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SQUARESPACE REVIEW


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Released last July 17, 2012

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winner of our 2012 Critics Choice Awards for Best Website Builder.

On Valentine’s day 2013 they released Squarespace Commerce.


"The ability to sell goods from Squarespace has been the most consistently requested feature throughout our history. We’re thrilled to be able to release a commerce offering we’re proud of.” - Anthony Casalena, CEO and Founder of Squarespace.


SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS 

No need to download any applications to install on your servers. You do everything via your browser.

No need for maintenance and updates. You just need to make sure your browser is compatible with Squarespace.

You can use Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer or Firefox to work with Squarespace 6.


System requirements for editing 

Cookies must be enabled for login purposes.

JavaScript must be enabled for the site manager.

Avoid running JavaScript blocking programs, such as anti-virus software.


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You can change the way your blog is setup via the 'Blog Settings' button, such as changing the name of the blog. There are 20 new templates you can use for your blog.


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The + symbol lets you add “Blocks” from images to quotes, to video and code.


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The new Layout Engine lets you drop images onto your image blocks and once they are embedded you can drag them around to rearrange  them in your post.


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There is a wide variety of social media you can tap into. While you build your website you are offered many ways to integrate your site into the social networks you connect to your Squarespace account.


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Commerce Section

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4 step 'Getting Started' process to get your store up and running quickly


Creating products 

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Click “Add Page”

Click “Products”


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You will be asked to enter a name for the page, which will correspond to the search friendly URL it will create for the page, although if you wish you can alter this to be different than the page's title if you want. It also gives you the option to set this page as the homepage of your website.


Adding Products 

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When the products page is created it creates a new option under the Top Navigation in the Content Manager called 'Products', which has similar options to the Inventory page in the Commerce section.


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Click “Add Product”


Editing Products 

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Third level  Fourth level  Fifth level Lets you describe your product, add images, add categories for your product, and an option to make the product visible or not in your store.


Editing a Product Variant 

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Click to add options to your items

Click to set price and stock details for each variant


Adding a URL and Image to Your Products 

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Click “Save & Publish” once done


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You can view the product you have added here.


If you made it available so people can find it on your store then it will also show on your products page. If you click on the product it will look like this:

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The Shipping Portion of the Commerce Engine: 

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Click to add shipping method


Adding Shipping Options 

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Lets you set a single price for shipping costs. Cost will be based on how heavy a product is.


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You get the option to set weight ranges and the rate each one will cost.

Click to add more options


Setting Country Restrictions 

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lets you say which countries you will deliver to.


Creating Coupons 

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You have the option to make your own coupons for special promotio ns and sales etc.


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Fifth You can set howlevel much tax will be charged for your products on a state-by-state basis (and is therefore limited to the USA only). They also give you the option to charge sales tax on the shipping costs. 


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If you cancel without doing anything, a message will pop up asking to save or discard changes even when none had been made. Just click discard to move on.

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you can customise the text that will be sent out to customers, including header and footer options. There are two message templates you can tweak for emails that are sent to the customer regarding order confirmation and shipping.


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SETTINGS

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Set up your Stripe payment account Support email address Express checkout option Set shopping cart to dark or light Integrate your MailChip newsletter account Get stock level alerts Write your own terms of service, privacy, and return policies


Thumbs up Create any kind of website regardless of technical ability Caters to developers

You can build your site for free until you go live

Same monthly cost as a low bandwidth Virtual Private Server


Thumbs Down Payment option is restricted to USA only

LastPass does not work with the login form while using Chrome


THANK YOU

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