Top Feature Request of 2013: Squarespace eCommerce is Finally Here!

Squarespace Commerce screenshot

Squarespace Commerce Business Plan

After months (and for some of us- years!) of waiting, Squarespace announced the newest, latest, and most requested feature today -Squarespace Commerce! Squarespace has partnered with Stripe to allow sales of digital as well as physical goods. You can use your existing template or any of the other templates utilizing the new product block.

Commerce Product Block Top Feature Request of 2013: Squarespace eCommerce is Finally Here! photo

So what’s the catch?!

Well, there are a couple stipulations- mostly reasonable. The biggest issue I see right now is that it’s currently only available for US customers icon sad Top Feature Request of 2013: Squarespace eCommerce is Finally Here! photo   And so you must have:

  • US Street Address
  • US Bank Account
  • US Social Security Number

Squarespace officially says – “We hope to support other Countries Soon.”  I truly hope so. Over the past couple of months,  I’ve  seen a significant uptick of signups coming from our Neighbors to the north as well as  friends across The Pond and beyond.

In addition,  you do need to sign up under the new Business Plan tier. It’s a flat fee of $24-$30 per month depending on yearly or monthly subscriptions respectively. And then Stripe charges a base fee of $0.30 + 2.9% for every transaction completed successfully.

I’ve been playing around with the product and inventory features and hope to have some screenshots up this weekend. Until then, check out the Squarespace Official Commerce FAQ or sign up for the workshop!

 Main Commerce Features

  1. Works with every template. Squarespace Commerce works with every Squarespace template. Click the dollar sign icon in your Website Manager to create a new product collection. Your products are presented in a flexible, minimal grid designed to fit nicely into any website. Customize the style of your products grid right from the Style Editor, just like any other area of your website. Commerce is currently available to U.S. customers only.
  2. Sell digital and physical goods on a single platform. Squarespace lets you sell any type of product using a single interface. Your digital goods are delivered via customized email links that expire in 24 hours from delivery. You can control link sharing and re-send delivery links from the Commerce panel in your Website Manager. 
  3. 30-second merchant account signup using Stripe. We’ve partnered with Stripe to provide a painless way for you to start accepting payments immediately using Squarespace Commerce. From your Commerce area, click “Connect Stripe”, and fill out the form. Once you make a sale, payments will go directly into your bank account. Stripe and Squarespace are completely integrated – there are no confusing codes to enter.
  4. Simple pricing. No Squarespace-imposed transaction fees. Squarespace Commerce is included in our Business Plan, priced at $24/month with a yearly purchase ($30/month if you pay month-to-month). There are no other pricing tiers, and Squarespace does not impose a transaction fee on your store. Stripe, our integrated payment processor, charges a simple and transparent fee of $0.30 + 2.9% for every successful transaction.
  5. Flexible product variants & unlimited SKUs. Our product implementation supports multi-dimensional product variants (such as size and color) as well as sale prices. The Squarespace Commerce interface is ideally suited for use with small stores (< 200 SKUs), but we do not place any limits on the amount of SKUs you can have in your inventory. We will be expanding the interface in the future to easily accommodate larger stores.
  6. LayoutEngine integration. Squarespace Commerce is fully integrated with the rest of our content block system. We’ve developed a Product Block, which works much like our Amazon Block, except it pulls items from your product collection. You can use this block anywhere LayoutEngine is enabled (blog posts, pages, sidebars, and more) – meaning that you will be able to create an editorialized commerce experience for your visitors.
  7. Unified inventory management. You can quickly sort items across your entire store by stock level, price, or title.
  8. Coupons, taxes, shipping. Squarespace allows you to create multiple types of coupons for your store. Create coupons that apply to all orders, orders that meet a certain minimum, or for specific products. Coupons can expire, and you can create flexible discounts depending on what you’d like to discount. Full tax and shipping rules by region also help you run your store.
  9. Order fulfillment interface. Printable packing slips. Squarespace’s order management interface lets you easily track outstanding orders, resend customer update emails and print packing slips from a single interface.
  10. Mailing list integration at checkout. Building a loyal customer base is a crucial component of running a successful store. We’ve integrated MailChimp to let customers sign up for email communications from your store at checkout.
  11. Express checkout mode. Don’t need a cart? Squarespace offers a streamlined checkout mode that lets your customers jump directly to your payment page, bypassing any kind of shopping cart interface. This option is great for selling single products.
  12. Customizable order emails. Customize your emails with personalized messages for your customers.
  13. Order exporting to CSV. Need your order data? Export easily to CSV format for importing into accounting and spreadsheet tools.
  14. Store manager role. Our permissions system lets you give select individuals access to manage inventory and orders in your store, but they will not be able to change your website design.
  15. Automatic Google Analytics and Mixpanel integration. Plug in your Google Analytics or Mixpanel IDs for deeper insight of your commerce transactions.
  16. Stay connected with your customers. Our social integrations let you easily share store news and product updates to Twitter, Facebook, or any other social service supported by the platform.
  17. Import from Shopify and Big Cartel. Move your existing Shopify or Big Cartel inventory over to Squarespace with just a few clicks. All images and available data will be transferred over.
  18. Available in our developer platform. Squarespace Commerce works perfectly with our developer platform as well, so developers can create custom Squarespace stores with a totally unique design.

This release represents a huge step in achieving Squarespace’s mission to power any sort of website within our integrated platform. We’ve been working on this project for a long time, and we’re thrilled to finally share the results.

Thanks for being a part of Squarespace. We look forward to seeing what you build!


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5 Comments on "Top Feature Request of 2013: Squarespace eCommerce is Finally Here!"

  1. Eric Chunn says:

    Hi Holly –

    Read the Singleton review and a couple of others. Have to say SS6 looks so very nice, but seems to be MUCH more difficult to easily customize – unless of course, you are a code wizard.

    Have you seen this site?
    http://altankhendup.com/jquery-ui

    Thanks for all the work on the templates.

    I appreciate you.

    Eric

    • Holly says:

      I’m finding it easier the more I use it, but definitely see where the more customizing one wants, the more frustrating for the DIY user.
      Thanks for the link. He has some simple, but useful tips on a broad range of relevant topics.
      And thanks for the encouragement Eric. I’m updating the template “directory” now or as soon as I finish filtering through 100+ comments. (Of course, the majority being spam!)

  2. Eric Chunn says:

    Holly – Please take your time. I mean, I’d like to see your work on the updated templates as much as anyone, but the amount of energy required to keep up with this website. I get tired just reading about all the templates, the add-ons, and such. After spending hours thinking about the advantages of each, I get a headache and need to retire to a more comfortable and relaxing environment. And neither SS6 nor WordPress is it.

    By the way, have you settled to your new/old abode in yet? I’m going to be very disappointed if you tell me you’re no longer living out of boxes. I’ve been in this new-to-me house for almost five years and I’m still trying to figure out where everything went. Of course, it doesn’t help that I have a 1600 sq ft “greeenhouse” (that’s what it was when we bought the place) which was supposed to become my office, but instead has become a very convenient storage facility with it’s very own loading dock. Well, unloading dock, anyway.

    And, when you’ve fully recover from the move, you might just shoot me some info on your rates. If you do that sort of thing, of course. My sites could use some help and I’m not focused enough to do them justice. Nothing fancy.

    It’s kind of like gardening. I don’t know the first thing about designing, planning, or actually building a garden, but I can pull weeds with the best of them. :-)

    Again, thanks for all your work on SS5 and SS6.

    Eric

    • Holly says:

      You’re too sweet Eric! Really, this website has been better to me than I have to it the past couple of months. Too many ideas and not enough follow through. No worries on the boxes. They’ve just been moved to the garage ;) Shoot me an email as to what you are looking for. RIght now, I’m focused primarily on moving sites from other platforms or ss5 to ss6 for people worried about rankings, seo, and such. Apparently I must be really cheap as I don’t advertise…just word of mouth. However, I don’t do anything beyond Design 101 or pressing the buy button on the stock photo sites ;) Leave that to the experts or college students looking for a chance to show their skills :)

  3. Colin says:

    Hi, Thanks for all the good SQSP info.

    I have been trying to find some live working examples of squarespace commerce enabled sites.

    Any that you think are nice?

    Thanks.

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