To activate Squarespace Commerce and start accepting payments, connect a payment processor in Payment Settings. After you connect a payment processor, customers will see its payment options at checkout.
You can connect Stripe, PayPal, or both. Choosing which processor to use for your online store depends on a few factors, like where you're located and which payment methods you want to offer. You can also use Square as a payment processor for Squarespace Point of Sale in the Commerce App, or enable Afterpay, a buy-now-pay-later service for customers. This guide covers these options and tips on selecting the best one for your needs.
Payment processors in Commerce are separate from any other payment processors you have connected to Squarespace, such as in Scheduling.
Note: Upgrade to paid service to accept payments on your site.
Commerce and payment processors are Premium features available in Business and Commerce plans, and on sites with Member Areas.
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Get started in Payments settings
In the Home Menu, click Commerce, and then click Payments.
Connecting Stripe lets customers pay with their debit and credit card without creating or logging into an account. Stripe accepts payments from these cards:
- Visa (credit and debit cards)
- MasterCard (credit and debit cards)
- American Express
- Discover (US merchants only)
After connecting your Stripe account, you'll receive a confirmation email from Squarespace. The Payments section of your checkout page will look like this:
Stripe international support
Visit Stripe’s Global page to see a list of their supported countries. The available currencies depend on the location of the bank account connected to your Stripe account. For more information, visit Supported countries and currencies for Squarespace Commerce.
Stripe on trial sites
You can connect a Stripe account to a trial site and run orders in test mode. It isn't possible to process payments on a trial site.
Connecting a PayPal Business account lets customers check out using their PayPal or Venmo accounts.
After connecting your store to a PayPal account, you'll receive a confirmation email from Squarespace.
Customers can click Continue with PayPal to log into their PayPal account and complete the purchase. Customers on mobile devices will also see the option to check out with Venmo.
PayPal international support
PayPal’s broad international support makes PayPal a great option for countries where Stripe isn’t yet available or credit card use is less common.
Visit PayPal’s Global page to see a list of their supported countries. You can use any of our supported currencies with your PayPal Business account. For more information, visit Supported countries and currencies for Squarespace Commerce.
Offering Stripe and PayPal
Connect both Stripe and PayPal to support the widest range of payment methods.
PayPal is popular internationally, while Stripe lets customers pay with debit and credit cards without creating or logging into an account. By offering both, you support customers checking out with their preferred payment method.
The available currencies depend on the location of the bank account connected to your Stripe account. It isn’t possible to select more than one currency. For more information, visit Supported countries and currencies for Squarespace Commerce.
With Squarespace Point of Sale, you can use Square to process in-person cash and card payments that integrate with your online store. You’ll set up this integration in the Squarespace Commerce App.
Keep in mind:
- You can only connect Square if you're on the Commerce Basic or Advanced plan, or the most recent Legacy Commerce Plan.
- Square can only be used for in-person payments via Squarespace Point of Sale. It can't be used for checkout on a computer.
- Square can only be used to process payments in the United States.
With Afterpay, customers can pay for products in installments with zero percent interest. You can enable Afterpay if you've connected Stripe as a payment processor, and if you meet the eligibility requirements.
Stripe, PayPal, Square, and Afterpay all charge processing fees.
Stripe’s processing fees vary by country. Visit Stripe’s documentation for details:
If you don’t see your country listed above, contact Stripe for help.
Visit PayPal’s documentation for details.
Square’s processing fees vary based on how the payment is made. Visit Square’s documentation to learn more.
Afterpay's processing fee is 6% of the order total, plus $0.30. This includes Stripe’s processing fee.
In addition to our guides and video tutorials, we offer other resources to help you get the most out of your Squarespace online store:
- Attend a one-hour Launching your Online Store webinar to learn more about building an inventory, accepting online payments, and managing orders.
- Get advice from the community in the Squarespace Forum.
- Hire a Squarespace Expert to help build your online store.