SquareSpace's interface looks a bit fresher than, for example, Shopify's interface, but don't let this guide you, this should not determine your choice: this is not right or wrong, but should not be the main focus of your choice.
When choosing webshop software, you should also opt for ease of use: are there automatic accounting integrations, suitable payment options, does it have the marketing tools you want to use? These are functionalities that – can – be really important.
Add products – payment methods
Of great importance is of course also the management of the webshop. Among other things, it is important to know how products are added and whether the stock system works properly. This too runs smoothly within SquareSpace; it is very easy and intuitive within the system.
First you choose what type of product you want to sell; a physical or digital product or a service as a product. After this, you can add product photos in the next step, price, stock of the product and even special functions for the SEO of the product url and striking buy buttons.
You can also choose here whether you want to highlight the product. The whole of the shop itself and the addition of products is put together very well.
Adding payment methods is also easy; With Stripe you add the option to pay with Credit Card, Stripe (bank accounts), Afterpay and Apple Pay another option that you simply add is Paypal.
SquareSpace Drag & Drop
SquareSpace has a so-called Drag & Drop builder, with which you can drag – and drop – the design together. With this builder they are so ahead of the market that it takes a bit of time getting used to for those who are familiar with WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editors.
The advantage of these builders is that you can do a little more within the design and template in terms of adjustments. So you can also use the CSS editor within SquareSpace to customize your website yourself.
You start designing your webshop at SquareSpace from a template or theme.
SquareSpace templates / thema's
Also nice about working with the hosted solutions and SaaS systems is that you can also choose from different themes or templates. We'll give a bit more information about themes below.
SquareSpace is suitable as a site builder and as webshop software and there are different choices per segment. You can start by building a website about yourself, for example, as a resume and choose a theme for it.
You can also choose between the webshop themes and within the webshop themes you can choose a design that matches your product or just what you like.
Within SquareSpace you have a wide range of themes that you can use for free. The themes give you a jumpstart when creating and organizing your site because the ‘basics' are already prepared and set up for you.
So be sure to take a good look at SquareSpace's themes to see what fits your needs; they are there for a blog, a webshop, a portfolio or a subscription service.
If you don't have any images yourself, SquareSpace has a collaboration with Getty and Unsplash, among others, and you can use images that have been made available by them for SquareSpace. Isn't this enough? Then you can try the free variations of Pexels.com or Canva.com. The paid version of canva.com is highly recommended if you are a few steps further with your webshop.