Squarespace Review 2018 | 10 Questions You Need To Ask

Last updated on November 16, 2018
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Better templates than any other website builder. Visually stunning, mobile-responsive designs that make your site look professional.

Powerful and flexible editor that offers more design flexibility than other website builders.

24/7 support with one-hour email response and Squarespace live chat.

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Squarespace gets rave reviews for its powerful customization tools and classy templates. But is the praise deserved?

We gave this popular website builder a thorough test so we could judge for ourselves.

We came to the task with high expectations. Partly because Squarespace is widely admired, but also thanks to its…

  • Great publicity
  • Mesmerizing marketing videos
  • Killer example websites

The Squarespace YouTube channel, for example, is packed with amazing how-to videos, case studies and mini movies – with Hollywood stars and viewing figures to match.

For example Squarespace’s short film Get Your Domain Before It’s Gone, starring John Malkovich, boasts 4.6 million views and 3,000 likes. And its Dreaming With Jeff Bridges mini-movie, made for Super Bowl 2015? A cool 6 million views.

Make no mistake, this is a company that knows how to establish a great web presence.

We were even more impressed when we saw these examples of websites built using Squarespace.

These sites aren’t by professional web designers, but by normal web users with day jobs, just like you and me. Take a look at their sites – you’ll find plenty of inspiration.

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Get inspired by amazing websites created by Squarespace users

More than 1 million people pay to keep using Squarespace after its free 14-day trial, and that’s a solid testament to the quality of results it delivers.

Squarespace’s user base can’t quite compete with that of Wix, which has more than 3.1 million paying subscribers (October 2017) – but then, Wix has a completely free plan. Squarespace does not.

If you want your website to appear professional, beautifully designed, and expensive – as though you’ve invested time and money in it – then Squarespace could be the ideal website builder for you.

So Squarespace has plenty of fans, but what do we think? Is Squarespace the right website builder for you, and for your small business or project?

Take a sneak peek below at how we’ve ranked Squarespace before we go into more detail later on:

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 mostly lived up to our expectations. Here we reveal how it performed on the factors that really matter when choosing a website builder, including ease of use, ecommerce features, templates – and, of course, value for money.

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Squarespace Review in Brief - What are the Top 3 Pros & Cons?

TOP 3 SQUARESPACE PROS
#1 Beautiful designer templates to make your website shine.

Squarespace offers a good selection of beautifully-designed templates that instantly command attention – which is exactly what you want your website to do.

The templates cover a range of styles and industries, but they all have a sophisticated, minimalistic vibe that gives full prominence to photos. Its clean lines are a welcome contrast with other website builders’ templates, which can look overly busy.

Squarespace lets you start with a Cover Page instead if you prefer. These simple layouts can be used as a standalone website, or combined with a template.

#2 Mobile-responsive templates that make your site look great on phones and tablets.

Squarespace automatically adjusts your site to suit the display it’s viewed on, including touchscreens of all sizes. You don’t have to create a mobile version of your site at any stage.

Even if your visitors resize their browser window, your content – including photos, slideshows and videos – will automatically adjust to fit.

#3 Full customization control – no coding required.

Squarespace’s Style Editor lets you customize your template using drag-and-drop controls that don’t require any coding knowledge. So it’s a little like Wix and Weebly – but much more powerful.

The Style Editor gives you full control over fonts, colors, image opacity, sidebar width, background images, sizes, and spacing of just about anything on your Squarespace website. You can achieve amazing results without being a coding ninja.

And if you are a coding ninja, you can edit your Squarespace site using CSS too.

TOP 3 SQUARESPACE CONS
#1 Not the easiest website builder to use.

Once you’ve chosen your template, it’s not immediately obvious how to customize it. First you have to find the Style Editor, and then you have to work out how to upload your photos.

If you’re patient, and determined to achieve a really high-spec site, then you’ll be fine. More than fine – you’ll be delighted that Squarespace gives you such fine control over design. But it’ll take a bit of trial and error first.

#2 Pricing plans are comparatively expensive.

In relation to other top website builders on the market, such as Wix and Weebly, Squarespace can seem expensive. There’s also no free plan, you have a 14 day free trial to test it out before deciding whether to invest or not.

That said, given how sleek and sophisticated its templates are, it’s worth the extra coins – especially if you’re in a creative industry.

#3 No manual mobile editor.

You need your site to look great on screens of all sizes, and Squarespace’s automatic mobile-responsiveness gives you the best chance of that.

But unlike Wix and Weebly, Squarespace doesn’t offer a dedicated mobile editor – so you can’t create a separate version of your site for phones and tablets.

Its Device View mode gives you an idea of what your site will look like on small screens, though. And if you want to switch off mobile responsiveness altogether, Squarespace gives you that option too.

September – November 2018 Updates

  • Email Marketing: Squarespace are soon releasing new email campaigns where you can stay connected much better with your audience. Choose from dozens of customizable layouts, populate them with your content and add your own social icons.
  • New Partners: Squarespace are now working with ‘The Dots’ to promote amazing digital platforms that are having a positive impact on social change.
  • Upgrade to Squarespace 7: If you’re still using the Squarespace 5 interface, there’s now a handy guide which walks you through how to upgrade your site to Squarespace 7 – check it out here.

Is Squarespace Ideal For You

“If you want a visually impressive website, Squarespace is an excellent choice – no matter what industry you’re in.”

Squarespace is ideal for anyone who wants a fantastic-looking site. You don’t need any design skills or coding knowledge, but some decent photos might help.

What types of sites does Squarespace suit best?

It’s great for small online shops (here’s our detailed Squarespace ecommerce review) but may fall short if you have global ecommerce ambitions. For that, you’ll want to check out Shopify or BigCommerce.

Its photo-heavy templates may also be wasted on you if you don’t have, or have any interest in having, high-res photos. There are ways around that, though. We’ll explain all in our section on templates.

What we can say with confidence is that Squarespace is an excellent choice for photography, portfolio, and blogging websites.

Its templates are second to none for visual finesse (here are some inspiring examples), making it the perfect website builder if you’re in a creative industry.

A Squarespace website will help your business make a great first impression – without too much effort on your part.

Here’s our quick hit-list of people we think should head straight for Squarespace to build their site. Click one to visit a related Squarespace page.

On the other hand, if large-scale ecommerce is your priority, or you want a website builder that’s exceptionally quick and easy to use, then Squarespace may not be the best fit for you.

If that’s the case, see our ecommerce comparison chart for other options and find your perfect match.

Is Squarespace Easy to Use?

“Building a site with Squarespace is easy… when you know how.”

At Website Builder Expert, we aren’t content with just trying website builders ourselves and telling you if they’re easy to use or not – we need real, impartial opinions.

That’s why we got everyday people to test Squarespace and rate how easy (or difficult) they found it to use.

Although most found Squarespace relatively straightforward, it did prove a little trickier to use than other website builders like Wix and GoDaddy. Here’s a couple of things they said:

I definitely relied on the template and I think that’s why it looks so clean and fresh. The aesthetics of the Squarespace templates are by far the most visually appealing.

I would be mindful who I recommend this product to, there is no way that I would recommend this to my mum, who has very limited technical capabilities.

Squarespace isn’t too hard to use, but its Style Editor does take a little getting used to.

It’s a drag-and-drop editor, but not a ‘pure’ drag-and-drop editor like Wix. You can think of it more as section-based, with each section bringing something different to your web pages (e.g. a banner image, contact form, or a block of text.)

Try hovering your mouse over a photo on your Squarespace template and seeing what happens. (Hint: nothing.)

It doesn’t take many clicks to get going, though.

Instead of clicking elements then uploading photos and other media, as you would in Wix, you need to head for Squarespace’s Design menu, then click Style Editor, and then upload your assets.

Now you’re cooking. Your photos automatically appear on the page, where you can start adding text and dragging certain elements around the page.

Note we said ‘certain’ elements. You can’t select, drag or resize photos. They move slightly when you edit other elements, but their position is largely dictated by the template you chose.

Luckily, Squarespace lets you switch templates as often as you like.

The Style Editor is packed with options, but it’s designed to be uncluttered and easy to navigate. Click an element in your chosen template, and the left-hand sidebar of customization options will change to display just the options for that element.

Squarespace is a WYSIWYG (‘what you see is what you get’) website builder.

Previously, you had to keep checking a preview, but now what you see in the editor is what you get when you publish your website. This has made Squarespace much easier and more satisfying to use.

The Style Editor and other customization tools are really quite easy once you’ve got stuck in, but you’ll save yourself a lot of trial and error if you watch a few help videos first.

We’ll have more on Squarespace’s help resources later on.

How Good are Squarespace's Templates?

“The designs you find on Squarespace are heads and shoulders above the templates and themes offered by other website builders.”

We think Squarespace’s templates are amazing, but is that just our personal taste?

Apparently not the people we got to test Squarespace agreed with us wholeheartedly:

The template provided me not only with an incredibly looking site, but also all the features I think I’d need to be successful

Compare Squarespace’s templates with those of other website builders such as Wix, Weebly and Jimdo, and you’ll see straight away that they’re in a style league of their own.

Squarespace doesn’t offer hundreds of templates like some of its rivals (there are just over 60, compared with more than 500 from Wix), but Squarespace goes for quality over quantity.

The collection is carefully curated to meet high standards and conform with the Squarespace “look” – clean, classy, and big on photos.

Squarespace has made sure its small but perfectly-formed collection covers a good range of industries. There are ready-made templates for portfolios, online stores, blogs, weddings, restaurants and more.

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Click to see Squarespace's templates

As mentioned earlier, Squarespace’s templates tend to assume that you have a good supply of high-res photos to fill those huge picture boxes. You can’t use the dummy photos but they do have a partnership with Getty Images, if you want to source photos from elsewhere.

If you know any CSS code, you can use it to customize your Squarespace site even further. The CSS editor, which you’ll find in the Design menu, includes an option to reset all code to revert to the original template with one click. This isn’t reversible, so approach with caution.

The Design menu is also your gateway to a Checkout Page Style Editor for online stores; a ‘Logo & Tile’ editor; and a link back to the Templates section, where you can easily move all your site’s content to a new template.

How Good is Squarespace Support?

“Squarespace support replies to emails within an hour, and its video tutorials are superb. Best of all, though, is Squarespace live chat.”

Squarespace offers plenty of ways to get help. You can contact the 24/7 support team by email with its live chat available Monday-Friday, 4am-8pm EST.

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Squarespace review - live chatIt’s Squarespace policy to reply to every email message in less than an hour, no matter what time of day or night you send a support request.

 

Squarespace is based in New York and there’s every chance you’re not, so it’s handy to know they’ll help you out whatever time zone you’re in – or whatever crazy hour you’re working at.

Squarespace Tutorial Resources

Squarespace provides an extensive library of video tutorials that guide you step-by-step through using the tools. We found these videos incredibly helpful when figuring out the basics of using Squarespace, and they saved us a lot of time.

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The videos are organised into series such as Getting Started, which includes videos on First Steps, Site Style, and ‘Your Pages & Navigation’ – all covering the relevant tools in easy-to-understand detail.

The written articles in Squarespace’s knowledgebase aren’t as informative as the videos, but they are searchable. And of course, it’s quicker to scan a written guide than watch a video.

Squarespace Community Forum

Get help, ideas and tips from support staff and other users on Squarespace Answers, the site’s busy community forum.

The best way to get a feel for the forum is to click the tags under Popular Topics on the right. For example click ‘blog-page’, ‘slideshow-gallery’, ‘css’ or ‘mobile’ to see all discussions on that topic.

If you need to troubleshoot a particular problem, use the search box – it may have been asked and answered many times before – or click Ask A Question.

The forum actually covers topics that the knowledgebase don’t. When we were trying to find out how to resize our gallery ‘block’, we found answers in the forum but not in the knowledgebase.

We’d like to see better integration between the forum and knowledgebase, to help you find the answers you need.

Should You Use Squarespace to Build Your Online Store?

“Squarespace is not an ecommerce specialist, but it offers more built-in ecommerce options than other non-specialist website builders.”

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Squarespace is a great choice of website builder for launching or expanding your online store or small business.

It can’t match Shopify for specialist sales and marketing tools, but it does offer more ecommerce features than Wix or Weebly – without the need to install third-party apps.

Squarespace used to only support one payment platform: Stripe. Stripe is secure and reliable, but it’s only available in only 25 countries. PayPal, by contrast, works in more than 200 countries.

But Squarespace now accepts PayPal and Apple Pay as well as Stripe. Good news for your store and your customers.

Another great thing that Squarespace has over other website builders that don’t specialize in ecommerce is multi-channel integration.

Quite the mouthful, but all it means is that you can sell across other channels, such as social media and marketplaces, as well as your website.

Squarespace allows you to connect to Instagram and tag your products directly on the platform. This means social-happy browsers can click on your photos and buy your products, without ever having to leave Instagram!

Squarespace SEO Review - How Will Your Site Rank on Google/

“Squarespace can be slightly better than other website builders at helping your site up the Google rankings.”

SEO (search engine optimization) – the art and science of getting your site up the search rankings – has become a vital part of running an online business.

Squarespace does more than its rivals to help you win the SEO game.

It offers all the usual basics, such as title tags and descriptions, and it produces pages with clean HTML markup that’s easily indexable by search engines. So far, so similar to other website builders.

Squarespace goes the extra SEO mile, though.

It lets you customize your website address for maximum search performance, and automatically creates a sitemap that helps Google know where to crawl and index. You can submit the sitemap to Google through Google Webmaster Tools.

Unlike its drag-and-drop competitors, Squarespace lets you customize your website title so it’s different from your URL. This can make your site much more SEO-friendly.

You can also track your site’s performance with Squarespace Analytics, a real-time data dashboard that only you can see.

Squarespace Analytics includes hourly, daily, weekly and monthly traffic reports; information about visitors who visited your site using mobile devices; sites that referred visitors to your site; which of your content is most popular, and much more.

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See how many visitors you're getting with Squarespace Analytics

Squarespace also supports Google Analytics, which you can link with your site to track your visitor statistics. You don’t have to choose between these data analysis tools, so we recommend using both, to gather as much info as possible and maximise its value.

Should you use a website builder or WordPress for best SEO? The answer may surprise you. Here’s our in-depth report on the SEO advantages of using website builders vs WordPress.

Squarespace Tech Review - What are the Hosting and Export Options?

“Squarespace takes care of all your hosting and technical needs, so you can focus on building your site.”

Squarespace lets you create multiple websites and hosts them all for you, so you don’t have to pay for hosting separately.

While it looks after hosting and domains, you can focus on building your website and other more important things (such as marketing, or life in general!)

Squarespace also takes care of all the software and security updates on its servers, to ensure your website always works and doesn’t get hacked.

But the tech feature that really sets Squarespace apart from many of its rivals, including Wix, is that it lets you export your site into WordPress.

In other words, you can download the code of your whole site – pages, blog and all – then import it for editing in the more advanced WordPress CMS (‘content management system’ – basically a code editor).

Squarespace doesn’t hold your site hostage if you decide to switch to WordPress. It’s a nice touch – and it shows confidence that users will stay with Squarespace for a long time, even after they learn to code.

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Squarespace Pricing Review - Is It Worth the Investment?

“Squarespace gives you all the tools you need to build a website that looks as professional as a site created by a developer – but for a fraction of the price.”

There’s no free plan with Squarespace, but you do get to try out the service in full for free for 14 days.

If you do decide to stick with it after your free fortnight, you’ve got four pricing plans to choose from (see table below).

The cheapest Squarespace plan is the Personal plan at $12 a month and includes a free custom domain and unlimited bandwidth and storage. For an online store, the lowest plan is $26 a month, which includes no transaction fees, unlimited products, label printing, and more.

As with most other website builders, you save money overall if you pay annually instead of monthly. Pay for a year upfront, and you can save up to 25% off your total bill:

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%
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The two ecommerce plans cost more than the Personal and Business plans, but they’re worth the extra investment if you’re serious about setting up shop online.

You can still sell products on the Personal or Business plans, but you can’t list as many items for sale, and you will need to pay transaction fees.

For more details, read our Squarespace ecommerce review.

Whatever plan you choose, Squarespace is a little more expensive than other website builders with similar features (click here to see our comparison chart). But the gap isn’t big – and you get a lot more customization power with Squarespace.

Squarespace certainly saves you a ton of cash compared with hiring a designer. Not only would a designer charge hundreds or even thousands of dollars to create a site for you, but you’ll also have to pay for hosting and tech support separately. That’s several bucks per month.

If you’re serious about having a great online presence, Squarespace is a beauty of a deal. You get 24/7 email support and all the site-building tools you need – no coding required.

Further Information:

Squarespace FAQs

Is Squarespace free?

Squarespace doesn’t have a free plan, so you have to sign up to one of their four premium plans. But, Squarespace does offer a 14-day free trial, so you can try out the website builder and all its features before committing to a paid plan.

How much does Squarespace cost?

Squarespace has four premium plans. The cheapest is the Personal plan starting at $12 a month (billed annually). The next is the Business plan at $18 a month, which has over twice the features available on the Personal plan. The two plans for building online stores are the Basic plan at $26 a month, and the Advanced plan at $40 a month. Read our Squarespace Pricing Review for a full breakdown of how to choose the right price plan for you.

Is Squarespace good value for money?

Squarespace isn’t the cheapest website builder out there, but the level of customization and professional designs available means you’re paying for a high quality service. You can save money by signing up to a yearly plan rather than a monthly one – plus check out our official Squarespace offer code for a discount.

Which languages does Squarespace support?

Squarespace currently supports six languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. You can create multilingual sites by creating different pages for each language.

Is Squarespace good for ecommerce?

Yes! Squarespace is not a specialized ecommerce builder like Shopify, but it does offer great ecommerce features which are integrated into its professional template designs. These features include a built-in shopping cart, unlimited products, the ability to sell physical, digital and service-based products, as well as accepting payments through Stripe, PayPal, and Apple Pay in 13 different currencies. Read our in-depth Squarespace ecommerce Review for more details.

Is Squarespace good for SEO?

Yes! Squarespace has all the standard SEO tools built in to help your page rank in search results, such as title tags, keyword targeting, and mobile friendly pages. But Squarespace also allows you to customize your website title to be different from your URL and automatically creates a sitemap to help Google process your website in its indexing.

Squarespace Review Summary - Is It the Right Website Builder for You?

Squarespace gives you all the tools you need to create a designer website, without needing to know a line of code or hire a designer.

Its templates are gorgeous. They make your photos look like masterpieces and give your business a professional, expensive edge – not least because it looks like you’ve paid for a custom-built website.

This makes it the ideal website builder for anyone in a creative industry. Photographers, restaurateurs, musicians, artists and bloggers will feel right at home, and the superb templates are perfect for wedding websites.

Squarespace also offers excellent ecommerce tools that’ll give your small business or online store an impressive web presence.

Once you’ve spent a couple of hours getting to know the basics of the Style Editor, your design options are almost limitless. It’s fairly easy to learn, but it’ll help if you’ve got an eye for good design (and a supply of high-res photos).

Squarespace’s help videos are second to none. If you hit a snag at any time of day or night, summon up Squarespace live chat for help. You can send an email if you prefer – the team will get back to you within an hour.

We think Squarespace is a fantastic choice of website builder, whatever your ability level and whatever type of website you want to build. Yes, it’s particularly design-focused, but it’s not all style over substance – it’s actually a brilliant all-rounder.

But don’t take our word for it, see for yourself. If you sign up for a Squarespace account you automatically get 14 days to try out the service and build a site, completely free.

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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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782 Responses to Squarespace Review 2018 | 10 Questions You Need To Ask

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    good job.the content is more relevant.

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    I’ve just spent over an hour on your website reviewing Wix vs SquareSpace. Overwhelming – yes!… but your honest, in depth information is exactly what I needed to decide what platform to go with (I am moving from WordPress) I enjoyed reading the comments and your replies as well. Thank you, Great Work!

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      Hi Joann,
      Thank you for sharing your feedback! Glad to hear that we’ve helped with your research, best of luck changing your platform. That’s great you found the discussion helpful, thank you for reading!
      Thanks for your comment,
      Lucy

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    Thanks for the pro’s and con’s. it helped me to decide to stick with SS. I should be done in a week.

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    I have an existing domain – can I transfer hosting to Squarespace?

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    With Squarespace, can I allow people to sign up or register as members of my website (non-paying)? How does membership on a Squarespace site compare to Wix or Weebly? Thanks in advance!

    • Natasha Willett
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      Hi Lauren,
      Welcome to the community. When you say members are you looking at member only areas? All three builders offer members only areas / password protected pages. Wix and Squarespace build these features into the builder, whereas Weebly you will have to add this in directly from their app store at a potential cost increase. I hope this helps clarify your concern.
      Natasha.

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        Thanks so much Natasha! Yes, I am going for a forum where members (only) can post and comment. I see that member sign-up with a Weebly site is only available at $25/month. Do you know about the pricing for membership with Squarespace?

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    I found this information and the video extremely informative! It was more information than what was provided on other sites. I think the reviewer is very friendly and honest! Thank you Jeremy!

    • Fred Isaac
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      Hi Lisa, thanks for the comment, great to hear you found the review helpful. Did you go with Squarespace in the end?

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    Awesome collection,I think this is very helpful for every blog has to need this useful info.

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    Hello!! —- Very disappointed! with my newly acquired knowledge I delved into Square Space to begin the process of building my web site but nipped out again to read some personal reviews on those who had already done so ——

    Oh! My!! Won’t work with Safari!! (what I use) you didn’t mention that!!!
    but perhaps it wasn’t relevant to the comparison study.

    So many people saying that the customer support is lousy

    others saying that they take the money but do not give any help

    I do appreciate that you were making an unbiased comparison of SquareSpace and Wix — and not necessarily a review of actual use!

    The number of people using Square Space giving VERY negative feedback of their experiences has really given me cold feet.

    • charlie Carmichael
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      Hi Kit,

      Sorry to hear you’re having issues.

      Squarespace does support Safari but only on a Mac I’m afraid. Our recent study found that Squarespace had an overall satisfaction rating of 90%, so it’s surprising to hear your feedback but we can appreciate how off putting it can be to read bad reviews of a builder. If you’re looking for a something that offers sleek and stylish templates, intuitive mobile responsiveness, and full customization, then we’d definitely recommend Squarespace. If you’re still unsure however, why not check out some of our other reviews, such as Wix and Weebly, before making your final call.

      I hope that helps you find your perfect builder!

      Charlie

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    I really regret creating my online store with SquareSpace. I’m based in California and the sales tax rules are so complex and there’s no way to have them automatically calculated in SquareSpace. I have to enter them manually, which is time consuming and easily done incorrectly. The offer Stripe as a payment option, but the version they offer doesn’t allow for integration with companies like TaxJar who can automatically calculate the sales tax for each purchase. I would strongly discourage anyone in California from creating an online store using SquareSpace…go with Shopify or the like. It’ll save you loads of time and potential tax issues/fines.

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    Hi
    I currently have an Etsy store and want to have my own website. I’ve been reading all the reviews and onfo which is really informative, thanks😊but still don’t know which is best for me. I want to sell & for it to look good. Any advise would be appreciated
    Thanks Debbie

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    I cannot stress enough on how easy, simplified and straight to the point using squarespace is! I was able to get my website up and running (from buying the Domain name, to choosing a theme and filling the content) in 2 hours only!

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    Hi Jeremy,

    I love Squarespace for the reason you listed below – it has such stylish and elegant templates. That said, I want clients to be able to book and pay for appointments online. What do you think of Squarespace for that purpose?

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    I have had my site with Squarespace since 2009 and I’ve loved it–until now. My site is down and their email-only customer service tells me it will be DAYS until I can expect a response. DAYS. My business website, upon which I depend for my livelihood, will be down for DAYS. If your site is just for fun, then by all means. But think twice if you’re serious. Their front-line customer service people have quick, friendly answers to easy questions that appear in their knowledgbase. But when it comes to something really going wrong, their “experts” are shockingly overwhelmed. They claim that they take downtime seriously, but in reality they don’t have the staff to do so.

    • Natasha Willett
      #

      Hi Alison,
      Thank you for sharing your current experience with the rest of the community.
      Your difficulty with SquareSpace’s customer service dose strike me as a little odd and something I have not heard of before. Have you been able to identify the cause to your site being down? When you spoke to SquareSpace were they able to communicate the reason back to you?

      I’d personally chase them for a more immediate response, potentially trying their live chat function. You can find the live chat support page here (just note that the live chat only works between the hours of 4AM and 8PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday):

      Hopefully, you will be able to reach someone much quicker and then get to the bottom of the issues.
      I hope you get this resolved soon.
      Natasha.

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    Hi and thank you for the great review. I have to say – after seeing the Keanu ad during the superbowl – it made me research the site. I am completely NEW to starting a website and blogging. My goal is to start up a blog by the end of Feb. So far I’ve researched WordPress and Squarespace – but it’s all so confusing!! Do you have any articles about blog sites in general – maybe a comparison of all of them?? Any recommendations from anyone would be helpful!

    Jennifer

    • Tom Watts
      #

      Hi Jennifer,

      Great to hear that Keanu has piqued your interest in building a website 😉

      It’s definitely a great time to get involved as you have loads of options at your fingertips.

      You can opt for user-friendly, drag-and-drop website builders like Wix, Weebly and Squarespace if you’re not too technical and don’t know how to code.

      Or you can opt for a more sophisticated platform like WordPress, which is a lot more customizable BUT requires you to have at least a basic knowledge and understanding of coding to really max out its potential.

      A good place to start comparing website builders is our comparison chart.

      Hope it helps + good luck with your building!
      – Tom

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    this is awesome really awesome.. thanks…

  16. #

    Hi,

    We have a medium sized fashion label (we currently stock in
    50 stores internationally. Our brand doesn’t sell online and
    won’t as it’s specialist and women who buy our product want
    To try it on.

    We used to be on shopify but changed to square space about 4 years ago as we were not selling online and we wanted to make image / collections changes online ourselves . We have had a quieter year and took consultancy advice. One of the opinions was that our site looked ‘amature’ because it is on SS and that we shouldn’t change back for better SEO. Is this true or just industry design snobbery ? Would a consumer really know ? And surely SEO is the quality of your content and back links?

    Your opinion would be greatly valued !

    • Tom Watts
      #

      Hi CBean,

      I’m actually really surprised to hear that people have said that about your website because it’s built on Squarespace!

      For what it’s worth, I find that Squarespace has some of the most incredible and stylish template designs of ANY website builder. Both my housemates agree – one’s a photographer and the other is a graphic designer, and both have Squarespace portfolios…

      The only thing I can suggest (if you haven’t already), is to go into the Squarespace editor and remove the ‘powered by Squarespace’ text block form the bottom of your chosen template. It should just be click -> edit -> delete. This is the only way a consumer would know your site is built on Squarespace, unless they really looked into the page source code – but who really does that?!

      As for SEO, Squarespace is generally pretty well regarded. They even provide helpful SEO tips to guide your optimization efforts. But otherwise you’ve hit the nail on the head – SEO is about creating high quality content for your desired audience and building a great backlink profile. The fact you’re aware of this tells me you’re in pretty good shape already.

      If you don’t plan on selling, you should be absolutely fine on Squarespace. Maybe test out a redesign with a different template every few years, but otherwise you should be golden!

      Hope that helps 🙂

      – Tom
      (ps. maybe they’re just jealous of your great-looking site? Who knows!)

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    Thank you. Informative article and really valuable tips too

  18. #

    Great article, very informative. Just what I was looking for!

    • Tom Watts
      #

      Hi Henry,

      Great to hear you found the review useful.

      Hope it makes your decision easier.

      – Tom

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    Great article! I’m looking into building a website simply and as easily and am new to website building as a whole. The points you’ve touched on here have been really informative. I don’t mind a little bit of a learning curve, I think that would probably allow for more personal customization and add to the uniqueness of the site as opposed to a ‘pure’ drag-and-drop system while also making it accessible for someone like me who doesn’t want to spend time or have the money to do it the ‘hard’ way. Thanks for sharing this review!

    • Tom Watts
      #

      Hi Gary,

      Great to hear you found the review so useful!

      I think you’re right to point out that having a learning curve would probably lead to more impressive (and rewarding) results down the line.

      If you haven’t settled on a builder just yet, I’d recommend checking out our website builder comparison chart too as it may give you so more food for thought.

      Thanks for reading,
      – Tom

  20. #

    awesome article. Thank you for sharing such valuable info.

  21. #

    Really good article and more informative. Thanks for sharing.

  22. #

    No mobile editor is a deal breaker for me. Such a shame – I was totally in but for a music artist, mobile use is pretty much all the traffic to the site and how it looks/functions is more important than desktop

    • Tom Watts
      #

      Hi Clive,

      I understand your frustrations. More and more people are using their mobile phones and tablets to browse the internet, so having a website that looks good on the go is really important.

      Yes it’s frustrating that Squarespace doesn’t have a dedicated mobile editor, like Wix for example, but it does ensure all of its templates are mobile responsive. This should ensure that your Squarespace website optimizes itself for any and all screen sizes.

      You may need to play around in the editor for a little bit to tweak everything just right, but the LEGO-style ‘content block’ system that Squarespace uses makes it quite easy to move content around if necessary.

      It’d be worth giving Squarespace’s free trial a go and seeing how you get on.

      Hope that helps,
      – Tom

  23. #

    Great post, my first time here and been reading 3 great posts so far, loving it!!

    • Tom Watts
      #

      Hi there,

      Great to hear you’ve found the discussion so useful!

      Feel free to share if you think others could benefit too.

      Thanks for reading,
      – Tom

  24. #

    This information was enormously useful in helping me to decide how to proceed with a website redesign for a non-profit. Thank you!

    • Tom Watts
      #

      Hello Patricia,

      It’s great to hear that you found the discussion helpful!

      Feel free to share on your social channels if you like – you never know who might benefit!

      Best of luck with your website + thanks for reading,
      – Tom

  25. #

    As a sports photographer, I need a webage where I can I upload hundreds of photos after an event. This will remain on the site for purchase. The next event will repeat the process.
    This review does not mention a review and selection platform.

    Also, there is no presentation of the shopping experience. Again, this is critical.

    This review lacks important information that is critical to many photographers.

    1, review and selection
    2. historical review of past events
    3. upload process
    3. links and dropdown.
    4. east of modification.
    5. shopping cart.

    • Tom Watts
      #

      Hi LensTrek,

      Thanks for joining the discussion and flagging up some areas where we could improve upon.

      To answer your query, Squarespace is a good platform for more personal photography sites as the templates are very sleek and beautiful, while the image upload + selection process is very easy and intuitive.

      One thing to be aware of though is that Squarespace can be a little sluggish sometimes if you are uploading lots of large, hi-res photos at the same time, which might prove to be a real time-drain if you intend on uploading large albums for clients.

      We’ve a discussion on the best website builders for photographers, which might prove helpful.

      – Tom

  26. #

    Gorgeous! What a delight to see!! Thanks for posting!

  27. #

    Hello,

    Thank you for the review. It helped me get to know better about SquareSpace besides all the places they advertise at through sponsorship.
    My Q is, Do you think It’s a good option for doctors? I’m a MD who specializes in pediatrics and have a very personalized private practice. I ask this because you didn’t mention us (doctors) on your “Is Squarespace ideal for you” section.
    I’m really interested in your opinion as experts.
    Thanks!

    • Tom Watts
      #

      Hi Erick,

      I’m not sure how helpful this is to say, but it really does depend on your needs!

      Think about what you want your users to be able to do on your website. Is it there just for information purposes or do you want to accept bookings, or maybe some other functionality?

      In your situation, I would recommend signing up for a free trial with Squarespace and then having a browse to familiarize yourself with what can be achieved. You should also have a look through the app marketplace to see if there are plugins that can help you achieve the functionality you want to.

      It might be worth considering your options too though as Squarespace is normally used for clean, image-rich websites such as portfolios – not always. but this is where Squarespace tends to lend itself to better.

      Wix would be another good option to consider, as it offers a lot of similar functions to Squarespace and the editor is more intuitive to use.

      Hope that helps,
      – Tom

  28. #

    Awesome collection,I think this is very helpful for every blog has to need this useful info.

  29. #

    Hi Jeremy: I have site hosted elsewhere. I assume Squarespace has to host. How does that work with present site?

    Our site is non ecommerce, visitors encouraged to call or email? Is the transaction fee 2% for ecommerce sites I presume?

    • Tom Watts
      #

      Hi kate,

      There are two types hosting: web hosting and domain hosting. Web hosting is where your website content is stored, which in this case will be Squarespace if you use their web builder.

      On the other hand we’ve got domain hosting, which provides your website domain name and is more like a street address that directs people. If using a Squarespace premium plan then you can use your existing domain name or purchase one to use with your site.

      You’re also correct in your assumption that transaction fees are for ecommerce sites only. There should be no reason why users cannot contact you as long as you provide them with the information they need.

      Hope that helps,
      – Tom

  30. Tom Watts
    #

    Hi Doron,

    Good to hear you found the review helpful.

    Unfortunately Squarespace removed the in-built forum feature that was a part of Sqaurespace 5 and so far haven’t shown any indication that they plan on bringing it back – they might, but they tend not to discuss new features before releasing them. A potential fix would be to research 3rd party plugins, it’s not ideal but could solve your issue.

    As an alternative you could look into either Wix or Weebly, who both offer the ability to create forums without the need for additional 3rd party plugins.

    On the customer support front, it really depends how you define ‘user friendly’. Squarespace provide a very in-depth support section on their website that covers a wide-range of issues across different skill levels and also allow users to submit tickets if their issue isn’t covered elsewhere. There are also Squarespace ‘Answer Forums’ in which users can ask questions that are answered by the Squarespace community. This is usually enough for most users as the level of depth included in these answers is pretty good.

    However, if you’re looking for phone support then I’m afraid Squarespace doesn’t offer this (they even have a dedicated answer in their support section explaining why!).

    On the other hand, Weebly offers online chat, email and phone support, while Wix offers email and phone support which helps to add a level of real-time support not offered by Squarespace.

    Give our Wix and Weebly reviews a read and see what you think. If the forum is your end goal, I would definitely point you towards Wix over Squarespace.

    – Tom

  31. #

    Such a wonderful post.. As you describe in detail is very impressive.. and its all true.

  32. #

    Very helpful review, Jeremy, but I have two questions.

    1. I want to create a site that will be a forum, primarily, but will grow into a large one. Appearance is less important than ease of use. Would you recommend squarespace or another program?

    2. How “user friendly” is the squarespace customer support service; can you call and get someone?

    Thank you

  33. #

    Hi, helpful review.

    I’m still not able to determine if Squarespace has feature that allows us to build a membership base and send newsletters like its possible with a WordPress platform.

    Could you please clarify on those 2 aspects please?

    Thank you

    • Tom Watts
      #

      Hey Yvan,

      Glad you found the review helpful.

      You can actually do both of those things on Squarespace – but you’ll need to look to third-parties to achieve it!

      I’d recommend that you look into Sentry Login. They are a premium membership tool that can integrate with Squarespace. From my understanding they can turn your website into a paid membership website too.

      For newsletters you could sign up to Mailchimp. You can add a newsletter subscribe section by linking your Mailchimp account with a ‘Newsletter Block’ on your Squarespace site. There is a detailed guide in the Squarespace Support pages – just click here and search ‘mailchimp’

      – Tom

  34. #

    Great review, very helpful. Thank you!

  35. #

    thanks for the post

  36. #

    Hi there, I’m very interested in squarespace for a bridal accessory store I already have. I like the SEO reviews and that they have clean urls, I believe. I’m Changing from Weebly, Is there a price chart that says what you get and what you don’t for the different premium pricings? Like the 3 highest priced services? I think they have pro, premium and super premium, or something like that. I would like to use one of the lower priced ones and still have what I need. Not going over 600 products. Oh since they only do Strip as a payment possessor, can one put ones own business PayPal button?

    • Tom Watts
      #

      Hi Deborah,

      Squarespace have a sliding price plan similar to what you’ve probably encountered on Weebly. This Squarespace pricing review should prove handy – we’ve even got an exclusive discount coupon code for you which will save you some money when you decide to go premium.

      I’ve got some good news for you too – Squarespace now offers Paypal integration as well as Stripe, so you should have no problem getting paid. There’s more info available on this helpful Squarespace ecommerce support page.

      – Tom

  37. #

    You might want to update this. SS does offer paypal and other options.

    • Tom Watts
      #

      Yep, PayPal is now fully integrated with Squarespace’s ecommerce functions! I’ve added that to the main article too, thanks Kate.

      – Tom

  38. #

    Thanks You Jeremy for all the very useful info.

  39. #

    Hello Jeremy,

    I watched your video on Squarespace, where you talk about their “stunning beautiful templates” and say: “You’d have to spend thousands of dollars to pay someone to create a template like that, but it’s available from Squarespace for a low monthly fee.”

    If you paid someone thousands of dollars to create a template, it would show YOUR food and YOUR restaurant. A template that shows the food from some other, random restaurant isn’t worth anything. Stock photos are the kiss of death for a web site.

    I noticed that Pixar feels the same way. Their Squarespace site for Cars 3 doesn’t use a Squarespace template. Everything on the site is their content – as it should be for any site.

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hi Steve,

      Thanks for your comment. Part of the video just showcases some templates with stock images that comes default as part of the templates. You can swap them out with your own images (or any content) as you wish. So you have complete flexibility to do that. The images are just there as a starting point. You can delete it and insert your own.

      Jeremy

      • #

        Hello Jeremy,

        Thanks for the response.

        If you wanted to use Squarespace to build a site but had no interest in their stock images, is there something like an “empty” template to start with, or do you even need a template?

        Steve

        • Jeremy
          #

          Hi Steve,

          I’m actually not sure if they have blank templates or not. I haven’t seen one (I know Wix offer this).

          Have you asked their customer support team? Even if they don’t, you can always swap out their stock images with your own. That is the intent anyway as most users want to customize the look and feel of their own websites.

          Jeremy

          • #

            Hello Jeremy,

            Thanks for your response.

            I notice that Squarespace specialists charge a minimum of $2500 to build a Web site, or $95/hr, but Wix and Weebly “specialists” start at $15/hr. Do you understand why Squarespace specialists cost so much more?

            Thanks
            Steve

            • Jeremy
              #

              I can’t say for sure. Perhaps the specialists that work with Squarespace are much higher end? Or perhaps they are located in developed countries (much more expensive than those located in developing countries)?

              As always when evaluating designers / developers, be sure to probe them with questions, ask for examples, how they resolve unexpected circumstances, etc.

              We have a guide on how to find good freelancers. You might find it helpful.

              Jeremy

  40. #

    This was super helpful! I´m a designer going freelance and need to build a website to showcase my portfolio y services, and this definitely help me decide which way to go. Thank you!

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hi Veronica,

      Thanks for your comment. Squarespace is a really good website builder to showcase portfolio. Give Squarespace a try and see how you like it!

      Jeremy

  41. #

    Hello,

    Thanks for all the information – I just have a quick question. I run a small restaurant that delivers mainly to college dorms in my area. Is it possible, with squarespace, for me to customize the delivery options so that it shows the dorms in a drop down menu? Or maybe there is some way to edit the code so that I have this option. Basically I want to only allow delivery to certain dorms on campus and none of them have a standard address.

    Thanks

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hey Michael,

      If you just want to create dedicated menu bar items / tabs to display the locations where you deliver, that’s not a problem at all with Squarespace.

      Just create a new, separate page for each dorm and each of these pages can have a place on your menu bar.

      I’m not sure if that answers your question?

      Jeremy

  42. #

    Hi, good info 🙂
    If I use this hosting and build an awesome site but decide to get hosting elsewhere, can I take my site to another web hosting server?

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hello Billy,

      Thanks for commenting. With Squarespace, you do have the option of exporting a lot of your content into WordPress. See Point 9 above for more details.

      Jeremy

  43. #

    Great review Jeremy, pros and cons included, many thanks!

  44. #

    Excuse me. I have a serious question. And it requires a serious answer. I am a intermediate photographer, recently upgrading to a full-frame DSLR camera, and am inquiring as to which site is best to pay for. I have enough saved for a one year subscription. I want to get my photography better noticed and marketed.
    My question is…which of the following would you experienced users have a beginner, try: 1) Squarespace. 2) 500px. 3) Format.
    After reading extensive reviews…and cancelling-out other alternatives. These seem to be the three best. So…which would you pick. Or would you say that any of the three are worth investing into.

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hi Alex,

      If you haven’t done so yet, I think it’s worth signing for all of them to test them out directly and see which one you prefer working with. Generally speaking, all website builders will have a free plan or at least a limited time trial offer so you can check out their tools and platform to see if they are suitable for your needs.

      Once you’ve done that and narrow your choices, if you still can’t decide which one you prefer, then take a best guess and sign up with that platform on a month to month basis, so you won’t be obligated to pay 1 year’s worth of fees.

      This way, this gives you more time to explore using the website builder and also gives you the flexibility to cancel your plan if you happen to change your mind.

      Jeremy

  45. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for your great analysis. If I have an external Australian domain already that is a .com.au , will that connect correctly to a Squarespace site? Also, I think I saw in one of your articles that Paypal is now an integrated payment system for Squarespace sites, is that right?

    Thanks,
    Estela.

    • Jeremy
      #

      Thanks, Estela.

      Yes it should be able to connect to a Squarespace site, and PayPal is fully integrated with Squarespace’s ecommerce functions!

      Jeremy

  46. #

    Hi Jeremy, thanks for the review, as someone who is new at this, your notes helped a lot.

    A friend of mine asked me to help her build her website but she’s worried that whatever content/pictures that she wants on there, she’ll no longer own the rights to it. How do I find this out from Squarespace? Or other site builders? Who owns what??

    Cheers,

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hey Ursula,

      This is a good question and I’m sure a lot of people are wondering about the same thing so I’m glad you asked.

      I’m not a lawyer, but my view is that whatever you upload into a website builder (in this case, Squarespace), you retain all rights to the content.

      The main and logical reason is that Squarespace (or whichever website builder you use) will not want to be held accountable for your content. Let’s say if a person inserts copyright infringed, or content with bad / terrible taste into his/her website. The website builder would not want to be responsible for such content.

      If you read Squarespace’s terms of services (link at the bottom of their website), under Clause 2, it clearly states that “When you upload content into Squarespace, you still own it.”

      Hope this explains things.

      Jeremy

  47. #

    Jeremy, many thanks for your review.
    I’m curious about your take on this if you don’t mind.
    Ive been researching website builders for some time and have discovered most reviews-like yours to be strongly in favor of it and I see they have won numerous awards for their customer service.
    I was very close to moving forward with it, until I discovered a website that was established solely as a platform for customers to leave reviews about companies.
    Squarespace had about 150 reviews and received extremely poor ratings. Review after review expressed great frustration about its usability and gave strong warnings to potential customers considering using it.

    People loved the design but said it was a nightmare to use.
    Much like one of the comments you received a bit ago stating the same thing.
    Out of 155 reviews it received a trust score of 2.2 out of 10 according to this website.

    I say all this not to put people off, as I myself are still strongly considering Squarespace. But Im doing so with much greater hesitancy.

    I find it very confusing to find a seemingly legitimate site with so many negative reviews from users, yet mostly read only great reviews elsewhere.

    I guess Im just curious to hear your thoughts about this. I was leaning away from Squarespace but then came upon your review and am now once again reconsidering based on your strong review.
    Its not my intention to spread negative reviews which is the reason Im not naming the website, but I can if you would like to see the comments yourself.

    Thanks very much.

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hello KB,

      Thanks for your comment and I appreciate it.

      I suppose one of the best ways forward is to test out their website builder yourself. They offer a 14 day free trial and I believe this could be extended to 21 days. So this should give you plenty of time to build a test website to see if you enjoy using their website building tools.

      In my own experience (and others have also confirmed this as well), I’ve had a good time using Squarespace and while there were some (very) minor glitches once in a while, they were not severe at all. After all, technology is never perfect. Even my iPhone acts up once in a blue moon. I enjoyed working with Squarespace very much.

      But I’d encourage you to sign up to a trial account and test them out for yourself!

      Jeremy

  48. #

    Tell me more about Integrated accounting via xero for example: can I have this linked directly from PayPal donations and it send out a receipt

    Plus can it then be linked to a membership list to send out newsletters

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hello Michael,

      If you use one of Squarespace’s “Online Store” plans, whenever you make a transaction through checkout process, the transaction data will be transmitted to your Xero Accounting account to help you keep track of your “sales” data.

      I’m not 100% sure how it works with donations, but as long as the financial payment is processed through the checkout process on your website, the data should flow through to Xero.

      Also, Squarespace’s ecommerce plans have the capability to be synchronized with MailChimp, which is a leading newsletter software. So when someone goes through your checkout process, you can add an option so your visitors can select to be added to the mailing list.

      If you visit Squarespace’s support page, and type in “MailChimp” into the search box, you’ll see how it works.

      Jeremy

  49. #

    I work for a small local home builder and I’m looking at taking over the reigns of our website. We currently have a national company doing the maintenance of our website. Over the past few months I’ve learned a lot about how to change items on the site. My question is; what is the security like on Squarespace? I’m nervous about us getting hacked and being the “guy” everyone will look at for answers. Thanks, Bobby

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hello Bobby,

      Good question. Squarespace’s security is good and the best part about using a hosted website builder like Squarespace is that they have a dedicated team to manage security for you, so you don’t have to.

      They’ll maintain, upgrade, troubleshoot security across their platform.

      Further, they have a 24/7 support team to help you, which is why they charge a monthly fee for you to use Squarespace to build your website.

      Hope this helps.

      Jeremy

      • #

        Sure does! Thanks so much and Merry Christmas!

  50. #

    Hi, great review, I am really considering using this service, just wanted to know if Squarespace allow you to create a .com domain?

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hi LG,

      You can most definitely connect a custom domain name to a website built with Squarespace. There are 2 ways to do this:

      1) Purchase your domain name directly from Squarespace which will cost $20 per year. The convenience is that you can connect it to your website very easily as the domain name and your website are all managed by Squarespace.

      2) Purchase a domain name from a registrar such as GoDaddy. You’ll have to connect it from GoDaddy to Squarespace and Squarespace has tutorials on how to do this. The benefit is that you can disconnect the domain name from the website at any time, if you want to connect it to another website. The annual cost of a domain name from GoDaddy is about $12.

      We have a domain name guide that will go into this topic in more depth.

      Jeremy

  51. #

    I found this information very helpful. Iwill be using this website builder for myself. I’m sure I’ll be contacting you once I’m ready.

  52. #

    Thank you for a great review, Jeremy! With the whole Google / SSL rollout, do you know if SS offers an SSL with their Personal or Business accounts? They mention they do on their site, but I couldn’t find which account.

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hi Erinn,

      I think you use SSL for all Squarespace plans. Just go to their support center and search for “SSL” and you’ll find the tutorial.

      Jeremy

  53. #

    They charge a 2% transaction fee PLUS the 3% Stripe fee. Crazy expensive!!!!! This is all in addition to the $200 per year for a business website? How do they actually get businesses to use them? I am in the process of looking for cheaper alternatives now that I realized this.

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hi Cali,

      It could add up, so that’s why if you’re running a higher volume online store, definitely upgrade to one of their Online Store plans where the transaction fee is 0%.

      Alternatively, you could consider Wix (no transaction fee), or a more powerful ecommerce builder such as Shopify (use their Shopify Payment option to reduce transaction fees to 0%) or BigCommerce.

      Jeremy

  54. #

    Thanks for the article. Im based in Spain, will SS website hosting download quick enough with the servers in the US?

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hey Andres,

      Yes it will be fine. Website builders nowadays “store” your website content in data centers all around the world. So when someone visits your website in Spain, it will “pull” your website data from a data center located in Europe, not in the US. If someone visits your website from Japan (for example), it will pull your data from a data center located in Asia.

      This ensures that your website will load faster, as compared to transferring data from the US.

      Hope this makes sense!

      Jeremy

  55. #

    Thanks so much for this, really helped me out, very concise, well written and easy to follow, cheers

    • Jeremy
      #

      Thank you for your comment, Warwick!

      Jeremy

  56. #

    Thank for the article. My domain host (Network Solutions) is telling me my Squarespace site is bad for businesses and it would take $1000’s to promote it. They’re dime-a-dozen and not good for SEO. “I need them to build a new site for me” to make it most optimal for Google. To be sure, for my niche business, I am insistent on getting to NUMBER ONE on Google, but I call bologna. I can’t find anything to back up their claims. Thoughts?

    • Jeremy
      #

      Hi Amanda,

      If Network Solutions is telling you that they can get your website up to rank as #1 on Google searches, I’d be quite careful about that claim.

      I happen to think that Squarespace is a really good website builder, for the reasons I’ve discussed above. You can also test them out for free for 14 days and get a feel of how their technology work, to see if you are comfortable with using them.

      If you want to achieve a higher ranking in search results, there really isn’t a “shortcut” to achieve that. It takes time, effort and a lot of perseverance – just like anything in life! We have a website builder SEO guide here that will shed a bit more light on this topic.

      But I’d suggest you take Network Solution’s advice with a grain of salt.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy

    1) I am in the UK and most of the people visiting my website will be in the UK. Will SS website hosting be quick enough with their servers located in the US? I want my viewers to have a good user experience in the UK.
    2) I read somewhere that you can’t view SS websites from certain mobile or internet browsers like safari which all iPhone users have, isn’t this a big disadvantage in choosing SS?

    Many thanks
    Jun

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Jun,

      1) Squarespace websites load just fine in the UK. Squarespace uses CDN (global content delivery network) which simply means that your website content is distributed to servers all over world. So when someone in the UK tries to load your website, your content will be “served” from the UK servers since it is closest to your visitor located in the UK. So your website will not be loaded from the US servers. Does that make sense?

      2) I don’t think that’s true. As far as I know, Squarespace websites can be viewed across all mobile devices and mobile browsers. What you can do to verify this yourself, is to sign up to a test account, publish a test website and just try to load it with your mobile devices. You should see that your website will load perfectly!

      Jeremy

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    If I register a domain name through Squarespace do I own it completely? I’ve been told there are some cases in which you do not own your domain.

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Cheryl,

      Once you register for a domain name and pay for it, you own the domain name. Squarespace will only host it for you (so it exists online, so to speak).

      I’m referring to a custom domain name, though (such as our domain name – websitebuilderexpert.com).

      If you are only using Squarespace’s subdomain name (such as abc.squarespace.com), then yes, Squarespace does own that domain name.

      Hope this make sense. We have a more comprehensive discussion about domain names here.

      Jeremy

  59. #

    Hey Jeremy!

    Thanks for the awesome reviews. I’ve been combing through your website for the past couple of days so I can get off the ” Squarespace/ Something else” fence and you’ve been immensely helpful!

    The only bit that is still keeping me on the fence is my location. I’m a graphic designer / illustrator based in India, and I want my website to act as a portfolio as well as to give my audience the option to hire me. Right now I don’t think I’ll be selling stuff online, but I would definitely be doing so in the near future.

    Considering this( Squarespace doesn’t support e-commerce in India yet), do you think it would be wise for me to opt for Squarespace? (I know nothing about coding so WordPress seems pretty daunting)

    Thanks again for all the awesome resources. 🙂

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Archana,

      Thanks for your comment. If you really like using Squarespace, one option is to combine Shopify’s Buy Button with your Squarespace site.

      Shopify is one of the best hosted ecommerce online shop builder right now (see our review about them here), and they offer the ability for you to “piggyback” their ecommerce tools to use with other website builders (such as Squarespace).

      So at the end of the day, you can use Squarespace to build your website, and when you are ready to sell products / services, you can bolt on Shopify’s selling tools. We have more details about that approach here.

      Jeremy

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    Is Squarespace able to host 3rd party sites/apps?

    Is it possible for Squarespace to be able to host a FTP page in the design?

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Torrey,

      You can insert 3rd party widgets into your Squarespace website by using their “code block”.

      But just beware that while most reputable widgets will work most of the time, there is a slight chance that a widget may somehow conflict with Squarespace since external widgets and Squarespace are developed independently. In such case, you’ll have to reach out to the widget developer to see if they can help troubleshoot.

      Lastly, you can’t access Squarespace via FTP. If having full customization control is important to you, WordPress might be the way to go. Squarespace makes building websites easy and code free. But if you want more technical access, then this website builder might not be suitable for you.

      We do have an article comparing WordPress and Squarespace here – you might find it interesting.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  61. #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Great review! I have a few questions….
    We are based in Australia and are launching a new tour company taking tours to Africa specifically targeting the creative arts / music and dance and are looking at importing handmade goods to also sell on behalf of the locals. I have limited design and technology experience so
    A. do you think SS would be easy enough to do myself?
    B. As we can sell products through the site, is that easy to set up?
    C. We require a few different email addresses, is this available via SS?
    D. Can we link updates to our FB and IG pages or vice versa?
    E. I think you answered this but can people fill in a form to request more information or make an actual booking?
    Thank-you, I appreciate your time.
    May you have a blessed weekend!
    Regards,
    Vicki

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Vicki,

      A. Squarespace is pretty easy to use, especially if you don’t have any technical skills. Their template designs are beautiful and professional to start off with already, so you don’t have to be a gifted designer!

      The best thing to do is sign up to a trial account and test them out yourself. That will give you a good idea if you want to work with them.

      B. Yes you can sell products (physical and digital products).

      C. Squarespace partners with Google Mail, so you can get custom email addresses through Google (directly through Squarespace). It’s about $4 per email address per month. We use custom Google mail ourselves and it works great.

      D. If you publish a new blog post, you can share the blog post on Facebook as each blog post has social sharing buttons. However, you won’t be able to share blog posts on Instagram (for obvious reasons). But you can create an image for your blog post and share that on IG separately. Squarespace does have IG sharing button for your entire website (not individual blog posts). So you can insert that so people can click on it and follow you on IG.

      E. Squarespace has an “Event” tool so you can display calendar with upcoming events with details. You can also use their ecommerce tools to sell “services”. So you can sell tickets to events that way. Best to to see if that works for you is to sign up for a trial account and dig into that tool!

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  62. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    last August you helped me to finalize my decision for Squarespace instead of getting into WordPress. Thank you!

    Well, it took a lot longer than I had expected to built my website. Several times I was stuck, had drawbacks, was upset about the limitations of Squarespace’s templates etc. To get the style and functionality I wanted, I had to adopt and inject code snippets from answers.squarespace and buy code for the bilingual solution.

    Before I chose Squarespace I looked into specialized website builders for photographers and into wordpress. I had a bilingual site in mind with a stock photo section which links to my agency istockphoto and a portfolio to present my work. I discarded WordPress since I don’t have any coding knowledge and I have learnt that a WordPress site consists of elements of different sources which might cause problems if they don’t work together properly.

    Eventually I opted for Squarespace not only because it offered a way to include a second language. I get (almost) everything from one source, updates, hosting and SEO included, a great and fast email-support, a great knowledge base including explanatory videos and not to mention the beautiful templates.

    Despite all obstacles I am now happy with my Squarespace site at http://www.ufw-photography.com

    For those who are interested: I use the Marquee-Template.

    Without the help of the following resources and people my website would not exist.
    Jeremy from http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com – which helped to clarify and finalize my decision for a website builder.
    http://www.multilingualizer.com – for the code to create a multilingual website
    http://www.usingmyhead.com/squarespace-7-template-comparison-chart – shedded light on the squarespace template jungle
    Mike Coffey’s book: http://www.usingmyhead.com/squarespace-help-book – helped a great deal when I was totally stuck.
    answers.squarespace.com – where I found code snippets provided by helpful forum members
    Squarespace support – friendly, supportive and fast
    http://cookie-bar.eu – great solution to the EU cookie law

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      Thanks for sharing all the awesome resources, Ulrich!

    • #

      Omg, Ulrich your comment just assisted me in taking my coaching business to the next level! I love the fact of having your website in different languages!

    • #

      Hello Ulrich,

      Could you explain me how you got your header to be sticky ?
      I’ve been looking for hours and it seems you could only get to the result with a CSS snippet. Right ?

  63. #

    I currently just launched a new clothing line and need a website. There are so many to choose from and I see lots of them have hidden fees. Which would be the best for me to choose from. Thanks for any pointers.

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Quinton,

      Some website builders do have hidden fees, but if you look at the website builders that we discuss, they’re very transparent and upfront about the fees that they charge. All the fees are outlined on their pricing pages or discussed in our reviews.

      Some of the leading website builders include Wix, Squarespace and Weebly. You can see our comparison chart for them here.

      If you are looking for ecommerce website builders (so you can sell your clothes online), then have a look at Shopify.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  64. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thank you SO MUCH for your assistance, suggestions and time. This is so INCREDIBLY helpful…and VERY MUCH needed!

    I love the clean sophisticatd lines of Squarspace. I believe that as an on-line business owner, visual appeal is more than 90% of its success. Getting them through the door is essential. The name of a business has to hook potential customers. This being said, I still am torn as which website builder is best for my needs: Shopify or Squarespace?

    I have an on-line candy business called Sugar Crack!, that is an omage to “Breaking Bad” and it’s character, Walter White/Heisenberg. The chacter and I share parallel similarities, however, Walter sold meth; I sell candy that LOOKS like meth. (Actually, it’s large shards of hardened sugar that looks like broken glass and comes in various colors and flavors. Each flavor combo has a different color and is named after a “street name” for crystal meth like “Pink Mist”, “Shazam”, Smurf Dope”, “Tweak”, “Yellow Bam”, and “Windex.”

    I also want to have a blog attached as well as a donor page that is similar to crowd funding. I offer my candy with merchandise with my business logo on it. The merchandise depends on the amount of the donation.

    Which do you think would best suit my business needs and why?

    Thank you!

    Bridget

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Bridget,

      Glad our discussions have been helpful!

      It’s really hard to give you a definitive answer as to which of Squarespace or Shopify is better for you. A key difference is that Shopify has much more advanced online store tools than Squarespace. So if you want to access more advanced tools, Shopify is probably a better candidate. But it sounds to me that your store is fairly basic as you’re just selling physical products. So Squarespace might be sufficient.

      Another difference is that Squarespace is a drag & drop website builder, so it’s easier and gives you more flexibility to re-arrange your content layout. Shopify is a bit less flexible in this regard, as their templates are set up in certain set layouts and you might have to edit some codes to configure layouts.

      I think the best thing to do is sign up for free trial accounts with both Squarespace and Shopify, so you can get some first hand experiences with using each platform. That’s the only way you can tell which one you prefer to work with.

      We have a review on Shopify and a review of Squarespace’s ecommerce platform here, if you haven’t seen them yet.

      Jeremy

  65. #

    Hi Jeremy! Thanks for the super review, very thorough and informative.

    I hope you can help me out here. I’m planning to use SS to launch my online store – it’s a handmade art business. I really love how polished SS templates look! My main issue is that I live in Cairo, so Stripe for payments is out of question. After a bit of digging, I discovered the Shopify Buy Button. I can use that to add the commerce functionality to my SS website.

    My question is about Shopify-Squarespace integration. I want the products page to display my products in a grid layout. So a customer can click on an image and the ‘Product Modal’ view pops.

    I read Shopify help on this, but it’s brief since I’m not a techie, so do you know of any support or tutorial relating to this? Especially with getting a grid layout of 2 and 3 images in a row, as well as having 2 or more rows on a single page.

    Thanks a million
    Monda

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Monda,

      I’m not entirely sure, to be quite honest. I think the Shopify Buy Button has certain set configurations, and so if you want something that’s more customized to your needs, you’ll have to modify the codes to either your Squarespace template, or the Shopify Buy Button.

      What you can consider doing, is signing up for a free trial with Squarespace and with Shopify, and try to integrate both of them. The integration should work pretty smoothly, but I’m uncertain if the Buy Button can behave the way you want it to.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy, Great article. I have a question.Iam a Speaker and I want a website that I can build my entire brand from including a blog, podcast, videos, landing pages, SEO, build a list with email marketing using mail chimp/ aweber, a store etc. Can Squarespace do all this?

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Samuel,

      Most website builders, including Squarespace, will allow you to insert blogs, videos, landing pages, sell products and include tools for SEO.

      Squarespace is one of the rare website builders that include podcasting tools for you. So if it’s an important feature for you, then Squarespace works.

      However, they don’t have a built-in email marketing tools yet, but you can definitely integrate software like MailChimp or Aweber into Squarespace.

      If you want a built-in newsletter tool, then take a look at Wix (their email tools is called Shoutout). However, they don’t have a podcasting tool.

      Jeremy

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    I’m interested in building a very basic website that describes my service, and has a scheduling calendar so people can sign up for skype sessions and pay for the service when they sign up. Is a personal squarespace web plan good enough for that? How should I go about integrating the calendar and payment acceptance? Please recommend options. Thanks. George

    • Jeremy
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      Hi George,

      Squarespace currently don’t have a built in to tool to enable your website visitors to book an appointment online on your website, and pay for the session.

      If that’s an important feature for you, take a look at Wix (our review here) as they have a function called Wix Bookings that will cater to this specific need.

      Jeremy

  68. #

    Great review. Very helpful. I took a closer look at Squarespace as a result and learned that they do not except at this time, transfer of other domains. I have six domains with another web host. I can point the domains to my squarespace website but that is all. It means I have to keep paying the current webhsost as well as squarespace. Not a lot of money, but disappointing that I squarespace can’t handle all my domains.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Eddie,

      Actually I think it will be cheaper if you kept your domain names outside of Squarespace!

      The typical domain registration renewal fee with domain name registrars (such as GoDaddy) is about $15 – $18.

      The domain renewal fee if you want to store your domain name with Squarespace is $20 per year.

      The advantage with keeping a domain name with Squarespace is that they make it easier to connect the domain name with the website. But it’s not difficult to connect a domain name from a registrar to your Squarespace site, and you get to save a few dollars every year.

      We have more discussion about this in our domain names article here.

      If your current domain name registrar is charging you more than $20 per year, you might want to consider migrating your domain name to another registrar (such as GoDaddy). It could be cheaper there.

      Jeremy

  69. #

    What an incredibly thorough and helpful review for someone like me who needs to build-their-own website again and was feeling rather lost before this. Thank you!

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks Marty! Glad our website is helpful to you!

      Jeremy

  70. #

    Very detailed and helpful review. I’m thinking about starting on Squarespace for some time now and I’m pretty sure this is going to push me over the edge. Had a WordPress site for quite some time but the constant babysitting is really taking up too much time. Wanted to start over with a new template but that would require me to build the new site from scratch. And pretty soon it’s gonna be outdated again. I’m sold.

    • Jeremy
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      Keep us posted on how you progress with Squarespace!

  71. #

    Hi Jeremy- I am looking for help (paid, of course) building a non-profit school’s website using Squarespace. Any recommendations?

    Thanks
    Mike

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Mike,

      Check out this page here, where Squaerspace lists out some specialists that you can consider hiring.

      Alternatively, you can always find people to hire on places like Upwork.com.

      Jeremy

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      Hey Mike,

      We need to create a web site for a small 30-student inner city school. Did you get an inexpensive template for that purpose?

  72. #

    Hello,

    Is it also possible to have this website in multiple languages? Like WPML on a WordPress website?

    I have a website with a beautiful theme which I bought and working with WordPress, but the like button from Facebook doesn’t work, and the blogposts under the Category Banner” does not translate, also mail chimp, SEO analytics and making back-ups on WP is quite difficult. It takes me every time hours to search on Google and Youtube for solutions and support is not always helpful.

    So I am thinking at Squarespace and hope it will be easier than WordPress and that I can make this website also in different languages

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Petra,

      Take a look at this article here where we discuss how to create multiple language websites.

      Hope it helps!

      Jeremy

  73. #

    Nice review but I’m wondering about integrations with email & form building services like mailchimp, wufu, and others for capturing customer information and building a database. Can you touch on that, also? Very interested in Squarespace but not sure it has good integrations such as those, and don’t want to have to reinvent the wheel. Thanks!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Brett,

      Yes you can integrate Aweber and Wufoo with Squarespace. Just search / Google “Squarespace” and “Aweber”, for instance, and you’ll find instructions on how to do that.

      It’s pretty straightforward, as you’ll be using the “Code” block most of the time when you try to insert a non-Squarespace widget into a page.

      Jeremy

  74. #

    Thank you so much for all of the info! You have really helped me a lot! However, I do need some advice.

    I have narrowed it down to Wix or Squarespace. I am actually leaning toward Squarespace because I love the templates and some of the flexibility it has over Wix, but I am wondering about apps. I understand Wix has tons of plugin and app capability and Squarespace doesn’t.

    My question is how necessary are apps and plugins? Does Wix need them and Squarespace doesn’t or are they just an enhancement? I’m playing with both of them but am completely new to all of this and am trying to weigh all of this before I get too far. Thanks again!

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Erin,

      One of the things I like about Wix is that they are constantly introducing new and advanced features (including more apps in their App Market).

      Having said that, Wix does offer you a lot more tools via their App Market, than what Squarespace offers you.

      Squarespace is more narrowly focused on design, whereas Wix is really branching out “horizontally” in offering more tools to broader user groups by including tools such as hotel booking engine, appointment booking engine, etc.

      However, if you don’t need those apps / tools, then I would avoid complicating your decision making process! If you find everything you need with Squarespace, and that you’ve signed up to a free trial period and you enjoy using them, then stick with Squarespace.

      But if you are finding tools with Wix that you’d like to use, and that you like using them (after signing up for a free account), then give Wix a go.

      Just FYI, we do have an article that directly compares Squarespace and Wix here.

      If you haven’t signed up to test accounts with either builder yet, I’d highly encourage you to do so. It’s free to try, and getting some hands on experience will definitely help you with your decision making process!

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

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    OMG, thanks so much for all of the info that you are sharing here. It is EXACTLY what I needed. I’m still digging some links that you shared. One thing that for me is not clear now, but that I’m sure I’ll figure out soon, is whether the website building is included in the commerce account. Once again, thank you!

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Angela,

      Glad you found our discussions helpful!

      To answer your question – yes, Squarespace’s ecommerce plans include website building capabilities. So it includes all the features from the lower plans, including the ability to create Cover Pages.

      Jeremy

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    Jeremy,

    Thank you for your informative breakdown of the various website-builder sites!

    I am a first time website builder, and am seeking a single page website. The Squarespace “Cover Page” option sounds like a perfect choice for me. However, it is critical to my design that that single page include a fillable, submittable form (check boxes, drop down menus, text, and ability to attach files) that would submit to my email. Can such a fillable form be added to a Squares pace Cover Page? Can you suggest the best web-builder(s) to create strong and easy to create fillable forms?

    Thank you!!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Charlie,

      It “should” work. But I’d suggest you sign up for a 14 days trial to test that out for yourself. That’s the only way for you to find out for yourself!

      You can also check out Wix. Visit their templates page and look for the “Landing Pages” category and you view some of their templates.

      Jeremy

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    I used squarespace in the past. And I have now come back to it. Other options (like wordpress) can be more powerful, but they suck all the the time out of you – not on content.

    But when I signed up there were only two choices for me $8 or $18. I choose the $8 as I do not need the ecommerce and 20 pages is fine. But I wish they offered the $5. I want a simple one pager.

    So, I will see what I can do. You said I can have the cover page OVER the menu’ed site. I will try. I believe you.

    Great review. I can use it to send to my colleagues

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Daniel,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. It resonates with the discussion we have comparing Squarespace with WordPress here. Do share it with your colleagues if you think it’s appropriate / helpful!

      In regards to cover pages, you can definitely use it with your existing Squarespace website. Take a look at this tutorial here.

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

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    Jeremy,
    Great Review and lots of helpful comments.

    I recently decided to move from WordPress to Squarespace. I looked at some other platforms (such as Blogger), but they just didn’t offer quite enough functionality for what I wanted).

    I had been using self-hosted WordPress for over 2 years, but was just finding I was spending most of my time solving site, technical, and performance issues, instead of building content, which was always my goal.

    I never went into this to become an expert is CSS, Caching software, or CDNs.. just to put some ideas and thoughts out there to try to help people.

    Time will still tell if it was the right switch, since it is still early in the process.

    But I think it is a mistake that many “experts” tend to dismiss platforms such as Squarespace, Blogger, or WordPress.com – they are perfect for many “hobby bloggers” and even some business owners.

    If you understand the pros/cons of the platforms, and their limitations/differences, they serve overlapping needs.

    And my experience is that WordPress is MUCH more expensive then what I am paying for Squarespace. Sure, you can get a free theme and throw it on crappy shared hosting for $5 a month, but good luck with support, performance, and security.

    My very “modest” WordPress site was costing me much more on a “true annual basis” then I am spending currently for my SquareSpace site. If you add in my “time”, it is no comparison as to how much cheaper SS is for me.

    Again, this is my experience, but it is based on almost 3 years of experience with WordPress, and there are definitely things I miss from WordPress – but so far, nothing I can’t live without or haven’t found a reasonable “workaround”.

    You can learn about my thought process as to why I made the switch in a recent post I made to my site:

    http://www.emailoverloadsolutions.com/blog/switched-wordpress-squarespace-productivity

    Regards,

    Michael

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Michael,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences in regards to WordPress and Squarespace. It’s very much in line with our discussion comparing both platforms here!

      A lot of online blogs rave how cheap WordPress is, a few dollars and you’ve auto-magically got a website that can drive your business forward. I think there is much more to that and I think you’ve nailed it in your comment.

      Cost is not only defined as money, but also time and energy. We’ve written extensively about this topic here, as well as outlining financial costs to building a WordPress site versus using drag & drop website builders such as Squarespace.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, and I think a lot of readers will find your comment helpful and constructive!

      Jeremy

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    I’m really enjoying this information, thanks for sharing!

    Quick question. I’m planning on starting an online course, or membership site. I hear using plugins through WordPress is ideal and choosing BlueHost since they are highly compatible. Would you agree? Could a newbie figure things out in a decent amount of time?

    Thanks for your time and any input you can provide.

    Happy New Year!

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Karl,

      Happy New Year to you too!

      Bluehost do work well with WordPress sites. We have a quick discussion post here that you might find helpful.

      But I wouldn’t say WordPress is newbie friendly. The learning curve is much higher than using drag & drop website builders. But if you are more tech oriented, and if you don’t mind learning how to code, WordPress is a very flexible and powerful platform to build your website.

      There are some excellent membership or online course plugins available for WordPress. But as mentioned, you will need to be a bit technical to piece everything together, and also to configure your website properly. You can always hire professionals to help, of course.

      There is a membership widget called Sentry Login that creates a paid membership function for Squarespace (or Wix or Weebly). Check them out (I’ve never used them before though).

      But the benefit here is that you can quickly launch a working website all by yourself (no coding required). Whereas with WordPress, it will take you quite a bit of time to learn the in’s and out’s.

      We have another discussion that goes over some of the costs of building a website (specifically comparing drag & drop builders vs WordPress). It’s an interesting and educational discussion piece!

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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    I love your reviews & posts, they are all so informative & the set up if the site is very well designed, especially for mobile users!! Ty!

    • #

      I was also wondering, if I was hoping to start off my website on a free domain, how difficult would it be to move it onto squarespace (if possible)?

      • Jeremy
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        Hi Jael,

        None of the website builders (including Squarespace) will give you a free domain name. The best they can do is offer you a free subdomain name (such as jael.squarespace.com).

        So you will have to purchase a custom domain name yourself. If you sign up to Squarespace’s annual plan, they do give you a free custom domain name for 1 year.

        If you purchase a domain name from a domain name registrar (such as GoDaddy), you can connect it to your Squarespace website.

        We have a guide to domain names here which should hopefully clear up some of your questions!

        Jeremy

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    HI Jeremy, just found out about Squarespace. I’m looking to set up an online store this year and their system appeals for it’s clean looking templates and simplicity.
    I’m in Australia though… is it going to work for me?

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Kasia,

      Squarespace will work for you, as long as you sign up to use Stripe as your transaction services provider to power your shopping cart.

      The reason being that Squarespace only integrates with Stripe. So if you want to use PayPal (for example) to collect payments from your customers, then Squarespace won’t work for you.

      Stripe is a good payment processor (if you haven’t seem them before). The transaction fees are quite reasonable and a lot of big and small companies use Stripe.

      We have more discussions about Squarespace’s ecommerce features here, which you might find helpful!

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,
    Thank you for the in-depth review of Squarespace. I have a domain name that is currently at Google. Is it possible to use that with Squarespace?

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Trish,

      Yes you can most definitely connect your domain name at Google to a Squarespace site.

      Here are the tutorials on how to do that.

      You can also check out our Beginners Guide to Domain Names where we cover some key issues to consider when it comes to domain names.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy

    Thank you for this post.

    However, I wonder if you can me a little further. I signed up to Squarespace a few weeks ago to build my own site but also I’m a graphic designer and have been asked by a client to build her website. I did a lot of research and Squarespace seemed to be the one everyone loved.

    Problem is I’m finding it very difficult to work with…I’ve not been able to work with the templates very well and certain things I need the site to do I can’t seem to get in place…for instance I’ve read that I should be able to drag and drop but it’s not happening when I move an image or logo. I’m sure with persistence I’ll get somewhere but I’ve lost hours trying to do simple things. Also, I need to have a sticky header but finding it impossible to add CSS code that works!

    At this time I’m still in the trail mode as I’ve extended it each time I get an email from Squarespace asking me to set things up properly. But because I’m building a site for a client and need time for design, sign off etc I didn’t want to have to pay for the site until it’s ready to launch. I’m wondering if this is why I’m having such problems with the design as it’s still in trial!!

    As you can see I’m having some troubles and could really do with some help…are there any resources you would recommend that might help with training for beginners and written in plain speak as opposed to tech which I’ve come across in my hunt for a solution?

    Look forward to hearing back from you.
    Daniel

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Daniel,

      I’m not sure what happened with your account, but Squarespace is an entirely drag and drop platform. So if you can’t drag anything around, you might want to reach out to their support team. I personally haven’t had issues before, and I’ve seen plenty of other Squarespace websites (meaning that they were able to actually build their sites with the drag & drop tools).

      In terms of coding, I haven’t done much extensive code alternations with Squarespace. But I suspect that even though they provide you with access to CSS codes, you’ll have to work with their code platform. We’ve done a bit of code modification work with Weebly before (after we learned how to code over the years), and there are certain “quirks” that are specific with Weebly’s platform that we had to learn to work with.

      I suspect it’s the same thing with Squarespace. You just have to become good with working with their system, if you want to really customize your website via codes. Squarespace does open up its code base to users, but one will have to be pretty proficient with codes to use it effectively.

      As for trial period, I suppose that is just how Squarespace’s offer works. They offer a 14 day trial with an option to extend for another week I think. It’s just their business decision to not offer an unlimited free period.

      I completely understand that it takes time for a designer to complete a site with the client signing off, but I think that will most likely take much longer than the 14 day trial, and even with an extension of the trial period.

      If having an unlimited free account is crucial to you, take a look at either Wix or Weebly. Both allow you to use their web builder for free, without any time limitations as to when or if you must subscribe to their premium plans.

      As mentioned, Weebly does allow you access to their CSS and HTML codes. So if modifying codes is important to you, definitely check them out.

      Jeremy

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    hello, all your comments have been very helpful. but in my case i wanted to set up a consulting firm but i think the personal is very convinient as i won’t be needing the store and every other thing the business plan will offer asides the custom mail which i could still do from google. so what do you think?

    will appreciate your response.
    thanks

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Thomas,

      If you feel that the Personal plan is sufficient for you, then go with that one! You can always upgrade later on if you have the need to.

      Yes, you can still get the Google Business App email account separately for about $4 per month. That is still a bit cheaper than the Business Plan.

      Jeremy

  85. #

    Very useful and thorough review. Thank you. I am a composer and a disabled lung transplant patient looking to create a web site to make my music available for donations to a charity to help with my medical expenses. At this point, I’m looking at SquareSpace to help me create the site and manage the technical stuff. Would SquareSpace allow me to link my website to a charity website that collects the money for items (in this case, music manuscripts) sold on my webpage?

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Shauna,

      Thanks for your question. I don’t see any issues here. So you should be able to link your Squarespace site to your charity page.

      Squarespace actually has a “Donation” block that you can use. The benefit of using this feature is that its design and function is tightly integrated with Squarespace, so you don’t have to worry about if it will be compatible or not.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  86. #

    Hi. I am currently looking at building a website for my cake decorating business. Based on reviews, squarespace seemed like the right choice for me based on no previous website building experience and their drag and drop options. After meeting with a marketing consultant and have SEO explained to me a little, I am now worried that squarespace won’t give me the same as others might. Have you any thoughts on this?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Nic,

      Squarespace is indeed a good choice especially if you don’t have much experience with building websites, or if you don’t know how to code.

      In general, my own view is that the impact of platform on SEO is insignificant. There are over 200 ranking factors that Google evaluates when determining where they should place your webpages in search results. If just using the “right” platform is the ultimate solution, then everybody should appear in the top search results, right? I wished it was that easy!

      SEO is a a confusing discussion at times, but ultimately, the key (again in my view) is to get as many authoritative websites to link to your site, which serves as an endorsement that your website is “worth” ranking high in search results.

      Of course, to get other authoritative websites to link to your site, your website content and who you represent has to be top notch. To do that, you will have to put in the work to build a brand and become the expert in your field. That’s why more often than not, when you search for a specific topic, the leading authorities / experts’ websites will always show up!

      Hope this points you in the right direction. Again, this is just my own view : )

      Jeremy

  87. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I am really interested in having a squarepace website, this is possible right now being in uk, but I am planning on leaving to live in morocco or middle east, do you think it’s gonna be possible to keep my website working or would I need to close it and find something else, I thank you for your reply.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Kadidia,

      Squarespace works around the world, no matter where you are located (unless the country has some level of content restriction, such as in China – as an example).

      But even if a specific country has some level of censorship, your website visitors from other countries will still be able to see your website.

      One thing to consider is whether you are using the ecommerce features. Squarespace’s ecommerce shopping cart function only integrates with Stripe at the moment. Stripe works in the UK, but not in Morocco or any Middle East countries yet. So if you are planning on running an online shop out of those countries, this can be an issue for you. But if you keep your bank account in the UK, you can continue to use Stripe.

      Hope this helps.

      Jeremy

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        Hi Jeremy,

        Waouw, that’s definitly gonna be an issue… But, if I use paypal widget, am I gonna be able to have and use my online shop in Morocco or middle east ? If yes, what functions exactely am I not going to be able to use that work with stripe ? Thanks a lot.

        • Jeremy
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          You can use PayPal, but it won’t integrate fully with Squarespace’s ecommerce features.

      • #

        Sorry, one more question; so if I keep my uk bank account open, I can still us sqarespace with all of its e-commerce tools woorking with stripe? But If I prefer paypal than stripe? Not a lot of people have stripe account or are familiar with it. Sorry I’m a bit confused about all of this, just really want to use squarespace wherw I’m going…

        • #

          What about Ecwid tools?

        • Jeremy
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          I think so. As long as you keep your Stripe account open in one of the countries that is accepted by Stripe, you can keep it integrated with your Squarespace website.

          Stripe is very popular in North America, but I suppose it isn’t yet in other countries.

          In any case, your shoppers will not know that you are using Stripe to process payments. All they will see is a check out form where they can insert their credit card and related information. So you don’t have to worry about whether Stripe is a recognizable brand to your shoppers.

          Ecwid is an ecommerce add-on widget. It is compatible with Squarespace, but it cannot be integrated with Squarespace’s own ecommerce features. So if you choose to use Ecwid with Squarespace, you will rely solely on Ecwid’s own tools. If done well it might work. If not, it may look a bit “out of place” on Squarespace’s templates.

          Jeremy

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            Thanks a lot for responding and your time, very helpful.

  88. #

    Just wanted to leave some objective comments. This is a good review of Squarespace’s capabilities. I have been a WordPress user for years for my own website. I love the platform, but the security risks with it are extensive with it being the most popular web platform out there. I got tired of trying to keep everything up to date on my site instead of being able to create artwork and content for it.

    I signed up for a free trial of Squarespace and was impressed enough that I signed up after 2 weeks. I am a web designer and artist, so I will say that Squarespace doesn’t give you as much control as WordPress, but it gives a decent amount and also allows you to use your own custom CSS, which mostly compensates for other things.

    The main issue I had with it, which I didn’t know until after I switched my hosting over to Squarespace, is that Adobe Typekit fonts are built into the templates. That can be good for many designers, HOWEVER, if you don’t use any Typekit fonts on your site Squarespace will still load whatever Typekit font was originally in the template. You cannot remove the reference to it. That means that browsers will load the Typekit font even if it’s not being used.

    In some cases Typekit fonts can be over 700k to download. That is quite annoying and I emailed support about it. The responded fairly quickly, but said that they were unable to remove that reference to the Typekit font from my site. I am going to assume that this is because of some kind of deal struck between them and Adobe.

    Overall, I really like Squarespace if they would just fix that Typekit issue.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Tim,

      Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences with us. Sorry to hear about the Typekit issue. Hopefully they’ll have it resolved at some point, or that you can find a workaround.

      I think the reason for your migration from WordPress to Squarespace (or any other drag and drop website builder) is quite an important one.

      Whlle WP is no doubt more powerful and flexible, it does take a lot of time to maintain and to ensure that all the tools / features are working well with each other. Further, one has to be proficient with codes in order to use WordPress effectively (to make design changes, etc).

      In your case, it sounds like you had to commit time to manage the technical aspects of operating a website, instead of focusing all your time on content creation.So moving over to Squarespace probably freed up quite a bit of your time.

      This is one of the central themes we discuss in this article we have concerning Squarespace and WordPress.

      Let’s hope you find some sort of solution to the Typekit issue.

      Thanks for sharing, Tim.

      Jeremy

  89. #

    Hi Jeremy, I have had a look at some of the Squarespace templates and whilst they are very professional and arty looking I cannot see how any of them can suit my business as a heating and gas engineer. They seem very much focused on the more ehereal rather than someone offering a basic but important service business like I have. Would you agree with this and have you any suggestions ?

    many thanks

    Chris.

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Chris,

      It’s definitely not common to have a business such as yours use more contemporary templates that Squarespace has to offer. But that is not to say that with the right design, it won’t work for you. I’ve seen an industrial engineering firm use Squarespace before, and their website was really attractive and professional looking. That particular design worked really well for them.

      Squarespace does have list of “specialist” that you can hire to help you come up with some designs that may suit your business and vision. They can even help you build it. Take a look at their services here.

      If you can’t find anything suitable, have a look at Wix. Wix has a lot of designs across many industries, so you might find something that’s specific for your business. Also have a look at Weebly as well. Their templats are a bit more “basic”, but can look professional as well.

      Jeremy

  90. #

    Jeremy, thanks so much for the post.

    Question, we have a website with about 12-15,000 monthly visitors. Will Squarespace have any problems handling that kind of traffic?

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Nate,

      I don’t think there will be any issues there. 15,000 monthly visitors (congrats by the way!) is about 500 visitors a day, so Squarespace should be more than able to handle that without any issues at all.

      But if you want to be sure, reach out to their support team to see if they have any specific concerns.

      Jeremy

  91. #

    Hi Jeremy, Thank you for sharing the review. I want to check if one can add rich snippet for a local business or person.

    And more importantly, does Squarespace work well for a local consulting business? I noticed that its strongly recommended for artists/portfolios/restaurants/

    Thank you indeed!

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Soni,

      I actually haven’t tried that with Squarespace before, so I can’t give you a definitive answer. Have you tried reaching out to Squarespace’s support team to see what they say?

      You might be able to insert rich snippet codes using the Code Block from Squarespace. Drag in the block and paste in the codes that you get from Google. You can then proceed to Google’s Structured Data Tool to see if your rich snippet is being read properly.

      So if you are considering giving Squarespace a test, just sign up to a free trial account, set up a page, insert some dummy content, and test out the Block Code approach I just mentioned. Run it through the Google test tool and see what shows up!

      But of course, do check with Squarespace’s support team to see if they have any more constructive feedback.

      Hope this works out for you!

      Jeremy

  92. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks so much for the great reviews. I am wondering if with Squarespace there is an option to upload audio for site users to listen to, like audio versions of sermons, etc.?

    Also, how much is the domain after the first free year?

    Thanks!
    Susan

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Susan,

      Squarespace has an audio block, or a podcasting function so you can definitely create a feature where your site visitors can listen to audio files.

      Regarding domain names, you can renew the domain at $20 per year, after the first free year!

      Jeremy

  93. #

    I am a bit worried about their customer support — I have not been able to find a customer care phone number and their live chat had 62 people in queue when I started, and I didn’t get a chance to talk to anyone…

    For someone like me who is a novice, building websites without support will leave every job half finished !!! I wouldn’t dare use them and would rather pay Web.com to do everything for $179.95/month.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Davina,

      Squarespace currently doesn’t offer phone support. But if you email them with your questions, in my experience, they respond very quickly. Of course, being able to speak with someone in real time is pretty awesome, but I personally tend to batch questions together in an organized email, and send it off. While I wait for responses, I use that time to work on other things.

      But if you want a service that offers phone support, then Squarespace currently doesn’t have that feature. Take a look at Wix or Weebly – both offer phone, chat and email support.

      Jeremy

  94. #

    Great website! I think I’m going to go with squarespace because I offer a very high end luxury brand and want that polished look. I have two concerns which make wonder if I should go with Wix as opposed to squarespace. First, I am going to want a password protected area, and second, I want something that will display nicely across mobile devices. Ease of use if very important to me as this will be my first time doing this. What are your thoughts?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Judy,

      Squarespace can definitely get the job done for you. Their templates are all mobile responsive and will display very professionally across all mobile devices. They also offer you the ability to password protect specific pages.

      At the end of the day, you should sign up for a free 14 day trial account to see if you actually enjoy working with the platform. Getting some hands on experience during the trial period is the only way you’ll find out if Squarespace is for you!

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  95. #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Really great post and very helpful information.
    I recently published my site via wix and am terribly disappointed with the quality of most of the images and the load time for image galleries. It was only after publishing the website that the images suddenly looked awful and galleries became pixelated when loading. I have followed various tutorials and tried all the options but not much has helped.
    I am considering starting again with SquareSpace, but am scared the same thing might happen.
    Can you please advise if this is something that might occur using SquareSpace? And are you able to please tell me if they have something in the way of a “form builder” as an option?
    Many thanks.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Eliza,

      Most (if not all) of Squarespace’s templates are retina display ready – meaning that they can display very high quality images. If anything, Squarespace is geared towards very high quality images and display, so you might have some success here.

      The best thing to do is to sign up for a free trial account, upload some of your images, and publish your site. It will only take a few minutes for you to find out if this website builder can suit your needs or not.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

  96. #

    Great article and very useful. Thanks a lot Jeremy

  97. #

    Jeremy,
    Is there a discount for non-profits such as our small town photography club?

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Linda,

      I’m not sure. Have you tried asking Squarespace’s support team directly?

      The only discount code I know of, is highlighted in the conclusion section above.

      Jeremy

  98. #

    Hi Jeremy – We have an e-commerce site and I’m wondering if Squarespace can accommodate user reviews, videos, and live chat?

    Thank you!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Jonathan,

      They don’t have any built in features for user reviews and live chat. You can probably add external widgets into your Squarespace website via the code injection function. But you do run the risk that Squarespace and the widget you end up using conflict with each other.

      One alternative is to consider using Wix, as they have a fairly large App Market where you can bolt on user reviews and live chat functions. These apps are configured to work well with Wix websites, so your risk of the website and widgets conflicting with one another is much lower this way.

      Jeremy

  99. #

    Hi Jeremy, great article, I am starting a clothing business online and I was wondering if you could help me with one question. Would users of the website be able to create profiles inside my website where they can share their designs and stuff, like an instagram page for example, or would that have to be done by a professional developer? Thank you very much, and again, great article.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Arthur,

      Unfortunately Squarespace doesn’t have this capability. It sounds like you’ll need a much more customized website where your visitors can interact with each other by posting material on your site. So you’ll probably need to consult with a custom website developer to see how to proceed on that one.

      Generally speaking, drag and drop website builders such as Squarespace are great for more straight forward types of website. If you want to build in more advanced features, such as what you’re looking for, you’ll more likely need to hire someone to custom build, or heavily customize a website for you.

      Jeremy

  100. #

    This is great! I have used squarespace for building my blog at it has worked a treat. It’s a really great price but I do find that there’s not much variety for things.

    I am looking at customising it a bit more as I would love to have a video background but can’t do this myself. I see there is a site for doing add-ons and plugins to have a video background. I wonder whether you had used http://www.squareplugins.com and had any reviews on their plugins? Thanks and great site!! x

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Joanna,

      I haven’t used them before but their plugins look interesting!

      I know Squarespace just released a newish “cover page” that you can use as part of your Squarespace theme, and it is more video oriented. The cover page is called “Projector”, so do check it out!

      Jeremy

  101. #

    Hi Jeremy,
    I am a tv director who wants a personal site that I can show clips from my shows ..Are there templates that would help me in that category of multiple video clips? Say 10 to 15?
    Thanks

    • Jeremy
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      Hi John,

      I don’t know if any specific templates will cater to categorizing videos, but that’s mainly because I haven’t had the need for that before!

      Try reaching out to Squarespace’s support team to see if they have any suggestions?

      Jeremy

  102. #

    Hey! I was interested in using squarespace. The only thing I need to know is, will it let me upload an audio file?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Wes,

      Yes, you can definitely upload your own audio file into a website built with Squarespace.

      Jeremy

  103. #

    Hi Jeremy, you wrote this: “If you want your website to look professional, visually stunning, expensive – as if you’ve spent a lot of money on building it, you should consider Squarespace.”

    Why the part of spent a lot of money? I was looking and comparing with WIX and others and the starter price are almost the same.

    About the business, I have a Ranch and offer trips in horses, food and other attractions, I love the templates but it could be good for me?

    They have any option to have the site in more than one language?

    The last thing it’s about this: “20 Pages, Galleries, and Blogs ” that’s what include the price of 8, 20 between Pages, Galleries, and Blogs or 20 of each one?

    Thanks and great article.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Carlos,

      What I meant in that comment, was if you want your website to look very high end (as if you paid someone a lot of money to build a website for you) when in fact you could just pay $8 per month and build it yourself with Squarespace.

      You can have more than one language if you choose the right template. Take a look at our discussion about multi-language websites here.

      For your last question, you get to create 20 different pages. You can also have galleries and blog posts with your website. So the “20” here only refers to pages.

      Jeremy

  104. #

    Hi Jeremy. It’s Mark here from New Zealand. Your post is genuinely excellent – even for a non-tech guy. But I have a crucial question regarding SQUARE SPACE. I have been told that because SS would host my website in the US, it harms its SEO capacity in NZ. In other words, I could end up with a great website that DOESN’T rank highly (AKA invisible) when a search is made is NZ. Any comment on that. Jeremy? It’s a big issue.

    Cheers mate.

    MARK

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Mark,

      I personally don’t think it’s an issue at all, as website content / data are now distributed all around the world and stored in different data centers in different cities.

      So for instance, when someone loads your website in London, the content of your website will be fed to that person’s computer from a data center that’s located closest to London.

      What may potentially make a small difference, is your domain name. So if you are focused on NZ visitors, then having a domain name that ends with .co.nz may give you a bit of an edge when someone from NZ searches for information.

      So I don’t think search engines care where your website is hosted. Here is an updated list of ranking factors that Google assesses when determining how your website should be ranked in search results. But at the end of the day, SEO ranking is a very complex algorithm and so only Google really knows how it works!

      Jeremy

  105. #

    Hi Jeremy. I enjoy reading your comparisons, but I’m at a loss:

    My current website is hosted and built on GoDaddy and the one thing I would really like to add is a video player gallery, which I can’t do on GoDaddy’s Website Builder. I also really want to keep using the Google Font Special Elite for my branding, which I can’t do on Wix.

    I’m trying to decide if I should completely rebuild my website on another platform, or if I should build a video player gallery page elsewhere and externally link it to the existing site.

    Once I’ve worked this out, I want to focus on SEO. A friend told me that if I externally link that video page, as I’ve done with my (sadly untouched) blog, that more external links can be damaging to SEO.

    What’s you suggestion for this conundrum? Also, I can handle little bits of coding, but I’m definitely NOT a coder!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Becca,

      Squarespace has over 600 fonts for you to choose from, and includes a lot of Google Fonts. So you might be able to find that specific font with Squarespace (just sign up for a free trial account with Squarespace and you can see if you can locate it).

      I think it’s always preferable to keep your videos (or other content) within one single website. I’m suggest this not from an SEO perspective, but from branding and continuity perspectives. It’s probably less confusing to your visitors to house all your content under one single website.

      I think that linking out to another site won’t hurt your SEO, as linking out to external sites is very common. But if you house your video page under the same website, there might be some added benefits here as the content is located under your domain name.

      Jeremy

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    Hi. Do any of the websites you review have an easy way to add an “opt-in” form on the home page to capture visitor’s email addresses? I have a Mailchimp account now, but can change it. If they do, which sites works best for this option? Thanks.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Joanne,

      Take a look at SumoMe. Their list builder tool integrates with Mailchimp.

      Here are their tutorials on how to integrate their tool with Squarespace.

      Hope this is helpful!

      Jeremy

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      Joanne, Squarespace allows to you insert a “newsletter” block and connect it to your Mailchimp account. The block will match beautifully with your theme because it’s squarespace-made and not a third-party app.

      However, the newsletter block does not have a pop-up option, thank goodness!

  107. #

    I have a question. Since I currently use another hosting company, will I be able to transfer my domain to Squarespace easily since they provide hosting?
    Thanks!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Jennifer,

      Unfortunately you can’t transfer your domain name into Squarespace at the moment. You can only transfer domain names from Squarespace out to another domain name registrar.

      But you can definitely connect your domain name from your current domain name registrar to your Squarespace website. Here are the tutorials on how to do that.

      Jeremy

      • #

        Hi there

        Can you clarify hosting and domain names for me? I already have a domain name and hosting with easyspace.com. I want to change the website as it is old and out of date. I want to use Squarespace to build my new site. If I sign up with them, do I then pay them for my domain name and hosting or do I pay easyspace.com to continue my domain name and pay Squarespace to host? I am confused!

        Christine

        • Jeremy
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          Christine,

          If you want to use Squarespace to build your website, you don’t need to pay for separate hosting services, as Squarespace include all the hosting services as part of their package.

          But you do need a domain name. You most likely keep your domain name at easyspace and just connect it to your Squarespace website. Here is a tutorial on how to do that but it doesn’t include easyspace. So perhaps you can ask them to help you connect your domain name.

          Jeremy

  108. #

    Thanks Jeremy! Great review of Squarespace. I appreciate you adding a video tutorial within your review. I think you’ve sold me on SS ; )

    • Jeremy
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      Glad you found our review helpful Jennifer. But you never really know if you like Squarespace until you spend some time working with it. So sign up for a free trial account and give it a free test run!

      Jeremy

  109. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for your helpful reviews. I was debating whether to go with Wix or Square Space to build my graphic design portfolio and feel more confident toward Square Space from what i read in your review, especially with unlimited storage and responsiveness cross-platform. I’m excited to start building! Thanks again!

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Xinyi,

      No problem! Glad you found our discussions here helpful.

      Good luck with your website!

      Jeremy

  110. #

    Hi JW,
    Great article!!
    Will Squarespace also provide domain emails, and integrate SSL certificate as well ? Also, do you know if it is possible to embed a form in their templates that the users can use to provide data?
    Thanks!!

  111. #

    Hi. I have a business that is almost entirely visual and need a website that can support image heavy content that is readily searchable. Can you tell me if all images can be indexed, tagged, titled, and given alt-texts, even those in galleries or blocks? f so, how easily is this done on Squarespace? Do they offer a naming/tagging tool for each image?
    Thanks for your guidance.
    Susan

    • Jeremy
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      Hello Susan,

      With Squarespace, you can add alt-text to images, including those in galleries. As such, search engines will be able to read them and understand what the image relate to. For extra SEO boost, make sure you name the actual image files with keywords that’s relevant to the discussion on the page.

      Jeremy

  112. #

    Hey Jeremy,

    thanks a lot for your great reviews. I spent quite some time checking website builders like photo shelter, photodeck, format etc. and eventually squarespace for a photography gallery site.

    They are great sites but each has its drawbacks. Therefore I considered using wordpress and hiring a designer. After your review of wordpress I will definitely not get into that, but try squarespace.

    Since I don‘t want to sell prints and digital images myself, I assume I don‘t need the commercial part of SquareSpace. However how can I integrate a third party agency or gallery print service into the SquareSpace website? The visitors should be able to click an image and be directed to buy the corresponding image at the third party service.

    And is it possible to make text invisible that is attached to an image? Like keywords etc. wich are only there for SEO and would spoil the design if visible under the image.

    Recently I have read a lot about complaints regarding bad service of SquareSpace. I contacted their service twice via mail and they responded lighting fast – a very positive experience.

    Thanks for your generous support.

    Ulrich

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      Hi Ulrich,

      Thanks for your comment and also sharing your experiences with Squarespace’s support team. I also heard a few complaints here and there recently, but mainly because the users were waiting for the live chat for over 10 minutes or so. Live support can take a bit of time during certain time of the day (peak hours), so I usually suggest to them to email for support, which gets handled pretty quickly.

      Regarding integrating Squarespace with a third party service, take a look at the Inject Code function that Squarespace offers, where you can integrate a third party widget. But if you just want to link out to a page where your visitors can purchase images / prints, you can definitely just insert images into your website, then hyperlink them to the third party product pages. It’s pretty simple that way.

      Regarding SEO, you can insert “alt text” for all the images that you upload into Squarespace. Simplistically, alt text is how search engines understand what the image is about. So make sure you describe what the picture is about when you insert the alt text for each image.

      Also, one other helpful way is to name your image files with descriptive words, which also helps with SEO. So if your image is of a cat, then name your image file as “cat picture” or something along that line. Hope that makes sense!

      Jeremy

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        Jeremy, you are awesome. That helps a lot. I am glad I found your website. Your reviews and high quality answers to the questions here helped much more than a lot of research I did on others sites in the internet.

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          Glad I can be helpful! Do click on the social sharing buttons on the left side of our pages to spread the word! I’d appreciate that.

          Good luck with your website!

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    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for and congratulations on all your great work. I hope your success keeps rising.

    My husband and I in the process of launching an Equity Crowdfunding Platform focussed exclusively on Climate Change Solutions (Clime-IT™). We are currently preparing our own donation-based crowdfunding campaign in order to move forward.

    —I was wondering if there is any way to integrate a crowdfunding campaign on a squarespace website? IgnitionDeck and others allow this on WordPress websites. What we are hoping to achieve is to split our home page between company info and the donation crowdfunding campaign. Any idea how we can achieve this? (we would prefer a DIY campaign and not used the big sites like Indiegogo)

    Thank you again for all the time you dedicate to answering questions.

    Kindly,

    Annie

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      Hi Annie,

      I’m not entirely sure actually, but it seems like IgnitionDeck is only compatible with WordPress.org, so doesn’t look like this specific WordPress plugin will work with other website builders (such as Squarespace).

      I personally haven’t seen any Squarespace websites that have integrated crowdfunding functions, but you might want to reach out to Squarespace’s support team to see if they’ve seen anything.

      If you do manage ton find a crowdfunding widget, you can test inserting it into a Squarespace website by using the Code Injection function to integrate an external widget.

      Another option, is to build your website with Squarespace, then use WordPress + IgnitionDeck to power the crowdfunding side of things. It’s not my favorite option as it requires you to manage two separate websites. But a possibility nevertheless.

      Jeremy

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        Hello Jeremy,

        I really appreciate your generosity in replying to all your reader’s inquiries.
        Thank you for your comments, I will look into all your suggestions.

        I wish you much continued success and enjoyment in what you do,

        Kindly,

        Annie

  114. #

    I have gone through the fourteen-day trial (and lynda.com has an excellent tutorial on using the service), and I cannot wait to re-do my website. Really fantastic.

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks for sharing your experiences with Squarespace with us!

      Jeremy

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    After paying far too much for ‘professionals’ to build my website, and getting absoloutely no leads, I decided to design and build one myself.

    Squarespace was a godsend. I do not have a digital design background so it took a bit of time to get use to it, but once you’ve got the hang of the Squarespace interface, the sky is the limit.

    My site has been live for only 3 months, thanks to some on and off site SEO work my website continues to move upward through the search engine rankings, with a constant stream of leads coming in.

    Squarespace allows you to quickly and easily edit your site, no code or time consuming BS. Squarespace has my vote. I’ve built 2 other landing pages since. Here’s my site – ‘www.finsol.co.nz.

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks for sharing your experiences with Squarespace with us! Glad you’re having a lot of fun building your business website.

      Jeremy

  116. #

    Great article! Very useful!

    Just a question:

    1) what if I wanted to move a website from WordPress to SS? Am I allowed to keep the structure of the posts and the internal links, as well as the URLs of the blog pages?

    TNX!!!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Ivan,

      Have a look at Squarespace’s tutorials here. They make it pretty easy to import content from WordPress.

      To be honest I haven’t thoroughly tested this process, but I’d imagine that the URL structure will be a bit different. But it’s okay as you can use 301 redirect so that search engines (such as Google) knows that the old page addresses are now permanently renamed into a set of new page addresses.

      This article from Squarespace is helpful. Also click on the “301 redirects” link to see how to do that with Squarespace.

      Jeremy

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    Our community group wants to set up a website which would have members preparing audio, video digital image, written literature programs on it. Some “programs” will be regular and others just one off’s. We may have 30-50 people doing “shows” like this. Would a squarespace product meet our need?

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Barry,

      Squarespace allows you to set up as many “Authors” as you want, so you can have your group of members add content to your Squarespace website.

      Hope this answers your question!

      Jeremy

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    Thanks for such a great and informative blog Jeremy. I live in NZ and have a home fragrance business. I want to build a website that has an online store for only 10 to 15 products, with plenty of great photos but not too heavy on written content. I originally wanted Squarespace as I loved their sleek and stylish design templates but unfortunately here in NZ we don’t have Stripe.

    I then looked at Shopify but having read this blog and seen your comparison list I’m thinking that Weebly is a better option for me. Would you agree? I really like Weebly’s latest themes, Redux and Saucy so I just might get that sleek design that I’m after (it helps that I’m a little familiar with Weebly too!). Cheers

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      Hi Sue,

      You’re right – it’s quite unfortunate that Stripe hasn’t entered the New Zealand market yet. Hopefully soon!

      I think for a store that offers 10 – 15 products, either Shopify or Weebly will both get the “basics” done quite well. Weebly is cheaper than Shopify for sure, but Shopify offers you a lot more ecommerce focused, and more advanced tools.

      So I think you can consider whether you are aiming to, and realistically going to sell a lot (high volume) of products or not. If you are anticipating a high volume (and therefore larger) business, then I’d suggest you take a look at Shopify.

      The reason is that with a higher volume business, Shopify has a lot of tools and features to help you manage your back end administrative tasks better, and also really good tools to help you market your business.

      Shopify also has a very large community of experts for hire, so if one day you want to make a lot of custom changes, custom apps, etc, there is a good pool of talent to hire.

      So Shopify is definitely a much bigger financial commitment, but is a solid platform for you to scale up your business.

      With Weebly, they do a great job in helping a smaller sized business sell products online. But if your business starts to experience fast growth, Shopify is a much more scalable platform to be on.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

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        Hi. I’m also from New Zealand and would really like to be able to use Squarespace for e-commerce sites. I use Squarespace already for a couple of sites. I’m a designer, but not a coder so it works really well for me. I wonder if there is any way of finding out if there is a timeframe in mind for getting things working for NZ for e-commerce?

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          Hi Rose,

          The challenge isn’t with Squarespace directly. Rather, it is with the payment processor that they integrate with, called Stripe.

          Stripe isn’t available in New Zealand yet, and I’m not entirely sure if they have plans to. You can see where Stripe is available here, and maybe you can reach out to them directly and see if they have plans to expand to NZ?

          Jeremy

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    Thanks for the article you wrote it has great information J. I have the fundamental knowledge about HTML and CSS styling and know its important in website building

    My question is:” If I decide to use SS and/or Wix account to create my own website, which is better for creating multiple websites for different business purposes far as hosting goes?” Can I build more than one domain name on one account is my question in short and who is a better host in your view?? Using their premium or e-Commerce plan, does each domain name have to bought under the account? I have more than one business idea that eventually will be built by me or a professional builder

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Omar,

      You can definitely create multiple websites under a single account with either Squarespace or Wix. However, if you want to upgrade your websites to premium plans, you will have to upgrade each website at a time.

      For instance, with Squarespace, if you want to their Personal plan, and you have 5 different websites in your Squarespace account, you will have to upgrade each website one at a time.

      As for domain names, each website can only use one single unique domain name. So you can’t share domain names across multiple websites.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

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        Thanks for the feedback Jeremy. Yes, That was useful and you gave a good pointer for that question I had. Thanks

  120. #

    Hi Jeremy

    fab review! thanks

    I currently have a website and a number of email addresses for my business using my domain name. If I transfer my domain to godaddy I understand I can link that to squarespace. However I am in the process of changing my email server to a company such as rackspace and want to see how that will work if my website is then with squarespace? does that make sense or should I be moving my email into squarespace?

    thanks so much for your help

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Nina,

      I think that will work. You can use GoDaddy as your domain name registrar, and use another service provider to power your email. That email service provider should be able to help guide you through the set up process.

      Or else you can also use Google Business App’s email services. They’ve partnered up with Squarespace. We use this app to power our email as well and we’ve been very pleased with it.

      Jeremy

  121. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    A very good article, I have a couple of questions in relation to this site,

    If you are creating a site with the sole revenues coming from advertisements would a site building website/Squarespace be the best option? Or would you be better of creating it yourself?

    Also when you build a website with one of these companies is it possible to move at a later date or are you pretty much tied in?

    Thanks,

    Andrew

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Andrew,

      With Squarespace, you can export your site content to WordPress if you want to migrate your site down the road. We mentioned this in one of our discussion sections above.

      You can definitely build a site with Squarespace, which displays advertisement so you can earn revenues that way.

      Jeremy

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    Jeremy,

    I quickly wanted to say thanks for your review. I subscribed to the annual account and glad I did.

    Thanks,

    Dario

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Dario,

      Thanks for your kind words. Glad our discussions are helpful here!

      Jeremy

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    Yo Jeremy,
    Great in depth review. I’ve read both this article and your SS v. WP article; I will definitely be using your expertise for future inquiries.

    That said I have a question regarding third party software. Does square allow for the use of external software. For example floathelm.com – The Helm is a float tank scheduling system, point of sale system, project management system, float tank maintenance system, communication system, employee management system, and more.

    Thanks in advance and please keep up the good work, you’re doing a great service.

    -J

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Jerry,

      I’m not entirely sure to be honest, as I haven’t used those tools before. But generally speaking, if you want to insert “external” widgets into Squarespace, you can use the “code block” to embed the widget codes into the website.

      The easiest way to find out quickly is to sign up for a free trial account with Squarespace and try it out yourself. I’m sure you’ll know pretty quickly if it works or not!

      Jeremy

  124. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Your blog has been very helpful in researching the best website builder. I want to start a food and health blog and eventually move into using youtube videos. However, I’m struggling with deciding to right off the bat pay for a blog that won’t give me much or any return for multiple months or starting off with a free option such as blogger.

    Thank you in advance for any advice you can give me.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Pari,

      One thing good about using Blogger, is that you can import your content into a Squarespace site when you are ready.

      Here are some tutorials on how to do that. But I haven’t used that function before so I can’t say how smooth the process is. But just something to consider!

      I hope this is helpful!

      Jeremy

  125. #

    Hey Jeremy,
    I started building my site on Wix few months back.Great website builder but can’t transfer my content anywhere else (xpected fix at Wix) ….. needed a suggestion – as per SEO and the technical supports should I shift to Squarespace (I came across it much later). I have a food site. I’m ready to start all over again if it’s worth ! Kindly advise.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Vijeta,

      If you want to move away from Wix, Squarespace is a very good website builder especially if you want a website that looks really good.

      Their templates are by far the best looking in the drag & drop website builder community. So that can definitely work to your advantage given that you are in the food related industry!

      Jeremy

  126. #

    Hi Jeremy and thank you for such a great article! I appreciate all the detail and I am definitely keen on SS.
    I have a business selling products by monthly subscription and also one off packs with multiple items. With the inventory control, can I control the inventory but the customer not see the contents of the pack? Each month it is a surprise. So they buy the April pack and the 6 components are removed from the inventory but the client not see the individual components.
    Also, can I integrate PAYPAL subscription as a gateway or do I have to use their one? If it has to be Stripe, do you know if I can set up a recurring payment. (although Stripe is a LOT cheaper! 1.75% + 30¢ Domestic cards 2.9% + 30¢ International + AmEx – PAYPAL 2.9% + 30¢)
    Thank you in advance,
    Sarah

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Sarah,

      Squarespace currently doesn’t have an ecommerce tool to allow you to charge recurring fees for monthly subscriptions. However, they do have a suggestion here where you can integrate a 3rd party widget into a Squarespace site.

      I don’t think you can “hide” your content per se, but what you can do is just sell a monthly pack and just don’t describe what’s in it. Or just disclose that every month the content is different and generally what the content relates to without going into specifics?

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    Firstly, great article and very informative.

    Does Squarespace allow for google map to be dropped into it’s website if I wanted a webpage to highlight a few different locations within a set area?

    Do know if this is easily done or requires some coding experience?

    Thanks a lot,
    David

    • Jeremy
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      Hi David,

      You can embed a Google Map into your Squarespace website either using Squarespace’s map tool, or you can get the codes from Google Map directly and embed it into your site using the “Code” block.

      But I’m not entirely sure how to get a Google Map that will highlight multiple locations on the same map. I just haven’t tried that myself!

      Jeremy

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    HI there, someone just introduce me to square space. So far I have jumped from HTML to WordPress and now……….. First thing first, do you use plugins and themes like WordPress. If so, can I build a business such a job board with square space. thanks any examples?

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      Hi Kevin,

      With Squarespace, there are no plugins as all the tools are created by Squarespace themselves so they all work flawlessly within their own platform, versus WordPress plugins that are created by many different developers.

      Here is an article that discusses Squarespace versus WordPress that might interest you.

      For the themes, you get to choose one you like from Squarespace, and then use their drag and drop tools to build out your content, and also their design tools to control some design aspects of the theme.

      The best way to get a lot of your questions answered is to sign up for a 14 day free trial and play around with their platform. in my view, they’re much easier to use than WordPress, but a bit less flexible.

      Lastly, I think if you want to create a job board, your best bet is to hire a capable developer to help you create it. I don’t think any website builders will be able to do that out of the box.

      Jeremy

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    Thanks for the great review. Is SS easy to use by someone with no website building experience? Can we easily embed videos in to the site?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Nidhi,

      I think so as Squarespace’s drag & drop features are pretty simple once you get the hang of things.

      I wouldn’t say that they are the world’s easiest website builder, but they are pretty simple to use compared to platforms such as WordPress.

      You don’t need to know any coding at all and you can drag and drop content (including videos) into your Squarespace site.

      If you want something a lot easier, I’d suggest you take a look at Wix or Weebly. The trade off is that Wix or Weebly’s design templates are not as good looking as Squarespace’s templates (in my view anyway).

      Jeremy

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    Hey J!

    Great article!
    I’m currently using WIX, and it’s presenting trouble on opening the main page.
    It takes about 12s to open it!

    I’m thinking about migrating to another builder and I’m considering Squarespace, after reading that.

    But before that, I want to make sure that that’s the right decision.
    Which one would you say is the “faster”?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Milena,

      It’s difficult to say which one is faster, as there is one other major factor to consider which is the images on your page. If you are using very large images, then this will definitely negatively impact your website’s loading speed, regardless if you are using Wix or Squarespace.

      One thing to try is to resize and compress the images that you are using with your current website, and test your loading speed again.

      When I say resize, I mean use an image editor and reduce the image dimension to the right size. Do not use Wix’s drag & drop image resizing tool, as when your site loads the page, it will still load the large image.

      Also put your images through an image compressor such as Kraken to reduce the file size.

      Once you do that with most of your images, I’m pretty confident that you’ll see an improvement in your loading speed!

      Jeremy

  131. #

    Hi-great article. Answered a lot of questions for me. What are your opinions about Squarespace vs. Shopify or Volusion? I had been considering both of them as well.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Sally,

      Squarespace is very different from Shopify and Volusion.

      Shopify and Volusion are “pure” ecommerce website builders. Squarespace is more of a “normal” website builder, and offers you ecommerce tools. So Shopify and Volusion has a lot more advanced online store related tools than Squarespace.

      At the end of the day, you should consider what is your intent with building a website. Are you looking to build an ecommerce website? If so, how advance do you want your store to be?

      Here is a deeper discussion comparing Squarespace and Shopify for you.

      You can also see this discussion comparing Shopify and Volusion.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  132. #

    Do you have any information on HostBaby compared to Squarespace? Also, does Squarespace have a way to email out either everyone or to specific people who signed up for a newsletter?

    Thank you for the great review.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Amy,

      I haven’t used Hostbaby before so I don’t have an opinion about them.

      Squarespace doesn’t have a separate email newsletter program. The only thing you can do is you can use Mailchimp (free up to 2,000 subscribers) as your newsletter service provider, then Squarespace allows you to integrate that into your Squarespace website.

      You can integrate Mailchimp into the Form block, Newsletter Block or to your ecommerce function (if you are running an online store with Squarespace).

      If you prefer a website builder with a built in newsletter function, take a look at Wix as they have a feature called “Wix Shoutout” which allows you to power a newsletter with Wix tools.

      Jeremy

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        What web builder would you recommend for a music website that would have a lot of photos, have news articles and links to articles, a link to be able to buy the CD from CDBaby, allow people to send an email or to sign up for a newsletter and allow us to email either everyone who has signed up or to a select group by address or other indicator to send notices of upcoming shows?

        I’ve read a lot of reviews and it seems like there are so many options and reviews. I’m not sure which way to turn at this point.

        • Jeremy
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          Hi Amy,

          As mentioned in my comment, I think Squarespace and Wix might work. Best way forward is to sign up for a test account with both platforms and see which one you prefer.

          You really won’t get to know which web builder has everything you need until you sign up to test them out!

          Jeremy

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    I am just finding out about SS and I like the clean look of the templates and I like the idea of the flexibility incorporated. My question is I currently have my webhosting and website through Yahoo for the last 10 years. I am in the process of doing a rebranding and SS looks like a great financial option at this time.

    Would I be able to transfer my domain name from Yahoo to SS? Yahoo offers a blog on WordPress.com (not the free version). What about my email addresses that are through yahoo with my domain name.

    Let me know your thoughts, I am open to suggestions on how to make this a smooth transition,

    Also, thank you for your insight and thorough research on SS.

    Simply,
    Tamiko

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Tamiko,

      Squarespace currently doesn’t accept any domain name transfers. I think the main reason is that they’re hyper focused on creating a website building platform, and so they let other dedicated domain name registrars handle that piece of work.

      What you can do, is transfer your domain name from Yahoo to GoDaddy (which is the world’s largest domain name registrar). The cost of this transfer is around $10 – $15, and includes 1 year of free domain name fee.

      Once the transfer is complete, you can then connect your domain name from GoDaddy to Squarespace. When you visit Squarespace’s Help page, just type in “GoDaddy” and you will find tutorials on how to get your domain name hooked up with your Squarespace website.

      As for emailing services, you can either sign up with GoDaddy’s email services, or you can use Google Apps through Squarespace. I personally prefer Google Apps (I use that myself) as it allows me to use the familiar Gmail user interface and I personally feel more comfortable, stable and secure with Gmail.

      With both email services you will be able to create your own custom domain email addresses.

      Jeremy

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    Brilliant. Thank you. Just starting out on this task for a non for profit association. You have made this task so much easier. I’m still going with individual reviews after using the table comparison which itself is excellent
    Thank you, from Australia

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks for your feedback Fiona! Glad we can be helpful here.

      Jeremy

  135. #

    The design templates are beautiful. Unfortunately, I built my site in SquareSpace in anticipation of moving my domain and hosting services from Wix to SquareSpace. SquareSpace does NOT accept third party domain transfers. You can map the domain, but not via Wix or another third party. Facepalm.

    I can’t begin to describe my aggravation upon discovering that my new design is useless. The FAQs make it seem like a snap. It isn’t. If you have an existing site, check yourself, before you wreck yourself.

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Matt,

      What you can do is migrate your domain name to GoDaddy (which is the largest domain name registrar in the world), then connecting it to your Squarespace site. It’s about $10 to migrate your domain name to GoDaddy, and it includes one free year of keeping your domain name there. You can look up domain name migration services on GoDaddy’s site.

      Mapping your domain name from GoDaddy to Squarespace is relatively straightforward and Squarespace’s support team can definitely provide assistance, since I’m sure they have a lot of customers who have domain names registered with GoDaddy.

      This should resolve the issue you are having!

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jez

    A good review, very informative and you are clearly taken by Squarespace. I have been looking at many reviews of hosting services and web building sites. Many reviews of other sites tell us the truth that their uptime is not always as they publish. What about SS?

    • Jeremy
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      Colin – in our experiences, Squarespace’s uptime is really good. I think all hosting services will have their downtimes, but in most cases, it’s usually minutes here and there.

      Squarespace is one of the best drag and drop website builders available as of today and I think their infrastructure works just fine.

      Jeremy

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    Sory, I forgot to ask, is there a way to set up our squarespace site in two different languages?

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        Thanks a lot for your answer,helped me so much, thought you haven’t answered my questions as I have not received a notification by e-mail…

  138. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks a lot for all your reviews, so helpful, and being there for us all. I’m getting ready to go with squarespace, but I do worry about something : as every e-commerce websites has their own legal mentions, I would like to know if squarespace provide those, or do we have to come up with our own. Is there an easy way to do that, and free? Thanks for any advice.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Kadidia,

      I don’t think they will provide that. Maybe you can find some examples of legal disclaimers online, but then it’s really up to you whether you want to use those examples and edit them to fit your needs, or hire a lawyer to edit it or draft a new one for you. I’m not a lawyer so can’t really provide any legal advice here!

      Jeremy

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    This review is very helpful and has allowed me to make up mind and go with SquareSpace.
    I just have one question though, is there a way to allow regestration for say a class?
    So for example I have an art class that I want people to sign up for, is there a way I can link another website that allows this function to my website on SquareSpace?

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Tierra,

      They don’t have a feature to register for online classes. But you can certainly sell digital products with Squarespace. So in a way, you can sell ebooks, course downloads. Or you can just sell class spaces, in a way that once they purchase from you, you can have Squarespace automatically email them a sales confirmation, with the details of how to access your class.

      The class could be on a page that is hidden from public view, and so only the person who receives the sale confirmation email will have the page address to access it.

      Jeremy

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      Hi Tierra,

      You may want to have a look at http://www.acuityscheduling.com

      I have recently set up a SS website and found this via the help pages. Can be embedded into your page very easily and great for what you’re after. I’ve started using it for booking appointments.

      You can embed a lot of things into your pages via code. Very easy to to.

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        Thanks for sharing this resource AJ!

  140. #

    Great review – I have used Squarespace for several year and have only just realized that images are not being indexed on their site. Any images other than headers :/ This is actually a huge drawback when they claim they are set up for “SEO Optimization” and any Photographer or Artist is going to have a huge problem here.

    I’m really not sure why they would write a robots.txt file to keep googlebot from indexing their images, but that is precisely what they are doing.

    I’m actually wondering why would would not want their images indexed at all? In any event, while I’ve been a loyal customer of Squarespace for years – this has me seriously concerned.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Jennifer,

      Strange. As far as I know, images should be indexed on Squarespace sites. Did you reach out to Squarespace support team to see what they say?

      Any one else here have similar observations? I’d be very curious to know.

      Thanks for sharing!

      Jeremy

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    Thanks for the very useful review – it answered almost all of my questions except for one: My business consists of a blog, weekly video, collecting email addresses for my customer list and an e-book (data document) which I would like to make available from the website. The e-book is the ONLY item being sold, but I would like to be able to accept payment and then send a secure link for the customer to download the document. Is that possible with SS?

    Also, would I be able to give incentive “coupons” to be used at check out – or even promotional codes to business partners?

    I’m leaning toward Squarespace because they seem to be the only ecommerce website builder that can handle the data document – just need more info on the process.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Susan,

      Yes – Squarespace can help you sell digital products, where an email with a download link is automatically sent to the purchaser of your ebook. Squarespace also allows you to create coupon codes as well!

      We do have a bit more discussion on their ecommerce tools here.

      Jeremy

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    Very thoughtful review, appreciated. In my own (brief) research.. I have seen that one-page web-sites are trending, but I’ve not seen any one-pagers on Squarespace. What are your thoughts on one-page web-sites?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Maureen,

      I think one pagers have its place in the world of web design, but as with all tools, it depends on how you use them!

      One pagers are great if you have a story to tell, or if you have a few very distinct categories to your business (or whatever it is you’re building a site for) that you can highlight across the multiple sections on the one pager.

      So in a way, I like them, but only if they’re used well!

      Jeremy

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    Jeremy, I just found your website, and thank you for your thorough review of Squarespace. I have a few questions.

    I currently have my own MySQL/PHPwebsite, with a domain name registered through GoDaddy, hosted on a VPS. We are a small company, with online sales (through 3rd party merchant services company + Authorize.net on the backend), perhaps 20-30 pp on the entire site. Our current ISP also hosts our email accounts. I’m interested in Squarespace to update our current site without having to call in a developer, but here are my concerns:

    • Can I redirect my domain name from my current host to Squarespace, and keep our domain name?
    • Will SS host email, or do I have to find another ISP for that purpose?
    • We have logic in our sales process, as many of our customers use purchase orders to pay for their products. Does SS provide for that kind of “if/then” logic?
    • Our current merchant services account charges 0.10% per transaction (interchange rate). We are a low-volume/high-ticket merchant, so I’m not too concerned about the per-transaction cost. How does SS stack up against that kind of rate?
    • Everyone’s extolling the virtues of WordPress to me. Tell me again why I should invest $4-5K in a WordPress site?

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Shelley,

      1) Yes you can keep your domain name, and connect it to a Squarespace site.

      2) Squarespace doesn’t have an email service, but they are well integrated with Google Business Apps (basically the Gmail interface, but branded with your own business name). It’s a few dollars per month.

      3) They don’t at the moment. If you need more advanced functions / logic, have a look at Shopify as they do have really capable experts for hire if you need to write some custom logic / process. Shopify is a pure ecommerce builder that will give you a lot more advanced selling tools.

      4) Squarespace uses Stripe to power its ecommerce cart. So their rate is 2.9% + $0.30 per successful transaction. You mentioned that your current set up charges 0.10% – make sure that it includes credit card fees. Some platforms charge you a transaction fee, then the payment processor charges another fee on top of that.

      5) Have a look at our discussion comparing Squarespace with WordPress here. You’ll find some interesting discussion points.

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

  144. #

    Jeremy,
    This is a really nice breakdown and useful information. Thank you!
    I purchased some domains through GoDaddy and started building my site in WordPress but gave up because it was just too non-intuitive for me. I like the looks and ease of SS so I considering going this direction. So my question: I have about five different domains (and will likely purchase a few more) but I want them all to point to my SS site once I build it. I didn’t see on their site where this would be a problem to just redirect all the domains there, but I assume I can do so? Will I need to purchase a plan for each domain even though they point to the same site?

    Thanks again!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Marc,

      You can certainly connect your domain name from GoDaddy to your Squarespace website. If you visit Squarespace’s support page, you will find details on how to do that.

      However, generally speaking for all websites, each website can only have one domain name. So you can only connect one single domain name to your website, and that’s the only domain name that will show up on a web browser.

      Jeremy

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    Thanks J you,’re info is most useful!

  146. #

    i just looking around the idea of my website and starting from now. I been researching different reviews from so many websites, features, prices, etc., but i have hard time to decide that which is best this one for my own website photography.

    Also looking for on show pictures portfolio as well. Since my clients want to see lot of pics on my website for wedding, portraits and events, etc. But there is does have website with include blog or separate blog?

    Any recommend or suggest? I will be really appreciate for your help, options!

    Thank you!!!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Anna,

      It’s definitely not very straight forward when you’re trying to choose the best website builder for you. That’s why it’s always helpful to study a few different web builders to narrow down to 2 or 3 candidates, then sign up for a free account or a trial account to test them out.

      While a lot of the better website builders (such as Squarespace, Wix , Weebly) have all the basic tools for you to build a good website, all their user interfaces and systems are quite different. So testing them out will give you a sense of which one you prefer.

      If you haven’t seen our pros and cons discussion for some of the better website builders yet, click here to see it.

      Hope this guides you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

  147. #

    Very helpful indeed!

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    Do you know if you can create a login driven site using SS? I can’t seem to find the answer to that- would be using a lot of social media integration such as one-click sign in using FB, posting to twitter or FB on your behalf, etc.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Jay,

      Squarespace currently doesn’t have a membership function, but I think Sentry Login, which is membership creation widget, can work with a Squarespace website.

      So adding them to your Squarespace website can turn your website into a membership site. I’m not entirely clear if Sentry allows you to use social media to sign into your membership area, but it’s worth checking them out.

      Jeremy

  149. #

    Hi,
    I was thinking of starting up a gaming blog, and I was a bit confused on what some of these restrictions were on the personal plan; do you know what they mean by 20 pages?
    Like, could I only ever have twenty articles before I’d need to start deleting some to make room for new ones?

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Lemming,

      With Squarespace’s Personal plan, you can only create up to 20 webpages. So if you already have 20 pages, and want to create a new page, you will have to delete one of your older pages, or upgrade to the Professional Plan to get unlimited pages.

      Jeremy

  150. #

    Hi,
    Thank you for sharing your knowledge about web site builder!
    I consider start using Squarespace but have also taken a look at Webflow. I will be putting up a site for my own at first and then probably add some more with different domains.
    – Do you have any experience of Webflow vs SS?
    I’d appreciate your vise reply…

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Fredrik,

      I haven’t used Webflow before, but I just had a very quick look around their site. While I can’t give an opinion as I haven’t used them before, I think Squarespace looks more professional and their website provides a lot more background information about themselves (Squarespace that is).

      I can’t find out a whole lot about Webflow, where they are from, when did they start, or industry credentials.

      So based on “judging a book by its cover”, I’d say Squarespace is probably more advanced, reputable and stable.

      But again, that’s just based on a quick scan around their site. It’s not a bad idea to test them out for yourself and compare that with Squarespace!

      Jeremy

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        Thank you for swift answer Jeremy.
        I’ll sign up for Squarespace and give it a try (and hopefully the payment solutions work in Sweden…).
        – Keep up the good work with reviews!

  151. #

    Hi Jeremy/Connie,

    I am new to this game and was following what I thought was solid advice from a friend and a few other webpages. I secured my domain name and then set up a hosting account with siteground.com and was planning on using squarespace for the builder the whole time. I didn’t realize that squarespace ‘s hosting was included in the monthly fee.
    Should I point the squarespace account to my hosting account or move everything internally to squarespace? Are there advantages/disadvantages to either? Am I an idiot and should just stick to my day job?

    Thank you for the great write up and the 8 tools guide. All were very beneficial.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Derek,

      Yes – Squarespace does provide all the hosting services for you, so you don’t need get it elsewhere.

      There’s actually no other choices here, as if you want to use Squarespace, you have to let them host it for you so they can power their drag and drop tools so you can build your website without knowing any codes.

      As such, you can probably cancel your other hosting account if you want to use Squarespace.

      You’re not an idiot at all. We’ve all been there! We really struggled at the very beginning too in 2011. But it gets a lot better if you just keep at it!

      Jeremy

  152. #

    Hi Jeremy, and thanks for a great review (and for answering an earlier personal email within 24 hours!!). I love the idea of SS/Wix and possibly Weebly, but the one thing that is putting me off any of them is the cost, which few reviewers comment on.
    I have superfast hosting that costs $70 a year, and I want a website for my wife, a website for me, and a review website for both Amazon and Clickbank products.
    I make that $64 a month if I used SS as opposed to buying a WP theme that I can use on all four for say $80 and my own hosting.
    Any thoughts?
    Regards
    Jeff P
    England

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Jeff,

      I think there are pros and cons with any choice you make. With WordPress, if you don’t mind navigating through the higher learning curve, or if you have some code knowledge so you can make design changes on your own (without hiring someone), then it’s a very strong platform to consider.

      But if you don’t want to bother with learning the in’s and out’s of using WordPress proficiently, the technical work of managing your own hosting services (including security awareness and updates), or be bothered with hiring a coder to make design changes, then drag and drop platforms such as Squarespace are great candidates to consider.

      So the pricing factors in all those considerations, including getting support from Squarespace (it’s very hard to find any free, and more importantly – reliable, support with WordPress, if any).

      At the end of the day, it’s a personal choice. I tend to lean towards investing in services, so that frees up my time to do more productive and interesting work, instead of staying up for hours browsing the internet learning how to do manage my own hosting, tweak codes to make small changes, etc.

      We have another discussion article highlighting some other considerations between Squarespace and WordPress that you might find helpful.

      Jeremy

  153. #

    Hi Jeremy. Is possible to make a newspaper with squarspace plantate, without a designer? thanks.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Luis,

      It depends on what you want to get out of the website in terms of its functions.

      They do have the tools to help you create a good functional blog platform, but if you want all the features that a typical newspaper website has (such as New York Times, etc), then you’ll probably need a more advanced platform such as WordPress where they have newspaper templates that makes it a bit easier for you to create that layout.

      Jeremy

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        thanks

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    So, Squarespace isn’t a free blog builder? It offers packages after 14 days risk free?

    Thanks.

    • Jeremy
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      Anthe – correct. Squarespace gives you 14 days to try things out to see if you like their tools. If you want to continue with them, you can upgrade to their paid plans.

      If you don’t want to continue with them, you have that choice as well.

      You don’t have to provide any credit card information to try Squarespace so there really isn’t much risk there.

      Jeremy

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        Thank you for your information, Jeremy!

  155. #

    Thank you very much, Jeremy, for posting such a detailed analysis of Square. This makes me feel comfortable about setting up a website for someone with a cafe who isn’t necessarily tech-savvy.

    • Jeremy
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      hi Bryce,

      Glad you found our discussions helpful! Thanks for leaving a comment.

      Jeremy

  156. #

    If I use squarespace for my web hosting, does the name squarespace need to part of my published URL?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Tom,

      You can use your own custom domain name. If you sign up to Squarespace’s annual plan they give you a free custom domain name for a year.

      But you can definitely purchase your own domain name elsewhere and connect it to your Squarespace website. There are more discussions about that in the comments directly below.

      So in a way, your visitors won’t know you are using Squarespace to power your website.

      Jeremy

  157. #

    Hi Jeremy!

    Thank you for this blog! I found squarespace through a friend. I am researching because I currently have a wordpress that someone did for me. I have NO CLUE about what I am doing. I do feel confident that I can manage a squarespace site. I need to build the site here first then “move” my existing site name xxx.com to here somehow. How do I do that? I currently pay godaddy for my domain name and hosting I believe.
    I appreciate you writing this blog and being helpful!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Ann,

      Yes you can definitely connect your own domain name from GoDaddy to Squarespace. Here are some tutorials on how to do that.

      Squarespace is definitely much easier to use than WordPress. So I think you’re going to have fun working with their drag and drop platform!

      Jeremy

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        Thank you! Checking this out NOW!

  158. Jeremy
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    Hi Mel,

    I think you hit the main points to consider – that some businesses require custom functions that are much more advanced than what Squarespace could deliver, and the cost factor.

    Another factor to consider may want to consider the speed of edits to your website. If your website is not complex, and if you want to add in a new image, update some text, change the font style here and there, by managing your own site you can do this on the fly and make changes right away instead of emailing your developer / designer and wait a couple of days before seeing the changes you want being updated on our site.

    Also something to consider is that your web developer may hold you hostage if they want a higher fee, or if they just disappear and you’re busy scrambling to find a replacement which is not easy. It’s a form of business interruption that you really don’t want. Such events are rare, but does happen.

    So having control over your own website in a sense that you know how to build / edit it is something that a lot of businesses consider important!

    Jeremy

  159. #

    Hi Jeremy!

    Thank you for your easily understandable and helpful reviews!

    I have a few questions to help figure out which site will work best for our business: your advice is truly appreciated!

    Weebly offers hosting of multiple websites using its business plan. Does SquareSpace? (We want to connect or link 3 or more ideas or sites that followers can get to by typing in any of the url’s.)

    SS offers mail chimp, is there anything comparable integrated with Weebly?

    Do both offer e-commerce for digital (e-books/teleconference recording) and service (coaching/consulting)?

    Is SS or Weebly easier to upload audio digital/videos files to? We are beyond low on tech skills.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Amy,

      Squarespace does allow you to manage multiple websites within a same user account. But you will have to pay for each website’s plan separately (as in each website has to be subscribed on its own).

      Weebly works the same way – if you build 3 websites with Weebly and you upgrade all of them to their Pro plan, you will have to pay for the Pro plan for each of your website.

      Just to be clear, Mailchimp is a separate service that you have to subscribe to, as they are independent of Squarespace. Squarespace just makes it a bit easier to integrate Mailchimp into your website.

      You can definitely integrate Mailchimp into a Weebly site as well. Once you have Mailchimp set up (as in your newsletter sign up form), you can get a snippet of code from Mailchimp to insert into your website which will then show your newsletter sign up form for your visitors to sign up.

      Both website builders offer you the ability to sell digital products. Squarespace has a feature where you can sell services, but Weebly doesn’t. But you can always use a normal product feature and sell your services that way.

      I’d say both are equally straight forward to upload digital files!

      Jeremy

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    I just stumbled upon this blog and info today and I have learned quite a bit, so Thank you Jeremy, et al!

    I want to build a website to promote myself professionally. I will graduate with my MBA shortly and am looking for ways to be more creative than just LinkedIn and Twitter with self promotion. This leads me to my first question, I have read your posts about Weebly, Squarespace, and Wix and still am not sure which is more suitable for personal professional use.

    I am not a designer, photographer, etc but I really like the clean lines and look of Squarespace templates, but the examples I have seen have been for the above-mentioned but Weebly seems more suitable for just a standard website. Does it really matter? Also, can I buy my domain name thru Squarespace… I know with Godaddy you can, but I am prefer Squarespace & Weebly to Godaddy.

    Thank you.

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Bobbie,

      Congrats on graduating (soon)!

      I think you’re right on the money in that Squarespace’s templates look more professional than Weebly’s templates. But if you are okay with Weebly’s designs, then it’s really down to user interface as both of them are quite different.

      Weebly’s user interface is really easy to use, but that’s not to say Squarespace is difficult to use – just that Weebly is a bit easier.

      If you sign up with an annual plan with Squarespace, they offer you a free custom domain name for 1 year, then you’ll have to pay an annual fee to renew it if you want to keep that domain name.

      But if you want to purchase your domain name from GoDaddy directly, that works as well. You can just connect your domain name from GoDaddy to Squarespace (or Weebly). You don’t have to use GoDaddy’s website builder at all.

      Here’s some info on how to do that.

      Jeremy

  161. #

    My WordPress site was hacked and I’m rebuilding on SS but I do not see any security features listed on their site for malware/virus scanning nor do they offer it as an add on service. How do I know my site will be secure from hackers?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Alan,

      Sorry about your site. It’s a really hard question to answer but Squarespace are constantly maintaining and upgrading their security features against intrusions / hackers. The good thing is that they manage all the hosting / security related functions for you so you don’t have to do all that technical work / updates.

      With WordPress, depending on which hosting company you use, some of them are pretty bad and so that exposes you to intrusions. Also, with WordPress, you are more so responsible for your own technical updates and so that also exposes you as well if you are not implementing protective measures yourself.

      So with Squarespace, they manage all that for you as part of their paid services. Lastly, rotating your password once in a while, and using alpha-numeric passwords are just some best practices that can better protect your website.

      Jeremy

  162. #

    Great blog. Looking to redesign our website which is old and tired but been around for at least 15 years on the same domain so is quite well optimised organically with search engines.

    I’m concerned if I go with a templated option like SS I’ll loose our optimisation. We’ll use the same domain which we have control of thru Easily but not sure it’s just a case of re-pointing the domain towards SS servers? What about salvaging inwards links we’ve built up over the years for example? Does that all get dealt with by the redirection?

    I’m the first to admit it’s not something I’m on top of understanding. I’ve read a lot of expert reviews on website migration and that a mountain of work is needed to migrate with the least disruption to SEO but not sure if this just refers to when migrating to another domain. Any advice gratefully received.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Mel,

      I must admit that I’m not super familiar with site migration so just take my comment with that in mind.

      You can point your domain name to Squarespace which is just fine. But I think the key thing is to make sure that you 301 (permanent) redirect your old pages to the new pages that you set up in Squarespace, so that search engines (such as Google) knows that each of your old page are being redirected to a completely new page, so they won’t de-index your pages.

      You should be able to re-direct your old pages to your new pages in your domain name registrar. It should be fairly straightforward, you just insert your old page address and tell them which new page address you want to redirect to. Of course this means that you will have to have your Squarespace site up and ready.

      Hope this is helpful (even if just a little bit!)

      Jeremy

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        Thank you Jeremy. Just one more question, I find many people discussing the disadvantage of using a templated forum like wix SS etc as opposed to commissioning a developer and/or designer to build one for them. Obviously there is a cost implication with the latter but I’m still not fully understanding why one would have a custom built site when there are so many high quality out of the box options like SS which undoubtedly has very professional looking design and – although perhaps limited functionality if you want something with a ton of bells and whistles – seems to cater for most requirements of a small business.

        In you opinion, especially for a business that already has a custom built site, what are the pros and cons of transferring to a templated CMS?

  163. #

    Thanks for helping this novice make sense of the countless available options. I now feel more confident and know the direction I want to take.

    • Jeremy
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      No problem Lou! Glad our discussions have been helpful to you.

      Jeremy

  164. #

    Hi does Squarespace have a gallery/shop /page where I can sell my photos from

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Rod,

      Yes you can definitely sell digital products with Squarespace. We go over a bit more details about their ecommerce tools in this post here. Take a look and hopefully you’ll find it informative!

      Jeremy

  165. #

    Hi, im with Fatcow at the moment but i want to leave and come over to Squarespace for my business website but so far I cant see that Squarespace give you email addresses to match your domain name. Can you enlighten me please?

    Thank you

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Stu,

      Squarespace doesn’t give you an email address, but a website built with Squarespace can be integrated with Google Business App (basically your own email address with your domain name, powered by the same user interface / technology as Gmail).

      It costs about $5 per month and we use it ourselves too as we really like the Gmail user interface and how reliable and fast it is. So for us it’s a worthwhile investment for only a few dollars a month.

      Here’s more information about how Google App integrates with Squarespace.

      Jeremy

  166. #

    Hi
    Looking to switch from Network Solutions to SS. Is this a good site match to sell vitamins/supplements (ecommerce drop ship)?
    Thank you

    • Jeremy
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      Hi John,

      Squarespace has ecommerce tools to allow you to sell pretty much physical and digital products. If you haven’t seen our discussion on their ecommerce tools yet, take a look at this page here.

      So they do have the tools to help you out I think.

      Jeremy

  167. #

    Hello, i recent purchased a website name fpr Go daddy, should i have done that our could i have bought it all via squarespace? bw. really like Squarespace and will be signing up to their hosting

  168. #

    Hello
    i have two domain names only difference between the two are .com and .cleaning can I use my own domains also i have my own graphics for my business for example business cards can I impose this onto to the website builder?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Joyce,

      Yes you can use our own custom domain name with a Squarespace website. Just visit their support page and type in “domain” into the search bar for more help. If you still get stuck you can always email their support team for further guidance!

      Jeremy

  169. #

    Thank for all of your effort. Very clear and concise evaluation that has helped me decide on Squarespace for my site.

    • Jeremy
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      You’re very welcome Larry. Glad that we’ve been helpful!

      Best,

      Jeremy

  170. #

    Hi,

    Was wondering if anyone has actually done a test of a website’s performance on different platforms. Form this, and my other blogs Ive read, it seems square space has a ‘marginal advantage’ for SEO rankings than wix or weebly.

    But, has anyone actually compared and seen what the results are??

    I would like to switch my Wix site to square space, but would love to know what the actual benefits would be in terms of improved rankings. Switching takes a ton of time and effort, so I need to know what ‘marginal improvement’ means.

    I’d love to see a test — with all other things being the same (same content, same meta tags, same backlinks) how much would one platform increase google rankings for a website simply from having an SEO – optimized website builder.

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Lindsey,

      I wished someone had done a comprehensive test on this too! But I think it is extremely challenging (if possible at all) to keep all the ranking variables constant to really compare apples to apples in a controlled setting.

      SEO is determined by well over 100 different ranking factors so it’s almost impossible to keep all of them the same across website builders to truly get results that are relatively robust and accurate.

      Jeremy

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        Jeremy,

        I know.
        My thought was to create a mock website, very simple, with the same content, targeted for 1 or 2 keywords. (the only thing different would be the domain name). It would probably rank on the 1000 th page on google, but even a slight difference in the rankings from one to the other would be instructive.

        In other words, create a “polar bear” website, just write “polar bear” on everything — metatags, a couple fake pages, a couple tagged images — set it up on 2 different platforms and see how each ranks.

        Or, seeing what happens after someone switches from one to the other (same content, moving platforms) would be helpful.

        • Jeremy
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          Hi Lindey,

          You might find some results with that but I don’t think it will be very meaningful though. There are hundreds of ranking factors and just changing a few items probably won’t make a difference at all. And as you mentioned, it will probably be ranked really really low, so at the end of the day, all the efforts in testing them will end up not really achieving very much!

          But that’s just my humble opinion : )

          Jeremy

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    Kudos for a great article! I currently have three blogs, two are WordPress and one is my acting/voice over website created on Weebly. I have been wanting to move my Weebly site to another platform because it tends to be glitchy. I was thinking to move it to WordPress, since I love WordPress, but WordPress is more time consuming than Weebly when it comes to changing the design and adding plug-ins.

    Lately, I have been noticing that SquareSpace has been doing a lot of advertising and I have been seduced by the rich images in their ads and have been thinking of moving that Weebly site to SquareSpace, but only after researching it.

    After reading your article, I’m even more inclined to try it out. Seems like they make the entire process easy and less time-consuming. I’m not a coding ninja but I love to tool around on WordPress and learn new things, however, I just don’t have the time to do that anymore and like I said, it seems like SquareSpace might be the answer.

    Thanks again for your review!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Rebecca,

      Thanks so much for your comment! Yes, Squarespace does have this ability to make everything look good!

      The best part about them is that they are still drag and drop, so you don’t need to know any code at all and you can still build a really great looking website.

      It’s not as flexible as WordPress (we’ve compared Squarespace and WordPress here), but it’s definitely a lot easier to use and you can achieve great results.

      Good luck with using Squarespace!

      Jeremy

  172. #

    Heya J,

    As always you’re laying it out there for REAL! Lovin’it.
    Thanks for taking the time to help all of us weed through all the
    muddle.

    I’m thinking of diving in to create on SS myself. I’m a tech-idiot.

    Questions:

    1. What are your thoughts about paying a SS expert (they have those, can you believe it)?

    2. What are your thoughts about using SS as an online Health and Fitness platform (specifically to engage, call to action, and convert members)?

    By-the-way, I’m gonna click over to your sidebar “You may also like…” 2015 reviews.

    Dude, you’ve really set up a clever blog/review platform here.

    Thanks again
    Bill

  173. #

    Hi
    I would like to try the free version but would my domain name be tied to you should I wish to choose another site

    Kind regards
    Chris

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Chris,

      When you sign up for the free trial with Squarespace, you can’t connect your own domain to the website yet. Only after you upgrade to the paid version then you can connect your own domain name.

      If you sign up for the annual plan, Squarespace does give you a free domain name for 1 year. So this saves you about $10 – $15 right away. After the free year, you’ll have to pay an annual renewal fee to keep the domain name.

      If you decide to use another web builder and leave Squarespace, you can always transfer the domain name out of Squarespace and into another domain name registrar such as GoDaddy. Then you can connect your domain name from GoDaddy to your new website builder (whatever you choose to use to build your next website).

      So you can definitely keep your domain name over the long run! As long as you pay the annual fees to keep it registered under your name.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy, a friend recommended Square Space to me. My uncle wants to do away with half his paper advertisement budget in order to build a website. He has a small salvage building supply company and wants to have inventoried pictures of items available. He is not interested in a web store but wants his business to be web searchable. I am the only computer literate person he knows and although I am capable I have never attempted a website. I need to find a place where I can help, like take the pictures and get it going, but I need help and don’t want to get in over my head. He will pay for this service, but it is from the ground up, requiring a domain name and anything else to make a functional website. We just don’t want a lot of headaches. Is this the right place for his business?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Beth,

      Unfortunately we don’t offer any web consultation or web building services. I completely understand how overwhelming this can be, and we were in your shoes just a few short years ago!

      It sounds like you need someone to guide you through every step of the way. There are a number of marketplaces out there where you can find capable designers to help you build a website, such as Elance or oDesk. But I would caution that not all freelancers there are the same – some are good, some are not so good.

      If you have the budget, Squarespace does recommend some specialists that can help you and your uncle out. They’re not cheap, but good designers / developers are worth the investment (trust us on this one!)

      Jeremy

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      Hi Beth-
      I just want to point out that there are many people very comfortable using webhosting companies as well as familiar with how to get a domain name going, etc.

      If I were you, I would put an ad on your local craigslist and say what it is you are looking to do and ask for an idea of what they would charge to help you (and your uncle) to get things going. You would be amazed at how many talented people are out there and how inexpensively they will get things set up for you. You can then meet them in a public place ( library, diner, coffee shop, e.g.) and have them show you how to do things on whatever (easy) webhosting company you both agree on.

      I speak from experience. Craigslist is a great resource for quite a bit of talent.

      • Jeremy
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        That’s a good suggestion Luka – thanks for sharing it!

        You make a good point – One of the benefit of using Craigslist is that you can request to meet the person and have them show you how everything works. Also this just gives you some assurance that you’re getting what you pay for.

        I think there are some resistance for a lot of folks who are looking for help online for the first time. I know we did when we first started.

        Concerns such as what if the person takes our money and runs away! So meeting the person offline does give a bit of assurance that’s hard to get virtually.

        Jeremy

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    Excellent review and summary. I will continue to read more from you…we feel the same way…overwhelmed and scared to make any decision. We know nothing about websites, domain names, web hosting etc…but are learning a lot every day! thank you

    • Jeremy
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      Thanks Elaine! Glad you’re finding our discussions helpful. I remember it was a really overwhelming period for us too when we first got started, and that there weren’t much discussions about website building. So I’m glad that we’re able to be helpful!

      Jeremy

  176. #

    Great review. Very helpful.

  177. #

    I’m a writer who has been looking into squarespace for a while, and am just looking around at the competition before I decide on who to use to build my site. This review has affirmed everything I’ve hear about squarespace, still need to shop around more, but a very useful review. I would have liked a little less enthusiasm for squarespace to provide a more level headed review, but it could just be that this site is all it’s said to be.

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Christian,

      Thanks for your comment. We sound enthusiastic about Squarespace because we are enthusiastic about them! So I’m glad our “voice” is coming through our words.

      Having said that, Squarespace does have its drawbacks, and so do all other website building platforms. Its strength is in its ability for non-coders to build beautiful websites, but it’s not going to serve “everybody”, depending on what a specific user want to build. For instance, if someone wants to build a very comprehensive ecommerce site, a membership site, a forum, etc, then Squarespace won’t have the best solutions for those needs.

      At the end of the day, we try to point out what we’re enthusiastic about, some points that they can improve (and point out what they have improved upon, such as in the latest Squarespace 7) and just answer questions from our readers when we get a chance.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  178. #

    HI Jeremy,
    thanks for your excellent reviews.

    I am a musician making my own pop rock and classical music, I want my own music site to be like itunes.com, or 7digital.com where customers could listen to samples of my music, and then directly download the tunes to their PC or phone or tablet, paying through paypal or a visa card.

    Do any of the websites you have mentioned allow such a direct method of business, and functionality as well as itunes or 7digital in their processing of files? Or would they be more indirect? As you can tell I have no idea about websites or how to build them.

    And which site would you recommend that would do this process the best? I would be adding new music as time goes by, deleting stuff etc..?
    thanks for your help
    kind regards in this matter
    Leo Coleman

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Leo,

      You can definitely build a music oriented website with Squarespace, but they may not offer all the powerful features that you may get from iTunes (I’m sure Apple spent more than our life time worth of income to build iTunes!!)

      With Squarespace, they do have music friendly tools, such as the ability to build an “Album Page”. You can also use Audio blocks to upload your own music, which you can use to provide samples for people to listen to.

      If you use SoundCloud, that also integrates with Squarespace, so your visitors can listen to either samples or full songs.

      One of the things about Squarespace is that you can also sell digital products. So you can set up product pages for your album / songs, so if people like them they can purchase them and a download link will be automatically emailed to your customers.

      So while you won’t get a site that works like iTunes, you’ll still get a very functional site that will meet a lot of your needs. But if you really like to have something like iTunes, then you’ll have to hire a very strong programmer to custom build it for you.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

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    Jeremy,
    Does SS allow you to do any of the following:
    – Transfer your domain name
    – create / use personalize email system or transfer over a current email system so we don’t loose our account. (we currently use horde and HATE IT!)
    Thanks!
    Chris

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Chris,

      1) Currently you can’t transfer domain names to Squarespace as they’re not set up to store / manage domain names. But you don’t need to transfer your domain name at all, as you can just point / connect your domain from wherever it is stored to a Squarespace site.

      Take a look at this tutorial to see how to do that.

      2) Squarespace also doesn’t power any email services (understandably that’s not part of their core strength) but you can sign up for a custom email address with Google Business Apps. Squarespace has a partnership with Google Apps so you can check out more instructions here.

      We use Google to power our custom email address as well, and we really like the Gmail interface (but branded as our own email service of course)

      Jeremy

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    Hi, Jeremy! Thanks very much for your excellent analysis. I know next to nothing about getting a website together — I’m most interested in soliciting comments from people and organizing an online conversation. Do these web builders make that possible/easy?

    Thanks for your time!

    Lin

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Lin,

      With Squarespace, you can insert commenting sections below each blog post that you create, so that people can engage with you for that specific blog post. Alternatively, you can sign up for a free commenting widget (called Disqus) and can insert commenting boxes on any Squarespace page (beyond just the blog page) so that people can comment pretty much on any page you have.

      Creating commenting sections is the easy part with building websites. The most challenging part is to actually get people to interact with you!

      Jeremy

  181. #

    Hi Jeremy!

    This is great!! Thanks for all this useful info. Just wanted to know if squarespace has an online booking engine for a holiday house rental website were clients can make online bookings and payments.

    Cheers!

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Andrea,

      Squarespace doesn’t have an online booking engine for you to operate a hotel / bed & breakfast type of business. But they do suggest a few external widgets that you can insert into your Squarespace site using the “inject code” block.

      You can visit their support page and type in “booking” and a few options will show up.

      However, just know that these booking function is not built by Squarespace, so there may potentially be integration issues.

      One option is to use WixHotels, which is a room booking engine that is built by Wix that is fully integrated into their drag & drop website builder. We have more discussions that here. The advantage here is that their booking engine is fully integrated into their website builder, so everything is built to work seamlessly.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  182. #

    I’m really happy that I found your site!
    Thanks to your review and awesome page I was able to find a better website builder compared to MoonFruit which was a horrific experience and awful customer service.

    ( * throws confetti * Cheers and thank you for you help ) Thank you – Thank you – Thank you

    p.s ( You did an awesome review ^_^V*)

    • Jeremy
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      Glad you found a better website builder KM! All the best with your new site!

      Jeremy

  183. #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Great review – I wished I found out about it earlier! After setting up my own Squarespace site, I can agree with your conclusion – support is great, templates are beautiful, features are sufficient for a small photography site like mine, and cost is decent too, without having to maintain your own custom WordPress site.

    I wrote my findings/review here at ‘http://bit.ly/1xVxfWQ if you’re interested.

    Regards,
    Kelvin

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Kelvin,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      Jeremy

  184. #

    Hi Jeremy, thanks a lot for the your input on your articles, really helpful. I would like to know if squarespace does have a system that can record the stock quantities and notify the customers on the account, how much items of each categories is left to buy, for me to be able to follow and better handle my sales, thank you.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Kadidia,

      Squarespace’s ecommerce tools allow you to insert inventory levels of your product. But you have to manually go into each product settings to update that yourself – at least initially when you set up your product. Afterwards, every time a customer purchases, the inventory count will automatically be reduced by how many units the customer purchased.

      So each product will display how many units are left on the product page, so your customers knows.

      Take a look at our Squarespace ecommerce discussion here.

      Jeremy

      • #

        Thanks a lot Jeremy! That’s exactely what I wanted to know, great!

  185. #

    Great article Jeremy!
    I have a quick question for you. I have used Portfoliobox.net this past year, which I like, but I am considering switching to Squarespace because I can import my blogger to it, and have everything in one place, rather than clicking out to my blogger from a link in my site. I think this is an advantage, but then I think, what if I want to leave Squarespace?…my only option would be to go to WordPress…any thoughts?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Nadine,

      Yes that’s right. Exporting to WordPress is the only option here. The universal challenge with website builders is that websites that are built with their proprietary platforms are all different from one another. It’s like switching a Ferrari shell and trying to put it on top of a Porsche frame (sorry, bad car analogy!)

      So extracting the website codes that’s built on top of a unique platform and trying to make it work on different platform is quite challenging. So in Squarespace’s case, the fact that you can export it into WordPress is already a huge advantage over other drag and drop builders.

      No to mention that there are a lot of WordPress experts in the market so if you run into any adaptation issues between Squarespace and WordPress, you can get help at the very least.

      Jeremy

  186. #

    Jeremy – I can’t describe what a help you’ve been for me, mate, and your patience in dealing with all these questions. And for no cost! All credit to you!

  187. #

    Great article Jeremy. I am considering using Squareface for my business but need to use a language option as I’d like to have my site in 4 languages. Does Squareface support this option? Thank you.

  188. #

    I am looking at developing a photography web site in the near future. Unlike most photographers, I have a strong technical background (electrical engineer with some computer science), including some programming. I don’t mind the technical stuff, but don’t have a lot of free time. I was going to go with a traditional registrar and host (Arvixe or A2 Hosting were my primary choices), but I do like the clean designs presented with Squarespace. I want to be sure that no matter who I use for a host, that I actually own my domain. Can I purchase the domain somewhere else and host/build with Squarespace? Conversely, if I register a domain with Squarespace, would I be able to take it somewhere else in the future?

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Todd,

      Yes you can own your own domain name and connect it with Squarespace. Just visit their support page and type in “domain” and you’ll see additional help articles on how to connect your domain name.

      You can purchase your domain name at GoDaddy (which is the largest domain name vendor).

      If you register a domain name with Squarepace, you should be able to take it elsewhere, but there is a process that you have to go through. So might be easier to get it through a domain name registrar so you can freely point the domain name to whatever website you want.

      Jeremy

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        I’ve been looking at domain registrars for exactly the same reasons as Todd. I want to move to Squarespace, but have a domain and hosting with another photo building website.

        Most registrars offer domain names and hosting. Not being as experienced as Todd, I’m confused about the difference between owning a domain and hosting a website. If you own a domain name through a registrar and connect it with Squarespace, do you also need hosting with your registrar? Or do Squarespace host your website and you simply point it at your domain?

        • #

          PS I’ve just thought of this …….

          The .com version of my domain is available. Could I use this and take advantage of the free domain offer of Squarespace (thus having everything in one place) … but then use the .co.uk version (which is with another registrar) and point my Squarespace website at this (or vice versa, whichever it is …)

          I’m getting myself in knots thinking about this …….

          • Jeremy
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            Earl,

            Referring to your second comment, yes the easiest thing is probably to pick up the .com version of your domain name with Squarespace. This will make things a bit easier for sure.

            What you can do with your .co.uk domain name is to re-direct it to your .com domain name. So that when someone clicks on your .co.uk address, they are automatically routed to your .com address.

            The domain registrar for your .co.uk should have tools to re-direct that domain name fairly easily.

            Jeremy

        • Jeremy
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          Hey Earl,

          Domain name and hosting are 2 separate things. Domain name is your website address, and you need to connect it to your website (hosted on servers) so that when someone types in your domain name, they will be led to your website.

          So to keep things simple, you just need two things. Get your domain name (you can get it through Squarespace for free if you sign up to their annual plan), and connect it to your website built with Squarespace’s drag & drop platform.

          Squarespace does all the hosting work for you, so you don’t have to worry about anything technical here.

          If you get your domain name through Squarespace, then connecting it will be very easy. If your domain name is purchased at another domain name registrar, then check out the Squarespace tutorials I referenced to Todd (above) to see how to connect that domain name to your Squarespace website.

          But if your domain name is stuck with another website builder, you may need to transfer it out to a domain registrar (such as GoDaddy, they provide this transfer service for a fee), then point it to Squarespace.

          Jeremy

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    Thanks for your helpful reviews. I thought I had made up my mind on Squarespace until I found out I can’t transfer my domain! I don’t want to pay both my current host AND squarespace. Is there any way to work around this? If I cancel my first one, will the domain come up as available to acquire through Squarespace?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Andrea,

      I wouldn’t recommmend canceling your domain name so that you can pick it up through Squarespace (I’m guessing to take advantage of the free domain if you subscribe to Squarespace plans?)

      You may risk someone else picking up your domain name before you get it through Squarespace (even though the chances are low). And I don’t know the in’s and out’s of domain name cancel and re-acquisition but I think there is some sort of processing time before the domain name becomes available again? Just a lot of uncertainties here.

      What you can do is just connect your domain name with Squarespace by following their tutorials found in their help / support section. Just type in “domain” into the search bar and you should see a number of options to walk you through the process.

      It’s very common to have your domain name registered with domain name registrars (such as GoDaddy) and connect it with Squarespace. You won’t get the 1 year free domain from Squarespace, but that’s only going to cost you around $10 – $12, rather than risk losing your domain name!

      For what it’s worth, hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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        Thanks for your help! Unfortunately, my domain is currently registered with my current host, which is another monthly fee. It sounds like I will just have to double-up. : (

        • Jeremy
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          Hey Andrea,

          I understand what you mean. But consider that it’s only about $1 a month to keep your domain name registered, it’s not too bad hopefully. I just don’t want you to potentially lose your domain name!

          Jeremy

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    Jeremy:

    Great reviews. One Thing I am not understanding, and can’t seem to find a good explanation: How do I determine how much bandwidth and storage I need, and how many “pages” I have. If I have a slideshow or gallery of photos is each photo a page? Or is the whole slideshow or gallery one page? (I am putting together a site for my small architecture practice and trying to keep it simple. I have no idea how many hits I might get – as I have no idea of how many people look online for architects in my city.)

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Mark,

      Great question and a very tough one to answer! I suppose it’s much easier to assess “storage” as one big contributing factor is the number of images you upload into your site. Images tend to dominate space usage and one way to combat this is to reduce the size of your images by using compression tools such as Kraken (one of our favs!)

      Even so, it’s quite challenging to know exactly how much storage you need. 2 GB from Squarespace’s lowest plan is a lot of storage space already, and if you run out you can always upgrade to their Professional plan.

      Regarding bandwidth, it’s a bit of a mystery for sure. This really depends on how many people visit your site, how long they stay on your site, how many pages they visit, etc. So it’s really website usage which is very challenging to predict your user behavior!

      Again if Squarespace’s Personal plan’s bandwidth limit of 500 GB isn’t sufficient, you can always upgrade to their Professional or Business plan. This usually means you’re getting a ton of traffic / website interaction which is a good thing!

      Jeremy

  191. #

    Hey, Jeremy,
    firstly, thank you very much for your ongoing work. It really helps rookies like myself.
    I was about to place my order for the FIVE TEMPLATE but I understand there are some differences between Squarespace 6 and squarespace 7… As the “using the five template” guide hasn’t been updated, i’m afraid of making too many mistakes and wasting time by try to follow old prompts. So, I was wondering if it would be a good idea to use one of the new templates that are based on Squarespace 7. I would highly appreciate your opinion. Cheers Will

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Will,

      I found a few places in Squarespace 7 support guide that talks about the status of their templates in Squarespace 7.

      Here is also a list of discontinued templates. I don’t see Five in there though.

      But in general, I’d recommend using templates that they’ve identified as Squarespace 7 compatible just to avoid any issues going forward!

      It’s great that Squarespace is continually evolving and growing, and one of the drawbacks is that some of their older templates / technologies will be discontinued. All part of the evolution / growth!

      Jeremy

  192. #

    I’m a photographer with Clikpic, and have been looking for a new provider for my website for a while (mobile optimisation, slicker templates, good e-commerce tools), and after considering Format, Zenfolio, Smugmug et al, stumbled across SS through a mate. Can’t believe that it might actually be what I’m looking for … a couple of questions though ….

    – Bit concerned that ‘Stripe’ is not that well known in UK (well, not to me). Wondered if that might put off customers……

    – With the different plans, the personal plan suggests you can only sell one product. I’m not being stupid by thinking this means one product line (i.e. photo prints) rather than one print :/

    – All products are self-fulfilled, i.e. there’s no third party lab making a nice little cut out of my business.

    – SS doesn’t offer email – I’d need to get this thru someone like google.mail

    Great review, btw, cheers!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Earl,

      1) Stripe does work for UK merchants, and your customers won’t see “Stripe” as the payment processor. Rather, Stripe just helps you set up your payment page and processes the sales for you. So your customers will just see payment options (such as visa, mastercard, etc)

      2) The personal plan only gives you the ability to see 1 single product. So it’s not a line / category of product. You’ll have to upgrade to a higher plan if you want to sell more individual products.

      3) Yes all your physical products will have to be self-fulfilled. The only exception is if you sell digital prints, which Squarespace can help you automatically email them out to your customers once the transaction is done (you can sell digital products with Squarespace).

      4) Yes you’ll need to get your own email service and Google Business App’s email is really good (we use this ourselves). It’s a few US$ a month and given the level of service it provides it’s really worth it (for us anyway).

      If you haven’t seen our discussion about Squarespace’s ecommerce features yet, here it is!

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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    Thanks for the review Jeremy. Two questions. 1) Very basic – re domain names – I’m not understanding what the “Free Custom Domain” actually refers to… So if I want to set up a url with my business name (which seems to be available from searches on a couple of domain name providers) does that mean I can secure that domain name through Squarespace? Or do I have to buy that name through a provider and then transfer it across? and question 2) Squarespace6 vs Squarespace7 – any comments? Thanks for any assistance.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Lelli,

      1) Yes you should be able to get that domain name through Squarespace, as it sounds like it has not been taken yet.

      2) We don’t have a formal report on Squarespace 6 versus Squarespace 7 yet, but in our view the key user interface improvement is that now you don’t have to keep flipping back and forth between editing mode and actually seeing how your site looks like in live preview mode. It’s one of the “cons” we’ve listed in our pros & cons section above, so it’s really awesome that they’ve addressed this!

      Jeremy

  194. #

    I currently have a website that has been hosted by Homestead for 4 years and I am not happy with their web site editor at all. I have been debating back and forth between Weebly and Squarespace. My basic question is this: is there a way to keep my current website live at Homestead while I rebuild the new one or the other’s platform? So far I haven’t seen how that can be done. Thank you for any guidance in this.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Clay,

      Yes you can do that. You can just sign up for an account with Squarespace (or Weebly) and when you are ready, just connect your current domain name to your new website and that’s about it!

      So when people type in your website address right now, they will still go to your site hosted by Homestead. Once you connect your domain name to Squarespace when the new site is done, they will be directed to your new site.

      Just visit Squarespace’s help page, and search for “Domain” and it will show you various help articles on how to connect your domain name to Squarespace (but only do that after you’re done setting up your new site).

      Hope this is helpful!

      Jeremy

  195. #

    Thanks Jeremy for your awesome review : )

    I am in. Australia and have been looking at diff options for a while
    I know ss in American, would this cause any difficulties living in aus?

    I’m in holistic health n fitness n want a simple, professional website where I can share info, have a blog and also have banners/links to my websites that I promote & am affiliated with. (they have shopping carts on the websites so don’t need one on mine)

    My website will summarise everything I do with links. I need diff sections, eg. Kids health, fitness info, health tips, natural makeup & cleaning products etc

    Do u think ss would be good for this or can u recommend another?
    Happy to pay a monthly fee as don’t like adverts on the free site builders.

    I’m presuming the monthly fee is US dollars, does it convert to aus dollars for you?

    Thanks for your time and help!
    Much appreciated : )

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Gill,

      Yes Squarespace will work just fine for you in Australia. Even though Squarespace is based in the US, they can power websites around the world, without any issues.

      The monthly fee is in US$, but when you insert your credit card when you sign up to their plans, your credit card company will automatically convert it into Australian dollars for you.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  196. #

    This is a great review and thanks for the detailed information.

    I currently use BigCommerce for my retail store but Im looking to build a new website for my hubby’s construction business. I basically just want to add photos and do a few blogs and do not require a shopping cart system at all.

    Im happy to fiddle with designs and templates but I dont want to have to engage a develop everything i need to do – or fix from me playing around too much.

    Do you think this is a better platform for me to rather than wordpress?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Amber,

      Yes I think Squarespace will get the job done for you! It’s really just drag and drop, so you don’t have to touch codes at all!

      WordPress is very flexible and powerful, but based on your description of what you want to, I think Squarespace can do a very good job, and save you a ton of time as well!

      Jeremy

  197. #

    Hello,

    I am thinking of using square space to create a company website for a commercial real estate finance company. The site will mainly consist of text content and high resolution images. That being said, I wanted to know if square space can accommodate the following:

    1) Images objects that can rotate between 3-4 different images

    2) The ability to include icon links with downloadable content (I.E. Quarterly market summaries)

    3) An events page where I can list upcoming conferences in which our firm will be speaking at. I would ideally like to format each event with a calendar date icon on the left hand margin and the event details to the right.

    Thanks very much.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Joshua,

      1) Yes. Some of the templates that Squarespace gives you do cater to a header slideshow. You can go through some of their templates and I’m sure you’ll find one that suits your needs.

      2) I don’t think there is a specific feature where you can upload files into your pages to have people download. Perhaps you can store your files elsewere (such as Dropbox) and just hyperlink a button in Squarespace to your dropbox file folder so people can access and download your files. Also try asking Squarespace’s support team to see if they have any suggestions?

      3) There is an event block in Squarespace that you can check out. There is also a calendar block that you can use.

      – Jeremy

  198. #

    hi

    i’m planning to build a website for a small tutorial school (very basic, no eCommerce stuff needed) and i was wondering if squarespace would be better than Edicy (i have yet to learn of this but it boast of bilingual function), is it possible in squarespace to make the site bilingual?

    would you know how much the cost is to run the site, given i have already bought a domain name.

    thank you very much
    cb

    • Jeremy
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      Hi CB,

      Squarespace currently doesn’t have any built in tools to create a bilingual site, but I did find this help website here (created by a Squarespace support staff) that shows you how to make your site bilingual. let me know if that helps!

      Depends on which subscription plan you pick, the cost of operating your Squarespace site can range from $8 per month to $24 per month. But given that you mentioned you only need very basic features, the lowest plan (“Personal” plan) should work just fine hopefully, which is $8 per month.

      Jeremy

  199. #

    Great Review,

    HOWEVER!, If you plan on using square space and have any plans of being a business that sells products this is not the site for you…. They only have one payment option that forces you to pay a percentage. No paypal or other options which is vital to any online business.

    Just food for thought and it really is the only thing that has prevented me from purchasing their site packages.

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Brett,

      A very valid point – thanks. One of the challenges of using Squarespace as an online store builder is that they only provide 1 payment gateway solution that is fully integrated with their platform.

      While Stripe (the payment processor that’s integrated with Squarespace) is a very capable one, having a few other options do help.

      Here are a few other online store builder options to consider (see our comparison chart).

      I’d suggest Weebly if those reading this want to keep things simple and don’t need a lot of advanced ecommerce tools. Weebly also integrates with payment gateways such as PayPal and Authorize.net, in addition to Stripe.

      For those who want to build a more advanced store with a lot of tools and options, Shopify and Bigcommerce are good candidates.

      Thanks for adding to this discusion Brett!

      – Jeremy

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    Hi,
    Thanks for your review, it has been very helpful. I’m starting a subscription based business. Would you recommend Square Space?. My customers would create a profile on my website, which other clients can view. Thanks in advance .
    Manny

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Manny,

      Actually Squarespace doesn’t have any good tools for you to help manage a subscription based business. Nor have I seen any one build a membership type website where people can create profiles themselves with Squarespace.

      You might want to check out WordPress as they do have a number of membership type plugins that will allow you to run subscription based businesses.

      – Jeremy

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        Thanks Jeremy, your have been very helpful. I have booked marked your site. A lot of useful information.
        Manny

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        Hi Jeremy,
        I forgot to ask is there any other website builders, you would recommend for a subscription based online business?. I’m thinking about using WordPress but after reading your review. I don’t have time for the learning curve..
        Thanks
        Manny

        • Jeremy
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          Hey Manny,

          I don’t think any of the website builders that we’ve discussed on our site can help you power a subscription based business.

          One workaround to consider, is that I think you an set up a recurring billing system with PayPal. So once a customer is set up inside your PayPal account, you can automatically charge your customer on a monthly basis.

          But of course, you will have to manage the delivery of your product / services separately from the PayPal billing system.

          Hope this helps (a little bit!)

          Jeremy

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    I’m doing a project for school and just happened to find this site. Thanks for the loads of info on website builders, it really helped a lot!

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    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for all the great info! Really helpful!

    I noticed in your Webuilder comparitive analyses that Squarespace does not have an option to send out newsletters. Can you use a 3rd party software like Aweber or something to allow people to send newsletters?

    Thanks in advance,

    L.

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Liesje,

      Yes you can! If you have an Aweber account, you can just use the code block in Squarespace, drag and drop it into your website, then insert the Aweber widget code in there and the sign up box should show up just fine.

      If you are using Squarespace’s ecommerce tools, they also integrate with Mailchimp (another newsetter service), so that all your customers are automatically signed up to your newsletter which makes it very easy for you to follow up and send newsletters / marketing materials / updates to them!

      – Jeremy

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    Hi very helpful review.

    I was wondering if you have an opinion on Squarespace as a way of selling your own photographs? I’d like a way to display photographs and give clients the option to buy them. I don’t think this facility is available. I live in the UK, and would like clients to pay by Visa.
    Regards Simon Vail

    • Jeremy
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      hi Simon,

      You can sell digital products with Squarespace. So you can set up product pages for your photographs, and your clients can add them to the shopping cart and purchase them that way. This is of course, assuming you are delivering digital products.

      If you are delivering physical photographs, Squarespace works just as well. You can see more of our discussions on Squarespace’s ecommerce tools here.

      Squarespace uses Stripe to power their transaction processing, and Stripe is available for UK merchants. It accepts all major credit cards.

      – Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for your review. I am looking for a site for my Chiropractic practice. Would you recommend SquareSpace for a doctor’s website? We are hoping to have a blog as well as audio and video content available.

    Also, do they have domains available, or do I need to purchase those separately from a site like GoDaddy.com?

    Thank you for the great information!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Dr. Juli,

      I think if you’re focused on creating something very modern, visually pleasing, then Squarespace is a good option for you to test out. You can definitely create a blog within a Squarespace website, as well as insert audio and video content.

      If you sign up to their paid annual plans, you do get 1 free domain name from them so you don’t have to purchase it elsewhere. But if you prefer to get your domain name elsewhere (such as GoDaddy), that works as well and Squarespace’s support page has directions on how to point your domain name to your Squarespace site.

      – Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy

    Sorry – I’ve just realised I also had a second question! Do any of the website builders include generic images that we cn use, or is the assumption that all pics are sourced separately and then uploaded?

    thanks

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Angela,

      Some of the website builders do include some generic images, but not the really nice ones that you can source else where.

      You can visit our resource page here to see where else you can find good looking images (both free and paid).

      – Jeremy

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        Brilliant, thanks so much for your help. And one final question if I may be so cheeky… To sit behind the site, I’m after a simple CRM system so that I can keep track of business leads. I don’t need anything as complex as Salesforce – almost more an extension of Outlook, something which keeps the key contact info and notes on status, but which is simple to use and can be cloud based for remote access. Does such a thing exist do you know??

        Thanks again – I think your detailed notes and site are brilliant!

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          Hi Angela,

          Maybe something like Infusionsoft of Ontraport?

          – Jeremy

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      Square Space 7 now links in to image libraries, though you have to pay a small fee for each image…

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        Yes that’s right. It will be $10 per image. Getty has some really high quality images so it’s a fantastic option to use their stock images.

        – Jeremy

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    Hi

    Thanks for the really helpful review. Just one question… I’ve heard Squarespace does not work with IE 7 or 8 – and while a lot of people may not rate IE, I need to think about my potential clients who may be using it. Do you know if this is true and, if so, if Squarespace have a plan to accommodate IE users?

    thanks
    Angela

    • Jeremy
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      Most website builders are moving away from supporting IE 7 and 8 as those are very old browsers and are not set up to adapt to some of the more advanced / updated web technologies. But if a user is using the most updated version of IE, it shouldn’t be a problem.

      Just like all industries, older technology tend to get phased out eventually to make room for advancements!

      – Jeremy

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    Hi, I’m looking to have a web site for my ranch which I would like to include all info about my ranch like Birthday parties, events, riding lessons, Boarding…. A separate page for my upcoming B&B, and a site for my country/resale store. I have basic to good computer knowledge and looking for something that is easily set up and managed? would your service be good for that and what package would you mostly recommend for me?

    Thank you

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Nadine,

      If you look at my comment to Normand on October 1 2014 below, he is also looking to set up a B&B type of website, in which case, Wix has an app that can help you manage your reservations for your B&B.

      You can definitely include the other topics that you’ve mentioned in a Wix website. Wix is also relatively easy to use as well (our full discussion can be found here).

      Overall, both Squarespace and Wix are good website builders, but if the ability to manage your B&B with online tools (such as scheduling, reservations) is important with you, do check out Wix.

      – Jeremy

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    Hello,

    Very helpful site; full of useful information!

    I would like to know if Squarespace would be good for a bed&breakfast type hotel in southern Europe?
    Needed would be a main page, a few pages about the hotel with pictures, a booking type page, pricing, availability, etc Hence everything associated with hotel management.

    Thank you

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Normand,

      Yes I think Squarespace will work well as they do have very nice templates to showcase any images you have for your B&B. One of the key things to grab people’s attention, especially when it comes to accommodations, is a great layout of images!

      Another option that you want to consider is using Wix to build your B&B site (see our discussion of Wix here). Wix just released a free App which is a hotel booking system, which is intended to help businesses such as yours manage bookings and reservations.

      We also have a discussion about Wix App Market which will explain a bit more about how Wix’s apps can help your website.

      – Jeremy

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    Thank-you for this review. You have helped me make up my mind. I feel at peace now.
    You have no idea how much anguish is gone !

    • Jeremy
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      Glad we can be helpful Iris!

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    I wanted to integrate the Yelp API into my site – to show reviews, etc. Do you know if this can be done using the SquareSpace inject code feature?

    Also, do you know how sophisticated their search function is? Can you add filters to search, such as search by category?

    • Jeremy
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      Jen,

      I’m not entirely sure as I haven’t had the need to integrate Yelp in Squarespace before. But in theory it should work with the code inject feature. Have you tried asking Squarespace’s support team?

      Regarding the search function, you can limit search results to display so that’s helpful in not showing everything across your website in the search results, helping your visitors narrow down the number of search results. See this tutorial on how it works and perhaps you’ll find it helpful!

      – Jeremy

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    Hi, I know Squarespace doesn’t directly work with Paypal, but do you know if Squarespace support Paypal purchase buttons (via copy/paste of the button’s HTML codes someone at the store)? Will it be a good workaround if I want to use Paypal?

    • Jeremy
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      Hey Ken,

      Yes you can do that. The only downside is that the Squarespace ecommerce tools will not be fully integrated with PayPal. For instance, if you use Stripe, once your customer purchases a product, you can put the customer into a newsletter service (Mailchimp) so that the customer will get newsletter updates. You can’t do that with PayPal as now you are inserting an “external” function into Squarespace (not fully integrated with other Squarespace functions).

      Also, your customer will not get a tailored receipt after purchasing, but they will get the PayPal receipt.

      But for sure, the PayPal button will still work in helping you sell products.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

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    I have my own design. can i customize my design in squarespace?

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Sumit,

      You can edit the CSS codes to a certain extent to modify the existing templates from Squarespace.

      But if you want something much more advanced, you can use their developers platform to create a highly customized website! But that’s only if you’re very comfortable with codes.

      – Jeremy

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    Hi, thank you for the review!

    I am considering SquareSpace for a film website. Primary use is to show trailer, contact info, etc. I do have a blog going in a Word Press site, no theme yet, just content, that I’d like to import and continue in SquareSpace. But I hear the SS blog functionality is terrible. When I asked, people said the blog has no preview, does not archive posts, so if you delete, it’s gone, there are no photo slideshows, no tagging <—can this be? so, no categories? What is your experience with the blog? I consider these things basic functionality!

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Lisa,

      Actually I think Squarespace’s blogging function is pretty good. It’s not as extensive as WordPress, but still really good!

      Their Blog allows you to create drafts, then publish when you are ready, or turn the posts back to drafts again. You can also insert slideshows, tag your posts, categorize them, etc.

      Here is more information about Squarespace’s blogging functions. So it sounds like you were slightly mis-informed!

      Best to sign up for a free trial account to see if you like their functions. If you already know how to use WordPress, it will be pretty quick for you to get a good feel for Squarespace’s blogging functions.

      However, there isn’t a way to import WordPress content into Squarespace at the moment. You can export Squarespace content into WordPress, but not the other way around.

      – Jeremy

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    Hello Jeremy,

    I don’t know if you already answered this question but we need to build a website for our Real Estate business, however it needs to include an IDX function for searching the MLS for homes. Do any of these builders/ hosts include that function, or do you know of another site builder/hosting that works better for Real Estate professionals?

    Thanks,
    Sharon

    • Jeremy
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      Hi Sharon,

      Unfortunately I’m not aware of any website builders that has a built in search function that caters specifically to the real estate industry.

      Perhaps there is an external search widget that provides this function, and you can insert it into Squarespace using the Code Injection function. You can test that out and see if the search function works well with Squarespace!

      – Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy, many thanks for taking the time to write this article, and answering so many questions. I have a question for you. I wonder if you could tell me how you stack up OpenCart against Squarespace? I really like Squarespace’s feature set, but if I could get just that little extra CSS customisation control from OpenCart with the same feature set, that could be the decider for me. I get the feeling you have possibly the expertise and experience to advise. Thanks in advance for any help you could provide.