4 frequently asked questions about squarespace

 
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When I was young, I had to learn the fundamentals of basketball. You can have all the physical ability in the world, but you still have to know the fundamentals. -  Michael Jordan

In this blog post I will take you back to the basics. I am going to discuss 4 common questions (the fundamentals) about Squarespace and hopefully make the decision to choose this platform a lot easier.

What is Squarespace?

Squarespace is a web development and hosting platform.
The amazing thing is you don’t need to know about coding or have web development experience. It is great if you want straight forward beautiful and timeless design, create galleries, online shops, or run your blog. You can choose from a wide range of templates that you can use to design your own website.

Squarespace is perfect for the creative entrepreneur that has a small to medium sized business and online stores. One of my reason for choosing this platform is for their amazing customer service. The drag and drop feature makes it very easy to build your own website and should you run into issues Squarespace is available 24/7 to help you out.

Is Squarespace the right platform for me?

Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try - unknown

Nowadays there are a lot of web development and hosting platforms out there. Each with their pro and con’s but the beautiful thing with Squarespace is you can try it out for free for 14 days. You can make as many trials as you like!

You can build your entire website in 2 weeks without using your credit card. After 2 weeks if you are still not sure you extend the trial by another 1 week. Once the trial period has expired you won’t be able to access your trial website until you opted for the paid service.  

Examples of some of the templates on  www.squarespace.com

Examples of some of the templates on www.squarespace.com

 
 

How much does the Squarespace platform costs

The quality will remain when the price is forgotten – Henry Royce

Obviously after you tried it and realised this is the platform for you, you want to know how much it costs. Here is an overview of the packages and what is included in each one (2018 prices):

 

Personal website

£10 per month billed annually or
£13 month to month plus any taxes

  • Unlimited bandwidth and storage

  • Mobile Optimised Website

  • Website Metric

  • Free custom domain with annual plan

  • SSL security included

  • 24/7 customer support

  • Limited to 2 contributors

 

Business Website

£15 per month billed annually or
£21 month to month plus any taxes

  • Unlimited bandwidth and storage

  • Mobile Optimized Website

  • Website Metrics

  • Free custom domain with annual plan

  • SSL security included

  • 24/7 customer support

  • Unlimited contributors

  • Professional email from Google ( When you register or connect a domain you will receive 1 Gmail and G suite account free for the first year after that you will go to the standard annually or monthly costs. Plus it is only possible for new G suite users signing up via Squarespace

 
  • $100 Google ads Credit

  • Promotional pop ups

  • Fully integrated E-commerce

  • Sell unlimited Products & Accept donations

  • 3% transaction fee

  • Mobile information bar

  • Complete customization Through CSS and Java Script

  • Premium blocks and integrations

  • Announcement bar

 

Basic Online stores

£20 per month billed annually or
£24 month to month plus any taxes

  • All the benefits from the business plan

  • Sell unlimited products

  • No transaction fees

  • Mobile optimized website and checkout

  • Free custom domain with annual plan

  • SSL security included

  • 24/7 customer support

 
  • Unlimited contributors

  • Powerful commerce metrics

  • Inventory, Orders, tax, coupons

  • Label printing via ShipStation

  • Integrated accounting via Xero

  • Checkout on your domain

  • Customer accounts

  • Products on Instragram

 

Advanced Online stores

£30 per month billed annually or £37 month to month plus any taxes

  • All the benefits from the business plan

  • Sell unlimited products

  • No transaction fees

  • Mobile optimized website and checkout

  • Free custom domain with annual plan

  • SSL security included

  • 24/7 customer support

  • Unlimited contributors

  • Powerful commerce metrics

 
  • Inventory, Orders, tax, coupons

  • Label printing via ShipStation

  • Integrated accounting via Xero

  • Checkout on your domain

  • Customer accounts

  • Products on Instragram

  • Abandoned Cart Auto recovery

  • Advanced shipping

  • Flexible discounts

  • Gift cards

  • Orders API

  • Subscriptions

 

Basically the personal plan is good for small business e.g bloggers, photographers. The business plan is good for creative entrepreneurs selling products on a small scale e.g. selling your hand lettering projects or prints. This business plan also allows you to use the acuity scheduling tool. This allows your customers for example to schedule a free consultation call

The basic Ecommerce plan is for small business and retailers that don’t need advanced integrations for shipping and marketing. The advanced plan is for bigger eCommerce stores that have many orders and need advanced shipping and marketing.

Moving to Squarespace from another platform

If you already have a domain it is no problem to move that to Squarespace. When you have a website you can only move the blog content if this is on WordPress, TUmblr or Blogger. But since Squarespace is a platform on its own you will need to rebuild the website using their templates. When you have an online store you can make a list of products in .csv and import these products to Squarespace. Do keep in mind when changing platform it could affect your SEO.

In this blog I covered 4 Squarespace Fundamentals to give you a brief overview of what Squarespace is and what it has to offer.

Should you have come to the conclusion that ‘Heck yes this platform is for me!’ but have no idea about how to build a website, lucky for you I happen to love being creative and designing that website of your dreams!

If you have any questions or want to book a free consultation call click on the button below to send me an email or book an appointment!