A Quick Note on the New Squarespace Pricing

Squarespace recently changed their pricing and features structure. Here's what new Squarespace customers need to know. 

Update 5/24: Squarespace now allows some limited use of the code block, including text, CSS and HTML. However, due to this limitation, we are still unable to work on any site not on the Business Plan or above. All of our client sites require more intensive customization than this allows; in particular the restriction of Javascript, access to page header code injection and the MailChimp signup continues to make the lower cost plan unusable for serious businesses. 

As of yesterday, Dec. 1, 2017, Squarespace has undergone some substantial changes to their pricing plans, namely the “Personal” plan on their website service. Here’s what you need to know.

  1. If you’re a current Squarespace customer, or started a trial prior to Dec. 1, you are grandfathered into the old pricing and don’t need to do anything.
  2. The Personal plan no longer allows for the following:
    1. Code injection in the header and footer areas are not permitted on the Personal plan (this includes elements like tracking codes, ConvertKit forms, and code that creates additional features like accordions). Custom CSS is still allowed.
    2. Code blocks are no longer allowed on the Personal plan. So, if you need to, say, embed a newsletter form, this is not available to new Personal plan customers.
    3. IMPORTANT! MailChimp integration is no longer allowed on the Personal plan. If you are a new Squarespace customer and want to use MailChimp on the Personal plan, you will need to link out to the an external site or possibly use Markdown blocks as a workaround (I have not tested this).
    4. Other features have been moved off of the Personal plan and are now “premium” blocks. Read the entire list here: https://support.squarespace.com/hc/en-us/articles/115015517328 Important ones to consider are the Announcement Bar, Menu Block and Donation Block.
  3. Previously, the vast majority of our Design in a Day clients were on personal plans, with the reduced pricing of $12/$16 a month (depending on annual vs. monthly pricing). Because of the reduction in features on the Personal plan, most new Design in a Day clients will need to plan on using the Business plan. 
  4. Edit (12/2/2017): Also also need to know that currently, when you start a new trial, you will get upgrade “nags” and be unable to preview your site if you’ve used “premium” blocks. Many pros have raised this problem to Squarespace, so I’m hopeful they’ll fix the issue. I recommend contacting support yourself if you encounter this.

Like I said, current Squarespace customers and trials are unaffected, so long as your site originated before December 1, 2017. If you have questions about the right Squarespace plan for you, I’m happy to help! There’s a chat box here on my website you can use to ask and myself or a team member will reply when we’re online or just leave a comment at the end of this blog post.

You can find current Squarespace pricing on their website here. I recommend that new trial accounts note the plan and features they start their accounts under, as both do change every so often.

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