How much is Squarespace? Which hosting plan is best for your business goals? We do the math so you can easily see which plan best meets your needs.
Startups, established SMBs, and even enterprise organizations choose Squarespace for varied reasons. But if you plan to use the platform just for blogging, proof of concept, or to promote a short-term initiative you may not actually need the “most popular” Business plan.
We look at Squarespace’s pricing structure and:
Squarespace Free Trial
Squarespace does not offer a free website option, but they do offer a default 2-week free trial without a credit card. And if you work with an approved Squarespace designer, you get an extended 6-month free trial — plus a 20% discount on your first year.
The extended trial and additional savings apply whether a designer provides a brief Squarespace tutorial or handles the entire website build.
Why is an extended trial useful? It allows you to dig deeper into the platform to ensure it meets your business requirements before paying for hosting.
Squarespace currently offers 4 pricing plans. Prices apply to all Squarespace templates, with the only difference being the features available on each plan.
Take time to figure out which plan you really need to get started. We often speak with people that selected the Business level, but they should actually be on the Personal plan. And we also see many Business plan sites that would be better served by a Basic Commerce plan.
Note, the prices outlined below are what you will pay if you sign up or switch plans today. If you are on an older plan, refer to Squarespace legacy pricing. Many legacy plans are feature-rich, so crunch the numbers before changing plans.
Annual vs Monthly
Our general recommendation is to pay for an annual plan (versus a month-to-month plan) to save on fees. But note, Squarespace only offers refunds within 14 days of purchasing an annual plan.
We appreciate the new Pay Annually-Pay Monthly toggle on Squarespace’s pricing page as it helps with pricing transparency, but we prefer to analyze the annual cost:
Personal Plan: $144 billed annually OR $16 billed monthly is $192/yr
Business Plan: $216 billed annually OR $26 billed monthly is $312/yr
Basic Commerce Plan: $312 billed annually OR $30 billed monthly is $360/yr
Advanced Commerce Plan: $480 billed annually OR $46 billed monthly is $552/yr
If these prices seem high, keep in mind that Squarespace is designed to be an all-in-one hosting platform. And everyone is eligible for a Squarespace discount their first year.
All Squarespace Plans Include:
A mobile-ready website with hosting
Basic chat support
Squarespace Commerce Plans
When you make the jump to a Commerce plan, the biggest benefit for most businesses is that you do not pay an additional transaction fee when selling products or services. Both Commerce plans also include:
Customer coupon codes
ShipStation integration for label printing
Shopping on Instagram
$144 billed annually // $16 billed month-to-month ($192/year) — If you do not need to sell products or services online, then this level is the place to start.
When should you upgrade from this plan? If you want to use Squarespace commerce, integrate 3rd party apps, or use certain built-in marketing features, then you need to upgrade.
$216 billed annually // $26 billed month-to-month ($312/year) — This upgrade offers the ability to customize your website with code blocks. It also gives you nice-to-have features like a Promotional Pop-up, an Announcement Bar, and a Mobile Information Bar. And you can try out Squarespace Commerce, but note that Squarespace charges an additional 3% transaction fee on this plan.
When should you upgrade from this plan? Just looking at high-level numbers:
If you currently pay annually for the Business plan and sell at least $3200 of products or services online each year, then you should upgrade to the Basic Store plan. Why? Squarespace charges a 3% transaction fee on the Business plan. 3% of $3200 is $96. $216 (annual hosting) + $96 (transaction fees) = $312, which is the same amount as the Basic Store annual plan.
If you currently pay monthly for the Business plan and sell at least $135 of products or services each month, then it is time to upgrade to a Commerce plan. 3% of $135 is $4.05. $26 (monthly hosting) + $4 (transaction fee) = $30, which is the same amount as the Basic Store monthly plan.
Note, if you choose to pay for the Business plan monthly, then your cost for the year is $312, which is the same amount as the annual Basic Store plan.
Basic Commerce Plan
$312 billed annually // $30 billed month-to-month ($360/year) — See the Business Plan above to learn when it makes financial sense to switch to this plan.
Advanced Commerce Plan
$480 billed annually // $46 billed month-to-month ($552/year) — This upgrade gives you the ability to sell subscriptions, use gift cards, and offer more flexible discounts. It also introduces abandoned cart recovery and advanced shipping options.
Squarespace Offer Codes
Looking to save on your new Squarespace website? Currently, there are 3 ways to get a Squarespace promo code for your first year:
1) 10% Squarespace Coupon for Everyone
Many sites suggest they have an “exclusive offer code”, but anyone and everyone can get a 10% off promo code directly from Squarespace.
2) 20% Squarespace Discount for Designers
If you work with an approved designer, you get a 20% discount and an extended 6-month free trial.
If a designer opens the trial for you, the discount automatically applies when you upgrade to paid.
If you’ve already started a trial, when it comes time to pay, a designer can help apply the 20% promo code.
The discount and extended trial apply whether you hire a designer to build your entire site or schedule an on-demand training session — so this is an easy perk to get.
3) 50% Squarespace Student Discount
Students and faculty are eligible for a 50% off coupon through Squarespace's education program. To qualify, you must be a current faculty member or student at an accredited university or college and have a valid school email address.
To see if you are eligible for the promo, visit this site and search for your school. You can request to add it by clicking “My School Isn’t Listed”.
Other Squarespace Fees
How much does a Squarespace website really cost? Again, Squarespace is intended to be an all-in-one hosting platform, but there are hidden fees and expenses that catch some people off guard.
The Squarespace Marketplace
If you ask Squarespace Support for advanced help, they encourage you to try their new “Marketplace”. What they don’t make clear is that the Marketplace charges an extra 10% commission fee per project. 5% paid by the designer and 5% paid by you. So, a design project quoted at $5000 would invoice to you for $5250. And many designers also increase their quotes to cover their 5% fee.
If you found yourself funneled into the Marketplace and inadvertently created a profile or submitted a project brief, you actually agreed to the platform’s terms which lock you into using the Marketplace with a designer for 2 years. Meaning all your web projects will include the extra 5% fee.
Can you avoid Squarespace Marketplace fees? Yes, just reach out directly to web professionals through their agency or personal websites. But note, if you initially connected with a designer through the Marketplace, then you must use the platform to work with that designer.
Collaborada is listed in the new Marketplace — if you are considering working with us, just establish contact before creating a project brief to avoid extra fees.
You will pay to register a custom domain: www.yourbusiness.com
We usually recommend using a service other than Squarespace for domain registration, such as GoDaddy, Hover, or Google.
Your business needs professional email: email@example.com
Check with Google G Suite or your domain registrar regarding email hosting.
Credit card fees