Squarespace: The Not-So-Good
Of course, Squarespace isn’t perfect. While it can prove a viable alternative to some ecommerce platforms, it can’t always match them feature-for-feature.
Although you can add lots of detail to each product on your site (as we mentioned above) there are some important caveats to bear in mind.
For one, you can’t bulk upload products. This means that you need to add each product individually and, given the amount of detail in Squarespace’s system, this can be a bit of a slog.
Another drawback is that you can only sell 50 products on Squarespace. This means that businesses selling lots of products have to miss out, or try another ecommerce platform.
Squarespace only accepts payments using the Stripe payment processing tool, PayPal, and Venmo. This means that you’ll have to set up a Stripe account to begin accepting payments with credit cards.
Stripe isn’t a bad piece of software to use, and it’s integrated very well into Squarespace’s platform, but the lack of choice is annoying – especially when Shopify can use over 100 different payment methods.
Again, Squarespace limits you to using one accounting software. In this case, it’s Xero.
Claiming nearly 1.6 million users around the world, Xero is a great cloud-based accounting platform. However, it would be nice if Squarespace offered users some choice in the accounting software they use.
Squarespace struggles with businesses that operate in more than one country. It cannot manage multiple currencies and doesn’t have an automatic tax calculator.
Creating a multilingual site with Squarespace is also a bit laborious. Squarespace recommends that you first create a central homepage that lets users pick their language, and then create separate pages in each language. This would give you a website structure similar to this:
Clearly, this is far from ideal, and requires a lot more leg-work from you than other ecommerce platforms.
When it comes to shipping, again, your options are limited. You can charge flat rates, depending on rates, or use FedEX, UPS or the USPS to calculate shipping rates. And that’s it. There’s no way to connect with other shipping companies, something which other ecommerce platforms prioritize.