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Squarespace and its new pricing and plans.
Squarespace introduced a few changes to their plans on December 1st, 2017, changing a few features for each plan. In particular the Personal and the Business Plan.
In the video below, I show you exactly what those changes are so you can make an informed decision as to which to subscribe to.
The YouTube tutorial
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Video tutorial recap:
If you signed up for a free trial with Squarespace before December 1st, 2017, you won't be affected by this at all as your plan will be considered a Legacy Plan. This means that Squarespace will honor the pricing of your current subscription as long as you remain on the plan.
To find out which plan you're on, go to your Home Menu > Click Settings > Billing & Account > Billing. Under SUBSCRIPTIONS you'll see the plan you're currently on.
If you signed up after the changes were introduced, you won't have some of the features on the Personal Plan (i.e. coding, eCommerce, opt-in pop-up).
In this case, you can always upgrade to a Business Plan at any time to get those features.
Plans & features overview
For a quick overview on all Squarespace's plans and features, click here.
Check it out, compare all the features, see what feels right and decide which plan suits YOUR needs best and then... GO FOR IT!
No point in waiting and hanging around. Just start and take (website) control. Your future customers are waiting! 😉
I would always suggest to my students to go for the Personal Plan first, start creating your site and then upgrade to a Business or Commerce Plan, when you're ready to actually use the additional features the other plans offer, i.e. getting your PRODUCTS out there.
If, however, you're committed to creating your site in a few days (which you can totally do with my signature online course, Easy Peasy Website Creations), go for the Business Plan right away. You might as well... no excuses.
And just in case, if you would like to learn how to actually add your products to your Squarespace website, click by click, check out this mini-course.
The commerce and payment features are Premium Features and are only available if you're on a Business or Commerce Plan.
If you're not ready to upgrade to a higher plan just yet, there is a workaround...
You can link your product/image/button from your website directly to PayPal OR create your PayPal.Me/YourName link.
So, make sure to check it out in the tutorial at the start of this Blog. It's literally easy peasy to set up.
Personal Plan vs Business Plan
The blocks you lose on a Personal Plan after Squarespace introduced the changes are:
- CSS & code - for using Customs CSS, code or code injections
- Menu options - i.e. for restaurants
- Acuity - a very handy scheduling tool that also accepts payments
- Open Table - specifically for restaurants with OpenTable Restaurant ID's
- Amazon - display and link to an item on Amazon
- Donation - enabling visitors to make a contribution to your organisation
There is so much more you can do with a Business Plan. But again, I would suggest to wait until you've built your site and then upgrade when you're ready to actually use any of the additional features.
Good news, the Style Editor stays exactly the same on either plan. So, you still have all the freedom to style up and design your site to your heart's content, no matter what plan you're on.
The MailChimp/Squarespace integration is now limited to the Business Plan. This means, if you have a Personal Plan, you can't link and/or collect email address directly to your MailChimp account...
Which is a bummer, as I always encourage my course students to set up their Coming Soon page first and start growing their email list, before they even start their site.
So, if you want to start collecting email addresses right away, starting with the Business Plan would be your best bet...
If it's just not in your budget (yet) to go for a Premium Plan, there IS a way around it. You can link the direct MailChimp sign-up form URL to your text or button on your site...
OR, ust the FREE MailChimp Landing Page Creator.
And I show you exactly how to do it (and link it to your site) in another YouTube tutorial.
Otherwise, if you're on a Business Plan, you don't have to worry about it and can have your site visitors jump on your MailChimp list directly from your Squarespace site.
I hope you found this Blog useful.
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