This guide answers some common questions about the Squarespace Commerce platform.
Tip: For help getting started with Squarespace Commerce, watch our Commerce video series or sign up for a live, expert led webinar on launching your online store.
Is Commerce available in my billing plan?
Commerce and payment processors are Premium features available in the current Website Business plan and higher, and the legacy Personal plan. To learn more, visit Premium features.
Can customers from around the world purchase my products?
Yes. You can accept our payment methods from anywhere in the world where they're supported. We don't impose additional location restrictions for shoppers buying products from your store. For more information, visit Supported countries and currencies for Squarespace Commerce.
To limit your business to specific countries, create shipping zones, ensuring only customers within your supported area can check out.
What shipping methods can I offer?
You can create shipping options that automatically apply to physical products at checkout. Shipping options include:
- Flat rate
- Rates by weight
- Free shipping
- Carrier calculated (available on the Advanced plan, and certain legacy billing plans)
Per-product shipping rules aren't available at this time.
What can I sell on my site?
Squarespace approves the sale of most products, but our payment processors, Stripe and PayPal, prohibit certain types of businesses. For detailed information, visit Section 1.2 of our Product Specific Terms, Stripe's documentation, and PayPal's Acceptable Use guidelines.
What subscription or recurring payment options can I offer?
You can charge customers on a recurring basis by selling physical or service products as subscriptions. Subscriptions can renew indefinitely or a set number of times.
It's not possible to hide your site's content behind a paywall or offer more extensive membership programs.
Which payment processors can I use?
Is Commerce available in my country?
To use Squarespace Commerce, you'll need to connect a payment processor that supports your country. For details, visit Supported countries and currencies for Squarespace Commerce.
Can customers buy items that are out of stock?
If a product is sold out, the product displays in your store with a SOLD OUT flag. Customers can't add the product to their carts until you change the quantity in stock. To learn more, visit Sold out products.
Can I export orders to a .csv file?
Yes. In the Commerce panel, click Orders, then click Export CSV. To learn more, visit Exporting orders.
Does Commerce work on all templates?
Yes. Commerce is compatible with all our templates.
While you can build a great-looking store using any template, some templates that work particularly well for stores are:
When will a product be removed from inventory?
A product's stock level will reduce when a customer checks out. If you have one of a product left in stock and two customers added it to their carts at the same time, the product will be sold to whoever completes checkout first.
Will a customer's cart save if they leave my site and return later?
Products added to a customer's shopping cart will remain in the cart indefinitely. If a customer leaves your site and comes back later, the cart will appear as they left it. If a product sells out before they return, it will be removed from their cart.
You can track and recover abandoned carts with Abandoned Cart Recovery.
Can I accept donations?
Yes. Use the Donation Block to collect donations for your organization or cause. Donations are a Premium feature available in the current Website Business plan and higher, and sites on the legacy Personal plan. To learn more, visit Premium features.
Can I offer free digital downloads?
Yes. You can set a digital product to have a price of $0.00.
Customers will still be directed to the checkout page but won't need to enter any credit card information to complete the order.
Can I sell gift cards or gift certificates?
Yes. You can sell gift cards as a unique digital code that customers can receive as a printable .pdf or email directly to their recipient.
Is Commerce available in Squarespace 5?
Commerce isn't available for Squarespace 5. To sell products on a Squarespace 5 site, you'll need to use a third-party payment processor.
When will customers be charged?
Customers will be charged as soon as they check out. It's not possible to delay payment until an item is shipped.
Is SSL offered with Commerce?
Yes. Checkout and payment pages are served over SSL in your Commerce site. To learn more about how SSL works with Squarespace, visit our overview guide.
Can I delete the cents from the price and only display dollars?
No. All prices must show cents, even if your price is rounded to the whole dollar ($10.00 rather than $10).
Can I charge tax?
Yes. To learn how to create tax rules, visit Setting up taxes in Squarespace Commerce.
Where should I charge taxes?
Per our Terms of Service, Squarespace doesn't provide advice or recommendations regarding laws applicable to your site or business. If you have questions about collecting taxes, you can consult with a tax advisor. You can also use this resource for checking US state sales laws.
Can I collect VAT or GST?
Yes. Squarespace supports tax-inclusive pricing and customizable order invoices. For help setting this up, visit Collecting VAT or GST.
Does Squarespace support Strong Customer Authentication (SCA)?
Yes. As of September 14, 2019, as part of PSD2, Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) is required for online sales the European Economic Area (EEA). All Squarespace sites support SCA. To learn more, visit Strong Customer Authentication (SCA).
Where can I find my 1099-K form?
Your payment processor provides your 1099-K form, which summarizes your sales activity. For more information, visit your payment processor's documentation:
Can I add tracking numbers to shipping notifications?
Yes. To include tracking numbers in Order Shipped emails, enter the tracking number when marking the order as complete.
If the tracking number is associated with a standard carrier (Australia Post, Canada Post, DHL, FedEx, UPS, or USPS), it will be a link. Clicking the number opens the carrier's tracking page.
To learn more, visit Fulfilling orders.
How many products can I add to my site?
There's no set limit to the number of products you can add to your site. Each Products Page can have up to 200 products, and each product can have up to 100 variants.
Can I connect to a fulfillment warehouse or inventory service?
Yes. Visit Squarespace Extensions to see which third-party fulfillment services you can connect to your store. You can also visit Squarespace API keys to learn about creating your own integrations using our Order and Inventory APIs.
Can I use the Commerce App as a point of sale system?
Yes. Use the Commerce App and supported Square card readers to accept cash and card payments that integrate with your online store. This integration is available for iPhones, iPads, and Android phones. To learn more, visit Selling in person with Squarespace Point of Sale.
Can I connect a ShipStation account to multiple sites?
Yes. You can connect the same ShipStation account to multiple sites.
Can I hide the quantity drop-down?
If your site's template is in the Brine, Farro, Skye, Tremont, or York families, it uses the Advanced Products Page. In these templates, to hide the quantity drop-down menu on item pages:
- Log into your site and go to your Products Page.
- Open the individual item.
- From the Home Menu, click Design, then Site Styles.
- Scroll to the Products: Options section.
- Uncheck Show Quantity.
Tip: The quantity option will still display at checkout. You can disable this for service items in all templates.
How should I handle fraudulent charges or disputes?
Your payment processor handles any payment disputes related to your store, not Squarespace. If a customer reports a fraudulent charge, if you suspect fraudulent activity, or if your payment processor flagged a charge as fraud, contact Stripe or PayPal directly. You can also review Stripe or PayPal’s tips for preventing disputes and fraud.
If the customer requests a refund for a charge they recognize, you can refund the order in Squarespace. If the purchase is for a subscription product, you may also want to show the customer how to cancel their subscription.