Website publishing platform Squarespace announced on Thursday the release of Squarespace Commerce, an integrated solution for selling physical and digital goods from the platform.
Squarespace users in the US can add the commerce solution for $24 per month, a flat rate which includes all features, and does not limit SKUs. It uses Stripe as its integrated payment processor, which charges a fee of $0.30 plus 2.9 percent for every successful transaction.
Squarespace Commerce allows merchants to add store pages to existing websites, but products don’t have to be limited to certain pages. Sellers can feature items for sale anywhere on their site by dragging and dropping a Product Block directly onto blog posts, pages, or sidebars, which it says allows “for a truly editorialized commerce experience.”
The drag-and-drop capability helps customers without any coding expertise create an online store which is customizable to their website design and branding. Ecwid is another example of a drag-and-drop shopping cart tool that blends into the look of the website, and adapts automatically to the existing website layout, and is used by many web hosts.
“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 said in a statement. “Launching Squarespace Commerce is an important step in realizing our vision to power any type of website through our platform.”
The ecommerce platform includes an order fulfillment interface that lets sellers see outstanding orders, resend customer update emails, and print packing slips. Customers that purchase digital goods receive a customized link via email, which expires in 24 hours. Sellers can also create multiple kinds of coupons with different restrictions and expiry dates, Squarespace says.
While there is no limit on the amount of SKUs in the inventory, Squarespace says its commerce interface is ideally suited for small stores, but it plans to expand the interface in the future to easily accommodate larger stores. It is unclear what updates will need to be made in order to support stores with more than 200 SKUs.
Squarespace Commerce integrates MailChimp for customers to sign up for email communications at checkout, has an express checkout mode for users selling single products, and enables users with existing Shopify or Big Cartel shops to move inventory to Squarespace in a few clicks.
Talk back: What do you think of Squarespace’s integrated commerce platform? How easy is it for your customers to add stores to their existing websites? Let us know in a comment.