 2015 at 10:44 AM #


      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!


  31. 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
      Jeremy 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!


  32. 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
      Jeremy November 15, 2015 at 6:06 PM #

      Hello Eliza,

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


  33. 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? ”

    • Jeremy
      Jeremy 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!


  34. 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

    • Jeremy
      Jeremy 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!


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


    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
      Jeremy 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!


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

    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
      Jeremy 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!


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

    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?

    • Jeremy
      Jeremy 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.


  38. 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
      Jeremy 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”.


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

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

    • Jeremy
      Jeremy 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.


  40. 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
      Jeremy 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!


  41. 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
      Jeremy 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!


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

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

  42. 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.

    • Jeremy
      Jeremy 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.


  43. 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
      Jeremy 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!


      • 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?


        • Jeremy
          Jeremy 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!


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


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


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


            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.

  44. 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
      Jeremy 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.


  45. 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
      Jeremy 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.


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


    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
      Jeremy 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!


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


    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
      Jeremy 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.


  48. 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
      Jeremy 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
          Jeremy 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.


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

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

  50. 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?


    • Jeremy
      Jeremy 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

  51. 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
      Jeremy 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

  52. 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

  53. 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

  54. 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 – https://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 – https://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 🙂


        • Jeremy
          Jeremy 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

          • Tom August 8, 2016 at 9:27 AM #

            Did Squarespace stop offering the $5 a month cover page plan? I don’t see it on their pricing page anymore

            • Jeremy
              Jeremy August 10, 2016 at 1:04 PM #

              Hi Tom,

              Yes, Squarespace discontinued their Cover Pages plan last week. But you can still access their Cover Pages if you sign up to their other plans. So you can add a 1-pager (Cover Page) to a website that’s built with Squarespace.