Shopify vs Squarespace

In this review we take a look at Shopify vs Squarespace, to see which is the best solution for your website or online store building needs. Read on to get a list of pros and cons of each platform - and feel free to leave your thoughts on both products in the comments section.

On the face of it, Shopify and Squarespace look like similar products: they let you put a website together and they let you sell products (even if you don’t have design or coding skills). But they have a different history and started out life with different purposes: Squarespace was created as a solution for building and maintaining content-based websites, where as Shopify was specifically created as a solution for making your own online store.

Recently however, with the addition of e-commerce to Squarespace’s feature set, the two tools have become increasingly similar and technically, you can now use either to create a website or host an online store. But which is best suited for your business? Answering this question starts, helpfully, with another question…

Are you trying to build a website or an online store?

When deciding between Squarespace and Shopify, the first question you need to ask yourself is this: what am I trying to build – a website or an online store?

Of course, an online store is obviously technically a website, but in this context, by ‘website’ I'm talking about an online presence where conveying information is the priority – for example, a blog, a news site, a magazine, a photography portfolio  etc. – and by online store I mean something where selling products is the primary goal.

Building a website

If your focus is on building an informative website, design and content management functionality are going to be a priority – and this being the case, Squarespace is the obvious choice out of the two products discussed here. Its templates are excellent; its CMS is intuitive and easy to use; its photo editing and displaying tools are superb; and its blogging features are strong. 

Laying out content in Squarespace is easy, and the options for doing so are extensive (click to enlarge image).

There are two versions of Squarespace to consider: the 'normal' version, used by the vast majority of Squarespace customers, and the developer's platform, which is used by agencies and developers. (The latter is the version to use if you intend on customising Squarespace very extensively, but you need to be familiar with coding).

In this article I'm focussing on the standard version of Squarespace; and it's probably fair to say that whilst it provides a fairly powerful bunch of tools for presenting web content in an attractive manner, it is suited to working on fairly simple sites only. 

Firstly, navigation is effectively limited to two levels; arguably one, in fact, as when you create a 'parent' folder containing sub-pages, the 'parent' is not actually clickable. 

Secondly, whilst you can edit basic aspects of the templates (colours and typefaces etc.), you are generally going to be stuck with whatever Squarespace decides looks best. Despite marketing themselves at ‘creatives’, Squarespace don’t really encourage particularly creative use of their templates – in most cases, you're dealing with a 'walled garden' in which everything is locked down pretty tightly (and if you try to get around this by adding your own lines of CSS to your template, Squarespace support are a bit hesitant in providing support).

But those gripes aside, most users will find Squarespace a very nice platform indeed, primarily because the templates do look tremendously good, basic tweaks to colours and typefaces are allowed, and a site built on the platform is very easy to maintain. The bottom line is that, used well, Squarespace can help you put a professional-looking site extremely quickly, and gives you a lot of nice ways to display images and blog content - in a way that Shopify doesn't.

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Building an online store

Where the Shopify vs Squarespace decision gets a bit more complicated is when you want to start selling stuff. Both platforms are capable of it, but each comes with a set of pros and cons. Let’s look at a few key issues to consider if your aim is to build an online store with either Squarespace or Shopify.


Squarespace offers four monthly pricing options, banded into two types of packages, 'websites' and 'online stores'. This is a little confusing, as you can technically sell products using any of the packages.

  • 'Personal' - $16 per month ('Website')
  • 'Business' - $26 per month ('Website')
  • 'Basic' - $30 per month ('Online Store')
  • 'Advanced' - $46 per month ('Online Store')

Discounts for all of the above are available if you purchase a plan on an annual basis (the above four plans, respectively, will work out at $12, $18, $26 and $40 per month when you pay upfront for a year's service). 

EU users should note that the above prices are exclusive of VAT. 

In terms of the key differences between the Squarespace plans, the main things to note are that:

  • the 'Personal' plan restricts the number of pages to 20; all the other plans permit you to create an unlimited number of pages (note that this limit doesn't include blog posts - you can have as many of those as you like)
  • to avail of an important feature, abandoned cart recovery, you will need to go for the 'Advanced' plan
  • you'll get a year's free Google Apps account on the 'Business' plans and up
  • on the 'Basic' and 'Advanced' plans you can avail of integrated accounting via Xero.
  • if you intend to use e-commerce functionality extensively with Squarespace, the 'Business' plan might be best avoided as it is not that much cheaper than the 'Basic' plan yet involves 2% sales transaction fees. 

Shopify offers five monthly plans:

  • Shopify Lite: $9 per month
  • Basic Shopify: $29 per month
  • Shopify: $79 per month
  • Advanced Shopify: $299 per month
  • Shopify Plus: pricing varies depending on requirements

10% and 20% discounts on these prices are available if you pay upfront for an annual or two-year plan.

In terms of what to watch out for with the Shopify plans, you should note that:

  • the Shopify Lite plan doesn't actually let you build an online store; rather, it allows you to sell via your Facebook page, on an existing site (thanks to the 'Shopify Buy' button) or at 'point of sale' (a physical location; more on that below)
  • The 'Shopify Plus' plan is essentially for big companies with advanced e-commerce requirements, and prices vary depending on needs. 
  • as with Squarespace, the abandoned cart saver only becomes available on a more expensive plan - the $79 'Pro' option.

Transaction fees and credit card fees

On top of the standard pricing plans, there are transaction fees and credit card fees to consider - the former being a percentage fee of your sales charged by your e-commerce platform (in this case Squarespace or Shopify), and the latter being the percentage fee of your sales charged by the company you choose to process your credit card payments (otherwise known as a payment gateway).

With regard to Shopify, if you use Shopify Payments - Stripe, basically - you avoid transaction fees entirely (i.e., Shopify will not take a cut of the transaction). However, Stripe will charge you 2.2% +30c per credit card transaction on 'Shopify Lite'  and 'Basic Shopify' plans; 1.9% + 30c on 'Shopify'; and 1.6% + 30c on 'Advanced Shopify'.

If you use a third party payment gateway to process your credit card transactions (more on these below), in addition to whatever transaction charges are made by that gateway, you will pay Shopify 2% of the transaction on the 'Shopify Lite' and 'Basic Shopify' plans, 1% on 'Shopify' and 0.5% on the 'Advanced Shopify' plan. An important note here is that Shopify Payments (powered by Stripe) is currently only available for merchants selling from the US, Canada, Australia or UK. But that said, I built a Shopify store recently for a client - Little Paper Mill, a Dublin wedding invitations store - and using Stripe in Ireland wasn't an issue. (Note to self: check this out with Shopify and report back...).

With Squarespace, transaction fees are applied to their 'Personal' and 'Business' plans - 3% and 2% respectively. In terms of the the credit card fees, the rate is determined by Stripe based on what country you are selling from or to - in the UK it's 1.4% + 20p for European cards, and 2.9% + 20p for non-European cards, for example. 

Oddly, on the face of it, when using Squarespace, it seems as though you can use Stripe from more countries than with Shopify, with merchants selling from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, UK and US all being supported (Stripe is available in several other countries too, in 'Beta' mode). 

So which works out cheaper, Squarespace or Shopify?

Up until recently, Shopify had a clear edge on pricing, because all their plans allowed you to sell an unlimited number of products, whereas limits applied to the cheaper Squarespace ones. Squarespace recently changed their pricing structure, however, making their cheapest plan offering full online store functionality and an unlimited number of products $16, and their most expensive $46. 

This means that technically you can start selling a large number of goods in a fully functional online store a considerably cheaper with Squarespace, because you can host a store featuring an unlimited number of products with Squarespace for $16 per month compared to Shopify's $29 per month. But you should note that the transaction fees will be higher.

Of the two products under discussion, Shopify still offers the cheapest way into online selling however, with the $9 Lite plan. This plan is more geared towards people who want to sell on an existing website rather than build a new one, so functionality is rather limited by comparison to the entry level Squarespace offering; but if this approach suits you you'll appreciate that the monthly costs and transaction fees are both lower than on the cheapest Squarespace plan (transaction fees will be non-existent if you are prepared to use Stripe as your payment processor).

It's important to remember, of course, that there is a lot more to consider than just price, as we'll see below...

Payment gateways

Shopify can be used almost anywhere and in most currencies, because it allows you to use over 70 different ‘payment gateways’ (third-party processors that process credit card transactions). At time of writing, Squarespace e-commerce only works with one payment gateway, Stripe, meaning you can currently only sell from a limited number of countries. This helps make the Shopify vs Squarespace decision a bit easier – it’s advisable to choose Shopify if you need to sell from a country not supported by Stripe. 

Additionally, Squarespace e-commerce does not work with Paypal (see below for more thoughts on that), which may be a dealbreaker for some.

Key features

Shopify's Point of Sale kit, for selling your wares in a 'real' shop

When it comes to the feature sets of both products – and as you might expect – Shopify’s heritage as an online store building solution generally trumps Squarepsace’s. The Shopify feature set is more extensive, with features that are not yet available on Squarespace - unlike Squarespace it offers:

  • ‘point of sale’ technology (iPad / iPhone apps and add-ons that talk to your Shopify store and allow you to use Shopify in a physical location like your shop, market stall or office)
  • automated EU VAT calculation for digital products (more on that below), so that you can comply with VAT MOSS requirements
  • integration with a very extensive range of third party apps that extend the functionality of your store significantly (apps include integrations with Quickbooks, Zoho and Zendesk to name just a few).
  • a much wider range of payment gateway options, as discussed above

Interface / ease of use

On the whole Squarespace is probably a bit easier to use than Shopify. Its drag and drop approach to setting up site navigation and its easy-to-use layout engine (which allows you to drag and drop content into pages in a very user-friendly way) means that it is pretty straightforward to use.

Whilst by no means ‘difficult’ to use, Shopify’s user interface is arguably not quite as slick, and setting up pages and products can take slightly longer. Setting up the site architecture / navigation is a bit annoying in Shopify – instead of being able to drag and drop things about the place, you have to deal with ‘link lists’ and ‘handles’ that lead to a process which, whilst not too complicated, is not really all that intuitive. That said, when it comes to the desktop version of your store, Shopify lets you work with more layers of navigation than Squarespace, because it allows user to click on a primary level navigation item even if there are sub-pages below it. Annoyingly though, this functionality disappears on the mobile version of your Shopify store.

One aspect of the Shopify interface which definitely trumps Squarespace's is 'responsiveness'. Squarespace often feels rather sluggish, and occasionally a little bit buggy. Inserting links can be very fiddly; and editing them is downright annoying, because Squarespace frequently takes you to the linked page when you try to edit a link. I've lost quite a few pieces of content as a result (the moral of the story: hit the save button on your pages or posts before editing a link in Squarespace). I've also found Squarespace to crash quite regularly, particularly when uploading or editing images.  

Finally you really have to be using quite a decent machine to get the most out of Squarespace; older or slower computers will cause it - and you - headaches. In the stability and smoothness stakes, Shopify is arguably the winner. In essence, its less flashy CMS also seems more reliable.

Templates and visuals

Example of a Squarespace template (click to enlarge)

As discussed above, Squarespace templates are gorgeous. There are 60 to choose from, and although this is a subjective area, I feel they are more contemporary or varied in nature than the free templates from Shopify (of which 24 are provided). There's definitely a 'wow' factor with certain Squarespace templates that sets them apart from similar website building / e-commerce platforms. That said, a lot of templates - and this is in keeping with the issues discussed above regarding content presentation vs selling online - are geared towards users who want to blog or showcase an art, photography or music portfolio.

Squarespace templates can be further enhanced, thanks to an integration with Getty images. This provides you with an easy and affordable way to add stock images to your website - images cost $10 each, plus VAT where applicable. This actually works out considerably cheaper than buying pictures direct from Getty Images or iStock and uploading them to your Squarespace site.

And if all that wasn't enough, Squarespace recently upped the ante in the template stakes by introducing video backgrounds - you can now use a Youtube or Vimeo video as a background for your template, with stunning results. 

Shopify's 'Vintage' theme (click to enlarge)

However, Shopify is no slouch in the template / visuals department. The Shopify free templates are aesthetically pleasing and arguably better than a lot of the ‘out-of-the-box’ templates provided by competing products such as Volusion or Bigcommerce.

Additionally, if the free Shopify templates don't meet your requirements, there is a Shopify template store that you  buy a snazzier template from. There are over 130 of these to choose from, which means there is actually a significantly wider range of templates available from Shopify than Squarespace - so long as you are prepared to pay for them (prices vary but are typically in the $100-$180 range).

All the Shopify and Squarespace templates are responsive, meaning that your templates automatically resize themselves to suit the device they are being viewed on - mobile, tablet or desktop computer. (This is not the case with some competing e-commerce products.)

For me the bottom line with templates is that both Shopify and Squarespace provide a good range of attractive options, with Squarespace is being the more obvious choice for content-driven websites, and Shopify being the more obvious choice for those wishing to create an online store.

Importing and exporting products

Both Squarespace and Shopify give you the option to import products. With Shopify, you can import products

  • using a CSV file
  • from Ebay
  • from Magento

Being able to import from CSV is a very useful feature, because it allows you to bulk upload products. It's often quicker to add or edit product information in a spreadsheet and then upload it to an e-commerce platform than it is to use that platform to create all the products from scratch.

Squarespace does not allow you to import from CSV, so this will rule out this sort of bulk imports, or indeed migrating products from many other platforms into it. However, it does provide an import tool which allows you to import products from:

  • Big Cartel
  • Etsy
  • Shopify

When it comes to getting your product data out of both platforms, Shopify lets you export your product data (to CSV or XLS file); Squarespace does not. 

This lack of an export tool is worth serious consideration, because if your business grows to the extent that you need to switch to an enterprise grade solution (such as Shopify Plus or Bigcommerce Enterprise, for example), you may face a potentially major roadblock, particularly if you have a very large store. There are some merits in Squarespace's "walled garden" approach to website building, but the lack of product export functionality is in my view, one wall too many.

Furthermore, the information on the Squarespace page about this issue is rather misleading. Under a 'Can I download Squarespace' heading, the following statement is made:

"Squarespace is a fully-managed web service. We do not have plans to make a downloadable version. Squarespace does provide many standard methods for exporting your data."

In my view, this is inaccurate: the export functionality is limited to Wordpress format and doesn't, as discussed above, permit the export of product data (you can export static content pages and one of your Squarespace blogs).

So definitely a win for Shopify here.

SEO (Search engine optimisation) in Squarespace and Shopify

Another area which I feel is handled considerably better by Shopify than Squarespace is SEO (search engine optimisation).

Firstly, for all products and pages, Shopify generates a page title and meta description automatically, which a lot of the time - particularly where products are concerned - often provides a very good starting point.

Secondly, Shopify lets you edit both titles and meta descriptions easily for EVERY page; this is not the case on Squarespace - you cannot (somewhat incredibly) properly edit your meta description for blog posts. You are, in essence, forced to make a choice between allowing Squarespace to use the first 160 or so characters from the post being automatically or populating an excerpt box, the content of which is then displayed on the blog itself. In the case of the latter option, this means your meta description ends up being displayed on actual Squarespace page; forcing meta descriptions to be part of the visible page content is crazy in my book. SEO options should be much better implemented on Squarespace frankly, and there should not be a crossover between meta descriptions and page content unless the user specifically wants that crossover to exist.

Another nice thing about Shopify and SEO involves URL mapping. If you change a page's URL, Shopify will automatically create a 301 redirect to that page for you. This lets search engines know that the page has moved, and preserves any 'link juice' associated with it. By contrast, in Squarespace, if you change a page URL, you will have to manually create the 301 redirect (something it's quite easy to forget to do).

Finally, it's just easier in Shopify to spot the key fields that you need to complete in order to add meta data - this is because they are labeled as they should be: i.e., page title and meta description.

Bottom line: Shopify's approach to SEO blows Squarespace's out of the water.

Point of sale (POS) in Shopify and Squarespace

One nice feature offered by Shopify which is not currently provided by Squarespace is 'point of sale' (POS) kit. This works with both iOS and Android mobile devices and allows you to sell easily not just online but in actual physical locations too. The point of sale kit comprises a barcode scanner, card reader, cash drawer and receipt printer - you can buy any of these items individually or as a package (or alternatively use compatible third party hardware).

There are a wide range of applications for Shopify's POS system: it allows you to sell in a pop-up shop, from a market stall, at an event or even in a permanently located retail outlet, whilst keeping your inventory and stock count automatically synced. To be fair, you could theoretically use your Squarespace store to sell in physical locations too, but you could not use chip and pin or print paper receipts for clients; you would have to ask them to enter their card details into a laptop or tablet, and they'd receive an email receipt.

VAT and selling digital goods in the EU

A potentially important area to focus on when choosing between Squarespace and Shopify involves charging VAT on digital goods / services when selling them to consumers.  If your business sells digital services to consumers in other EU member states, VAT must be charged at the rate due in the consumer’s country (this requirement is known as VAT MOSS - or 'VAT Mini One Stop Shop'). With Squarespace, these different rates all have to be entered in manually as individual 'tax rules', but Shopify will calculate these automatically for you, potentially saving you a lot of time.

(An alternative workaround for VAT MOSS in Squarespace is to charge the same fee for products regardless of countries, and retrospectively calculate and pay the relevant amount of VAT for each country to the tax authorities. Check with your bookkeeper or local tax authority first though to see if this is kosher...).

SSL access and Squarespace

One area where Squarespace compares pretty negatively to Shopify is SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) access. SSL is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between web servers and browser, and using it ensures that all data passed between a web server and browser remains private. 

Shopify gives you a free SSL certificate with all its plans except 'Lite', meaning that that every single page on your Shopify site is protected by SSL. Squarespace on the other hand only uses SSL on its e-commerce pages and doesn't allow you to install custom SSL certificates to cover other parts of your site. Credit card transactions on Squarespace sites will therefore be protected, which is important, but it would be better if every page was protected by SSL - particularly pages containing data capture forms.

There's also another benefit to having SSL installed on your site: Google treats it as a 'positive signal' when ranking your site in search. So an unambiguous win for Shopify here.


Once nice feature of Squarespace is that when you purchase one of their plans (and pay annually) you get a free custom domain with it; although you can use Shopify to register a custom domain too, there is a cost associated with this (which starts at $13 per year). You can also buy domain names through Squarespace too, if you like.

You should note however that only certain domain extensions are available with both Squarespace and Shopify. Squarespace doesn't permit you to buy country domains ( etc.), for instance; Shopify does, but its domain buying options are also in general quite limited. 

As such many users will find it simpler just to buy a domain using a third-party provider and tweak the DNS settings to map the domain to their Squarespace or Shopify website.

Product images

Editing an image's focal point in Squarespace.

Editing an image's focal point in Squarespace.

One area that I feel is handled considerably better by Squarespace than Shopify is product images.

With Shopify, unless all your images have the same aspect ratio, they will be laid out in a pretty incoherent manner: visitors to your site will see a mish-mash of differently sized image photos in the product catalogues. You can get around this by manually editing all your images in Photoshop or other image editing program so that they are all in the same aspect ratio...but this is a pain in the derrière to say the least and for me represents one of Shopify's biggest weaknesses. It's a good idea in general to focus on getting your imagery right before building an online store, but this image ratio issue makes it particularly important to focus on this with Shopify.

Squarespace provides a better approach: you pick an aspect ratio for your product images and the system will automatically crop all your pictures to that ratio. If you like, you can specify a 'focal point' for individual product images in Squarespace - this part of the photo will be emphasised within the cropped image. 

Paypal and Squarespace - a dealbreaker?

One area worth paying very careful attention to is how Squarespace e-commerce handles Paypal. The truth is: not terribly well.

Although you can add Paypal buttons to pages of your site easily enough (via code blocks), the Squarespace e-commerce system only works with Stripe (as discussed above) and your customers cannot check out of a Squarespace store using Paypal. Obviously, given the massive worldwide popularity and userbase of Paypal, this could be a rather significant issue to bear in mind and it will definitely be a dealbreaker for some potential users.

Using Paypal with Shopify is not a problem - users can simply shop as normal and select Paypal as the payment option at checkout.

Editing HTML and CSS in Shopify and Squarespace

With Shopify you get very extensive control over the coding of your site - you get full control over the HTML and CSS of your website. With Squarespace, you can edit the CSS and certain bits of HTML (you can insert code snippets, basically) but you should be aware that the Squarespace support team essentially reserve the right not to support you fully if you've edited the CSS of your website.

As discussed earlier, there is a developer version of Squarespace available which does provide users with extensive control over every aspect of the design of their site - but you will need good coding skills to be able to work with it. 

(For the record, what I'd *love* to see one day is a halfway house between the standard version of Squarespace and the developer's platform - maybe a product called 'Squarespace Pro' which, like the original version of Squarespace, allowed you to tweak every element of your website and edit the CSS of your site easily).


Shopify definitely has the edge over Squarespace in the support department.

Shopify provides you with live chat, email and (crucially) 24/7 phone support - Squarespace offer only live chat and email support. If I was paying $46 a month for a Squarespace account, I'd simply expect phone support.

A note of caution is worth sounding, however, regarding the support offered with both Shopify and Squarespace - the quality of support you'll get often depends on what you're doing with your template. 

For example, if you're using one of the standard free Shopify templates, you can expect fairly comprehensive support if it's not behaving as it should. But if you opt for a third-party, paid-for template, you may have to deal with the designers of that template if you run into trouble. And how good that support is will depend on the developer.

Similarly, Squarespace's support team are pretty good at assisting with template related queries...unless you customise it by adding your own CSS to it, in which case the Squarespace support team effectively reserve the right not to support you.

Which is better, Shopify or Squarespace?

The answer to this question is a big fat ‘it depends’. If your primary aim to build an attractive website to showcase content, then Squarespace is definitely your best bet (particularly if you're working with images).

If you are hoping to build a content-focussed website or a blog and sell a couple of products on the site as well, then Squarespace is probably still your best bet - so long as you are happy to live without Paypal (and happy to live in a Stripe-supported country!) and you don't need to charge EU VAT on digital goods.

Interestingly, if you prefer the general vibe of Squarespace, or have an existing Squarespace site that you're really happy with, but would you'd like to add e-commerce functionality to, you could also consider using Squarespace AND Shopify in conjunction with each other: you could use the 'Shopify Lite' Plan to integrate the Shopify Buy Button, cart and checkout onto a Squarespace site.

However if your aim is to create an online store with advanced functionality and a large inventory of products, then Shopify is the more robust solution.

In summary, here are the reasons why you might pick one tool over the other:

Reasons to use Shopify over Squarespace

  • Shopify works properly with Paypal, where as Squarespace doesn't.
  • You can import and export products into CSV format; Squarespace does allow you to import product data from CSV and more significantly, does not allow you to export product data at all.
  • There is a huge library of third party apps that work with Shopify and extend its functionality significantly - although some integrations are available for Squarespace, you won't find a similar catalogue of apps to beef up your site / store.
  • Because Shopify integrates with 70+ payment gateways, you can us it to sell from almost any country in the world.
  • If you intend to sell products in-store or at events, you will find Shopify's Point of Sale options extremely useful; Squarespace doesn't yet offer this kind of functionality.
  • Shopify permits more advanced control over the HTML and CSS of your website.
  • Thanks to the fact that EU VAT is automatically calculated for you on digital goods, Shopify makes selling products to EU customers a lot more straightforward.
  • Shopify provides more comprehensive support than Squarespace, including phone support.
  • Shopify's 'Lite' plan allows you to start selling online and at point-of-sale very cheaply (but note that it won't provide you with a fully-fledged online store).
  • A free SSL certificate is included with Shopify; Squarespace doesn't support SSL on non-commerce pages.
  • Although fiddly to work with, Shopify's navigation builder allows you to use more levels of navigation than Squarespace.
  • Shopify has a much better approach to SEO.

A free trial of Shopify is available here.

Reasons to use Squarespace over Shopify

  • The quality of templates is arguably higher in Squarespace than in Shopify - they have more 'wow' factor.
  • If your main aim is to showcase content, particularly images, then Squarespace is the more elegant, flexible solution.
  • The video background feature is capable of providing you with some stunning visual results.
  • You can buy Getty images very cheaply with Squarespace and integrate them easily onto your site. 
  • Squarespace is, in general, slightly easier to use than Shopify, particularly where creating a site navigation is concerned.
  • Squarespace allows you to sell an unlimited number of products more cheaply than Shopify.
  • Abandoned cart recovery functionality is available more cheaply on Squarespace than Shopify.
  • Product images are handled better by Squarespace.
  • You can set up a store and sell unlimited products with it cheaper than with Shopify.

A free trial of Squarespace is available here.

Hopefully this comparison review has helped somewhat, but if you are still agonising over your decision it is definitely worth availing of a free trial of both products, having a play, and seeing which one you prefer:

More Shopify and Squarespace resources

You might also find the below posts on Shopify and Squarespace useful:

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Alternatives to Shopify and Squarespace

If you’d like to try another solution before committing to either Squarespace or Shopify, Bigcommerce is definitely worth a look because it is feature-rich and very easy to use (it's particularly good when it comes to providing merchants with the option to add a wide variety of product variants). You may also find some of our other e-commerce platform reviews helpful – just see the 'related articles' section below for a list of recent posts.

Any thoughts or questions?

If you've used either Shopify and Squarespace (or both!), it'd be great to hear your thoughts on both products - feel free to post your comments or questions on either platform below. Also, if you've found this post useful, it'd be wonderful if you could consider sharing it on social media or creating a link to it on your blog / website. Thanks for reading!

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