Looking for a new website builder/hosting provider? Chances are that you’ve heard the name Squarespace before. The platform was launched in the U.S. by the one-man-team of Anthony Casalena in 2003 and has come a long way since then.
Squarespace started out as a platform focused on personal websites or blogging, but now it also offers extensive e-commerce features for those who want an online store. Some of the things Squarespace is known for are their beautifully designed, minimalist templates that have been strictly curated, as well as their superb customer support.
Whether Squarespace presents a good value for money to host your next website or online store, however, depends on your needs.
What Does Squarespace Pricing Look Like?
In total, there are four Squarespace pricing plans that are divided according to whether they’re more suited to websites or to online stores. The “Websites” plans offer minimal e-commerce capabilities, while the “Online Store” plans automatically include all the features of the Business plan, plus e-commerce-specific features.
Unfortunately, there is no free plan to host your website on Squarespace. Instead, you can sign up for free and create websites with limited access to features. These websites will be available for 14 days, after which you will need to subscribe to access them again, or if you decide to launch them.
Here are the Squarespace pricing plans with their most important features. Keep in mind that all plans include the features of the previous plan:
|Unlimited pages, storage, bandwidth, etc.||Professional Google email||No Transaction Fees||Abandoned Cart Autorecovery|
|SSL Security||Fully Integrated Online Store||Powerful Commerce Metrics||Real-Time Carrier Shipping|
|24/7 Customer Support||3% Transaction Fee||Inventory, Orders, Tax, Coupons||Flexible Discounts and Gift Cards|
|Sell Unlimited Products||Integrated Xero Accounting|
Pros and Cons of Squarespace Pricing
To help you out, here are some highlights of the top pricing features compared with similar website building/hosting services.
- 24/7 Customer Support With All Plans. Squarespace does offer some of the most available and helpful support services. Many other hosts offer only the same level of support with their higher-up pricing plans.
- Unlimited Resources. Many other hosts limit the amount of storage, sales, and bandwidth you can use according to your plan.
- $100 Google Ads Credit. This is a really unique offer that will help you get to test out Google Ads and help advertise your business or website.
- SSL Certificate Included. This is often an extra charge on other hosts that can cost over a hundred dollars.
- E-commerce Features. Features like shipping labels, tax/accounting/inventory management, and third-party shipping quotes are usually reserved for much pricier e-commerce hosts.
- Domain With Annual Billing Only. Depending on how you look at this, it might not actually be a con since many other hosts charge extra for a domain anyway. However, it does feel like a ploy to force you into a yearly contract.
- No Free Plan. With some other platforms like WordPress or Wix, you can actually launch a website for free, even if it’s under a subdomain with sponsored ads.
Squarespace Pricing: FAQ
Is Squarespace hosting really “Unlimited”?
The simple answer is yes, as most other hosts will outright block you from going over certain storage, bandwidth, product sales, or other limits. However, all hosts that offer “unlimited hosting” have an Acceptable Use Policy in place to limit people taking advantage of the offer.
Do You Need Any Other Hosting Services?
No. One of the most convenient things about Squarespace is that you can get a domain, SSL certificate, and your actual website hosting from one service. The exception is if you only want to subscribe on a month-to-month basis, in which case you will need to purchase a domain separately which you can also do through Squarespace.
How Long Do I Have to Commit to a Plan?
All Squarespace plans come in either monthly or yearly billing options. So, at the very least you have to commit for only a month before changing your mind. However, yearly billing does come with a discount as well as a free domain for the first year.
Can I Sign Up From Any Country?
Yes, you can sign up to Squarespace from anywhere in the world. They also provide pretty decent currency support with all major currencies (USD, GBP, EUR) and many others (CAD, AUD, SGD, RUB, etc.). PayPal and Stripe have their own country restrictions for processing payments.
Can I Cancel or Switch Plans at Any Time?
You can cancel or switch your plan at any time. However, you won’t receive your money back for the current billing period if you cancel. If you want to change your plan, they will simply refund you if you opt for a cheaper plan or get a pro-rata charge if you switch to a more expensive one.
Which Squarespace Plan Is the Best Value for Money?
The answer is not that straightforward. There is no such thing as a “best” plan on Squarespace. The way their plans are divided means that individual plans will be better or more suited to individual needs. For example, if you require no e-commerce at all and personally run your website, the Personal plan still comes with everything else you need to host a website or blog and should be the best option.
If you just want to sell casually on your website, the 3% transaction fee might be more economical than opting for the more expensive Online Store plans. Unlimited collaborators and professional Google email also make it much easier to run something like a business website where multiple people need access. However, I almost feel like you might as well upgrade to an Online Store plan.
In my opinion, the Basic Online Store plan represents the best overall value for money. You already get access to some very advanced e-commerce features like shipping integration, inventory management, and 0% transaction fees. The Advanced option should only really be necessary for those who are very serious about their online store experience and want “nice to have” features like delivery tracking, abandon cart recovery, and mass order creations.
These features are not essential but separate the top online stores from the rest.
Overall, Squarespace does present good value for money, particularly if you consider the “unlimited” aspects of its hosting as well as the fact that an SSL certificate and domain are included. The features, especially the e-commerce ones, are also sufficiently advanced to warrant Squarespace being in the mid-to-upper-end web hosting price range.