Cost of Squarespace broken down
As a starting business owner, you want to know what it’s going to cost you to have a website. Well, in this blog you find the cost of Squarespace broken down.
You need a domain name. You can register your domain name at Squarespace for free when you also buy a plan with them. This is for the first year only and when you pay annually. After that, you pay $20 - $70 per domain per year. The cost depends on the extension you choose. When you choose .com, .net, .org, or .online it costs you $20 per year. There are loads more extensions you can choose from: check https://www.squarespace.com/domain-name-search and see what it’s going to cost you.
You also need web hosting, but that’s included in the fee you pay monthly or yearly. So that’s great!
Squarespace has 4 plans you can choose from:
So what’s included per plan?
When you have a business it’s best to choose the business or commerce plan. Because you get so much more than when you choose for the personal account. In all the plans you get the security you need, SEO features, a mobile-optimized site, 24/7 customer support, and unlimited templates.
The bonus when you choose the business plan are, among other things, marketing features including $100,- Google ads credit and easy integrations. Check my blog about my top 4 Squarespace collaborations. You also get the basic commerce functions, like selling an unlimited amount of products.
Are you going to sell products on your site? Then I would recommend choosing one of the commerce plans. Basic is excellent for a small eCommerce company and Advanced is for larger eCommerce companies and when you want more advanced features like gift cards and abandoned cart recovery.
You can also sell products on the business plan but then you are charged a fee of 3% per sold item and you only have the basics.
On https://www.squarespace.com/pricing you can see the full list of what’s included in every plan.
Does this sound expensive? Remember what you get when you compare it with WordPress. You don’t have to update or install anything. You can always contact customer support. You don’t have to make back-ups and your site is never going to crash.
Squarespace has three other features that can help you build your business and brand. There are three at the moment I'm writing this. Who knows what other features they come up with in the coming months and years. That is also one of the things I love about Squarespace: they see what could help your business and they jump on it.
Squarespace Scheduling makes it so easy to book appointments with you. No more hassle with emails going back and forth to check the best time. Also, people who visit your website can just book an introductory meeting with you.
How much it will cost you monthly will depend on how many calendars you'll need.
Of course you don't have to use Squarespace scheduling to make this happen. You can also use Calendly for instance.
Email Marketing makes it possible to send your freebie automatically to the people who request it. So you don't have to send it manually to them. Efficiency is key in a business. Also sending out tips to the people on your email marketing list will keep your potential customers engaged. Squarespace has its own email marketing system. When you don't have an email marketing system yet it's a good one to check out.
It's also possible to integrate MailChimp, ConvertKit, Active Campaign, etc etc to your Squarespace website.Member Area is their newest feature and I love it. You can add a member area to your Squarespace website for your online program or membership site. It's such a great way to spread your knowledge. In my blog post from two weeks ago, I explain more about it.
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