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The real cost of Shift4Shop vs. the real cost of Squarespace

A pure eCommerce platform vs. a general website builder

As a general website builder, Squarespace lacks the eCommerce tools needed for businesses to sell online. In addition to sparse features, Squarespace also charges a transaction fee of 3% and 2% on their Personal and Business plans, respectively. These extra fees, on top of the monthly fee that you're paying for a barebones service, can add up quickly.

Shift4Shop, an all-in-one eCommerce solution, offers more built-in cutting-edge eCommerce features than any platform, allowing merchants to easily succeed in setting up, designing, and managing their online stores. And with no transaction fees, setup fees, or hidden fees of any kind, businesses can earn more and grow faster.

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Shift4Shop vs. Squarespace functionality comparison

A dedicated eCommerce platform vs. a generic website builder

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Looking to grow your online store with the help of advanced features? Squarespace restricts growth in just about every way feasible, limiting shipping options to flat-rate and USPS and lacking important features like customer groups and recurring orders. Shift4Shop offers more than 1,000 innovative features, real-time shipping rates, alternative payment methods, and more, so that your business can easily grow and succeed.

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Running an online store means issues can arise at any time. With Squarespace, you’ll have access to limited live chat and email support, with live chat sessions only available between 4am and 8pm EST, Monday through Friday. Shift4Shop offers world-renowned, comprehensive support 24/7 via phone, live chat, and email, with around-the-clock site monitoring to ensure your store is always up and running.

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“Squarespace’s premise was solid, but the execution, well…I want to say that it’s lacking, but the reality is more akin to a black hole. The interface constantly crashes, website is slow to load, there’s months between any sort of update, no blog, roadmap, nothing. And their support? They’ll drop you so fast it’ll leave your head spinning”

– Ex-Squarespace customer

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Shift4Shop offers a huge library of powerful third-party apps that allow merchants to significantly extend the functionality of their online stores. With access to 400+ apps, store owners can streamline business operations, integrate with their favorite accounting software, automate taxes, start a drop shipping empire, or simplify business operations with a third-party fulfillment provider. With Squarespace, none of this is possible.

Maintain control of your business

Shift4Shop gives you the tools and freedom to manage your store how you see fit

Shift4Shop: Integrated payments & alternate methods

Shift4Shop payment options

Shift4Shop directly integrates with Shift4 for secure payment processing. The platform also supports more alternate payment methods than any other eCommerce platform, like buy now, pay later financing.

Squarespace: No payment flexibility

Squarespace 1 payment option

Squarespace uses Stripe to power its eCommerce cart, and doesn't support integration with any other third-party payment solution or alternate payment method.

Sell more, earn more, and grow more with Shift4Shop

Create a gorgeous online store that matches your brand

Squarespace offers fewer than 50 templates, all of which are hard to customize. With Shift4Shop, you’ll have access to 100+ stunning responsive themes created by world-renowned designers, allowing you to easily create a beautiful online store in just seconds. Whether you’re looking for something bold, chic, classic, edgy, rustic, or elegant, you’re sure to find a theme to match your brand and style. And with full access to your store’s HTML and CSS, you can customize every facet of your storefront for a truly memorable shopping experience.

Enterprise-level features available with every plan

Shift4Shop offers the most advanced features to subscribers of every plan