Squarespace pricing 2021: What will it cost to build my business website with Squarespace?

One of the most popular website builders on the market, Squarespace offers a variety of pricing plans. But does it have one to suit your business? And is Squarespace worth it?

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Squarespace might be known among website builders for its slick and appealing templates, but with plans from just £10 per month, its prices are just as attractive, and get even better thanks to regular deals.

Squarespace pricing starts from just £10 per month for its most basic plan, rising to £30 per month for an advanced ecommerce plan. The platform aims to provide a solution for small businesses of all shapes and sizes.

We also like that, with just four premium plans to choose from and two billing cycle options (monthly and annually), Squarespace avoids baffling its customers with excessively complicated pricing.

But what exactly are you getting for your money in each of those plans? Which is the best value for small businesses? And how does Squarespace pricing compare to other top website builders?

This article will answer those questions and more, and explain everything that contributes to your overall Squarespace costs.

Squarespace pricing overview

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Personal Plan

Business Plan

Basic Commerce

Advanced Commerce

You could definitely find cheaper ways to launch your website, but Squarespace has qualities that make it a great investment for any business, whether you’re running a startup or a scaleup.

In fact, based on thorough user testing, our researchers have ranked Squarespace as both the second best website builder and the second best ecommerce platform on the market.

As an ecommerce site, it’s pretty good value. Squarespace offers a decent range of sales features from just £15 per month, and 0% transaction fees on its Basic Commerce and Advanced Commerce plans. Our researchers ranked it the fourth best value ecommerce builder out of seven, ahead of ecommerce behemoths BigCommerce and Shopify.

We like the simplicity of Squarespace’s plans. While many providers choose to divide their plans by ecommerce and non-ecommerce, all three Squarespace plans for business give you the functionality to start selling with the Squarespace ecommerce platform.

Squarespace plans

The table below breaks down exactly which features are offered on each of Squarespace’s four plans.

Website features

 PersonalBusinessBasic CommerceAdvanced Commerce
Cost£10 per month£15 per month£20 per month£30 per month
Free custom domain
SSL security
Unlimited bandwidth and storage
SEO features
Mobile-optimised websites
24/7 customer support
Basic website metrics
Squarespace extensions
Premium integrations
Complete customisation with CSS and JavaScript
Advanced website analytics
Up to $100 Ads credits
Promotional pop-ups and banners

Commerce features

 PersonalBusinessBasic CommerceAdvanced Commerce
Fully integrated ecommerce
Transaction fees3%0%0%
Sell unlimited products
Accept donations
Gift cards
Point of sale
Customer accounts
Checkout on your domain
Ecommerce analytics
Merchandising analytics
Products on Instagram
Abandoned cart recovery
Sell subscriptions
Advanced shipping
Advanced discounts
Commerce APIs
Limited availability labels

Which Squarespace plan is right for my business?

Personal – £10 per month

The Personal plan is well-suited to those who want to make a small, informational website. Whether you want somewhere to host a blog or just want to establish a basic web presence, the Personal plan will allow you to create a mobile-optimised website of up to 1,000 pages.

However, with a limit of two contributors ‌– that is, anyone who can log in and edit your website content ‌– most growing businesses will quickly outgrow this plan. It doesn’t provide any ecommerce features, either.

Business – £15 per month

The Business plan is perfect if you want an affordable way to build and manage a business website or small online store. You can have unlimited contributors, integrate Premium third party services, and have the freedom to completely customise your website using CSS and JavaScript.

You can sell unlimited items on the Business plan, which uses the same store design and checkout function as the pricier Commerce plans. However, unlike those two plans, the features are simplified, and you’ll be charged a 3% fee on every transaction.

Because of this, if your online store makes more than £2,293 a year, you’d be better off on the Commerce plan, which doesn’t have transaction fees.

Basic Commerce – £20 per month

If selling online is the primary goal of your site, but you don’t need advanced shipping and marketing features, the Basic Commerce plan is for you. It includes everything in the Business plan, as well as customer accounts, 0% transaction fees, local and regional shipping, and advanced commerce analytics ‌– meaning you can assess the performance of your online store.

Advanced Commerce – £30 per month

The Advanced Commerce plan is for larger online stores that regularly need to process loads of orders.

As well as advanced shipping and marketing, this plan includes abandoned cart recovery, automatic discounts, limited availability labels, and subscription products.

Can you use Squarespace for free?

Squarespace doesn’t offer a free plan, but it does offer a 14-day free trial.

During the free trial, you’ll have access to most premium features, as well as customisable code, so you can create a website to your exact requirements without spending a penny.

You don’t even need to supply credit card information in order to sign up, but you will lose access to your website at the end of the trial unless you upgrade to a paid plan.

And there are limitations. For example, trial sites can’t accept payments or use advanced ecommerce features, and they won’t be indexed by search engines until published on a paid plan.

Squarespace costs: billing cycles, ongoing costs, and additional fees

The advertised monthly price might be £15 per month, for example, but does that actually mean you’ll spend £15 per month on your Squarespace website? It does not. Here’s why.

Billing cycles

Squarespace offers you a choice of two billing cycles: monthly, or annually.

Although given as ‘monthly', the advertised prices are always for an annual subscription, which you’ll pay for in one upfront lump sum. However, this does work out much cheaper than if you pay month-by-month, as you can see in the table below.

 PersonalBusinessBasic CommerceAdvanced Commerce
Annually£10 per month (save 23%)£15 per month
(save 38%)
£20 per month
(save 16%)
£30 per month
(save 18%)
Monthly£13 per month£21 per month£24 per month£37 per month

You can find out more about this, as well as any current offers on annual vs monthly Squarespace subscriptions, on Sqaurespace's pricing plans page.

The advertised prices also exclude VAT, which is added on at checkout at 20%.

So, for an annual subscription on Squarespace’s Business plan, you’ll pay: 

£15 x 12 months – £180.00
VAT at 20% (£36.00)
= £216.00

Transaction fees

If you’re on the Business plan, any payments taken through Squarespace are subject to a payment processor fee and a Squarespace Commerce transaction fee of 3%.

If you’re on either the Basic or Advanced Commerce plan, you’ll only have to pay the payment processor fee. This varies depending on which payment provider you choose, and which country you’re in. Squarespace integrates with Stripe, Paypal, Square, and Afterpay.

Squarespace domain name renewal

You get a free custom domain name with every Squarespace plan on an annual billing. This domain name is free for the first year, starting from the date it’s registered. It will then renew automatically at the standard annual rate.

On average, a .com or .co.uk domain name will cost you around £10‌–£15 a year. Find out more about domain name costs here.

One way to keep your domain name cost low is to shop around for a cheaper provider, and then transfer your domain name to Squarespace.

Squarespace add-ons and extras

Using Squarespace Extensions, you can enhance your business website with a range of third party apps, plugins, and add-ons.

Squarespace doesn’t charge you for connecting extensions, but many will have a monthly or per-user fee. There are also plenty of free apps, and some which offer a free plan or trial period.

Saving money on Squarespace

As well as opting for an annual subscription and buying your domain name from a third party, there are a number of ways you can cut down your Squarespace website cost.

Squarespace pricing for students

Squarespace offers students a very generous 50% discount on their first full year. All you have to do is sign up using your academic email from an accredited institution. You can visit Squarespace's student page to find out more about the students discount and whether your university is valid.

The discount is only valid on an annual subscription, and cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts. 

Squarespace discounts

If you listen to a lot of podcasts, you’ll be well aware of Squarespace’s affiliation with a number of popular podcasters, usually offering 10% off with custom offer codes. We can’t start listing them all here, but it’s a good reason to get into podcasts if you haven’t already.

How does Squarespace pricing compare to other website builders?

Squarespace is the most expensive of our top website builders by a small margin, with an annual cost of £120 for its most basic plan (exc. VAT).

Price shouldn’t always be the primary factor when choosing a website builder, however. Squarespace has a lot to recommend it that justifies a higher price point, with templates and customisability that rival the design quality you’d get from a custom site.

Wix price comparison

In summation

Squarespace might be more expensive than some of its nearest rivals, but it’s still an easy and very affordable way to get a business website online.

If great value is your primary concern, then you might be better off with Weebly. Or, if you’re after more of an all-rounder, try Wix. But if you want the tools and freedom to create a really slick, professional site, Squarespace is worth the investment.

And it’s not all surface. Squarespace also offers top of the range sales and marketing features, which you can use to give your business website every chance of success.

If you run a small online store, we’d recommend starting out on the Business plan for £15 per month. Its ecommerce features are limited compared to the two Commerce-specific plans, but it’s a great way to get a feel for the platform, and you can always upgrade later.

Or why not try out any of Sqaurespace’s premium plans by using a 14-day free trial, and get started designing your Squarespace website for free.

Squarespace pricing and costs: FAQs

Is Squarespace an expensive web builder?

Squarespace is at the pricier end of the spectrum in comparison to other top website builders like Wix and Weebly, but its prices aren’t unreasonable, and you’re paying for a premium product with excellent features and design flexibility.

Which Squarespace plan offers the best value for money?

If you run a small online store that makes more than £2,293 a year, the Basic Commerce plan (£20 per month) offers the best value for money. Basic Commerce gives you access to a range of great ecommerce features, including sales analytics, point of sale, and product management, and it doesn’t impose any transaction fees.

Is Squarespace more expensive than Wix?

Yes, every comparable Squarespace plan is more expensive than Wix ‌– but that doesn’t mean Wix is right for everyone. We’d recommend Wix if you’re looking for a great all-rounder, and Squarespace if you’re looking for design flexibility and scalability.

Does Squarespace offer a free plan?

Squarespace doesn’t offer a free plan, but it does offer a 14-day free trial.

Can I try a Squarespace premium plan for free?

You can try any of Squarespace’s premium plans on the 14-day free trial. The trial gives you access to all design features, so you can create exactly the kind of website you want to. However, you won’t be able to accept payments, and your site won’t be indexed by search engines until you upgrade to a paid plan.

Is a Squarespace premium plan worth it?

Yes, a Squarespace premium plan is worth it. With the best-looking templates around and excellent design flexibility, Squarespace gives you the tools to create a professional-looking business website or online store for between £10 and £30 per month.

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Henry has been writing for Startups.co.uk since 2015, covering everything from business finance and web builders to tax and red tape. He’s also acted as project lead on many of our industry-renowned annual indexes, including Startups 100 and Business Ideas, and created a number of the site’s popular how to guides.

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