Squarespace Pricing and Plans 2023: What Fees Will Cost You

Squarespace’s four plans charge monthly fees, with additional costs for add-ons like appointment scheduling.
Rosalie Murphy
By Rosalie Murphy 
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Edited by Ryan Lane

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Squarespace pricing for its monthly plans ranges from $16 to $65 per month. If you want to use Squarespace as an e-commerce website builder, you’ll also have to pay a percentage of each sale to cover payment processing, plus additional fees for services like appointment scheduling, gated membership areas and web hosting.

Here’s more about what each Squarespace plan includes and costs as well as how to choose the right option for you. To learn about the platform’s overall features, read our review of Squarespace.

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Squarespace pricing overview

Personal

Business

Commerce Basic

Commerce Advanced

Subscription cost

$16 per month with annual subscription or $23 month to month.

$23 per month with annual subscription or $33 month to month.

$27 per month with annual subscription or $36 month to month.

$49 per month with annual subscription or $65 month to month.

Transaction fees

Online sales are not supported on this plan.

3% per online sale, plus Stripe payment processing fees of 2.9% plus 30 cents.

Stripe payment processing fees of 2.9% plus 30 cents.

Stripe payment processing fees of 2.9% plus 30 cents.

Features included at this level

  • Two contributors.

  • Drag-and-drop website builder.

  • 24/7 customer support.

  • Basic website metrics.

  • SSL security.

  • Custom merch through print-on-demand services.

  • Ability to collect email addresses and segment your audience.

  • Everything from Personal.

  • Unlimited contributors.

  • E-commerce sales.

  • Unlimited product listings.

  • Google Workspace.

  • Website customization with CSS and Javascript.

  • Pop-ups and banners to advertise your products.

  • Everything from Personal and Business.

  • In-person sales with Square POS.

  • Customer product reviews.

  • Sales on Facebook and Instagram.

  • Product waitlists and limited availability labels.

  • Customers can create individual accounts.

  • Everything from Personal, Business and Commerce Basic.

  • Subscriptions.

  • Abandoned cart recovery.

  • Offer automatic discounts and free shipping.

Best for

Simple websites or portfolios for independent contractors.

Businesses focused on memberships or appointments.

Small e-commerce businesses.

Subscription businesses.

Squarespace plans overview

Squarespace Commerce Basic: Best for most online sellers

Squarespace Commerce Basic offers the e-commerce features that most small-business owners probably need. You’ll be able to list products, show low-stock alerts and create waitlists for upcoming or out-of-stock goods. Customers can create their own accounts. You’ll get an online shopping cart on your webpage, and you can use a Square point-of-sale, or POS, system to make in-person sales.

Commerce Basic users can list and sell an unlimited number of products, and Squarespace no longer charges a transaction fee at this pricing tier — though you’ll still have to spend a percentage of each sale on payment processing.

Cost: $27 per month with annual subscription or $36 month to month, plus payment processing fees of 2.9% plus 30 cents per transaction.

What it includes:

  • Unlimited contributors.

  • Unlimited product listings.

  • Gift cards.

  • The option to purchase email accounts via Google Workspace.

  • Website customization with CSS and Javascript.

  • Advanced website analytics.

  • Promotional pop-ups and banners.

  • Support for Square’s point-of-sale system, which allows for in-person sales.

  • Individual customer accounts.

  • Merchandising tools, including low-stock alerts, product waitlists and lists of related products.

  • Sales on Instagram and Facebook.

What it doesn’t include:

  • Abandoned cart recovery.

  • Subscriptions.

Squarespace Commerce Advanced: Best for subscription businesses

If your business outgrows Commerce Basic, consider upgrading to Commerce Advanced for the ability to sell subscriptions to your products or services. You’ll also be able to send emails to users who leave your site with items still in their shopping carts, generate shipping rates that vary with customers’ locations and offer discounts automatically when orders exceed a certain amount.

Squarespace Commerce Advanced costs almost double what Commerce Basic does. If you want to sell subscriptions, however, upgrading might be worth it — a handful of subscriptions may well make up the difference.

Cost: $49 per month with an annual subscription or $65 month to month, plus payment processing fees of 2.9% plus 30 cents per transaction.

What it includes:

  • All of the features of the Squarespace Business and Commerce Basic plans.

  • Subscriptions.

  • Abandoned cart recovery emails.

  • Dynamic shipping rates and free shipping on qualifying orders.

  • Automatic discounts on qualifying orders.

Squarespace Business: Best for businesses focused on memberships or appointments

If you run a small business that only occasionally needs to make online product sales, Squarespace Business may be a good choice. If you also use Squarespace Scheduling or Member Areas, you can process payments for those services through those platforms — which means you’ll avoid Squarespace Business’ 3% transaction fee unless you’re selling products on your website.

However, the price difference between Squarespace Business and Commerce Basic is so small — just $4 per month on the annual payment plan — that most businesses will likely be better off upgrading to Commerce Basic to avoid the extra transaction fees on Business.

Cost: $23 per month with an annual subscription or $33 month to month. Plus, Squarespace takes a 3% transaction fee on all sales — on top of Stripe’s 2.9% plus 30 cents for payment processing.

What it includes:

  • Unlimited contributors.

  • Unlimited product listings.

  • Gift cards.

  • The option to purchase email accounts via Google Workspace.

  • Website customization with CSS and Javascript.

  • Advanced website analytics.

  • Promotional pop-ups and banners.

What it doesn’t include:

  • Support for in-person sales.

  • Customer product reviews.

  • Product listings on Facebook and Instagram.

  • Subscriptions.

Squarespace Personal: Best for personal websites or portfolios

You can’t use Squarespace Personal to take online payments. With this plan, however, you can still build a website — and free domain registration for a year is included if you pay for one year upfront. You’ll be able to see basic website metrics, like how many people are visiting your website and what keywords they’re typing into search engines to find you, and up to two contributors can have logins to your site.

If you primarily use your website to showcase your work and advertise your services to clients, Squarespace Personal may be sufficient for your needs. But to accept payments on your website, you’ll have to upgrade to at least Squarespace Business.

Cost: $16 per month with annual subscription or $23 month to month. No transaction fees because online sales are not available.

What it includes:

  • Drag-and-drop website builder.

  • Basic website analytics.

  • Up to two contributors.

  • Up to 1,000 webpages.

What it doesn't include:

  • Product listings.

  • Online payments.

Pricing for other Squarespace services

In addition to monthly Squarespace fees, there are a few other costs you may need to be aware of if you choose Squarespace as your e-commerce platform.

Domain registration

Squarespace offers one year of free domain registration when you buy an annual plan. After that, you’ll pay between $20 and $70 per year to register your domain with one of two web hosting services, Squarespace Domains LLC or Tucows. Prices vary based on your site’s top-level domain, e.g., whether it’s a “.com” or “.xyz.”

You can register multiple domains and transfer them to other hosts if necessary. And Squarespace-hosted domains generate SSL certificates, an important security measure for your site visitors.

Squarespace Scheduling

Squarespace Scheduling is software that you can use to take appointments. Through Scheduling, you can collect clients’ intake forms and send them reminders. Your customers can pay for your services and buy packages or subscriptions. Your staff can establish their hours and sync appointments to their calendars.

Squarespace Scheduling plans include:

  • Emerging: $16 per month when billed annually or $20 month to month. Includes one calendar, invoicing, automatic reminder emails and your choice of several payment processors.

  • Growing: $27 per month when billed annually or $34 month to month. Includes Emerging features plus gift certificates, memberships and passes and SMS reminder messages. You can create up to six calendars for multiple employees and locations.

  • Powerhouse: $49 per month when billed annually or $61 month to month. Includes Emerging and Growing features plus HIPAA compliance features, calendars in multiple time zones and more ability to customize the look and feel of your scheduling site. You can create up to 36 calendars total for multiple employees and locations.

You can use Squarespace Scheduling alongside any website — it doesn’t have to be built on Squarespace — or just use Scheduling by itself without a full website.

Member Areas

These are gated areas of your website exclusive to paying members or subscribers. You might use one or several membership sites to offer premium or paywalled content, launch early product releases or teach online courses or coaching groups.

Member Areas plans include:

  • Starter: $9 per month when billed annually or $10 month to month, plus a 7% transaction fee on purchases by members. Includes one member area. You’ll get five hours of video storage.

  • Core: $18 per month when billed annually or $20 month to month, plus a 4% transaction fee. Includes up to three areas. You’ll get 20 hours of video storage.

  • Pro: $35 per month when billed annually or $40 month to month, plus a 1% transaction fee. Includes up to 10 member areas. You’ll get 50 hours of video storage.

You’ll need a Squarespace website to use Member Areas, but they’ll work with any plan, including Personal.

Google Workspace

You can subscribe to Google Workspace through Squarespace for access to Gmail, Google Docs, Drive and Calendar.

Google Workspace plans include:

  • Business Starter: $72 per email address when billed annually or $7.20 per email address per month. Includes video meetings with up to 100 people and 30 gigabytes of storage per email address.

  • Business Standard: $144 per email address when billed annually or $14.40 per email address per month. Includes video meetings with up to 150 people and 2 terabytes of storage per email address.

  • Business Plus: $216 per email address when billed annually or $21.60 per email address per month. Includes video meetings with up to 600 people and 5TB of storage per email address, plus additional security controls.

These prices are the same if you buy a plan through Google directly. However, if you buy a plan through Squarespace, you may qualify to get the first year free.

How to choose a Squarespace plan

Ask yourself the following questions when evaluating your Squarespace plan options.

Do you sell products?

With the Personal plan, you can’t make online sales at all — which means it’s not a fit for most e-commerce businesses. But if you’re primarily booking appointments and not selling goods, you can process payments through Square Scheduling and your website can just serve as a portfolio.

How much revenue do you generate?

If you sell more than $130 per month, Squarespace Commerce Basic — which has a higher monthly fee than Squarespace Business — actually becomes cheaper overall because of Business’ 3% transaction fees.

Do you sell subscriptions?

If so, you’ll likely want to consider Squarespace Commerce Advanced. But research the Member Areas offerings to figure out whether you’ll need both products or just one.

Would a free option be better?

If you’re just getting started in e-commerce, a free e-commerce website builder might be sufficient for your needs. For instance, Square Online lets you list unlimited products with no monthly subscription fee, and Ecwid can help you add a small online store to your existing blog or website at no cost. Shop around to learn more about what other platforms offer.

A version of this article was first published on Fundera, a subsidiary of NerdWallet.