Unlike many other blogging platforms, Squarespace is not free. If paid annually, pricing starts at $8 per month for a Standard plan ($16 per month for an Unlimited plan and $24 per month for a Business plan) and includes your own domain name as well as all hosting costs (at the time of this article's publishing ). A free 14-day trial is available. Follow the link above to visit the Squarespace website for current prices.
Squarespace offers three types of accounts: Standard, Unlimited, and Business. Each type of account offers slightly different features at different price levels.
For example, a Standard plan includes only 20 pages (although there is no limit on the number of blog posts you publish), 500GB of bandwidth, 2 GB of storage, two contributor administrators, and limited fields in web forms. Both the Unlimited and Business plans include unlimited pages, bandwidth, storage, administrators, and fields in web forms. Furthermore, only the Business plan offers ecommerce features with online store inventory tracking for an unlimited number of products. Follow the link above to visit the Squarespace website for a current list of features.
All plans include phone and chat support as well as a comprehensive online knowledgebase, video tutorials, and an active community question and answer forum.
It's easy to upgrade to a different plan at anytime, and if you're not happy with Squarespace, you can export your blog to another blogging platform at anytime. Similarly, you can import your blog from WordPress or a number of other popular blogging platforms to Squarespace.
Squarespace offers a limited number of design templates to choose from, but those templates are extremely well designed and look great. You can use a simple drag-and-drop interface to design your website or blog, add widgets, and easily modify fonts, colors, and other design elements. If you know HTML, you can use custom coding to make your blog look more unique.
Squarespace offers a long list of features that users love. It's easy to add contact forms and an online store to your blog, and you're allowed to monetize your site with ads. Squarespace offers excellent search engine optimization tools built into its interface. Social media sharing, site search, a sitemap, and analytics are also built into Squarespace, but you can integrate Google Analytics if you'd prefer.
Squarespace includes most of the common blogging features such as comments, trackbacks,archives, and so on. However, it's main purpose is website building, so unlike blogging platforms that were developed for blogging first, Squarespace's blogging functionality is more limited.
There are several feature limitations that bloggers should know about. For example, Squarespace offers limited navigational hierarchy (one level below the top navigation), no email accounts, and while the Squarespace content editor allows you to use any language, the dashboard is only offered in English.
Squarespace is best for businesses that need a website builder which provides an ecommerce option as well as a blogging component. It's also great for designers who want to show off their portfolios, restaurants (OpenTable integrates easily), small businesses, and small bloggers.
In other words, Squarespace is a good option for small sites and site owners who don't mind paying a fee to use Squarespace and have Squarespace host their websites. However, you do need to pay for a full-year to get a custom domain, which is important for the long-term growth and flexibility of your blog.