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Squarespace Pricing— 6 Important Things To Know

Nov 20 2018 · Steve Benjamins 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.

Website Plans

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:

Plan Term Payments Cost Domain Total Savings
Personal Monthly 12 $16.00 $20 $212
Personal Annual 1 $144.00 Free $144 46%
Business Monthly 12 $26.00 $20 $332
Business Annual 1 $216.00 Free $216 53%

To start I'm going to discuss the general websites plan:

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Squarespace website plans.

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:

  • Conversion Metrics — The Business plan includes conversion metrics in your Squarespace analytics. These are used for tracking how visitors convert on your goals (example: filling out a contact form, booking a service, joining a mailing list).
  • Various Marketing Tools — Promotional pop-ups, mobile information bars and announcement bars.
  • Basic Ecommerce — You can sell products and accept donations— though there is a 3% transaction fee. I recommend this for users who are just trying out ecommerce. If you're doing any volume you'll want to upgrade to Squarespace's ecommerce plans, which have no transaction fee.
  • Integrations — Opentable, Chownow, Acuity Scheduling and Mailchimp content blocks.

Ecommerce 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.

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Squarespace's business plan is the cheapest plan to include ecommerce— just note that it has a 3% transaction fee.

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.

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Squarespace plans for ecommerce.

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.

Is Squarespace Expensive?

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!

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Wix might offer cheaper plans— but they are quite limited.

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.

Honest, Straightforward Pricing

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:

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Squarespace pricing plans.

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.

Email & G Suite

Squarespace allows you to setup email addresses for your domain names using G Suite by Google.

G Suite is awesome. It's the only email provider I would recommend. It basically gives you Gmail for your domain name email addresses.

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).

Domain Names

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.

Cancellation

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.

Is Squarespace Free?

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.