Nov 20 2018 · By Steve Benjamins
I've written before about why I think Squarespace is the best website builder— but here's what you need to know before signing up. In this article I explain which Squarespace plan is right for you and share a few tips on saving money.
Squarespace offers four plans— two for general websites and two for ecommerce:
There are term options for each plan: you can pay monthly or annually. Annual plans are where you can find some real savings— they're cheaper and include a free domain name for a year. In fact, you can save up to 53% with the right annual plan:
To start I'm going to discuss the general websites plan:
Of these two plans, the Personal plan will be good enough for most websites. The more expensive Business plan is something you might want to grow into. Here's the differences between the Personal and Business plans:
Squarespace's cheapest plan with ecommerce is the Business plan— which it doesn't label as an ecommerce plan. That's because it includes a 3% transaction fee on purchases (Squarespace's ecommerce plans have no transaction fee). The transaction fee means you wouldn't want to use it if you're getting many sales— but if you're just looking for a cheap way to test ecommerce, it works great.
Instead you'll want to use Squarespace's two ecommerce plans. They have have no transaction fees and unlock specific ecommerce metrics, customer accounts and integrations with ShipStation and Xero.
The Advanced plan is meant for growing ecommerce stores— it adds gift cards, more flexible discounts, abandoned cart auto-recovery, real-time shipping rates and an orders API that lets you build custom integrations with 3rd party systems.
If you compare Squarespace's pricing to other website builders such as Wix, at first blush you might think Squarespace is expensive. But it's not the whole truth.
For example, Wix offers cheaper entry level plans— but those plans are quite limited. Wix's Connect Domain is only $7.50 / month but it includes Wix ads on your website— lame!
Wix's Unlimited plan is the first plan to match Squarespace's Personal plan in terms of bandwidth— and Wix's Unimited plan is actually more expensive on a monthly term.
To be sure, Squarespace is a little more on the expensive side— but they're also the best website builder (tied with Weebly). Plus they're upfront and transparent with their pricing— you can safely assume that what they say they'll charge you is what they'll charge you.
One of the things I appreciate about Squarespace is that they are honest and upfront with their pricing— there are no hidden costs, limitations or misleading advertisements.
Here's an example. Pretty much every website builder advertises a low monthly rate— but it's actually the annual rate divided by twelve. Squarespace is the only website builder who is explicit about this on their pricing page:
Price comparison can unfortunately be a bit tricky between website builders. Some have some pretty unfortunate pricing strategies: 1&1 advertises a $0.99 monthly rate— but it's actually an introductory rate that jumps after the first year. Web.com advertises monthly rates that are actually 28 days long— which means you get charged 13 months in a year. Squarespace does not do this kind of thing.
Squarespace allows you to setup email addresses for your domain names using G Suite by Google.
G Suite is
Squarespace offers the standard G Suite pricing, which is based on the number of email addresses:
|Term||Price Per Email Address|
|Annual Billing||$50 / €40 / £40 / A$66|
|Monthly Billing||$5 / €4 / £4 / A$7|
The first year of G Suite is also free for 3 of the 4 plans (the Personal plan is the exception).
If you sign up for an annual plan, you get the first year of your domain name free.
Otherwise a .com domain costs $20 / year with Squarespace.
You can actually find cheaper deals on .com domain names through a Namecheap— which provides .com domain names for $14.27. The downside is you'll need to do some technical work to connect your Namecheap domain name to your Squarespace hosting.
Squarespace includes free whois privacy— which anonymizes your personal information (domains require public contact information called whois). I appreciate this, as website builders such as Weebly charge you for whois privacy.
I pay and cancel every website builder I try with my own credit card. It helps me uncover frustrating cancellation tactics (some website builders make it frustrating to cancel).
Fortunately cancelling Squarespace is easily done through a web-based cancellation system. Awesome.
No. Squarespace does not offer any free plans. Fortunately they do offer a 14-day free trial to try it first— and it does not require a credit card required.